It’s Thanksgiving today and I am opening some stunners tonight, this was the first red. Nearly black in the glass and opaque AF. This wine is blowing me away on the nose- cassis, tobacco, leather and the umami of dried mushrooms. On the palate this Bordeaux beauty is at peak. The primal fruit has given way to the most amazing tertiary notes that we can only hope to taste in mature wine. Earth, funk, leather, Maduro tobacco, rich cassis and a hint of tannins on the very back end. It is stunning, graceful, developed and powerful in a staid manner. I’m floored that this mediocre, hot vintage has held itself together for 17 years and rewarded my cellaring in such an amazing manner. 95 points for tonights bottle which is a massive step up from the last time I drank a Magnum of the stuff. You can read my original notes here. Not cheap, nor is it easy to find- at $150 for a regular size or close to $350 for the big boy. 5 stars with a drink now window. Yummm. Salut….
Dark purple and opaque. The nose has a dusty waft to it that took a bit of swirling to dissipate. Cedar shake, plum reduction and toasted pine nuts finally come through. On the palate it is very smooth with a concentrated core of blueberry, cassis, cedar, tobacco and leather- classic Pauillac. The wine picks up some dusty tannins on the mid palate and the fruit gets concentrated and focused. The tertiary flavors take a back seat temporarily while the blueberry and cassis really shine. The finish is a touch tart with some rooibos tea along with the fruit theme that has persisted along with some oaky vanilla. It’s still young with staying power . Drink till 2027. 92 points and 4 stars for this $135 Fifth Growth. Salut….
The third tasting of this amazing wine over several years. Bright purple, but with quite a lot of sediment- the nose is classic Pauillac. Cassis, leather, tobacco and hazelnuts. The palate is rich, refined, smooth and very balanced. The primary fruits have given way to tertiary notes of blackberry reduction, that musky leather, dry tobacco and damson torte. There’s a touch of oak, by way of a vanilla note that I’m enjoying. The nuttiness I caught on the nose reappears on the mid palate where I do get some plums alongside the cassis. The tannins gradually build up and really peak on the finish- with black tea, cassis and cinnamon. Delicious and still young. This is a 94 point wine that just keeps getting better. Drink till 2029. Getting pricy at $175 now but tasty as hell and worthy of 5 stars. Salut….
Nearly black and opaque in the glass. On the nose I get gorgeous blackberries and fruitcake with a touch of mint. On the palate it is fresh, young, fruity and chock full of black fruits, cedar, scrumptious tannins and a slight hint of cassis. Tobacco and leather are evident on the mid palate which totally excites me and hints at long term evolution in line with traditional Bordeaux. The tannic structure is amazing, very lithe at the beginning with a steady rise to a crescendo of black tea dryness. 92 points and 4 stars for this $50 Fifth Growth. Drink till 2030. Salut….
It’s my birthday. I hit the big 5-Oh and pulled this one out the cellar to mark the occasion. I bought 8 bottles of the 2000 vintage back in ’02 for $59 each, at Costco. They go for $ 200+ nowadays.
The wine is still a vibrant purple with no signs of age, except the cork that broke in half on extraction. The nose is heavenly. Pure Pauillac, with loads of fruit, tobacco, leather, kirsch. I have wondered for 16 years if this wine would open up like the amazing ’89. So far, so good. On the palate- it’s all I had hoped for and more. Blackberry, cassis, leather, maduro leaf- to name a few of the initial components that meld right in with the fine-grained tannins. The tannins are very fresh and vibrant, caressing the gums and balancing the gentle acidity to near perfection. The mid plate is full of cassis and more tobacco leaf. There is also a fig component that just hit me. The finish exudes class. Full of fruit, but with plenty of tertiary flavors mixed in. Simply amazing. This wine is young, fresh, vibrant and juicy yet displays grace, a maturity and great structure. It fulfilled every possible desire I had for a super special treat and has truly rewarded my patience. I am going with 96 points for this stunner and 5 stars. It’s a privilege to be able to drink such magnificence. The family are all working the kitchen to make a special meal, with my 15 year old manning the grill for the Ribeyes. Salut….
Every once in a while I like to just drink the wine, no notes, no sucking air between my teeth- just the pleasure of the grapes. This past weekend my best friend from childhood came over for dinner. In his usual style he showed up with a decent bottle of wine. He was raised well and has class. His offering was this 2010 Bordeaux from the Pauillac commune which I happen to love. He also brought some pretty hefty cheeses and salami shavings to get the evening going.
Without notes I cannot tell you the specifics, only that this wine reaffirms my statements about 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux. Run, don’t walk to the shops. The next three vintages offer wines much lower in quality without reflection in price. This wine retails at $40 or so dollars and is a notch below the Cru Classe in terms of quality. It had everything going for it with regard to flavor, structure and cellaring potential. Others have given it 90 points, I won’t argue. 3 stars and well worth looking for. Salut….