Chateau D’Esteau Haut-Medoc 2003

As I mentioned in my post on the 2008 Vindemio Regain, I am unfamiliar with French wines.  Shameful, I know.  So, in my quest to remedy this embarrassing attribute, I set off for a fun-filled evening of Bordeaux tasting at 610 Magnolia.  For those who may not be familiar, 610 Magnolia is a wonderful and highly regarded restaurant tucked away in the heart of Old Louisville.  Run by Chef Edward Lee (of recent Top Chef fame!), they have monthly wine tastings, special dinners and cooking classes – a great place for foodie-girls and guys to experience wonderfully crafted local food and unique wines that are not to be found at just any wine shop.  We tasted a beautiful assortment of white and red Bordeaux wines and nibbled on delightful canapes and cheese.  Easily one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night.  I was accompanied by my dear friend MC and we both left with an assortment of bottles, our favorite being this 2003 Chateau D’Esteau Haut-Medoc.  At only $13 a bottle it was a no-brainer.  A blend of 60% cabernet-sauvignon, 35% merlot and 5% cabernet-franc, this wine is smooth and velvety with a richness that is refined and speaks of bell-peppers and oak.  Absolutely delicious!  I highly recommend the 610 Magnolia experience and, at $40 a person for a flight of seven wines and wonderful small bites, I can’t think of a better way to have it.  So cheers to French wine – I think I may just be getting the hang of this…



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