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2019 Jean Montbray Chinon, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is 100% old school Cabernet Franc from the Loire valley in France.  Coming in at 12.5% ABV, this is a classic Loire Red wine.  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and mostly bright.  The nose has black cherries, tobacco, some bell pepper, slight "twigs and sticks".  Medium bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, this drinks easy but needs some food.  Some black cherry fruit with plenty of forest floor and tobacco.  A bit of green bell pepper.  Moderate finish.  This would work well with lamb stew.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2018 Château de France, France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

A new winery for me to try.  Purple in colo9r, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight cassis, smoke and gravel.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit with underlying smoke and gravel.  Nice finish.  This should drink well for the next ten to twelve years.  This should go well with Roasted or Charred Portabellas and Root Vegetables.

2018 Pichon Comtesse Réserve, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This is the second wine of Pichon Longueville.  It is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries, slight chocolate and a bit of leather.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, light tannins.  Tart, black raspberry fruit.  Some black cherries and a bit of chocolate.  Good acidity.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  This should improve a bit over the next five to seven years but either way should be great drinking over the next twelve to fifteen.  A Chicken and Cheddar Sou

2018 Château Prieuré-Lichine, France, Bordeaux, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, cassis, slight floral notes and cedar.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this has ripe cassis flavors with a touch of leather and slight dried floral notes.  Medium tannins.  Good finish.  This needs a few more years to open and then should drink well for another ten to twelve more.  This would work well with a bacon-cheese Quiche.  

2018 Echo de Lynch-Bages, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This is the second wine of Lynch Bages.  It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.  Most of the 2018's tried were riper and more "modern" for lack of a better descriptor.  This seems more "old school" with less alcohol.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries, graphite, slight leather and char.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there are tart black cherries, medium tannins and just a bit of smoke.  A slightly clipped finish.  This could use a bit of time, maybe a couple years, but should drink well for ten to twelve

2018 Château Peyredon Lagravette Haut-Médoc, France, Bordeaux, Haut-Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

Another wine to turn to when looking for value in top vintages of Bordeaux.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis and plums and slight leather and char.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is firm tannins.  A velvety texture.  Lots of cassis fruit with underlying leather and slight char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This needs another five to eight years to approach maturity and should drink well for ten to fifteen after that.  This will work well with grilled or roasted meats (or vegetables).  

2018 Château Potensac, France, Bordeaux, Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

Always a great value in Bordeaux and especially a nice option in the best years as this is ready to drink sooner than the "big boys".   A blend of 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, cassis, tobacco and black pepper.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cassis and cherry fruit with slight chocolate and a bit of char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with Roasted Ch

2018 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$46.00USD

This is a new one for me.  Apparently, Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is one of the second wines of Pichon Baron.  It hasw been produced since the 2012 vintage.  The grapes come primarily from gravelly plots of land near to the Gironde estuary.  A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is very tight, but with air, there is cassis, black cherries, spice and a hint of chocolate.  Much more open on the palate.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  Cassis and black cherry fruit with some spice.  Nice finish.  This needs another five to eight year

2018 Château Meyney, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

consumed after a few hours in a decanter.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, char, and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this has a silky lush texture.  Very tannic.  Lots of cassis with some smoke/char.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  This needs another seven to ten years to get close to maturity, then it should drink well for ten to fifteen more.  This will need big flavors in food to not get overwhelmed.  Maybe a Bacon, Mushroom, Cheeseburger?  

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