Posts Tagged ‘Bordeaux’

2010 Chateau La Croix de Roche Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

A Merlot-based cuvee that includes Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this wine is translucent dark crimson. There’s a lot going on — spice, mint, chocolate, candied red fruit, bell pepper, smoked meat, leather, baker’s dark chocolate — but… Read more

2010 Chateau Luby Grand Vin de Bordeaux, France

This wine is nearly transparent light ruby in hue, and exudes impressions of polished leather, red cherry, red currant, cigar box and fennel. Medium bodied and dusty, it’s fruity through the mid-palate with dry, silty tannins in the back end. Pair… Read more

2009 Chateau de Seguin ‘Cuvee Prestige’ Bordeaux Superior, France

Alcohol and muted, generic fermenting fruit on the nose, with a moderate bite and mixed berries. Red and black currants round out the palate with some green woodsiness in the background. Tempting to give a higher rating, on the grounds that it does… Read more

1999 Chateau Simard Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France

You’d never know this mostly Merlot blend from St. Emilion is from 1999; it’s still showing young, barely ripe raspberries and black plums, with a whiff of porcini and roast beef marrow, almost akin to some Cabernet Franc. The finish is short but… Read more

2003 Ch. Latour Blanche Sauternes, Bordeaux

Monster numbers from the big-name wine critics blew this off the shelves upon release. Perhaps it is in a dumb stage right now, or the bottle was a little off. Anyhoo, the ample honeyed tropical and stone fruit notes were at odds with a terpene… Read more

1961 Ch. Mouton Rothschild, Bordeaux

What a treat to try this outstanding Bordeaux from a great vintage! Ullage was mid-shoulder. There was much trepidation as we tackled the task of removing the cork. Fully soaked through, most of it was removed after much jockeying of the wait… Read more

1995 Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan, France

A dark ruby color with highlights of orange bricking just starting. Decanted for an hour, it still seemed closed in and monolithic, with ample cassis and sour cherry fruit framed by leather. But it brightened up with the crispy duck dish, and even… Read more

2007 Ch. Coulonge Bordeaux Grand Vin

A pretty nose of violets and dusty dark berry and currant fruit, followed by background notes of bell pepper and leather. Youthful, black fleshy fruit in the mouth, picking up a note of chocolate. Medium-bodied, with moderate tannins. A great… Read more

2009 Ch. Lamothe-Vincent, Sauvignon-Semillon

Pale straw in color. This is traditional white Bordeaux. The smoky, figgy Semillon is up-front in the nose, leading to moderate gooseberries, herbs and white grapefruit. On the palate, nicely balanced acidity and minerality. This is a wine for the… Read more

2009 Ch. de la Vieille Tour, Vignobles Boissonneau

While a traditional blend of white Bordeaux grape varietals, this has New World structure. A pale straw color. The enticing nose is full of exotic white flowers, banana apples, and juicy tropical fruits. There’s a mouthful of sweet fruit in every… Read more