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Blind Tasting of 1999 & 2000 Bordeaux

2009 March 19

20090495Last night, Sheri and I went to a coworker’s house for a blind tasting of 1999 and 2000 Bordeaux. It was our first time with this group but we were happy to find out that they have a very similar format as our wine club so we felt comfortable with how they ran things.

The wines we tasted ranged in price from $28 to $42. Three were from St. Emilion and two from Médoc. Two were 1999 and three were 2000 vintage. We were invited to try and guess which came from where and which vintage year they were. I’m horrible at this kind of wine guessing unless I’ve had the wine many times before. I’ve never tasted any of these wines so I didn’t have the slightest clue. The only thing I knew was that wine from St. Emilion was more robust than the more delicate wines from Médoc but even with this knowledge, it was hard to tell the differences. I could blame my lingering sinus congestion but I don’t think it would have made a difference.

20090494We started off the evening with an aperitif of 2007 Chateau Jean Des Graves Graves Bordeaux Blanc. Light and refreshing with a nice green apple flavor.

In the end, I had a definite favorite and one I liked least. The rest were really just a toss up since they were all very good. Quite a departure from the horrible Bordeaux we opened the night before. Here were the result from the group:

  1. 1999 Château Moulin Saint Georges St. Emilion Grand Cru ($42)
    Smokey, dried cherry and vanilla. Good acidity and slightly tannic.
  2. 2000 Château Brillette Moulis En Medoc Cru Bourgeois ($38)
    Meaty, lighter body than the others with black fruit and cherry. Smooth balanced acidity and long finish.
  3. 1999 Château La Couspaude St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé ($28 my No. 1)
    Meaty with dried cherry and tobacco. Very smooth and nicely balanced acidity and tannins with a long finish.
  4. 2000 Château Latour Carnet Haut-Médoc Grand Cru Classé ($42)
    Cocoa, blueberry with raspberry finish. Nicely balanced acidity with slight tannic finish.
  5. 2000 Château Côte de Baleau St. Emilion Grand Cru ($40)
    Blackberry, leather and slight medicinal. More tannic than all the others with a dense chewy body.

200905012009050020090499I loved the fact that I liked the least expensive wine of the group. We finished up the evening with a cellar call and ended up with a 2000 Château Du Tertre Margaux, an excellent finish to the evening.

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