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Over 350 Grand Cru Bordeaux Wines Tasted and the Winners are:
Station Plaza Wine just got back from Bordeaux and tasted over 350 Classified wines. We had dinner and lunch at Vineyards and visited several wine estates. I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’ll list the wine that we are taking in the shop and talk a bit about the vineyard. The winemakers have also promised when they make it to NY they will stop in and do a customer tasting at the Station Plaza Tasting Bar. (sign up for our newsletter to keep informed about our events and specials)
1) Chateau Clerc Milon – We tasted the 2007 and the 2005, these wines were amazing! We took the 2004, 2005 into the shop as well as a 2006 6 Liter (aka Imperial size)
The wine is rated a 5th Growth in the 1855 Classification. Baron Philippe de Rothschild purchased this estate in 1970 for the paltry sum of one million francs after the property fell into disarray. He spent lots of money fixing up the property and now the wine ROCKS!
The little village of Milon is situated near Chateau Lafite, but vineyards of Clerc-Milon themselves are is situated in the northernmost part of the Pauillac appellation, closer to Mousset. Here Baroness Philippine de Rothschild – Baron Philippe’s daughter – can oversee activity at Clerc-Milon, Mouton-Rothschild and d’Armailhac, whilst keeping up to date with progress at her other interests in Chile (Almaviva) and California (Opus One), as well as the branded side of the business – such as the infamous Mouton Cadet. They produce about 14000 cases per annum, the label of which depicts a pair of dancing clowns made from precious stones, a facsimile of a 16th century piece currently housed in the Museum of Wine in Art at Mouton-Rothschild. There is no second wine.
2) Chateau Clinet, Pomerol – This is not a Classified Estate but the wines ROCK! We visited the estate and met with Ronan Laborde the CEO and tasted a flight from 2001 – 2007. Very, very impressive! This was one of the first wines we took into the shop upon returning to the States and will most likely be a staple for a very long time. I’m already dreaming of paring dinners at our home and who to invite. – You’ve gotta see the videos of Ronan describing the vineyard and the winemaking process, what a charismatic fellow with charm and enthusiasm for the process and the end product. Thats what it’s all about!
They produce about 3,000 cases and in 1989 received 100 points from Robert Parker.
3,4 and 5) The De Fieuzal 1999 Blanc was AMAZING, unfortunately I have not been able to locate any just yet to take in to the store. But man, was I surprised by a 10+ year old white. I literally could not get over it. Then came the best white I have ever tasted, a 1989 Saduiraut Sauturn ( a sweet desert wine) that we took into the shop faster than you can say caramel, honey, apricot and lemon explosion. At $50 a half bottle it’s worth every drop.
Lastly I’ll just say that I have a new found appreciation for aged Bordeaux’s. Time really does make a difference with these wines. We saw it over and over in vertical tastings ( tastings of several vintages). It was basically true without exception the older the wine the better.
I’ll have a lot more to follow, including several more winemaker videos and tasting notes.
My wine ratings are (OK, Liked it, Really Liked it, Loved it and OMG Amazing) Lucky you, wine enthusiasts’ we just returned from tasting well over 300 wines in Bordeaux at a Grand Cru tasting. We found some real winners. Below is the schedule of events, I’ll follow it up with a play by play with vineyard and winemaker videos and photos. I’ll do one at a time so not to bombard you. If you want to jump ahead and watch the videos you can check out our Channel on YouTube, but the videos will not have the complete write up just yet. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7tuLCusMF4
We landed in Paris and hit the town, having dinner at Roland Durand’s Passiflore, restaurantpassiflore.com and enjoyed a Rosé wine. Roland came out to greet us and we asked for him to choose for us. The dinner rocked. One thing that stood out in Paris was a very small grocery store sort of like a bodega that had 15 Rose wines, that’s more than most wine shops in NY. People were enjoying Rose wine all over Paris. Then we worked our way over to Le Dokhan’s, which has the 1st Champagne bar in Paris. They specialize in small production Champagnes (Like
Then it was off to Bordeaux, landing Friday in what is now one of our favorite Cities in the World, right next to Firenze, Italy. We signed up for a tour with the help of Refined Journeys in Bronxville and the first stop was a dinner at Peche where we tasted some great wines to start out the weekend. They opened the dinner w/ Amuse bouche (which are chefs choice appetizers that are not on the menu) And a Cremant de Bordeaux, Paulian (OK) Next was shellfish and Chateau La Brulleau, 2005 Pessac Leognan (Liked it) Then Foie gras… with a Chateau Le Bruilleau 2005 Pessac Leognan (Liked it) Next was filet of Beef at low temperature with veal juice… Served with Chateau Saint Pierre 2001, St. julien 2001 (Loved it) and Chateau Beau Sejour 2004, St. Emilion (Liked it). Dessert was served with a Chateau Fayau 2005, Cadillac (sweet wine) (Loved it). Saturday was the Grand Cru Tasting with over 300 wines. We gave it a good shot and have some “must try” wines that we’ll share with you.
Saturday night was off tohttp://www.pichonlongueville.com/#/en/saisons/ Chateau Pichon Longueville in Paullac for a Chateau Tasting Dinner. They started with a, get this: 2001 Sautern from Sigalas Ribaud (Really Liked it) along with sweet and spicey bread with blue cheese. It was an amazing pairing, something I plan on doing soon. The wine line up was: 2007 Latour Martillac (OK) 2004 Chateau Petit Village (Liked it) 2001 Magnum of Ch Latour Martillac (Liked it) 1998 Troplong Mandot (Loved it) 2000 Ch Pichol Longueville in a Magnum (Loved it) Then they closed with a 1998 Chateau Saduiraut Sautern (Loved it) We got home from Pullac at 1:30 am after the feast. Sunday’s tour started at 9:30. It was off to 3 vineyards and a lunch at one. (Videos, photos and write ups to follow) Chin Chin Kevin