Sunday, February 22, 2009

An evening in Bordeaux

Dinning French is always a pleasure and accompanied with a series of white and red bordeauxs, it does not come much better.
Set under snowfall in Chr. Havn, the first thematic tasting event on Bordeaux blends was a succes.

A quick list of wines:

Chateau Villa Bel-Air (2001)
Palacio de Bacahlôa (2004)
Chateau de Camensac (2006)
Chateau de Chene Liege (2004)
Le Graviere (2000)  

Ch. Villa Bel-Air (2001). A 66% semillion and 34% semillion blanc blend, the wine presented it self with a rich yellow tone. The most interesting observation was the characteristic nose of  blue cheese and cocus. Taste notes was summarized as creamy/butterish, with a fresh finish. the wine was rated 91 points, but RP - a justified score. Espergæde vinkælder 111kr. 

Palacio de Bacalhôa (2004). Portugals only bordeaux tribute is made close to Lisbon, where fields of Cab, merlot and Petit Verdot, was planted back in 70'ties. Its Bacalhôa's top wine and Palacio de Bacalhôa has so far only been produced in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004. The blend is 70% Cab, 25% Merlot, and 5 % Pertit verdot. The wine has intense nose of tobacco/cigar wood, cacao, dark chocolate. Taste of an younger bordeaux and can easily be stored for some years to come. As an "outsider" (Portuguese) the wine resembles a fine left bank Bordeaux. Portugisisk vinkælder, 189kr. More info here

Ch. de Carmensac (2006). A 'new bordeaux'. A left bank bordeaux of 60% Cab, 20% merlot and 20% Cab Franc. An intense dark red colored wine, with a nose of leather and pepper. The tannins were harder than P. d Bacalhôa, but the wine opened through out the evening and evolved smoothly in the glass. Hj hansen vine and phillipson wine. More here

Ch. de Chene Leige (2004).  Here we go. The evenings first trip to the right river bank side, and moreover, a producer which neighbour the fields of the renowned Petrus. The wine presents itself slightly more transperant than the evenings precessors, and its blend is 65% merlot, 25% Cab, and 10% Cab franc.  A fine nose of peat and cigar wood box. We should try more Pomerol.  Privat cellar item

Ch. de La Graviere (2000) This evening eldest - A really strong nose of cigar wood to the top of the glass.  Great balanced. The 'drinking window' of this wine by Cellartracker is now to 2014; we made it within!  Private cellar item. Cellar trackers notes here. / AD

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