Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chemically failed?

There was a note in my confirmation for my 2006 Bordeaux En Primeur order. It said that Chateau Caillou (37.5 cL) had failed chemical analysis and was no longer able to be delivered. I quickly checked - no Caillou in my order. Pity the fools who did.

Why would it fail chemical analysis? Chateau Caillou is a Deuxième Grand Cru Classé of Barsac, not a little dip-shit garage operation. The only explanation I can think of is maybe there is an issue with sulfur levels in the wine. Sauternes and Barsac wines have always had an issue with sulfur - some people react badly to it. It doesn't bother me too much, granted the wine has some age (10+ years) on it.

Just a bizarre situation, I'd really like to know the real reason.

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