Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2006Château Bouscaut  (Pessac-Léognan)83

Light, bright, and more tart than sweet red fruit on the palate, the wine is better on the smoky, earthy, leafy, red plum nose than on the palate. This is at, or past full maturity and should be drunk up over the next few years before it fades much further.

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2001Château Beauregard  (Pomerol)87

Pleasant, easy drinking, fully mature, earthy, plummy Pomerol with round textures and soft, red fruit in the medium-bodied finish. This is not a wine to hold for further development.

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2001Clos du Clocher  (Pomerol)89

Fully developed, soft textured, elegant, earthy, medium bodied, ripe, cherry filled wine with hints of truffle on the nose. This is not a wine for further aging. Drink up as it its only going to fade from here.

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1990Château Kirwan  (Margaux)85

Medium-bodied and on the bright, crisp, side of the red berry fruit range, the wine is fully developed and is already starting to fade. Drink up.

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1995Château Boyd-Cantenac  (Margaux)86

Medium-bodied, classically styled, slightly rustic, fully developed, slightly austere wine, offering notes of tobacco, cedar, forest leaf and bright red fruits.

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2005Château Desmirail  (Margaux)87

On a fast pace to full maturity, the wine lacks the structure and depth found in the best wine in this year. Medium bodied, softly textured, with a bright, fresh, red berry approach, this is already close to fully mature.

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2010Domaine Isabel Ferrando Colombis  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96

Full-bodied, but not even close to over the top, the combination of luscious, silky textures, pure, sweet, fresh, black raspberry and kirsch and length and vivacity makes this perfect for current drinking. You can also age it for more secondary development.

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2011Rudd Estate Proprietary Red  (Oakville)91

A solid, well-balanced, medium-/ull-bodied, soft, elegant, fresh wine, with loads of ripe, blackberries, hints of licorice and dark plum. This is in the right place today for current drinking.

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2014Rudd Cabernet Sauvignon Samantha's Estate  (Oakville)93

With good concentration and an elegant, yet, richly textured wine, the fruit is ripe, sweet, soft and pure, leaving you layers of ripe, dark fruits, licorice, thyme and herbs. Drink it now, or age it for more secondary nuances.

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1986Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien)95

4 hours in the decanter helped bring this often, tannic beast into the zone. With notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, forest leaf, smoke and cassis, the wine offered power, structure, depth of flavor and a full-bodied blast of dark red, chewy fruits that hung in there. This is a super example of classic Bordeaux that is a pleasure to drink. You can easily hold this for 20 more years or pop a cork tonight.

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2001Château Marquis de Terme  (Margaux)89

Charming, fully mature, mid-weight, easy drinking charmer, with perhaps more interest on the nose, than the soft, but light palate.

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2006Château La Tour Carnet  (Haut-Médoc)90

Still just a bit oaky, but over the years, the wine has better integrated the wood. Full-bodied, round and with some firm tannins, the wine offers loads of black fruit, thyme and tobacco on the nose and palate.

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1995Château Lafon-Rochet  (St. Estèphe)88

Mature, with some rusticity in the tannins, the nose, with its tobacco, spicy, fresh, bright red fruits, cedar and forest leaf is better than the palate, which carries a bit of harsh tannins and crisp red fruits.

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2011Château Batailley  (Pauillac)89

Forward, medium-bodied, early drinking, correct Pauillac with a fresh, bright character, ending with slightly dusty tannins, blackberry, cassis and a hint of cranberry in the background.

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2004Château Belgrave  (Haut-Médoc)88

Close to mature, the mid-weight wine offers secondary, tobacco, cedar and leafy notes along with bright, fresh red berries and tobacco. You can drink this now and over the next 6-8 years.

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2001Château Dauzac  (Margaux)88

Medium bodied, and on the fresh, bright, red fruit style range, the texture is soft, marking this as mature and quite easy to drink. However, it is not a wine to hold, so if you have some, pop it over the next few years.

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2000Château Haut-Bages Libéral  (Pauillac)90

Just starting to drink well, this is a solid example of a classic Left Bank Bordeaux. Here you find crisp, bright, red fruits, some strictness in the tannins and all the cedar, forest leaf, cigar box, peppery herbs and both, sweet with tart, red fruits. This should offer pleasure for another 15-20 years.

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1971Vieux Château Certan  (Pomerol)94

What a beauty! With the texture of pure silky, the wine feels great as it enters your palate. But not before you take in all of its plum, cherry, cocoa, thyme, truffle and 100% cocoa. The patina of age paired with the luck of perfect provenance helped this bottle produce a sensuous, sexy, fully mature drinking experience.

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2000Château La Conseillante  (Pomerol)95

Still holding on to its last gasp of youth here, this might be a slightly more masculine Pomerol. The soaring aromatics are in play here. Full bodied, concentrated and with depth of flavor, the wine offers a structured wall of ripe, sweet, plum, cherry and truffle, along with a lot of tannin for a Pomerol of this age. Granted, this was from a magnum, so that should be taken into consideration. Still, I would give it a few more years to see where it goes.

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1982Château La Conseillante  (Pomerol)93

Slowly starting to fade from its decadent peak, there is still a lot to like here. Soft and silky, fresh and refined, the earthy, mocha and plum finish does not have quite the same level of volume or length it offered in its youth. If you are holding any bottles, and I think I have a few left as well, you should drink them over the next couple of years, before the wine continues its slow ride into the sunset.

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1961Château Brane-Cantenac  (Margaux)92

More than fully mature, with the color of bricks and rose hip tea, medium-bodied wine is elegant, soft, energetic, refined and silky. The red fruits still offer freshness, sweetness and lift, coupled with cedar, tobacco, spice and forest leafy notes. I imagine this sells at reasonable levels at auctions, so it is probably worth taking a chance on this, if you see any.

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1982Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)96

This bottle was about as good as it's going get, and it rocked! Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and deep, on the nose, you find wet earth, Asian spice, tobacco and bright red fruits. The finish, which maintains a backbone is loaded with ripe, earthy, tobacco-laden cherries and spice. Popped and poured, a short, splash decant is all that's needed here.

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1982Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)98

What a stunner! It's easy to get stuck just smelling the wine, with all its smoke, wet earth, hay, spice, campfire, tobacco leaf and sweet cherry nuances. But that would be a mistake if that's all you did, as you'd miss the sensuous, silky, elegant, long, refined layers of sweet and savory fruit. Delicate, but not light, the finish is long, silky, and fresh.

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1970Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac)92

It's been years since I last tasted this wine. In fact, I had forgotten it, as it lay hidden, behind other bottles in the cellar, waiting for the chance to show what its made of. That turned out to be a good thing because this showed great! The strong cedar component rode out in front, followed by herbs, green forest leaf, smoke, tobacco and cassis. Full bodied, a little bit reserved and strict in character, all was forgiven once the blast of old-school red fruits and cigar wrapper hit your palate. Long, full, juicy and still fresh, this is a beauty in your glass.

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2008Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol)94

The fruit is ripe, deep dark and plummy, Concentrated, full and showing its licorice, dark 100% cocoa filled chocolate, tobacco leaf and licorice work well with the ripe, sweet plums. Still a bit tight today, as expected, give this 3-5 years to fill out, soften and come together and you will have an outstanding wine.

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