Sunday, December 03, 2006



Anticipation is....looking at that roast beef and thinking about how nice the wine is gonna taste with it. The Roland La Garde, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2000 looks good in the glass, quite dark with a nice oaky restrained nose. On the palate it is dry and tannic, thick and not too juicy. In otherwords, a typical good bordeaux. It will last 10 years in the right cellar.
This wine is from the "premieres cotes de Blaye", meaning literally the "first sides of Blaye", a town considered in the periphery of the Bordeaux appelation, across the river from the classic left bank regions and further north from the better regarded Pomerol and St Emilion. Therefore the producer can't charge as much for his wine as the "big boys" can (well, he could, but he probably wouldn't sell much) and this translates to VALUE (music to my ears!). So, tonight's wine is a solid "GOOD" wine and a solid "GOOD" value at $20. Buy half a dozen, drink one a year for the next six years and enjoy.


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