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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2005 Château La Gomerie

    1. My last bottle from the case, as well as the final bottle of La Gomerie in my cellar, as the wine is no longer being made. The attention seeking nose serves up chocolate mint, black cherry, licorice and earthy aromas. Soft and silky, medium/full bodied and fully mature, there is no reason to hold this for further development as it feels like the fruit is about to gently slip from its peak, based on my memory of previous bottles.

      92 points - Tasted
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  2. 2008 Château du Domaine de L'Eglise

    1. Ready to drink, this medium bodied wine kicks off with wet earth, thyme and cherry scents. Soft and easy to drink, the wine lacks some depth and character. Subsequent vintages are much better.

      87 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château Guiraud

    1. I know it's young, but I really enjoy the freshness and super sweetness found in young Sauternes. More on the orange, tangerine and apricot side of the style range, instead of tropical fruits, there is enough honeyed sweetness, acidity and vanilla notes, along with good concentration of flavor to keep you busy.

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2006 Château La Gaffelière

    1. Much better on the earthy, red fruit, licorice and espresso bean nose than on the medium bodied, crisp, bright, crunchy, red fruit palate.

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 2003 Château La Gaffelière

    1. At close to full maturity, the wine displays a nose with tobacco, truffle, flowers, fennel and black cherry notes. Medium bodied, soft, round and ready to go, the finish leaves you with plums, spice and cherries. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 1990 Château Margaux

    1. Another example of a very good bottle of a wine that can hit 100 Pts, but didn't. At close to 26 years of age, that is to be expected. Still, the nose, with its tobacco, herbs, cigar box, blackberry, cedar and earthy components was working it. The palate was elegant, soft and round, but lacked the voluptuous qualities the best bottles show. This can be enjoyed now, or age it for more complexity.

      97 points - Tasted
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  7. 1990 Château Cheval Blanc

    1. This was a very good, but not great bottle of what can often be a 100 Pt wine. Not that I'm complaining. The nose was off the hook with its earthy, floral, tobacco, sweet cherry and fresh herb profile. But on the palate, the wine fell a bit shorter than it can deliver at its best.

      97 points - Tasted
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  8. 1989 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Tasted at the same lunch as the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion, which I scored 100 Pts, this was even better. The nose, with its smoke, fire, burning embers, barbecue, cassis, tar and tobacco notes was clearly off the charts. But the palate, with its unparalleled levels of concentration allowed the tasted to feel voluptuous textures paired with rich, layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh, silky berries. The finish lasted over 60 seconds. If you're lucky enough to own a bottle of this liquid gold, pop a bottle now, or give it to your grand children. Either way, you'll come out a winner!!!

      100 points - Tasted
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  9. 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Clearly, this is the most concentrated wine of the vintage. This is incredibly dense, with so much fruit and tannin, it's hard to believe. Overcoming the hard qualities many wines from 1986 share, the is elegant and powerful all at once. It has the unique ability to combine grace and refinement with massive levels of fruit. The wine is tannic, but not in a bad way, as the tannins are ripe and have polished, soft textures. Still young, drink this now with 4 hours of air, of wait another decade. In this case, patience is a virtue.

      98 points - Tasted
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  10. 1990 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. A good, but not great Latour, that is better on the cigar box, tobacco, cassis, cedar, wet earth, blackberry and spicy nose, than on the palate, where it should shine. Still young, this will improve for years.

      96 points - Tasted
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  11. 1986 Château Margaux

    1. This wine needs decanting to soften its tannins and masculine side. With air, the earthy, tobacco driven nose, pairs perfectly with the ripe, but masculine styled red and black fruits that leaves you with some dusty textures in the finish. This is still evolving. Time and air will help improve the experience.

      95 points - Tasted
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  12. 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Perhaps 1961, 1959 or 1945 was like this, while in its way to maturity. This wine offered every quality shared by all great wines. Deep in color, the wine looked at least 20 years younger than its true age. Exotic aromatics of 5 spice, Cuban Cigars, tobacco, smoke, Asian spice, cloves and black cherry liqueur were all over the place. The wine coats your palate and stains your teeth with all its sweet, ripe fruit. Concentrated, almost dense, the texture delivers a unique, exotic quality. This is stunning now, and will be even better in 5-10 or more years!

      100 points - Tasted
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  13. 1990 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

    1. One of the great wines of your life, with its unique, erotic textures, exotic perfumes and one of a kind character. The fruit is perfectly ripe, with just the right amount of over ripeness and al dente character to deliver a complex, tasting experience that needs to be tasted at least once. As good as this is, I'm betting the 2009 and 2010 are even better! We just need to be patient.

      100 points - Tasted
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  14. 1989 Château Clinet

    1. This was close to prefect with its sexy, silky textures, soft tannins and fragrance that popped with cherry blossoms, truffle, earth and thyme filled nose. Close to mature, but with room to improve, the finish blended sensuous a mouth feel with fresh, ripe, sweet, plums and black cherries that felt great as they lingered. Enjoy this now, or wait, either way you have a stunning wine to look forward to tasting.

      98 points - Tasted
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  15. 1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. The perfume is intense with its essence of tar, tobacco, campfire, smoke, cassis and tobacco elements. The wine is a flawless example of power paired with grace. This stunner is still young. It's instructive and as well as enjoyable to pop a cork today. But if you only have a few bottles, why not wait a while, as this is only going to get better and better for decades!

      100 points - Tasted
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  16. 1988 Château d'Yquem

    1. Chateau d'Yquem is more than the waves of concentrated, perfectly ripe, honeyed, tropical fruit. It's freshness that goes along with the experience, keeping the wine uplifted and expansive. That combination is impossible to find in other sweet wines. Every sniff, sip and taste was a treat. Still young, this intensely concentrated wine should last 100 years.

      98 points - Tasted
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  17. 1967 Château d'Yquem

    1. It's always sad when great wines don't deliver, especially when the exalted bottle is pricey as well. I've had great bottles of 1967 d'Yquem before, but not this time. The color was that beautiful, orange, amber, copper hue. The nose, with its butterscotch, creme brulee, orange and sweet aromas seemed more subdued than exuberant. On the palate is where this bottle fell short. While there was good concentration of flavor, this bottle lacked the length and vigor the wine can produce. It's important to always keep in mind with old bottles, each is a unique tasting experience, some are going to be better, while others will be worse the for wear. The no great wines, only great bottles comment works perfectly here.

      93 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Domaine La Millière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Round, concentrated and polished, the wine is filled with sweet, ripe, kirsch, jam, sweet black cherries, spice and earthy qualities. Popped and poured, this is already enjoyable.

      92 points - Tasted
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  19. 2010 Harlan Estate

    1. Silky, sensuous, lush, polished and powerful, this concentrated, rich, deeply colored Cabernet Sauvignon offers incredible depth of flavor, with waves of chocolate covered blackberries, smoke, toffee, espresso, fudge, boysenberry and black cherries. The wine is balanced, long and fresh, with an intriguing floral element.

      98 points - Tasted
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  20. 2011 Château Gazin Rocquencourt Blanc

    1. One of the best values for white Bordeaux wine delivers a blast of ripe citrus fruit, grapefruit peel, honeysuckle and ample freshness that was perfect on a hot summer day with grilled fish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  21. 2000 Château Gazin Pomerol

    1. Firm, structured, semi masculine, old school style of Pomerol that is slightly more interesting on the nose, with its earthy, plum, cocoa, tobacco and black cherry perfume, than on the palate. Perhaps more time will help soften the wine, but at close to 16 years of age, this is probably what it is.

      90 points - Tasted
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  22. 2010 Château Louis

    1. Rich, silky, lush, concentrated, fresh and focused on ripe plums, licorice, black cherries and espresso bean that are further complicated by floral notes. This is still quite young. Yet, due to its ripe tannins and round textures, with air, you can drink this today. Or let it sleep for a few more years if you have patience.

      91 points - Tasted
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  23. 2003 Château Haut-Marbuzet

    1. Lush, round and soft in texture, medium bodied and ready to go, the dark red, earthy fruits are silky and seductive. The wine still shows a bit of oak, but the wealth of fruit and opulent textures more than grabs your interest.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2003 Château Cos Labory

    1. Ready to drink and showing well with its soft, round textures, earthy, dark red and black fruits, smoke and spicy profile. Medium bodied and charming, this is quite nice and is probably the best wine I recall tasting from the property. It really shows how great 2003 is for St. Estephe.

      89 points - Tasted
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  25. 1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

    1. With insane levels of concentration, intensity and tension, the explosive perfume displays flowers, smoke, kirsch liqueur, earth and black cherries galore. If you think that's where the fun stops, think again. The wine coats your palate with waves of perfectly ripe, dense, fresh, red and black fruits that never seem to quit.

      100 points - Tasted
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