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WTN: Couple low to mid priced Bdx

by Dale Williams » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:39 pm

With some Aidell's sausage, grilled squash, fresh sliced garden tomato, and storebought stuffing, I went back to my Bordeaux roots (though maybe not the best choice for sausage, it went ok). A couple of less expensive ones, from 375:

2001 Ch. Carignan (Premières Côtes de Bordeaux).
Pleasant luncheon-weight claret, balanced acidity and light tannins, dark fruit overlaid with earth and leather. Very good value. B

1999 Ch. Gloria (St. Julien)- rather fat and low-acid, I think this is pretty thin at first, and tannins stick out a little . But the fruit fills out and makes this into a nice medium-bodied Bdx as the tannins soften with the air. Nice cassis and dark berry fruit, plump with a smooth texture, light cedar and vanilla notes, decent finish. B/B+

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.

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