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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wine Entry : Chateau Croizet Bages 1997 (French)

I was pretty excited to open this bottle, a 1855 classification fifth growth wine from Pauillac. Either my expectations were too high, or the wine was really a let-down. I would rather conclude the latter. Overall it was a reasonable wine to quaff, but was disappointed in the intensity and length for a fifth growth wine. The colouration of the wine though was pretty inviting dark red and it had strong alcoholic legs.

Smell : Thick skinned currents but not overly expressive. Some sulphides were lingering.

Taste : Smooth and easy on the palate with strong blackcurrent skins flavours. However a little mineral and significantly salty, reminiscence of an isotonic drink. Somewhat cooked and stewed. However, it did improved with further decanting.

After taste : Short-medium finish, not impressive for a fifth growth.



  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…


    dun thinkit's you. '97 wasn't a ery good year in bdx, imho. had a '97 pavillion rouge (2nd label margaux) it's a let-down as well. watered-down. lacks intensity. had several other '97's from a coupla other bdx houses as wel later and found them to be pretty unexciting as well.

  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Desmond said…

    Thanks for sharing the insight.
    Yeah was pretty disappointed, but at least now I know to avoid the 97s

  • At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1997 wasn't a good year for both sides of the bank. 1998 was great for Saint Emillon... Anyway I personally haven't tried Château Croizet Bages before. Probably too much classifieds elsewhere!

    This wine is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 10% and i hope to read more of your notes and wish you more happier sips ahead.


  • At 11:24 PM, Anonymous roguehog said…

    '98 from the medoc side of the gironde is not bad as well. had quite a few already and are drinking pretty well. most had good structure. firm tannins.thnk the last i had was a duhart.

    '96 is pretty good drinking as well.

  • At 12:41 PM, Blogger Desmond said…

    Thanks guys for visiting the blog, not much updates recently as work has taken much of my free's just crazy when everyone is approaching end of fiscal year...

    Dan, still have to collect and pay you for the bottles of Comtesse, we have to meet up one day...

  • At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Obviously this is not anywhere near great. Very poor in fact.

    Like most everyone I had expected something with a bit of excitement. I guess that I will have to lower my expectations for these '97s. I still thought this wine would be a lot better. I am not going to finish the bottle.


  • At 12:35 AM, Anonymous birdonawire said…

    I fully agree ! I got to taste this wine as a guest, so I could not be too critical. But the 20,50 EUR per bottle are definitely too much for this one. I would value it at 8 EUR. For 10 EUR you can get far better stuff.
    BTW: The other tasters agreed. Avoid it !


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