It was Moxie’s birthday so I opened this lovely Bordeaux in Magnum that’s been sitting in my cellar for many moons. Very bright purple, surprisingly so. No signs of aging whatsoever. The nose is somewhat subdued. After some frantic swirling I finally get plum, leather and florals, like violet. On the palate this wine is super smooth, fruity and fresh. Black cherries, tobacco, crisp tannins and a zesty touch of acidity greet me. This is not a blockbuster Bordeaux, it’s a refreshing, lighter wine that will appeal to many. There are tertiary flavors on the midpalate that include spicebox , leather, rhubarb and blueberry. The tannins really take hold and are gritty, they continue through the finish. Speaking of which, it’s a decent length and concentrated on those tannins alongside blueberry and a touch of oak. This is tasty, still young and will drink well till 2029. I served it up with grilled Tri-Tips, delicious. 91 points and 4 stars, it can be found for around $125 per bottle. Salut….
The second wine of the Birthday dinner at Chez Francois. This one was stunning. No notes were taken but I remember thinking that this is what being a wine lover is all about. Near perfection in the bottle. Rich, ripe, sumptuous, balanced, maturing yet showing youth and verve. This wine blends some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the majority Sangiovese. It gets 94 points from me and 5 stars, even with its $125 current price tag. I believe I have one left in storage and will look forward to the next opportunity. Paired beautifully with Lamb Chops. Salut….
Second up in our epic wines last night was the Comtesse. Unfortunately this bottle was sitting in my wine chiller and was slightly cold when first opened. The wine lacked a tail end kick, no tannins or bite…. I waited for it to warm up to room temperature and bam! There they were, tannins, acidity, a nice finish, all I could ask for. The wine was super smooth, nuances of tobacco, cassis, leather, all the secondary notes that get me excited about aged Bordeaux. The wine was sublime. It hit every note, showed it’s power, but also its grace. This is a seductive wine with very soft edges, yet it holds an immense amount of complexity and evolution. I wrote about this wine three years ago, the 2001 Comtesse got 92 points from me back then and I promised to drink one every 6 months. I got sidetracked, sorry it took so long to drink another- I won’t make the same mistake again! This wine has gone up to 93 points in my opinion and is nearing its peak. On sale for $125 it is not cheap, but it gets 5 stars from me for the sheer enjoyment it provides. Salut….