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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 1970 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Bottle variation is to be expected with wines that are 45 years of age. We were more than lucky with this bottle as it was the best example of 1970 Latour tasted in ages. Cedar, tobacco, cassis, cigar box and ash aromatics were all over the place. The wine was still fresh, the tannins were resolved and the finish combined hints of rusticity with elegance, it was long and the fruit was sweet.

      96 points - Tasted
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  2. 1985 Château Haut-Brion

    1. From a perfect bottle, this could be the wine of the vintage. Soft, silky, smooth, fresh, sweet, ripe, complex and delicious, the tannins caress your palate, the fruit lingers and the smoky, tobacco drenched character of Haut Brion really shines through. At 30 years of age, this wine is drinking perfectly. And frankly, for an Haut Brion of this quality, it sells for a song in the auction marketplace today.

      96 points - Tasted
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  3. 1985 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

    1. Not quite as good as the last bottle from the same case, this bottle showed some gruffness to the tannins in the otherwise, plummy, cherry and chocolate finish. Slightly more interesting on the truffle centric palate, this is fully mature.

      93 points - Tasted
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  4. 2001 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois

    1. Served double blind in a flight of the best 2001 wines from Chateauneuf, this came out first! With 2 hours of double decanting, the wine announced its presence with its dark, almost opaque color. On the palate, the wine was incredibly intense. It was rich, vibrant, erotic, fresh and opulent in character. Packed and stacked with layer after layer of ripe, sweet, pure, juicy fruits, the wine filled your mouth, coated your palate with flavor and lingered as you waited for another sip. The oak was completely integrated. This was the best showing for this wine I've yet tasted.

      100 points - Tasted
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  5. 1985 Château L'Evangile

    1. Fully mature, with a truffle, tobacco, plum, dark cherry and earthy nose, the wine is soft and round, finishing with an elegant, plum and cocoa note. Fully mature, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. The second bottle from a case and clearly, I could have waited another 5 or more years. With 2-3 hours of air, the meaty, kirsch, garrigue, spice, pepper and wild cherry aromas began emerging. Full bodied, concentrated, long, deep and fresh, the wine creates an impression.

      98 points - Tasted
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  7. 2001 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

    1. Stunning in every way, the wine paired intensity, power, elegance and concentration with ripe fruits, freshness and complex aromatics. Still young, there is no real reason to wait to open a bottle, but there is no hurry either as this is Chateauneuf du Pape at its best!

      100 points - Tasted
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  8. 1937 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. From a bottle that still held the original cork and a fill that was correct for being almost 80 years of age, this bottle was a poor drinking experience. The nose combined old cigarette, tobacco and ash aromas, but not fruit. On the palate, the wine was better than just wet, but just barely. Oh well... Another piece of bottled history down the drain. I've heard that good bottles of the 1937 provide great drinking. If you have a bottle, I hope it turn out better than mine.

      70 points - Tasted
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  9. 1962 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This bottle was good, but sadly, not great. Better on the nose, with its tobacco, cigar box, herbs, forest floor, cedar chest and cherry notes than on the palate, which was starting to fade. Other bottles have been better. Regardless, tasting Latour with more than 50 years of age is always a treat.

      93 points - Tasted
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  10. 2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

    1. Based on the color, you'd swear this was at least 10 or maybe 20 years older than its true age, due to its light hue. On the palate, the wine was fresh, sweet, silky, polished and long. The texture was exotic and you could easily say the same thing about the ripe kirsch on the palate. The nose was complex, the fruit was there, but it was far more advanced than the other high-end 2001 Chateauneuf du Papes opened in the same flight.

      95 points - Tasted
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  11. 2010 Château Mont Thabor Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium/full bodied, dark red in color, plushly textured, with a ripe, sweet, black raspberry, thyme, pepper and garrigue personality. There is freshness and a blast of kirsch in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 1991 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Stunning in every sense of the word with its intense display of sweet black cherry liqueur, crushed rocked, licorice, smoke and black raspberry jam. The was coats your palate, teeth and gums with flavor that does not quit. Double decanted about 4 hours in advance, the wine is the real deal. Still youthful, this promises to be even better in the years to come.

      100 points - Tasted
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  13. 1989 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Picture sitting around an open campfire, with wet earth, cracked pepper, roasted herbs, fennel and sweet black currants and you get the idea on the nose. On the palate, the wine is intensely concentrated, powerful and almost dense, yet all of this is in harmony. The fruit is ripe, soft, fresh and sweet, the tannins are polished and the finish is long. Double decanted for 4 hours prior to serving, this was a great showing for the first wine from Michel Chapoutier that announced things were changing at his winery.

      98 points - Tasted
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  14. 1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Double decanted about 4 hours before serving helped soften the wine. Still youthful in appearance, and not fully developed in the nose, with some tannins left to soften, the concentrated, lush, dense wine is loaded with sweet, ripe fruits, earth, smoke, licorice and black cherries. The wine is starting to open, but it promises to be better in 5-10 years. This bottle, from the same case as the previous bottles tasted was a markedly better tasting experience.

      96 points - Tasted
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  15. 1990 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Purity, intensity, incredible length, minerality, freshness and uniqueness of character shine though with this stunner. Powerful, yet graceful, double decanted 4 hours in advance of serving, this beauty shows a floral, peppery, earthy, black cherry and crushed rock character that does not quit.

      99 points - Tasted
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  16. 2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Inky, black with purple in color, this massive, concentrated, dense, thick, tannic wine is as you would expect, young and offering only promise of what is to come at this stage. The licorice, espresso, blackberry liqueur and smoke filled nose is surpassed by the intense, mouth coating waves of dense fruit and ripe tannins. Based on recent tastings of older vintages, this will demand at least 20 more years in the cellar before it really starts to open up.

      98 points - Tasted
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  17. 1990 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Showing its correct age, with a light, ruby tone, the nose is pure cassis, cigar box, tobacco, mint, cherry pipe tobacco and wet forest aromas. On the palate, the wine is smoky, concentrated with a strong tobacco essence, silky smooth tannins, and a fresh, clean, long, pure cherry and cassis finish. This was really showing great with just 15 minutes in the decanter. If you have a bottle, pop a cork, you'll be happy you did.

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Just starting to get into a good place with its plush, rich textures, nose of sweet, black cherry liqueur, thyme, earth and garrigue and lusty finish. This should age for another 10 years or more without any trouble.

      92 points - Tasted
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  19. 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

    1. What a beauty from start to finish with its cedar chest, tobacco, earth and cassis filled nose. Concentrated, fresh, lively and displaying the patina of age in its texture, the fruit was still vibrant and the tannins were soft and round. This is really showing great today. it could get better. But there is no reason to wait. The bottle was popped and poured.

      97 points - Tasted
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  20. 1982 Château Cheval Blanc

    1. The wine has been on the slow, downhill slope for years and this bottle was no exception. With an advanced color for its age, the nose was more interesting than the palate. While silky, soft and smooth, there was a hint of dryness in the finish that reduced the level of enjoyment in the wine. Other bottles have been better, but as you know, after 20 years of age, there are only great bottles, there are no great wines.

      94 points - Tasted
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  21. 1995 Château Léoville Las Cases

    1. A clear winner in this mixed vintage, the wine is concentrated, deep and fresh, with a ripe, blackberry essence. Full bodied and long, the wine is young, yet, with the ripeness in the tannins and the fruit, it's already enjoyable in your glass. In time, another 10 years or so, this will be even better!

      96 points - Tasted
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  22. 1995 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. One of the best wines of the vintage as it shows none of the often, harshness to the tannins. The wine is soft, round and silky, with complex aromatics and ripe, sweet, dark fruits, finishing with a voluptuous mouth feel.

      95 points - Tasted
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  23. 1996 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. With a smoky, licorice, cigar box, cassis and blackberry filled perfume, the wine is soft, round, polished and ready to go. It's close to 20 years of age and if you've been holding your bottles, it's really time to pop a cork. The wine was popped and poured.

      93 points - Tasted
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  24. 1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. The hands of time have been kind to this wine. Medium/full bodied, with a ripe cassis, cedar and cigar box personality, the wine is starting to lose some of its tannic edge, serving up a crunchy blast of ripe, sweet, fresh, energetic fruits in the finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  25. 1990 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

    1. Starting to fade, the fruit is lighter than I recall. There is more complexity in the honeyed, tropical, apricot and orange nose, than you are going to find in the medium bodied palate and its bright, citrus and apricot, sweet finish. This is not a wine to age further.

      89 points - Tasted
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