Last week I threw a tasting for a group of friends. We tried quite a lot of Bordeaux's. Before I dive into the details of my personal favourites and/or discoveries, these are the wines that were appreciated the most by the whole group (with the average rating from the group between brackets):
1. Frank Phélan 2004, Saint-Estèphe - 2nd wine of Château Phélan-Ségur (8.4/10)
2. L'esquisse de La Tour Figeac 2001, Saint-Emilion - 2nd wine of Château La Tour Figeac (8.3/10)
3. Château Belle-Vue 2004, Haut-Médoc (8.1/10)
4. Clos du Jaugueyron 2003, Haut-Médoc (8.1/10)
5. Le Jardin de Petit-Village 2005, Pomerol - 2nd wine of Château Petit Village (8.0/10)
All five great wines. My personal favourites partially overlap (Frank Phélan, L'esquisse de La Tour Figeac and Clos du Jaugueyron), but there were two more wines that I found really convincing: Clos des Demoiselles and La Parde de Haut-Bailly. Below you find the tasting notes of my favourite five:
1. Clos des Demoiselles 2003, Listrac-Médoc
Seducing sweet fruit, ripe and with depth. Slight farmland stamp (manure). Delicious juice, smooth, dark and with plenty of strength. Delicious full red fruit. Pure joy, as wine should be. Soft finish.
2. La Parde de Haut-Bailly 2004, Pessac-Léognan
2nd wine of Château Haut-Bailly, cru classé de Graves
Scent of rose hip, hint of Crème de Cassis, quite ripe (thus). Smooth wine also, but with a little bit more strength than the previous one. Good grip, pleasant texture. Finish with chalky fruit and chewy ripe tannins. Good acidity. Lovely wine.
3. L'esquisse de La Tour Figeac 2001, Saint-Emilion
2nd wine of Château La Tour Figeac, grand cru classé de Saint-Emilion
Pleasant quite slender nose, red fruit. Gentle texture, wine with - good - spirit. Harmonious, acids well in place. This wine constitutes a joyful whole. Très réussi.
4. Clos du Jaugueyron 2003, Haut-Médoc
Nose quite ripe but also somewhat modest in the start. Black and red fruit. First impression: a little unusual, with a distinct, but attractive character. Spice. Liquorice. And fraîcheur (acids). Very open, pronounced. Very good. The 2004 of this wine also stood an excellent chance at the Grands Vins de Bordeaux 2004 tasting of the Grand Jury Européen.
5. Frank Phélan 2004, Saint-Estèphe
2nd wine of Château Phélan-Ségur
Fresh red fruit, classic impression. Nose a bit closed. Slender, straight up. Youthful quite powerful fruit. Modest structure. Some pleasant seduction in the finish...