Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2003 Château Pontet-Canet ( Pauillac)

    1. I love the early accessibility of the vintage. The wine already shows notes of tobacco, dark, red fruits, forest floor, cigar box and a dab of truffle. The tannins are soft, smooth and feel great, as the ripe, berries lubricate your palate. The blackberry and cassis finish sticks with you adding more earth, smoke and tobacco along the way. The wine was decanted about 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving, which was just fine.2003 is not the vintage of the century. I am not sure who claimed it was. But whoever uttered those words was wrong. But there are several truly great wines from the vintage, most of which come from the Northern Medoc. 2003 is the first vintage in the modern, Tesseron era where the vineyard started to shine.

      95 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Goulée ( Médoc)

    1. Forward, ripe, sweet and fresh, medium/full bodied, with sweet, dark chocolate covered blackberries and thyme from start to finish. This is already quite tasty, and it should be even better with time.

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Goulée Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Easy drinking, forward styled, fresh, juicy, white Bordeaux wine for early drinking pleasure. The wine is made from a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon.

      87 points - Tasted
  4. 2014 Les Pagodes de Cos ( St. Estèphe)

    1. Better from bottle than from barrel, there is a refined character to the ripe, juicy, bright fruits, and the Asian, spiced nuances really add a lot of complexity here. Fresh, forward and with personality, this medium bodied wine can be enjoyed young, and over the next decade with ease.

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2014 Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Probably not a wine to make old bones, but so what? The fresh squeezed lemon, lime, green apple and grapefruit, with a hint of honeysuckle, orange rind and vanilla bean are already serving up their easy to taste goods. The wine was made from a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon.

      91 points - Tasted
  6. 2005 Château Yon-Figeac ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Ready to go, the wine is medium bodied, silky, fresh, offering a nice blend of cocoa, black with red cherry, plum and earthy characteristics, that kicks in with a judicious dash of thyme in the soft textured finish. The wine was made from blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc.

      90 points - Tasted
  7. 2014 Château Cos d'Estournel ( St. Estèphe)

    1. Full bodied, concentrated and with a lush character to the tannins, the fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh. There is a sweetness and purity to the dark red berries that tastes and feels great. On the palate, the blackberries, earth, licorice and spice continue the experience. Drink a bottle young for its youthful vibrancy and save the rest for at least a decade, which is when this beauty will just start to shine its lights brightly.

      96 points - Tasted
  8. 2007 Château Cos d'Estournel ( St. Estèphe)

    1. Medium bodied, bright, fresh, crisp, earthy red berries, with notes of spice, earth, tobacco, espresso, fennel and fresh herbs. Fully mature, this is as good as it is going to get. So, if you want to enjoy the remainder of the of the soft fruits, pop a cork before the wine begins its slow fade into old age. The wine was made from blending 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.4% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
  9. 2001 Château Langoa Barton ( St. Julien)

    1. Drinking well at this time, there is a freshness, brightness and crisp quality to the dark red fruits, coupled with a medium bodied, slightly tannic palate presence. An hour or 2 of air will add a lot to the wine.

      91 points - Tasted
  10. 1996 Château Léoville Las Cases ( St. Julien)

    1. First Growth in quality is the first and most accurate descriptor that comes to mind. Power, precision, finesse, purity of fruit, coupled with a regal quality to the tannins, textures and fruit are what you'll find. Concentrated, but not the least bit heavy, this is a stunner. Perhaps the wine was decanted about 20 minutes before serving. This is just sublime! If you want to experience Leoville Las Cases at its best, this is the vintage to open today.

      99 points - Tasted
  11. 1970 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou ( St. Julien)

    1. Solid example of classic, old school, Saint Julien, with its nose of cedar, tobacco, wet forest floor, spice box and red berries. Rustic, but charming, the medium bodied wine is more on the secondary side of life. No decanting needed here, just pop and pour.

      90 points - Tasted
  12. 2015 Château Beychevelle ( St. Julien)

    1. This should come in at the middle or the top of my range as the wine has fleshed out, softened and added more complexity and length. This is just a great wine, but look out, as the 2016 is even better!!!

      94 points - Tasted
  13. 2015 Château Cantemerle ( Haut-Médoc)

    1. Developing nicely. Its floral character remains out in front before you find the soft textured, ripe, sweet, black and red berries. Soft, bright and gentle in texture, this will be one of the top vintages for Cantemerle.

      93 points - Tasted
  14. 2015 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Deeply concentrated, the wine has this sexy, sensuous nature, with supple, plush tannins and richness that lets you know this is quite special. This will easily score at the top of the range once in bottle.

      95 points - Tasted
  15. 2000 Château du Tertre ( Margaux)

    1. With smoky cocoa, dark cherries and truffle essences, the wine is soft, elegant and refined. Medium bodied, with a spicy edge, the fruit has freshness and vibrancy, with just a hint of leafy, herbs in the finish. From a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this is the first vintage in a few years to add any Petit Verdot.

      91 points - Tasted
  16. 2002 Château du Tertre ( Margaux)

    1. Fully developed, the wine is medium bodied, with a soft entry and a distinctive herbal character on the palate and in the finish, especially in the end notes. . Classic in style is a good way to define the vintage here. The wine was made from a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, which is the highest percentage used in the blend.

      88 points - Tasted
  17. 2008 Château du Tertre ( Margaux)

    1. Still on the young, fruity side of the style range with loads of black cherries in the mouth and nose, you find more maturity in the finish, with its soft, silky, elegant tannins and freshness. Give it a few more years and will be even better. The wine was produced using 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.

      92 points - Tasted
  18. 2011 Château du Tertre ( Margaux)

    1. Developing rapidly, the wine already shows secondary characteristics. Medium bodied, fresh but light on the palate, there is an herbal note that is quite strong in the otherwise, fresh, silky finish. The wine was made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

      89 points - Tasted
  19. 2015 Château Faugères ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. With more silk on the tannins, additional layers of fruit and complexity, this should easily hit the top of my barrel scores with its round, fat, juicy, sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, cocoa, anise, smoke and plums. The lushly textured finish leaves an impression.

      92 points - Tasted
  20. 2015 Château Gazin ( Pomerol)

    1. Continuing to develop nicely, the wine offers silky textures, floral, cocoa and plums from start to finish.

      95 points - Tasted
  21. 2015 Château Haut-Bailly ( Pessac-Léognan)

    1. Not quite at the level of the 2009 and 2010, but not too far from that plateau either. This is at top for the level of quality coming out of Haut Bailly these days. Deep in color, the wine is intense, there is a wall of truffle, smoke and blackberries with cigar box overtones that grab you. Full bodied and deep, with a lot of flavor and intensity, this is a solid wine that I cannot wait to taste in bottle.

      97 points - Tasted
  22. 1985 Château L'Evangile ( Pomerol)

    1. This is fully mature. The color shows a tea hue that crries right on through to its ruby edges. Earthy, leafy, truffley and with dark red fruits, the wine is silky and fresh, with a brightness to the red fruits and plums. The wine was made from a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. At this point in time, there was no second being made. The wine reached 12.45% alcohol. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 2.

      90 points - Tasted
  23. 2002 Château L'Evangile ( Pomerol)

    1. Forest leaf, plum and earthy scents come to forefront. On the palate, the wine is medium/full bodied, with a distinctive, herbal edge to the fruit, finishing with licorice and spicy red berries. This is probably close to fully mature. The wine was made from a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc.

      90 points - Tasted
  24. 2005 Château L'Evangile ( Pomerol)

    1. Truffle, wet earth, plum liqueur and dark chocolate get things started. Full bodied and concentrated, this is starting to show its true self. The fruit blends intensity, richness and silky tannins. There is length, balance and freshness. The harvest took place from September 8 to September 26. The wine was made from a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. The wine is 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 77% of the harvest was used to create the Grand Vin.

      99 points - Tasted
  25. 2015 Château Léoville Poyferré ( St. Julien)

    1. Dark in color, silky in texture, complex in nature and sensuous, ripe and concentrated in its personality, this should score in the middle or the top of my range.

      95 points - Tasted