Sunday, March 25, 2007

2004 Chateau Tour Prignac

Travelled to the UK this weekend. On the way I saw a special in one of the duty-free shops. Chateau Tour Prignac 2004 two for the price of one. Now 2004 having been built up as a pretty decent vintage for Bordeaux, I picked up a couple of bottles.

Coming from the Medoc region (left bank Bordeaux) the wine is a blend of 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon. Here is my tasting note:

Colour: dense red in colour. colour shows this wine is still very young.

Nose: lovely elegant nose. primarily black currents and cassis, with some hints of mint and oak.

Palate: plenty of ripe black fruits much in the same vein as the nose. soft, smooth tannins give this wine good structure.

Finish: good length on the finish.

Conclusion: good qpr as the last one i reviewed. should be enough in this wine to last at least a few years.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

2005 Chateau Fourreau

I picked up a couple of bottles of Chateau Fourreau after reading a very positive Hubrecht Duijker review. The producer of this wine is a family-run winery located, south of St. Emilion, in Pujols. The wine is 100% merlot-based from the 2005 vintage which was very favourable in Bordeaux.

Here is my basic tasting note:

Colour: dense deep red/purple in colour.

Nose: black fruits: currents and black berries.

Palate: same black current. lovely and smooth. good mouth feel. tannins are well integrated, although slightly hard at this stage.

Finish: nice finish, albeit slightly short.

Conclusion: very good qpr. i also suspect that it has enough in it to last for a few years. a great daily drink.