Delightfully crisp with a fruity twist. $11 for a glass at La Voile. — 11 days ago
This was one of my first bottles of Saint-Joseph after trying a handful of Crozes recently. I decanted the bottle for about an hour before trying. In the glass the color was an opaque violet. The bouquet produced a wonderful and energetic strawberries with dark plums and crushed rocks. This wine explodes on the palate with medium body and acidity and finished long and strong. Nice fine tannins that coat your mouth but not uncomfortably so. Great QPR Syrah — 3 months ago
Cork needed a Durand rescue (what a must-have accessory!) but this was otherwise excellent. A nifty burnt cocoa element led it all but this is otherwise fully sorted black fruit and fine, long tannins. Lush. Rare for a Monte Estate, I sensed this was on the downslope. — 5 months ago
Dry spice on the nose. Very long legs. Earthy. Berries and leather. — 5 months ago
Every major holiday demands a celebratory wine. This Saturday Labor Day weekend, it’s a 1986 Leoville Las Cases.
The other weekend, we had Ribcap’s with a good Bordeaux & Napa Cabernet but, it was not what I was looking for with an Allen Brothers Ribcap. Allen Brothers steaks are the top 1% of beef in the country.
This 86 Leoville Las Cases started slow but, in short order excelled. The cork (not from my storage) made me hesitate to an extended decant. Even with the Durand corkscrew, it was a little tricky to remove the cork. However, the wine was still sound.
My favorite pairing is a Ribcap & an old Bordeaux. For me, no meal is slower or better. I grew up the youngest in a family of seven...raised by a single mother. My father passed away while I was four months conceived. So, we ate fast and fought for every scrap.
The nose reveals classic Bordeaux notes & style. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, dark, rich, turned earth, dry stones, limestone, cedar notes, old tobacco, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, just a hint of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets.
The palate is; smooth, elegant, ripe and juicy. The 86 still shows some baby, slightly tarry & teethe tannins. The structure, tension, balance and length are incredible. This 86 has years of life ahead of it if you enjoy them at this age and older as I do. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries, faint raspberries notes, & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, crispy toast, dark, rich, turned earth, dry river stones, charcoal w/ ash, limestone/sandstone, dry clay, cedar notes, old tobacco with ash, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, some vegetal characteristics, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, used expresso grounds, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, hints of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets. The acidity is a gentle rain shower and perfect. The long finish defines elegance, balance in fruit & earth, well knitted and goes on for several minutes in perfect harmony ending with dry earth & juiciness over the top.
What a treat it is to drink Bordeaux of this age & older. I love the style of 80’s Bordeaux and really appreciate the 12-13% ABV of that decade. Wish that never changed.
Not sure this makes it to 2060 but, there is still plenty of life in it. Don’t be afraid to decant it 1-2 hours without question on well stored bottles.
Photos of; Chateau Leoville Las Cases, old large wood vats, their archway you see as you enter the property from the D2 & staff working their Estate vines. — a month ago
Not the most interesting, but tastes good. Black fruit, minerals and pepper — 6 months ago
Pop (with a durand) and pour. Cork soaked 95% of the way through and slightly pushed out. Notes from 45 min open. On the nose: lovely aged brunello, with roses galore, leather, dried blood orange and raspberry, strawberry and tomato leaf, cola... On the palate: good acidity, black raspberry, dark blood orange, soft bitter notes, good density and a tangy finish with a wisp of finely grained tannin. Very good. — 2 months ago
Vintage 2007 | My Love always gives the same reaction after tasting a wine. This is a friend! Or not. The wine is matured in barrels under a layer of yeast (sous voile) for 6 years and three months. It has a mesmerizing smell of hazelnuts and almonds. That is... if you like it. A smell with oxidation tones, similar to eg sherry. The first sip was harsh, but it came from the fridge. After a few hours in the decanter and at 18 degrees Celsius the taste is round and harmonious. We paired it with the ultimate classic dish to combine with: Chicken (from a slow good farmer) with morels in a creamsauce and black rice. For me: heaven. For My Love? She appreciated it too and said dryly: not for novices... — 4 months ago
Celebrating getting back together with friends after shelter at home with a 1997 Quintessa cab. Cork was spongy, but the Durand was able to pull in one piece. On open, I was sure the wine was done as was quite reddish brown and it smelled a bit vinegary. About 40 minutes of air was all it needed to open up. Soft fruit nose with a savory mid-palate of tobacco and leather. Nice finish. #quintessa — 5 months ago