Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Chateau Tour St. Bonnet Medoc, 1990

Tour St. Bonnet is a moderately priced Bordeaux that has received high marks from Bordeaux expert Robert Parker. Yet it still gets little respect. The estate's owner detests the smell and taste of new oak, as imparted by barriques, and, as a result follows traditional methods of aging the wine in large, seasoned barrels. When consumed in its youth, Tour St. Bonnet is often perceived as rough and tannic; yet because the wine is inexpensive, few take the trouble to age it properly. It's the type of wine I fancy because it is "artisan wine on a budget."

Medium deep garnet shading to brick at the rim. Voluptuous aroma of cherries, pomegranate and cassis. Full fruit on the palate, 45% Cabernet, 45% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Not a great wine but very good and a perfect match for braised beef brisket left over from Christmas Eve. At 20 years of age, it is showing no signs of advanced age.

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