Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Chateau Hauchat 2008 Fronsac (France)
Word on the street is that this is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc - not a Cabernet Sauvignon grape in sight. This is what I call a "mom wine" - mom does not like a lot of tannins, she likes the fruit and spice but is not huge fan of the dryingness of tannins; and this wine has what mom is looking for. The nose is black fruit oriented, there are some herbs and and a smoothness to the wine that is (believe it or not) sniffable. The palate is smooth and seductive - the fruit isn't in your face, in fact it is wrapped in a lightly wooded glove, but that wood is not overbearing and makes this wine smooth and easy to drink. Not sure this is a bottle I would hold for any length of time, but it sure does go down easy now.