2018 vintage. This historical estate has been in the hands of the Chanfreau family for over 50 years. They also own Château Fonréaud in Listrac and 2 Moulis estates (Châteaux Caroline and Chemin Royal). Lestage is the only Listrac granted Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in the 2020 classification. The 2018 vintage is a blend of 62% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The nose is a bit oaky at first, but the wine starts to truly shine after an hour in the glass, so take your time or decant. Cherries, cassis and cedar wood in the nose. The fruit is concentrated and layered, embedded in a powerful tannic structure with very good balancing acidity. While the warmth of the vintage is unmistakable, there is no sign of jamminess. Impressively long finish too. Incredible value at 11,90 euros. If you open this in 7 or 8 years you will curse yourself that you didn't buy more. Kudos to the owners and consulting enologist Antoine Medeville. Abv. 14,5 %. — a month ago
Home alone, and as a result, I can return to some French faves. Regretfully, wifey tastes vomit if it’s anything other than a Napa fruit-bomb. Yes, I’m exaggerating, but you get my point...
This is on another level. 2009 was in my opinion a breakout year for this winery. With the winery renovations complete in 09, and Michel Rolland consulting on the winemaking, it’s easy to see the future state. This is a Merlot blend with double digit cab franc, and a dollop of cab sauv. I poured this pretty much at cellar temp (unusual for a typical Bdx), and it’s simply wonderful at this point.
Nose displays kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of sweet tobacco. The palate explodes with fresh black fruits, brown sugar, bold tannins, and a touch of white pepper. Judicious oak treatment allows the components and winemaking to take center-stage. A very contemporary example, which will sail on for another 15 years, minimum.
@Deborah M, your gentle nudge moved me. While I didn’t decant, I did open it 2hrs prior to tasting 🙂 — 8 months ago
The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is comprised of of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot made by François-Xavier Borie, oenologist Christel Spinner and consulting oenologist Eric Boissenot. The vines at Grand-Puy-Lacoste are 38 years old and are set on gravel soils. The wine needs more than a two hour decant to unveil ripe creme de cassis, anise and graphite flavors with lighter earthy tones. Bright and focused, this is just an infant now. Drink 2022-2040- 93 — 2 years ago
The wines of Coenobium are made by a sisterhood of nuns from the Latium region of Italy close to Rome. They make two wines. Both varying degrees of Orange. That’s it.
The Bianco is barely Orange, with a Corona appropriate level of skin contact (barely any).
I’d lump these into the OG category of Natural Wines - they see consulting from the god of Italian Orange, Mr. Bea.
Pours hay with notes of apples and white flowers and salty peachy flavors. — 5 months ago
If you drank this a few years ago and were underwhelmed, then your bottle was likely damaged or too young. This is a gorgeous bottle of PN that is now entering maturity. I've seen a number of comments on this wine. Afaik, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair was the consulting winemaker on this wine made by Mikey Etzel. Anyway, it's glorious. — 8 months ago
Trappist wine from Lazio (same consulting winemaker as from the Paola Bea family). Golden in color and deeply intense - but very dry on the palate. — 8 months ago
@Delectable this is the wittenger schlangengraben spätlese trocken. Lime zest and ripe orchard fruit and the least bit of confectioners sugar on the nose. Herbs and meadow flowers, without that honey or vanilla thing that comes with it. A touch of chamomile. Kumquats or limequats on the tongue. Very good, almost spicy from the citrus acid feeling. Good minerals, they dance on the palate with the acids, very alive, and I love that. Not terribly concentrated but it could go for a decade or two easily. What structure, good wine. 11%, but weightless. Bonus points for a vineyard name which is hilarious to the adolescent inside me. — 9 months ago
Honestly Latour Martillac has occupied a soft spot in my heart since I first went to Bordeaux 12 years ago. It was our first tour and dinner during en premieur week 2008. The tour was ‘old school’ like the label but the wines were actually incredibly good for a pretty large production. Although it was the 2007 blanc that stirred my senses, the reds were fabulous as well.
The Kressmann’s served us among other treats, a 95 Martillac blanc and a 75 Martillac rouge. Both of which were beautiful wines... The 75 was served with a delicate white fish wrapped in palm leaves. Not what you would expect in Bordeaux. I was figuring lamb or something.... I still dream of that fish and the elegant 75 claret. Today this 2010 rouge may be among the best wines ever made at this address. Improvements in the winery, Michel Rolland consulting, rigorous vineyard and harvest selection. A dark broad shouldered wine with grippy tannins. Aromas of violet, plum, wet gravel, black cherry and cassis fill the glass along with some oak and a hint of graphite. This wine is lovely now (with a serious decant) but should have a long long life ahead of it. In fact I’d like to catch it when it is as old as that 75 we tried on a rainy evening at the chateau in Bordeaux. ***Don’t forget to sign up for my daily email offers... email@example.com to receive up to date offers on rare and limited wines at the best prices USA*** — 6 months ago