One of my best Architect client, who wish to remain anonymous for this article, went to the Biennale in Venice and then on to Bordeaux for bit of R & R afterwards. On his return he surprised me with a gift in the form of this beautiful Saint Estephe, just released from the Cellar Door. It was a good 20 years since I had some of this famous Chateau Haut-Marbuzet over a memorable lunch near Les Halles with my wife and my friend Michel P.
So, I was not going to drink this bottle on a regular Friday night...
And how it became the obvious choice to accompany our simple Christmas Eve dinner: rack of lamb with roasted potatoes.
This wine is such a perfect companion for this traditional dish:
Rich, supple, layered and low enough in alcohol that you can actually enjoy it to the last drop without feeling tipsy!
According to the winemaker:
"This has a very dense hue reflecting its youth and perhaps also the character of the vintage. It pales just a little at the rim. On the nose, enticing exotic ripe fruit, and plenty of it too. Pure, youthful and exuberant. There is a similar wealth of fruit on the palate which has a very good texture wrapped around a core of ripe tannins and a very correct, bright acidity. This is a delight to taste". Can't agree more!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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