Haut Médoc, Bordeaux, France
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot; 12.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 Mar
I was immediately repulsed by this shiny red and gold label, but, well, it was an older Haut Médoc, so I picked it up. The back label in part reads: Served best in a Bordeaux glass which is tall with a wide bowl and is designed to release the aroma of the wine while directing it to the back of the mouth. I figured that any producer who was being that particular about stemware might care about the quality of the wine as well.
There seemed to be not much to this wine until it had aired in a decanter for about 90 minutes. Then some complexities of red fruits (red currant, cherry) and earth emerged in a pleasant but restrained way. As it continued to air over the next two hours, the wine darkened to become dominated by flavors of plum, purple grape, a little raisin and a hint of pencil lead. It’s a bit light-bodied for a Bordeaux, and didn’t really stand up to the (non-spicy) curried lamb and rice I made for dinner, and at times the flavors were slightly candy-like. However, it’s definitely Bordeaux in a way that a lot of GO Bordeaux is not, so it’s decent stuff if you like that kind of thing.
At the Richmond store, there was also a Bordeaux Standard 2006 St. Émilion. Has anyone tried either of these?