Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. This is really a super wine. The tannins are more than soft enough to make this fun to drink now. It's halfway between the primary and secondary stage, the fruit is opulent, sweet and exotic. Pop a cork and you'll be happy, or age it another 5 years to enhance its development.

      97 points - Tasted
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  2. 2000 Château Montrose

    1. Coming up on 17 years of age, this is still young, firm, masculine , concentrated and classic. But it's holding on tight to its youth, refusing to age. There is a lot of potential here, with its tobacco, exotic spice box, cedar, crushed rock and dark red fruit core. Give it until at least 2020, or 2025 for more development.

      95 points - Tasted
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  3. 2005 Château Montrose

    1. With air, and effort, smoke, tobacco, wet earth, cassis, blackberry, spice box, thyme and a hint of truffle make their wine from the glass. Full bodied, concentrated, powerful, tanninc, balanced and refined, in a masculine way, the wine requires another decade to soften and become civilized. That being said, I'm sure your patience will be rewarded.

      96 points - Tasted
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  4. 1978 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

    1. Past its prime, the wine shows more acidity and secondary characteristics than fruit. Drink up as it's only going to continue fading. That being said, 1978 is the first vintage for the owner of the chateau, so it was a fun historic treat to taste , in that context.

      84 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Les Forts de Latour

    1. Full bodied, round, plush and polished, with a real freshness to the fruit along with richness and concentration to all the wine to expand and longer. The aromatics are equal to the mouth feel. Still young, this will add more complexity in the years to come. I've tasted this wine a few times since it was first shown in barrel and this is the best showing yet for this vintage. It's amazing to consider, but this is a better wine than Latour produced in many vintages during the 80's and 70's.

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2000 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Breathtaking is good place to start. The velvet drenched fruit has a purity and freshness to its character that is hard to forget. Power, purity, balance and refinement, with the potential for decades of aging and a finish that sticks for more than 60 seconds is in every sip of this elixir. If you are lucky enough to have a few bottles, waiting until 2025, or 2030 is in your best interest. If you cannot keep your hands off a bottle, and you really want to pull the cork, give it 2-3 hours of air and enjoy the ride. If you're in the neighborhood and you need someone to share it with, please drop me a note!

      100 points - Tasted
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  7. 2010 Pauillac de Latour

    1. This is drinking great today. The cassis, blackberry and tobacco charm are out in full force. This has the refinement and character equal to many 5th Growth wines, which is really saying a lot, considering this is a third wine!

      91 points - Tasted
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  8. 2006 Château Coutet

    1. Mango, pineapple, white peach and apricots with honey greets your nose. Sweet, but fresh, young but ready, the vanilla custard, honeyed tropical fruits and the liberal dose of orange marmalade is what you'll find in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  9. 2009 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. Young as you'd expect, but it's impossible not to love the layers of sweet, ripe, lush fruits, silky, opulent tannins and long, mouth filling finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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  10. 1988 Château de Fargues

    1. Fully mature, this charmer has everything needed for a sweet treat. The honeyed, tropical fruit, apricots, flowers and marmalade in the nose are complicated with the addition of butter cookie aromatics and candied orange. Fresh, sweet, and lively, due to the refreshing acidity, this is at peak today.

      94 points - Tasted
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  11. 1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. What a super wine. Combining power, sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, lush, regal tannins and a finish that does not quit, this is drinking great today.

      97 points - Tasted
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  12. 1990 Château Guiraud

    1. At the end of its best days, or perhaps slightly past that point, the wine shows more caramel, butterscotch, orange and burn toffee notes than, sweet, yellow, honeyed fruit. On the bright orange side in the finish, if you are sitting on bottles, I'd drink them up, before more of the sweet fruit slowly fades away.

      89 points - Tasted
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  13. 1995 Château Climens

    1. At 21 years of age, this is really at the top of its game. The butterscotch, custard, pineapple, apricot and Asian spice aromatics grab your attention. The fresh, sweet, lively, honeyed tropical fruit and tangerine notes in the finish taste, and feel great.

      94 points - Tasted
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  14. 1989 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. This textbook Pauillac is showing great today. The tobacco, blackberry, earth, cedar and cigar box aromas really pop. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and long, the wine lingers and builds. If you have a bottle, this is a great time to taste it.

      97 points - Tasted
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  15. 2012 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. Full bodied, tannic and tight, this is far too young to drink today. I like the wines cassis character, but it seems like it's always going to a crisp, tannic, classic personality.

      92 points - Tasted
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  16. 1989 Château Suduiraut Cuvée Madame

    1. Now, here's a wine you never see, especially as this was the last vintage produced by the property. Leaning to the orange, apricot, white peach, spice and honey side, the wine is rich, fresh, sweet, long and complex. It looks and tastes older than its true age, so if you have a bottle, you should open and enjoy it.

      95 points - Tasted
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  17. 2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    1. Close to being off the charts, everything about this wine is stunning. The layers of fruit are endless. The tannins are lush, silky and refined. The seamless finish really goes on and on. If you have a case and want to see what a stunner this is in its youth, I get it. Else, give it another decade or longer and this will provide thrilling drinking in the years to come.

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Château Beychevelle

    1. The best showing yet. The wine seems to be filling out, putting on more weight, and softening. The licorice, smoke, espresso, black cherry and tobacco charms are becoming more evident. Supple, focused and youthful, give this beauty another 5 years and it should be a real treat!

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 2007 Château Beychevelle

    1. Easy drinking, medium bodied charmer, with soft tannins, a tobacco, cedar, red plum and cassis nose and freshness in the crisp, red berry finish. This is ready to go.

      88 points - Tasted
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  20. 1966 Château Beychevelle

    1. From a perfect bottle that has never been moved from the cold cellars of the chateau, the secondary, wet forest, cedar, tobacco and fresh cherry aromas are out in front. Medium bodied, elegant, soft, fresh and spicy, with a refined texture, this is really a nice, aged, classic Bordeaux at peak.

      91 points - Tasted
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  21. 1986 Château Beychevelle

    1. The years have been kind to this wine, as the tannins have become subdued and integrated, giving the wine structure along with lift, ripe, juicy cassis and a distinctive cigar box note that really works. Medium/full bodied and just entering its prime time window, this is a great example of classic Bordeaux.

      92 points - Tasted
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  22. 1996 Château Beychevelle

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, with a lean to the crisp, red berry side of the style range, the wine lacks intensity, exchanging it for more freshness. The wine is more interesting on the nose, than on the palate. You can drink this now, or age it further.

      88 points - Tasted
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  23. 2005 Château Beychevelle

    1. Much better than the previous bottle tasted, this was a lot of fun to have in my glass. The fruit was ripe, the tannins were polished the aromatics too time to get going, but once they did, the cedar, tobacco, thyme, cassis, earth, spice and blackberry aromatics were right where they needed to be. The wine had ample concentration and length, all it needs is more time in the cellar in the cellar to develop its nuances and textures. Else, give it a few hours of air, if you cannot wait.

      93 points - Tasted
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  24. 2010 Château Beychevelle

    1. Even better than the 2009, the 2010 Beychevelle has more of everything, focus, energy, concentration, length and tannins. Full bodied, fresh and lively, the blast of sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, polished tannins and length that keeps it going is the mark of a really great wine. At the moment, it needs at least 3-4 hours in the decanter and coaxing to see its potential. I'd give it until at least 2022-2025 before it really starts to sing.

      94 points - Tasted
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  25. 2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

    1. There is so much ink in the color, it looks like a barrel sample. The wine perfectly combines power, elegance, flesh and opulence, with the breeding of a First Growth . This is breathtaking, even at this early stage of development. If you have a case, and you want a glimpse, pop a bottle. Else, give it until the wine is between 15-20 years of age. This is a future legend in the making!

      99 points - Tasted
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