by VineSleuth Contributing Writer Steve Gross
Our Tasting Tour of French Wine continues with Steve’s observations of a few red Bordeaux.
Now I know what all the fuss is about….
Red Bordeaux Wines Tasted
Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2004 $85
Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2010 $8
Not much here in the way of fruit, on the nose or palate. Astringent, with tannins that dry out the rear of the mouth. Even on the second day, when some fruit emerged, the wine was not enjoyable.
Chateau Lepine 2009 $12
More to be found here that the previous wine. More pleasant aromas of dark fruit and berry vine. Drinkable, but not to all palates. On the second day, the wine was rounder, softer, and it offered more fruit. This wine held up well to bleu cheese and hummus with roasted red peppers, which is quite an accomplishment if you think about it.
Chateau Bois-Martin Pessac-Leognan 2007 $24
The nicest of the less expensive wines. Smooth drinking, without overly agressive drying of the mouth, with nice fruit flavor, some oak, and no bitterness on the back end. I would drink this again, but the price makes for some tough decisions. There are other wines I know I like, for the same money.
Delicious red Bordeaux is not cheap. You might decide that the price is simply too steep. If you do take the leap, though, and if you find the right bottle, you might found out for yourself what all the fuss is about. I certainly did.
Do you have a red Bordeaux that you especially like? What has your journey through red Bordeaux been like? Any standouts or surprises?