Oakmonsters – Chateau Saintayme 2016  

When oak takes over. This is not what I hope from a red Bordeaux.

Smells like raw oak and rum and not much else. Clearly overoaked and it’s not even a pretty type of oak. The taste is much better, at least the attack, it’s velvety and polished with real substance. But the hot and overtly tannic finish leaves a coarse impression at the end. Not an elegant wine, tries too hard, less would be more. Bottle age might improve it.

Rating: 85 points. 
Price: around 16€.
Stockists: many in Germany, I bought it from Vinatis.
Value: I would rather buy something else.
Tasted: January, 2021.
Source: own purchase.
Drinking window: try in 2023.

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