Les Portes De Bordeaux

Domaine de Galouchey

'Vin de Jardin' Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Day 2: This is killer. Super fresh but firm/structured. Atypical Bordeaux. Organic field blend. 13.5%. —- Domaine de Galouchey has to be one of Bordeaux's most idiosyncratic producers. The vineyards of this domaine were cleared and planted by Jean Terrade and Gérard Pantanacce, but things didn't really start to take off until they partnered with renowned sommelier Marco Peltier. They make two wines from organically grown grapes from their tiny estate and their Vin de Jardin (Wine of the Garden) might be the most exciting thing to come from Bordeaux in a very long time.

Galouchey is in Beychac-and-Caillau, 7 km from Libourne, across the river from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. They could choose to label their bottle as a Bordeaux but instead choose the simple table wine designation of Vin de France. This is so that they can make a wine that they feel more closely reflect the type of Bordeaux that they want to drink. Something more closely aligned with the region's wines before WW11 when commercial interest and the armies of consultants ushered in an era of homogeneity. This area is mostly known for dry whites and value reds but in the 18th century the wines from in and around the estate were some of the most sought after.

The vineyard sits on land that has never been touched by modern synthetic agricultural additives and has been farmed organically from day one. All the permitted grape varieties of the region – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle – are planted in the vineyard and the wine is made as a blend of all of the grapes, white and red. Merlot plays the lead with white varieties playing very small yet important roles. This was the way it was done many generations ago when most Bordeaux was a field blend.

Each of the nine varieties is separately harvested by hand at very low yields. Top quality Bordeaux estate can regularly produce 7,000 bottles per hectare, but the trio took it further limiting yields and producing only 3,600 bottles. This means sorting at the winery is surgical, with only the grapes going into the vat they would want to eat. Made with almost no sulfur, nothing is added or removed. The result is a masterpiece of Bordeaux and one that you don't have to pay $100 or more for.

Freshness and drinkability are not terms that we associate with Bordeaux but that is the first thing that came to mind after one sip. It’s bright fruit melds into its seamless texture. This is very much Bordeaux with flavors and aromas of tobacco, dark chocolate, graphite, and wild herbs but there is a purity of fruit and incredibly vivid floral notes that take this to another level.
— 3 days ago

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Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Dark ruby with red rim. Fruity on the nose, black and red fruit, cedar, black pepper, tobacco. Upon opening dry, fruit, earthy. Nice mouthfeel, chewy tannins, with a great long finish. Softened up in the glass. Drinking very well now but with many years left. — 3 days ago

Ted, Eric and 7 others liked this

Château Fleur Haut Gaussens

Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Nice nose with oaky notes and currant and small red berries. There is a tiny bit of meat juice too. The palate is well made with a good width, some matter and a nice grainy mouthfeel that expand in the rear with a spherical effect before a great finish with fruits, that meat juice touch and a tiny touch of bitterness. I have had much worse Saint emilion grand cru — 7 days ago

Peter, Severn and 5 others liked this

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 1966

Another great btl of this wine showing the classic La Mission nose. A wine that I have had the pleasure of drinking more than 7 cases over the last 15 yrs. The wine has barely budged & has been fully mature & holding its prime since I opened my 1st btl. Showing notes of red & black fruits, cedar, leather, tar, smoke, licorice, balsamic & graphite. A wine that you will still taste & think of after you finish the btl. — 40 minutes ago

James, Eric and 2 others liked this

Le Clos du Beau Père

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Super beau au nez qui est très classique mais surtout en bouche, soyeux avec une texture riche mais fine en même temps, non dénué de fraîcheur, belle longueur, prix raisonnable pour un Pomerol et qu’on peut apprécier maintenant. 92-93

Very nice classic nose but the palate is even better, silky and fresh texture, finesse and class with still some power and good,potential, nice length as well. Reasonably priced Pomerol that can be enjoyed now also.
— 7 days ago

romo, Ira and 11 others liked this

Château Joanin Bécot

Côtes de Castillon Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, herbs, tobacco leaf, earth and light forest floor.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, black plums, cherries, tobacco, oak, green vegetables, chocolates, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it is drinking much better now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in (60% new) French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.
— a day ago

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Château Boyd-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2005 vintage. Orange peel, watercress, dill and some meatiness in the nose. Light-medium body. A dead ringer for a comparably-aged Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Fay or SLV cab. Def on the feminine side and a little tobacco and cinnamon on a lengthy finish. Top of its’ particular bell curve and has another 3-4 years at this station/junction. Lacks the stuffing to go farther but a very respectable showing nonetheless. Zero speed bumps and well integrated. — 21 hours ago

Ted, Romain and 10 others liked this

Château Grand Village

Bordeaux Supérieur 2014

Dark rubi robe, blackcurrant, soil notes, flowers and black cherries. Elegant and understated, from a magnum and its singing now. No rush though. This is one of the finest Bordeaux reds to have at this price point. — 2 months ago

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Château Pibran

Cru Bourgeois Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Ken Z
9.3

Drank 8/6/22

Excellent with grilled lamb chops

Decanted 1 hour.

On the nose blackberry, plum, and a touch of soil. On the palate blackberry, raspberry, cedar, leather, and hints of earth. Very well balanced with medium, well integrated tannins. Long finish with black fruit, soi,l and wood. I don't see this getting much better. Drink now and over the next 5 years. Delicious!

4/22/9/4/4 +50 = 93 pts.
— 6 days ago

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Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

Mesmerizing - took about 45 mins for the nose to spring to life but boy did it - violets juxtaposed with graphite and old library notes - sexy. Palate was outstanding- blue fruits, spice box, tobacco, leather and extremely long and silky finish. A perfect wine in my opinion — 7 days ago

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