Bordeaux North to South

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Tasted Friday, August 20, 2010 by LWI with 398 views

Introduction

Served blind. Content of fligts except ringer was known, the identity of the flight were not initially known.

Flight 1 (2 Notes)

Flight 2 (4 Notes)

  • 1986 Pauillac de Rauzan-Ségla 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Dark; some oak and dark berries; noticeable tannins, quite long, some forest floor, a bit weak mid-palate, slightly thin.

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  • 1986 Château Rauzan-Gassies 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Fresh nose with wild strawberries (!), some cinnamon; good length, dries out at the end. Fresh and appealing

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  • 1978 Château Margaux 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Nose is wonderful: flowers, underbrush and perfume – a rather developed nose; more full in the mouth with spices and old wood, still plenty of dark fruit, long and complex.

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  • 1982 Château Palmer 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Deep fruit; long and lovely, plenty of fruit, some tannins. Does fade a bit in the glass. A little sweet – in a not too pleasant way.

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Flight 3 (4 Notes)

Flight 4 (4 Notes)

The Barton and Calon-Segure inadvertedly exchanged flights.

  • 1988 Château Cos d'Estournel 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Gorgeous mature nose, some acidity and graphite; long and soft, but with some tannins at the end. It is long and intense, dry. Wonderful drinking claret!

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  • 1949 Château Montrose 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Very little fruit on the nose, thin and smells oxidized; lovely acidity, leather and old drawer, but – to me – quite far over the hill. A very disjointed wine quality wise. With some time in the glass it comes together and becomes a bit more interesting, this is mainly due to some complexity emerging.

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  • 1975 Château Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    A thin and somewhat oxidized nose; Good acidity/freshness, some pencil shaves. Thus, better in the mouth. Not bad for 35 year old petit chateau! When released I wondered whether the fruit would die out before the tannins resided. They somehow survived the tannins. Another example of successful 75’s.

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  • 1986 Château Léoville Barton 85 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Lovely length and good concentration. However, it lacks complexity.

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Flight 5 (4 Notes)

Flight 6 (4 Notes)

Flight 7 (2 Notes)

  • 2001 Chateau Musar 90 Points

    Lebanon, Bekaa Valley

    From magnum. Dark fruit, some figs and prunes, however still more Bordeaux like than many other Musars. Long and powerful. No volatile acidity.

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  • 1966 Château Montrose 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    From magnum. Had lost most of its fruit. Good acidity, but some slight murkiness. Not an optimal bottle? The nose was cleaner the day after, but had declined in the mouth.

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Flight 8 (4 Notes)

  • 1983 Château Guiraud 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    A bit bitter, lacks some acidity to keep it on the really fresh side. Definite botrytis and on the dry side for sauternes. Medium long.

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  • 1990 Château Guiraud 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Some volatile acidity, caramel, nuts; may be a bit short, and is wanting in both length and complexity. But with spices and adequate fullness.

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  • 1976 Château Guiraud 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Caramel, a little restrained nose; marzipan and pickled orange peel. Lovely, but could do with some additional acidity.

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  • 1986 Château d'Yquem Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    The cork was very loose and disappeared into the bottle at the first attempt to insert an opener. Signs of seepage. Dark golden, rather evolved color; Some volatile acidity. Burned sugar in a pleasant way, some almond drops (a slightly synthetic smell); Shortish and lacks complexity and refinement. Probably stored in a way (too warm?) that made the cork contract.

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