Bordeaux Standard 2006 Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Oakland, CA, store on 2 April.  Likely not there now.  More at the Richmond store on 5 April.

BordeauxStandard_2006_SaintEmilionI bought this bottle because I thought the Bordeaux Standard 2004 Haut-Médoc was pretty good.  This Saint-Émilion is also pretty good.

Although it’s not saying that much, the Saint-Émilion is heavier and richer than the Haut-Médoc, but it strikes me as less complex.  After about 1:40 of air in a decanter, this wine shows softly textured cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some slightly funky brown earth and a hint of green bell pepper.  I’m not that wild about it, but as with the HM, it’s real Bordeaux in a way that a lot of GO Bordeaux is not.  If you’re into that, this is reasonably priced, nicely aged wine.


2 thoughts on “Bordeaux Standard 2006 Saint-Émilion

  1. Delmartian1

    I tried both the 2004 Haut Medoc and the 2006 St. Emilion this weekend in a side by side tasting with both bottles decanted 90 minutes prior to serving per earlier suggestions. The Haut Medoc was far superior and very much like a St. Estephe in character. The St. Emilion seemed to improve but was lacking in complexity and never really developed into what one would expect from a good St. Emilion. Oceanside has loaded up for the wine sale and I’ll be back Wednesday for a case of the Haut Medoc.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Delmartian1. Thanks for sharing the results of your research! 🙂 I’m glad to hear you liked the HM better since it’s a dollar less and there seems to be more of it around.


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