2016 La Dame de Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

This is a second wine of Chateau Montrose.  Tasted blind, with a tasting group, this was disappointing.  It finished in last place for me and close to that for the group.  It is a fine wine, but more was expected once the label was revealed.  Purple in color, shimmering bright and opaque.  The nose has cherries, black cherries and spice.  On the palate, light tannins and sour cherries.  Easy drinking.  It is a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Cabernet Franc.  Right now, the Merlot dominates.  Of course, with some, the Cabs could wake up and get the party started.  Based

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

Vintage: 
2003
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$210.00USD

Although 2003 was not a classic vintage in Bordeaux (it was extremely hot), this is a classic styled Montrose at age 17.  2003 Château Montrose is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.   Purple in color.  Opaque and bright.  The nose has some barnyard along with cassis, and a slight char.  What a great texture.  Luxurious, almost gelatinous.  Lots of cassis fruit over some char and earth.  Complex layers.  Long finish.  This seems to be at or close to peak but should be here for at least a decade.  Drinking very well on its own and will work w

2003 Château Calon-Ségur, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2003
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$100.00USD

The 2003's a general rule are all drinking at peak now.  It was a very hot vintage.  Some wines got very ripe and others, stayed green when the plants shut down due to the heat.  Inky purple in color.  Opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, spice and cinnamon.  Very clean.  On the palate, this has light to medium tannins,  still plenty of cherries and black cherries.  Ripe bit not over the top although concentrated.  Long finish.  This probably won't get better but should be good for another ten to fifteen years.  it will work well with grilled or roasted meats or on its own.  

1995 Château Cos d'Estournel, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$195.00USD

This was a good showing for this wine from what is a very hard and slow to mature vintage.  At age 24, however, this one seems to be about at peak.  Ruby in color with some browning.  The nose is tight but eventually shows cassis, dust and slight soy sauce.  On the palate, this again takes some time to open.  This was pop and pour, but an hour decant might have been a good idea.  Eventually, it shows cassis over a forest floor.  It unwinds in the glass showing nice layering.  Mild tannins.  Medium finish.  This should certainly drink well for the next decade.  It works better with food and

1982 Château Calon-Ségur, France, Bordeaux, St. Estèphe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1982
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$225.00USD

This bottle was decanted for an hour and then double decanted back in the bottle.  It might have needed a bit more than that but that was good.  Ruby/purple in color.  Clear and bright.  The nose is a bit of a dusty attic at first.  With air, cherries and cedar come out.  Light tannins on the palate.  Cherries with sandalwood and slight forest floor on the palate.  This has a nice complexity with good layering.  This seems at peak now.  No hurry but it probably should be drunk by 2030.  It will work better at the table at this point, roasted meats, fowl or veggies would be great.  

2008 Château Cos d'Estournel, France, Bordeaux, St. Estèphe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

Cos d'Estournel is one of the great wines of Bordeaux and so, one of the great wines of the world.  2008 is a vintage that doesn't always get the respect that it deserve coming right before the pair of great vintages 2009 and 2010.  It is also a bit more backward than its reputation and so the wines don't always show that well at this point.  They will.  This one is drinking well but patience will certainly be rewarded.  It needs a few more years in the cellar to get to peak.  Purple in color.  The nose is nice with cassis and soy sauce.  Also some baking spice.  On the palate, this has med

2005 Château Cos d'Estournel, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A+

Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is great with cassis, slight blueberries, soy sauce, and slight baking spices.  On the palate, this is young, tight and tannic, but given that, it presents delicious drinking right now.  Of course, give it five or ten years and there is definitely some upside.  The palate has lots of cassis intertwined with a nice earthiness with some salinity.  Good finish.  Needs heavier foods right now.  This has another 20 years in it depening how you like your wines.  

1958 Château Cos d'Estournel, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1958
Grade: 

It's not too often I get the chance to drink a Bordeaux from my birth year - 1958, so this was quite a treat.  Pale ruby/brown in color to the rim.  The nose took a few minutes to sort itself out.  It is clearly old and past its prime but it was good and had plenty of life left.  The nose had dust, some mushrooms but also some cigar box and even some cherries.  Maybe I imagined it, but also some classic soy sauce notes.  On the palate, this is soft but reasonably in balance.  No tannins.  Some cherry fruit layered with damp earth/tobacco.  Good finish.  I won't give this an official grade b

1961 Château Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1961
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Older wines can be a crap shoot.  At the same time, it's always a privilege to get to try them and to accept what they have to offer.  This was not a perfect bottle but it was quite good.  The color is great.  Mostly deep ruby/purple with a bit of lightening at the rim but not really bricking.  The nose is very nice if showing a bit of an oxidized note.  Slightly meaty with some cassis and tobacco.  A bit of funk.  In short - old Bordeaux.  On the palate, there is some cassis and cherry fruit.  The acidity is pronounced at this point but not intolerable (depending on your tastes).  Food cer

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