International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88(a blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 12% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 3.67 pH; 5.54 g/l total acidity; 63 IPT; 13.4% alcohol): Fully saturated deep ruby. Enticing, slightly high-toned aromas of red cherry, menthol and spicecake pick up considerable depth with aeration. Turns a little austere in the mouth, showing a cooler, almost medicinal edge and a vegetal streak to the flavors of cherry, spices, coffee and herbs. Finishes peppery, clean and precise, with mounting, youthfully mouth-puckering tannins. Though this is hardly a blockbuster, it is turning out much better than the rainy growing season might have suggested. The 13.4% alcohol surprised me given the growth cycle in 2002, but the wine doesn't taste hot at all. A rather successful, well-done 2002 Bordeaux.Author: Ian D'AgataIssue: January/February 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 87Bell pepper, cigar box, red as well as black currant notes, dusty, earthy tannins, and a medium-bodied personality make for a good but uninspiring effort. Drink the 2002 over the next 5-10 years.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15Dark crimson. Smells a bit stewed. Lots of dry tannin and distinctly uncharming. There is an attempt to compensate for the high acidity with fruit but the fruit doesn't have enough zestiness for me.Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91This was not at the tasting, but it is outstanding. A blind tasting for the magazine late in 2004 resulted in this note and score: Aromas of currant bush, berries and sweet tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with medium tannins and a long finish. Lovely texture to this wine. -- Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2008. 35,000 cases made.Author: James Suckling
Self | Rating:Author: metlaw
Self | Rating: 92Author: riffmaker
Self | Rating: 96Author: rnorberto
Self | Rating: 93Dense color. Musty muted earth on the nose. Palate with mild sweetness up front and then with expected bordeaux earthiness with long finish. Well balanced and structured.Author: Mike N296
Self | Rating: 91Opened and decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, cinnamon, and even a bit of nutmeg. Very pleasant wine of medium-body. Doubt this gets any better.Drink Dates: 2016-2022Author: Todd W59
Self | Rating:Very goodAuthor: JanneG
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White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of .
is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.
The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as , , and in and . These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1606 bottles owned
- 252 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 252 collectors)