Boeuf Bourguignon calls for a sip of French wine. We chose a Merlot-dominated Saint-Émilion that paired nicely.
Wine is medium ruby. Nose and palate offer red fruit such as cherry, red plum, red currant, also leather, clove, nutmeg, tobacco, cigar.
Chateau La Papeterie, Montagne-Saint-Émilion. Vintage 2015. ABV 14.5% — 4 days ago
On open, cedar and floral perfume exudes. Deep ruby with the start of an orange rim. Nice round mouth feel, medium minus acidity, high alcohol (a bit "hot"). Cherry, spices, and emerging soil. I suspect that this is just now getting ready to develop into a far more interesting version of itself. At 40 bucks, I'll probably pick up a few to cellar.
92+ points — 12 days ago
From the Right Bank of the Gironde River in St Emilion, dark Ruby with aromas of red/black fruits with spicy notes. In the palate flavors of blackberry and plum flavors with espresso and smoky cacao notes. Firm ripe tannins ending with a medium spicy finish. Good now! — 14 days ago
Football & Steak 🥩 wine. Didn’t realize this winery goes back almost 100 years. I see some 1937 out there still.
Even at 20 years old it needs a 2nd day 3 hour decant.
189, The Wine Advocate
Readers who require immediate gratification will dislike this wine, which is one of the most concentrated behemoths and tannic blockbusters of the vintage. This is very much in keeping with the proprietor’s intention to make wines such as they made in the 19th century, and ones that can last 50+ years. Still young, with plenty of noticeable new oak, this 2000 tastes like a 3 to 4-year old St.-Emilion. Plenty of barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry, and plum characteristics are present in both the aromatics and flavors of this broodingly backward, massive monster. While fascinating, it is not for everybody. I originally gauged its maturity to be around 2010, but I would push that back to 2015-2040+. — 9 days ago
Deep Ruby with aromas of black fruits, complex spice and notes of herbs and forest floor. On the palate subtle flavors cherry and red plum with notes of cacao, espresso and licorice. Fine tannins, adding to great mouthfeel, long finish ending with toasty cedar notes and earthy herb mineral. Good now as fruit starting to fade a bit, but still showing beauty and grace. Nice! — 14 days ago
Initially the nose opens with plum, vanilla, a bit of earth, and just a touch of green pepper contributed by the cab franc. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry plum, leather, and some cigar box, backed by firm tannins. The finish is quite long, though a touch astringent at this point. Strangely this becomes less expressive, after opening, but opens up again around the 2 hour mark. I would pop and pour, or give it 5 years.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts. — 19 days ago
90% Merlot the rest Cab Franc, aged in new oak for about 22 months. Deep Ruby, dark fruit aromas accompanied by cedar & spice. On the palate flavors of fresh ripe dark berries, plums, cacao and tobacco notes. Well balanced, lively acidity, perfect round tannins, long finish ending with fruit and mineral character. A joy to drink but cellar for at least 5 years, will last a couple of decades. A wonderful complex a Gem! Tasting Sample! — 8 days ago
Blend of mostly Merlot & splash of Cab Franc, deep Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits and notes of cedar spice. On the palate black cherry and red plums with cacao, tobacco and woodsy spice. Lively acidity, firm tannins, nice balance, long finish ending with fruit, oak and earthy herb spice. Nice now. — 8 days ago
Medium+ aromas of red fruit, some herbal (sage, balsamic) and oak (caramel, vainilla, marzipan, almond) tertiary (leather)
Less intense flavors on the palate. Dry, medium acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol and a dry chewy finish. #merlot #bordeaux — 13 days ago