A 2009 Blanc and a 2004 Rouge from Pessac-Leognan
I had a lovely lunch this weekend with our friends: Anne and Calin with plenty of green vegetables, steak and some surprisingly excellent Bordeaux. As summer already settled in Romania and my doctor pushes me to keep my cholesterol under the radar as it already gives some warning signs, I started to have more fresh vegetables in my diet and reduce as much as possible the consumption of meat. After a week with no meat and only fish and vegetable based dishes, a carnivore like me can only appreciate a good old fashioned juicy tender rare beef steak. If you add some good Bordeaux, the result is virtually guaranteed to be delicious.
We had two wines: a white 2009 Chateau La Garde Blanc with gratin of zucchinis and cherry tomatoes and a 2004 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge with beef in a honey mustard sauce and a mixed salad with baby spinach, basil, mint and regular green salad.
2009 Chateau La Garde Blanc Pessac-Leognan
Medium gold color. A fresh nose with good intensity, oaky but not in excess, with tropical fruits and floral aromas. A pleasant acidity with rich tropical flavors on the palate and a medium plus long fresh finish. (88-89/100)
This wine reminded me of the 2007 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc I had in April, however the La Garde is less concentrated and intense in its aromas.
A youthful opaque dark red color. Rich, complex and well developed on the nose, with intense aromas of smoke, black currant, red cherry, mint, graphite and nice vegetable flavors: the green bell pepper rocks. Lush and concentrated on the palate, with polished tannins and velvety mouth-feel, the wine shows a great typicality exhibiting beautiful pencil shavings, dry plums and black currant flavors. The finish is long with lingering mocha and dark chocolate flavors. What a great wine this is. (92/100)
Surprisingly approachable red Bordeaux that drinks so well already. There is potential for keeping, but this is a treat as it is today. People say the white Smith Haut Lafitte is usually better than their red and one of the best dry white Bordeaux wine. I cannot wait to try it.
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