Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2018 Château Peyrat  (Graves) 88

Medium-bodied, soft, forward, earthy, fresh, spicy red berry filled wine that is made for early-drinking consumption.

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2018 Château Mejean  (Graves) 89

Ripe, round, soft, forward, supple textured, medium-bodied, smoky, dark red cherry filled wine that is already accessible. This is a superb, Bordeaux value wine from the Graves appellation.

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1988 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 92

Firm, classic, old-school styled wine with good concentration and a focus on its bright, crisp, herb and cedar accents. Better on the nose, with its peppery leaf, mint, cedar, tobacco and bright currant aromatics than on the crisp, sharp red berry and cranberry palate. The finish delivers a crunchy blast of red fruits, The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 12.75% ABV.

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1998 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

This is developed well over the wines, putting on more weight and complexity. Now, you find a ready-to-go Las Cases delivering a complex set of aromatics; black and red currants, smoke, cigar box, wet earth, cedar, and tobacco. The wine is full, firm, stoic and also fresh. Classic in style, the finish is all about its freshness and lifted characteristics that come along with its chewy, bright, red, spicy fruits. An hour or 2 of air will help. The wine blends 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, 12.9% ABV.

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2001 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 94

I really like this style as it off great LLC character in a forward style. Tobacco, mocha, blackberries, cassis, cigar wrapper and wet forest aromas open the nos. Medium/full-bodied, regal, yet elegant, soft, and structured, the wine is juicy, fresh, vibrant and leaves you with a refined version of classic Bordeaux. This is drinking just great today. There is a beautiful sweetness and lift in the finish. This is a better version of the 1985. The wine blends 69% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. 13% ABV,

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2003 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

Showing no signs of heat or overripeness, the wine offers a spicy dark berry, cigar wrapper, wet earth, forest leaf and mint-packed nose. On the palate the wine is round, full-bodied, ripe, and fleshy, but not at all over the top or overripe. The finish remains on the sweet, but fresh fruit side with ample red and black fruits and dusty tannins in the finish. My instincts are to enjoy this now and over the next 12-15 years. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot qnd 13% Cabernet Franc, 13.15% ABV. Picking is one of the estates earliest harvest periods, September 11-26.

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2018 Sol Béni  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Spicy oak, espresso beans, leafy herbs, flowers and cherries in the nose. Full-bodied, robust, alcoholic, riper style of wine with a touch of heat in the espresso and cherry finish.

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2018 Sol Béni Coup du Chapeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Packaged in a large, oversized bottle, the wine is big, rich, powerful, full-bodied and shows off its dark, cocoa-covered, very ripe, black cherries and espresso easily on the nose and mouth.

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2020 Château Bas Rosé  (Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence) 91

Bright, fresh, vibrant, mineral-driven style of Rose with a nice blend of fresh yellow and orange citrus and crisp, sweet strawberry, raspberry and white cherries. The wine finishes long with a nice touch or minerality that carries through. This is the debut vintage for the new owners, the Casteja family, that are better known for owning vineyards and as negoicants in Bordeaux. The wine is certified as being 100% biodynamic.

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2018 Château Feytit Clinet  (Pomerol) 96

Deeply colored, the wine is packed with dark chocolate-covered black fruits with strong truffle notes on the nose and palate. Concentrated, lush, rich and with a serious depth of flavor, the finish delivers with its long, supple, luscious, fruit and truffle and cocoa character and velvety tannins. Give this stunner 6-8 years in the cellar and it will really begin to shine.

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2014 Château Grand Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium-bodied, classically styled, forward, early-drinking wine with a focus on its floral, spice, red fruit, herb and thyme character. The finish is bright, fresh and herbal. You can drink this now, or wait a few years. This will probably not make old bones. I'd opt for drinking it over the next 12-15 years.

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2015 Château Grand Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Lush, ripe, ripe, opulent and fruity, the wine exudes espresso, plum, vanilla, dark red pit fruits, flowers, herbs and smoke in its perfume. Elegant, silky, plush and fresh, give it 3-4 more years in the cellar and it will be drinking just fabulously.

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2016 Château Grand Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Quite youthful as you would expect, still it is difficult not to be impressed by the concentration, ripeness, elegance, freshness and energy here. Parked on the corner of elegance, freshness and opulence, the fruit shows good purity, length and vibrance. Kuch of what the wine has to offer is held in reserve at the moment. The wine be best after 2026.

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2017 Château Grand Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Classic in style, the wine is more interesting on the nose with its herb, tree leaf, flowers, smoke and bright red fruit nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a piquant red berry, olive and dark cocoa mid-palate and finish, the wine will be better with at least another 6-7 years in the cellar.

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2018 Château Grand Mayne  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

This is my favorite vintage of Grand Mayne yet. The wine is rich, lush, round and packed with sweet, ripe, fresh, opulent black cherries, plums and chocolate. The wine has good concentration, a nose of smoke, licorice, roasted, dark red pit fruits and a finish stocked with dusty, chocolate-covered, fresh dark plums. This is so good now. But its best day are a few years away. Start drinking this in 2028 and enjoy it for the next 15 or more years after that. Grand Mayne is not a showy style of wine. It is more like a refined, elegant version of Classic Bordeaux.

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2017 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville) 95

Deeply colored, the wine asserts its presence with its blackberry, smoke, wet earth, herb, thyme and vanilla nose. Full-bodied, soft, round, lusciously textured layers of ripe, sweet, fresh dark fruits hit your palate, finishing with graceful textures. i really like this style of wine,

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2018 Domaine des Sénéchaux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, refined, spicy, bright red berry filled charmer with an elegant, silky, red cherry and kirsch-filled finish. Give this just a year or 2 in the cellar and it should be fully ready to go.

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2018 Domaine du Grapillon d'Or  (Gigondas) 89

Medium-bodied, fresh, bright, fruity, earthy, forward, red berry, herb, peppery, olive-filled wine that is ready to go.

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1997 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 96

This is one of the better buys for Chateau d'Yquem these days. What a beautiful expression of sweet wine. The nose pops with sweet, ripe and overripe pineapple, apricots, spice, coconut, creme de caramel, candied orange rind and butterscotch. Rich, sweet, lusciously textured waves of honey-coated tropical fruits on the mid-palate, that come along with the right shot of acidity make this an effortless sweet treat to drink. This is fabulous today and it is only going to get better from here for the next 2-3 or 4 decades!

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1973 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley) 75

There is very little left in the tank here. And that small tank is nearly on empty. The cedar, tobacco, herb and earthy nose is better than the smidgeon of fruit remaining on the palate. And this bottle was perfectly stored. Nothing lives forever.

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2011 Château Bouscaut Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Fully ready to go with all its soft, creamy lemon, tart green apple, floral and honey topped nuances. Not very dense, but quite nice.

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2010 Château La Louvière Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 87

Seemingly past its prime and already starting to lose its freshness and crisp, yellow citrus character. If you are sitting on any it is time to drink up.

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2009 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 91

Drinking at its potential apogee, the nose with its floral character is made even better with slightly honeyed lemon peel, pomelo, tart green apple and honeydew notes. Round, a bit oily and with good sweetness remaining, if you are holding any, it is time to drink up.

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2015 Château Couhins Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 90

Sweet, bright, fresh, crisp and tart lemons, grapefruit, flowers and lime provide the backdrop for this fresh, refreshing, zesty, citrus-filled charmer.

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2008 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier  (Chambolle-Musigny) 93

Medium-bodied, fresh, lively, soft, elegant, refined and ready to go, the wine offers a beautiful sense of purity in its sweet, red berries and pit fruits. I like the wine. i will never understand the price.

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