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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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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1990 Chateau Lynch Bages – Bottle Notes

The 1990 Lynch Bages was the winning bottle in the April Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for almost four hours and served with steaks off the grill. I chose this bottle to kick off a week of Birthday shenanigans. The was also Day 47 of the #coronaviruswinechallenge. Lynch Bages has a special place in my…

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2000 Chateau Talbot – Bottle Notes

Chateau Talbot is a Fourth Growth Bordeaux estate in the Saint-Julien Appellation. The Chateau was acquired by the Cordier family in 2017. The present owners are Lorraine Rustmann and Nancy Bignon-Cordier. Stephane Derenoncourt is their consultant. Crimson in color. 13% ABV. Traditional nose of red fruits, leather, cedar and graphite. Medium body with acidity in spades. Ready to drink with…

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2003 Chateau Pichon Baron – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Pichon Baron was the winning bottle in the February Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. Chateau Pichon Baron is a Second Growth in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux. Pichon Baron was once part of a larger estate, owned by Pierre de Rauzan, along with Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 the estate was divided into the…

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1995 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 . Today, the average age…

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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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