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May 11, 2006

2003 Chateau Mayne Guyon Cotes De Blaye

The Partner in Tasting tried this 2003 Chateau Mayne Guyon Cotes De Blaye the other night and unfortunately left most of it in the bottle. This was a Trader Joe's wine that cost $6.99. This wine is from the right bank of the Girond, an area that is known for red and white bordeaux. I had seen this wine at TJs before and decided to stray from my usual picks this time and go with the French again.

I took a sniff of this bottle and decided not to taste it. I wasn't really in the mood. Sometimes you just aren't in a drinking frame of mind. I think this happens to me after I have a cold (a whopping two-weeker this time around, thanks to the toddler germ factory), but the PIT agreed to stand in for me. Warning: he is a man of few words. He either likes it or he doesn't. He is partial to bigger reds, so I was nervous about his opinion of a more restrained, lighter french wine.

But when we tasted a bunch of French wines awhile back he surprised me by highly rating a number of bottles. He definitely didn't like this one. Yes, it's cheap, he said, and it tastes it. It doesn't really taste like anything, he told me. Kinda blah. Not a lot of fruit. Not a wine I would buy again. I'd like to offer a bit more description for you all, but there's not a whole lot out there in Googleland about this wine.

The PIT gives this wine one star, a bottle you wouldn't finish with a friend or PIT. (Here's a review of the 2002 Chateau Mayne Guyon from Quaffability.com, a wine blog) Quaffability says this wine, a 2002 not the 2003, is quaffable but nothing to get excited about.

By the way, I am accepting all thoughtsfor what to do with old corks. We've got a garbage bag full of them under our sink, testament to our booziness over the past four or five years. We thought about making a wreath but I think we have enough corks to cover the National Cathedral with wreaths. Perhaps we could build a backyard irrigation system? Help!

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at May 11, 2006 8:31 AM
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