Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 2011 Bordeaux tasted 3/14

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Clos Fourtet (2012)
Comments: Tight but showing nuanced plum, olive, floral and herbal aromas. Rather smooth, polished and powerful in the mouth but with terrific depth to the fruit and limestone minerality on the palate. This really has masses of fruit that are fresh and crisp wrapping up in a tight finish that is plush with soft tannins, turning a bit creamy and very seductive on the long finish. 94pts
Average price: $84.95 from 1 store
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2 Chateau Canon (2010)
Comments: Fine on the nose with a hint of blueberry, a subtly smoky, almost chalky nose with, light, bright, berry and herb stem notes. This is vibrant and elegant in the mouth, all juicy fruit, already quite expressive with real finesse and power without weight, finishing up with just great follow through with fresh tannins in the finish. A wine that already deicers but promises to improve and age very well indeed. 94pts
Average price: $55.94 from 1 store
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3 Chateau Bon Pasteur Bordeaux Futures (2010)
Comments: Pretty on the nose with a hint of olive, blue flowers, jammy black cherry fruit, and nicely nuanced slightly nutty oak, a bit new worldy but still Bordeaux. Fresh and bright in the mouth, this opens with huckleberry/blackberry fruit that's almost a bit bitter in a very sinewy, elegant style. Another wines that shows real power without too much weight with great spice on the long finish. 93pts
Average price: $153.19 from 2 stores
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4 Château Beychevelle St.-Julien Pre-Arrival (2012)
Comments: Elegant, hightoned and floral on the nose with herbal complexity already accenting the red fruit, this has a very fine and balanced nose. Rigid, slightly austere and upright in the mouth, there is elegance and subtlety on display here with fresh, bright fruit, transparent and bright. I love the intensity of the fruit which comes with only modest power leaving one with a lacy well balanced structure built on ripe tannins that linger on the long, elegant finish. 93pts
Average price: $133.81 from 6 stores
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5 Langoa Barton (2013)
Comments: Tight on the nose with mineral, shoe polish, leather and nutty wood aromas that are fresh and precise. This is tight and yet surprisingly open, though thus is more about structure than fruit today. It shows fine freshness and good clarity gaining red currant notes on the palate in a rather austere way, turning to black currant on the back end, and through the moderately long finish. Very typical of L-B. 93pts
Average price: $69.99 from 1 store
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6 Château Kirwan Margaux Pre-Arrival (2012)
Comments: Light, high-toned and yet with a sweet edge to the decidedly herb tinged fruit on the nose. This is cool, compressed, elegant and focused in the mouth; not a big wine but classic. There is a real sense of delicacy here, and lovely purity and transparency on the palate leading to a long, ripe finish covered with soft tannins and juicy acids accentuating the red fruit flavors. 92pts
Average price: $52.66 from 2 stores
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7 Langoa Barton (2012)
Comments: Fine focus on the nose with a hint of nutty oak over mineral, smoke, and faint fruit aromas all come together with fine focus. Light on the palate, yet superbly transparent with very subtle hints of leather, herb, and gravel accenting fresh, crushed black currant fruit that doesn't dominate the palate. This is all nuance and finesse today with fine length and pinpoint tannins. 92pts
Average price: $92.95 from 5 stores
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8 Château Saint-Pierre (2012)
Comments: Olive, herbal, and graphite come together on this classic Bordeaux nose aging gentle hints of smoke and oak with air. A decidedly happy wine, smooth but tight, with nice mineral tinged tannins, plenty of ripe fruit, and classically proportioned with small tannins that are a little austere and steamy. There's a hint of cocoa and almost jammy red currant fruit on the long, light, fruit driven finish.Not a powerhouse but a great little wine. 92pts
Average price: $82.59 from 9 stores
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9 Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac (2011)
Comments: Stemmy, herbal, and with classic black currant fruit on the nose this showily nicely nuanced and powerful yet with a sense of restraint, showing off late arriving coffee cream toasty oak spice aromas. Classic austere, restrained Bordeaux in the mouth, with excellent balance, this has good depth, though perhaps just a touch soft, there are nice lacy tannins, and while this closes upon the mouth it finishes with great length and subtle nuance. Not a powerhouse but lovely. 92pts
Average price: $82.84 from 3 stores
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10 Château Trottevieille (2011)
Comments: Stemmy, herbal, and a bit mineral on the nose with hints of older wood. Fresh, bright and tight on entry, the fruit here is really attractively fresh and bright, nervous even, with fine complexity and attractive blue fruit/blue floral notes in the mouth. Fresh and fruited and long, this really unfurls on the finish. 92pts
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11 Château la Pointe -Subskription (2010)
Comments: A bit plummy and gaining white chocolate and coffee tones on the nose, though this smells rather fresh with nuanced floral and herb notes adding detail. Fresh up front and well fled with red cherry fruit. This is smooth and has a rather natural feel in the mouth, polished but not worked over, allowing the wine to retain nice clarity on the palate, even if this lacks some focus today, but with time that should come, finishes very well, again fresh and bright with fine tannins. Comes off as rather honest wine. 91pts
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12 Cos Labory St Estephe (2009)
Comments: Very perfumed and rich with minerals and lots of brushy, dry fruit topped with nuanced smoke notes on the nose. Bright, focused, austere and classically Bordeaux on entry with great fruit on the palate. This is a little nervous in the mouth, with bright red fruits and grapey nuance underpinned by powerful, ripe, if small tannins. Finishes with good perfume and length, this is lovely and shows great inner mouth tension. 91pts
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13 Château Maucaillou (2012)
Comments: Olive, cedar, and a fairly heavy carriage of pencil lead oak on the nose which is tight complex and above pay grade with enough stuffing underneath to carry it well. Powerful on entry, and a bit extracted perhaps, showing notes of graphite, oak and fresh fruit in the mouth the mouth. A powerful yet elegant wine, a bit of a beast in fact though with a fairly long fresh finish, and lovely firm tannins. A winner. 90pts
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14 Château la Louviere (2012)
Comments: Tight little nose that shows almost floral perfumes and small red fruit and a bit of herb. Tight but balanced in the mouth with fine ripe tannin and mineral notes supporting elegant, fresh, and bright fruit that is particularly clean and fresh on the finish. Not a powerhouse but well balanced and seductive with good length. 90pts
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15 Château Monbrison -Subskription (2012)
Comments: Tight on the nose but slowly revealing gorgeous aromatics, austere of soil and earth with well judged and not at all intrusive oak Fresh and austere in the mouth but even at this early stage this shows finesse and elegance and great detail in the mouth. Not a powerhouse nor particularly fruity this is simply classic Bordeaux 89pts
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