Château Margaux

Premier Grand Cru Classé Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

The sleeper vintage. Simply just ready to go, holding nothing back as it wafts from the glass and the decanter with layers of cassis, cedar, violets and licorice. This is a wine of texture, as Margaux should be, and indeed its greatest attribute on this occasion. Liquid cashmere in the mouth with melting tannins, it’s sensual and elegant, caressing the palate with each sip, leading to its black truffle and mineral inflicted finale that keeps on going. Excellent showing tonight, and for my tastes drinking at its apogee. — 3 days ago

Paul, Severn and 5 others liked this

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

Pencil lead, very dark, youthful dense color, this seems barely evolved, and I’d guess has 25-30 more years of development ahead, rich, structured, great balance, fantastic older Pauillac!! — 3 days ago

Jim Powers
with Jim
Douglas, Severn and 20 others liked this

Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1990

Apricot, soft putty, golden corn, sweet honey, white flowers. Gorgeous lush fruit. Intense and balanced. Very good — 5 days ago

Gregg GRick K
with Gregg and Rick
Rick, Shay and 28 others liked this

Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

2018 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon ( 60%), Merlot (32%) and Cabernet Franc. This estate has been making very good wines for a long time, but if this 2018 is an indication they are upping their game on recent vintages. This is a spectacular effort with black and red fruits , roses, coffee and cedar wood jumping out of the glass. It has a powerful round mouthfeel with thick layers of fruit, while maintaining elegance with an impeccable balancing acidity and a big ripe tannic backbone. Impressive length too. Still affordable for this quality too. — 13 hours ago

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Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Medium deep ruby core , medium wide ruby garnet rim . Quite slow and fat tears. Quite exotic nose , slightly high toned, lots of ripe spicy blackcurrant , dark cherry , blackberry and underneath a grafite and earthy note , marine scents also . On the palate round, ripe and sweet dark fruits, blackcurrant , blackberry and dark cherry , touches of grafite and cigar box. Surprisingly good , even refreshing acidity , ripe ample tannins; there is great intensity here. Balanced alcohol even though it is quite decadent and rich, lots of glycerin . Very long and succulent but balanced finish with touches of mineral and tobacco. The plumpness and exoticism does come across as pretty atypical for Latour , though it is a real success for the vintage and an undeniably enjoyable wine. Drinking ok now , with a decant of an hour or two but really did improve over the 5 hours we had it open. Will obviously last and improve over the next 20 years and I’m sure go further still . — 11 days ago

Severn, Byron and 16 others liked this

Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

First tastes of the 2009 P-C. Incredible. Nose is so perfumed. Wine is silky smooth, tannins so soft. Fruit so ripe, black and blue. So much going on. Silky mouthfeel, medium finish. Fantastic! — 4 days ago

Eric, Paul and 17 others liked this

Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

“Slow Decanted” this with the Vinloq System

👃Immediate black currants and blackberries, licorice, chocolate, leather, pepper, and cedar.
Exotic profile
👅 Sweet, ripe, dark berry fruit and licorice up front. Oak and leather/tobacco towards the end with moderate chalky tannins lingering on the finish. Good complexity and nice precision.
Drinking well now

The remaining wine was Slow Decanted in my refrigerator

DAY 10
👃Predominately dark fruit, chocolate, and licorice with the pepper and cedar less forward than Day 1
👅Soft and elegant fruit, plush mouthfeel, oak influeces and leather. Slight tannic pull on the cheeks on the nice lingering finish. Generally softer and more rounded than day 1. Easy drinking for sure

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— 18 days ago

Tom, Andrew and 21 others liked this

Château La Conseillante

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

Decanted for an hour plus and feels a little tight but definitely beginning to loosen up. Opulent dark fruit and chocolate predominate the palate. Full bodied, high acidity, medium alcohol, lots of velvety tannins with a long chewy finish. — 4 days ago

Ira, Sharon and 19 others liked this

Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1961

Lower level bottle but still alive and kicking . So elegant and refined with dried red flowers , mulberry , graphite , liquid minerals , burnt sugar blood orange . The palate is elegant yet powerful with tons of dry extract and a little tannins still. I imagine a perfect bottle would be truly incredible but this bottle was pretty darn good . — 9 days ago

Ira, Aravind and 5 others liked this

Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

Medium ruby red , still quite youthful , wide garnet rim . After a 2 hour decant , very attractive on the nose , tobacco , spicy blackcurrant , cedar and a grafite, earthy touches, roasted coffee . On the palate , lovely spicy blackcurrant and blackberry , redcurrant notes , very nice refreshing acidity , powdery tannins that are quite present still. Very elegant and refined , lovely balance . Those cigar box , tobacco notes return on the long satisfying finish , along with an iron filling , earthy note . This benefitted definitely from the decant , and is at the beginning of its drinking window, though the tannins are still present, it will probably improve over the next 5-10 years and last at least a further 5-10 . Worth seeking out . — 8 days ago

Ira, Bob and 8 others liked this