Category: French Red Wine

Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2015, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates and tobacco leaf.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.


This 7 year old, from the great 2015 vintage, is drinking very nice right now.

This Fifth growth Bordeaux is showing nice complexity, with a soft and elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours in the decanter.

Young, but already delicious, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Robert Parker 97 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A Delicious wine that drank better than the 1996 I had 4 years ago.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 16 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$130.

Chateau LaTour Haut Brion Graves Cru Classé 1982 Bordeaux, France





Dark brown/ ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

On the nose blackberries, plums, oak, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, herbs, black pepper, forest floor and light metals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, tobacco leaf, vegetable and black pepper.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

I’m pretty sure I would have liked it much better 10 years ago, but this 40 year old Bordeaux is still drinking very nicely. So nice to see that.

I did not decant it, and it didn’t last for more than an hour. After 15 minutes of airtime, tannins show up and bring more structure to the wine.

This gem is from the great 1982 vintage, and drinking these kind of wines is always a great experience. It’s like a history book in a glass.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Really enjoyed it by itself, and paired very nicely with a stinky Camembert cheese.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for over a year.

12% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$500.

Bellefont-Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2017 Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of black plums, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, earth and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, oak, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Merlot from Bordeaux. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A good food wine that I paired with pizza.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Jean Charles Fagot Les Meix Grapin Côte D’or 2020 Burgundy, France



Dark ruby in color with a short red rim. Much darker than I expected.

On the nose cherries, light oak, red currants, earth, herbs and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Very dry on the palate with raspberries, sour cherries, strawberries, spices, light oak, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, herbs and peppercorn.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

This 2 year old is still young, and would be better in 3 to 5 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly, and show the tannins. Already showing nice complexity on the palate.

A Good quality wine that I opened prematurely. Will age nicely in the next 10 years. Has a good potential to become a 91+ point wine in 10 years.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with Brie cheese.

Grapes are grown on clay and limestone soils, and are hand picked. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and unfined. A small production of only 5,000 bottles.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$29.

Chateau La Grange Clinet Côtes de Bordeaux Reserve 2018, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose red cherries, plums, light oak, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light oak, black tea, licorice, earth, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Short finish with grippy tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice everyday wine from Bordeaux. Showing mostly red fruits with earth notes.

Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself and better with food.

Needs a few hours to open up properly, and will be better in 3 to 5 years.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

La Célestière TraditionChâteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2013, France


This is a very nice Grenache blend from Southern Rhone.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, barnyard, vegetables, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, earth and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

Has a very pretty color now, and the nose is really stinky, even after 4 hours in a decanter, with lots of barnyard and animal notes.

Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Feels more like a Northern Rhone red. The Syrah seems to be very dominant.

A very enjoyable food wine that I paired with braised beef short ribs in red wine sauce.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Cinsault.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40 (current vintage).

Chateau Tour Seran Medoc 2015, Bordeaux, France



Here’s a nice Merlot for #MerlotThursday.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Nose of black plums, cooked cherries, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, pencil lead, earth, herbs and espresso.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot blend from Bordeaux. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.

This 7 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago and it is drinking much better now.

Spicy and entertaining, and good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and a beautiful view of the lake.

A blend of 65% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Kosher and Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Chateau du Gazin Canon-Fronsac Rouge 1970 Bordeaux, France

Brick /rust in color with a wide brick rim.

On the nose cherries, strawberries, earth, spices, wet leaves, herbs and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, vegetables, light oak, sweet vanilla, spices, wet leaves, herbs and earth.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 52 year old is still drinkable, which was a great surprise. This is always interesting to try.

Definitely over the hill by now, but enjoyable and easy drinking. Tangy and interesting.

Lighter than I expected it to be, as it drinks like a Pinot Noir at this point.

The cork crumbled, even with the durand, and I had to decant it. It lasted for less than an hour. What a nice experience.

I paired it with Chateaubriand and grilled asparagus.

12% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

Chateau Royaumont Lalande de Pomerol 2017 Bordeaux, France


It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very tasty Merlot based Bordeaux from Lalande de Pomerol.

Dark purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices and chocolates.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now. Elegant, fruity and easy drinking right out of the bottle.

Would continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I like the fact that it has relatively low alcohol, which means that I can drink more of it.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

A blend of 70% Merlot with Cabernet Franc. Kosher and not Mevushal.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Duc de Pagny Beaujolais Nouveau 2021, France

Cherry in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose with cherries, raspberries and light spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, earth and herbs.

Short tangy finish with soft tannins and sour cranberries.

This is an easy drinking red from Beaujolais.

Simple and fruit forward. Not my usual drinker, but nice as an afternoon sipper.

Good right out of the bottle and better with food. Drink now.

100% Gamay grapes. Kosher and not Mevushal.

12% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$14.