Category Archives: Médoc

Château Phélan Ségur 2006 – St. Estèphe Bordeaux

IMG_4648.JPGI’m traveling to France this year via Qatar, and flying Qatar Airways on Business class. Their amazing wine list on the in flight menu had a Bordeaux wine just screaming to be tasted!

This Haut-Médoc wine takes its name from the commune of Saint-Estèphe, the northernmost of the six communal appellations in Médoc. Since 2003 Château Phélan Ségur has been listed as one of the nine Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels. This wine is an 8 year old Bordeaux, with a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.

I chose to pair it with an in flight meal choice of lamb shanks and cheese for dessert. First off I had to try the wine up front without any food influencing the taste.

IMG_4651.JPGAfter a refreshing sparkling water, I took in the bouquet of a glass left sitting for 10mins and got an intense chocolate, cigar and tobacco highlight. This no doubt comes from the Cabernet Franc blended into this release. A second smell and I’m getting earthy boquet with hints of mint. A very complex nose!

Tasting this wine is a smooth almost dry/chalky sensation, however the smoothness of this wine is so apparent that one could drink this all day. Bitter chocolate and plum stand out as the main flavours, no doubt due to the merlot content.

Trying the qatar in flight lamb shank makes the palate much lighter and makes me think of a younger Shiraz. It’s amazing how matching this with a red meat changes the flavour of this left bank Bordeaux.

Moving on to the cheese, I had a platter of three cheeses as part of the in flight offerings. Blue, Brie and a semi hard cheese. The wine is overpowered by blue cheese and does nothing but intensify the moldy taste of the blue. I wouldn’t recommend to drink this with blue cheese.

Combining it with the Brie, and it makes for an acidic palate. Not really matching with soft cheeses. However the semi-hard cheese is much better. It highlights the original smoothness experienced when tasting this wine on it’s own. The fattiness of the cheese cuts through the previously experienced dryness of this wine on it’s own. The combination of the semi-hard cheese and this Bordeaux is recommended.

This wine would stand up in it’s own, match perfectly with red meat – particularly game (or even duck!) or go as a perfect accompaniment for a selection of hard and semi hard cheeses.

A great wine, and a very enjoyable tasting session was had with this single glass of Château Phélan Ségur. This 2006 vintage is perfectly placed to drink now, but will improve over another few years out to 2018.

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2007 Mouton Cadet (half bottle)

Mouton Cadet Last week we opened a half bottle of the 2007 vintage regional blend Mouton Cadet of the famed Baron Philippe de Rothschild estate.  The Cadet is a reasonably popular mix of various sources from the greater Medoc area in the Bordeaux appellation.

Let me start by saying we quite enjoyed the balance and nose of this wine.  Although it might be considered a little pricey for French table wine, it displayed nice character and a smooth finish.  Our bottle presented well with a nice ruby red colour and we let it breathe for about 5-10 minutes before tasting.

Having amounted around only three years of maturity (as of writing) it is hard to say how much this wine would improve with age, it is likely better to consider the Cadet a good everyday drinking wine for appreciation now. 

The Cadet also comes in a reserve variety (not tasted) which may prove a better choice for medium term cellaring.

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2007年木桐罗斯柴尔德男爵少年

上周我们开了一瓶2007年的一半年份区域融合了著名的罗斯柴尔德男爵村木桐学员。该少年是从更大的梅多克称谓在波尔多地区流行的各种来源的合理组合。

首先让我说,我们很享受的平衡,这种酒鼻子。虽然它可能被认为有点昂贵的法国酒桌上,它显示美好品格和光洁度。我们的瓶子也提出一个不错的宝石红色,我们让它呼吸品尝前约5-10分钟。

经额大约只有三成熟年(截至写作),很难说这酒多少会随着年龄的提高,有可能更好地考虑了良好的升值少年每天饮用葡萄酒了。
该少年还配备了后备品种(没有尝过),它可能成为中期窖藏一个更好的选择。

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