Wine Quest 2: Château Lamarzelle Cormey (Bordeaux, France)

Welcome to the wine 2 in my 300 AOC wine quest. Last time, we covered Hautes Côtes de Beaune from Burgundy. Today, we venture to Bordeaux, the place that inspired my passion for wine.

Château Lamarzelle Cormey - front label

Wine Key Details:

  • Producer: Château Lamarzelle-Cormey
  • Region: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Grape Varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Franc
  • Year: 2015

I was pretty excited to try this wine since it is a relatively older wine. Typically, I have wines that are two or three years old at most. In this case, the wine was six years old! The winery itself dates back to 1750, yet it embraces modern methods like using a combination of vats (50%) and wine barrels (50%).

Alas, I didn’t have the best experience with this bottle. On opening the wine, I had a minor mishap, a wine injury! The metal foil cut my finger enough to require a bandage. That accident may have put me in a bad mood somehow. I ended up not particularly liking this wine as much as the Burgundy wine I had previously. I also had the classic “red wine hangover” from this wine the next day.

I wouldn’t blame the wine or the winemaker at all. I don’t think I was in optimal wine appreciation mode when I opened this one. If my underwhelming review leaves one wanting a different perspective, here is a quote about this wine from the one and only James Suckling (as summarized on the LCBO website):

“Aromas of blackberries and blueberries with mineral and stone undertones. Full body, polished tannins, and a savory finish. Chocolate, hazelnut, and cedar undertones. Drink in 2021. Score – 93.”

Note to self: resume the habit of taking a few quick notes while you have the next wine so that you can provide a more detailed review!

Wine Quest 2: Château Lamarzelle Cormey (Bordeaux, France)
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