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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Tobacco, Cuban cigar, forest floor, cassis and blackberries pop from the glass. Powerful, classic and refined, in a masculine sense. An hour of air added a lot to the wine. Really coming along nicely, this is now a bit better than th 1982.

      95 points - Tasted
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  2. 1998 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Smoke, truffle, tobacco, blackberry and black cherry aromas get your attention, although it takes a bit of effort and air. Rich, concentrated, long and built to age, another 5 years will help soften the wine while adding additional complexities.

      95 points - Tasted
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  3. 1998 Château Haut-Brion

    1. This is a beauty in every sense of the word. Its silky essence is rich, complex and regal. This finesse driven, elegabt wine offers a beautiful purity of fruit, smoke and earth. There is more than enough fruit to make if fun to drink now. Yet patient consumers will be rewarded if they can wait 5-10 more years.

      98 points - Tasted
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  4. 1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. One of the best examples of a mature, yet still vibrant Medoc from the legendary 1982 vintage. It's aromatically complex, full bodied, long, concentrated and full of pleasure. Lots of cassis, tobacco and truffle in every sniff and swallow...

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Fresh, crisp, with perhaps a bit too much brightness in the fruit, as the cranberries are running over the darker berries. Tannic, earthy and crunchy, give this time and it might flesh out. But at close to 20 years of age, it is probably what it is when it comes to style and personality...

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Wow, this just keeps better and better. Offering a boatload of fresh, ripe berries, tobacco, truffle, cedar chest, tobacco, espresso and blackberry notes, the wine really delivers the goods. The finish is long, clean, intense and pure. 2 hours of air and it hit the spot.

      96 points - Tasted
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  7. 2007 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Served double blind, the wine showed a light color. Very young. This needs decanting or several more years in the cellar before its ready to drink. With effort, vanilla, lemon peel, orange, smoke and yellow citrus aromas began to wake up. The wine is rich, plush and polished, but clearly not ready for prime time drinking.

      95 points - Tasted
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  8. 2009 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Charming, supple, round style of Pauillac that is a treat in your mouth and on your palate. Still a baby, this could develop into a more exciting wine in the years to come.

      94 points - Tasted
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  9. 2009 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Stunning in every way really is all that needs to be said. The aromatics are off the hook with their showy, mineral, citrus, floral, vanilla and honeyed essence. On the palate, this thick, rich, wall of velvet drenched citrus is hard to beleive. The finish must last for over 60 seconds.

      99 points - Tasted
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  10. 2009 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Powerful, intense, concentrated, stony, fresh and filled with waves of just squeezed citrus notes, vanilla and mineral essence, this definitely makes a great impression. Although, its best days are clearly in the future.

      96 points - Tasted
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  11. 2010 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. This is super. It has everything needed to compete with the big boys, except the price. With layer after layer of ripe, sweet, fresh, pure fruits, great textures, refined tannins and a long finish, when this hits maturity, this is going to be a rockstar. If you're looking for a high quality, Classified Growth from the very expensive 2010 vintage, and you want the best wine for the money, this is the wine to buy.

      96 points - Tasted
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  12. 2010 Château Haut-Bailly

    1. Now we're talking! Holy Moly... This is so good it's almost off the charts. It's rich, concentrated and lush. The silk and velvet textures are a treat. The fruit retains a beautiful sense of purity. Everything is in balance and harmony. Wines this good can be tasted young. And you can this comment to the bank. This will be great when its developed.

      98 points - Tasted
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  13. 2010 Château Beychevelle

    1. Much better today, than it seemed to be on release. Full bodied, soft, refined, with the structure to age and develop, with air and effort, tobacco, black cherry, forest floor, fennel and cigar box aromatics are easily found. Polished, fresh and soft, this vibrant wine will get better for years. I would wait until at least 2020 to pop a cork.

      93 points - Tasted
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  14. 2010 Château de Fieuzal Blanc

    1. White peach and vanilla notes pair perfectly with the citrus peel and grapefruit aromatics. Rich, ripe and lively, the finish is fresh, clean, crisp and clear.

      92 points - Tasted
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  15. 2009 Château de Fieuzal Blanc

    1. Green apples, vanilla bean, grapefruit and lemon aromas continue all the way through. There is ample acidity to give the wine lift, and keep it fresh.

      90 points - Tasted
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  16. 2010 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Starting to tighten up, there is no doubting the incredible quality of this wine, with all its power, ripe fruit, silky tannins and charm, but it really wants cellaring time before it once again displays all it has to offer. I'd give it a decade.

      96 points - Tasted
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  17. 2009 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. This is another sublime 2009 Bordeaux that even with just a few years of age is clearly a better wine. It's deeper, richer, silkier and more complex. The wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with its stunning layers of perfectly ripe fruit. The finish goes on and on.

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Goulée

    1. Ripe, easy to like, fat, juicy, lush and round, the vanilla tinged espresso, black cherry and licorice scented wine is already serving a lot of pleasure.

      91 points - Tasted
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  19. 2009 Château Beychevelle

    1. Another wine that is better today, than on release. Showing a fleshy, polished refined, round personality. with soft, silky tannins and ripe dark berries with some dark chocoalte notes, this is a refined, elegant Bordeaux that needs more time in the bottle.

      92 points - Tasted
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  20. 2009 Château Haut-Bailly

    1. Good Lord this is stunning! It's rich, sensuous, mouth filling, lively and alive. The complex aromatics coupled with the silky textures leave you wanting more wine in your glass and on your palate.

      97 points - Tasted
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  21. 2007 Château de Fieuzal Blanc

    1. Mineral driven aromas of just squeezed lemons, grapefruit and flowers continue onto the palate. Nice acidity to keep things fresh and clean too.

      92 points - Tasted
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  22. 2005 Château Haut-Bailly

    1. This continues to develop nicely. It's filled with smoky dark fruits, tobacco, truffle and cigar box aromas. Polished, classy and long, there is good freshness in the finish. This is fine now, but its best days are still ahead.

      95 points - Tasted
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  23. 2005 Château de Fieuzal Blanc

    1. Clearly ready for drinking, with its grapefruit, lemon, lime, fresh personality in full force.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2006 Château Haut-Bailly

    1. Youthful, tannic, fresh, elegant, but with a refined, masculine side to its character, at least at his stage. With air, cocoa dusted blackberries, earth, tobacco and black cherry aromas are in full force. I'd give this at least 5-8-10 years of time to soften and develop. This will be a very fine wine when it does.

      93 points - Tasted
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  25. 2003 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. Double blind, my guess was at least 15 years older than its true age, due to its developed character. Soft, lush, and luscious, there is an array of secondary aromas that really charge you up, with their truffle, forest floor, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, plum and black cherry notes. I do not think this is going to fade sooner than it should, but as the wine is really nice now, why wait to pop a bottle?

      95 points - Tasted
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