Monday, July 9, 2007

2003 Chateau Patache d'Aux

Must you spend top dollar to get a good tasting Bordeaux? No, there are values out there but it certainly is not easy to find them. I can alert you though to one such value Bordeaux. The 2003 Chateau Patache d'Aux Cru Bourgeois Superieur ($20) is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux from the Medoc area. I recently had a bottle with a steak-tip dinner.

This is a dark-colored wine, full bodied and a bit earthy. It has dark berry flavors though there are more subdued, a typical Old World style wine. There are elements of spice as well, maybe some pepper. It paired well with the tips and certainly would do well with any beef. It is a smooth wine and its tannins are not too strong. It is not an overly complex wine but it is not one-dimensional either. It does have character and at this price is a good value for a nice Bordeaux. Drink & Buy.


Anonymous said...

I agree! This is a delightful mouthful of ripe Bordeaux! '03 was of course a very hot year, and it produced very uncharacteristically 'ripe' wines...but being in the wine trade here in California, it was a welcome Bordeaux! I am very fond of this wine! (It can be found in local Southern California Trader Joe's!)

Richard Auffrey said...

Hi Cabman and welcome to my blog! Glad to hear that others have enjoyed this wine as well.

Anonymous said...

Spot on! I love this wine. Here's an official note, perfect for roasted lamb with cracked pepper and a side salad of lightly dressed greens with herbs. It's clear and still with a rubby core, classic bordeaux aroma, yet rather 'rustic' in the sense of lively tannins and acidity. Lots of floral expression and a nice finish that persists.