It is a rare occasion when I get so excited about each and every wine that I sampled at a wine tasting. In this case, the wines were from Bordeaux. The truth is, the wines from Bordeaux have not been at the top of the wines on my ‘to try’ list for many years. Maybe the reason is that I am partial to the Burgundies and haven’t really given the wines from Bordeaux a real chance to win over my fancy.
The winemakers and their representatives dissected our brains to help them understand the wine market that exists in this country, as well as our perception as journalists regarding the wines from Bordeaux.
Aureilie Anney is a young, intelligent winemaker from Chateau Tour des Termes. Aureille is following her family tradition at the Chateau by making Merlot-dominated wines. Her Cru Bourgeois (St. Estephe) is a dynamic, medium-bodied red wine that is distributed by Monsieur Touton Selections. At $38 a bottle, the Cru Bourgeois is a blend of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Bruno Lallemand and his wife Cheryl own the 50 acre estate, Vignobles Lallemand and are taking the Bordeaux style winemaking to a new level. As relatively new winemakers, the Lallemands entry, ‘La Maison Rouge 2011’ ($24), is a fruity, tasty, wonderful wine that uses the famous Bordeaux Merlot grape to its peak. Considering that the wine is young and able to grow during the next five-ten years, the Lallemands have found a way to make this wine very drinkable at the present time.
Chris Cardon and Lai Martin, from Chateau La Have (St. Estephe) introduced some dynamic wines from their 16th century estate. Located on 41 acres, Chateau La Have has been using the talented enologist, Eric Boissenot, to help with the winemaking. Eric, to his credit, has worked with Chateau Lafite and Margaux. The wines from Chateau La Haye are outstanding and irresistible on the palate. We had the pleasure of sampling the Chateau La Haye 2008, 2009 and 2010. Made primarily with Merlot grapes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, these wines complimented the wines made by all of the participating winemakers at the tasting.
The wines from Bordeaux are wonderful, historic wines that should be thought of when going to the wine shop. Instead of Chile, Australia, Spain, Portugal and Argentina, think about the wines from Bordeaux, specifically Domaine Uroulat, Vignobles Lallemand, Chateau Tour des Termes and Chateau La Haye.