2006 Chateau Tour des Graves

Chateau Tour des GravesCompleting our three bottle French wine series for October is the 2006 Chateau Tour
des Graves which we opened last week.

Bearing the words ‘élevé et mis en bouteille à Bordeaux par’ we find ourselves with another Bordeaux grown and bottled release from winemaker Michel Baudet – although
as opposed to the Margaux we recently reviewed this may not have been bottled at the vineyard, but perhaps in nearby Bordeaux.

In researching French wine labels (quite an art form in itself) I came across this excellent website which is highly recommended for anyone who is interested
in French wine.

This ‘Grand vin de Bordeaux’ (first label) was acquired in early August and has been sitting with us for a little while.  You can learn more about first and second label wine from Wikipedia.

As I was preparing to write this review I was a little startled to find that there was approximately a third of a glass (or perhaps less) still in the original bottle (undoubtedly an oversight) and that the bottle had remained sealed since the opening.

Thus, I can report that even after all this time, the wine still exhibits a remarkable bouquet (in fact it now smells like a young port), perhaps even accentuated by the longer exposure.

Referring back to the original tasting, this particular bottle was quite stronger (or complex) than the previous two bottles with excellent structure and depth.

Chateau Tour des GravesFor a Bordeaux blend (typically led by a strong Cabernet) this wine has produced a decent body with blackcurrant undertones and sultanas (that chocolate fruit taste) and a highly stylized (crafted) aftertaste, one might say a pleasurable encore.

Although listed at 12.5% alcohol I thought (at the time) that our particular bottle – after breathing – might have been slightly higher.

Thus far, what we’ve seen of the 2006 vintage has been pretty decent.  It feels like the even numbered years have been more or less quite rewarding for the red wine of the Gironde region.

For the recent period, AWG is partial to 2000, 2004 and 2006 from Bordeaux (for Red wine).  There are always exceptions to the rule, and while lamenting on the Bordeaux wines we’ve had in the past two years we have to admit the 2005 Chateau Pontet-Canet certainly warrants serious consideration (despite being from an odd-numbered year).  It just goes to show that there aren’t really strict rules when it comes to wine.. perhaps just rules of thumb!

At any rate, we’ve come to the end of our three bottle Bordeaux run.  You may look forward to some more local Australian reviews shortly as we take an early look towards the 2008 vintages.

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2006年酒庄之旅德格雷夫斯

完成我们的三瓶法国葡萄酒系列十月份是2006年酒庄之旅
德格雷夫斯我们上周开业。

字样 ‘élevé et mis en bouteille à Bordeaux par’ 我们找到另一个种植和酿酒波尔多米歇尔Baudet瓶装释放自己 – 虽然
相对于我们最近检讨这可能没有在马尔戈瓶装
葡萄园,但或许在附近的波尔多。
在研究法国葡萄酒的标签(相当其本身的艺术形式)我发现了这是非常优秀的网站,有兴趣的人谁推荐
法国葡萄酒。

这个’大Vin的波尔多’(第一个标签)在八月初被收购,并一直与我们坐了一会儿。您可以了解从第一次和第二百科标签的酒。
当我准备写这个,我有点吃惊地发现,大约有一个玻璃(或者更少)仍然在原来的三分之一瓶(无疑是一个监督)和瓶子开放以来一直保持密封的审查。
因此,我可以报告说,尽管已经过了这段时间内,葡萄酒仍呈现出显着的花束(实际上,它现在就像一个年轻的港口气味),甚至加剧了较长的曝光。
在谈到回到原来的味道,这个特殊的瓶子是相当强于前两个具有优良的结构和深度瓶(或复杂)。

对于波尔多混合(通常由一个强有力的领导赤霞珠)此酒生产与黑醋栗的意味和葡萄干(水果味,巧克力)和一个高度程式化(制作)回味,可以说一个愉快的安可体面的身体。
虽然列在12.5%的酒精我认为(当时)我们这一特定瓶 – 后呼吸 – 可能是稍微高一些。
到目前为止,我们已经看到了2006年葡萄酒已经相当不错。这就像偶数年的感觉已经或多或少颇吉伦特地区的红葡萄酒的奖励。

对于最近一段时期,部分特设工作组到2000年,2004年和2006年波尔多(红葡萄酒)。总有一些规则的例外,虽然我们在波尔多,在过去两年里的葡萄酒,我们必须承认2005年酒庄Pontet的,卡内一定感叹权证(尽管从一个奇数年被)认真考虑。它只是表明,有没有真正当谈到葡萄酒严格的规则..也许只是经验法则!
无论如何,我们已经到了我们三瓶波尔多运行结束。你可以期待些当地的澳洲评语短期内我们采取了对2008年的年份提前感受。

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