Bordeaux 2011 – A Show of Winemaking Techniques / 2011波爾多「釀酒師競技之年」

After two ‘Vintage of the Century’ comes 2011, a year where the grapes endured challenging weather. Summer started in spring, fall became summer, and then fall turned into spring for harvest. This is a Vintage with mixed reviews mainly due to the bizarre weather patterns throughout the region. In my opinion, this vintage became a show of winemaking skills for the top of the crop vineyards.

During my media tasting at BC Liquor for the 2011 Bordeaux Release, Barbara Philip from BC Liquor selected 19 bottles. Among them my favorite within the value category is the Château Poujeau, Château Plince and Château Suduiraut. 2011Bordeaux will be released to the public in several BC Liquor Stores throughout the province on OCTOBER 4th, 2014.
這次受邀參加BC Liquor Store舉行的2011波爾多葡萄酒傳媒品酒會,主持人Barbara Philip為我們挑選了19瓶紅、白酒。其中我最喜歡、而且定我認為價最合理的,分別有Château Poujeau、Château Plince以及Château Suduiraut。2011年波爾多紅酒將於2014年10月4日在全省指定BC Liquor Store限量發售。

1. Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc – $50
Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
This wine consists of dark berry scents; it is approachable but still hard. It is medium bodied with medium tannin. This is a good value wine but needs time to mature.

2. Château Montrose, St-Estephe – $225
A blend made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. This wine is deep ruby in color. The nose is earthy with flavors of currants. On the palate it is full-bodied, tannic, concentrated with ripe black currant and chocolate.

3. Château Latour, Pauillac – $1,500
This sophisticated and masculine wine is lacking in flavor if compared to its 2010 or 2009 counterparts but demonstrates how master technique can compensate for poor environmental conditions. Blended from 84.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot. Subtle, refined and elegant, this Vintage displays a classic Latour taste. Filled with a concentration of blackberry and black currant aromas with an aftertaste of dried citrus rind.

4. Château Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac – $98
Blended from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22 % Merlot. This wine had a complexity made up of earthy gravel scents; its medium body is dominated by red fruit flavors with soft tannins. This wine is honest and demonstrates the Pauillac styling clearly. This is a cellar must have but time is needed for it to shine.

5. Château Branaire Ducru, St.Julien – $95
Produced from 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. This wine was better on the palate than on the nose. It is filled with rich sweet black cherry, espresso and truffle flavors accompanied by a medium body with soft tannins.

6. Château Lascombes, Margaux– $120
Made from a Blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. This Vintage is made for new wine investors with a modern style. The nose consists of fresh coffee, vanilla and dark cherries. It has a full body and finishes with ripe, jammy black fruit with spice.

7. Château Palmer, Margaux – $399
A 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot blend. This wine is about elegance and purity of floral, cassis and raspberry fruit notes. If the past two vintages were too expensive for you, this is a good year to taste what Château Palmer has to offer.
51%卡本內蘇維翁混以49%梅洛。此酒強調細膩、純淨的紅莓果香。如果過去兩個年份超出了你的預算,不妨考慮購入這瓶2011年的Château Palmer!

8. Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Léognan – $90
Produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. A well balanced and charming wine with lots of tobacco, blackberry, espresso roast on the nose and fresh plum and cherries on the palate. This wine is light to medium bodied with subtle tannins; it is ready to drink now while we wait for the heavier weight wines to mature.

9. Château Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan – $150
Blended from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This wine is still in its youth with lots of fresh, clean blackberry and earthy aromas. It is medium bodied with again fresh, unripe black cherries on the palate. It’s obvious this wine needs some time and should be interesting to taste after 5 years.

10. Château Canon-la-Gaffelière, Saint-Émilion – $120
Consists of 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely floral, plum and earthy notes came forward immediately on the nose. On the palate, the wine resembles BC Merlot tannins with plumy flavors.

11. Château Troplong Mondot, Saint-Émilion – $120
A 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc blend. This wine is tangy, green and juicy with ripe berry scents. Filled with sweet, ripe black cherries and bitter chocolate finish.

12. Château Suduiraut, Sauternes – $50
This is a very well priced Sauterne. If you like sweet wine, this will be a good one to invest in. Although this vintage wasn’t rated as high as it’s 2009 vintage, this is rated higher than the reds. Flavors of perfectly ripe tropical fruits lives harmoniously with honey notes in this wine, it is soft, elegant with just enough botrytis to give it that Sauterne twist.

13. Château La Vieille Cure, Fronsac – $38
Produced from 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium bodied wine consists of licorice, coffee bean, black cherry and earthy aromas. On the tongue it is fresh, flashy with cocoa and cherries. Peppered sausage or savory cheese would be a great pairing for this wine.

14. Château Rahoul, Graves – $25
Blended from 69.5 % Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3.5% of a mixture of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This wine expresses the minerality of its terroir in Graves. It is medium bodied, soft, rounded with fruity aromas. This is a good value wine and very popular each year.

15. Château Poujeaux, Moulis – $38
Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine is full of spice, blackberry, currants with tight tannins. Flavor is good and a must buy as it is a top value Bordeaux in its class.

16. Château Plince, Pomerol – $38
Blended from a mix of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this light to medium bodied wine is soft, well balanced with spicy red fruits.

17. Château Montlabert, Saint-Émilion – $35
If you like Napa style wines, you will definitely enjoy this Bordeaux. This wine is bursting with oaky, barnyard, chocolate and ripe fruit flavors with tight tannin.

18. Château Berliquet, Saint-Émilion – $58
75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon made this blend. Its flavor consists of coffee, black cherry with refined textures, a very well rounded wine.

19. Marquis de Calon, St- Estèphe – $38
A majority of Merlot is used in this wine. It is made for pairing with food with a jammy new world taste and earthy barnyard aromas.

Respectively, prices have dropped due to the rough weather conditions in 2011. However, wine investors are still paying 30% more than 2008. The distinction in quality and style between first, second and the little Château are apparent. However, some fine wine was made. This year isn’t as exciting as the past two vintages but it is as Parker has stated, “better than expected.”
For those of you who plan to camp early for the release, BC Liquor will have their resident chef ready with yummy food and beverages at the line up to make your wait more comfortable. For more info go to:
有興趣提早到BC Liquor Store排隊搶購佳釀的朋友,酒鋪的駐場廚師將會為現場排隊者準備美食和飲品,為一眾美酒愛好者營造最舒適的「等待時光」。更多資訊請參考網站

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