A slightly dull purple in the glass, gives me concern. On the nose however- violets, black currants, a touch of oak. On the palate it is much darker- blackberry, cherry extract, graphite and singed oak. There is a leather component too, it just comes along later, towards the mid palate. The wine transitions very nicely with good tannic structure that is not obtrusive and acidic enough to balance. This is the third wine of Brane Cantenac, a Second Growth Margaux. They use the young plots for source fruit, giving us an approachable young wine that drinks very nicely with good mouthfeel and medium term cellaring potential. 90 points from me for this $29 effort that gets 3 stars. Drink now till 2024. Salut….
Rich purple hues in the glass with classic Bordeaux notes on the palate. Cassis, lovely oak and dark cherry are dominant on the nose. On the palate it is slightly thinner than expected but its litheness is appreciated. Plums, blackberry reduction, black olives and charcoal dominate the initial palate. Very lithe tannins peak on the mid palate with very slight acidity countering them. The finish is where the astringency kicks in with black tea, black currants and spice box. This wine is drinking very nicely now and will improve over the next 10 years. 92 points and 4 stars for this $55 Grand Cru. Salut….
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….
I have had the 2005 Close Du Marquis, twice. This vintage is not as solid and lacks depth. My Danish buddy brought it to our tasting and we saved it for the finale. Unfortunately, the best was not saved for last- the best was the Pioneer Pinot that we tasted first.
Very dark and opaque in the glass. The nose resonates with plums, Kirsch and Pepsi cola. The palate has a definitive edge- plums, gripping tannins, acidity and pencil lead. Cassis appears on the mid with a blue fruit and cedar component. The finish is somewhat short, but pleasant with kirsch and cassis dominating while the tannins recede. 89 points and for $55, 3 stars. Salut….
This is the second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou, and comes from the good 2010 vintage. I have been given 2 bottles from my buddy, it’s Friday night and there are Porterhouses that need some company.
It looks somewhat murky in the glass, somewhat opaque in depth. The nose is classic Bordeaux. Cassis, leather, tobacco, dark fruits. I am excited. The palate offers up delicious Claret flavors, black berries, tobacco, cassis, leather and that classic terroir that you only get from the region. The wine transcends the whole palate with the same flavor profile. Tannins are well integrated and the acidity is barley noticeable, but balanced. The wine has a decent length finish that keeps giving that Saint Julien terroir. I am really enjoying this wine and it is drinking on pointe. The steaks are going to pair beautifully, alongside the roasted Sprouts, Radishes and Beetroot. I am going 92 points on this wine, it is rich, full bodied, flavorful and will age for another 10 years. $60 is not a cheap price, but when the moment arrives- this is a great wine to pop. 5 stars from me. Salut….
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….
Continuing on with the Birthday weekend celebration Moxie took us out for the most enjoyable dinner at my favorite restaurant. L’Auberge Chez Francoise has been a local fixture for over 40 years and is consistently the best dining I have ever had. Their wine list is extensive and meets all needs, but I really wanted to take two bottles from my cellar for the momentous occasion. We started out with the 2008 Brainaire-Ducru, which runs about $65 currently. I did not write notes on the wines, only a memory of the experience.
I was a little dismayed at the thinness of this wine. It should have been at peak but instead I found it lacking much fruit, secondary flavors or even much tannic structure. I enjoyed it for what it was and would give it 90 points and 3 stars. We drank it with Braised Wagyu Beef Cheeks, then the salad course. Salut….
My buddy brought this wine, which I was really excited to try. Unfortunately, it was a major let down. Color was right but the nose and flavors were earthy with a tar note. I did not bother to write further as I was really tired and just wanted to relax. Overall, I would have given this wine 86 points and probably a pass for the $60 price tag….until I read some more posts about it on the web. It rated very highly with the pros and sells for its price point, so maybe I got an off bottle. I will reserve further judgement until I get another opportunity. Too bad. Salut….