Saturday Blind Tasting - Bordeaux '03 and Older

Chevalier Fine Wines

Tasted December 2, 2017 by Nanda with 286 views

Flight 1 (33 notes)

White
2012 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis France, Provence, Cassis
Blind. Big grassy Sauvignon Blanc nose. Round on the palate but feels heavy and lacking the acid I'd prefer. 83-85 point showing.
White
2010 Château Simone Palette Blanc France, Provence, Palette
Blind. Golden appearance and oxidized fruit profile. Palate was tired and seemingly over-the-hill. Thought this was 10-15 years older. Perhaps a bad bottle.
Red
2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Blind with the '02. Beautiful layered nose of smokey cherry, plum, cigar and tobacco. Plush fruit and fine tannin. A touch light in the finish. Preferred the nose to the palate. I was guessing Paulliac from a strong vintage.
Red
2002 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
86 points
Blind with the '01. This was considerably more tired and less vibrant that the '01. Fruit on the palate is light and getting tired. More hard acid than fruit. I think this wine's charming days are behind us.
Red
2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
88 points
Blind, and very briefly double decanted. The aromatics are pretty quiet with plum and some very light tobacco if you really look for it. The palate is plush with riper fruit. Structure seems a bit lighter here and there is some warmth in the finish. Guessing right bank. Disappointing showing -- I'm guessing more air would have helped, a lot.
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Red
1986 Clos du Marquis France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
87 points
Blind. Served in a 86 horizontal. Riper and pruney aromatics. Polished, bright fruit with good freshness, but a bit thin and simple. My least favorite of the flight.
Red
1986 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
Blind. Served in a '86 horizontal. Terrific nose that is definitely influenced by a touch of Brett -- plum, earth, horsey notes. Really digging the palate which has plush, horsey plum fruit. Elegant and in a terrific drinking window. Finish filled with ash. My favorite of the flight.
Red
1986 Château Beychevelle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
91 points
Blind. Served in an 86 flight. Very similar to the prior wine with a touch of brett, but not quite as concentrated. Super long and ethereal finish.
Red
1982 Château Belair (Dubois-Challon) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Blind. Deliciously attractive nose with loads of complexity -- dried plum, herb, menthol, tobacco and cigar ash. The palate is super-elegant and refined. Very feminine with a long, lifted finish full of clay and mineral notes. Great showing.
Red
1996 Château Monbousquet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
Blind. Plum and tobacco in the moderate nose. The fruit here is nice and round with velvety tannin. Very good polish and balance. A nice, maturely drinking Bordeaux.
Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Blind. Attractive and layered nose with plum, horsey tones, earth, tobacco leaf and cigar ash. The fruit has great concentration. Chewy tannin. Firm finish. Drinking well now.
Red
1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Served blind to the group. I think this showed right on point with good but not great fruit concentration with plenty of structure. All the notes you'd want in 20+ year old Paulliac -- pencil lead, cigar, tobacco and dried plum. Should hold fine, but isn't going to get much better.
Red
1991 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot Sonoma Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
89 points
Served blind to a group during a BDX tasting. Most pegged this as new world given the brighter, sunnier fruit. The wine is starting to show it's age ... after a long period of being ageless. Still good, but a step down from bottles tasted ~5 years ago. Still good for a 25+ year old Merlot.
Red
1982 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Served blind and next to the '97 Pape Clement. Gorgeous broad nose that has dried plum, horsey notes and earth tones. The palate is complex and still fresh. Big burst of flavor and concentration on the mid-palate. Terrific showing.
Red
1997 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
Served blind and next to the '82. The aromas here are richer with sweet cherry, menthol and horsey notes. Good concentration to the smooth and sweet fruit. Much younger than the wine next to it -- I was guessing about 15 years difference. Really over-performed the vintage.
Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
96 points
Blind. This looked, smelled and tasted like a baby. I was guessing 2000 (and may have guessed younger if not for the tasting guideline of 2003 or older BDX). Big, bold nose of chocolaty plum and herbs. Epic amounts of concentration. Tons of structure to match the rich, dense fruit. Some serious fountain of youth action on this wine. Outstanding.
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Red
1979 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
flawed
Blind. Horribly marked by volatile acidity and not drinkable.
Red
1974 Inglenook Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cask B-9 USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Blind. Attractive nose of dusty black cherry and plum. Again, a dusty plum profile on the palate with good amounts of tobacco and some spice. Fruit is clearly aged, but still has some freshness. Tannins resolved. Most guessed aged Cali vs. BDX.
Red
1995 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
88 points
Blind. Attractive nose of smoky plum fruit and earth. Polished and sleek on the palate. Tannins seem resolved. A wine that deserves (and probably benefits from) more focus and attention.
Red
1990 Château Cos Labory France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
87 points
Blind. Pleasant, mature aromatics of dried plum and earth. Palate is good initially but fades across the palate.
Red
1989 Château Cos Labory France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
flawed
Corked.
Red
1990 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
95 points
Blind. Gorgeous, big nose of smoky, toasty, earthy plum fruit. The palate is red fruited with excellent concentration. Bright with good, sweet fruit. All is in harmony and this tastes at peak. Excellent.
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Red
1998 Château Pavie Decesse France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Blind. Higher toned fruit with lots of fresh red cherry. The palate is moderately concentrated with polished red cherry and plum. Plush mouthfeel. Fruit is still sweet and fresh, but I don't know if this gets any better from here.
Red
1998 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Blind. Quieter earth and plum nose. Good fruit concentration and a lot going on here -- pencil lead, tobacco, fresh plum fruit. Still chewy tannin. Impressive for a '98.
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Red
1998 Château Certan de May France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
93 points
Blind. Full nose of polished red cherry and plum. The palate has very good concentration and power. Loads of spice, tobacco and bell pepper. Comes across as quite young. Just entering a good drinking window.
Red
1983 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Blind. Mature notes on the medium nose -- dried plum, dried herb and clay. The first half of the palate is interesting with good fruit and complexity, but the wine falls off quickly with an abrupt finish. Seems the structure is resolved and not able to carry the remaining fruit.
Red
1983 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
98 points
Blind in what turned out to be 83 Palmer / 83 Margaux flight. Full nose that is clearly of high pedigree with elegant plum fruit and so much depth. The palate is ethereal, complex and long as can be. Excellent and my wine of the tasting.
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Red
1983 Château Margaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
97 points
Blind in what turned out to be 83 Palmer / 83 Margaux flight. A wow nose with big rich, plum fruit that has layer upon layer of cigar, tobacco and bell pepper. The palate is dense and chewy. Cleary of high pedigree, again. Tannins are still chalky and firm to match the dense fruit. Still quite young, and should age effortlessly.
Red
1986 Château Palmer France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
94 points
Blind. Another gorgeous nose of dense plum fruit, mineral and tobacco. Rich fruit but so elegantly styled. Lithe and lifted palate. Very good complexity and layering throughout. Excellent, but not quite as good as the '83 Palmer tasted before it.
Red
2012 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
95 points
Blind out of magnum. Cleary a Pinot intermezzo in our blind BDX tasting. Big, rich nose of brawny red cherry fruit that is sweet and ripe but complemented by earth, herb and spice tones. Round and concentrated on the palate with black cherry for days. For all the density this is light and fresh. Outstanding.
Red
1996 Château Moulin Saint-Georges France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Blind. Attractive, fresh nose of plum, earth and horsey notes. Very good concentration and almost primary palate with tarry, earthy plum fruit. Good spice. Rich, but fresh. This has a ways to go.
Red
1996 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Blind. More closed in nose. Palate is dense and pretty tight. Tannic and grippy. Enough fruit to age and match the structure, but this needs time or air.
Red
2000 Château Cantemerle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
92 points
Blind. Super attractive, seductive nose of rich chocolaty plum fruit, toast, spice, and tobacco. Yum, great delicious fruit that has a nice combo of toast spice, herbs and tobacco. Fresh and youthful. Should age for a decade+. A real achiever.
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