Chateau Haut Jongay 2012 Côtes de Bourg

Appellation Côtes de Bourg Contrôlée, close to Bordeaux, France
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec; 13% ABV
Imported by Bercut – Vandervoort & Co, San Mateo, CA
$8 at the Richmond, CA, store on 22 March

ChHautJongay_2012_CotesDeBourgWhen this showed up, I was very intrigued by the blend, especially the 5% Malbec.  It’s a little on the pricey side for the GO, so I waited for the sale to get one, and finally opened it tonight.  I really like it!

To my taste, this wine took 3:15 – 3:45 of air to open up, and it kept improving from there.  I tasted black-earthy, blackberry / plum, thick tannins, hints of boysenberry, violets, and caramel / prune, and acid of light red cherry / cranberry.  For those who enjoy young wines, this is good now, but IMO this has plenty of promise for the years ahead.

Indeed, while the saved single-glass, screwcap bottle was still good, I didn’t really know what to make of it.  It had a lot of the same flavors as the first day’s portion, but my best guess is that the wine seemed a little shut down, never showing the exuberant fruit it had the first night.  It might be better to just leave any leftover wine in the original bottle with the cork in it, or to just cover the decanter.

A pleasant surprise from the current buyers has been the good Bordeaux and Bordeaux-area wines, the latter of which this wine and the Bel-Air 2013 Bergerac are excellent examples.  Now… how about Burgundy, Rhone, and Loire wines?  🙂


6 thoughts on “Chateau Haut Jongay 2012 Côtes de Bourg

  1. lim13

    Perhaps the current buyers have read (or been made aware of) the earlier posts and comments about all the questionable “Bordeaux and Bordeaux-area wines” that their predecessors were bringing in. Good move.

  2. Doug Green

    Forget about getting good Burgundies at GO – especially reds. At the price points where GO sells, nothing decent and red comes out of Burgundy. One is lucky to find a drinkable red Burg in the $15-20 range on a closeout. OTOH, there should be plenty of opportunities for quality Red Rhones in the sub-$10 price range

    1. seedboy

      Oh Doug, I once bought a bottle of Jadot Clos de Beze at GO. For $5. And I’ve spent $15 to $30 at GO for fabulous red Burgundy. Just not very often.

  3. Expat

    Thanks for the review. Really excited for some decent French vino at GO. I got a St Emillion I’ll get into soon and report back.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      If that’s the Chateau Vieux Moulin 2011 Lussac St-Emilion, G.L.Pease liked it a lot. I haven’t gotten to my bottle yet.

      1. Darrell

        For a buck more I preferred the 2011 Chateau Vieux Moulin, but I quickly sampled and evaluated the Chateau Haut Jongay 2012 without the airing as I was going to make a purchase decision between the two before the sale was over today.


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