Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WA Claret v. Bordeaux

The 2014 edition of the Tour de France kicked off this past weekend in Yorkshire with the first three stages of the race all taking place in Great Britain.

The Brits like to call wine from Bordeaux a "Claret."  To honor the start of le Tour and British style the Lucha Vino challenge features a Claret from Medoc and a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend from Washington.

2008 OS Winery BSH v. 2008 Chateau D'Escot Medoc

Tale of the Tape

2008 OS Winery BSH
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
23.5% Merlot
.5% Petit Verdot

Purchased at the winery for $25

2008 Chateau D'Escot Medoc
70% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Merlot

Purchased from Garagiste for $13.86

Round 1. First opening

The OS Winery BSH is really Built like a Brick Sh%t House!  The nose shows dark currants, licorice and anise spices followed by dry cocoa powder and plenty of barrel spices.  The palate is lush and dark featuring dark fruit, black cherry, tart baking spices, cocoa and white pepper that is followed by a dry slightly smoky and cocoa tinged finish. 

The Medoc seems to be slightly stunned by the powerful attack of the BSH.  The French challenger features a funky, earthy, smoky nose that includes notes of dark fruit, dry brambles and hints of dried flowers.  The palate is slightly smoky with dark tart cherries and white pepper followed by a dry finish.

The OS BSH takes the first round with a massive display of power.

Round 2.  One hour after opening

The BSH continues to dish out the pain with a nose that is getting darker with more black cherry, cocoa, licorice and some menthol.  The palate also features black cherry with clove, menthol and baking spices intermingled with cocoa powder followed by a dry menthol, anise and cocoa powder finish.

The Medoc Grand Vin db Bordeaux is fighting back with a nose that is dark, dry and a bit astringent.  The palate consists of dark dried cherries and chalky white pepper with a dry tannin fueled finish.

OS takes round 2 despite the renewed aggression of the D'Escot.

Round 3.  One day after opening

The OS Winery Luchador appears to be taunting the French challenger, encouraging the crowd to bring the noise for the final round of this match.  With a commanding 2-0 lead it looks like the BSH might be getting a bit cocky...

The BSH is still going strong with a nose featuring dark cherries, currants, licorice and dry cedar spices.  The palate is dark, rich and bulked up with licorice, anise, cocoa and black cherry wrapped up in a finish of baking spices, dry cocoa and cloves.

The Medoc has lost a step and is altering its fighting strategy in hopes of launching a surprise attack.  The nose is showing dried cherries and violets along with crushed gravel and mineral notes along with a bit of funk.  The palate features dried cherries and violet again with some hints of dried spices.  The finish is dry, slightly sweet and cedar tinged.

And that is it.  The OS Winery BSH takes the victory with a TKO.

Wrap up and overall observations

The Medoc opened up and built some solid character over the course of day 1.  It started to lose some zip on day 2.  I would give this Bordeaux a thumbs up with the recommendation to polish it off the day you open it.

The OS Winery BSH lived up to its name with a big and bold profile.  This wine stands on its own and may be best enjoyed without any accompaniments.  It could be difficult to find food bold enough to stand up to this beast.  If you like big, bold, dark and lush Cabernet Sauvignon you will dig the BSH from OS.

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