2004 La Tempérance, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1210108 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This Haut-Medoc sleeper of the vintage from Bordeaux visionary Bernard Magrez possesses copious quantities of black currant and cherry fruit as well as supple tannins presented in a medium-bodied, opulent style... (RP)  (6/2007)

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 Now mature, this is a powerful wine for the vintage. It has a spice note, plus tannins that are still present and likely to develop further. The flavors of truffle, gamy beef and beet are are testaments to the age of this wine. (RV)  (2/2013)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2018 | Send Email
This is showing wonderfully, with lots of firm cherry and blackberry fruits, a touch of licorice and baking spice, and just a hint of smokey game. The tannins have developed perfectly so far. It is still quite youthful and will continue to age nicely for several more years.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
Another one of our beautifully matured Bordeaux's that can be had for next to nothing. Well, for under $15 but you get the idea. Soft, complex and showing those secondary notes from the bottle age, this wine is one of my new favorites. Sweet dark fruit, savory, earthy and well balanced. What more could you ask for?

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
From the portfolio of Bernard Magrez, owner of Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac-Leognan. While it might be too much to suggest that there is a "Magrez" style, it is true that many of his wines adopt a "take no prisoners" approach, combining toasty oak with a certain generosity of fruit. This 2004 Ch. La Temperance, Haut Medoc is no exception. There is a hint of age beginning to emerge on the nose here, with savory truffle notes combining with hints of roasted coffee. Plenty of sweet, ripe red and black fruits on the palate but with good underlying structure. The bright acidity and firm tannins are evident. A typical if slightly modern style Bordeaux to enjoy with tonight's dinner. Decant and enjoy!
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Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
Fully matured Bordeaux for less than fifteen bucks? Yes, it exists. This attractively priced, right-bank bottling is showing notes of blackcurrant, dark fruit and an undertone of that classic Medoc terroir that I can only describe as sweet-dirt. Mmmmmm. Go getcha some!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2015 | Send Email
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This may be the best deal in many, many Moons for cellared aged Bordeaux that I have seen. Medium-deep ruby in color, the perfectly evolved aged aromas of cedar, cassis, blackberry fruit are expressive and opulent, and are highlighted by mocha and roasted coffee bean tones. In the mouth, these wonderful aspects come across with a rich, lush, developed, viscous, complex, integrated presentation, and finishes with a long, deep, warm set of flavors. Wait a minute! How much was this Gem? $14.99? No way! We have wines that are four to five times more expensive that don’t come close to the quality of this beautifully aged Bordeaux. Clyde has suggested that this could age and improve for another ten years, and my response to that is “Why?” This Gem is absolutely delicious now and why wait at this price. Rusty has ordered me to bring home cases, upon cases of this amazing wine. Don’t Miss This! Great Value! ***** 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2025

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2015 | Send Email
This is a Bordeaux drinker dream: A perfectly cellared wine from the owner of the legendary Chateau Pape-Clement that is approaching the magical 10 years of age and sells for a paltry 15 bucks. This is hearty and round with oodles of dark, earthy fruit, no hard edges and soft complexity. This rich, plump bargain is drinking perfectly right now.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2015 | Send Email
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We sold out quickly last time. Some delicious well priced 04s out there. Try this one.
Drink from 2015 to 2026

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