2008 Château Margaux, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$465.00USD

This is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  It is a classic Margaux with a perfumed nose and plenty to seduce the palate.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has cassis, spice and floral/perfumed quality to it.  On the palate, this has medium tannins.  Lots of cassis fruit with minerality and slight cigar box.  Medium tannins that get a bit stronger in the glass.  It is very young but still accessible.  It is an outstanding wine that will require time to develop.  It has another couple decades for us to see how good it gets.  The group I tasted it w

2008 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, France, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$240.00USD

This is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc.  This was one of the least expensive wines in this magnificent tasting and really stood toe to toe with all of them.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, smoke, graphite and minerals.  Very expressive if not huge.  On the palate, there is a wonderful texture.  Cassis with layers of minerals and char.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This really took some time to open in the glass but then just kept getting better.  It seems like it will need another decade to fully mature and then have a couple more after that (which seems

2008 Château Haut-Brion, France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$450.00USD

This is  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.  A gorgeous wine that is still very young.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is pretty classic for Haut Brion with cassis, crushed gravel, slight asphalt and strawberries.  On the palate there are silky but firm tannins.  Deep and complex, the layers unwind in the glass.  Cassis and black cherries, slight strawberries over gravel and earth.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This needs  another ten years to maturity and should be there for a couple more decades after that.  It is delicious right now but give it air. 

2008 Pétrus, France, Bordeaux, Pomerol, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$2500.00USD

100% Merlot.  This proved to be a bit controversial.  Some of us loved it while others merely liked it.  Of course, served along side the First growths, the Merlot based wine might be at a disadvantage for those preferring Cabs.  Personally, I thought it was a stunning wine.  It kept opening up over the three hours it was in my glass (with an occasional refill).  As an aside, there is something wonderful about having a waiter ask you if you would like just a bit more Petrus in your glass.  :-)  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is very pretty with cherries, slight cassis, a bit of

2008 Château Cheval Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$475.00USD

This is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc.  It had been decanted for about four hours.  It is drinking quite well right now and just a very pretty wine.  Not the powerhouse of some vintages but it will certainly hold its own.  Deep ruby with purple swirls in color.  The nose has cherries, soy sauce, black cherries and spice.  On the palate, there are cherries and black cherries with an underlying char.  Nothing about this wine is under ripe or green.  Very nice acidity.  Medium tannins.  Very long finish.  This went quite well with food.  It improved slightly in the glass but ove

2008 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$345.00USD

There is not much more to offer about Yquem.  It is arguably the finest wine made on the planet.  This bottle was served early in the dinner along side fois gras or a vegetarian starter.  It went quite well.  The bottle had been opened and decanted ahead of time and this bottle seemed to be at just a bit lower than cellar temperature.  Not the best Yquem ever but certainly a very good vintage that is in a good, if young, place right now.  Golden in color.  The nose is slightly sweet with apricots and slight honey.  On the palate, slight peaches, slight honey and apricots with a touch of min

2005 Château La Confession, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

Time has been great for this bottle.  At age 14, it is a stunning bottle of Bordeaux.  Probably at or close to peak but with years left.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is fresh with cherries, cigar box, slight earthy funk and slight spice.  On the palate, this has complex layers of cherries, black raspberries, and tobacco.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This drinks well on its own because of the complexity but really shines at the dinner table with meat and roasted dishes or stews.  This is a great example of buying affordable Bordeaux in great vintages and letting them age.  It can still

2008 Château La Garde, France, Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, cherries and spice.  On the palate, this is simple and one dimensional but pleasurable.  Drinking well now.  Tannins all resolved.  More cherry fruit than cassis on the palate.  This is easy drinking and will work ok on its own or with a wide variety of foods.  Drink up in the next few years.  

1986 Château Clerc Milon, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1986
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$105.00USD

It's always fun to try older Bordeaux's.  This one still had something to offer if a bit past its prime.  Ruby in color, with slight browning at the rim.  The nose offered cherries, dried cherries, slight stewed fruits and a nice tobacco funk.  On the palate, this has a nice complexity with cherry fruit over forest floor.  Good acidity.  If you own any, drink up soon.  It went well with all kinds of food.  

2009 Château Nairac, France, Bordeaux, Barsac, WIne Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

I seem to have had a lot of bottle variation with this one.  Or, given that this is usually the last bottle of the night, maybe it is palate variation.  In any event, this wine is always good to great and this bottle was in the middle.  Deep golden/orange in color.  The nose has honey and apricots.  On the palate, this is sweet but nowhere near cloying.  Enough acidity.  The honey notes come thru and pick up peaches.  Nice finish to the wine and to the evening!

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