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 […]

A couple of red Bordeaux and an Alsace pinot noir

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas. Here are a couple of red Bordeaux that are sub $30, and an Alsace pinot noir for obscurity’s sake. Trimbach Pinot Noir Reserve Alsace 2013Presents as Burgundy like and represents pretty good value for $33. Restrained and savoury, with sour cherry and minerally aromatics. The palate […]

Chateau Les Trois Manoirs Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2010

This wine presented as something of a mystery, since it did not have an importer’s label and I couldn’t see it for sale in Australia in any obvious place.  I liked it.  It has blackcurrant aromatics, and a hint of bitterness.  The palate has a lovely elegance to it with appealing fine grained tannins, and […]

Château les Grands Chênes Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2012

Château les Grand Chênes is a merlot dominant blend from Bernard Magrez in the Médoc.  I wasn’t taken by the 2012 vintage of it.  Its aromatics show evident oak influence, with notes of varnish, cedar and vanilla.  The palate is medium bodied and there’s short length on the finish.  While perfectly pleasant, it lacks depth […]

Chateau Patache d’Aux Médoc 2009

On my tastings to date, the hype surrounding the greatness of the Bordeaux 2009 vintage appears entirely justified.  Buy, buy, buy, I say.  Which is of course great news for all except for your bank balance.  Chateau Patache d’Aux, a cru bourgeois from the Médoc appellation to the north of the left bank in Bordeaux, […]

Chateau Potensac 2001

I recently tasted Chateau Potensac’s 2001 vintage against the 2008 vintage, the latter reviewed here.  My thoughts on Potensac’s 2008 vintage pretty much remain the same, and my score equally is the same as previously.  The 2001 Bordeaux vintage, rated more highly seemingly by the French than the Americans, I have personally found to be […]