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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2011 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

    1. Deep in color, the nose served up scents of licorice, thyme, fresh herbs, dried flowers, cocoa and black cherries. Soft textured and forward, this early drinking charmer ended with sweet and tart, fresh cherries in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2003 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Fat, dense, lush and concentrated with ample, sweet citrus, stone and honeysuckle notes. But the wine lacks the level of acidity needed to really make it sing, as opposed to just fine and interesting.

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2003 Château La Tour-Martillac

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, with no tannins remaining. The wine offers tobacco with red and dark berries and earthy characteristics. Drink this over the next few years.

      88 points - Tasted
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  4. 1982 Château Léoville Las Cases

    1. It took more than 30 years to come around, or should I say to start coming around, as clearly there is a lot still being held in reserve. But there is more tan enough earthy, tobacco, cedar and cassis to get your engines running. Long, regal, structured and crisp, I'm sure this will be even better when it hits 50 years of age. This is old school, classic Bordeaux at its best.

      97 points - Tasted
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  5. 1982 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. Wow! The finish remains for close to 60 seconds showing off all its earthy, dense, chewy, intensity. The wealth of fruit is rustic in all the right ways and places. Young, yet delivering more than enough of its best qualities, you can drink now, or wait a decade or two. Has Gruaud Larose even made a better wine than they did in 1982?

      97 points - Tasted
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  6. 1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. A riveting example of Pauillac at its best. Picture silky, decadent textures, pure, ripe, sultry, polished, silky berries, complex aromas of fruit, truffles, Cuban Cigars and earth and you get the idea. The long, sensuous finish is the best of the experience.

      98 points - Tasted
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  7. 1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. A perfect bottle of a perfect wine! There was so much fruit, you could eat it with a spoon. But not just any fruit, the berries were incredibly ripe, fresh, energetic and sweet. The nose was all about the smoke, tobacco, cigar box and burning camp fire embers which were surrounded with an endless array of blackberries, plum and cassis. Deep, plush, polished and long, this is the perfect example of refined, elegant power and purity,

      100 points - Tasted
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  8. 1998 Château Trotanoy

    1. Still young, but with so much going on, it's impossible to put the glass down, and who would want to? Packed with silky, ripe, opulent layers of sweet, fat, juicy plums, black cherry, chocolate and truffles all wrapped in silk. If you're looking for sexy, you came to the right place.

      97 points - Tasted
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  9. 1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

    1. As good as this bottle was, it was not quite at the level of the best bottles. Yet, even with that in mind, the showy, mineral driven truffle, tobacco, black plum, cherry pie and earthy nose grabbed you. Full bodied, deep and concentrated, the tannins are plush, plush and powerful, allowing the wine to feel like pure, polished elegance. However this bottle was not quite as deep as the best bottles and slowly faded in the glass after an hour. All things considered, this was still an amazing treat.

      98 points - Tasted
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  10. 1967 Château Gilette Crème de Tête

    1. Full bodied, dense and intense, the wine focuses on its marmalade, apricot, earthy citrus, honey, tangerine and spicy personality. Fresh, powerful, bright and even zippy, the wine is not exactly refined. This is a very distinctive, even idiosyncratic style of Sauternes, due to having been aged in cement tanks for close to 25 years without seeing any oak. Perhaps, this wine is best suited for contemplation, rather than pure, sweet pleasure.

      93 points - Tasted
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  11. 2001 Château Brane-Cantenac

    1. Medium bodied, finesse styled wine with a fresh, soft, elegant, cherry, tobacco and earthy character. Lots of charm, and fragrance, but not a lot of depth.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 1970 Château Trotanoy

    1. Looking and tasting at least 20 younger than its true age, this rich, deep, concentrated, velvet drenched wine serves up endlss layers of chocolate covered plums, cherries and flowers, with an intriguing smoky quality. Sexy, silky and vibrant, this did not fade at all in the glass over the 2 hours I managed to hold it for. Mature Pomerol at its best.

      97 points - Tasted
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  13. 1990 Domaine Leroy Corton-Charlemagne

    1. Splendid example of a fully mature, white Burgundy. Looking like spun gold, crushed stone, citrus peel, honeysuckle and green apple notes created the aromatics. Sweet, lush and concentrated, the wine felt low in acidity with its plush textured, ripe, citrus finish. Holding this longer is probably not a good idea.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 2006 Château L'Evangile

    1. Firm, fresh and fragrant, the nose pops with its ripe, dark red fruits, earth and cocoa aromatics. There is still tannin to resolve, but the wine is starting to open and come together, ending with a blast of ripe black raspberries, spice and dark chocolate. Produced from a blend of 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol.

      94 points - Tasted
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  15. 2006 Château Monbousquet

    1. Fresh brewed Espresso, black cherry, smoke, licorice and earthy notes are found in the nose. The wine is fat, round and open, ending with a ripe, black cherry and fresh herb finish. Produced from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is drinking where it needs to be.

      90 points - Tasted
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  16. 1989 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

    1. Fading, or already faded, depending on your point of view. Hints of citrus and green apple remain, the texture is soft, but you really need to look hard to find the last vestages of fruit. Drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  17. 1001 Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Brut

    1. Vibrant, fresh, lively, and refreshing, with finesse bubbles, hints of fresh strawberry, brioche and citrus end with an elegant finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Domaine Michel Niellon Bâtard-Montrachet

    1. Zesty citrus, lemon peel, spun honey and lemon tea in the nose, the wine is soft, bright, polished and forward.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 1998 Château Troplong Mondot

    1. As this inches closer to its 17th birthday, this is probably fully mature. With a nose of truffle, plum, black cherry, cocoa, coconut and a hint of orange rind, the wine is soft, polished and round. The tannins have melted away. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass for at least 30 minutes. There is no hurry to consume this, but there is no reason to age it any longer at this point either.

      93 points - Tasted
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  20. 1989 Château d'Yquem

    1. The right, no make that perfect balance of freshness, sweetness and honey slathered fruit that coats your palate with the essence of ripe, very ripe and extremely ripe.

      97 points - Tasted
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  21. 1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Fresh picked cherry blossoms, licorice, wet earth, flowers, peach, smoke, thyme, boysenberry and spice notes were almost off the charts. There is such an amazing level of intensity, focus and purity to the fruit, it leaves you breathless. If that is not enough to seal the deal, the exotic textures and sixty second finish really knocks you out!

      99 points - Tasted
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  22. 1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

    1. Stunning in every way, even if it did not measure up to my last bottle. All that aside, the intense floral, fennel, smoky cherry, earth and black raspberry nose was a turn on. Pure, lush, sexy, concentrated and long, this is great now and will be even better with age!

      98 points - Tasted
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  23. 2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Thrilling to taste with its sensous textures, perfectly ripe fruit, concentration, length and purity. Big, rich, young and close to primary, this beauty will get better and better with age.

      97 points - Tasted
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  24. 2003 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

    1. Mindl boggling levels of depth, with flavor, freshness, purity and sensuous textures that seem to never quit. Stunning in every way, this vibrant, livley and well, flawless wine needs to be tasted at least once in your life!

      100 points - Tasted
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  25. 2003 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

    1. Potentially this is the wine of the year for me, and it's only October! There are great wines, and there is 2003 Guigal La Landonne. For years, La Mouline stood at the top of the Guigal pyramid to me. But this bottle took me by surprise! Picture liquefied minerals, thyme, fresh, ultra ripe boysenberries, earth, violets and black raspberry blended into an intoxicating perfume. Add layer after layer of perfectly ripe fruit, a hint of cocoa, spice, sweetness and purity, with all the lift you'll ever need, yet it's able to keep it's fleshy, sensuous texture on your palate for well over 60 seconds! Most expensive wines are overpriced. This is the real deal!

      100 points - Tasted
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