Pauillac, Médoc

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1953

From a great old looking bottle with a mid shoulder fill. Cork is fully saturated and the crud under the capsule had formed a strong seal. Slow-ox’d for a few hours, then decanted for an hour or two before taken to L’Escargot in Carmel. Amber tawny rims with a reddish tawny core. Crazy nose right from the start. Notes of sweet black cherries, tobacco leaf, plums, black pepper, ash and crusty wood, pencil shavings, some just unwrapped cigar and some menthol. Silky in the mouth with firm structure and soft but present acidity. Long and memorable finish. Outstanding performance over several hours. — 4 days ago

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One hell of a pull

Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

Deep dark purple heavyweight. Blueberries and blackberries, greenery, black olive, black pepper, some nuttiness midway quickly gives way to the dry pucker. Some lingering floral notes on the nose. Lay her down baby...

93 points
— 20 days ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Mid to deep Ruby in colour. Some maturity in evidence on the rim. Cedar/cigar box aromas with black currant and cassis - classic Pauillac descriptors Only medium bodied - lacked some intensity for the vintage. Restrained - 20 years might be its limit. It will sit on the plateau but won’t improve. In summary a lovely old claret and has been better than its 5th Growth status for decades. “Lunch Bags” as old poms used to refer to it as. — 25 days ago

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Mike Saviage

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I’m still making my way through my 85 and 86 LBs, then will check in on 82s 89s and 90s. Have recently had a 61 that had a lot of energy and complexity in it. I will not touch the 00s for at least another 10 years... maybe it’s preference but based on my experience I disagree with the assessment that the 00s will not improve in the next 25 years. They are still babies!
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@Mike Saviage Thanks for your insights. Based on my (pleasurable) experience I am inclined to agree with Jancis’s drinking window of 2010 to 2024 although I see James Molesworth takes it thru to 2033 and Parker 2031 to 2036. Will be interested to read other tasting notes on this wine in years to come.
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@Ron R Old Poms.........if the cap 🧢 fits......😉😉😎

Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

David T

Claret with Allen Brothers Rib-cover/Ribcap. Simply doesn’t get a ton better. 03 such a warm, ripe, beautiful, floral vintage.

The mouthfeel is all velvet. It’s; round, nicely resolved, fruit are ripe, everything from raspberries to blackberries, raspberry cola, tobacco, suede leather, dry stone, forest floor, dry limestone powder, dark spices, nutmeg, clove & vanillin, bright, candied florals that lean blue & purple. Acidity for days with an elegant, extremely well balanced & polished finish.
— 4 days ago

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Domaine de St-Guirons

Pauillac 2016

John Howard

So good! Mind bending nose: Raspberry Coulis, Red currant, mint, wet earth, iron, meaty, wild herbs. Incredible with filet mignon. 50th birthday wine:) — 11 days ago

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Baronne Philippine de Rothschild

Pastourelle de Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

I guess I'm comparing age versus pedigree here within the Clerc Milon family.

It opened wrapped up in a knot. Off putting initial aromas. Deep dark just like it's rich younger sibling. Just beginning to brown at the rim. 30 min in it's starting to relax...

Soil. Licorice and something savory on the nose-- almost like a chicken stock. Alcohol infused chocolate on the palate with more earthiness. After 2 hours, I believe there may be more room to open or maybe it's wishful thinking because it all ends rather muddy and bitter..

In the end, I believe this wine is past peak. Probably by a couple or 3 years. It's still interesting and would pair ok with big red meats, but don't count on it too much longer. It's not a stand up 2010.

90 points
— 20 days ago

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Château Pédesclaux

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Purple hue with ruby rim variation. Noticeable extraction and tearing. Black fruit on the nose, baked blackberry pie, black currants, plum, cedar, nutmeg, delicate allspice, and licorice.
Balanced on the palate, but tart, still young and reserved. Medium tannins. Medium acidity. Full bodied.
Heirloom cherry tomatoes, creamy buffalo burrata, basil, and champagne vinaigrette softened the black fruit flavors of this left bank Bordeaux; it was a lovely pairing partner (can imagine many other dishes it would complement). A duet of pleasures.
48% Cabernet Sauvignon. 45% Merlot. 4% Petit Verdot. 3% Cabernet Franc. 13% ABV. Vintage 2016.
— a month ago

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Mario Vaillancourt

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@Vanessa D lovely appetizing dish, sure looks delicious
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@Mario Vaillancourt many thanks 🙏 it was rather tasty. Such a simple but delicious (and nice looking) combination of foods and flavors.

Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

Very similar to my previous note on this bottle/vintage.

Followed my advice and decanted longer. Lots of oak and very fruit forward with black cherry. More Napa than Bordeaux. Still loved it!
— 11 days ago

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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Shay A

My contribution as part of a left bank vs right bank Bordeaux theme, with all wines tasted blind.

I gave this a double decant of about 3hrs, and I have to say, it was beautifully open and accessible. The power of the vintage comes through on both the nose and palate. Aromatically, it revealed fresh potpourri, cherry, currant pipe tobacco, bay leaf, and leather. It sports a beautiful texture on the palate with a dense mid palate, wrapped in graphite, fleshy black cherries, more notes of tobacco and bold mocha at the finish. This should drink in this delicious window for 5-7yrs before evolving, but is only getting better.
— 19 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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I’m actually bidding on 1992 right now. Hope it be good
Jid R

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Where was the invite???? COVID ruined our April tasting 😫 amazing notes as always
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@Jid R : Lol don’t worry, this wasn’t the group that meets up at Classic, this was an event I was invited to in town with some local chefs, wine industry people and a mix of other big wine people in town. Hopefully we can get our Classic group back together before too long.

Château Latour

Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1979

This was a great surprise at first tight and closed in but with an hour of air opened into classic Pauilliac beauty. Cigar box nose deep juicy currant flavors and endless finish. Fourty years old and an average vintage - WOW — 18 days ago