2009 Chateau Paloumey Haut Medoc

Vintage – 2009

Region – France – Bordeaux – Haut Medoc

Varietal – 51% Cabernet and 49% Merlot

Pricing –  $28.00

Alcohol – 14%

Appearance

The wine is clear with a deep ruby, almost garnet color. The rim variation is a medium ruby.

Aroma/Nose

The condition is clean (meaning no faults present in the wine). The aromas have a medium intensity of black fruits such as plum and blackberry mixed with a spice, herbaceous notes (asparagus) and oak.

Palate

This is a dry full-bodied wine with medium plus soft tannins and high acidity. I immediately get blackberry, plum and earthy notes on the palate that turn to a nice spice. This is followed by the vegetal note picked up on the nose. 

Finish

This wine has a medium to long finish of cedar.

Overall Experience

I thought this  Chateau Paloumey Haut Medoc was a very good wine. A lot of flavors to keep the mind curious with a nice mix of fruit and non-fruit notes. From a personal standpoint, it was perfect for me who isn’t crazy on really fruity wines. Quick Tip: Decant a nice while before pouring to let it open up.

Pairings

Food – Beef, Lamb, Game and Poultry (In our case it was a porterhouse, phenomenal and got me some good points with the wife.)

Cigar – Big Papi by David Ortiz or San Lotano Oval Habano

Wine Publication Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 92pts.

Decanter – 4 Stars – Highly Recommended

Wine Spectator – 88pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Spice, cedar and cinnamon on the nose. Ample, positive damson and plum fruit with a neat oak overlay. Structured, ripe tannins, soft balanced acidity and a fine dry finish.

About Chateau Paloumey – http://www.chateaupaloumey.com/en/