It is time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a nice surprise from the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.
Earthy nose of blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, barnyard, black pepper, vegetables, bell pepper, black tea, graphite, leather and tobacco.
Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, blueberries, wood, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, wet leaves, bitter herbs, pencil lead, bell pepper and earth.
Medium finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a nice Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Earthy and nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel.
This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now, but not one for long term aging, even though it is from a great vintage. Tastes much more aged than a 4 year old.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (2 hours).
Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, nuts and crackers.
A blend of 63% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc.
14% alcohol by volume.
$15. — 8 days ago
A continuation of my efforts to be intentional with trying second wines, this one being Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande’s.
Closed and pretty harsh straight out of the chute with unmistakable and pronounced notes of graphite, blackberry, black cherry, mulled spices, and tilled black sod on the nose with blackberries, plums, cedar chips, and pencil shavings on the palate. We’ll see what a double-decant does for it.
EDIT: Increased score from a 90 to 92+. A double decant and more time in the glass (2 hours total) yielded added depth and more nuanced expression, thus really opening up shop to reveal some nice additional notes of tobacco, clove, leather, and wood chips. A lush and pleasant second wine. — 6 days ago
Deep garnet red with brick edges. Layered and aged nose coated in dried cherries, truffles, damp forest floor, wet tobacco, and some light baking spices. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and acidity with a medium body. Delicious and well balanced palate with red cherries, dried currants, tobacco, earthiness and leather. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2025. — 3 days ago
The nose reveals; some dark cherry liqueur, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, leather, dry top soil, dry stone, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets.
The body full. The tannins still firm but coming around. The palate show the region and still needs another eight years. The fruits show the ripeness the 2010 vintage delivered. When you taste it, you gets it’s Rauzan’s little brother. It gets better as it opens up but, wait to open any bottles in your cellar. The 2010 vintage is a long cellar and this is no different.
Dark cherry, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, strawberries come on as it sits on the palate, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, herbaceous notes, touch of black pepper corns, leather, dry black soil, dry stone, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets. The acidity is nice. There is good structure, length, tension and balance but, again needs time. The finish is nice but, still earth dominate and persistent minutes. — 2 days ago
The 2011 Chateau Haut-Brion is one of the best wines made from this challenging vintage in Bordeaux. Showing off its dark hue, on the nose this Haut-Brion opens with wonderful damp earth aromas with wild mushroom and peat moss that combine with the dark fruits and milk chocolate undertones. The palate shows incredible freshness and tension with red bell pepper, red cherry, anise and cassis accents. I admire the strong salinity that weaves through the mid-palate. This finishes strong with bright minerals that connect with the dark fruits. While not exceedingly rich, this is a wonderful wine from what was a challenging vintage in Bordeaux. This is classic Bordeaux with great elegance and finesse. Drink 2021-2040- 94 — a day ago
A very enjoyable 21 year old, Left Bank Bordeaux, from Pessac Léognan.
Showing black fruits with earth, wet leaves, herbs, oak, spices, chocolates, pencil lead, black pepper, forest floor and tobacco leaf.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
A great quality wine with good complexity and mouthfeel. I had it blind, and called it right. Missed the vintage by 2 years 😊
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins and structure (90 minutes).
Very enjoyable now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years.
13% alcohol by volume.
$80. — 4 days ago
Opened a few fun bottles to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. Cheers to 31!
Enjoyed en mag as a birth year wine on my birthday. I went back and forth with how much to decant (if at all), and ended up just giving this about 10-15mins to blow off some funk while still in bottle and the fireworks started. Youthful. In the glass, deep, dark purple with a black core. Didn’t notice any bricking. Huge aromatics of graphite, dusty yet ripe blackberries, bay leaf and saddle leather. From start to finish, the wine was still pretty dense with good tannic structure. The palate showed more sweet pipe tobacco, black fruits and dark cocoa dusted dates. We enjoyed this over the course of probably an hour and a half and it stood strong the entire time and never fell off. A gorgeous wine! — 4 days ago
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. — 2 days ago
Can’t get better than this. Intense red color and earthy aroma. Dominant tannins, with a firm grip drenched in deep dark dry fruit with hints of burned earth, fall leaves and earthy compost. Intense, complex, deep but narrow on the pallet. Grippy finish that kept lingering for minutes. Set the bar very high for our old versus new country Bordeaux wine comparison with the Jacksons. — 5 days ago