Epicurea de Château Martinat Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

With all the focus on upcoming vintages I thought it was time to look at a less well known Bordeaux from the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage. This value, whose price has barely climbed up since release remains a wine worth purchasing, or does it? On opening this starts off with a fair closed profile, some black fruit over gentle oak spice notes but with several hours of air the fruit takes on a sweeter profile and the overt wood tones fade leaving behind integrated spice notes all underpinned by some earthy notes. In the mouth this remained less expressive with fairly imposing tannins dominating the mid-palate yet the wine has an innate balance and revealed layers of fruit on the moderately long finish that point to a very positive future. By the end of the bottle this had really begun to pull itself together with brighter fruit and nice emerging earthy complexity that began to reveal an aromatic autumnal tobacco-ey element. This is real Bordeaux, the like of which seems to be increasing hard to come by. Fruity but not fruit driven, tannic, a bit hard, but complex and with a certain elegance. It's a wine that is just coming into it's own and should evolve well over the coming 5-7 years. The 2009 is being offered these days on futures for about the same price. I have not tried the 2009 but assuming one has a line on well stored bottles of this 2005 I would opt for this. It's not a wine that shows much appreciation so there is no reason to buy it on futures, yet it is a wine that requires some time in the cellar. Even more reason to buy something a little closer to its peak. If you like more traditionally styled Bordeaux, check this out. 90pts potential 85Bv today Drink 2012-2017

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Editorial Reviews for Epicurea de Château Martinat Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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Vintage: 2005 03/25/2011

With all the focus on upcoming vintages I thought it was time to look at a less well known Bordeaux from the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage. This value, whose price has barely climbed up since release remains a wine worth purchasing, or does it? On opening this starts off with a fair closed profile, some black fruit over gentle oak spice notes but with several hours of air the fruit takes on a sweeter profile and the overt wood tones fade leaving behind integrated spice notes all underpinned by some earthy notes. In the mouth this remained less expressive with fairly imposing tannins dominating the mid-palate yet the wine has an innate balance and revealed layers of fruit on the moderately long finish that point to a very positive future. By the end of the bottle this had really begun to pull itself together with brighter fruit and nice emerging earthy complexity that began to reveal an aromatic autumnal tobacco-ey element. This is real Bordeaux, the like of which seems to be increasing hard to come by. Fruity but not fruit driven, tannic, a bit hard, but complex and with a certain elegance. It's a wine that is just coming into it's own and should evolve well over the coming 5-7 years. The 2009 is being offered these days on futures for about the same price. I have not tried the 2009 but assuming one has a line on well stored bottles of this 2005 I would opt for this. It's not a wine that shows much appreciation so there is no reason to buy it on futures, yet it is a wine that requires some time in the cellar. Even more reason to buy something a little closer to its peak. If you like more traditionally styled Bordeaux, check this out. 90pts potential 85Bv today Drink 2012-2017


External Reviews for Epicurea de Château Martinat Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The finest example of this wine I have ever tasted, the 2009 Epicurea de Chateau Martinat (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) was cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare. Aromas of flowers, licorice, smoke, red and black fruits, and subtle wood are... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Epicurea de Chateau Martinat 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/04/2010

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Epicurea de Chateau Martinat 750ml



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