I’ve purchased a number of bargain bottles recently in hopes of assessing shelf life for $10-$15 wine. This little blurb was on the back label of Louis Bernard Chateau Bosc La Croix Côtes du Rhône, ’01 ($9):
“Enjoy within three years.”
The bottle is well over three years old. So I wonder what the marketing genius was thinking when including this statement on the label. I think, “enjoy over the next three years,” would have been a much better way of not alarming the consumer in the year 2005. And to make things interesting, this bottle was still in good shape.
- Ruby in color with a distinct rusty/rootbeer rim
- Subdued scents of cedar, damp wood, ‘meatiness,’ and dried red fruits
- In the mouth the wine was also subtle - faint tannins, still balanced, and revealing mostly mature flavors. However, the finish was rather brief, and it does seem on the downhill slope of life
*** (3 stars out of 5)
In spite of its own label, this wine is still very much alive, and very much a bargain. It’s also a fine change of pace from the more commonly available exuberant, fruity red wines that dominate this price segment. I had it with portabellos (portabella?) in tomato sauce over pasta, and it was just dandy.