Tag Archive: Pauillac

2003 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Ruby color. On the nose, moving to development, medium+ intensity, black currant, cherry, coffee, saddle, sandlewood, basement, very layered, with some oak and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very well balanced, good structure, with very nice length to the finish. I wish I had the money to enjoy wine like this regularly.

1982 Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac

Brown to ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, clove, cardamom, leather, saddle, basement, tobacco, stewed black currants, pencil shavings, with some oak, and loaded with earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, leathery, sandlewood, bark, mineral, balanced wine, with medium tannins, and medium acidity, and a solid finish. New world fans won’t particularly care for this aged Bordeaux, but should try anyway if it’s open.

1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschilde Pauillac

I do really love the people that can afford to drink this wine, and I especially love the people that don’t hesitate when they see a wine they know rocks. Nice ruby color with some browning. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, earth, and basement, loaded with spices, cigar, leather glove, and black currant, fig, and cherry, fruit, with earth, oak, and lots of “other” elements. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium+ body, very balanced, an almost indescibable harmony of elegance and power, with a thought provoking finish. All-star wine, and I think this guy bought our last two bottles.    

2006 Chateau D’Armailac Pauillac

chateau-d-armailhacRuby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black currant, leather, earth, tobacco, some spice, some oak, but over-all kind of muted. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, just kind of medium, and it got lost in the sea of other Bordeaux’s.    

2006 Chateau Clerc-Milon Pauillac

cht_clercmilonlabelPurple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, plum, fig, leather, lots of spice, chalky dusty earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium+intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, very rich and luscious mouth feel, beautiful fruit, cocoa, with a solid backbone and impressive length on the finish.    

2006 Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac

cht_Lynch-BagesRuby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, black currant, leather glove, cigar box, loaded with basement-like earthy component, moderate oak, quite complex with a bit of everything. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ tannin, medium+ acidity, extremely well balanced, like this wine glided if not coated every part of the palate with deliciousness, and the finish was polished and pretty. This is always an over-achieving Fifth Growth, and a perfect addition to a cellar.    

1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

cht_mouton_88Could have been the scorn of a couple of bad shifts, but I wasn’t all that thrilled with this one. Browning ruby in color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, earth, leather, plum, cardamom, pencil shavings, basement, some oak, and obvious earth. On the palate, dry, medium- intensity, medium body, medium acidity, medium- tannin, balanced wine with a moderate finish. I was left asking what this wine was like a decade ago when it was in it’s sweet spot. Just kind of boring for the $500 price tag.    

1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

cht_lafite_rothsA table brought this in and left me a nice sized glass. Impressive quality that jumped out of the glass. Dark black ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, earth and spice driven, black currant, black cherry, cigar box, basement, pencil shavings, cardamom, clove, overt earth with some well integrated oak. Classic Bordeaux with depth and the kind nose that makes you wish every wine you tried was this good. On the palate, dry, still very structured, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, seamless dark fruit, loaded with spices, tobacco, stemmy vegetal element, with a long flavorful finish.