There’s a new wine-themed event series in town: Apéros Bordeaux. Each event will take place at a Montreal wine bar, with several Bordeaux wines on tap. I attended the first soirée on Tuesday, when a chic 5 à 7 crowd flooded the beautiful terrace of Accords wine bar and sipped some Bordeaux to the tunes of DJ Abeille.
A few notes on the wines of the evening:
Château Les Arromans, Entre-deux-Mers, 2010: A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillion, this was a nice aperitif-style white with tropical fruit, citrus, grassy, and mineral notes. Easy terrace sipping without an overabundance of acidity.
Château de Cruzeau, Pessac-Léognan, 2007: This had a bit too much oak for my taste, but those who prefer oakier white with a bit more body to the unoaked, mineral-style whites may appreciate this one.
Château L’Escart ‘Julien’, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2008: An interesting aroma of wet leaves and earthy, vegetal notes, with some nice cherry and red fruit. Still a bit young and tannic, but I expect it will improve with age and would likely soften if decanted before drinking.
Château le Puy, Côtes de Francs, 2005: A funkier red with animal and leather notes, some nice dark fruit, and some serious tannins. Would go well with a meal.
Château d’Ardennes, Graves, 2001: My favorite of the night and the best red for drinking without food. Its age is showing a bit and it was extremely soft and smooth in the mouth, with some nice red fruit and mellowed tannins. I’m not sure how long this one will hang on, so if you find some drink it soon!
Château Haut Pick, Sauternes, 2007: A sweet Sauternes to cap off the evening.
The wines are all available at the SAQ. I’ll be on the lookout for the Graves, which, considering its 10 years of age, is at a pretty reasonable price.
I also had the pleasure of meeting sommelier-about-town Nick Hamilton, who was one of two sommeliers pouring and advising behind the bar. Nick asked me the most difficult question: “If you were going to be executed tomorrow, what would be your last bottle?” Tailspin. That gorgeous velvet-smooth bottle I fell in love with while in Saint-Emilion last summer? A beautifully-aged German Riesling Spätlese? A López de Heredia Rioja? Or – how could I forget – a Burgundy Pinot Noir? Or – more likely – something I’ve only heard and dreamed of and have never had the opportunity to try (Cheval Blanc, Vega Sicilia, Château d’Yquem)? What would you choose?
Such is the type of philosophical question one might ponder while sipping Bordeaux on a terrace.
The next Apéros Bordeaux will be on July 19th at L’Autre Version. No reservations or tickets necessary – just show up!