This Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is beautiful in the glass- deep golden colored it shows off its age appropriately. There is just a sheen of legs, which made me check the ABV- 12.5%. Perfect. I’m getting a little tired of getting tipsy too soon. The nose is quite pronounced with aromas of gooseberry, lemon zest, green apple, honeysuckle, biscuit and persimmon. A very interesting combination! The palate is very soft and smooth with gentle acidity, full body and good length. The flavors are more secondary and tertiary driven. Citrus and apple give way to buttery components alongside toast and biscuit. I did a bit of research after the fact. This wine is technically a “drink now”, up to 2019. Whoops. It certainly shows some age but I think it will go swimmingly well with our grilled Salmon and sautéed spinach tonight. If you have any, pop soon. 89 points from me for this $32 wine make it a 3 star effort. Salut…..
The second wine of Chateau Smith Haut Lafite, this vintage is highly rated so I had to pick up this bottle. It’s a deep garnet, showing a bit of bottle age. The nose is quintessential Bordeaux- graphite, plum, cassis, blackberry, smoky oak and black tea. The palate is a little awkward at first, the somewhat green tannins are fighting me with a hint of astringency. Once I get past the onslaught of black tea on my gums I get the classic fruit flavors along with medium acidity. The finish is mid length but the grip of those tannins is ferocious, lingering for a good minute. This wine is a bit young and disjointed right now but it holds promise for cellaring. Overall I think it warrants 89 points and for $45, it is a good introduction to the Graves appellation. 3 stars, drink from 2024-2030. Salut….
Whenever I see ’09 or 2010 Bordeaux on sale I take note. These two vintages were stellar and you can’t go wrong. Hence the urge for me to pick up a case of this stuff sight unseen, without any knowledge or forbearance. I simply saw a rating, a price and my wallet.
Bright purples hues in the glass as to be expected. Nose of black currants and blue berries was somewhat less than expected, perhaps the youth of the bottle? An interesting attack of black and blue fruits with a core of acidity and brisk tannins which led to a cork and dusty component which add to the fruits in a funky way that I enjoyed. Black tea finish with that tannic bite made for an interesting closure. 89 points with a 2014-2020 window. I paid $18 per bottle making this a 3 star effort. Salut….