Posts tagged ‘Bordeaux’

Chateau Bernadotte 2006 vs Thomas Hardys Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 – what i’m drinking at the time 05.02.14

Its Cab night tonight, old world vs new world, french vs aussie. Looking into my cellar it looks like I need to drink more, oh woe is me, so I decided to do a comparison for some fun and games. Today we have a French Bordeaux from the Medoc, recommended to me a few years ago pitted against the well regarded Thomas Hardy’s Cab Sauv from the Margret River.

Both wines come with a bit of age and don’t come cheep coming in around the $50 mark at time of purchase with the Hardy’s currently coming in at just under $100. Expectations expectations…

2014.02.05 Chateau Bernadotte 2006, Thomas Hardys Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Chateau Bernadotte 2006 Haut Medoc
Thomas Hardys Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Margaret River

Read more…

Advertisements

1999 château d’yquem– What I’m Drinking At The Time 18.11.13

Man, let me tell you. Whatever you THINK you know about château d’yquem, believe me, nothing will prepare you for the awesomeness of actually tasting this wine…ever.

Chateau d'yquem

1999 château d’yquem

Read more…

1987 Basedow Vs 1992 Clos Des Jacobins – what i’m drinking at the time 05.08.12

Hey gang, got a clash of the oldies today, a 25 year old Hermitage from Barossa vs the slightly younger 20 year old St Emilion Grand Cru. It’s Australia vs France…whos gonna win!?

Basedow Barossa Hermitage 1987, 12.9%

vs

Cordier Clos des Jacobins, St Emilion Grand Cru 1992, 12.5%

Read more…

Chateau Fourcas Dupre 1986 – what i’m drinking at the time 22.01.2012

Bonjour readers and Happy Chinese New Year!

Today I was lucky enough to drink a wine almost as old as me.

 Chateau Fourcas Dupre, Listrac – Medoc 1986

A 1986 Listrac-Medoc. That’s pretty old! This guy comes from a red wine appellation from the Haut Medoc region in Bordeaux, meaning Cabernet Sauvignon (especially in Listrac-Medoc) but also the usual Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The area is situation on limestone and clay (rather than the more prestigious areas on gravel and clay) weighting in at 12.5% alc. Lets see how it goes!

Nose is thin, strawberries and sour cherries with a blood plum background. There is also mushrooms and some cantelope meringues. I know hey. It’s very light and whispy and doesn’t engage you but you notice it.

The attack is light, ripe slightly mushy strawberries comes to the front. It transistions into an initially bitter mid palate but immediatey the acidity and sweetnes come in to balance it out, like the flavours of strawberries dipped in dark chocolate flakes. Finishes long and warm and you can still get the alcohol. Little furry and grainy (dusty throat feeling).

It’s an ok wine, nothing especially awsome but it is elegant and has a finess to it after all this time in the bottle. Definatly more merlot in this but still Cabernet.

Great way to bring in the new year!

Kenny

Moss Wood 2008 & Chateau Lalande Sourbet 1990 – what i’m drinking at the time 18.01.2012

Waz up peeps! We got some treats today, a classic from the Margret River and a Cru Bourgeois with some age.

Moss Wood 2008 & Chateau Lalande Sourbet 1990

Had a BBQ with my folks and the in-laws tonight, both supplying the quality you see before you; my dad with the new school, in law with the old. Lets dive in!

Moss Wood

Moss Wood Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2008

I have had this guy at the Frenchy’s dinner here. As far as I can remember, I was very impressed and tonight was no different. Decanted for about 1.5 hours, this guy is 14.5% alcohol and as far as I know is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This has a very “strong and silent type” nose, almost brooding with upfront bold black currents soaked in rum. There are little bits of cherry, bark and aged wood as well as some wet grainy earthy tones. It’s very faint, but way in the background is the sweetness of aromatic tea which you have to look for. If you let it breathe a little longer, it develops a buttery toast vanilla flavour which adds to it’s already rich, lush and seductive nose. Very sexy.

Attack is lean and straight away you find it to be a very balanced wine. Nothing fights it way to be heard and all the nuances work together in harmony. Then, the acidity kicks in at the mid palate and it tangos with purple fruits, blood plums. Then the tannins pull it back and adds liquorice, leather and turns the sweetness into toffee or caramel. All the while, it’s very silky and smooth, think of that feeling you get when you see oil being poured out. There is some tantalising chalky bits towards the end which diffuse the flavours and finishes long and warm. The flavours transition into crystalized oranges and “asian coffee” i.e. some milk chocolate, hint of condensed milk with a slight mix of coffee,

Expertly balanced, incredible and almost faultless, the only thing I felt was a let down is the warmth on the finish. This is a killer. It goes for around $90 but seriously, you will not be disappointed. With the complexity you get now, imagine what will develop in time. Simply stunning. It gets Ken’s stamp of approval.

Chateau Lalande Sourbet

Cru Bourgeois, AOC Haut Medoc, 1990

Label time. Cru Bourgeois is the classification for the non 1855 Bordeaux classification. It ranges from Cru Bourgeois Exceptionels, then Superieurs, then just Bourgeois. I believe that this classification only applies to the Medoc region so it should give you a hint that its most likely a Cabernet dominated blend. Both label nor Google gives me a breakdown of the percentages so you guess is as good as mine. It does tell you that its 12% alcohol so expect a lighter style, and its French.

We decanted this for about 15-30 mins, it is 22 years old so you don’t want it to fade away. The nose comes off as wet socks, concrete, chinese vegetable soup and has a musky, wet aspect. It really reminds me of a veggie that looks like morning glory but I cannot put my finger on the name. It also strangely has a canned peach or dried fruit, specifically apricot touch at the end. Initially I thought we were in for some corked wine.

The first mouthful hit me with wet stone and rocks. The mid palate developed more mouthfeel and weight, giving the wine a heavier and solid body. There is very little fruit sweetness or acidity and weak tannins are in the forefront. Loose overall structure, extremely gravely and arid in flavours – think of a peach or apricot seed that you have been sucking on for too long, gets a bit dry and bland but has some residual fruit flavours, then throw in some celery sticks and blood oranges. Finish is watered down dryness, soup bones and a hint of bitter melon.

Ok, so initially I suspected that this guy was way overdue. However, it got way better and better with larger mouthful and the more you drink. It coats your mouth better and blends in with the first, second, third sip and builds up. The flavours get more distinct. It a very mature wine and the flavours coincide with it; dusty, dried fruit instead of bags of flavours. You get to sit and almost drink time. I think that our palates were tainted by the bigger bolder flavours of the Moss Wood and it diminished the flavours of this wine both on the nose and palate. I was “desensitized” in a way. I found the experience very interesting and wondered how many times this has happened to me! Be sure to have some bread with you and some coffee beans to clean you nose and palate because I think that this is actually a pretty nice wine and something you grow to appreciate. Drink with mushroom? Actually could do this with a light cigar! Nice effort.

Still, go buy the Moss Wood, before I do 😉

Kenny

Chateau Bellevue 2009 Bordeaux & McWilliams Regional Collection Coonawarra Shiraz 1999 – What i’m drinking at the time 11.12.2011

Continuing the French theme, we got some more Bordeaux today. Presenting….

Chateau Bellevue 2009 Bordeaux

Nat’s parents got this as a present today so lucky us. Retails for around $10, and screw top on a french bottle! Wow, times are changing. Looking at the label, it’s within the same category of wines as I have been drinking recently; the Cheval Noir and the Chateau Haut-Madrac. Randomly going on a running theme here shall we say.  This guy is again a Merlot dominate wine with Cabernet Sauvignon blend and at 13.5% alc./vol. Passed once through an aerator. Shall we taste?

Nose is pretty deep with black fruits, blackberries. A big lush nose with some oak, almost Barossa in style. The attack is lean, medium bodied with a nice mix of acidity and fruit. Lacks structure until it hits the mid palate where the tannins come in to balance out the acid and bring something to the mouthfeel. Finish is dry on the gums and very  long with some lime characteristics and a bit salty. Tastes haps better after more and more time in the glass, less oak and more smooth and fruit. Not much happening here but a nice tasting wine and reminds me of Penfolds bin 28. Initially I thought this was going to be crap but all things considered, I’m kinda impressed given the label. Don’t judge a book by its cover hey? Not a great wine but getter than most standard casual wines, and better than the CHeval Noir and Haut Madrac at a better price point. I would guess that this would be a $20-$25 dollar wine so it’s not without merit.

But wait, there’s more….

Mid writing this review, I had to drop some things off at parents house. My brother and his girlfriend was there and started shouting “Ken’s here! Another reason to open a bottle!” At 11.00pm I thought? You cannot be serious?! Apparently, Pol (brothers girlfriend) came back from her work Christmas function where that had unlimited drinks! (just the nonalcoholic kind…yeah…). My dad scrummaged around so I can’t let my family do all the heavy lifting, if I must I must. So if your still reading, we get a special guest of wine number 2.

McWilliams Regional Collection Coonawarra Shiraz 1999

Got a bit of ages to it too! 13.5% just like the previous. We aerated this into a decanter for about 15 mins? No justice but it was getting late sooo….Lets get right into it!

The nose brought me straight into middle earth (or New Zealand) with green and lush rolling hills. French oak is present with dried cranberries. Some initial sharp sourness made me gasp…hope its not vinegar! Attack is weird. It’s watery, background of tannin, well integrated fruit and acid. Balanced but feels unbalanced. Mid palate is cranberries and no increase or decrease in intensity of flavours from the initial attack. Some burnt wood and pineapple, the bits you get towards the skin. Finish is smooth light tannins, oak comes out to party here with vanilla notes. It’s a long long, very long finish with some apricot flavours you get at the seed, persimmon and leaves you with a very waxy mouth.

This feels like a matured wine, mellow and just chilling out. It has some complexity to it, solid mix of richness, smoothness and fruit flavours but does feel like it’s past its prime and wasn’t intended to taste this way. Bottle notes say its full bodied, cherry, spicy, plum and clove (which you get from the numb wax mouth). The fruit has faded into shadows and the supposed find grained tannins and spicy oak is a ghost. Not a bad effort, but again, nothing to write home about.

Sweet dreams!

Kenny

Cheval Noir Bordeaux 2005 Grand Vin – What i’m drinking at the time 4.12.2011

Hello gang!

First off, exciting news! I got my first two “likes” from fellow bloggers so a big shout out to lesleycarter and TechieChef! Cheers guys, hope to keep reading!

Today I wanted to see if I could find some value wine i.e. a good wine at a cheap price. Here’s what I came up with.

Cheval Noir Bordeaux 2005 Grand Vin

13.5% alco

This wine comes from the Mähler-Besse winery in the Saint-Emilion region. You can probably guess this from the name of the wine (I believe is a play on Cheval Blanc, a very famous wine from right bank Bordraux). I don’t know if this is true but that’s what I came up with in my head. The label shows that it’s “Appellation Bordeaux Controllee” which to me means that it’s a low classification of wine made from the Bordeaux grape varieties and in this case, Merlot dominate. I got this bottle for $10 – $15 dollars.

We poured this guy straight into glasses. The wine is dark, blackish purple and looks quite thick. It had a deep deep nose easily smelling black current and some earthyness, think about the smells you get when you’re lying on the grass on a sunny day. Now, lets give it a sip. The initial attach is very subdued and tannic. It builds up to a dry and dusty fruit mid palate. Acidity is in the back balancing out the flavours and zipping in and out in the mouth but makes itself known in the finish, adding to a dry powdery mouthfeel.

Some boldness and fineness to this wine but nothing special about it. A good solid effort but let down with that powdery mouthfeel finish. I think it needed some time to breath. If you try this, be sure to either aerate or decant for 30 min at least. This should smooth out the tannins a touch.

So, value? It’s probably worth a touch more than what I paid for it, maybe a $20 buck wine? Not a crap wine, but not great either. Lets call it an above average weekday wine which saves you $5.

Kenny