For the more sophisticated palate, the 1989 Château Siran, Margaux (1.5L $139.99) is your wine. Starting to show the elegance of a well aged wine but still very youthful, you’ll find good berry notes, tobacco leaf, orange peel, as well as a leather character on the finish. I think it still has cellaring potential, but don’t be afraid to open it tonight. Decant! Another way to go for this festive month is with the very lively 2003 vintage. Starting the line up is the 2003 St. Paul, Haut-Médoc ($10.99), a value-packed cru bourgeois. This well structured wine offers notes of berry and vanilla. Enjoy today and for next few years. The 2003 La Gatte, Bordeaux ($10.99) is an other bargain wine from 2003. Great cherry fruit, just a bit of spice from the oak and a beautiful texture makes this a great pick for any BBQ this summer. Back in stock! Don’t miss it this time! The 2003 Château Saransot-Dupre, Listrac ($18.99) offers an explosion of cassis on the nose with a hints of spice. On the palate this wine has supple tannins that make it approachable today. Enjoy now with grilled meat or cellar. 56% merlot, 24% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, 3% petit verdot and 2% carmenere. This last selection this month is a personal favorite and one of the best second wines: the 2003 Bahans de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan ($41.99). It has very elegant fruit, raspberry, blackberry, cassis, sweet cherry, tabacco leaf and chocolate on the nose. It’s still restrained but opens with decanting and has a clean mineral finish that lasts forever. —Alexandre Brisoux
Let’s take a step back from the 2003 and 2005 Bordeaux wines and look at a few of my favorites for more current enjoyment. 2000 Château Greysac, Médoc ($16.99) One of our old favorites has modernized a bit and the resulting wine is outstanding with a sweet and lush texture. Plenty of richness and flavor and 89 points from the Wine Spectator. Can’t go wrong. Decant one hour. 1999 Château Lalande Borie, St-Julien ($17.99) 65% cabernet, 25% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. Elegant, perfect drinking right now. Plenty of flavor and pleasure for not too much money. 2000 Château Phelan Segur, St-Estèphe ($26.99) Here is a great bargain from a very fine vintage and one of our favorite properties. And you can enjoy this wine in the next few years. Tons of ripe fruit flavors and lingering finish. Great barbecue wine. 1996 Les Pagodes de Cos d’Estournel, St-Estèphe ($29.99) This is a great value visa a vis the latest price for their 2005. Remember that 1996 Cos was one of the best wines of the vintage and we sold 200 cases at $139.00 per bottle. This wine has the structure and depth to cellar well and can be enjoyed now with 2 hr decanting. 1998 Château Malescot-St-Exupery, Margaux ($39.99) I have always loved the wines from this property, but rarely carried them because they had an exclusive arrangement with a large distributor. The property has wonderful terroir and have always been fairly priced. This 1998, while needing some cellar time, shows tons of ripe fruit and a seductive aroma of toasted oak and cassis.
Make your reservations now for Saturday September 9, and join co-owner James Sichel and K&L for a great dinner featuring the wines of Château d’Angludet, one of our favorite châteaux. Wines from 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 will be poured as well as a couple of older vintages. This dinner will be held at the outstanding Spago Restaurant in Palo Alto. Reception at 6:30 and dinner at 7:15. Only sixty seats available. Casual elegance is the dress code.
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