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1999 Chateau Les Ormes-Sorbet, Medoc, France

I just got back from a long weekend in Paris, with much to write about here (some restaurant, hotel, and patisserie recommendations). But of course, there was wine. I'll start with a lovely wine that like many of its kind is an extremely good value. It is a Bourgeois Cru from Medoc, a region that offers some excellent wines without the incredible prestige (and pricetag) of the Margeaux or Paulliac of the Haut-Medoc. The wine is mostly Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon blended in for balance.

Tasting Notes:
Lovely bouquet of damp wood, and cherries, with hints of chocolate. The nose opened up over time to more dark fruit whose species I couldn't put a name to. The wine had a plush mouthfeel with soft oak and tannins rolled up in a nicely balanced package. Medium to long finish that was oh-so-satisfying. A perfect wine to bring on a country picnic.

Food Pairing:
Stewed rabbit or Duck in a sweet sauce, or if you're feeling especially carnivorous steak and frites. Went fantastically well with a Fourme D'Ambert cheese (like a stilton).

Overall Score: 8

How much?: Should be between $16 and $20 a bottle, half bottles available.

Several merchants sell the wine online, but most appear to be in Europe.

Comments (3)

enoch wrote:
02.17.04 at 9:24 PM

i usually get flowers with cab franc, are the cherries / chocolate / mouthfeel from the merlot?

stilton seems strong for something smaller bodied like this...

Alder wrote:
02.18.04 at 8:57 AM

Yeah, go figure -- I think the merlot came through a lot more in the nose, while the cabfranc I got a lot more in the body of the wine. The Fourme cheese wasn't quite as sharp as a stilton, but was very similar in flavor, and didn't seem to overwhelm the wine. Of course, I had drunk most of the bottle by the time I got to the cheese course, so perhaps my judgement was clouded....

11.13.04 at 1:01 AM

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