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Budget Bordeaux from 2012

October 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Every curious to expand my selection of affordable daily drinkers I ventured into the 2012 Bordeaux section at MacArthur Beverages. This is regarded as a Merlot vintage and the four wines we tasted contain at least 70% of it.  Jenn and I preferred one of the least expensive wines 2012 Petit Paveil, Bordeaux. It is a tasty wine to be enjoyed now. Next up is the 2012 Chateau Belle Colline, Cotes de Bordeaux Blaye which require much air to shed a greenhouse aspect. It becomes a solid, almost juicy, dark-fruited wine. The 2012 Chateau Grimont, Cotes de Bordeaux is too firm to be enjoyed and I did not like the 2012 Chateau Roquet, Bordeaux.

2012 Chateau Belle Colline, Cotes de Bordeaux Blaye – $17
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Malbec.  Alcohol 13.5%. The nose is of greenhouse and plums. In the mouth are a fine, powdery texture of dark fruit and greenhouse flavors. The wine dramatically improves on the second night with greenhouse aspect largely gone. Instead this is a solid wine, almost juicy in flavor with dark fruit flavors, a moderate structure, and general ability to satisfy. For the short-term. ** Now – 2020.

2012 Chateau Grimont, Cotes de Bordeaux Cadillac – $17
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Alcohol 13%. The nose remained mute. The moderate structure is echoed in the dry, firm flavors, watering acidity and dry finish which is particularly noticeable on the tongue. Some tart red and black fruit comes out but this remains a modest, firm wine. *(*) Now – 2022.

2012 Petit Paveil, Bordeaux – $13
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet.  Alcohol 13%. The nose is attractive with dark fruit. The dark fruit continues in the mouth with just a hint of greenhouse. There is some depth to the fruit that carried into the dry, black mineral finish. It is here that the dry, supporting structure is noticeable, though, there is a touch of softness too. Solid! ** Now – 2020.

2012 Chateau Roquet, Bordeaux – $13
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 13.5%. I did not like this wine so after two nights I never bothered to take a note. Poor.

Four More 2009 Petit Chateaux

One month ago Lou and Adrienne came over for a tasting of 2009 Petit Chateaux from the first offerings in Washington, DC.  MacArthurs recently stocked their shelves with 2009 Bordeaux from their latest container.   I was generally impressed with the quality for the price so I have been waiting for the next selection of wines.  I randomly grabbed the Chateau Thebot and L’Heritage de Chasse-Spleen.  The Chateau les Grands Marechaux and Chateau Clarke were still laying in my basement from the first wave.  The Chateau Thebot is imported by MacArthurs and available for $13.  The Chateau les Grands Marechaux is imported by Monsieur Touton and available for $18.  The L’Heritage de Chasse-Spleen is imported by MacArthurs and available for $19.  The Chateau Clarke is imported by MacArthurs and available for $22.

These wines fell into two groups, the two less expensive wines have broad appeal and should be drunk over the next several years.  While they are not evocative of any particular place they are enjoyable to drink and well priced.  The more expensive two are structured for aging and really should be cellared.  Even after several hours of air they retain their infancy.  I will follow up on other 2009 Bordeaux this month as there are ample selections available in the $11-$20 price range.

2009 Chateau Thebot, Bordeaux
In past vintages this has been a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.  The nose was subtle with clean, scented fruit that showed some perfume (violets?).  In the mouth the flavors were focused with blue fruit, balanced acidity, and plenty of drying tannins.  The good flavors shortened in the finish but what remained were enlivened by juicy acidity in the aftertaste.  ** Now-2017.

2009 Chateau les Grands Marechaux, Blaye
This wine is a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.  There were flavors of sweet, ripe fruit, delivered with ample mouth feel.  Notes of spice and cinnamon come out midpalate then wrapping up with drying tannins that coat the lips.  Very modern.  This is fun to drink now and I suspect will appeal to a broad range of drinkers.  Drink over the next several years.  *** Now-2017.

2009 L’Heritage de Chasse-Spleen, Haut-Medoc
The nose was full of cedar mixed with red and blue fruits.  In the mouth this medium-bodied wine was concentrated with tart red fruit which made way to black fruit.  There were some cinnamon flavors.  This was obviously structured with medium tannins.  On the second night the ample flavors of concentrated red fruit still existed in a young, tannic, structured frame.  This wine needs short-term cellaring.  **(*) 2015-2022.

2009 Chateau Clarke, Listrac-Medoc
This is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tasted over three nights this wine exhibits dark blue fruit with a pebbly texture punctuated with a whiskey-like note.  There was a fine coating of tannins.  Though the flavors became perfumed with time, the wine generally stayed concentrated and tight.  I would recommend short-term cellaring before trying again.  **(*) 2015-2022.