WINE OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY 2007

I recently organized a tasting of the highly acclaimed vintage of 2003 Bordeaux. At this event, fifteen of us sipped, swirled and ultimately compared 9 different wines from this vintage, all of which were under $50 and all of which were rated 91 or higher by the Wine Spectator.

Since all of these wines were spectacular, I found it interesting how decisive the consensus was on which wine was actually the best. Despite the fact that all of the wines were 2003 Bordeaux, each was vastly different from their counterparts, so for my tasters to come to such a dramatic consensus really has to say something about this wine. In fact, of the nine wines I tasted, the wine I have selected as the wine of the month for February was my favorite as well:

CHATEAU MEYNEY ST. ESTEPHE 2003, 93 POINTS, $25

Immediately engaging aromas of deep blackberry, toffee and minerally spice. Elegant, full-bodied, silky flavors of blackberry and black licorice provide delicious bursts of black fruit. Long length of fruit and toffee is assisted by firm but subtle tannins. Amazingly ready-to-drink for such a young Bordeaux, and widely available at a price that is downright silly. Dominated by fruit, layered with flavor.

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