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Red

2011 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/10/2015 - Papies wrote: NR

Decanter's Great Cabernets of the world with Steven Spurrier, Brian Croser and Cecilia Torres (Bluefin Building, London): Tasted blind (from a disclosed list of 10 possible wines though).
Definitely we expected this to be better. Light sweet fruit, light nose, light oaky feel. Very young and dare we say hard. A touch of floral side at times gave a bit of joy but at this stage a touch too austere and not giving. Needs 10yrs and hopefully this will be the wine we paid for. NR for now.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/13/2015 3:02:00 AM - Not sure why but Steven Spurrier went on and on how sassicaia is becoming tougher and tougher... he said he would sell it if he owned it then later he said he would keep it but it might outlive him...

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/13/2015 3:25:00 AM - 😂

Red

2011 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline

Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/10/2015 - Papies wrote: 90 points

Decanter's Great Cabernets of the world with Steven Spurrier, Brian Croser and Cecilia Torres (Bluefin Building, London): Tasted Blind. Guessed it was old world and very surprised from the purity and restraint.
Light nose, light dark fruits, light green, leafy but not vegetal at times. Very young for sure and with pretty good outlook for the future. Had a dry edge to it. We really thought that such a wine adds a lot of hope for us for Aussie wines which we usually find a bit overdone. 90-91 and needs time.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/13/2015 3:03:00 AM - Indeed. unfort it was 65£ pp.. not terribly bad but shameful on the misdirection

Red

2004 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5°

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/8/2015 - Papies wrote: 91 points

Vega Sicilia Dinner with Javier Ausas (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): At year 10 this is now in its drinking window. Very nice nose, expressive, evolved (especially vs the infant 2010, Papies - NR). Still on the young side on the palate, green pepper, quite firmand with good acidity. A very good wine and don't you dar ecall it a second wine.. :) 90-91

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/11/2015 2:56:00 PM - 😄

Red

2010 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5°

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/8/2015 - Papies wrote: NR

Vega Sicilia Dinner with Javier Ausas (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): Very young. At this stage a mixture of sweet oak and dark, heavy fruit. A lot of tannin, light charamel, mocca. Very ripe. Judgung by the 2004 that we had after this (Papies 90) this needs quite a bit of time in bottle and according to Javier Ausas Valbuena needs 10yrs in bottle. Will not rate at this stage.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/10/2015 6:49:00 AM - JA said Valbuena needs a minimum 10yrs in bottle and Unico 30...

White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut V.O.

Chardonnay more

5/30/2015 - Papies wrote: 94 points

6 Oct 2011 disgorgement.
Just an overall beautiful champagne and at pretty much at 4.5 years post disgorgement bang on the money. Very vibrant, good ripe fruit, rich but in balance, nice yeasty profile. It has an elegance that we do seek in champagne and this has been by far the best experience we have had with the VO. Very good! 94 easy and this disgorgement is to be had now.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/1/2015 1:10:00 AM - We do nto believe in champagne flutes. The only thing we serve in them is beer which actually works very well. our favorite glass for good champagne is the Zaalto universal. :)

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    6/2/2015 1:30:00 AM - Well said!

White - Sparkling

1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires

Chardonnay more

5/25/2015 - Papies wrote: 93 points

A much better performance than the last time we had this (a few weeks back Papies 92) and this is definitely one for the lovers of fuller, richer champagnes. Well defined, yeasty , apples at times, nice rich profile. Good acidity and generally well structured and felt so pure and elegant. very good wine lalbeit we are still far from the accolades Tom Stevenson gave it. A very good 93-94

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    5/31/2015 3:14:00 AM - Maybe albeit it did not feel restrained. In any case we have a few more bottles and hopefully time will help.

Red

1996 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/15/2015 - Papies wrote: 95 points

Opened and left to rest for 30 minutes. No decanting. Needs a bit of time in the glass to open up but once it does it is a magnificent wine testament to its origin. Very elegant and balanced, lovely red fruits on the nose, light smoky, meaty times. On the palate it carries the same tune and we just loved the purity of this wine. Has a few dry edges here and there but this was just beautiful. 95-96 and just delicious now but for sure it has a decent life ahead of it.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    5/17/2015 1:08:00 AM - :)

White

2009 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four

Chardonnay more

3/22/2015 - Papies wrote: NR

Was used as a cooking wine on the evening but still we managed to keep a glass and try it, albeit not a proper note.
Felt a little bit harsh with a few edges and was not really in a nice place. No real fond memories here. Felt like an 85-6

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    5/14/2015 7:07:00 AM - maybe a bottle issue i wonder?

Red

1999 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/19/2015 - Papies wrote: 95 points

Required decanting. A good 2 hours. The wine is a class act but its young and takes its time to develop but every sip was better than the last. At the end we got a glimpse of how good this wine can be and loved it much like when we had it last almost 9 months ago. Lots of energy, firm tannin, good fruit, balanced and elegant. Light leather notes, herby and classy. Very good 94-5 and has a long future ahead of it and definitely with higher scores.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    4/22/2015 5:29:00 AM - Its a bit like Chave Hermitage. The off vinatges are somethimes better and always cheaper :)

Red

1995 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/4/2014 - Papies wrote: 92 points

5 Decades of Haut Brion, with James Handford MW (Handford Wines, London): To be honest this was the disappointment in tonight's line up for us. Granted we don't really like 95 but this had that dry, green edge that we sort of associate with the vintage. The nose is open and expressive, classic for sure but just on the palate it doesn't deliver and the tannins are a bit grippy. Dry finish. 92

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    4/11/2015 1:35:00 AM - We see u gaveit a pretty low score. Maybe we were a bit generous but wouldn't say an 85 albeit s wine we would avoid buying given the price

Red

1994 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/19/2015 - Papies wrote: flawed

Maderised unfortunately. Such a shame!

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    3/22/2015 2:38:00 AM - a killer my friend.

Red

1996 Serafin Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

9/29/2012 - Papies wrote: 97 points

Magic Number 6 - 2006,1996,1986,1976,1966 (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): WOTN against very difficult competition.Opened and left to settle but no decanting.
Wine was singing from the start! Still dark in colour true to Serafin style. Meaty dense on the nose with dark fruits complementing the pinot aromatics, still some oak, sweet fruit notes, light floral. Kept on going back and back. Wonderful aromatics! On the palate it has the density of fruit, good exraction and with silky round tannins. Such palate presence and depth! This is true to form amazing Charmes-Chambertin worthy of Grand Cru status. 97+

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    3/17/2015 4:05:00 AM - :) if u dont like the 1st bottle i will but the rest :)

Red

2005 Domaine A.-F. Gros Vosne-Romanée Aux Réas

Pinot Noir more

1/14/2015 - Papies wrote: 91 points

The more we drink this wine (5 times in the last 2 years) the more we think its young. Consistently a great wine and ounches (and costs) more than a mere village should. But the 2005 is evident and rich ripe fruit still dominates. Quite a bit of spice tood. To be honets the 2007 with is more linear side is better enjoyed now than the 2005 but still the 05 for the lovers of plump fruit will be a joy. Time will make it better. 91-92

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    1/15/2015 2:02:00 AM - Indeed a great one. We bought the 13s both Reas and Maizieres hoping for a leaner fruit profile. Let ssee..

White - Sparkling

1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

1/10/2015 - Racer117 wrote: NR

Nose of Burgundy; viscous mouthfeel, fading mousse, layered flavors of lemon, chalk, perfume. This is good but not ethereal, as I was hoping. At one point I thought I might have smelled some wet cardboard so..... small fault? No score.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    1/11/2015 11:45:00 AM - Hi, unfortunately we have had similar bad experiences with the 90DP. and from wines of great cellaring. We worry that the 90DP is not holding as it should..

White

1999 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend more

5/6/2014 - Papies wrote: 90 points

Bodegas Lopez de Heredia, Hosted by Maria-Jose Lopez de Heredia (Berry Bros & Rudd, London): Very young still and needs time to develop and gain complexity and weight. Judging by the development of the magnificent 1991 ( Papies - 93-5) this needs a decade more to hit its stride. Very oxitative and sharp and really needs food at this stage to be enjoyable. Patience will truly be rewarded here. 90 for the moment but has a lot of future and promise.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/27/2014 4:04:00 AM - Hhhm, now u have us worrying albeit the wine maker was there and these were her own wines so maybe sourced directly.. Honestly ( no pun intended) can't remember now..

Red

2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia

Tempranillo more

12/19/2014 - Papies wrote: 89 points

Decanted and served. Much like a year ago a consistent 89. Modern, forward, ripe and at this stage at least a solid core of fruit devout of complexity and charm. Not bad but really a heavy handed wine , 89 and we would suggest cellaring and prayer so that it might evolve.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/21/2014 12:20:00 PM - Let's hope ;)

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/21/2014 10:27:00 PM - And to you too our friend

Red

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2014 - Eric wrote: NR

A great dinner at Capella in DC (Washington DC): Deep and sultry but just not giving a ton right now. All of the Mouton elements were there, but this just needs a ton of time.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/19/2014 8:29:00 AM - Unfortunately it's a wine with lots of variability. Of the 7-8 times we have tried this we have had very mix results unfortunately

Red

2003 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

Hermitage Syrah more

12/17/2014 - Papies wrote: 90 points

Tasted blind and found it very confussing to place. 2 hours of decanting.
Having tasted this wine 2 years ago (rated 94) we were perplexed at the fact that we find it too raisiny and ripe and at times chewey. No question this is a well made wine but the 03 vintage has in our mind scared it. No evolution in the glass at all either. Not sure where it goes from here. 90? and very perplexed especially given the rating it carries from WA.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/18/2014 5:02:00 PM - Same applies to a lot of CdPs too

Red - Fortified

1863 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Single Harvest Very Old Tawny

Port Blend more

11/22/2014 - Timbalimba wrote: 100 points

Taylor's Port: Bottled from cask, on demand. Surprisingly deep colour, like Oloroso but finer, with layers of amber and gold, and a tint of blueish green at the rim that I've never seen in a wine before. Profound nose: strong, strong. Smoke, nail varnish, dried apricot, bergamot oil. From the nose alone I can sense the soaring acidity: there's such a bite to the bouquet, such smoking mineral intensity. Great attack, fierce acidity, some tannin too, orange zest, walnuts, oak, and a wave of other exotic aromas. The finish is incredible. And it gets better in the glass, by the minute. I wish I had an entire bottle of this to myself because it is building a crescendo here. I check back to the Colheita 1965 and that wine feels ridiculously young now. I cannot see anything missing or anything I'd like to take away. This is a perfect wine.

As with all great wine experiences there's an element of surprise involved. I just couldn't believe the power and self confidence on display here: the wine just completely swept away everything else. And the increasing intensity… almost frightening, like waking up some primordial beast. I suppose this is indestructible but it was a privilege to try it now. Getting to know it, I can only say that a profound sense of reverence came upon me.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    11/23/2014 11:01:00 AM - Wow

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/15/2014 2:11:00 PM - :)

Red

1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/7/2014 - Papies wrote: NR

Pre Christmas Dinner at The Ledbury (The Ledbury, London): Unfortunately not what we expected especially vs the bottle we tried (Same Batch and Papies 97) in February this year. This was not it, not flawed but tight and not giving with a few off-putting notes on the nose. Will not rate and hopefully our other 2 bottles are as good as the February one!

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/12/2014 4:36:00 AM - Serafin 1996 Charmes Chambertin is an amazing wine btw!

Red

1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/31/2014 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Welcome Home Peter! (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): I don't quite know how to place this bottle. While still clearly very good indeed, it was so marked by Brett that I could not quite enjoy it completely. Served blind, some on the table adored it, voting it wine of the night, others were less thrilled. Personally, I thought it was perhaps the poorest of the few smashing bottles of the 1990 I have had over the years. The Brett just hit you on first pour - with lots of funky smells, reminiscent of barnyard and gym sock, floating over more pleasant tones of dark plums and black cherries laced with a lovely fragrant spice - cumin and menthol and cloves - and then a nice interplay of savoury mushrooms and sweet violet florals. The palate was clearly Brett influenced as well, but was thankfully less funky than on the nose. While there were savoury, meaty notes and a little sauvage edge, these were in the background rather than dominating the palate. Beyond that, the wine was actually very fine indeed, with the brilliant balance and fine, silky tannins that have always given this vintage an almost Burgundian feel. There were lovely flavours in there too, with a pure expression of sweet dark fruit - black cherries again, and blackberries - mid-bodied at first, then opening up and taking on depth and a subtle power. Lovely stuff. Very strong, very complete, and while the Brett came out rather distractingly again after time, very long on the finish too, with black fruit was kissed by savoury meat and earth and a long trial of white peppery spice. I should have decanted this rather than popping and pouring, and I wish there wasn't that much Brett, but it is a testament to how good the wine is that it still showed this well even with all that going on.

  • Comment posted by Papies:

    12/8/2014 2:36:00 AM - We love this wine but the variability is killing us too. We have rated it as high as 97 but we have had poor bottles too. A good one though is amazing.

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