Yesterday was my mother’s birthday, the second one since she passed away suddenly a year and a half ago. I wanted to raise a glass to her with a wine that I would have picked out for her to enjoy along with a celebratory dinner at my house. I fancied something elegant and with a distinctive identity, so I gave a pour to Les Ailes de Berliquet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux 2002. Founded in 1768 Château Berliquet is one of the oldest estates in St. Emilion. It is included on the now famous map drawn up for King Louis XV in 1768, and in 1829 was considered one of St. Emilion’s 5 Grand Crus. The 9 hectare estate is located on the Right Bank with a specific terrior of clay, chalk and limestone, with an average vine age of 40 years. Since 1996 the estate has been managed by Patrick and Jérôme de Lesquen. Les Ailes de Berliquet is the estates second label wine, with an average of 7000 bottles being produced each vintage.
Dark garnet in colour, aromas of dried roses, blueberry and cranberry radiated from the glass. Cherry and blueberry flavours seamlessly joined earthy tobacco notes and traces of black olive in the full body. Cigar box spices, rosewood and the slightest wisps of smoky earth comprised the velvety finish. Well balanced with integrated flavours, this a delightfully effortless glass that empties much too swiftly.
Winemaker’s Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Grand Cru Bordeaux
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2015