Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2000 Pavie Macquin – Bottle Notes

The 2000 Pavie Macquin was the winning bottle in the November Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 90 minutes and served with a homemade meat loaf. Chateau Pavie-Macquin gets its name from Albert Macquin, its 19th century owner. His descendants, the Corre-Macquin family, still own the 37-acre estate, which is in the Right Bank appellation…

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2005 Chateau Fleur Cardinale – Bottle Notes

Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique and Florence Decoster in 2001. The 24.5 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Fleur Cardinale is planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Fleur Cardinale is located next door to Valandraud and Rol Valentin. Dark Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Stunning nose of red and black fruits, molten licorice, leather and earth. Full bodied and opulent with…

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2001 Léoville Barton – Bottle Notes

The 2001 Léoville Barton was the winning bottle in the September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Votes were cast on the blog, Instagram and Twitter. The wine was decanted for almost 2 hours. The Barton family, the current owners of the estate, trace their Bordeaux roots all the way back to 1722.  Léoville Barton, a 2nd Growth, is now…

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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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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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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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