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 12/10/2012-12/11/2012 (London)



  • 2010 Château La Martinette - France, Bordeaux (12/10/2012)
    Dry tannin, tough, quite austere fruit. Unbalanced oak. (81 pts.)
  • 2010 The Islander Estate Vineyards Wally White - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island (12/11/2012)
    Very good, oak well handled. Tropical fruit with nutty complexity and fine acidity. Long future. (91 pts.)
  • 2008 The Islander Estate Vineyards Old Rowley - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island (12/11/2012)
    Delicious nose, mint, spice, ripe fruit. A touch green on the palate with spice, toast and dark fruit. Very interesting. Firm structure. Fresh, needs time. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 The Islander Estate Vineyards The Red - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island (12/11/2012)
    Cherry, plum and a touch leafy. Austere and needs time. (85 pts.)
  • 2011 Domaines François Lurton Côtes du Roussillon Traou de l'Ouille Mas Janeil - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon (12/11/2012)
    Complex flavour enhanced with deft oak. Tropical fruit, sherbert zing. Fresh and enjoyable. (88 pts.)
  • 2006 The Islander Estate Vineyards The Investigator Kangaroo Island - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island (12/11/2012)
    Ripe fruit with lovely leafy Cab Franc. Approachable tannin, nicely integrated with full mouthfeel. Dark fruit and long finish. (90 pts.)
  • 2008 Domaines François Lurton Côtes du Roussillon Villages Le Pas de la Mule Mas Janeil - France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon Villages (12/11/2012)
    Ripe grenache but still very tannic. Good fruit depth with spicy complexity. Coffee, mocha finish with a touch of liquorice. (88 pts.)
  • 2012 Bodega Piedra Negra (François Lurton) Pinot Gris Alta Colección - Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco (12/11/2012)
    Straughtforward easy drinking style with fresh acidity. (83 pts.)
  • 2008 Bodega Piedra Negra (François Lurton) Malbec Piedra Negra - Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco (12/11/2012)
    Firm structure with ripe fruit and spice. A touch of leaf and mint. Still needs plenty of time. (89 pts.)
  • 2012 Hacienda Araucano (Lurton) Sauvignon Blanc - Chile, Central Valley (12/11/2012)
    Typical Chilean SB. Pungent, nettles. (83 pts.)
  • 2010 Hacienda Araucano (Lurton) Clos de Lolol - Chile (12/11/2012)
    Chile on the nose with typical Carmenere style. Tannic and lacks complexity. (84 pts.)
  • 2011 Hermanos Lurton Verdejo Rueda - Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda (12/11/2012)
    Mineral style with very lean fruit. Sharp acidity and hot finish. (83 pts.)
  • 2006 J. & F. Lurton Toro Campo Eliseo - Spain, Castilla y León, Toro (12/11/2012)
    Rolland signature in evidence. Ripe, rich and extracted. (87 pts.)
  • 2011 Château Camarsac Blanc - France, Bordeaux (12/11/2012)
    Powerful nose let down by the palate which lacks concentration or complexity. Some stony minerality but finishes very short. (82 pts.)
  • 2009 Château de Camarsac Cuvée Prince Noir - France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur (12/11/2012)
    Young. Ripe fruit and reasonably supple tannin. Blackcurrant, cherry and sympathetic oak. Enjoyable and will be ready in 3-5 years. (86 pts.)
  • 2009 Château de Camarsac - France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur (12/11/2012)
    Good, ripe, classic Claret fruit with enough leafy Cabernet. Balanced tannic grip with fair acidity. Approachable. (87 pts.)
  • 2010 Château de Camarsac Cuvée Prestige - France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur (12/11/2012)
    Rich, ripe, coffee and blackcurrant nose. Powerful. Grippy but smooth tannin. Dark fruit with plenty of spice and oak. Shows potential. (89 pts.)
  • 2011 Château Reynier - France, Bordeaux (12/11/2012)
    Crisp fruit. Safe winemaking. (82 pts.)
  • 2009 Château Reynier - France, Bordeaux (12/11/2012)
    Light nose, clean red fruit and oak. Light, integrated tannin. Ho hum. (83 pts.)
  • 2009 Château Reynier Cuvée Héritage Reserve - France, Bordeaux (12/11/2012)
    Simple, lacks fruit complexity. Tannins well handled and has a crisp finish but ultimately lacks any interest. (84 pts.)
  • 2000 Château Dauzac - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/11/2012)
    Very good, classic Claret. Rich and ripe but with enough leafy character to keep the wine fresh. Tannins are still grippy but are well integrated and the fruit folds around them. Very enjoyable and approachable but nowhere near its peak. (93 pts.)
  • 2011 Château Marjosse Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers (12/11/2012)
    Simple, clean, easy. No complexity, no character. (82 pts.)
  • 2010 Château Marjosse - France, Bordeaux (12/11/2012)
    Dense fruit with spice and pepper. Powerful but ripe tannins with cherry and complex oak on the finish. Polished. (88 pts.)
  • 2008 Château de Rochemorin Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (12/11/2012)
    Very good wine. Powerful nose and palate. Fruit, mineral and gentle oak. Medium bodied with excellent structure and this has the capacity to age further. Fresh finish with gentle toast. (90 pts.)
  • 2006 Château La Louvière "L" de la Louviere Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (12/11/2012)
    Good, ripe claret. Coffee, toast, blackcurrant, elegant tannins. Fine structure and starting to open up now but has a bright future. (90 pts.)
  • 2009 Château de Villegeorge - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (12/11/2012)
    Firm with hard acidity. Blackcurrant, spice and plum. (84 pts.)
  • 2009 Château La Tour de Bessan - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/11/2012)
    Decent structure with firm tannin and good acidity. 54% Cab Sauv gives plenty of dark blackcurrant, coffee and spice from oak. Needs time. (89 pts.)
  • 2009 Château Duplessis - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc (12/11/2012)
    78% Merlot gives rich succulent fruit but there is enough tannin to frame it and prevent flabbiness. Spicy finish (87 pts.)
  • 2006 Château Brane-Cantenac - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/11/2012)
    Beautiful nose of ripe fruit, coffee and spice. Elegant palate, integrated and delicious. Tannins have folded in to the fruit, silky and powerful with a long finish. (91 pts.)
  • 2005 Château Durfort-Vivens - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/11/2012)
    Powerful, restrained vibration and energy waiting to be unleashed. Tannic still but packed with fruit, spice and smoke. There's a huge energy and focus to this wine but it will need 10-20 years to be released from the tannic framework. (93 pts.)
  • 2001 Château Desmirail - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (12/11/2012)
    Very pleasant and ready to drink now. has opened up with black fruit spice and coffee. Tannins are still grippy and structured but not intrusive. Long smoky finish. (90 pts.)
  • 2010 Château Bouscaut Blanc - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (12/11/2012)
    Very good. Smoky oak on the nose but palate is refined and smooth with superb oak integration. Fresh citrus with some ripe and complex stone fruit. Oak is never far away but sits comfortably in the background. Bravo. (91 pts.)
  • 2008 Château Bouscaut - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (12/11/2012)
    Ripe fruit and tannin but spice and alcohol are too dominant. Ungainly at the moment but may settle down with more time. (85 pts.)


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