Well, it's Saturday night, time for a nice bottle of Bordeaux, and tonight its the king of Bordeaux, a Margaux from the stellar 2009 vintage, the 2009 Chateau Grand Tayac Margaux. I recently bought a few bottles of this wine from Wines Till Sold Out, so why not try it? This Margaux is a blend of classic Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (27%) and Petit Verdot (3%).
The wine is a lovely deep garnet color in the glass, with an almost inky black center. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, cassis and mint with just a hint of earthy overtones. The taste is a lovely fruit forward blast of ripe cherry and plum that transitions effortlessly to some earthy flavors of oak and limestone midpalate. The tannins are still a bit tightly wound, but the finish is just lovely, earthy, long and dry, just as a nice Margaux should be!
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's drinking well now, but could use a few more years in the cellar. It was also an excellent value at about $30! Tonight I am enjoying this classic French wine with a quintessential American meal of a rare grilled Angus ribeye, baked potato and steamed broccoli, yum! A nice Bordeaux is always a pleasure to drink with steak, but this one would also pair well with some aged cheeses or charcuterie. Sante!