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A pair of modest 2000 red Bordeaux

A month or so ago, Phil brought in a cache of well-stored Bordeaux from which I bought a few modestly priced selections.  I went through a few bottles of 2000 Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet, Pauillac, concluding that it is a wine to drink up.  At best it has deep aromas followed by gentle, mature wood box flavors.  It is a luncheon wine.  My favorite is the gutsy 2000 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac.  Produced before micro-oxygenation was introduced, it is saline and savory.  Though mature, it has good life ahead and currently offers fine length.  It is a good value at $30.


2000 Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet, Pauillac – $35
Imported by LVDH. Alcohol 13%.  Some mature, deep notes on the nose.  The flavors are wood box infused with a gentle and mature nature yet the wine is balanced and not old.  It is in a focused, leaner style with a little minerality, a touch of ripe spice, and freshness.  Good length.  **(*) Now – 2022.


2000 Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac – $30
Imported by Bacchus Importers.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Savory salinity is bound with minerals and mature flavors.  In a good state, it still comes across as fresh, with supportive acidity, a long finish, and good aftertaste.  Has life yet.  *** Now – 2024.


A Robust Fronsac

The 2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac is a flavorful and robust wine from Fronsac.  Merlot is the predominant grape here where it often leads to hard wines.  That is not the case with this wine.  There is forward fruit, but if it were not for the raisin and prune note, this wine would be even better.  Still, it has plenty of flavor with the right amount of tannins and robustness such that you do not forget it comes from Fronsac.  Think of it as a weekday wine.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac – $15
Shipped by Barriere Freres.  This wine is 100% Merlot sourced from vines averaging 35 years of age on clay silt soil.  It was fermented in concrete vats then aged in used oak barrels and concrete vats.  Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The wine is robust with inky and minerally flavors before a slight hint of raisins and prune come out.  The ripe tannins pair well with a cedar note.  ** Now – 2018.

Inexpensive Bordeaux from 2009 and 2010

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

We recently tasted through four affordable Bordeaux from the 2009 and 2010 vintages priced between $15 and $25.  The wines were selected at random and unfortunately, did not prove to be the most interesting selection. At $15 the 2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac represents a solid value. For an increase in price to $25 you may buy the 2009 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estephe which offers more future potential.  I would cellar this for another year or two then pop and pour!  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2009 Chateau Ducluzeau, Listrac-Medoc – $20
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose had powdery aromas of greenhouse, fruit, and licorice.  The flavors began with a rounded start before developing very finely articulated black fruit with pencil lead in the finish.  The cool nature of the wine matched the watering acidity and the linear, focused progression of black fruit.  With air the wine and structure became firmer, leaving an unbalanced impression.  ** Now.


2009 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton, Saint-Estephe – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc sourced from vines averaging 35 years of age.  It was aged in one-third new oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was balanced with aromas of red-black fruit, green stemminess, and some earth.  The flavors followed in the mouth where they became less earthy and more fresh.  The wine had some weight and texture with a hint of greenhouse.  I found the wine more interesting at first for with air it cleaned up.  In the end, this balanced wine took on a vintage perfume note to go with the hint of black fruit.  **(*) Now – 2023.


2010 Chateau Mayne-Vieil, Fronsac – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Merlot. Alcohol 14.5%.  The cherry flavors were fruit forward yet still vibrant at first.  This showed interesting fruit, black minerals, and grip.  Solid wine for the price.  ** Now – 2018.


2010 Chateau Roc Taillade, Medoc – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot.  Alcohol 13.5%.  This wine showed a bit more structure and density with a better integration of the greenhouse flavors.  With air it showed simpler red fruit flavors, watering acidity, grippy structure, and a firm black flavored finish.  ** Now – 2020.

Three New 2009 Petit Chateaux

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

These three wines were recently purchased from MacArthurs so that I could continue exploring affordable 2009 Petit Chateaux.  All three have been favorably reviewed so I was curious to try them.  The Chateau Arnauton was my initial favorite with its clean flavors, acidity, and ripe tannins.  It is an affordable wine that may be drunk now or cellared for a bit.  The Domaine du Bouscat, Caduce is certainly a good drink at the price but the wee bit of heat was a little distracting.  Still, it is amazing what you can drink for $11 a bottle.  At first I was put off by the Domaine du Bouscat, Cuvee la Gargone.  Immediately out of the bottle it was rich, opulent, and flamboyant with its fruit and barrel influences.  It is a wine that will stand out in a crowd with its power and mouthfeel but I could not put my finger on what exactly I was drinking.  On the second night the flamboyance receded and it became a good last glass because it was rich but held in check.  All three wines will give strong drinking pleasure for the price.  To me the Chateau Arnauton is a modern Bordeaux, whereas the other two are modern.

2009 Domaine du Bouscat, Caduce, Bordeaux Superieur – $11
Imported by Jeffrey M. Davies.  This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and 10% Cabernet Franc.  Micro-oxygenated then aged for one year in tank and one year in French oak barrels and demi-muids.  This was a redder color than the cuvee la Gorgone.  The sweeter red fruit was grapey with a little heat and less concentration than the cuvee la Gorgone.  With air the clean red fruit became rich and tart in a creamy, spicy body.  Towards the finish there were cool, black fruit flavors, a little bramble akin to the Southern Rhone, and very fine, drying tannins coating the inside of the lips.  Drink now or over the short-term.  ** 2015-2022.

2009 Domaine du Bouscat, Cuvee la Gargone, Bordeaux Superieur – $18
Imported by Jeffrey M. Davies.  This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Malbec.  Micro-oxygenated then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.  The nose was focused with rich aromas of black fruit and sweet vanilla/wood.  In the mouth this was very rich, racy, spicy with flavors of black fruit and stones.  It was a little salty with more fine tannins.  The intense aftertaste had notes of vanilla-cream, sweet spice, and a spicy note.  Drink now, after decanting, or over the next 5 years.  ** 2015-2022.

2009 Chateau Arnauton, Fronsac – $15
Imported by Jeffrey M. Davies.  This is a blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.  Interesting enough, the benchmark wine for this is Vergelegen, South Africa.  This tasted best on the second night.  There was a light nose of raspberries.  In the mouth clean blue fruit flavors and black currant were enlivened by slightly salivating acidity on the back sides of the tongue.  The almost racy flavors stood up to the initially fine, coating tannins which eventually became ripe and chewy.  Drink now or over the short-term.  *** Now-2017.