© by Sheral Schowe
Bordeaux is definitely a wine that you donít want to drink when it is too young. However, there are some great í90s that are more than ready to enjoy, and they are all available in Utah. If you canít find them on the shelves at the wine stores, you can always find a great selection on Dennis Hummelís extensive wine list at Bangkok Thai Restaurant in Salt Lake, where no wine will be served before its time.
Chateau Paradis Casseuil 1996, Pauillac ($12.95): This wine is imported by Chalone from their partner winery, Domains Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), in Pauillac. Cabernet sauvignon is the dominant grape here, with all of its characteristic power and depth in flavor. After this opens up in the glass for a few minutes, it will reveal cassis, leather, tobacco, and cedar. An excellent value, capable of aging in your cellar a few more years. Dennis will have this one on his list.
Chateau La Tonnell 1997, Premieres Cotes de Blaye ($10.95): Made mostly from merlot grapes with a little cabernet sauvignon from the north bank of the Gironde estuary across the river from the Medoc. This is similar to a claret or a pinot noir in texture and flavor. It has a light, meaty taste with a little black pepper. It is good on mid-palate, but the complement of food will accentuate its finish. This is another great value for the price.
Chateau La Rose Bellevue 1997, Premieres Cotes de Blaye ($10.95): From the same area as the La Tonnelle, but what a difference in flavor. The nose is Bing cherry and a little black currant. The cedar jumps out on the palate, (which is a reflection of top-quality French oak cooperage), a little smoke and a hint of mint. There is plenty of tannin on the back and loads of fruit up front on the palate. It has a beautiful, lingering, woodsy finish. I loved this wine on its own as well as with a wide variety of food. It is available at the wine stores and on Dennisí list as well.
Geyser Peak, Alexander Valley Meritage 1995: One of the best meritage blends from California. It has a beautiful perfumy nose which opens up to chocolate, candied plum, and vanilla. The palate is full and rich with cedar and spice with big tannins on the long-lasting finish. Excellent with duck, salmon, and lamb. Only available at Bangkok Thai.
Cordier Chateau Clos des Jacobins 1990: This is a not-to-miss St. Emillion Grand Cru only available at Bankok Thai, or in another collectorís cellar. This is an expression of French terroir with rich soil and iron. The fruit is deep and rich cassis with some spice on the finish.
For a truly delicious experience, try chef Marty Maís excellent lamb, duck, salmon, or beef dishes when selecting a bordeaux at Bangkok Thai.
Aug. 5, 1999