Goodbye Budget Bordeaux, Welcome, Next Vintage!

11 Sep

Chateau Poitevin Medoc, 2005

I bought a case of this in 2008 when it was a promising claret and I managed to find it for around $13/bottle. I recently went thru my cellar and pulled the last remaining soldier from my stores, knowing it might last longer but even the best of cellars isn’t impervious to the humidity of a bad August.

This Bordeaux blend’s color is dark garnet moving to deep ruby. It shows a sweet berry and red floral nose with a touch of wood. On the palate: plump black cherry, plum and some strawberry with earth, leather, gravel, and notes of vanilla and oak. A nice, grippy finish – a tad tight still by itself, but would be perfect with rich food to complement. I’m sorry I don’t have another case to keep enjoying. I’ll be looking for something similar to this to fill the gaps. Oops, looks like Decanter magazine rated the 2008 Poitevin very highly (#8) in their budget Bordeaux roundup!  From $8-20/bottle, this wine ages well in the cellar and can be enjoyed while young- making it even more valuable.

You can check out the vineyard’s website here.


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