Tar, cedar, spices, tobacco a bit, blackberry, black currant, a bit of mint too. There is a bit of oak too. The palate is well structured with a strong acid backbone, lots of matter all along with a nice soft touch on the sides. Then come the tannins wich are still very lively and pointy. They add a complex layer wich turns to a bit of bitter finish, with a pinch of salt, some meat juice, some black currant too. Below 9 for the finish which is a bit hard and unresolved/unresolved — 6 days ago
Deep ruby hue, subtle garnet, fuchsia rim variation. Black fruit on the nose, such as plum, black cassis, and baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and molasses, anise, and leather. #rightbankbordeaux #chateaugrandcorbin #merlotblend — 8 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice one from Bordeaux.
Showing red and blue fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, tobacco and coffee.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very nice Merlot based red wine from Bordeaux. Still young and needs another 5 years to mature properly.
Still unbalanced and better with food. A Good quality wine, nice and engaging.
Needs a few hours to open up properly.
Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.
A blend of 80% Merlot and the rest are Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
14% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 15 days ago
I love finding a great wine from a poor vintage and here is one. Beautifully clean in the glass, vibrant, deep colour with a rounded inviting perfumed nose. Very smooth on the palate, tannins are fully integrated and a savoury start of peppers and truffle gives way to fruit, cedar, lavender and leather. Very drinkable and enjoyable, probably at the peak of its window given the vintage. As a side note, Chateau Nenin has aged this at their cellars until 2017 before shipping . Recommended if you’re having a Bordeaux night. — 14 days ago
Tonight's wine is the 2016 Château Bellefont-Belcier. A Right Bank Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
On the nose there is abundant black fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black plum, bbn lack currant, chocolate, tobacco, menthol, herbs, graphite, oak and earth.
On the palate the black fruit continues throught with black cherry, blackberry, black plum, black currant, green bell pepper, chocolate, toasty oak, tobacco and earthy flavors.
This wine is full bodied with a firm, vibrant mouthfeel and medium + acidity and high mouth coating crunchy tannins that lead into a long dark fruit finish. Let's have a wonderful weekend and please be safe doing so. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 7 days ago
The 1970 Trotanoy is a wine that I have encountered several times and – caveat emptor – it is variable and prone to TCA issues. This bottle initially sports a metallic note on the nose, although it dissipates to reveal engaging scents of dark berry fruit, undergrowth and the hint of traditional Japanese green tea that I have noted before. Perhaps it does not quite deliver the precision of the best bottles I have come across. The palate is structured and tannic – a “serious” Trotanoy that is determined to impress despite a touch of rusticity. This is a broad-shouldered, rather stocky Trotanoy with impressive depth and just a hint of black olive on the long finish. It will not improve with cellaring but it remains a great Pomerol that has tasted so well for almost half a century. Tasted at Fook Lam Moon in Hong Kong. (Neal Martin, Vinous, December 2019)
— a day ago
Strolled into Trader Joe’s; the shelf was stocked with this. Couldn’t believe it. Picked up another half case. This is a phenomenal bordeaux and one of the best QPRs around. Haven’t tasted in a year and it’s just as memorable. Lots of great mushroom and sweaty gym socks with a dusty, tannic finish. Perfect example of a phenomenal wine at sub-$20 that drinks at 3-4x the price. — 12 days ago