2008 Château Pontet-Canet, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

Great showing for this wine.  Still, not close to maturity, but certainly no harm drinking now.  Purple in color with very slight dark brown hues, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, blueberries, cigar, graphite, and a slight herbal/minty note.  Medium tannins.  Full bodied.  On the palate, cassis with underlying char and minerality.  Good acidity.  Complex.  Long finish.  This is delicious and kept improving all night long.  It will improve but was fantastic now.  Great on its own, this needs big/fatty food now such as Prime Rib.  Drink over the next twenty years.  

1974 Château Mouton Rothschild, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Revieew

Vintage: 
1974
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$488.00USD

Not a particularly good vintage, but when someone opens a bottle of Mouton, it gets one's attention.  Purple/brown in color, mostly opaque and slightly flat.  There is some fruit on on the nose, cherries along with dried cherries and caramel/brown sugar notes.  Thin.  Moderate acidity.  Some cherries on the palate.  At age 50, it really was better than expected.  More of a cool factor than a wine I would want to drink but not bad.  Maybe with some cheeses at the end of a meal would be cool.  Drink up.  

2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$136.00USD

This is a big, plush wine for Bordeaux standards.  It seemed a bit polarizing between those who enjoy those types of wines and those who want a more "traditional" Bordeaux.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has blueberries, cassis, cedar and tobacco.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, a plush, rich texture.  Plenty of depth.  Still quite youthful.  Long finish.  It is slightly over the top but I think with a bit more cellaring it will come together.  Another five years in the cellar will help.  Drink over the next twenty.  A nice choice with BBQ Ribs.  

2019 Château Lafitte, France, Cotes de Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

No, not that Lafite.  It's Lafitte with two "t"s.  It is hard to find any information about this estate, but the wine was good.  Purple in color if a bit flat.  Mostly opaque.  The nose has cassis and spices.  Medium bodied.  Bright acidity.  Nice texture.  On the palate, nice cassis fruit turning a bit tart on the finish.  It drinks well now and should be nice for another three to five years.  It is nice on its own and will work with food such as Roasted chicken.  

2019 La Dame de Montrose, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

This is the second wine of Chateau Montrose.  The blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, shimmering bright and opaque.  The nose has cassis, sandalwood, spice, and tobacco.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is deep and powerful.  Cassis, and earthy with some char.  Long finish.  This will drink well for another ten years.  It will go well with a steak but also a home made Macaroni and Cheese.

2020 Château Mongravey, France, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$36.00USD

Purple in color, opaque if slightly flat.  It seems young for a wine to be flat, so this may not be a pristine bottle.  The nose is earthy with cassis and spice.  Also some char.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has a soft texture.  Light tannins.  Black cherry fruit with good acidity.  Moderate finish.  No obvious flaws and it drinks easily.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  A nice wine for a beef or lamb stew.  

2019 Château Teynac, France, Bordeaux, Saint-Julien, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 2% Petite Verdot.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but with air opens to show Cassis, spices, slight vanilla and char.  Medium to full bodied.  Good acidity.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, cassis, plums and spice.  Juicy.  Moderate finish.  This is drinking well but will improve with a few more years of good cellaring.  Drink over the next eight to twelve years.  Shepard's Pie would make a nice pairing.

2020 Kirkland Signature St. Julien, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Kirkland wines tend to be good values and this fits that category.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but opens with air.  Cassis, slight funk, and spice.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this drinks easy with nice cassis fruit.  Some spice.  Moderate finish.  For $18, its hard to find a better Bordeaux.  A nice choice for mid-week meatloaf.  Drink over the next three to six years.  

2019 Château Chasse-Spleen, France, Bordeaux, Moulis en Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, slight black raspberries, and spice.  It is tight and took some time to open.  On the palate, the attack is slightly sweet but that calms down and midpalate has nice cassis and cherry fruit.  Firm tannins.  Soft texture.  Solid finish.  This needs a bit of time to come together.  I enjoyed it more than those I tasted it with.  Hold for a few more years and drink for seven to ten after that.  It might be interesting to try with a Potato Kugel.  

2020 Château Haut-Bailly HB Haut-Bailly, France, Bordeuax, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$29.00USD

This is the third wine of Chateau Haut-Baily.  It has only been produced under the HB moniker since 2019.  If the third wine is this good, then the first and second should be fantastic.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is tight but eventually opens to show cassis with some spice and gravel/char.  velvety texture.  Firm tannins.  The palate has cassis with char.  Deep but tight.  A bit of bitter cherry (in a good way) on the finish.  This needs a few years, maybe five, of good cellaring and should drink well for ten after that.  Classic Bordeaux foods should work well such as Lam

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