Wine Reviews August 1, 2008
1983 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande – 1983 is not known as one of the great vintages in Bordeaux, but there are wonderful wines in every vintage (even ’97) and this is one of the best from 1983. This wine has beautiful fragrances of violets and black cherry on the nose and more earthy tones on the pallet. It is drinking well now and probably won’t get much better over time. If you can find it, buy it.
2001 Chateau Lafon-Rochet – This is one of my favorite values in Bordeaux. The Chateau (painted bright mustard yellow) is located just down the street from Cos D’Estournel (a top Bordeaux) and while it is not as elegant or complex as the Cos, it has some of its neighbors qualities at a fraction of the price. The wine has softened since I last tasted it a year ago, and is more elegant with soft spice and slight earth tones on the pallet. I expect to see the price of this wine increase in the next couple of years as more people discover the great value.
2002 Le C de Camplong – Corbieres – 91 pts ‘Wine Spectator. At the price point and the Wine Spectator recommendation I tried this wine and was pleasantly surprised. It was really great with cigar box on the nose, and interesting spice on the pallet that softened as it opened up. For only $15 in PA at the state store it is another good value.
2003 Ch. Segla – This is the second wine of Ch. Razan Segla and it is typical of the ’03 vintage in its density and complexity. I really loved this wine because in addition to its density it also has an elegance and finesse that is awesome. This was one of those wines that I wanted to keep tasting over time because with each change it became more interesting.
2004 Ch. Ormes de Pez – Wow, what a surprise. This is a big dense wine with a fantastic nose that changed three times as it breathed over an hour and with each change became more fantastic. I have been a little hesitant to try the ’04 vintage from Bordeaux, but this was a beautiful wine that surpassed my expectations.
2004 Souverain – For those of you looking for a reasonably priced California wine, you might want to try this big chewy wine that has good lingering black fruit, and soft tannins for under $20. This is not a wine to cellar, or hope to change as it opens, but it is a big hit of dense fruit that makes a good first impression.