Q4 Wine Club - Aged Bordeaux

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Tasted November 4, 2018 by MC2 Wines with 140 views

Introduction

This was one of my favorite tastings that we've done. Theme was Bordeaux that is old enough to drink (aka 1997 or before). There was an awesome combination of wines brought and I liked every single one so voting wasn't so easy.

As in the past - we structure it with a penny voting system. Every person gets 5 pennies where they can give 1 wine 5 pennies or 5 wines 1 penny or anything in between.

Flight 1 - Main Tasting (19 notes)

Red
1976 Château Pavie France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Wine #1: This was one of those wines that changed quite a bit through the process. It started with more leather and red fruits and maybe a hint of saddle oil. There's a pervasive earthiness throughout the wine.
A nice balance between more savory and fruit notes. By the end of the tasting it was mostly savory and the fruit had faded. Still very enjoyable. (2 pennies)
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Red
1983 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
Wine #2: This was very tasty but of the entire group not really my favorite. The fruit is well faded here. Some spice character. Lots of saddle leather and a hint of oil and again more earthy in nature. When I revisited it was very similar. This bottle was more on the back end of the drinking window but still interesting. Went a bit better with food than on its own. (9 pennies)
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Red
1996 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
Wine #3: This was one of my favorites the first time around. It was a great mix of darker currant flavors and spice cabinet and still that more all around earthiness. This came across as more interesting and intense in my first pass. In my second it seemed a bit less nuanced than some of the other wines. (4 pennies)
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Red
1986 Château L'Arrosée France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Wine #4: There's some plum and saddle oil and a fair amount of oak coming through here. There's also this interesting flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on but maybe something from the garden. (2 pennies)
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Red
1995 Château L'Eglise-Clinet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
Wine #5: Lots and lots of cherry and then some darker red fruits. Get a touch more alcohol here than on some other wines. Almost a touch of sweetness to it. Very tasty although came across as younger. (3 pennies)
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Red
1985 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Wine #6: The first of a number of wines from this producer although all from different vintages. This was quite tasty and really hit a very nice point prob an hour or two into the tasting. Lots of plum and darker notes. Some more herbal characters to it. Maybe a hint of floral. Was very tasty. (6 pennies)
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Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Wine #7: On the heels of the '85 from the same producer and this wasn't really in that league although still enjoyable. Funny because this wine felt like it was a bit older than that. I got the feeling that everything was right in balance here and it's not likely to be getting much better. Lots of spice with some fruit and overall a well done wine even if not quite as vibrant as the one before. (1 penny)
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Red
1964 Château Ausone France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Wine #8: When first opened this was a bit musty and not quite right. Decanted and this just got better and better thoughtout the night. By the second time I was trying it, it was more red plums and a kindof toasty note. Earlier though more of the saddle leather and polishing oil style. (13 pennies)
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Red
1989 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Wine #9: Wow - this was an intense wine. Almost port-like in style. Tons of fruit and on the sweeter side and very tasty but also kindof intense. This wine is prob still too young to be drinking, but it was really beautiful. (2 pennies)
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Red
1996 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Wine #10: Opened and decanted. Get some cassis and a lot more tartness in the fruit. Some spice. This is an easier wine to drink. Perhaps a bit less thought producing than some of the others, but still quite enjoyable. (2 pennies)
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Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Wine # 11: Yes - we had this wine twice. I'm writing two different notes because the bottles were different (the group seeming to prefer this one a bit more). This was much more fruity. Tastes very young and early in the drinking window. Needs more time. Still good. (4 pennies).
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Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Wine #12: This is a wine that needs some time to stretch its legs. It had been opened and decanted and around for maybe 15-20 minutes when I got to it. Initial reaction was a lot of barnyard and saddle leather and maybe even some horse blanket. But swirling in the glass it started to open up some more and suddenly there's some cherry and a bit more brightness and it's really quite nice. Enjoyed. (5 pennies)
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Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Wine #13: This very easily could have been flawed as well although the group was a bit split on that. It was certainly much tighter than I would have expected and I found it almost flavorless. For others they got some cardboard in it. Regardless it was not a well loved wine being one of the only no-votes we've had in awhile. (0 pennies)
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Red
1995 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Wine #14: Darker red fruits, a lot more tannin, a generally young wine that I'm not sure had quite hit drinking window at this point but was still enjoyable. (1 penny)
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Red
1994 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
Wine #15: Again a bit more of the alcohol and the darker red fruits. It needed some time to open up. Initial taste was on the tart side with a lot of tannin. Started to soften a bit in the glass. Still tasty. (1 penny)
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Red
1952 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Wine #16: What a treat to get to try this. It's a bit more soy sauce and darker and also kindof asleep and takes time to wake up. My first pour of this was more shut down and I noted a bit less expressive. Second time around it was starting to show more. Funny that a wine can seem kindof young after 67 years. (5 pennies)
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Red
1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Wine #17: The favorite of the tasting. Again more dark notes and cassis and a bit of licorice. It's very bright and vibrant and gives the feeling of being quite young (I guess a theme for the '89s we had). Really well done. (17 pennies)
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Red
1985 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Wine #18: A bit overshadowed by the big brother '89 which came right before. This is still quite nice. Reminds me a bit of raspberry liquer, some sweet and sour notes, a bit more intensity. With time almost becomes a black raspberry with more floral notes (almost a potpourri). Drinking very well. (3 pennies)
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Red
1994 Château Gruaud Larose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Wine #19: The last of the wines and I think my palate was starting to fatigue a bit here. I definitely got a bit more alcohol here again. Very super smooth feeling which also made me think a bit higher in the ABV. Red fruits. Young. I thought it prob needed some more time. (4 pennies)
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Flight 2 - Bonus Bottles (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
2003 De Castelnau Champagne Brut Millésimé France, Champagne
Bonus bottle! And what better than a palate cleanser after a bunch of intense bordeaux. This was quite nice. It's got some vanilla and almond and a certain spritz to it. Different flavor but one that is quite pleasant. This bottle went quite quickly (might have been the first one we finished that day). Enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvée des Moines Extra Brut France, Champagne
Wow we went through these quite quickly. But hard to complain with the qpr on this wine. It really worked. I'm not sure it was quite as interesting as the bubbles we served beforehand which were vanilla and almond and a je ne sais quoi to it. This instead are just good solid style. Not really all that different or unusual, but well made. Enjoyed .
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Red
1982 Château La Lagune France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Bonus bottle! And the only bonus red. Thank goodness for the slow pourers so there was plenty of wine for folks to revisit even after the unveiling (and maybe the fact that we did this on a school night for the first time). This was perhaps a bit more aged than I expected for an '82. More leathery and old school and crusty library. But in a nice way. Enjoyable wine.
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Closing

So many great wines it's hard to choose. I was a fan of the winner. And a lot of the other ones. Found myself afterwards going back to the L'Eglise Clinet quite a bit (I think because it had opened). This was a hard one since the wines were evolving the whole time in the bottle and so each time I revisited they were a bit different. Still, overall, very good and a great tasting.

17 pennies
Wine #17: 1989 Pichon Lalande

13 pennies:
Wine #8: 1964 Ausone

9 pennies:
Wine #2: 1983 L'Evangile

6 pennies
Wine #6: 1985 Gruaud Larose

5 pennies
Wine #12: 1990 Cos D'Estournel
Wine #16: 1952 Mouton Rothschild

4 pennies
Wine #3: 1996 L'Evangile
Wine #11: 1996 Gruaud Larose
Wine #19: 1994 Gruaud Larose

3 pennies
Wine #5: 1995 L'Eglise Clinet
Wine #18: 1985 Pichon Lalande

2 pennies
Wine #1: 1976 Pavie
Wine #4: 1986 L'Arrosée
Wine #9: 1989 Cos D'Estournel
Wine #10: 1996 Leoville Poyferre

1 penny
Wine #7: 1996 Gruaud Larose
Wine #14: 1995 Pontet Canet
Wine #15: 1994 L'Evangile

0 pennies
Wine #13: 1996 Calon Segur

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