Bordeaux Blends

July 10th, 2010 by Jeff

Wines featured in today’s show:

  • Hahn Meritage Central Coast 2007  (~$16)
  • Château de Panigon Medoc 2006  (~$20)

Show synopsis and recommended food pairings from The Som:

Here’s a fun fact: did you know that at one time there was a sixth grape of Bordeaux?  Carmenere was once a part of the Bordeaux blend.  After the phylloxera epidemic of the late 1800-early 1900’s that wiped out many of Frances vineyards, it was decided that Carmenere’s characteristics were very similar to Merlot and that it was an unreliable ripener in Bordeaux’s sketchy climate.  Fast forward to modern day Chile and it’s become their signature red grape.  As I always say to young Master Bovee, “Never give up on a grape.”

I swear that over the last year the popularity of lamb has increased by quite a bit.  At least once a week I’m asked for a wine recommendation to go with some crazy lamb concoction.  Being a lamb fan myself I say, “Awesome.”

Looking at this recipe, an obvious choice might be a Greek Nemea (a wine region in Greece), and that would be quite delightful.  But here we have a Merlot based blend which is slightly earthy, nice acidity, fairly smooth with an easy going black fruit note.  Some people don’t fancy lamb much because of the gaminess.  But paired with something a little less rich that matches those earthy notes, it should work out very well.

The Hahn Meritage is a different animal.  Sleek, fruity, and very eager to please.  But be warned:  it can becomes a monster and steals the show.  All the hard work you put into your fabulous meal could be for not if you let this $16.00 show-off jump up on the table and take all the credit.  As if!  Save this for something fun and easy like when your mom stops over with friends to show them your new curtains or plastic head collection. Hopefully she remembered the blue cheese burger from Bakers Square you requested.

Now you can come up from the basement, Mr. Hahn.

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