Tonight I began what I hope will be an ongoing series of olfactory and palate refinement. As any passionate taster knows, there’s nothing more productive in the world of wine tasting development, than a concentrated face-to-face comparative tasting. Enlisting the help of one of the wine merchants at La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marché, I picked out two approximately 10 euro bottles of Bordeaux from the 2004 vintage, one from the Left Bank and the other from the Right Bank.
I failed to find any substantive info on the Chateau du Moulin Noir; however, here’s a quick rundown on the Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon. Peyrat-Fourthon was a hunting lodge up through the late 18th century. However, in 1834 Adrien Mothes, the Mayor of Saint Laurent du Medoc, began to grow grapes on the land. The cellar wasn’t renovated until 1998 when Hervé Godin purchased the chateau, implementing modern winemaking techniques and producing more elegant and quality wines. Then in 2004 Pierre Narboni purchased the chateau and grew the vineyards from 12 to 20 hectares.
Peyrat-Fourthon’s 20-year-old vineyards are planted on a soil of clay and limestone with gravels. A quick note on vinification, regarding the “La Demoiselle d’Haut-Peyrat” bottling, the wine spends 12 months in oak barrels, 50% new barrels. The average annual production is 50,000 bottles.
2004 “La Demoiselle d’Haut-Peyrat” Chateau Peyrat-Fourthon
Appellation: Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
Blend: 55% merlot, 42% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot
Tasting Notes: Maroonish purple in the glass. Earthy aromas with black fruits, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, dark chocolate, followed by subtle notes of clove and leather. Dry, medium-bodied with a balanced acidity and light tannins. Smooth jammy black fruit flavors of plums and blackberries, hinted with light mushroom and a dark chocolate finish and a very distant jalapeno pepperiness, ABV 12.5%
2004 Chateau du Moulin Noir
Appellation: Montagne-Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Blend: 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Maroonish purple in the glass. A nose of wet earth and gravel, leather, spice, black pepper, plum, vanilla, and strawberry. A dry, medium-bodied wine with medium tannins and a refreshing juicy acidity. Flavors of vanilla, wet earth and gravel, smoke and mild sulfur, plums, raspberries, strawberries and a dark chocolate finish, nuanced with very mild grapefruit peel, ABV 13%
Rating: 13/20 (Preferred over the two)