The 2008 Bordeaux Marquis de Chasse is pleasant little French Red, that fits the bottleDJ Fall Classic Small Bottle World Series in two manners. One, it comes in a 250ml bottle which is one third of the regular 750ml and it is not a big, brash BDX.
Almost flinty on the nose, the fruit is present and pleasant with an underlying green woodsy effect. With the flint and the green you get an image of being in the woods in the late summer, just like a hunter – and Chasse means to hunt. Back in the day hunters were respected and successful, but not the richest folks in the French country side, and I think the humble nature of the wine aligns quite well with an image of a noble hunter.
Into the gulp, you get a blend that puts the spotlight straight on the Merlot. Fresh, juicy and nice tannins. The wood is noticable, in terms of giving good dryness – but not caramel or vanilla notes.
I would call this wine a humble and noble little Bordeaux, pleasant and refreshing.
Musical Match: The Hunter’s Chorus by Weber. I have picked a Suzuki method instructional video by a youtube user “alwaygolf.” I think the simple, dry sound of the cello catch the capture this wine quite well…. and if you need to sharpen your cello skills, “bow” my guest.