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2018 Château Peyredon Lagravette Haut-Médoc, France, Bordeaux, Haut-Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

Another wine to turn to when looking for value in top vintages of Bordeaux.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis and plums and slight leather and char.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is firm tannins.  A velvety texture.  Lots of cassis fruit with underlying leather and slight char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This needs another five to eight years to approach maturity and should drink well for ten to fifteen after that.  This will work well with grilled or roasted meats (or vegetables).  

2018 Château Potensac, France, Bordeaux, Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

Always a great value in Bordeaux and especially a nice option in the best years as this is ready to drink sooner than the "big boys".   A blend of 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, cassis, tobacco and black pepper.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cassis and cherry fruit with slight chocolate and a bit of char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with Roasted Ch

2018 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$46.00USD

This is a new one for me.  Apparently, Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is one of the second wines of Pichon Baron.  It hasw been produced since the 2012 vintage.  The grapes come primarily from gravelly plots of land near to the Gironde estuary.  A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is very tight, but with air, there is cassis, black cherries, spice and a hint of chocolate.  Much more open on the palate.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  Cassis and black cherry fruit with some spice.  Nice finish.  This needs another five to eight year

2018 Château Meyney, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

consumed after a few hours in a decanter.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, char, and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this has a silky lush texture.  Very tannic.  Lots of cassis with some smoke/char.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  This needs another seven to ten years to get close to maturity, then it should drink well for ten to fifteen more.  This will need big flavors in food to not get overwhelmed.  Maybe a Bacon, Mushroom, Cheeseburger?  

2018 Château Capbern, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

From the great 2018 vintage, this is one that is drinking quite well at this young age with just a bit of air.   It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, cinnamon, spice and black cherries.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is showing a nice depth and complexity.  Delicious.  Medium but firm tannins.  Flavors of cassis, leather, spice and slight dry earthiness.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  This will continue to mature over the next five to seven years, but drinks well now and will for the n

2018 Les Pagodes de Cos, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$48.00USD

This is the second wine of Cos D'Estournel.  It is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.  Deep purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with dust cassis, cherries, soy sauce, slight tobacco and spice.  A great lush texture.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, cassis, black cherries, with spice and slight tobacco notes.  Long finish.  This needs another seven to ten years to mature and will drink well for ten to fifteen after that.  It will work well with roasted meats such as Roasted Lamb with garlic.  

2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

From Pesac-Leognan in Bordeaux, this is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, and the rest 3% Cabernet Franc.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cedar, cassis, black cherries, and asphalt.  Full bodied.  A lovely, plush, velvety texture.  The palate has cassis and cherries with slight leather notes.  Nice acidity.  Firm tannins.  The asphalt note re-emerges on the finish.  This needs another seven to ten years and should drink well for ten to twelve after that.  If drinking now, give it 12 hours of air.  It will work well w

2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Pesac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.  Pale silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with pine, pears and apples and a bit of minerality.  On the palate, pears, slight candied lemon and a bit of menthol on the finish.  This has a lovely full bodied texture without giving up its acidity or cut.  Solid finish.  Drink this over the next five to eight years.  It will work well with lighter and medium bodied foods.  It will work well with a Goat cheese and Beet salad.  

2018 Domaine des Rutissons Mas P'Tit Gars, France, Isere IGP, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

This is an IGP wine, a European designation that has replaced Vin d'Pays in France.   Isere is the mountainous region on the eastern border of France between Savoie and the Rhone.  This particular wine is made from Gamay.  Not surprisingly, this is a Lyle Fass Selection wine.  A very unique wine.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose shows cherries, slight sour cherries, mint, damp earthiness and just a hint of floral.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is tart cranberries and cherries with a slight underlying funk.  It has strong acidity and accordingly, works better with

2007 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

From the ripe vintage of 2007, this bottling got just average scored from Robert Parker/ The Wine Advocate.  It is easy to see why, but that is not a reflection on quality as much as style.  This bottling was quite enjoyable but certainly an outlier from the traditional Châteauneufs.   A blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lovely cherries with some strawberries with a hint of dried flowers and spices.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is elegant and lighter.  Charming might be a good descriptor.  Cherries, with slight cranbe

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