Posts Tagged ‘Château Cablanc’
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Yesterday, we decided to try the 2006 Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge and the 2008 Château Majoureau Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge with grilled salmon and a thick piece of grilled steak .
The first wine we tasted was the 2006 Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge (Sample, MSRP: $13 US).
Right off the bat – before ever seeing the vintage date on the label – I thought to myself, “this wine has seen a few moons.” Reason being that the color of the 2006 Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge was a tad cloudy and had a dull ruby color to it. That being said, though, we don’t judge any wine by how pretty it looks in the glass – it’s all about how it tastes. As my wife and I tasted the 2006 Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge, I commented several times that it tasted a bit tired; it was not at all vibrant and tasted one-dimensional to me. Made of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, it lacked any interesting herbal and spice flavors. I kept it open for a few hours, in hopes of tasting some violet and black currants; unfortunately, over the course of the evening, I just couldn’t find them. 2 Stars out of 4 for the 2006 Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge.
Our second rouge of the evening was the 2008 Château Majoureau Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge (Sample, MSRP: $15 US).
Like the Château Cablanc Bordeaux Rouge, the 2008 Château Majoureau Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge is comprised of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike the first red, though, the 2008 Château Majoureau Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge exhibited a beautiful vibrant ruby color. How did it taste? This claret coats your entire palate – front, middle and end – with raspberry, strawberry, cloves, violets and black current. AND…I absolutely loved the chewy tannins gripping my teeth and gums with every sip! Now this is what I was hoping to discover in an everyday-sipper, red Bordeaux! 3 Stars out of 4 for the 2008 Château Majoureau Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge.
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