Monthly Tasting Group: Bordeaux

Levain, Mpls
Tasted Sunday, October 28, 2012 by rocknroller with 329 views

Introduction

The monthly theme was Bordeaux. This event had 2 tables of 6-7. wines were shared across tables.

Flight 1 - Table 1 Wines (10 Notes)

  • 2006 Scharffenberger Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs 87 Points

    USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County

    light gold color. Green apple, mild yeast. green apple palate, shorter finish. Pleasant drinker.

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  • 2005 Clos de l'Oratoire 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Purple red color. Decant length unknown. Had a single glass over an hour. Cassis, grapite, blackberry, tar on the nose. The palate is inky, very grippy right now, cassis, black cherry, and graphite, licorice. Very young. 90(+)pts.

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  • 1995 Clos René 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

    Medium red color. Not impressed by this bottle. Tannic, thin, iron, muted, red fruit. Appears to be over the hill.

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  • 1995 Château Clerc Milon 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Very dark red color. No decant. Nose, tight, earth, licorice, cassis. Palate, grippy tannins, medium body, thin mid, cassis, licorice. Maybe a nice decant would soften this make it more approachable.

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  • 1995 Château Pontet-Canet 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Very dark red color. Another bottle with no decant. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. I was really looking forward to trying this, but sadly was disappointed. I'm a huge fan of Pontet-Canet in general, certainly over the last decade anyway. This bottle presented as austere, tannic, black fruits, anise, oak, gravelly mineral, spice. Not sure this will get a lot better. I'd like to see the impact of a significant decant, but this did not improve a lot in the glass.

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  • 1995 Château Léoville Poyferré Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Very dark red color. This bottle was definitely not what I had seen recently. I think this was mildly corked. Rustic and muted, very tannic, quite austere.

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  • 1995 Château Montrose 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Purple red color. Decanted for 3 hours. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours. This has a nice nose, earthy, developing some perfume over30 minutes, cassis, cedar, graphite, oak. The palate is full bodied, inky, cassis, blackberry, graphite, minerals, firm tannins that round further in the glass. This got considerably better over the first 30-60 minutes. Very nice.

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  • 1996 Château Léoville Poyferré 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Very dark red color. Decanted just over 2 hours. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours. Opened more slowly after being back in the bottle for transport. Developed a nice perfume of red and black fruit, florals, and leather. The palate is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, elegant, nice finish. This was excellent, but not as good as the last 2 bottles I've had. It seemed like it shut down after it had really been singing at the 2 hour point and needed to be coaxed back out. 2-3 hour decant recommended.

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  • 1986 Château Rieussec 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Amber color. Drank 1+ glass over 30+ minutes. This was showing quite nicely again. Classic aged Sauternes, apricots, honey, floral, smoky, a little peach pit. The palate is graceful, understated power, very well balanced, apricot, honey, spice, smoke, minerals. Long finish. Always a treat.

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  • 2001 Château Doisy-Védrines 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Didn't get any detailed notes on this. My memory is that it was very good, but nowhere near the '05 Rieussec or the '86 Rieussec. 89-90pts.

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Flight 2 - Table 2 Wines - usually small pours (8 Notes)

  • 2005 Château Rieussec 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Medium gold color. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, highlighted by a distinct coconut note, mineral, lighter apricots and honey this go round. The palate was quite vibrant with nice acidity, consistent with previous bottles, adding the tropicals. The sweetness is there, but when drank next to the '86 Rieussec, you see what a baby this really is and imagine how far it can go. As much texture as there is now, you don't have that creamy, really volumptuous character that comes with maturity. Don't get me wrong, this is awesome and is only going to get better, but I am a sucker for a mature beauty. 93(+)pts.

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  • 2011 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris 88 Points

    France, Alsace

    this was not quite as good as recent previous vintages. Still quite nice though. Interesting dusty quality on the nose, citrus, light florals compared to the past. the palate was light, crisp citrus, medium-short finish.

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  • 2009 Samuel Billaud Chablis 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Chablis

    Nice, with refreshing minerality, crisp acid, citrus profile. 88+ to 89pts.

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  • 2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    this had a 2.5hr decant. Small pour. Still came out of the box slowly, seemed a bit hot initially. Developed a nice perfume of ripe cassis, graphite, and floral notes. The palate resolved and was deep and layered. This is still quite young and should improve significantly. Wish I would have had more of this to examine longer. 92+pts.

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  • 2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

    Small pour, oak, cassis, earthy, prominent firm tannins. Medium finish. Pretty good.

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  • 1986 Château Nairac Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac

    I thought this was flat, done, and gone. OTH. low 80's.

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  • NV Taittinger Champagne Brut 90 Points

    France, Champagne

    Light gold color Nice sea air nose with pear, florals, mineral. the palate has bold acids, pear, tree fruit, mineral, nice finish. Very enjoyable.

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  • NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige 88 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Pale gold color. Bread dough, yeast, apple, mineral. Nice balance, light and tasty. Always a solid QPR.

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