To be frank, I was scared the closer the tasting moment was coming. I had no idea what the wine would taste like, even though I have been many times told that wines are best kept is large bottle. Still, this bottle had a personal history, so I was stressed and truely respecful !
To start with, 1 hour before the tasting, I took off the wine from my cellar, where the bottle had been kept at 14°C for the last 6 months. Then, as soon as all attendees were there, I chirurgically opened the cork and start to fill-in carafe. Only 1 at a time. As soon as the carafe was empty, I was filling-in another one.
Then, came the tasting experience. In fact, troughout the evening, the wine opened itself and evolved until it reached a perfect state about 2 hours after being opened. It was like an old vintage car that needed some times, care and detailed obervation to let us perceive all its strength and unique beauty!. Definitely a wine for connoisseurs due to the very large palets of flagrances and flavors. Drinking such wine and vintage was an experience full of emotions. Despites its 31 years of age, this wine had still some very nice words to say!. This wine was well balanced and provided a long powerful after taste. Some says that Bordeaux are the most powerful wines. I tend not to agree all the times, but, here you did feel the uniqueness of Bordeaux roots terroir, that is able to deliver you "Rolls Royce" wine. A true tasting journey!. The kind of experience you fully appreciate as they are very rare.
Final word : thank you.
Beychevelle is among the 11 "grands crus classés" of Saint-Julien. So, among the tops wines of Bordeaux.
Cabernet Franc (could not find for "Les Tonnelles", so assuming it has the same blend as Villa Bel-Air
1st : Argentina; Mendoza; Pulenta Estate; Alto Agrelo; Malbec; 2007; Malbec; 4,5
1st : USA; California (Napa Valley); Robert Sinskey vineyards; POV; 2005; Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc; Merlot); 4,5
3rd : France; Languedoc (Costières de Nîmes); Château d'Or et de Gueules by Diane de Puymorin; La Bolida; 2006; Mourvèdre 3,5
4th : France; Bordeaux (Haut Medoc); Château Citran; Château Citran; 2005; Bordeaux blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot; 3
N°9 and 10
Abstract from this post : "Studying summer 2011 : lot's of wines testing ongoing..."
Credit : thank you http://taka689.365blog.jp/c6386.html as picture I took is not usable.
Domaine du Landreau Village
Origin : France
AOC : Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Vine : Melon de Bourgogne
Wine grower : Philippe Drouet
Type : dry white
Vintage : 2009
Comments : bio wine. Yes I know, 2 Muscadet tasted and enjoyed in a short while, but I had good feeling about this wine. I selected this wine as we were having fish dishes. Furthermore, this wine is a bio wine meaning that the whole process is being done in adequation with mother nature. I must say that I'd more or less banned Muscadet for some times as I have had too many bad experiences in the past. But, Mr. Drouet and Château de la Fessardière have done a lot to bring me back on Muscadet tracks. So once again a very nice match. Fruity nose, true expression of melon de bourgogne when in mouth and last but not least the flavor stayed quite long.
Credit : http://www.chezsimon.ch/CDP/fr/CDP_vins.htm