Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2005 Château Belair this past weekend to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. Naturally, I had to open a birth year wine! Even more meaningful…we visited this property on her 1st birthday in 2006 and tasted this very wine from barrel while she was hanging out in a sling cozied up to my wife. Apart from the fond memories, I love this style. One of Pascal Delbeck’s last works of art, it is tell tale structure and freshness and austerity. The fruit takes quite a while to emerge fully, but once it does, this sings like one wouldn’t believe. Dark berry, earth, leather, tobacco. Stunner and an absolutely perfect food wine.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.