Bordeaux Whites/Reds/Sauternes

27 Nov Bordeaux Whites/Reds/Sauternes

This very special collection of Bordeaux represents highlights from banks left and right, including delicious dry whites, dry reds, and a few incredible Sauternes for dessert. The list also includes a few library releases with a decade or more of age, and they are drinking perfectly right now.

Dry Whites:

2016 Clos des Lunes “Lune d’Argent” Grand Vin Blanc Sec, Bordeaux
On Sale $17.99
The acidity in this really gives verve and intensity to the wine. Lemon and salt character already. Full yet vivid. Exciting. Great value. Drink or hold.
93 Points, James Suckling

2013 Clos Marsalette Blanc, Pessac-Leognan
On Sale $29.99
Ripe yellow fruits with a buttery character coming from the new oak. Full body with clean texture showing honeysuckle, acacia flower and passion fruit notes on the palate. The finish is long and stony. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling

2014 Chateau Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classe de Graves, Pessac Leognan
On Sale $36.99
Aromas of cooked apples, lemons and stones. Full body, tangy acidity and a grapefruit aftertaste. Lively and fresh.
92 Points, James Suckling

Dry Reds:

2010 Prieur de Meyney, St Estephe
On Sale $36.99
Lots of ripe strawberries, with juicy orange and chalky mineral notes. Sweet red fruit on the palate with a juicy acidity and fine ripe tannins. Medium-full body and a pleasant medium-long finish with nice red fruit. Elegant, but a bit linear. Second wine of Prieur de Meyney. Drink now-2017.
89 Points, James Suckling

2009 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
On Sale $104.99
Sweet berry and sweet tobacco with chocolate and orange peel on the nose. Full and velvety tannins and long finish. Gorgeous. Creamy texture.
94 Points, James Suckling

2005 Chateau Beausejour St Emilion Grand Cru
On Sale $109.99
Saturated ruby color. Extravagant aromas of blueberry jam, kirsch, roast coffee and sexy oak; slightly liqueur-like in its huge ripeness (this is reportedly just over 14% alcohol). Wonderfully dense, sweet and powerful, but excellent acidity gives definition to the primary black fruit, earth and mineral flavors. Today the wine’s strong acids and huge tannins have not yet come into harmony, but this is a hugely endowed young wine with an extraordinarily creamy middle and great palate-saturating breadth on the back. A great vintage in the making for this property.
92-95 Points, Stephen Tanzer
Also 92-94 Points, Wine Spectator

Sauternes:

1988 Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes
On Sale $79.99 (750ml)
Gold color. Loads of dried pineapple and apple, with honey and melons as well on the nose. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with lots of dried fruits on the palate. Long and lively. Almost exotic.-’88/’98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now.
92 Points, the Wine Spectator

1996 Chateau Rieussec Sauternes
On Sale $79.99 (750ml)
Straw-gold. Marzipan, honey and toasted hazelnut on the nose. Moderately viscous and currently rather oaky. Has an impressively chewy texture but is not yet displaying its personality. Finishes with some youthful harshness. The ’97 is at once stronger and finer.
90 Points, Stephen Tanzer

2013 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes
On Sale $39.99 (375ml)
Extremely intense aromas of dried mushroom, flower petal with pineapples and apricots. Full body, medium sweet and a fantastic intensity of botrytis. Very structured and rich. A classic styled Sauternes. Better in 2018.
95 points, James Suckling