Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2016Franck Jugelmann A Capella  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

Dense, intense, deep, dark and fruity, the wine is rich, fat, juicy and filled with ripe black and blue fruits, licorice, jam and an opulent finish.

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2018Franck Jugelmann A Capella  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Inky and dark, packed and stacked, this is a boatload of dense, intense, lusciously textured, deep black fruit, licorice and dark chocolate. This powerful wine is as interesting as it is hard to find. Less than 100 cases are produced each vintage.

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2017Franck Jugelmann A Capella  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

A new discovery for me -- this wine rocks! It’s rich, fat, dense, lush and loaded with dark chocolate-covered black and blue fruits. The wine is concentrated with layers of fat, ripe, sweet, fruits

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2015Château La Cabanne  (Pomerol)92

At just 5 years of age, this is drinking great! Medium-bodied, soft, round and lush, with a beautiful mix of wet earth, cherry and plum on the nose and palate, ending with silky textures and earthy pit fruits. I am sure this will be enjoyable to taste for at least another 15 or more years.

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2002Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)90

With bricking around the edges, the classically styled wine is medium-bodied, showing notes of cedar, leaf, tobacco, cedar, and bright red fruits in the nose. Austere in nature, with strictness to the tannins and bright, almost tart, earthy, herbal, red fruits on the palate, you can drink this now, or hold it, but it is not going to change much from here.

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2011Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)92

Medium-bodied, glossy, fresh, soft, dark red fruits feel just fine on your palate. Soft, light in weight and not overly long, still, the tannins feel good and the wine has a nice, earthy, fruity nature that can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15 years.

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2014Château Haut-Bailly  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Surprisingly open, the wine already the start of secondary nuances, softness to the tannins and development on the palate. And this is a good thing because the fruit is ripe, texturally, the wine is soft, medium/full-bodied and refined, with a tightly wound, vibrance to the wine, giving you lift and sensuality. Young and fun to taste, it is clearly not quite ready. Wait until at least 2024 before pulling a cork.

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2015Les Pagodes de Cos  (St. Estèphe)92

Deceptively easy to drink, the wine is medium-bodied, silky, refined and fresh, with soft, polished tannins and finish replete with dusty cocoa and perfectly, ripe, sweet cherries. No decanting needed here. Just pop, pour and enjoy it. As a side note here, the wine has improved in score each time I have tasted it since it was in barrel.

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2017Château Doisy-Daëne  (Sauternes)93

Fresh, sweet, bright, lifted, honey-coated pineapples and vanilla bean in your glass, nose and on your palate.

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2017Château de Fargues  (Sauternes)94

Loads of vanilla bean, flowers, candied orange rind, honey slathered apricots and mango on the nose and palate. The right blend of sweet and racy, with a long, honeyed finish.

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2017Château Guiraud  (Sauternes)94

Fresh, sweet, honeyed, and floral, the wine serves up a nice blend of brown sugar, mangoes, orange peel, vanilla and caramel. Rich as well as peppy, so everything holds together and ages perfectly.

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2017Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey  (Sauternes)93

Sweet honeyed tropical fruit, vanilla and honeysuckle with a touch of candied citrus peel invites you get into the wine a little deeper. The acidity is there to liven up all the honeyed tropical fruits.

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2017Château Rieussec  (Sauternes)95

Concentrated with good depth of flavor allowing you to explore all the honey slathered orange and yellow tropical fruits, caramel and butterscotch. Rich and full, but with that necessary pop of acidity, this is a sweet treat.

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2017Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey  (Sauternes)94

Fresh, ripe, opulent sweet honey-drenched apricots, pineapple, mango, vanilla and white peach hit the spot, for those looking for a sweet nectar treat. Rich, honeyed and full, the wine remains lifted and fresh.

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2017Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

Luscious, rich, fat, sweet and juicy, with multiple layers of ripe and overripe pineapple with apricots all drenched in honey and vanilla beans. The addition of orange candied fruits and caramel comes in at the end. Racy, sweet, well-defined and fresh, with gorgeous textures and roasted nuts are in the equally sweet, long, honey-filled finish.

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2011Krupp Brothers Estates Cabernet Sauvignon M5 Stagecoach Vineyard  (Napa Valley)91

Medium-bodied, ripe, round, easy to drink fruity wine that is close to fully mature. No decanting needed.

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2017Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)96

Everything is on target here. The nose with its flowery aromatics paired with yellow citrus, orange blossom, mint leaf and grapefruit works. On the palate, the lushly textured fruit has that beautiful acidic pop, giving you citrus, mango and vanilla in the finish. This should age quite well.

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2017Domaine de Chevalier Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)97

It's that extra blast of freshness with all those crushed rocks that brings this another level. Concentrated, lush, silky and vibrant, with layer after layer of sweet, crisp, juicy, assorted citrus fruits that keep on coming. The wine can age and evolve for decades!

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2017Domaine de Chevalier  (Pessac-Léognan)94

Medium/full-bodied with a refined, elegant character. The tannins are soft, the smoked red fruits are sweet, ripe, earthy and on the finesse side, leaving with a beautiful cherry pipe tobacco and red berry finish. Even though this is on the forward side, it should age for at least 2 decades.

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2014Château Croix de Labrie  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Ready to drink. No decanting needed to enjoy this beauty. Medium-bodied, with soft, silky textures, fresh, sweet, round cherries, plum, truffle, licorice and earthy notes are on the nose and palate. This should be at its best over the next 10-12 years.

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2017Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)95

Clearly a finesse styled wine with plenty of smoke, ripe red fruits, flowers and cigar box notes. Elegant, fresh, medium/full-bodied with lift and length, give the wine a decade to develop more nuances and complexities.

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2017Château Carbonnieux  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Much better in bottle than in barrel, the wine is fresh, medium-bodied, soft, refined, forward and lifted. Easy to like, the elegant red fruits, with their cigar box overtones taste and feel fine. Give this at least 5 years to develop more depth and nuances.

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2017Château Malartic-Lagravière  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Lush, round, sensuously textured, smokey fruits with extra notes of espresso, wet earth, thyme and tobacco leaf hit your nose with ease. Round, soft, plush and loaded with ripe, dark red berries and a kiss of oak from start to finish, give this at least 7-8 years and could merit a higher score.

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2017Château Beau-Séjour Bécot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Layers of lusciously textured, dark red fruits, licorice, smoke, black cherries, plums and spice create the perfume. Soft and silky in texture, with ample concentration, length freshness and complexity, this is a very good wine, especially for the vintage.

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2017Château Canon  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95

Juicy, sweet, fresh and stony, the lively, ripe, red berries taste as if they were crushed and drizzled over rocks and stones. Add in some licorice, touch of smoke, silky tannins and an assortment of plums, and well, you get the idea. Lay this down for about a decade before pulling a cork.

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