St. David

Vineyard 29

The Essentials 29 Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Again very intense and focused. Green apple, star fruit, tart green pear. A pleasant pucker on the finish. From @David L — 4 days ago

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Château Calon-Ségur

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

This was my contribution. Someone else brought a ‘96 Calon Segur and it seemed to just be entering its drinking window, so needless to say, even at 13yrs old (with a 3hr decant), this was young. The nose was full of saddle leather, herbs de Provence and underripe red and black fruits. The palate showed bayleaf and cherry swisher sweets (a note I seem to get often with St Estephe wines with age). A touch thin at the front, full on the mid palate and tart and tannic in the finish. Tons of acidity here as well. Unless you’re double decanting for 6+ hours, I’d hold another 5 years.
— 5 days ago

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checkout chateau montrose if you can find it.
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@Jason Brater : I’ve had it a few times and enjoy it. Another one that ages at a glacial pace!
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Great producer, great bottle.

Château Clos de Sarpe

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

Another producer I was not familiar with. Great aromatics of espresso, blackberry jam & baked fig. Palate was blue and black fruit dominant with sandalwood and dark chocolate. Touch sweet. Enjoyable now. I called this ‘12-14 Right Bank. Thanks
@Michael Rariden .
— 5 days ago

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La Grange Neuve de Figeac

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

David T
9.1

Had this with the filet served on our last leg of flying home on Emirates.

This is Figeac’s second wine. Starting with the 2012 vintage going forward, this wine was renamed Petit Figeac.

The nose reveals, soft, slightly muted; blackberries, black cherries, black plum skin, plum, black raspberries & floral purple fruit mix. There’s a good presence of well layered baking spices; cinnamon, soft clove & nutmeg, vanilla, mocha powder, light caramel, dark cola currants, dry clay & top soil, dry stones, sandstone minerals, leathery notes, hints of graphite, anise, dark rich soil, fruit tea with dark red, purple flowers with violets that are slightly withering.

The body is not quite full with dry, fine earthy tannins. The mouthfeel is warm and ripe. It shows beauty & elegance. The structure, soft tension, length and balance reveal the quality of the 09 vintage. Ripe; blackberries, black cherries, black plum skin, plum, creamy black raspberries & floral purple fruit mix. Nicely layered baking spices; cinnamon stick, soft clove & nutmeg, vanilla, mocha powder, light caramel, dark & milk chocolate, dark cola currants, dry clay & top soil, dry stones, powdery, dry crushed rocks, sandstone minerals, cedar, leathery notes, hints of graphite, fresh, soft tobacco, anise, dark rich soil, fruit tea with dark red, purple flowers with violets, lavender that are fresh and slightly withering. The acidity is round excellent. The long finish is good but still needs five or more years to further integrate and soften. It shows a somewhat earthy dominance over fruit. but, it’s still very nice and persistent for minutes. 91 now and room for two to three points more down the road.

If you can still find this at a reasonable price, buy it. It’s going really beautiful in five more years.

Photos of; Chateau Figeac, my Emirates filet, which actually pretty good considering it was airline prepared, both sides of their lounge in Business Class.
— 10 days ago

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Château Léoville Poyferré

Pavillon de Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Shay A
9.1

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

The most soft and plush wine of the night. I’d enjoy these soon as there isn’t a lot of acidity, or tannin, at this 5yr mark. Very ripe. Jammy/fruit forward...fresh squeezed blueberries and blackberries on the nose. Sweetened plum, bacon fat, boysenberry jam notes on the palate. I called this ‘14, Left Bank, St Julien. Thanks
@Andrew Heffley .
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@Joshua Fisher : We’d love to have you join! It’s a fun group.
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@Shay A Was that open or still needs time?
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@Dr. Owen Bargreen : Just updated my note. Very open...seems ready to Rock and roll. Was given about a 2.5hr decant and that seemed enough.

Bernard Magrez

Magrez Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

Not familiar with this producer. Very soft with a fantastic nose of plum, smoke, licorice and bacon fat. Palate showed baked fig, juicy blackberries and currant. Thanks
@Bill Makens .
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@Shay A , Bernard Magrez owns several estates in Bordeaux and around the world. His most famous is probably Chateau Pape Clement. I think he may bottle some Napa wine as well. Cheers.
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@Ken Z : That’s great info. Thanks for letting me know. This was an enjoyable wine.

Domaine des Gourdins

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Time for #MerlotThursday. This is a nice Right Bank Bordeaux.

Showing red and black fruits with earth, chocolates, wood, earth, bell pepper, spices, vegetables, cedar, leather, wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and earthy with nice complexity. A good food wine.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Still young and needs 5 to 10 years of bottle time. Not from a great vintage, and it is showing.

Had it blind and called it correctly, including the vintage. Love it when that happens 😉

A blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.
— 4 days ago

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Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

On PnP pretty closed and tannic, as one would expect. After 30 minutes or so notes of plums, blackberries, pine, cedar, and spices. Looking forward to circling back in an hour or so.
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Edit: After relatively sufficient time interacting with air some additional notes began to surface like black truffle, dark chocolate, forest underbrush, clove, and pencil lead. The structure of the wine became more readily apparent as well, exhibiting more balance and finesse. This is a pretty nice second wine. Score up from an 89 to a 91.
— 2 days ago

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Nice second wine from Cos.

Clos Fourtet

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Shay A
9.4

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

I really enjoyed this. Haven’t had any wines from this producer before. The aromatics covered the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) alongside nutmeg and birch wood. Full bodied...fig, tar, baking spices on the palate. Delicious now. I called this ‘10 Right Bank.
— 5 days ago

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Château Pavie

Saint-Èmilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

En Mag from @Joe Lucca this is still shedding tannin and bordering on overripe but it really does a good job of not falling over the precipice of this hot vintage. Not as much my style anymore but an excellent peek. Does what it does well. — 3 days ago

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Great descriptors, @Bill Bender
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You were missed in Iowa @Ron R but it looks like you did a stellar job of creating your own fun