Dominik Mueller

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2002 Château Citran

Tasting note

2002 Château Citran

Deep ruby colour with a watery rim tending more towards crimson. Still a few medium intensity primary fruit notes on the nose. Black plum, black cherry, bramble, prune. Then there's vanilla from the oak. Finally, an earthy aroma, pencil shavings and dried fruits hint at the time spent in bottle. Mellow and without green notes, which is good for this vintage. Taking a sip, the 2002 Citran is medium-bodied with a prominent but pleasant acidity. The tannins have softened at this point. There's cassis and cherry on the palate, but the taste is more tertiary overall: Sultanas, black tea, leather, and earth. The cassis lingers a bit longer making for an acceptable finish. Drinking nicely now, if you like mature wines. Successful taking the difficulties of the 2002 vintage into account. However, it won't improve from here on, so drink up any bottles that may still be left in the cellar.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 19 June 2024.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
11Wines with a DM9 to DM12 rating are very good wines, above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They are pure, balanced, and have no flaw whatsoever. They begin to show complexity. Moreover, these wines have their own character and transport typicity and terroir.
/ 20 ("very good")
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4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of personality and complexity.
/ 5

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Wine details

Vintage:
2002

Good vintage in Bordeaux, although not excellent. Mild winter, followed by a wet spring. Flowering was uneven and ripening was slow throughout the summer months. It was not until September that temperatures got warm enough to help the grapes ripen. As a result, strict selection was necessary to avoid green and unripe wines. Harvesting began in late September and lasted into October. The good producers fared well, especially if they took a slow approach to harvesting. As Cabernet Sauvignon performed better than Merlot in this vintage, the wines from the left bank seem to be better on average than those from the right bank.

Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château Citran
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Subregion:Médoc
Appellation: Haut-Médoc AOC
Vineyard: n/a
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