Posts Tagged ‘Cotes de Francs’

Top values from Bordeaux: Marsau and Clos Marsalette

Phil at MacArthur Beverages recommends the two wines featured in this post and so must I.  The 2015 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Francs is a highly mineral, savory wine with an attractive nose of herbs.  It is a top value at $22, offering both personality and the ability to age for several years.  For me, the 2014 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Leognan is all about satisfyingly deep aromas and supple, dark flavors.  This may be a forward wine but it still has tension.  It is the sort of wine I want to drink glass after glass of and worth every bit of $25.

2015 Chateau Marsau, Cotes de Francs – $22
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Merlot.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose of herbs evokes sage and thyme.  In the mouth there is a savory edge to this highly mineral wine.  There is a focused vein or core of ripe and dense black fruit.  There is  subtle perfume in the end with a cool, zippy finish.  The supportive structure leaves ripe, gum coating tannins and a spicy note.  It has strong personality!  ***(*) Now – 2025.

2014 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Leognan – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc fermented in wooden and concrete vats then aged for 18 months in 40% new oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  A good nose of deep aromas.  In the mouth this is dark with licorice and cassis, a bit gravelly with tense freshness.  With air it is decidedly dark fruited with cassis and a eucalyptus/greenhouse hint.  The tannins are present yet completely integrated.  It takes on a cooler tilt with air.  This is a very satisfying, supple wine to be drunk now.  ***(*) Now – 2023.

A Wide Variety from Saturday and Sunday, 28 July 2008

The Kilikanoon was good but it is a powerful wine to be drunk in small sips. The Charles Smith Boom Boom was well done in the bright red fruit vein. The Mourre du Tendre was some funky stuff that I only drank two glasses of. The Attems Pinot Grigio was a nice surprise. And the two pinots were much appreciated during the humid Sunday evening.

2004 Kilikanoon, The Prodigal, Grenache, Clare Valley – $26
This grenache was aged for 24 months in older American and French oak hogsheads. A medium opaque ruby with some garnet. A light to medium nose of sweet red fruit. Concentrated fruit flavors assault with red fruit up front then dark berries develop in a supporting role. Mild acidity through with a mild finish and minimal tannins. I think this full-bodied wine needs more age before it can unleash all.

2006 Charles Smith, Boom Boom, Syrah – $22
From K Vintners. A good nose of light, bright dusty northwest red fruit. In the mouth, red fruit, raspberries, and acidity abound. Minimal, very fine, young tannins. There is a light, fresh, and slightly juicy finish. Drink now or within a year or so. It drank almost exactly the same the next night.

2001 Mourre du Tendre, Cuvee Tradition, Cotes du Rhone Villages – $22
Upon decanting Jenn found an intense nose of white grapefruit. To me it was more cat pee on clay litter. After 24 hours grapefruit/pee bit disappeared and was replaced by sweet red raspberry candy/liquor. The flavors follow the nose with slightly chewy red berries in this medium bodied wine. This is some funky stuff that won’t appeal to most.

These two ’95s have been lurking in my basement for some reason. I had some hope for the Puygueraud but….

1995 Chateau La Boscq, Vieilles Vignes, Medoc
Some stinky cheese at first then a light claret and cedar nose. There are bright red berries, lean fruit, and a cinnamon flavor that develops with air. This light to medium bodied show its acidity in the finish then is followed by a simple aftertaste. Drink up. It is drinkable but completely boring.

1995 Chateau Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs
A light color of heavily bricked garnet. A light nose of mostly volatile acidity.
Thin fruit, towards acidic and a little sour. A cool, menthol finish with very fine tannins in aftertaste. Gets worse with air. Not worth drinking.

A few good wines from dinner at a friends’ house. No notes, just what Jenn and I remember.

2007 Attems, Pinot Grigio, Collio – $17
I thought this was an excellent Pinot Grigio. Round and somewhat creamy fruit, lively and refreshing.

2002 Fromm, Clayvin Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Marlborough
The first bottle was corked but the second one delivered the goods right away. Good nose of dark blue fruits that is beginning to develop some complexity. This medium bodied wine has blue fruit in the mouth, some oak, and leaves the impression of restraint. While it drank well now I’d cellar it a few more years to see what develops. We preferred this over the Dierberg…not to imply that the Dierberg wasn’t good.

2005 Dierberg, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
Aged 16 months in 90% new French oak. Dark red berries on the nose. Dark blue and red fruit flavors that are concentrated with good acidity. I’d cellar this for a few years before drinking. The oak is not overdone.

Wines from Portugal, France, and Spain

March 17, 2008 1 comment

I haven’t posted any notes in several weeks because two and a half weeks ago my wife and I had a baby girl. Needless to write these 2+ weeks have flown by leaving little time to post my notes. We’re settling down some so here are some notes!

2002 Jorge Moreira, Poeira, Duoro – $15
Other vintages of this wine has been mentioned in the past. It was hard to resist the close out price on this lesser vintage. This is a blend of 30 different varietals located across 4 parcels that were formerly used for port. The 70 year old vines are primarily Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Souzao, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Amarela, and Tinta Roriz. They are crushed by foot in stone lagares and fermented in barrel. The wine is then aged for 16 months in new and 1 year old French oak. In the glass it is red with purple highlights. It has a light nose that revealed blue fruits with air. There are sour red cherries with cedar/oak followed by soft, very fine elegant tannins. The finish is short. It is a soft wine with no underlying complexity. I wouldn’t buy this vintage again.

2000 Chateau Charmes-Godard, Cotes de Francs – $12
I needed a foil for the Poeira. There is a light nose of berries and cedar. In the mouth there are one-dimensional berry flavors, sour cherry, and cedar. It is a simple, light-bodied wine. In comparison the Poeira had better fruit but the Charmes-Godard had the better finish.

2005 Vinyes i Vins Ca Sa Padrina, Manto Negro, Binissalem-Mallorga – $15
This is a blend of Manto Negro, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. In the glass is is ruby red with light to medium opacity. There are red and blue fruits with spice on the nose and in the mouth. There is a fruity/acidity/tannin burst when first in the mouth. This is followed by a bit of grip from the oak. A well made, rather modern wine that could come from anywhere.

2005 Pago del Vicario, Penta, Tiera de Castilla – $16
The Pago del Vicario winery grew from a project by brother Antonio and Ignacio Barco in 2000. They have 130 ha of vineyards. The Penta wine is produced to be intense in flavor, with short barrel aging, and to appeal to a wide variety. This is a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 8% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. It is aged for 5 months in French oak. In the glass it is ruby with some purple and medium opacity. In the mouth there are initial blue fruits and mineral, with a supple mouth feel. It is a medium-bodied wine that is refreshing. It has good acidity and fine tannins that become assertive at the end. Compared to the 2006 Cellar Can Blau the Penta has riper fruit with a touch more suppleness. Both my wife and I would drink both wines again, giving slight preference to the Cellar Can Blau