Ch. Fourcas-Hosten, Listrac
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Ch. Fourcas-Hosten, Listrac - 2012

Item # 30494 750mL
$38.96/ Single Bottle
$233.76 $210.38/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

A densely colored, full-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a touch of Cabernet Franc, this classic has firm tannins and a dry, earthy flavor. A bottle that should be allowed to breathe, it is a fine choice for rare steak, prime rib, or lamb. Fourcas-Hosten is one of the storied estates from the small Listrac region of Bordeaux on some of the highest elevations of the Médoc.

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Staff Pick Notes

These days Bordeaux doesn’t have the best image. It’s a category of wine known mostly for its high end tier. The best bottles are auctioned off to people who’ve just commissioned oil paintings of their Yorkshire Terriers. While the inexpensive bottles are thought of as swill to be pawned off to the uninitiated. There are great bottles in between these extremes, though I’ll admit they’re hard to find. This left bank blend with more than ten years of bottle age shows a splendid mixture of youth and maturity: rich cassis, stewed plums, dark chocolate, pressed vanilla, and roasted coffee. While a decanting is definitely necessary, the hardest part (aging it) has already been done for you. *Cough* You’re Welcome! *Cough*

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