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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

    1. Clearly the wine of the vintage. At almost 30 years of age, this is fun to drink. But its best days are well into the future. There is an exotic texture to the massive wall of fruit, ripe, coupled with powerful, but tannins and attention seeking aromatics.

      99 points - Tasted
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  2. 1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Stunning in every way! The nose screams its tarry, tobacco laden essence, the berries seem like they were smoked before vinification. The tannins have softened, the flavors have gained in complexity and the palate sensations have expanded.

      100 points - Tasted
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  3. 1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Powerful, young, mouthfilling, long, intense and complex, even with all the secondary notes of smoke, cigar box, tobacco, tar and cassis, it's amazing how young, fresh and vibrant this is.

      98 points - Tasted
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  4. 1975 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. Young, but not immature, this is what old school, classic Bordeaux is all about. The tannins are still there, but there is a wealth of fruit that fills your mouth and palate. It's amazing to think that at close to 40 years of age, another 5 years are going to add the wine, but if the bottle is well stored, those 5 more years will make this even better. Kind of makes you feel sorry for anyone buying this as a future.

      96 points - Tasted
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  5. 1959 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

    1. With the patina of age, the exotic textures make an impression that adds to the complex set of smoke, tar, cigar box, truffle and burning campfire notes. Fully mature, this was very, very good But, perhaps there are better bottles out there that are even stronger. It's not a wine I get to taste much these days.

      95 points - Tasted
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  6. 2009 Château de Chantegrive Blanc

    1. Bright, zippy and fresh, with a lot of just squeezed grapefruit notes and a hint of vanilla, this drinks well young.

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard

    1. A hint of oak remains, along with copious amounts of lush, fat, juicy cherries, fennel and kirsch. Rich, round and forward, you can drink it now, if you like it on the young side, or give it more time in the bottle.

      92 points - Tasted
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  8. 2010 Château de Chantegrive

    1. Medium bodied, with a smoky, black cherry, earth and fennel nose, the wine can use another few years to soften and come together. This is a nice Bordeaux value wine.

      88 points - Tasted
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  9. 2010 Hortevie

    1. Medium bodied, correct, easy drinking, soft style of Bordeaux. Good value for the money.

      87 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Pontet-Canet

    1. With an hour in the decanter, the wine popped with all its chocolate covered fruits, earth, black cherry, cassis, and cigar box. The wine is lush, full bodied and concentrated. The tannins are soft. Complexity and character are in full force in this one, young Skywalker.

      95 points - Tasted
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  11. 2009 Château Branaire-Ducru

    1. Young and full of promise, the wine is polished, plush and supple. The fruits are ripe, fresh, vibrant and spicy.

      94 points - Tasted
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  12. 2003 Château Branaire-Ducru

    1. A fully developed nose shows tobacco, cigar box, cassis, earth and blackberries on the nose. There is a little grain in the tannins that takes just a bit away from the deep layers of black cherry fruit. Still, this is a very good wine.

      93 points - Tasted
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  13. 2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. A very nice wine that is drinking at peak. Popped and poured, it's ripe, OK, very ripe, soft and aromatic, but it is not an ager. I'm going to drink my bottles over the next 2-3 years. This is going to fade quickly.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul

    1. Sweet, peppery goodness, ripe, juicy plum, kirsch and licorice notes stay with you. This 100% old vine Grenache wine is just going to get better and possibly even better from here.

      94 points - Tasted
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  15. 2012 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Les Quartz

    1. With freshness in its character, the ripe, red and juicy black fruits stand out with their spicy qualities and polished textures. There is no sensation of heat in the 15.5% alcohol finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah.

      93 points - Tasted
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  16. 2012 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Part des Anges

    1. Deep in color to match the depth of flavor, this rich, concentrated wine is packed with supple, ripe and super ripe black cherries. From a Mourvedre dominated blend, the remaining 30% is made from 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah.

      94 points - Tasted
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  17. 2012 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier

    1. Juicy kirsch notes, silky textures and sweet, spicy fruits in the finish. Produced from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsualt, the wine reached 15% alcohol.

      93 points - Tasted
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  18. 2012 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

    1. Floral, black cherry and licorice notes, silky textures and a blast of ripe, sweet, fresh, polished red fruits shine through the round textured finish. From a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and 5% Syrah.

      91 points - Tasted
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  19. 2012 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. Purity and elegance are seldom paired together as well as this. The fruit is ripe, sweet and fresh, with the right amount of spicy tannins in the mix. This stellar wine was produced from 100% old vine Grenache which reached 15% alcohol.

      96 points - Tasted
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  20. 2012 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père

    1. With a good depth of plum and kirsch on the mid palate, the spicy finish follows through. From mostly old vine Grenache, 2% Cinsault was added in for good measure.

      93 points - Tasted
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  21. 2012 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes

    1. Sensuous layers of sweet red fruits, spice and kirsch lay the groundwork for the elegant, ripe, spicy, round finish. Using 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.

      95 points - Tasted
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  22. 2012 Château de Vaudieu Châteauneuf-du-Pape Val de Dieu

    1. Elegant, polished, sweet and fresh, the wine serves up a richly textured, spicy, peppery, kirsch finish. Blending 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah produced a wine that reached 15% alcohol.

      91 points - Tasted
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  23. 2012 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Safres

    1. Lots of ripe, round textured, peppery, black raspberries, kirsch and spice are found from start to finish in this rich wine. With Grenache making up most of the blend, 2% Cinsault, 2% Syrah and 1% were added for good measure.

      91 points - Tasted
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  24. 2012 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou

    1. There is a purity of fruit that leaves a long impression here. This is made even better with the freshness, length and silky tannins that push along the spice and ripe berry driven finish. This will be fun to age. The blend of 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre reached 16% alcohol with no sensation of heat.

      95 points - Tasted
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  25. 2012 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Etienne Gonnet

    1. Using 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah produced a wine with sweet red fruits, garrigue, pepper and spice, turning this into a silky, forward, charmer.

      92 points - Tasted
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