The ICC group tasted 6 Bordeaux Reds from the Medoc and Graves on Thursday April 3rd.
Here are my notes and scores:

CHÂTEAU DE PANIGON  2009  (Medoc)     (Wine Society – £10)
The nose has quite simple plum notes, more Merlot-ish than Cabernet. The palate has an alcohol warmth, plumy fruit and a mocha tannin, grainy finish. Rather simple but pleasant enough.
Quality: 13/20    Value: 14/20

CHÂTEAU CHANTEGRIVE 2001 (Graves)       (Grower  –  ca.£15 UK)
The nose shows a more compost and herby nose – with a floral hint. The palate is very dry – fruit notes recessed under a long acid line. Hints of black – blackberry – fruit and powerful but smoother tannins. Opens a bit later to a more supple and integrated middle palate, but a slightly hard finish.
Quality: 15/20    Value: 15/20

CHÂTEAU PEYREDON LAGRAVETTE 2010  (Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois)     (Wine Society – £15)
Immediate cassis nose, some herby and oak notes. Palate has oak and a sweet fruit, almost blackcurrant pastille, element and becomes positively caramel later. Quite simple, sweet and rather short.
Quality: 14/20     Value: 14/20

BLASON D’ISSAN 2001    (2nd Wine of Ch. d’ Issan  3eme CC Margaux)     (Private Cellar – ca. £21 UK for 2010)
Floral notes, herbs, cherry, red fruit, woody caramel notes. Palate of cassis and cherry, with a sour cherry acid line. Supple tannins and great integration and pleasure. A wine at its peak showing Margaux elegance – Lovely!
Quality: 17/20     Value: 16/20

CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY 2004  (5eme Cru Classé Puillac)     (Wine Society – £29)
Restrained nose, slightly minty herby notes and a hint of cedar. Big cassis flavours, grainy herby tannins and supple acidity. Later opens up a bit and shows floral and cherry notes. Powerful, slightly grainy and still quite young – better in another 3 or 4 years? Good
Quality: 16/20     Value: 14/20

CHÂTEAU CISSAC 1990  (Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois)     (Private Cellar – £30 @ F&R)
Violet hints and a grainy tea leaf note. Integrated with no one flavour dominating but grainy tannins, sharp black fruit and a warm acid line – not at all tired. Demands food (a nice steak?) for which it would be a lovely accompaniment.
Quality: 16/20     Value: 14/20

A very interesting tasting where spending money and/or cellaring for a few years is clearly of benefit. An interesting aspect of the tasting – for me – is that the development, integration and “smoothness” of the tannins are a more important to appreciation of the wine than straightforward flavours! The star was the Margaux – over half the group agreed.

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