I have been reading all the positive comments here and on our forums about 2005 Bordeaux. What’s super cool is that many people are enjoying the lesser wines instead of the mega-buck trophy bottles. And they are already drinking very well, if you decant them an hour or two in advance. But these wines will also age very well. Don’t forget that. They have the structure and richness to last. I promise.
Just the other day, I had a dinner at my house with some wine producers from Tuscany, including Leonardo Raspini of Ornellaia, Giovanni Folonari of Nozzole and La Fuga (among others), Antonio Moretti of Sette Ponti and Francesco Mazzei of Mazzei. Bordeaux’s Alex Beck of Giscours and Francois Thienpont, a wine merchant whose family makes Le Pin and Vieux-Château-Certan, were also there. Francois’ family is also responsible for Puygueraud, the well-made red from the unfashionable appellation of Côtes de Francs. The 2005 was one of the best values in my 2005 tasting.
Anyway, I had a magnum of the first vintage (1983) of Puygueraud in my cellar that I had carried all over Europe through my life here. I first bought a case of six magnums in 1986 in Paris, and they moved to England with me, and later to Tuscany. I drank all the magnums over the years, except for one. And I wanted to drink that final one with Francois. The mag showed very well at dinner. Here's the non-blind tasting note:
1983 Puygueraud: This was made from three-year-old vines. It’s medium- to full-bodied with fresh herb and berry character. Round, soft and very pretty. Holding on. 87 points, non-blind.
It went really well with the roasted rabbit and Led Zeppelin on the iPod. Francois was a happy Frenchman in Tuscany. Check it out on the video.
Mark Mcgannon — Orangeburg SC — March 6, 2008 6:43pm ET
Mark Swenarton — nj — March 7, 2008 6:56pm ET
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