This evening the fun in the glass was Chateau Berliquet 2000 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Now about expectations: it was a Right Bank Bordeaux and so dominated by Merlot but from a heralded vintage. I had hoped for “wow” but for the price (about $50) found it pleasing but unimpressive. And I snatched it from my cellar a tad too early. Ok, mea culpa, but what did I learn?
The fruit there is surprising but saved by herbal notes, a tinge of dusty cocoa and relatively smooth tannins after it opened up a bit. Yes, it has some finesse but a little too much jammy fruit and too modern in style for my taste and so would not buy again. It was a recommendation from a sales clerk who obviously did not know me very well.
Had it with my steak, mushrooms and sunchokes meal but wish I had it with wild boar or quail. Bring on the game with this wine.
Naturally, there was the real game at the end: what to do with all that chunky red stuff in the glass? My husband taught me the slow swirl and sip. It’s really something of a meditation. In the end, you also feel triumphant for not letting the sediment get the best of you.
So wait a little on this 2000 Bordeaux and then give me a call. Since the wine is on you, I’ll make you a dinner to pair with it that will make your heart sing.