St. Estèphe, Médoc

Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Elegant BDX blend. Black cherry, leather, and bay leaf aromas. Round with tertiary flavors coming alive. Red fruit, leather, dried herbs with a long smooth finish. Cheers! — 5 days ago

Alex, Chris and 35 others liked this

Château La Haye

Saint- Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Vintage 2009 | Earthy smell with minerals, still a bit stubborn. Cherries in taste, dark summerfruit, now really good to drink, softened the tannins and very enjoyable. | Paired with beef, mushrooms and corn from the barbecue — 13 days ago

Doctor, romo and 18 others liked this

Château Haut-Beauséjour

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

Good Bordeaux. Still young but showing great potential. — 25 days ago

Josh, Sharon and 4 others liked this

Château Phélan Ségur

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Fragrant with berries and spices, and flavors of forest fruits. Soft integrated tannins with a long finish. Silky smooth. I get no cocoa or chocolate like some of the other comments who tasted this vintage 5 or 6 years ago. — 20 days ago

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with Barbara
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Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

A little past it’s prime, but still lovely. Red fruit and leather aromas. Light in body with red fruit, little cedar, tobacco with a nice finish. Revisited an hour after opening and it was finally starting to unfurl! More depth mid-palate. — 14 days ago

Eric, Severn and 18 others liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Still a young buck this St Estéphe but boy does it have potential. Nose of cassis and fine grained tannins that slowly became more silky over the course of a 5 h decant. Fruit is still fresh but overall still a bit closed. Will sit on my other bottle for a few years. Overall a really enjoyable wine right now. — 13 days ago

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Château Calon-Ségur

Le Marquis Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Delightful nose with a palate to match. — 3 days ago

Château Haut Baradieu

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Ripe Blackberry and currant with cocoa and leather on the nose. Still bright acidity at 10 years, tannins have softened, prominent but short lived, great black fruit on the palate, with a long fruity finish with a cocoa and leather accent. Love this wine. Will do well for several more years in my cellar but ready to drink now. — 23 days ago

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Château Montrose

La Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

This is a second wine marked by the Merlot part in the blend. Black cherries, flowers and cedar, on a medium bodied and hedonistic wine, great now and can still last a few years in the cellar. Highly recommended and great value ! — 6 days ago

Adriana Pagliano
with Adriana
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Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

David T
9.6

Every major holiday demands a celebratory wine. This Saturday Labor Day weekend, it’s a 1986 Leoville Las Cases.

The other weekend, we had Ribcap’s with a good Bordeaux & Napa Cabernet but, it was not what I was looking for with an Allen Brothers Ribcap. Allen Brothers steaks are the top 1% of beef in the country.

This 86 Leoville Las Cases started slow but, in short order excelled. The cork (not from my storage) made me hesitate to an extended decant. Even with the Durand corkscrew, it was a little tricky to remove the cork. However, the wine was still sound.

My favorite pairing is a Ribcap & an old Bordeaux. For me, no meal is slower or better. I grew up the youngest in a family of seven...raised by a single mother. My father passed away while I was four months conceived. So, we ate fast and fought for every scrap.

The nose reveals classic Bordeaux notes & style. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, dark, rich, turned earth, dry stones, limestone, cedar notes, old tobacco, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, just a hint of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets.

The palate is; smooth, elegant, ripe and juicy. The 86 still shows some baby, slightly tarry & teethe tannins. The structure, tension, balance and length are incredible. This 86 has years of life ahead of it if you enjoy them at this age and older as I do. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries, faint raspberries notes, & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, crispy toast, dark, rich, turned earth, dry river stones, charcoal w/ ash, limestone/sandstone, dry clay, cedar notes, old tobacco with ash, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, some vegetal characteristics, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, used expresso grounds, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, hints of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets. The acidity is a gentle rain shower and perfect. The long finish defines elegance, balance in fruit & earth, well knitted and goes on for several minutes in perfect harmony ending with dry earth & juiciness over the top.

What a treat it is to drink Bordeaux of this age & older. I love the style of 80’s Bordeaux and really appreciate the 12-13% ABV of that decade. Wish that never changed.

Not sure this makes it to 2060 but, there is still plenty of life in it. Don’t be afraid to decant it 1-2 hours without question on well stored bottles.

Photos of; Chateau Leoville Las Cases, old large wood vats, their archway you see as you enter the property from the D2 & staff working their Estate vines.
— 13 days ago

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Ron R

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I am always blown away by Las Cases. I’m jealous that you’re enjoying this without ME!
David T

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@Ron R Your palate would have done the happy dance. Cheers! 🍷