UCGB tasting Bordeaux 2013

Amsterdam

Tasted March 7, 2016 by Zweder with 616 views

Introduction

Not a good vintage and in almost all wines there are green impressions although I don't mention that in every tasting note.
Nevertheless not really bad and undrinkable wines either. There are some nice surprises and the price level went down considerably, so there are some pleasant deals to pick.
In general: Try the wines at 7 - 9 years of age. So between 2020 and 2022. Some wines might show more pleasant than expected.
Overall; a restaurant vintage.

Flight 1 - Graves and Pessac-Léognan Blanc (4 notes)

White
2013 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline France, Bordeaux, Graves
88 points
Quite expressive bouquet with white fruits, minerals and a firm dose of oak. Same on the palate. An attractive wine. 87 – 88
White
2013 Château Carbonnieux Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
In the bouquet white fruits, some smoke and minerals. Same on the palate. Vanilla good acidity and some bitterness in the finish. Elegant and really nice wine.
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White
2013 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
Luxurious bouquet with smoke and white peach. On the palate white fruits, peach, beautifully toasted oak, good acidity and bitterness. Beautiful and luxurious wine. 92+
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White
2013 Château de Fieuzal Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
Perfumed bouquet with flowers and apricots. On the palate the same, some oak and bitterness. I was not extremely impressed, although this is a very good wine.
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Flight 2 - Pessac-Léognan red (6 notes)

Red
2013 Château Bouscaut France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
86 points
Dark forest fruits, some smoke, also green and sticky tannin, some bitterness. Not really great, but not bad either. Short finish.
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Red
2013 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
In the final blend there is 61% Cabernet Franc. In the bouquet herbal and bell pepper impressions. On the palate smoke and dark chocolate, but also bell pepper, good acidity and firm tannin. Not really elegant in this stage, but with some ageing it all might improve. 88+ for today.
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Red
2013 Domaine de Chevalier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark forest fruits, smoke and beautiful oak. On the palate dark berries, graphite, good acidity, beautifully round tannin but also with that green bell pepper impression in the background. Nevertheless a better 2013 and luxurious wine.
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Red
2013 Château La Tour-Martillac France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
In the bouquet dark forest fruits, chocolate and graphite. On the palate dark berries and graphite as well, but also a lot of green impressions. Good acidity and firm tannin. 88 – 89 for today.
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Red
2013 Château La Louvière France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
86 points
The bouquet shows beautiful dark berries and some toasted oak, but on the palate there are green herbs and red fruit acidity. The bouquet is the best part. For today 86, around 2020 maybe a point higher.
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Red
2013 Château Malartic-Lagravière France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
89 points
In the bouquet dark berries, smoke and vanilla. On the palate dark berries as well, firm acidity and bitterness. Compared to other wines of this vintage a little less green, but also not really great. Try around 2022. 88 - 89
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Flight 3 - Médoc and Haut Médoc (5 notes)

Red
2013 Château La Tour de By France, Bordeaux, Médoc
85 points
In the bouquet dark berries and herbs and spices. Same on the palate. Some green impressions. Firm acidity. Light to medium bodied. 84 - 85
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Red
2013 Château Cantemerle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
87 points
Red and dark berries, green impressions, ok acidity and tannin and a firm amount of bitterness. No more notes. 86 - 87.
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Red
2013 Château Citran France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
85 points
Supple red and dark berries, some herbs, ok acidity and tannin. Light to medium bodied, but certainly ok. Try around 2019.
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Red
2013 Château La Lagune Les Cabernets Sauvignons France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
89 points
For this year only the Cabernet was used, because the other varietals were not good enough. They even changed the label for it and wrote "les Cabernets Sauvignons" under the name. In the bouquet dark berries, beautiful oak and smoke. On the palate dark berries, vanilla and smoke as well. Also some bell pepper, firm acidity and good tannin. It is a good La Lagune which has the vintage as a handicap. Try around 2020.
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Red
2013 Château de Lamarque France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
86 points
The bouquet is locked, but shows some dark berries. On the palate juicy dark berries, some chocolate and oak. There are some green notes. Good acidity and tannin. Medium bodied and overall certainly a pleasant wine. 85 - 86

Flight 4 - Listrac and Moulis (3 notes)

Red
2013 Château Clarke France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Listrac-Médoc
86 points
The bouquet is quite locked. On the palate juicy dark berries, some chocolate, vanilla, smoke and bell pepper. Ok acidity and sticky tannin. Light to medium bodied. Try around 2019.
Red
2013 Château Fourcas Hosten France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Listrac-Médoc
84 points
Light color. In the bouquet as well as on the palate a lot of green impressions. There are some red and dark berries, ok acidity and tannin.
Red
2013 Château Maucaillou France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
86 points
In the bouquet dark forest fruits and some toast. Same on the palate, good acidity and tannin. Ok wine. 86+.

Flight 5 - Margaux (13 notes)

Red
2013 Château Cantenac Brown France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Smoke, dark forest fruits and licorice in the bouquet. On the palate juicy dark forest fruits, well dosed oak, good acidity and tannin. Beautiful and juicy wine. 89 - 90. Try between 2020 and 2022.
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Red
2013 Château Dauzac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
Medium dark color. The bouquet is locked, but slightly perfumed. On the palate red and dark forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla, a touch of bell pepper, but also sweetness, ok acidity and tannin. Pleasant, medium bodied wine.
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Red
2013 Château Desmirail France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
86 points
Light colored. There are juicy red and dark forest fruits, some smoke, acidity and green, sticky tannin. Light bodied, elegant wine. 86 for today. Around 2020 maybe 87?
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Red
2013 Château Durfort-Vivens France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
Ripe dark forest fruits, smoke, some metal and bell pepper, good acidity and tannin. The ripeness of the fruits makes this a pleasant wine. 88 - 89
Red
2013 Château Ferrière France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
86 points
The bouquet is locked but slightly perfumed. On the palate juicy dark berries, green bell pepper, ok acidity and a bit edgy tannin.
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Red
2013 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
The bouquet is locked. On the palate juicy dark forest fruits, vanilla, good acidity and tannin. The wine appears to be a little less green than some of the other wines from Margaux.
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Red
2013 Château Labégorce France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
88 points
Beautiful bouquet with red and dark berries, smoke and cedar. On the palate red and dark forest fruits, some bell pepper, ok acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Medium bodied, elegant wine.
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Red
2013 Château Lascombes France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
There is a lot of toasted oak and espresso in the bouquet, also dark berries, cedar, smoke and tobacco. On the palate all comes back with juicy dark forest fruits, good acidity and tannin. Hardly any green impressions in this wine. Give the oak some time to integrate. Try around 2023. 90 - 91
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Red
2013 Château Marquis de Terme France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
87 points
The bouquet is locked. There are red and dark berries, green bell pepper, vanilla, a touch of sweetness, ok acidity, sticky tannin and bitterness. 87 for today. Around 2022 maybe 88?
Red
2013 Château Monbrison France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
86 points
In the bouquet red and dark berries and some smoke. On the palate red and dark berries as well, bell pepper, juicy acidity and sticky tannin. Light to medium bodied. Not an unpleasant wine.
Red
2013 Château Prieuré-Lichine France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
Perfumed and elegant bouquet with good oak and dark berries. On the palate dark and red berries, well dosed oak, good acidity and supple tannin. Elegant wine.
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Red
2013 Château Rauzan-Ségla France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits, smoke, cedar and sweet spices. On the palate dark and red forest fruits, some sweetness, toast, some green impressions, but juicy acidity and good tannin. One of the better wines of the vintage. 91 for today. Try around 2022.
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Red
2013 Château du Tertre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
88 points
Fairly light color. In the bouquet as well as on the palate green herbs and bell pepper. Some red and dark berry fruits, ok acidity and fairly supple tannin. Elegant style. 87 - 88
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Flight 6 - St. Julien (9 notes)

Red
2013 Château Beychevelle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
89 points
The bouquet is locked and slightly perfumed. In this stage the green impressions are dominant, but there red and dark berries, good acidity and tannin and elegance. Hope to taste again around 2023. 88 - 89 for today.
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Red
2013 Château Branaire-Ducru France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
88 points
A lot of dark and red berries, vanilla and also green impressions. Ok acidity and sticky tannin. Medium bodied. 88 for today. Probably 89 around 2022.
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Red
2013 Château Gloria France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
87 points
There are good dark berries, a touch of sweetness and also green impressions. Ok acidity and sticky tannin. 87 for today. Maybe 88 around 2020.
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Red
2013 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
88 points
Perfumed bouquet. Ripe red berries, a touch of sweetness, beautiful oak, juicy acidity and supple tannin.
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Red
2013 Château Langoa Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
90 points
Bouquet with dark berries, smoke, cigar box and some toast. On the palate dark berries, green bell pepper, good acidity and sticky tannin. Needs some ageing. Wait until 2023. 89 - 90
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Red
2013 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits, smoke, cedar and graphite. On the palate dark forest fruits and luxurious oak, bell pepper, firm but good acidity and sticky tannin. This is a classical wine which needs ageing, but then it will probably be beautiful. Wait until 2025. 91 - 92 for today.
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Red
2013 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
A mouth full of wine. Dark forest fruits, luxurious oak with a good toast, graphite, licorice and cedar. Good acidity and round but powerful tannin. For me the wine of the day. Good future. Wait until 2025.
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Red
2013 Château Saint-Pierre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
89 points
More full bodied than Gloria. Also dark berries, good oak, green bell pepper, good acidity and sticky tannin. Wait until 2024+. 88 - 89
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Red
2013 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
89 points
The bouquet is a bit locked. On the palate dark forest fruits, vanilla, good acidity, firm tannin and bitterness. The rustic impressions reminded me of the Talbot wines from the past. 89+
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Flight 7 - Pauillac (6 notes)

Red
2013 Château d'Armailhac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
Beautiful and smoky bouquet with red and dark berries. On the palate red and dark berries as well, a touch of sweetness, ok acidity and fairly round tannin. An elegant style. 87 - 88.
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Red
2013 Château Batailley France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
89 points
Dark forest fruits, a lot of smoke and toast, chocolate and sweet licorice. Good acidity and round tannin. Harmonious wine and seeing the price compared to all other wines, this could be the best buy. Probably nice from 2020/2022 onwards.
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Red
2013 Château Clerc Milon France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
This wine is clearly more concentrated than d'Armailhac. Luxurious bouquet with dark forest fruits, cedar, graphite, smoke and toast. On the palate dark forest fruits, licorice and chocolate. Good acidity and round tannin. Good length. Already friendly to drink, but this will still be perfectly ok in 2025.
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Red
2013 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
86 points
The bouquet is a bit locked. On the palate red and dark berries and a firm dose of green bell pepper. Almost even a bit aggressive. But the acidity and tannin are ok. 86 for today, but maybe with some ageing this can be one or two points higher.
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Red
2013 Château Haut-Bages Libéral France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
87 points
Red and dark berries and bell pepper in the bouquet as well as the mouth. Ok acidity and tannin. Medium bodied. The wine disappoints a bit. 86 - 87
Red
2013 Château Lynch-Moussas France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
Beautiful and perfumed bouquet with dark forest fruits, smoke and toast. On the palate dark berries as well, chocolate and some bell pepper. Good acidity and tannin. The wine is not overly concentrated, but certainly more than just correct. 87 - 88

Flight 8 - St. Estèphe (3 notes)

Red
2013 Château Cos Labory France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
87 points
Some red and dark berries and green herbs in the bouquet. On the palate the same impressions. Ok acidity and sticky tannin. A light weight. 86 - 87.
Red
2013 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
89 points
Dark forest fruits, some smoke and toast in this wine. Some vanilla and bell pepper as well. Juicy acidity and round tannin. Fairly full bodied. Well made wine. Try around 2021. 88 - 89
Red
2013 Château Phélan Ségur France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
88 points
Dark forest fruits, chocolate and toast. Also vanilla and some green bell pepper. Ok acidity and tannin and some bitterness in the finish. Ok wine. Try around 2021.
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Flight 9 - St. Emilion (13 notes)

Red
2013 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
The bouquet is still locked. On the palate creamy dark forest fruits, well dosed oak, good acidity and round tannin. Round and harmonious wine. Try around 2022. For today 90 - 91.
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Red
2013 Château Berliquet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
87 points
Beautiful and perfumed bouquet. On the palate red and dark berries, green herbs and some bell pepper. In this stage the bouquet is the best part. Try around 2019. For today 86 - 87.
Red
2013 Château Canon France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Beautiful and slightly perfumed bouquet. On the palate red and dark forest fruits and also some green impressions. There is a firm amount of acidity and tannin, so this wine definitely needs some ageing. Try between 2020 and 2022. For today 88 - 89+
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Red
2013 Château Dassault France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
In the bouquet dark berries, some licorice and bell pepper. On the palate mainly red berries, green herbs, vanilla and bell pepper. More elegant style. Try around 2019. For today 87 - 88.
Red
2013 Château La Dominique France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
Luxurious bouquet with dark and red berries, vanilla and smoke. On the palate firm dark berries, licorice, dark chocolate and firm acidity, tannin and bitterness. This wine needs some ageing. Try around 2021. For today 89 - 90+
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Red
2013 Château Franc-Mayne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
Beautiful and perfumed bouquet with red and dark forest fruits and vanilla. On the palate supple and round dark berries, a touch of bell pepper, ok acidity and mild tannin. Friendly wine. Try around 2018 or 2019. For today 87 - 88
Red
2013 Château La Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
The wine is locked at the moment. In the bouquet some green impressions. On the palate dark and red berries, some bell pepper, a touch of sweetness, ok acidity, some bitterness and sticky tannin. Try around 2019. 87 - 88 for today.
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Red
2013 Château Grand Mayne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Creamy bouquet with red and dark forest fruits and a firm amount of vanilla. On the palate juicy dark berries and a firm amount of oak. A touch of sweetness and good acidity. Overall a really nice, round and harmonious wine. Good value. Try around 2019. 89+ for today.
Red
2013 Château Larcis Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
In the bouquet green herbs and some smoke. On the palate creamy and juicy red and dark berries, good acidity and firm tannin. 88 for today.
Red
2013 Château Pavie Macquin France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
The bouquet is locked but is slightly perfumed and shows dark forest fruits. On the palate dark and red berries, a firm amount of toast, good acidity and sticky tannin. Good length. Try around 2020. 89 - 90 for today.
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Red
2013 Château Soutard France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
87 points
Fairly light color. Slightly perfumed bouquet. On the palate creamy red berries and some green impressions. ok acidity and tannin. Elegant style. 87 for today.
Red
2013 Château La Tour Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Round and juicy relatively ripe red and dark berry fruits, good oak and toast, but also some slightly green impressions. Overall a pleasant wine. 89 for today.
Red
2013 Château Villemaurine France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Fairly light color. Perfumed bouquet with dark fruits, smoke and tobacco. On the palate dark berries, chocolate and a good dose of oak. Overall a pleasant wine. 88 - 89 for today.

Flight 10 - Pomerol (4 notes)

Red
2013 Château Beauregard France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
88 points
The bouquet is not very expressive in this stage. On the palate dark forest fruits, dark chocolate, some toast, ok acidity and tannin. Certainly an ok wine. 87 - 88 for today. Try around 2019.
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Red
2013 Château Clinet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
91 points
Beautiful dark forest fruits and luxurious oak in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Good acidity and tannin. Overall a round and harmonious wine. One of the better 2013 wines. 91+ for today.
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Red
2013 Château La Conseillante France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
In the bouquet dark and red berries as well as green herbs. On the palate the same fruits and also a bit green. There is some good oak, acidity and tannin. Elegant wine, but for la Conseillante a bit disappointing. 89 - 90 Let's see what it is like around 2020 - 2022+.
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Red
2013 Château Gazin Pomerol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
Perfumed bouquet with dark berries, cedar and smoke. On the palate relatively ripe dark fruits, good acidity and tannin. Some refinement. Beautiful wine. 90 for today.
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Flight 11 - Sauternes (1 note)

By the time I had time for Sauternes almost all bottles were empty. But friends told me "de Fargues" was really great.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2013 Château Bastor-Lamontagne France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
88 points
25% Sauvignon Blanc and 75% Semillon. Apricots and white fruits. Nice balance between acidity and sweetness. Very youthful, but a nice and fresh wine. 88+
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