Left Bank, Right Bank, all-around Bordeaux, we've got you covered with this sampler, each from a different part Bordeaux. From the Left Bank (e.g., Médoc, Graves), the wines are made from the more classically structured Cabernet Sauvignon; those from the Right Bank rely more heavily on the upfront, juicier fruit of Merlot. Since the petit châteaux of Bordeaux may well represent, collectively, the best red wine bargains in the entire world, you win on both sides of the river with this stylish sampler.The 6 Bottle Sampler comes in a handy, reusable container with one bottle each of the following wines:Haut Pommarede 2010 (Graves)La Maroutine 2010 (Bordeaux)David Beaulieu 2010 (Bordeaux Superieur)Leotins 2010 (Bordeaux)Du Corneau 2010 (Medoc)Lafont Fourcat 2012 (Bordeaux)
Beautiful golden-yellow colour. Concentrated, very attractive bouquet of ripe fruit, stewed fruit, and vanilla biscuits. Round, very sweet, and well-balanced on the palate. Plenty of volume and a suave quality marvellously underpinned by acidity. The fruity, spicy, mentholated nuances are accompanied by a really beautiful smooth, elegant texture. While this vintage had low yields, the quality perfectly reflects the drastic selection made during picking and blending.
"Performing well from bottle, Chateau Margaux's 2001, which is somewhat reminiscent of both the 1985 and 1999, is an elegant, seamlessly constructed effort with a deep ruby/purple color, and a beautiful nose of flowers, creme de cassis, blackberries, and cedar. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, this forward, opulent beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. This is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage."
This is very sweet and rich on the nose, with toffee, honey and spices. Full-bodied, and thick honey. Spice, dried apricot and syrup flavors. Lasts for minutes on the palate. Big botrytis bomb. Love it. Best after 2010.
The solidly made 2003 Leoville Las-Cases (13.2% alcohol) is a blend of 70.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.2% Merlot, and 12.6% Cabernet Franc. In this incredibly hot vintage, the alcohol is slightly lower than achieved in 2002, a cool-climate year. While not a profound example of Las-Cases, the 2003 is muscular, deep, and full-bodied with an impressive ruby/purple color, a tight but juicy bouquet of vanilla, black cherries, crushed rocks, and flowers, a sweet attack, and moderately high tannin. Backward and fresh, displaying impeccable delineation and purity, it can be enjoyed between 2012-2023. 93+