Report From TexSom 2012: A Star From Bordeaux

Andrew Chalk filed this report yesterday.

It is 9:30am on Sunday morning so I am doing what any rational person would be doing: tasting wine from  Bordeaux. The French wine region, in many people’s opinion the most prestigious wine region in the world, produces wines that cost from a few dollars up to over $1,500 a bottle. At Texsom, the annual international wine conference held at The Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, I am sitting in room filled with wine experts and listening to two Master Sommeliers as they take us through a tasting of eight wines chosen as good examples of  middle price range ($20-$100) wine. The quality of the wines was high but I would like to report one of those wines that absolutely blew me away for its likability.

Jump for the joy from Bordeaux.

Here are the wines we tasted:

2008 Haut-Médoc Ch. D’Agassac $22

2008 Listrac-Médoc, Ch. Fonréaud $20

2008 Pessac-Léognan, Ch. Pape-Clement $90

2008 Saint Julien, Ch. Leoville-Barton $50

2008 Margaux, Ch. Cantenac Brown $48

2008 Pauillac, Réserve de la Comptesse $40

2008 Saint Estèphe, Ch. Lafon- Rochet $25

2001 Saint Estèphe, Ch. Cos D’Estournel $120

The 2008 Château Pape Clément ($90) from the area of Bordeaux called Pessac-Léognan (formerly part of the Graves designated area) has a nose of burned matches, cassis, earthy tones, roses, coffee, and tobacco. The mouthfeel is silky due to only slightly grippy tannins and tastes of cassis, with just a hint of green pepper. Its relative youth means that it is rather inscrutable at present, but it promises even better stuff in the future (maybe five years time).

This wine is in wide distribution at liquor stores around town.