2008 Château Thénac Bergerac Sec

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Vintage: 2008
Producer: Château Thénac
Variety: Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend
Designation: N/A
Region: France
Sub-region: Southwest France, Dordogne, Bergerac Sec
ABV: 14.0%
Price: $27 (Marquis)

He says: When people say a wine needs food, they usually mean that a wine is unbalanced and needs some disguising. So, I’m going to say it about this wine: it needs food. All joking aside, I actually found this wine to be unbalanced, with an overly-oaked nose and palate, and gobs of alcohol on the finish. Perhaps time will allow the oak to integrate further, but at $27/bottle, I’m not going to invest much money to find out.

She says: The first time I had this wine I really enjoyed it but in this blind tasting it did stand out as overly-oaked. I think that this is in part due to the stark contrast to the other wines in the flight. This wine was bigger in body not only because of the oak but also the fattening influence of the Semillon. Interestingly, it only contributed 5% of the blend but still the oily texture was evident. Definitely not a wine for the un-oaked bandwagon.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- lemon to pale lemon rim
Smells like: Clean, med+ intensity, developing, oak, asparagus, citrus, pungent
Tastes like: Dry, med acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, oak, citrus, vegetal, med+ alcohol, med+ finish (very tart & sour)
Summary: Acceptable, Needs time to develop

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Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.