Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chateau Patache d'Aux Medoc Cru Bourgeois, 1983

Wine critics love to hand pick a few inexpensive Cru Bourgeois wines and recommend them for early drinking. It's probably because they have never bothered to cellar inexpensive wines and have no idea how well they age. I bought this wine partly on the recommendation of Robert Parker who proclaimed it was a wine for early drinking--in the first five to eight years after the vintage date. Unfortunately, I took his advice and drank five of my six bottles within that time frame. Nearly 20 years later, I drank the final bottle and found that it is by far the best of the bunch.

Medium deep ruby with only a bit of bricking around the edges./ The bouquet is typical of mature Bordeaux--cherries, currants, cassis blended nicely. Very aromatic and intense./ There is more of the same on the palate with notes of leather. Loads of fresh acidity for a 28-year-old wine and clean tart cherry after taste. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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