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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 Barreyres Haut-Médoc 2014

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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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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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IMW Annual Bordeaux tasting – 2013 vintage

Held in Sydney by the Institute of Masters of Wine on the weekend, this was a first close local look at the 2013 vintage of Bordeaux. The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux was, of course, rather dire. It saw a dismal spring, an early summer and catastrophic flowering. The vintage culminated with tropical weather at the…Continue readingIMW Annual Bordeaux tasting – 2013 vintage

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Château Liversan Haut-Médoc 2009

This is a delicious wine from Château Liversan from the outstanding 2009 vintage in Bordeaux.  It has classic left bank Haut-Médoc aromas of blackcurrant and earth.  The palate is medium bodied, with good length and a moreish texture.  More please.  (Region: Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this…Continue readingChâteau Liversan Haut-Médoc 2009

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A couple of 2012 Bordeaux (Sénéjac and Lilian Ladouys) and an Orange merlot (Gartelmann)

It has been a quiet tasting week.  Nonetheless, a couple of mid priced Bordeaux from the 2012 vintage and a new release Orange merlot caught my interest.  Notes follow. Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc 2012The spell checker would have me call this Chateau Senegal, which I shall seek to avoid typing.  Oh, wait.  For its modest price, this…Continue readingA couple of 2012 Bordeaux (Sénéjac and Lilian Ladouys) and an Orange merlot (Gartelmann)

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Château Sociando-Mallet 2011

This is an impressive release from Château Sociando-Mallet in the Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux.  This estate is famously neither a cru classé nor a cru bourgeois, but stands on its own as a beacon of quality.  The 2011 vintage is a blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.  More generally, the 2011…Continue readingChâteau Sociando-Mallet 2011

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Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 1975

There is no particularly good reason why a cru bourgeois from 1975 should prove drinkable in 2016 (for more on the cru bourgeois see my post here). But such is the beauty of wine that it is always worth a try, particularly when the wine is from the left bank of Bordeaux.  The 1975 Caronne Ste-Gemme…Continue readingChâteau Caronne Ste-Gemme 1975

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Chateau Sénéjac 2008

This is a well proportioned release from Chateau Sénéjac in the Haut-Médoc subregion of Bordeaux. It has classic left-bank aromatics of cigar box, blackcurrant and smoke.  Medium bodied, the palate has a lovely balance and depth of blackcurrant flavours that expanded with time in the glass.  Good to Very Good Abv: 13%, Price: $40s, Vendors…Continue readingChateau Sénéjac 2008

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La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 2012

La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet is the second wine of the well regarded Chateau Sociando-Mallet estate in the Haut-Médoc.  The 2012 vintage tasted here presents in an utterly classic left-bank Bordeaux fashion, with expressions of clove and blackcurrant.  A stylish entry level release.  Good Abv: not noted, Price: $20s, Vendors and website: http://www.sociandomallet.com, Tasted: 2015Continue readingLa Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet 2012