Domains Barons de Rothschild Collection 品酒會

2010/9/11, @孔雀
這幾支 C/P 都不錯

Rothschild family started their wine business in Bordeaux after their purchase of Chateau Lafite in 1868. Later, they purchased many other estates in Bordeaux region to expand the wine business kingdom of "Domaines Barons de Rothschild".

Besides, in late 1900's, Rothschild of Lafite expanded their business out of Bordeaux. They purchased Los Vascos (Chile) in 1988, and Chateau Aussieres (Languedoc, France) in 1999, and moderized the wine making equipments to produce economic and good quality wines. The other winery, whose wines are tasted today, is Saga Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France).

Well, some people might be confused about the Rothschild family owns Chateau Mouton and the Rothschild family of Chateau Lafite. To make it clear, actually, they are different but relatives, both are Jews(猶太人) from Germany. The Rothschild of Chateau Mouton owns Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d'Amarllac, and also has "Baron Philippe de Rothschild" in Languedoc region. "Baron Philippe de Rothschild" also produce many good quality "Vin de Pays" named "Mouton Cadet".

Aussieres Blanc 2008

Chardonnay. In the coldest region of vineyard, covering with straws to keep the temperature of soil and reduce the evaporation of water. They also use dripping irrigation to help vines to survive in the hot dry summer.

Clear light blonde with green hue.
Clean light-medium nose, includes grass and tangerines with honey and banana hints.
Dry and light body with light tangerine acidity and mineral hint. Not very lasting. Not "oak barrel" style Chardonnay, easy to drink.

Los Vascos Chardonnay 2009

Clear light blonde.
Clean, light-medium nose. Oak, cream, light citrus, hazelnut and light fig.
Dry, light-medium body. Medium grapefruit acidity. Creamy, nuts and fig. Medium length.

Aussieres Rouge 2008

Blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and Mourvedre.

Deep purple (the rim is light, compare to other red wines today). Syrah and Mouvedre provide the deep color.

Medium to pronounced nose. Black cherry, clove and cinnamon. And also, the typical Languedoc floral nose. Besides, light pickled vegetable (酸菜, 梅干) nose at the beginning, but it disappears in a short time.

Off-dry medium body, easy to drink. Light tannin, matured velvet in mouth. Light acidity. Berry jam, light chocolate, cinnamon, elegant barrel (they use 50% new barrels) and honey hint at the end. Medium length.

Good C/P. Easy to drink, joyful at the beginning, but less changes and surprises as time goes by. Good with smoky duck breast.

Saga Bordeaux 2007

60% Cabernet Sauvignon and others are Merlot.

Clear medium-deep ruby.
Clean medium nose. Licorice, light leather and black currant. Turns into black cherries. And finally, floral, raspberries and grass nose. Surprise!
Dry, medium body, medium acidity, medium length. Some oak note. Berries.

Not so good at the beginning, but it would surprise you after 10 mins breathing.

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Deep purple.

Dust and green pepper nose at the beginning. After about 15 mins breathing, it shows medium nose includes black berries, mint, chocolate, fresh grass and ranise. Wonderful.

Medium and well structure body. Off-dry. Black cherries, light smoky, black pepper and spices.

Blason d'Aussieres 2006

Corbieres AOC.

Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan.

Deep ruby.
Medium nose. Fresh black berries, light maple sugar, light blue berries, light wood, light cherry blooms.

Medium acidity from sides of tongue and goes to the tip. Off dry palate with black pepper, black cherry and licorice.

The nose and palate decay quickly, compare to other red wines today.

Los Vascos Gran Reserva 2007

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenere, 3% Syrah.

Deep ruby. with purple hue.
Medium-pronounced nose. Black currant, vanilla, tabacco, cinnamon, dried grass, soil.
Medium body. Lasting. Earthy, black berry, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and new oak note.

Chateau d'Aussieres 2004

Corbieres AOC
Syrah and Grenache.

This wine is used in the first class of JAL.

Deep ruby.
Medium nose. Licorice, smoky wood, mint, flowers, black cherries, light cinnamon, pomegranate.
Medium body. Balck pepper, flowers, meneral, spices. Green tea note at the end.

Good with smoky duck breast. A little bit Spain style.