This commune, in the Medoc area of Bordeaux, has a reputation for value for money, containing “many minor growths of rustic charm” (Stevenson). This Chateau Haut-Vignoble Seguin 1999 (£12.99 from Majestic Wines) fitted that description admirably. I tried it 24 hours following the initial un-corking (I had used a vacuum pump on it to preserve any freshness) but it stood up very well.
The blend contains about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon. The colour was deep red but with a slight brown rim, clear and with some viscosity. The nose wasn’t particularly fruit-driven but rustic and rich rather than elegant. The palate was dry with some refreshing acidity, of medium length with pronounced flavours. The tannins had developed to a gentle smoothness and this was kept refreshing with some acidity that was in balance.
It was exactly as Stevenson described – but none the worse for that.
[Richard: very nice wine on day 1, easy to drink (12.5%) but with some power. A bargain.]