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Red

2006 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2015 - pjaines wrote: NR

Usually I am a fan of super mature wines but this really is already sitting in a nice place where structure, fruit acidity and balance all align into a wine that is Bordeaux-cliche. All cedar, leather, black fruit, minerals and lightness. Lovely stuff - ready now and I'd be inclined to not bother with much more ageing (and I am not a fan of younger wines either)

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/22/2015 4:04:00 AM - That was my reaction when we opened the bottle, but it was actually very good - probably at that perfect intersection of fruit, acidic and a bit of development. Doesn't strike me as a long termer, this particular vintage. Usually I prefer Gruaud Larose with about 20 years on them.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/28/2015 6:03:00 AM - brian, yup the 2000 is only just really getting ready to go and in general I found Gruaud to be a wine that is best after 20 years, but this vintage (or this bottle at least) was much more open and advanced - probably wearing the vintage on its sleeve a touch more. I also found the 2004 to be rather lacklustre, but the 2007 stunning.

Red

2005 Château Giscours

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/18/2015 - Francophile1 Likes this wine: 93 points

Wow... I had this about 2 years ago and it was not ready to drink. However, a few years of additional cellar aging and about 1 hour in the decanter had this wine singing and me wanting more. Poured from a 375ml bottle, the wine was medium bodied with red cassis, mineral, violets, and even a touch of gardenia flowers. A more feminine wine, but don't let that word fool you. It is dynamite wrapped in velvet.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/19/2015 8:55:00 AM - Always good to hear notes on Giscours......like Mr Buzzzoff, I like "dynamite wrapped in velvet" descriptor.

    I had a 1970 Giscours a couple of years back - it was sensational and still had lots of life left in it. The 1990 was quite spectacular.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/19/2015 9:52:00 AM - Kindred spirit. Indeed, aged wine is a thing of beauty. I was lucky enough to marry a French girl whose father who has a massive wine cellar - I remember the first time I tasted aged Bordeaux my brain couldn't work it out.

    I've moved onto Burgundy much more these days, but when Bordeaux is at that 20 year mark.....boom! Giscours for me is an excellent wine - always just keeps going and going. I reckon the 05 will age quite happily for another 20 years.

Red

2005 Château Giscours

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/31/2015 - Ksja wrote: 94 points

Great wine! Without a doubt a stunning wine in 2-3 years time

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/1/2015 2:16:00 AM - Giscours can age a lifetime - I had a 1970 last year that was beautiful and the 1990 is barely out of nappies.

    Great wine.

White

1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet

Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

7/1/2013 - The Gilded Sage wrote: NR

A wine of almost religious splendor. A proper tasting note can only be crafted in Latin:

Vinum pulchritudine praecellebat. Aurea et exquisita. Gustavi saepius ista, et nusquam erat attonitus tanto minus perfectum. De naribus, est redolens nox Aenean-comantem, et tamquam mollis aer texta est quod defert ut odorem. Est aetherea, intactilis omnibus rebus optimum in vita. Unius Provinciae olim noctes admonitus, cum de fenestra patefacta amet, sola scientia crevit furor momentum quod etiam finem, et in illo veterasce tempus est caro pueri. Cano, libet lamentari quisque recessit sorbere.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    5/20/2015 2:30:00 PM - Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur, innit!

Red

NV Areni Winery Areni Areni of Yeghegnadzor

Vayots Dzor more

12/16/2014 - The Gilded Sage wrote: NR

I have listed this wine as non-vintage, since the precise year of its vinification remains unknown to me (predating, as it does, the dawn of written history), and because cellartracker has no function for the input of dates preceding the common era. Radiocarbon dating, however, suggests that the amphora—excavated from the Areni-1 winery in Armenia—dates from somewhere in the fourth millennium B.C.E.

This was double-decanted, at the suggestion of my manservant, Aloysius, to remove a light sediment, then enjoyed over the course of five or six hours. Some bricking was visible at the edges, befitting a wine whose production coincided with the commencement of the bronze age, but in all other respects it remained youthful and energetic.

The wine was served alongside a once-extinct species of Armenian Ibex, lately resurrected through cloning. Spit-roasted over a wood fire and then braised in its own blood and viscera, the meal proved an ideal accompaniment, accentuating the rich gaminess of the wine.

Ever scarce, the Areni-1 Proprietary Red is nonetheless worthy of one's best efforts at procurement. This particular vintage seems to be approaching its peak drinking window, and should provide enjoyment for at least another nine-hundred years.

Consistent with previous notes.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    5/20/2015 1:52:00 PM - Parker nailed this wine!

Red

2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/15/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 87 points

A solid Grenache wine with Rhône typicity.

Colour: dark red with slightly maturing brim.
Nose: non-descript shy Grenache aromas with herbal qualities. A very humble part of "La Garrigue."
Palate: with all the anticipation that comes from knowing what you will have and what so many others think... Our first impression was: total faceplant. But, this is a solid Grenache based wine. Not much more. And not showing much potential for the future either...

Terribly poor QPR.

One more btl, hoping and praying to Thor, Huitaca, Athena, Vishnu and the Flying Spaghetti-Monster for a complete makeover until 2021. Or, maybe we just got a poorer btl than you other guys...

Home dinner, wonderfully cooked WAGYU and giant green asparagus by wife (same wine score).

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    5/16/2015 1:22:00 AM - Flying spaghetti monster is the one true god. Everyone knows that. He is solely responsible for punishing stefan mainly because stefan is a very naughty boy.

Red

2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

4/30/2015 - stubbie999 Likes this wine: NR

Super tight right now, but everything you could want in a Morgon. Maybe not as good a vintage as '12 or '10, but no matter - still good. Floral, poised, elegant and waiting to unfurl. Don't stick these at the back of the cellar, but maybe wait a bit before opening the next one...

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    4/30/2015 2:36:00 PM - " Don't stick these at the back of the cellar, but maybe wait a bit before opening the next one... " - really good advice!

Red

2007 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

5/31/2014 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Plumper and much sweeter than previous releases, this has a lot more up-front fruit certainly than the 05 and 04. Already drinkable but I think the fruit needs to back off a touch and the structure (of what there is) come to the fore to give it more balance. There is a concern that this veers towards the more fruit-bomb end of the Musar spectrum. For me this is worth a punt to stick in the cellar to see what happens.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    4/26/2015 9:05:00 AM - Stefan - I will take you at your word and buy some more. One can never have enough Musar (if only to freak out people who prefer International Bland Style Wine)

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    4/27/2015 12:40:00 AM - I think you'll find Mr Hochar is dead, Stefan. A shame. Would love to come to Sweden though. Does surstromming match with Musar?

Red

2007 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi

Pinot Noir more

4/17/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

The more I drink 2007 Burgs the more I like them - this is bang on point - light, clear, refined but with a firmness that sits well with the taut fruit. Firm cherry stone and minerals sit well on top of the tannins and structure. Good to go now.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    4/19/2015 2:51:00 AM - 07 is my go-to vintage at the moment as my 05s and 11s mature. I'm really enjoying the lightweight nature of most of the wines.

Red

2008 Château Figeac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/16/2014 - Wineguy76 wrote: 84 points

This bottle of the 2008 Figeac performed somewhat better than the first one I tasted but I remain underwhelmed - despite the overdone passion of some of the other reviewers on this site. Displaying a thick, deep ruby core, the wine has some promising fragrant aromas of cassis, chocolate and graphite. It is full bodied and pleases the palate with a soft and silky texture. However the tannic structure is alarmingly light and the flavours muted and hollow; and while there are some enjoyable notes of raspberry, burnt tar and caramel to speak of it clearly lacks the concentration, depth, precision and intensity I would expect from a wine of this stature. The fairly long finish does make up somewhat for the overall shortcomings of this disappointing Figeac. A good wine? Yes. A great wine? Surely not - and for similar value the vintage has far, far better to offer. Drink it over the next five years as it does not possess the structure or complexity to last beyond that.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/17/2014 1:09:00 AM - To be fair you marked it up 3 points from before!

    Mine are sitting in the cellar in France so I'll have to wait until I am back there before cracking one. I did have some 2005 Figeac the other night - now THAT is a wine that will take another 20 years to round - amazing depth.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/17/2014 1:48:00 AM - The feeling in the industry is that Figeac will be undergoing a bit of a style change with the new leadership team - which is a shame - I've always loved the wine for its a-typical make up. I guess more Gobs of Fruit and oak looks like the plan.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/17/2014 2:03:00 AM - Not had the 09 and 10 and I refuse to buy them because the prices are utterly utterly ridiculoius. They managed to alienate people who purchased the wine every year. I'm not buying at the new price level - hopefully they have seen the error of their ways and the 2011 and 2012 are more sensibly priced, but if they are chasing Grand Cru Classe A classicification then price is one of the parameters used to gain promotion so I'd expect another increase soon. A shame.

    I found the 2007 surprisingly good and woud drink well quite young.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    4/8/2015 12:44:00 AM - Well, I finally got to taste another bottle from my cellar and found the wine to be much deeper and broader than before. I actually found this to have the stuffing for some decent ageing, although not sure this is a 20 year wine.

Red

2013 Yvon Métras Beaujolais

Gamay more

3/20/2015 - the godfather wrote: NR

just a gorgeous nose but something very cherried on the palate. 24 hours of air does this much good.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    3/21/2015 2:28:00 PM - I'm looking forward to trying the "ordinary" (if you could ever use that word for Metras) Beaujolais - I find the Moulin-a-vent a Morgon simply wonderful....have a few stacked up in the cellar so might broach one soon.

White

2008 Domaine Vocoret et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

6/28/2013 - Waynescoting Likes this wine: 91 points

I'm not 100% sure I've correctly identified this wine because the label, an image of which I'll upload, looks different from one that another reviewer uploaded. Also, I'm an inexperienced taster.

I greatly enjoyed this wine that--based on earlier reviews--I'm drinking late. It was a pale yellow and relatively full-feeling compared to most whites I've had, dry but it didn't seem excessively so, buttery with some earthiness, even a tiny bit of spice perhaps. It's the best white-wine experience I've had in quite some time, and I thought I disliked Chardonnay! Any feedback from other tasters as to why this Chardonnay experience seemed so categorically superior would be appreciated. The answer may be, perhaps, that I've mostly been exposed in the past to American Chardonnays (and probably on the mid-to-low-end of the price scale).

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/28/2014 10:00:00 AM - Interesting note - you'll find that Chablis is much leaner and more mineral than a lot of the US Chardonnays, which feel very heavy and over oaked and buttery to the European palate.
    Good Chablis (in my opinion anyway) should have a very taut and lean mineral base - the Grand Cru chabis do have more depth of fruit but never that flabby, softer feel of some other Chardonnays. Good luck with discovering more - I love Chablis and think it is one of the great bargains when it comes to white wines.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    3/20/2015 8:43:00 AM - Yes, those soils and rocks are pretty special down there in Chablis - a great Chablis should really show that mineral spine.

Red

2005 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Cote Ronde

Red Rhone Blend more

3/7/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

After the experience with the bottle I opened just 5 weeks ago, I really didn't see the point in taking up space unnecessarily with this final bottle. While it's my preference to put some age on wines in general, there are the exceptions - wines that show much better in their youth; this appears to be one of those exceptions. Held since release, this was charmless. Again. Well composed, technically, but absent the verve and nuance I'm always looking for. If you've got some, and you haven't checked (at all?) in a while, I recommend doing so. Medium-bodied, avg acidity, red fruited; no complexity. 14,5% abv (fully resolved). Drink now.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    3/8/2015 12:39:00 AM - Are you sure it is not just in a closed phase? I found these wines very age worthy....I had a 2000 recently and found it very decent....

Red

2007 Château La Commanderie de Mazeyres

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/27/2013 - pjaines wrote: NR

Pretty unmemorable at first, but I came back to this the next day after it had been left unforgotten in the kitchen like a ginger-stepchild......and it had turned into a reasonable passable Bordeaux. A touch of leafy elements in there (Cab Franc?) counterbalanced by decent enough black fruit. Nice, quaffable Bordeaux of a quality elevated slightly above the hoi-polloi.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    2/22/2015 12:21:00 PM - To be honest Stefan I really can't remember drinking this wine at all. Even when I see the label I come up blank.

Red

2010 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

2/19/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Like sneaking into some weird and wonderful sex club where strange and exotic things are just about to happen - the sap of anticipation rises - booom - then someone slams the door in your face. This has a tickle, a tease, a whiff of what is to come - all nuance and innuendo and then it shuts down and you can but just about imagine what excess lies ahead - a cornucopia of terroir and black fruit and minerals most likely. Oh sweet goddess of time please pass so one can kiss thine lips. Come quickly.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    2/19/2015 2:01:00 PM - Well, gin was last night.....tonight was Jadot Grand Cru and a stunning Benoit Droin Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2012

Red

2010 Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Les Longeroies

Pinot Noir more

2/13/2015 - kingkanu Likes this wine: 89 points

medium light body with quite a dark tone to it. the nose has a bit of meat and smoke to it, the fruit isnt overly present on the nose. the palate is fairly bright with nice acidity, there's a fair bit going on but its a bit young and tight right now, the tannins are pretty fine and they coat the tongue, there's a good length of flavour, it seems to have all the parts, a bit more time will see if they all fall into place as well as i'd hope.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    2/13/2015 12:53:00 PM - I'm actually drinking this right now - had a bottle last night that was a bit off, but tonight it is all about gritty soil and terroir. Great value.

Red

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

1/9/2015 - Barolo Drunkard wrote: 94 points

Aromas of oak, tar, rasberries, strawberries, forrest floor, leather.
On the palate bright strawberries, and sour cherry, but in restrained manner. The fruit is almost like in a classy suit, talking Philosophy. It really is almost a clone of many 08 Barbarescos I´ve had recently. Restrained, austere, earthy, classy, delicious. Tannins are firm but polished. Earthy, dry and very savory. Salty aftertaste with nice rasberry, tobacco, and cocoa and ashy tannins. Old world at its best! All the elements of a classic Barbaresco, and the classical 08 vintage seems to highlight that even more. A hallmark of the vintage. I`m pretty convinced I would recognize this as an 08 Barbaresco in a blind tasting. A wine I would like to drink on a fishing trip, at a campfire, somewhere in Lapland, with self caught and grilled trout. And smoke a bowl of pipe after. Its very "manly" wine.
Great showing from the cooperative.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    1/19/2015 10:08:00 AM - Great tasting note - I found the 08 much more open and nuanced than I was expecting. I'll be sticking a load more in the cellar - this is such a good value wine.

Red

2013 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

1/15/2015 - pjaines wrote: NR

OW Loeb Burgundy 2013 En Primeur Tasting; 1/14/2015-1/15/2015 (London): Really stood out from the pack (not in a good way) with its mealy, rich, oaty palate - reductive as the previous taster has said - very ripe and plummy.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    1/17/2015 5:24:00 AM - I usually like Gouges but I guess compared to the rest they seemed quite plump and ripe. I'd like to taste again once it has been in bottle for a year or two.

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