I thought most of the 2009 petite Bordeaux were long gone, but after a little sleuthing in a warehouse I found the 2009 Chateau Le Grand Moulin from Blaye just waiting for a home. I tried the wine and it is a winner.
Better yet, this is the “last of the vintage,” so I think I made a good buy for this rightly celebrated red.
It is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, and comes from the Blaye region in Bordeaux. Normally the wines from the region show a softer, rounder side, and this one does all that and more. This is a solid red wine that has an inviting aroma of what I thought to be like fruit cake.
The taste is very balanced with some addition of cassis flavor. There really is some complexity here, and it was given an 89 rating from Decanter Magazine – and that is saying something. Also, the Grand Moulin was awarded a gold medal at the Concours Mondial wine expo, and that is also saying a lot.
Formerly $20 a bottle, it is now $13, so consider buying a case. It should be drunk between now and 2020.
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Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.