In preparation for Greg's departure, we have been tasting as many samples as possible. The first is from Bordeaux by Pascal Delbeck, formally of Chateau Ausone. Chateau Ausone is one of only two wines to be voted Premiere Grand Cru Clase A. After being bequeathed the estate, Pascal was forced to sell due to tax hardships. Regardless, he's a wine genius, and it was evident in this 2010 Chateau Dubois Challon. This Muscadelle (5%), Sauvignon (50%), and Semillion (45%) blend is characterized by a pale straw color, floral and fresh bouquet, and a rich, layered lasting finish. Needless to say, Greg and I were both fans of this beautiful wine.
8 Months in American and French Oak
Colour: Deep violet
Aroma: Light, not overpowering with hints of red currant
Palate: Fruity with big spice. Jammy and ripe fruits.
At first I preferred this to the Ave.....
10 Months French Oak
Colour: Deep purple
Aroma: Light with hints of red currant
Palate: Fresher than typical Malbecs with big spice up front and secondary hints of red fruit.
....but enjoyed this one more as it opened up. Only to be outdone by....
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
6 Months in Oak
Colour: Deep purple (see a theme here?)
Nose: Again light and not very fruit forward
Palate: Big! Bold! Fruit and spice punch! Blackberry with cough syrup (in a good way!), high tannins and nice finish.
This was totally my favorite. Right up my taste alley, if you will. Greg didn't seem too convinced, but we still have two more higher level wines to try another day. How will they fare? I suppose we'll have to wait for Greg to return.