The 2001 Château Mouton Rothschild is wonderful showing from a challenging vintage in the left bank. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, this begins with aromatics of dark fruits, leather, damp earth and wet gravel all developing in the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous silky texture, with outstanding balance and notable concentration considering the cooler conditions that occurred late in the growing season. While the 2001 is certinaly enticing at this stage, it happens to be lacking some of the characteristics readers might expect from a classic vintage of Mouton. Nonetheless, this is still an excellent wine, which drinking beautifully right now and should go on to provide another decade of enjoyment. Drink 2019-2033- 93 — a day ago
The Cháteau Figeac is coming along beautifully and showing absolutely phenomenal after a decade in bottle. It instany begins to dazzle with its highly perfumed aromatics of ripe dark fruits which are surrounded by wet gravel, toasty oak and lovely nuances of tobacco leaf. On the palate this is displays a gorgeous supple texture with round polished tannins, which are nicely integrated. Showing a wonderful combination of power and class, this continues to impress with its mouth-watering acidity and layers of ripe blackberries, black cherries, crushed mint and roasted coffee flavors that continue to build and leave a lasting impression. Completely compelling now, the 2005 has only just begun to hit its stride, and should continue to provide years of drinking pleasure ahead. Drink 2019-2040- 95 — a day ago
It has been awhile since my last posting. I had caught the flu back around 01/21/19 and it has taken me until now to really get all my senses back to honestly rate these wines properly. Tonight I have opened the 2016 Château La Confession Saint-Émilion Grand Cru by Jean-Philippe Janoueix. The blend is 72% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Franc.
The nose is showing good black fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, licorice, clove, tobacco leaf, violet, graphite and earth.
On the palate is luscious dark fruit, black cherry, black raspberry, black currant, black plum, graphite, pencil shavings, tobacco, cedar and mocha.
This wine is full bodied with a soft juicy mouthfeel, medium+ acidity and medium + chewy tannins that lead to a long sustained dark fruit finish. I am glad to be back tasting and feeling 100%. It is the middle of the week so please be safe and work into the weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 7 days ago
The wine is taking a long time to blow off the funk but the elegance is shining through - color has not broken down but not fruit forward which I am glad - structure still in tact 19 years later and finish is softer than I desire but bottom line drinking and enjoying and helping me absorb shitty music like John Denver my wife is playing / I pray her playlist ends soon / this wine is not to be enjoyed by itself like I am doing as I started a diet so no cheese 😢 / this is not going to age and get better so enjoy if you have - just a little smile tonight — 4 days ago
For £40 this is a decent Margaux in a top year that’s drinking great already but will still improve 😉
📍 Chateau Desmirail 2010
🏵 90 points
🍇 60% Cabernet Sauvignon & 40% Merlot
🍷 Opaque deep ruby
👃 Damp soggy earth, squished leaves & rock minerals through dark plum & blackcurrant w/ mocha, red liquorice, herbs & broken pencils
👄 Med body of creamy smooth mocha & liquorice infused dark plum & blackcurrant w/ a slight dry mineral storey backbone
🎯 Med+ dark plump earthy fruits finale w/ a dry stoney mineral mocha liquorice linger
— 6 days ago
Benoit Touquette’s simple Bordeaux blend. There’s a lot of value here, considering you’re getting the winemaker from Realm. Juicy black cherry fruit along with classic garrigue, mineral, tobacco, and spice notes. Nice tannic structure to offset the fruit. — 8 days ago
My favourite Cotes de Bourg wine & after having the yummy 2010 & 14 recently I wondered if a 19 year old top vintage @ £98 would hold well & yes it sure didly 😉 88 points from Parker 🤣 but not worth it’s hefty price tag 🤑
🐮 Paired w/ Mrs Es Fillet 🥩 mac 🧀 & 🥔 😍 scroll for pics ⏩
📍 Chateau Roc de Cambes 2000
🏵 93 points
🍇 Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon
🍷 Deep opaque ruby w/ a think brown edge
👃 Soft alluring smoked oak through damson, mashed black berries & raspberry bathed in damp soggy earth, mineral rocks, hint of cherry, herbs, mocha & dirty liquorice
👄 Med smooth silky body of earthy blackberry, red cherry & raspberry w/ a light tone of blackcurrant, minerals, mocha & a flick of liquorice
🎯 Med earthy ground mocha driven red & black fruit linger w/ a stone mineral linger
— 3 days ago
The 2012 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is comprised of of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot made by François-Xavier Borie, oenologist Christel Spinner and consulting oenologist Eric Boissenot. The vines at Grand-Puy-Lacoste are 38 years old and are set on gravel soils. The wine needs more than a two hour decant to unveil ripe creme de cassis, anise and graphite flavors with lighter earthy tones. Bright and focused, this is just an infant now. Drink 2022-2040- 93 — a day ago
Drank 2/9/19. Paired with Burgers.
Found a couple of 09's on sale , so I snatched them up.
Scents of overripe plums, blackberry, raspberry, and some barnyard and petrol notes that remain present after a couple of hours. Palate shows the concentration of the vintage, with rich black fruits, plum, and medium, well integrated tannins.
4/22/7/3/4 +50 = 90 pts. — 11 days ago