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Chateau Beauregard 2006, Pomerol

We love Pomerol because it is the red more likely to be easy for Cantonese dishes for its relative dearth of tannins, its sweetish finish, fruitness and of the low acidity. On the one hand, this is one of the best red bottle ever with our daily food. On the other, this bottle per se gives constant changes and so last evening filled with delightful surprises.

The bottle starts with a surprising level of spice. The understated nose then returns with pure, fresh, elegant and lightish raspberry, cherry, plum and cassis fruit. An hour later on the way to a more vibrant and full fruit profile you have a very masculine Pomerol changed. Notes of leather, cedar, savoury herbs, herbal tea, chocolate, earth and smoke over a velvety texture retreated, allowing the fruit to come through, albeit returning eventually to more femininity at the instance of the last drops.

The final palate is like lightish and refreshing, and medium bodied with a delicate taste in elegant balance and silky smoothness. The fine structure is subtle with a finish that is never-ending. The colour is appropriate with medium ruby and medium garnet rim. The cork was almost black.

Scores are consistently high, For example, 94 points from GG, which to me give reliable Bordeaux scoring. The other ratings are also consistent.

It has a RP91(Clean, ripe and fruity, with a full body, round tannins) and a JS91(subtle and fine).

2006 is reasonably good vintage. This Chateau has deep, gravelly soil, so it has a lot of potentials. Use of Merlot as the majority with three other royal grapes. Barrel ageing is 18 month, using quite some new oak. The style is from rusticity from the 1980's towards ripeness and concentration these days.

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