Tour de France: Bordeaux
Thu July 20 & Fri July 21
4:30 pm - 7:00pm
Pasadena Wine Bar
1785 E. Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104
As the Tour de France treks on we continue our own Tour de France showcasing French wines. This week's stage is packed with high scoring wines. Join us this week for our next stop: Bordeaux. Our last stage will be Champagne.
Chateau La Dame de Montrose 2014
90 PTS – WINE SPECTATOR – “Offers a brisk, racy feel, with red currant, damson plum and Campari notes coursing through, carried by a bright iron spine through the savory-flecked finish. Very pure and firmly grounded in terroir. Best from 2018 through 2026.”
Chateau Mon Monbousquet 2012
93 PTS – WINE SPECTATOR – “A horse of different color, with savory and sage notes streaking past the well-endowed core of glistening plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit. A polished mesquite edge frames all the elements, while the finish glides on. Best from 2017 through 2027.”
Chateau Giscours 2005
93 PTS – WINE SEARCHER – “displays blackberry, cherry and hints of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied with soft, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and solid. This is structured and chewy. Needs time. Best after 2013. 20,830 made.”
Le Medoc de Cos 2012
The vineyard of the Medoc de Cos extends over 20 hectares facing the north of the Gironde Estuary, close to the Atlantic Ocean. The teams at Cos d’Estournel have used all their know-how to get the most out of this terroir and to offer a unique wine to be enjoyed in its youth. Very elegant, it shows delicious, fruity characters.
Chateau D'Armailhac 2010
93 PTS – ROBERT PARKER – “Another sensational effort from Philippe Dhaluin, the administrator of Mouton Rothschild, this blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot shows complex floral notes intermixed with forest floor, camphor, black currants and mulberries that all jump from the glass of this aromatic style of d’Armailhac. This wine possesses very good acidity, a surprisingly higher percentage of Merlot than usual, but the quality is impressive, and the good news is there are 20,000 cases of this full-bodied beauty, which should age nicely for 15-20 years.
2012 Epoch Wines Estate Red Blend
89-92 PTS – WINE SPECTATOR – “This sleek red shows nice intensity to its damson plum, black cherry, toasted vanilla and tobacco flavors, with a bright, floral-tinged finish.”