Chateau Grand Terrier Des Eyriaux 2011 Bordeaux

My local wine shop’s buyer has recently been trying to bolster the French section of the store. Ever since trying the 2006 Chateau Haut-Mayne I’ve had a hankering to find other Bordeaux to sample and was thrilled to hear more would be coming in locally. They brought this in for an event they poured at but decided to sell off the rest to their customers afterwards. At a tasting night, which featured this wine, it was everyone’s favourite so I decided to try it as well.

I knew nothing about this wine so got down to researching it online. Pretty much had no luck. I found a few reviews where others had tried it, a few importers, and what appeared to be the winery’s out of date website, but none offered any information on how this wine was made. I don’t need to read about a wine before reviewing it but sometimes finding out how the wine was made offers a glimpse into it’s style. This time I was going in blind, which was just fine. Though not as good as the previously mentioned Bordeaux this is still a decently solid table wine.

Look: This wine is a deep crimson in the middle of the glass thinning down ever so slightly to a ruby red rim . It has very dense and concentrated colour, almost like the Petit Sirah from a couple weeks ago, not always typical for a Bordeaux red blend I think. The legs are interestingly thin but I realized later this is likely because there is a lot of sediment in the bottle. Most likely this wine is unfiltered, something a fact sheet could confirm.

Smell: There is some power in the aromas with dark fruits of blackcurrant and cherry but also a rustic element of dark minerality, charcoal like, and an overriding spicy element of black pepper. This all ends with a slight sweetness like caramel. The spiciness leads me to think there is a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in this.

Taste: This wine is medium bodied with very grippy and aggressive tannins and medium acidity. The tannins can be a bit overwhelming but later in the evening this calms down and is much calmer with some food. I tried it with some cheese and found it quite pleasant. The flavours tend towards rustic and earthy again, as with the aromas. Dark fruit is blown away by the toughness of the charred oak flavours. The lingering finish has snippets of cedar and leather but the charcoal carries right through as well.

Conclusion: I drank this wine over two days and did not see any improvement on the second day. It is possible that this table wine is just past its peak. It definitely improved with being open a couple hours and was adequate with some food. Not as good as the previous Bordeaux for sure but I give it a 7.5+/10 because it is a solid table wine and would go great with roasted beef or stew.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Bordeaux
  • 2011 – 13% ABV
  • Chateaux Grand Terrier Des Eyriaux
  • $16.75 at Chateaux Wine & Spirits (Lacombe)
  • Composite cork

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