Friday September 19th, 5pm-8pm –
Saint Lafayette Bordeaux Blanc 2012 – 13.97 – 50% Sauvignon Blanc 50% Sémillon. A long-time favorite – This soft, refreshing wine offers notes of lemon, lime, yellow apple & green apple. The makers of Saint Lafayette use not only Sauvignon Blanc, but also a splash of Sauvignon Gris in crafting their Sauvignon Blanc bottling. Also known as Sauvignon Rosé, the Sauvignon Gris grape has a more pinkish hue, & typically a higher sugar level. That extra sugar contributes lifted aromatics, as well as a richer & rounder feel to the wine. Because of its low yields, many vintners abandoned Sauvignon Gris — to the point that it almost became extinct. Notable “grassy” aroma, often with notes of apple & citrus fruits.
Baron de Luze Bordeaux Rouge 2010 – 14.57 – aged in oak. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows in a deep ruby red. On the nose a pleasant cherry scent with a bit of slightly spicy plum & black currant. On the palate, very soft tannins, powerful in the fruit & spice departments. Joining them will be a subtle touch of hazelnuts from the oak aging. The wine starts out very cleanly on the palate, evolving into a well-balanced mid-palate with ripe fruit & soft tannins. The pleasant, toasty aroma contributed by the oak is indicative of high-quality barrels. The tannins are still young & promise good ageing potential. Red-berry fruit flavors carry through discreetly into the well-balanced aftertaste.
Ch. Beausejour Fronsac 2010 – 17.57 – 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. A spiced & warm palate with cherry, chocolate & charred notes. Plush & creamy with ripe tannins & a bright finish. WE – 2012 – “92-94 Powerful, very juicy in style, with toasty new wood flavors mingling with the very ripe fruits. The wine has a bitter, extracted edge that will probably soften with further wood aging.” A warm, attractive bouquet with blackcurrant & blackberry aromas. Very round on the palate, with fine tannins. Beautiful grip as well as a long, fruity, spicy aftertaste.
Ch. Jourdan Bordeaux Rouge 2007 – 18.97 – 60% Cab Franc, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Attractive, concentrated bouquet of very ripe blackcurrant & cherry. Rich & well-structured on the palate. Long aftertaste with hints of very ripe black fruit. Nose: blackberry, blueberry, plum, oak, leather, toast, chocolate, very nice for nose. Taste: medium bodied, medium tannins, good acidity, blackberry, plum, chocolate, vanilla, great qpr. Flavors of blueberry, oak, smoke, & lots of earth. Sweet & fairly ripe, nicely balanced. Easy going yet therein lays the charm. With some sweet secondary tobacco notes on the finish.