Château Pey la Tour Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur Réserve du Château 2006
Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve, Bordeaux Superieur is a Dourthe wine made on a<br/>property in Salleboeuf and is mainly plump Merlot, treated to some good quality<br/>oak. More than 80% of the vineyard is now benefitting from the restructuring<br/>undertaken when Dourthe acquired the estate in 1990, with the first vines now<br/>havin reached perfect maturity. The work carried out throughout the year in the<br/>vineyard limits the load and ensures optimal protection against the threat from<br/>disease. In this late-ripening region the grapes benefit from the optimal<br/>weather conditions from the end of August to the second week in October and the<br/>intermittent rain in mid-September had no influence on the staggering harvests<br/>of 2006.
Bordeaux Superieur recommended to me by Monsieur Degas. Claims to have achieved a reputation "beyond it's appellation". Strong words, but let's see! Deep ruby colour with typical blackcurrant on the nose and some brambliness (blackcurrant leaf perhaps). No surprises from a 95% merlot then! Also something else I'm struggling to put my finger on - slighty piney maybe. More black fruit on the palate with a gentle acidity and moderate tannins. Decent finish. Individually the aspects don't seem to suggest a great wine, but it's a drop that equals more than the sum of it's component parts. I'm also not sure I got the best of the crate with this bottle, so expect to see an update here soon!
Dark violet in the core and purple-ish and red at the rim. Not a lot going on at the smell, a hint of spice and some black current at the back. Maybe a hint of vanilla too, but not too apparent. Light body and not a lot of structure to it. Not enough tannin at the back of the mouth but very easy drinking and suitable to entry level drinkers. Could use some time in the cellar. For 2-5 dollars more, a wine from Argentina, Spain, or Italy would do better.
went well with elk burgers