It's a beautiful evening as the lighter and cooler breezes disperse the heavy air of this afternoon. Zucchini, sliced and simmering with green onions, turmeric root and ginger is almost done, the pot of steamed red rice is ready and I'm looking forward to a glass of the Chateaux Dumas Cenot which was opened yesterday evening.
The title of Bordeaux Superieur is a title in its own right, for both red and white wines, covering the entire Bordeaux region. The most common requirements are that these wines must be aged for at least twelve months in oak before they can be sold. The wines are also often produced by single parcels of older vines. The vast majority of Bordeaux Superieur wines are estate bottled which is not a requirement for generic Bordeaux. They also tend to have a higher alcohol level.
The Chateau Dumas is comprised usually with over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and a little over 30% Merlot. This 2011 is dark ruby with purple undertones and an expressive nose of matured black fruit, specially prunes. It is meant to be a basic level wine from this appellation but delivers more than one would expect. I personally feel that it is a wine that can be appreciated by those that like some rich fruit in their glass as well as those that prefer a drier wine with classic Bordeaux like qualities. It also develops quite well in the bottle after opening. I'm drinking the 2011 vintage in 2014 which is just about the time it should be cellared if desired, anywhere from 4-5 years. The bottle retails between $12-$15.