- 1998 Château Fontenil - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Fronsac
Opened after a 2 hour car ride. This was splash decanted. Initially a 90 point wine from WS. Moderate to heavy sediment. This had some lake water aromas on the nose. notes of tart plums at first. Later I notes tar, chocolate, wet earth and graphite. It still had a good tannic structure. It was tasting older than the previous few times I have had it and I would probably suggest drinking this if you have any. The least favorite of the 4 tasters at the 1998 Right Bank retrospective. 88 points.
- 1998 Château La Couspaude - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Decanted for 2 hours before drinking. Sesame aromas on the nose. Notes of black cherry and smokey red fruit burst from the glass when I first tried this. On the finish it had some underbrush nuances. The tannins were rather integrated and it was drinking quite well at the present time. As the wine sat in the decanter for an additional 2-3 hours the wine seemed to fade a bit and lost some fruit. Based on my initial tasting, 90-91 points.
- 1998 Clos Fourtet - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Decanted for 2 hours. This had an earthy nose. Rich texture with notes of ripe red fruit and pencil shavings. Moderate tannins on the finish. This fell right into the middle of the pack of the 5 wines. Ready to drink in my opinion. 90 points.
- 1998 Château Moulin Saint-Georges - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Opened after a 2 hour car ride. Decanted for 1 hour. Produced from a vineyard directly across the road from Ausone and sharing the same clay and limestone soils as well as being made by the same winemaker, the perfectionist Alain Vauthier. Dark red color. This had firm tannins. Less fruit than the other wines. Notes of coffee and asphalt. I would hope that this wine would show better under better circumstances. I have 1 more bottle. 87-88 points.
- 1998 Château Pavie Decesse - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Decanted for 2 hours. Black red color. This wine was rather primary and youthful. Firm tannins and full bodied. Notes of cherry, plum and blackberries. Smooth texture and a longer finish than the other 4 right bank bordeaux at the tasting. This was the favorite of the group although the Couspade was also appreciated. 92 points.