St. Estèphe, Médoc

Château Lafon-Rochet

Les Pelerins de Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

A hard, black knotted knee of bramble smolders. Dried blackberries crammed into its expressive creases. Black currants, dusty truffles, dried and flaking violets, touches of blueberry and raspberry. Horsehair and lilacs.
Courteously smooth with undulating tannins. Sensual. Black olive thoroughbred snorts through the smoldering, charcoal rears, graphite crackles, and tobacco and chocolate hybridize. Bridled with leather, and kid leather textures, rosemary wood, shrubbings and toothy-tart cranberry; Finish coaxing even the imaginative sense.
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— 6 days ago

Sharon, John and 4 others liked this

Château Calon-Ségur

Le Marquis Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

If you know me then you know how much I love the second wines from prestigious labels. Such is this one. Medium purple with light cherry accents and a thin rim. An immediately delightful nose showcasing black currant, blueberries, and black pepper. French oak and Herbes de Provence. Forest floor and gravel provide such joy on the nose and ending with some powerful tobacco aromas.

You probably know the original Calon Segur and what a benchmark they are for Left Bank Bordeaux. This offers a taste of the original at much more reasonable prices. 67/33 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon. In the bang for your buck category this really does rise far above so many other similarly priced bottles.

Really nice balance and structure throughout. Classy and serious but with an ever present sense of playfulness. The palate is deep and generous. Warm spice and stewed plums initially. Blackberries are dominant here with a touch of vanilla. Moderately long finish with more oak. Really really nice stuff. Perfect for any occasion
— 23 days ago

Trixie, Dawn and 6 others liked this



Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

La Croix Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Ron R

Very impressed with this second wine from Ducru. As I recall, 14 was a lousy vintage in Bordeaux. Soft, sweet and round with moderate tannins. Lovely length on the mid-palate. Love it… — 3 days ago

Joshua, Severn and 42 others liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estéphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Cassis and fruit like Pauillac, but graphite and iron like Saint Estephe. On its upward trajectory. Can taste the ripeness of the vintage for sure. — 3 days ago

Jamie, Ericsson and 4 others liked this

Château Meyney

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

2015 vintage. Nose giving up the usual dark cherry/dark plum combo. Dark berryfest along with a touch of cedar and graphite coating a 45-second finish. Projected top of the bell curve is 2026-2029. Has started the transition from youthful exuberance to elder statesperson. Right now, super and explosive. — 17 days ago

Bob, Ira and 15 others liked this

Château Tronquoy-Lalande

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Opened and decanted on 10/3/21. Earthy, farmy nose. Bright and tart early on with sharp tannins, cherries and rhubarb. Nice wine but I won’t run back to get another — 16 days ago

Château Saint-Pierre

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

One of my favorites! Still very young and tight. Decanted 1hr+ and needs much more. Slowly started to come alive after 2+hrs. Dark red color. Nose has dark cherries and graphite. Insane velvety texture. Could swirl in my mouth all day long. Balance of Napa and Bordeaux. Medium plus finish. — 4 days ago

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Château Montrose

La Dame de Montrose Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend

One of the best second wines I've ever had the pleasure of consuming . .,this with a delicious smoked duck breast with a crispy charred skin . . and four days ago my tasting group did an event where all wines were Bordeaux between 82 and 2000 vintage and all had to be 98 to 100 points (wine advocate or JEFF Levy's most recent scores) and two of those wines were the 89 and 90 Montrose, both of which we're drinking fabulously . . in fact beat out the Haut Brion and Ch. Margaux . . the only wine that I liked better than those two was the 1982 Mouton and have to say the 1989 La Conseillante was showing very well too . . Back to the Dame de Montrose . .,Spicy earthy good layers of complexity and good length everything paralleling the Grand Vin just the volume turned down a few clicks . . and it can now be had for around $200 versus the 800 for its big brother😆 — 5 hours ago

Château Lilian Ladouys

Saint Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

2019 vintage. After the excellent Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2018, this 2019 is predominantly Merlot (59%), with 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Less colour compared to fellow Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Château Lestage (Listrac) tasted alongside, indicating more gentle extractions. Delightfully floral nose with bright red fruit and very discrete oak. Medium-bodied, fresh and energetic, with a serious tannic backbone, but smooth and elegant with very good mineral length. The Lorenzetti family is doing a great job here, and they just bought neighbouring Grand Cru Classé Lafon-Rochet, an exciting extension of their portfolio that already includes Pédesclaux (Pauillac) and co-owned Issan (Margaux). Terrific value too. — 18 days ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Lovely DB with steak last night. Was a bit lacking on the secondary notes but the structure is all there for an amazing wine. Might wait a bit to check back in on these. — 3 days ago

Jan, Shay and 12 others liked this