- 2020 Kirkland Signature Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France ($17.99 @Costco in California – Merchandise #1494198)
We have been excited to search out this new (to us) Bordeaux wine underneath the Kirkland Signature label final week at our native Costco. I used to be desirous to get it residence, relaxation it and – style it. Not solely as a result of it was new, but additionally as a result of its mix of Cabernet (24%) and Merlot (76%) breaks with conference for the left financial institution of the Gironde river, the place these grapes have been born. You see, standard knowledge expects wines from the left financial institution be dominated by the wine grape Cabernet Sauvignon and people from the correct financial institution by the Merlot grape. This wine is, as my Dad used to say: “bass ackwards.”
However all we care about is that it really works!
Saint-Julien is without doubt one of the most dependable and underrated village appelations within the Haut-Medoc district of Bordeaux. It could endure in in style esteem as a result of in contrast to Pauillac to its quick north, and Margaux a couple of miles to the south, there are not any “first progress” properties (consider this because the all-star staff if unfamiliar with the time period) inside its boundaries. Maybe this partly explains the excessive QPR on this wine.
The wine pours a wealthy, deep ruby within the glass with traditional Bordeaux aromas of black fruits, forest ground and mocha. Within the mouth it has flavors of darkish berries, espresso, uncooked white mushroom and a few eucalyptus notes. Finishes dry and lengthy. Medium bodied-with mild tannins. Nonetheless a bit tightly wound, you might lay this one down for a number of years. In case you can’t wait, a decant of an hour or two could be a good suggestion. Bonus: a pleasant sane 13% ABV.
One final tasting notice: we bought two bottles of this wine and the primary was “corked.” Not as in there was an actual cork within the neck of the bottle, aka a wine that’s “cork-finished”, which this one was. However the time period corked is used to level out a flaw within the wine. It is usually often known as “cork taint” and it impacts some 3-5% of wines that use corks as a closure might be show at musty taint. It is usually described as a moist cardboard scent. In case you suspect a wine is corked, requested your server to substantiate.
Famous wine writer has this to say about Saint-Julien: “(it) has been the commune for wine connoissuers who search subtlety, steadiness and custom for his or her purple bordeaux…they embody all of the virtues of positive, long-lived blends of Cabernet and Merlot grapes.”
If that description has you enticed, it’s best to get to your nearest Costco since this one is prone to promote out shortly, and who is aware of when it’s going to come round once more.
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