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Château Tayac 2000

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2000
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This wine is has a medium garnet colour, fading to a nice brownish colour on the edge. On the nose are blackcurrant, raspberries and dark fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate are flavours of dark fruit, cherry, blackcurrant and coffee. Nice long finish. A very nice glass of Bordeaux that is drinking well at the moment.

 

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, deep Ruby.
Nose
Clean, prominent. Characteristics of dark fruit, spice, blackberry, plum, and cherry, coffee with a hint of oak and vanilla

Palate
Medium acidity. medium tannin. Flavours of dark fruit, spice chocolate, coffee and cherry.  Full body. Long finish.

Conclusion
Outstanding

Château de la Grave Cuvée Nectar 2002

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet.

Excellent nose of berries with a hint of moss and earth. Flavours of robust dark cherry, silky tannins and slight hints of oak. Drinking nicely at the moment but will keep for a few more years yet. Very good and highly recommended.

Château de la Grave Hommage 2009

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This is a very special rose wine. It looks like a rose but acts like a red. On the nose, it has very intense fruity flavours (strawberry-like) but on the palate, it tastes of light spices and subtle oak.

I think this wine would fit in at an al fresco late lunch or early dinner of tapas or a variety of roasted veggies, pitas and dips. Delicious! I hope you find this wine as pleasantly surprising as I did!

Château Rousselle – Soif de Vincent 2007

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This wine starts with a great name: Soif de Vincent, meaning the thirst of Vincent (who happens to be the Château owner at Rousselle). The wine is meant as a summer refreshment – served chilled. With that in mind, it is not your typical Bordeaux, as it is light and refreshing (though it still has some of the Bordeaux heritage of earth and mineral). Overall it is a great refreshing drink, best enjoyed in the heat with some lovely complexity for people that don’t like their wine too frivolous.

90% Merlot, 10% Malbec