Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2009

The tasting notes from Bordeaux

The two days we have visited four Chateaux and tasted some of the best wines in Bordeaux.
Find in this post my tasting notes.

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron
1. Les Tourelles de Longueville 2008 - good/very good
still purple colored, distinctive, structured, nice berry fruit, typical CS character.
(65% ME, 25% CS, 15% CF, pH 3.7, acid 3.44, 13,36 alc.)

2. Pichon 2008 - delicious
still purple, oak, very structured, very ripe smooth tannin, velvety, lingering, covers the palate.
(71% CS, 29% ME)

3. Pichon 2007 - very good/delicious
minty, eucalyptus with underlying meat flavors, very stuctured,, complex and lingering.
(74% CS, 26% ME, pH 3.84, acid 3.44, 13.12 alc.)

4. Pichon 2004 - delicious
sediment visible (but wine is filtered before bottling), orange rim, soft ripe tannin structure, dark berry mix on the nose with hint of cool flavors, lingering.
(65% CS, 30% ME, 5% CF, pH 3.7, acid 3.8, 13.3 alc.)

Cos d´Estournel
5. Pagodes de Cos 2008 - good/very good
eucalypt and hints of mint, still purple, structured with some green hints, bit abrupt finish.

6. Cos 2008 - extraordinary
purple hue, fruity berry nose, still very young, very structured but elegant, nice ripe tannins, extremely lingering, will improve with age.

7. Cos 2004 - delicious
ruby red color, very structured with ripe tannins, perfectly matured, very lingering.

8. Cos 2005 - extraordinary
fruity, Cassis, berries, super soft velvety tannins, very elegant, complex, multilayered, mouth filling and lingering. Just stunning!!

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac
9. Dourthe No.1 Sauvignon Blanc 2008 - good/very good
very reductive, some green hints, bell pepper and exotic fruits, good balance.

10. Grand Barrail 2005 - good
meaty, signs of overripeness, soft tannin structure, good length but a bit alcoholic on the finish.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild
11. Chateau d´Armailhac 2008 - very good
purple hue, CS typical fruit, some green hints, spicy, mocha, very structured, very young.
(54% CS, 29% ME, 15% CF, 2% PV, 25% new oak)

12. Chateau Clerc Milon 2008 - very good/delicious
color dense, purple hue, Cassis, berry fruit, spicy, very structured but soft tannins, lingering.
(42% CS, 40% ME, 16% CF, 2% PV)

13. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2008 - extraordinary
extremely color dense, purple hue, oak prominent, vanilla, mocha, coffee, very structured but soft ripe tannin, very young, extremely lingering. Blockbuster wine!
(83% CS, 17% ME, pH 3,7 - 3,8, 13.2 alc. 100% new oak, 140€ en primeur for 2008)

As we spent nearly all our money to taste and buy wine, we had to cut our expenses on food. With our room picnics we had ...

14. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte - delicious
very color dense, mocha and chocolate on the nose, oak still prominent, very structured, complex and lingering.


  1. Hey Franz.
    Very nice pictures, i have to say i am a bit jealous.
    Maybe you can show me some more, when you are back in austria. And we can talk a little bit about your impressions from bordeaux. Would be nice. CU

  2. No problem at all. Will call when I am back tomorrow.

  3. I'm on holiday til 10th august. I will call you when I'am back.