WES - Good Bordeaux is not expensive

Hampstead
Tasted Thursday, February 17, 2011 by hadwin with 251 views

Introduction

£1250 for a bottle of Château Lafite 2009 'en primeur' - well yes, that is expensive! But such wild prices are only achieved by a handful of the region's better known properties. There are literally hundreds of other properties in Bordeaux producing good wine at much more modest prices. And it's a region that is very much in form at the moment. Standards of viticulture and wine-making have never been higher. We will taste a range of wines from some of our favourite smaller producers. Bottle prices will be in the £10 to £20 price range and the contents will be ready to drink.

Flight 1 (8 Notes)

  • 2008 Château Tour Leognan Blanc 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Clear and Bright. Quite astringent on the nose. Smokey and green. Touch of peach. Dry, crisp, mellow with a touch of vanilla on the finish. Good acidity.

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  • 2007 Lea & Sandeman 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux

    Medium intense, bright. SLight thinning at the edge of the rim. No real colour change. Mature nose, quite dusty. Rich black fruit with a touch of blood and spice. Dry, soft tannins up front. Good acidity. Thinner than expected from the nose. Fruity. (Magnum bottle).

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  • 2006 Château Berliquet 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Medium intense. Fragrant, fruity, rich and jammy (in a good way!). Dry, clean, fresh with the fruit following through - raspberry notes.

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  • 2003 Château Peyrabon 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc

    Dark garnet colour. Fairly intense with an orange rim. Sherbet and spice with a lifted black current note but more savoury meat and blood. Dry, rich, firm, good acidity. Slightly roasted finish with a touch of bitterness.

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  • 2002 Château La Croix du Casse 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Medium intense. Orange edge. Vegetal cabbage note on the nose. Some black fruit underneath and a touch of polish/pear drops. Rich, smooth perhaps a little more time needed to fully integrate the oak.

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  • 1999 Château Moulin à Vent 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc

    Quite intense but starting to thin. Dusty, pencil case notes. Rich dark fruits. Perhaps "coal cellar". Good acidity, smooth and elegant, well integrated, spicy and long.

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  • 1999 Château Chasse-Spleen 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc

    Low intensity. Very savoury nose - like a consommé, oily, dried figs and mushroom notes. Light, balanced, subtle with almost figgy notes on the palate.

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  • 2007 Château La Caussade 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers, Sainte Croix du Mont

    Clear and bright. Light golden colour. Complex nose with Pineapple, burnt sugar, botrytus and cream. Tightly bound on the palate. Good balancing acidity.

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