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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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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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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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A bracket of 1994 cabernets

I was fortunate to taste recently a bracket of 1994 cabs blind, with a representative from each of the Yarra Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux.  The least expensive of this set in fact showed most impressively.  Aged Coonawarra probably deserves more attention than it gets. Wantirna Estate Cabernet Merlot 1994Wantirna Estate was…Continue readingA bracket of 1994 cabernets

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1995

Yes, I did attend a particularly good tasting.  Sandwiched between two Granges (reviewed here) was this not so humble 1995 La Mission Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan.  I sometimes get confused with some of the wines with Haut-Brion in the name – be it prefixes of Larrivet, La Chapelle de, Les Carmes or Bahans – but La Mission Haut-Brion…Continue readingChâteau La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1995

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Chateau de Fieuzal 2009

Source: Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine (Hamlyn, 2004). The 2009 vintage of Chateau de Fieuzal from Pessac-Léognan is a stunning wine.  I rather felt that it is only a baby at this point in its life, but the wine is so good that I didn’t feel at all bad drinking it.  Its power and structure is…Continue readingChateau de Fieuzal 2009

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Chateau Picque Caillou 2010

From one of what I regard as a very reliable appellation, Chateau Picque Caillou’s Pessac-Léognan from the 2010 vintage has aromatics of chocolate, cloves, ripe and unripe blackberry and blackcurrant.  The palate sees dryish firm tannins, structured depth and flavours reminding of dark cherry and dark plums.  This is lovely drinking now, or could be…Continue readingChateau Picque Caillou 2010

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Chateau Le Thil Comte Clary Pessac-Leognan 2010

A really deep saturated purple in colour, this wine from the strong 2010 vintage in the Bordeaux region is more Coonawarra than Pessac-Léognan in appearance.  It has typical Graves region aromatics though of tobacco, earth and blackcurrants and reveals some dark olive and Christmas cake characters with oxygen.  The palate has fined grained tannins and…Continue readingChateau Le Thil Comte Clary Pessac-Leognan 2010