Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

1919Château Giscours  (Margaux)55

Light, bright and packed with more VA than the Veterans Administration. I found it impossible to drink. Others liked it, though I am not sure why. This is a birth year wine, if you don't want another birthday.

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1919Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)75

Pale, rosehip tea in color, the wine has taken on sherry characteristics on top of the light, bright red fruits. It's a drinkable part of history.

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1929Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)85

More on the secondary side, as you would expect at 90 years of age, but there was enough tobacco, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco and hints of red berries to make this light, bright, soft wine fun to imbibe.

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1929Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)90

Even at 90 years of age, this still has a lot to offer. Light in body, the wonderful nose was filled with Asian spice, flowers, tobacco leaf and fresh white, crisp cherries. With soft, silky textures, but not much weight, the wine retains some sweetness in the lifted red fruits found in the finish.

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1949Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)93

Medium-bodied, with a pale ruby hue, the nose offered up its blend of tobacco, cedar, leather, cherry pipe smoke and spice box array with little effort. Elegant, regal and finesse driven, the sweetness in the bright red fruits paired with a touch of flint showed nicely on the palate and in the endnote.

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1949Château Beychevelle  (St. Julien)94

WOW! What a beauty. The cigar box, ash, leaf, leather, herb, and red berry filled nose instantly grabbed you. But the palate, with its display of sweet and tart red fruits, tobacco leaf and earthy nuances just kept on going. This is one of the top wines of the vintage.

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1985Château Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)96

Honey, flowers, orange rind, caramel, smoky vanilla and crisp, bright, yellow citrus and a nice pop of honeyed grapefruit is drinking perfectly today.

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2003Château Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)93

On the orange citrus side, with lemon zest, flowers and tangerine the wine is low in acid, round and fleshy. Drink this now...

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1975Pétrus  (Pomerol)92

Hard, rustic and somewhat austere in nature, the nose, with its earthy, stony, plum, cherry and leafy, cocoa notes is much better than the palate here. Despite the accolades, the wine receives from others, is a wine to sell, not to buy, due to its high price and continuing slide to the severe side of the style range.

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1990Pétrus  (Pomerol)98

This is not a wine I see often, for obvious reasons. Frankly, it has not been the most consistent performer with scores ranging from 94-97. But this bottle was a show-stopper! Rich, generous, pure and opulent, as well as youthful, the floral, truffle, plum, cherry and wet earth nose rocked. But the palate stole your focus with its multiple layers of fruit, dark chocolate and surreal velvet drenched textures. What a thrill to experience.

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1998Pétrus  (Pomerol)99

Talk about bottled decadence. This sexed-up, sultry, silky, velvet drenched, opulent wine is breath-taking. Deep, luscious and multi-layered with perfectly ripe fruits, the finish is breathtaking, due to its flamboyant nature. Still young, but turning the corner, clearly the best years for this wine lay in the future.

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2000Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac)93

In just a little over a year, the wine seems to have softened and developed. The tobacco, cedar and cassis profile is there. Balanced between typical Pauillac austerity and refinement, with the bite of red fruits and herbs, if you've been waiting, it's time to start drinking this with pleasure.

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1982Château Le Bon Pasteur  (Pomerol)94

Showing much better than anticipated, this was a beautiful example of a fully mature Pomerol. Silky, lush and velvety, with richly textured plums, truffle, dark coffee and cocoa, and black cherries in the finish to round things out. No decanting is needed here. Just pop, pour and enjoy. This is at peak maturity, so if you have a bottle in your cellar, it is time to pop that a cork.

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1953Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)96

Just a beauty, that is if you are like me and seeking a mouthful of ripe, juicy cherries meshed with aged Cuban cigars. Medium-bodied, finesse driven with leather, tar and tobacco from start to finish, this is a wine worth seeking out.

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1947Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)80

Not a wine I thought I would ever see, this bottle was marred by more VA than I could handle. The fruit was ripe, there was volume, but the volatile acidity was over the top.

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1958Château  (Margaux)75

Perhaps this is worth drinking if it's your birth year. But the wine is very light, metallic and short, though there is some bright red berries found in the finish. Drinkable, but not much else to say here.

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2013Conn Creek Herrick Red  (Napa Valley)88

Easy drinking, medium-bodied, fruity, dark cherry and licorice filled wine that is meant for early drinking pleasure. At this price point, for a California Cabernet Sauvignon, it represents a fair value.

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2009Château Clinet Speciosa Seposito  (Pomerol)100

If scores for special wines could hit 101 Pts, this might hit 102! Mind-blowing in every sense of the wine, it is easy to note this as soon as the wine hits your glass. At 10 years of age, the wine is still the color of glossy, dark ink. On the palate, the texture is akin to motor oil. But even with all its richness and power, the wine is elegant, refined, fresh, incredibly long and exotic. Layer after layer of dark red and black, juicy, sweet, ripe, delicious plums coat every nook and cranny of your palate. This is bottled decadence. The finish passes by the 60-second mark and keeps on going! Good luck finding a bottle, as only 300 bottles of this majestic elixir were produced.

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1961Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)97

Fully mature, the wine still shows freshness, character and loads of ripe, spicy, earthy, tobacco and forest floor notes. Decanting to remove the wine off its sediment was all it needed before it rocked.

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1982Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)98

At full maturity, the wine offers a complex, full-bodied, elegant, refined mouthful of ripe, red berries. The cedar, tobacco leaf, spice and blast of cassis with crisp cherries and a sprig of herbs is singing at full-throttle today. I am sure this is going to remain at this high level for at least 2 decades or so.

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1955Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)93

A wine I seldom see, after tasting this bottle, I wish I had a few more in my cellar. Soft, gentle, elegant, medium-bodied and serving up its mix of bright, sweet and tart red fruits with ease, you also found delicate notes of tobacco leaf, cigar box, herbs and cherries from start to finish. If the endnote was longer, the wine would have merited a much higher score.

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1949Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)85

Clearly fading, the medium-bodied wine was better on the nose, than on the short palate. Most of the red fruits have been replaced by earthy, cedar and leafy notes. All things considered, not a bad showing for a 70-year-old bottle of wine.

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1949Château La Tour Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)87

File this under the "Wines I never thought I'd taste category," this must have been a beauty in its youth. Smoky, earthy, tar, leather, herbs, green leaf and wet forest floor notes held court over the remaining red fruits. A little rustic, this is a nice example of a classic, old-school, fading claret that was probably a lot of fun to taste during its hey-day.

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1949Château Cheval Blanc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

I know there are legendary bottles of this around, I remember one about 15 years ago, but this specific bottle was not showing its true depth. The fruit was ripe, generous, plummy, earthy, floral and leaf-filled. The texture offered depth, silk and an exotic mouth-feel, but the wine ended a bit too quickly. Still, any bottle of Cheval Blanc is more than a treat, and when you factor in that this was 70 years old, it was an amazing treat!

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1986Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac)98

I am sure old-timers tasting the 1928 in its youth grew tired of waiting for full-maturity and made similar comments to this note. Clearly, all the elements for a great wine are here. Powerful, deep, full-bodied, complex, youthful, energetic and multi-layered, the wine remains stubbornly holding on to its youth. The wall of tannin remains, as does the ocean of fruit, but the tannins are quite present, even with 4 hours of air. Yet, it is impossible not to see that when this hits its stride, it is going to be one of the great vintages of Mouton. But when is that going to happen?

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