An affordable, decade old red Bordeaux
When I asked Mark for a recommendation on an affordable bottle of red Bordeaux which I could drink now he kept returning to the 2006 Chateau Daugay, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Indeed for me it was also a return for I last drank this vintage four years ago to this month. Over this period of time the wine has moved from needing a few hours of air and being youthfully fresh to one that quickly reveals its dense and rounded dark flavors. I like this wine for it is flavorful, subtly complex, and restrained in alcohol. This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2006 Chateau Daugay, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – $30
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. It was fermented in stainless steel then aged in a mixture of stainless steel and oak. Alcohol 13.5%. There are black, mineral fruit flavors that are initially a bit dense and rounded. The moderate structure brings a polished wood note and some drying tannins on the gums. This wine eventually adds some complexity by developing a touch of ink and orange-spices in the middle. *** Now – 2021+.