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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Alexandra / Alexandre

Last night I attended a tasting of Casa Lapostolle wines. Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle was in attendance, and is every bit as lovely in person as she appears to be on her company's web site.

The wines were lovely as well. I skipped the 2003 Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay, having lapped up quite a bit of it on previous occasions. It is wonderfully well-balanced, with enough oak to give it nose and body but not so much that it overpowers the acid that makes this wine food-friendly. It is consistently good, as evidenced by the 90+ scores it has garnered from the wine press over the past three years.

So, I started with the 2001 Cuvée Alexandre Merlot. This, too, is a food wine, with muscular tannins that would go well with a big slab of beef. It's not a particularly good sipping wine for the same reason, though this will no doubt change as the wine ages.

Next was the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Classic. This is a good, everyday Cab -- nothing special, really, but a very good value at its typical retail price of $10 - $11. This, too, would be a good food wine (grilled cheeseburgers come to mind).

The 2001 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon is something special. French oak makes itself known with the vanilla overtones on the beautiful, deep plummy nose. The tannins are soft, and the mouthfeel creamy. This wine is a treat, either standing alone or with a meal. You should be able to find it at your local wine shop for around $20, and at that price it's a bargain.
M. Zane Grey, 9:51 AM