The desire for some comfort food this evening seems a direct result of the sun disappearing, so a venison chilli made from leftovers is bubbling away as we speak. To go with it, I decided to open the last bottle from the vertical case of Chateau de Beaulieu (Cotes du Marmandais), purchased over a year ago - the 2005 vintage:
We loved the 2011 (classy, elegant), were really wowed by the 2010 (ripe and joyous), underwhelmed by the 2009 (over the hill?) liked, but weren’t too excited by the 2008 (slow burner) and thoroughly enjoyed the 2007 (lively, fruity and balanced). The 2005 is a winner, similar to the 2010 in profile, but with more gravitas, perhaps.
We double decanted, as there was quite a lot of sediment. Initial farmyard-y whiff soon dissipated, revealing tertiary notes mostly, with some fruit too – but of the dried/cooked kind. Very deep hue in the glass, with clear garnet on the rim, the nose is an ode to leather boots, cigar boxes and sandalwood incense. A sort of Gentlemen’s Club, with a New Age hippy twist. Fruit is dark cherries, bramble and blueberries. Some camphor notes are also present.
On the palate, it still has a tannic bite, with dried berries, cassis, leather and tobacco notes mingling with something more herbaceous as well as medicinal. Medium + finish leaves a liquorice and mint aftertaste.
I think the single bottle was about £12…. Talk about bloody amazing value for money!