Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2015Château L'Evangile  (Pomerol)100

Deeply colored, like the hue of black plums, the nose is packed with smoke, truffle, incense, licorice, dark chocolate and kirsch. There is a citrus note in the background that adds more complexity. Intensity and sexiness, velvet-textured and sensuous, this is bottled decadence. The finish resists fading, serving up dark chocolate and ripe, sweet, juicy, black plums that hang with you for close to 60 seconds. Balanced, fresh, opulent, long and expansive, this is a contender for the best wine ever to come out of l'Evangile. If you want to know what spellbinding is, try this wine! This is a future legend of Pomerol.

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1982Château Le Gay  (Pomerol)93

Burly, concentrated, masculine-styled Pomerol with loads of dark, ripe, plums, black cherries, truffle and cocoa. Full bodied, deep and long, this is drinking in the sweet spot today.

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1990Domaine Jean-Louis Chave  (Hermitage)98

Decanted about 30 minutes or so, the wine is all about its purity of fruit in the ripe cherries. There is a streak of iron, rocks and stones that runs through the middle of it that grabs your attention. Earthy, fresh and vibrant with concentration and length, this is clearly in the zone. It could improve, but its so good today, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.

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2010Jean-Michel Gerin Les Grandes Places  (Côte-Rôtie)96

The texture is opulent, silky, lush and refined. There is weight and concentration. Still young, the wine is inky in color, with licorice, smoke, black, blue and red fruit all over the place. Further complicating matters, the wine is loaded with earth, rocks and stones. The finish really hangs in there. Freshness and purity, along with plush textures are the hallmark of this wine.

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1981Château Mouton Rothschild  (Pauillac)88

Mouton Rothschild light, with more brick than red in the color. Medium bodied, with a brightness to the red berries and cranberry fruits that are accompanied by spicebox, cedar, lead pencil, forest floor and tobacco notes. There is charm without a lot of depth and with the higher levels of acidity creeping in, the wine is on the fading side of life. If you have a few bottles, you should be popping a cork sooner than later on this as it is not going to get better from here.

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1979Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  (Pauillac)89

On the downhill slope, but not without charm, especially texturally, as the wine is soft and silky. Focused on the bright, red berry side of ripeness, there is a strong, leafy, green olive, tobacco leaf and peppery component in the nose and palate. Still, considering its age and the vintage, this was still nice to drink. But it is not a wine for further aging. Drink up.

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1994Château Montrose  (St. Estèphe)86

Lean and sharp, with a strong cranberry component alongside the bright cassis fruits, you also find cedar, tobacco and green leafy notes. Stoic and firm, there is an austerity to the wine that perhaps fans of decades gone by will appreciate more than I did.

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1964Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg  (Richebourg Grand Cru)91

Light red tea in color, the wine was better on the medium bodied, soft, silky, red cherry, earth, herb and spice loaded palate, with its sweet, ripe, red fruits than on the nose, which combined the sweetness of red cherries with wet, earth and an earthy, almost barnyard character. The wine faded in the glass.

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1962Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg  (Richebourg Grand Cru)98

Compelling in every sense of the word, the rose hip tea colored wine was stunning! The purity of fruit, freshness and silky, elegant, refined textures was off the hook. The cherries tasted like they were just picked off the vine. There was an almost port-like sweetness to the red fruit. There was length, expansion of flavors and so much, cherry, kirsch, bay leaf, Asian spice box and licorice, you just kept going back for me. Worth the money? I suppose that depends on your net-worth and sense of value. But value aside, this was an astounding wine tasting experience. The bottle came from the original purchaser, which I am sure added to the quality of the wine.

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1961Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg  (Richebourg Grand Cru)95

Exotically textured, pure, ripe, sensuous, sweet, cherries and plums were at the wines beck and call. Medium bodied, elegant and refined, there was a freshness and purity of red fruits you could not help being seduced by. Tea with red, orange brick in its hue, the combination of flowers, spice, earth and kirsch was a knockout!

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1976Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)91

Looking old for its age, the wine interestingly combines overripe ripe fruits with rustic tannins. The nose, with its earthy forest leaf, tobacco wrapper and lead pencil scents along with bright red fruit aromas are better than what you find on the palate.

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1981Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)92

For an off vintage that is edging close to 40 years of age, this is truly quite nice. Medium bodied, the wine is soft, elegant, fresh and bright. The crisp red fruits shine. The finish is not long, but it feels good and gets you interested in experiencing the earthy, tobacco, lead pencil, red fruit and cedar chest nose. There is no reason to hold this any longer, unless you have a birthday or anniversary to celebrate.

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1941Moulin des Carruades  (Pauillac)77

It is always fascinating to taste a war years wine, especially when it is related to a First Growth. But here, the history behind the wine and the beautiful label outclassed the wine, which was quite light and more acidic and secondary than fun to taste. Still, to think about what was taking place that harvest boggles the mind, making history come alive.

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1928Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)83

A strange wine indeed. Served double blind there was no doubt this was a very old Bordeaux. The color of strong tea, little fruit remained, most of what there was by this point was buried under all the cedar, tobacco, old wood, cigar wrapper and citrus. The texture was a step up, with its softness and polish, leaving with more leafy, earthy, tangy citrus notes in the very bright finish. I am sure what made this wine so odd was that the 1928 Lafite, due to a flaw that took place during the vinification was pasteurized. The chateau ended up taking back a large production of the wine from unhappy clients due to a court order.

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1945Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)93

Another vintage of Lafite Rothschild I am not likely to see again. Served blind, the color mixed amber and red tea. On the nose, oyster shell, tobacco leaf, cedarwood, ash, smoke, bright red fruits and forest leaf aromatics. Medium bodied, elegant and refined, with all its tannins melted away ago the finish, with its bright red berries, tobacco and earthy nuances. I liked the wine, but from such an exalted vintage, I was thinking it should have been better. Still, it's not lost on me that this vintage of Lafite Rothschild came from the year celebrating the end of World War 2.

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1928Château Beychevelle  (St. Julien)94

Just a super wine, the wine looked like rosehip tea in the glass. The sweet perfume was loaded with tobacco, cigar box, cedar, roasted red fruits, caramel, smoke and herbs. Soft, medium/full bodied with a long finish completed by the bright, red cherries and tobacco notes that tasted and still felt great. What a treat!

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1998Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)97

Still youthful, but everything is definitely headed in the right direction. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, long and intense. The dark ripe, tobacco and smoke infused fruits take up a lot of room in your mouth and cover your palate. The tannins are ripe, but remain present. GAive this another 5-10 years if well stored and this will rock you.

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1998Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98

Clearly, this is at the level of the much more expensive 1990. Combining elegance and power, soft, silky tannins and concentration, smoke, red fruits, tobacco and earthy nuances and a refined finish that seems to stick with you for 50 seconds, this is just starting to drink well. In 5 years, it promises to be even better! For a high-quality vintage of Haut Brion, especially one with bottle age, this is the best deal in the marketplace today.

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1959Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93

What a treat! This stunner pops with a blend of tobacco, cigar wrapper, ash, cassis, cold steel, iron, smoke, cedar and wet forest floor notes. Supple textured with sweet, ripe, soft, red fruits, herbs and spice in the finish. The quality remained consistent for about 2 hours. It might have lasted longer, but we polished off the bottle by that point. The sunny quality of the growing season really shines through here.

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1959Château Léoville Barton  (St. Julien)92

Earthy, seductive with loads of cedar, forest leaf, herbs, cigar box, tobacco and bright red fruits. The wine is classic, but there is a polish to its nature and ample, tobacco and herb, infused bright red fruits in the earthy finish.

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1957Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)87

Medium/full bodied, with a bright, acidic, sweet and tart red fruit profile, the wine is medium bodied, with a peppery, cranberry and citrus leaning finish. You have to appreciate wine with a lot of freshness here, but I sort of liked it.

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1958Château Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)72

Fading into oblivion, there is more earth, tobacco, herbs and olives, than fruit, in this rustically textured wine.

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1958Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan)82

From a very difficult vintage, remnants of bright, red fruit found a way to peek through the smoke, wet forest, herb, cedar and tobacco wall. If you need a birthyear wine from this challenging vintage, all things considered, this is not a bad way to go.

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1937Château Bellevue  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)80

Very smoky, with a rustic leaning, yet there was a lot of charm here in the remaining vestiges of bright, crisp, floral oriented, red plums. For a wine of this age, not so bad.

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1957Château Palmer  (Margaux)84

Tea and brick in color, the wine looked like it was from the 1920's. But on the palate, there was a softness to the texture and complexity in the nose. The wine faded after 20 minutes, but for the initial greeting, it had charm.

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