Bordeaux 1998 tasting by my friend who calls himself “100wines”: The bouquet is not extremely expressive, but there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate and not unpleasant bell pepper impressions. On the palate a concentrated wine with dark and red berry fruits, earth, pepper, green bell pepper, chocolate, green herbs, good acidity, fairly soft tannin and good bitterness in the finish. Overall a fairly full bodied, firm and juicy wine. Maybe lacking a bit in real finesse at the moment. For tonight 90+, but it might improve…. See also my previous notes.
Drank this wine today at Gattopardo with my best mate from University.
Colour is reddish purple. Some cassis, liquorice and oak on the nose, with a good balance of elegance, laden with grace, beauty and charm.
At 16 years of age, this wine still feels young and fresh, with the acidity showing nicely after an hour. The purity of fruit is outstanding, with the tannins nicely dissolved to give it a very rounded and elegant finish.
An excellent choice to pair with the turkey and cheese that we had.
A little disappointing. Almost at the end of its 'drinkability' range and it showed last night. A nice blend of cab sauv and merlot (50% each), typical of St. Julien, but not copmplex or distinctive. Would be a great mid-week wine, but not at the weekend wine price I paid 14 years ago.
Some moss, cedar and sweet tobacco on the nose at first. It is just a little muddled and lacks real definition but gets better in the glass. There are some cassis fruits, a little smoke and tar, fresh roses and some wet earth flavours. Length of flavour is moderate. I enjoyed this more than the 98 Pontet-Canet.
Blood red with a slightly carmine rim. Beautiful and a somewhat perfumed bouquet with cedar, dark forest fruits and graphite. On the palate concentrated juice with red as well as dark forest fruits, elegant acidity, round tannin with still a good bite and soft bitterness. Also some chocolate. A well balanced and complex wine. Early maturity now and enough future until 2018 - 2020. Until 2050 as it is in CT now is a bit enthusiastic, but I hope I can reconsider a decade from now.
Well balanced as previous bottles, see earlier notes. Has a lot of grip still, finish is medium and quite dry. Had the fruit been slightly more pronounced and finish longer this could have scored 93-94.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux: Chateau Lagrange Vertical (Bishop's - Vancouver, BC): Lots of candied red cherry on the nose, along with some black pepper spice, cassis, and earth. More candied red cherry on the palate, as well as some leather, cedar, black cherry, spicy black pepper, oak, and some floral notes. A medium- length finish ending on notes of black cherry and oak spice. This had a rather simple nose and lots of lush candied red cherry on the palate, with no real sense of terroir. Not bad, but not exciting. Good.
Popped and pored a third of a glass. Very light on the nose and pretty tart, tight and tannic straight off. Let the bottle stand for a few hours, closed up the bottle and waited 24h. Next day it had evolved, classic Bordeaux nose with black currents, cherries and a touch of earth and gravel, not very intense but quite pleasing. Good balance in the mouth, again not particularly intense and still somewhat austere, but with a very long warm finish. I am positively surprised. The 1998s of the Left Bank have not been crowd-pleasers and for years it seemed likely that the fruit may run out before they reached maturity. Now it has come together reasonably well, and one could not have hoped for more I think.
Nose opened up after two hours decanting and some viloent swirling. Currents, wet stone, dried flowers, and leather on the nose. Black and red fruit hit the mid pallate with a big suprise. Fine tannins that coat, long finish. Drinking well now.
Decanted 45 minutes. Nice, classic, evolved nose with barnyard, cedar wood and flowers. Quite thin with not much fruit left however fleshed out a somewhat after 30 minutes in the glass. After 2,5 hours brett took over too much but good structure and very enjoyable with up til that. Had with deer along with 2002 Lagrange which had considerable more fruit as expected.
I agree with pjaines. It was big,chunky, disjointed with a sharp bitter finish. May be it will mellow out and come together with more time. I'll give it a "hope for improvement with more cellar time 89"
Rim verging towards tawny, so definitely showing its age. Beautiful nose: blackcurrant, blueberry, and leather, cigar box, and hints of black pepper aromas. Even some faint floral notes. Silky tannins and medium acidity on the palate. Somewhat light on the mid-palate, but a long finish with blackcurrant, sour cherry, tobacco, and cracked pepper.
Elegant and complex. Peaking now, so will be drinking the remaining two bottles in the near future.
Dark, chewy and in need of more cellar time. Quite big chunky tannins on this, which is surprising and the fruit still has a primary touch about it. I'd suggest this needs another 5 years to stretch its legs.
Tasted this wine up against Rauzan Segla 1998. Thus, a tough competition. The Lagrange was a bit more closed, but again more structured and more aristocratic than the Rauzan Segla. The Lagrange is ready to drink now and will probably keep floating on top of things for 5 more years or so.
attractive aromas on the nose, notes of liquorice and spicy complexity. It shows freshness and light rather than intensity. again light at the star but than developing into an elegant structure of freshness and ripe tannins.
color: dark red scent: rounded fruit lifted by notes of liquorice and spice - all against an earthy background palate: light start, maintains a rather lean presence on the palate (compared to other bordeaux); quite a firm fashion without a great deal of rich concentration
Saturated ruby red, very young appearance; deep and multi-dimensional, cedar and spices, wet earth and minerals, crisp red and black Cabernet fruit; dry but rich but, hint of cream, the tannins are rather chunky and somewhat drying, good typicity; has power and focus, but has the extraction been too ambitious?
Little pleasant barnyard. Juicy cassis. Firm and good tannin. Complex. A complete wine. Although this wine is still quite youthful the tannin has melted somewhat and this wine shows itself much better than in 2007. If you like your wines young, this is the moment to start drinking this wine. In 2 years from now however, it might be even a greater pleasure to drink. My (blind) score was significantly higher than in 2007.
Takes about an hour in the decanter to open up. Lead pencil, spicy oak, red berry fruit, depth; the tannins have softened, nice sweet fruit, ripe acidity, lovely balance, still a bit tight on the finish, good length. Now - 2018.
Hope this is an awkward phase. Gangly acid and tannin, elbows and knees everywhere, this is disjointed and all over the place. Hopeful it will settle into a decent claret, but this isn't the year for prom photos.
Dark blood red. In the bouquet black fruits, tobacco, cigar box, little sweetness. In the taste dark cherries, black currants, all very juicy and a little sweet. Good soft tannin in the finish. The wine is not yet fully mature. Try again in 2 years.
Totally agree with nestor_leal. Very very smooth but leaving me wanting a little more bite. Bouquet has adequate complexity with noticible cedar notes. Dark fruit and well rounded. Had with wild mushroom fettucini and tomato gnocchi which brought out a little more tannin. Very nice.
Very smooth, expected more tannins. With high acidity, felt thin on the mouth compared to other bordeaux. Beautiful cedar aromas. Normally I am looking for drinkable bordeaux with lower tannins but this one was on the light side.