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Red - Fortified

1997 Poças Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

7/11/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Half bottle. Cedar, black cherries, milk chocolate, delicately sweet, fresh, good tannic grip, relatively light weight, true to type 1997, good length. Not a great VP, but it delivers in a relatively modest way.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    4/11/2015 3:46:00 AM - @Claw Dee Puss: To my mind, the Poças VP 1997 is on the lighter side of the spectrum, a well-balanced wine, but not built for really long ageing. It probably still has enough tannins to allow it to go on for a while, but I don't think it will improve. So my advice would be to drink this sooner rather than later; I at least have finished mine.

Red

1974 Château Patache d'Aux

Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/1995 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 84 points

Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Brown-orange colour, some red left; nice nose, biscuity; on the palate fresh, acidity just avoids being edgy; decent length.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    3/18/2015 5:29:00 AM - @Thomas D: 9 bottles of the Patache d'Aux 1974 were part of a mixed lot (number 145) together with 17 bottles of Château des Templiers 1975. The estimate was DFL 360 - 460. The lot was not sold.

Red

2000 Château Marquis de Terme

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/28/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Classic, mature Margaux, warm and complete, gravel and fruit, slender and elegant, medium weight, lovely length. Slightly drying finish, at peak.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    3/5/2015 10:58:00 PM - @Cantenac Brown: I would definitely drink this now - in fact I have finished mine. It will no doubt last longer (five years easily), but it will not improve. This is more about charm and elegance than about staying power.

Red - Fortified

2010 Filipa Pato Espirito De Baga

Beira Atlântico more

2/13/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

A private lunch (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay ***, London, UK): Only one pipe produced (the barrel came from Dirk van der Niepoort). Fresh style, cherries and a hint of dark chocolate, floral rather than spicy, aromatic and pure, ripe tannins provide backbone, lovely pure Baga spirit on the finish, silky and floral (roses) and only very slightly hot.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    3/3/2015 1:05:00 PM - @Claw Dee Puss: lucky you! I thought this was lovely stuff and it is very rare to boot. Classically made Baga can last for decades and I have no doubt that this will be a survivor too. I have no idea however about the optimum drinking window - until 2020 everything should be perfectly fine. After that, please keep me posted about developments!

Red

2010 Domaine des Croix Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots

Pinot Noir more

10/25/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

Wijnkoperij Okhuysen Annual Tasting (Haarlem, NL): Has all the purity, energy and drive of 2010, great style and longevity, depth and balance. A real star.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    1/14/2015 9:37:00 PM - @sheila62: I bought some myself too. I think this wine should have the energy for quite a long life (in the Beaune context anyway), until 2025 at least. On the other hand this is more about charm, finesse and balance than about power and concentration, so it may not need too long to reach its apogee. I will probably start drinking this in 2017 or 2018 and follow its development from then on.

White - Sparkling

NV Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier

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12/12/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

A pretty recent disgorgement, probably late 2013. The back label states: L 03884 1A101814. If someone can make sense of this code, please let me know. Anyway. Vinous and rich style, red apple fruit from the Pinot Noir, complex and masculine but also silky and stylish, hint of honey and nutty evolution (white walnut), very good intensity and length. Exemplary Brut Premier.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    12/12/2014 9:30:00 AM - @stephen locke: Thanks for helping out! How wonderful that Roederer have this service, I wasn't aware. The style of the wine is certainly consistent with the warm 2009 vintage!

Red

1978 Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/2/1993 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Dark and powerful, rich and complete, structured and tannic. Excellent.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    6/15/2014 8:59:00 AM - @COWinelover. Re 1978 Malescot: When I look back at my notes of 1978 claret through the years, it is clear that generally speaking this vintage is well on the wane. As a vintage it always was more about charm than about structure, saved by a fine autumn after a poor summer. The good news is that (i) this apparently was a sturdy wine to begin with, that (ii) was perfectly stored at the Château until 2010 and (iii) is in magnum. My guess is that you have at least a fighting chance that is now a gentle, mature but lively claret, to be enjoyed on its own with just some young Gouda cheese (or similar). Do not decant and finish off within one to two hours. It will probably disintegrate pretty quickly. Hope this is useful and do let me know what it was like!

White - Sparkling

2002 Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

1/24/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

A private dinner (Restaurant De Burgemeester *, Linschoten, Netherlands): Full colour, fine mousse; rich nose, lovely evolution, candied fruit, nuts and coffee; rich and weighty palate, really shows the power of its vintage, no lack of freshness however; excellent length. Drinking very well, no reason to keep this very long.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    5/12/2014 1:49:00 PM - @Wine_lvr: My impression was that the Jacquesson 2002 was fully mature (with significant tertiary flavours) and would not benefit from further ageing. However, one has to allow for bottle variation (especially with Champagne) and personal preference. I am not generally a fan of very old Champagne (aged for a long time post disgorgement) and I would be inclined to think that, for my taste anyway, this is at peak.

Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/5/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: flawed

A private dinner (Restaurant Sergi Arola **, Madrid, Spain): Second attempt. No TCA this time, but dry, raw, thin and stripped of fruit. Brett? After some discussion, the sommelier took it off the bill. We switched to something different.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    4/7/2014 10:15:00 AM - @Harley1199. Bad luck indeed. I very much enjoyed the 904 from 1998 and the 890 from 1995 (see my TN's on those wines) so I guess it was probably a poor bottle rather than a disagreement about style :-)

White - Off-dry

2007 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling Spätlese

Rheingau more

3/1/2013 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Dinner by Sebastian Lühr * with "Versteigerungsspitzen & Schatzkammerweine" (Rheingau Gourmet & Wein Festival, Kloster Eberbach): Elegant, bright, lovely acidity and minerality, citrus, apple, sweetness still masked by the acidity, lovely tension, slightly reductive on the nose, nice juicy flesh.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    1/14/2014 9:36:00 AM - @Vintomas: not sure about the 07, the menu just mentions Spätlese, same as for the 76, 67 and 59, I have based myself on that.

White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

11/30/2013 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

Académie des Cinquante Champagne Tasting (Villa Oldenhoff, Abcoude, Netherlands): 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 71% Grand Cru, 29% Premier Cru, a blend of almost 300 different wines, vinification and maturation (for 6-7 months) in old oak barrels of 225-400 litres, 8 years sur lattes under natural cork before disgorgement in July 2011, dégorgement à la volée, dosage 8 gr/l. This is the bees knees. Vinous, subtle, layered, complex, seamless, exquisite. Unanimous wine of the tasting.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    12/1/2013 1:54:00 PM - This Bollinger GA 2002 was disgorged March 2011.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    12/2/2013 11:10:00 PM - @Slimes: I checked again and it was July 2011 actually. Some other bottles in my cellar were disgorged as early as October 2010. Try older disgorgements first perhaps?

White - Fortified

NV Gonzalez-Byass Palomino Fino Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Tío Pepe (Muy Seco-Extra Dry)

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6/8/2013 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Radiant pale white gold, green tinge; wonderfully fresh nose, classic aromatic profile of green apple, white almond, field flowers and brine; on the palate relatively full-bodied and not as precise and delineated as a Fino can be or perhaps should be ideally, just a bit soft and easy, but it manages to be both dry and approachable, with quite intense flavours of green olive and brine; very good length. Everything you could hope for from a commercial Fino.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    6/9/2013 11:02:00 AM - Hi Harley1199, thanks for your comment. What I was trying to say is that a "commercial" wine must cater to many tastes, those of the cognoscenti and those of the uninitiated, and that Tio Pepe strikes the balance admirably. I like it very much, QPR is great, but my personal preference (as you will have gathered) is for something a little less "friendly". Cheers, Xavier

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    6/9/2013 1:06:00 PM - Hi there Harley1199, in the Netherlands Tio Pepe is more expensive than that, but € 8-9 will still not break the bank. As for personal preference: I like bone dry and precise and I don't mind austerity. Manzanilla en Rama, Palo Cortado Viejisimo by Gutierrez Colosia, Amontillado Reliquia by Barbadillo and Oloroso 1968 by Gonzalez Byass should give you the right idea. It can go too far however; I have found the Amontillado Coliseo by Valdespino barely drinkable.

Red - Fortified

NV Osborne Porto Tawny 10 Year

Port Blend more

9/28/2003 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Bottled 1999. Crystallised fruit, nutty, ripe but fresh, intense; correct sweetness balanced by fresh acidity, supple and juicy, elegant weight, fresh, fruit, rancio.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    5/20/2013 6:38:00 AM - @thesternowl: the year of bottling must have been mentioned on the (back) label. It's an old note and I don't think I have kept the bottle or the label(s).

White - Sparkling

1998 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

Chardonnay more

12/25/2012 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 95 points

Super-fine bead, relatively light colour; incredible precision and finesse, deceptively light with its magical marriage of elegance and intensity, perfectly fresh at 14 years of age, racy, tightly knit, perfect harmony and great energy, added weight from the Montagne Chardonnay, excellent length. An effortlessly perfect example of its style.

  • Comment posted by Xavier Auerbach:

    12/26/2012 1:40:00 PM - @Seth Rosenberg: basically citrus, green apple and chalky minerality. So beautiful now, why wait? Long time since I had the 1996 - one bottle left...

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