Friday, February 22, 2013

Domaine Pont de Guestres 2006 Lalande-de-Pomerol

FLX Red Feb 2013 006This red Bordeaux blend come from Lalande-de-Pomerol, just north of the more prestigious Pomerol wine region. While Bordeaux blends can contain Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and lesser quantities of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this vino contains mostly Merlot.

We drank this with a great meal prepared by Glorious T: Crab corn chowder, a delicious chicken with wine sauce over Hungarian noodles and we finished with Bananas Foster. The Pont de Guestres proved to be a very food friendly wine.

We’ve been sipping quite a few Napa Cabs lately, so this was a nice departure. The tannins were dialed down, as you might expect with an ‘06, and it proved a great balance with its light acidity.

As the meal progressed, the wine opened up somewhat. It is quite dry with an elegant feel, certainly not in your face with fruit intensity. There was a mix of cherry and black fruit.

It proved a good dinner companion all the way until the last delicious bite of the Bananas Foster. For about $20, it was certainly enjoyable, but I kept hoping for more. The promise was there, but it never fully delivered.

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