Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2006 Château Péby Faugères ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Lush, ripe, round and loaded up with super ripe, lush, round, black fruits, blueberry, chocolate, espresso and licorice. On the palate, this is structured, hedonism, with a chocolate covered, black cherry end note.

      92 points - Tasted
  2. 1990 Château Pavie ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Looking a little older than its true, due to the lightness of color, the nose served up its delicate blend of forest floor, sweet, red plum and cherry and tobacco notes with little to no effort. Softly textured on the palate, with an earthy, fresh, bright red berry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2004 Château Monbousquet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied and delivering its smoky, licorice, espresso and plummy character with ease. The wine is soft, round and still a bit oaky, yet it also delivers soft, supple, textured fruit.

      90 points - Tasted
  4. 2007 Clos Fourtet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Fully mature, the wine is medium bodied, soft textured, open and offers its sweet, licorice covered, black cherry and earthy notes easily. This is not a long term ager, drink this while waiting for the 2005, 2009 or 2010 to come around.

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2007 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. The wine is firm, dusty, medium bodied, bright, crisp and with an earthy, smoky, mineral driven, red berry, coffee bean and herbal quality.

      87 points - Tasted
  6. 2007 Château Pavie Macquin ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium/full bodied, with a bright, red and dark red plum focus, the wine has a stony, mineral quality, coupled with red fruits and leafy, forest characteristics with a bit of campfire smoke. This blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon is ready to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
  7. 2007 Château Larcis Ducasse ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Drinking great today at 10 years of age. Medium bodied and soft, with polished tannins and sweet, earthy, plum, cherry, thyme and espresso notes. You can enjoy this over the next few years while waiting for bigger vintages like 2005, 2009 and 2010 to develop. The wine was produced from blending 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc.

      91 points - Tasted
  8. 2009 Château Figeac ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. The last few years have been good to this wine. It's put on weight, added better, more opulent, rounder textures and gained additional nuances. Lush, silky, refined and character driven, with luck, this will continue moving in the right direction. Still, this is quite young. Another 5-8 more years will add even more to the wine.

      93 points - Tasted
  9. 2000 Château La Dominique ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Fully mature, the medium bodied wine focuses on its elegant, silky, sweet fruit, and soft textures over power. The fruit, which is on the red berry side, is pure, clean and fresh, with an earthy, floral and thyme accent.

      91 points - Tasted
  10. 2016 Château La Gaffelière ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, soft polished and fresh, with an earthy, licorice, espresso, smoke and black cherry profile. The finish says as much about the silky tannins, as it does with its dark cherry finish has a nice, dark chocolate finish.

      93 points - Tasted
  11. 2005 Château Bellevue ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Just starting to show its lushly textured, black cherry, plum, licorice, smoke, espresso and wet earth character. The tannins is soft, the fruit is sweet fresh and ripe, finishing with supple textured, dark red fruits, chocolate and cocoa.

      93 points - Tasted
  12. 1995 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Fully mature, this is one of the better wines from this often, stern vintage. The tannins are soft and polished. The fruit is fresh, ripe, clean and pure. The nose offers up a distinctive, thyme, espresso, truffle, mocha covered, black cherry and plum personality. The silky texture and ripe, red fruits taste as nice as it feels. You can drink this now, or age it for further development.

      93 points - Tasted
  13. 1990 Château Ausone ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. On the sharp, bright, red berry side of the style range, with crushed stone, thyme and forest leaf edge, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, and ready to go. You find a sharp, semi sweet, red berry note dominating the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  14. 1989 Château Le Bon Pasteur ( Pomerol)

    1. Still holding on, but clearly on the downward slope, the color and fruit have lightened. The earthy truffle, mocha and plum nose is still going strong. The softly textured wine leaves you with earthy, red and black plums with a bit of dark chocolate. Still, this is not a wine for decanting or for holding on for further development. If you have a bottle, drink up.

      90 points - Tasted
  15. 1995 Château La Tour Haut-Brion ( Pessac-Léognan)

    1. Tannic, youthful, austere, full bodied, strict style of wine, with a beguiling nose of tobacco, cigar store, burning wood and red berries. Concentrated and tannic, this is classic in every sense of the word. Another decade might help soften things out, but that is a very long to wait for this to come around.

      90 points - Tasted
  16. 2001 Château Malartic-Lagravière ( Pessac-Léognan)

    1. Medium/full bodied, fully mature with round textures, soft tannins and showing its licorice, tobacco, smoky, black cherry, espresso and plum characteristics quite easily. This is ready for prime time drinking. It should remain at his stage for at least a decade.

      90 points - Tasted
  17. 1978 Château Palmer ( Margaux)

    1. Past full maturity, this delivers more pleasure in the earthy, floral, tobacco and red fruit nose, than on the medium bodied, herb tinged, bright, red fruit palate. There is no reason to age this any longer, drink up, before more of the fruit fades into that good night.

      89 points - Tasted
  18. 1978 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard ( Oakville)

    1. This is a beautiful example of mature California Cabernet Sauvignon. Concentrated, full bodied and loaded with dark, juicy cassis, blackberry, tobacco, cedar and mushroom characteristics, there is freshness and length, ending with a blast of dark, spicy, red fruits.

      94 points - Tasted
  19. 2005 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave ( Hermitage)

    1. Power, finesse and a forward style sums things up nicely. From there, the levels of concentrated, dark, red fruits, pepper and earth take over. The tannins feel soft and polished, the finish delivers purity and soft, regal textures. This is a beauty and for Chave, the wine is already fun to drink, making this one of the earlier drinking vintages ever produced from the domaine.

      97 points - Tasted
  20. 1985 Château Certan de May ( Pomerol)

    1. The best bottle of this I've had in ages showed off its truffle, cherry, wet earth and forest aromatics with little effort. Medium bodied, fresh, silky and charming, the finish was focused on its sweet, fresh, earthy plum and cherry fruit. No further aging and a simple, splash decant is all that's needed here.

      93 points - Tasted
  21. 1991 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard ( Napa Valley)

    1. A beautiful example of mature, classically styled, California Cabernet Sauvignon. The texture is lush, the tannins are smooth, the fruits are ripe, sweet and fresh, the perfume offers a delectable mix of leaf, dark cherry, blackberry and earthy notes with just the right amount of tobacco. This is at full peak maturity. All it needed was a pop and pour.

      96 points - Tasted
  22. 1999 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Upper Block Gaudeamus Vineyard ( Napa Valley)

    1. From a magnum, this lighter styled Schrader was medium bodied, mature and served up its sweet, fresh, bright, dark red cherry and earthy profile, with ease. This is not a wine that needs decanting or further aging.

      91 points - Tasted
  23. 1982 Château La Lagune ( Haut-Médoc)

    1. This seems to be on the downward curve as the fruit was light, bright and tart, with a cranberry edge. Medium bodied, with no tannins left to soften, the remaining red fruits were on the acidic, tart side. If you own bottles, you should drink them sooner than later. This note was from a magnum.

      85 points - Tasted
  24. 1988 Château Montrose ( St. Estèphe)

    1. Old school, hard, austere, stern style of wine, with tough tannins and bright, cranberry and red berry character. The nose is interesting, but it does not stop you from feeling the strict tannins on the palate. Time is not going to help here as the wine is about 30 years of age already.

      86 points - Tasted
  25. 1999 Château Beychevelle ( St. Julien)

    1. Medium bodied, tart, and almost peppery, with a distinctive, herbal edge to the bright, almost lean, red berry finish.

      87 points - Tasted