Carruades de Lafite 2003
Creamy and elegant, this is blend of 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cab Franc. Concentrated notes of cedar, mocha, and vanilla on the nose, and drinking at peak maturity. Surprisingly elegant for what was a hot vintage, the tannins are very ripe and well integrated. One to drink now and over the next five to ten years.
Chateau La Fleur-Petrus 2015
Tight and powerful, and after three hours decanting the tightly wound fruit really started to open up and show the potential of this great vintage. Concentrated notes of black cherries, cassis, and blackberry compote balanced with strong ripe tannins. Layered and intense, earthy, raspberry, fruitcake and brambly notes bring an incredibly long, dense finish. A wine to lay down and drink again perhaps in 15 years time!
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2000
Fifth growth Grand Puy Lacoste is always great value for money, and this mature example is already approaching its drinking window. This 80% Cabernet Sauvignon blend shows powerful and intense aromas of spice, pepper, and cedar, and classic pencil shavings. The tannins have just about mellowed out and showing some approachability, and the fruit developing into leathery notes too. Complex, backwards, and outstanding, this is a classic Pauillac from a great Chateau.
Chateau Suduiraut 1999
A rich honeyed nose of figs, ripe lemons and a touch of caramel. Lusciously sweet, yet still very youthful on the palate, with lovely balanced acidity, beautiful and honeyed orange zest, burnt toffee and a little spice. Very elegant, drinking very well, and a long memorable finish.
Chateau Lynch Bages 2001
Powerful, classic Lynch, with intense cassis, black currant, and blackberries on the nose. Perfectly mature, structured, ripe tannins, concentrated cedar, graphite and pencil shavings, punchy and peppery, lots of concentration, perfectly layered, with refreshing acidity. Drinking well now, but will definitely keep for another 5-10 years at least.
Chateau L'If 2014
Owned by Jacques Thienpont who is also owner of Le Pin. This St Emilion Grand Cru is a blend of 91% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Medium-bodied, concentrated, fruit-driven, and already showing classic pencil shaving notes. The palate is very juicy, with plenty of blackberry, red fruits, cassis and sweet spices.
Chateau Trotanoy 2000
Juicy red fruits, ripe and concentrated cassis and blackberry compote. The 2000 Trotanoy is starting to approach its drinking window, displaying lovely smoky, earthy and even mineral characters. A very classic Pomerol style with 90% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Chateau Ausone 2004
Juicy, somewhat approachable, ripe plums, cherries, and a creamy texture. Big and ripe, firm tannins, juicy, and lovely acidity. A 50-50 blend of Merlot and Cab Franc, this is classic Ausone - powerful, spicy, ripe and strong, lending itself a nice long aromatic finish. This will still need some time for the 100% new oak to calm down, but in the meantime, decant and enjoy with a big fat steak.
Chateau Pape Clement Blanc 2009
An incredibly intense nose of stone fruits, pineapples and gunflint. This really goes to show just how underrated Bordeaux whites are. The powerful and smoky mineral notes shine through on the palate, paving way for honeyed, floral and vanilla notes, balanced with brilliant, fine acidity and a long waxy finish.
About this Tasting
A native of Montpellier, France, Romain Loriot worked at the acclaimed Alain Ducasse group for four years before relocating to Hong Kong in 2017 to join the then newly opened Rech by Alain Ducasse restaurant in InterContinental Hotel as their Head Sommelier.
Under the influence of his parents, Loriot became interested in food and wine early on. At the age of 15, he started studying to become a chef at Lycee Jules Ferry la Colline before obtaining his sommelier degree at 19.
We are honored to have Romain join us on this tasting to present a masterclass on Bordeaux.