Moving ahead with my leisurely, affordable Bordeaux exploration, I picked up Château Guiraud-Cheval-Blanc Bordeaux 2008. The estate has been handed down from father to son since 1852, the current owner; Laurent Deliaune is also the winemaker. As with many other French [especially Bordeaux] wines, this Estate has also had its share of controversy, although of the much more benign trademark infringement kind [rather than the chemical additive or grape fraud kind]. In December 2011 following 5 years of court proceedings, the legendary and prestigious Château Cheval Blanc [of Saint-Emilion fame] won its case against Château Guiraud-Cheval-Blanc, forbidding it to use its name on its bottles. The court found the similarity of the names could cause consumer brand confusion, resulting in Château Guiraud possibly profiting on the more established vineyard’s name by making their label more recognisable. So be on the lookout for a new name on the upcoming vintages!
Dark cranberry garnet with brick around the edges in colour, after aerating aromas of summer berries and damp forest floor swirled about in my glass. Aged in stainless steel and concrete for over 18 months, an undertone of clean, minerally slate melded seamlessly with the tart cherry and subtle raspberry flavors in the light to medium body. Spicy white pepper and meaty leather notes mingled with supple black tea tannins in the moderate finish. Quite easy on the wallet, this is a pleasant and easy drinking everyday table wine.
Côtes de Bourg
Mis en Bouteillle au Château [Estate Bottled]