I celebrated the birth of my grand daughter by boing in to my fine wine refrigerator and heading over to my best friend’s house. The selection? A 2010 Chateau Du Retout Bordeaux from the Haute-Medoc region.
Left Bank vs. Right Bank
Haute-Medoc is on the left bank of the Gironde estuary in the Bordeaux region of southern France. The more well-known appellations from this region include Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estephe. I chose this wine because of the vintage (2010 is a great year for left bank Bordeaux and the region. My favorite is Saint-Julian with Margaux a close second.
I love Bordeaux but I’m not the expert I am with let’s say… cigars but let me tell you what my thoughts were.
This is a Cru Bourgeois which is not a top of the line vineyard. Cru Classe is the high quality stuff. 55 of the 61 appellations included in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 are located in Margaux, Saint-Julien, Paullic and Saint-Estephe AOC’s) which means the Haute-Medoc has rich neighbors.
Still, region and vintage should provide for a good experience for a hack like me.
Wine Spectator thought so too. It was ranked #35 in their top 100 list from 2013 with a score of 91 points.
The Chateau du Retout was a deep red thick long legged wine. It is composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) according to them.
I got the stone fruit and rhubarb notes with a little bit of pepper. It was of course full bodied and memorable. It begged to be eaten with a nicely charred steak or spicy sausage. The wine was a little minerally but overall very good.
I’ve had mine for about 4 years and I’m not too sure aging would have made it any better.
This was a good wine but not great. For the price point it is enjoyable and I shared mine with a very close friend and fellow wine hack.
The Chateau du Retout is too good to cook with but not so good to celebrate with. All in all a very good once a week wine made for curling up to on a Friday after a decent work week.
Excellent to keep on hand for get-togethers with friends. It won’t embarrass you. If I find it I would get 6 bottles to always have on hand.