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A Pair of Recent Bordeaux


I recently asked Mark for a pair of affordable Bordeaux recommendations because I was curious to drink pre-2009 vintages.  This post features two of the four wines he recommended.  I was familiar with Chateau Daugay as I had tasted the 2009 back in February.  You may read my tasting note here.  The 2006 is still fresh (it does not seem to have any mature notes yet) and provides for attractive drinking after a few hours of air.  The Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande has interesting components but remained decidedly tight over two nights.  I would cellar this wine several more years before trying again.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2006 Chateau Daugay, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – $28
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This is a blend of approximately equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from 35-year-old vines.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The light nose reveals berries.  In the mouth it took some time but it eventually put on good weight and concentration.  The flavors are fresh, almost minty, with blue fruit and an attractive, approachable structure.  It remained fresh over two nights, was a little chewy, and had elegant concentration.  There were very fine tannins and acidity throughout which kept it on its feet.  *** Now-2019.

2008 Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande, Saint-Estephe – $34
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 50% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Petit Verdot sourced from 25-year-old vines.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The light and focused nose remained tight with a little black cherry aroma.  In the mouth the flavors remained tight with blue and red fruit, tight low-lying black fruit and a little spice.  The flavors were lifted in the finish where minerally black fruit came out.  There was wood box spice and ripe tannins which gently coated the teeth and lips.  A fine texture overall.  Needs a few years.  **(*) 2016-2024.

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