On my trip to Bordeaux, I was lucky enough to be invited for lunch at Ch. Destieux by Mr. Dauriac. My negociant and our courtier joined us as well. At lunch we talked about the wine business, the medical laboratory testing business (which we both have experience in), and life learnings in general. It was a wonderfully enjoyable lunch and I wish more of business and life in general was like this – having real conversations and dialogue with the people you are working with – without time constraints, agendas, and deliverables.
Mr Dauriac owns a number of estates including Ch. Destieux in St. Emilion and Ch. La Clemence in Pomerol and he treated us to a vertical from each estate during lunch. We had Ch. Destieux 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1999 and Ch. La Clemence 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Ch. Destieux is an underappreciated wine from St. Emilion that ages well and offers a great value to price ratio. Ch. La Clemence is a very (I mean very) small Pomerol estate that makes great wine.You have probably never heard of it but you should try these wines – if you can find some bottles – because of the small production they are rare.
I have included below my notes on all the wines and Rooftop will be offering these wines in the next couple of weeks – on offers presented to us by Mr. Dauriac.
I can’t thank him enough for his generosity and I hope that you will be able to enjoy these wines sometime in the near future.
1994 Ch. Destieux: Ruby red. Deep, dark and still youthful looking. Intense mature nose of earth, mushrooms and plum with hints of licorice and anise. Soft on the palate with mature fruit and soft tannins. Pleasant and nice. For drinking now.
1995 Ch. Destieux: Lighter in density than the 1994. Brighter red but with more bricking on the edge. More closed on the nose but much more youthful and primary with driven red plum aromas. Beautifully acidic on the palate with good structure, medium tannins, nice balance, and a medium to long finish. This is a wonderful wine. Very refreshing. Elegant and for near term drinking.
1996 Ch. Destieux: Deep dark ruby red. Quite dark and opaque. Dense out to the edge with no bricking. Very primary fruit with a touch of vanilla. This wine is just beginning to mature. Medium plus body with much more acidity and structure than the 1995 and much more concentrated. Good wine that is built to last. This will last for a long time. Buy as much as you can get. This was my favorite wine of the tasting.
1999 Ch. Destieux: Darkest of the Destieux wines. Concentrated. Nose of sweet red fruit and caramel. A very primary wine at this stage in its life. Good balance with medium body and nice acididty. A good choice for you – if you like a fruitier profile on your Bordeaux.
1996 Ch. La Clemence: Ruby red. A touch of transparency on the edge. Bright and youthful. Far more subtle and complex than the Ch. Destieux wines with aromas of plum, earth, tobacco, tar, and anise. But still concentrated and powerful. Balanced with a long finish. Classic wine.
1997 Ch. La Clemence: Still very bright and youthful. Opaque. Classic 1997 wine with dark fruit, strong acidity, light body and extracted tannins. Aging well and quite pleasant and elegant. Good wine. For drinking in the near term.
1998 Ch. La Clemence: Very deep and dark colour. Opaque. Huge. This is a big wine. Intense mature and developed nose of complex aromas that include plum, earth, and leather. A medium bodied wine with fresh fruit and good acidity and a touch of herbaceousness. A great wine – but, personally, I feel it is a touch below the 1996. Recommend not decanting this wine – open and drink.
1999 Ch. La Clemence: Even deeper and darker in colour than the 1998. Blood red. Bright and Youhtful. Wow. More primary with a soft and sweet nose of fruit and caramel mixed with medicinal herbs. This wine is floral on the palate with strong acidity and a finish that is a touch too short. Good wine. That is elegant and drinkable right now.