Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011. 12.5%vol
My parents have a hefty stock of (red) Bordeaux wines in their wine racks, that’s what they buy (and drink) the most. Mainly Médoc, Haut Médoc, Saint Estèphe, Pessac Léognan and Saint Emilion. I took the opportunity of my stay with them for the holidays to go through those and have some tastings for the blog. Anyway we had to check those wines before committing to drink them with our holiday meals… that was a good excuse : furthermore we drank others than those tested during the holiday festivities — I didn’t have time to try / taste all of them before.
First up was this Saint Estèphe Château Saint Louis which was a potential choice for one of the holiday dinners.
Very dark, grenat (dark red) in the glass, with nice legs.
The nose is cherry, wood, undergrowth in the fall, oak, oak barrel, very deep and very rich. I felt it would gain to be let opened a while so the nose would become more complex with a little time in contact with air.
In mouth, a little acidity and cherry then wood, chimney fire a bit and also undergrowth in the fall. The after taste, after mouth, is long. In the end it tastes like an autumn mushroom casserole (not moldy type but a pleasant mushroom taste, the creamy side of a mushroom soup).
A lot of mâche (very chewy) then wood, new wood that is and a bit green. A slight bitterness but pleasant in after mouth. A long finish that leaves a taste of red fruits and cherry but crystallized (confite) ones as cooked in a cherry jam (confiture).
I felt it needed to be let alone a bit once opened, the time for me to finish preparing dinner.
After 10 minutes only indeed, appeared a scent of freshly greased leather and of truffle (black truffle) as well as a taste of truffle (before even eating the actual truffle meal we had for dinner, which paired nicely in the end).
In short it is still a bit « green », a bit young, it can wait some more years before drinking.
So we enjoyed it with gnocchi cooked in the oven with cream and fresh black truffle, which matched nicely the truffle taste that appeared after airing the wine for a little while.