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 — 4 days ago
On any other night, this Lewelling would have been more impressive but, it followed the 03 DR Stephens Moose Valley Vineyard NVP and that’s just not a fair race.
If you tasted this blind with other Left Bank Pauillac wines, many would have called it Pauillac.
The nose has dark creme de cassis. It’s big and brooding. Dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, stewed strawberries and heavily extracted blueberries. Kirsch cherries, dark forest floor with leaves, turned black earth, limestone, river stone, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light clove, mocha powder, black tea, anise, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, leather, port notes, herbaceous notes, light mint with fresh bright red and dark withering flowers.
The palate full, brooding and heavy. Years of life ahead. The tannins structure still big but, rounded. The tension still a little monster. The length and balance are developing but, need another 5-8 years plus easily. Dark creme de cassis. It’s big and brooding. Dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, stewed strawberries, plum skin and heavily extracted blueberries. Kirsch cherries, dark forest floor with leaves, dry clay, turned black earth, limestone, river stone, dark chocolate bar, caramel, vanilla, light clove, mocha powder, dark spice with heat, black tea, anise, lead pencil, crushed dry rocks, underbrush, leather, port notes, herbaceous notes, black pepper notes, light mint with fresh bright red and dark withering flowers and bright violets. The acidity is round. The finish is heavy, rich, elegant, well balanced fruit and earth and lasts several minutes.
Photos of; the Lewelling Estate vines, old gnarly vines somewhere around 40 years plus, their own boulevard and old school Victorian. — 9 hours 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! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 10 days ago
Drank 2/13/19. Excellent pairing with a ribeye(what Bordeaux isn't?!).
A departure from my general buying habits, this is the second wine of Ducru-Beacalliou. I generally prefer the first wines of lesser chateau, and this, though very good, is no exception.
Nice, fairly powerful nose of blackberry, graphite, and soil. Flavors are perhaps a touch lean, but come alive when paired with the steak. Black fruits, soil, and some black licorice are backed by medium + well integrated tannins. Nice balance. Long finish.
Very nice, but for the price I would buy the Monbousquet from the same vintage all day.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts. — 10 days ago
Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux.
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
On the nose, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, wood, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, river rocks, peppercorn, tobacco, dark coffee and light bell pepper.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, wet leaves and earth.
Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet blend from Bordeaux. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and great complexity.
This great vintage is already enjoyable, although it could use some additional time to mature properly, 5 to 10 years.
This Second Growth is good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (4 hours).
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with smoked meats. Delicious and yummy.
A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.
14% alcohol by volume.
$75. — 15 days ago
The nose here is considerably more powerful than on the ’04 or ’06. This has evolved nicely showing a darker fruit profile than the other two wines with wild blackberry cordial, peat moss, cigar ash and coffee grounds on the nose. The palate is both refined and shows a good texture and viscosity. Mocha, anise, creme de cassis, and hucklbebery flavors come to mind. I love the combination of tension and richness on the mid-palate. The Merlot in this wine seems to be shining particularly brightly. This will cellar well for another decade or more, but it is drinking marvelously right now. Drink 2018-2033- 93 — 4 days ago
This is a case buy at Total Wine. I gotta tell you at $28 a bottle after discount... It's a wow! My friend @Antonio Galloni rated this a 91 and how can I argue with the master.
This is a deep dark delight. Notes of cola, unsweetened black licorice, and maybe blackberries but without any sweetness.
Palate is consistent with the nose. Low-medium acidity, moderate tannins. I get some potting soil--probably another aroma.
Finish is probably it's weakest link. Short and uncharacteristic. Overall, I'd say 92 points.
92 points — 8 days ago
Pure, ripe fruit with plenty of supporting acidic structure. Very Pinot Noir like in its overall attack with more tannin presence. Briary black raspberry, licorice, sandalwood and five spice aromas with a subtle dusting of espresso and black pepper. Very open and expressive right out of the gate,
excellent tension between ripe fruit, silky texture and bright acidity. — a day ago
Monthly WTF group. Theme this month was merlot. All wines tasted blind.
My guess was domestic and that it was a 2013-2015. Very surprised this was French. I found it to be a very modern expression. Ripe fruits, licorice, plum, cassis, and just a faint hint of leather at last sip. I imagine its French pedigree would have shown itself more as the night went on. Really enjoyed this. — 10 days ago