Category Archives: Margaux

2006 Henri Lurton Margaux

Henri Lurton Last week we opened a few different bottles of French table wine from the Bordeaux region, you may recall we have already posted comments on the Mouton Rothschild half bottle here.

Today we take a look at a bottle which has come to us ‘mis en bouteille à la propriété’ or from the wine maker, rather than having been blended from multiple sources.  This is sometimes a rather important distinction when it comes to French wine in particular.

As most French wine enthusiasts will tell you, the difference between a reasonable wine and a superb one is often the terrior, or land – i.e. the geographic location of different vineyards in a region  (even in the same year) can make a large impact in the quality of the wine.

A single vineyard release is, therefore, sometimes preferable to a blended bottle.  Our wine, the Henri Lurton, is a single vineyard wine from Bordeaux’s Margaux region (2006 vintage).  I believe this to be a “second label” attached to the Brane Cantenac chateau, which the label on our bottle attests to.

Although there appeared to be a more premium (reserve?) label available, we opted for the “everyday” release which proved to be an interesting choice.  After about fifteen minutes breathing, we decanted the whole bottle; we did not detect any sediment, which is not surprising given the youthful nature of the wine.  The wine had a very elegant colour, a rather light ruby colour with a constrained bouquet.

Initial tastings revealed it to be slightly softer than a typical Bordeaux blend, with a subtle velvety texture and a light aftertaste.  The usual Bordeaux suspects were detected – a perfumed and delicate hue on top of slight tannins and currents.  What we did find surprising, as we went through the bottle, is that after the early initial tastings, the flavour did improve considerably, so perhaps this particular wine could use slightly longer breathing time.

All-in-all, a nice example of the benefits of a single vineyard release, without the price tag.

Our next bottle, review coming soon, is a Chateau Tour des Graves 2006.

For our Chinese visitors (with thanks to Vicky for an updated text):

上周我们品德几款来之波尔多地区餐桌酒也许会让你们回忆起我们也曾在这里为一款武当齐鲁庄园的葡萄酒做过品鉴。
今天我们主要关注的是“(法语)原瓶灌装”和酿酒师,而不是去关注不同酒的原产地。尤其对于法国葡萄酒而言这更是一个非常重要的特点。
真如很多葡萄酒爱好者会告诉你的那样,一支普通葡萄酒和一支高档酒店区别在于葡萄的产地。例如:在同一个地区的不同葡萄园(即使是同一年)所酿出的酒店配置和口感都会有很大的不同.
因此独立葡萄园很适合种植多个品种的葡萄。我相信我们亨利卢顿家族的这款产于波尔多玛歌地区独立葡萄园,(2006年的葡萄酒)绝对是班卡塔纳庄园的第二标签,当然我们的酒上也同样富有者样一个标签。

虽然这个标签的使用频率看似过平凡,但是将其附在每天的餐桌酒上选择也证明是明智的。开瓶15分钟后,我们将酒全部倒出,由于酒尚年轻,所以在瓶底未见任何沉淀物也不足为奇。酒店色泽优雅带有红宝石的光泽,并弥漫着醇醇酒香。
品第一口能感受到味道比波尔多更柔,并伴随着细腻柔滑的口感,口中留有淡淡的余香。往往波尔多葡萄酒是嗅觉和味觉的盛宴,是酒香的享受,是单宁和味蕾的碰撞。令人惊奇的是,喝到末尾,葡萄酒的味道比初尝是更优,所以可以这样理解,这样的葡萄酒适合家常醒酒时间。

A Riesling, and two Bordeaux

Last night we finally opened up the small collection of bottles we’ve accrued over the past month in a nice session starting with an enjoyable Riesling from Alsace.

A. Zirnhelt  A. Zirnhelt – Riesling (2008)

  This bottle was brought to our place by our friend from the US, and was the perfect
  way to start the night.

  As it is summer, and rather humid, this drop hit the spot.  Unlike Australian Riesling,
  this Alsace was a bit less sweet – which is a good thing!

  It was slightly better balanced than the average Riesling and had a very light taste
  of lemongrass, with citrus overtones.


Calvet Bordeaux 
J Calvet Bordeaux – Reserve De L’Estey – 2006
Grand Vin de Bordeaux

Although it is summer, who can pass up a Bordeaux?  This is no first growth, to be sure, but hardly disappointing! 

The Margaux region is a wonderful area for Cabernet Sauvignon, and is home to the world famous Chateau Margaux.  This Calvet reserve, grown in the Margaux region comes from the same pedigree as the more famous brands.

The bouquet was a little underwhelming, however this was well and truly made up by the excellent tannins and full body, followed by a pleasant aftertaste of mild blackcurrant didn’t hut either.

Calvet Bordeaux Classic – 2006 (half bottle)

Finally, to polish off the evening, we opened a complimentary bottle of the Calvet brand which essentially forms a blend of grapes from the Bordeaux region.  It was a little young, but showed some potential, perhaps requiring just a little longer in the bottle – or perhaps a little longer to breathe.  Honestly, this was a great little drop to wind down the night (in lieu of a dessert wine).

All in all, a very pleasant night, and some good wines to wrap up a mild summer weekend.  Stay tuned, we have a few more bottles to come.