1999 Château Mouton Rothschild, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac - Wine Review

Really nice showing for this first growth from an under appreciated vintage IMO.  Ruby in color with purple swirls.  The nose is great.  Classic.  Cassis, barnyard, cigar tobacco and slight cherries.  On the palate, this took some time to open and then kept on opening.  It started a bit hollow, but kept putting on weight.  Cassis with layers of dry forest floor and funk.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  Food friendly.  Always a treat.  

2014 Chateau l'Abbaye de Giraudon

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is earthy with cherries.  On the palate, the cherries are tart finishing up a bit shrill.  Not great depth.  That said, there is something nice and comfortable about this wine.  It is earthy with some tobacco notes.  If under $12, there may be some value.   

2009 Château Nairac, France, Bordeaux, Barsac - Wine Review

What a nice way to end a meal.  This is drinking great right now.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has honey, apricots and a floral note.  Really pretty.  It is sweet and bumps up against cloying but there is enough acidity to manage it.  Deep and compled.  Long finish.  Such a pretty wine.  A little goes a long way.  Fantastic.  

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel, France, Bordeaux, St. Estèphe - Wine Review

This is fantastic.  This is quite open and soft and semmingly at or near peak.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is very good with cassis, pencil lead, soy sauce, dust and a bit of cigar box.  On the palate, it is even better.  Not a full bodied as I was expecting but lean and strong nevertheless.  Layers of cassis, tobacco and dried leaves.  Waves of complexity. Juicy fruit and acidity.  Great with food.  Nice finish.  I don't think this gets better but no hurry.  

2005 La Mondotte, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion - Wine Review

This had been decanted for a bit.  Purple in color.  Great nose.  Just gorgeous.  Tobacco, dark cherries and spice.  A hint of funk.  On the palate, nice acidity.  Tart cherries and dark cherries.  Very soft in texture.  While not as good as the nose, the palate is excellent.  Layers of fruit and earth.  Still seems to need some time though.  Good finish.  Excellent with food.  Upside potential still.  

2010 Château Gaudin, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac - Wine Review

Very nice wine that is slowly getting to peak but not there yet.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, pencil lead and spice.  On the palate, this is tannic.  Tight but unwinds in the glass.  Cassis and a nice nimneral undertone.  Some oak still showing but given a few years, this should come together nicely.  $40 retail.  Very nice classic Bordeaux to cellar.  

2014 Clos Margalaine, France, Bordeaux, Margaux - Wine Review

Another nice Bordeaux.  The retsail price is, however, $50.  Hopefully, it can be found for less.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cassis, cherries, slight barnyard and a fair amount of green bell pepper.  It is better on the palate, with fresher cherries and less bell pepper.  It does have drying tannins on the finish.  

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