It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice surprise from Margaux, Bordeaux.
Dark brown in color with a wide brick rim.
Great complexity on the nose with blueberries, black currants, potpourri, raspberries, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, green vegetables, vinaigrette, black tea, mashrooms, forest floor, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices and graphite.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, dried fruits, wood, cloves, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, black pepper, earth, black tea, vinaigrette, mushrooms, wet leaves, herbs and graphite.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
What a great experience this is. This 36 Year old, Cabernet based Bordeaux, is drinking very nicely now. Showing great complexity on both the nose and palate, with a soft mouthfeel. Resembles a 40 year old Barolo.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Took 90 minutes to peak.
Not from a great vintage, but it is still holding great.
I paired it with good friends, and a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
I can't say what the alcohol level is, but it feels like 12.5%
91 points. — 18 hours ago
This is very good and of course very young. It is rich and dark red in the glass with a great nose of cigar tobacco, spice, leather and red berries. The palate is youthful but approachable and the fruit sits above other more complex flavours at this stage. There is also some pepper and acidity which is not harsh but definitely present. Tannins are politely hanging around in the background and I think over the years this will all blend together to be a great wine. Score reflects the wine now but no doubt that will improve. — 7 days ago
Tar, cedar, spices, tobacco a bit, blackberry, black currant, a bit of mint too. There is a bit of oak too. The palate is well structured with a strong acid backbone, lots of matter all along with a nice soft touch on the sides. Then come the tannins wich are still very lively and pointy. They add a complex layer wich turns to a bit of bitter finish, with a pinch of salt, some meat juice, some black currant too. Below 9 for the finish which is a bit hard and unresolved/unresolved — 7 days ago
Château Bechereau Philipperie Grand Vin de Sauternes 1983 Bordeaux, France
This is a nicely aged sweet wine from Bordeaux.
Brownish in color with a brick hue.
Great nose, although a little stinky, with honey, vegetables, herbs, wet leaves, citrus and Indian spices light curry and cumin.
Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium plus acidity.
Sweet on the palate with limes, citrus, honey, apples, earth, wood, over ripened pears, honey, Indian spices and black pepper.
This is an interesting sweet wine, but i prefer these younger.
This 36 year old is nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself. Not too sweet, with a lot of complexity. A little bitter on the ending. Spicy and tangy.
I paired it with a Macadamia Nut ice cream.
The nose is very overwhelming, so I figured I need to give it a day to chill out, which was a great idea.
Next day update: It's good that I didn't post my review yesterday, as this is a nice surprise. A tastier wine today.
Lost most of the bitter and vegetables notes, and it is showing very nicely.
If you have one, let it open up for a long time. Delicious and complex.
13% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 10 days ago
Nose has dried cherry, dried rose petals, dark chocolate bar, ripe plum and distant cedar closet.
Palate has prune, dried cherry (unsweetened), dried raspberry, (light) canned plum tomato, grippy tannins and medium finish.
Honestly, much better than I was expecting, it's punching above the ~$23 price point; way to go Costco! I'll be intrigued to see if a 2016 version shows up, I'll surely be buying it, even if it's a little above this cost.
Decanted 3+ hours, paired with a whole chicken from the slow cooker, great. — 7 days ago
Dark and somewhat clear red purple in the glass. Shy nose of dark plum with subtle oak notes. On the palate, dark plum, black cherry, subtle vanilla oak, medium acidity, and medium plus tannins. Finish is medium long yielding dusty red-purple fruit and birch. An incredible QPR on this Bordeaux Superieur. Enjoy with steak, prime rib, hard cheeses, or cassoulet. Drink now through 2021. — 20 days ago