So far the wines have very expressive aromas and tons of fruit up front with lots of tannin and acid and fruit on the palate. Alcohol levels are very high but wines do not show it. The combination of high tannin and high acid make for dry sensation on the palate. Tannins are integrated. Pichon-Baron and Petit Village were great. Petit Village, Pomerol Their best in long time. 75% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc, very high cabernet sauvignon content. Spicy, clove-like aromas with some allspice notes. A touch of chocolate on palate. Tons of fruit. Very bright and lively. A touch tough at back. *1/2 Pibran, Pauillac 65% cabernet sauvignon and 35% merlot. Cabernet did better here, and they used a lot in the final blend. Very expressive nose of black raspberry with cranberry undertones some orange zest on palate. A touch rustic, but should be a value. Pichon-Baron, Pauillac 64% cabernet sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc, 33% merlot. 13.6 alcohol and low pH of 3.7-means high acid. You do not taste the alcohol because of massive fruit, acid and tannin content. Very spicy aromas of red fruits and cassis-some cranberry notes. Deep color and very sweet entry to palate. Some dry tannins at back but they are integrated. Tobacco notes. Rich, lingering finish. ** S de Suduiraut, Dry White Bordeaux Had a wonderful spicy pear aroma that followed to the palate. Very rich wine with sweet tart flavors and lingering finish. Quite deep. 70% sauvignon blanc and 30% semillon. Suduiraut, Sauternes Otherworldly and delicious already. 90% semillon and 10% sauvignon blanc. Coconut and honey and pineapple aromas. Unctuous on the palate. Tons of balancing acid to go with the fruit. Creamy rich mid palate. A complete wine that is wonderful already. -Clyde Beffa
Met Jean Michel Cazes and Sylvie Cazes at Lynch Bages at 7:45 am and went to their new bistro "Lavinal" in the village of Bages (which the Cazes family owns. In fact, they own the town and are fixing it up to accomodate guests and locals alike). Lavinal is a great looking place-like Paris bistro. It has been open one week-and they have a cooking school above the bistro. To Cos d'Estournel for lunch-with Fieuzal Blanc 1992 with the fine lotte (monkfish) main course and 1982 Cos with the cheese. Also had dessert of berries in a light sauce (aka fruit cocktail sauce) and a bit of discussion about the trade in Bordeaux and the role of the negociant and courtier in modern Bordeaux wine sales. Off to Pichon-Lanade and Latour... Easy day so far! -Clyde Beffa
Dinner at Pichon Baron Monday April 3, 2006 at Pichon Baron As usual great dinner with: 1993 Larent Perrier Brut 1989 Suduiraut with the foie gras course-went well but a bit too rich 1986 Pichon Baron 3L-wow a super vintage 1982 Pichon Baron 3L-great and coming on strong but I preferred the 1986 1955 Pichon Baron-superb and ready-starting to decline 1982 Suduiraut-would have been great with foie gras but still fine with cheese 1967 Quinta do Noval National port-elegant A fine evening-Steve is in 7th heaven!
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