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2013/2014 Anniversary Wines

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This month we wrapped up selections for the Aussie Wine Guy anniversary wine for the years 2013 and 2014.

Due to budget constraints, we opted for a pair of 1855 classification wines from the Pauillac appelation in Bordeaux.  These vintages come from an estate which used to be part of a larger estate which was split in 1850.

It seemed apt to get a bottle from both Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron as a pair, given the estates’ shared heritage.

Notes: Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2011

Big tannins, smoky wood notes and prominent fruit mark this wine, along with acidity and freshness. It’s powerful, with the most gentle structure of concentrated dusty tannins and intensely-fresh blackberry-juice flavors.
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points” – Wine Enthusiast : 95 Points

Notes: Château Pichon Longueville Lalande Pauillac Réserve de la Comtesse 2009

WS Tasting Note: Bright and sappy, with kirsch and damson plum notes streaking along, followed by tangy iron and floral notes alongside. There’s good zip and cut along the finish, with a lingering mineral edge. Best from 2013 through 2023. 21,665 cases made. – Wine Spectator Score: 91 points

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2012 Anniversary Wine 2009 Chateau Lynch Bages

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This year’s wedding anniversary wine has been chosen!  In what looks like a stellar year for Bordeaux producers (and with brands like Château Palmer fetching above AUD $600 a bottle) we decided to put down at least one bottle from the region before it was too late.

I’m quite fond of Pauillac wines, specifically Château Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion and given the great reviews the Château Lynch Bages has been getting we thought it was a fairly safe bet.

The Lynch-Bages Château is not far from another vineyard we adore in the Pauillac region – Château Pontet-Canet, which we visited in 2009.  Hopefully the common geography will lend itself to the kind of superb flavours we tasted at the latter location a few years back.

This year’s bottle will be cellared at 12’C for quite some time before being uncorked, probably 10+ years, so in time we’ll get a review on just how great Bordeaux reds are from the 2009 vintage.  For now though, and for the immediate future it will have to rest up alongside all the other anniversary reds.

For more on Aussie Wine Guy’s anniversary wines here.