Someone's gotta do it...
We believe in living life to the fullest, so from time to time we find that it is appropriate to start off our day with world class claret. Today, we opened four bottles of 2009 Bordeaux and one bottle of 2011 Bordeaux Rosé. We won’t apologize for it; however, we strongly suggest that you start off your day with world class claret sometime soon.
Since we were tasting these lovely wines anyway, we decided to jot down some notes and share them with you.
FYI: These wines are open right now, from 12-3 pm on 09/08/12 at Kahn's North Willow, so please come in and have a taste.
LE ROSÉ DE PHÉLAN SÉGUR 2011
Phil: Bright reddish pink color. Crisp and clean floral aromas with undertones of strawberry and cherry. Well-structured palate with cherry and underlying citrus. 90 pts.
Shilpa: Ripe strawberries on the nose and a palate of fruit smoothie, banana, kiwi and high, mouth-watering acidity. Refreshing and fruity. 90 pts.
Todd: Carbonic maceration-like nose filled with banana, cherry and strawberry. The palate is fruity, and crisp. 88 pts
MALORMÉ CUVÉE ADÈLE DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR 2009
Phil: Classic Bordeaux nose—quite expressive for a young wine. Currants and dark berries with some undertones of leather. Medium-bodied palate, somewhat lacking in fruit expression. Tannins not harsh, but not integrated—still berry and currant fruit with a hint of bell pepper mid-palate. 87 pts.
Shilpa: Light berries on the nose. Thin, with cherry, berry, then tannin. 85 pts.
Todd: Weedy, herby (thyme?) nose with pipe tobacco, cherry and soft round spiced cherry and black currant notes. Pretty good for the money. 87 pts.
L’ESTANG, CASTILLON-CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2009
Phil: Very shy, with a hint of red fruit with some glycerol notes. Red berries on the palate with balanced acidity and slight tannins. Pleasant early drinker. 86 pts.
Shilpa: Dense crushed blackberry nose (humid/sticky) Medium acidity and tannin with blueberry flavors that drop off and are replaced by tannin. 92 pts.
Todd: A cooling minty, menthol sensation on the nose. High acid, ripe tannin with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and a whiff of leather. 87 pts.
MOULIN HAUT-LAROQUE, FRONSAC 2009
Phil: Darky ruby colored with good density. Expressive with a classic nose of dark berry and currant. This is a very pure expression of young Bordeaux with a long finish and well-integrated flavors. Maybe 5 years to peak. 91 pts.
Shilpa: Spicy, pepper, thyme, and big-time mint. Refreshing palate of mint, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. 93 pts.
Todd: Gorgeous color. Serious aromas of crushed earth and rose petals leap from the glass. Huge, spicy cherry flavors with suggestions of tree bark, potting soil and mint. Wonderfully complex with currants and focused red berry fruits. A beauty. 91 pts.
CLOS LUNELLES, CASTILLON-CÔTES DE BORDEAUX 2009
Phil: Dark ruby colored, with excellent density. A bit shy, with inviting berry with a hint of straw and slight dustiness, some secondary spice and eucalyptus. Tannins to the forefront with a sweet, dark berry core. Still needs time. Best in 10 years 90 pts.
Shilpa: Dense crushed blueberry and blackberry, freshly picked mint and tilled soil. Dark chocolate covered blackberries and tannic structure like the blueprints to the Empire State building. 94 pts.
Todd: Inky. Fleshy and certainly some oak on the nose. Lots of complexity here with savory and roasted meat notes, crushed mineral, earth, tobacco and cigar aromas. Big fruits of cherry, black raspberry, currants and chalk with great acid and the tannin to let this bad boy age gracefully for 10-15 years. 91+ pts.
That’s all, folks. We certainly invite you to come in and join us today. These wines were tasted at Kahn’s Fine Wines North Willow. All of our stores have Bordeaux open, but they might not have these.