January 2nd, 2009 – Chablis and Portugal

Just got back from a shopping trip with the teenage son…managed to get in a trip to Park Royal Mall speciality store. What a zoo it was (guess people are still doing the holiday shopping thing).
Picked up a couple of wines for the cellar…the 2007 Brocard Chablis Premier Cru Montmains (91 pts/$41.99) and the 2007 Quinto do Crasto Old Vines Reserva (93+ points, $43.99).
I have been reading that the 2007 Chablis’ are supposed to be good, and they are that rare white wine that gets better with age. No oak here (usually), just stainless steel aging, so you get that mineral character to the wine (which is why so many people like them with oysters). I will open the first bottle in three or four years.
I am not usually a big fan of Portuguese wines, but have had good success with the Quinta da Crasto Riserva…it is a big, full bodied red wine that lasts a long time. Manny at Le Gavroche has turned me on to some Portuguese wines in the last couple of years as well, although they are a bit pricey.
Now that I am home, time for another bottle from the cellar. This time, the 1999 Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wow, is that different than I thought it would be! I have had their Ellen Street Shiraz’s, which are super ripe, but this smells and tastes like an old Bordeaux! No jamminess here…but there is nice herbal, chocolate, black cherry fruit and still chunky tannins. It still has few years in it, something to be said for a ten year wine!
SB

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