Maker: Prestige Wine Group, Princeton, Minnesota (importer)
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
Collection des Chateaux de Boardeaux has a nice marketing pitch. The label explains that the year-to-year variations in Bordeaux vintages frustrate the wine drinker – some should be drunk young, others laid-down, and still others avoided altogether. So, Gerard Basset, European Sommelier of the Year, and Robert Joseph, an award-winning wine critic, have teamed up to taste over 100 wines from different Bordeaux chateaux and vineyards, and create a blend of wines that can be drunk immediately but can also be cellared for a year or two. This is the first cuvée, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
We found the aroma to be a rather intense mix of cherry and currant. The flavor is dry, in the European style, with less fruit and more mineral notes. The flavor notes were predominantly oak, woody elements, and pepper, with somewhat weaker raspberry notes. This is definitely not a “fruit bomb” wine… it has a relatively complex flavor, and a lingering, if somewhat tannic, finish.
I like a bit more fruit in a wine’s structure, but Collection des Chateaux may appeal to those who try to avoid California and Australian wines they consider to be too fruity. The packaging is simple but elegant, and our bottle featured and additional hang tag explaining the wine’s concept. Collection des Chateaux would make a nice gift at the inexpensive end of the spectrum, as it has had relatively little exposure, it has its origin in Boardeaux, France, and its story implies that experts have chosen carefully to bring you the best possible wine. If you choose to use this Bordeaux as a gift, though, be sure the recipients are likely to appreciate a red from the dry and tannic end of the spectrum.