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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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Clos Payrol 2009

Clos Payrol is a tiny estate in Pomerol on the right bank of Bordeaux.  By tiny, I mean that there are only 1466 bottles produced of the 2009 vintage tasted here.  The vines are situated on argilo-graveleux soils and are 35 to 50 years in average age.  To add further interest, the winemaker is Philippe…Continue readingClos Payrol 2009

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Château Gazin L’Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol 2010

Château Gazin.  Source: http://www.gazin.com It wouldn’t be a French chateaux website without the slight panic that ensues when the computer unexpectedly commences a classical musical soundtrack and parts of the screen start moving.  Château Gazin in Pomerol is no exception.  They make great wine though.  The L’Hospitalet de Gazin is the second wine of this…Continue readingChâteau Gazin L’Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol 2010

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Château Bonalgue Pomerol 2009

This appealingly affordable Pomerol is another good wine from the 2009 Bordeaux vintage.  It is fashioned by Château Bonalgue and is a blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.  Its aromatics remind of plums, spice, earth and cigar box.  The palate sees medium length and balanced flavours of earth, plum and cigar box.  This…Continue readingChâteau Bonalgue Pomerol 2009

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Chateau Moulinet-Lasserre Pomerol 2009

This is another outstanding Bordeaux from the 2009 vintage, this time a merlot from Chateau Moulinet-Lasserre in Pomerol.  Its aroma promises much.  Specifically, it reminds of earth, silky mulberry and dark plum and ground coffee.  The sort of aromatics that might set at ease the beating heart of a random but not inexpensive purchase.  And…Continue readingChateau Moulinet-Lasserre Pomerol 2009