Another evening of Stanley Cup hockey playoffs on the tv; I was making one of my standard dinners of quinoa/roasted pepper/smoked cheddar/cilantro patties with faux chicken nuggets and spicy feta broccoli. I fancied an easy drinking, uncomplicated bottle, so I figured it was an excellent opportunity to continue on in my affordable Bordeaux journey. I emerged from my bar rack with a bottle of Château Bellevue La Randée Bordeaux 2009. The grapes were sourced from 30-40 year old vines in a vineyard next to the village of Fronsac, and then aged 12-18 months in large vats rather than in barrels in order to emphasise the rich fruitiness.
Dark garnet with red-violet highlights, after aerating aromas of plum entwined with woodsy tobacco leaf and roasted espresso beans rose from my glass. Juicy plum and blackberry flavours abounded in the soft, full body, whilst traces of fresh, tart rhubarb materialsed every now and then. Spicy black pepper and earthy elements in the satisfying finish complimented the touch of minerality in the silky tannins. Pleasant and easy drinking, this is a terrific everyday glass for the table.
Mis En Bouteille Au Château [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2016