I’ve spent the last couple of days in bed due to damaging my back, so some cheering up was much needed this evening! We decided to continue our exploration of the Cotes du Marmandais ‘Chateau de Beaulieu’ vertical case, with our penultimate bottle – the 2007 vintage:
So far we loved the 2011 (classy, elegant), were really wowed by the 2010 (ripe and joyous), underwhelmed by the 2009 (over the hill?) and liked, but weren’t too excited by the 2008 (slow burner). This 2007 is definitely in the 2010 camp – a beautifully crafted wine, which has a pleasing balance of liveliness and fruitiness coupled with tertiary aromas and flavours.
We decanted it for an hour – which was good, as there was quite a bit of sediment. In the glass the wine is deep ruby with unmistakable brick hue on the rim. The nose is utterly lovely: cedar, tobacco, a bit of old leather, clove and black pepper but also ripe fruit (plum, cherries, blackcurrants) – albeit definitely more on the stewed/cooked spectrum. The same notes continue on the palate, the wine is smooth, the tannins are quite dusty and the acidity still present and makes the whole ensemble harmonious and alive. It has evolved beautifully, and though TWS notes say drink by 2021, I’d give it easily another 5 or so years.
To think that the single bottle was about £11 is unbelievable value for money. Heck, even my back is feeling better… (NOT)!
What’s in your glass this week?