2009 Bordeaux Tasting Notes
Last Post 03-12-2012 10:52 PM by Stealthman_1. 7 Replies.
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02-08-2012 01:36 AM  

 Got 15 mostly non-1855 classification wines to drink over the next few weeks.  $12.99 to 39.99 per 750...gosh I remember just a decade ago, you'd never pay more than $20 for a non-Grand Cru....  But I think classification matters less and less as time goes on and with 4 different wines now under my belt, it's sure this is a drinking vintage to pay attention too.

Chateau Bel-Air, Luassac St. Emilion - $17.99 - the weakest of the lineup and it's obvious from the first sniff, but.  Candied nose, with blue oak tones and a hint of alcohol.  Bit tart, but decent red fruits, just shy of medium bodied, medium finish, perfectly quaffable with food.   86 pts.  Drink now or over the next 5 years.

Chateau Garraud, Lalande de Pomerol - $29.99 - Rich cherry and blue nose, maybe a touch of camphor, tobacco.   Medium bodied, good red/black fruits, moderate, but balanced tannins.  Again, good with food.  88 pts.  Drink now or over the next 10 years.

Chateau La Papeterie, Montagne, St. Emilion - $29.99 - Big nose or creosote which resides with a couple hours open, black/blue fruit.  Full bodied, big and rustic fruit with ample angular tannins that needs food to calm nicely.  Long finish, candidate for future complexity.  91 pts.  Drink now with hearty foods, should go 20 years without problem.  Tonights winner by a comfortable margin though brutish comparably.

All are deeply colored dense wines.  None of these wines changed significantly over night under gas except the La Papetrerie which gained complexity.

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02-08-2012 11:25 PM  
Chateau La Fleur, Montagne, St. Emilion - $12.99 - Simple bright blackish cherries, blue oak nose. Shows a bias towards acidic, but more body and soul than the Bel-Air. A bit thin on the palate at opening, but you kind of expect that here, fills in with an hours air to medium bodied. I had pasta with red sauce tonight, so that certainly helps this wine over last nights fare. Black fruit in the palate, but weakish as an aperitif. Longer finish than the Bel-Air (side by side comparison as I'm saving some each night). 87 pts, drink now or over the next 5 years.

Chateau de L'Estang, Castillos-Cotes de Bordeaux - $19.99 - more blue, more white oak nose, pinch of cedar, bit of green olive. Medium plus body with a touch of acidity showing among the mostly red fruits. This was called a favorite by two different 'stewards' at Total Wine and I'm going to disagree. It's more complex in the nose, but simple in the palate with a medium finish. 86pts, maybe a touch of improvement potential and a bit longer life, drink now or over the next 10 years. 87 pts.
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02-11-2012 12:48 AM  

Chateau Landat, Haut-Medoc - $24.99.  Second time around for this wine and with 5 wines open (last two plus tonights), on the nose it just runs the table.  Tar, tobacco, black olive, wet earth and black fruit.  On the tongue it's medium plus bodied, with good layers of dark fruits and some acidity to carry it for a good few years.  Absolutely excellent with ribeye and taters, I can't wait to pair it against the bigger guns in this trial and the La Papeterie.  91 pts.  Drink now or over the next 20.

Chateau Arnauton, Fronsac - $24.99.  Closed nose, of everything so far, this has had the most reticent nose.  Red fruit, some oak and a touch of olive, that's it and you have to work to get it.  Medium bodied and pleasant, but very simple, though not in a cheap way, it just isn't showing anything.  I can't really rate this at this time, but I think Parker rated it well.

Chateau Lousteauneuf, Medoc - $24.99.  Ripe, California type nose.  Red/blue fruits and mild oak predominate.  Lively Red/Black palate, but no complexity at this point.  Medium finish.  88 pts.

Again, all did just fine with food, but the Landat just has a lot going on comparitively.  

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02-13-2012 12:47 AM  

Chateau Teyssier, St. Emilion - $29.99.  Red/Black fruit nose with a touch of black olive.  Better on day 2, pretty closed Saturday.  Drinks with a nice medium body, good fruit profile, balanced, well integrated tannin.  Kind of a prototypical wine of the bunch so far, very approachable, some stuff for lasting, rich fruit.  But for those who know me, I'm looking for big, stinky rich, complicated Bord's.  So as you read these, if your style is more restrained, these are very nice wines, not California opulent, but very well put together and really nice with food.  88 pts.  Drink now and over the next 10+, could hit 20.

Chateau Cote Montpezat, Castillon, Cotes de Bordeaux - $29.99.  I had very high hopes for this wine, it was reviewed very favorably.  Deep black fruit and mild oak nose, bit restrained, last night and tonight.  Medium bodied and elegant on the palate, with pretty balance and a firm, but smoooothe tannin profile.  I think I'll pick up 4 more of these and put them away for a decade, could be a very pretty wine with time, but it's still not what I'm looking for...89+ pts.  Drink now and over the next 10+.  Really nice with golden browned lemon pepper chicken and aspergrass in blue cheese/butter bath.

I'm disappointed we can only edit once...

Saturday's Lousteauneuf drank really nicely today (oops;-)).  I wouldn't say it improved, but it was very pleasant to drink....see a theme here???  LOL!

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02-16-2012 12:40 AM  

 Chateau Peyrabon, Haut-Medoc - $29.99.  Redish black fruit nose, toasty oak.  Barely anything here that says France, so might be a good starter wine for non-euro palattes.  Medium bodied, fairly simple, but fruity with nicely integrated tanins.  Moderate cherry finish. 87 pts.

Chateau Lanessan, Haut-Medoc - $39.99  Red tarty nose, touch of smoke.  Not much here either for heritage, but it's got juicy fruits on a medium body.  Nicely balanced as most of these wines are with supple tanins that melt into the medium finish.  Again, 87 pts.  For 40 bucks I don't feel like I got a bargain...

 

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02-19-2012 01:26 AM  

 Chateau Lilian Ladouys, St. Estephe, $44.99 - on openining, tight, tannic and sour, a bit like young Bordeaux...  With 3 hours in the decanter, it isn't anything like Bordeaux, much less St. Estephe.  Blueberry and black cherry oak nose.  Black fruited on the full palate, long finish...blahhhh!  If I wanted to spend forty bucks on Cal Cab, I don't have to go to the Bordeaux isle to do it.  Yes, it's a nice wine, WS barrel scored it 92-95, probably more like a 90-91, but this is just wrong.  St. Estephe???  My score is 50, I'm voting for Ron Paul.  Protest vote.

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02-23-2012 11:54 PM  

 2009 Chateau de Cruzeau, Pessac-Leognan - $24.99.  Nice!  Classical Bordeaux nose, pencil shavings, tobacco, slight black olive, black fruit, touch of toasted oak.  Medium bodied in the mouth with some nice black fruits and a tingly acidic backbone running into some balanced, but slightly muscular tannins.  Decent long finish.  Definately in the 90+ range and it should age well.

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03-12-2012 10:52 PM  

2009 Château Labégorce, Margaux - This will be a nice wine someday, but it's a bit green right now with some strong dill character. Black, tannic and burly. 90 pts.

2009 La Bastide Dauzac, Margaux - I liked this. Initially a nice black fruit, oak and earth nose. Medium plus bodied, some lively black fruits in the mouth, a nice firm tannic finish. Enjoyable, but there are better bargains out there in '09.  90pts.



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