I may have been involved in the creation of a California vineyard and I know I’ve said this before but my heart can be found in any bottle of good Bordeaux. Wine is very personal. To each his own, as it were. But I ran across a quotation that, for me, explains my passion for this particular region and it’s wines.Most vintages have had the benefit of a light hand when it comes to oak. Just enough to make them hearty, not enough to call them over-bearing, as so many California reds have become.
When you think of Bordeaux wine there is really only one thing you have to remember: Balance.
That balance is best defined by Jean-Bernard Delmas, winemaker at Château Haut-Brion. “Le Bordeaux: il a tout et rien de plus.”
The Bordeaux: it has everything and nothing more.