WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

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WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

Postby Paul B. » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:23 pm

I've mused on occasion about how I feel that Marechal Foch produces more balanced reds in Ontario, on average, than Baco Noir. This is not to say that Baco isn't capable of balance - it is - but stringent viticultural management is utterly indispensable to taming the Baco beast's acidity. And such management has not come through in every Ontario Baco that I've tasted over the years.

With Marechal Foch, though, I come across a clear majority of wines that have excellent acid/tannin balance, and this is the case with the '03 Foch from Thomas & Vaughan Estate that I bought at the Estate in Beamsville.

12.3% alc. Gorgeous, intense black-scarlet hue with deep saturation - nearly opaque - and a very dark black-cherry hue at the meniscus. Quite gamey and peppercorny at first upon opening, though the balance was immediately evident on the palate even then. Given half a day in the open bottle, though, the wild aromas settle down to reveal a nose of game and pencil shavings surrounded by redcurrant fruit. Excellent, tart acidity, but no sourness; lithe, balanced tartness on the mid-palate, fully dry with excellent flavour replays on the mid-palate, fine-grained tannins and a warm, expansive, dusty finish. High-quality pencil-shavings-oak nuances on the finish. Beautifully cleansing; a true table wine and stylistically proper due to its admirable dryness.

This red will certainly go with anything at the table, and if a vinifera comparison be made, it is similar to a Northern Italian red in that the acidity determines the structure more than the tannin.

I really enjoyed the wine alongside New Zealand lamb chops done in a skillet and served with my homemade rosemary/juniper balsamic reduction sauce.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:33 am

Paul B...everytime you mention Baco Noir I see the Pelham `04 Reserve giving me a nudge!!
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Re: WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

Postby Paul B. » Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:55 pm

Bob, I see you mentioning the H of P quite a bit. Is that the main one you have available out in Alberta? Or do any other Ontario Bacos and hybrids make it out your way?
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Re: WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:06 pm

I`m running to and fro restaurants today but H of P is the main event in these parts, Paul. There are a few others, ie M Foch, but will have to get back to you. I suspect the usual characters in a bottle, one old vines somewhere.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Thomas & Vaughan Marechal Foch (Ontario VQA)

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:32 am

I managed to taste both the regular BN and the Reserve (both `04s) at the Henry of Pelham tasting here in Edmonton, hosted by David Speck. There were also some Family Speck wines in the tasting,including a very good/young Cab/Merlot. Terrific wines with excellent acidity, the Reserve was, without doubt,the most popular wine served.
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