Friday, September 2, 2011

** $ Chateau la Guillaumette, Bordeaux, France, 2003 - Wine Tasting and Review

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By way of background: The Chateau la Guillaumette from Bordeaux, France, is produced from 65% merlot and 35% cabernet sauvignon grapes grown on the clay and chalk right banks of the Garonne River.  Aged in French oak, the 2003 vintage is finished at 13% alcohol.  


Original Review, February, 2010:

In the glass: Chateau la Guillaumette shows as deep, dark, muddy purple in the glass, with hints of brick at the edge, opaque to within a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this value-priced Bordeaux blend carries walnut shells and background fruit to the nose. 

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a balanced, mostly old world, red fruit wash across your tongue and palate.  Some bramble notes follow on as bright red currants ride the acids into the roof of your mouth.

And the finish: Is clean, bright but quick.

In summary: Overall, pleasant enough mid-weight experience; better considered with food. Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Can't see that any aging above the current eight years would improve things.

Winelibrary was more enthusiastic than I, awarding 89 points and reporting, "This medium to full bodied offering displays well balanced berries, spice, plums and even a hint of chocolate. Perhaps our favorite of our latest selection of Bordeaux under $15, this is a winner without a doubt!"


Following a four-day decant under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  Still a red berries and plum aroma with hint of something else - must be those walnuts.  Now the palate is a mid-red, actually slightly oxidized red currant flavor.  Somewhat fewer acids, but still a bright red experience overall.  Does not seem to be hungering for more age.
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Updated review, a year and a half later, August, 2011, now 8 years from vintage date:  Consistent color, much brick at the edge.  A little bit of broccoli comes along with the walnut now on the nose.  Sweet fruit blends on the palate with definite vegetable elements.  Pleasant enough, but now on the verge of being too tired with its age to be worth further age.  Drink up if you have it.

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