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1988 & 1997

I recently had the great pleasure of enjoying a meal with some good friends.  One of whom was a former team member of our Blackcomb Liquor Store & Fitzsimmons Pub family, returned to BC from Australia for a short vacation.  As a wine enthusiast, any excuse will do to fetch something from the cellar and this being such an occasion I felt obliged to pull out some fun and interesting wine.  Dining on rib-eye steaks, grilled to perfection, broccoli sautéed with pumpkin seeds, and baby potatoes, we enjoyed a very pleasant evening together.  Here are two of the accompanying wines which provide an interesting comparison to each other both in terms of vintage and region.  (Both of these wines were gently decanted approximately 5 hours prior to drinking.)
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 1988
A wonderful example of how interesting aged Bordeauxcan be.  The deep ruby colour showed some age as it was starting to fade to a ruddy, brick tone.  The aromas were layered and also showing maturity with dried leafy floral notes, classic hints of cedar bark, graphite minerality, subtle hints of leather, dusty earth, some savoury spice notes, clay, and dried currant and raspberry fruit.  The palate was dry with balanced acid and softening tannic structure, and medium to medium-full body.  The delicate flavours of leathery cassis and slightly raisiny red berry carried through with hints of dried violets, green peppercorn, and licorice.  Polished and balanced through the persistent finish.  Quite elegant overall, still drinking well, excellent with the meat.
Kendall Jackson ‘Great Estates’ NapaValley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
A slight surprise here with a display of more elegance than I had suspected, for such a big vintage.  Fairly dense purple colour with some […]

Happy Holidays from The Blackcomb Liquor Store

Happy Holidays!Take a look at our Blackcomb Liquor Store Newsletter for some great wine and “bubbles” suggestions that are fantastic options for this festive season!  Thanks to everyone for your support and we look forward bringing you more great wine and beer suggestions in 2011!  Blackcomb Liquor Store HOLIDAY NEWSLETTERCheers!

December Events

December Wine Club

WHAT: A cross-section of France from the Loire to Chablis to Bordeaux and more!6 different wines from different regions including a rare dessert wine,presented by our special guest Paul Watkin of the Seacove GroupWHERE: The Fitzsimmons Pub (formerly BBKS)WHEN: 7:00pm on DECEMBER 12th WednesdayCOST: $5 / person

Please remember that space is limited and RSVP via email or to 604-932-9795