Red Bordeaux Blend

Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

Deep ruby hue with fuchsia rim variation. Dark cherry preserves, creme de cassis, fig jam, blackberry, leather, cedar, smoked red meat, wet earth, black truffle, crushed rose, bay leaves, and sage. Deliciously balanced. Lovely structure and complexity and a long, elegant finish. Vintage 2012. ABV 13.5%. #chateaudarmailhac #baronnephilippinederothschild #grandcruclassé #pauillac — 2 days ago

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@David T, that’s awesome! 👏 👏 If you’re open to sharing, I’d love to hear more about that, like, what your role was, what brought you to this particular vineyard, how you’d describe the culture of the vineyard, and what differentiates it from others in the same region, etc.
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Our time there happened on the goodness our friend Jean who was the Assistant Winemaker at Opus One for 10 years. He took over at Clerc Milon in 09 & designed/built their winemaking facility. He has pushed the quality of wine there each vintage. So much so, he is moving on to Mouton Rothschild this July. Clerc sits adjacent to Mouton Rothschild. So, the soil structures are not all that different. It’s first foot or two of soil is black earth and small stones which is where it gets those earthiness qualities. Underneath it is a combination of limestone and alluvial soils. The vineyards are sloped and parts of the same rows are often harvested at different times because of the different angles to the sun. He showed us how to taste grapes to determine ripeness by how the grape skin feels in your mouth, the color of the seeds (no green seeds) and their flavor. We picked, sorted grapes on vibrating tables and did pump overs in the cellar. Quite the experience. After picking Mouton Merlot, we went to the harvest lunch and sat with him at the Baroness table and enjoyed 82 Mouton of sorts. Each vintage, they filter the bottom of each barrel and save it for harvest lunches. We drank the last of the 82. We also attended one of only seven dinners annually at Mouton Rothschild. We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed 67 Mouton out of six liters. The year Andy Warhol did the label. Each artist’s winning label design receives two cases of Mouton Rothschild. It is certainly one of our greatest wine trip experiences ever. All.on the kindness of Jean who is in of the nicest persons we have ever met.
Vanessa D

Vanessa D

@David T - What an incredible story and beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing it. 🙏. I have no doubt your friend Jean’s work and contributions will continue to touch Clerc Milon well beyond his move to Mouton Rothschild. Glad to hear he will be next door in any case. ☺️

Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

Day 2 of my cold, we open an 89 lafite at work. Let's take my best shot.
A cool menthol with fennel and licorice pour out of the glass, dust is in the air, strawberries have been dried, currants stewed. Potpourri and pepper hand in hand. Lilies, pollen, honeysuckle. Nutmeg and candied ginger come next and it's time to sip before it starts to slip.
Cherries and spice, sandalwood. Depth and harmony. A tannin that is neither polished nor agressive. The potpourri is here too, and the flowers carry on 30 seconds later. The palate seems to brighten the longer I wait. Juicy wild blackberry and overripe raspberry. This actually tastes like a nice jam. Then it darkens, broadens, and holds with confidence. Now that's a sip.
— 14 days ago

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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

The 2009 Chateau Pichon Lalande is a thrilling wine to savor at now eleven years of age. Needing a one hour decant to be fully expressive, this glorious Bordeaux opens with a deep core of tar, chocolate covered espresso bean and blackberry compote aromas that take shape in the glass. The dense, chewy mouthfeel is lined with moderate tannins that provide the backbone alongside the bright acidity. Layers of dark fruits are woven together with creosote and shades of Turkish coffee and cassis on this expressive palate — all leading to the exceptional long and inviting finish. Truly sensational now, this beautiful, warm vintage Bordeaux will cellar well for at least another fifteen years. Be sure to give this a long decant if enjoying in its youth. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 2 days ago

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Le Baron de Brane

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Rich, concentrated red fruit on the nose and something savory, almost herbal. Juicy, well/integrated tannins in the palate; inviting and solidly middle weight. Light roast coffee and a buttery, almost butterscotch note really ringing through on the palate. / super tight at first, especially on the nose, but opens up in the decanter, becoming performed and quite vibrant and positively exuding red fruit and that same butterscotch note. Seriously enjoyable. — 8 days ago

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Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Had this about year and half ago. The first harvest at this estate was in 1252. The property is now owned by Bernard Magrez. A blend, 58% Merlot, 38% Cab Sauv & 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 60% new French oak. Deep Ruby with youthful pronounced red/black fruit aromas with spice notes. Blackberry, plum & cherry flavors with tobacco and spice integrated with sweet tannins, ling ending with earthy oak with a mineral tang. Excellent! Needs more time! Tasting Sample! — 9 hours ago

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Chateau Le Pré Du Moine

Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Color of ruby and purple. Nose of fermented cabbage, cherry jam, a bit tobacco leaves, a bit menthol, a bit spice, and indeed more fermented cabbage. Taste is pretty good with good tannins, oak, juicy grapes note, subtle sweetness form dark fruits, zest, and a bit mineral, spice, balanced and clean. Aftertaste is pretty long and savory, with some more grape notes, a bit peppery, zest, rose, a bit cinnamon, and subtle sweet note. Quite tasty. — 12 days ago

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Château La Clémence

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 1999

Great Bordeaux, plenty of years in the bottle and drinking well despite reading that it was past it’s prime. Initial savoury flavours develop with cherries, French oak, menthol, mushroom and wood smoke. Nose is rich with dark fruit and vanilla in the background. Deep red, vibrant colour in the glass, certainly doesn’t look 20 years old. Enjoyed this. — 2 days ago

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Château Rauzan-Gassies

Deuxieme Cru Classé Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

I’ve had my mind on this bottle for a few weeks - the wife wanted a special bottle for a regular Friday night. It only needed an hour to decant for a 12-year old vintage. Subtle cassis, cured meat, mushroom, hint of licorice and leather on the palate. Fine dense tannins polish off a savory finish. Beautiful wine. #margaux #2ndgrowth — 2 days ago

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Château La Grâce Dieu

Les Menuts St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

Superb nose with tar, meat juice, black currant, an irony thing. This is inviting and strong, very inviting. The palate is wonderful! Super acid backbone with a bright black currant all along, a velvety touch on the sides that remains all along, tannins have already started to integrate. There is width, there is length, there is fruit, there is grip. The finish lasts for a long time with a nice fruit, some meat juice too and a pinch of bitterness. V
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Château de Terrefort-Quancard

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Nice full body Bordeaux for the price. Cinnamon, chocolate and ripped very sweet tomato in this order. Plum and cherry on the palate. — 7 days ago

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Stephen Pierron

Stephen Pierron

Nice decanter 😀🇮🇹
Luciano Silva

Luciano Silva

Indeed. It was a gift from our best friend 😃👍🏼
Luciano Silva

Luciano Silva

Indeed. It was a gift from our best friend 😃👍🏼