When you receive swanky cool Bordeaux glassware for your birthday, you have to put your hands on a Bordeaux in swift order. For us, it was the 2008 Chateau Franc-Cardinal Cotes de Bordeaux. The bottle made its first appearance on Friday evening, welcoming this gent home from a long week of business travel (is there another kind?). While the Bordeaux breathed and wafted its purple-fruited cheeriness into our kitchen, another project was underway–see the peanut butter cookie / peanut butter cup minis in the accompanying photo?
I’m sorry to say this red blend did not get its due on Friday, as this traveler was road weary and candidly only ate a quick tuna sandwich. Suffice it to say, no sommelier has ever recommended the 2008 Chateau with tuna on white…but that’s what made tonight’s pairing all the better. This evening, we ate this rich Bordeaux with homemade cheese burgers, seasoned fries, and all the fixings. The burgers were massive, juicy, and cooked to perfection–no small feat given all the rain that fell here yesterday and again today. They dripped goodness and oozed with flavor–the grilled meat a perfect complement to the wine.
The 2008 Chateau Franc-Cardinal Cotes de Bordeaux is an interesting red blend–72% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec. Every producer of a big red has his or her own take on ratios and grapes to be sure, and this one does a lot right. Like the Bordeaux glasses, this bottle was a birthday gift and the perfect close to this day. Upon tasting you definitely notice its tannins (even at day two) and tangy underpinnings. I am sure blackberry figures into your tasting of the 2008 much as it did mine; I would also suggest the 2008 Chateau Franc-Cardinal Cotes de Bordeaux binds some tobacco of sorts, some faint earthiness into its profile.
I’m still mulling over its aftertaste and will curious as to your thoughts too. Offer ’em here if you feel so inclined…and thanks for reading.