At the Discover Bordeaux tasting event I attended in late January, I tried some fabulous red Bordeaux. As I stated in the post called, “Discover Bordeaux – Tasting Event”, many of the wines were quite pricey. There were, however, a few tasty treats that were not outrageously expensive. Two of the four wines listed below were from the less prestigious appellations of Moulis and Medoc, with the other two being from the famed Margaux appellation. All the wines listed here are from the 2007 vintage and all are under $50, which although may still seem a bit high, aren’t bad prices for quality Bordeaux.
Chateau Greysac 2007 AC Medoc: ($25 a bottle) The estate has about 70 hectares of vineyard. The red vines are planted with 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged in oak barrels of which 20% are new, for 12 months. There are aromas of red bell peppers, lead pencil, and the wine has a slight herbaceous quality to it. On the palate it has a smooth texture with juicy red fruit flavours and a good length. While not as impressive as some of the more expensive wines, it’s a tasty wine for the price.
Chateau Labegorce 2007 AC Margaux: ($36 a bottle) This estate has 30 hectares of vineyard planted with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged in cask (35% new) for 12 to 15 months. The 2007 has rich aromas of cassis, red and dark berries, plum, spice, vanilla, and cedar. Flavours of sweet vanilla and ripe fruit dominate with firm but balanced tannins and a good length. A very pleasant wine for the money.
Chateau Chasse-Spleen 2007 AC Moulis: ($39 a bottle) Chateau Chasse-Spleen is a Third Growth Bordeaux estate with 80 hectares of vines planted with 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine is aged for 12 to 14 months in oak, 40% of which are new barrels. The 2007 vintage is full of dark fruit aromas – cassis, black cherry – with some red fruit, spice, and a touch of chocolate. On the palate there are flavours of juicy ripe red fruit with some lead pencil and spice. The firm tannins could use a bit more time to soften and integrate. Really good for the price.
Chateau du Tertre 2007 AC Margaux: ($49 a bottle) This is the most expensive of the wines listed here but it’s still a great wine for the money. The estate is a 5th Growth with 50 hectares of vines planted on a gravelly, pebbly mound typical of the region. 40% of the vines are Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in traditional wooden vats and are aged up to 18 months in oak, 50% of which are new barrels. Chateau du Tertre is a gravity flow winery which means that the grapes and the wine are not subjected to the harsh treatments of mechanical pumps. The 2007 wine has aromas of violets, exotic spice, damp soil, and red fruit. It’s full-bodied, with flavours of spice and red fruit dominating. The firm tannins give the wine an appealing structure. A very delicious wine.