Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020 just before the global pandemic took hold. This post though is not about Napa wine but the annual Institute of Masters of Wine tasting of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, a tasting which travels to London, Napa and Sydney. The setting was the centrally locatedContinue reading “Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa”

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 inContinue reading “Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux 2014 in bottle Sydney tasting”

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 theContinue reading “IMW Annual Bordeaux tasting – 2013 vintage”

A few 1989 Saint-Juliens: Léoville Barton, Beychevelle and Gloria

Yet more excellent wine.  This time I had the fortune to taste three Saint-Juliens blind from the heralded 1989 Bordeaux vintage.  Neither vintage, grape variety nor region was disclosed in the tasting.  All three wines presented very well.  The Léoville-Barton in particular presented as a very typical Saint-Julien. Chateau Léoville-Barton 1989, Saint-JulienI last tasted thisContinue reading “A few 1989 Saint-Juliens: Léoville Barton, Beychevelle and Gloria”

A couple of Saint Julien 07s; Château Léoville Barton 2007 and Château Langoa Barton 2007

2007 wasn’t a great vintage in Bordeaux, and I found few of the 07s as new releases compelling.  However, now with nine years of age, these two wines both showed extremely well and are in their drinking prime.  Experience increasingly suggests that the poorer vintages in Bordeaux can still provide a great deal of enjoyment;Continue reading “A couple of Saint Julien 07s; Château Léoville Barton 2007 and Château Langoa Barton 2007”

Clos du Marquis 1996

The Clos du Marquis is a rather excellent wine from the Domaines Delon in Bordeaux, whose stable includes esteemed second growth Château Leoville Las Cases and its second wine, Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases.  The vineyards for this wine come from the Saint-Julien appellation on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, andContinue reading “Clos du Marquis 1996”