Médoc, Bordeaux

Château Grandis

Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 1997

David T
9.1

So, the owner of K&L Wine Merchants - Clyde Beffa has made a living finding good 1997 Bordeaux’s after the fact in a difficult vintage. It is these kinds of buys ($17.99) that have keep me from opening other more prestigious wines too early in my early years of collecting. He still bats 1000.

If you always open your wines too early, let this be an opportunity to try wines on their longer evolution. You won’t be sorry.

Snap peas & zucchini from the garden this week.

Excellent with the rib covers steak.

You simply cannot equate a 9.1 24 years old Bordeaux to a 9.1 Bordeaux to a young one. The complexity, integration & nuances take precedent. Not a fair race.
— 4 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Fine description. And valuable advice.
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Who’s the chef here???
David T

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@Ron R when home, always me. If at friends, we always share responsibilities.

Chateau D'Hanteillan

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Classic HM. Cassis, smoke and fresh tobacco on the nose. Palate fills with pencil shaving, cigarboxes and blueberry & cranberry. Medium + finish. Still pretty young butting coming around nicely. Textbook basic Bordeaux ticking all boxes. — 11 days ago

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Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Best Poujeaux I’ve tasted so far! Sun dried tomatoes, clove, white pepper. All kinds herbs, like thyme and oregano. Licorice. Nice woodsy tones emerge at the end. Ripe but restrained. This is beautiful stuff. — 5 days ago

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Château Latour

Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

David T
9.5

Had this in an early stage. Dark w/ lots of black licorice. Completely different wine tonight. This is what I look for by waiting on wine.

The nose shows floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, river stone, dark, red, blue florals framed in violets.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The palate shows its relationship w/ its big brother. The length & balance are excellent. Integration is finally showing like a non stubborn 2000 or one that is finally ready. Floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola for days, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, moist grey clay, river stone, dark, red, blue florals soaked in violets. The acidity is full warm spring day. The well knitted & balanced finish stuns. Starts fruit forward, cola that fall onto earthy perfection.

Elegant, complex wine candy w/ a 3 1/2 hour decant.

Cheers to the King of steak - Allen Brothers & the King of Cabernet - Latour.
— 4 days ago

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Do you think these second label First Growths are the way to go for the poor man?
David T

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@Joshua Fisher in good vintages, definitely. Depending on your budget, in grand vintages, maybe…at least a few for sure.

Château Siran

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

2015 vintage. Second vintage consulted by Hubert de Boüard. A blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot. Textbook Margaux of Cru Classé quality. Refinement and depth with a serious soft tannic backbone and great length. Terrific value at 20 euros. Highly recommended. — 8 days ago

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Your price is the French, 37 in ‘Pays Bas’, I envy you...
Stefan Dolhain

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Peter I think they got it wrong in the supermarket, the second wine was at the same price 😉

Domaine du Jaugaret

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

High tone nose with a touch of va/ acetone. Translucent and almost no sediment in the bottle.. really old school a la Bel Air-Marquis D’Aligre. Palate is electric, very classically structured and fresh as a daisy. Nose takes a day to start showing floral and fruit notes and classic st Julien character. Very good, almost great; the aromatics never really soar. Bought at the domaine; Jaugaret is an organic and small production family winery (surrounded by mega châteaux). — 3 days ago

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I find neighboring domains often interesting 👌
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These guys march to their own drummer. Haven’t had (or seen) one in decades.

Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

ESF
9.3

Yeah yeah, I know this is not considered a great vintage, but this is a Cracking Claret! Leaner in style and not a verbose powerhouse, it still delivers an elegant rendition of traditional Pauillac flavors. The cherry was more like kirsch liqueur, the cassis, graphite, leather, gravel, tobacco, the bay leaf... all beautifully delineated and intense. The mid palate was polished to perfection. Tannins are sturdy enough but seamless & integrated. The finish persists and invites another drink. Got these on a great deal from K&L back in the day and glad I did! In a great drinking window right now. — 4 days ago

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Nice to hear & know

Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Checking in on the hyped 09 vintage.

2 hour decant(fine/cloudy sediment). An astonishing inky dark crimson color. On the nose: Beautiful Margaux nose of ripe berries, floral, wet forest floor, little stewed meat, leather, creme de cassis, and vanilla. Taste: smooth, rich, elegant, brooding wine with blackberry, cassis, espresso, graphite, and a long smokey spice finish. Some slight tannins still present, but drinks well with the decant. Will give it a few more years for my next bottle.
— 7 days ago

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Château La Tour Carnet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Vintage 2014 59 Merlot 37 cab Sauvignon 3 petit Verdot 1 cab franc Rich, still future, swallow reflex — 8 days ago

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Château Margaux

Pavillon Rouge Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Dark Ruby red in colour. Red florals - rose petals, hint of geranium, leafy, dusty Bordeaux, cedar, elegant and refined. Way better than my previous two notes. Medium bodied with cassis and a little sweetness but overall impression is restraint and balance. Often it is easy to say refer to earlier notes on Delectable but on this occasion this was a much better tasting experience and what one would expect from such a producer in a good year. Perfect with Roast Beef last Sunday lunch. — 10 days ago

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