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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. Supple, rich and lush, this easy to drink, concentrated beauty has it all, with its elegant, silky textures, showy perfume and long finish.

      98 points - Tasted
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  2. 1995 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Powerful long and concentrated, there is a dryness in the tannins that takes away from the ripe, deep, sweet, lush, showy, luscious red berries. This can age, as there is ample fruit and structure, but at c,ose to 20 years of age, it is not going to get better and the tannins will probably remain in the wines character. This is a very good wine, but I prefer the later vintages like 98, 00, 01 etc.

      95 points - Tasted
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  3. 1966 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. I really hope it was this specific bottle, because this bottle was cleary fading, leaving more acidity than fruit.

      80 points - Tasted
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  4. 1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Still young, there is good freshness to the crisp, ripe, lively, cassis and blackberry fruit. Lots of tobacco and cedar, along with tannins that can age further, this is a concentrated Bordeaux classic with a lot to offer.

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 1982 Château Lynch-Bages

    1. A good bottle of 1982 Lynch Bages, meaning well stored really delivers the goods. The tannins are ripe, round and polished, the fruit is ripe and sweet, the nose is packed with tobacco, earth, truffle, cedar chest, forest floor, herbs and cassis notes and the finish carries through. 60 minutes of decanting added to the experience.

      97 points - Tasted
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  6. 1989 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Stunning! If one note could sum up this wine, that works. If you need to know more, the catchy, earthy, spicy, smoky perfume is complicated by licorice, caramel, cherry griotte, black raspberries and floral notes. The wine is soft, silky, sensuous and sexy, ending with close to 60 seconds of fruit, exotic textures, spice and freshness. Great now, this is going to be insane later.

      98 points - Tasted
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  7. 1982 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

    1. Tasting at least 10-15 years younger, the wine served up a long impression of fresh citrus, brioche and honeyed lemons with ample bubbles and freshness. This was so good, I really wish I had more of this beauty stashed away in my cellar.

      97 points - Tasted
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  8. 1979 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. This was certainly the best bottle of 1979 La Mouline I recall tasting. It was young, fresh, vibrant, serving up aromas of spicy, sweet cherries, fruit cake, freshly turned earth and herbs. Bright, fresh and clean, there was a mix of sweet and tart berries in the spicy finish. There is no reason to wait on this wine. If you have a few bottles, pop a cork.

      95 points - Tasted
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  9. 1985 Stony Hill Chardonnay

    1. With the color of an aged Sauternes, the oily textured, concentrated wine is low in acidity, with honeysuckly, caramel, citrus peel and butterscotch. When first poured, the wine seemed oxidized, but it improved in the glass after 10-20 minutes. This was quite a wine considering it was a 30 year old California Chardonnay.

      89 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. Starting to wake up from its slumber, the wine has a spicy, rich, silky character that fills your mouth with soft, polished, deep, round fruits and tannins. Still young, either decant for a few hours or wait a decade before popping a cork.

      97 points - Tasted
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  11. 1904 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. Tasting bottled history is always a treat. It allows you to look back at the events of the day, that in this case too place 110 years ago! Theodore Roosevelt was president, the Panama Canal was about to be built and the first subways in Manhattan began operation. On to the wine, light brick in color, the nose was more interesting with its Asian spice, 5 spice and shar cherry personality than the palate, which was tart, bright and acidic. But this was 110 years old, which was to be expected. This was tasted from a bottle that still held the original cork. Not decanted, the wine was popped and served. Regardless of the score, this was a rare treat we will all remember tasting.

      75 points - Tasted
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  12. 2007 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard

    1. Vanilla, fennel, citrus and pear notes are in tune with the rich, plush and polished textures. The long finish is fat, sweet and pure.

      96 points - Tasted
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  13. 2009 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. The wine has dropped most of its baby fat and starting to close up. The color remains opaque, with a thick, rich, dense and intense palate presence that is made even better by the smooth, silky tannins and opulent, plush palate presence. Drink soon, or you might have to wait a decade or longer before popping a cork.

      99 points - Tasted
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  14. 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. When an older bottle of Bordeaux is on, it's on and there is nothing like it. From a perfectly stored bottle, pungent aromas of cedar wood, tobacco, forest floor, leather and exotic spices come through loud and clear. Powerful, yet refined, the tannins are silk and the finish goes on and on, leaving with fresh, ripe fruits that linger.

      100 points - Tasted
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  15. 1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Smoke, incense, flowers, licorice, black cherry liqueur and cocoa spring with no effort. Intense and concentrated, lush, luscious and sensuous, this is so sexy, it must be taste to believe. The finish lasts over 60 seconds. It's the type of wine that's difficult to savor as it's so good!

      100 points - Tasted
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  16. 2009 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Minerality, fresh sweet red and black cherries, blueberries, smoke and roasted vanilla bean scents are in the open. Thick, rich, concentrated and intense, there is a beautiful sense of purity to the fruit as it seamlessly coats your mouth, palate, teeth and gums with pleasure.

      100 points - Tasted
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  17. 1983 Château Palmer

    1. Pure silk and velvet in texture, there are no hard edges, rough patches or missing links, this is intense pleasure from start to finish. Drinking great today, it's only going to get better and better!

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 1998 Tertre Rôteboeuf

    1. This is the perfect time to pop a cork, the wine is soft, polished, soft and silky, there is a beauty of fresh black raspberries, flowers, spice and earth coupled with freshness and silk that makes each sip a treat.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 1996 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Absolutely stunning in every way. The nose grabs you with its earthy, spicy, tobacco and cassis perfume and never lets go. On the palate, this is even better with its long, lush, polished, deep fruits and silky tannins. Drink this young if you like plush primary fruit, or age it for 2 decades for secondary characteristics. Expensive yes, but it is the best deal for a high quality Latour in the market today.

      98 points - Tasted
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  20. 1996 Château d'Yquem

    1. A beauty that is already fun to taste and enjoy for its honeyed, apricot, spice, pineapple, orange peel and vanilla bean profile. Low acid and fat in style, this glass of sunshine and pleasure hits the sweet spot.

      95 points - Tasted
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  21. 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Big, powerful, rich, tannic and packed with layer after layer of fruit. The wine coats your palate, the nose offers complexities, but the wine is still young at close to 30 years of age. There is a bit of grit to the tannins that was overwhelmed by the fruit, but you could feel a bit. If you can wait a decade, this should be even better as it is has all the raw materials for a long life.

      98 points - Tasted
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  22. 1985 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Fully mature, with charm and style, this medium bodied Pauillac serves up a soft, cassis and tobacco in every sip. There is no reason to age this further.

      93 points - Tasted
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  23. 2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Full bodied, concentrated and intense, the wine coats your mouth, palate and taste buds with fruit, freshness and flavor. Still young, this is all about the potential. In another 10-20 years, this will probably hit triple digits and be considered one of the wines of the vintage.

      99 points - Tasted
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  24. 2001 Château Doisy-Daëne

    1. Ripe and over ripe tropical fruits, apricot, orange, vanilla and honey with the right blast of acidity keeps this alive, fresh and interesting. This will get better, but it's already showing very nice today.

      92 points - Tasted
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  25. 2009 Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. This medium bodied, soft, forward wine is already serving up its cherry, pepper, herb and spicy charms. This is not a wine for long term aging. It will probably be best on the young side.

      89 points - Tasted
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