Vino Rouge Red Wine Tasting April 8, 2015

Including the bonus bottle, Jay presented six Bordeauxs and one Rhone. Two of the Bordeauxs were from the Medoc with Cabernet Sauvignon being the predominant varietal in the blend. At seven years old, the Margaux from Tayac was not very active in the mouth or on the nose and received no votes. At nine years old, the Gloria from Saint-Julien was appreciated for its ripe fruit, balanced in Bordeaux fashion.

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The eight year old Branon and seven year old Haut-Gravet both were crowd pleasers with the Branon scoring 17 votes for first place and the Haut- Gravet scoring 13 votes for third place. The Branon from Pessac and Haut-Gravet from Saint-Emilion have Merlot as the predominant varietal in the blend. These wines were generous in a medium bodied way with modest Bordeaux qualities featuring mocha and espresso flavors along with pleasing minerality. The eight year old Chateauneuf Du Pape from the great 2007 vintage scored 15 points for second favorite wine due to its plush body and mature grenache mouth feel with cherry and licorice flavors.

We thank Jay for a lesson in less expensive Bordeaux. The best price to quality ratio was found in the Haut-Gravet. The Marcard at $15.00 was strong enough to obtain 10 votes for its pleasing Bordeaux package. These are Bordeauxs which are versatile food wines and not tannic monsters or heavy handed or clumsy. I love Bordeaux and believe that it makes sense to enjoy wines like these rather than spending hundreds of dollars per bottle for high profile classified growth Bordeauxs which used to sell for $15.00 – $50.00 per bottle fifteen to thirty years ago.

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Specific details on these fine wines can be found below:

2006 Chateau Franc Cardinal Francs Cotes De Bordeaux – 72% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec
This delicious, deep, dense vintage a full bodies wine packed with fruit flavors, elegance and warmth.

2007 Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf du Pape – 60 Grenache, 30% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 2% Cinsault
Powerful, heady, deep and full of harmony. The tannins are very qualitative, they are silky and delicate, giving an impression of volume and length in the mouth. A wine with exceptional cellaring potential than can already be enjoyable.

2007 Chateau Branon Pessac Leognan – 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine offers a smoke, espresso, blackberry, licorice, tobacco,, cocoa and black raspberry filled perfume. The wine is soft, round and supple textured, but it lacks the density found in the better vintages of this small production.

2008 Chateau Haut-Gravet Saint Emilion Grand Cru – 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit in this wine is fresh and pure, with flavors of dark berries and elegant tannins. Ac certain mineral undertone hints at the flint soils in a most seductive way. A true pleasure.

2008 Chateau Grand Tayac Margaux – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
A textbook introduction to Margaux, with lilac, crushed raspberry and plum fruit. Iron tinged but silky tannins carry the lengthy, perfumed finish, which shows latent depth.

2009 Chateau de Marcard – 50% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Ripe and dense, but fresh, with silky-textured plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit carried by sweet spice and maduro tobacco notes. The fleshy finish shows nice drive. Should open up more with brief cellaring.

Bonus bottle:
2006 Chateau Gloria Saint Julien – 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Sweet cedary, cigar box, roasted herb, and black currant fruit aromas are followed by a lush, full bodied, textured, concentrated wine. Beautiful and refined.

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