1961- I mean 1961 - the Somm delivered and @David L and I were blown away - cork was in excellent shape - tannins were strict but silky - - nose on par - pine peach licorice- the color was brand new - crazy - I mean all you ever want in every way - it could go another 20 years - I was taken back - extraordinary- a Bordeaux grand cru that is actually grand — 11 days ago
Honoring my marvelous father with a meal and wine he would have appreciated with gusto. We wish he was here to share it with us, but are deeply grateful that his spiritual presence remains so strong in our hearts today and every day. 💕
This blend is predominantly (78%) Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. 🍷 It hails from the Haut-Médoc region on the “left bank” of Bordeaux, 🇫🇷 more specifically, the Pauillac AOC. Pauillac is a highly-regarded commune, with favorable growing conditions, known for producing some outstanding quality wines. 👌👌 This wine is no exception. 😆
🏰 Château Grad-Puy-Lacoste is a cru classé, ranked among, and a neighbor to, the region’s top estates. It’s incredible to think the first vines planted on this property date back to the 1500s, making it one of the oldest properties in the region.
We decanted this wine for several hours, which helped it soften and release its layered aromatics.
👁 The color is deep garnet with notable tearing.
👃 On the nose it has medium(+) intensity and concentration of developing aromas. The aromas include ripe black fruit such as cassis, black cherry, blackberry, and plum, as well as other non-fruit notes like black licorice, pencil shavings, and violet. It has secondary notes of clove, nutmeg, allspice, cedar, also tertiary notes of wet earth, tobacco, leather, meat, fig, and mushroom.
👄 This wine is dry and its flavors on the palate are consistent with the nose.
This wine has balance, complexity, a strong structure, with firm, grippy tannins, and a long elegant finish. 👏👏
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, vintage 2011, ABV 13.5%. — 3 days ago
Age coming forward, sweet tobacco, fresh leather, cedar and with cooked blackberry and red cherry. Words can't do it justice it's almost singing from the glass with still a nice black pepper note and a wonderful earthy mushroom note.
The tannins have really mellowed out. Still a fantastic acidity and all working in balance on the palate all those flavours coming through with a roasted meat that compliments well. An almost mint fresh feel with its lengthy finish.
The wine is in its prime and goes down so well.
The hype of aged wine can be justified when it's like this. A real treat and superb right now, I would be scared to let this go much further. — 7 days ago
Showing the heat of the vintage, the 2009 Lafon-Rochet is a plush, medium bodied Saint Estephe with gorgeous ripples of blackberry, boysenberry, coconut cream and balsamic. There is little to no perceptible tannin and gentle acidity, making this a supple drinker now that should probably be enjoyed in the near term. — 4 days ago
This is very elegant and complex, like most Barsacs is lighter weight than Sauternes and much more floral. Also has the tell tale honey and bee wax notes as well as lemon zest. Its terrific now and there is no rush to enjoy it. Enthusiastically recommended. — 15 days ago
Decanter’s blind testing resulted in astonishing score of 97 and definitely it was the reason for me to purchase this bottle! This is definite something “different” if not to say a “modern” type of Bordeaux wine and I enjoyed it a lot. — 21 days ago
Got me where I needed to be. — 11 days ago
Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
This is a very tasty Bordeaux blend from Medoc.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, wood, spices, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, bitter herbs, light cola and peppercorn.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and nicely balanced with lots of fruits and a nice mouthfeel.
Will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.
Rich and good right out of the bottle. Becomes earthier after 3 hours of airtime.
Good by itself or with food, and would pair nicely with BBQ Meats.
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 6 days ago