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Château La Fleur De Gay 1986

Château La Fleur De Gay 1986

Sanguine and supple, this 100% Merlot delivers a bouquet of flowers, strawberries and seedy raspberry along with a high note of Madagascar vanilla. What it communicates on the nose is a far cry from the palate, there, it reminds me of an aged Châteauneuf, there is a gaminess, smoke, asphalt, tar, green peppercorn…despite all of this, its very silky and fine, and nimble for a medium-bodied red. Despite low marks from the critics, it has been a favorite. Bright acidity, leading to a lengthy finish. Château La Fleur De Gay 9.4 Points You'll find my recipe and pairing for Veal Chops and Pomerol here....

Veal Chops

Veal Chops and Pomerol

This recipe, albeit simple, hails from the year I spent in Carmel, California, at the invitation of a former wine buyer and his wife. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story, my year in Carmel is what launched my career as a writer. One could see the ocean from the house, and it was there—to the constant rhythmic sound of the sea that I learned about Bordeaux. Not just any Bordeaux, but bottles that had been lovingly and properly cellared for years—the couple waiting for just the right moment to open them. Our meals were quite simple, as is the case with these veal chops, prepared with little adornment or fuss, so that one could focus on the wine. Evenings spent around that dinner table were about discussing the wines, appreciating each bottle’s merits and charms. At this particular meal we opened a 1986 Château La Fleur De Gay that proved to be an exquisite match with veal’s delicate flavor. A word about veal. As with foie gras, veal is a food product that engenders controversy. And rightly so, animal cruelty is not something I’m keen to serve at the dinner table. I was pleased to find, in doing a bit of research...

Château Certan-Marzelle 2000

Château Certan-Marzelle 2000

Château Certan-Marzelle has been under the ownership of Christian Moueix since 1999. 2000 represents the first vintage under his management, and is comprised of 100% Merlot, and it's a tiny operation with little more than 1000 cases. Aromas of plum, forest floor and cedar waft from the glass. Medium-bodied and supple, with brisker-than-expected acidity and tannins. Another 5-6 years of cellaring seems possible. Deeper notes of cherry liqueur, steeped blackberry and wet wood, and the finish is of moderate length. Overall, a pleasing Bordeaux. 9.1 Points...