2015 Château La Tulipe Bordeaux Supérieur, France
This Bordeaux Superieur wine is made by Château la Tulipe de la Garde, a winery situated between Saint-Emilion and the Dordogne River in France, and owned by Dutch rock star Ilja Gort.
This a typical Bordeaux blend with 87% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged in French oak barrels and in stainless steel tank for 11 months. It was vinified at the Chateau under the consultancy of famous winemaker Michel Rolland.
This Bordeaux wine comes in a rather dark color for the Bordeaux Supérieur category, quite an intense red color with purple hues to the rim, suggesting there is some ripeness in there.
The nose talks ripe berry fruits indeed, with black cherry, blackberry and a touch of blackcurrant too.
Add some vanilla, dark roasted cocoa, almost coffee-like, clove and sweet spices like nutmeg, and you’re in for a predominantly fruity and rich aromatic profile, hybrid between a black forest cake and ginger bread.
The palate is smooth, with good oily texture, mid-bodied, with some tannic concentration, and tannins a little dry to the finish.
The dark cherry flavors dominate making it feel quite luscious, although it is dry with just a touch of sweetness sensation from the ripe fruit.
A good approachable, somewhat simple yet serious Bordeaux wine filled with dark ripe fruit richness and a smooth pleasing feel.