Tag: Bordeaux

Chateau Bellefont Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2018, Bordeaux, France

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, plums, black currants, strawberries, sweet cherries, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, earth, herbs, chocolates, tobacco, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and soft, with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Medium finish with fine tannins, tangy raspberries and peppercorn.

This young Bordeaux from Saint Émilion is already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Tasty and interesting. Tangy and rich. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

Still young, but starting to drink nicely now. I am surprised of how approachable it is already. Still a little unbalanced, and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. 

This 2018 vintage is showing a lot of potential. A little lighter than the 2016 I had a couple of weeks ago.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 15 to 20 years.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Chateau Loudenne le Chateau Bordeaux Rosé 2020, France



Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. This week we have a unique opportunity for a Rosé made with Merlot grapes.

Light salmon in color.

Nice fruity nose with lemons, citrus, light strawberries, earth, minerals, peaches, herbs and light vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with light red berries, citrus, grapefruits, green apples, limes, spices and black pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds and limes.

This is a nice and interesting Rosé from Bordeaux. Nice and easy drinking. Pleasant and light.

Crisp and refreshing and a good pool wine.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and light appetizers. Paired well with the mashroom Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2016, Bordeaux, France

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from France.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, cedar, tobacco, vanilla, leather, spices, dark coffee, milk chocolates and peppercorn. Pretty, once it opens up.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with blackberries, earth, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light alcohol, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, pencil lead, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious 5 year old Right Bank Bordeaux. Drinking very nicely now, although still young.

This 2016 vintage is showing very nicely now. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still a little hot at the back of the throat, at this point, but I love the cedar and sweet cherry notes.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so give it time. Good by itself once it opens up.

Will age nicely in the next 15 years, and has good potential to become even better.

Tasty, tangy and spicy. A delicious wine from a great vintage.

A good food wine too, that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with cheeses and green olives.

A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are grown on limestone soil.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

Château Dauzac Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2009 Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a reddish/ brick rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, black currants, black cherries, wood, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices, pencil lead, tobacco and black pepper.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, cooked cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and herbs.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 12 year old red Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced and fruit forward, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. I really liked the nose, and kept smelling on it for a while.

This Fifth Growth Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage, is drinking very nicely all by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Needed a few hours of airtime, I gave it 3 hours. Delicious once it opens up, so please be patient.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Tasty, rich and flavorful, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot.

13% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Galius Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose cooked cherries, red currants, plums, oak, tobacco, licorice, vanilla, earth, light vegetables, metals, Mediterranean spices, chocolates and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet strawberries, cooked cherries, plums, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco leaf, spices, cocoa, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Merlot-based Bordeaux is rich, spicy and interesting, with a tangy finish. A little off balance at this point.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime (2 hours).

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and it feels like it is in its dumb phase. Still young, but already enjoyable.

This 5-year-old from the great 2016 vintage, would age nicely in the next 15 years.

Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Chateau Méaume Bordeaux Superieur 2018, France

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, black cherries, black plums, oak, spices, light vanilla, licorice, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, earth, oak, licorice, coffee, vegetables, peppercorn, black tea, graphite and bitter herbs.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Bordeaux is starting to drink nicely now, although still very young.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. Feels very true to the terroir.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Structure and complexity come in after 30 minutes of airtime.

This 2018 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Nice to see that this young Bordeaux is already approachable. Will age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it meats and cheeses. Really nice with the aged Brie cheese.

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Bottled 2 years after harvest.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Château Gloria Saint Julien 2009, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light vegetables, herbs, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, black pepper and light medicine.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and coffee notes.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage. Showing a great nose and mouthfeel.

Elegant with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show its pretty nose, so be patient. Tannins come in after 90 minutes.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Tasty and spicy. A delicious wine.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Meadowcroft Wines The Panorama 2017 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a pretty reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, oak, vanilla, coffee, licorice, spices, chocolates, pencil lead, light herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, oak, chocolates, vanilla, spices, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Still young, but already tasty. Nicely balanced and spicy, with a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, when tannins come in. Would be nice to check it out again in 5 years.

A nice food wine, and good by itself as a sipping wine as well. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Elegant and fruit forward.

I paired it with dried meats and Brie cheese.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for over 2 years.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Chateau Loudenne Saint Yzenes Le Chateau Bordeaux Blanc 2017, France

Very light golden in color with a green tint.

On the nose citrus, grapefruits, green apples, earth, herbs, black pepper, spices and bitter vegetables.

Medium-bodied with medium-plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, light oak, spices, herbs, bitter vegetables and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds and limes.

This is a very nice white Bordeaux. Crisp and good right out of the bottle. Even better after some air time.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now which is nice to see. Nicely balanced, and still fresh and crisp.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with meats and cheeses. paired very nicely with the duck liver Pâté.

A blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon. Aged in French oak barrels (33% new).

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$27.

Chateau Loudenne Cru Bourgeois Le Chateau Médoc 2016, Bordeaux, France

Very dark ruby in color with a pretty reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black plums, cherries, earth, oak, licorice, black pepper, spices, herbs and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherry, earth, light alcohol, oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn, light vanilla, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs and graphite.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice red Bordeaux from a great vintage. Very approachable and engaging already.

Nicely balanced and spicy, with a nice mouthfeel. Nice complexity comes in after a couple of hours of airtime. Tangy and interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.