I’m not going to be too detailed on this, because there are 60 appellations or different areas with kind of distinct wine styles in Bordeaux. Bordeaux’s name actually originates from the French phrase “au bord de l’eau”, which means “along the water”. Its not just some romantic name–the area does actually lie along the banks of three rivers, the Dordogne in the north, the Garonne in the south, and the Gironde, into which both flow and which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Information provided by Wine Warehouse.
Now that I have that out of the way. I’ll be going into last nights wine tasting of Bordeaux. Although appreciated worldwide; I personally have a love hate relationship with Bordeaux. Some are amazing, some I’d use to put in my beef stew-maybe.
You’ll notice there’s plates of hors d’oeuvres on the table for guests. I typically don’t eat ANYTHING while tasting wines. I’m not saying you shouldn’t, I just don’t want my olfactory glands to be compromised (my sniffer to be jacked by oils). So do what works for you. If you’re having friends over; always best to go with some snacks!
-2014 Chateau Bois Pertuis, Appellation Bordeaux. I used to carry this at my wine bar, but begrudgingly. I didn’t like it when it was sold to me before, and I still don’t like it. On a point system, I’d give it 75 points. I know people will hate on me for this, but its not something to drink with everyday foods or by itself, for me.
-2014 Chateau St. Ahon, Cru Bourgeois; 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. This was a good drinker, I’d like this one with a filet mignon, not too dry and would do well to lend its flavours the steak.
-2014 Chateau Pimorin, Haut Medoc; These guys have it down with the leaf thinning to the green harvesting to hands on pressing. This Pimorin is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. For the price, it couldn’t be beat. A 2014 not having to wait til 2024 to enjoy and wasn’t going to rip your face off with tannins.
2016 Chateau Quattre, Cahors; Although the label states when it was blended is 2016, the fruit was sourced and matured in oak barrels for over 11 years. 80% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 5% Tannat. I concur with Decanter, easily 95 points and one of my fav’s for the night. I’ll continue with a few more tomorrow. Get your paws on this one. Great with steak or a stand alone, or even with a strong cheese. This Malbec will hold up. I think this will steal back the idea of Malbec from Argentina.
Until the next blog. Enjoy some wine with family and friends. Cheers!
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