It Drinks Like a $45 St Estephe!

It Drinks Like a $45 St Estephe!

Posted on May, 20. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

I can not help it I just keep finding unbelievably good Bordeaux.

Last night I got into another of the 20 or so bottles of Bordeaux left by our new Bordeaux importer at Specialty Beverage. This was a sub $20 St Estephe, which if you do not know is one of the great Medoc villages north of Paulliac in Bordeaux. It is almost impossible to find good value in this area as it is the premier wine growing region of the world where some of the greatest Bordeuax Wine come from.

St Estephe boasts 2 of the second great growth wines of Bordeaux, Cos D’Estournel and Chateau Montrose along with the other well known great growth wines from this village Calon Segur and Lafon Rocher. The village is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon heavy blends and a more richer, burly flavor then the other Cabernet heavy villages of Paulliac and St Julien. If you are unfamiliar with the 1855 classification in Bordeaux and the “Great Growth” system you should check it out here.

What I am trying to get at here is that the village name of St Estephe holds wide acclaim and commands some pricey real estate. It is unusual to find an inexpensive wine from the actual village designate. That is why I had low hopes for the Chateau Tour Coutelin, St Estephe when I opened it.

At first I was right, there was very little nose, although I liked the dark brooding color of the wine, it appeared to have guts. I let the wine set for a half hour or so before I got back to it, after all this is a St Estephe, it has a lot of wine in there to work out, or it should anyway. That 30 minutes did the trick. When I got back to the wine it was awesome. Dark cassis scented nose, the palate was firm with chewy tannins coequal with weighty dark fruit and just a damn well elegant flavor.

This was no baby brother to Cos D’Estournel but if you drink Cos than you know that since the mid 90’s they have taken that wine a completely separate direction. I will claim that this wine is a baby brother to Chateau Montrose however and by that I mean the Chateau Tour Coutelin has everything about it that is St Estephe. I do not mean to over state my palate sensibilities but I have tasted and all out drank many St Estephe in my short time and I am fairly certain I could nail it 6 or 7 times out of 10 in a blind tasting next to Paulliac. The wine is firmer, bigger, more terse and bramble than Paulliac, it is a big muscly Bordeaux with the finesse and elegance of fruit held tightly in the center like a silk scarf in an iron gauntlet.

I think this is a stunning Cellar find, a Bordeaux that will age beautiful over the next 15 years and really wow with classic flavor and structure at any point in that length of time. For those of you in my school of liking some of these wines young with all their firm tannins rough and big then I even recommend opening a few bottles now. With a little decanting this is a great Bordeaux to to chew on for a while.

I called to place the order last night, as with the other Bordeaux from these guys, they will not arrive for another week or so. I purchased 10 cases for the Guild and there will be no more after that. We will fill orders, as always, on a first come first serve basis.

2006 Chateau Tour Coutelin, St Estephe
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $17.14 • Premier Cru: $17.92 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $25.00
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