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Wonderful Bordeaux Tasting

wineglas1 | May 5, 2012 04:26 PM

Our monthly wine club puts on two big Bordeaux events on every year and this one was stellar. Some amazing wines and the fall lineup looks even better.

2004 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Drinking really well. Rich with orange peel, lemon, minerals and honey. This wine is peaking and should be consumed now. (92 pts.)

2002 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut - France, Champagne
Wonderful Champagne. Medium gold in color with dough, lemon, candied fruits, spice and chalk. Medium to long finish and great acidity. This will be sampled again some day! (94 pts.)

1990 Château Léoville Barton - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Showing well but still plenty left in the tank. Firm tannins, gravel, funk, violets and menthol. Medium to long finish and balanced. Wonderful wine and another decade plus of enjoyment on this one. It received 2 hours of decanting prior to consuming. (94 pts.)

1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
My second favorite wine of the night. Black olives, tobacco, black olives, gravel, rapsberries and mushrooms. Showing secondary characters and should have a long life ahead. Very long and concentrated finish. Decanted 2 hours. This will improve over time. 95-97. (95 pts.)

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
My least favorite of the Bordeaux wines but 93 is still a great score. Just goes to show how great this lineup was. Dark. Bing cherries, gravel, leather, blueberries and graphite. The nose was a little underwhelming but the palate did not disappoint. Medium finish. Drink within the next decade. Decanted 2 hours. (93 pts.)

1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Decanted 2 plus hours. Coffee, ripe berries, mint, tea leaves and spices. Extremely young wine and tannic. I would not recommend popping one of these til 2018 if you can wait. Medium and concentrated finish. 94-96. (94 pts.)

1996 Château Léoville Las Cases - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
My wine of the night and groups wine of the night. An amazing effort that is balanced, powerful, graceful, elegant, etc. One of the best wines from Bordeaux I have sampled to date. Intense nose of clay, chocolate, figs, stones and raspberries. Long finish and complex. Drink now- 2040. Wonderful effort!!! (97 pts.)

1986 Château Léoville Las Cases - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
Great showing. Dark in color. Wood, rose petals, strawberry, cherry spice cake and charcoal. Medium to long finish and fully integrated. Should drink well for a decade. (95 pts.)
1986 Château Rieussec - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
Past peak. Dried appricots, pinneapple, floral and burnt toast. Lacking acidity and medium finish. (89 pts.)

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