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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2008 Château Duhart-Milon

    1. Far too young, but someone has to taste these in the name of science. With air and effort, smoke, tobacco, blackberry and earthy scents leads to a fresh, crisp, tannic, young Pauillac with good concentration that will be more fun to drink in 6-10 years. From a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol.

      92 points - Tasted
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  2. 2010 Château Lespault Martillac

    1. Easy to like, medium bodied, soft, elegantly styled wine with dark cherries, licorice, smoke and a hint of oak. This will probably be best in its first 10-12 years of life.

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2001 Château Pavie

    1. With a nose of licorice, dark chocolate covered boysenberries, smoke and coffee bean, this is really singing. In the sweet spot, this is soft, plush, silky and luscious on the palate. Decanted one hour prior to serving gets this ready to go. There was a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. Drink now and over the 12-15 years.

      95 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Château Cantelys

    1. Soft, easy going, easy drinking, medium bodied, crowd pleasing style of wine that will be best on the young side of life. This is a good example of a Bordeaux value wine with character.

      87 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Château Haut-Bergey Blanc

    1. From a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the wine is fresh, lively and packed with lemon, lime, crisp grapefruit and vanilla notes. This proved to be a delicious, crisp, summer afternoon treat.

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 1995 Château Montrose

    1. Classy, classic, masculine, big, tannic, young and demanding more time to soften, develop and offer more complexities. Clearly, this has good structure, and the ability to age and develop, but its beefy, masculine, tobacco, cassis and firm tannic style is going to be a problem for some tasters, while fans of more classic wines might like it more than I did.

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Secondary notes of tobacco, truffle, spice and blackberry are easy to find. Soft and round, with only a hint of sand in the tannins, the wine leaves you after it completes its lush, soft, cassis, cocoa and dark cherry finish. This will improve, but it's drinking a good palce if you have a bottle and want to pop a cork.

      95 points - Tasted
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  8. 2001 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

    1. 2 hours of decanting brought this wine where it needed to be. Full bodied, rich and youthful, it's packed with juicy ripe black cherries, black raspberries, plums, truffle and dark chocolate. Rich and lush, this is very good now, and will be even better in a few more years. For some reason, I ended up thinking this was a Thinking Man's Pomerol.

      95 points - Tasted
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  9. 2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. This is a pure wine of pleasure. It's rich, ripe, spicy, round and frankly delicious. Popped and poured, it really delivered the goods. There is so much great stuff in every sniff, swirl and sip, I am not sure there is any reason to age this much longer.

      93 points - Tasted
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  10. 2009 Château Trotanoy

    1. If you are seeeking one of wines most decadent experiences, this is where you go. I could spend all day describing the erotic, silky textures. Picture bottled sex and you get the idea. Just popped and poured, this was almost off the charts. Yes, it's still incredibly young and its best years are all in the future, but it's fun to check in and enjoy these wines in their youth allowing you to look back at what it was, and what it is. The wine is pricey. But if you can afford it, this is real deal for pleasure seekers. In the years to come, this could hit triple digits.

      99 points - Tasted
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  11. 2009 Château Fombrauge

    1. A really nice wine here. Popped and poured late into the evening, the wine has an open, forward, corpulent, ripe, juicy personality. Lots of licorice, chocolate covered black raspberries, vanilla bean and plum. Drink it now for its hedonistic qualities, or age it for secondary characteristics. Produced from a blend of A blend of 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, from low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 15% alcohol and does not display any sensation of heat. This is the best wine I've yet tasted from Fombrauge.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2002 Château Pavie

    1. Floral, earth, cherry blossoms, licorice, black raspberries, smoke and a faint whisper of oak in the background open to a soft, dusty, olive tapenade and plummy palate. This is probably at or close to its peak. No hurry to drink it, but it's not a wine to lay down for decades. I decanted this about 2 hours before consumption. The olive component became stronger as the night wore on. My instincts say, this wine might be better with a short decant, or popped and poured and allowed to develop in the glass.

      93 points - Tasted
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  13. 2011 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Full bodied, rich and polished, the fruit is fresh, ripe and expresses purity, length and supple textures. Produced from a blend 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15.5 alcohol.

      94 points - Tasted
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  14. 2011 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud

    1. Black cherry liqueur scents are all over the place before you feel the polished red fruits and tannins in the rich, concentrated, fresh finish. Blending 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15% alcohol.

      93 points - Tasted
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  15. 2011 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

    1. Pure, sweet, vibrant and silky, the supple textured wine delivers a lot of polished ripe, lush fruit in the finish. Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.

      93 points - Tasted
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  16. 2011 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes

    1. Blending 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre produced a wine with a smoky, incense and red berry nose. Fresh, silky, lush and concentrated, the wine ends with a blast of kirsch liqueur in the finish. This should get better with a few years of age.

      92 points - Tasted
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  17. 2011 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu

    1. Elegant, fresh and inviting, with its clean sweet kirsch flavors and aromatics, the wine is sweet and polished in character. Produced from a blend of 66% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre and 7% Syrah. The wine reached 15% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
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  18. 2011 Domaine de Fontavin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée David et Goliat

    1. 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah produced a medium bodied, silky wine with sweet, black cherries and a hint of jam. The wine is fresh and forward in style and reached 15% alcohol.

      90 points - Tasted
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  19. 2011 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix

    1. From 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah, the wine opens with notes of barbecue, black raspberry and herbs. Elegantly elegant textured, with a medium bodied finish, the wine serves up a delicious kirsch note in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  20. 2011 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières

    1. Silky, polished and smooth, the fresh, sweet, black raspberries make an appearance and leave a long impression in the finish. From a blend of 60% Grenache, 39% Syrah and 1% Counoise, the wine rechaed 15.5% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
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  21. 2011 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

    1. Blending 90% Grenache with 10% Mourvedre produce a plush, polished black cherry, spice and peppery wine. Open in style, easy drinking silky, fresh fruits appear with a touch of dryness in the 15.5% alcohol finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  22. 2011 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin

    1. Polished and plush, sweet and spicy, this 100% old vine Grenache wine is open, lushly textured and serving up a lot of lusty charm. The wine reached 15.5% alcohol without any touch of heat.

      93 points - Tasted
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  23. 2011 Domaine La Mereuille Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Baptaurelle

    1. 5 spice, blackberry and red plum on the nose. The palate enjoys soft, silky textures and a polished, accessible finish. From 100% Grenache, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2011 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

    1. Menthol and crisp, peppery red berries pair with soft, silky textures and a polished, cherry finish. From a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah and the remainder coming from assorted varietals, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
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  25. 2011 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Kirsch liqueur and garrigue on the nose are made even better by the soft, polished, elegant, layers of supple red fruits and spice. From 100% old vine Grenache, the wine reached 15% alcohol and is clearly one of the stars of the vintage.

      94 points - Tasted
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