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2 Quick Picks…

February 26, 2008

Château Charmail, Haut Médoc, Bordeaux France 2003: Deeply aromatic and classically Medoc – big black currant and leather. A sweet palate – new oak influence is clearly evident, but I didn’t mind it because it was still balanced by the ripe fruits. Good acidity despite the vintage and drinking very well right out of the gates. Not great, but a good value bordeaux under $30 that would be perfect with a rib steak.

Francois Chidaine Vouvray le Bouchet 2005: An excellent Vouvray – I’ve been drinking a lot of Riesling lately, and have forgotten how much I enjoy Chenin Blanc. Wonderful green vegetables and Pink Lady apples on the nose. English peas and white asparagus soaked in really fresh apple cider. Long, juciy, mercurial,  and wonderfully balanced – the sweetness of an apple with enough acidity to tame the sugar. Again with Chidaine’s wines, I have no idea how to classify the sweetness – I wouldn’t call this sweet, but I would certainly call it an excellent wine.

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