Thursday, July 2, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - French Red - 2009 Château Arnauton Fronsac

France was a big part in our fight for independence from England, so how better to say thanks this Independence Day than to imbibe in some of their wonderful export - wine! This wine is from Fronsac, an appellation within the Bordeaux region just northwest of more recognizable right bank appellations like Pomerol and St. Emilon. As a right bank appellation, Cabernet Sauvignon is not the star here - instead this wine is mostly Merlot with only a tough of Cabernet Franc.
Wine: 2009 Château Arnauton Fronsac
Region: Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
Grape Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Obtained from: Purchased at K & L Wines, Hollywood, CA
Price: $19
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Deep dark purple, with a pink rim.

Aroma: Blackberry, blueberry, and a nice hint of chocolate just like many of my favorite Merlots.
Taste: Ripe and fruity, with a hefty dose of minerality. A very nice finish.

The Grade: I give this one a B+.  Not super complex, but very delicious and easy drinking. Bigger fruit than a traditional Bordeaux, but bringing that nice minerality from the area. A very nice everyday wine... Merci!

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