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Chateau La Bourree Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2012


Recommendation: A classic Bordeaux that was a GREAT buy.

Winery/Producer: Jean Francois Meynard; Chateau La Bourrée ; Gironde, France.

Grape Variety: Bordeaux blend

Geographic Region, Appellation: Castillon, Bordeaux, France.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $17.00 with a 10% mixed case discount.

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Venison stew with (Merlot) red wine gravy and Venison roast with cherry (Merlot) wine sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and scalloped potatoes.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Inky dark purple/garnet color. Strong fruity aromas with lots of cherry and damp wood, but a touch of alcohol on every pour. A powerful smoky cherry and current taste that turns slightly bitter at mid-palate and carries through the long finish. Very dry, great depth, fruity from start to finish and great tannins that begin firm and end smooth. FANTASTIC (in BOLD Caps) paired with the venison roast and cherry sauce…a pairing that was clearly better than the sum of the parts. I would describe is as a classic entry level Bordeaux that was a GREAT buy, especially at under the $20 price point.

    She said: Opaque, very dark ruby red color with lots of thin rapidly moving legs. The aroma was mild and with a bit of sharpness but the flavors were bold and full of red fruit. The mouth-feel was so full it felt like a velvet lining, but quickly burst into a long finish that highlighted the dryness and tannins. The wine was very good with both venison dishes but better with the cherry sauce on the roast than the gravy of the stew. A very good buy at $17.

Jean Francois Meynard in the Chateau La Bourrée cellar

Comments: Last week we were visiting our son in Atlanta and while we were there his father-in-law came by and offered us two hind quarters of a deer he shot the day before. Well, we were tickled pink and are having fun searching for recipes and planning for a wine tasting party that will highlight the venison. The pairing with the Chateau La Bourrée Bordeaux was the first meal we prepared using this venison and we especially liked the rare roast with the cherry sauce. Delicious and a GREAT pairing!!!

Learn more about the Chateau La Bourrée.

Alcohol: 13.5%

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: Wine Traditions; Falles Church, Virginia.

Photo from Wine Traditions.