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2010 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

2/12/2014 - Merzbow wrote: 60 points

Really not enjoyable or promising. Lands with a thud on the palate... no acidity, flavor, or aroma, just soupy extract.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    2/13/2014 9:54:00 AM - No. It just suffers from Envoyer-recommended syndrome.

Red

2010 Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Christiane

Pinot Noir more

1/8/2014 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 96 points

Easily the best Christiane since the stunning 2005. As soon as I start decanting this the billowing aromatics let me know this is going to be a treat, as the classic cinnamon-and-clove spice bazaar scents fill the air. The color of the wine is practically translucent so it's like all of this personality is coming out of nowhere. On the palate, the wine is expansive and mouth-filling but not dense; it actually seems almost airy although there is some grit to the structure. Possibly it is a bit coiled and will fatten up in time but maybe what you see is what you get and this will always be gently concentrated despite its breadth. Regardless, there is a lot of flavor here, and the palate and finish are laced with all of those exotic spices that feature so prominently in the aroma, which is a big part of what makes this one of the most enticing Christianes to date.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    1/8/2014 11:18:00 AM - Alright, screw it. I got one bottle of this and I'm gonna open it soon!

Red

2009 Château Lilian Ladouys

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/17/2013 - Merzbow wrote: 82 points

Seeing the orgiastic critical notes on this wine and then observing how heavily discounted it now is almost everywhere (down to $19), I suspected that something wasn't adding up about this wine. Offputting nose of confectionery sugar. Kind of thin on the palate, but the flavors are decent. Finish is kind of short and bitter.

90+ point QPR Bordeaux does exist but not at $19. You've been warned.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    2/17/2013 9:43:00 PM - I have a list of about a dozen 2009 Bordeaux in the $30-$45 range that range up to 94 points (my scores) that are superb now and likely to age well, with fruit, concentration, and tannin. Better to load up on those than take a risk on this IMHO. For $19 I can find a billion Rioja/Toro that are 90+ points year-in and year-out.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    2/17/2013 9:47:00 PM - Another data point: Yesterday I tasted 2009 Clos Manou and Lanessan, both between $20-$30, and I rated both right around 90. Lilian just isn't in my wheelhouse it seems.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    10/22/2013 5:34:00 PM - I see a troll has crawled its way out from under a rock... I guess I should be flattered that somebody went through the trouble of signing up for CT with the sole purpose of attacking me in a TN comment!

Red

2000 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/19/2013 - blanquito wrote: 80 points

From half bottle... Another lousy bottle of this wine, and getting worse. The bouquet is decent, with some dusty black cherry and a slight floral note, but it is merely inoffensive. The palate is pretty much shot, hollowed out, thin and now dominated by shrill and sour acidity. Whatever fruit this wine once had seems gone. There are some gritty tannins still. Not really drinkable for those with options.

I know this position is debated, but this is yet another solid-to-mid-range 2000 Bordeaux (along with chateau like Cantemerle, Bernadotte, Fontenil, Charmail, Fombrauge, and Fougas Maldoror) that was at least better a few years ago and at worst is drying out. Very discouraging for the vintage of the millennium and a worrisome indication of how modern winemaking may have changed the aging curve of Bordeaux.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    9/23/2013 5:41:00 PM - FYI I've had the exact opposite experience with other mid-range 2000 Bordeaux, like 2000 Fombrauge --- they are only just entering their maturity right now and will be great for years more.

Red

2009 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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8/1/2013 - Merzbow Likes this wine: 93 points

Like drinking liquid marble, this could be the spitting image of a fiercer Pichon Baron. Fine yet overtly uncontrolled winemaking provides an exciting rough edge to the smooth, copious tannin and somewhat hidden fruit. I think this could have even been better if not forced through R.O. to remove alcohol, as Dunn has publicly stated he does. A bit more sweetness and generosity would do this wonders. As it is, I prefer the "lower-end" Napa Valley bottling from Dunn.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    8/1/2013 9:31:00 PM - https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1419902

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    8/2/2013 12:54:00 PM - An extra point of alcohol (I assume natural alcohol would be in the high 14s, judging by other Howell Mountain producers) would do nothing to hurt the wine's long-term potential while greatly enhancing its pleasure when young. Unfortunately Dunn appears to have a political point to prove with his R.O. machines...

Red

2009 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/27/2013 - aagrawal wrote: 87 points

SF Wineberserkers Offline (BerserkerDay) (San Francisco, CA): Dense, ripe, licorice, prune, nose is a bit overripe; palate is approachable, black and blue fruits, blueberry, medium integrated tannins. This just didn't fit well into the tasting today, and I suspect it may have shown better by itself or a decade from now. On retasting at the end of the night, it seemed to have improved, but my palate was tired and I'm sticking to my initial impression for now. I would love to retaste this in a decade and see how it turned out. 87

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    3/4/2013 12:51:00 AM - FYI this was the bottle I brought, I had accidentally double-decanted it 24 hours prior and I suspect that's what killed it. It did not resemble the wine I had last year that I scored 97 points.

Red

2009 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/16/2013 - Merzbow wrote: 97 points

For the patient. Became dark and brooding with a few hours of air, with plenty of buffering fat, but I can't say it ever really opened up that much. But what DID open up was great; deliciously elegant, but mostly hidden purple fruit, and copious but extremely fine tannin; overall an exemplar of the Leoville Barton style. If you're gonna pop one young, do it SOON. Otherwise you're in for a 20-year wait.

EDIT: Bumping to 96 pts based on day 2 performance. It opened up quite a bit, I'd say there's still a nice window of time in which you can enjoy this wine before it shuts down. This is like drinking liquid tungsten, covered in fruit.

EDIT AGAIN: Keeps getting better. 97 points now. This is an all-time classic. Buy a case before it's all gone (like I have).

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    1/17/2013 12:47:00 AM - Yup, I won't be buying the 2010 either, unless it puts on a spectacular showing at UGC.

Red

2008 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/7/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

From an assemblage of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with coffee bean, cassis, earth, truffle, chocolate, tobacco and cedar wood. Round in texture, with ample fresh, spice, cocoa and crème de cassis, herbs and tapenade in the finish, the wine is closing down and needs time.

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    12/7/2012 11:07:00 PM - How long do you think this wine will need Jeff?

Red

2005 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

4/7/2010 - mark_anderson_us wrote: 100 points

Needed to breathe

  • Comment posted by Merzbow:

    4/8/2010 5:39:00 PM - Uhh... 100 points? Are you sure?

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