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2002 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla El Nido

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4/11/2015 - Cheungtp Likes this wine: 94 points

Finally gotten the chance to try this El Nido, even nicer to share it with good drinking buddies. Big, hedonistic wine but not a fruit bomb like the new world. Even though the wine is predominantly cabernet sauvignon, it contains a very refreshing feel to it that's different from Bordeaux or Napa. Dark fruits, iron, menthol, floral created such a soothing breeze to the nose. Rich, dense, full month feel, with ripe dark fruits but tastes just right without getting to the region where there's a bitter sense like many new worlds give you, savoury touch is refreshing and tannins are chewy, perhaps could be finer but that's just being picky. I'd say this nice wine is somewhere between the old and the new worlds, a pleasant surprise and delicious treat.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    6/23/2015 8:24:00 PM - Hi LSDUK1, sorry for the delay, I was traveling and didn't have continuous internet access. Not sure if you have tasted this wine already, if you did hope you've had a great tasting experience. Otherwise, I'd suggest to give it a 2/3 hours of decanting at the minimum. It's a powerful wine and certainly can stand up to more aging time, so for present time, best to give it some aeration time to open up. Cheers

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2008 Vieux Château Certan

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/2/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote: 94 points

Decanted 3 hours. Dark purple. Gorgeous nose of blackberry, violet, truffle, and dark chocolate. Velvety mouthfeel, rich and elegant. Medium-plus finish. Tannins still need a lot of time to soften. Highly enjoyable. One of the better '08s I've tried recently. While this vintage may not possess the power and complexity of the '09 and '10, this is highly enjoyable and a great VCC.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    1/5/2015 9:12:00 PM - Thanks for the note. Am looking fwd to try mine. Did 3-hour decant work out well for you? What'd be your recommendation.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    1/7/2015 2:40:00 AM - Great. Thanks a lot. Only have two bottles, will buy some more if spotted. Cheers

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1985 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2014 - Cheungtp Likes this wine: 95 points

A beautifully aged Bordeaux that offers immense drinking pleasure, which many CT tasters seem to agree on. The attraction begins with the first pour, gorgeous clear ruby color, follows up with aromatics of red fruits, graphite, tobacco leaf, spice and bit of leather, awesome stuff. Medium mouth feel that is pure and clean, fruity notes still remain, plus bitter tea leaf and earth. Tannins are all softened up, and finish is long lasting. This is at its peak and definitely worth trying and enjoy.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    8/6/2014 8:12:00 AM - Hi Jollymah, didn't decant the 85 Cos, but opened and let it bottle breathe for about an hour and half. Don't think decanting is absolutely needed. Enjoy!

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2003 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/15/2014 - ilee Likes this wine: 97 points

Dinner at home with Mrs L, PH, VK and Ms C (At home): Decanted for 2 hours. This is one of those wines that does everything right. Pungent perfumed nose, rich dark berry flavors, plush mouthfeel, rounded tannins, faultless performance. I particularly liked the sweet hints of incense bobbing up occasionally amidst the stony, smoky endless waves of dark fruit. Just when you start to think this wine is already very enjoyable, the ever-present (though hardly obtrusive) tannins remind you that you've just popped the cork on a juvenile. For those of you friends out there who have a few bottles of this and want to try one for yourself by all means do so, but the majority of your bottles should be left for the 2030's when it will be stupendous. I've decided that if HK is underwater by then, I'll live on a little boat with a small stash of this wine safely stowed below deck...

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    3/16/2014 12:16:00 AM - In full agreement with you, the 2003 Montrose is truly special, and if HK is to go underwater, this is definitely one of those bottles I will tuck away. Cheers

Red

2008 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/27/2014 - Cheungtp wrote: 92 points

Montrose tasting with Herve Berland (HK Wine Vault): The 2008 Montrose is a very good one, but trying it after the 2010 and 2005 vintages certainly make it appear a notch below. Dark ruby, aromatics of fresh red fruits, spice, licorice, hint of mint and floral. Not as complex or deep as the other two vintages, but most approachable among the three and very pleasant. Medium mouth feel, red fruit dominated palate with notes of tobacco and orange zest. Tannins are not intruding, but carries a slight greenish note. Alcohol note seems a bit disjointed and can use some time to integrate.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    3/13/2014 6:44:00 PM - Thanks StefanAkiko. It really was a nice tasting event, especially got to taste a few good vintages brought in from the chateau, esp the 2010, which I know I won't touch my own bottles till many years later. 2008 is one for earlier drinking among the vintages tried, 2005 is close to 2010 in style, yet with five more years in age, its flavor is really quite nice and purchased a few bottles afterwards. It was not a blind tasting, more leaning towards a promotional event, Montrose CEO would like to further extend their reputation and reach in Far East, glad some of us got to try these splendid wines. Cheers

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1995 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890

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1/25/2014 - Life At Your Leisure Likes this wine: 95 points

Dark crimson color turning rust at the rim with a nose of dried herbs, currants, cola and Earl Grey tea. The palate is medium-bodied with an ultra-silky texture featuring dried currant, saddle leather, pipe tobacco, and smoke. Finishes long on refined tannin with hints of dried thyme. Amazing wine - graceful and elegant. Drink now until 2019. 95 Pts.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    3/5/2014 12:12:00 AM - Hi LifeAtYourLeisure. I see that you've had this wine recently, I'm gonna try one of my own. Would you recommend any decant needed for this? Or simply slow-ox for a couple hours? Thanks!

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    3/5/2014 1:09:00 AM - Great. Thanks a lot!

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1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/17/2013 - rossi.wine wrote: 95 points

Opulent nose, very complex and rich - very impressive. Superb balance, smooth and silky on the palate, complex, fresh. Really, really long. Outstanding.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    10/18/2013 3:05:00 AM - Hi rossi.wine, may I ask how much breathing time you gave to this 96 Lalande? I only have one bottle, and wanna get an idea, don't want to waste it =)

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    10/18/2013 11:19:00 PM - Brilliant! Thanks a lot

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2000 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/18/2013 - TexasBob Does not like this wine: 80 points

Incredibly mediocre as compared to others I have tried. Lovely bouquet, however. Concerning.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    9/19/2013 3:15:00 AM - Very sorry to hear that the bottle was a bad one. Happens that we had one on the same day as you, and it was splendid. Hope you'll have a much better experience next time with this. Cheers

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2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

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5/18/2013 - Cheungtp wrote: 88 points

Birthday dinner gathering with 2003 wines (Hong Kong): Its unfortunate that this great wine didn't show its true form tonight, seems like its not ready for business. Tight, green notes and muted fruits and smoke. On the palate, not much fruit or secondary nuances, yet rather spicy. Hope this is just an off bottle, and will have better showing next time.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    8/25/2013 10:41:00 PM - Thanks Brmaso for the comment. I believe it's an off bottle, because the first time I had it a few months back, it was sexy and intriguing, and I bought a few more bottles of it. I like 03 BDX very much, and hope they will provide much more drinking enjoyment in the years to come. Best

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2006 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/16/2013 - Cheungtp wrote: 92 points

A very nice bottle, though still quite young, it's drinking very well right now. There are aromas of blackberry, cigar box, licorice, cedar, earth and hints of barnyard and crushed stone. Very good nose. Although palate is a bit tight, it exhibits creamy texture with notes of tobacco and red cherry, mid-palate is a bit thin. Not as tannic as originally thought, round and polished, though the finish does carry a sense of heat and bitterness. The wine is at a good place right now, yet can develop further with some more time in the cellar.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    8/17/2013 8:59:00 PM - Hi StefanAkiko, thanks for leaving a comment. I wanted to give this wine a try (a friend brought it to dinner once, but didn't remember too strongly), I have couple bottles at home. The nose actually surprised me with its openness, it was really nice. Palate didn't follow thru as nicely, a bit muted, but with good structure. I'd give it another try in 5 years or so, just to see how the secondary nuances develop. I actually found the tannins softer than expected, so it'd be good to check it out again in a few years. This wine is less than full bodied, think it'd go best with less heavy food pairing. Cheers!

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    8/20/2013 7:02:00 PM - Hi Dabolts, thanks for the comment, and happy to know that the tasting note is helpful to you. This bottle was consumed over two days, first day over a light home chinese dinner (living in Hong Kong, haha), and second day with some cheese and crackers. The wine is not that full bodied, I think it'd be better to pair with chicken, duck or veal meat. Another 3-5 years should add some nice touches to the wine. Cheers

Red

1996 Château du Tertre

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/1/2012 - JamesTye wrote: 90 points

From 750ml. Decanted and served over 2+ hours. Colour is bright, with great red core, no brown. Nose is fascinating. Loads of cassis, some earthiness, perfumed with some Margaux pretty floral notes. Incredibly, a little Cheval Blanc like, thanks to Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with some chocolate and truffle. Palate is equally good. Loads more cassis, pencil lead, some animal notes and a robust core of tannin. Really improved with 2 hours of air. Medium long finish. This is a great wine that punches well above its reputation in this vintage. Plentry of tannin and life left in this wine. Give this at least an hour or more of air before drinking. I think Chris Kissack (aka the Winedoctor) got this spot on by the way. First of case and lots more pleasure to come.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    6/19/2013 12:48:00 AM - Thanks for the comment James. I think the second bottle I had was not the best representation of this wine, because the first bottle was much better. Then again, my experience with 1996 vintage is very limited, and I think I will leave all '96s alone for awhile, as they seem not truly really for business and don't want to waste them. '96s are so pricey these days!

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1996 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/16/2013 - Cheungtp wrote: 88 points

Perhaps expectation was rather high on the '96 vintage, thus came out with a fair bit of disappointment this time. Ageing sign was apparent with clear pinkish rim. The bouquet was lacking strength to it, blueberry, herbs, dark coffee, burnt wood notes took some coaxing to show up. On the palate, the spine of the wine was solid, though it seems tannins and acidity have out-lived the fruits. In fact, fruits were very difficult to find, on the nose or palate. Thought '96 should be maturing slowly and many of those primary notes would be there and give the wine an attractive appeal. Yet they are missing. Disappointed because a '95 bottle tried recently had a much stronger, complexed showing than this one. Hoping the next bottle will turn my head around.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    6/16/2013 6:38:00 PM - Thanks Englishman's Claret and StefanAkiko for the comments. LB is one of my favorites, so kinda thought the 1996 would be a good showing. Will definitely put it aside and won't open another one till way later. Btw, what'd be your thought on '96 Ducru and Lalande, wait for more years? Thanks

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    6/16/2013 7:13:00 PM - Great. Thanks for the comment Silvercity99!

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2003 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/18/2013 - Cheungtp Likes this wine: 97 points

Birthday dinner gathering with 2003 wines (Hong Kong): This wine is simply beautiful. Great profile, dark ruby with no ageing sign at all, long legs. Bouquet is seductive and complex, layers of dark/red fruits, cassis, earth, stone and cigar. Rich, dense, concentrated mouth feel with juicy fruits, licorice, minerals and hint of oak. Jeff Leve once said you can drink or eat it, if you try a bottle of this, you'd know why. Delicious tannins, round, subtle, complimented by a long long finish filled with jam and tobacco leaf. The best is still to come for the 2003 Montrose. Stunning!

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    5/22/2013 3:13:00 AM - Thanks ilee. Personally I really like the 2003 vintage medocs in general, though there's some variation on quality. Montrose and Cos are impeccable, Poyferre, Barton and Pontet Canet are great performers. Value for money wise, from what I've tried, Malescot and Branaire Ducru are nice. 2009 will be outstanding, but won't be ready for a long while haha, so let's enjoy the 2003s and 2004s while waiting.

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    6/1/2013 10:15:00 PM - Hi Papies. Thanks for the note. 2003 is quite tricky, and many times showing from bottle to bottle can vary largely (i.e. Calon Segur, Pichon Lalande). But no doubt, some top wines from Medoc are simply delicious. This Montrose was the 1st bottle from the case, wanted to try it for a long time, and it didn't disappoint, I'm betting it will reward us more down the road. Heard a news that Parker will be re-rate this wine later this year, let's see how it turns out =) I haven't tried LLC personally, if you have, please advise. Thanks

Red

2003 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/26/2012 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Boxing Day Long Lunch at Top Deck, Aberdeen Marina, Hong Kong (Top Deck, Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Aberdeen Marina, Hong Kong): Decanted for 2 hours. Colour has brightened a lot in the past year to be deep ruby red semi-translucent today. Nose remains rather truculent: good depth of black fruit but only hints of the complexity that lurks broodingly in the background.....but at the moment it compares similarly to the Silver Oak 2003 we drank alongside it. The palate has developed from a year ago to reveal very attractive Californian-style Bordeaux fruit power on the black/red end of the spectrum and some hearty oak yet still quintessentially French because of the still-unintegrated tannic frame. Some length and tight-wound resonance that suggests greater things will emerge in the coming years. I suspect that this will way outlive most wines of the vintage but it still needs a 2-3years in the cellar before it starts to show its full potential charm. Everyone preferred the Silver Oak 2003 on the day because of its unpretentious easy-drinking charm.....but I did wave the flag valiantly for this wine (I brought both).

  • Comment posted by Cheungtp:

    12/29/2012 7:43:00 AM - Hi, thanks very much for leaving me with comments and the recommendation on Silver Oak 2003, will look for it and try it out.

    Actually I only started to dig in and seriously learning about enjoying/tasting wines in the recent few months. Guess a late starter, haha, many of those wines with 15-20+ years of age have gotten very expensive now. So, kinda start with some recent vintages and gain more understanding while enjoying. I tried some Cos at a company dinner and remember it fondly the great taste of it, so I have purchased a case of Cos 2003, and will definitely go slow and try to enjoy the bottles over the next decade or so.

    Appreciate your comments and thanks again on the recommendation. Best Regards and Happy New Year

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