Fine Wines SG - “Judgement of Paris” Bordeaux Blend Dinner

The Communal Bistro Delicacy - CBD

Tasted April 18, 2019 by vinhonotte with 101 views

Introduction

A Bordeaux vs Rest-of-the-World tasting of Cabernet Merlot blends
21 wines across 7 flights, then a wildcard wine on its own (which I brought)

My contribution: Château Rauzan-Ségla 2006
and the wildcard - Château Léoville Poyferré 1975

To respond for each flight:
- Which is/ is not Bordeaux?
- Rank your favourite, and 2nd favourite

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): La Lagune

My Bordeaux guess: Correct

Red
2007 Château La Lagune France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
91 points
Floral and red berried nose, with grass, and pencil shavings. Good balance of acids and tannins, and a bit burnish, with blackberries, cassis, teak wood. Long finish of cassis and fern
Red
2001 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Argentina, Mendoza
91 points
Powerful cassis and blueberries, tending towards sweet and power, and some peat and ink towards the end. Fair finish
Red
2001 Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
89 points
Very intense and herbaceous, with some blackberry and cocoa, and paprika

Flight 2 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Il Pino

My not-Bordeaux guess: Correct

Red
2009 Château Kirwan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Quite a lot of earth, wood, grass and blackberries. High alcohol heat. Long grassy finish
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2009 Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino di Biserno Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
88 points
Feels very rounded, and with blueberries, cassis, and tomato leaves. Somehow the intensity is lacking
Red
2009 Château Cos Labory France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
88 points
Quite a nice body, and eases down much, though the nose has a very sharp herbaceousness and spice. Felt like some wannabe of a top growth but not there yet. Still needs more years
1 person found this helpful Comment

Flight 3 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Le Stanze

My Bordeaux guess: Wrong (picked the Le Stanze)

Red
2006 Poliziano Le Stanze Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
91 points
Rounded with black fruits and grass, and some graphite. Quite pleasant
Red
2010 Château d'Armailhac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Acidic, tannic, and has lots of oak and fern, and blackberries. Good finish of leaves and stew
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2010 Pierro Cabernet Merlot Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
87 points
Rather pale colour, and acidic and red fruited, with candied raspberries. The body was rather light and finish slightly lacking

Flight 4 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Rauzan-Segla

My Bordeaux guess: Correct

Red
2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
90 points
Rather pronounced nose, acidic and earthy, with paprika and pepper, but hard to detect the fruits. Good intensity, but could be better balanced
Red
2005 Mas de Daumas Gassac France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
92 points
Fair intensity, and nicely balanced with the red berries, herbs and spices. Quite well made
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2005 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
90 points
A very big blackberry and stew. Quite cooked and cheesy
2 people found this helpful Comment

Flight 5 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Derenoncourt
My not-Bordeaux guess: Correct (but identified it as Tuscan instead of Californian)

Red
2009 Château Branaire-Ducru France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
89 points
Green, vegetal, earthy, bit of smokes and some alcohol heat. The finish was quite fair
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Floral, and quite a good amount of blackberries and grass. A good fleshy body and kind of eases on me
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2009 Derenoncourt Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills Lake County USA, California, North Coast, Red Hills Lake County
91 points
Rather rounded, with blackberry, red cherries, and roasted tomatoes

Flight 6 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Musar

My Bordeaux guess: Wrong (picked the Musar)

Red
2010 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano Mormoreto Toscana IGT Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
89 points
A peaty nose, and somewhat smoked and burnt on the palate, and some greens and blackberry
Red
2000 Chateau Musar Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
94 points
Very clear garnet, and pronounced nose of smoke and leather. Savoury, with red cherry, leather, and stewed meat. Nice!
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2010 Château Certan de May France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
89 points
Quite a bit of smoke and pencil shaving, on top of the blackberry, and some paprika

Flight 7 (3 notes)

Winner (by popular vote): Canon-la-Gaffeliere
My not-Bordeaux guess: Correct

Red
1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
96 points
Intense and powerful, with blackberry, cassis, peat, pencil shavings. Highly tannic, which contributed to its huge structure. Great!
Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
91 points
A fairly good power in this with greens and blackberry, and pencil shavings. Despite the age, I think it still needs more years in the bottle
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1995 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Nicely balanced of blackberry, grass, peat, and graphite. It also has a bit of cassis sweetness and cocoa towards the finish

Flight 8 - Wildcard (1 note)

The questions asked for this wine:
- Will this be your favourite wine of the tasting?
- Is this wine Bordeaux, or not Bordeaux?
- What is the vintage?

As I had brought this wine, I was not allowed to take part (obviously).

I was surprised though, that a quarter of the crowd chose this as their favourite of the tasting. I think that's quite a feat. Had expected a lot less, even if any...

Red
1975 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
A pale garnet colour, and rather intense, with some good acids to maintain freshness, with mushrooms, forest floor, leather, and cigarbox. Nice!

Closing

Enjoyable dinner - was in fact impressed with the carrot sides that came with my lamb chops main course.

Based on votes, Bordeaux lost by a hair's breadth...

Managed to identify the Bordeaux/ not-Bordeaux 5 out of 7 times, and for one of them, thought was a Tuscan when it in fact came from the US... guess I need more practice

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