G’day guys and here I am again with some more wine. Another French label, this time from Bordeaux, the most famous wine region. And I must say, I regret the lack of wine articles on my website so far. Seems like all I ever drink here is whiskey…not that that’s anything to complain about. But, wine lovers, you can expect an influx of wine articles for reasons of convenience to me as this December I will be in New Zealand and I need to pre-write some articles to upload by themselves to make life easier on myself while I am there, presumably drunk on Kiwi wine. I’d like to first, begin this article by saying that due to retail problems that were this not a blog, would be unimportant this article was originally supposed to be on the Château Bellevue. Also a blended Bordeaux. But if they had it in stock once, they’ll have it in stock again at some point in the future. So que será será, bump that article back up the list, and here I am with my replacement that I intended to do at some point anyway; the Château l’Escart.
This wine is the same sort of mid-range blended French wine as the Les Trois Clefs Grenache Shiraz I tasted in my last wine article. The sort of easy-going everyday French import you can buy in bulk without going bankrupt and keep in the kitchen, or perhaps put away for a few years. This label, Château l’Escart has been in business farming their same winery since the mid Eighteenth century. The winery itself, is surprisingly small, just thirty-seven hectares. By contrast, other vineyards across France in Bordeaux, Rhône, Burgundy, and Cognac are usually hundreds of hectares, sometimes even thousands. To such a point that in this day and age grapes are harvested by machine, not only made for, but by the French wine country. Attention to detail then, must be a selling point. Since so few wineries tend their vines, and harvest their grapes by hand. The terroir of Château l’Escart is typical to Bordeaux, rich in limestone but also of clay, apparently adding the strength and robustness to the grapevine. This being a blended wine; the ingredients are mostly Merlot, one of my favorite wines flying solo, Cabernet Sauvignon, my favorite wine, and Malbec, a wine grape unsurprisingly I’ve never had by itself since it’s grown almost exclusively for blended wines, especially in Bordeaux.
So, the bottle itself. Like the Rhône, this is equally authentically French, garnished in untranslated but self-evident labels, “Grand vin de Bordeaux”, “recolte 2015” etc. So I open it, the nose is warm and damp with fresh bread and mulberries. As I pour the nose changes dramatically, it becomes extremely subtle and hard to detect. What I can detect is extremely sweet, that which I could easily sum up as a raspberry danish, complete with sweet juicy fruit, crisp pastry and all. Pleasant, if you can actually find it. So the taste, a sip delivers a deep velvety watery wash, subtle and sedate in taste, almost like that of licorice and raspberry. And an aftertaste of pleasant sweetness, a last brief flourish of raspberry. So far I’m liking what I’m tasting, it’s very subtle, refined, it doesn’t feel the need to shove it’s bragging rights down your throat. But let’s try coaxing some it’s flavours out into the open, I take a little more of a heftier mouthful, give it a little swirl and a gargle. The taste reluctantly gives up it’s true form, the taste is light-bodied and fruity but still doesn’t shout about itself. Like fresh moist strawberry. But this said, after going from a small drink to taste to a full glass, after a given a minute or two to breathe the taste freely opens up it’s palette. A leisurely drink easily detects a sweet flowing vein of taste easily.
In closing: This is a very mild red wine, very moist in taste with some subtle sour tastes when first poured, opening to a sedate sweetness. A wine that would pair well with mild white meat; pork, chicken, rabbit. Perhaps if paired with some barbecued chicken breasts or a with a rabbit stew it may highlight some of this wine’s nicer flavors well. I recommend this wine indeed, I think it sums up the care taken by châteaus to create a good blended wine, and shows how well the small winery of Château l’Escart attends so closely to their vin. Perhaps this may serve as an unintimidating wine for new drinkers trying wine for the first time. Anywho, I like this, I reccomend this. Cheers