Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Haut-Marbuzet – Bottle Notes

Château Haut-Marbuzet is in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of the Haut-Médoc. Its origins date back to the 18th century. The estate was acquired in 1952 by Hervé Duboscq. Today, his son Henri Duboscq is the winemaker and owner of Haut-Marbuzet. The Chateau is in some rarified air located between Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Montrose, the vineyard covers 61 hectares (150 acres)…

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2000 Branaire Ducru
Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2000 Branaire Ducru – Bottle Notes

The 2000 Branaire Ducru was the winning bottle in the September installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for two hours and paired with a hearty beef stew. Chateau Branaire Ducru is a Fourth Growth Bordeaux according to the official classification of 1855. The 123-acre estate is in St.-Julien on the left bank of the Gironde River.…

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2000 Bordeaux
Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

Pick My Next Bottle – 2000 Bordeaux

The September installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Bordeaux from the heralded 2000 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. 2000 was simply one of the best vintages ever in Bordeaux. It was the first vintage…

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2001 Chateau Pavie
Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2001 Chateau Pavie – Bottle Notes

Purchased by Gerard Perse in 1998, Chateau Pavie, a Premier Grand Cru Classe B, has since become one of St.-Emilion’s most noted wines. A former cyclist who made his fortune with supermarket chains, Perse in the last decade has modernized and updated the estate with a major replanting program in the vineyards and by totally remodeling the cellars. Perse also…

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1996 Lynch Bages
Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Chateau Lynch Bages – Bottle Notes

The 1996 Lynch Bages was the leading vote getter in January’s Pick My Next Bottle survey. The winery is located in Pauillac, and is designated a 5th growth as determined by the classification of 1855. At release time, the wine received a rating of 93 points from the Wine Advocate. I purchased this bottle on release and the cork was in…

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1996 Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Pick My Next Bottle: 1996 Bordeaux

The January installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on 1996 Bordeaux. As I mentioned in the July installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. I plan on opening the winning bottle on January 26 and publishing an in-depth Bottle Note on the 28th. 1996…

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Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

Pick My Next Bottle: ’95 Bordeaux

When I first began collecting and consuming wine 20+ years ago, sites like erobertparker.com, cellartracker.com and winespectator.com did not exist. Aside from hard copy subscriptions to the Wine Advocate or Wine Spectator, it was difficult to get current information on wines you were cellaring.