Today, I am enjoying my grill along with a bottle of 2009 Chateau de la Taille Bordeaux, another bottle from that super vintage (at least as it's b... Read more
Surprisingly lucscious French red. Strong aromas of plum and tobacco; Smooth feel and lingering berry finish. For the $10 cost, can't find a bett... Read more
Food Pairings for Chateau de la Taille Red Bordeaux Blend France Bordeaux
Today, I am enjoying my grill along with a bottle of 2009 Chateau de la Taille Bordeaux, another bottle from that super vintage (at least as it's been billed) from France. Now don't get me wrong, the experts who tasted from barrels are probably right on, but given that for us plebians it takes at least 4 or 5 years for a great or even mediocre Bordeaux to be drinkable much less outstanding, it's really an unfair tease in my opinion. Granted, I did order a case of '09 Margaux on futures and can't wait for it to arrive sometime in 2012, but come on! We all know the reason we buy great bottles of wine is not to satisfy our squirrel instinct for stocking the cellar, but to enjoy the great wine now! Well, fortunately, many of the early 2009 Bordeaux are drinking quite nicely right now. Could they benefit from time in the cellar, certainly, but that doesn't mean we must opt for future enjoyment over immediate satisfaction. Such is the case with today's wine, a wonderful blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec (this might be a somewhat familiar blend to those who like me, enjoy the Bordeaux blends of the Pacific Northwest). I've found in my personal experience, the early releases that have a heavy Merlot emphasis tend to drink much better right now than many other blends, particularly the heartier wines like a recent St. Emilion I purchased and can't imagine opening until 2014. This wine is a very young wine, with ample fruit. The nose exhibits some hints of cedar and leather, with a strong body of fruit, ranging from cherry to dark plum. The taste is quite light right now, and very dry with silky tannins for a long finish. Unlike some others I've tried, this wine is actually drinking quite nicely right now, though it's certainly worthy of another year or two in the cellar. I've heard some suggest this would be a great wine with lighter fare or perhaps some soft cheeses (but come on, what wine wouldn't go well with a fine brie?), but call me crazy, I'm going to enjoy this bottle with a summer cookout of a prime porterhouse steak, grilled rare (oh yes, cool red center please!), some red, yellow and orange peppers roasted in extra virgin olive oil and some fresh sweet corn grilled in the husk! Ohhhh my! This wine is still young, and I would rate it 3.5, certainly with room to grow. I expecially like it at the bargain price of $9 that I found it for at my favorite local wine merchant!
Surprisingly lucscious French red. Strong aromas of plum and tobacco; Smooth feel and lingering berry finish. For the $10 cost, can't find a better value in Bordeaux.
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