Les Griffons De Pichon Baron

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

Plum, cherry, cassis, tar. Lengthy pleasing finish — 25 days ago

Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

The 2011 vintage was less challenging in Santa Cruz than it was in Napa. This is a nice wine from a lean producer and opens up to pure cassis, like a blackcurrant pastille, a little vanilla that hasn’t quite integrated, and a nice overall mouthfeel that expands with a few hours of decanting. This was noticeably reduced on opening and that blew off over two hours. This reminds me of Corison. Also reminds me of an 88 Pichon Baron - what a good producer can do in a not-so-ripe year - good but definitely not epic.

Hanging out in Vero Beach with the in-laws and picked this bottle up locally for $60.
— 8 months ago

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Château Pibran

Cru Bourgeois Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Eric B
9.2

Sister wine to Pichon Baron. Tasting at Pichon Baron. — 3 years ago

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 2004

Wow! Drinking against 03 and 96 pichon baron. And blows 03 away. Great bottle what a nose and has dark fruit and minerals Get involved — 3 years ago

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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1990

1990 showing all of that but still nobility — a month ago

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Chateau Pichon Baron

Jefferson's Grand Selection Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Newly released Grand Selection- holy cow! — 2 months ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

David T
9.5

The 2000 is delicious but, it is evolving at a glacial pace. Out of magnum.

On the nose, touch of barnyard, glycerin, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, strawberries & cherries. Vanilla, dry clay, limestone, river stones, just a touch of pyrazines & bandaid, dark,,turned, moist earth, dry grass and dry & fresh dark florals.

The body is full, round & sexy. Dry softened, sweet tannins. ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, strawberries & cherries. Vanilla, dry clay, limestone, river stones, just a touch of pyrazines & bandaid, fresh tobacco leaf, saddle-wood, dry underbrush, dark, turned, moist earth, dry grass and dry & fresh dark florals. The acidity is magnificent. The structure, tension, length and balance are sensational. The finish is drop dead gorgeous. I’d still hold mine another 5 years as long as you have 3-4 bottles for more 5 year increments.

Photos of, their Estate vines, Clyde Beffa-Owner of K&L Wine Merchants, Owner of Chateau Lynch Bages - Jean-Michel Cazes, guests of the dinner and a sunset view from their Estate.

Producer notes and history...Lynch Bages takes its name from the local area where the Chateau is located in Bages. The vineyard of what was to become Lynch Bages was established and then expanded by the Dejean family who sold it in 1728 to Pierre Drouillard.

In 1749, Drouillard bequeathed the estate to his daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Lynch. This is how the estate came to belong to the Lynch family, where it remained for seventy-five years and received the name Lynch Bages. However, it was not always known under that name.

For a while the wines were sold under the name of Jurine Bages. In fact, when the estate was Classified in the 1855 Classification of the Medoc, the wines were selling under the name of Chateau Jurine Bages. That is because the property was owned at the time by a Swiss wine merchant, Sebastien Jurine.

In 1862, the property was sold to the Cayrou brothers who restored the estate’s name to Chateau Lynch family.

Around 1870, Lou Janou Cazes and his wife Angelique were living in Pauillac, close to Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. It was here that Jean-Charles Cazes, the couple’s second son, was born in 1877.

In the 1930’s, Jean-Charles Cazes, who was already in charge of Les-Ormes-de-Pez in St. Estephe agreed to lease the vines of Lynch Bages. By that time, the Cazes family had history in Bordeaux dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century.

This agreement to take over Lynch Bages was good for both the owner and Jean Charles Cazes. Because, the vineyards had become dilapidated and were in need of expensive replanting, which was too expensive for the owner. However, for Cazes, this represented an opportunity, as he had the time, and the ability to manage Lynch Bages, but he lacked the funds to buy the vineyard.

Jean-Charles Cazes eventually purchased both properties on the eve of the Second World War. Lynch Bages and Les-Ormes-de-Pez have been run by the Cazes family ever since. In 1988, the Cazes family added to their holdings in Bordeaux when they purchased an estate in the Graves region, Chateau Villa Bel Air.

Around 1970, they increased their vineyards with the purchase of Haut-Bages Averous and Saussus. By the late 1990’s their holdings had expanded to nearly 100 hectares! Jean-Michel Cazes who had been employed as an engineer in Paris, joined the wine trade in 1973. In a short time, Jean Michel Cazes modernized everything at Lynch Bages.

He installed a new vat room, insulated the buildings, developing new technologies and equipment, built storage cellars, restored the loading areas and wine storehouses over the next fifteen years. During that time period, Jean Michel Cazes was the unofficial ambassador of not just the Left Bank, but all of Bordeaux. Jean Michel Cazes was one of the first Chateau owners to begin promoting their wine in China back in 1986.

Bages became the first wine sent into space, when a French astronaut carried a bottle of 1975 Lynch Bages with him on the joint American/French space flight!

Beginning in 1987, Jean-Michel Cazes joined the team at the insurance company AXA, who wanted to build an investment portfolio of quality vineyards in the Medoc, Pomerol, Sauternes, Portugal and Hungary.

Jean-Michel Cazes was named the director of the wine division and all the estates including of course, the neighboring, Second Growth, Chateau Pichon Baron.

June 1989 marked the inauguration of the new wine making facilities at Lynch Bages, which was on of their best vintages. 1989 also marked the debut of the Cordeillan- hotel and restaurant where Sofia and I had one of our best dinners ever. A few years after that, the Village de Bages with its shops was born.

The following year, in 1990, the estate began making white wine, Blanc de Lynch Bages. In 2001, the Cazes family company bought vineyards in the Rhone Valley in the Languedoc appellation, as well as in Australia and Portugal. They added to their holdings a few years later when they purchased a vineyard in Chateauneuf du Pape.

In 2006, Jean-Charles Cazes took over as the managing director of Chateau Lynch Bages. Jean-Michel Cazes continues to lead the wine and tourism division of the family’s activities. Due to their constant promotion in the Asian market, Chateau Lynch Bages remains one of the strongest brands in the Asian market, especially in China.

In 2017, Chateau Lynch Bages began a massive renovation and modernization, focusing on their wine making, and technical facilities. The project, headed by the noted architects Chien Chung Pei and Li Chung Pei, the sons of the famous architect that designed the glass pyramid for the Louvre in Paris as well as several other important buildings.

The project will be completed in 2019. This includes a new grape, reception center, gravity flow wine cellar and the vat rooms, which will house at least, 80 stainless steel vats in various sizes allowing for parcel by parcel vinification.

The new cellars will feature a glass roof, terraces with 360 degree views and completely modernized reception areas and offices. They are not seeing visitors until it’s completion.

In March, 2017, they purchased Chateau Haut Batailley from Françoise Des Brest Borie giving the Cazes family over 120 hectares of vines in Pauillac!

The 100 hectare vineyard of Lynch Bages is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, chalk and sand soils.

The vineyard can be divided into two main sections, with a large portion of the vines being planted close to the Chateau on the Bages plateau. At their peak, the vineyard reaches an elevation of 20 meters. The other section of the vineyard lies further north, with its key terroir placed on the Monferan plateau.

They also own vines in the far southwest of the appellation, next Chateau Pichon Lalande, on the St. Julien border, which can be used in the Grand Vin. The vineyard can be split into four main blocks, which can be further subdivided into 140 separate parcels.

The average age of the vines is about 30 years old. But they have old vines, some of which are close to 90 years old.

The vineyards are planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines is about 30 years old. But they have old vines, some of which are close to 90 years old.

Lynch Bages also six hectares of vine are reserved for the production of the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Lynch Bages. Those vines are located to the west of the estate. They are planted to 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 32% Semillon and 15% Muscadelle. On average, those vines are about 20 years of age. Lynch Bages Blanc made its debut in 1990.

To produce the wine of Chateau Lynch Bages, vinification takes place 35 stainless steel vats that vary in size. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of 30% French, oak barrels with the remainder taking place in tank.

The wine of Chateau Lynch Bages is aged in an average of 70% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 15 months. Due to the appellation laws of Pauillac, the wine is sold as a generic AOC Bordeaux Blanc, because Pauillac does not allow for the plantings of white wine grapes.

For the vinification of their white, Bordeaux wine, Blanc de Lynch-Bages is vinified in a combination of 50% new, French oak barrels, 20% in one year old barrels and the remaining 30% is vinified in vats. The wine is aged on its lees for at least six months. The white wine is sold an AOC Bordeaux wine.

The annual production at Lynch Bages is close to 35,000 cases depending on the vintage.

The also make a 2nd wine, which was previously known as Chateau Chateau Haut Bages Averous. However, the estate changed its name to Echo de Lynch Bages beginning with the 2007 vintage. The estate recently added a third wine, Pauillac de Lynch-Bages.



— 2 years ago

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@Dick Schinkel Thank you! Cheers! 🍷
Peggy Hadley

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OMG. Thanks for the novel. Great notes!
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@Peggy Hadley Thank you & sorry. I get a little carried away with Bordeaux producer history. Love their history, wines and the people that work so hard to make them.

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

This was such a gorgeous wine with a rich Coq au Vin!! Lovely tanins, plum, earthy...so beautiful — a month ago

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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Le Pauillac de Pichon Longueville Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Tawny color. Not overly dark. Nice nose. Notes of black cherry, mocha, light tobacco and a hint of coffee. Very smooth and great mouth feel. Gave this 7 hours of air which was very much needed as this was closed and quiet at open. Everyone liked this. — 8 months ago

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Chateau Suduirat

Premier Cru Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 1989

David T
9.0

A little 89 Chateau Suduiraut to paIr with Hedy’s apple and toffee, toffee pudding, walnut, caramel dessert. The 89 was good but lacked the luster & beauty you get from this producers in their best vintages. Hedy’s dessert better. Still very nice. Marmalade, orange peel, honey, butterscotch, dried pineapple, toffee, nuts with skin, stone fruits, yellow & white flowers. The acidity was good & finish of course, was rich, elegant and long. @ Plate & Bottle. Photos of; Chateau Suduiraut outside & inside, Devil & Priest dinner couple guests and tasting bar at Suduiraut. Producer notes and history...Chateau Suduiraut’s history dates back to 1580 when Leonard de Suduiraut married Nicole d’Allard. The land that became Suduiraut was a dowry. Once their chateau was constructed, the property needed a garden and grounds of equal stature. The estate and vineyards were completely renovated at the end of the 17th century by the Count Blaise de Suduiraut. The Count, who was the grandson of the founder, hired the designer of the gardens at Versailles to create something truly special at Suduiraut. With its stunning park like grounds, lakes and greenery, there are few Bordeaux estates that are as beautiful as Chateau Suduiraut. Then in 1831, the property was passed to Nicolas Guillot who increased the size of the vast estate. As with many Bordeaux estates, Suduiraut passed through numerous hands for the next two centuries. During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, the property went through a difficult period. At that time, the wines were aged in vat, instead of oak. This practice did not help in the quality of the wine. The practice was fortunately discontinued. The wines had lost interest for many who enjoyed Sauternes during this period. This changed in 1992 when Suduiraut was sold to AXA, the large French insurance group who own several other Bordeaux wine properties. These estates include Chateau Pichon Baron in Pauillac and Chateau Petit Village in Pomerol. Suduiraut is located close to Chateau d’Yquem. Suduiraut’s full property is 200 hectares with 92 hectares under vine. Their terroir is mostly gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils that are on sloping hillsides. The best parcels are located close to the chateau. The vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut is planted to 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a small amount of Sauvignon Gris planted as well. The average age of their vines are around 30 years. Chateau Suduiraut’s vinification takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged on its lees in 50% new, French oak barrels for 18-24 months, depending on the vintage. On rare occasions, Chateau Suduiraut has also produced a special wine from time to time called Cuvee Madame; which normally has much higher sugar levels. In 1982 and 1989, the property released a special wine made from their best vines, Suduiraut Creme de Tete. The property also makes a second wine called Castelnau de Suduiraut; which debuted in 1992. They also produce dry white Bordeaux wine, S de Suduiraut, that was first produced starting with the 2004 vintage. In 2015, they added a second dry white Bordeaux wine, meant to attract, younger consumers. It’s marketed as an entry level wine called Le Blanc Sec. They launched a third wine in 2011, again, designed to reach younger customers called Lions de Suduiraut, which is produced from almost 100% Semillon with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc. — 3 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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We have some 2009... I'll post a note on delectable about it after it gets the same amount of bottle age!
David T

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Always better to wait. Especially, on that vintage. Perhaps, their best? We’ll see.
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88 good too. 01 stunning. 03 05 07 09 11??? Hard to hate