Aged High End Bordeaux Blends

Jason P's, St. Paul, MN

Tasted April 4, 2018 by rocknroller with 292 views

Introduction

We had a nice group of nine for dinner at Jason's place. The theme was to do higher end and older Bordeaux blends comparing Bordeaux and Napa.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
2005 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. I really liked this. Nicely aged amd mature with a modest amount of toast, good character, red apple, earthy with some saline; there's a nice savory aspect and dose of almond on the palate. Very nice. 92+pts.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Mignon Champagne Brut Premium Reserve France, Champagne
89 points
Pale gold color. Mineral, white fruit, light body, some sour citrus.

Flight 2 (1 note)

White
2013 Kistler Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
93 points
Light gold color. Decanted briefly; drank 1 glass over 40 minutes. This isn't really my preferred style, but I will admit that it's awfully good. More restrained than expected in terms of oak. Certainly a big style, rich and full bodied; the nose is creamy and rich with custard, vanilla, pear and a tropical fruits with a palate that follows. Nice textue and good length. 92+ to 93pts.
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Flight 3 (1 note)

Red
2011 Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
89 points
This got opened by mistake, so it didn't see any air. The nose has vanilla, muddled cherry, oak, lots of spice. This came off a bit thin to me. Probably just too young and needs more time. 89pts now with presumed upside.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

Red
1984 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
95 points
Dark red color with a 7mm transitional bricked margin. Decanted for an hour; drank 1 glass over 3 hours. I was surprised it's been almost three years since visiting this gem. Once again I was mesmerized by the brilliant nose with a gorgeous perfume, leather, florals, sultry dark berries, damp earth, mushroom and scorched earth. The palate while not quite as compelling as the nose, still is showing great; dark sultry fruits, scorched earth, leather, a bit leaner, with nice integrated tannins and a long finish. Miles to go. My #2 WOTN after a stellar '90 Pichon Lalonde.
Red
1985 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
93 points
Very dark red color with a 7mm transitional bricked margin. One hour decant, drank 1 glass over 2 hours. Drank next to the '84 Dominus. The Cos is much more fruit driven, complex dark fruits of cassis and boysenberry on the nose, scorched earth, pipe tobacco, smoke, wood. The palate is dense and concentrated, black cherry, plum, cassis, oak, scorched earth, round tannins, smoke and a bit sharp on the finish. 93+pts.
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Flight 5 (2 notes)

Red
1990 Dalla Valle Maya USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
92 points
Purple red color. Drank 1 glass over 90 minutes. One of these things is not like the other, and the other was a sophisticated and ethereal '90 Pichon Lalande. For that matter it wasn't like much of anything else we drank tonight. This is massive, immense extracted black fruits, sweet ripe fruit, blackberry, blackberry liqueur, some earthiness and a bit volatile on the nose. The palate picks right up after the nose, big and rich, bold blackberry, blackberry liqueur, soft texture, fairly round tannins with more alcohol showing than ideal. I would not have guessed this was from 1990 - both because this seemed considerably more youthful, and also given the high level of fruit and extraction. This seemed like something that was made after so many changed their style late in the decade. In another setting, this might have been more appealing, but with more elegant aged wines, this stuck out like a sore thumb. YMMD.
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Red
1990 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
96 points
Dark red color. Decanted for just over an hour. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. This really was fresh and singing from the start, yet it continued to evolve and build over the net couple hours. I preferred the nose of the '84 Dominus at first, but as this changed, it certainly equaled and I'd have to say it surpassed even that which saying something. This has a splendid perfume of crushed rose petals, leather, sandalwood, fine cigar wrapper, pencil lead and pretty red fruits wrapped up with damp forest floor aromas. The palate has near perfect integration, supreme elegance, beautiful red berry fruit, tart red fruit, pencil, dried tobacco, and earth. Very long and fresh this has great balance and such pretty red fruit. These has been consistently great too. My and group WOTN by a hair over the '84 Dominus.
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Flight 6 (2 notes)

Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Very dark red/purple color. Decanted for 2 hours; drank 1 glass over an hour. Ripe but poised and earthy, cedar box, tobacco, ripe cassi, blackberrym charcoal. The palate is big and well concentrated yet nicely layered and focused, graphite, there's a pretty texture to the black fruits, mint, very long finish. My #3 WOTN, tied for group #3.
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Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
93 points
Purple red color; decanted for an hour with an additional 2.5hrs of slow-O, drank 1 glass over an hour. This is still drinking pretty young, earhy, wood, sultry and full bodied, big, dark fruits. 92+ to 93pts with some long term upside.
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Flight 7 (2 notes)

Red
2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Very dark red/purple color. Dccanted for 2 hours. I really do like this wine, but like most of the 2000's at this point this it just needs a ton of air to open up or several more years of cellar time. Big and intnese tonight, almost monolithic, structured, with black fruits, tar and creosote. Tonight 91+ to maybe 92pts.
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Red
2012 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
Very dark red/purple color. PNP, which was a huge no-no. I'm sorry, but I can't drink this - not at this point or in this state. It is too young, has a green streak, alcohol showing, big and oaky. This might be something at some point, but you can't see it now - at least not without a day or so of air. NR.
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Flight 8 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2014 Château Coutet France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac
91 points
Light golden color. Tangerine, tropical fruit, apricot, light medium body, youthful, maybe a bit light on acid, pretty straightforward. As much as I tend to enjoy Sauternes young, this didn't wow just yet though it did improve over 30 minutes. Let's see what this does in a few more years.

Closing

WOTN was the '90 Pichon Lalande (3+3+3+2+1+1+1=14pts)
#2 WOTN: '85 Cos d'Estournel (3+3+3+2+1+1=13pts)
tie #3 WOTN: '84 Dominus (2+2+2+2+1+1=10pts)
tie #3 WOTN: '94 Phelps Insignia (3+3+3+1=10pts)
'95 Cos (2+2=4pts)

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