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Union des Grand Crus 2008 Bordeaux Tasting - NYC

Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

Tasted January 28, 2011 by ews3 with 2,643 views

Flight 1 - Outstanding (95+ points) (2 notes)

There were few outstanding wines presented -- differentiating to this level is always difficult at big walkaround tastings, but there are usually a few that stand out.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Suduiraut France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
96 points
more honey and quince. friggin delicious. my notes say "a blockbuster flavor explosion like peach fireworks" long finish.
Red
2008 Château Clinet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
95 points
loved this. sweet oak on initial attack. developed red berry fruit notes and a little bit of cedar. med(+) acid shows potential fro aging. med(+) finish is quite complex and pleasant.

Flight 2 - Excellent (92-94) (20 notes)

Red
2008 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
really nice. med(+) oaky palate shows sweet spice, sweet black fruit, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. delicious. medium(+) finish.
Red
2008 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
94 points
pleasant red fruit profile. moderate fruit and well balanced acid. tannins are well integrated. medium length finish begins with a crescendo before fading. liked this.
Red
2008 Château Branaire-Ducru France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
94 points
very traditionally styled. a little graphite, nice black fruit. well integrated oak. med tannin. everything in the right place. really enjoyed. med(+) finish.
Red
2008 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
94 points
i think st. julien did quite well in '08. this is really nice, with a mix of fruit and menthol. hint of clove cigarette. medium tannin, medium(+) acid, medium(+) finish is a touch nicer than the brainare ducru.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Climens France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
94 points
delicious. med(+) acid. nice peach and orchard fruits. finish is disappointing only in that it is medium -- it was so delicious i wanted much more from it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Guiraud France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
honey, honey, and more honey... some mango and tropical fruit. medium(+) finish. spicebox.
White
2008 Château Pape Clément Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
delicious. nasal herbal notes. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
less fruit than the angelus, but perhaps more refined. delicate tannins. med(+) finish.
Red
2008 Château Brane-Cantenac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
93 points
really nice red fruit and tobacco profile. moderate acid. med(+) finish is delicious.
Red
2008 Château Rauzan-Ségla France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
93 points
lovely graphinte notes sit on top of red cherry. medium tannin, medium finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
93 points
nice. peach, apple liqueur, honey. medium acid. long(-) finish.
White
2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
apple flavors dominate before acid takes over. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Angélus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
plum and red fruit. some black pepper. a little bitterness presents on med(+) finish.
Red
2008 Château La Couspaude France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
nice sweet spice / white pepper sits on top of black fruit. menthol notes. a lot going on. medium finish. i liked this.
Red
2008 Château La Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
nice red fruit profile. med (+) tannins & nice structure. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Pavie Macquin France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
vanilla on nose. palate dominated by oaky notes. some black fruit is left behind. med (+) finish is delightful.
Red
2008 Château La Conseillante France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
nice plum & raw tobacco leaf notes. fruit is restrained and perhaps a little underripe. medium finish is pleasant.
Red
2008 Château Cantenac Brown France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
pleasant black fruit notes & nutmeg. something else i can't put my finger on... poerhaps cafe con leche? medium finish begs to last longer.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
92 points
a little more watery than the climens, but with nice flavors -- peach, apricot, honbey. medium (+) nasal finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Doisy-Daëne France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
nice pineapple cake profile. not as thick and viscous as some of the others. med(+) acid, med (+) finish.

Flight 3 - Very Good (90-91) (16 notes)

Red
2008 Château Haut-Bailly France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
nice red fruit palate with some spice and cedar overlay. very forward fruit and medium(+) finish. nice.
Red
2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
floral notes on top of some sweet black fruit. fruit is a bit muted on the midpalate, but this shows a med finish.
Red
2008 Château Canon France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
pleasant sour fruit. med(+) acid. med finish. lacks a little bit of body but otherwise quite nice.
Red
2008 Clos Fourtet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
pleasant red berry fruit. medium (-) tannin, medium acid. oak a little disjointed. medium finish is quite pleasant.
Red
2008 Château Larcis Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
dark fruit & herbal spice. nice, well integrated oak. tannins are light but well rounded. med(-) finish. like the flavor. drink young.
Red
2008 Château Troplong Mondot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
dark fruit & oak. not as well integrated as the pavie macquin. medium finish gets a bit hot.
Red
2008 Château Malescot St. Exupéry France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
well integrated all around. felt more traditional than many of the other wines. med(-) tannin, med acid. blsack currant, graphite. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
black fruit, a little menthol, nice sweet white pepper. a little unripeness shows on the otherwise nice medium(+) finish.
Red
2008 Château Beychevelle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
91 points
liked this. well integrated fruit and oak. mostly red fruit. med(-) tannin, med acid. medium finish is a bit fruity. drinks well now.
Red
2008 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
nice, but not what i expect from pichon lalande. black fruit, licorice. medium(-) finish.
Red
2008 Château Ormes de Pez France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
91 points
violety floral nose. medium black fruit, med(-) tannin. med sweet finish. drinking well now.
Red
2008 Château Phélan Ségur France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
91 points
nice mix of fruit and savory. game and lead. medium finish could be longer... needs more tannin... but this had one of the more interesting flavor profiles.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château de Rayne-Vigneau France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
91 points
more honey, but less fruit than the other sauternes. spice, quince. medium finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
91 points
a little too much acid on this, but otherwise nice. green apple, apricot. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Lascombes France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
sweet red fruit, oak, vanilla. med finish. drinks well today. finish is a bit disjointed.
Red
2008 Château Marquis de Terme France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
medium red & black fruit profile. a bit underloaded on fruit. fruit recovers in a pleasant surprise of a finish. this wine seems to be playing hard to get

Flight 4 - Good (88-89) (16 notes)

Red
2008 Château Haut-Bergey France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
tasty, but muted nose. black pepper, meat, would pair well with steak. med(-) finish is spice driven.
Red
2008 Château Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
bitter attack is replaced w/ soft plum notes. med(-) tannin. med finish turns hot after ~10s
Red
2008 Château du Tertre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
very nice sweet black fruit profile. sweet spice. gets a bit syrupy oak on the MP. medium finish. drinks well now.
Red
2008 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
med red fruit has some sour notes to it. med(+) acid -- perhaps picked early? medium finish is sour.
Red
2008 Château Haut-Bages Libéral France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
89 points
nice red fruit profile. some menthol notes. medium finish. all around, well put together, but no part is a standout.
Red
2008 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
89 points
a little tobacco and black fruit. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Durfort-Vivens France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
pleasant, fruity profile. red berry fruit does not taste like bordeaux, but s pleasant. very new world in style. med(-) finish.
Red
2008 Domaine de Chevalier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
simple black fruit profile. nice med(+) length spicy finish is where this shows its class.
Red
2008 Château Trotte Vieille France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
black fruit dominated with some clove appearing on the midpalate. medium finish has a lovely acidic tingle to it.
Red
2006 Château La Cabanne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
88 points
sour black fruit notes... mostly plum.
Red
2008 Château Greysac France, Bordeaux, Médoc
88 points
medium palate of sour cherry and pleasant vegetal notes. med(+) acid. has an interesting umami/MSG tingle. med(-) tannin.
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Red
2008 Château Dauzac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
88 points
nice fruit - sour currant. moderate acid, med (-) tannin. some sweet spice on medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Kirwan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
88 points
nice red fruit flavors. currant. med oak, med(-) tannin, med(+) acid. very pleasant.
Red
2008 Château Labégorce France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
88 points
red currant and cherry fruit. nice expression of fruit.
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Red
2008 Château Langoa Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
88 points
sour fruit. black pepper shines through but it is still bitter. medium finish is pleasant after the sourness fades a little.
Red
2008 Château Batailley France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
oak is most prominent on this.

Flight 5 - Acceptable (85-87) (20 notes)

Red
2008 Château de Fieuzal France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
nice red berry fruit flavors. very forward (my notes say "like a hooker")
Red
2008 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
nice red fruit notes are fairly simple. fresh acidity, this drinks well now, but will also age nicely. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château La Tour-Martillac France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
nice smoky notes. simple otherwise.
Red
2008 Château Olivier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
87 points
nice black currant. well integrated medium tannins.
Red
2008 Château Dassault France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
87 points
simple but pleasant. not too much fruit. doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
Red
2008 Château Beauregard France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
87 points
a bit sour. was in a tough spot, tasted directly after the clinet that i loved. sour cherry, underwhelming medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Gazin Pomerol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
87 points
nice ripe plum notes. not structured for long aging, i would drink young.
Red
2008 Château Beaumont France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
87 points
nice sweet black fruit profile. a little bit syrupy and fake. oak is not that well integrated. medium tannin, medium (-) acid makes this a bit fat. medium finish.
Red
2008 Château Prieuré-Lichine France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
87 points
a little bitter.
Red
2008 Château d'Armailhac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
87 points
red berry fruit dominates palate. ripe cherry. medium(-) finish.
Red
2008 Château de Pez France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
87 points
sour black currant. med(-) finish was on the short side of these wines.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château Sigalas Rabaud France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
87 points
juicy and simple. lacking acid.
Red
2008 Château Bouscaut France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
86 points
fairly simple red fruit and plum.
Red
2008 Château Carbonnieux France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
86 points
red fruit liqueur. med(-) body and short finish.
Red
2008 Château La Dominique France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
86 points
black fruit, sour cherry. med finish is well balanced.
Red
2008 Château Ferrière France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
86 points
drinking well, but not built for aging. fruity red berry notes. cranberry. not much there on the finish.
Red
2008 Château Saint-Pierre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
86 points
pleasant attack of black fruit quickly goes flat on the midpalate. turns into a syrup, med(-) finish. all over the map.
Red
2008 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
86 points
muted flavor profile shows some red fruit, but not too much there. medium finish disappoints.
Red
2008 Château Lynch-Moussas France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
86 points
sour red fruit profile.
Red
2008 Château Malartic-Lagravière France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
85 points
sour fruit profile -- i was unimpressed by this.

Flight 6 - Avoid (<85) (6 notes)

Red
2008 Château Rahoul France, Bordeaux, Graves
84 points
black fruit, licorice. very simple.
Red
2008 Château Berliquet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
84 points
was not a fan of this. light & sour. not much there. tannin on attack quickly fades.
Red
2008 Château Grand Mayne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
84 points
bitter fruit profile but still not great. green streak.
Red
2008 Château Larmande France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
84 points
simple red fruit. some yeasty/autolytic notes. finish is sour.
Red
2008 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
84 points
bitter fruit starts pleasantly enough, but quickly goes south. medium finish is hot and bitter.
Red
2008 Château Franc-Mayne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
78 points
offensive nose. sour finish on palate. poor effort.
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