12 February 2010

Don't know what to have with that lovely meal you're cooking on Valentine's Day? Easy - Bordeaux

Valentine's Day is almost here. Are you ready? We are here in Bourough Market. We've just taken delivery of some rather good value Bordeaux from the mid '90's.

What could be better then a home cooked meal and Haut Medoc? We've got some little known gems from there as well as the Medoc and all from 1995 - 1997.

To list them all would make this a very long post but I'd like to point out a few standouts: The Clos des Menuts 1997 St. Emilion Grand Cru, drinking wonderfully, close you're eyes and you could be walking into a saddle shop when smelling this wine. More tobacco, leather, cloves and spices on the palate, finishing off with some lovely black fruits. Lovely way to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. £25

On the other hand, we've also got a delicious 1996 Haut Medoc, Les Brulieres de Beychevelle. Much fruitied profile hanging off an licorice and tar backbone. This wine really opened up after decanting and is a pleasure, great with a warming stew or perhaps a hunk of meat! £18

Here are a few others we've got on from the Haut Medoc -  Ch Beaumont 1997 (£22) and 1995 (£30) and a 1996 La Roque de By from the Medoc. All leathery and tobacco but still showing nice fruits. These wines were just built for food and better yet a romantic dinner for two. The best part, most are clocking in at 12 - 12.5% alcohol so you'll be feeling ok the next day at the office.

We've also got many more fantastic wines on as well as some English sparkling - Hello, Nyetimber! So pop on down if you're wandering around Borough Market this weekend, we'd love to see you!