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2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2018 - thenapalist wrote:
76 points
This is the second bottle I've had recently and am convinced that this is not a damaged bottle but more indicative of the wine in this particular vintage. Aromas of raisins and prunes and flavors that match but also shows stewed fruit and a touch of VA. While some 03s have held up well, this one is breaking down in dramatic fashion. Where once it showed to be a giant and impressive wine.....it's now showing it's true colors. Drink up now and hope for a less advanced showing.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    12/1/18, 7:46 AM - Agree with many other commenters. It sounds like you had a flawed bottle, or even a flawed case.

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1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
Acker BYO 2017 (Tribeca Grille): Hello lovely! Came across this towards the end of the night when the organizer noted that all bottles were open bottles so brought it back to the table to share. This was great. Very mature and in a good spot. Nice balance between the fruit and more secondary and tertiary. Nice weight. Despite it's third growth designation (which was clearly pointed out to us at an event where we brought some Palmer), I've always been a fan.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    5/16/18, 5:38 PM - I find it interesting that someone 'clearly pointed out' that Palmer is a third growth when you brought a bottle to an event. If they were insinuating that you didn't bring a good enough wine (because it is a third growth), this is obnoxious and they are clearly ignorant about the quality of this producer. I've always been a fan as well.

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2003 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2018 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Château Angélus tasting with Hubert de Boüard (Wine Watch, Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Still showing young. Dark opaque ruby color. Lots of curry and spice on the nose, along with plum, cherry, truffle, earth, and dark chocolate. Still a little tight and ungiving on the palate. Dense, full-bodied, and very concentrated. Still has oak to integrate. The tannins are firm. Medium acidity. I would probably hold this for a few more years, as it seems a bit closed at this stage.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    5/13/18, 8:16 AM - I didn't detect any heat, fortunately.

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2015 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
Bordeaux 2015 in bottle (Zurich Arvi / Singapore UGCB): Here we have the first wine that showed over-ripness in the nose, picked too late? Extracted, baroque, filling, don't see this working at the table with food. It is not as bad as Pavie or Troplong Mondot in some of the recent years but clearly passed the mark of balance. Ridiculous price too. Stay away from this.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    4/22/18, 3:24 PM - I'm curious that you still gave this a 93; based on your description, I would have expected a far lower score. I always love reading your notes BTW.

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2012 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2018 - palmej wrote:
90 points
Please note that this wine will be released for the first time ever on March 21, 2018 so I don't know what it is that you were drinking.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    3/23/18, 10:48 AM - Just FYI...Jeff has a very comprehensive Bordeaux website, and participates in the en primeur tasting every year. I'm sure he was tasting a barrel sample, followed by the wine once it was bottled (prior to release, obviously). He was most likely at the château.

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2012 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2017 - Ecbatana wrote:
88 points
Kinda like meeting your hero only to get a limp, cold and clammy handshake. In short, a let down. Had the bottle at the Chateau after the (enjoyable) tour, so no issues with provenance. Nose had an unspent yeast component to it, playdough maybe. Rich and concentrated for sure, but high extraction alone does not a great bottle make. Vegetal and very un-sweet, empty mid palate and no detectable finish. Very odd tasting experience. Clumsy and closed down perhaps but really question that this is going to transform into something special. Apparent that I was drinking the label and not the liquid. Prices for Bordeaux first growths have gotten out of hand. Will allow the "new" markets for Bordeaux that are more interested in hierarchy and name than quality to have their day.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    2/17/18, 9:03 AM - Collector1855: I love reading your notes, which are always useful. However, I must respectfully disagree here. Certainly Mouton was elevated due to marketing, but this was also due to some legendary wines produced (1945, 1959, 1961). To agree with you somewhat, they faltered for many years with some under-achievements in great vintages (i.e. 1989 and 1990). But with Philippe Dhalluin taking over the winemaking, Mouton has clearly elevated their game since 2005. They may have even produced the best first growth wines in mediocre vintages like 2006 and 2008. And they are definitely among their peers in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Not trying to cheerlead for Mouton, but I just think things have changed pretty dramatically there in the past decade.

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1996 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/4/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
Lovely tertiary aromas of horse saddle, earth. Tannins softened, acidity still alive. Very nice but would need a bit more fruit stuffing for a score in the mid 90ies.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    2/4/18, 6:35 AM - Your notes are always so spot-on. Couldn't agree with you more.

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1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2017 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
96 points
Young and somewhat tight on the palate. Still, it had a fantastic nose and incredible overall balance. Needed a lot of air to open up fully, but remained a bit shy on the nose. Lots of fresh cedar, pure black currant, eucalyptus, earth, and tobacco. This wine is in need of more evolution and should last for decades. It's hard to believe that it hasn't yet hit its peak.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/19/18, 5:27 AM - Hi Marc, I believe that after I carefully decanted the wine, I then aerated it for around four hours, prior to returning it to the bottle and taking it to a friend's house. We then drank it over about three hours. I may have to wait awhile to open another bottle, or perhaps save it for the second day!

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2010 Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/25/2017 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
92 points
Very interesting to compare this side-by-side with the 2012 Alter Ego, which had 9% Petit Verdot in its blend. This 2010 Alter Ego represents a 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot blend, with no Petit Verdot. I found it to be more shy, a bit less fruit-forward, but more concentrated and layered than the 2012. There was less of the plummy fruit, and more cassis and blackberry. There were a number of aromatic components that contributed to its complexity on its nose, with cigar box, truffle, musk, hints of sous bois, and dark chocolate. The character on the palate was quite serious, but fresh. Tannins are much smoother than even two years ago, but they still need further softening, as they still stand out a bit. Oak is faintly noticeable in the background. A smooth with finish with good length and freshness. Likely will outlive the 2012 Alter Ego, and I expect it will take a few more years before it enters its prime drinking window.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    11/29/17, 9:04 AM - Really appreciate the kind words, TheLittleHorse (or should I say 'Le Petit Cheval?' :)) For my palate, the 2009 Alter Ego is still young and not really in its prime drinking window. These are well-made and structured wines that need time in the cellar. Personally, I would give it another five years (at least), but again, I'm a fan of mature Bordeaux. But if you open it now, I would give it at least four to five hours of aeration. Regarding underrated Palmer vintages, this is definitely a producer that excels in so-called 'off-vintages.' Personally, I like the way that 2001 is drinking now; it's just starting to show its stuff. I also really like the 1999, which to me, is one of the best Medoc wines from 1999. Though too young now, 2004 and 2008 should mature nicely. And finally, well-stored bottles of 1985 can be great; while this was a really good vintage for the right bank, there is a lot of inconsistency on the left bank. Cheers, and hope this helps!

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1990 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/10/2017 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
95 points
Super 1990s Bordeaux Tasting (Wine Watch, Fort Lauderdale, Florida): This is one of my favorite vintages of Lynch-Bages, and it performed admirably this evening. One of the best noses of the night, with very pure dark fruit, barnyard, tobacco, spice, and mint. Luscious texture on the palate. Serious structured with prominent tannins. Mouth-watering freshness on the finish.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    10/1/17, 6:09 PM - There's no question that this wine requires decanting and aeration. Ideally, you would give it at least three hours of air.

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1995 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/25/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
Clearly, one of the top wines from this often austere vintage. Here, you find softness to the tannins, sensuality to the textures, vibrancy and just a bit of austerity in the finish. At 22, this is perfect to open today, and for the next 15-20 years.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    9/25/17, 4:00 PM - Spot on. Couldn't agree with you more.

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1982 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/12/2017 - sdr Does not like this wine:
86 points
Château Palmer Vertical: Thanks to DrinkBordeaux for adding this vintage of Palmer for the vertical since I don't have any and haven't tasted it in years, frightened by its mediocre reputation. If this bottle is representative, it is deserved. Shockingly austere and charmless for an '82, a vintage which has produced many voluptuous examples which have evolved very well. Even though our sample of the '83 was not pristine it was clear that the younger of the pair was more successful. The '82 seems unripe and even a touch green.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    8/21/17, 2:12 PM - Great (and accurate) note by sdr. Actually, this bottle was opened and double decanted prior to the dinner (the 1990 was opened at the dinner). I gave it a good amount of air at home, but even with that (and the time the wine spent in the glass), the wine never showed its potential. Regarding the bottle variation with 1982 Palmer, I can use my case as a great example. Other bottles from this case have been far better, and I'm often perplexed how there can be so much variation from the same case. In my experience, this is a very good wine, and certainly far better than this bottle. The 1983 is obviously the superior wine, even if paired with the best possible representative of 1982 Palmer. I plan to open another 1982 Palmer, from the same case, soon. I'll bet the results will be better next time.

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1979 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2017 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
1970s Bordeaux tasting (Wine Watch, Fort Lauderdale, Florida): Fill was into the neck, so this was a great specimen. Surprisingly, this was an excellent wine. Ruby red color. A very floral nose, with cassis, fresh violets, pencil lead, cedar, mint, and lavender. To some, this may be perhaps a bit rustic and austere, but I found it quite charming. Nice long finish, with good levels of acidity and round tannins.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    2/5/17, 5:41 AM - Hi CGrant1029, thanks so much for your nice comment. Cheers!

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2005 Château Destieux St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
91 points
Thankfully, the last poor showing seemed to be due to bottle variation. This bottle was bursting with ripe red fruit, truffle, and earth. Nice weight on the palate and very smooth. Tannins still need some integration. Look forward to my remaining bottles.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    11/23/16, 7:08 PM - Thanks so much for the kind words; the feeling is mutual. I like the idea more than love it. I would probably be interested in a magnum or two of this, for the right price. For any large format of this wine, I would recommend waiting at least a couple of years. Cheers!

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1959 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2016 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
94 points
First dinner of the L.A. wine trip (The Bazaar at SLS, Beverly Hills, California): It’s always special to taste a 1959 Latour, but this bottle was not quite the level of the one drank recently. It did have the Latour typicity, with cassis, pencil lead, and cedar, but it had a slight oxidized note to it. It was actually much better on the palate, revealing nice balance and concentration. It’s a testament to the 1959 Latour that a wine that is obviously not a perfect representative can still give so much pleasure.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    11/12/16, 8:50 PM - Goldstone, thanks for the nice comment. I completely agree that the 1959 needs a lot of air, and to be fair, we probably did not aerate it enough on this evening. The only thing that concerned me about this bottle was the slight oxidation I detected. It certainly would have been ideal to have tried this over several hours (or the next day!), but alas, we couldn't help but finish the bottle. I do look forward to trying the 59 Latour again soon.

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1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/10/2016 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
92 points
1983 Bordeaux horizontal tasting and Allison's birthday dinner (Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar): Dark ruby color. Black currant, black cherry, pencil lead, marine, and tobacco. Gravelly and a bit of greenness. Rustic on the palate. Nice mature claret charm. Still pretty tannic and in need of softening. High level of acidity. This is in no means a bad wine, but it just couldn't stand up to some of the other wines on this evening. I would probably drink this fairly soon. My #5, group's #5 (of 5 wines).
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    7/6/16, 6:23 PM - Hi Bordeaux Bob, thanks for your comment. Since the magnums are evolving at a slower rate, they may be a bit more lively than the standard bottle that I had. Since you have three of these, I wouldn't hesitate to open one now. I would also guess that the magnums have more longevity, so I'm fairly certain you could save them for a bit longer (? a few years). Cheers!

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2003 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/15/2016 - Collector1855 wrote:
98 points
Chateau Lafite Rothschild - 20 year vertical blind tasting (Fribourg): Tasted blind. Medium ruby. Expressive nose with lots of coffee, toast and roasted aroma, intertwined with dark fruit. This is very toasty, so several people were guessing this to be the Mouton Rothschild which was one of the pirates in the line-up. The palate is soft, generous and ripe, very sexy and ostentatious. There is no head and no oxidative notes despite the roasted aromas. Really hard to dislike, so no surprise to see it finish in the group rank # 3/20. Btw, also consistent with my other recent tastings of this wine. Luckily I still have a few cases of this left. 98+. Readiness: Ready as all 2003 except Chateau Ausone.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    4/9/16, 9:04 AM - Always love your notes...very informative and descriptive, as always.

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1961 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Château Latour vertical tasting ((Wine Watch, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)): This incredible vertical tasting started with the famed 1961 Château Latour. Unfortunately, this did not appear to be a good representation of this wine, and it appeared a bit oxidized. Amber/brown color. Pruney fruits, dried raisins, leather, herbs, and damp forest floor. A nice mouthfeel, and still adequate structure. A bit flat on the finish. I won’t render much of an opinion here (nor rate it), and will defer until the next 1961.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/25/16, 5:11 AM - Thank you for the kind words, Purple Tooth. I enjoy reading your notes very much as well. I'm always perplexed when I see users rate wines that are obviously flawed or have been stored improperly. It makes no sense to me at all.

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2016 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Haven't had this for almost a year, and it's still showing quite well. A very nice effort for the vintage. A really dense nose of black currant, barbecue smoke, tar, and coffee. Really sweet fruit. Perhaps doesn't have the depth and concentration of other SHL vintages, but it has smooth tannins and a nice mouthfeel. Not the longest finish, but excellent balancing acidity. Many years left in the tank. This is really a joy to drink, and I am glad to have more.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/14/16, 6:29 PM - Thanks robertgoulet. I really like this vintage of SHL as well. One of SHL's best buys, in my opinion.

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1982 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/7/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Initially, this bottle seemed to be a little off, with some tartness that dominated the finish. Once it was given some air, it settled down and improved significantly. Strangely though, this bottle seemed a bit flat and closed down. Both dark and red fruits, spice, and tobacco dominated the nose. Lacked a bit of punch in the mid-palate but still quite smooth and well balanced (once the acid presence tailed off). Still noticeable tannic structure. Ultimately, the fresh, lengthy finish became the strongest attribute of the wine. I just picked up 6 bottles, so I'll follow this for the next decade. No rush to open these.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    11/21/15, 12:25 PM - Thanks for your nice comment, Purple Tooth. Yes, I have 6 more bottles of this, so I'm hopeful that I will see some improvement with time. I will probably try another bottle soon, hopefully with better results this time. And yes, sometimes we need to learn to enjoy our wines before they start to slip...

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2009 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
from Coravin. Disjointed and out of balance right now; acids and bitter tannins overpower the fruit. Appears very tight. The nose does give a glimpse of what's in store for this wine. I'm sure this will improve, but it's going to take a lot of time. This is the tightest '09 of recent memory. Will defer any score for now.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    9/13/15, 12:50 PM - Thanks for the nice comment. I'm hopeful that the '09 Malescot eventually turns the corner. I will definitely not give up hope yet, given the 2000 and 2005!

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2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
6/15/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Lots of concentration in this Cos. Still very dark in color. Nose exhibited sweet dark fruits, cigar tobacco, Indian spices, and mocha. Full-bodied on the palate, with an impressive finish. Still fairly tannic, but no bitterness noted. A very bold, forward wine that needs a bit more balance. Give it a few more years. Still a very nice wine from '03.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    6/23/15, 4:16 PM - Thank you Purple Tooth! Very kind words. I enjoy your notes very much as well!

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2009 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Was very approachable after only a 2 hour decant, and then continued to drink well over 4 more hours. While this wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, it seemed more lush, almost Merlot-like (in a very good way). Had a 'sweet nose' of blackberry and red fruits, mixed with smoke, floral notes, and chocolate. Impeccably balanced, though the tannins still need some integration. Presently, the nose edges out the palate. The tasting note by Panos was excellent, and highlighted something very important with this wine -- the excellent oak management. There is just enough oak there to add another layer of interest to the wine. Another thing to note is that many 2009 Bordeaux wines seem to be so approachable right now (in contrast to many I've tried from 2010). This Calon Segur is obviously going to improve with 5+ years in the cellar, but don't hesitate to try it now if you have a case, and especially if you don't mind drinking young Bordeaux from time to time.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    3/29/15, 8:14 PM - Hi Chatters, thanks so much for the kind words. To answer your question, I first decanted for 2 hours, after which I then drank the wine over the following 4 hours. I apologize that my note was a tad ambiguous -- it does appear a little confusing, so I'll go ahead and edit it. Cheers!

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2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/17/2014 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
More confirmation that the '04 vintage is often underrated. Deep purple and concentrated. Aromatic complexity that took 2 hours to develop, with blackcurrant, crushed rock, mineral, a bit of leather, tobacco, and oak spice. Nice ripe primary fruit. Oak well-integrated at this point. Silky, round, and medium-bodied. Tannins will benefit from softening over time. Medium-plus finish. An excellent value for a Montrose. At least 10 years cellaring potential, but can drink now.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    2/26/15, 5:38 PM - Thanks for the comment, Flennerz. It's curious as to why the opinions on this wine are so divided. Could it be due to bottle variation? I think it's unlikely; rather, it's more likely that it's a question of style and palatal differences. It seems that those who score it lower find it too extracted or more modern/new world. I didn't really get this, but again, wine tasting is so subjective. I respect everyone's opinions on CT, and our differing opinions are why I love a forum such as this. Personally, I did not find this wine over-extracted or new world. I wouldn't say it's 'old Bordeaux' either. To me, this is a young easy-going (i.e. not in your face) wine that is still a bit tannic but with just the right amount of concentration. I will be very interested to know what you think. Please leave another comment when you taste it!

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2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/19/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
92 points
Still young. Dark purple color. An inviting but somewhat subdued nose of blackberry, dark plum, olive, and mocha. Silky palate. Nice backbone with prominent tannins. Medium-plus finish. This should soon enter its prime drinking window, but likely won't peak for several years. Once this matures further, I expect it to improve significantly.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/20/15, 5:51 PM - To Purple Tooth: Thanks for the comment; it's always nice to learn from everyone's experiences. I always enjoy reading your notes, and have learned a lot from them. I always wonder what intangibles may shape our wine 'experiences' and lead to differing opinions about particular wines. Could it be what we ate that night, suffering from mild nasal congestion, or just variances in our palates over time? Anyway, I digress... But getting back to the Branaire, I do wonder how much it will improve. My wife actually loved it, but I see it more as a work in progress. I do think there will be significant improvement, but I'm not sure how high the ceiling is. You and I will have to continue monitoring this one; I still have one in the cellar, which I don't plan on opening for quite some time. Thanks again for the comment! Cheers!

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2008 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/2/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
94 points
Decanted 3 hours. Dark purple. Gorgeous nose of blackberry, violet, truffle, and dark chocolate. Velvety mouthfeel, rich and elegant. Medium-plus finish. Tannins still need a lot of time to soften. Highly enjoyable. One of the better '08s I've tried recently. While this vintage may not possess the power and complexity of the '09 and '10, this is highly enjoyable and a great VCC.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/6/15, 5:41 PM - While 3 hours worked well, and you may even want to try an even longer decant. I sampled it every hour, and it just kept revealing itself slowly. I get the sense that it hasn't all come together, and this will be significantly better in 5+ years. This one may end up being a relative bargain compared to the '09 and '10.

  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/7/15, 2:23 PM - Cheers to you as well, Cheungtp! I really enjoy reading your notes and look forward to more!

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1989 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/4/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
92 points
Garnet in color, minimal sediment. Nose took some time to open up, and after an hour, revealed black fruits, caramel, earth, leather, and spices. Medium-bodied, silky texture. Acidity perhaps a bit too prominent. Tannins round and nicely integrated. I respectfully disagree with the CT drinking window, as I don't see this wine lasting 50 more years.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    1/5/15, 6:24 PM - Thanks for the tip! I may have to start adding my own drinking windows, as they often differ from what is posted on CT.

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2005 Château Cos Labory St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2014 - DrinkBordeaux Likes this wine:
89 points
Not bad, but this wine would really benefit from a lot more time. Nose and palate were both a little closed down on opening, but opened up nicely to reveal some dark fruits, cedar, and licorice. The wine continued to change over the course of two days but never really exploded. There may be some potential here, but I would probably let these sit for awhile.
  • DrinkBordeaux commented:

    10/10/14, 5:42 PM - Thanks for your comment. I wouldn't touch this for 3-5 years. My guess is that its drinking window will be 2018 - 2030.

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