Chateau Lafite Rothschild Vertical Tasting at Cafe Maxx Friday February 15th 7pm and What I Drank Yesterday- Giscours, Terlato and Lola

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The Wines of Bordeaux give tone to the stomach, while leaving the mouth fresh and the head clear.  More than one invalid abandoned by the doctors has been seen to drink the good old wine of Bordeaux and return to health.


--Comments by members of the Jury judging Bordeaux wines submitted under the new 1855 classification at the 1855 World's Fair in  Paris, as noted in 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification


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I have been preaching the health benefits of wine for a long time and what better way to get healthy that a vertical selection of Chateau Latife Rothschild.  This is part of our "Once in a lifetime" series of wine tastings. 


Chateau Lafite Rothschild has become the hottest Bordeaux on the market today because of the demand for this product in the Asian market. But this "first" of first growths has been in the limelight for several hundred years now which is one of the reasons that they have a world-wide demand for this classic claret.


We have managed to amass a nice collection of older vintage Chateau Lafite Rothchild over the last few years with the prices going crazy and demand finally slowing down for this wine we have a few bottles in stock that we can drink. There are also 24 different listings for Chateau Lafite Rothschild in our inventory going back to 1957!  Check out the offering after the list of tasting wines.


This evening we will be studying eight vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chef Oliver Saucy will be making a few small courses to start and then we will be ordering off the menu for dinner. The fee for this event is $895 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463.


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Chateau Lafite Rothschild Tasting at Cafe Maxx

Friday, February 15th

7pm


 


Reception:


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Barons de Rothschild Brut Champagne NV

Price: $99.00


Based in the Cotes De Blanc this is a 10 year old brand uniting the three branches of the Rothschild family; Eric from Chateau Lafite, Philippine from Chateau Mouton and Benjamine from Chateau Clark. The winemaker is Jean Philipe Moulin, formerly at Perrier Jouet, he joined the Barons in 2007. Production is only 500,000 bottles a year and they released 250,000 bottles on the market this year in 50 countries around the globe. The blend here is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The Blanc De Blanc is 100% Grand Cru and the Rose is made from the same Chardonnay base wine as the Blanc De Blanc with the addition of 15% red Pinot Noir. They use up to 40% reserve wines in the cuvee which come from Mesnil, Cremant and Verzy, aged 4 years for the whites and 3 years for rose, 2007 is the main vintage for the Brut and then some 2005 and 2006 reserve wines. Only the first pressing juice is used in the blend the rest is sold off, they also have a low dosage 5% for the brut and 6% for the Rose and Blanc de Blanc. No wood, very pure mineral driven style and they source most of the fruit. This Brut NV is mostly 2007 and this will be in the market for the next year or so at the distributor, a pretty bouquet of white flowers apple and pear fruit with almond like nutty aromas of brioche, nice development of aromas. Smooth silky bubbles on the tongue with a nice concentration and tangy minerality showing on the long finish, very fresh and bright. Finish 45 Excellent


 


Tasting Line-up:

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1971 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $525.00


(87 Points) Has an aroma like an aged Burgundy, with cherry and spice; flavor is mature, soft, very elegant. Drinkable now.--Lafite Rothschild vertical. – Wine Spectator Issue: Nov 30, 1991


 


1976 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1250.00


(93 Points) The 1976 Lafite clearly stands far above the crowd in this vintage. A beautiful bouquet of seductive cedarwood, spices, and ripe fruit precedes a very concentrated, darkly colored wine, with great length and texture. Some amber is just beginning to appear at the edge. The 1976 has turned out to be the best Lafite of the '70s. It is gorgeous to drink at present. Anticipated maturity: Now-2005. Last tasted, 9/96. Robert Parker Jr. Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, Jan 1998


 


1983 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $795.00


(93 Points) Finally, the 1983 Lafite is beginning to shed its tannin. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/garnet color with only a slight lightening at the edge. The intoxicatingly perfumed nose of lead pencil, pain grille, red and black fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs is provocative. In the mouth, this wine displays considerable body for a Lafite, plenty of power, and a fleshy, rich, sweet mid-palate. Long, elegant, plump, and surprisingly fleshy, this outstanding example of Lafite seems largely forgotten given the number of high quality vintages during the golden decade of the eighties. Anticipated maturity: Now-2030. Last tasted 3/97 Robert Parker's Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1, Jan 1998


 


1985 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $780.00


(90 Points) The 1985 Lafite is revealing more class and complexity than I predicted. A moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb and berry-scented bouquet is attractive. The wine is open-knit and ripe, with fine tannins, sweet, medium-bodied, mineral, and cassis-scented flavors, fine depth, and a graceful, harmonious feel. It is beginning to blossom and appears to possess more depth and character than I had thought. Wine Advocate # 88 Aug 1993


 


1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1275.00


(98 Points) A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite's character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50 seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. Wine Advocate # 134, Apr 2001


 


1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1165.00


(95 Points) The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. Wine Advocate # 140


 


2001 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1500.00


(96 Points) Stick your nose in this and it says something¿"I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries, fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a superlong finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater. Best after 2010. 22,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator Issue: Mar 31, 2004


 


2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1500.00


(100 Points) A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol – hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.


 


The fee for this dinner is $895 + tax, we only have 15 seats available for this event, for reservations call 954-523-9463.


 


A bit about Chateau Lafite Rothschild:


n the opinion of many winelovers and certainly in the opinion of the public at large, Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is the greatest red Bordeaux as well as the greatest red wine vineyard in the world.  The history of the property is certainly as interesting as the wine itself and is too long and complicated to recount in the short space at hand.


Nevertheless, the high points bear repeating.  As with most wines of the Médoc, the fame of Lafite first dates from the eighteenth century.  During the reign of Louis XV, Lafite was owned by the very powerful and wealthy Marquis de Ségur, who also owned Latour, Mouton, and Calon Ségur.  Upon Ségur's death in 1755, the estate became embroiled in a long and complex battle among the heirs.  Over the course of the next one hundred years, it was auctioned twice - the second time in 1868 to the scion of a famous Paris banking family, Baron James de Rothschild.  The selling price was an astounding 4,400,000 francs.  To properly appreciate the significance of this sum, the equally prestigious Mouton-Rothschild had sold a little more than a decade earlier for one quarter of that sum.  The lofty price paid for Lafite was due in no small part to the enormous prestige the property enjoyed as a result of the famous 1855 Grand Cru Classification.  At the Paris Exposition in that year, Bordeaux brokers and merchants compiled a list of the top sixty Médoc chateaux and ranked them in five groups.  Lafite was placed at the very top of the first group - first of the firsts.  Also shortly after the sale to the Rothschilds in 1868, a famous auction of some of the chateau's wonderful old vintages was held.  This was a remarkable event, for the wines fetched hitherto unheard of prices - with the 1811, the great Comet vintage, commanding the highest price of all.  It was without doubt the greatest wine auction that had ever been seen up to that time.  Over the years to the Second World War various Rothschilds ran the chateau, but after the war it seemed that Lafite was just one of many jewels owned by the family - an interest and concern to be visited and supervised when necessary.  The period after 1945 was not one of neglect, but the property certainly did not get the care and attention that cousin Baron Philippe fostered on his beloved Mouton-Rothschild.  As a result many felt that Lafite gradually began to lose its place of preeminence during the postwar years and that the last great Lafite was produced in the 1959 vintage.  In fact, another vintage the equal of the 1959 was not seen for nearly two decades.  That was in 1975, the same year that year that the chateau hired a new winemaker, Jean Crete, formerly of Leoville Las Cases and also engaged the consulting services of Emile Peynaud, the famed University of Bordeaux enologist.  In 1977 a new generation Rothschild, Eric de Rothschild, arrived to oversee the property and become a hands-on proprietor.  The stage was set for Lafite's return to greatness, and the 1975 vintage proved that Lafite still had the stuff.


With nearly 200 acres under vines and an average annual production of 20,000 cases, Lafite is the largest of the first growths both in terms of area and production.  The vineyards lie on slopes in the northern end of the commune of Pauillac.  Across a meadow on its northern border lies the commune of St. Estèphe and the imposing Chinese Gothic architecture of Chateau Cos D'Estournel.  On the Pauillac side, Lafite adjoins Mouton at many points.  The chateau itself is a pleasing compendium of medieval turrets and seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings standing among a row of trees on a hill above the famous Routes des Chateaux.  The chaise (the cellars where the new wine is aged in barrels) are quite impressive, but even more awesome is the magnificent underground cellar where Lafite's unique collection of old wines goes back to the 1797 vintage.  If any one spot on earth is Mecca to the winelover, it is here at Lafite - the one place that connoisseurs the world over must visit once in their lifetime.


 


Older Vintages of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Available:


 


1957 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac (mid shoulder)

List Price: $1990.00    Your Price: $1751

Quantity in Stock: 1


(87 Points) Deeply colored, firm and tannic, very much alive and kicking, with meaty, minty cherry flavors and a sense of depth. Drink now through 1998.--Lafite Rothschild vertical. – Wine Spectator Issue: Nov 30, 1991


 


1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $3000.00          Sale Price: $2200.00

Quantity in Stock: 1


 


(99 Points) The 1959 is unquestionably the greatest Lafite-Rothschild that has approached full maturity. It remains to be seen whether vintages such as 1982, 1986, and 1990 will reach a similar height. The super-aromatic bouquet of flowers, black truffles, cedar, lead pencil, and red fruits is followed by one of the most powerful and concentrated Lafites I have tasted. Medium to full-bodied, velvety-textured, rich, and pure, it is a testament to what this great estate can achieve when it hits the mark. This youthful wine will last for another 30 or more years. Wine Advocate #95, Oct 1994


 


1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $5000.00    Sale Price: $3600.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


(94 Points) Tasted from magnum. A really good, suave example of Lafite from a vintage in which it often tastes harsh and unyielding with tannins. This bottle blends spicy, nutmeglike aromas with abundant fruit flavors and meaty undertones. It is plenty firm and tannic, but not overly so. The finish is exceptionally long, too.--1961 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now through 2010. – Wine Spectator ssue: Apr 30, 1996


 


1967 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

List Price: $295.00    Sale Price: $249.00

Quantity in Stock: 12


 


1970 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

List Price: $1500.00    Your Price: $1320

Quantity in Stock: 1


 


1970 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $1050.00          Sale Price: $875.00   

Quantity in Stock: 1


(89 Points) Pale garnet; cedary nose, with vanilla nuances; very concentrated; shows elegant, stylish cassis and tea flavors, but lacks the density and vigor of Mouton and Latour; also not up to the Imperial bottle tasted earlier. – Wine Spectator Issue: May 15, 1993


 


1971 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac OWC

List Price: $900.00    Sale Price: $750.00

Quantity in Stock: 12


 


1971 Chateau Lafite (STAINED LABEL)(SCUFFED LABELS)

List Price: $525.00    Sale Price: $450.00

Quantity in Stock: 4


 


1980 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $690.00    Your Price: $607.20

Quantity in Stock: 1


 


1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $3300.00    Your Price: $2904

Quantity in Stock: 1


(100 Points) The 1982 Lafite possesses a dark, dense ruby/purple color with only a subtle lightening at the rim. Spectacular aromatics offer jammy cherry and black fruits intertwined with lead pencil, mineral, and smoky wood scents. Powerful for a Lafite, this wine unfolds to reveal extraordinary richness, purity, and overall symmetry in addition to stunning flavor depth and persistence. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Plenty of tannin remains, and the wine displays a vibrancy and youthfulness that belie its 18 years of age. The modern day equivalent of Lafite-Rothschild's immortal 1959, the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2070. Wine Advocate # 129, June 2000


 


1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Paulllac

List Price: $3500.00    Sale Price: $2750.00

Quantity in Stock: 1


(99 Points) The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Wine Advocate # 95, Oct 1994


 


1988 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

List Price: $295.00    Your Price: $260

Quantity in Stock: 1


 


1989 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 3 Liter

List Price: $6750.00    Your Price: $5940

Quantity in Stock: 1


(93 Points) Subtle, yet rich and decadent, offering meat, sweet berry and fresh leather on the nose. Full and very soft, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. This has so much ripe fruit. Reserved and firm, this is turning to a very fine and shy Lafite. This is fresh and structured, but still holding back. I wouldn't wait, though.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. –JS Wine Spectator Issue: Web Only - 2010


 


1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

List Price: $3750.00    Sale Price: $3187.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


 


1994 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $900.00    Sale Price: $600.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


 


1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $1700.00    Your Price: $1496

Quantity in Stock: 2


(100 Points) Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage? Wine Advocate # 122, April 1999


 


1997 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

Price: $1200.00    Sale Price: $950.00

Quantity in Stock: 1


 


1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

List Price: $3750.00    Sale Price: $3187.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


 


2000 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac

List Price: $385.00    Sale Price: $342.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


(93 Points) Wonderfully ripe and decadent, with tobacco, meat and ripe berry aromas, with hints of currants. Full-bodied, and very velvety, with unctuous fruit flavors. Long and exotic aftertaste. Terrific wine. Best after 2010. 2,375 cases made. –JS Wine Spectator Issue: Mar 31, 2003


 


2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $3000.00    Sale Price: $2300.00

Quantity in Stock: 3


2000 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $2500.00          Sale Price: $2057.00   

Quantity in Stock: 3


(100 Points) Subtle aromas of currants, leather, tobacco and cedar. Classic cigar box nose, with fruit. Full-bodied, with an amazing texture of silky, ripe tannins. This wine completely coats your palate, but caresses it at the same time. This is the best young Lafite ever made. A triumph. Best after 2012. 18,000 cases made. –JS Wine Spectator Issue: Mar 31, 2003


 


2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Magnum

List Price: $2900.00    Sale Price: $2400.00

Quantity in Stock: 2


(100 Points) A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol – hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.


 


2004 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac

List Price: $1350.00    Sale Price: $950.00

Quantity in Stock: 1


(95 points) "This beautiful, stunningly dense purple-colored effort (includes about 90% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up precise notes of graphite, black cherries, cassis, scorched earth, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied with fabulous fruit, impressive richness, refreshing acidity, and sweet tannin, this beauty should be approachable in 4-5 years, and last for three decades. As Lafite Rothschilds go, this is somewhat of a sleeper vintage."  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate


 


2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Paulllac

List Price: $2000.00    Sale Price: $1450

Quantity in Stock: 4


(94-98) Made in an ethereal style, the 2005 Lafite is composed of nearly 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, just under 11% Merlot, and a tiny fraction of Petit Verdot (representing only 40% of the total harvest). It is a deep, structured, linear style of Lafite Rothschild that is in total contrast to the opulence and extravagant richness of the 2003 and the bold, dramatic power of the 2000. The dense ruby/plum/purple-tinged 2005 offers up scents of graphite, flowers, crushed rocks, and loads of berry fruit. Medium-bodied and sweet with high tannin, it represents the quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. Another brilliant effort made under the auspices of administrator Charles Chevalier, it should be at its finest between 2015-2050+. Wine Advocate # 170, April 2007


 


What I Drank Yesterday: Giscours, Du Tertre and Haut Bailly


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These three properties are incestuously attached as Alexander Van Beek is Director General of Giscours and Du Tertre and he is married to the woman that runs one of the cult wines of Pessac, Haut Baillly which at one time was sold for the same tariff as the first growths.


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2009 Le Haut de Giscours Haut Medoc   

Price: $37.50


A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot this is from the 60 hectares that are in the Haut Medoc where this wine comes from.  A good amount of currant and dark plum like fruit on the nose with fresh earth and coffee notes with fine herbs, nice complexity on the nose.  Smooth berry fruit on the tongue with nice concentration and balance very forward but has good freshness echoing the earthy spice notes through the finish.  Finish 35+         Very Good +     


 


2009 La Sirene de Giscours Margaux       

Price: $37.50


A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, they have been making this wine since 1995 when the new owners took over, this is a cuvee of some of the young vines and then some vats that do not make the cut for the 1st wine.  A good amount of toasty oak spice to the currant and cherry fruit, toffee and espresso notes.  Smooth and polished with silky tannins already drinking nicely for such a young wine but has the structure to last another decade, succulent ripe currant and plum like fruit.  Finish 40+           Excellent             


 


2005 La Serene de Giscours Margaux     

Price: $63


A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, spiced tobacco, fresh earth and currant and cherry fruit, nice evolution and coco notes on the nose.  A very fresh and bright wine on the palate with red currant and plum like fruit, tobacco spice and earthy tones through the finish, fine herbs, very smooth and has great freshness at the end.  Finish 40+ Very Good +     


 


2006 Chateau Giscours Margaux              

Price: $126


A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot, a good amount of herbs and fresh earth to the currant and plum like fruit on the nose, tobacco spice and fresh earth, the nose is already nicely evolved.  A good amount of fruit still here with some tannins still evident a bit dry on the finish with that tobacco spice and nuance from the nose through the finish.  Finish 40+ Excellent             


 


2004 Chateau Giscours Margaux              

Price: $142.50


A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Verdot, these are the four varietals, dried tobacco spice, coffee, pencil lead and fresh earth notes to the red currant berry fruit, a very classic vintage and somewhat over looked vintage.  Nice depth and richness on the palate still with some tannins showing dark currant berry fruit and that fresh earth and dried tobacco wrapper from the nose through the finish, distinct minerality/graphite showing on the finish, very fresh and long.  Finish 45+    Excellent +         


 


2006 Chateau Du Tertre Margaux             

Price: $82.5


They bought Du Tertre at the end of 2007, this Chateau is positioned on the highest peak in Margaux on pronounced gravelly soils, there is very little influence from the river so they have a lot of Cabernet Franc here.  This vintage is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.  Du Terte like Giscours, Gruaud Larose, Calon Segur and maybe one or two more all have the same vineyards as when they did when they were classified in 1855.  Classic bouquet of fresh earth gravelly minerality, dried tobacco spice, black olive notes, plum and cherry fruit.  Smooth and round on the palate with a nice balance and freshness to the finish, short finish but lovely nuance, fresh earth, coffee and tobacco spice.  Finish 35+              Excellent                      


 


2007 La Parde De Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan (500ml)     

Price: $37.50


This property used to be an insider wine for 60 years sold as at the same price as the first growths , only 30 hectares of vineyards and they only produce red wines.  The vineyards are on the highest peak of the Pessac Leognan appellation.  This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.  Coffee and light gravelly mineral like notes to the nose light red currant berry fruit, light and savory style with nice freshness with tobacco spice notes through the finish.  Finish 30+ Very Good         


 


2004 Chateau Haut Baillly Pessac Leognan            

Price: $195


This chateau was purchased by an American banker in 1998, there is one huge parcel of vineyard here that is blended together like a filed blend but the grapes are all picked at different times, it is the oldest vines on the property and always goes into the first wine .  A very fine and elegant wine on the tongue, with good structure and freshness currant and plum fruit with tobacco spice, espresso notes and dried herbs.  Finish 40+            Excellent +         


 


1999 Chateau Haut Bailly Pessac Leognan             

Price: $174


A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Old vines blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot.  Nice evolution on the nose here gravelly mineral notes to the currant and plum like fruit, a slight medicinal note/band aid  note but not off putting nicely balanced bouquet of aromas.  Very elegant and fine on the tongue drinking smooth with a good amount of that gravelly mineral notes through the finish.  Finish 40+ Excellent             


 


What I Drank Yesterday- M Chapoutier, Alderbrook and Terlato


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This is one of the first families of the Wine industry in the U.S. with imports like Santa Margherita, Gaja and Michele Chapoutier they have some of the best names in the wine world all over the globe as well as several of their own wineries like Chimney Rock, Sanford and many more.


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2011 M.Chapoutier La Ciboise Luberon

Price: $12


A blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne.  Nose of white flowers and lemon citrus green apple and chalky stone like mineral nuance to the bouquet, very fresh and clean.  Bright and clean on the tongue with a note of saltiness on the finish.  Finish 30+             Good +


 


2009 M. Chaputier Petite Ruche Crozes Hermitage          

Price: $22.50


100% Syrah , black raspberry fruit on the nose with notes of black pepper spice and pretty floral notes, light but balanced and pleasant.  A very refreshing style of Syrah with cherry raspberry fruit and some dry tannins on the finish, but nice balance overall with a hint of floral notes to the finish.  Finish 25+                Good    


 


2009 M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf Du Pape La Bernardine             

Price: $52.50


A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah this wine has a good amount of warm berry pie like fruit with notes of licorice spice and pretty fresh flowers.  A very pretty wine on the tongue with a nice spicy finish floral notes garrigue red berry fruit and lovely freshness through the finish.  Finish 45+                Excellent             


 


2009 Alderbrook Chardonnay Russian River        

Price: $15


A good amount of toasty oak spice to the nose with ripe tropical fruit apple and peach but a pronounced smoky note to the nose.  A nice amount of ripe tropical fruit on the tongue with that toasty oak spice showing on the finish.  Finish 35+          Very Good         


 


2009 Alderbrook Pinot Noir Russian River Valley               

Price: $22.50


Pretty red cherry berry fruit on the nose with notes of cola and flowers, simple but very pleasant.  A nice amount of red cherry berry fruit on the tongue with smooth silky tannins and a nice hand of spice on the finish.  Finish 35+          Very Good         


 


2010 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier Victoria       

Price: $19.50


This is a joint venture between the two Terlato and Chapoutier, some sourced fruit in the blend.   a very forward and enticing bouquet of dark plum and smoked meats on the nose black licorice spice and some pretty violet floral notes.  Smooth and silky on the tongue with a solid core of dark plum and blackberry fruit a nice hand of spice and smooth tannins lots of dark chocolate.  Finish 35+   Excellent            


 


2009 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Lieu dit Malakoff Shiraz Pyrenees   

Price: $45


This is a single vineyard wine that Terlato bought and called Michele on the phone and said I have a vineyard and I want you to make the wine.  Roasted coffee and dark plum and black licorice spice nice concentration of fruit and dark earth.  A good amount of plum and dark berry fruit with excellent freshness and a slight briny character to the finish, maybe a bit lean on the fruit but those that like Northern Rhone style will enjoy this, a touch of eucalyptus on the finish.  Finish 45+          Excellent +         


 


2010 M. Chapoutier Banyuls Rimage (500ml)      

Price: $22.50


Grapy sweet notes black licorice and fresh floral notes, this wine is 90% Grenache and other rhone varietals.  Fresh and fruit on the tongue with sweet grape like fruit and black licorice spice and nice floral notes good freshness.  Finish 35+        Very Good        


 


What I Drank Yesterday-  Lola and Bodegas Rancho



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Derek Beitler and Seth Cripe were in the store and I saw the first crown cap finished wines as well as human eating wines with this tasting.  These guys are polar opposites in their winemaking styles, Lola is more old world and lower alcohol and the Carne Humana wines are more fruity and new world in nature but both are making very good wines from purchased fruit.


 


NV Sap Ere Au De Sparkling wine             

Price: $NA


This wine is made from less ripe Lolo chardonnay fruit and riesling with a bit of orange muscat, small artisanal hand crafted charmat method sparkling from California.  Dare to think for yourself is what the name means, the wine is finished with a crown capsule, only 300 cases produced and a rose is coming at the end of the year.  A soda pop like sparkler with nice fresh apple fruit and a short but pleasant finish, notes of floral perfume and a hint of spice.  Finish 20+ Seth Cripe is the owner                 Very Fine                            


 


2011 Lola Dry Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands        

Price: $NA


Derek Beitler is the owner/winemaker.  From the Mer Soleil property, fresh apple and peach like fruit with orange blossom notes.  Low alcohol mouth puckering lean style, lime citrus orange peel notes with a fresh finish, notes of orange and wet stone like mineral very refreshing finish.  Finish 35+               Very Good                          


 


2011 Lola Chardonnay Sonoma Coast     

Price: $21


600 cases produced, he spent a lot of time in the Macon and that is what this wine is fashioned after, fermented in cement and aged in stainless 80%.  Lola is the name of a dog that they found in the vineyard.  A very focused bouquet of green apple and lemon citrus on the nose with lemon blossom very clean bouquet.  A bright and focused wine on the palate with green apple and lemon citrus with a nice touch of lightly toasted oak spice and steely mineral like component to the finish.  Finish 35+               Very Good +    


 


2011 Bodegas Rancho Viognier Santa Lucia Highlands     

Price: $28.25


Fermented in stainless steel drums, no ML, lean, low alcohol Viognier, a little grenache blanc in the blend.  White peach and lychee nut fruit with notes of perfumed floral highlights with a touch of white pepper spice, a very balanced bouquet of aromas floral but not overly so.  A savory style of Viogneir with excellent freshness peach and lychee fruit with just the right touch of perfume and spice to the finish, lovely freshness.  Finish 40+                Excellent             


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2010 Lola Pinot Noir Russian River            

Price: $25


This wine is made from purchased fruit the vineyards are right behind Martinelli winery, all clone 115, old world style, more acid.  Bright raspberry fruit with brown spices and dried floral notes, light smoky bacon fat not, nice complexity on the nose.  A very fresh and zesty style with raspberry and cranberry like fruit here, echoing the spice from the nose through the finish.  Finish 40+    Excellent           


 


2009 Bodega Rancho Syrah Thieriot Sonoma Coast          

Price: $42


Only 250 cases produced of this single vineyard wine, a cool climate area with a good amount of dark cherry and plum fruit, very pretty bouquet fresh flowers violet and some sweet balsamic like notes.  Ripe berry fruit with a nice savory edge to the wine on the finish, some very pretty floral and light spice on the finish.  Finish 35+              Very Good +     


 


2010 Carne Humana Red Blend  Napa    

Price: $37.50


Charlie Wagner's grandson is the man responsible for this blend of 30% petit verdot, 30% petit syrah, 5% syrah, 20% zinfandel, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 5% charbono, a very fruit forward wine with a mixture of black and red berry fruits, sweet tobacco spice and pretty floral notes very seductive bouquet.  Sweet cherry berry fruit on the tongue with ripe round tannins and nice freshness a sweet and fruity wine with hints of spice and floral notes, a real crowd pleaser style.  Finish 35+               Very Good  


 

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