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 →

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

This is a very even, edgeless expression of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon from Moss Wood’s Ribbon Vale vineyard. It has typical cabernet sauvignon aromas of blackcurrant and leaf.  The palate is medium to full bodied, the tannins are moderate and fine grained and the finish is graceful and smooth.  Refined smokey oak and pencils complete the... 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 →

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Wine Review

Moss Wood is probably the most consistent producer of benchmark Australian cabernet sauvignon. It is aided by both climate and producer intent. The Margaret River climate is similar to warm to hot vintage Bordeaux, and its style sees generally higher contributions from later ripening cabernet sauvignon. The Moss Wood blend in 2009 is 88% cabernet... Continue Reading →

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