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
When 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?