The 2009 and 2010 vintages of Bordeaux are hailed as absolutely stellar, so I try to scoop up as many as possible, cellaring some for another couple of years, or happily giving a pour to the more “everyday” bottles now. So far I’ve enjoyed every bottle I’ve had, and Château Argadens Bordeaux Superieur 2009 was another fantastic pour. The estate is located on one of the highest hills in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and dates back to the 13th century when it was originally named La Salle d’Argadens. In 2002 the 111 acre property was purchased by Maison Sichel, and was renamed to honour the family that founded the estate in the 13th century. Maison Sichel purchased the estate in order to “allow the quality of the terroir to be expressed to the full”. With that goal, they have restructured the vineyards, modernized the winery and built a cellar. They are fully committed to “sustainable development” and protecting the characteristics of the clay-limestone soil vineyards.
Deep red-violet in colour with aromas of black currant, tobacco and earth. Vibrant raspberry and black currant flavours joined earthy tobacco notes and silky smooth tannins, whilst cigar box spice elements and hints of cherry comprised the compact finish. A good value, this is a delightful, lush glass fantastic with a wide variety of dishes or sipping on its own.
63% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Mis en Bouteille au Château St. Andre du Bois, Gironde [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2015
- Château Fage Graves de Vayres Bordeaux 2010 (thebuddhainyourglass.com)