Man, there are a lot of things going on today as The Rib and I return home from the Virginia Wine Expo: the Daytona 500 runs today; the second episode of this year’s installment of Celebrity Apprentice airs on NBC; oh, and Billy Crystal returns to host an evening of ‘attaboys’ being doled out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The DVR will earn its keep today.
2009 Château Patache d’Aux, Bordeaux, France
I poured the Chatea Patache through the Vinturi and poured a small sip immediately while preparing dinner.
On the nose, I got a little spice—mostly cinnamon—some dark fruits, and a little oak and vanilla.
On the palate, the Chateau Patache brought creamy blackberry, a pretty big punch of oak and fairly strong tannins, despite a thin mouthfeel. The tannins lingered through the finish along with an odd, minty spice note.
An hour of so in, the Chateau Patache d’Aux had smoothed out a bit and was complemented by the grilled strip steaks The Rib and I had for dinner. I would say that this wine needs food or a good amount of time in the decanter (2-3 hours, maybe); or more likely, a bit of time in the cellar.
I wouldn’t completely write this one off yet, but there are better alternatives at the $20-$22 price point, even for a young Bordeaux wine. I wouldn’t mind popping the cork on another bottle of the Chateau Patache d’Aux in a year or two, or giving it a couple of hours in the decanter to see if it can prove me wrong.
Cheers from the Corkpit,