2 Bargains in Bordeaux
Bordeaux is going through a crisis right now. The world is producing Cab left and right so it pays to taste non-ranked castles because your favorite one may turn out to be cheap. After a tasting of 18 Bordeaux yesterday, I am happy to report that my number 1 and 3 were under $30.
Chateau Simard 1990 is available for less than $30 from at least 5 different retailers (check winesearcher.com). The nose is terrific as well as the palate exhaling flavors of a walk in the forest (soil, mushrooms), some fine chocolate and some rich vegetal. All the tertiary flavors from an aged Saint Emilion are in there. It's at peak but you can still drink it in 2006. A good quality aged Bordeaux of 15+ years for less than $30. Don't wait.
Haut Batailley 2002 was the most promising of the night. You get all the flavors Pauillac is made of (blueberry, blackberry, liquorice) but they are all very shy. They are hinting at you and then whispering "Give me some time". For $20 at Zachy's and Sherry Lehman, I will give this "teenager" wine another 5 years before peak.
My number 2 had wonderful Chocolate, coffee and roasted lamb flavors. Blackberry was the lingering note. But at $56, Chateau Couspaude 2000 is fairly priced.
For $30, you can drink a 15 years Saint Emilion at peak and for $20 you can stock up on a good quality Bordeaux that should be great in 5 years. Bordeaux is in trouble but it means VALUE.