As we have done with our previous blog entries, we have done our best to broaden our horizons, get out of our comfort zones and try and consume wines from all over the world. After all, we all agree that the purpose of the blog is to share our experiences and to learn about new wines and new wine making regions. Well, at least until we get discovered and someone decides to pay us big money to actually do this for a living. Until then, lets try it all…
This week, we moved back across the pond to France, to probably the most popular wine making region in all the world – Bordeaux.
Personally, I will have to admit that despite the global popularity, history and reputation of French wine, particluarly that of the Bordeaux region, I just dont know a heck a lot about French wine. Perhaps it stems from the complexity of understanding French wines itself (labels are quite confusing), whether or not you look at a bottle and know if you are buying something of value or sloak? I mean look at this map, and you tell me this isn’t a lot to know…
This is just the Bordeaux Region
However, with our general knowledge of the Bordeaux grapes and the knowledgeble guidance of Phil Croft, Sr we embarked on our first review of a French Red. What we have found is that you very rarely will consume any single grape from the Bordeaux region almost always it a blend of some or all the Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot), where as with our experience with Californian reds, we consume predominantly a single grape our perhaps a wine that does include a few of the Bordeaux grapes.
In this case, it was a Bordeaux blend from a small subregion of Bordeaux called Pessac-Leognan.
Western Part of the Bordeaux Region - Consumed on the West Half of our parents deck
Consumer: Amy & Phil and the rest of the Croft family (they are not shy about consuming wine themselves)
Name: Chateau De Cruzeau
Region: France, Bordeaux Region, Pessac-Leognan Sub-Region
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend (55% Cab Sav, 43% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc)
Alcohol content: 13%
Food pairing: Grilled London Broil (sound familiar), Stuffed Zuchini, Sauted Mushroom in a Bordeaux sauce (how appropriate!) and Bibb salad
Color & Appearance: Dark Deep red color
Nose/Aroma: Plum and cranberries with a hint of cedar
Mouth/Flavors: Light, thin, aromatic, but not full bodied, certainly not comparable to the color
Impressions: With the combination of the cost and what we had read specifically about this bottle (Wine Spectator gaves this wine a 90) we were very disappointed. We decanted the wine for almost an hour, but never could get it to open up. To describe this wine in one word: muted! Almost no finish and we had a hard time really pinpointing the flavors of the wine. I can admit that I am not the best judge of aromas and tastes, but we had plenty of help that night, and we were all in agreement that the wine was a disappointment.
Wine Spectator did say that this wine would probably best be enjoy in 2012 or later, but none the less, the wine is already 6 years in age. We will contiue to try our hand at other French wines to see if they really know what they are doing. They certainly do not know how to cook (just kidding James).