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Red

2005 Château La Confession

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Truffle, smoke, tobacco, plum, vanilla bean, coffee and wild strawberry on the nose. The wine is soft, round and ready to drink, with a soft, supple textured, fresh, sweet cherry finish. This is ready to drink.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    7/1/2015 9:14:00 AM - Hi Loren... Most of this is just personal points of view. We all look for, what we like, or not in wine. As for provenance, my bottle could of had issues, it was opened with the owner at the chateau :)

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    7/1/2015 5:27:00 PM - Loren... You're welcome anytime you're in LA to come by and pop a few corks. Especially if you're around Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

White

2005 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/28/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

Showing maturity in color, the wine pops with vanilla, grilled nuts, honeysuckle, citrus and toast. Refined, rich and still young, the ripe, sweet, fresh, mineral drive, fruit packed finish stays with you.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/29/2015 12:26:00 AM - WOW! You have 13 bottles of Haut Brion Blanc. You are my hero!!!!

Red

2005 Château Figeac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 89 points

Tobacco, with thyme, forest floor, mint and cherries in the nose. The wine is medium bodied, open and delivers a short, finish with some rusticity in the tannins. This style of wine will definitely appeal to tasters seeking out more of a classic style of Bordeaux.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/29/2015 12:25:00 AM - If you like this lighter style of classic Bordeaux, it's drinking fine now and will age without problems.

Red

2005 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille

Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/27/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 88 points

Soft, smooth and fully mature, the wine has retained its round texture and sweetness. There is no reason to age it any longer. If you have any bottles, pop a cork!

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/28/2015 11:24:00 AM - Glad you liked the wine....

Red

1990 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/31/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 99 points

It's always a crap shoot with this wine. There are bottles with such overwhelming notes of horse and barnyard, they are not fun to drink. And then, there are the clean bottles that let you know you are in Bordeaux at the top level. This bottle was clean. The intensity of the aromatics, the incredible weight, density and concentration, coupled with ripe, regal, soft tannins and a seamless finish are well worth the price of admission. Still young, but showing its stuff, this is a thrill to taste today and if well stored, your grand children can probably enjoy a bottle in 2090!

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/24/2015 10:30:00 PM - Sorry for the delay in the response. My guess is, unclean conditions in the cellar at the time. The chateau is quite aware of the bottle variation and has no problem discussing the issue.

Red

2014 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/14/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

Deep in color with a complex nose of graphite, plum, blackberry and tobacco, this wine is sure to lure you back for yet another sniff. before you get to the first sip. It is full-bodied, silky, fresh and packed with sweet cassis, caressing your palate with a rich velour, leaving a lasting impression of espresso, cocoa and black raspberries. This wine has less concentration than 2009 and 2010 vintages, yet it still leaves you with sweetness, vibrancy and length. Using 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.78. 95-97 Pts

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/11/2015 8:43:00 AM - Happy to hear the information helped. if you're interested, you can find blends and alcohol levels for close to 200 of the best 2014 Bordeaux wines easily on my site. www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2015/05/2014-bordeaux-wine-guide-425-tasting-notes-ratings-vintage-report/

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/12/2015 11:38:00 PM - It would be great to pop a few corks when you have some time. PM me on my site....

    JL

Red

2006 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/22/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

The blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot and the rest made from Cabernet Franc creates a deep colored wine. With extended coaxing, cedar, lead pencil, cassis, tobacco and forest floor aromas come alive. Powerful, tannic, concentrated and backwards, this lassic and classy Bordeaux demands another decade or longer before it's civilized. This is best purchased or cellared by very patient Leoville Las Cases fans.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    6/11/2015 8:47:00 AM - I'll get you an update next year when I taste all of the top 2006 Bordeaux wines. FWIW, Leoville Las Cases is one of the longest lived wines in all of Bordeaux. In the best vintages, the wine usually requires 20 years to develop. On the bright side, if you live long enough to enjoy it, the wine should be better at age 50, than it is age 20!

Red

2012 Château Rauzan-Ségla

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/15/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 94 points

This was good in the barrel, but it’s so much better in the bottle with its complex nose of floral, black cherry, truffle, thyme and black plum aromas. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, with silky smooth tannins and freshness that lingers on your palate. Offered at a fair price, coupled with the ability to age and develop, if you like Margaux, this deserves a place in your cellar.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/29/2015 7:35:00 AM - You're missing a word. Are asking if you can buy this, or drink this now?

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/29/2015 4:00:00 PM - If you like young, primary fruit, you can drink it now. But if I owned the wine, I'd wait at least 10 years. Rauzan Segla always develops well.

Red

2014 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/16/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

This is a beauty. This wine possesses ample depth and intensity, setting a new standard of quality for Beychevelle. Dense, long and voluptuous, arousing the senses with a sweet kiss of sun-warmed currants and dark chocolate, this is by far the most concentrated, supple wine that the estate has ever produced. The finish really lingers with its layers of fruit. With 51% Merlot in the blend, it’s the highest percentage of Merlot used in the history of the estate. That is paired with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 14.05% alcohol with a pH of 3.64. The Grand Vin represents 68% of the crop. 93 – 94 Pts

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/20/2015 6:37:00 AM - Thanks Chris. As you can see from the note, I really liked the wine. It will not be bottled for about one more year. It was tasted in Bordeaux, along about 425 other wines in April. If you're curious, you can see all my reports on 2014 Bordeaux here, just cut and paste the link: www.thewinecellarinsider.com/2015/05/2014-bordeaux-wine-guide-425-tasting-notes-ratings-vintage-report/

Red

1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Still tannic at 17 years of age, but there is a lot to like about the wine. It's deep, concentrated and long, with freshness, flavor and intensity. There is a firmness to the tannins that reminds me a good version of a 1986 Pauillac.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/15/2015 8:34:00 AM - I'm sure it has another 10-15 years of life, but it's not a wine I would wait for. It's in a really good place today, IMO.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/13/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

Very sweet, powerful and concentrated, with fresh, lively, honey drenched tropical fruits, vanilla and floral notes. The wine has depth, complexity and length. Now, all it needs is a decade or two of bottle age.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/13/2015 7:59:00 PM - If you like Yquem young, and you have more than a few bottles, sure. Else, I'd wait. It was not my bottle. I opened a 97 last week and loved it.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/12/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 100 points

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Purity, intensity, freshness, density and complexity in spades. This is as good as a sweet wine gets. The scary thing is, it has not even budged towards maturity. Having tasted Yquem at 80 years of age, current owners will never see it. But who cares as this is damn delicious today?

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    5/13/2015 5:18:00 PM - I hear you. If you want an idea of what your 2001 will be like as it gets close to maturity, it's not cheap, but you might want to look for the 1975.

Red

2014 Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/24/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Deep ruby in color, the wine opens with floral, mineral, cherry, caramel and coffee bean scents. It is soft, fresh, round juicy on the palate, ending with sweet, blackberry, vanilla and black currants in the finish. Produced by blending 57.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.7 92-93 Pts

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/28/2015 10:05:00 AM - Thanks for the great compliment! Feel free to post that on my site anytime!!! As to the Pape Clement, great catch. Either the wine is so good, they are able to use more than 100% of the grape varietals, or my dyslexia kicked in with the 73.5%. It's fixed now. Thanks again.

Red

1999 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie Cuvée la Belle Hélène

Syrah more

1/2/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 98 points

Tasting surprisingly young, blind I would have been shocked to find this was 16 years of age. Splash decanting brought its floral, earthy, espresso, blackberry, dark cherry, stone and barbecue notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, concentrated and in balance. The fruit is fresh, crisp and sweet, and oh so young, leaving with a a long expression of minerality and purity in the mouth. This requires at least 3-5 more years before maturity settles in. As a point of comparison, it was less developed than the 1999 Guigal La Landonne it was paired against!

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/21/2015 10:47:00 AM - It is a 16 year old wine, which is old for most Cote Rotie. So, I doubt it. Why would you worry about it?

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/22/2015 7:58:00 AM - I understood why you were concerned. I meant, have you had Cote Rotie at 16 years of age that were closed down? I've had vintages of Guigial La Landonne that were young at 16, but not closed. I was just curious about your experience, which is what I was asking...

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/22/2015 12:41:00 PM - The 95 as you noted was their debut vintage. You will find the 99 to be a completely different world of wine! I'd give it an hour or so of air. I look forward to your notes.

White

1989 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

10/18/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 89 points

Fading, or already faded, depending on your point of view. Hints of citrus and green apple remain, the texture is soft, but you really need to look hard to find the last vestages of fruit. Drink up.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/16/2015 6:37:00 PM - None. That is a fairly old white Burgundy. Would you decant an old white Burg?

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/17/2015 2:53:00 PM - Personally, I would not decant older white wines. For me, there is a lot more to lose and little to gain. But that's just me. I'm glad that it's working for you however.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/14/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

A beauty that is already fun to taste and enjoy for its honeyed, apricot, spice, pineapple, orange peel and vanilla bean profile. Low acid and fat in style, this glass of sunshine and pleasure hits the sweet spot.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/11/2015 10:39:00 PM - Sorry about the delay in the response. I've been in Bordeaux the past few weeks. I prefer the 96. You can always easily search my tasting notes on my site, or look them up by producer/chateau etc... For Yquem...

    http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/sauternesbarsac/dyquem/

Red

1975 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/21/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 96 points

Young, but not immature, this is what old school, classic Bordeaux is all about. The tannins are still there, but there is a wealth of fruit that fills your mouth and palate. It's amazing to think that at close to 40 years of age, another 5 years are going to add the wine, but if the bottle is well stored, those 5 more years will make this even better. Kind of makes you feel sorry for anyone buying this as a future.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    4/5/2015 2:22:00 AM - Sorry, but this wine, and perhaps a few others can improve with 40-50 years of age. With 75 LMHB, it has most of the the right stuff. It's aromatic, concentrated and long, there is a depth of fruit, but for me, it lacks a softness in the mouth. While the wine will always have a crisp and masculine, tannic leaning, it will, or perhaps its better to say, it should become softer with time.

    I taste the 2000 and 1982 LMHM moderately often and find them to be stunning wines. What is is about those wines you do not like? Do you enjoy any vintages fro LMHB?

Red

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote: 96 points

Cigar box, jammy black raspberry, mint, ash, tobacco, cedar wood, cloves, cinnamon and wet forest floor notes start the fireworks. On the palate, the rich, sensuous, flamboyant, showy wine is a hedonistic treat for the senses from start to finish.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    3/15/2015 5:01:00 PM - Of the two, 98 is a better wine. I'm not sure what things cost, or if you already have the wine, or need to buy it, but 96 is better than both vintages.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Suduiraut Cuvée Madame

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/9/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote: 96 points

This was my first experience with this special cuvee. I hope it will not be my last as this wine is a stunning example of Sauternes. Deep in color, the aromatics are intense with their honey drenched apricot, pineapple, caramel, custard and spicy notes. Thick, rich and intense, yet perfectly in balance with ample sweetness and acidity. Drink it now or age, this is a stellar juice!

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    3/10/2015 10:00:00 AM - I looked back the picture and could only see part of the label, which shows creme de tete. If I remember, I will ask the property when I see them in April. Thanks for the catch.

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