A budget namesake from Bordeaux
It's silly to buy a wine on the basis of a curious name or interesting label, of course, but knowing my wife would get a laugh out of a wine named "Old Robin," I couldn't resist bringing this recent arrival home. It was a reasonable risk, frankly. In my book, at least, the 1995 Bordeaux have been consistently pleasing, even in the relatively low-end range between $10 and $15.
Chateau Vieux Robin 1995 Cru Bourgeois Médoc ($14.99)
Very dark garnet color, almost opaque. Shy aromas at first, open up with a little air to reveal classic Médoc blackcurrant and cedar with a whiff of brown sugar. Fresh, tart, a bit austere; black fruit, firm acidity and soft tannins. Very well-balanced Bordeaux, will benefit from cellar time. U.S. importer: The Stacole Co. Inc., Boca Raton, Fla. (March 1, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: Just right with the traditional Bordeaux match: Lamb chops.
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