Monday, April 03, 2006

Wedding Anniversary - Bordeaux

My wife and I will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary on Wednesday this week. No! I didn't take her to the Bordeaux region of France as an anniversary gift! I opted for the less expensive version - ie bring the Bordeaux to us.

Last Saturday evening my wife and I sallied forth and infiltrated a local place of purveyance and sought the vending of some tasty combustibles - we went out for dinner! We went to Olivetto's at Red Hill and took with us a 2001 Chateau d'Armailhac (see Chateau here http://www.wine-journal.com/armailhac.html ).

The Wine Journal said of this wine "First tasted in Jul-03. Very deep colour - almost opaque. Pure cassis and blackcurrant on the nose. Tannic as usual with substantial grip. Masculine, a little brusque but with an attractive austere feel. Lacks the finesse of Clerc-Milon but a good wine. Drink over 5 years. (18/25) Then at the IMW 2001 tasting in Nov-05. The nose is broody, sulky and laden with toasty new oak, lacking definition. The palate is very rich and corpulent with notes of black cherries and cassis. Good acidity, markedly less austere than a couple of years ago, with an abrupt finish and seems a little overdone. Not bad if you like a modern, opulent style of Pauillac, but it lacks "soul". (18/25)" My wife and I simply enjoyed it, regardless of the critique. Sure, it was not as good as a Pontet Canet and some others, but we liked it.

The food and service at Olivetto's was superb! It will rate highly with us and thus will require a return visit.

The rest of the evening was ........ well, I'll leave it to your imagination!


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