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Some of Our Favorite Bordeaux

There were few surprises last week. The  Chateau de Ribebon, was voted  Best Value, largely for its low price and affable fruit.
March 20, 2019


People then split in their evaluations, kudos for the smooth more elegant wine, the 2010 Moulin de la Lagune. The 2015 Ch de Malleret, also an Haut Medoc, got an honorable mention for its value for the money.  

Those who wanted a heartier, more robust wine favored the rich oak and fruit of the Ch Tour St. Cristophe, a st. Emilion Grand Cru. The 2014 Puy Blanquet  showed as strong but with  a denser   and more focused leanear thrust from  its tannins. It was more divisive. Some loved it for its drive and power; others loved it the less, a matter of taste.

The other St. Emilion, 2015 Ch. La Caze Bellevue was thought a nicely pretty wine and good value at $20



2015 Ch de Ribebon (Bordeaux Superieur); Aroma: very fragrant very rich, heady, rather deep; Mouth: clean smooth, rather bright pretty, sweet fruit forward rather forward very nice balance between fruit and fine acid, long fine tannins, very nice structure and balance; Very Good Plus 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

Left Bank

2015 Ch de Malleret (Haut Medoc); Aroma: reserved, rather dense, bright pretty rather dense; Mouth: smooth sweet rather pretty fine acid clean elegant, lightish fine acidity, pure; Very Good Plus29.99; Mixed Case, 26.99; Case, 25.49

2010 Moulin de La Lagune (Haut Medoc); Color: very dark; Aroma: reserved, heady very dense light; Mouth: clean lightly smooth, thickish texture , nice balancing acid, elegant smooth mid bodied, long; Very Good-Excellent 40; Mixed Case, 36; Case, 34

Right Bank

2015 Ch. La Caze Bellevue (St. Emilion); Aroma: elegant very pretty fresh, fresh rather clean; Mouth: smooth very pretty nice delineation, sweet acid, clean, elegant, lighter bodied; Very Good Plus19.99; Mixed Case, 17.99; Case, 16.99

2014 Ch. Puy Blanquet (St. Emilion Grand Cru); Color: very dark black, rich; Aroma: reserved nutty, rather dense, heady, bright acid firm; Mouth: smooth bright acid , nutty clean finely wrought, fine tannins, long; Very Good Plus 25.99; Mixed Case, 23.39; Case, 22.09

2015 Ch Tour St. Christophe (St. Emilion Grand Cru); Aroma: very oaky very rich, lean mineral; Mouth: juicy bright sweet acid rich, extracted, fine tannins, very juicy, very dense sweet more linear, bright; Very Good-Excellent 49; Mixed Case, 44.1; Case, 41.65


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