Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 1998 Château Haut-Bailly

    1. An elegant, smoky charmer, with a tobacco, black cherry, wet earth and herb filled nose. Medium/full bodied, refined, soft, complex, fresh and approachable, this is drinking quite nicely today. And who knows. It could get even better with more time. But I like how it is showing today.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2000 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion

    1. Ready to go, this medium bodied, round, soft, smoky, tobacco, earth and plum driven wine serves up a nice potion of cherries, tobacco, earth and espresso.

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2000 Château Soutard

    1. Firm, strict, hard style of wine that is better on the floral, cherry, thyme and earthy, smoky nose than on the still, tannic, , crisp, palate. It's interesting that although they want to produce a modern, styled wine, this is really more in the old school, classic vein.

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2000 Château Poujeaux

    1. Nice, inexpensive charmer, mature and ready to go, with its sweet, cherry, black raspberry, tobacco and earthy personality. Freshness and round tannins, with ample cherry in the finish. This is not a wine I'd hold for further evolution.

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 1996 Château Cantemerle

    1. Fully mature, with more secondary characteristics than fruit, you find more tobacco, cigar box, herbs, earth and forest floor here. It takes some effort to located the spicy, red berries in this medium bodied, effort. Drink up as this is not going to improve.

      85 points - Tasted
  6. 2001 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Close to mature, this is a refined, elegant, silky style of Pomerol . Quite flowery on the nose, with licorice, plums, cherries, earth and perhaps a sprig of mint. The tannins are soft, silky and refined, leaving with a sweet kirsch sensation that stays with you in the finish. The bottle was splash decanted and poured about 2 minutes before serving, which felt about right.

      93 points - Tasted
  7. 1999 Domaine de Chevalier

    1. Medium bodied, refined, fresh, energetic styled Bordeaux , blending tobacco, wet earth, cigar box, herbs and sweet, pure cherries. Elegant on the palate, with a freshness that comes through on the palate and in the spicy plum and earthy cherry finish. This is drinking on the right place today for maximum pleasure.

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 1982 Château Gruaud Larose

    1. Remarkably consistent, the wine packs a lot of character into every sniff, sip and swallow. Full bodied, deep, long and concentrated, there is so much character and complexity going on here, it's hard not to fill your glass a second time.

      97 points - Tasted
  9. 2001 Château Cheval Blanc

    1. Really coming on strong at 16 years of age, the texture is the perfect blend of regal, opulence and finesse. There is volume, sensuous mouth feels and perfume, but there is an undercurrent of green flavors with all those beautiful, plummy sensations in the end note, that stops this from scoring even higher. Decanted about 30 minutes, another 30 minutes would have been a bit better.

      95 points - Tasted
  10. 1987 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

    1. Better on the nose than with the classic, Cabernet Sauvignon filled palate. The wine, while concentrated with good materials, falls short on the finish, which shows and rustic quality to the texture and a greenness in its flavors. This is quite strict in its character and there is an austerity on the profile that some tasters will like more than I did.

      89 points - Tasted
  11. 2012 Aubert Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard

    1. This was spectacular! Fresh, balanced, harmonious and packed with the perfect amount of ripe, sweet, citrus, pears, apples and stone. Rich, but not too rich, the oak was in check and fruit had this great sense of purity that you seldom find. I wish I had more than 1 bottle remaining.

      98 points - Tasted
  12. 1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

    1. On the orange, marmalade, butterscotch and creme brulee side of the style range, there is good acidity, freshness, sweetness here. The finish is a beautiful, honeyed, apricot, pineapple, orange and spice sensation.

      94 points - Tasted
  13. 1982 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. Loved it. Spicy, fresh, concentrated and displaying its tobacco, cedar wood, exotic spice, smoke, cassis, blackberry and wet earth character with little effort. Long in the mouth and the finish, this is really showing its all today. This is perhaps one of the best examples of the wine I recall tasting.

      96 points - Tasted
  14. 1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Pure silky fruits, supple, opulent, sensuous textures and tobacco, wet earth, cassis, cigar box, dark cherry character that tasted, smelt and felt great on your palate. Fully mature, this was poured after maybe 20-30 minutes in the decanter.

      99 points - Tasted
  15. 1971 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Fully mature, the wine is not entirely secondary, but it's on the way. The cedar wood, tobacco, cigar box, smoke, wet earth, spice, herb and forest floor notes are stronger than the red fruits that remain. There is some length, but that too is starting to fade. Charming for its age, this is not a wine for further cellaring as its best days were clearly yesterday. Pop and pour, decanting would hurt and not help this wine.

      88 points - Tasted
  16. 1990 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Rich, luscious, spicy, exotic and with complexities galore, this is stunning from start to finish. Drinking in the right place today, this is sublime, and with well stored bottles, it could get even better. But there is no reason to wait, this is a winner.

      99 points - Tasted
  17. 1991 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Speechless... What can I say? Off the charts, wild exotic, erotic fruits, incredible, sensuous textures and massive layers of fruit. Intense, long, (we’re talking over 60 seconds), and perhaps 90 seconds, this is a stunner that delivers all the goods and keeps serving them up, long after its left its glass and gone to where it needed to be. Pricey, yes. But for one of the best wines in the world, it's worth the bank, if you can spare it.

      100 points - Tasted
  18. 2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. Fat, rich, dense, concentrated, full bodied, deep and dark, but with the perfect amount of freshness to give it lift, aromatics to provide the entry and character, and an incredible, opulent, if not decadent, perfectly ripe, fruit filled finish that lasts at least 60 seconds. A sacrifice in the name of science, and well worth it, I might add.

      100 points - Tasted
  19. 2013 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc

    1. Early drinking, fresh, fruity, and refreshing, with a bright, lemon peel, grapefruit and sweet, light, tropical accent in its character.

      88 points - Tasted
  20. 2009 Domaine Duclaux Côte-Rôtie La Germine

    1. Young, fresh, lively, vibrant, yet, soft and supple. This medium bodied wine combines ripe, red fruits with floral notes, freshness and a sweet, spicy, cherry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  21. 2010 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Inky, black on color, with a sense of richness, density and raw material, that makes it seem like you can eat or drink this. Because of the perfect level of ripeness, the wine has both sweetness and lift, length and vibrancy. But patience is the name of the game here. Having recently tasted 89, 90 & 91, which are are still young, this requites at least 20 or or more years to come around.

      98 points - Tasted
  22. 1989 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Incense, smoke, sweet, ripe, fresh blackberries on the nose are made even better with earth and tobacco aromatics. Rich, supple, fat and dense, the wine is sweet and packed with loads of ripe, dark fruits. The wine coats your mouth and palate with richness, and intensity leaving you with a long, finish.

      97 points - Tasted
  23. 1991 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. A touch of oak, smoke, dark fruits, tobacco, wet soil, and coffee on the nose. Powerful, big, full bodied, rich and deep, the wine still shows just a hint of oak in the incredibly long, mouth filling finish. Believe it or not, I think it needs more time to develop to its full potential. This is really such a super wine.

      99 points - Tasted
  24. 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

    1. Mind boggling in the true sense of the term. Upon opening, the aromatics flew across the room! This wine has so much intensity of raw materials, it is hard to believe. The perfume, with its incense, smoke, dark cherries, plums, crushed stone, olive and black raspberries should be bottled. The wine is powerful, youthful, fresh, pure and fruit filled. The finish, which crosses the line at over 60 seconds is long, fresh, sweet, ripe and most importantly, memorable. Lacking the power and concentration of the legendary 1961, this is as close as most of us are ever going to get, and it sells for about 90% less money too! I cannot decide if tasting a wine in January, that I know will make my top 10 wines of the year is either sad, or a harbinger of things to come. Either way, this is a monumental wine!

      100 points - Tasted
  25. 1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

    1. As this continues edging closer to its 30th birthday, the wine clearly prove that things do get better with age, especially this wine! I am thinking the wine deserves an upgrade as the massive amount of ripe, mineral driven fruit is there, the texture continues to refine, the once hard tannins keep melting away even though the masculine edge is still there, the complex nose is also showing its stuff. When you add all that up, at this point, what are you waiting for? Open a bottle of this stunner and enjoy the ride! An hour or so of air is also helpful to the experience.

      95 points - Tasted