Bordeaux wines rank as some of the most expensive in the world, many selling for more than $1000 a bottle. It is also a region recently riddled with controversy, from family feuds, political manipulation, and the revelation of chemical additives. Thankfully, there are about 7,000 châteaus within the Bordeaux appellation, many of them produce outstanding, affordable bottles and can slip under the wine politics radar. As I’m a huge fan of fantastic, budget friendly bottles, I’m embarking on an unhurried, affordable Bordeaux exploration, so you can expect to see them popping up here sporadically.
Saturday night my husband and I decided to stay in and have a movie marathon night. We each placed the titles of 5 movies in a hat to decide what to watch, first film up was Lethal Weapon. I somehow arrived at the conclusion that a Bordeaux would be a perfect accompaniment. I popped open Barbe D’Or Bordeaux Supérieur 2008 and let it decant for about 30 minutes.
Clear, dark garnet in colour, with aromas of berry fruits and warm stones. Dried cherry and herbal elements convened in the medium body. The modest finish displayed tobacco and ambiguous spicy notes. Slightly muddled with an overall indistinct taste of just “wine”, yet quite smooth and easy drinking, I deftly exhausted the bottle amidst movie night.
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2014