The reason I fell in love with Bordeaux is because I had one of the greatest mentors one could have, Clyde Beffa Jr. - Owner of K&L Wine Merchants. I could never thank him enough or show enough gratitude for the kindness he has shown me. He has been going to Bordeaux multiple times a year for 40 plus years and shown me the greatness of well made Bordeaux’s enjoyed at the age of 25 years plus!
Many who open well made Bordeaux’s young will never know the absolute Heaven they bring to the palate and even more so with a great steak. You only rob yourself of perfection when you open them inside of 25 years. Sure you can check em at 10-15 years for longevity but, you need to have/save bottles for 25 years plus.
Also, an old Bordeaux at 95 is not nearly the same as a young 95. At this age, technical scores are simply not the same as young wine. The enjoyment is completely different.
The nose reveals; a slight touch of funk, dark, ripe, currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, strawberries on the edge of the glass, anise, cedar, graphite, used leather, just a whiff of green pepper, vanilla, caramel, mocha, dark Asian spice, incense, dark & mid berry cola, dark, rich earth, underbrush, limestone, dry stone, hint of sweet tarriness, light, dry herbaceousness, black tea, with dry, withering, fresh, dark, red, blue candied flowers and violets and lavender for days.
The body is round, soft and full. The 90 is the definition of elegant and floral. The structure, tension, length and balance are perfect with another 5-10 years of pleasure to give. It’s gorgeous and sexy. Dark, ripe, currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, some blueberries, strawberries on the long set, anise, cedar, graphite, soft, used leather, vanilla, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate, salted, milk chocolate, dark Asian spice with just a touch of palate heat, a hint of green pepper, savory meats, incense, dark & mid berry cola, dark, rich earth, underbrush, limestone, dry crushed minerals, dry stone, hint of sweet tarriness, light, dry herbaceousness, black tea, with dry, withering, fresh, dark, red, blue candied flowers and violets and lavender for days. The acidity is perfect like a warm gentle rain shower. The finish is a “forget about it.” It’s; gorgeous, sexy, lush, ripe, just the right amount of earthiness, elegant, well balanced and will persist until you go to sleep.
13% ABV. I sure miss the 12–13% ABV of the 80 & early 90 Bordeaux’s.
Photos of; the majestic Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Estate vines, their barrel room with translucent floor to walk above, their library cellar that most would love to raid and their sitting salon.
— 9 days ago
Wow I don’t drink a lot of Bordeaux but this was for a very special birthday and a big bottle seems in order ... it lived up to all expectations ... filled with many savory aromas in flavors like mushrooms, beef jerky, soy sauce but then also the trademark graphite/pencil lead quality. At 19 still seemed to have some years left to go before peaking!
Happy 4th 🇺🇸 — 12 days ago
First day, hated it. Way too much going on for my simple palate. Second day after opening, completely different wine - complex yes, but lucuious dark fruit, black cherry and currant mainly, with exotic floral tones that I really like. A complex but wonderful wine, given enough time to breathe. — 22 days ago
Challenging vintage be damned! After a solid hour and a half of breathing this wine was opulent and seductive. Smooth dark fruit and lingering finish made for a wonderful sipping experience. Not to mention they were enjoyed on a French terrace which improved the overall experience. 🤙🏻👌😎 — 5 days ago
As they second wines of good vintages pinch well above their price range. Beautiful integration of fruit and tannins with enough acidity to keep the primary flavors fresh. This will keep going for years but open up a couple bottles over the next couple of years to check in. — 8 days ago
Ready from the start, but started to really fire on all cylinders after 10-15mins in the glass. Not the most stories of vintages but this bottle drank young and was very well put together. Tannins were soft but still engaging and the strong core of dark fruit with hints of graphite was all you could ask for in a maturing Bordeaux. — 3 days ago
One of the better “Seconds” I’ve ever had and surprisingly open for business right now. Blackberries, tobacco, charred jalapeños. Very primary. After a few hours, this started to recoil a bit which leads me to believe these will shut down at some point and re-emerge with some real strength down the road. Calon-Segur is one of the few properties in Bordeaux that have my attention anymore. They age with some real grace and just win, win, win no matter what. — 11 days ago
Insane! Finally back to some proper wine after a holiday in Cornwall!
Just like my original review but I got a much better price! I popped and poured this one, but it should be decanted over an hour for both sediment and flavor. I was just in a rush due to bath night. I’ll definitely be buying more! — 12 days ago