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 October 2016 


Presenter: David Harker

PDFRaffle wine: Tour Chapeaux 2014 Bordeaux Blanc
Won by David Whitaker

Wines Region Country Source Cost Comments
1. Clos Floridène 2012 Blanc, Graves
Bordeaux France Co-op
13% Fresh, floral and buttery, with a light approach and citrus edges. It had morer weight than expected, relatively full-bodied with a (just) sour end. The nose developed a spicy warmth with a hint of oak. Still Young.
2. Château Olivier 2005 Blanc, Graves
France Lay & Wheeler
12.5% The nose was waxy with some orange oil. It had fresh acidity with a relatively tannic mid-palate and subtle length. There was a little bottle variation; one smelling “aged Semillon”, the other “cheesy” and more “tired”. A good wine.
3. (Château Lagrange) Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2012, St. Julien
France The Wine Society
13% It had pencil shavings and pepper on the nose and a lean approach with ripe blackcurrant fruit underneath. It was a lean, almost green wine with a woody finish – a little “chewy and dry”.
4. Château Gloria 2000, St. Julien
France Lay & Wheeler
12.5% The wine was dark with bricking around the edges. The nose had a touch of mushroom, smoke and spice, with some menthol and violets. It had a good mouthfeel with aspects of mushroom and tobacco, but plenty of fruit as well and dry but fine tannins, which built up on subsequent tastes. A lovely wine.
5. (Château Rauzan-Ségla) Ségla 2005, Margaux
France Lay & Wheeler
13% Similar in style to the previous but much more blackcurrant and violets. Dry and a touch austere on the approach with smooth, velvety tannins. Soft and perfumed turning a little sour in the glass. Very popular.
6. Château Brane-Catenac 2002, Margaux
France Lay & Wheeler
13% Dark nose of black fruit and a little tar/creosote. Violets on the palate with a woody undertone, sweet and sour fruit with smoky tannins – firm yet fine. Also bottle variation, the other more sour with strong acid and tannins.
7. Clos Floridène 2011, Graves
France The Wine Society
13.5% The nose was of chocolate and coffee with some leafiness. It had a powerful taste; warm with a mineral dryness and chewy tannins which layer on the palate. Definitely not a traditional Bordealais style.
8. Domaine de Chevalier 2002 Rouge, Pessac-Leognan
France Lay & Wheeler
13% It was showing its age in the glass with umami aromas and flavours, slightly sharp, some soy and mushroom. It had a sweet, soft approach with some pine, smooth and velvety with few tannins. There was a warmth to the finish, along with chocolaty tannins and a sour edge to the savoury mid-palate. A very good wine.

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