1985. Synth laden moment. Depeche mode. Tears for fears. But I digress. Just opened this. It’s quite a structured wine. The nose is a little muddled right now but that’s because I didn’t decant. That said, after 15 minutes of opening in the glass the nose is indeed tannic cherry skin. Musty and such, but that fruit profile is obvs right up front. I would say that the same is true on the front palate. Cherries with immediacy and extremely full fruit. That is what drives my initial rating here. So rich and definitive fruit. Finish not real refined but it’s only been 15 minutes and this wine has just had the wires jacked out of it Matrix style. It doesn’t know itself yet. Will post some notes in a few hours to see if the landscape has changed. Cheers! — 3 days ago
The final wine of the evening was the 2019 La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou. From the Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou their 2nd wine a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. A Left Bank Bordeaux from Saint-Julien.
On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, cassis, black currant, chocolate, smokey oak, vanilla, cedar and earth.
On the palate is black cherry, blackberry, spice, black currant, cedar, black pepper, graphite, tobacco and earth.
This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium + grippy sandpaper tannins moving into a long black fruit graphite earthy finish. Have a great weekend and continued love of wine. Stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 16 days ago
One of my fave 00 Bdx wines. Presents perfectly with bright cherries and saddle leather on the nose, followed by graphite and black fruits on the mid palate. This will sail on for years since the tannins and acidity are still very prominent. Unbeatable 2nd wine from Las Cases. — 14 days ago
Sweet tobacco notes interspersed with woodsy mushrooms, warm rye bread with toasted sesame and grill notes. Cherry and baked currant tart. Silky soft cherry open reveals exquisitely suspended smoke framing black cherry and cedar dusted black currant and dried blackberry with sage and nutmeg.
#branaireducru #chateaubranaireducru #saintjulien #2010 #2010bordeaux #4thgrowth #crubordeaux #1855classification #bordeaux #appellationsaintjuliencontrolée #cruclasse #grandcruclassé #grandcruclasséde1855 — 3 days ago
Opened July 2022. Deep, dark color. More power than elegance. Still firm tannins. With time in decanter becomes more sophisticated, blueberry compote. Small sips show an extremely long finish, lots to unpack.. Should last at least 15 more years. — 16 days ago
First time I opened one of these 1.5 years ago it was totally closed. Now it’s back open for business and lovely. If blindfolded, based on the perfume alone I would have guessed a Margaux like Palmer as it threw off tons of violets, graphite and blue fruits - gorgeous but a tinge of rough edge that blew off after about an hour. Palate still tasted young but had the complexity you look for in an older claret - spice, leather, graphite, blue fruits and a long finish. This is in a great drinking window but easily has decades of life ahead of it. — 9 days ago
Smoky espresso and chocolate, oregano, black pepper and mint, graphite glittered wave of grill and cast iron, bacon residue, cassis nose. Palate of black pepper and kalamata olives, eucalyptus and bittering currant reduction.
#chateauléovillepoyferré #saintjulien #bordeauxrouge #2005bordeaux #2ndgrowthbordeaux — 18 days ago