Grand Bordeaux Tasting w/ Jill

Binny's South Loop - Chicago, IL
Tasted Friday, October 24, 2008 by beezer6 with 416 views

Introduction

25 Attendees. Awesome event with fantastic wines for only $50!!! What a bargain. I will be back next year.

Flight 1 - Table 1 (7 Notes)

Flight 2 - Table 2 (9 Notes)

  • 2005 Château La Fleur Chantecaille 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Guess this is a Kosher wine. Not impressed. Basic red fruit. One dimensional.
    Wine seriously lacked compared to all others at the tasting.

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  • 2005 Château Chauvin 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.

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  • 2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Lovely sweet spice. Gorgeous licorice on the nose and palate.
    Loads of ripe dark red fruit. Accessible and drinking well though showing potential for cellaring.

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  • 2003 Château Péby Faugères 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Lush notes of red spicy berries with nice cinnamon aromas.

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  • 2004 Château Giscours 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    One of the best wines in terms of QPR of the evening. Really enjoyed this ripe yet accessible wine.
    Totally Old World in style, both Jill and I thought this was fantastic -- especially for about forty bucks.

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  • 2004 Château Lascombes 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    BEEFY aromas jumping out of the glass. Such a unique experience.
    The palate is equally smoky with lots of roasted meat qualities.
    Sweet ass stuff. Can't wait to see how it evolves over the next few years so I decided to pick up a bottle at the tasting.

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  • 2005 Château La Gaffelière 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Fantastic wine. Well extracted dark fruit. Blackberries, dark cherries.
    Licorice, dried plums, cigar box and tar.
    One of the top wines of the evening.

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  • 1996 Château Lafon-Rochet 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Dried fruit. Prunes and Dole Raisins.

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  • 2005 Château Batailley 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.

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Flight 3 - Table 3 (11 Notes)

Flight 4 - Table 4 (6 Notes)

  • 2003 Château La Mission Haut-Brion 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    This wine's overall character was different from the other's - especially those on the ticket table.
    This wine's color was more of a deep ruby than the more opaque others.
    The wine showed lighter berries with very intriguing spice.
    Lighter in style but still awesome depth and complexity.
    The finish went on and on for at least 45 seconds though it was as elegant a Bordeaux as I've ever sampled.

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  • 2003 Château Pavie 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Rich dark chocolate and dark fruit.
    Very Old World in style.
    Tremendous effort. Absolutely in love with Pavie on my first experience.

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  • 2003 Château Lynch-Bages 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Beautiful and rich with tremendous potential.
    Still just a baby.

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  • 2003 Château Mouton Rothschild 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Absolutely mind blowing. I completely understand the hype.
    Tasting this was a truly memorable experience.
    The focus and structure. Depth and complexity. So much going on.
    Dark berries, chocolate, earth, dirt. Coffee, dark purple flowers.
    The viscosity of the wine is somewhat sappy. The nose is absolutely flying out of the glass.
    The finish lasted for almost a minute. This is the best French wine I've had to date.
    I am in love. Speechless.

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  • 2005 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    Day bright golden in color.
    Beautiful yellow apple and lightly roasted nuts on the nose.
    Balanced palate. Very bright and lively.
    Gorgeous. Glad I have two half bottles still on their way.

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  • 2003 Château d'Yquem 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    Binny's South Loop October Bordeaux Wine Tasting.
    The best white wine I have ever tasted. Absolutely mind blowing.
    So much concentration with such length. I was speechless.
    Lush rich and viscous in the glass. Almost molasses like but lighter in color.
    Aromas leaping out of the glass. Lemon zest. Insanely bright lemon zest everywhere. Fresh grass, blue cheese and petrol.
    So much SUN in this wine. It drinks like liquid gold. Such balance. Maple syrup notes on the nose and palate.
    75 second finish. I'm sold. I don't see how it can get better than D 'Yquem in terms of Sauternes...possibly dessert wines all together.

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Closing

Extremely excited to have tried Mouton Rothschild and D'Yquem. Awesome juice. Totally worth every penny!!!

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