November 16, 2013

Yak Pairing: Experiment #1 Chateau L'Argilus du Roi, St. Estephe, Bordeaux, 2009

When you think of a Yak, what is it that you imagine? A large furry animal with horns, right? Mastodonal this beast is not. Look at the tenderloin to the right, it's tiny. On the other side look at that color. Grass fed and beautiful. The game you would expect is  absent from this tiny harry cow.

I was thinking of putting it up against a funky natural Rhone, but when I talked to Cayce over at MI Yakkers she said that Yak wasn't gamey at all. I had a bottle of L'Argilus du Roi, a great wine from an ex-regissuer of Mouton-Rothschild (who I cant seem to remember) Yes it was $37, however it looks like all the money was put into the wine. I've had worse Chilean wines with more expensive looking labels, capsules bottles and corks. Anyway, the match went together beautifully, structured tannin and complex dark fruit notes. This is a good place to start, I don't think that I'm going to go over 14% abv for this meat.  55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc

ABV: 13%
Price: $37
Cases Made: Looked high and low, couldn't find the count.
If I can find it in the Lansing area you can get it in your neck of the woods.

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