Archive for the Bordeaux Category

2009 Mouton Cadet Red, Bordeaux, France.

The Mouton Cadet moniker was quite revolutionary in wine in that it essentially introduced the world to the idea of a wine “Brand” back in 1930. Cadet means younger and mouton is lamb, so if you are wondering where “Baby Duck” and “Little Penguin” started, you can point your finger at one Baron Philippe de Rothschild.   That having been said “Uncle Phil” did do us a favour, he made quality Bordeaux available throughout the world by developing both demand and a distribution Read more [...]

2009 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Vieux Chateau Champs de Mars, AOC Castillon, Bordeaux, France

Alright, who toasted the barrel? This Vieux Chateau Champs de Mars Bordeaux has nose and taste features that are without any doubt Bordeaux blend – with a slight but noticeable uptick on the oaky scale.  Still relatively young, this '09 vintage took a while to open up.  Initially it smelled like berries on slightly toasted bread with some Nutella.  When I first drank it, about 45 minutes after removing the cork, the wine seemed quite stiff.  Less than generous fruit, lots of tannin, and that Read more [...]

Marquis de Chasse Red 2008, Bordeaux, France 250ml

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.  Read more [...]

Sirius 2008 Bordeaux 2008, Red, France

For the last stop on my Fall Classic focus on Bordeaux, I am hitting a non AOC product simply labelled Sirius. The 2008 Red is a round flavoured wine with atypically higher levels of wood on the nose and the palate – touching on conservative California levels. This wine is a good bridge between wines that have been lead down the Parker path and classic styles of France. The sharp dryness sits well with the ripe berry juices. Musical Match: Mixing Old Skool and New World is something that British Read more [...]

Domaine Rousset Peyraguey Sauternes 2002, Bordeaux,France

Sauternes, like Champagne, has a wine making tradition that is coveted, imitated and patentable. In Sauternes like their whites sweet, and have them calibrated perfectly to match with foie-gras and other such delicacies – and it is refreshing to have a sweet wine during the appetizer, not just riding shotgun with dessert. It is worth mentioning that this wine is an organic wine. I picked up a bit of an alcohol smell similar to what you might get with a grappa with some toasted pistachios. Taste Read more [...]

Château Falfas 2006 Côtes de Bourg, Red, Bordeaux, France

The Château Falfas 2006 Côtes de Bourg steps into the price range where you will probably pay between 20 and 30 dollars depending on location – but it is a great example of what you can get for you money when you jump a couple steps away from the entry level.  With bright, almost candy, berry, rich tannins this wine jumps out at you at forces you to take notice.  It is not a new -world wannabe either, it holds classic French blended flavouring, reasonable if not modest oak. Musical Match:  Read more [...]
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