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Friday, January 10, 2014

Do you know Bordeaux's Cru Bourgeois?

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ~ John Wooden

Whether we are talking about basketball or taking care to make the right moves in the vineyard, it's the little details [which often go unseen] that make big things happen. I've reviewed this same wine before, but it was reviewed for a post I did for the French Wine Explorers [yep, name dropping] last year. 

But after having uncorked a second bottle recently, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss this little gem. A very good wine [not a sample] that sells most places for just under $20. Would I say it's a great wine, no it's not "great" by the exacting definition of the word. But that said; it would be great to have this tasty gem swirling about in your glass, just waiting to be slurped with reckless abandon [that's the way I do it]. 

As it says in the title, do you know Bordeaux's Cru Bourgeois? If not, well you should and this article is the perfect opportunity to dive into what may appear to be a relatively new classification. However, the truth is that it has been around since the middle ages, which I'm pretty sure was a long time ago. The Bourgeois had a sweet deal going on back in the day, freedom from having to pay taxes [bestowed on them by the English] and they had their pick of the prime vineyards, but then French Revolution came along, everything changed and not for the better either. 

Fast forward to the present day, after years of wrangling, wrestling and plain old bickering the term Cru Bourgeois was allowed back on the label and the classification was in effect reborn. Of course the folks who didn't make the "cut" claimed the "process" was not fair and decided to take their toys and go home. If you want all the juicy details, I'd invite you check out the blow-by-blow action right here.

You have to put in many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile. - Brian Tracy

Now if you're wondering okay, so what is the big deal? Good question, the "big deal" is that designation supposedly means you're getting a much higher quality wine than you would otherwise. And to make insure this is taking place, independent panels of wine-tasters have been established to make sure everyone is playing by the rules and tasting the wines to make sure those on the list, deserve to be there. Again if you'd like the exacting details and you'd like to read all of the steps then please feel-free to do so here. 

Now here comes the part of the article some have dubbed as tyrannical? I know, I know that is what I thought, say what? It's just my simple tasting note, my experience with the wine so you can take it or leave it. But as someone in the wine blogging world had formerly used as his tagline, "I spit so you don't have to" meaning the wines being reviewed is most likely one of the better gems that has been come across in the course of tasting many toads [those not worthy of mention or drinking]. 

So now all that said, here without any further ado are my tasting notes enjoy. A very tasty Cru Bourgeois from Chateau Du Retout in the Haut-Medoc of France. I found this wine boasting of abundant dark plum, blackberry, cassis, and licorice dominate this youthful wine, but there's enough minerality and stiff but forgiving tannins driving through the middle to remind you this is Bordeaux with attitude.  

Old world charm and new world flair, an amazing combination that’s bottled unfiltered and unfined this gem from Chateau Du Retout could age for another 10 years easily. Until next time folks remember life is short, you never know when you may be uncorking that last bottle. So for crying out loud, please drink like you mean it and please don't settle for junk wines. Until next time, continue to slurp long and prosper cheers!
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