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MINNEAPOLIS DOES BORDEAUX - Edina Country Club (3/1/2011)

Another great offline and with our group no corked or flawed bottles allowed. My first Lascombes was corked and what do you do bring another one. It was a good thing I used the Vinturi on this wine and decanted another hour as it really opened up and was wine of the night. The Chateau La Gaffeliere was really nice and the 2003 Giscours was brought as John thought his Lafon was flawed. Good move as it finished in third place. Again the Christoffel Kabinett showed well and at this point one of my favorite German producers.

Good times again and we will have to get together soon.

2002 Lascombes 18 points
2005 Gaffeliere 13 points
2003 Giscours 6 points

2007 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
Another nice showing for this wine with floral, honey, minerals, candied pinneapple and apple. Medium finish and very complex.

Wow this wine is even better on day 3: honey, slate, petrol, candied fruits and more concentration. It also is a dead ringer for a Spatlese and a great one at that. I would say at this stage it has jumped from a 92 to a solid 94. (92 pts.)

2005 Château Laforge - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
A young wine. Cranberry, blackberries, blueberries and mint on the nose. The palate opened up more over time but very tannic at this stage. There is some great promise for the wine in the future and hold for five years. (91 pts.)

2002 Château Lascombes - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
The second time tasting this wine. The power of previewing wines as the first bottle was corked. Beautiful nose of coffee, blueberries, figs, spice and floral. On the palate it was singing and complex. Medium finish and the wine changed over the course of the night. Decanted 2 hours and Vinturi was used twice to open it up. Should be drinking well for a decade. 93 plus (93 pts.)

2003 Château Giscours - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
A nice wine with gravel, cedar, spice and black currents. On the palate a lot of spice and cedar which over time should settle down a bit. Nice fruits and medium to long finish. Should age nicely. (92 pts.)

2004 Château Giscours - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
Second time trying this wine and I got dust, cherry, spice, floral and minerals. A light wine compared to the more concentrated 03. This wine should improve a little bit with time but I would consume in the next five years. (90 pts.)

2002 Château Calon-Ségur - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
Walnut, cedar, raspberry and gravel are the features of this wine. It is a lighter style of wine and was decanted 3 hours. Really a dry finish. Drink now or hold. (90 pts.)

2003 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
Nice gravel, pencil lead, raspberry, cherry and spice. Good concentration on the palate and a medium finish. I decanted this 2 plus hours and it might have needed more. (91 pts.)

2000 Château Lafon-Rochet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
At first the thought was this bottle was flawed but it did open up and was drinkable. Cherry, mineral, spice and blueberries. A real rustic wine overall and I would drink now. (88 pts.)

2005 Château La Gaffelière - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
A really nice wine and extremely young. Cedar, spice, cherry cranberry and cassis. Good structure and firm tannins. Medium to long finish and I would not touch another one until 2015. It could have been wine of the night with a lengthy decant. 92-94 points (93 pts.)
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Thanks for your notes. I would add that the Lafon Rochet was drunk way too early, especially from such a stellar vintage. I bought a case of 1996 Lafon Rochet and I drank it over the past 15 years. It was only the last bottle that I had last year when I realized all my previous bottles(mostly drunk in the first 9 years from the vintage date) were relatively wasted. It blew me away.

As far as the 2002s are concerned, I would drink them now and in the next few years. I wouldn't think they need 20 years of bottle age.(ie another 10 years from now.)

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