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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2009 Château de Malle

    1. Forward, fresh, lively honeyed tropical fruits, orange, candied lemon peel, nectarine and vanilla notes make up this medium bodied, tasty wine.

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2009 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet

    1. Full bodied, soft, lush, round and packed with ripe, old vine Grenache, the wine serves up sweet, fresh, ripe cherries, kirsch, black raspberries and black pepper. This is a really nice style of Chateauneuf that makes it hard to put the glass down.

      94 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château La Commanderie St. Émilion Grand Cru

    1. Early drinking, medium bodied, soft, wine with a core of black cherries, licorice and oak.

      87 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Tertre Daugay

    1. The last good vintage for Tertre Daugay, because the estates was sold to the owners of Haut Brion and merged into Quintus delivers a ripe, fleshy, sweet layer of dark red fruits, licorice and earth in an open, easy to like style.

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2002 Château Angélus

    1. More interesting on the nose, with its earth, tobacco, cherry and thyme personality, than on the medium bodied palate, with its sightly rustic tannins and dark, red plum character.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Outstanding, attention seeking, ripe, bold, rich, full bodied and concentrated with loads of deeply colored, dark red, sweet fruits, earth, spice and peppery pleasure, with a just a hint of jam, thyme and herbs for good measure. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

      95 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Domaine de la Ronciere Châteauneuf-du-Pape Louis Geoffrey Cuvée Rabelais

    1. Forward, medium bodied, with a touch of oak in the sweet, lush, round, black raspberry, kirsch and earthy, garrigue character.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Good things come to those that wait! And this just keeps better and better, but what else should expect from a great terroir and the talented Philippe Dhalluin. Concentrated with layers of sweet, silky, opulent berries, velvety tannins, an attention seeking nose of cassis, cigar box, earth, truffle and Asian spice, the wine ends sensations of pure silk, velvet and opulence, that literally bathes your palate.

      98 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. This is one of those honey, it's not you, it's me wines. Meaning, I do not always find the greatness in the bottles I've had. Almost for sure, the intense ripeness of the vintage causes bottle variation. At least that's my theory and I'm sticking to it. I've had that same sensation with other 2003 Bordeaux wines as well. On to this bottle, it had it all. It was rich, silky, polished, complex, aromatic, long and deep. OK, it was advanced for its age in color and maturity, but it was truly a stunner!

      98 points - Tasted
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  10. 1962 Château d'Yquem

    1. Molasses, with copper accents in color, with a nose of butterscotch, caramel, apricot, orange, creme brulee and roasted nuts, you know you're in for a treat. The wine is silky, young, spicy, sweet, luscious and delicious. The finish really leaves an impression that you do not want to lose. The wine makes you keep your nose in the glass long after the last sip has been tasted. Yes, Chateau Yquem is expensive, especially when compared to every other Sauternes. Perhaps in its youth, it's hard to know why. But pop a cork on any other 50 year old bottle of sweet, white Bordeaux next to an Yquem and the lights will go off. You'll get it!

      96 points - Tasted
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  11. 1990 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. This is a fine wine. But for a First Growth selling for the money it does, it falls short. Everything is there, the nose, palate and finish, but where is the excitement and energy needed for this much money? There are selling wines, and drinking wines. This is more of the first, and less of the last.

      93 points - Tasted
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  12. 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. I'm hearing Etta James with "At Last." I've wanted to taste this wine for years. And finally, or should I say, at last, you're here in my glass, and I can say without reservation, where that wine went next. Right where it was supposed to be! If you're looking for the wine of the vintage, stop your search. I am thinking we have a winner, and that says a lot for 1996 Left Bank Bordeaux! The intense powerful, complex nose with its attention grabbing forest floor, earth, some, cassis, Cuban tobacco and cedar wood is off the hook. And that's just the start of the party. The wine has this beautiful purity of fruit, velvet textures and lushness to it, that makes impossible not to want to take another sip. The finish lingers, expands and gains in complexity for well over 60 seconds! Yes, this is more than expensive. But if you have the money, or very wealthy friends, this is real deal.

      100 points - Tasted
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  13. 1998 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. Still young, with a lot of tannin to resolve, the wine seemed tightly hemmed in and took effort to bring out its textbook cedar wood, tobacco, cassis and earthy, spicy nose. Concentrated and deep, with a lot of its ability held tightly in check, this will require at least another decade or more to really begin to gets all it has to offer.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 2000 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. This is very good. Not great, but really fine. The fruit has a regal quality, the tannins are ripe, soft and polished. There is ample concentration, but perhaps not at the same level that the top of wines of the vintage show. My guess is, there is more here than meets the eye at the moment and that with 15 or more years, this could really deliver the goods.

      97 points - Tasted
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  15. 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. I get to taste this wine a lot, as I own it, and so do many of my friends. While some bottles are more open and expressive than others, it never fails to impress with its massive wall of ripe, intense fruits, nose of Cuban Cigars, cedar chest, truffle, Asian spice, and long, powerful, tannic,yet, polished finish. This is still young and will only get better and better for decades.

      98 points - Tasted
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  16. 2006 Château Lafite Rothschild

    1. Tightly knit, as you would expect at only 9 years age, this blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot starts off with an earthy, forest floor, cedar chest, smoke, tobacco and cedar wood nose. Full bodied, structured and showing a crisp, firm, yet, elegant and ripe Cabernet Sauvignon character, with the tannins and concentration to age, this demands 10-20 more years before the fun starts.

      96 points - Tasted
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  17. 2006 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Young, OK, very young, but there is a lot to like here, with its fragrant nose of cassis, lead pencil, earth, spice, tobacco and blackberry filled perfume. Opulent, silky, round and concentrated, give it 10 more years to come around and it should score even better. At least I hope so. I'm sitting on my bottles patiently.

      96 points - Tasted
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  18. 2006 Château Suduiraut

    1. Really nice wine here, but lacking the concentration and lush character found in the best vintages. Still, there is ample layers of honey coated apricots, orange, pineapple, vanilla bean and floral scents to get you going. The sweet, fresh, luscious, spicy, honeyed finish is a treat. This will only get better with time.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 2010 Château Magdelaine

    1. Medium bodied, stony and fresh, the mineral driven nose is complicated by notes of thyme, black cherry, earth and plums. Clearly there is more held in reserve that should come out with 5-7 years of age.

      90 points - Tasted
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  20. 2009 Château La Serre

    1. Forward, medium bodied, fresh, open and serving up an easy drinking mix of ripe dark cherries, black raspberry, flowers and earth, with a soft, polished finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  21. 2009 Château Puy-Blanquet

    1. Medium bodied, light in color, with a focus or bright, fresh, red fruits, this should offer its best drinking in its youth.

      85 points - Tasted
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  22. 2009 Clos St. Julien

    1. Mineral driven, floral nose, with ripe dark plum and blackberries and earth on the nose. Young, no, very young, with good concentration and a stony, fresh finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  23. 2010 Domaine Roger Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes

    1. Medium bodied, forward, soft, silky and easy to drink, with its sweet, black raspberry, cherry, spice, earth and vanilla personality. The wine is modern styled, but quite tasty and fresh.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2009 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Cornelia Constanza

    1. Round, lush, concentrated, ripe and delicious, the black raspberry, kirsch, thyme, earth and spicy personalty really shine. Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, the finish feels great and leaves you with a lasting impression of ripe red berries.

      93 points - Tasted
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  25. 2005 Château Petit Bocq

    1. Probably drinking at its peak now. The nose, with its truffle, tobacco, blackberry and earthy scents are a little more interesting than the medium bodied, slightly rustic, finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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