Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Bordeaux-right bank.

It's been a month! I hope everyone had a good summer!

We are going to continue our virtual travel and tasting in France. From the left bank on Garonne river we are going to the right bank which is on the Dordogne river. This area also called -The Libournais, named for this historic capital-Libourne.

The Libournais appellations

  • Saint-Émilion AOC
  • Montagne-Saint-Émilion AOC
  • Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion AOC
  • Lussac-Saint-Émilion AOC
  • Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion AOC
  • Pomerol AOC
  • Lalande-de-Pomerol AOC
  • Fronsac AOC
  • Canon-Fronsac AOC
  • Côtes-de-Castillon AOC
  • Premières-Côtes-de-Franc AOC

Merlot grape  dominate on this side of the river.
The soil of Bordeaux’s right bank is a limestone and clay, functioning like a sponge to hold water, making it the ideal soil to grow the softer side of early-ripening Merlot. With cooler soils, which simply aren‘t capable of ripening Cabernet Sauvignon on a regular basis, the earlier-ripening Merlot moves to the lead on the right bank, with Cabernet Franc and occasionally Malbec playing the major supporting roles. The Merlot-based wines of the Right Bank are generally more fruit forward and softer. Of course you can see Melot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, but single varietal wines are popular here. Also those wines can be consumed much earlier than wines from the left bank.

 Grape Varietals:
Red - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec
White - Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon 

Another difference this side of the river is the size of the wine estates. The grand châteaux of the Left Bank are mostly large estates, whereas the Right Bank properties tend to be much smaller. It is more difficult to navigate through the many Château labels of the area.

For lighter and more acidic and fruitier wines food is a little lighter too-Chicken, rabbit, mushroom sauces, lamb, pork and duck.

I have a great example of the right bank wine

In the glass bright and deep purple.
On the nose intense red berries and vanilla aromas.
The wine is silky on the palate, fruity and acidic with firm tannins.

 And I'll pair it with the smoked duck. 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Château Hourbanon 2003, Ac Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

Well, it was time! This wine spent a few years in our cellar.
Ten years old, I think this wine is in its prime! So we opened it and decanted for at least an hour.
I actually reviewed this wine last year. I think after a year it just got better!
The wine became more softer, more balanced. More pronounced leather aromas, cedar, dried berries.
Aromas don't jump out of the glass, they flow gently opening up layer after layer, what this wine has to offer.
Finish is long and very pleasant.
 This wine is good by itself, but asking for meat. But not very heavy dish, not very complicated. Something like  simple piece of good prosciutto will do.

Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2011

Very smooth,filled with cooked berries aromas.
Dark red in the glass.
On the nose  fruit forward, rich aromas with  jammy notes.
On the palate medium bodied, thick, juicy, very pleasant. nicely balanced.
Great finish with dark fruit and green pepper notes.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I'm back!

Now I have to get my thoughts straight and get back to my projects.
Meanwhile, I'll show you some pics from the wild!:0)


Thursday, 1 August 2013

I was lost in time!

I was so busy with my work! And also my nephew was visiting. So I had to postpone all my projects.
I'll get back to my project very soon. After a couple of weeks, when I am back.
While I was entertaining my nephew, I was taking a lot of pictures. There are some of the pics I want to share.