Drank 2/9/19. Paired with Burgers.
Found a couple of 09's on sale , so I snatched them up.
Scents of overripe plums, blackberry, raspberry, and some barnyard and petrol notes that remain present after a couple of hours. Palate shows the concentration of the vintage, with rich black fruits, plum, and medium, well integrated tannins.
4/22/7/3/4 +50 = 90 pts. — 7 days ago
I love this Pomerol Chateau & the 09 @ £65 (now £100) is a cracking Pomerol drinking great now & will be amazing in 10+ years 👍 let’s get this Pom party on 🎉 Come here 👃 phwoooorrrr 😄
📍 Chateau Certan de May 2009
🏵 96 points (Parker gave it 87 🤣)
🍇 70% Merlot , 25% Cabernet Franc & 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
🍷Dark ruby red with brown edge
👃 Smokey oak, minerals, pencil lead, dark plum, blackcurrant, blackberry, soggy earth, liquorice, mocha, tar, soot, gravel, cherry & black tea emerging a choc cherry raspberry gateaux - nasal sex 😘
👄 Med rich smooth creamy body of slight mineral dry ripe stewed black mashed fruits with mocha, liquorice & black tea
🎯 Long dark plummy blackcurrant mocha & black tea mineral toned dry finish
🐮 Paired with Mrs Es slow cooked Beef casserole & Mash mountain 🏔 — 12 days ago
Drank 2/13/19. Excellent pairing with a ribeye(what Bordeaux isn't?!).
A departure from my general buying habits, this is the second wine of Ducru-Beacalliou. I generally prefer the first wines of lesser chateau, and this, though very good, is no exception.
Nice, fairly powerful nose of blackberry, graphite, and soil. Flavors are perhaps a touch lean, but come alive when paired with the steak. Black fruits, soil, and some black licorice are backed by medium + well integrated tannins. Nice balance. Long finish.
Very nice, but for the price I would buy the Monbousquet from the same vintage all day.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts. — 3 days ago
2nd wine of Haut Brion @ £120 in top year that I grabbed as a bin end last week for £77 💥 boom - like walking down the street & not stepping in the dog 💩 result 😁
📍 Le Clarence De Haut Brion 2009
🏵 93+ points & should still improve 😉
🍇 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon & the rest dollops of Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc
🍷 Deep opaque ruby
👃 Flint, mineral & gravel in soggy earth through blackberry soaked in smokey oak w/ plum, cracked pencil, dark cherry, herbs, cocoa, raspberry & wet leaves
👄 Med body of smooth rich black berry/currant, dark cherry, plum & raspberry in rock minerals w/ a mocha liquorice undertone
🎯 Med+ dark & red fruit silky mineral kiss w/ a mocha liquorice spank
— 6 days ago
Benoit Touquette’s simple Bordeaux blend. There’s a lot of value here, considering you’re getting the winemaker from Realm. Juicy black cherry fruit along with classic garrigue, mineral, tobacco, and spice notes. Nice tannic structure to offset the fruit. — 4 days ago
It has been awhile since my last posting. I had caught the flu back around 01/21/19 and it has taken me until now to really get all my senses back to honestly rate these wines properly. Tonight I have opened the 2016 Château La Confession Saint-Émilion Grand Cru by Jean-Philippe Janoueix. The blend is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is showing good black fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, licorice, clove, tobacco leaf, violet, graphite and earth.
On the palate is luscious dark fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, black plum, graphite, pencil shavings, tobacco, cedar and mocha.
This wine is full bodied with a soft juicy mouthfeel, medium+ acidity and medium + chewy tannins that lead to a long sustained dark fruit finish. I am glad to be back tasting and feeling 100%. It is the middle of the week so please be safe and work into the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 3 days ago
Last time I tried this was a year and a half ago. At that time I remembered a wine that was a bit out of balance and harshly acidic. Time has done this well. This is an earthy and brambly kind of wine. Black licorice and still a hint of sweeter black dehydrated fruits up front. Middle hasorenof a tar and black tea note. Finishes with tannin nicely integrated. A tiny bit of acidity throughout. Not a ton of experience with this producer or this offering but I would imagine this is at peak..no idea how long it will STAY here, but I don't think this one will do you any favors just sitting in the cellar. Nice offering from Claude. — 11 days ago
For £40 this is a decent Margaux in a top year that’s drinking great already but will still improve 😉
📍 Chateau Desmirail 2010
🏵 90 points
🍇 60% Cabernet Sauvignon & 40% Merlot
🍷 Opaque deep ruby
👃 Damp soggy earth, squished leaves & rock minerals through dark plum & blackcurrant w/ mocha, red liquorice, herbs & broken pencils
👄 Med body of creamy smooth mocha & liquorice infused dark plum & blackcurrant w/ a slight dry mineral storey backbone
🎯 Med+ dark plump earthy fruits finale w/ a dry stoney mineral mocha liquorice linger
— a day ago
The nose reveals, perfume floral, dark, ripe cassis. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, strawberry flesh, sweet tarriness, black licorice, steeped, dark, fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry stone, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark spice, rich, moist dark soil, just a hint of herbaceous notes, mint, leather, fresh tobacco, graphite, dark berry cola, fresh, dark red, blue and purple florals with violets.
The body is; rich, lush, gorgeous, sexy, and full. The tannins are; round, velvety, still a little firm and sticky with tarriness. The structure, tension, length and balance are just hitting harmony. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, blueberries, plum, strawberry flesh, sweet tarriness, black licorice, steeped, dark, fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry stone, wet clay, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark spice with heat, rich, moist dark soil, dry crushed rocks, just a hint of herbaceous notes; mint, bay leaf, thyme, leather, expresso roast grounds, cigar with ash, graphite, dark berry cola, fresh, dark red, blue and purple florals, lavender with violets. The acidity is a fresh water stream. The finish is unbelievably; elegant, well balanced & polished, lush, rich, ruby, gorgeously sexy and lasts minutes.
Warm, ripe Bordeaux’s vintage with roughly two decades of good drinking ahead of it.
Photos of, my favorite Chateau in Bordeaux, their newer barrel room that sits under the bottom photo, field hands harvesting their Estate fruit and the outer building that is their barrel room. — 14 days ago
This is a case buy at Total Wine. I gotta tell you at $28 a bottle after discount... It's a wow! My friend @Antonio Galloni rated this a 91 and how can I argue with the master.
This is a deep dark delight. Notes of cola, unsweetened black licorice, and maybe blackberries but without any sweetness.
Palate is consistent with the nose. Low-medium acidity, moderate tannins. I get some potting soil--probably another aroma.
Finish is probably it's weakest link. Short and uncharacteristic. Overall, I'd say 92 points.
92 points — 17 hours ago