Saturday, steak & Claret night. Ribcap (the prime and most tender meat cut) & an 05 Clerc Milon. 05 an excellent vintage in Bordeaux! 😋
Time to look in on the 05 Clerc Milon after 10 years in bottle. 10 years in bottle is always a good first check with quality producers. Since I have nearly a case of the 05, I’ll open another bottle in about 3 years.
On the nose, slightly candied, ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries and hues of blueberries. Vanilla, caramel, mocha chocolate, some cinnamon, saddle-wood, steeped tea, light graphite, dark rich soil, sweet tarry notes, crushed, dry rock powder, stones with lavender, fresh dark flowers and violets.
The body round, ruby, lush and full. The tannins like velvet. It’s starting to enter a very good drinking phase with another 15 years plus ahead. The fruits are ripe but more floral on the palate than the nose. Blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, baked strawberries, creamed raspberry cola, hues of blueberries and cherries on the long set. Vanilla, caramel, mocha chocolate, some cinnamon, saddle-wood, steeped tea, dark roasted coffee, used leather, light graphite, dark rich soil, underbrush, sweet tarry notes, crushed, dry, rock powder, stones with lavender, fresh dark flowers and bright violets. The structure, tension, length and balance is hitting its stride. Great round acidity. The ripe, rich, lush, well balanced finish is very good and will continue to get better & better and lasts minutes.
Photos of, Clerc Milon, their new barrel room first used for the 09 vintage. Their dining & reception room, our friend and Winemaker Jean Danjoy. He was the Assistant Winemaker at Opus One for 10 years before designing the new Clerc Milon Cellars and becoming the Winemaker for the 09 vintage. He has pushed the quality at Clerc Milon with each vintage...achieving the highest rating every for Clerc Milon with a 93-95 Parker rating for their 2017 vintage. Not only is he a very talented Winemaker but, perhaps the nicest person I know. And the last photo, Chateau Clerc Milon and Estate vines.
Clerc Milon sits adjacent to her sister property, Chateau Mouton Rothschild. — 12 days ago
A top St Em @ £120 showing beautifully now in an average year but will definitely improve with time 👍
📍Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf 2011
🏵 94 points w/ potential for higher 😉
🍇 80% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Franc
🐮 Paired w/ Fillet Steak burger, beef tomato, cos lettuce, grilled courgette, cheddar cheese & horseradish sauce 😍
🍷 Blackened opaque ruby
👃 Crushed wet mineral rock & soggy gravel oozing though dollops of dark plum & blackberry w/ soft smoked oak, pencil lead, coffee, raspberry & rich cocoa butter
👄 Med body of rich ripe creamy & incredibly smooth silky plump spiced dark plum & black berry/currant fruit w/ lashings of cocoa + minerals & a touch of melted liquorice in slight dry tannins but very nicely balanced
🎯 Med+ black plump fruit infusion w/ touch dry minerals & a mocha/liquorice kick — 5 days ago
On this Thursday night I have opened the 2010 Château Chauvin 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the nose is beautiful black fruit , black cherry, black raspberry, black plum, black currant, herbaceous notes, mocha, vanilla, violets and graphite.
On the palate the rich black fruit pushes through with black cherry, black raspberry, plum, black currant, lots of green bell pepper, licorice, spice and crushed gravel.
This is a full bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium + grippy mouth coating tannins that leads to a good finish. The weekend is here so please be safe and enjoy a great weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 8 hours ago
Color : Red
Wine estate : Château Giscours
Designation : Margaux
Name : Margaux Grand Cru Classé
Country : France
Vivino : 4/5
Note : With its garnet color, we are in front of a very nice 3rd Grand Cru Classé. An aromatic nose with hints of blackberries, spices and chocolate. On the palate, the black fruit attacks the puck with creaminess like a velvet caress. The final is long and succulent, a wonder that will be even better in a few years.
Avec sa robe couleur grenat, on est devant un très joli 3ème Grand Cru classé. Un nez aromatique sur des notes de mûres, épices et Chocolat. En bouche, le fruit noir attaque le palet avec onctuosité comme une caresse de velours. Le final est long et succulent, une merveille qui sera encore mieux d'ici quelques années. — 7 days ago
Grabbed @ €74 in 🇫🇷 & for the money it’s got massive potential but already showing well 👍 I’m drooling to try the 2015s I got now ... patience 🤔 Reminds me of a good 🇺🇸 Cab but toned down & balanced beautifully 😉
📍 Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan 2014
🏵 94+ points w/ 96 potential 👍
🍇 57.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cab Sauv & 5% Petit V
🍷 Blackened opaque ruby
👃 Sweet blueberry infused with dark cherry & plum w/ blackcurrant, red berry, new oak, cedar, vanilla cocoa & subtle wet earth & gravel
👄 Med+ body of plump plum & black berry fruits w/ blueberry, chocy mocha & raspberry liquorice then a mineral hit
🎯 Med+ touch sweet but rich & ripe deep dark fruit splat w/ a light mineral, touch of red liquorice & a cocoa cream cherry gateaux coating — 2 days ago
Superb expression of a Bdx. It has notes of black fruits, licorice and tar. Lovely poise on the palate. Acid is a touch exuberant, but otherwise, excellent. Leave this a few more years to let the acid relax.
Big thanks to Santa Rivvy aka @Martin G Rivard for this stellar gift to the poor 🤗 — 13 days ago
🥇 After my failure to take notes last time, we couldn’t resist popping another of these 1990 beauties & it definitely delivered again 😍 at €90 it’s just simply incredible for the money 👍 My favourite Pomerol Chateau for the money hands down 👏
📍 La Croix St Georges 1990 Pomerol 🔝
🏵 98 points
🍷 Opaque ruby w/ brick edge
👃 Bordeaux nasal sex of soggy earth, sooty underground 🚇, char-smoked oak, old leather, damp musty cellar, mushroom, mirabelle plums, damson compote, obliterated blackcurrant, herbs, toasted fig, bitter mocha & liquorice
👄 Med body of creamy earthy smooth silk dark plum & berry bathed in ground mocha & liquorice
🎯 Long mocha liquorice dark fruits mouth filling linger w/ a big happy smile 😍
👏 @josephjanoueix @jeanphilippejanoueix 🏆 — 8 days ago
After my fabulous experience with Ch Margaux, Ch Palmer & Ch Dauzac 1990s a few months ago (remember the boxing 🥊 match review 😁) I just couldn’t resist buying one of my favourite Margaux’s, Ch Lascombes, when I saw this €108 1990 gem in St Emilion with high level & good cap 👍 In 🇬🇧 retails £85 - right at its peak 😉 Oh & Mr Parker it’s not 86 points 🤣
🏵 94 points
🍇 50% Cab Sauv, 45% de Merlot & 5% Pet Verdot
🍷 Deep ruby w/ brick edge
👃 Heady dark fruit soaked charred soft oak oozing toasted beaten blackcurrant & dark plum w/ a sooty mocha red liquorice herby date infusion in a damp mushroom cellar filled w/ leather whips
👄 Med body of velvety soft blackcurrant, red cherry, date & chocy double mocha w/ earthy red liquorice & dried blackberry twang
🎯 Long earthy mocha liquorice red & black fruit linger — 9 days ago
Classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855, is a close neighbor of Château Mouton Rothschild. A blend of 50% Cab Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% of Cab Franc & 2% Petit Verdot. A wonderful wine with the higher % of Merlot than usual, ripe fruit, citrus and spice aromas. Cherry, plum and currant flavors with a nice mineral edge, creamy soft tannins, lingering finish ending with a earthy mineral tang. Very Nice! — 6 days ago
My favourite St Julien in a top year @ £148 that’s still got loads of life ahead of it but drinking yumbags now 😍
🏵 95-96 points
🍷 Blackened opaque ruby
👃 A nasal bondage entanglement of soft smoked oak, soot embers, beaten blackcurrant, pulverised dark plum, cocoa cream & liquorice lashings w/ a crush mineral rock, vanilla, dark cherry, dirty gravel & pencil lead shavings - it aroused my nasal hair 😁
👄 Med body of creamy bursting dark plum & plump juicy blackcurrant in silky mocha & melted red liquorice w/ a touch dry cracked mineral lashing
🎯 Long touch dry ripe deep dark plump fruits w/ mocha & liquorice sprinkles
— 8 hours ago