Posted on May 9th, 2008
Chateau du Cèdre, “Le Prestige”, Verhaeghe et Fils, 2004, 13.5% ABV
Picked up this wine from Fallon & Byrne for €18.95 two months ago and while I’m not one for “laying down” wine, I’ve only just got around to opening it
How did the Chateau du Cèdre go down?
- Looks: deep dark purple ink
- Smells: fruits of the forest with a bit of a farmyardy-mushroomy-tree bark thing going on too
- Tastes: Great burst of blackberry juice followed by a a velvety smooth tannins which begin to dry out the mouth towards the end. While the tannins are noticeable and it’s definitely a heavy-bodied wine, it’s much more “balanced” (see below) than the Clos Triguedina I had a couple of weeks ago. Still, the moisture sucking tannins could soften a bit with a few more years “laying down” (explanation below).
- Verdict: delicious, and one I’d recommend heartily, particularly to Elke over at the Dine & Wine club in Cork who found the Clos Triguedina too much. While it may get better with a few more years, it’s excellent now, so open it up.
- Grapes: 90% Malbec, 10% Tannat
What does a “balanced” wine mean?
A balanced wine is one in which no one particular component stands out and overshadows the others. Where the Clos Triguedina was completely dominated by tannins, this has a bit of everything all in harmony.
What does laying down a wine mean?
Laying down means putting your wine away for a couple of years to chill out and relax. It should generally be:
- stored on it’s side, to keep the wine in contact with the cork (stops it drying out, shrinking and letting the air in),
- kept away from wild fluctuations in heat and vibrations.
- kept away from strong light
Where? It can be under the stairs, the bottom of the wardrobe, or in a purpose built wine cellar which you can show off to your friends while you all look at the bottles sitting there and talk about how they’ll develop over the years.