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| ||Tasted by CarTer on 4/14/2012 & rated 92 points: - Ruby color with medium forming legs. It's lacking fruit and has flavours of sherry and smokey. (2119 views)|
| ||Tasted by SimonG on 7/21/2011: Bobby's Birthday Bash (28-50): Sweet-fruited, mineraly. No great star but showing well. A freshness and a vivacity to it..|
Holds well across the evening. ***1/2 (2503 views)
| ||Tasted by AlexHop on 2/23/2011 & rated 89 points: Showing its age, but not at all bad. Very light. Still really enjoyable with classic old bordeaux character. (2443 views)|
| ||Tasted by RationalDenial on 1/9/2011: Drank for my wife and her twin brother's birthday (vintage year). It was a simple, straightforward and beautiful Bordeaux. Although, it was so light and delicate that I would have guess pinot if I hadn't been the one to open the bottle. Mild bricking, a little zip left and fully-realized secondaries. This is likely on the downhill leg, but was still fun to drink. (2644 views)|
| ||Tasted by AlexHop on 2/22/2005 & rated 92 points: Had a bottle from my birth-year for my birthday at Rovers. Exceeded my expecations- a little musty on the nose, but nice taste, classic Bordeaux charater, still holding up nicely although fully mature. Long finish. (4593 views)|
| ||Tasted by mjj1066 on 10/5/2004: At Postrio w/ CMM. Smooth and refined with soft tannic structure. Not a lot of fruit left but still quite pleasant. (2767 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mark on 10/2/2004 & rated 89 points: The quality of this bottle was impressive. Fill was within 1 cm from the cork, with this bottle coming from the Chateau in late 2003. The Cos comes right out of the bottle with a full nose of dry, crushed fall leaves with a hint of earth. This is not an overpowering wine, medium weight in the mouth, but still exhibiting whiffs of dark fruit. I did get a bit of a steelyness about this wine. Color was brick if not brown. A lingering sweet finish, medium in length. This is a very nice bottle of wine, not a blockbuster by any measure, but simply enjoyable. (3833 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 6/22/2004 & rated 91 points: MI Wine Club does Cos d'Estournel (Seattle, WA, USA): I transposed this with the 1975 in my vintage guess, as this showed more impressive structure. Very brick in color with a watery rim. The nose show mint, iron and cedar. The palate initially has a saline quality, but more sweetness emerged with some air. The finish shows mouthwatering acidity. This was my 2nd favorite of the night (to the 2000) from an excellent bottle with an extremely sound cork. (4756 views)|
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Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
St. Estèphe Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.
A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.
Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.
Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):
In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).