After nearly a month off, travelling around the US and Mexico, the Crew is now settled in its new temporary home… BORDEAUX! I’ll be hangin’ out in this stunningly beautiful, college town through the end of August, with the intention of visiting as many Chateaux as possible, granted my intensive French course at Alliance Francaise will keep me rather tied down. Anyways, this first in a series of Bordeaux posts is quite random and unfortunately without much attention to detail. I picked up a half bottle of beginner-level 2007 Saint-Emilion during my first trek to the local Champion supermarket. So since there’s really not much to speak on in terms of the Chateau, lemme quickly sum up Saint-Emilion and the 2007 vintage.
With 5,330 hectares of vines planted, Saint-Emilion is located on the rive droite and produces more wine than any other rive droite appellation. The town is known for being the most beautiful in the region, so much so that it even attracts visitors with no interest in wine. The soil is divided into two general types. To the south of the town the topography is hilly with a soil composed of a mixture of gravel, sand and alluvial soils. The west is characterized by the gravelly limestone plateau. The wines produced to the south tend to be lighter and shorter lived. But overall the wines, dominated by the Merlot grape, are rich, light in tannins, earthy, and complex, with vanilla, cedar, and chocolate notes. The 2007 vintage is an underperforming year, producing aromatic and lightly fruity wine with subtle tannins and an occasional sense of overextraction.
Here’s what I tasted today …
2007 Chateau Moulin Bellegrave
Appellation: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Violet ruby red in the glass. A very fresh nose, almost suggesting a still active fermentation. There are aromas of sour red fruits, cherries, and plums. Very juicy, medium-bodied, dry, and bitter in the mouth with a slightly unbalanced acidity, lacking texture and showing a linear form. Overall very fruity with cherries throughout the midpalate and a yeasty, rubber band like bitterness on the finish. An overall disappointment, albeit commercially viable. 12.5% ABV.