What We're Drinking Now: Mystery Bottle of Bordeaux
If you've read our 'Sunday in Bordeaux' post, then you already know about the unlabeled bottle the winemaker gave us at Chateau Guillaume Blanc. We we're itching to try it and finally had it with dinner a few nights ago.
We knew it was from the right bank of Bordeaux, so we assumed it was Merlot driven, which our palates confirmed, but the funnest part was trying to pick out the other varietals in the blend. The color on the fringe of the glass was a deep purple which could have suggested Grenache but it was more likely from Cabernet Sauvignon which is typical of this region. Also, we detected a bit of spice and greater tannic structure which may have suggested some additional Cabernet Franc.
After our evaluation and reviewing what we learned at the winery, we are almost certain that the wine is a 2007 Guillaume Blanc Bordeaux Reserve (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc), fermented in French oak barrels for 18 months. It was a great accompaniment with our roast chicken and sautéed squash from our garden.