The 2016 de Reignac is an absolute joy to taste. Raspberry jam, mocha, plum and spice flavors are lifted by expressive floral notes in a mid-weight, Merlot-based Bordeaux Supérieur that will drink well right out of the gate. This is a fabulous wine for the money. $13.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2019) — 9 days ago
55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, run by the Cathiard family, often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot, Organic, very very dark red with aromas of black fruits with an array of herb & spice notes. On the palate berries, cherry, licorice and cacao with pepper spice wrapped in a great mouthfeel. Firm full tannins, lingering, ending with fruit, spice and exotic earthy character. Extremely Nice! — 6 days ago
This right bank Bordeaux is young, and already drinking very nicely.
Showing black fruits with earth, dark chocolates, graphite, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, green herbs, licorice and spices.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. Not fully balanced yet.
Nice finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
Would be better in 5 to 15 years.
14% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 7 days ago
Good looking bottle and fill. Reddish tawny, brighter and younger looking than the 94 Dominus mag next to it. Fruit forward nose. Notes of red currant fruit, plums, gravel stone, some cassis and a little cigar box. Pleasant in the mouth. Still has some structure to go with the fruit. Shorter than desired finish. Most liked this over the Dominus. — 3 days ago
The man, the myth... his cellar was stormed. This Palmer was opened for 90 mins, and it presents like it was just bottled. Beautiful detail of toasted oak on the nose. Palate shows rich, extracted black fruits, with bold tannins. Bowled over with how this showed today. — 4 days ago
Beautiful garnet color. Elegant hints of dark fruit, leather and cedar on the nose. Nicely integrated tastes of currants, black plums and a hint of licorice. The acidity is spot on creating a mouthwatering wine. The tannins are still a little evident and the finish shows signs of graphite and a little bit of bell pepper. — 2 days ago
A blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc & 2% Cab Sauv, aromas, aged for 16 months in 60% new oak, aromas of ripe fruit and enticing spice notes. On the palate generous fruit flavors, cherry and sweet plum with herb spice and earthy notes. Full body, rich tannins, lingering ending with oak and spice. Nice.
— 5 days ago
Rather suddenly, and without much explanation, Bordeaux found itself in the middle of my crosshairs as being the next place I wanted to conduct a deep dive in. With this shift in my general attention from New World to Old World I began to do more research on the various appellations, prominent chateaus, and nuances of Left Bank and Right Bank, as well as compile a spreadsheet highlighting specific bottles I wanted to seek out. For a reason unbeknownst to me, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou was the producer I wanted to start my deep dive with. I researched the history of the chateaux, learned about their wines, priced out vintages that were immediately available for my acquisition, and added it to my Bordeaux spreadsheet, waiting for the time to pull the trigger and purchase a bottle (or two) to start the trek with. As far as wines are concerned it was all I could think about: Ducru-Beaucaillou. Apparently, the mere act of researching a chateau left me beguiled, craving a wine I had never even had before! With all of this research in mind I’ve learned over the years that as much as I thoroughly enjoy researching and trying wine, it’s certainly more enjoyable to share the knowledge and the experiences with others. Enter @codyuzzel, who has heard more than his fair share of my wine ramblings over the years. One day we began discussing Bordeaux, Left Bank v. Right bank, and changes in our thought patterns about the region over the years, which eventually lead him to asking the million-dollar question: Are there any producers you’ve highlighted that you’re particularly interested in? I told him that Ducru-Beaucaillou was in my crosshairs, along with a handful of other producers that I’d explore once I’d tried Ducru. That’s when he texted me the picture; a picture of him holding a glorious bottle of 2012 Ducru-Beaucaillou. “I took this pic before we started this conversation.” Given the serendipitous nature of this occurrence he extended an invitation to pop the cork upon our next meeting, which is interesting in and of itself given that I had been thinking about visiting him at the wine bar just earlier that day. It’s moments like these that truly make the wine journey a sweet and rewarding one. Thanks, Cody, for your generosity and epic invitations.
Anise, graphite, plums, and blackberries. Very polished and very delicious. — 15 days ago