Château d’Aurilhac 2009

I’ve been paying attention to Eric Asimov’s new monthly “Wine School” column, the first article of which recommends the reader start with 2009 Bordeaux (a fabulous vintage throughout); specifically, the Haut-Mėdoc region at the mouth of the Gironde river – a relatively broader and more affordable sub-appellation.

Now, let it be known, I don’t really need a newspaper article so much as a whim to make me drink Bordeaux, so I was more than happy to be obliged to do so in the name of wine appreciation and research.

I didn’t have access to the 3 producers Asimov named, but I did manage to procure a Château d’Aurilhac, and boy, what a find – not only delivering the fruits of the vintage, but easily over-delivering on the expected quality of Haut-Mėdoc.

Here we have a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot. Together they form a deep crimson, bloody-textured wine with dollops of black cherry fruit, blackcurrants, tar and earth. The texture is a little cough syrupy, deliciously fruity with a bitter aftertaste.

Pretty intense, balanced, integrated and complex for a relatively young wine, this is a solid buy that is so drinkable, it’s tough to resist now, but will keep and improve in bottle for the medium term. Likely excellent with the classic Bordelais pairing of lamb, but I’m enjoying this tonight simply on its own. C’est si bon, il faut que j’aille en acheter de plus, tout de suite. $24 at LCBO Vintages.

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Clos la Coutale Cahors 2011

Clos la Coutale Cahors 2011A fairly well known producer, this Cahors consists of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. Irresistibly juicy, fruity and grapey at the moment meanwhile maintaining a nice dry taste, with a medium-bodied, smooth but structured palate, this would definitely be a good wine to try if you love Argentinean Malbecs and are looking to step a little out of your comfort zone. Highly approachable and yummy now, yet I personally would keep this on the bench for a couple of years to let the fruitiness subside, and allow it to develop more of the earthiness and spiciness, of which there are traces at this point. $23 in LCBO Vintages (word of advice: search diligently as I bought mine a few days ago, then when I went back tonight, none were to be found).

New Beginnings

Veni, Vini, Vici – certifiably snobby about wine since 2014

Just kidding!

Okay, if you made it this far into this post, I am truly happy and relieved that I have finally completed my WSET Diploma. After years of non-stop reading, researching and swirling, my studies have finally come to… a pause.

I hesitate to say “end”, for I’ve always enjoyed being geeky and academic and have no desire to put an end to my wine education. That said, I feel I need to gain new perspective, so, I’m hoping that 2014 onward brings me new opportunities to apply my studies, and perhaps venture out to visit some of the places that I’ve so fondly read about over the last few years.

Cheers to new beginnings!