Mixed Bordeaux at PRIMA

Tasted February 25, 2010 by soyhead with 361 views

Introduction

Seems like we couldn't agree on a theme here. It came close to being a Margaux appellation theme, but then I brought a St. Julien.

Flight 1 (1 note)

Red
1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
88 points
nose - sour cherry, earth, mint
mouth - fully mature and ready to drink. Fruit punch essence with none of the sweet. Round mouthcoating tannins. Opened up nicely over the course of the evening. With a slightly fruitier attack this would be flat out delicious.

Flight 2 (1 note)

Red
1994 Château Rauzan-Gassies France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
84 points
nose - reminds me of a napa zin - overripe fruit, then oak
mouth - tannins way outweigh the fruit. Some plummy flavors. the tannins are bitter. lacks elegance but went fine with 'fatty chicken' which turned some heads in the restaurant.

Flight 3 (1 note)

Red
1983 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
nose - sweet cherry, cranberry, damp earth, and flowers. A very fragrant nose.
Mouth - still potent. shows a good combo of red fruit, tobacco, and coffee. Still with considerable structure.
Some interesting herbal essence on the finish. An elegant wine. Drink up - i cant see this getting much better.
Not necessarily for fans of big bold fruit bomb-y wines, however... (you know who you are)

Closing

An interesting tasting. All the wines opened with time. As for the '83 Palmer, Parker seems to have liked it, gave it a 97, and so it is astronomically priced. Shit for that price you could get a glass of screaming eagle!
Not sure I'd pay the asking price for the '83 Palmer, but certainly happy to drink it. And it was my first Palmer to boot, so cheers to you Duane.

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