Second up in our epic wines last night was the Comtesse. Unfortunately this bottle was sitting in my wine chiller and was slightly cold when first opened. The wine lacked a tail end kick, no tannins or bite…. I waited for it to warm up to room temperature and bam! There they were, tannins, acidity, a nice finish, all I could ask for. The wine was super smooth, nuances of tobacco, cassis, leather, all the secondary notes that get me excited about aged Bordeaux. The wine was sublime. It hit every note, showed it’s power, but also its grace. This is a seductive wine with very soft edges, yet it holds an immense amount of complexity and evolution. I wrote about this wine three years ago, the 2001 Comtesse got 92 points from me back then and I promised to drink one every 6 months. I got sidetracked, sorry it took so long to drink another- I won’t make the same mistake again! This wine has gone up to 93 points in my opinion and is nearing its peak. On sale for $125 it is not cheap, but it gets 5 stars from me for the sheer enjoyment it provides. Salut….
Last night I had an old College friend over for dinner. We ate Brisket, as can be seen in my previous post. While it was still cooking we have heavy hors d’ouerves and I opened up a stunning set of wines. The 2001 vintage from Bordeaux has been quietly sitting in my cellar and I really should get to drinking them, time flies and most wines fade. So, we started out with the amazing 2001 Chateau Cantermerle, which has been drinking well for a decade now. The first tasting note I wrote was in 2011, the wine has only gotten better and more defined. The secondary flavors are in place, the fruit is still present and the tannins are fully melded. A great 91 point wine that I really enjoyed. I purposely did not write notes, I just wanted to enjoy the moment and relish the wines. A quick check online shows this one available for $55, making it a 5 star effort even at 16 years of age! Well done. Salut….
I bought two Magnums of this wine many moons ago and was waiting for the right time… How about my birthday party. I opened and poured without decanting. I was surprised there was no sediment. The 2003 Bordeaux vintage was very hot and produced many short lived wines, and many wines that were very stewed in taste. The Pichon Laland from this vintage got a surprisingly high 95 points from several top critics. The drinking window suggested between 2014 to 2026. I am glad I opened my first bottle now, it is ready.
Cassis, leather, plum on the nose. On the palate lively tannins, tobacco, plum and an earthy component. The tannins are thoroughly in control of this wine, from beginning to end. The midpalate shows stewed plums and the finish has some lingering notes of more leather and plum. The fruit on this wine has made way for the secondary flavors sought after in aged Bordeaux. This does not detract from the wine, it only strengthens its pedigree by the fact that it will mature in such a way. I really enjoyed this wine for what it was and look forward to the next bottle, perhaps within the year. 90 points from me but 4 stars even though it will set you back $150 or so. We drank it before dinner, which was a whole roasted beef tenderloin. It would have rocked the meal, but we thoroughly enjoyed it with some appetizers of cheese and olives. The greatest part of the whole thing was the ability to pull something out of the cellar that I have had for over a decade, and watch it give others pleasure. 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….
This is my first 100 point wine and was brought by a good friend to celebrate his promotion and pay off a football bet! At $450 per bottle it’s a pretty steep price to pay for perfection but you only live once.
Nearly black in the glass. A stunning nose of leather, tobacco, blueberry, coconut. Young is my first impression. Fresh fruit, bright tannins, good acidity… blueberry tart, leather and spice box with maybe some plum on the mid palate. I’m also getting graphite. Did I mention the mouth coating tannins? They go on forever. This wine is extracted, polished, deep and complex, but it’s also a baby. It needs another 5 years minimum before it starts maturity but will last till 2040 at the least. It currently shows primal fruit but will evolve in a massive way once secondary flavors develop. I am lucky I got to taste it at this stage of its life cycle and hope to be so fortunate in the future to experience it at peak. I can only imagine how great this wine will be. We drank it with some cheese and crackers, that is about all you need. I would think this wine is worthy of 98 or 99 points, but the man himself gave it 100 on several occasions, so who am I to argue! Shall we say 5 stars? Salut….
I can’t remember the exact details of when or where I bought this 3 Liter Double Magnum but it has been many years. This is a really nice Bordeaux wine which hailed from the amazing 2000 vintage. I have saved it for the right moment and hoped it had matured nicely and was not over the hill or premature. My first concern was the crumbling cork. I ended up with it inside the bottle and my shirt getting the first tastes before my Thanksgiving guests arrived. I was pleasantly surprised and thankful for my patience.
Still beautifully purple with no signs of bricking. The nose is sublime. Leather, plums, tobacco. The initial taste is very smooth, refined and balanced. More creamy purple fruits and leather show up as the wine works its way along. The tannins show up on the mid palate in a very subdued way. The finish has vanilla, plum torte and cassis berries. The tannins really kick in after a while and are gripping on the finish. 91 points and drinking nicely till 2023 at the least. I found it online for $30 but it got terrible ratings from the pros. I disagree but maybe that is because mine was in a large format bottle. I love aged Bordeaux and this one hit it on all cylinders for me. 5 stars if you are looking for a good deal on something that offers freshness with old world charm and some secondary flavors of maturity starting to emerge. Salut….
Not much could be dug up on this wine so I I don’t have pricing or details. It says Cru Bourgeois on the label and consists of 62% Cab Sav, 32% Merlot and 6% Cab Franc. I like this ratio of blending. The wine is an opaque purple in the glass and gives a charming nose of black fruits with some oak hints. The initial attack is all black currants. There is a sour cherry mid palate taste that feeds into the finish of more black fruits and very lithe tannins. The acidity is slightly off-balance and there is a green note in there. The wine slides in with 12.5% alcohol which makes it pleasing to drink. Overall a decent bottle of Bordeaux from a lackluster vintage. I am giving it 86 points but without pricing, I can’t give a star rating. Salut….
I last tasted this wine in it’s infancy, with instructions to revisit later. Eighteen months on and it’s starting to open up, evolve and change in fruit flavors. When I initially reviewed the BriO I only gave it 88 points. This time is different.
Deep, rich purple hues with a nose of black currants, violets and cinnamon. The initial attack consists of blackberry, tar, and plum pudding. The wine is still showing some primal tannins, but they integrate well with the acidity. The mid palate and finish offer up more plums and a hint of eucalyptus. A medium length ending that leaves a certain tannic edge that begs for some red meat- good thing I’m doing kebabs tonight. I think this wine is just opening up and will drink well for another 5 years. 90 points and 3 stars for this $40 bottle. Salut….
A see-through purple hue in the glass with some damson and leather on the nose. The initial taste is super smooth with plum, tobacco, a touch of oak and very well balanced tannins. The acidity is present, but only just showing itself. The mid palate is interesting, with the tannins and acidity swirling around, mixing it up with more dark fruits and what appears to be the beginnings of secondary flavors. I also get a telltale hint of violets. When Bordeaux wines mature, the better made ones will start to lose the fruit and gain tertiary flavors that most claret drinkers love. I am hoping this wine will evolve more as I have another 10 bottles and am going to enjoy the journey. The finish is what I would consider ‘normal’. Not long, not persistent but still showing off some of the fruit and tannins. 2010 was an exceptional year for Bordeaux, this wine is making the most of it. The fruit is still ever present and the structure is great, holding the wine together and giving it a cellaring potential of another 7-8 years. In that timeframe I imagine some interesting things may happen. I am going with 91 points and 5 stars for this $22 effort that is 30% Merlot, 60% Cab Sav and 10% Cabernet Franc (Which is probably why I like it so much!) Salut….
I love Bordeaux wines, especially from awesome vintages like 2009. This particular bottling is 68% Cab Sav, 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. It comes in at 13% alcohol and can be had for $80. Do not confuse this winery with Ormes de Pez.
Dark, hazy purple in the glass it offers up a nose of black fruits, tar and some oak. On the palate, still young and tannic but with flavors of black berries, cassis and violets. The mid palate is somewhat muted by the tannic structure and the juicy acidity, not leaving much room for the fruit to shine, this is only a temporary problem that will be solved wth cellaring or a run through the Vinturi. The finish is long and searing with gum numbing tannins. The tail end shows off some berry and spice box. The deft use of oak and lack of super extraction tell me this is a quality wine that has respected the terroir and will live long. Not cheap, it is worthy of 91 points from me and 3 stars. I am cooking NY Strip steaks with some Artichokes, a perfect pairing if I might say so. I have more in the cellar and will re-visit in two years or so. Salut….