Twenty years ago..the Bordeaux wines of Bourg and Fronsac offered an alternative to the 'Big Boys'. They were getting their act together..and offered excellent 'luncheon style' wines.
How things have changed.
Chateau La Tuilière is in the heart of the Côtes de Bourg..almost across the way from Chateau Margaux.. 40 year-old vines..new oak barrels..things have certainly changed.The wine spends 18 months in oak barrels.
The mix is:
60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
& 5% Cabernet Franc
Château La Tuilière Les Armoiries 2003
Côtes de Bourg
Deep colour; aromas of cedar, tobacco, blackberries;full thick blackberry/cassis mouthful, perfect balance...maybe a touch heavy (13.5% alcohol)..chewy tannins.but nicely integrated..can be drunk now..but will improve over the next 5-8 years.
A good wine..but I couldn't help thinking....the wine world is 'shrinking'..as styles seem to get closer...this could have been a new world wine if I had tasted blind. Is that what the French want..is that what they HAVE to produce.? I quite liked my 'luncheon' wines of old...