Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

1989 Château Le Pin  (Pomerol) 95

Not quite as good as the last bottle, but it still offered a lot of pleasure. Voluptuous, silky, elegant and chocolately, you also found truffle, wet earth and a wide variety of plum notes on the nose and palate. This is fully developed. So if you are one of the lucky few to have a bottle, you should drink this sooner than later.

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1993 Château Le Pin  (Pomerol) 88

Faded, with just enough red fruits and cocoa to keep it from being completely over the hill. I am sure it was much better in its youth. But the extended aging for this vintage has not been kind to the wine.

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1992 Pétrus  (Pomerol) 89

Very light in color and in concentration. Texturally, the wine was soft, refined and the red fruits were still fresh. But there was not a lot left in the tank here.

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1988 Pétrus  (Pomerol) 94

Much better than previous bottles from the same case. A friend of mine bought these on release. The has put on weight and the once rustic tannins have melted away. Now you find an elegant, refined, medium-bodied, earthy, truffle laden Pomerol with floral nuances and a sweet, plum and red cherry finish.

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2001 Château Trotte Vieille  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Light, elegant, soft, fresh and fully mature, the wine focuses on its lifted red plums. white cherries, wet earth, flowers, thyme and cigar box profile. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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2009 Château Belair-Monange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

The past few years of aging has added a lot to this wine. Now, you find a round, lush, rich, mineral-driven expression with licorice, smoke, flowers, plums and black cherries. The wine is plushy, juicy and rich on the palate and in the lengthy finish.

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1995 Château Canon  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Bright, crisp, fresh and floral, with a core of red berries, herbs, tobacco leaf, earth and oyster shell, the wine is better on the nose, than on the crisp, lifted, strict red berry palate. This is very classic in nature, o folks seeking less ripe, more tannic wines will enjoy this more than I did.

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2016 Saintayme  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Much better from the bottle than in barrel, the wine is round, soft, fruity and fresh an earthy, truffle, licorice, cocoa, smoke and plum character. This is quite nice and it sells for a song.

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2004 Château Figeac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

I like the nose here with its blend of flowers, tobacco, bright red fruits, cigar box and mint. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, crisp and crunchy with a lot of bite in the finish.

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1950 Château La Gaffelière Naudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

It is hard to believe this is 70 years old. Just fabulous from start to finish. The is soft, lush and silky with that special patina that comes from age. The perfume, with its truffle, wet earth, forest floor, cigar box and red fruit hits all the right notes. On the palate, this is even better. I might not see this beauty again, but the memory still lingers.

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2006 Château Soutard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Fresh, bright, crisp, firm, classic styled wine with oak, juicy plums, licorice and tobacco leaf notes on the nose and palate.

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2010 Château Trianon  (St. Émilion) 87

Fully ready to go, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round, fruity and filled with black cherries, plums and thyme. There is no need to hold this for further development.

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2006 Château de Pressac  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Fully mature, better on the earthy, truffle, tobacco and plum palate than on the medium-bodied, firm, slightly stoic, currant and tobacco-stained palate.

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2008 Château Pierre de Lune  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Not a wine you see often, which is too bad, but I really like it. Round, supple, ripe and filled with lush black cherries, licorice and chocolate, with truffle accents, this is drinking quite well today.

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2017 Château Pipeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Fresh, bright, medium-bodied, lighter-styled, red berry and herb dominated wine that is fine for early drinking pleasure.

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2007 Château Pavie Decesse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully-developed, medium-bodied, fresh, earthy and with a leafy component to the sweet, lifted red fruits, licorice, earth, cocoa and espresso, this is quite nice. Pop and pour was all it needed. This is not a wine to hold for more development.

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2014 Château Fombrauge Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

Showing just great today. The wine is fresh, bright and crisp with a racy edge to the yellow citrus and honeysuckle.

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2010 Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Ripe, rich, concentrated, full-bodied and lush, the wine is packed with sweet, fresh, dark red fruits, black raspberries, plums, smoke, licorice and coffee bean. The round tannins and layers of fruit with a hint of chocolate shine through on the finish.

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2004 Château Péby Faugères  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Medium/full-bodied, round, lush and offering its plummy, espresso, smoke, licorice, black cherry and cocoa profile with ease. This is fully mature. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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2010 Château Faurie de Souchard  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Over the years, this has developed nicely. The wine is medium-bodied, fresh, round, soft and focuses on its smoky, thyme, espresso black cherry and plum core of fruits on the nose and palate.

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1989 Château Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The warm summer growing season added a lot to this wine. On the nose you find a blend of oyster shell, black cherries, plums, licorice, herbs and wet earth. The medium-bodied wine continues its theme on the soft, round textured palate, leaving you with sensations of ripe fruits, chalky tannins, earthy, herb, leaf and cherries. This is in a great place today for current consumption.

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2010 Château Le Chatelet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Lighter styled St. Emilion with a focus on the freshness on its soft, fresh red fruits on the nose and palate. This is already drinking at peak.

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2005 Château Balestard La Tonnelle  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully developed, medium-bodied, fresh, bright, earthy, round and soft with sweet, juicy plums, smoke, licorice and earthy nuances.

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2001 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Mature and definitely ready to go, this charmer kicks in with its sweet, ripe, red plums, black cherries, crushed rock, truffle and tobacco leaf profile. Soft, refined, medium-bodied and with a nice dose of earthy red fruits and mushrooms in the finish, no decanting is needed, Just pop, pour and enjoy.

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2016 Château Des Laudes  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Medium-bodied, early-drinking, fresh, fruity, soft, earthy, thyme and cherry-filled wine with a touch of oak and plum in the finish.

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