We're entertaining my in-laws and parents today, fun 🤷♂️. Bottles go fast when you're pouring for six glasses.
Consistent notes from our prior bottle, a few weeks ago, decanted 5+ hours:
Nose has black cherry, ripe red cherry, dark cocoa powder, light barrel toast, plum skin, washed blackberry and crushed blueberry.
Palate has ripe black/red cherry, wet leather, high cacao content chocolate, under-ripe plum, wet clay and trailing hints of dehydrated mint.
Paired with a local, 3.5lb. beef roast, slow cooked at ~200°F for 3.5 hours, beautifully medium on the core temperature. Local potatoes roasted then covered in a herb/shallot compound butter, so yum! — 9 days ago
Deep garnet purple in the glass. Abundant nose of cassis and graphite, echoed on the palate with a bit of additional black fruit. Medium acidity. Medium tannins. Lengthy, dark finish. Classic right bank Bordeaux that’s drinking very well now, but still has a few good years left. Filet with Bordelaise is a natural, but work your way out from there. — 19 days ago
Awesome Saint Emilion! Very dark color; almost blood like, full bodied. Awesome nose, pasified strawberries and blueberries, black currant, dark chocolate, also earthy notes and an interesting note of ink that undoubtedly comes from the cab franc. On the palate it has almost a perfect balance of everything. Round and long. Absolutely worth it! — 9 days ago
The 1989 Angélus is a vintage that I have tasted multiple times from various formats. It remains one of my favorite of that era. Still quite deep in color, it has a glorious, almost hubristic bouquet of layers of lush black cherries, cedar, sage and meat juice aromas as it moves assuredly into its secondary phase. The palate has always been very harmonious and smooth, the tannins finer than preceding vintages. There is lovely grip here, and black truffle and smoky notes appear on the finish. A quite marvelous Château Angélus. Tasted at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019) — 3 days ago
The 1999 La Mondotte, which was picked on October 3, is a wine that I had not drunk since 2009. It has quite a deep color with little aging on the rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, offering small black cherries, cassis, violets and a touch of glycerine. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin and a fine bead of acidity, quite muscular in style but focused and with good grip. I appreciate the spiciness and salinity on the finish. A solid La Mondotte that maybe just lacks a little charm. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019) — 3 days ago
This is probably the most earthy chateneauf that I've had. Not a bite at all. Kathy says it's good. She didn't like it initially but it settled in. I want to try something other than St emilion. — 7 days ago
The 1989 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that I have not encountered since 2010. One bottle opened was rustic and fatigued, and Pierre-Olivier Clouet opened a second that was much better. It has a gorgeous bouquet of ample red fruit, morels, black truffle, cigar box and hints of brown sugar, all very well defined and charming. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and approaching full maturity; brown spices, bay leaf and clove infuse the red berry fruit. At 30 years of age, I suspect this 1989 will not improve further, but its robustness suggests that any decline will be graceful. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019) — 3 days ago