Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2000 Château d'Angludet

    1. Fully mature, the secondary characteristics of tobacco, earth, cedar and cherries are easy to find. Medium/full bodied and firm in a classic manner, there is some rusticity in the tannins. The freshness in the mature fruit however, was appealing. The bottle was popped and poured.

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2001 Château Fontenil

    1. Fully mature, with a smoky, thyme, black cherry, plum, mocha and floral nose, the wine is round, fleshy, soft and ready for easy going, prime time drinking. This well-priced charmer is ready for drinking. Pop, pour and enjoy.

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2005 Clos Puy Arnaud

    1. Medium bodied, fully mature, with good freshness to the fruit, the wine has a fine, sweet, plum, licorice and black cherry character, with the right amount of earthy, secondary notes. But its lack of density and fruit is also apparent. Popped and poured, the wine was made from a blend of 65% Merlot , 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon .

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 2005 Château Bel Air la Royère

    1. This fully mature, medium bodied, round textured wine, with its sweet, earthy, dark red fruits, spice, licorice, smoke and tobacco characteristics needs to be drunk up over the next few years before the fruit slides away. This is an interesting wine as it has one of the highest percentages of old vine Malbec in Bordeaux with about 45% of it in the blend.

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Château Chasse-Spleen

    1. Medium bodied, soft textured and serving up a lot of freshness in its melange of dark, red fruits, this can easily age for a few more years, allowing all its components to come further together as its a bit tight and simple at the moment.

      87 points - Tasted
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  6. 2005 Château Clarke

    1. Stoic and firm in character, the nose, with its tobacco, wet earth, spice, cassis and cherry aromatics are the best part of the wine. There is an austerity on the palate that will definitely appeal to lovers of older, so called classic wines more than it did to me.

      84 points - Tasted
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  7. 2000 Château Malescot St. Exupéry

    1. Over the years, the wine has clearly become more elegant in its texture. The nose is still holding on to a touch oak, but the truffle, floral, smoke, cassis, cherry and dark chocolate are more of what you notice. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, silky, fruity and youthful for being close to 17 years of age. With time in the glass, hints of mint made an appearance. However, the oak remains present, even with more air. It is not off putting, but it's there. All the tannins seem to be resolved. I expect my few remaining bottles will be even better with 3-5 more years of age, as the fruit seems young and vibrant. The wine was splash decanted and served about 10 minutes later.

      92 points - Tasted
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  8. 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Elegant in style, there is good freshness to all the sweet, ripe, kirsch, cherries and black raspberries, accompanied by spice, herbs and black pepper aromatics. Medium bodied, silky and refined, this is already fully mature. There is no reason to hold it for further aging.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 1998 Château Clinet

    1. Popped and poured, the aromatics offered flowers, black cherry, chocolate covered raspberry, truffle, licorice and dark chocolate. Soft, round, elegant and most importantly, delicious, the medium bodied wine lacks the depth and concentration found in the top vintages of the estate. It also lacks the high price too. Truthfully, this had a lot of charm on the nose and palate, ending with a hint of dusty earth in the chocolate covered, plum finish. There is no need to hold your bottles any longer as this is fully mature and ready to go.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Château Malescasse

    1. Fully mature, the wine is medium bodied, with an earthy, tobacco, cassis, olive and blackberry character on the nose and palate. The dusty tannins are accompanied by bright, red fruits in the crisp finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.

      85 points - Tasted
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  11. 2011 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

    1. I like Sauternes when it's mature and when it's on the young side. And there's nothing wrong with that, as variety is the spice of life. Right? This already a delicious, sweet treat that pops with apricot, pineapple and white nectarines topped with vanilla, honey and roasted nuts. Fresh, vibrant, sweet and lush, with a tropical slant in the finish, this is only going to get better over the years.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2012 Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux

    1. Medium bodied, firm, classically styled, crisp wine, with strong tannins and a bright cassis, smoke and espresso bean finish. Time could add more character and softness to the wine. But the vintage was a difficult year for many estates in the Haut Medoc .

      87 points - Tasted
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  13. 2013 Ao Yun Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. The first vintage of Ao Yun is a winner. The $250 might turn a lot of people off for a wine from China , but with only 200 cases being made, this is going to sell through. From a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is floral in nature. Ripe, but not over ripe, it is elegant in style. There is a spicy, polished, fresh quality to the dark red fruits, softness in the tannins and freshness in the finish. There is no sensation of heat, or jammy characteristics, even though the wine is 13.8%. The wine improved in the glass for the hour or so, we were able to sit with it. 2013 is the initial vintage, knowing that Jean Guillaume Prats in charge of the project, I expect future releases to be even better.

      93 points - Tasted
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  14. 2013 Château La Lagune

    1. The only wine produced in the history of the estate that was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is light, forward and shows herbal qualities with light, fresh, bright red fruits in its character. Drink this forward wine on the young side as it does not have the stuffing to last.

      88 points - Tasted
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  15. 2012 Château La Lagune

    1. Produced using a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvingnon, 26% Merlot and 18% Petit Verdot , the wine displays a fresh, black raspberry, spicy, olive tapanade character. There is freshness and crisp, peppery, spicy, fresh red berries coupled with thyme and pepper in the tannic finish. Give it another 5-7 more years to develop. This could have the highest concentration of Petit Verdot in the blend for the estate and 18%.

      91 points - Tasted
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  16. 2011 Château La Lagune

    1. The wine was made from a blending of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. The wine is already showing well with its medium bodied, light, red fruit, herb and spicy character. But the finish is short here. Drink this on the young side.

      89 points - Tasted
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  17. 2010 Château La Lagune

    1. Obviously young and holding back more than it’s capable of offering, with effort, the floral, earthy, spicy red fruits begin to emerge. The tannins are present, but ripe, soft and delivering the correct amount of backbone for aging. Fresh, pure, deep, dark, silky, rich red fruits line the finish. Given another 5 years in the bottle, this could be as good, or even better than the sublime 2005! The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a healthy does of 10% Petit Verdot.

      94 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Château La Lagune

    1. The first thing you notice might be the abundance of fresh floral notes, but that is only the beginning. The spice, smoke, licorice, tobacco leaf, black cherry and plum scents take it even further. Silky, lush, fresh and sensuous in texture, this medium bodied, elegant, polished wine can be enjoyed in its youth. But I’d wait another 5-7 years as this promises to be even better. This is the most hedonistic vintage ever produced at La Lagune . The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot.

      94 points - Tasted
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  19. 2005 Château La Lagune

    1. Tobacco, cedar, black raspberry, licorice and smoke, the wine is a medium/full bodied, silky, fresh, vibrant, lively, wine of finesse, lushness and elegance. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvginon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. I have been following this beauty since it was initially produced and this is the best showing yet. Due to its elegant, silky nature, you can drink this today. But I'm willing to bet that another 5 more years of rest will add more depth, complexity and nuances to the wine.

      94 points - Tasted
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  20. 2004 Château La Lagune

    1. The first vintage for the Frey family after purchasing the famed estate is made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvginon, 30% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. The wine shows some lightening of color at the edge. Notes of spice, olives, cherry, earth and smoke on the nose are available as soon as the wine is popped and poured. The medium bodied, classic, slightly strict vintage for La Lagune is ready to drink, leaving you with a spicy, fresh, crisp, firm red berry and green olive finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 2008 Château La Lagune

    1. Firm style of wine for La Lagune, with an olive tapenade edge to all the crisp red fruits, if you dig a bit deeper, you find hints of lowers and cherry notes, but you have to look for them. A few more years of cellaring could add more complexities and softness to the wine. This was produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot.

      90 points - Tasted
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  22. 2007 Château La Lagune

    1. Fully mature, there is ripe, kirsch, floral, earth, tobacco and plum notes in the perfume,. But as you might expect, the wine is lighter in style and is clearly meant for consumption over the next 5-7 years or so, to allow you to get the most from its elegant, red berry charm.

      88 points - Tasted
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  23. 2006 Château La Lagune

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, elegant, sweet, red berries, fresh picked flowers and a polished texure shows this wine is close to ready for prime time drinking. The wine ends with a sweet, fresh, elegant, cherry finish. This is one of the few 2006 wines that is already drinking well. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

      91 points - Tasted
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  24. 2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

    1. Medium/full bodied and on the elegant, refined side of the style range, there is good freshness, purity of fruit and smoky, earthy blackberries to please the palate. But the same level of refinement and plush, polished fruits found in the best vintages is not present.

      93 points - Tasted
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  25. 2007 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

    1. Tannic, young, ripe and firm, especially for a 2007 wine, this needs time to integrate, develop more softness in the tannins and flesh out.

      93 points - Tasted
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