House and name: Château Tour de Pressac
Origin: Bordeaux, France
Price: 132 DKK/17,70 EUR/22,10 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 259 DKK/34,80 EUR/43,40 USD)
Two wines only
We already discussed generic information about Bordeaux as a wine region. Today I would like to get into specifics. As you may have noticed, I wrote the name in the header in a bit different way than usual – no separation of house and name. This is due to the fact, that wines in Bordeaux do not have their own names – at least not in traditional sense like in other regions.
Every house in Bordeaux make only two wines. One, that is supposed to be the one that represents house and the other one, the so-called “second wine” that is made from the grapes from the same field but they just did not make it into the first wine. In order to easily distinguish the origin of the wine, the name of second wine still bears resemblance to the main wine in the name. Example in this case is the wine I am tasting today. This is a second wine of its house. Name of the first wine is Chateau de Pressac.
Cru system in Bordeaux
Now explaining the whole Cru system of Bordeaux would be a couple of pages long essay and honestly, I do not have that much knowledge about it yet so I will try to summarize the main facts. Grand Cru stands for a wine of the most superior grade, or the vineyard which produces it.
The first and most famous classification of Bordeaux wines was done in 1855 that took into consideration only 62 houses from the left bank of Bordeaux (1 of them was from Greves). It divided them into 5 categories. In the first one, premiér grand cru classé, are only 5 houses which are now world renowned and most expensive despite the fact, that this classification is now considered outdated. To mention some, it is Chateau Margaux or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild whose youngest vintages are being sold for hundreds of euros, if not thousands. As an example, 2007 Chateau Margaux has a market price of 4500 DKK/604 EUR/754 USD (winefamly.dk). Suprisingly, even wines outside of this classification have crazy price tags.
Other regions, such as St. Emilion made their own classification in a similar way as well. However, as an ordinary consumer like me, without substantial free cash it is quite unlikely that you will get in touch with wines from Bordeaux that are classified above Grand Cru or Grand Cru Classé. So today I start in a cheaper are, in a St. Emilion Grand Cru.
Château Tour de Pressac, St. Emilion Grand Cru 2014
This wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Carmenere. Right in the beginning we see typical rich dark red color. In the nose we get strong notes of chocolate and oak with traces of vanilla. In the taste we get a little bit of tanins with a taste of ripe sour cherries and chocolate. Wine has a long aftertaste.
I have always been a fan of Bordeaux type wines – not necessarily from France. St. Emilion is one of my favorite sub-regions in Bordeaux and this wine did not let me down. I would reccommend drinking with beef or game.
I hope that one day will have the pleasure of tasting such legends like on the previous two pictures.