Joseph Wallace wrote:New to this site. I have been lurking for a little bit and reading jeffs notes.
With 2015 futures coming out, and realizing i dont really know all that much about Bordeaux, i thought i would ask a few questions to see if i can find my BDX compass.
Thanks for the post Joseph. I am going to help you brother, but we need to exchange posts on this, to be able to give some tips.
***My favorite wine is Realm the Bard. Doesnt even matter which vintage. This happens to be a left bank bdx style wine. Ok, but its Napa and Napa aint Bordeaux and vice versa so... If this is my favorite bdx style wine, meaning primarily cab with some merlot and a few other varietals, where do i start in finding what I would like in Bordeaux?
Napa and Bordeaux are different. You should look for different qualities in each region. But let's start with this... What are the characteristics that you like about Realm?
***I just purchased a 2000 Chateau Lynch Moussas and was really underwhelmed to say the least.
Lynch Moussas is a fairly, moderate Bordeaux, and not one I would recommend. There are much better choices for Pauillac and from other other appellations.
***i am still trying to get my compass in order to buy a case or two of the 2015 vintage to lay down for 15 years or more.
If I was you, instead of buying 2015 futures, I'd start trying as many different Bordeaux wines in your price range to get an idea of what you like, or not. There are some really great 2015 Bordeaux wines, but you will be a smarter consumer, and better, more experienced wine taster if you try, before you buy, different wines.
From the wines that own, your 2003 Pavie and 2003 Pichon Baron are stunning ! 1-2 hours of decanting will be perfect. You can read recent tasting notes for those wines without leaving this site. Just use the search boxes inside the grapes, close to the top of screen. The article search will tell you about each chateau. Do not use the vintage for the article search, just the name.
2008 Ducru Beaucaillou and 2008 Palmer are really good wines. They need 2-3 hours in the decanter. Very elegant, charming, Bordeaux.
2009 Leoville Barton, 2010 Cantermerle and 2010 d'Issan are all really strong. They also need 2-3 hours in the decanter.
I'll know more once you tell me what you like in Realm and the price point you want to pay. I am sure I can help you get the right wines to taste.