Last night we cracked open a bottle of the 2006 Chateau Bellerose Figeac from Saint-Emilion in the Bordeaux region of southern France. Like most French red table wines from the region, this vintage is primarily Merlot and displayed a fine sweet perfumed bouquet.
We let it breathe in the bottle for about fifteen minutes before serving into Riedel “O” series (stem less) glasses. The colour was a very nice rouge, and on the first taste was a little tart. However, on subsequent tastings the wine (after breathing for longer) proved quite a bit more robust.
Not a bad drop given the price range, this nice Merlot would make a nice accompaniment with French and Italian cuisine. Recommended for fans of Merlot and for those just breaking into red wine.
Coming up next: 2006 Reserve de L’Estey (Calvert) – Margaux
We recently opened a half bottle (375ml) bottle of the 1995 Château Léoville Barton which we drank with Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glasses.
Aussie Wine Guy has decided we really need to purchase some Sommelier Bordeaux Grand Cru stemware if we are going to keep on opening these strong and impressive second growths (or a ‘Super Second’ as some call it).
Oddly, we just have the one premium Burgundy at the moment, despite the fact we own three Burgundy Grand Cru glasses!
The ‘95 is full bodied (especially if well cellared) and has an excellent, even exquisite, bouquet. We only had enough for two standard glasses each during dinner, however it was enough to gauge the potential of Bordeaux from this appellation (Saint-Julien).
We found the Léoville Barton far more robust than the ‘04 Montrose (which we enjoyed on the weekend) which is fair enough considering the ‘95 has almost 10 years of age over it. The ‘95 was an intense, strong wine which will satisfy even the most picky of Cabernet Sauvignon or even Syrah/Shiraz fans, although obviously this is a smoother drop without the pepper or high tannin result one would expect from a similarly aged Shiraz.
If, however, you prefer something less bold or striking, you may prefer something younger or less complex. AWG really appreciates this wine, and will endeavour to explore the Saint-Julien region in more detail.
We also really like the pricing of the smaller bottles as it allows us to acquire and review a greater selection of otherwise rather pricey premium or upper-range French wine.
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We note with relish that we have another Saint-Julien ‘Super Second’ currently cellaring – a 2001 Château Gruaud-Larose – which we are now very much looking forward to opening.