Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Clos St. Martin – Bottle Notes

Clos St. Martin dates back to at least the early 1800’s. The vineyard has been owned by the Rieffers family since 1850. Clos St. Martin takes its name from the St. Martin, who is the Patron Saint for wine growers, soldiers and beggars. In March, 2013 the Cuvelier family, the owners of Chateau Clos Fourtet, headed by Matthieu Cuvelier, purchased…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Lagrange – Bottle Notes

Chateau Lagrange is a third-growth St-Julien owned by the Suntory group since 1983. The 270 acre estate is situated next to Gruaud Larose. The winery went through major improvements and huge investments in the decades that followed the purchase by Suntory. The vineyard is planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon , 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot . Over the years, the…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Troplong Mondot – Bottle Notes

Chateau Troplong-Mondot was elevated to one of the Premier Grand Crus of the St.-Emilion appellation in 2006. With almost 70 acres, the estate is one of the largest in St.-Emilion, on the right bank of the Gironde River. The chateau itself was built in the 18th century though it takes part of its name from Raymond Troplong, who acquired it…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1989 Chateau Lynch Bages – Bottle Notes

The 1989 Lynch Bages was the winning bottle in the December installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for an hour and served with a baked pork loin. I chose this bottle as 2018 was a difficult and challenging year. I’m looking forward to what 2019 brings and what better way to get the year started than…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Troplong Mondot – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Troplong Mondot was the winning bottle in the October Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for an hour and served with Lamb and pine nut sausages. Chateau Troplong-Mondot was elevated to one of the Premier Grand Crus of the St.-Emilion appellation in 2006. With almost 70 acres, the estate is one of the largest…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Clerc Milon – Bottle Notes

The history of Chateau Clerc Milon dates back to the early 1800’s. In 1970 Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, acquired Clerc Milon and put the Chateau on course to becoming worthy of its 5th growth status in Bordeaux. In 1983, the illustration for the Chateau Clerc Milon label was changed to a pair of dancing clowns…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2000 Clos du Marquis – Bottle Notes

At the end of the 19th century, Theophile Skawinski purchased Leoville Las Cases. Theophile Skawinski was the managing director of Chateau Leoville Cases. Skawinski passed his shares to Andre Delon, which is the start of the Delon family ownership in Bordeaux. At about the same time, Leoville Las Cases created one of the first official, “Second” Bordeaux wines with Clos…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Léoville-Poyferré – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Léoville-Poyferré was the winning bottle in the March Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 4 hours and served with steaks. As an added bonus my wife and I got to share this bottle with my life long best friend from college. Château Léoville-Poyferré is in St.-Julien. The estate is a Second Growth Bordeaux.…

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