Monday, March 28, 2005

$16 Bordeaux

Chateau Beaulieu, Comtes de Tastes, Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2001 ($16) -- France. Estate bottled. Classy front label, and a very informative back label with production notes: (15 year vines on 25 acres; 55%Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; high density vines with low yields; 60% new oak barrels; 12 months on the lees; hand harvested -- no snakes!) It's all there. I give it an A+ on packaging.

As for the wine, there was a pleasant fruit nose; tannins were present; but in the mouth it was jumbled and confused with a short finish. Another taster got vinegar. Ouch! I didn't think it was that bad, but compared to the very good wines coming out of Spain, Chile and Argentina for under $12 that have big aromas and full fruit balanced flavors, this little Bordeaux with the good looking bottle will remain a one-time sample not to be repeated.

Final note: this one may have been partially cooked as the cork showed signs of leakage. I will retest if someone else buys the next sample.


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