St. James Winery

Château Ormes de Pez

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

David T

My first bottle opening of a 2009 Bordeaux. We’ve tasted a number of 2009’s, this is the first one we’ve opened. Showing the glory of 2009, even in a lesser bottling. I’ll say it again, for the value buyer of Bordeaux’s, buy good producers second, third or other wines. 2009, perhaps, the best Bordeaux vintage since 1982.

Good first look to judge better more expensive, quality producers of 2009 Bordeaux wines for when to best open your first. I would say those need another 8-10 years more in bottle to have them fully shine to buying expectations.

Family member from the Jean-Michel Cazes family that brings us Lynch Bages.

The 2009 shows better on its own than with our Wagyu Ribcap.

It simply shows the elegant beauty of the vintage. It brings similarities to 1982.

It shows velvet tannins with ripe, ruby fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, poached strawberries & raspberries. Bay leaf, wet clay, dark spice with heat, limestone, dry, crushed rocks, nutmeg, clove, soft cinnamon & understated vanillin, black licorice, dry twig, spearmint, tough leather, dry tobacco, graphite, oak barrel shavings with fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple florals. Acidity for days. Straight up; lush, well knitted and balanced finish that persists nicely for minutes.

Photos of; Chateau Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe vineyard, inside the Chateau-breakfast room and their barrel room.

— 4 days ago

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Château Léoville-Las Cases

Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

At first there is forest soil, mushrooms, then cedar, tobacco, and there is still fruit with black currant mainly. This is rather complex. At first the palate was a little bit harsh around the edges, with pointy tannins and a brutal mouthfeel. Getting it 3 hours of air helped the wine settle and now there is a velvety mouthfeel, tannins roll in mid palate and there is a bright fruit note all along. It's not powerful, but that might be a vintage thing, but it's subtle and complex. A long finish with fruit and a bit of a salty, meaty note comes up in the end. Not the best clos du marquis I've had but a good, solid wine in an off vintage. — 3 days ago

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Peter van den Besselaar

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Delivers after 19 years 🙃 that’s great

Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Checking in on the wonderful 05 vintage. 4 hour decant(decent sediment). A charming dark purple color. On the nose: plum, currants, earth, creme de cassis, floral. Taste: yes! Nice balance and full body wine with dark cherry, plum, graphite, chocolate, tobacco, and some still there slightly bitter tannins with a dry long finish. Even after 4 hour decant, still a little tight and slightly tannic promising better things to come.....give it a few more years for an even better score. — 10 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

Thanks...this wine might last forever. Cheers!

Château Clos de Sarpe

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Football & Steak 🥩 wine. Didn’t realize this winery goes back almost 100 years. I see some 1937 out there still.
Parker 96.
Even at 20 years old it needs a 2nd day 3 hour decant.
Parkers review,

189, The Wine Advocate

Readers who require immediate gratification will dislike this wine, which is one of the most concentrated behemoths and tannic blockbusters of the vintage. This is very much in keeping with the proprietor’s intention to make wines such as they made in the 19th century, and ones that can last 50+ years. Still young, with plenty of noticeable new oak, this 2000 tastes like a 3 to 4-year old St.-Emilion. Plenty of barbecue smoke, graphite, blackberry, and plum characteristics are present in both the aromatics and flavors of this broodingly backward, massive monster. While fascinating, it is not for everybody. I originally gauged its maturity to be around 2010, but I would push that back to 2015-2040+.
— 2 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Go Packers, or Buccaneers (Brady)!
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I like Brady just because he gave New England a big 👎🏼


Sold this wine for years - had vintages going back to early 90s and it so exceptional thru vintage - classy outfit they got there. Cheers!

Château Fombrauge

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Blend of mostly Merlot & splash of Cab Franc, deep Ruby with aromas of red berry fruits and notes of cedar spice. On the palate black cherry and red plums with cacao, tobacco and woodsy spice. Lively acidity, firm tannins, nice balance, long finish ending with fruit, oak and earthy herb spice. Nice now. — a day ago

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Château Beauséjour

Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2013

Deep Ruby with aromas of black fruits, complex spice and notes of herbs and forest floor. On the palate subtle flavors cherry and red plum with notes of cacao, espresso and licorice. Fine tannins, adding to great mouthfeel, long finish ending with toasty cedar notes and earthy herb mineral. Good now as fruit starting to fade a bit, but still showing beauty and grace. Nice! — 7 days ago

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Château Pavie Decesse

Saint Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

90% Merlot the rest Cab Franc, aged in new oak for about 22 months. Deep Ruby, dark fruit aromas accompanied by cedar & spice. On the palate flavors of fresh ripe dark berries, plums, cacao and tobacco notes. Well balanced, lively acidity, perfect round tannins, long finish ending with fruit and mineral character. A joy to drink but cellar for at least 5 years, will last a couple of decades. A wonderful complex a Gem! Tasting Sample! — a day ago

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Château La Confession

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

On open, cedar and floral perfume exudes. Deep ruby with the start of an orange rim. Nice round mouth feel, medium minus acidity, high alcohol (a bit "hot"). Cherry, spices, and emerging soil. I suspect that this is just now getting ready to develop into a far more interesting version of itself. At 40 bucks, I'll probably pick up a few to cellar.

92+ points
— 5 days ago

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Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1995


2 hour decant. Medium garnet color. Pronounced developed complex nose of blackcurrant, black cherries, lavender, leather, cedar and tobacco. Dry with youthful medium+ acidity and softened but still present medium+ tannin that give the wine a beautiful backbone and structure. Medium alcohol and full body. Pronounced flavors across primary secondary and tertiary notes (mirroring the nose described but perhaps with a hint of also red berries). Long finish. Outstanding and given acidity and tannin should last for a while longer perhaps as another 10 years+. — 3 days ago

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Clos Labarde

St. Émilion Grand Cru 2015

From the Right Bank of the Gironde River in St Emilion, dark Ruby with aromas of red/black fruits with spicy notes. In the palate flavors of blackberry and plum flavors with espresso and smoky cacao notes. Firm ripe tannins ending with a medium spicy finish. Good now! — 7 days ago

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