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):



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.