Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

1928Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac)89

The color of bricks and tea, the wine mixed 5 spice, cloves, cedar, tobacco, bright red fruits and leafy notes in the nose palate. There was volume, freshness and vibrancy, along with rustic tannins in the finish.

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1928Château Magdelaine  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

I was surprised at how good this wine was. At 90 years of age, there was a lot to like here. Looking like an orange tea, the wine had depth of flavor with cigar box, leaf, herb and cedar notes to go along with the bright fruit. Soft and refined, the finish felt as fine as it tasted.

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1950Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93

This was outstanding. The smoky, tobacco, cedarwood, wet forest, herb, old leaf and cherry nose kept you busy. The palate was just as good, serving up layers of sweet, earthy red berries with a distinctive salty tone in the finish.

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1950Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac)90

Not a fully correct bottle, the aromatics were off. The show took place on the exotically textured palate that blended Asian spices, tobacco leaf and red fruits. There is no reason to age this any longer, if you are lucky enough to be sitting on a bottle.

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1953Château Pavie  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

It is always interesting to taste an older vintage of wine for the time. Tasted blind, this was a beauty. Silky, elegant and refined in texture, the wine opened with a spicy, earthy, tobacco, dark cocoa and red plum nose. On the palate, with its soft, caressing textures, the finish left you feeling great, especially with all the rocks, stones, sea salt and cherries in the endnote.

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1953Château du Domaine de L'Eglise  (Pomerol)85

For a wine not known for aging, this was a revelation. The aromatics offered sherry, tobacco leaf, thyme and bright red fruits. The medium-bodied palate was still going, leaving you with orange, citrus and bright, cherries.

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1953Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)99

Mind-blowing from the initial sniff, let alone sip. The perfume could keep you busy for hours. But the palate, with its silky sensuous, elegant textured, layers of fruit, wet earth, smoke and tobacco stole the show. The finish was seamless and seemingly endless. What a wine!

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1953Château La Tour Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Robust, rustic, charming and classic, this was a treat to have in my glass. The wine has presence, depth, complexity, concentration and length. It was amazing to find this much power as it inches its way past its 65th birthday.

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1961Château Palmer  (Margaux)98

Talk about sensual, silky and refined, it doesn't get any better than this. This is femininity at its best. The wine is loaded with floral notes, most lilacs, truffle, tobacco, sweet, fresh cherries and pipe smoke. But it is that incredibly polished, palate feel, with the layers of fruit that seem endless that grab you, hold you and keep you. What a wine!

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2001Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)94

An hour of air was all it took for this beauty to blossom. Over the past few years, this gem has really softened, filled out and added not only great texture and a richer palate feel, but the aromatics are there as well. The wine remains youthful and fresh, yet offers sublime drinking today. I am sure this has another 15 or more years in the tank easily.

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1934Château Calon-Ségur  (St. Estèphe)88

It is not often a wine is better on the palate than the nose. But due to a marked VA note, that's what took place here. Opened to celebrate my fathers birthday, once past the nose, the wine was still delivering an earthy, tobacco, forest, herbal, leaf and full-bodied, cherry note on the palate. I was surprised by how much volume and depth remained for a wine that's close to 85 years of age.

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2010Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)96

Still holding its cards tight to its vest, the wine offers great concentration, ripe, juicy, sweet fruits, lush textures and a finish that keeps on coming. However, this is not ready for prime time here. To get the most out of this future gem, 7-10 years of patience will definitely pay dividends.

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2001Sine Qua Non Sémillon Mr. K The Straw Man  (Edna Valley)96

Just a super wine, but clearly not for everyone. Intense, fat and incredibly sweet, this is about as unctuous as it gets. Yet there was a clear line of acidity running right down the middle. Not quite enough lift for me to want a second glass, but it was perfect for a small pour at the end of the night.

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1982Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)96

Just beautiful, and much better than the previous bottle. Fully mature and in the sweet spot, the wine is soft, elegant, nuanced, and complete. Showing great secondary characteristics, with freshness and layers of ripe, mature dark, red fruits, this is in the zone. Well-stored bottles can age for at least another 10-15 or more years.

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2000Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)95

Just beautiful. The wine has concentration, richness, elegance and layers of sweet dark, earthy, fresh, spicy fruits. There is a purity to the fruit and softness to the tannins that allows this to taste and feel great. Drink now with an hour of air, or age it another decade for more secondary charm.

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2005Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)97

Even in its adolescent years, it is hard not to find this thrilling to drink. Luscious, sensuous and concentrated, the tannins are ripe, the fruits combine freshness and purity and the finish just keeps on going. Drink now with 2 hours of air or wait a decade. Regardless, this is really stellar juice!

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2009Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)98

This is already offering a great palate presence. The wine tastes and feels great. There is volume, sensuous tannins, length and purity. Still young, the wine is vibrant, opulent, deep and long. What a beauty. Unless you have a case or prefer wines in the primary stage, I would wait 5 years before pulling a cork.

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1999Château Clinet  (Pomerol)90

Fully ready for drinking, the wine is medium bodied, with fresh, bright, cool, cherry and red plum notes, coupled with earth and forest leaf, with hints of tobacco. Soft textured, with bright red fruits in the finish, there is reason to age this any longer as it's already just a few months from its 20th birthday.

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1964Château La Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

Much better than the previous bottle, this was rockin'! Luscious fruits, silky, earthy, ripe, soft fruits and a finish that lingers with its blend of plums, rocks, stones, tobacco and herbs. At the perfect level of maturity, if you can find a bottle, grab it!

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2000Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)99

Just a super wine that is close to leaving its adolescent period, but not quite ready for prime-time drinking yet. This has everything you want in a wine. It is rich, concentrated, silky, full bodied and complex on the nose and palate. The palate presence is off the hook, as is the long finish. This should offer pleasure for 30-40 more years with ease.

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1966Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac)92

Not the best bottle of this I have ever had. Still, the tobacco, earth, herb, cassis, and cigar box notes were divine. It was the pyrazine notes that intruded. With this bottle, on the palate, the wine showed a distinctive green pepper note that some folks, longing for the days of unclean, peppery notes in the Bordeaux are going to love. The brawny finish was long, with more peppery notes.

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1990Château Cheval Blanc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)100

It was love at the first whiff of that gorgeous perfume. And if that did not seal the deal, the sensuous, sexed up, palate presence with a finish that hung in there for more than 60 seconds sealed the deal. This is a future legend!

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1959Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol)93

Good, but not compelling. With 10 minutes in the glass, the wine filled out a but, softened and picked up more silkiness, but more concentration and depth was needed here. Still, tasting a legendary bottle from Trotanoy was more than a treat for this Pomerol lover.

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1928Château Montrose  (St. Estèphe)92

Recorked in 1998, this seems to have been heavily topped off. The wine had power. The tannins and textures were on the rustic side and this seemed to be lacking some of the nuances associated with 90 years of age. Good, but sadly, not great.

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1874Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)87

Sold and relabeled by Christies, this was recorked at some point in time and heavily topped off with a younger vintage. So, some of this was drinking bottled history. Still, it's what's in the bottle that counts, and this a pleasant, older, not distinct, elegant, tobacco and cassis focused wine that I am never going to taste again.

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