Posted by: tomciocco | February 3, 2011

BORDEAUX SEEN FROM A FUNNY PLACE

And that place is from my table. Those of you who follow the old blog, know that nary a Bordeaux wine has been written about in this space, and maybe only one or two more than that even consumed here at the hacienda, but all streaks, good and bad, come to an end…

Bordeaux is indisputably one of the greatest, longest lived dry wines in the world. At its finest , Bordeaux possesses a depth and power that is truly incomparable (Cheval Blanc? OUI!). That said, there’s just something about Bordeaux that has never given me butterflies (I’ve been know to throw the “bore-deaux” epithet around), and most of the good stuff never comes cheap, so I’ve always been able to scratch any oenological itch I’ve ever had with bottles from everywhere but…

 So if I’m in the mood to check back in, and can get a tip on a cheap Bordeaux, I’ll pop for one. And indeed, the wine on the block tonight is a “Bordeaux”  – the most basic classification. In not specifying a specific town (like St. Estephe) or a particular area (like Cotes du Bourg) wines classified as simply “Bordeaux” can include fruit from any spot within the entire zone.

So here’s the deal – I liked this wine. It had typicity,  the right structure, and at least for me an unfamiliar austere charm, and I’d bet to a Bordeaux dog, this wine could go into heavy rotation, but at the “lower elevations” of the Bordeaux mountain so to speak, there’s more fun to be had elsewhere for the same scratch.

I started off with a mixed baby green and olive/red pepper cabbage slaw salad with some nice bread, and then a quick beef  “stewfry” – loin tips, peas, carrots, potatoes, etc.

Chateau La Croix du Duc Bordeaux 2009 

Deep and youthful purple garnet color. Classic, direct nose of currants, dried herbs, and powdery violet aromas. The rustic, medium-weight palate is smooth but with good grip, high-toned acidity, and Bordeaux “cut” that accentuates flavors of wood spice, plum, and a hint of mulberry. Finishes a bit short, but it’s still a bit young.  

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