2015 Château Fonréaud, France, Listrac, Wine Review

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

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

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

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.  

2015 Clementin du Pape Clément, France, Bordeaux, Graves, Wine Review

Purple/Ruby in color.  The nose is dusty with dark cherries, cedar and slight dill.  On the palate, there is black cherries and tobacco.  Firm tannins.  Juicy acidity.  This is the second wine of Pape Clement and cost $35.  It did keep improving as it opened with air.  Probably needs some cellaring for a while to hit peak.  It is good now but should improve.  

2015 Château Lagrange, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Julian, Wine Review

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is dusty with tart cherries.  Seemed quite tight.  On the palate, cassis fruit.  Medium bodied.  A fair amount of oak.  OK finish.  I am hoping this is just shut down at this point as it did not seem to give up too much.  At $50, this is not inexpensive.  It is good, but under expectations.  At this point, it should be cellared for a decade and then checked in on.  

2015 Château Beauregard Ducasse Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Gold/silver/copper in color.  The nose has lemon and minerals with a bit of a metallic quality to it.  On the palate, this has good acidity.  Full bodied.  Green apples especially on the finish.  Slightly oily texture.  This is a very nice, relatively inexpensive white Bordeaux that is drinking fine right now.  I doubt it makes old bones, but that is fine.  Food friendly as well.  

2005 Château Grand Mayne, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

Purple in color.  The nose has cherries, black cherries, slight chocolate and cedar.  On the palate, this is still not at peak but drinking very well.  Layers of black cherries, cherries, earth and spice.  Nice texture.  Good finish.  This is a nice value for top (not the very top) Bordeaux.  Still some upside for this wine as well as it matures.  Better with food.  There is plenty of fruit though.  

2003 Château Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estèphe,Wine Review

Pop and pour and consumed over two nights.  Much better on night 2.  I know many people say 2003 was such a warm vintage that the wines are already mature.  That might be true, but this one's best days are still to come.   62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, graphite, cedar, and smoked cigar.  On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins.  Lush cassis and black cherry fruit layered with forest floor, damp earth and tobacco.  Tightly layered.  Long finish.  This is delicious but very much from Bordeaux a

2009 Château Faugères, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

This is drinking youthfully but quite nice right now.  Purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dark cherries, chocolate and cigar tobacco.  On the palate, this has a lovely lush texture.  Lots of fruit; black cherries, some cherries with a bit of earth.  There is some oak but mostly integrated.  Light tannins.  Nice very smooth finish.  Drinking very well, it works well with food.  There may be some upside as it develops but I think mostly this is as good asa it gets.  

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