Amanda Schuster

Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.


Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Chateau Talbot 4eme Cru Asse Saint Julien (1982)
Comments: I've had the luck to taste several Bordeaux from this vintage in recent years. I think this one had the most life. The dark fruits were still very present, with purple flower aromas, and even a bit of a meaty presence. The finish fell a bit short, letting us know it had crested the hill and was on its way down. Still, it was a pleasure to drink.
Average price: $252.04 from 4 stores
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2 Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc (1988)
Comments: This is my first Bordeaux blanc with some real age to it. It's oxidized to become more like Heredia white Riojas or white Musar from Lebanon, with some mushroomy, nutty flavors (which to me is not at all a bad thing). Still some acidity left, though more like a caramelized lemon than a fresh one. Not the classic way to drink it, I guess, but I quite enjoyed it.
Previously available for $71.45
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3 Les Charmes de Kirwan Red Bordeaux Blend Margaux (2006)
Comments: Classic Bordeaux flavors of dark fruits with moss and earth that play well of each other. Think flavors could develop a little more, maybe with some decanting. Short finish as is poured out of the bottle.
Previously available for $45.99
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4 Château Lalande-Borie (2006)
Comments: Pretty balance of tart fruit mixed with darker, more concentrated flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Some savory spices and that pencil twang also join the chorus. Definitely opens up with air.
Previously available for $37.59
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5 Web Exclusive Chateau Margaux Premiere Grand Cru Classe Margaux (1999)
Average price: $461.51 from 9 stores
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6 Chateau Lafauris-Peyraguey Sauternes (1988)
Comments: Fantastic aged Sauternes. Warm candied fruit flavors, cashews, burnt sugar but acidic grip hangs on like its climbing Everest. Such a treat. Was amazing with creme caramel. Would probably still be very much alive for years to come.
Average price: $99.55 from 4 stores
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7 Gruaud-Larose Premier (1975)
Comments: Maybe the bottle I drank wasn't as well stored as some others. Generally, G-Larose has incredible longevity, retaining fruit and structure for decades. Upon opening, the fruit and perfume was still present, but muted. After a while, it just turned to soy sauce. Still, a worthy effort from an "altacocker" such as this.
Average price: $173.04 from 3 stores
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