2000 La Preuve Par Carles, Fronsac (750ml)

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2000 La Preuve Par Carles
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Fronsac
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 90WS, 89WA
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Lovely blackberries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with fantastic velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. A special bottling of a wine that officially can't use the AOC of Bordeaux, because plastic sheeting covered the soil of the vineyards during the end of the growing season. Anyway, good stuff here. Best after 2006. 330 cases made.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2003)

This top-notch Fronsac estate was another property to utilize plastic sheets to cover part of its vineyard. Consequently, under French law, that part of the production had to be declassified as a vin de table. The exhibits a saturated purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of black fruits, minerals, truffles, licorice, and graphite. It is long, concentrated, and intense. It will be drinkable upon release, and will last for 15-18 years.

89 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #&nbsp;146 - Apr 2003)