Weekly tasting group #146; Bordeaux: Right bank or Left bank?

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Tasted December 8, 2014 by Zweder with 348 views

Introduction

We knew the theme, but all wines were tasted blind.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Red
1998 Château Rolland-Maillet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
86 points
Mature bouquet with some creamy dark fruits and some oaky flavors. On the palate mainly red juicy fruits, some autumn impressions, good acidity and soft tannin. Mature wine and a bit short in the finish. Still drinking nicely.
Red
2003 La Coupe des Vignerons Collectif de Barriques France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
85 points
In the bouquet a mature wine with some cassis, vanilla and autumn impressions. On the palate red berry fruits, some cassis, vanilla and white pepper. Some bell pepper as well. Light to medium bodied.
Red
2001 Château Rolland-Maillet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
86 points
Pleasant bouquet with some barnyard, dark forest fruits, tobacco and vanilla. On the palate a mature wine with still juicy red berry fruits and a firm amount of acidity. Ok wine, but nothing really special. Ready now.

Flight 2 (3 notes)

Red
2004 Château Menaut Collectif des Barriques France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
85 points
The bouquet is not very expressive, but there are some creamy impressions, red fruits and vanilla. On the palate a creamy start, red berry fruits, ok acidity and a touch of sweetness. Some chocolate. A bit thin. Light bodied, but pleasurable wine.
Red
1998 Château Cissac La Coupe de Vignerons Collectif du Barriques France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Not so very expressive bouquet with some cassis and vanilla. On the palate the wine shows some flaws and seems to be slightly corked. There are barnyard impressions, some earth, red fruits, vanilla, and slightly sticky tannin. No score for tonight, but I think that if this was a perfect bottle I would probably score it 86 or 87.
Red
2000 La Coupe des Vignerons Collectif de Barriques France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Lussac-St. Émilion
87 points
Some barnyard impressions in the bouquet. On the palate creamy, soft and round. Red as well as dark berry fruits. Pleasant acidity which gives the wine good freshness. A nice wine and ready now. At its peak now and the next two years or so.

Flight 3 (3 notes)

Red
2001 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
This bottle showed better than the one I tasted in 2012. My blind note, only knowing it was a Bordeaux: Beautiful bouquet with dark fruits like cassis, beautiful oak and some tobacco. On the palate beautiful dark berry fruits as well, beautiful oak, some coffee and spreading through the mouth. Firm acidity and slightly sticky tannin. The wine is ready now and really lovely. Has a future until at least 2017. 90 – 91, but I score it 90 for tonight.
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Red
2000 Château Poujeaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
89 points
Round and creamy bouquet with dark fruits and beautiful oak. On the palate good dark and red berry fruits, some coffee, quite much acidity and melted tannin. Fairly light bodied and certainly for a 2000. I am a fan of this domain, but considering the vintage this wine disappoints at the moment. Have a few bottles myself, so there will be a follow up. 89 for tonight.
Red
2006 Château du Domaine de L'Eglise France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
91 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark forest fruits, vanilla and beautiful oak. On the palate dark and red berry fruits, vanilla, some chocolate, good acidity and soft tannin. Full bodied, soft and friendly wine. Early maturity now and certainly a pleasure until 2018+ 90-91

Flight 4 (3 notes)

Red
2006 Château Gazin Pomerol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
93 points
Extraordinary beautiful bouquet with concentrated and soft black forest fruits and beautiful oak and sweet spices. On the palate full bodied, soft, friendly and lush. Beautiful red and dark berry fruits, chocolate and beautiful oak. Great balance. Soft tannin with still a good future. Already a delicious wine and certainly well into the 2020’s. 93+ is a good score.
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Red
2002 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
Beautiful bouquet with cassis and other dark forest fruits and good oak. On the palate good cassis, some chocolate, vanilla and good acidity and tannin with still a pleasant bite. Ready now and no real hurry. Not one of the greatest, but certainly a very good effort for this off vintage. 89 - 90
Red
2002 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
90 points
Beautiful barnyard and cassis in the bouquet. Good oak as well. On the palate dark and red berry fruits and focused. Firm acidity and tannin. The wine has a good length. Certainly very ok, but for 2nd Grand Cru Classé a little disappointing. Still has a future of several years, so maybe everything will fall into place in a few years. Not sure. 89 – 90 for today.

Flight 5 (3 notes)

Red
2000 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
93 points
The bouquet tells it all: Beautiful wine! Cassis, cedar, luxurious oak, coffee, tobacco. Great! Everything comes back on the palate, beautiful acidity and tannin as well with still a pleasant bite. The wine is completely ready now and will offer great drinking between now and 2018 or 2019. 92 or 93?
Red
1998 Château Margaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
94 points
Concentrated and lush dark forest fruits with beautifully hidden oak. On the palate creamy dark forest fruits, very concentrated with a beautiful balance between some sweetness and acidity. The tannin is ripe, soft and round. The wine is in its maturity stage now and will probably stay there for many years. Until 2020 will not be a problem. Would love to taste it again by then.
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Red
1996 Château Pavie France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Not so many descriptive notes. Beautiful, complex and mature bouquet. On the palate chocolate, beautiful acidity and mature and soft tannin. Medium bodied and elegant. A really refined wine at its peak and the end of its maturity stage. Drink now or ultimately in 2016. I loved it.
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