This is a reserve cuvee from Puygueraud, unusual for its high Malbec content. I enjoy a bit of Malbec in the blend, and I think it can do particularly well in Australia where its tannins tend to be soft and chewy. Here though I think there is a tad too much Malbec, it adds tannin and what seems to be a strong but not lively acid.
It’s a dark wine, with a whiff of almond maripan new oak on the nose. Pretty impressive, good modern winemaking though the wine is still a bit rustic (terroir shows through), not sleek nor charming nor sophisticated. But characterful, full of flavour, excellent honest claret of pretty substantial weight. Should disappoint very few drinkers. Consume now til 2011.