A Bordeaux Tasting April 2014

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Have spent the past two evenings tasting the latest Bordeaux shipment with Hanoi’s finest from the trade and thought I would share some of my highlights here with you.

 

Bordeaux Tasting Notes

Tasted at Warehouse, Hang Trong, Hanoi, 5pm 16th April 2014, 15 wines tasted – Darren Gall

(highlights only)

 

Le Dauphin d’Olivier Blanc

Pessac – Leognan

2012

50% Sauvignon Blanc 50 % Semillon

Second Label of Chateau Olivier

Colour: Clear, limpid colour with faint straw core and lime accents, clear rim

Aroma: Stylish, attractive aromas of herbs, white flowers and gooseberry

Palate: Tight, classy wine, flinty dry with crisp finish and lingering mineral notes. Gooseberry runs through the length of a palate that is razor sharp and very racy. Very Good. Very impressive second label wine indeed.

88/100

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Chateau Haut Myles

Medoc

2010

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: Bright, clay-brick red, unfiltered core with pale salmon rim

Aroma: Very attractive and complex bouquet of fine, high toast oak, forest berries, cooking chocolate coffee grinds and cedar

Palate: Big, juicy, fruit forward wine typical of this excellent vintage, lovely richness from the Merlot mid palate with some more complex damp earth and oatmeal notes, texture is creamy, tannins are very fine yet persistent, wine has lovely length. A Medoc of very, very good quality from a very attractive vintage.

90/100

 

 

Chateau Luchey Halde

Pessac Leognan

2009

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Colour: dense Ox blood core with salmon rim

Aroma: Complex bouquet of black fruits, plum with accents of dough, dust, mocha, damp earth and oak spices.

Palate: Nice depth on the palate with good balance and complexity, drying tannins with some juicy, rich ripe fruit mid-palate some new and older barrel notes add further complexity. Classic vintage and a very good wine.

91/100

 

 

Le Haut Medoc de Pedesclaux

Haut Medoc

2006

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: Clay-brick red with pale orange rim

Aroma: Evolved tertiary aromas with hints of black current, old wood, bread dough and damp earth.

Palate: some bright, juicy red berry fruit with fine tannins. Very enjoyable wine from a challenging vintage.

88/100

 

 

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