2004 Chateau Labegorce Margaux – As I mentioned last month, I am drinking the 2004’s from Bordeaux now as I continue to cellar my 2000’s and 2005’s. This wine is wonderfully complex with good structure and great balance that has the fruit in the right mix. I liked this wine very much even though I thought it was a little pricy at $30.
2004 Chateau de Barbe Blance is a delightful wine that is surprisingly approachable and affordable at just $20/bottle. I liked this wine because it was complex and had a hint of barnyard, with more earth and structure than you would usually find for a young St. Emilion.
2006 Bouquet des Garriguesle Clos du Caillou from Domaine VACHERON – POUIZIN is a delightful, fruit forward wine from the Cote du Rhone. This has the spice and earth of a typical Cote du Rhone but with more fruit on the pallet. It is another great wine for under $20.
2005 Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru is a Burgundy from Domaine Bouchard Pere en Fils. I visited this Chateau several years ago in the lovely little town of Beaune, and they make consistently excellent wines. This one is subdued in its intensity, but has great balance and is smooth on the pallet. Again, this is a great wine for around $30.