Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The French Trio




I was busy last week and missed my wine of the week posting. To make it up, I am sharing with you three good wine from the old world.

It was CJ's 41st birthday last Wednesday. Alan, Eeleen, wife and I showed up late at night at 1ETL with a bottle each to celebrate his birthday. Incidentally, all three bottles that we had that night were all from Bordeaux, France. And any of the three will make it to my wine of the week list easily.


2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac
This is a 2000 Bordeaux from one of the region's most famous Chateau. The St. Emilion Grand Cru is the second wine of Figeac and for a fraction of the first wine price, this is very value-for-money.  Elegant, graceful and nearing peak, the Grange Neuve will not change the world but it impresses. Terrific nose on this if you love classic Bordeaux secondary notes. Highly aromatic and delightfully medium in weight, this is what many will seek in Bordeaux.

2000 Chateau Labegorce Margaux
Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. This 2000 Margaux is a fantastic old school claret with great mid palate depth and richness. Tasting notes and reviews:

90 points Wine Enthusiast
 If Margaux is the most delicate of the Médoc wines, then this is the epitome of Margaux. It is light, poised and attractively perfumed. The fruit is elegant and fresh with a fine streak of acidity.   (6/ 2003)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
 Soft, ripe, and fruity, with big, smoky, charred berry-like scents intermixed with tobacco and plum aromas, this medium-bodied 2000 is best drunk over the next 8-10 years.   (4/ 2003)
Wine Spectator
 Beautiful aromas of spices, berries and plums. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Best after 2005.   (3/ 2003)

2007 Chateau Haut Batailley Pauillac
2007 of this 5th classed growth is a very approachable wine. It is tender and succulent,  charmingly smooth and not too fat. Wonderfully feminine. Can be consumed as young as now.














3 comments:

  1. These wines must be very expensive judging from their ages and descriptions :D

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    1. I only pick wine that I like and enjoy for my "Wine of the Week" posts. As such, the description can only be good. :)

      But that does not mean they are all expensive. There are good cheap wine too. As I said earlier, it's all down to personal preference.

      But interestingly, recent research has shown that individuals appreciate the same wine more when they think that it is pricier!?

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