December 10, 2017 - Decanted 2 hours, served with Beef Wellington. Not even close to peak. Dark purple with no bricking and little sign of age. Nose of graphite and plum, mouth-coating viscosity with tar, plum and grip. Outstanding and hard to believe the age.
March 24, 2017 - Composé de 85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Franc et 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bu avec Claude (Meursault) et René (Bulle) au resto AVV L’Entre Amis de Sherbrooke.
Laissé debout 2 jours et ouvert le matin en prévision du repas le soir.
Soigneusement décanté à lumière vive pour voir le dépôt substanciel.
Remis en bouteille laissée ouverte tout la journée et rebouchée pour le transport au resto.
Beau nez sur le cuir, le tabac, le chocolat et le boisé.
En bouche, hyper souple at suave. Du cassis et des cerises noires avec un peu de moka.
Les tannins sont lisses et la finale de longueur moyenne.
Très bon et encore fringant.
February 7, 2016 - Nice everyday wine. Almost no tannins left. Probably just past its peak.
January 17, 2015 - 17/20 * * * * COUP de COEUR
VISUEL : beau marron sombre
OLFACTIF : nez distingué avec un classe à part. Notes de figues, de pruneaux. Voilà un nez qui promet pour la suite.....
GUSTATIF : et la suite est loin de déplaire. On a une texture fine dès l'attaque. C'est tout de velours en bouche. Les saveurs sont bien fondues dans l'ensemble avec une harmonie difficilement comparable.
ENSEMBLE : voilà un Saint-Émilion 2004 Grand Cru très réussi.
May 19, 2013 - Solid Bourdeaux, quite dark and some maturity on the nose. Still very young in the mouth with a somewhat dryness in the finish. This will be fine if you let it rest in the cellar.
October 4, 2012 - Cedar, blackcurrant, light spice. Tannins almost fully integrated. Shortish finish. Good for everyday drinking.
September 16, 2012 - Nice, smooth elegant right bank Bordeaux. Nice color and deposits in he decanter...Soft tannins, blackberry, hint of mint in the final but not too much. Well integrated cab franc. First of 4 bottles, good now but maybe 3-4 years more.
October 20, 2011 - Beautiful leather and cigar box nose with classic core of ripe cassis and blackberry, and maybe a touch of truffle; soft and smooth mouthfeel, soft, almost sweet tannins, flavors mirroring the nose; elegant yet full flavored with a medium long finish. Approachable, lovely style. Maybe 91.
November 22, 2010 - Dark red. Perfumed aromas are fairly high toned, with smoke, graphite, perfectly cooked beef, sweet oak, and herbal whiffs. The palate here is gentle, both from an obviously modern upbringing and from a bit of bottle age. Eventually the oak fatigues somewhat, and I don't ever seeing it get digested before the rest of the wine decays.
December 13, 2009 - So, is this what Bordeaux has become? Color is quite blood red. The nose is a dead ringer for Washington State merlot -- somewhat bell-peppery, black cherry and hints of sweet cinnamon roll. Do I detect Good n Plenty? On the palate, the wine is a bit thick, tannins just perceptible. Then a slight hollowness at the back palate, followed by a reasonable dose of fruit acidity as a reminder this is wine, after all, not cherry cola. But the finish is sweet, leaving behind a stewed fruit sensation and more than a hint of coffee/cocoa/torrefaction. There is an earthy/peaty quality as well, again a reminder this is actually wine, from grapes grown in dirt, maybe even from France.
This was an inexpensive bottle of wine -- posted off to under $20 a bottle, although it is still seen here and there for quite a bit more. It's definitely a wine you can serve up at a party of occasional wine drinkers with good results. At that, I suppose it is a bargain and good "for what it is." Question is, what is it? Decent, generic, modern "Bore d'Eaux style" wine that might come from anywhere. I'm gonna hazard a wild guess -- might Michel Rolland have anything to do with this wine?