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Château Giscours La Sirene de Giscours Margaux 2010, Bordeaux, France





This is a delicious second wine from this Chateau.

Full bodied with medium acidity and dry on the palate with a great nose.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cigar box, tobacco leaf, graphite, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and sweet black tea.

A beautiful wine from a great vintage. Very enjoyable with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Decanter gave it 86 points. I think they missed it this time.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. It’s definitely worth the wait.

Feels like a Napa Bordeaux blend right out of the bottle, but then it changes as it opens up.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Chateau des Granges D’Or Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2017, Bordeaux, France

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of cherries, sweet strawberries, black currant, plums, earth, oak, barnyard, vegetables, spices, wet leaves and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, plums, cherries, light oak, spices, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, black pepper and coffee.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot based blend from Bordeaux. Balanced and easy drinking with a soft mouthfeel. Already showing nice complexity.

Needs time to open up. I gave it two hours. A little stinky, but some like that too.

Would be interesting to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolves.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the wild mushroom Brie cheese from the Netherlands.

A blend of 71% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

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.

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.

Château Tour Seran Médoc 2015 Bordeaux, France

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with wide reddish/ brick rim.

Pretty nose with blueberries, plums, red currants, spices, wet leaves, oak, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, earth, black tea, thyme, light vinaigrette and black pepper. Very aromatic.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, cranberries, currants, oak, tobacco, earth, bitter herbs, spices, wet leaves, coffee, cola, pencil lead, black tea and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This young Merlot based Bordeaux is starting to show its potential. From a great vintage, and still has a lot of room to grow. A good quality wine.

The nose is already beautiful and I loved smelling on it for a while.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Still young and tight.

Still a bit unbalanced and better with food right now. I paired it with Brie cheese, olives and crackers.

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

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Château de Civrac Grand Vin Medoc 2007, Bordeaux, France

This is a delicious 13 year old Bordeaux. Showing red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, cola, coffee and wet leaves.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and complex with a spicy finish and fine grained tannins. I also loved the nose here.

I was a little hesitant about decanting it, but I did so to remove the sediments, and then followed its progression. Always a great experience.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show more complexity, tannins and structure. Peaking now.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food.

I paired it with Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Château Croix de la Nauve Saint Emilion 1982, Bordeaux, France

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a gorgeous one from Bordeaux.

Dark brown in color with a wide copper rim.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark coffee, green tea, light barnyard, black pepper and tobacco.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, earth, wet leaves, leather, light vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium finish with no tannins and cherries.

This Saint Emilion from a the great 1982 vintage is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Smooth, soft and elegant.

Not very earthy, which surprised me, and easy drinking. Simpler on the nose than on the palate, and still holds lots of fruits.

Good right out of the bottle and didn’t need much to open up.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

91 points.

Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Landot Haut Medoc 2010 Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from France.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Gorgeous nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, black pepper, dark coffee, light alcohol, pencil lead, river rocks, light vegetables and leather.

Full bodied, soft and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vegetables, vanilla, pencil lead, earth, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and spices.

This 9 year old Cabernet based Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This is from a great vintage, and it is showing. Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. Tannins come in after 30 minutes of airtime.

Still has a lot in it, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Steve and Alex for sharing this beauty with me.

Delicious and yummy.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but it is great to drink all by itself too.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$40.