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Bordeaux 2015 in bottle tasting in Napa

February seems both long ago, yet only recent, with both the rhythm of seasons and life partly frozen and confused by lockdowns. This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020. Writing in September 2020, in Melbourne, we remain in lockdown. In our city, this means being permitted only to travel up to 5 kilometres…Continue readingBordeaux 2015 in bottle tasting in Napa

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Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe 2015

We see so few Bordeaux wines in Australia that are from the left bank appellations of Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux and Saint-Julien and are not a cru classé. This is a mistake, as with the improvements and price increases in Bordeaux, there is wonderful value in these villages at below cru classé level. This wine, from…Continue readingChâteau Capbern Saint-Estèphe 2015

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Château Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 1994

The 1994 vintage of the Pichon Baron is a mature claret that remains in its drinking window at 26 years of age. The 1994s are considered a more modest vintage for left bank Bordeaux, but the better producers produce better wines, as usual. In my experience, drinking modest Bordeaux vintages from good producers (from long…Continue readingChâteau Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac 1994

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Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac 2016

This is a delightful Pauillac from Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande’s second label, the Réserve de la Comtesse.  It has an aroma of blackcurrant and refined, unobtrusive cedar.  The palate is medium bodied, with subtle length and a refined bearing.  Ready to drink now or over the next decade. Rating: Very Good.  Abv: 13.0.  Price: …Continue readingRéserve de la Comtesse Pauillac 2016

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Château Potensac 2015

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Château Barreyres Haut-Médoc 2014

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Château Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 2003

2003 was a drought vintage in Bordeaux, and despite many of these wines being dismissed as a consequence, the vintage continues to provide very enjoyable drinking 16 years later. So some are wrong. Certainly, I would be a buyer of 2003s for current drinking. The 2003 Cos Labory has brooding aromatics of earth and cedar.…Continue readingChâteau Cos Labory Saint-Estèphe 2003

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Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux 2014 in bottle Sydney tasting

Last weekend, the annual Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux tasting in bottle of the 2014 vintage took place in Sydney. I expected this to be a much more popular event than the previous year’s tasting of the 2013s (you can read my reviews of that tasting here) which was a poor vintage. But in…Continue readingInstitute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux 2014 in bottle Sydney tasting

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La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc 2000

From the very good 2000 vintage in Bordeaux, La Demoiselle is the second wine of Sociando-Mallet.    The wine is initially shy in bearing with aromas of coffee grinds and old cedar. A restrained expression of blackcurrants emerges with aeration.  The palate is savoury and earthy, with resolved tannins and smoke and coffee characters prominent.…Continue readingLa Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc 2000

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Chateau La Chandelliere Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2015

This is a lovely and classical expression of Médoc.  Lightly coloured (for cabernet), it has aromatics that are restrained and savoury, and remind of red currants, cherry and cedar.  The palate has firm tannins and an earthy, savoury finish.  This is an enjoyable wine that can be approached now, but will also benefit from short…Continue readingChateau La Chandelliere Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2015

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Château Citran Haut-Médoc Bordeaux 2006

This is a good Château Citran from the 2006 vintage that has entered its window of best drinking.  It has some tannic grip and mature black currant characters.  The wine dries out a little with air but overall, its length, finish and balance make for pleasant and typical left bank Bordeaux drinking.  The cork was…Continue readingChâteau Citran Haut-Médoc Bordeaux 2006

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Château Beau-Site Saint-Estèphe 1999

Good Bordeaux cru bourgeois lack the label prestige of the left bank cru classé, but on the evidence I have seen to date, they develop along similar lines in the cellar.  They therefore represent a smart and economical choice.   Here’s an example.  This wine – a Château Beau-Site from Saint-Estèphe – is quite delicious…Continue readingChâteau Beau-Site Saint-Estèphe 1999