A very clean, pure purple of lighter opacity in the glass. On the nose black cherry, espresso and currant extract. On the palate I get black fruits, a hint of cassis, vanilla and coffee bean. The mid palate exhibits a lighter shade of the berries, somewhat more reedy. The finish shows off tart black berries and slight tannins. They build up after a while to a dry finish. I’m doing Chorizo tacos as a potential pairing…. we will see how that works. 89 points and 3 stars for this $14 wine. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Light to medium density in the glass. A lighter shade of purple that offers up plum, star anise and a stony minerality on the nose. On the palate, it is somewhat sour and lacking in upfront fruit. I have to coax some dark fruits, mainly plum out of the midpalate. There is a herbaceous component that disjoints the wine coupled with volatile tannins. The lack of fruit bothers me somewhat. The overpowering dryness is quite dominant making this wine not very pleasant nor technically very good. 83 points- a pass of 1 star, save the $15. Salut….
A see through purple in the glass with a nose of black currant, violet and coffee. The initial tastes are muted by the forward tannins, but I eventually get dark fruits, green pepper and plum. Very young and hiding behind the mouth searing tannins, this wine needs decanting or aerating.
I ran it through the aerator and voila… nowhere near as tannic, with approachable berry fruits, some tobacco, and still some green peppers. The wine carries these primal flavors through the mid palate and onto the finish. It is somewhat one dimensional as far as flavors go, but it should evolve given a few years. I paid around $17 for it and am giving it 88 points for now. I think it may get better with some age, and I will certainly re-visit it. 3 stars. Salut….
A wise man will try any 2009 or 2010 Bordeaux, they are consistently good. Winemakers had an amazing back-to-back set of vintages that offer short term approachability with some wines that will cellar for 30-40 years. This particular Bordeaux Superiore was ready for the corkscrew. I only took basic notes as we were tired when this bottle was opened.
Rich plum, tart blackberries and some juicy acidity. Bramble and dusty tannins on the mid palate. Decent finish of plum compote mixed with tannins and blueberry pie. My friend claims yum! 88 points and 4 stars for this $12 steal. I plan on buying more for the near term. 2015-2019. Salut….
By far the most widely searched wine on my blog has been the La Croix-Barton 2008. I did not particularly care for it, but apparently many people googled it and ended up reading my 2 cents worth. When I saw the ’09 I did not hesitate. Priced at around $14 it provides gratification with oak and mulberry on the nose to get things started. Tart cherry and plums greet the palate but they are slightly thin right now. Juicy acidity and young tannins make this an interesting wine to drink now yet I feel it could do with another 2 years in a cellar. This wine is vibrant and lively but should settle down and gain some weight in short order. It is interesting to taste wines from the same winery but from an average year versus a far superior one to see the nuances. This particular example highlights just how much variation you can get between vintages. I’m going with 88 points and 3 stars for this Merlot/Cab Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux. Salut….
A Bordeaux Superier from a modest vintage that did not break the bank. $12 buys an everyday Cab/Merlot blend with tasty red fruits and some cassis. The tannins seemed a little unripe to me, almost like they had let some green stems stay in the must a little too long. The result was a slightly angular back end finish. I would buy it again and pair it with a cheese platter and some cold cuts. Nothing special here yet appealing for some reason or another. 85 points and 3 stars. Salut….
I’m telling you, 2009 Bordeaux was an awesome year. I don’t hesitate picking up any bottle from the region if it was made in this stunning vintage.
An entry-level Cru that was about $13, this wine had all the makings of decent Claret. Dark purple in the glass, it showed off Plums and earth on the nose. The initial attack was fruit driven, with purple fruits and some oak integrating. The earthy component reappeared and there was also a hint of cassis. Decent tannins and good acidity wrapped the whole package up nicely. We drank it alongside the Yalumba Shiraz and they just seemed to complement each other. The cellar potential for this is about 3-5 years, but it is drinking well now. Not too complex, it would be great with some pasta or Shish Kebabs. 88 points and 4 stars.
I recently had the 2008 Meaume and enjoyed it for its price, quality and mass appeal. The 2009 version takes it a step further. More intense than the ’08 with red fruits and currant on the nose, the oak is cleverly masked. On the palate, an appealing tannic presentation of plum and red berries that is evenly balanced with the acidity. Not overly complex, it is clearly made to appeal to the masses, yet I find myself wanting to cellar a few bottles just to see. I think it would pair greatly with duck confit, beef burgundy, even sloppy joe’s! At under $15, well worth searching out this charming Bordeaux. 4 stars easily for its goodness ratio, and 88 points if you want to get technical.
This wine is a Bordeaux Superier, versus a Cru Bourgeois- taking it a rung lower than the previous wine we tasted. It also came from the 2008 Bordeaux vintage, not as highly touted as the 2005. Strike 2 against this little charmer- yet it wins over the bigger, better Cru. Why??? Bang for the buck ladies and gentlemen. At under $15, this wine delivers exactly what it is intended for. On the nose, very convincing blue and red fruit, the palate shows good balance and the finish is all that can be expected. A very serviceable bottle that won’t disappoint for the next 5 years. Not meant for long term aging, the structure is in place to hold it together, but I’m doubtful of much evolution. An easy 4 stars with 86 point potential. Great for casual drinking, or a summer grilling- your guests will enjoy its basic fruit and medium body. Salut
A Cru Bourgeois ‘Superier’ from the much hyped 2005 vintage, I found this wine to be serviceable. Most higher end wines from the Bordeaux region start to become drinkable with 8-10 years of age. The lower tiered wines, known as cru bourgeois, tend to develop quicker and start their drinking window at about 4-5 years of age (IMHO). I was looking forward to some typicity of region, which coupled with an exceptional year had me hoping for fireworks worthy of my $27. I was slightly let down, but still managed to enjoy it. Very smooth right off the bat, the wine has a nose and initial attack of blue fruit, but is rather one dimensional. I am not sure when and if any secondary characteristics will ever develop. The tannins are well integrated and the mouthfeel is appropriate for this medium weight wine. A decent finish and balanced acidity were noted. I have to be honest here, this is an 88-89 point wine but is only worthy of 2 stars in my opinion. You have to deliver the goods, and for the money- this was a waste. I would drink it again, anytime, as long as someone else was paying.