Bordeaux

Château d'Arthus

Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Color of cloudy purple with some bright ruby hue. Nose of nice dark fruits like cherry, cherry jam, blackberry, spice, some tobacco leaves, and some strength of alcohol. Taste of spicy tannins, oaky note, a bit refined sweetness, nice strawberry note, a touch of vanilla and zest, and some fresh grape. Aftertaste is medium long, with sweet and spicy notes surface more while tannins is pretty much marginal. A bit light considering she is a Bordeaux, but a crowd pleaser for sure. Not sure why she has lower ratings from others. — 7 days ago

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Château Haut-Bages Libéral

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

David T
9.2

For our wedding reception in Cortona, I packed a magnum of 1986 Haut-Bages Liberal. Since then, we have bought it in all good Bordeaux years and have one on our anniversary. Sadly, I have an 86 somewhere in my EuroCave cabinets. I just couldn’t find it. It has been a challenging afternoon. Next year! A excellent vintage of Haut-Bages Liberal will just have to fill in.

The nose reveals; dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, some dark spices, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals.

Most of the 2000 Left Bank wines typically remain tight as a drum. This is just starting to open up and ascend.

The body is full, ripe, rich, lush and showing the beauty of the vintage. The tannins are rounded but, still show plenty of teeth and meaty, sticky, tarriness. The structure & tension are just starting to relax. The length and balance are really nice and will continue to better with many years in bottle. It’s still a hold for 7–10 years for its full beauty. Dark currants, heavily extracted blackberries, creamy black raspberries, black plum with skin, dark cherries, mix of purple fruits, strawberries, sweet tarriness, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla, light clove, dark spices with palate heat, lots of steeped, dark fruit tea, fresh Provenance herbs, anise, expresso roast, limestone minerals, dry clay, dry, crushed rocks, dry top soil, dry stones, a fair amount of graphite, hints of black pepper, old & fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood to cedar, leathery notes, dry underbrush, bright; dark, red, blue and violet florals. The acidity is round and near perfect. The long finish is; ripe, well balanced with fruit and earth with penetrating earth/minerals and persists several minutes.

Happy Anniversary Sofia...would love to do it all over again as we did in 2012.

Photos of; the Piazza of the La Repubblica...the building we were married, us leaving for our reception and one of the better meals of our life, walking through town on the way to our reception and our wedding ceremony.
— 15 days ago

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Congrats to both of you. Carpe diem.
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@Ron R Thank you. Cheers! 🍾🍷

Château du Tertre

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Shay A
8.9

I think this bottle was either in a dumb phase or was just slightly off. Aromatic notes of leather, bay leaf, old cherries and earth. Still some tannin but seems slightly evolved for its age...I would have thought this was at least 7-10yrs older. Graphite, more leather, and very underripe red fruits on the palate. — 5 days ago

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@Stephen Pierron I own three vintages of Chateau Giscours; 05, 09 & 10. I like this Chateau in good vintages. I find the fruit and the overall quality to be better than Chateau du Tertre. I find Tertre to be astringent and bitty and lacking elegance with under 15-20 years of bottle age. Where as Giscours has shown me those qualities in their good vintages. They can be inconsistent in lesser vintages. I should also note that I like my Cabernets (old & new world) on the well aged side. I find the Bordeaux drinking windows given out by the well know professional critics to be very conservative. IMHO, if I were to pay attention to those suggested Bordeaux drinking windows, I would look to the backside of them in opening my bottles. Cheers! 🍷
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@David T Thank you sir! I don't think I could avoid the temptation if I had an 09 Giscours in my cellar. 15 reminds me so much of 09. Same with 10 and 16. Guess that is where we have different palates... I an not a huge fan of aged wine over 10+years... I suppose it is an acquired taste. I would be intrigued to try an old Burgundy from a HQP. Agree the aging windows are fairly conservative for Bordeaux....best to buy a case (Drink 6 and Hold 6) 😀🍷 Cheers!!
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Everyone should drink there wines how they like them. I had my first well made and aged Cabernet in the later 90’s. I took one sip and my whole body reacted. I remember having one immediate thought, it was, I am in so much trouble. Because at that minute, I knew I was going to invest a lot of money into aging wine. And, that’s what happened. I don’t buy 6 of anything unless it is a really good value and well surpasses its price point. There is just too much good wine, from so many good producers all over the world to buy more than 2-3 bottles of a particular producers vintage. But, everyone should drink, buy what they like without question and at any year(s) of bottle age.

Château Doisy-Daëne

Bordeaux Sec Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016

Ken Z
9.1

Lemon tart and orange pith and floral notes on the nose. Lemon curd and honey on the dry palate. Bright, but well balanced acidity. Medium body and finish.

4/22/8/4/3+50=91
— 9 days ago

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Château Duplessy

Premières Côtes de Bordeaux AOC Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Enjoyed the ‘13 so much last night, figured the ‘11 would be a perfect bottle to open on the train to Paris! — 9 days ago

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Château Potensac

Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

An old acquaintance..............

Now the 2005, nice nose with classic notes of cassis, blackcurrant, pencil shavings, cigarbox, fine cedar, medium bodied on the palate with mature cassis fruit flavors, earth, spice and fine roasted cedar notes, medium aftertaste, drinking very nice now. 91DSP
— 2 days ago

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Nice vintage, wine & value from the same technical team as Leoville Las Cases.

Château Climens

Barsac 1er Cru Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2012

Shay A
9.4

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Simply a glimpse at what is to come for this beautiful Sauternes. Orange blossom, honey roasted cashews and sea salt aromatics. Decadent and rich on the palate with candied mango, pineapple and lemon tart. This will hold for a decade or two and will be lights out. Thanks
@Andrew Heffley .
— 9 days ago

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My second favorite producer of Sauternes! 👍

Château Le Pin

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Ethereal, silky and marvelously poised, the 2011 Le Pin (WWB, 97) is sourced from an extremely small estate is located in the commune of Pomerol. It is amongst the world's most expensive red wines, as this was very graciously shared by my colleague Dr. Hong. I was most impressed by the opulent, pillowy texture of the wine, which is still quite primary now at the eight year mark. Elegant tannins line the massive core of dark fruits, all leading the breathtaking, near minute-long finish. This true heavyhitter really needs another ten years of bottle age to hit its stride and will provide drinking enjoyment past my lifetime. Drink 2025-2055- 97 — 3 days ago

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@Hugh O'Riordan Thanks my friend, this was quite a treat 👌
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2011 was a tough summer in Bordeaux.....Except for Pomeral...nice choice!!
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@Tom Garland Yeah a tricky vintage for sure but R Bank fared pretty well overall 👌

Alexander Vineyards

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2014

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

If you aren’t familiar with this label, it’s a unique concept. The winery is located in Fredericksburg, TX yet the wines are from all over the world (fruit is cold shipped to the winery or made in the country they are sourced from). This is probably best now or over the next few years. It has typical orange blossom and honey notes, with a very creamy mid palate...like an orange creamsicle. Lots of sweetness without much nuttiness.
— 9 days ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Blanc de Lynch-Bages White Bordeaux Blend 2016

Crisp tropical fruit. I don’t drink a lot of white Bordeaux but this was real nice! — 7 days ago

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