RKS Wines: The Flow of Inexpensive Bordeaux Keeps on Coming: One Good and One a Clunker!

The flow of $20 and under Bordeaux keeps on coming into the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. And you can score some winners. Given supply chain problems and the rising cost of just about everything in these inflationary times one wonders what 2022 will bring? One would think supply chain issues for wine will not affect Ontario wineries as they might affect ex-Canada wines.

We try a Cap Royal which is a Bordeaux Supérieur. It received a 96 in the 2020 International Wine & Spirit Competition if that makes you feel any better. Is it worth a 96? It would have to be exceptional to deserve that score.

It has aromas of rich black cherry, cassis, red plum and vanilla. It suggests a certain creaminess or softness should follow on the palate. The tannins are soft and the wine is smooth but still has some assertiveness to it with that rich back cherry also present on the palate along with some blackberry, milk chocolate and cactus pear.  Given its nose I would have expected more concentrated flavours on the palate but many Red Bordeaux’s play peek a boo with their fruit and I think this is one of them. The finish is moderate in length. My hope is that the peekaboo game will end in a couple of years and the fruit will present itself. I might suggest why not hold onto this until the summer of 2022.

(Cap Royal Rouge 2018, AC Bordeaux Supérieur, Bottled by LCDR À 3350 for CMGC, Blanquefort, France, $18.95, LCBO # 486761, 13.5%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 90/100)

We try a 2018 Château Lanbersac Puisseguin Saint-Émilion. Extreme black cherry in colour. On the nose soft and creamy with black cherry, cassis and a slightly floral tinge. There is a bit of a coffee streak as well which causes me some concern as it may indicate the grapes were picked overly ripe. The tannins are mild. Unfortunately I am correct about coffee as a warning sign. I don’t think I have ever used the word “weird” but that’s what this wine is on the palate. I could also use the term “Over-Extracted” or raw. Whatever the word this wine is badly made and this is simply a one-off bad bottle or he knows not what he speaks! I am returning this bottle and I will therefore not rate it. It’s $17.95 which is an attractive price but this is one ugly wine. Zut Alors!

(2018 Château Lanbersac Puisseguin Saint-Émilion AC, Lannoye, France, LCBO # 2117, $17.95, 750 mL, 14%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating UNRATED)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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