At 10 years old, this bottle of Destieux has certainly racked up the miles on its way to Melbourne with the original importer label indicating “Liquidlink, California”. This is a blend of two-thirds Merlot, the rest made up with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A child of Michel Rolland’s, the parent 20-acre estate resides on clay/limestone hillsides belonging to Christian Dauriac, and I have not seen this wine being sold in Australia. The 2003 vintage was marked by heat, and yields were low. However, the heat-driven concentration of flavours are revealed in the wine.
A deep dark ruby purple colour, the developed nose exudes sweet blackberry, mild espresso grains and smoked pine. A full-bodied wine, but it’s counterbalanced by a medium level acidity which allows the weighted dark berry fruit, mocha and soft resolved tannins to come through. There was probably inherent chiselled power to this wine, but it has calmed down over a decade. Great with a soft, warm, rare eye fillet steak. Drink now – 2020. 92/100.