Cotes De Castillon, Bordeaux, France. 13.5%
A merlot dominant wine, which is perhaps why I’m not fond of the 2002 (a difficult year for Merlot). This is ultra dark, with coffee new oak. Modern, somewhat extracted, showing very little sign of its 7 years of age.
This wine has voted one of the best bargains of Bordeaux by Decanter magazine, and while I fear that the voting system ended up favouring wines of consistent body and extract (over the years) rather than individual style and finesse, with this bottle I can understand it having achieved quite a fan base relatively quickly.