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A Boxed Bordeaux Trio

IMG_6728Yesterday we took receipt of a box of wine from a Bordeaux co-op, unmistakable from the label: “Mis En Bouteille Par L.G. A F 33540”. 

The box contained recent vintages from the following labels:

  • 2011 Chateau Droulet
  • 2012 Chanteau les Grands Frênes
  • 2011 Chateau Meyraud

All three come from the Bordeaux Appellation (Appellation Bordeaux Contrôlée) and bear the designation of either ‘Grand Vin De Bordeaux’ or ‘Vin De Bordeaux’.  The vineyards here appear to be similar to ones we visited south of Bordeaux when we visited back in 2009.

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Two Shiraz and a Bordeaux

D'Arenberg2009 d’Arenberg ‘The Footbolt’ Shiraz,
McLaren Vale
South Australia, Australia

This is a pretty standard medium SA red, having a good nose on opening with a dark colour and slightly peppery and earthy undertones.

It lingered lightly on the palate. It should age well in the bottle for a few more years, It very well complimented a dinner of beef bourguignon and was liked by both male and female diners. It also went well with cheese and biscuits.  At $22 retail a bottle, I would buy this again and cellar it for a few more years.

Bimbadgen2009 Bimbadgen Shiraz
Hunter Valley
New South Wales, Australia 

This was a nice surprise as I was once told by Murray Tyrrell, that the Hunter Valley does not produce good reds. This had a strong red colour and you could smell the fruit in it on opening the bottle.

The slightly peppery and earthy tannins were pleasant and lingered nicely on the palate. This wine should cellar well for a few more years.  It was consumed with a meal of both pan seared fish and sirloin steak and went very well with both.

image2008 Chateau Lalande-Borie
Saint Julien
Bordeaux, France

For something different this wine is the answer. A very nice Bordeaux medium red, it lacks the strength and character of our Australian reds.

However, it was certainly very pleasant and a hit with both the ladies and men at dinner. The slightly lighter body and just a hint of sweetness made it very easy drinking. It may cellar well for a few more years but could be at its peak now.