Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
Wine number four in a flight of four Cabernet francs. Bordeaux is all over this (as it should be) with the more delicate and savory herbal notes next to some leather and pepper spice. This is probably beginning it’s prime drinking window (where I’m sure it will remain for a good while). Showed a lot of complexity. Most guessed left bank cab blend. Not very tannic, solid acidity. Old plum, black cherry core and dusty graham cracker highlight the aromatics. There is a mix of red and black licorice on the palate next to bay leaf and cocoa dusted dates which works really well. — 6 days ago
The #Bordeaux 2009 vintage was legendary and this lovely Saint Emilion is another example. Not a big wine, yet delicious, elegant and complex, lovely notes of : oak , tobacco ,plum , cherry cedar wood, cassis, minerals, pencil shavings, graphite, mint and bell pepper, medium to full body with lovely tannins and an elegant finish. Starting to show its full potential. My score 90, drink to 2023 — 8 days ago
Damp forest floor and mushrooms on open. A 30 minute decant helped this wine blossom into tart cherry, old leather and a bit of cigar box. Med tannins. Dark chocolate and spice hold thru the velvety finish. Still evolving and great value on an extensive list — 11 days ago
This very nice 22 year old Saint Emilion is still drinking nicely with lots of complexity and a gentle mouthfeel.
Showing blue and black fruits with lots of earth notes, dark coffee, forest floor, wood and earth.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.
A right bank Bordeaux off vintage, that is very yummy. That's a good score.
I've had the 2014 not too long ago, and it is worth putting it down for 15 years, especially if you get the 2015.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
91 points. — 20 days ago