An Exceptional Wine for Easter

by Ian Blackshaw

Two years ago, my wife and I celebrated our Ruby Wedding, and our two boys gave us a 1970 Bottle of Haute-Medoc from the Chateau de Camensac, which is located in Saint Laurent in the Gironde. The wine was accompanied by some tasting notes.

For various reasons, we have not yet drunk it. However, it so happens that, according to the tasting notes, it should be drunk in 2013. So, we are going to drink it with our Easter dinner this year and with the traditional roast lamb served at this season. Our elder son and his wife with be with us to enjoy it, but, unfortunately, our younger son and his wife will not, as they are in Zambia.

The Haut-Medoc wine, which is my favourite of the Bordelais wines, comes from an area which is part of the extensive Bordeaux wine region, which is famous for its red wines. And, indeed, Haut-Medoc wine is generally regarded by wine connoisseurs as being at the cradle of the finest red wines in the world.

1970 was an excellent vintage and, under the French ‘grand crus’ official wine classification system of 1855, which has never been changed since – so much for tradition and quality! – all but one of the wines on this prestigious list are from the Haut-Medoc and the Chateau de Camensac is amongst this elite group of officially-recognised fine French wine producers.

The wine is described as being full of vigour which, through bottle aging, has developed what is claimed to be a bouquet of rare perfection. The tasting notes go to say that the wine is medium-bodied with a spicy, berry and mineral-scented nose and a mocha background. Like all good wines, it is quite complex and poses a challenge to one’s palate to identify and fully appreciate its particular characteristics!

We shall look forward very much indeed to enjoying this jewel of a wine on Easter Sunday! In fact, I cannot wait to do so, and I am sure that it will live up to its great expectations!