So tonight I've decided to open a super bargain wine that I bought at the market down the street from my hotel in Prague. So for those of you unknowing about such things, Prague is really more of a beer city, though I did try a little of the local Moravian wine at dinner my first night here and it wasn't awful. In any case, I decided the other day to stop at the local market on the way home and find a bottle of wine I could just open up and enjoy while I'm here, and tonight's the night! I bought this bottle of 2009 Abbaye des Templiers Bordeaux and am trying it tonight.
The color is somewhat lighter than your typical Bordeaux, so we'll see if that means anything in a moment. The nose is classic Bordeaux, with strong notes of cherries, blackberries and leather, along with a bit of smoky character across the top. The taste is nice, with warm fruit up front, ripe plum, cherry cola and berry notes that transition to some dusty limestone and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are soft yet elegant, supporting a long and very dry finish that's so typical of a classic Bordeaux.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it wasn't a spectacular wine, but it was a spectacular bargain at only 89 Kc, which translates to a little less than $5 for the whole bottle! Maybe this weekend I'll have to splurge for one of the fancy $8 bottles! Tonight I am enjoying this before I go our for a traditional Czech dinner which will undoubtedly involve pork, potatoes and beer! Na zdraví!