2000 Chateau de Panigon Bordeaux

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Plume Ridge Wine Negotiants

What They Said:

“A Middle-class Vintage of very good level with a beautiful presence of the fruity matter. Today the flesh and the structure of the wine remain separate. The wine is still too young. The year 2000 is expressed here by fruity merlot as well with the nose in mouth. But the cabernet and its powerful structure are also quite present in mouth. It is necessary to wait a little so that very harmonizes itself.”

What I Think:

The other night when searching for a bottle to open for a night cap I found this bottle. Knowing that we were having beef tomorrow night I figured I would open it now and sample it while simultaneously giving it some time to breathe allowing it to show the best it had to offer come dinnertime the next day. All in all I wasn’t impressed. Not that this was a bad wine, it seemed quite nice. As I have yet to have that eye opening experience with Boudreaux perhaps I am still not clear on how one is to be appreciated. $7 for this bottle seems fair but I would be tempted to look for better, especially from this vintage which was suppose to be a knockout. This effort showed aromas of dark fruit with floral undertones lingering on top of spicy barrel notes. On the palate the same suspects were present thought the fruit seemed a bit on the thin side. I wonder what the blend ratio on this one is. From the information I found it seems to be a Cab/Merlot but I couldn’t track down any specifics on the percentages. If I had to guess I would say 70% Cab given that it seemed a bit on denser side though the nice tannins on finish left the subject open to debate.

The write-up above mentioned that it needed time to integrate. I think it had enough. With more air it seemed to unravel which is the opposite of what I am used to. It actually seemed to get worse by the day as I continually found myself saying it seemed more complex yesterday. It makes me wish I would have taken better notes the first evening. As this one is to expensive for a 12th bottle so unless you are really craving a Boudreaux I’d have to say “Skip It”. It did remind me that I have to grab one of those bottles of Chateau Laborde out of the cellar; they’ve been down there for a while now and as this wine shows; older doesn’t always mean better

Rating: Skip It

2003 Caronne Ste Gemme – Haut-Medoc

Price: $17.99 @ K&L Wines

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines The 2003 Caronne Ste. Gemme was awarded 4 Stars in the November 2006 Decanter blind tasting and 5 Stars from the prestigious Revue des Vins de France. According to Food & Wine magazine’s Wine Guide: ** (very good – distinctive) “Abundant fruit & herb flavors are competing for attention, but they’ll work it out in 3-12 years…” Clive Coates writes: “Good colour. Good plump fruit here on the nose. Very well-made. Medium to medium-full. Plenty of ripe, ample, stylish fruit. Good tannins. Plenty of grip. All very well put together. No undue astringency at all. Good plus. From 2008.” (June 2004)

What I Think:

Guess I should have read what they were saying above before popping the cork on this one…Day 1 this wine was not quite for me. After sitting for two days this seemed to be a whole different ball game, real dark fruit that lasted in the mouth for a long time before fading away to an herbal finish that lasts for a while. Hardly any tannins at all, aren’t wiines that need aging to “sort it out” usually laced with tannins? Maybe they are there but surpressed by the lushness of the fruit, there is enough of it that it makes it is hard to hone in on any of them. Seems like on the lighter side there may be some cherries and certainly some darker fruit and just a hint of something spicier, seems like black pepper to me. At this point it was certainly a nice wine, would love to see what it does after a couple more years of lying down. Just not so sure I want to pay the price to find out. Don’t think so, but if I do I will change the rating.

Rating: Pricey