It's been a lovely summer filled with white and rosé wines, but it is important not to forget the reds that we have laying in our cellars. Even when the weather is hot there might be a great opportunity to take them up and enjoy them in good company and food.
A few years back I bought a bottle of Chateau Laffite-Tramier 2005. It had gotten really good reviews in Norwegian newspapers and was a bargain at just over 200,- kroner. As everyone knows getting a good Bordeaux is usually an expensive experience. I left the bottle with my mother who has a great natural cellar where the bottles can be stored in perfect conditions and when she came for a visit this week she brought the bottle with her. We cooked a simple meal with entrecote, oven baked potatoes and mushrooms, and enjoyed the wine with the meal. It was a great success!
I don’t know to much about the wine or the wine maker, we haven’t been to Bordeaux much for our travels in France, unfortunately, but reading a great article in FT by the fantastic MW Jancis Robinson left me intrigued. I will definitely follow Adrien Tramier and buy his wines in the future.
Ch. Lafitte-Tramier 2005 259,90 (In the Vinmonopolet it’s the 2006 that is selling now)
A beautiful dark ruby red colour. It really shows its age in a fine, fine way. A lot of secondary notes on the nose, leather, cigar, and peppers. Great length in the mouth. It lingers and lasts. Still some tannins left, but it’s coming towards the end of it’s journey. In the mouth the peppery tastes that the Cabernet Franc grape gives dominates, and that is something I really love.
This goes really well with any kind of beef. Try it with a classic entrecote with béarnaise sauce and creamed potatoes.