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Red

2000 Château Marquis de Terme

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/18/2014 - Julian Marshall wrote: 88 points

MDT is normally underrated, so I hoped this would be like the 90. It isn't. Run of the mill MDT, lacking any zest or sparkle, this has the trademark body and structure, but without the ripe fruit I was expecting from 00. I would have guessed 99 or 01 blind. Perhaps a bad spell? Not over optimistic.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    3/6/2015 3:31:00 AM - Hi, I'm not an expert but I would wait a bit. I will try another of mine sometime later this year, but I would hope it would be better than the last one. I would think that it would be be best from next year to 2022 or 23, but that depends on how cold your cellar is. Keep us posted!

White - Off-dry

2005 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Demi-Sec Les Bournais

Chenin Blanc more

12/28/2014 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 93 points

Lovely golden colour, with strong aromas that fill the room with peaches, honey and lightly toasted brioche. Quite sweet at first, with strong peach flavours on the tongue, then a wave of honey and butterscotch that slides down the throat, before a crisp, dry, citric finish. Delicious with an assortment of goat cheeses from the Loire.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    12/28/2014 9:51:00 AM - I understand your concern! I don't think that Les Bournais showed any signs of premox, though. The butterscotch taste wasn't dominant, just part of the general impression of the second wave. I've always been lucky in that respect with Chidaine wines - I wasn't keen on his other 05s until this year when the minerality finally came through what was previously a bunch of rather stodgy, syrupy stuff, but Les Bournais was always good from the start.

Red

2007 Château Larose-Trintaudon

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/3/2014 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 88 points

Just as good as the last one and showing no sign of fatigue. Excellent value.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    3/11/2014 3:46:00 AM - Sorry your's was off, Chris. I think you were probably unlucky as I've had two cases of the 07 over the last few years with consistently good results. I suppose with an annual production of over 1 million bottles, some duff bottles are to be expected, or perhaps it was a transport problem. In any event, I've been pleasantly surprised by the continuing vibrancy of the 07.

Red

1996 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/2/2014 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 95 points

textbook Pauillac nose ofcassis, cedar, cigar-box and graphite, with a wave of plums at the end. Marvellously fresh and vibrant mouthful of cassis but also plum and raspberry, beautifully constructed, bright, ripe, but also elegant and distinguished. Outstanding. A word of warning – this tasted quite light on opening, it needs several hours to thicken and open up properly (or probably an hour or two in a decanter). Well, great though the Moussas is, the Bages is just that much better and was definitely our WOTN: 95 pts

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    1/2/2014 7:04:00 AM - Cheers Harley, Happy New Year to you! I wouldn't say you need to worry, it will be fine in 2021 so something to look forward to!

Red - Fortified

1997 Warre Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

12/5/2013 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 95 points

Very dark, primary colour. Figs, plums and black cherries on the nose, with liquorice and fruit tart. In the mouth, the immediate impression is of great silkiness and concentration: the depth of the expression of fruit is stunning. First off are the spicy plums, then fig jam, before a really impressive wave of very dark and concentrated cherry, mixed with blackberry and cassis. The finish goes on forever and the taste lingers a good two minutes after the sip.
Great stuff, the type of wine to bring a smile to anyone's face.
It'll be a lot better in ten years from now, but still one of the best ports I have tried.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    12/6/2013 12:55:00 AM - Cheers Stefan, thanks for your input! I'm not a regular Port drinker but I've been wanting to try one of these for some time. I continued the bottle last night and can confirm that you really shouldn't open your's just yet, so don't feel too tempted! I think in 11 years it'll be just about right - for now the strength and intensity is a little overpowering. I'm struck by how underrated and undervalued this is - in France it can be picked up at auction for as little as 30€.

Red

2003 Château Coufran

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/8/2013 - Julian Marshall Does not like this wine: 67 points

Only slightly less awful than the 02. I suppose a 100% Merlot wine in the Médoc in 2003 was bound to be bad. All the usual hallmarks of the vintage - a toasted nose, fruit that tastes as if its been sundried, a rather sickly sweet middle section and a short finish.
Really nasty.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    10/23/2013 12:23:00 PM - Thanks for the input, Jan, glad you enjoyed your second bottle.

Red

2008 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/3/2013 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 87 points

This was a half bottle bought recently at Carrefour's FAV for 10€. Not very aromatic, but immediately charming and fruity, surprisingly forward. Redcurrants and cranberry dominate, with a touch of plum. As the back label states rather honestly, 08 turned out much better than expected, which still of course means that it's not a top vintage. This is a medium bodied, easy going wine that will give great pleasure over the next two or three years, but no more. The front of the palate is well served by the charming fruit, but there is neither grip nor body, nor is there much of a finish. Good fun and a good QPR but not a great example of CS.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    10/7/2013 11:51:00 PM - Thanks, I hope you're right!

Red

2000 Château Rauzan-Gassies

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/11/2013 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine: 93 points

Needs decanting or early opening in order to unwind as it's quite backward and closed, the bouquet in particular is not apparent until after a good two hours, then a subtle blend of blackcurrant, a touch of raspberry and some leather with spices. In the mouth, you have to search initially for the fruit, but once the wine has fully unwound there's plenty of blackcurrant, with zests of blackberry and a dollop of raspberry liqueur at the end. Rich and full bodied, this is still in its infancy, I should think it won't be fully mature for another 4 or 5 years. Easily the best RG ever tasted.

  • Comment posted by Julian Marshall:

    6/12/2013 2:14:00 AM - Glad you liked it too! The 01 isn't in the same league but it's also very impressive. Both are probably still excellent value, especially in the context of 09 and 10 prices.

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