Tag: Pauillac

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.

Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2005 Bordeaux, France





Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, cinnamon and vinaigrette.

Medium plus in body, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, blackberries, oak, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables, black tea, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

What a great Left Bank Bordeaux from the great 2005 vintage this is.

This Fifth Growth is nicely balanced with lots of dark fruit notes. Delicious and yummy. Fabulous and better than I expected.

This 16 year old is Drinking very nicely now. Showing great complexity with a great mouth feel. Powerful and rich.

Thank you John for sharing.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Great nose. Great palate. Tasty and gorgeous.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but good all by itself too.

A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit verdot.

13% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$280.

Château Batailley Pauilliac Grand Cru Classé 2006, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, cedar, tobacco, mocha, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf and black tea.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, wet leaves, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old Left Bank Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Delicious.

This 5th growth needs time to open up properly. Tannins come in after 90 minutes of airtime. After 2 hours, it becomes very grippy on the finish.

Still young and has a lot of years in it. I’d like to revisit this in 10 years. I really loved smelling on it for a long time.

Wine Advocate 91 points.

Thank you David for sharing. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in (55% New) French oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2000 Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a complex red Bordeaux from Pauliac.

Great, seductive, earthy nose and palate with black and blue fruits, wood, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 5th growth still needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time, as it is not peaking yet, but already gorgeous.

Needs 4 hours in a decanter to open up properly and show complexity. Tasty, interesting and approachable.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot.

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

12.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.