It's not too often I get the chance to drink a Bordeaux from my birth year - 1958, so this was quite a treat. Pale ruby/brown in color to the rim. The nose took a few minutes to sort itself out. It is clearly old and past its prime but it was good and had plenty of life left. The nose had dust, some mushrooms but also some cigar box and even some cherries. Maybe I imagined it, but also some classic soy sauce notes. On the palate, this is soft but reasonably in balance. No tannins. Some cherry fruit layered with damp earth/tobacco. Good finish. I won't give this an official grade b
This seems to be at peak at this point. It won't get any better not discounting bottle variation. Ruby in color, slight browning at the rim. The nose has cassis, cherries, slight baking spice, slight dried craisins, On the palate, there is good acidity here. Tart cherries, cassis with underlying dry forest floor notes. Nice finish. This will work nicely with meet based dishes. Give it 30 miutes of air to blow off the bottle stink and it is good to go.
09 was a pretty open vintage especially on the right bank. At age 9, this is drinking very well. That said, there is plenty of room for further improvement. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, dark chocolate and char. On the palate, this is juicy with a full bodied texture. Black raspberries, layered with chocolate dust and slight oak notes. Long finish. This will work with roasted meats dishes quite well. Another five years in the cellar and this should come together quite well. If opening now, give it some air.
One of the great wines of Bordeaux well deserving of its second growth status. This is from a very hot vintage that many wine makers had some trouble with. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight tobacco and slight fresh floral notes. On the palate, this is drinking quite well. Showing some development, it is close but not yet at peak. Layers of cassis and black cherry fruit, with some dry earthy forest floor. Wispy tannins at this point. Long finish. Would work well with roasted meats and other foods. Some possible upside still left.
Purple in color. This is drinking quite well now. Pretty classic right bank but perhaps still a skosh more room to develop. The nose is nice with cherries, some cassis, cigar box and chocolate shavings. On the palate, this has nice cherries, not super ripe, but nothing green. Undertones of tobacco and damp earth. Good balance. Drank over two nights and while different just as good on each night. Will work with most foods. Really everything you could want from this wine at this point.
Older wines can be a crap shoot. At the same time, it's always a privilege to get to try them and to accept what they have to offer. This was not a perfect bottle but it was quite good. The color is great. Mostly deep ruby/purple with a bit of lightening at the rim but not really bricking. The nose is very nice if showing a bit of an oxidized note. Slightly meaty with some cassis and tobacco. A bit of funk. In short - old Bordeaux. On the palate, there is some cassis and cherry fruit. The acidity is pronounced at this point but not intolerable (depending on your tastes). Food cer
Old bottle are always fun. Sometimes they work out, other times, not so much. This bottle had a very low fill. Below the shoulders and near the top of the label. The cork was removed using a Durand. It virtually exploded as it escaped the bottle. very little integrity. The bottle was decanted for sediment and pieces of cork, checked right away, but allowed to breathe for a while. It turned out the wine continued to improve in the decanter for at least 30 minutes as it blew off the bottle stink and gained some strength. Ruby/brown in color. The nose has some mushrooms, some fresh m
80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon. Silvery gold in color. The nose is nice with slight tropical fruit. Also some pears. On the palate, this is nice. Round. Not a lot of acidity. Tasty though and easy to drink. Drink it cold and it will be refreshing. Food friendly. This is under $20 and a pretty good value. Drink over the next few years to enjoy its freshness.
Ruby in color. The nose is a bit old. Lighter with cherries, tobacco, dried fruits. bell pepper and slight celery. On the palate, this is tart and dried cherries. A bit of a bell pepper streak. Still drinking ok but getting a bit long in the tooth. Probably better ten years ago.
This wine has notoriously been slow to come around. This is a very masculine but classic Bordeaux. This was decanted for sediment (not a lot) and then allowed to breathe for an hour or so, it opened nicely although the best days are still ahead for this wine. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, tobacco, some earthiness and a fair amount of oak coming thru as cedar and slight fresh cut timber. On the palate, this was tight initially. Eventually opening up to show a classic, if still on the young side of mature, Bordeaux. Cassis, black licorice, black cherries and slight earthiness.