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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.

  • 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.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    3/10/2015 10:14:00 AM - In staring at the picture, you could be right. I'm not really sure. Regardless, I loved the wine! I'm not sure I'll see another bottle, I think it's quite hard to find. Right?

Red

2006 Château Rauzan-Ségla

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/9/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Powerful, tannic and structured to age, the wine offers crème de cassis, cedar, floral, truffle and blackberry notes along with a long, fresh, tannic, clean finish. Give this 5-10 more years and enjoy this beautiful Margaux for several decades after that.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    3/9/2015 6:52:00 PM - In that price range, they are going to be limited. But for that much money, why not? If they are getting married now, why not a wine from this year, or the year they met?

    I'm not sure what 2005 Pontet Canet costs, although I'm sure it's at least $100, but it's a better wine and will also age and taste better.

Red

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige

Red Rhone Blend more

12/15/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

Filled with ripe and close to over ripe, sweet, fresh, pure, black raspberries, jam, kirsch, pepper and garrigue notes, The wine is lush, full bodied and deep, leaving you with a long blast of fresh kirsch in the stylish finish.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    3/6/2015 8:26:00 AM - Hi Julien

    I really like young Chateauneuf du Pape. Most Grenache based wines for me never really shut down. For me, they do not go through a closed period like Bordeaux. That is one of the charms of the region. Also, you noted, this is not a pricey wine. I hope you pop a bottle and let me know your thoughts...

Red

2005 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/27/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 98 points

Good things come to those that wait! And this just keeps better and better, but what else should expect from a great terroir and the talented Philippe Dhalluin. Concentrated with layers of sweet, silky, opulent berries, velvety tannins, an attention seeking nose of cassis, cigar box, earth, truffle and Asian spice, the wine ends sensations of pure silk, velvet and opulence, that literally bathes your palate.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/28/2015 7:56:00 AM - I do not own any, so I was quite happy to taste it. I will get taste it again in April. If I had the money, I'd be all over it.

Red

2003 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

Tobacco, cigar box, caramel, dark cherry and blackberry notes glide into the already open, soft, silky, red and dark berry finish. This is drinking quite nice now. While there is no hurry to drink it, this is also not a wine I would lay down for another decade or two.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/24/2015 9:52:00 AM - Most 2003 Bordeaux are fairly advanced IMO. From memory, the wine already had secondary notes and the softness that comes with age. If you only have one bottle, you can wait. There is no rush, but it's not a forever wine like the 2000, 2005, 2009 or 2010. FWIW, IMO, it's better than the 98 & 99 you had recently.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/25/2015 7:47:00 AM - The problem with many 1986 Ducru is that many are tainted. I hope this is a good one.

Red

2010 Château Duhart-Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/10/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

Closing up, it took effort to find the cassis, tobacco and olive notes. Medium/full bodied, soft textures and a fresh, cassis and dark red berry filled finish are found in this elegant Pauillac.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/17/2015 8:27:00 AM - Sorry... I've never tasted the 2009. I imagine it's a good vintage for Duhart.

Red

1991 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

2/3/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 97 points

The perfect example of classic, California Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. Sweet, fresh, red and black fruits, complex aromatics and a long, sweet, supple, round finish that leaves you with fruit and freshness. This is showing great today and could get even better. For a wine this good, I think it's still selling for a song.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/14/2015 7:22:00 AM - The bottle was splash decanted and served right away.

Red

2008 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/17/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

Coffee, chocoalte, licorice, plum and blackberry jam aromatics are easy to find. Full bodied and concentrated with layers of dense, fruit, the wine ends with a jammy, dark berry and espresso bean filled finish. This is starting to close down.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/6/2015 8:57:00 AM - Sorry about that. I see I mentioned it was starting to close down back in 2012. As a guess, I'd imagine waiting until 2018, when the wine hit 10 years of age, would not be a bad idea.

    2008 is not a fruit forward vintage, so perhaps most Left Bank's from the better estates need about the same amount of time.

Red

2008 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

It took close to 3 hours of air before the wine softened and filled out. Elegant, in a classic way, the smoky, earth, blackberry, cassis and tobacco nose got better and better. Give this at least another 5 or more years.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/4/2015 6:52:00 PM - Thanks for the nice note. It took a while to come around. it started off a bit stern. But with time in the decanted and class, it came around.

Red

2003 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 94 points

This is really nice juice! With just 30 minutes of air, the wine softened, opened up its earthy, black cherry, cassis and cigar box charms, leaving you with a soft, silky finish.

  • Comment posted by Jeff Leve:

    2/3/2015 7:47:00 PM - Not really a hard and fast rule. Depends on the wine and how much time and thought I put into it. This was splash decanted and poured. As an average, if the wine is age worthy, a teen aged wine for my palate is always better with at least some air. What do you like to do?

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