Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What'd you drink last night?

Because we were over at Factory 99 sipping on some Chateau Talbot 2000 with John and the crew.  Word.

 First off, a big THANK YOU to Mr. Chow for sharing his love of wine and a piece (the cheapest piece) of his collection with us.  Secondly, and equally big THANK YOU to John for hosting yet another wonderful dinner!  We <3 Factoryy 99 at HOFWs if you couldn't tell. 

I myself had never tried Chateau Talbot before, and didn't know too much about it as I am relatively new to the French wine scene.  So for those of you in my boat, here's some info:
  • Grand Cru Classe from Saint Julien (Left Bank), Medoc, Bordeaux, France
  • 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
  • The Chateau can be traced back to the 15th century when it was owned by Sir John Talbot,Governor of Aquitaine, Earl of Shrewsbury
  • 102 Hectacre
  • Average age of the vines is 42 years old
  • 100% hand harvested
  • Average retail 150 euro.  Damn.
Our gracious hosts, Mr. Chow, KC, John

 We started the evening with some fried fish and chips (the English kind) accompanied with some tartare sauce.  Next was the Swiss cheese and Spanish ham plate.  Delish!  This is when we busted out the Talbot.

My personal tasting notes as I am learning to do them via WSET

Appearance:  Clear, garnet, medium intensity, legs
Nose: Clean, medium - intensity, developing, red fruit
Taste: Dry, medium acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, soft soft soft tannins, round, red fruit
Conclusion: good, ready to drink with potential for aging.

It was lovely, soft, and totally pleasing to the palate, but for me 150 euro is just too steep.  I want my socks blown off at 150 euro! Although if it's someone else's 150 euro, keep it coming!

John, ham, cheese, and wine. 
 3 bottles, some impromtu kareoke, salmon, US sirloin, Australia rack of lamb, mushroom truffle spaghetti, and twas a good night.  A good good night, as the Blackeyed Peas would say.

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