I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE french wine. Its funny too because I almost forget sometimes just how wonderful french wine really is. Don’t get me wrong, I love my California reds too! I mean, thats my mainstay. A nice Joseph Phelps Insignia, a Quintessa, a Caymus Reserve or maybe even an Opus One if I am feeling completely unimaginative…
But there is something just a little different about french wine. Its just got that special something that makes it unlike any other. ..
Recently, my wife prepared a very special Valentine’s Day dinner for us: Chateaubriand with a truffle purple mash and asparagus with and fantastic hollandaise. She paired the 2005 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac with it and opened it an hour ahead and it was absolutely stunning. Frankly, having looked at some of the recent reviews of the vintage after my meal, I was shocked that they weren’t even better!
The floral nose was like a gentle spring breeze; the deep purple color seemed to almost glow. The dark fruit on the palate was so well complimented by the tobacco spice and the medium to long finish was simply magnificent. I would rate this wine at 94 points. I was so impressed I am looking to buy it by the case now. My impression is that this wine will continue to improve and mature for another decade or more.