-St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
-L.C.B.O. PRICE: $98.00
at a few stores)
COMMENT: Without doubt, this is one of the most underrated items
available this holiday season. Made by one of the most respected estates in
Bordeaux, the key thing to understand with
Léoville Barton, which is owned by
Anthony Barton, is its incredible value! Right now, the '98 is revealing a lot
of earthy notes and light fruit, with very silky overtones on the palate. A
delicate wine, I do not think it is yet ready for drinking.
SUGGESTION: Chinese-style spare ribs ---
(2) Paul Jaboulet Aîné
-Syrah (grape varietal)
(Drink Now or Hold)
COMMENT: If you are able to get
your hands on this wine, consider yourself lucky! Extremely decadent and
complex, this wine affords both one's nose and palate with all sorts of
wonderful sensations, from light tobbaco to extremely 'dark' fruit. Carrying
great tannins, the palate is surprisingly silky, with an extremely long finish.
Though there might be a few bottles still lying around within the L.C.B.O. system, my advice is to get in touch with the agency
provided above. NOTE: if you can't find the '03, the '04 (though less
volumptuous, overall) is also
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Aussie rack of lamb with mint --- enjoy!