Château Soudars 2004 – $32,75. Affordable maturity.
Let’s not pretend otherwise, aged Bordeaux can be purely fricking delish. Unfortunately, this also means that they are a luxury few can expect to taste at their peak. Still, the SAQ has been make the very welcome effort of finding decent Bordeaux with some age under their belt at decent prices that people can afford without being a Russian Oligarch or tech entrepreneur, such as this fine fella. On the nose, one immediately gets that this has spent some time in the cellar even if the notes of plums and blueberries are still alive. The wine carries with cigar smoke, cocoa, and dead leaves, all of which are signs of maturity in Bordeaux. On the palate, we are still in the same kind of universe, but with more dried fruits. Finish is fine and long, with lingering aromas of forest floor, mushrooms, and dried fruits. In short, a very decent Bordeaux that is juuuust a bit past its peak available at a very fair price. I’d suggest not to wait too long for this one, because the first bottle I tried was already completely dead.
SAQ Link: Château Soudars 2004 – $32,75.
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