Category Archives: Graves

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!

1996 Chateau Haut Brion Graves

A guest brought this in the other and left enough for a few of us to try. It blew all of our minds. On the nose, bouquet, medium+ intensity, extremely complex, lots of wet cigar, pencil shavings, basement, perfume, not fruity, but some cassis hiding in the back, some oak, and plenty of earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, really long chalky perfumey earthy finish. Couldn’t help but love this wine.    

1998 Chateau Haut Brion Graves

It’s amazing what happens at dinner when multi-million dollar deals are at steak. I am a firm believer that guys with class and clout close more of those deals, because they understand whats classy and sexy. Not many people come in and order $700 Bordeaux, even though we’re in a mecca of multi-million dollar business. I can only pay hommage to the wine gods for sending this table my way, because I love Bordeaux, even though I cannot afford to drink what my palate has grown to love. I am however, developing some weird other skill to find wines that perform at a fraction of the 1st growth wines at a fraction the price. One the nose, bouquet, med+ intensity, loads of spice, cardamom, clove, pencil shavings, tomato leaf, sandlewood, asian spice, very classic basement-like chalky earth, no perceivable oaky quality, and deeper than the last thousand $100 bottles of wine I have tried. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, medium tannin, very well balanced, incredible length. Not massive and structured, but more perfumey and elegant. I am happy that these wines keep finding me, but they also keep setting the bar higher and higher. I need to inherit a massive fortune to cellar this amazing wine. If you have this, I am jealous, it will deliver for another decade or two.