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October 17, 2006

05 Chateau Dubois Gramont, Bordeaux

Really, it's a country-wide tour of the table wines of France--going beyond its appelation to become a passage from Bordeaux into Beajoulais, Rhone, and the rest of southeastern France. There's little in the way of complexity, but it's an uninhibited merlot that could just as easily be served from a leather cask as it is from bottle. The meaty, crispy beef aroma is a great foil for the pure, simple fruit, much the way baked skin-on plums or apples can bring new life to grilled pork chops. I love its drinkability, vinous with ample acidity and dry tannins that bring an alcoholic kick in the finish--like grape taffy chased with spiked blueberry Kool-Aid.


Anonymous drew said...

It was such a great review, then the taffy Kool-Aid nonsequitor jarred me to a WTF moment. Either slap me up front or don't do it. You lulled me with your lead in. Like a trip to the bordello for a kick in the crotch.

10:20 PM  
Blogger HV said...

I'm not out to harsh your mellow, it was just a departure from your other reviews.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

That's what it tasted like.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like taffy, I like Blueberry Kool Aid, what could stop me buying this wine???

3:56 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...


4:04 PM  
Anonymous Michelaccio said...

Well Gollygumdrops, it might not be as sophisticated as the Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Flower Label 2005 but it sounds like a jolly good snort.

11:35 AM  

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