This small UFTC looks at some older wines and some new releases.

Looking at the older wines, I was able to purchase a handful of older Bordeaux and we’ve got a 1990 Château Latour, 1998 Château Pavie Macquin, 2000 Château Kirwan, 2009 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, and a 2010 Château Margaux in the report. All are beautiful wines, and aside from the 2010 Château Margaux, which will benefit from additional cellaring, they’re drinking great today. A bottle of Johann Michel’s 2010 Cornas also showed brilliantly, and the 2010s from the Rhône Valley are certainly starting to come around.

The report also includes a small retrospective from Cheval des Andes, which is a collaboration between Saint-Emilion’s Château Cheval Blanc and Argentina’s Terrazas de Los Andes. These beautiful wines have their own style, yet also show some of that classic Cheval Blanc elegance.

In addition, I was able to look at the new releases from Château Pesquié in the Ventoux. This is a beautiful region, and the team at Pesquié makes incredible wines that deserve attention.

I was also able to retaste the latest releases from Château Fortia in Châteauneuf du Pape. These wines did not show well at my tastings in the Rhône, but I was able to retaste the wines at my office in Colorado (from two different bottles) and am convinced the original samples were suspect. I’ve removed those original reviews, and readers can find the new reviews under the Southern Rhône Part 1 report. I included the new barrels samples here.

Lastly, I included the 2019s from Maayan Koschitzky’s La Pelle label. I’ll most likely move these reviews to the Napa Valley Part 2 report due out shortly, but I know these are being released soon so I opted to publish them early.

As always, thank you for reading and happy hunting, and more importantly, happy drinking!

Jeb