Single Blind 1990 Bordeaux

The Bristol - Chicago, IL

Tasted March 11, 2020 by Nanda with 131 views

Flight 1 (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
2005 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
93 points
Classic CdC with a smoky, toasty, yeasty aromas layered in with ripe orchard fruit. Still fresh. Rich and dense. Very generous. Great right now.
White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
94 points
Next to the 05 this is less flashy and less obvious -- clearly has plenty in reserve. The rich, dense fruit is there with a smoky and toasty undertone. Just taut and holding back. Early bottles were very generous so this may be shutting down. Clearly has class and upside.
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White - Sparkling
2007 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
92 points
Very good but the least generous and interesting of the 05/06/07 trio. I think it'll be better in 3-4 years and then have a very long drinking window. Tight bead and plenty of acidity. At least a couple points of upside from here.
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Flight 2 (4 notes)

Red
1990 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
95 points
Single blind. Gorgeous nose has mature plum and berry and an array of nuance -- tobacco, bell pepper, licorice, herb and mint. The palate is bright and fresh with seamless integration. Fine tannin still going in the finish. Terrific and punched well above its weight class.
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Red
1990 Château Léoville Las Cases France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Single blind. Classic left bank plum, cedar, spice nose. The palate is fresh, rich and still quite chewy -- so youthful. This is classy with plenty of structure and life ahead. Perhaps even some upside.
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Red
1990 Château L'Evangile France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
Mature plum nose with some moderate notions of herb. Plump fruit on the palate with resolved structure. Less intense finish. Solid but this bottle's best days are past.
Red
1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Hopefully/likely a flawed bottle -- nose of A1 steak sauce and mit. Advanced and plummy fruit where you can still sense the ripeness. Flat.

Flight 3 (4 notes)

Red
1990 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
95 points
Powerful 'wow' nose that has intensity and layering. The palate is delicious with rich fruit that is still quite fresh with good fine structure. Delicious.
Red
1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
A more elegant nose with earth, clay and gravel with some cedar notes as well. Silky in the mouth with ripe fruit made elegant by nearly resolved fine tannin. Good but prior bottles have been more rich and fresh.
Red
1990 Château Mouton Rothschild France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
93 points
Full nose of mint, herb, clay, fresh fruit and a hint of band-aid. Yum - chewy plum fruit with nuances of pencil lead and cigar leaf. This is still young with plenty of purity and length. I liked it better than most.
Red
1990 Château Latour Grand Vin France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
97 points
Single blind and my WOTN. A wow, fragrant and bright nose that has mature red fruit, herbs and spice. The palate has arresting intensity and delicious fruit that is both broad and deep. Plenty of suave tannins throughout. Legs to age another decade+

Flight 4 (3 notes)

Red
1990 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
94 points
A full nose of ripe plum and black cherry layered with herbs, clay and classic Cab notes. Wow the palate has so much richness and intensity with a bright elegance. Complex array of flavors in the finish. Guessed Haut Brion - oops.
Red
1990 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
96 points
An enchanting nose that is so complex with mature plum, herb, spice and a distinct band-aid note (that is not for everyone). The palate is rich and just beams with complex layers of fruit, tobacco, earth and more. Long, long finish. Guessed LMHB.
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Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
Another singing nose in this flight. Here the aromas have a core of pure, clean plum fruit with herbs, clay and spice adding complexity. The palate has a ton of power but still fine and elegant. Great length.

Flight 5 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
95 points
Beautiful nose of honeyed apples and melons with intense spice that goes on and on. A core of pure, sweet and honeyed fruit that has pinpoint balance and precision. What a combination of richness and elegance. Long, layered finish.
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