Tonight's wine is a beautiful Right Bank Bordeaux, the Château D'Aiguilhe Comtes von Neipperg Côtes de Castillon. 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and at this price point is a steal.
The aromas on the nose are of black cherry, plum, chocolate, clove, rose, sweet tobacco, green olive and graphite.
On the palate are beautiful well integrated fruits of raspberry, plum, black cherry and then there is a big dose of green bell pepper with licorice, rose petals and graphite.
This wine is full bodied with a smooth mouth feel, medium+ acidity and medium fine mouth coating tannins that lead to a long clean fruit filled finish. Enjoy your rest of the week and please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 12 days ago
Dark reddish color. Opaque. Aromatic nose but not flashy. Notes of black fruit, earth, gravel, cassis, some cedar box and some iron. Smooth and supple in the mouth. Tannins fully resolved. Got better with air. Not as big or impactful as some other bottles of this I’ve had, but really nice. A share with the chef brought out some shaved white truffles for one of our dishes. It’s good to be the king. — 3 days ago
The nose reveals, ripe, brightly floral dark & red fruits. Blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, prune notes, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, allspice, used leather, limestone minerals, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets.
The body is medium to full. The tannins round, nicely softened but still a little tarry. The structure, tension, length and balance are are harmonious and starting its climb to their peak. The mouthfeel is gorgeous and sexy. Brilliantly, bright, laced; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruit heaven, black raspberries, raspberries, baked strawberries & rhubarb, cherries, and dry, slightly burnt cranberries. Mixed berry cola, steeped tea, vanilla, touch of clove, dark medium spice with heat, allspice, used leather, some sweet tarriness, limestone minerals, rich dark soil, dry stone, whiff of graphite, faint herbaceous notes, dry underbrush, old cedar, tobacco leaf, with withering red & dark withering flowers with violets. The acidity was very good and the finish showed it’s Saint Julien elegance. It’s a beautiful wine now and over the next 15-20 years.
Photos of, Chateau Leoville Barton, the “Gentleman of Medoc”, Anthony Barton, harvest work of their Merlot and their barrel cellar.
An hour and a half in decanter.
— 2 days ago
Nothing better than inexpensive white Bordeaux with some age, the youthful acidity just fades away. The Dourthe (Thienot) is one of our perennial favorites.
Nose is heavily on lemon zest, freshly cut grass, cold apricot and steely minerals.
Palate has muted lemon, hint of tangerine, lemon grass and lightly sour green grapes.
Delicious! — 16 days ago
Someone asked me if this is cab or merlot dominated, and I said... “no idea, but if I had to guess, I’d say 50/50”... and now I feel like a boss because I was right. This is a good wine. Clove and concentrated fruit jam on the nose... almost pungent in this sense. After some time decanting, this thing smoothes out beautifully. Spice box palate, dry but round tannins. It’s at its prime right now. — a day ago
Surprisingly lovely for an 87! Perfect bottle from a private collection (and given to me for $30). Plummy fruit still in evidence with evolved notes of pipe tobacco a bit of moss/ash and red bell pepper. Medium in body with moderate finish, classic claret and really nice overall. Would hate to have tasted this in a lineup with other wines. On its own, it was lovable. — 5 days ago
375ml. Always one of my favs! Many years left as it felt young, but I loved the lushness and power. Dark purple, almost black color. More Napa Cab like than French Bordeaux. Excellent black cherry and blueberry fruit. Very long finish. Glad I have another! — a day ago
My favourite Pomerol in a great year 🏆 now sells @ £250-£285 😱 On its 6th try & it’s now much better integrated & drinking lovely but will age more 😉 A New Year’s Eve delight 😍 enjoyed with Lasagne 🍝
📍 Vieux Chateau Certan 1998 Pomerol
🏵 98 points for 1998 😁 & should improve
🍇 90% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
🍷 Garnet ruby w/ brick edge
👃 Nasal Nookie Gang Bang of creamy dark spiced damson plum in soft smoked oak & light cedar w/ soggy earth, wet leaves, liquorice, rock minerals, cracked pencil lead, dirty gravel, cocoa, black berry fruits, charred soot embers, mint & herbs - nasaltastic baby 😍
👄 Med earthy body of silky smooth ripe dark plum & black berry fruits w/ red cherry, raspberry liquorice & choc mocha in slight dry rock minerals
🎯 Long deep plum & dark berry earthy soft liquorice mocha choca cherry & a light dry mineral oaky seductive smack in your chops — 10 days ago
Very good surprise for a wine I expected very little from. Earth, black currant, menthol... Very nice. Superbly balanced palate with a srong acid backbone, some meaty, salty touches, a nice grip and some lively tannins. Some oaky touches here and there too. Long lasting finish with some oak, black currant, and a salty meaty thing. Quite a well crafted pomerol for a very competitive price (around 20€). — 2 days ago
Fantastic second label from Château Malescot Saint-Éxupéry. It opened up beautifully after 30 minutes and really showed why the 2015s have been rated one of the best vintages. It has stronger notes of earth than other Margaux that I have tasted and on the palate there is a nice elegant balance of red and dark fruit, black tea, vanilla, hint of lavender, very velvety and silky on the finish. I personally would not hold this bottle for too long like I would many others, but it will continue improve with time. Cheers! 🍷 — 10 days ago