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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2013 Château Grillet Château-Grillet

    1. The first really strong vintage for the new owners, the Artemis Group is a knock out. Ripe, fresh, pure fruits, citrus, honeydew, flowers and mint notes really add to the nose. Rich, sweet, juicy, fleshy and vibrant with ample get up and go acidity to keeps things fresh.

      93 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Château Grillet Château-Grillet

    1. A beautiful wine in every sense of the word. Fresh, bright, mineral driven, long, rich and concentrated with layers of honeysuckle, white peach, citrus rind, crushed rocks and a hint of tangerine.

      96 points - Tasted
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  3. 2015 Château Grillet Château-Grillet

    1. Lush, rich, unctuous and lower in acidity than the 2 previous recent vintages under the new regime, the wine is concentrated, ripe, fresh and packs a punch with its mineral driven, floral, citrus character. The wine is long and leaves a good impression on the palate and in the finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château Grillet Château-Grillet

    1. The debut vintage for the Artemis Group shows they are serious about the vineyard, as you would expect. The wine is fresh, concentrated with ripe, white and yellow fruits, crushed rocks and spring flowers. Lacking the density and same level of freshness of the subsequent vintages, this is still a very nice wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2007 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Etienne Gonnet

    1. Close to fully mature, lots of cherries, earth, thyme and spice on the nose. Medium/full bodied, with a soft, sweet, black raspberry finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Clinet

    1. You need to lay this down for a while. There is a good concentration of fruit, lots of licorice and truffle, along with the dark chocolate covered cherries that are present from start to finish, but the tannins are more present than the fruit at the moment. Popped and poured, so the wine could show better with a few hours of air.

      93 points - Tasted
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  7. 1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Cocoa, mint, tobacco, truffle, roasted cassis, blackberry and fresh herbs create the beguiling aromatics. Silky, soft and sexy, with a fresh, cassis and olive tapenade finish. Fully mature, there is no reason to to hold your bottles any longer.

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 1996 Château Léoville Poyferré

    1. The perfume offers a smoky bouquet of scents with cassis, cigar box, cedar wood, blackberry, tobacco, coffee and forest floor all showing their essence. Full bodied, round, plush and really starting to soften, the finish is fresh, clean, smooth and delivers a sweet, dark cherry note that sticks with you. Close to fully mature, this bottle was popped and poured and probably enjoyed far too quickly. But isn’t that one of the signatures of all the really great wines? The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon , 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot .

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2000 Ojai Syrah Special Bottling Thompson Vineyard

    1. I've been sitting on this bottle for almost 14 years! It's a dead ringer for a Cote Rotie , with its floral, barnyard, cherry, licorice and smoke profile. Lush, polished, full bodied and full mature, the wine leaves you with earthy, black cherries in the finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  10. 2002 Château Montrose

    1. Concentrated, full bodied and more interesting on the earthy, spicy, herb and cassis nose, than on the palate, which finishes a bit stern and dry. You can drink this now, or age it, but the character will remain the same.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2005 Château Giscours

    1. Not mature, but approachable, with a core of soft, sweet fruit and a polished, smooth finish. Air will help if you're going to drink it young.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte

    1. Rich without being overdone, the wine is packed with fresh, ripe, sweet citrus fruits, candied lemon peel, orange, floral and vanilla notes. Concentrated, yet fresh, the wine is long, finishing with a plush, polished, sweet lemon sensation that lingers. Perfect with grilled summer seafood.

      97 points - Tasted
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  13. 2012 Domaine de L'Arnesque Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium bodied, early drinking, light, cherry centered wine with a fresh, herbal tinged finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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  14. 2012 Domaine Roche-Audran Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium bodied, soft, almost lushly textured, kirsch and assorted red berry filled wine with loads of pepper, garrigue and thyme to flesh things out.

      92 points - Tasted
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  15. 2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confessions Vineyard

    1. This wine is intense, massive, rich and powerful. The color of pitch black ink with purple accents, the nose is on the oaky side, but the fruit has a beautiful sense of purity that really stains your palate. Sweet, ripe and juicy, the wine is as seamless as it is powerful. The finish must last close to 60 seconds. This is not for the timid taster.

      99 points - Tasted
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  16. 2010 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos

    1. Inky, intense, full bodied, incredible richness and intensity of flavor create a mouth filling blast of licorice, blackberry, smoke, espresso and jam. The wine coats your mouth and stains your teeth with fruit and extract.

      97 points - Tasted
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  17. 1988 Château d'Yquem

    1. Holy Frickin' Moleeo.... Is that how you spell that? Who cares? This is stunning juice! The caramel, butterscotch, Cointreau, cooked apricot, honey, molasses, coffee, vanilla and floral aromas are off the charts. Rich, intense, concentrated, bright and bursting with acidity, the wine is the perfect mix of sweetness, freshness, and purity of fruit. The finish takes on a honeyed, ripe and over ripe pineapple sensation that sticks with you for 60 seconds or longer. This wine is a deal sealer.

      99 points - Tasted
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  18. 1999 Château Palmer

    1. The first thing you notice is the purity of the blackberry liqueur, followed by truffle, cedar, tobacco, thyme and plum aromatics. While that gets your motor running, the sexy, silky, voluptuous textures and decadent profile make their debut, finishing with plush, sensuous, dark fruits. What a beauty! In contention for wine of the vintage, this is really drinking well today with 20/30 minutes of air.

      95 points - Tasted
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  19. 2012 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan

    1. Nice style of wine that is already drinking well and can age a bit. Loads of sweet, fresh, juicy kirsch, raspberries, thyme, smoke, coffee and earthy aromatics, with fat, round textures, good concentration of flavor and a sweet, spicy, ripe, red berry finish. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Grenache and Mourvedre .

      92 points - Tasted
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  20. 1989 Château Angélus

    1. The chocolate mint, truffle, black cherry, licorice, floral and earthy aromatics were more than enough to keep me busy. But the silky, velvet tannins, fresh, sweet, ripe, berries and length made it a complete experience. Decanted about 20 minutes, there is no reason to hold this beauty any longer.

      97 points - Tasted
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  21. 1994 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. At full maturity, the nose has those great cigar box, tobacco, smoke, coffee and red fruit notes that come with aged Bordeaux . Medium bodied, and even a little short on the finish, the red berry, tobacco infused finish shows a touch of herbs or green pepper that some people are going to like more than others. This needs drinking if you're sitting on any bottles.

      91 points - Tasted
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  22. 2000 Château Siran

    1. Nice wine here that is clearly drinking where you want it to be. The nose shows secondary characteristics of tobacco, flowers, dark red fruits and forest floor scents. There is good texture, concentration, length and freshness in the earthy, blackberry filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 2009 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Forward, open and ready for drinking, the wine is soft, round and delivers a ripe, sweet, kirsch, black raspberry, thyme, smoke and spicy taste . This is not a wine to lay down for much more aging.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2004 Château Lascombes

    1. Ready for prime time drinking, the oak is still prevalent. But once past the espresso, vanilla, character, the medium bodied, soft, textured wine delivers a fresh, cherry, tobacco, earthy, forest floor note from start to finish, with the character of the cooler temperatures from the 2004 vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
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  25. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

    1. I like this a little more each time I taste it, and this bottle was no exception. Rich, concentrated, complex, lushly textured, earthy, fruit filled and exciting, with an hour of air, the wine really took off! Clearly, the best wine from the property since 1990.

      96 points - Tasted
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