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11 April 2005

Hello, Bordeaux

Let me make this clear.  I'm not a Bordeaux expert.  I know the basics; I've sampled a number of Bordeaux whites & reds; I've sniffed out a few good deals (which is especially difficult nowadays with the buff Euro beating up the Dollar).  If you want to get to know Bordeaux, here are a few helpful links to get you on your way:

If you're not a Bordeaux-geek, it can be daunting to sample red Bordeaux.  To the untrained eye, nearly all the labels look the same, and they're in French (gasp!).  So, if you've never selected one of these history-rich wines all by yourself, here's a good, affordable one to start with:  Chateau Greysac, 2000.

The Skinny
Chatgreysac_2Chateau Greysac Cru Bourgeois (as of 2003 it's Cru Bourgeois Superieur), '00 ($15-$20)

  • From the northern Medoc
  • 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
  • Soft indigo in color with a definite coral rim
  • Straightforward Bordeaux scents:  black currants, black berries, cedar, and spice with subtle veggie/peppery notes
  • Medium-bodied, smooth tannins.  Fairly simple flavors in a well-made wine.  Slightly vegetal on the finish

***.5 (3.5 stars out of 5)

Go for Greysac if you want a gentle introduction to red Bordeaux.


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