Red Bordeaux

Château Fleur Haut Gaussens

Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Nose: warm baking spices, semisweet chocolate chips, minerals, dried dark fruit. Smells good.

Taste: good, but thinner than I expected. Medium weight. A lot more acidity than I expected too. Cassis and blackberry - and distinct cherry as time went on. Tannins have some bite, but don’t taste “green.” Good deal for the $11-12 I paid…I am not experience enough to be sure, but I do think some aging would make this really good. 89. Worth buying again.
— a day ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

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

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Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2001

#MerlotThursday

So a few years ago I started my Merlot Thursday series, where I drink Merlot every Thursday. This is actually the wine that started it all. After watching the movie sideways a few times, I decided to try to get Merlot back in the game.

This wine was on my wishlist for a long long time, and I'm glad I am able to try it, finally.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing a beautiful nose with great complexity,

Dry on the palate and elegant.

Showing red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, coffee, graphites, vegetables and herbs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great experience. A delicious Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Saint Emilion. Not from the best vintage, but at this level of wine making, it is almost always gorgeous.

Feels young and would continue to age nicely in the next few decades.

Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. I loved the nose much better than the palate.

Robert Parker 93 points. Wine Spectator 93 points.

I had it after 6 hours of airtime. I really wanted to love it even more, but it is what it is. Got to keep it real.

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$700.
— 11 days ago

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@Iwan thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated 🍷
Martijn

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“I am NOT drinking any F&:).! Merlot!” Having quoted that I love your series and descriptions! @"Odedi"
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@Martijn exactly 😂 And thanks for the kind words

Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1990

Dark ruby center with lighter tawny rims. Not quite opaque. Nose is quiet at first and doesn't bloom until 3+ hours in a decanter. Notes of dark fruit, tobacco, leather saddle, barnyard ground, some stones and minerals, brush-like spice and some mocha. Seductive in the mouth. Great balance between very present fruit with good structure and softened tannins. Haven't had this in awhile, and this wine still is hitting it out of the park. At peak but it'll be around for the long haul. Started out second to the 94 Dominus and then took the race by a nose in the stretch. — 18 hours ago

Juan, Ira and 6 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.
— 3 days ago

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Château Caronne Ste. Gemme

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Just needed time, both in storage and decant. Better on the 2nd day
Some historical stuff I found online,

The Chateau Caronne Ste. Gemme property has been making wine since the French Revolution and has existed since the mid 1600's. Now in the hands of the Nony family, who is related to the Borie family of multi-chateau fame, the estate is in excellent hands.
The vines average about thirty years of age and are located in the southwest corner of Saint Julien. The grapes are fermented in cement vats where they also undergo malolactic fermentation. From there they're aged in one third new French oak for one year before bottling.
— 6 days ago

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Château Bellefont-Belcier

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very tasty Merlot based blend from Saint Emilion.

Full-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cola, chocolates, light vanilla, oak, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

This 5 year old is still young and needs three to five years in the bottle to mature. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had it a few months ago and this time I gave it 24 hours to open up in the bottle. Much better this way.

Good by itself or with food. I enjoyed it with Camembert cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.
— 4 days 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.
— 2 days ago

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Château Potensac

Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

Ron R
9.0

Served at room temp, which was off-putting from the start. Very typical Bdx profile with understated oak and fruits on the nose. Mid-palate offers softish tannins and moderate acidity. Finishes with length. Drink em if you have em. Represents good value from this region. — 2 days ago

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Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

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.


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— 3 days ago

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