A Spicy, Budget Bordeaux!

6 Oct

Chateau La Mouliniere 2009 Bordeaux

Color: garnet with violet edges.  Nose: black cherry red raspberry, some green vegetation, touch of earth, toasted oak, granite. Palate: spicy red cherry and raspberry dominates the palate, peppery and chewy with heavy tannins and a short, grippy finish. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Note the plain jane screw-top, a great call for this simple wine that wants to be imbibed while young.

This is no serious pedigree Bordeaux, but it drinks nicely as a simple vin du table.  Purchased from a neighborhood wine store for $12, available online from $8-13/bottle. As long as we do not expect it to surpass the quality of a more expensive bottle, it can, and will be, easily enjoyed. As a bordeaux I think this wine wants to be more complex than it is; I find it straightforward, unassuming, and basically a ‘nice’ wine you can enjoy with the right pairing.

The label says the wine is ‘ideal with roasts, grilled meats and cheese’. I’d say yes to grilled meats, spicy sauces, cheese, and chocolate as I greatly enjoyed eating a salted caramel while drinking some of this wine. Of course, one might enjoy eating a chunk of asphalt with the aforementioned delightful and highly sought-after salted caramels, but the wine was definitely a good complement with chocolate, as well as nice chevre cheese.  I’ll try it again with the grill at a later date.

à votre santé!

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