This is the second wine of Beaucaillou. I have always thought that as second wines go, this is one of the best. This is drinking beautifully right now. Purple/ruby in color. No real sign of it being 23 years old. The nose is dusty with cassis, slight cedar and just a bit of tobacco. There is also some volatile acidity. On the palate, this is surprisingly fresh and lively. It has a lovely texture. Plenty of cassis fruit. Medium tannins. Some depth. Moderate finish. This drinks more youthfully than expected. If this bottle is representative, this should easily go another ten to
This took about an hour to open and then was drinking great. It is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot and 3.5% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cigar box and cherries. On the palate, this is full bodied. Ripe fruit. Lighter tannins. Flavors of Cherries with some cassis, chocolate and clean(er) barnyard. Good finish. This is about at peak now but should be here for at least another five to seven years. It will go well with roasted meats or fowl.
Pop and pour, this probably should have been decanted. It took some time to open up. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, cedar and tobacco. Cherries come out with air. This has a slight funk at first but cleans up with air. A wonderful velvety texture. Complex and deep. Lot of cassis and cherries on the palate. Some cherry cough syrup. Tart acidity which begs for food. Long finish. This seems to finally be at peak though no hurry. At least a decade more at this level. This will go well with meat or fowl dishes though not too spicy.
This wine was opened and decanted for at least three hours before drinking. Not enough. This should still be held. It is a magnificent wine but very young still. It is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Merlot.
Great wine and in a great place. Still has plenty of life left but fantastic right now. Purple in color, although a bit dull at the ruby rim. The nose is fantastic; cassis, cigar box, cherries and dust. With air it brings some funk in a beautiful way. On the palate, cassis, dry earth and slight spice. Complex and tightly layered it unwinds quickly in the glass. Long finish. This would be ideal with heavier or meat based dishes. Truly a contemplative wine and everything you could hope for back when this wine was released.
This was pop and gently poured around the table. Ruby/brown in color. The nose is dusty at first. With air some cassis and celery come out. With more air, the cassis takes over along with some cigar box, but after a bit, it starts to fade albeit slowly. On the palate, it starts out slightly bitter but with air gets a bit riper. Not the deepest or most complex wine but still drinking nicely. Certainly past prime at this point but with something to offer. A nice contrast to slightly more youthful wines. At 35 years from birth, pretty impressive.
Decanted for sediment and served. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is earthy with cedar, spice, cassis, and slight celery note. Much more developed and intense on the palate. Cassis and slight tobacco. Good finish. Classic Bordeaux. Served with hearty foods and meats. This producer had some issues in the late 80's but since the mid-90's they have been doing a great job.
One of the great wines of Bordeaux well deserving of its second growth status. This is from a very hot vintage that many wine makers had some trouble with. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight tobacco and slight fresh floral notes. On the palate, this is drinking quite well. Showing some development, it is close but not yet at peak. Layers of cassis and black cherry fruit, with some dry earthy forest floor. Wispy tannins at this point. Long finish. Would work well with roasted meats and other foods. Some possible upside still left.
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.