Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chateau Bel Air Bordeaux Superieur 2005

It's been quite a while since I've had a red Bordeaux. It isn't exactly a "value" category, if you know what I mean. I was intrigued that this was 8$ at Costco and was also from 2005. It's incredibly interesting to me that there are still 2005 Bordeaux on the market in places other than wine shops. Really, the vintage has been available at least a couple of years. It just goes to show that there's a lot of inventory out there, and the hype machine is in full effect for 2009 Bordeaux now as well. So I figured that this might be a pretty good deal. Just because someone has to (or wants to) dump it cheap doesn't mean it isn't good. On the contrary, actually. This wine is mainly Merlot, but also sports 11% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. This isn't as good as some of the more expensive Bordeaux that I've had, but this is cheap. You could drink it everyday if you wanted to. The nose is focused on darker fruits (blackberry and plum), and becomes more expressive the longer it's open, eventually showing notes of pencil, earth, mint, and a bit of vanilla. More linear and less fruity than I expected after smelling it, this wine also has a good deal of tannin and a finish that is reminiscent of over-extracted black tea. There's good balance as well. Definitely something to drink with some food, just to calm down the tannins some, but this is pretty good for 8$, if perhaps a bit austere. I daresay that this will probably also get more complex and could age for longer. I'm going to grab a couple more bottles and forget about them. B+

1 comment:

MCB said...

I just had the 2008 Chateau Bel Air Bordeaux from Costco. It is also pretty good. A fine wine for a California evening