Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2015Le Baron de Brane  (Margaux)90

Much better in bottle than barrel. With time, the wine has filled out, softened and developed more of its refined, early-drinking, soft textured, floral charm. This is perfect for restaurants today.

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2016Le Baron de Brane  (Margaux)88

Bright, fresh, refined, medium-bodied and ready to go, there is a nice. sweet, lively core of red cherries and plums that are found on the nose and palate. You can drink this now quite easily for pleasure. The wine was made from blending 65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

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1994Château Palmer  (Margaux)87

On the downhill slope, the wine is medium-bodied, with a crisp, bright red fruit character. The secondary notes are overtaking the fruit, leaving with you more tobacco, cedar, wet earth and forest aromas than crisp red fruit. A bit strict and firm in nature, with a leafy, herbal edge, this is not going to improve with age.

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

Just a super bottle of this wine. It was so good, I am tempted to give it another point for all its gorgeous floral notes that compliment the spicy, sweet, deep red fruits, wet earth and forest aromatics. Soft on the palate, the wine is concentrated, with lift and sweetness in the finish. Fully mature, there is no hurry to drink it, if the wine has been well-stored.

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2001Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)92

Medium-bodied, elegant, soft, round and polished, you find espresso, vanilla, smoke, licorice and ripe, sweet cherries on the nose and palate. The finish leaves with you ripe, fresh, lush red fruits wrapped in coffee beans. Drink it now, or age it a few more years, either way, it is quite nice.

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1995Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)91

Still quite firm in nature, as many 95 Bordeaux wines are, the wine is better on the nose with its deep boquet of cedar, wet earth, spice, red fruits and herbs. Bright and crisp, as well as somewhat strict steely and austere, this is much better for lovers of old-school classic Bordeaux.

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1996Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)94

The aromatics capture the wines mature essence with its earthy wet forest floor, tobacco leaf, cigar box and bright red fruits. There is lift in the fruit, coupled with a leafy, red berry assortment in the finish. This is probably close to fully mature, where it should remain for at least 15 or more years before entering its slow decline.

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1996Château Climens  (Barsac)92

On the orange, tangerine side of the fruit range, the wine offers a wealth of honeyed apricot, candied orange peel and floral notes, with good acidity, but it lacks the weight and complexity found in the best years.

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2000Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)94

Still on the oaky side, with a strong sense of espresso, you also find smoke, coffee bean, truffle, licorice and ripe, juicy black cherries and plum. Full-bodied, richly textured, polished and soft on the palate, the fruit tastes and feels great. But the oak influence at this stage is worrisome, as it needs to better integrate.

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2005Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)98

This just keeps getting better and better as it slowly works its way to maturity. The wine is deep, full-bodied, concentrated and multi-faceted. The gorgeous fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet, round, opulent and fresh. Still youthful, give it 7-10 years and this will be a rockstar wine with all its sensuous textures accompanied by complex aromatics and a long finish, perfect to show off its purity and poise.

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2008Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)94

Very young, as you would expect, this is still a juvenile in terms of its development. Still, if you have a few hours of time to allow it some air, the nose will show vanilla, licorice, black and dark red fruits, smoke, cassis, and espresso. Full-bodied, concentrated and fresh, at least 8 more years of bottle age are warranted here.

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1990Dalla Valle Maya  (Oakville)95

Very bright, fresh and floral, the wine is not a blockbuster. It is balanced, lifted, complex and nuanced. Fully developed, with leafy, herbal, mint and floral nuances that mesh perfectly with all the ripe, energetic fruits, this is drinking just great today.

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1979Château Ducru-Beaucaillou  (St. Julien)88

Light, bright and with more cedar, herbs, leaf and tobacco than fruit, the classically styled wine has slipped past full maturity. The finish is bright, crisp and a bit tart with a full load of cigar notes.

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1996Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac)93

This is classic Pauillac. The full-bodied, firm, concentrated wine offers cedar chest, cigar box and forest floor, with a touch of herbs that sets off the fresh, bright, red fruits perfectly. This is drinking in its sweet spot.

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1990Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac)97

From a magnum, this was just great! Full-bodied, deep, long, intense and complex, the wine is concentrated with ripe, dark red fruits, wet earth tobacco and forest floor. The firm, refined tannins add the right backbone to all that gorgeous, ripe, red fruits. You can drink this now, give it more time. But there is no real reason to wait as this is just singing today.

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2005Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac)93

Tight, firm, reserved, strict and tannic, the wine remains quite youthful at this stage. Clearly there is a wealth of ripe fruit here, but the tannins need at least a decade to soften before this is fun to drink.

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2010Château Lynch-Bages  (Pauillac)95

Just an infant in its development, the wine is all about its potential. Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and quite bright, fresh and tannic, the wine is not in a fun place to drink. The fruit is bright, lifted, fresh and firm, and there is a lot of it. But the structure and tannins are so front and center today that it demands at least a decade of aging before becoming civilized. For classic Pauillac fans, this is going to be worth the wait. But patience is warranted.

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2016Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)99

What a gorgeous blast of kirsch, cherry, plum, spice, licorice and leafy herbs. Rich, concentrated, elegant and powerful, the wine hits all the right notes from start to finish, ending with wave after wave of sweet, ripe, pure red fruits. This will drink great young, but its true beauty will show up at about 10 years of age.

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2017Domaine du Grand Tinel  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90

Elegant, medium-bodied, fresh, juicy and sweet, the soft, ripe red fruits start off nicely, leaving you with sweet kirsch notes in the finish. The wine blends 60% Grenache with 40% Syrah.

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2005Château Branon  (Pessac-Léognan)93

Round, lush, fleshy, full and loaded with smoky, dark red fruits, coffee and smoke. The deep colored wine remains youthful. But the fruit is so ripe and the tannins are so soft, you can enjoy this now, or wait another 3-5 years.

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1982Château Canon  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95

The best bottle yet from my slowly dwindling case, this is drinking just great. Aromatic, silky, fresh, vibrant, floral and earthy, the wine combines complexity and hedonism, finishing with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy cherries that feel as good as they taste. Well stored bottles have at least another 10 years or more at this high level before the wine gently declines.

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2010Domaine la Barroche Cuvée Pure  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97

This gorgeous wine offers a blast of earthy kirsch, spice, thyme and herbs on the nose. Deep in color, the wine looks and tastes young. Full-bodied and loaded with layers of plush, ripe, fresh, polished, silky red fruits, this wine fills your palate with layers of cherries, plums, spice and licorice. 2-3 more years of cellaring for this concentrated stunner will add more complexity and softness to the wine.

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2017Château La Tour-Martillac Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)92

With a nice kick of honeysuckle, pomelo, lemon peel, tangerine and mango, you find a wine with fresh, ripe, juicy, vibrant citrus that is equally fresh and refreshing. The wine is a blend of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

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2017Château La Tour-Martillac  (Pessac-Léognan)90

Medium-bodied and on the bright, fresh, crisp, juicy side of the style range, the fruit offers a lot of pop, purity and energy along with a nice core of bright, red plums. The wine was made from a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. 89-91 Pts

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2000Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan)91

Fully mature, the wine has taken on a honeyed tone to the yellow and orange citrus fruits. The wine has weight and there is still some lift remaining. But there is no reason to age this any longer.

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