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Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – St. Estèphe 2006

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – St. Estèphe

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks. I found this Bordeaux a bit overpowering to drink by itself — it is definitely a food claret best served with red meat.  Lots of dark berries, black fruit and spice, hints of tobacco and it will need decanting at the moment to enjoy (or hold on to it for another 4-5 years).

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – Pomerol 2008

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  This wine was the pick of the evening, full berries and hints of cassis, smooth velvety tannins with an long elegant finish.   Drink now, with a bit of decanting or for another few years.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – St. Émilion 2008

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – St. Émilion

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  I found this wine not quite as nice as the Pomerol or the Pauillac, though it was still excellent, well worked tannins and a classic earthy Bordeaux finish.  This wine will happily age for a few more years.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – Pauillac 2008

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pauillac

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  This was one of my favourites, full of blackcurrants and with a long finish.  Very good value-for-money Pauillac.

Château Lers Loumede 2005

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

There is a deep garnet colour in the wine and strong legs – for a Bordeaux but typical for the vintage. On the nose are strong berries with a bit of oak along with hints of almond.

The pallet is full of robust flavours of blackcurrant and strong tannins that still need some time to integrate into the wine. Quite nice and should age well for a few more years.

Calvet Claret Limited Release 2006

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux

I did not enjoy this claret at all. The tannins were harsh, the flavours of berries were distant and muted and even with a fair amount of air, the wine did not settle down to an enjoyable drink. There are much better alternatives at this price point available.

Château de la Grave Cuvée Nectar 2002

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet.

Excellent nose of berries with a hint of moss and earth. Flavours of robust dark cherry, silky tannins and slight hints of oak. Drinking nicely at the moment but will keep for a few more years yet. Very good and highly recommended.

Château Marquis de Vauban La Cuvée du Roy 2005

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

The wine has a deep red colour throughout the glass. The tannins are well integrated, if a bit young. On the pallet there is a rush of berries, cassis and blackcurrant, quite bold for a Bordeaux. The finish is long and sumptuous. The wine is still quite young and will happily age for another 5-10 years.

75% Merlot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Clos Payrol 2006

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

This is one of the best wines that I have ever had the pleasure to taste. Knowing that the wine would require some time to breathe, I decanted the bottle and let sit for several hours. To get a sense of what was in store, I had a tiny taste of the wine after it was decanted: pure pleasure. The tasting left my mouth watering for more, though I forced myself to wait.

The nose was dark and closed – even after being left to breathe. Classic Pomerol herb-tinged, caramel, and sweet black cherry notes intermixed with mocha and spice box. Tannic with a good level of acidity, many levels of complexity, full body flavours of cherries and plums.

Payrol is right next door to Petrus, a small vineyard – much like Petrus and is ideally placed in Pomerol. flavours of berry and terroir. Quite young, but drinking well. This wine can certainly be set down for another 10+ years. Very highly recommended!

Château Bellevue Gazin 2005

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

This wine is spectacular. Rich, bold flavours of dark berries with earthy mineral undertones. The nose is full with hints of oak and the colour is a deep ruby red. It is drinking very well at the moment but will keep for another 10 years or more if it’s stored properly. A high class wine that won’t break the bank.