A couple of red Bordeaux and an Alsace pinot noir

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas. Here are a couple of red Bordeaux that are sub $30, and an Alsace pinot noir for obscurity’s sake. Trimbach Pinot Noir Reserve Alsace 2013Presents as Burgundy like and represents pretty good value for $33. Restrained and savoury, with sour cherry and minerally aromatics. The palate […]

Domaine du Salut Graves 2010

This is a sound wine from Domaine du Salut, a hitherto untasted producer.  From the 2010 vintage, it’s a blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon.  It provides more or less satisfactory drinking, with some earth and barnyard characters.  Its merlot influence lends it a red berry character that reminds of basic AOP red […]

A couple of Bordeaux blancs; Sirius Bordeaux Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2014 and Château Crabitey Graves Blanc 2015

Take 2; in my haste to correct a typo, I managed to delete the entire post.  Easily done it would seem and the recovery methods offered by blogs various unusually arcane.  If you managed to read the first post, hopefully my replacement here bears some resemblance. There is a sniff that Bordeaux Blanc may be […]

A couple of Bordeaux reds; Sirius Bordeaux 2012 and Château Crabitey Graves 2012

Here a couple of new Bordeaux imports; both well priced. Sirius Bordeaux 2012I frankly find the path of AOP Bordeaux reds littered with wines that can underwhelm or merit muted praise.  But as ever, careful searching leads to the exceptions.  And this wine is an exception, presenting like a good cru bourgeois that I would happily buy. […]

Chateau Chollet Graves 2010

Graves is an underrated appellation just outside of Bordeaux.  This wine though is a bit of a journeyman wine, despite its consumption in the rather scenic setting of Annecy’s old town.  From the highly regarded 2010 vintage, it ekes out flavours of blackcurrant in a pleasant enough fashion.  The acid’s a bit high though for […]

Chateau Haut-Peyrous Graves 2010

Chateau Haut-Peyrous’ Graves from the 2010 vintage is a blend of 75% semillon and 25% sauvignon blanc.  It is yellow to gold in colour, and opens to clean light intensity aromatics of straw, lemon, minerals, wet stones and dried herbs.  The palate, like the blend, is more semillon than sauvignon blanc.  It is dry and […]

Chateau Haut-Peyrous Graves 2008

Chateau Haut-Peyrous is a blend of 65% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc rounded out with dashes of petit verdot and malbec.  It presents as a classic left bank style of Bordeaux, with aromatics of cedar, cigar box and tobacco.  Dry and balanced, the palate initially showed a firm, almost minerally acid line, […]

Chateau Les Clauzots 2005

This wine from the excellent 2005 vintage had a blackcurrant like aroma, with length and green peppercorns on the palate.  A very pleasant wine.  My only additional observation was that it had a rather odd, almost ornamental, seemingly plastic encased cork.  86+ points. Price: $40Abv: 12.5%Website: http://www.chateaulesclauzots.com/