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2001 Château Branaire Bordeaux

2009 February 17
by Eric Hwang

image64Last Saturday was Valentine’s Day and we were coincidentally in Banff, Alberta for a long weekend of skiing. Instead of fighting the crowds to get a table at an overpriced restaurant in Banff, we decided to pick up a couple of tenderloins, some mushrooms, potatoes, spinach and a nice bottle or two of wine.  We found this bottle of Bordeaux on sale for half-off at the wine and spirits store in Banff.  Even though 2001 was not an extraordinary year for St. Julien, it was still a good year, and for $40 Canadian, it was a good price.

The color was a nice deep clear brick red with almost no signs of age. A great bouquet of berry notes and smoked meats became more intense the longer it was allowed to open up. Medium-bodied with equally intense flavors of dark cherries, plums and black olives initially with spices and integrated oak throughout. There was even a hint of mint on the smooth medium finish with very soft tannins.

What a pleasant surprise this was.  The complex flavors paired especially well with the red meat and mushrooms. Decanting for several hours improved this wine considerably.

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