Tag Archive: Left Bank

2003 Chateau Clauzet St. Estephe

Blind tasted this wine this afternoon with the tilth group. I couldn’t get an accurate blend anywhere. Dark ruby color with slight rim variation. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums, black cherries, fig, pepper, meat, bacon, spice, serious oak, and no detectable earth behind the fruit and oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, big black cherry fruit, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, medium body, with a long spicy finish. I called this a New World Cabernet, close, but probably not close enough to pass. Guess I’ll have to train more.    

1996 Chateau Clerc-Milon Pauillac

This was the only bright spot in a challenging night at work last night. This 5th growth consistently outperforms it’s rank. On the nose, classic Bordeaux, med intensity, spice, earth, currants, cherries, cigar box, some oak, but judicious. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, big structure, medium+ tannin, and great length on the finish. This wine lacked some intensity on the nose but made up for it on the palate.    

1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschilde Pauillac

Hard to tell sometimes if people know what there are drinking, or they just raided Dad’s cellar to impress a couple of sorority girls that only know of Two Buck Chuck. Either way, they consumed some incredible wines that few have the opportunity to enjoy. On the nose, bouquet, medium+ intensity, cherries, currants, stemmy, pencil shaving, bell pepper, tobacco, leather, basement-like earth component, asian spices, very broad interesting nose. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, medium tannin, great acidity, big finish that lasted for about 7 minutes. This wine made the Cheval Blanc seem tired and whimpy. I wish I could enjoy this bottle every week to chart it’s evolution.    

2003 Pichon Longueville Comptesse de Lalande Pauillac

Interesting wine that’s pretty expensive, but will continue to evolve in the cellar. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, bologna, basement, tobacco, cigarbox, grainy component, still very wound up and tight, some oak, ans some earth too. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, big rich mouthfeel, with med+ tannin, medium acidity, balanced wine with a long finish. This would be $400 on our menu, hard to say it’s worth that, but could be in another 7 to 10 years.    

2004 Chateau Haut Beausejour St. Estephe

This is another great deal because distributors are making way for the 05’s. You can get classic Bordeaux flavors at a fraction of the price, certainly not as complex as First Growths, but this wine delivers. 52% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Côt, which a local word for Malbec, it was matured in oak casks from Central France for 12 months; 30% in new oak. On the nose, youthful, not overtly fruity, medium intensity, lots of earth, coffee, bologna, nice spice, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, med+ tannin, medium acidity, with a long finish and loads of spice. I am getting a few bottle for myself.    

2004 Chateau de Pez St Estephe

I have liked this un-classified Bordeaux in past vintages, and thought of it one of those wines at lower prices that can age well and show classic characteristics of Bordeaux. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, earthy basement character, cherry, red licorice, spice, leather, some oak, but all in all pretty restrained and wound up tightly. On the palate, dry, medium+ tannin, big structure, approachable fruit, not too bitter to drink now with some aeration, but will perform better in five years. Distributors are trying to make room for the 05″ so this wine should be a good deal.    

2005 Chateau de Pez St Estephe

Rather uninteresting wine considering the pedigree of the vintage. I can say that I struggled to get much of anything of the nose, I wrote in me notes medium- intensity, aroma, barely any hint of Bordeaux, or anything beyond mundane wine elements. On the palate, dry, medium tannins, some cherry flavors, but not present enough to be charging what they are based on vintage alone. I will have to revisit this wine to further evaluate, maybe this bottle was flawed and muted. I didn’t get any corkiness.    

1983 Chateau Margaux

When the wine gods love me, they really love me. Yesterday I got showered with some interesting wines, this was the top dog of the evening. On the nose, bouquet all the way, medium intensity, seamlessly inter-woven, currants, cherries, cigarbox, leather, cardamom, loads of basement ie earth, not all that oaky either. Very thought provoking. On the palate, dry, softened tannins, beautifully balanced wine with a moderate finish. I believe this wine is starting to decline, if you have multiple bottles, please consume one, and evaluate your holdings.