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2010 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot

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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013

Bright purple.  Intense, mineral-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and cola, with a sexy floral topnote.  Sappy, palate-staining blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show superb depth and energy, with a spine of juicy acidity adding lift and structure.  Rich but lively, with excellent finishing clarity and slow-mounting tannins.  For such a powerful wine there's a lithe character here, which I've come to expect from Balthazar's wines over the years.

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