Part of a 40th Birthday party celebration. I am not sure if this was a great example of this wine, but the wine was sound if old and still with plenty of life left. Pop and decant for sediment, it took about 30 minutes to blow off the bottle stink. Purple in color, ruby/brown at the rim. The nose has leather, some funk, cherries and dried cherries and dust. On the palate, there is still some cherry fruit left. Also some underlying earthiness. A nice bit of acidity is keeping it lively without being over the top. Fades at the finish. It's always fun to drink older wines and this one
Tasted from a 375ml bottle. Light golden in color. The nose is nice with pineapples, honey and bit of peach. Also some vanilla. On the palate, this is viscous and rich. Not cloying but a little goes a long way. Good acidity that cuts through the sweetness. The pineapple carries thru. Nice finish. Probably best on its own or with some cheeses at the end of a meal. This should last for a couple of decades.
Cos d'Estournel is one of the great wines of Bordeaux and so, one of the great wines of the world. 2008 is a vintage that doesn't always get the respect that it deserve coming right before the pair of great vintages 2009 and 2010. It is also a bit more backward than its reputation and so the wines don't always show that well at this point. They will. This one is drinking well but patience will certainly be rewarded. It needs a few more years in the cellar to get to peak. Purple in color. The nose is nice with cassis and soy sauce. Also some baking spice. On the palate, this has med
A nice showing for this 2014. Given that, it is probably worth checking out the 2015 or 2016. This retails for around $25. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has plums along with some dusty tobacco. Also a very interesting saline feature. On the palate, this is very tannic. Black cherry fruit with a bit of earthiness. Good balance. Nice finish. Everything you could want in a value Bordeaux.
An issue with Bordeaux is how long do they need to be cellared before opening. I saw a tasting note saying this was drinking great, so I opened a bottle. Pop and pour. Uh, no. At least not for my tastes. It was tight, closed up and tannic. No harm though, the cork went back in and it was left for the next night. Again, pop and pour on Night 2. Much better although the last glass was certainly then best (by far). If I was doing it again, I would wait a couple of years but if I really wanted it htat evening, a six hour decant seems about right. As for the wine, it is inky purple in
Nice to check in on this. That said, this bottle, purchased from retail on release had a significant amount of brett on it. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has some band-aid, slight barnyard, cassis, slight blueberries, and cedar. On the palate, this was decanted and much but not all of the brett blew off. It shows nice fruit with tight layers of barnyard and earth. Medium tannins. Long finish. A cleaner bottle can certainly go longer, but given how this showed, it might be better to open a bottle and see how it is doing. Especially if you have more than one. It needs b
2001 was such a great vintage and the wines from Sauternes or Barsac are in a gorgeous place right now. Golden orange in color. The nose is beautiful with honey and apricots. Slightly sweet on the palate. Oranges and apricots with honey. Viscous with a nice backbone of acidity. Long finish. This is complex and layered and demands ones attention. The first sip tastes good, then evolves on the palate and just does not let go. Works great with blue cheese or a savory dessert.
Gorgeous wine. This was controversial on release for being too big and bold, but I think it would be less so today. Maybe not. It is still a ripe wine but not overblown or raisiny, etc. Just a gorgeous expression of Merlot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is initially tight but opens quickly showing dusty cherries, slight mocha ad roasted herbs. On the palate, black cherries layered with dry earth and just a hint of cocoa powder. Great plush yet juicy texture. This is deep with tight layering that unwind in the glass. Long finish. It probably won't get better but will
Nice wine. From an easy to drink vintage that may have been the last reasonably priced vintage across the board in Bordeaux. Even the best ones should be drunk sooner than later and while this is in that category, at age 16, it offered up a very nice wine. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is clean with some cassis and slight herbal note. On the palate, nice one dimensional cassis fruit. A bit shallow but still fresh. Not a lot of development here and no funk, tobacco, or other tertiary qualities but what is here is quality.
Great wine and in a great place. Still has plenty of life left but fantastic right now. Purple in color, although a bit dull at the ruby rim. The nose is fantastic; cassis, cigar box, cherries and dust. With air it brings some funk in a beautiful way. On the palate, cassis, dry earth and slight spice. Complex and tightly layered it unwinds quickly in the glass. Long finish. This would be ideal with heavier or meat based dishes. Truly a contemplative wine and everything you could hope for back when this wine was released.