Purple, nice. Mint, plums, wintergreen on the palate. Very interesting. The palate is fresh, young and tannic. Blue fruits, sasparilla and cedar dominate. Fine-grained tannins are evident but not overwhelming. On the mid palate I get a strong blueberry component along with cedar. The finish is short to medium in length and offers blue fruits, gentle tannins and some mild acidity. This wine is rather basic, bland and thin. It offers short term pleasure but is not age worthy. Drink now. 88 points and 2 stars for this $50 Third-growth Margaux. Salut….
It’s a murky purple with a hint of bricking, not unusual for an 11 year old wine, but not likely for a CDP. The nose gives it away I’m afraid. This wine is over the hill, cooked. Aromas of stewed prunes and bacon hit me right away. I managed to coax a little plum out of the melange, but I was searching for it. The gaminess is a little much for me. On the palate there exists a port like profile. It smacks of dark fruits, cooked plums and blackberry jam. It is not a bad experience, just a shame really. This wine has some very interesting components that were probably on pointe a few years ago. I cannot determine if it is really over the hill (doubtful considering the heritage) or has been improperly cellared (it was a gift to my father). Either way, I cannot imagine this to be representative of the wine and will therefore pass on scoring this $50 effort. Sucks. Salut….
I have been sitting on this for a while, waiting for the right time to re-taste. Tonight just happened to be it! I noticed a little bricking when I was pouring the glass, which seems a little premature for a 12 year old Burgundy. It’s quite opaque considering the varietal though. Swirling like mad to get something on the nose I finally notice an earthy note, some cherries, but not much else really- I’m intrigued. The palate is where it’s at folks- strawberry puree, cherry, barnyard, straw and some really edgy tannins. I have a hard time discerning them in Pinot Noir, but they are most definitely present in this bottle. I get a grippy dryness to the gums, the mouth is puckering and they meld very well with the acidity. This wine is not bad! I just re-read my review of it from 2012, It really did what I expected, and then some! The funkiness is not as much as I had hoped for but it does exist, somewhat muted. I am going with 91 points and 4 stars for the $50 bottle. Drink till 2025 at the least. Salut….
I just recently had a birthday, not quite the big one, but just shy. I had a few mates over for what turned out to be a large night. We hit many regions and varietals, really hard. Anyway, this was a gift from one of my South African friends, I did not drink it that night, saving it for a proper tasting night. I’m glad I did!
A pretty purple color. Gorgeous nose of blueberries, oak, plums and leather. The initial taste consists of a very smooth dollop of blueberries, some fig paste and a dash of funky dryness that I can’t pinpoint. Tannins are well integrated but there is a nagging bitterness that troubles me. The midpalate has some very nice plums, a generous dose of acidity and some oak. The wine finishes strong with a dusty component and more blue fruits. This wine has a nice ‘spice meets leather and earth’ combo. I’m digging it if not for that irksome bitterness at the front end, which drops the score to a 90. The pros went high on this one, up to 94, but the consensus amongst the amateur crowd is in line with my rating. This wine is pricy if bought in the US, $50+, but a very sexy and seductive version of Syrah that should be enjoyed with a nice Filet. 3 stars. Salut….
A gift from a neighbor, I was not sure what to expect. A slight bricking on the edges of an otherwise pale purple sheen. On the nose, a beautiful bouquet of mushroom, cherry and bacon. On the palate, strawberry, cherry and upfront tannins. The mid palate reveals more cherries, but darker this time. The tannins are really starting to grip and the wine finishes very dry indeed. The gaminess I sensed on the nose has all but disappeared, taken over by brutish tannins. This is not a delicate wine, nor is it very fruit forward anymore. But it is good. In its own way, this wine exudes power and poise at the expense of fruit and finesse. I am going with 91 points for this $50 wine. 4 stars. Salut….
I have been sitting on this one for a long time. While setting up to cook some Steak au Poivre I decided I needed a heady Australian to accompany us, this one happened to be next in line in my kitchen chiller. Unfortunately the cork crumbled so I had to decant it through a wire mesh to filter out the bits.
At first glance, the wine has a certain amount of bricking and is not very clear. Age will do this to a wine, I hope it is still okay. The first whiff is incredible, very Bordeaux-like. Cassis, leather, plum and spicebox. I am intrigued as to what it beholds. Remember, this bottle is 13 years old…
Amazing, smooth, calculating. This wine is gorgeous! Plum, pepper, tobacco, a touch of oak and some violet. The mid palate is svelte, with extremely tight tannins swirling around the precise acidity, coupled with nuances of blueberry pie and more leather. The finish is great, mid length and a continuation of the story. This wine is drinking beautifully. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mataro and 20% Shiraz, it combines the finesse of a Rhone wine with the power of Aussie fruit. Beware the well hidden 14.5% Alcohol, which has probably been a key to why this wine has held together so well and been able to develop tertiary flavors. A gem. 95 points from me and I wish I had more. The critics were mixed about this wine on release, ranging from 89 to 93 points. Just goes to show you what a little time in a dark, cool room will do. I found it online for $50, well worth it for a big occasion. 5 stars from me, Salut….
Merry Christmas! I have family over for the holidays and we opened this bottle for a Christmas Eve potluck dinner. I know it is extravagant for this type of Cru Burgundy to be opened with a pasta casserole and spiral baked ham, but it works!
Very pale in the glass with some orange hues of bricking appearing- maybe pre-mature for a Burgundy wine, we shall see. On the nose a revelation, this wine is young, fresh and full of fruit yet tertiary notes are starting to appear. Cherry, strawberry and wildflowers dominate with barnyard and a touch of oak also appears. On the initial attack I’m getting super smooth cherry notes with cinnamon and grille backing it up. The meatiness is slight but present along with super sleek tannins that are perceptible yet unobtrusive- this wine glides. The mid palate is a seamless transition from the front with the addition of some barnyard funk- my kinda Burgundy. The finish is decent in length and gives off leather and some pale berry notes. This is a very complex wine that is shockingly smooth and very pleasing. I am hoping it will evolve into a behemoth old school Burgundy in the next few years. 92 points from me which coincides with WS. Drink now, but sparingly until it fully matures. 4 stars for the $50 price point. 2019-2027 is a good window for maximum effect. Salut….
I got this bottle as a gift and thought I would open it to pair with some hearty pasta. The wine turns out to command a lofty price in excess of $50, and got decent scores from the pros. Here’s my take:
Slight bricking on the edges with a coppery tint in the glass. A delightful nose of cherry and earth. The first taste is sour cherry and green peppers. The acidity that this wine opens with carries on through to the mid palate. Right now it is one dimensional. There are some good tannins that round the wine out but to be honest it is too young. 89 points from me and pretty much a pass unless it shapes up and gets a little bit of flab, some more fruit and a little less acidity. This may happen if it gets some bottle age and nature is kind. 2 stars from me. Salut….
Burgundy, and Pinot Noir can seem like such a minefield. The nuances of the grape coupled with the intricacies of the Burgundian wine system leave me with a headache sometimes. Having said that, I am trying my hardest to discover and having fun doing it.
See-through pinkish purple, as would be expected of a Pinot Noir. The nose intrigues me- but kinda thin. It offers shades of cherry, straw, dust and perhaps some pomegranate. The initial attack is very subtle and smooth. Cherry for sure, some capsicum, and spices. Violets come to mind as well. The mid palate is where the wine opens up- cherries, berries and some nice juicy tannins show up. The pomegranate re-appears on the finish as the wine closes out in a slightly acidic note. The whole package is quite delicious but lacks depth for now. I’m thinking it may evolve somewhat. 90 points from me (the pro’s gave it 92). Drink from now until 2025 and pair it with Cornish hens, maybe even some Salmon on the grill. For $50, it is a pricy wine, but very typical of small production Burgundy. 3 stars. Salut….
I wrote about this Artisan Napa Cab in March of 2016, recommending a two year cellaring before it came out of it’s tannic, fruitless shell. I was right. I opened this sleeper to find it has truly come out and is ready to drink. Purple plums, black cherry and a cedar note all came out on the nose and palate. The tannins are on pointe, sleek and just present. The first time I tried this wine they overtook all the fruit and drowned out the wine’s flavor, now they complement the mouthfeel and make this a really smooth wine, not overly dry nor flat. Acidity is just perceptible and balances out the tannins nicely. A long finish of plum and cola made me long for more. I initially rated this as a potential 90 point wine, but now that it has emerged, I’m going 91 points. It’s still a 3 star wine due to the $50 entry fee, but don’t be shy if you see it on a menu or in the shops, it is really delicious. Salut….