Category Archives: Bordeaux
My musings on the Bordeauxs I’ve met.
From the label: ‘Created in 1930 by my father, the legendary Baron Philippe, winegrower and poet, Mouton Cadet Rouge combines the Bordeaux winemaking tradition with the values of authenticity and exacting standards that have always been the pride of our family. In an elegant bouquet of flavours, it thus unites several fine appellations of the Bordeaux region, planted with classic grape varieties: Merlot 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 15%. Through its balance, roundness and ageing capacity, the fruits of generous Nature and the work of human hands, Mouton Cadet Rouge expresses all the richness and diversity of one of the world’s foremost winegrowing areas.’ – Philippine de Rothschild
I received this bottle of Bordeaux from my brother as a Christmas gift. He told me that this was on of the first real bottles of wine that he had bought when he first got into wines. He also stated that he always has a bottle of Mouton Cadet in his wine collection to be called upon when he has a bad day. It offers him comfort and he hoped it would do the same for me. I loved the fact that this bottle of wine meant so much to him that he wanted to share it with me and enhance my new found passion for wine.
I decided that I would have this bottle of wine for a special occasion so I chose to have it with a special Valentine’s Day dinner with my love, Matt. I served it with Spaghetti Carbonara and a dessert of Creme Brulee.
This clear, ruby red wine boasts a fruity bouquet of plums, grapes, and vanilla. The taste was full of plums with a hint of vanilla and a slight dash of spiciness. It had a nice light and quick finish as well.
Overall I really liked this wine and have ranked it in my top red wines. I rated this wine at 96 points. I really enjoyed this wine and will do the same as my brother and keep a bottle in my wine rack for those days when I want a dependable wine to celebrate with or comfort me.
Here I would like to introduce you to a new series of posts called ‘Interesting Wine Facts’. This is where I will share a few interesting facts that I’ve learned about wines recently. So without further ado here’s fact #1.
FACT #1: Red wine should be served at a temperature of 65 degrees.
Most people have heard that red wine should be served at room temperature and never put in the fridge. The fact is that in the old days in European wine country that was indeed true and for the most part is still true however, ‘room temperature’ there is different then say here in Florida. If I serve my red wine at room temperature you’re going to get a nice hot wine most of the time.
The fact is that it is best to serve wines at their suggested temperature rather than some arbitrary, nondescript instruction of ‘serve at room temperature’. The actual serving temperature for most red wines is 65 degrees F. If you are in a cooler climate you probably can achieve that by leaving the wine at ‘room temperature’ but if you’re in a warmer climate it’s perfectly okay to put the bottle in the refrigerator for an hour or so, use a bucket of ice to chill it for 15 to 20 minutes, or any other method to get it to reach its optimal temperature. No one is going to take your head off for doing that especially if they really know their wines.