2001 Château de Malle, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Opened late in the evening (probably should have skipped it) but it was a nice treat.  Drinking great right now.  Golden in color, but not that dark for an 01 (purchased on release).  The nose is gorgeous with apricots and honey and a bit of burnt sugar.  On the palate, not quite as expressive but still quite nice.  Burnt sugar and apricots carry thru.  Viscous but not cloying.  Sweet but not overtly.  Ok acidity.  Long finish.  This was from a 375 and even in that format, has a long life left.  


1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

This bottle was popped open at 9:00 am and decanted at 9:00 pm and served immediately.  Seemed to be about right although the wine is still youthful.  Purple in color.  The nose is classic with cassis,  tobacco, leather, and slight funk.  On the palate, slight tannins.  Cassis layered with earthy forest floor/tobacco.  great balance.  Long finish.  Went well with a Roasted Eggplant and mildly spicy peppers casserole.  At 26 years from vintage, this might even have a bit of upside.  Seemed to be the crowds WOTN but I have had slightly better (more exuberant) bottles of this.  nitpicking of c

2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Graves - Wine Review

Very nice showing.  Perhaps a bit past prime, but very good nonetheless.  Golden in color.  The nose has a very slight oxidation to it.  Minerals, limes, slight wax, slight melon notes.  On the palate, this has a nice, slightly oily texture.  Melons and waxy notes.  Slightly burnt orange peel.  Nice finish.  The fruit is persistent but certainly no longer boisterous.  It wored well with vegetarian matzoh ball soup. Still, I would drink these sooner than later at this point.  

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.