Thursday, March 08, 2007

LA Bordeaux Alert at the Wine House

If you are in LA around the Wine House, and in the market for some good Bordeaux, they just announced that they have 56 cases of 2003 Chateau Coufran Haut Medoc for $16.99 a bottle. If you buy a case, the price drops to $14.99 per bottle.

The 2003 Chateau Coufran has received strong reviews in the barrel and bottle tastes (receiving 89 points from Robert Parker and 88 from Wine Spectator, for example). It is a cru bourgeois chateau, located next to the very swishy and prestigious Chateau Calon-Segur just outside the St. Estephe appellation, and promises to have plum and cherry flavors with smoke, vanilla, and white chocolate. A low-acidity Bordeaux, expect this to have a slightly glycerin texture and taste, which helps to make is an easy, early drinker. It is made primarily from Merlot grapes, which also helps to make this wine so soft, round and approachable.

The experts are giving this a drinking window of 2006-2014, so its a Bordeaux that is priced just perfectly for you to buy a few bottles and start opening them now if you want to embark on the great Bordeaux experience, or just expand your existing knowledge. The few folks that have tried the wine over at CellarTracker are not finding that this wine is at its peak yet, though, so if you do open up a bottle now, it may not quite live up to the hype for a few years!

At this price, this wine is not going to last, so if you want some you might want to go and order some online (click on the wine label to go directly to the page that enables you to stash a few bottles in the basket and checkout). They claim this is the lowest price in the country for this wine, and I haven't been able to find it at this price anywhere else. Wine House does ship to most states, so if you're not in LA and still want this wine, check out their shipping policy to see if you can get them to send you some.

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