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A Pair of Affordable Bordeaux from 2009

It has been a few months since we last drank an 2009 Bordeaux so the recent arrival of these two selections was reason enough to pull some corks.  Both Chateau Roland La Garde and Chateau Feret-Lambert are new to me.  This week we tasted both of these wines over a period of two nights.  The Chateau Roland La Garde is fresh with red berries and could stand a few years to finish integrating but I doubt it will gain complexity.  It is more for short-term consumption.  The Chateau Feret-Lambert is fruit-forward with an appealing lushness along with a structure to develop for a few years.  It should appeal to many.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Chateau Roland La Garde, Tradition, Premieres Cotes de Blaye – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 67% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 26 hectare vineyard on soils of clay and limestone.  It is fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and aged in stainless steel vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The color is a light to medium ruby.  The light nose reveals tangy berries.  In the mouth there is concentrated red fruit, a little brightness, lots of fresh acidity, and an almost pebbly texture.  There are drying flavors and still some tannins which have yet to integrate.  ** 2014-2018.

2009 Chateau Feret-Lambert, Bordeaux Superieur – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 13 hectare vineyard on soils of clay and limestone on fossilized limestone bedrock.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel and cement vats, followed by some malolactic fermentation in barrique.  It was then aged 12-14 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a medium purple ruby.  The light nose reveals a hint of vanilla and lightly jammy fruit.  In the mouth there is blue fruit, light gentle spice, decent acidity, and lifted red fruit.  It puts on some weight with air with more blue fruit, spice, and graphite as the flavors tighten up a bit in the finish.  There is more controlled, ripe fruit.  This medium bodied wine is balanced all around with some wood tannins in its structure.  ** Now-2019.