Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2004

Château Cantermele is one of the more affordable of the Bordeaux cru classés and this wine from the 2004 vintage is ready to drink.  I more or less buy it most years for this reason. The 2004 vintage, tasted in 2022 and cellared since purchase, is medium bodied with aromas and flavours of smoke and... Continue Reading →

Château Clerc Milon 2012

This is a refined, St Julien like expression of Château Clerc Milon from Pauillac and the 2012 vintage.  In all respects, this is classic left bank Bordeaux and an edge free experience.  Every corner has been polished.  It has textbook aromas of blackcurrant and cedar.  The palate is medium bodied, has firm fine tannins and... Continue Reading →

Chateau Marquis d’Alesme Becker Margaux 2005

The stronger 2005s from Bordeaux should be starting to drink well and the lesser wines revealing whether they had sufficient stuffing to last the distance. The Marquis d'Alesme Becker grand cru classé sits somewhere in between. It could be a little tired, offer glimpses of excellence or provide excellent drinking with the promise of more.... Continue Reading →

Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2002

This wine review is of the 2002 vintage of Château Grand Puy Lacoste from Pauillac in Bordeaux. The wine initially presents as mature and fully evolved with tertiary soy, leather and earthy characters. A touch of blackcurrant is there, but only for the particularly diligent searcher. With time in the glass, however, a metamorphosis take... Continue Reading →

Château Latour 1964 Wine Review

This wine review is of Château Latour's 1964 vintage. It is very special to taste wines of this calibre. Cellared since its purchase in the day, 57 years have passed since its vintage and the wine is still vibrant and joyous. Fully mature, the wine opens to aromas of leather, earth and old cedar. Amazingly... Continue Reading →

Chateau La Lagune Haut-Médoc 2010

This is an excellent La Lagune from the outstanding 2010 Bordeaux vintage.  It has unmistakeable left bank aromas of cedar and blackcurrant.  The palate is between medium and full bodied, the tannins are a little softer than expected for this vintage and the length on the finish is long.  This is one of those wines... Continue Reading →

Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020 just before the global pandemic took hold. This post though is not about Napa wine but the annual Institute of Masters of Wine tasting of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, a tasting which travels to London, Napa and Sydney. The setting was the centrally located... Continue Reading →

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 Reading →

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 Reading →

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