Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind

Northbrook, IL
Tasted Saturday, October 29, 2011 by Burgundy Al with 213 views

Flight 1 (7 Notes)

  • 1997 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Duck Muck 89 Points

    Australia, Victoria, Central Victoria, Heathcote

    Tasted double blind. Ripe and lush black fruit aromas with a trace of eucalyptus also on nose. Same super-concentrated black fruit on the palate with a moderate degree of structure. While I could see others liking this wine, it's not even close to my style.

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  • 2004 Domaine Alain Burguet Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    Black fruit and lots of spice on the nose. Both red and black fruit on palate with same dense, meaty spice on palate. Comes across as quite ripe but without much acidity. Drinking nicely now, most likely close to its peak. I brought this to a blind tasting, and nobody guessed 2004 Burgundy; guesses were mostly around 2002 and 2003.

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  • 1988 Château Haut-Brion 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

    Tasted double blind. Dark fruit on the nose with some good background spice and earthy aromas. Lean black fruit from the start through the middle, then lots of structure also with good earthy elements and some interesting and charming funk. Finishes with good spice and lean black fruit again. Others liked this much more than I did today.

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  • 1996 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

    Tasted double blind. Red and black fruit on nose and palate. Very balanced from start-to-finish gave this a very classic, Left Bank Bordeaux-like feeling. Some earthy character just starting to emerge, perhaps that will give this wine some more nuance.

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  • 1998 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie 93 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

    Tasted double blind. It's rarely this easy to identify so much about a wine tasted blind, but this was the perfect Côte-Rôtie stereotype. Black pepper and black fruit on the nose. Dense fruit flavors with god lush fat to start, then lots of tannic and acidic structure and a very long, powerful finish. This wine has a long life ahead of it.

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  • 2000 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) 87 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Tasted double blind. Incredibly ripe black currant and plum with lots of espresso and oak on nose, giving it a rather New World character to start. Lush black fruit on palate with some good background spice. Big tannins on finish.

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  • 2000 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 89 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    Black fruit, cassis and licorice on nose. Palate of moderate fruit and just some interesting background traces of spice. Better start than finish.

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