Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2004 Chateau Léoville-Poyferré – Bottle Notes

The 2004 Chateau Leoville Poyferre was the winning bottle in the January Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for two hours. Château Léoville-Poyferré is in St.-Julien. The estate is a Second Growth Bordeaux. Along with Léoville-Las-Cases and Léoville-Barton, Léoville-Poyferré was part of a large estate in the Medoc owned by the Marquis de Léoville. After the…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1995 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste – Bottle Notes

The 1995 Grand Puy-Lacoste was the winning bottle in the December Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 1 hour and served with Christmas dinner. The history of Grand-Puy-Lacoste is fascinating and dates back to the 16th century. The name Grand-Puy comes from the ancient term “puy” which means “hillock, small height”. The vineyard sits on…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

New Releases from Bellefont-Belcier

Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. The vineyard was founded in the middle of the eighteenth century. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2017, Peter Kwok the owner of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe and many other Right Bank properties, purchased Bellefont-Belcier. The blend for both…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

New Releases from Chateau Tour Saint Christophe

The 20 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Tour Saint Christophe is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The property was purchased by Peter Kwok in 2012. Kwok also owns Bellefont-Belcier and Haut-Brisson. The winery sent me samples of their most recent releases. Both wines were decanted for 90 minutes. 2016 Chateau Tour Saint Christophe – Purple in color. 15% ABV.…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

An Incredible Value from Saint-Émilion

Chateau Haut-Brisson is located in Saint Emilion, not far from Chateau Monbousquet. The estate was bought in 1997 by Peter Kwok. The 18 hectare vineyard of Haut-Brisson are planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are close to 30 years of age. The winery recently sent me samples of two of their more acclaimed vintages. 2005 Chateau Haut-Brisson –…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2005 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier – Bottle Notes

Chateau Bellefont Belcier dates back to the seventeenth century as an estate. The vineyard was officially founded in the middle of the eighteenth century by Count Louis Francois de Belcier. In 2012 Chateau Bellefont Belcier was sold to a group of Chinese investors. That sale marked the first purchase of a Bordeaux classified growth by a Chinese citizen. Chateau Bellefont Belcier was…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 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

2005 Château Rauzan-Ségla – Bottle Notes

The 2005 Rauzan-Ségla was the winning bottle in the September Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The history of Château Rauzan-Ségla dates back to 1661 when Pierre de Rauzan acquired the estate. Rauzan-Ségla grew in reputation and produced some of the most highly rated wines in Bordeaux. They delighted many well-known dignitaries, most notably Thomas Jefferson who came across this…

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2004 Chateau Clos St. Martin – Bottle Notes

Clos St. Martin dates back to at least the early 1800’s. The vineyard was owned by the Rieffers family from 1850 to 2013. 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,…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Chateau Cos d’Estournel – Bottle Notes

The 1996 Cos d’Estournel was the winning bottle in the June Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Louis Gaspard d’Estournel founded Chateau Cos d’Estournel in 1811. Cos d’Estournel was one of the first wineries in Bordeaux to bottle, label and sell their own wine. The Chateau has exchanged hands many times over the years but today is owned and managed by Michel…

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