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2010 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

This is nuits st georges. Wonderful. Limpid color, maturing (375). Nose of black and red fruits, fur, earth, bramble, mineral. Rustic and suave in the same breath. Just poking into it's window in half, this will no doubt improve and improve. Le Villaret, Paris.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    5/14/2015 5:56:00 PM - I've never had the 07 but based on the quality of the vintages, I'd put money on these coming out ahead, too. Try one of your bottles over the next couple of years, I think this is a fun and interesting data point to have in its evolution. It's actually not *complete* infanticide!

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1995 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2015 - partylikeakennedy wrote: 94 points

Nose of earth, oak, millipedes (yeah), herbaciousness. Soft raisiny palate with a 20-mile-long finish. I am in love!

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/17/2015 10:02:00 PM - Millipedes?!?! I'm really entertained. Please expand.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/19/2015 2:05:00 PM - So if you irritate a millipede it shoots some sort of stink at you?! Hahaha and this did not AT ALL put you off of doing so as a child?

    So this this like "ladybug" smell - 04 Burgundy gone wrong type of thing?

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/19/2015 5:58:00 PM - Truly, a day of learning.
    http://insects.about.com/od/centipedesmillipedes/a/10-Facts-About-Millipedes.htm

    I opened an 86 Leoville las Cases this afternoon; no millipede smell - really more of a butterfly wing kind of element to it.

    If you're ever in Boston, feel free to join my wine group for a night; I guarantee you that you will know the most about bug smells.

    Marc Bouffard

Red

1959 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/19/2014 - Le Musigny wrote: NR

This bottle was a little off. Not bad but not what it should be.

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2003 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/8/2014 - aagrawal wrote: 89 points

K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Deep purple color; nice nose with chalk, slight red pepper, nice core of fruit, but still somewhat reticent and maybe closed; palate has some early black fruits but fades in the midpalate; medium finish. This is very primary and hard to evaluate, but is certainly not drinking as well as it should right now. Would not recommend to buy at this time given its price, and I will wait until at least 2020 on my only bottle in the hopes that it will improve. 89

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/16/2015 8:27:00 AM - Do you remember how long you decanted?

Red

2004 Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/8/2014 - mkorol Likes this wine: 91 points

Semi-opaque garnet. Reticent nose of cherry hiding behind green pepper. Better on the palate with cherry, mushroom and spice in a complex blend. Medium body, high acidity, and moderate tannins with a very long finish. It has the potential to be very good (and a higher score) if the green notes continue to resolve. I'd wait another 3-5 years to try again.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/13/2015 2:25:00 PM - Thanks for posting this - I've got a bottle. How much air did you give it?

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1982 Château Figeac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/31/2014 - JasonG wrote: flawed

Turpentine and thin, excessive bell pepper and tabasco. However I can comment on the color, a lovely medium brick red with machine oil orange-brown at the last two transitions. Your bottles may be great, ours happened to be flawed.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    1/12/2015 5:09:00 PM - Where/when did you buy this one?
    Marc

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1999 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/25/2014 - Comte Flaneur wrote: 91 points

Classically styled and still quite shy, it would have been difficult in its youth. But it is now coming out of its shell, and is a beautifully refined wine, with leather and spice box. It is still quite austere, but oh so elegant, poised, harmonious and fresh. Typical Englishman's claret? It would be glorious with roast lamb.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    11/25/2014 6:16:00 PM - An Englishman's Claret, eh? That sounds pretty good to me.

    I tasted this a few years ago and got the impression that I'd have to wait 5-10 years for this to fully resolve. Thoughts?

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    11/26/2014 12:20:00 PM - Well said - and how typical of great Barton. I love the 1990 for that reason. Uncompromising, civilized, classic claret with no unnecessary baggage. Have you opened the 82 recently?

Red

1985 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/10/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

This had a very angular peak. At about 3 hours, it was singing. Both before and after, it sunk a bit back into its shell. And this was a single owner bottle with a fill into the neck, so nothing particularly suspect had happened to the bottle before I pulled the cork. At its least appealing, this really did show quite a lot of Cabernet Franc. But at its best, that sort of thyme quality was cut by a lot of rich plum, cigar, and tobacco. I remember thinking that the 1989 I had a while back was a touch off, but this made me think that maybe I'm just particularly sensitive to cab franc green... A very good wine, but not generally one that imparted the kind of awe I was hoping.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    11/11/2014 7:16:00 PM - That's really interesting - I'm glad you said that. I'm going to keep an eye out for another well kept bottle - I'm very curious as to what top notch Cheval can do.

Red

1981 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/13/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 90 points

Showing its age relatively gracefully. Baked brick, furniture polish, treacle. A good example of Graves. Shows as more mature than the '66 and '78, though.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    11/10/2014 5:56:00 AM - Definitely immediate drinking - nowhere but downhill from here but very good now!

Red

1995 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/18/2014 - salil wrote: 93 points

Another powerful, immensely structured wine that feels much younger than its 19 years. This spent a few hours in a decanter before we got to it, but still needed a lot of time in the glass to open up. When it did though, it was worth the wait, eventually showing a beautiful aroma combining cedar, dark fruits and graphite with more exotic smoky and sandalwood-like notes, and very pure, bright fruit on the palate framed by more savoury and spicy accents. The tannin still lingers on the back end though, suggesting this definitely needs some more time in the cellar, but I imagine this will turn into something quite compelling with enough time.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    10/19/2014 8:03:00 AM - How long do you think this took to really open out? I had it a few years ago when it was locked up tight, but I have a half I was thinking about opening soon.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    10/19/2014 11:21:00 AM - Thanks so much, that's good to know! I see you're in Connecticut - my parents live in Watertown. Let me know if you'd like to drink some claret together sometime! marc.a.bouffard@gmail.com

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1989 Domaine Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

6/26/2014 - BordeauxBuff Likes this wine: 98 points

Drank side by side with the 89 Clos St Denis.....it does not get much better than this, to have the luxury to be able to drink these wines side by side.

This wine showed tremendous freshness and vivacity, while exhibiting classic secondary and tiertiary notes.....a testament to an outstanding producer. A Classic Ponsot....highly recommended!

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    9/15/2014 7:36:00 PM - Just out of curiosity, did you buy this bottle on WineBid? I just bought a bottle and I saw that there have been some other bottles up at auction recently.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    9/16/2014 7:40:00 AM - Good, that bodes well for my bottle! I see you're in Boston, too. Feel free to drop me a line if you ever want to get together with a couple guys in my tasting group to open some older Bordeaux - marc.a.bouffard at gmail.com

Red

2010 Château Talbot

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/26/2013 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

Opened side by side with the '09. This is a different wine - more cassis jam and mineral here. A different personality. The '09 is a little dark and just a hint rustic - more Talbot. This is brighter, flinty almost. Less dark notes, less earth. Similar on the palate, a touch hot. More merlot? Where will this go?

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    9/10/2014 1:55:00 PM - Thanks for your kind words! I'm curious to see where these wines go. After such a strong showing in the 1980s, the 90s and 00s didn't produce much interesting Talbot. In that light, I think Dubordieu's involvement was needed and eventually be for the best. I certainly agree with you that time (and weaker vintages) will tell. I love Talbot's rusticity which I think you can probably attribute to their particular strain of brettanomyces. I hope that they won't try too hard to stamp it out in the name of modernization.

Red

1996 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/24/2014 - Marquis du Vin Likes this wine: 92 points

Solid wine. Took an eternity to evolve though... The next day, the funk and tannins softened up to reveal rich dark fruit. This is a powerful highly concentrated offering. Paired it with a 375ml of 2011 - wow! Incredible difference. 2011 is like grape juice+, I'd avoid buying this vintage. Back to the 1996, solid wine, will live a long long life. I won't be taping the remainder of my bottles any time soon... Not sure if I should try my 1990s either at this point? Same thing happened with my case of 1999s. Drank the majority of them too soon, then 2-3 years ago, wow! Beautiful claret with nice structure, but not quite the depth as this 1996. Still was a lovely wine to drink, but the key here with Barton is time... TBD...

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    8/24/2014 3:44:00 PM - You can drink your 1990s - they're surprisingly open. Who knows when the 96s will come around.

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1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/13/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Tough to assess... I almost don't want to put a score on this one. Tight, even after 4-5 hours of air and a double decant followed by a long open air decant. Kept checking in on this, so I know we didn't miss peak. What's poking through is good Pauillac; blackberry, currant fruit with allspice, oak, and earth. But it's shy. I gather from the community notes that this is either a very shy bottle or, less likely, so faintly corked that it was stripped without showing TCA aromas. Hm.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    7/14/2014 7:02:00 AM - Yeah, agreed - maybe I'm being too stingy? I was really expecting these to be more open and perhaps, paradoxically, it made me find them more tight. 100% agreed it was a beautiful nose. Well. Guess we'll just have to do it again in a couple years!!

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2007 Château Lalande-Borie

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/24/2011 - Goldstone wrote: 87 points

Drank in a hotel room without a decanter, which it really needed, so opened and left to breathe for several hours. Also drank from a small glass, which didn't give it the best chance to show its true self. However.... deep totally opaque black cherry colour. Nose is classic St. Julien cedar planks, some warm tarmac, toasted oak, warm ripe black cherries, hints of cream soda and vanilla pods. Palate is ripe black and red cherries framed by fairly austere and definitely grippy but yeilding tannins, with good silky but acidic mouthfeel, earth on the mid-palate and pronounced tobacco leaf and dry earth on the back end. Rather short and not much resonance but the lively fruit makes it very enjoyable. Its pleasure will fade with the fruit, which I expect will happen within 2 years or so. To steal a CTer's moniker, this is not to everyone's taste but is definitely an Englishman's Claret......would be good with roast beef and horeseradish. Great value.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    6/11/2014 9:58:00 PM - Borrow the moniker all you like!!

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1988 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2011 - bevetroppo wrote: 90 points

Slightly depressed cork. That's what I found when I opened this tonight and it's a pretty good description of how I feel right now. I lost a very good friend this week, and it's going to take a long time to shake the grief I feel. The cork wasn't just depressed, it was downright nasty under the foil, covered above with a fungal crud and though fully intact, coated around the top third of the barrel with an ominous-looking black sludge. But ah, the miracle of Bordeaux. The wine was immediately clean and open for business. The nose offers rich waves of graphite, cassis, and cedar with a backnote of the dirt that I find in a lot of '88's. It's softened all the way, the fruit taking on a surprisingly full blackberry ripeness, though it's quickly subsumed by the graphite and tobacco flavors that lead to astringent tannins that to me suggest we're getting a bit long in the tooth. Perhaps just a few more years before they crowd out the pleasure I'm deriving tonight. About to serve with grilled rack of lamb and I think it will be a match made in heaven. Label says 12.5%, and I wish they all did.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    3/21/2014 2:50:00 PM - Your note was very moving - I'm sorry for your loss

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    3/21/2014 9:21:00 PM - Maybe it comes at the cost of objectivity, but that inseparability is kind of nice. Otherwise, drinking great wine would just end up a series of science experiments I suppose... Regardless - I like your notes.

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1999 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

3/13/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Some Wine Tasted at the Zachys Auction; 3/13/2014-3/14/2014 (RN74 - San Francisco CA): I haven't had this wine in several years, but once again found it very enjoyable today. Accessible and very balanced with very charming red and black fruit start-to-finish.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    3/18/2014 7:02:00 PM - To decant or to not decant? I've only got one bottle and I'll probably open it in a couple months. Curious to hear your thoughts!

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    3/19/2014 4:55:00 AM - Thanks so much Al -
    Cheers

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2004 Château de Fieuzal

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/6/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 88 points

Decent as red wine, but unassuming and a bit anonymous as Pessac.

  • Comment posted by Englishman's Claret:

    2/11/2014 1:51:00 PM - I don't think time will help - Fieuzal is never meant to age all that long (remember that '88? definitely was time to drink that) so by now if it were going to show Pessac colors it should have... and on top of it, it's not like the 04s are particularly backward wines.

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