Category Archives: France

2008 Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux

Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, black cherry, currants, leather, dirt, ash, perfume, some oak, and layered mineral notes. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, good acidity, medium tannins, balance, structure, and a solid finish. A hard sell considering no one has ever heard of it, but it delivers.

2006 Chateau Tour du Roc Milon Pauillac

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot/ Malbec. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, cherry, mineral, spice box, tobacco, leather, some oak, and loaded with earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, with good balance, medium tannins, medium acidity, chocolate spice laden finish, solid wine with good enough weight to stand up to a lot a hearty meat.

L’Oustal Blanc K6 Carignan

100% Carignan that I bought a few years ago, and I thought I might assess it’s evolution. Garnet color. On the nose, youthful, lots of mineral, slate, blackberry, licorice, flowers, spices, with not all that much oak, and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, pretty dark fruit fruit and spices, framed by mineral and stone, with good balance, and a good complexity, and good length to the finish.

1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

This was arguably the greatest present I’ve ever gotten at work. There was a Riedel with saran wrap on it in my locker with a note reading 1988 Mouton Rothschild, you’re welcome, Kyle! Brown ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black currant, cigar, leather, basement, cedar bark, loaded with earth, with some oak spice. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, medium tannins, layered with sweet tobacco, mineral and spice, great balance, but the finish faded quickly, still mind blowing.

1999 Chateau Palmer Margaux

Legendary estate from an amazing vintage. Purple to ruby color. On the nose, youthful with some development, black currants, cherries, leather glove, basement character, with layers of tobacco, lots of spice, some oak, and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very balanced, shockingly youthful, classic Bordeaux sophistication, with layer upon layer, and a world class finish. If you don’t know black currant and have a spare $400, this wine will kick ass.

1996 Chateau Lafleur Pomerol

Ruby color. On the nose, the Cabernet Franc really shows through, this wine is developed, medium intensity, earthy, vegetal tree bark, leather, spice, oozing mineral and basement, with moderate oak and lots of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, serious depth and complexity, cherry, black currant, loaded with spice, and a beautiful balanced finish.

2006 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrechet Les Folatieres

Golden blonde color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, apple, pear, loaded with mineral, lots of stone, with butterscotch, spices, layered, with lots of oak and earth too. On the palate, dry, medium+ body, medium intensity, medium acidity, I’d call this one a delicious candy bar, layered with mineral, and a whole lot more complex than your average California Chardonnay.

2005 Chateau du Seuit Graves

Wine I’d never heard of before from a very reputable importer. Ruby orange color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black currant, black cherry, nice earth and basement character, cedar, spice box, leather glove, with oak and earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, real nice balance, and a layered finish. I’d like to try more of this wine!