Pauillac, Médoc

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. — 6 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 10 others liked this
David L

David L Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Nice to hear & know

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

Pencil lead and forest floor nose, I made the rookie mistake of decanting outside in Covid-friendly but 60f setting. Never completely warmed and opened up, but nonetheless gave up phenomenal purity of black fruit, smooth tannins and rich dark berry melted into the moderate wood frame. We cognac-held our glasses to warm things up, releasing superb layers of vanilla, brambly red fruit, waves of light cassis. Perfectly cellared bottle could easily cruise 5+ more years. This would likely score far better indoors post-Covid! — 19 days ago

Severn, Eric and 30 others liked this

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Les Tourelles de Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

New vintage of this second label Bordeaux. This one is dominated by Merlot (66%) with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. Big and jammy dark fruit aromas and flavors with notes of dark chocolate, truffles, smoke and baking spices. Lots of tannin on the long finish, but this one is still a baby. Would love to try again in five years. — 19 days ago

Paul, Bob and 2 others liked this

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.
— 6 days ago

Jay, Bob and 27 others liked this
Joshua Fisher

Joshua Fisher Influencer Badge

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

David T Influencer Badge

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

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Vintage 2012 | true to type, eucalyptus, huge potential, too young imo — 10 days ago

Peter, Doctor and 18 others liked this

Château Duhart Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Leather. Dry Red fruits. Smooth. Consistent with other notes. — a month ago

Anthony, Andrew and 1 other liked this

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Needs a healthy decant and non hotel glass. Still tight, could go a few more years. But after some swirls and last glass, really elegant and fine tannins. Almost ripe blackberry and currant. Integrated oaky spice and long finish. — 12 days ago

Ira, Eddie and 17 others liked this

Château Latour

Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1983

Popped, 1.5 hrs slow ox. Used a Durand to open, and the cork was probably penetrated 7/8 of the way through with a soft crimson hue, but probably could have opened this with a regular corkscrew. A sublime bottle of wine. I adore this BDX vintage, and this btl was no exception. Pitch perfect aromas of soft cedar, charcoal, smoke, dries bluberry and raspberry. Gorgeous on the palate, with a still present juicy acidic core, lovely density, waves of dried fruit, secondary and tertiary flavors and a very soft tannic finish. — 19 days ago

Peter C
with Peter
Andrew, Bob and 18 others liked this

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Gabe opened in SF to celebrate the start of the wedding weekend. — 9 days ago

David, LM and 10 others liked this
David T

David T Influencer Badge

Memories make wine all the better. Congratulations & enjoy the moments. Cheers! 🥂

Château Lynch-Bages

‎Échantillon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

Gor
9.3

Classic paulliac with notes of cedar, leather, mint, vanilla, blackberries, asparagus. Primary notes are receding but overall an awesome balanced wine clearly showing it’s maturity. — 6 days ago