this cotes de castillon bordeaux is the first french wine on my blog. i haven't been much of a french wine drinker until recently, so i am starting to expand my horizons. i have had a few folks tell me to try some bordeaux's and burgundies, so i will give them a try. on to the tasting… this wine exhibited plums and a cedar note on the nose as well as an interesting clay or gravel note. there was even a bit of a cheesy note on the nose. on the palate, spicy black cherries, plum and menthol, followed by firm tannins and gravel. interesting wine that i will revisit again in the next day or so to see how it opens up. it could be that it just needed more time in the bottle. at about $12, it would be worth buying another bottle and laying it for a year or so to see the difference.