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02.23.2004

1999 Haut Beausejour St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Further evidence that name and terrior are not everything, and you have to be careful when buying Bordeaux, lest you pay too much for a decent, but not stellar wine. Stopping by a local wine bar in Atlanta after jumping on a plane to address some client problems (I WILL NOT mix business with blog) I sampled a few of their upper end selections in the "hearty to full bodied" category, including this St. Estephe.

Tasting Notes:
Just the color your expect a nice Bordeaux to be, the soft ruby red of this wine is mirrored in its nose -- not overpowering, but subtle berry flavors that honestly could be more refined but are pleasing nonetheless. On the tongue the wine displays a softness that makes it attractive, and the cherry and blueberry flavors come across with the brilliance of a claret, but seem to be one dimensional. The finish is long and slightly hot -- more evidence that the wine is not well integrated.

Food Pairing:
This, like many of its ilk, is definitely a food friendly wine. I would be happy drinking it with roast duck or with veal in a red wine sauce.

Overall Score: 7.5

How Much?: Retails for $23

There are better ways to spend twenty bucks in Bordeaux. If you see it on a menu somewhere for $30 and are ordering some red meat, go for it, but if the markup is much more than that, as some restaurants are wont to do, give it a pass. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Comments (1)

Ted Robles wrote:
08.09.05 at 2:44 AM

After picking up a bottle on the advice of my wine merchant I proceeded to acertain the real value of my purchase by scanning the internet wine sites for ratings. I do agree with some, that the wine is lacking in complexity but it does have a marvelous nose of leather, vanilla and oak. A peppery taste full of plum fruit and a finish reminicent of ripe figs. Enigmatic, simple and somewhat like a California Zinfandel yet still the essence of Bordeaux.

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