Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Wines

Radikon 2004 Oslavje  Venezia Giulia IGT
Chateau Mouchac-La Rame 1982 Bordeaux
Chateau Beau-Site 1989 Saint-Estephe
Chateau La Grolet 1973 Cotes De Bourg

Radikon 2004 Oslavje Venezia Giulia IGT (1 Liter)
Love this wine, it's truly brilliant -- 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Grigio and 30% Sauvignon -- orange, rich, tannic, peach skin, apples, nuts, herbs. The bottle is unique, the neck is narrow and the cork tiny. Paired with Chicken Faux Gras and Garlic Chili Crab Dip.

Chateau Mouchac-La Rame 1982 Bordeaux
Found by my friend in his fathers basement -- probably untouched since purchased for a pittance in the early '80s. Sometimes it can be really fun to taste a well stored aged wine that was never meant to be something. Youthful and aged in the same taste. It worked well after starting with the Radikon.

Chateau Beau-Site 1989 Saint-Estephe
Structured, young, vibrant, mineral, like crushing blackberry on graphite and slate with a hint of smokiness. Paired with roasted guinea fowl, roast potatoes, roast brussels sprouts and celeriac puree. Also paired with stilton and cheddar cheeses.

Chateau La Grolet 1973 Cotes De Bourg
Very light, better nose than on the palate, but interesting nonetheless. Not much sense of fruit left, but definitely some tertiary flavors.

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