Bordeaux

Château Climens

Asphodele Sec Sémillon 2018

100% dry Semillon from Barsac. Coming from one of the great Sauternes houses, this has to be magnificent right? Of course it is. Pale lemon in the glass with a floral perfumed nose. Lemon zest, lychee, and green apple get the party started with pears and honeysuckle coming to play. The honey, the straw, the brioche bread, all so lovely and so deep. Such an exciting, ethereal nose.

Lovely is the word of the day here. This is a mood invoking wine. Soft but rich. Evocative yet subtle. The acidity is crisp and the mouthfeel silky. The palate displays nice orchard fruits and a touch of stone minerality. Very saline, very correct, and magnificently pure. Spring in a bottle. A very unique, fun wine and I cannot get enough.
— 7 days ago

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Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix)

Réserve Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Vintage 2016 | Lovely red fruits in smell, clear tannines in taste, probably 2 to 3 years longer in the cellar would be a benefit. Drank perfect though with wild duck breasts. — 12 days ago

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Château Bellefont-Belcier

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

It’s time for some Merlot on this#MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, plums, black currants, strawberries, sweet cherries, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs, chocolates, tobacco, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and soft, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, black plums, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, light vegetables and herbs.

Medium finish with fine tannins, tangy raspberries and peppercorn.

This young Bordeaux from Saint Émilion is already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Tasty and interesting. Tangy and rich. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

Still young, but starting to drink nicely now. I am surprised of how approachable it is already. Still a little unbalanced, and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

This 2018 vintage is showing a lot of potential. A little lighter than the 2016 I had a couple of weeks ago.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 15 to 20 years.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.
— 8 days ago

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Château Loudenne

Le Chateau Rose Bordeaux Merlot 2020

Chateau Loudenne le Chateau Bordeaux Rosé 2020, France

Time for some Merlot on this
#MerlotThursday. This week we have a unique opportunity for a Rosé made with Merlot grapes.

Light salmon in color.

Nice fruity nose with lemons, citrus, light strawberries, earth, minerals, peaches, herbs and light vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with light red berries, citrus, grapefruits, green apples, limes, spices and black pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds and limes.

This is a nice and interesting Rosé from Bordeaux. Nice and easy drinking. Pleasant and light.

Crisp and refreshing and a good pool wine.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and light appetizers. Paired well with the mashroom Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.
— 15 days ago

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Château Suduiraut

Sauternes 1er Cru Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2009

This is a delicious dessert wine from France.

Delicious right out of the bottle and much better after an hour of airtime.

Showing oranges, tangerines, honey, ripen apples, Indian spices, pears, light tropical fruits, peaches and white pepper.

Full-bodied with high acidity and well balanced. Rich and extracted.

Showing nice complexity with a nice buttery mouthfeel.

Delicious and engaging.

Will age nicely in the next 20 to 30 years.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I had it all by itself as a dessert.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.
— a day ago

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Excellent review, as always. Do you have a price point? You usually include…

Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Starting the week off right with the second bottle from Chateau Cos d'Estournel the 2009 Les Pagodes de Cos. This is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cassis, green bell pepper, chocolate, violets, cedar, spice, and earth.

On the palate I am able to get notes of black cherry, blackberry, black plum, cassis, green bell pepper, asian spice, tobacco and earth.

This a beautiful full bodied smooth fresh mouthfeel with medium + to high acidity and medium + to high mouth coating grippy sweet tannins that lead into a long dark fruit spicy earth finish. What a great way to start the week. This second bottle would be a classic first anytime. Have a great week ahead and pleas stay healthy and safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 4 days ago

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Nice note & pull
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Château Nodot

Perle de Nodot White Bordeaux Blend

2015 vintage. 100% biodynamically farmed Sauvignon blanc made by young Blaye producer Jessica Aubert. This wine was meant to be drunk young, but actually a nice surprise at almost 6 years old. Light golden colour. Fine honeyed and floral nose with impressions of dried pineapple. Sweet exotic fruit with a certain complexity and nice spicy length. Very nice if you are into older whites. — 6 days ago

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My brother in law served a ten years old white Blaye a week ago... still very much alive

Château de Reignac

Reignac 2001

Alex Lallos
9.3

Yves vatelot killed the 01 vintage. 00-01 are, I think his most amazing wines. This one is standing tall even out of half bottle. It’s insane how much money he invested in these vintages vs what they cost. Really remarkable stuff that plays with all the big boys. In 2008 he put this up against 01 pichon lalande and 01 latour at dinner. Blind, this was right there with the big boys. Insane! — 15 days ago

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Château Margaux

Pavillon Rouge Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Had this a couple of weeks ago. We don’t have a lot of bordeaux in our cellar, mainly because it takes so many years for them to come into their own. Case in point is this 2003. While it was reasonably approachable when young, it’s now beautifully integrated. Will have to take a look at what else we have resting down there… — 11 hours ago

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David Nicewicz

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Oooh. Nice one. Not had their second label - hopefully a good value

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

Youthful & structured at 23 yrs showing the La Mish personality with good balance & length just starting to show some secondary aromas of black fruits that is inky with currant, cedar, graphite, sweet spices, licorice, olive, smoke & cigar ash. — 7 days ago

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