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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Thursday
Apr082010

Trey's Blog: The Final Days of 2009 Bordeaux En Primeur

Friday, April 2nd  and Saturday, April 3rd

The last few days were loaded with négociant tastings and many, many wines. We did have three final appointments on Friday that are worth mentioning.

Haut-Brion

This is always a great tasting, not only to get a chance to taste Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion side by side, but it is also a rare opportunity to taste the Haut Brion Blanc. After it is bottled, few will get to try it at the price it fetches.

2009 La Mission Haut-Brion– Showed firm tannins, rich middle, seemed a bit disjointed but we could tell the wine is there.

2009 Haut-Brion – Alex loved this wine! Intense, concentrated and very powerful, this could be the most powerful wine of the trip. It had a firm edge to it. Fruit was a bit closed in the middle.

2009 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc – Formerly Laville Haut-Brion Blanc. This was the first time I saw the new label. A very crisp, bright, high acid style—far less rich than Haut-Brion but still very clean and fresh.

2009 Haut Brion Blanc – Always an amazing wine.  It is hard to believe the depth, richness and density this white wine has. It shows layers and layers of complexity and fruit. It borders being over the top, but the acidity and structure keep it all together. Amazing wine!

The K&L Team with the beautiful Veronique Sanders of Haut-BaillyHaut-Bailly

The 2009 Haut-Bailly showed well. The fruit is ripe, rich and concentrated while the tannins are firm. Great mid palate fruit! Always a favorite at K&L, this will be a wine to buy if priced right.

Smith Haut Lafitte

Two of the most successful wines in Pessac were made here in 2009. Both the red and the white impressed us at the UGC tastings and at the Château.

2009 Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge – Dark, rich color, hints of chocolate, cedar and minerals, loads of fruit and big ripe tannins. Velvety mid texture with good acidity to hold it.

2009 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc – Creamy, lush and juicy, this wine shows a voluptuous texture and a racy finish. Delicious!

Trey Beffa



Tuesday
Apr062010

Trey's Blog: Day Six in Bordeaux

Wednesday, March 31st

9 a.m. – Château d’Angludet

An early start this morning. We meet James Sichel to taste through about 25 samples before the d’Angludet wines. We tasted 2003 through 2006 as well as the 2009. All of the wines showed well, but the 2009 really showed the quality of the vintage. Its flavors were similar to the older vintages, but the fruit was ripe, clean and fresh. Like many 2009s the purity of fruit and balance was on another level.

The 2009 Malescot-St-Exupery

10 a.m. – Châteaux Malescot-St-Exupéry

We had already heard the buzz about this wine before we arrived. The Wine Spectator scored it very high, and many others have mentioned this wine as an outstanding effort. For us, the 2009 lived up to the hype. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot. It showed a plush, rich, velvety texture, was thick and rich in the mouth and balanced by racy acidity, ripe ultra sweet-tannins and a spicy mineral driven finish. Killer wine!

10:30 a.m. – UGC Margaux

Here we tasted about 25 or so wines from the appellation. There were some outstanding wines, and then there were some wines that were just good. Overall the quality was high. We had our doubts as we heard from many that the Cabernet did better than the Merlot in 2009. But it seems that the wines from Margaux, even with high percentages of Merlot, showed great. Our favorites included the Cantenac Brown, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, Marquis de Terme and Rauzan-Segla. 

Noon – Camensac tasting and lunch

Along with the 2009 Camensac and the 2009 Chasse-Spleen, we tasted a vertical of Camensac starting with the 1999 and finishing with the 2008. The tasting was very interesting. For me, the best wines were the 2009, 2005 and the 2000, but that is probably obvious. The surprises were that the 1999 and the 2001 were both drinking very well. The 1999 had the most developed flavors and aromas. While the ’01 is probably a better wine, the 1999 would be the wine I would choose to drink now.

At lunch we were served the 2001 Camensac again. It was served blind and none of our wine professionals guessed it. The difference was that this bottle was decanted for about an hour beforehand. It was delicious and showed way more fruit than the earlier bottle. The next blind wine turned out to be the 1989 Chasse-Spleen. Both Ralph and Alex got this wine. It was very mature in the nose and showed very ripe, sweet fruit with hints of leather and tar. It was definitely from a hot vintage. The last wine served blind was not guessed by anyone. It was 1971 Chasse-Spleen. It was the third 1971 we tasted this trip—a new record! It was still alive and showed surprisingly well.

3 p.m. – UGC Graves/Pessac

It was a long drive from Camensac down to Pessac, and both the drive and the tasting proved to be among the toughest. The wines in this region showed more rough tannins than in the Médoc. That said, the weather was not good, and many people said that the low pressure was firming up the wines, which are very sensitive when they are this young. There were however a few wines that shined! These included the Smith Haut Lafitte (it may be their best wine ever), Marlartic-Lagravière, Carbonnieux and Haut-Bailly.

5 p.m. – Tasting at a négociants office

7 p.m. Dinner and tasting at Château Lascombes

We finally hit the wall! We were definitely on the quiet side at this dinner. Not even the the 1959 Lascombes out of Magnum could liven us up. We went back to our hotel early (10:30 p.m.). We’ve got the Right Bank tomorrow!

Trey Beffa