365 Days of Wine
Why Bordeaux is a good alternative to California
February 15, 2010
Another thing I grabbed at the Austin Wine Merchant the other day. I always will grab a $12 Bordeaux when I see a new one. This one had the appeal of the 2005 vintage and Haut-Medoc appellation: Ch. Larrivaux, Vicomtesse de Carheil, Haut Medoc 2005.
OK, its a good wine. Great, not really but hell it only costs $12. To be honest I like it more than anything at the price I have had from California, Cab or Merlot wise, with only a one handful of exceptions.
The nose is classic Bordeaux. Red Cherry, clean earth and light smoke and a whiff of shoe polish in a good way. The palate is balanced and light to medium. More red cherry, smoke and earth, Light cocoa tannins, and a slight vanilla and white pepper tone on the finish. A bit of copper acids, that help it stand up to food. Over all, a nice wine, medium body, classic Bordeaux style, not hugely stylish or sophisiticated, but a lot of finesse and quality at the price.
As they say "Whaddaya want for twelve bucks???" This wine delivers good value for the reasonable price of admission.
Drink This Wine!
Rob Moshein, Austin Wine Guy