Bonjour! My wife and I live on a $0 budgeting system. In essence, we get the checking account to $0 as fast as we can after payday by pulling out cash, paying bills, depositing into retirement, etc. Well, we bought groceries for the week and had some money left over. I convinced her to go to Gabriel’s to get wine and it worked! I saw this in the “2 for” section and decided to try it out:
Name: Mouton Cadet Bordeaux
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
Price: $11 (Got it on special for 2 for $13)
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and whether or not you tell your wish after you blow out the candles.)
I like to get into certain moods when I drink wines from different areas. I pretend that I have magically transported to the country/state of origin. I imagine that I am just kicking back after having a great meal and enjoying some drink. I had just watched the first episode of No Reservations, so I let Anthony Bourdain take me to France.
As I have mentioned before, blends typically confuse my palate. I can’t tell you the percentage of one grape over another unless it is Syrah. I can pick that grape out of a mix, but can’t tell you the exact percent…mostly because I’m not a fan of Syrah. This Bordeaux from Mouton Cadet is 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc.
The wine smells a little earthy with a hint of spice. The body is full with a very dark purple coloration and great clarity. I would actually describe the look of this wine as sexy. This is something that I would pour to impress that special lady in my life. I would hope that she looks at the wine in the glass and thinks, “Oh my! He must be serious about tonight!” (Side note: My wife is my editor, so I wrote that in-part to make her blush during the editing process and say, “You can’t post this!” Love you, Honey. Don’t remove it.) (Editor’s Note: I in no way condone such silly behavior. A wine blog should be stuffy, dull, and unimaginative in every way, and this last comment flies in the face of such a standard.)
I tasted the wine and came to the conclusion that this is a mighty fine wine. It is incredibly smooth and very balanced. It is oaky upfront and finishes with that spice that I detected when smelling (but still subtle). My wife tried it and actually had a really good descriptor. She said that it was “creamy.” I think that she meant it was thick, but not jammy. Creamy it is!
My wife wasn’t home when I tried the Mouton Cadet, so I ended up having it with a pasta concoction that I came up with at the last minute. It consisted of angel hair pasta, broccoli, onions, and garlic sautéed in Kerry Gold butter. This wine fit in well with the dish, but I have a feeling that this could be good with pretty much any dish.
Rating = Enjoy Again.
Hands down I would buy this wine and enjoy it again. Not only is it a steal of a deal, but it’s just really good. I wonder what my wife would think if I sold some stock and bought a case or two of this stuff. (Editor’s Note: Don’t you dare.)
Well, now that she saw this in edit, that plan is dead… Regardless, I am very pleased with this wine. So much so, that I am placing in my top 10! This stuff is so good that I could get into some serious trouble if I had easy access to it. (If Baron Philippe De Rothschild is reading this, please keep in mind that I do not fear trouble.)