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Red

2007 Patrick Lesec Costières-de-Nîmes Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

6/30/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 90 points

I think the previous notes were all from people who drank this wine much too young. This was the first bottle that I have opened. Drunk over 2 hours. At the start, sweet, spicy with good dark berry fruit. Perhaps a touch light,and wearing it's 14% alcohol very lightly. Fruit and tannins soft. Still dark red, I think it could do with another year or two but it is delicious now. Having just sent back a similar but slightly more expensive wine of the same year by a much, much more famous name, this was a real pleasure. Refreshing acidity and over time got better and better. Bravo. I'm going to wait a while before I try the next one.

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White

2008 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Quintaine

Chardonnay more

6/28/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Much more forward than the 07, which can wait a while yet, though is delicious now. This is much bigger and fully ready to drink, though it will happily go on a year or two. Very long in the mouth, quite rich without having actual sweetness, good acidity (not as much as the 07), scented - elderflower and lime blossom, and a touch of citrus

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Red

2005 Château Cambon La Pelouse

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/6/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 89 points

Very good in its class. Much enjoyed at a retirement lunch for a fellow trustee at Chelsea Arts Club. Plenty of time yet but difficult to resist. Very good value

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Red

2012 Domaine De La Chapelle Des Bois Chiroubles

Gamay more

6/1/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 88 points

Some might not like the rather hard edge, but this has a lovely pure Gamay fruit and for me it is a good if everyday drink

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White

2012 Marc Brédif Vouvray Classic

Chenin Blanc more

5/15/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 89 points

So good. Lovely, Vouvray showing all it's characteristics at a very reasonable price. Some might be put off by the slight sweetness on the finish, but I think that is as it should be and so beautifully balanced by the acidity. Buy some more!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château de Rayne-Vigneau

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/6/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 89 points

OK but given how good 2001 is, far from the heights of Rieussec or Suduiraut. A bit one dimensional. Don't leave these too long

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château Doisy-Védrines

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/18/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 89 points

A touch rich and not enough acidity for my taste - but I am being a bit picky - still a very enjoyable drink. I'm going to get on with drinking these, though

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White

2007 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée E.J.Thévenet

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5/18/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Very good indeed. Biggish lunch so no notes taken. Will last a while yet

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Red

2000 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/18/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Very good and at its peak. No detailed notes taken. Drunk vs Poujeaux 2000 which nearly as good

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Red

2000 Château Poujeaux

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/18/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 90 points

Good represenative 2000. Fully ready. Drunk against Chasse Spleen 2000 which better but the Poujeaux wasn't far behind

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Red - Fortified

1977 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

5/19/2015 - johneagle wrote: flawed

Corked

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Red - Fortified

1977 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

5/19/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

Not quite as good as might have been expected - having drunk the 70 recently it fell way below that. Drunk at Whites against a magnum of Taylors 70 which was less good than the bottles drunk at Brooks's last November

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Red

2007 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Secret de Famille

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5/17/2015 - johneagle Does not like this wine: 60 points

Over extracted, over fruity even with my low expectations after the first attempt, this is an awful wine. I have drunk lots of comparable 07 C du Rs and this is the worst by a very large margin. No discernable structure, nothing left behind the undefined and unattractive fruity mess. I think this is the lowest mark that I have ever given. Sadly, I have 10 bottles left. Anyone in London want to take them off me? I'll take £5 a bottle?

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White - Fortified

NV Gonzalez-Byass Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Dos Palmas

Palomino Fino more

4/19/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent, full of flavour and almost rich but keeps the crispness to be very enjoyable. Even my wife liked it, and she hates sherry!

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Red

2007 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Secret de Famille

Red Rhone Blend more

4/19/2015 - johneagle wrote: 85 points

For a wine made by Jaboulet in a good year - disappointing. If compared to Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2007, very disappinting. No character, a bit flabby, fruit soft with redcurrants and maybe loganberries showing, overall uninspiring. Fortunately I only bought a dozen

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château Doisy-Védrines

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/20/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

In a good spot right now, for a half. Full and rich. Maybe stops short somewhat at the end, but complex and very enjoyable. Not super-sweet - still quite crisp and refreshing - though this was at the end of a longish boys' lunch!

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Red

2000 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

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4/20/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Drank against Beaucastel 2000 which was a touch better; this was a little softer and more charming; the Beaucastel a bit more structured, with slightly harder Beaucastel-like tannins. Both very good

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Red

2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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4/20/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

Drank against Telegraphe 2000. In quality, this one might be half a point ahead but both very good

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White

2008 Château Doisy-Daëne Grand Vin Sec

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc more

4/23/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

Drank at the same time as a bottle of Floridene Sec 2010. Very much the same style, but fuller and richer without losing the wonderful, refreshing pure drinkability. Bravo!

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White

2009 Clos Floridene Blanc

Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/23/2015 - johneagle wrote: 90 points

In a very good place right now and not going to get much better. The aggressive grapefruit has mellowed and all there is a lovely balance of fruit and acidity.

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Red

2012 Domaine De La Chapelle Des Bois Chiroubles

Gamay more

4/27/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 88 points

No fireworks but a good example of how to make good wine with Gamay. Classic Beaujolais. Good VFM

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White

2012 Marc Brédif Vouvray Classic

Chenin Blanc more

5/1/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 89 points

Very good, for the price, crisp classic Vouvray. Well made - would go on but it is so great now. There is a touch of sweetness but it is beautifully balanced

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Red

2010 Château d'Aussieres Aussieres Rouge

Vin de Pays d'Oc Red Blend more

5/1/2015 - johneagle wrote: 85 points

Low score because this is not a style that I like. Too much alcohol (14.5%) and over extracted. A little hollow in the middle too

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White

2007 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée E.J.Thévenet

Chardonnay more

5/1/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 91 points

I was expecting good things and wasnt disappointed. Lovely, clean fresh flavours, some citrus - I think this has a way to go yet

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Red

2003 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/1/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 88 points

There seems to be some bottle variance creeping in. The previous one was terrific - this was showing its age a bit and certainly the hot year characteristics. Good but a touch disappointing as this can be great

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