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Like Bordeaux? Here’s Another Budget Selection to Enjoy

Posted on: October 22nd, 2017 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

A few months ago, we checked out a Chateau Maurac, Now, let’s look at different selection from Chateau Greysac.  This little gem is from a hamlet just north of St. Estephe, a place called Begadan.  Its small on the map, but not really so tiny when it comes to wine.  The entire region simply flows with it.

Chateau Greysac MerdocHowever, unlike the relatively young American wine growing regions, this part of France’s greater Bordeaux appellation has been under cultivation for centuries.  So, when you
hear the term “old vines” you can be sure that at least some part of a Bordeaux wine is from that type of older stock.

Looking further into Chateau Greysac, their 2012 red wine (a nice value at around $15) comes across with Medoc’s famous spice and dark fruit character.  Mixed with a little leather
on the bouquet and followed by blackberry on the mid-palate, its body is quite refined for a wine in this price range.  Proof of this is in its soft but slightly grippy tannic structure.

Of course, a Bordeaux tradition is to pair this wine with roast chicken, potatoes and a veggie, but it also works quite well with a spring salad, grilled lamb chops, and rice. The flexible pairing capability of these lighter red wines make them an essential part of a well-rounded culinary experience.

It is also still quite true that Chateau Greysac, and most French wines, have what is often called a “differentiated character” from American/New World wines.  This makes
them a must for any well-appointed wine cellar.  All you have to do is decide how much of each type of wine to keep in Red Blend rack.  It is truly a matter of personal preference.

The serving rule remains: Serve slightly chilled at “European Room Temperature”, a little less than 60 degrees.


About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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