Mmm… nothing’s better than coming home from a long day at work to the smell of prime rib in the oven and a cellar of great wines. This meal calls for a big wine, so I chose a 2002 Chateau- Lagrange Bordeaux. Prime rib is a very wine friendly meat, but since I have been on my Italian wine kick lately, I thought I would stick with old world wines, but go with one from France for tonight.
This Bordeaux is from Saint-Julien which is a small, but important appellation in the district of Haut-Medoc. This region is known for making consistently good, age worthy wines and has an outstanding reputation because of the world-renowned status of Bordeaux and Haut-Medoc. This particular wine is a bright ruby color and has a sexy nose that really was quite enjoyable with berries, cedar, some plums and slight spice. On the palate this wine opened up after a while with a lot of noticeable potential. For a 2002, it was very approachable, but could even still benefit with some more aging; however the notes of ripe fruit, black currant combined with cedar, and spice really made this wine come to life. The wine is medium-full bodied with a nice long finish and was an incredible weeknight addition to this meal.
For those of you who do not know much about Bordeaux or the Saint-Julien appellation I will give you a quick overview to make reading this and other wine blogs a little easier. Bordeaux has a classic status for producing incredible quality wines. The grape varietals are predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and are usually blended wines. Bordeaux also makes wonderful white blends, which include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. Another type of wine produced in Bordeaux is the well-known Sauterne; a botrytized (fungus covered grape, increasing its sweetness) wine best served with dessert and a must try for a unique, sweet, thick ending to a meal.
Bordeaux is an interesting and beautiful wine region with fantastic wines being produced. If you have not had wine from Bordeaux yet, you must make the time to try some, as this complex and exciting region can be quite a handful to understand, but once you grasp the basic knowledge, you will open up your palate to another fantastic wine region.