Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2000Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

This is drinking at close to peak. Splash decanted and served, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, round and lush. The tannins are silky, the finish is soft. Filled with licorice, dark plums, even darker chocolate, herbs, flowers, smoke, tobacco and earth, with black cherries galore, there is no need to wait to pop cork. This should have at least another 15 years of great drinking in its future.

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2005Château Pape Clément  (Pessac-Léognan)96

What most people miss with Pape Clement, is that the wine is so concentrated, intense and a bit oaky in its youth, it needs cellaring time to really reveal its all. Still youthful here, another 5-7 years are needed before everything really starts coming together. Still, it is impossible not to see and enjoy the intensity, purity, depth of flavor, length and richness. The tannins are ripe, the texture is akin to velvet and the smoky, dark berries in the finish resonate for ages. Opened in the name of science, I'm waiting another 5 years before popping another bottle. I'm thinking my score could also pop another Pt or 2, once this really gets going.

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1995Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  (Pauillac)93

With 1 hour in the decanter, the wine offers a full-bodied, concentrated experience filled with tobacco leaf, blackberry, herbs, cigar box and red fruits. The wine is less strict than many 95 wines, but there is some austerity to the wine that you definitely feel. Time is not going to add much more softness.

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2005Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac)94

2005 Pontet Canet is rich and remains deeply colored. The tannins are soft and the firmness if youth is being replaced with more elegance. Notes of tobacco leaf, cigar box, earth and dark chocolate ride along with the fresh, blackberry and cassis. 2 hours of decanting worked its magic. But if you can wait until 2025, you’re going to have an even better experience.

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2003Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)94

An hour of air helped here, adding more body, and depth. The wine offers layers of licorice, blackberry, dark cocoa, smoke and tobacco. Lush, round, sweet and juicy, this is quite sensuous. There is a minor touch of dryness on the backend, but you need to be looking at it closely to see that, as the wealth of ripe fruit is there from start to finish. There is no heat, or jammy notes. The wine is drinking very fine today.

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1999Château Palmer  (Margaux)95

The wine starts off with lilacs and thyme. With air you find cigar box, earth and unlit cigar wrappers. Lush, soft and silky, there is a refined quality to the ripe, dark, red fruits here that feels great. Decanted 45 minutes, this is drinking in the sweet spot today. It should continue at this high level for at least another decade.

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2003Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93

Soft, elegant, charming and for the most part, ready for prime time drinking. The wine is full-bodied, with depth of flavor, but the short finish takes away some of the thunder here. The fruit, tannins, flavor and character are all that you need, it is that shortness in the finish that I wish was just a bit longer. If this was the only bottle on the table, it would be great. But when compared with other vintages, it held up, but did not shine. 10-15 years is probably the remaining window here.

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2000Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)95

This is a top bottle of Pichon that remains stuck in adolescence. Still, it is easy to see that with that difficult cocktail and resolve that is best mixed in a cold cellar, the wine is going to shine, once more of the tannins soft, and melt away. There is weight concentration, balance, freshness and layers of cassis that do not quit. But much of this beauty is being held in reserve. Give it until 2022 and lets talk about it then.

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1990Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)97

Very close to full maturity here. Hey, it only took 28 years! But the wait was worth it. The soft, elegant, refined, austerity that belongs to Pauillac is shining brightly here. The wine is fresh, full bodied, effortless to drink and serves up its blend of forest leaf, tobacco, cedar, cassis, smoke and cigar wrapper without being asked. Perhaps another year or two will a bit more nuance, but at close to 30, this is where it needs to be, for prime time drinking.

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2005Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)98

It has been a few years since I lasted th8is gem, but holly molly, this is really upped its game. There is more density, flesh, richness, fruit, length, and complexity. The tannins are present, but they are starting to mellow. There is a gentleness to the backbone and structure here, that was not present before. The palate enjoys the bath of perfectly ripe, powerful, yet silky blackberry and cassis that crosses its path. The finish leaves a long, lasting impression, making you want to taste it again and again. If you have a case or more and want to check in on its progress, pop a cork. Else, wait a decade. This is one of those wines that's worth the wait!

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1990Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)100

An intellectual sex bomb of a wine! Combining its potent blend of hedonism with concentrated layers of perfectly ripe, mineral-driven fruits, salty, velvet drenched tannins and a fruit-filled finish that lasts at least 60 seconds. This wine, if well stored is off the hook and off the charts. It is simply mind-blowing juice. Frightfully expensive, if you have patience, the 2009 and 2010 are both better, selling for about half the price of the 1990.

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2001Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol)96

This is quite close to drinking at its peak. I am sure it will be at its best about 2021. But even today, with just a short decant, the luxurious, silky textures coupled with the truffle, dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, plum and licorice really hit the spot. Full bodied and sexy, this is just great juice for Pomerol lovers.

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1990Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97

Not as clean as previous bottles, this showed a distinctive, barnyard, animal character. Still, there was a lot to like about it. Full bodied, rich, round, spicy and fresh, the tannins have melted away. The earthy kirsch sang loud and clear, but the animalistic notes demanded to be heard as well. So, some will like this specific bottle more than others.

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1964Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)65

It would be polite to say this was slightly past its prime. Sharp, acidic and on the wine to becoming sherry-like, this is not a wine to buy today. Share with someone having an anniversary that you are not too interested in celebrating. They cannot all be winners. Such is life.

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2004E. Guigal La Mouline  (Côte-Rôtie)94

A nice wine indeed that is close to ready to drink. The luscious, exotic textures were there. Medium/full bodied, with ample, sweet red fruits, flowers, peach, earth, spice and oak, this is already offering charm. You can drink this while waiting for the more age-worthy vintages to develop.

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2005Château Clos St. Martin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95

Round, opulent, fat and juicy, the sweet, ripe black cherries are coated with licorice, dark cocoa, smoke and chocolate. Full-bodied, concentrated and richly textured, this hedonistically styled wine hits that spot in all the right ways. Youthful, but just starting to be a good place today, give it an hour in the decanter and it is ready to go.

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2005Clos Saint Jean Deus-Ex Machina  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)99

WOW! Mouth-coating, teeth staining levels of concentration here. The texture is pure velvet. As big as this is, there is freshness, balance, and complexity. The ripe, dark red fruit shows a beautiful purity. The finish goes on for over 50 seconds. This is no shy sister of a wine. It leaves a serious impression. There is nothing old school about this blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. But I loved it!

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2009Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)99

With additional years of aging, this has exploded. The wine has dramatically much more weight, density, softness of tannins and length. The wine is opulent, showy, sexy and feels like crushed velvet on your palate. Layers of perfectly ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, smoke, wet earth and black cherry coat your mouth and palate. The finish hangs in there for at least 50 seconds. With another 5-10 more years of bottle age, this will be screaming!

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2005Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97

Just a gorgeous wine. Layer after layer of licorice coated, black cherry, plum and truffle are all over the place, in the nose and on the palate. Silky, polished and lusciously textured, if you like young wines that are considering entering their drinking window before they reach the secondary stage, you can pop a cork. Else, wait about 5 years. Either way, this is a beauty

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1961Clos Fourtet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

Just a stunning wine that captures the beauty, depth and concentration found in the 1961. The wine shows off its tobacco, cedar, wet earth, forest floor and cherry filled personality with ease. Still fresh, with depth, length and complexity, this is a stunner. As good as this is, the wines made at Clos Fourtet today are going to reach much higher levels of quality as they mature. Note, this tasting was based on a magnum from the chateau, so your experience might vary.

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2008Château Le Pin  (Pomerol)97

Exotically textured, with a melange of red fruits, licorice, flowers and citrus, the wine has body, length, purity of fruit and complexity. But it is the lush texture that steals the show! This beauty will age for at least 2 decades.

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1988Château Clinet  (Pomerol)94

It is hard to believe that its been 10 years since I last tasted this wine. From a magnum, the wine offers truffle, dark chocolate, plum and cherry notes. There is a softness to the tannins and richness in the mid-palate that carries through. The wine is fully mature, so if you are holding a bottle, pop that cork!

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2010Château Clinet  (Pomerol)98

If you are seeking a thrill ride, and Pomerol is your type of thrill, look no further. This is pure bottled decadence. The wine is silky, sexy, sensuous and concentrated. There is a beautiful purity in the fruit and a finish that could break the 50-second mark. And the wine still sells for a song for a wine at this level of quality.

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1998Château Clinet  (Pomerol)92

A very nice wine that is close to its full maturity date, the nose and palate are all about the red and black plum, dark cocoa, licorice and soft textured, medium-bodied palate.

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1998Château Bellefont-Belcier  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Fully mature, medium bodied, earthy, red berry dominated charmer with a touch of herbs, tobacco and wet earth that rides along with the soft, cherry fruits.

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