My first post upon returning to Paris, after a week in Russia. OMG the workload and stress load is building up exponentially in the MPA. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it with 6 weeks left and like 8 projects pending and 3 scheduled wine trips in May! Anyways I digress, let’s get back to the much less depressing topic of wine. Today I attempted a classic back-to-back tasting of Bordeaux rive gauche and Bourgogne.
Domaine Alain Mathias is located in the town of Epineuil, right next to Tonnerre, which is 20 kilometers Northeast of Chablis. Naturally this region is better known for its vibrant white burgundies. This particular domaine however also produces reds like in the case of today’s bottle, which originates from the vineyards of Epineuil.
Chateau Arnauld, the better known of the two producers tasted tonight, is a cru bourgeois located in the Haut-Medoc. Theil Roger, proprietor of Chateau Poujeaux, purchased the chateau in 1976. Today François Theil runs the chateau’s operations. Chateau Arnauld is located north of Margaux in the village of Arcins. The wine is typically a blend of around 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. The wine is aged for 12 months in 40% new oak barrels
2007 Domaine Alain Mathias “Epineuil”
Tasting Notes: Transparent red color with subtle orangish hints and possible evidence of oxidation. Light carbon dioxide buildup around the interior of the glass. Slightly off but at the same time pleasant aromas of wet rocks, musk, dirt, and bright red cherries with some soap lingering in the distance. TCA alert! This wine is dry and very acidic and even a little vinegary with too much volatile acidity. The texture is silky but the light body, very light tannins and acidic rush make the wine unbalanced. There are flavors of cherries and cranberries with lemon accentuated from the midpalate through to the finish. 12.5% ABV. Both on the nose and in the mouth there were signs of some sort of fault, possibly TCA and volatile acidity.
Price: 10€ @ La Grande Epicerie, Bon Marché, Paris
Award: Medaille d’Argent 2008, Concours des Vins du Grand Auxerrois, Confrerie des Trois Ceps
2002 Chateau Arnauld Cru Bourgeois
Appellation: Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
Blend: ~60% cabernet sauvignon, ~40% merlot
Tasting Notes: Dark purple in the glass. Aromas of hotel hand soap at the outset, opening up to violets and a more subtle and balanced nose with hints of raspberry and a suggestion of rubbing alcohol creeping up in the background. Full-bodied, dry, with medium tannins and a balanced acidity. The wine is a bit jammy with flavors of plum and oak. 13% ABV.
Price: 13€ @ La Grande Epicerie, Bon Marché, Paris