Good evening all, I said before that I would write about our favorite wine (at the moment). For quite some time now we have been smitten by the Right Bank wines from Bordeaux. I even put together a primer on Bordeaux wines for a little information on this fine winemaking region. Our current favorite wine is the Château d’Armailhac from 2009.
Château d’Armailhac is one of the wines from the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux Wines, which means this wine is of high quality and has been in production for a long, long time. The vintage (or year from which the grapes were picked in making the wine) we enjoy the most is the year 2009. 2009 was seen as one of the great years in wine making history. Everything went right that year from the weather to the harvest. The wines from 2009 in Bordeaux were seen as some of the best wines in this region’s history.
Anyways, this wine has it all and it’s meant to be enjoyed with people that mean a lot to you. We had family over, Rob and Ella, the other night to enjoy this bottle and this is how we described it. First off we opened the bottle and allowed the wine to breathe for a couple hours before drinking. The wine, like most Right Banks, is complex – the spice of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with a little hint of Merlot to smooth it all out. My wife says the initial smell is fruity – citrusy almost. She described the initial taste as smooth, while Rob and Ella described the taste as smokey and spicy. I found the taste to be initially fruity, but when I swirled it around in my mouth I tasted pepper with a little hint of pear. All of us described the wine as full bodied, having an almost milky feeling when resting on the palate.
This wine paired well with the Chaumes cheese we had, but it would also go great with any beef dish you may be serving. Next time I’m thinking of having the wine with a bowl of my wife’s beef chili.
The 2009 Château d’Armailhac is at its peak and should be enjoyed now, but I think it may be able to age for another couple years with no problem. There are actually a lot of younger vintages from 2013 and 2015 from Château d’Armailhac that are available (and also more affordable). But, if possible, these should lay down for at least 5 years or so to really let the wine mature.
Lastly is the price. Let me preface this by saying that life is too short to drink bad wine. And I’m not saying you need to spend a ton of money to get good wine. There is plenty of wine that costs under 10 dollars. I’m looking at you Austrian white wines. But in my tastings, the truly good red wines will run you at least 20 dollars. The 2009 Château d’Armailhac averages at around 50 dollars a bottle. And it’s worth every penny. But if that is a bit above your price point, the vintages from 2013-2015 are half the price.
Share this wine with good friends. Share it with the love of your life while you ponder life’s mysteries. But like life, savor every sip and never let a drop go to waste.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite wine is.