1978 Château Cheval Blanc, France, St. Emilion, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1978
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

On opening the cork fell into the bottle.  It was fished halfway out and removed with a Durand corkscrew.  Anytime one gets the opportunity to try a Cheval Blanc it is truly a treat!  Of course, this is not a great year and it might be getting a bit old but it still has plenty to offer.  It took about 15 minutes to really open up.  Purple in color, slight browning at the edges.  There is some initial bottle stink but that blows off leaving cherries, slight dried cherries, spice, dust and blood.  Interesting.  On the palate, this has nice tart cherries layered with dry forest floor and some

2005 Château Fonbadet, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Grade: 
B+

Pop and pour.  This is very solid but given the release price ($50) and ten years from a great vintage, it seemed to under perform a bit.  Purple in color.  The nose is tight at first but eventually opens up to cassis and spice.  On the palate, this has a nice enough texture.  Nice cassis fruit but a bit one dimensional.  Perhaps there is still time to develop but it seems that if that was the case, there would be glimpses.  Still, it is enjoyable and if straightforward, at least that is a good direction.  

1966 Château Lafite Rothschild, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1966
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B

This was a treat.  Lafite was not at the top of their game back in the 60's but still a first growth is cool.  I believe this came from a private collection that was sold to a wine store.  No idea about storage.  The cork was soaked to the rim and the very bottom disintegrated upon opening.  The wine was then decanted for sediment.  Purple in color which was surprising.  The nose took about 30 minutes to blow off all of the bottle stink.  At first it seemed corked but that blew off so clearly it was not (TCA doesn't blow off).  Eventually showing some tobacco, dried fruit, some cassis, and

2001 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

What a fantastic wine.  Deep golden in color.  Very pretty.  On the nose, there is honey, sea air, and apricots.  On the palate, this is very complex.  Apple, honey, some citrus (almost a burnt sugar-ish citrus if that makes sense).  With air, some creme brulee emerges.  Long finish.  This is sweet but not as sweet as I expected and no where near cloying.  Good acidity.  The wine has decades left.   

2015 Château Giscours, France, Bordeaux, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Purple in color.  The nose is dusty and warm.  With air, it opens to show cassis and some tobacco.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  Black cherry fruit.  Light tannins.  Juicy acidity.  At $80, this will hopefully be better with some cellaring.  Not a lot of value at the moment, but it is a very pleasurable wine that is good with food.  

2015 Château Calon-Ségur, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose is very nice with cassis, tobacco and spice.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  A lot of depth but the wine is very tight now.  It kept improving all night long and probably needs  at least a decade.  But, that patience will be rewarded with at least a few points of upside potential.  In the glass it shows nice cassis fruit, cigar box and earth.  Good balance.  $75

2015 Château Fonréaud, France, Listrac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

At this point in my life (almost 60), this is what I am really looking for in great Bordeaux vintages.  That is to say, wines that are affordable, drink with out requiring a decade or more of cellaring and provide pleasure.  This one is $23 and is drinking quite well today.  However, unlike most of the wines on the table this night, this started strong, held out for a while and faded.  Based on that, it would seem prudent to drink these up in the next few years.  And that's OK.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has leather, black cherries and slight cassis.  Also a bit of tobacco and oak spi

2015 Château Pontet-Canet, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This winery as been on a roll, certainly over the last twenty years, but especially, the last 10.  This is the best 2015 I have tasted so far.  Purple in color.  The nose has great cassis, some char, tobacco and cedar.  On the palate, this has soft black cherries while still having firm tannins.  Cassis, earth and tobacco.  Some spice.  It is big and bold, yet accessible in the glass.  Improved all night long.  Certainly a few points of upside if cellared for a decade or two.  $130 is expensive but for this quality, probably fair.  

2015 Château Rauzan-Ségla, France, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose is very tight at first.  Eventually, it opens with a perfumed nose of cassis, slight menthol and cigar notes.  On the palate, this is very tannic.  Boysenberries with some earthiness.  Nice finish.  This kept improving all night.  It is an expensive wine at $130.  There is no reason to open this for at least a decade to justify the price.  The potential is there but it will take time.  

2015 Château Haut-Brisson, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This has been one of the best values in Bordeaux and continues to be.  Great showing for the money.  Purple in color.  The nose is tight at first but then opens to cherries and dark cherries.  It starts out bitter and tannic, but with some air, the cherry and dark cherry fruit explode.  Nice depth.  Some oak but integrated.  Good finish.  Right now it could use a decant.  It will continue to improve for a decade or more.  $30.  

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