Chateau St. Jean

Château La Confession

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

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

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Great starter 😏👍
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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Croix de Beaucaillou Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Ken Z
9.1

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

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Jean-Charles Boisset (JCB)

JCB Napa Valley Red Blend

Passion fruits like fruity. Concentrated. @, VINSEMBLE, 190206 — 11 days ago

Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2016

Nice. Overridingly purple. But still quite delicious, just with a little less of the peppery / earthy Syrah notes than expected. — 6 days ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Offerus Saint-Joseph Syrah 2015

[Tasted on February 16, 2018 at Home]

100% Syrah. Brimming with blackberries and plums. Black pepper, graphite, smoked meat and tea, with an earthy note. Beautiful Northern Rhône wine. Wine Spectator awarded 93 points.
— 6 hours ago

Château Barde-Haut

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

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
— a day ago

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Château Fonplégade

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.

My guess was domestic and that it was a 2013-2015. Very surprised this was French. I found it to be a very modern expression. Ripe fruits, licorice, plum, cassis, and just a faint hint of leather at last sip. I imagine its French pedigree would have shown itself more as the night went on. Really enjoyed this.
— 3 days ago

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Stephen Pierron

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@Shay A Glad to know I'm not the only one.... I too guessed this as a Domestic Merlot in a blind tasting. Since I am deemed "the French wine expert" of the family, my father has been teasing me nonstop.... LOL!
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@Stephen Pierron : Ha! Misery loves company, right?! Definitely modern, but I really enjoyed it.
Dan Kelly

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Well the Adams (owners) are from Connecticut so maybe that explains it ha

Château Jean-Faure

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Beautiful complex flavors with a sweeter black fruit mid-palate and a more savory vegetal back palate. Good sturdy tannins with a nice balance of acid and long lingering finish. — 6 days ago

Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux.


Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, wood, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, river rocks, peppercorn, tobacco, dark coffee and light bell pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, wet leaves and earth.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet blend from Bordeaux. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.

This great vintage is already enjoyable, although it could use some additional time to mature properly, 5 to 10 years.

This Second Growth is good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (4 hours).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with smoked meats. Delicious and yummy.

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.
— 8 days ago

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@"Odedi" Very good second wine from Cos d Estournel in a grand Bordeaux vintage! 👍 Oh, I just saw the CS Cabernet at my Costco for $12.99. It’s like stealing at that price. Cheers and enjoy the weekend. 🍷
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That's a great price @David T .I'm going to try my Costco

Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Taking one for the community trying this top vintage Talbot @ £58 to see if it’s worth buying more & computer says Hell Yeah 😍👍 Drinking great already but in 10-40 years Boomshakalaka 💥 a tad too youthy at the mo so let it 😴 💤 the 05 & even 10 are drinking well already 😉

📍 Chateau Talbot 2015

🏵 92 points moving to 94+ in time

🍇 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot & 3% Petit Verdot

🍷 Ooaque blackened ruby w/ purple hue

👃 Sweet damson plum & rich blackcurrant w/ smoke, liquorice, cocoa, blueberry, raspberry, light gravel, broken pencil, spice & minerals

👄 Med+ body of rich ripe deep blackcurrant w/ a red liquorice, mocha & mineral undertone

🎯 Long touch dry mineral infused blackcurrant, blueberry & red liquorice mocha kiss
— 11 days ago

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