Chateau Pedesclaux 1996

90 points

Pauillac. 12.5%

Odd wine. Weedy unclean nose. Rich feral palate. Plenty of glycerol gives weight without alcohol heat. There is a ripeness and vegetal flavours.

Clearly in recent years there was a major overhaul of winemaking operations.

Nevertheless it is an interesting wine. Drink now and enjoy.

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Chateau D’Agassac 2009

90+ points

Haut-Medoc. 13%

50/50 Cab/Merlot blend is another astonishingly attractive young 2009 Bordeaux. This has a limey tone to it which sounds awful but quite the opposite it makes it fresh and interesting.

I don’t know this Chateau but I found their impressive website. They look very innovative. They have even bottled under screwcap (after a visit to Australia)! Very good to see.

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Chateau Senejac 2009

89+ points

Haut-Medoc. 13.5%

It’s interesting, and somewhat unexpected just how much the vineyard expresses itself inspite of the vintage (very distinctive, extraordinary) and the new ownership/operators – I believe that the Pontet-Canet team are in-charge and Senejac is now biodynamic.

But it’s still Senejac, with pronounced minerality even in such a sumptuous vintage. Terrior in action ?

Red fruits, firm palate, though tannins are ripe and soft. Not a blockbuster by any means, and hardly likely to stand out at a tasting. But food friendly. And cellar oriented too I think but I would expect it’s best development before 15 years of age.

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Chateau Pedesclaux 2005

90+ points

Pauillac. 13%

A bit closed like so many 2005 at the moment (drink the more accessible 2006). But fine, lovely relaxed balance. It’s ripe claret as 2005 is but without any obvious weight, the ripeness is just part of the whole not a standout feature. This is a characteristic of a number of fine classed growths in 2005 and 2000. Whereas is 2009 I suspect the ripeness will usually standout.

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Le Haut Medoc de Giscours 2009

90 points

Haut-Medoc. 13%

Giscours own a bit of vineyard over the borderline from Margaux so they can’t include it in their grand vin, or any other wine labelled Margaux for that matter. Hence the name.

Yet this Haut-Medoc shows Margaux character. Which is a bit of a surprise given the strong character of the vintage. Restrained oak lets the fruit sing, cassis and a touch herbaceous (in spite of the intense ripeness). Reminds me of Hawkes Bay NZ.

Another wine at a quality level far above its price due to the 2009 vintage.

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