Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2015E. Guigal  (Côtes du Rhône)89

There is no better wine for the money in the market today. End of story. So, what do you get for about $12? Popped and poured, the wine is soft, elegant, light in weight, soft, fresh and reminds you of sweet, red cherries and flowers. This is not a wine to decant, so don't. Enjoy this over the next 25 years.

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2001Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)99

Just a super wine. Decanted about an hour, this is powerful, spicy, peppery, tannic, rich and mouth-filling. The wine is long, structured and complex, with dark, deep fruits, black pepper and garrigue. Another 5 years in the bottle and this should start showing its essence at its best.

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1997M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon  (Hermitage)95

An hour of decanting helped this come together. Fresh, bright, lively and filled with ripe fruit, thyme, rocks, stones and underbrush. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and seems to have moved to the brighter, stonier side. The oak has faded away, and the fruit is starting to assert itself. This should continue getting better wine age.

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2000Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Reserve  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)98

Lush, sexy, sensuous, rich and peppery, the fruit is ripe, sweet, fresh and spicy. The concentrated, deep wine feels just great on your palate, making it difficult not to ask for another pour. This is probably drinking at absolute peak, so if you have a bottle, pop a cork.

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1970Château Latour à  (Pomerol)94

Fully mature, this sexy little beast offers truffle, cigar wrapper, hints of the darkest chocolate and cherries galore. The wine is sensuous, lush, soft and round and leaves with ripe, earthy plums that feel so damn good.

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1961Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Fully mature, this bottle was in perfect shape. Quite floral, with red fruits and wet earth, the wine was silky in texture, sexy and fresh. If the finish was longer, this would really rock.

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1001Château Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend L.20.04.  (Vin de Table Français)93

Really fun to taste, the peppery qualities from the Syrah are shining through right now. Full-bodied, fresh, ripe and soft, the nose, with its spicy, earthy, floral, red plum nature, and the soft, peppery, red berry palate work together. This is drinking quite nice today.

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2001Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes)100

Not even close to mature, but who cares? This is so good. Unctuous, fresh, concentrated, sweet and complex, the endless layers of ripe, very ripe, and overripe apricots, pineapples, and assorted tropical fruits all slather with honey is a show stopper! But that would not be possible without all of the wines concentration and the blazing bolt of acidity that gives the wine the fuel it needs to jump up, and keep on going. Drink this now, or leave it for your kids in 50 years, or your grandchildren in 100 years. It's that good!

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2015Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Les Rochains  (Côte-Rôtie)94

Full-bodied, fresh, vigorous, meaty and with loads of smoke, dark raspberry, earth and red, juicy, sweet plums. The finish continues that same theme, with the addition of saltiness in the tannins that gets you ready for another sip.

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2015Domaine Yves Cuilleron Coteaux de Bassenon  (Côte-Rôtie)92

Flowers, green olives, ripe red, crisp fruits and thyme aromas stand out here. The wine has lift, freshness and finishes with elegantly textured red plums and black pepper.

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2015Pierre Gaillard Rose Pourpre  (Côte-Rôtie)93

Smoky red fruits, spice and a meaty quality add to the ripe, fresh, juicy, crisp red cherry and plum tones. Quite fresh in its early going, the wine needs some time to come around.

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2015Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie)94

Full-bodied, fresh and focused on its core of green olives, pepper, crushed rock and dark red fruits, there is an elegance to the texture, with zest in the fruit and firmness in the tannins that beg to be laid down for a decade.

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2015Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie)97

Just a fabulous wine here. There is a richness to the texture, silky, sensuous textures and fruit that is ripe, pure, fresh and long. The combination of fresh, ripe, juicy, bright red fruits, crushed rock, smoke and salinity in the finish is a knockout!

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2014Château Malescasse  (Haut-Médoc)90

Soft, round open, easy drinking, crowd-pleasing charmer, with ripe, red fruits accompanied with licorice, smoke and tobacco leaf. This is going to be best over the next 6-8 years.

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1910Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Light rose hip tea in color, at close to 110 years of age, this amazingly was still showing up with interesting things to say. The tobacco, spice, earth, smoke, truffle nose also showed a nice whiff of dried red pit fruits. Light and silky on the palate, you found of that sweet, dried red fruit note, along with tea, tobacco and spice in the finish. What a treat to drink bottled history like this.

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2008Château La Fleur Peyrabon  (Pauillac)90

Great example of an early drinking, fair-priced Pauillac with loads of ripe red fruits, which just a hint of tart, tobacco, earth and some oak. Medium/full bodied, fresh and juicy, you can drink this now and over the next decade easily.

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2016Château La Louvière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Forward, fun and fresh, with a lively lemon, grapefruit and floral character that finishes with hints of tart green apple and tangerine.

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2009Château Grand Corbin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Fully mature, easy to like, elegantly styled, soft, medium bodied, floral-accented red berry wine for current consumption.

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2015Domaine des Rosiers Cuvée Drevon  (Côte-Rôtie)94

My initial visit with this wine and I know it is not going to be my last. Richly textured, vibrant, concentrated, focused and pure, with round, plush, polished accents and a fresh, sweet, dark, red cherry and kirsch finish with a touch of oak, that will fade with time in the cellar.

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2015Domaine Gilles Barge Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie)92

Concentrated, full, deep and rich, with loads of fresh, bright, juicy kirsch, crushed stone, and peppery spice. This is going to age nicely

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2015Domaine Gilles Barge Côte Brune  (Côte-Rôtie)93

Full-bodied, structured to age with a meaty, earthy core of spicy, meaty, fresh, bright red fruits, give this time in the cellar for further aging.

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2016Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97

The inky, dark color shows dark purple accents in its sheen. On the palate, the wine is rich, hedonistic, unctuous, and mouth-coating. The fruit is ripe, dense and intense with layers of black cherry, jammy, sweet plums, hints of fig, licorice, smoke and dark chocolate that offers its charms for over 40 seconds. This is not a shy wine, and thus, it needs at least a decade to settle down and start strutting its stuff. It is also the vintage made in the style preferred by the previous owner, Christine Valette.

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2016Château La Dominique  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Floral, elegant, refined and with complete focus on its sweet, ripe, fresh, pure, red fruit essence, the wine is silky, polished and complex. The finish offers luscious textures and the essence of flowers, and pure, cherry and plum sensations that feel as good as they taste. This should age quite nicely.

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1995Domaine Jean-Louis Chave  (Hermitage)96

Bright, fresh, a little bit firm, with a solid core of sweet, stony red fruit, the wine is full-bodied, aromatic, long, mouth-filling and for its age, still youthful.

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2016Goulée Blanc  (Bordeaux)87

Forward, easy drinking, fresh, yellow citrus filled, summer drinking charmer that will be best in its first few years of life.

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