Chateau Brilette 2004

Chateau Brilette 2004

After an exhausting day in Aix en Provence (France), we decided to have our dinner in our hotel. I let my cousin choose the wine, and she choose a Bordeaux as usual. Chateau Brilette 2004 is a Cru Bourgeois Superieur, which basically means the second best quality in Bordeaux wines 🙂 It has a strong and a little tannic taste, which is delicious, needless to say.

I don’t know how they manage to do it, but all of their wines taste very good. There are also some other things that I like about French dining culture.

Firstly, each person’s meal on the same table comes at the same time and each finished palate leaves the table at the same time. They don’t remove the empty palates until everyone has finished. I find this very nice. No one feels like he/she is eating alone. Additionally, if someone on the table orders a starter, the others have to wait for the main course until this person has finished the starter. This can be annoying sometimes if you have to wait for someone else to have their starter while you are starving. We usually ask each other to know if a starter will preceded the main course so that we can at least also order a starter not to wait while we are already starving 🙂

Secondly, they experience their meals as a long lasting pleasure. I personally believe that one should only eat as much as necessary for healt, but I still admire their devotion to pleasure. If they are in a rush, they don’t even sit on a table but they grab a sandwich, because they believe once you sit on a dinner table, you should sit there at least for two hours! May be the fast pace of the modern life has rasped this habit of them a little, but I admire that they save so much time for themselves to have a dinner, even if it is only once in a  while. That reminds me of one hour lasting lunch breaks in which we had our lunches and also managed to do a small shopping before we went back to our offices. I feel pity for ourselves.

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Chateau Petit Bois (2003) Lussac Saint-Emilion

Chateau Petit Bois (2003) Lussac Saint-Emilion

Last weekend, we were invited to a barbacue party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Instead of wine, we brought a huge bottle of tequila with us. I forgot to take pictures of the tequila bottle, but I can assure you there is not much to talk about it 🙂 It was my first time of tasting tequila, and I believe there is nothing to taste in tequila. It’s salt and lemon that makes us think as if it has a taste 🙂 Anyway, I don’t think that people drink tequila for its taste.

Coming to our subject, the wine in the picture was one of the wines in our friend’s mother’s wine celler. We didn’t ask for her permission, so I passed Chateau Margaux bottles and tried to choose a wine that she wouldn’t notice easily when dissappeared 🙂

As I mentioned in my previous post, most of Bordeaux wines don’t provide much information on their label. Therefore, I can’t tell you about this wine’s grapes or producer this time, but I’ll tell you something else. Let’s first start with the taste of wine. I tasted it without aerating and it had a nice but a little too strong taste, moderate tannin and medium body. Its color was a clear and vivid bordeaux as if it was a young wine, altough it was a 2003 vintage.

Aerator

Then I thought the wine would get better after a little aerating and I asked for a dekanter. Instead of a dekanter, my friend brought the device in the above picture. I saw it for the first time and honestly, I didn’t believe first that it would work. In a few seconds, I was the biggest fan of this device! You pour a wine with sharp and intense taste through it and the wine that is filled into your glass is a well aerated, soft, and well rounded wine as if it was aerated in a dekanter for 20-30 minutes.

I couldn’t understand how this thing works but it really works! This one is bought in UK and I saw that it can be bought from internet. Coming back to the wine, it is also worth to try, it was a very very nice, soft wine especially after we poured it through the aerator.