Tag Archives: 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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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…Continue Reading

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.…Continue Reading