Château Sénéjac, 2007

Château Sénéjac, 2007
Monsieur ‘Blanc’ of The Lion in Teddington gave me a quizzical look when I discussed ordering the 2007 Sénéjac, as we both knew the Bordeaux 2007 vintage didn’t have the greatest reputation, and I’m sure he was wondering in the back of his French mind if I really knew anything about wine at all. “I ...

Château La Grande Maye, 2003

Château La Grande Maye, 2003
I was given this bottle last Christmas by Chef Barrie and although I was interested to see what he saw in it, (not only because he had raved about it previously, but because he thought it was good enough to give to me!!) I’ve never been that excited by lesser Bordeaux appellations, particularly in the ...

Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004 2

Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004
I bought, and shared, a case of this en-primeur with a friend of mine back in 2005, on the recommendation of his (French) wine merchant. The promise of something made from 150 year old vines with a decent Parker review that didn’t cost too much proved more than tempting. I have to say though that ...

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004
Les Tourelles de Longeville is the second wine of the 2ème cru classé Château Pichon Longueville Baron, once part of a larger estate that was divided in 1850 by Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville, hence the presence of the separate but similarly named Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, also a 2ème cru classé. The Baron ...

Chàteau La Louvière, 1999

Chàteau La Louvière, 1999
I don’t know why I bought this wine.  I know I bought a few vintages of it in France during their annual autumn Foire aux Vins several years ago – which means it was probably a bargain. Outside of that I don’t know what my buying decision was since I don’t really know anything about ...

Château Talbot, 2001

Château Talbot, 2001
The very first (and last!) time I tried a Château Talbot was very early on in my wine education, a 1983, and I remember thinking “really, that’s IT??” The same to a lesser degree with a 1981 La Mission Haut Brion. Partly due to my lack of experience, but also probably because both were weak ...

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009

Château Gapbern Gasqueton, 2009
I swear I remember Jancis Robinson raving at how good quality this wine was in her en-primeur tasting notes, even possibly as a wine of the week? It was such a huge underrated bargain she even revealed that she bought some herself. Since reading the review I’ve kept a curious eye out for it, even if ...

Château Moulinet, 2004

Château Moulinet, 2004
Tobacco nose with a little juicy dark cherry fruit but a definate Bordeaux giveaway aroma. Unique tobacco chocolate to taste! Dry, dry tannins on a medium finish. Definately ready. Share this:FacebookTwitter

Château de Pez, 2002

Château de Pez, 2002
Tested alongside Ch Les Ormes de Pez, the only similarity as far as I can workout, apart from the name, is that they’re from vineyards around the Pez hamlet in St Estèphe, being owned and made completely independently. The most obvious difference was that this had much more silky fruit obvious just from the nose, ...

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1995
Light bodied, harsh and almost sour on first opening. However it did mellow after being double decanted back into the bottle and allowed to sit for about 4 hours. However nothing can change its inherent light body and slight fruit, but it was a nicely integrated bottle only showing a small amount of age considering ...
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