I do not know if you happen to read last weeks review of Pannon Tokaj Muscat Lunel but it was a total LCBO win! This week I was not as much of a shinning star but still very drinkable nonetheless.
To the untrained eye, this bottle of wine is non-descript and even slightly boring, compared to today’s standards. However, the part that you want to remember is the name, Christian Moueix. He is a French Winemaker and President of JP Moueix. JP Moueix, the company, is a négociant, which means that it buys grape and must from smaller growers and winemakers and sells it under its own name; many négociant have their own vineyards as well. One of the most famous names that JP Moueix owns is the vineyards of Pétrus, a high-quality, low-volume Bordeaux.
The one thing I love most about Pétrus, and Christian Moueix is that he is adament is saying Pétrus is not a Château, because all you will find on the grounds is a small farmhouse. The most renowned and expensive wines come from a vineyard that deems itself unworthy of being called a Château, because it does not have a Château. That screams humble and is probably why the wine is so sought after. Next time I have some Pétrus, scratch that, the first time I have Pétrus I will gladly tell you all about it.
There is a scene in RED 2 (2013) where a oenophile named “The Frog” is threatened to reveal his sources or his bottle of Pétrus won’t make it through the night. It is a fairly humorous scene.
Review: Christian Moueix Merlot
Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
I am going to give you a piece of information that will make you sound like the smartest of smartie pants. When getting to know Bordeaux, the first thing you need to think is “The left bank” or “The right bank.” Yes, that is it. The region of Bordeaux is split by the the estuary Gironde and its tributaries the Garonne and Dordogne. On “the left bank” you have the appellations of Medoc and Graves. “The right bank” you have St. Emillion and Pomerol, which are both in the district of Lisbournais. This fact alone tells you much about the personality and character of the Bordeaux you are about to drink.
Enough is enough, on to the wine!
In the glass, this wine is a deep garnet color, honestly, it looks pretty sexy in the glass. This wine smells fresh and light with the back bone being savory and herbal toned.
First sip, ack. This needs to be decanted, once it opens up the wine becomes much less austere and all the nuances bloom. Let me try that again with less of the bullshit. This wine tastes tight and very acidic, but once it is decanted it tastes much better! This wine is a from France, which is considered Old World so the wine is less fruity and more earthy.
This Merlot is all kinds of yummy to me, with a bone dry chalky finish, smooth tannins, and a touch of fruit. I would drink this with food because it will go with a wide range of cheeses, meat and poultry dishes and I am guessing quite nicely with pizza.
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Drink up. Marisa