Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Château Barde-Haut

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Beautiful deep garnet colored. Faint scents of blue fruit, baking spices, and wild berries. Lots of dark cherry, strawberry, black plums and a hint of smokiness on the palate. Tannins are very refined and nicely integrated. Excellent acidity and a very nice finish. — 2 months ago

Lisa Mayer
with Lisa
Lisa, Tom and 16 others liked this
David T

David T Influencer Badge

Little known producer that is making better & better wine as time goes by. Especially, in good vintages. Give this 10 plus years in bottle and be impressed. 16 the best vintage since 10.

Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Very charming indeed 😎🤦🏻‍♂️ Dense and rich, yet surprising lithe. A real class act here. I've got nothing but good things to say about Lafon's recent vintages and this 16' was firing on all cylinders from the get-go.

The nose was gorgeous - pears and apples with strong floral and rich malo elements, all set on a underlying tone of well-integrated reduction. On the palate, the wine was so smooth (no hardness at all!) and complex. The wife described it as being very balanced and complete. I loved the texture. Deceivingly light when first opened (to the point that AC thought it might have been a Chablis), but the texture kept buidling as the night progressed. Air also revealed the more citrusy side of this wine, lovely spice, and a light stoniness. The finish was long, driven by fruit and acidity. Superb really and I would definitely like to revisit this in a good couple of years.

NB: Apparently, no new oak was used in this 16' Charmes.
— 2 months ago

P, Alex and 26 others liked this

Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Wow. This guy shed its youthfulness within the hour after it went into the decanter. Evolved several times over the next two into a real treat. Dark fruit, cedar, leather, lavender. Scent geek stuff. Silky tannic grip emerged to frame dark fruit, tobacco/mint, a l’il spice box. This producer delivers every time for me. Quickly becoming my go to Bordeaux house. Awesome again. — 2 months ago

Shay, Mark and 23 others liked this

Clos du Jaugueyron

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Inky dense cassis flavors that just continue on but it’s not ready to show more layers. The graphite suggests it, and so does the natural wine press, but it’s still unidimensional another year on. — 2 months ago

Josh, Romain and 11 others liked this

Perrier-Jouët

Blason Rosé Brut Champagne Blend

Perfect anniversary celebration 🍾 rosé — 2 months ago

Iwan, Bob and 19 others liked this

Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Beautiful nose! Still has a few years of aging left. — 2 months ago

Jeff OrlowskiMichael Seely
with Jeff and Michael
Jeff, Eric and 7 others liked this
David T

David T Influencer Badge

Put this blind in with some bottle age in with other Cabernets and most call quality Napa Valley Cabernet.

Thibaud Boudignon

à François(e)... Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

Whenever I have Thibaud’s wines I’m immediately struck by their electricity—tension, vibrancy, reverberating acidity. a Francios(e) delivered@all of this and more: delicate white flowers, wet limestone and lemon on the nose. Lees contact gives this wine some real nice heft and traction on the palate. — 2 months ago

Maura Passanisi
with Maura
Jae, Paul and 13 others liked this

Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 1998

Beautiful. This old wine is a treat, with a musty and gamey nose of balsamic fruit, lilac, tamari and earth. Old school rioja. — 2 months ago

David, Serge and 12 others liked this

Ludovic Chanson

Les Cabotines Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2017

Exactly what I want in chenin: ripe apples, chamomile, a bit of cheese and minerality! Perfect with a simple omelette! — 2 months ago

Josh, Julia and 21 others liked this