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Red

1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

Still tannic at 17 years of age, but there is a lot to like about the wine. It's deep, concentrated and long, with freshness, flavor and intensity. There is a firmness to the tannins that reminds me a good version of a 1986 Pauillac.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/14/2015 6:24:00 PM - thanks for your tasting note...let me put you on the spot...based on your note I'd suggest that this wine has plenty of life left - do you concur? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:56:00 PM - thanks Jeff, greatly appreciated...on that basis I think I'll stretch it to it's 20th b'day and tuck in then, cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:56:00 PM - thanks Jeff, greatly appreciated...on that basis I think I'll stretch it to it's 20th b'day and tuck in then, cheers, chatters

Red

2001 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The Coppermine Road

McLaren Vale more

3/12/2015 - rustyRudy Likes this wine: 93 points

Cork was intact but a little soft, did break in half. Full bodied, deep and complex cherry, plum, leather, tobacco, and savory notes. Drinking well with mature tannins, long finish and great character. Initially opened with the Coravin and finished a few days later. Nicely done. Mature. Should keep for a little bit longer but do not see it improving.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/14/2015 6:26:00 PM - thanks for your note - do you think the intrusion with the Coravin caused the issue with the cork or was it just generally a bit suspect? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/15/2015 1:47:00 AM - Excellent, thanks

Red

2000 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/11/2015 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 95 points

Decanted for three hours. Of the Lynch Bages pantheon, this is the most backward left-bank chateau from the legendary vintage, and ultimately compelling. Slowly revealing pencil lead, blackberry, raw steak, rose petal and cigar box. The finish sails into any stunning sunset. Fine grained tannins in copious proportions, with a silky edge. So much aristocracy and ageless. Ending with spearmint. Decant or wait a few more years. Drink 2020 -.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/12/2015 4:32:00 AM - Great note, thanks, it gives me the patience to wait, cheers, chatters

Red

2009 Domaine Michel Gros Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees

Pinot Noir more

5/6/2015 - Tartiflette wrote: 90 points

Completely shut and gave only a few hints of the future. Lots of hidden fruit, tight tannins with good balance. At the end it showed some nice strawberries, vanilla and liquorice.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/6/2015 4:21:00 PM - Hi there, thanks for your tasting note. Do you think the wine was just still too young? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    5/8/2015 3:16:00 PM - thanks, much appreciated, I'll leave this one for a few years then, cheers!

White

2009 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

4/22/2015 - jjmuller wrote: 89 points

I let this bottle sit a little too long, but it still had a crisp light oak taste, with a pleasant note of apple

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/22/2015 5:31:00 PM - Hi there, thanks for your note...when you say sit a little too long do you mean that it was a bit too old for you? cheers, chatters

Red

2004 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/16/2015 - farinas Likes this wine: 93 points

A gentleman's claret and ready to pour. This has tons of graphite, dark currants, white pepper spices. The structure has resolved but left behind and austere yet lean claret exuding serious matter. I'm enjoying it but it's not for those seeking layers of fruit pleasure.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/16/2015 4:34:00 PM - Hi Farinas, thanks for your note - do you think this wine still has plenty of life or is at it's peak? cheers, chatters

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    4/16/2015 7:03:00 PM - Nice one, thanks for taking the time to respond, much appreciated...cheers, chatters

Red

2001 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/15/2015 - lifebreath Likes this wine: 93 points

5th bottle, paired with coffe-encrusted and seared sous vide cooked tenderloin filets with ancho chili sauce. A challenging dish to pair with, but the CVNE was OUTSTANDING! Same notes as previously, since every bottle has been boringly consistent: Classically styled reserva Rioja. Smoky oak and vanilla mixed with cherry and strawberry nose. Cherries jubilee. Well structured with a focused start of acid and tart cherries that blooms into the flavors of the nose along with cedar leather orange peel spice and mushroom. The oak and vanilla carry through but are well integrated and not overpowering. Long finish of the core cherries jubilee and smooth polished tannins. This is an extremely well made Rioja in the classic style. If you like Classic Rioja you will not be disappointed.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/16/2015 4:38:00 PM - Hi Lifebreath, thanks for your great tasting note. Would you say the wine is still quite youthful and primary? cheers, chatters

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    4/16/2015 6:55:00 PM - Cracking! Thanks, chatters

Red

2002 Felton Road Pinot Noir Block 3

Central Otago more

4/5/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 94 points

Pinot noir extravaganza (Stockholm, Sweden): I loved this one. First thought it was a 98p wine of pure pedigree, but changed my mind as the sniffing and gargling went on.

Red with clear maturity towards brown.
Nose: Gunpowder extravaganza, very attractive maturity R uS including burnt hair and other wonderful stuff.
Palate: This has some good tannins still, is transparent with raw wood, mineral bits and some vegetabilia. Intense and a real wine on its plateau, where it will remain for some time. In its stride - YAY!

Out of 24 wines, nine tasters gave this wine the evening's highest score of a humble, Swedish: 89.6 points. I agree to the recognition, but would have been happy to see a higher score :-)

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/9/2015 8:29:00 PM - Hey Stefan, just quickly, what does R uS mean? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/9/2015 10:48:00 PM - ahh, gotcha, thanks mate...

Red

2013 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir Crimson

Martinborough more

10/6/2014 - chatters wrote: NR

Pinot-palooza (Carriageworks, Redfern): smoked bacon, quite sulphurous, funky notes all hide any fruit on offer. In the mouth the wine has a certain mouth-watering juiciness but other than that is a bit anonymous

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/9/2015 2:08:00 PM - Hey Stefan! No, I don't think so! I really don't get on with Ata Rangi Pinots all - I think it's just a 'me' thing though as lots of chums like them. Looking forward to your Pinot notes...come on, give me a couple of sneak previews of what was on taste...cheers, chatters

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    4/9/2015 8:22:00 PM - Oh Stefan, that sounds like soooo much fun. I'm am green with jealousy. I really should do more proper double blind tastings but most people I know (especially any of those who proclaim to have knowledge) are very resistant. And no face plant is as bad as calling a 99 Madiran and 09 Pauillac!!!! Cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/9/2015 10:47:00 PM - Hmm, in this context jealous has a certain playfulness to it - associations of being green with jealousy etc, whereas envious is a little harder in nature. A little more dark. But, from a definition perspective, jealous means being envious or resentful of good fortune - hence my jealousy that you had the good fortune to be at such a fantastic and fun tasting. Envious is more a grudging discontent of another's luck or possessions or general advantages. Hence, for me, a little darker.

White

2002 Marc Brédif Vouvray

Chenin Blanc more

1/10/2015 - chatters wrote: NR

Vouvray and chenin blanc tasting (Prince Sydney, 40 Hansard Street): Lemon, honey, beginnings of toast and butter, touches of farmyard and damp stone. In the mouth though the wine is tart there are honey as well as lemon flavours. quite waxy textured but it’s a touch too short for me. Hmm

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/7/2015 6:17:00 AM - Hi fizz, good question...I really like the tertiary or age characteristics you get with older Chenin , especially Vouvray, - that profile that is similar to older Hunter Semillon - honey toast and, sometimes, butter - so I'd happily sit on this for another 5-10 years. As regards a maximum drinking window? well, with proper storage and a sizable chunk of cork luck these wines seem to last forever - I've had a 1980 that was still frighteningly fresh. cheers, chatters

Red - Fortified

2001 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage Quinta de Vargellas

Port Blend more

12/20/2014 - HStaal wrote: 89 points

WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Deep ruby colour.
Nose: The nose is Clean and Developing, showing Pronounced intensity primary aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, red cherry, black plum, red plum, raisin, fig, medicinal, black/white pepper , secondary aromas of cloves, smoke and tertiary aromas of tobacco, earth.
Palate: The wine is Sweet in the mouth with a Medium level of acidity. It has Medium(+) Ripe/Soft tannins and a High Level of alcohol (20.50%) for a fortified wine. It has Full body and Pronounced intensity primary flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, black plum, red cherry, red plum, medicinal, fig, raisin, black/white pepper , secondary flavours of cloves, smoke and tertiary flavours of tobacco, earth. The finish is Long. It has ripe fruit character
Overall: Good balance between all structural components and the fruit. Good complexity, length and concentration.
Conclusion: It is a Very Good quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing Has structure and concentration to improve with further ageing; Premium priced (£30.00)

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/5/2015 5:23:00 PM - Hi Hstaal, thank you for your comprehensive note. I see that you mention the wine has high alcohol but, in your conclusion, you do not mention this - I just wanted to confirm, would you say that this is non-intrusive at this time and does not impact the overall balance of the wine? Additionally, do you think this would become an issue over time as the primary fruit drops out and more tertiary characteristics develop? cheers chatters

Red

2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

4/4/2015 - RuneW Likes this wine: 92 points

Brilliant red. Fresh berries and light wooden touch on the nose. Medium bodied on the palate, with balanced acid, smooth tannins and long aftertaste. Some vanilla and spicy flavours, and plenty of berries. A long time favourite, this.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/5/2015 5:20:00 PM - Hi Runew, thanks for your note. Would you say this wine is still quite fresh and young tasting, though well balanced and in a good spot? I'm just wondering whether it is time to plunder the cellar? cheers, chatters

Red

1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/31/2015 - cephomer Likes this wine: 93 points

Howard supplied for Ned's French wine dinner. Nose of cigar box, tobacco & some cedar. Medium bodied, quite concentrate, plenty of dark fruit here with wonderful depth. Cigar box, tobacco, spice & lots of fruit interwoven in a concentrated, complex bundle. Wine is drinking quite well currently--easy to drink and appreciate this wine. Still with decent tannins. Good length too. All in all, a very nice example of a mature 1998 bordeaux that surpassed the vintage.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/2/2015 5:57:00 AM - Hi Cephomer, thanks for your excellent note. Just a quick question - was the wine decanted? and, if yes, do you know how long? cheers, chatters

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    4/3/2015 12:22:00 AM - thanks Cephomer, much appreciated...sounds like a lovely evening, if only I lived Stateside...cheers, chatters

Red

2009 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/29/2015 - DrinkBordeaux wrote: 93 points

Was very approachable after only a 2 hour decant, and then continued to drink well over 4 more hours. While this wine is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, it seemed more lush, almost Merlot-like (in a very good way). Had a 'sweet nose' of blackberry and red fruits, mixed with smoke, floral notes, and chocolate. Impeccably balanced, though the tannins still need some integration. Presently, the nose edges out the palate. The tasting note by Panos was excellent, and highlighted something very important with this wine -- the excellent oak management. There is just enough oak there to add another layer of interest to the wine. Another thing to note is that many 2009 Bordeaux wines seem to be so approachable right now (in contrast to many I've tried from 2010). This Calon Segur is obviously going to improve with 5+ years in the cellar, but don't hesitate to try it now if you have a case, and especially if you don't mind drinking young Bordeaux from time to time.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    3/29/2015 7:53:00 PM - Thanks DrinkBordeaux, this is an excellent and exceedingly helpful tasting note. Just to clarify, when you say drank over four hours; was that post decanting or did you pour a crafty glass to sip whilst the rest of the bottle sat in the decanter? cheers, chatters.

  • Comment posted by chatters:

    3/30/2015 2:29:00 PM - thanks for the clarification...I suspect it's less your ambiguity and my general 'confusedness'...cheers, chatters

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