1997 Bordeaux Red

October 15, 2004



The last tasting was for Bordeaux Red of 1997, held at the Restaurant Budo-ya located in OAG House - the German Cultural Institute for the first time.
We have explored Bordeaux focused to 1997 vintage. We selected 1997 because they are much more reasonably priced and still have the essence that makes Bordeaux wines the world standard.
Haut-Brion and Palmer were so beautiful that quite a lot of people actually spotted them. Beychevelle and Pichon-Longeville Baron were not so bad but came after chile wine. San Pedro must be a good buy then.
Ch. Haut-Brion was our first and its second wine was our last for the night. Bahans should have treated better but was not just good enough comparing to others.
The wine tonight were selected by Shoichi san, who had also contributed Providence Magnum for dinner. I do remember he bought this one directly from the winemaker on the last december and it does even have winemaker's signature on the label.
The dinner came 5 dishes. Appetizer, soup, main corse, cheese, and desert. They were very good but I missed couple of shots so I only have two pictures shown below. I will be more careful about this. And thank you to the restaurent for letting us have tonight tasting.


No Wine Year Grape Region Yen Shop Points Rank 1s 2s Ls
A Ch. Beychevelle 1997 CS60%,Merlot28%,CF8% St. Julien 6,490 Seijo Ishii 65 4 2 1 1
B Ch. Palmer 1997 CS55%,Merlot40% Margaux 13,900 Seijo Ishii 54 2 3 3 2
C Bodegas "Lan" Reserva 1997 Tempranillo, Mazuelo Rioja 2,371 Seijo Ishii 69 5 1 4 3
D Ch. Haut-Brion 1997 CS50%,Merlot35%,CF15% Grave 14,800 Tokyu Toyoko 51 1 5 2 1
E Bahans Haut-Brion 1997 CS Grave 6,990 Seijo Ishii 76 7 0 1 2
F San Pedro "1865" Reserva 1997 CS Maipo Valley, Chile 3,800 Tokyu Toyoko 64 3 4 2 2
G Pichon-Longueville Baron 1997 CS46%,Merlot34%,CF12% Pauillac 8,690 Seijo Ishii 69 5 1 3 5

Rank: 1=Most Prefered, 9=Worst,
1s:No of attendee prefered best,
2s: No of attendee chose second best,
Ls:No of atendee ranked worst

Dishes for tonight

Place: at the restaurent Budo-ya, at OAG house




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