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Rosť

2014 Domaine De La Ribotte Bandol Anaïs

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

7/26/2015 - johneagle wrote: 88 points

Better than the previous bottle. Little scent, long, quite enjoyable, flavour a touch medicinal, but not unpleasantly so. Dried fruit and maybe a touch of rose water? After an hour, sweeter and more approachable

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Rosť

2014 Les Quatre Tours Côtes de Provence

Rosé Blend more

7/26/2015 - johneagle Does not like this wine: 70 points

No discernable fruit. Dull and charmless

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Rosť

2014 Domaine De La Ribotte Bandol Anaïs

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

7/23/2015 - johneagle wrote: NR

Something odd about either this bottle or the food with it that didn't taste right. Don't think it was the wine. Going to try another

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White

2014 Castello della Sala (Antinori) Chardonnay Bramìto del Cervo Umbria IGT

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7/17/2015 - johneagle wrote: 88 points

Nothing like as good as the 2013 which was really excellent for the money. Nothing wrong with it - just seems hollow and dilute compared to the previous vintage. Definitely Bramito is worth looking out to buy, but by comparison with the previous year (and with an over-stocked cellar) I'm going to give this vintage a miss

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White

2012 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles

Chardonnay more

7/17/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 90 points

I think this is a stunning wine for the money. Plenty of time for evolution yet. I have put a dozen aside for later, but amhaving difficulty resisting those in the Cellar. Lovely, citrussy, maybe preserved lemons and very long. Well done!

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/17/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 95 points

Excellent and in a really sweet spot right now. This was the first of my halves. No rush to open the bottles for a while.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

Champagne Blend more

6/22/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

Lovely, clean and fresh. Perhaps could do with more time but very enjoyable now

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château de Rayne-Vigneau

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

6/19/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 88 points

A bit too full and flabby, but perfectly enjoyable

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Red

1966 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/17/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 93 points

This took an hour or so to come out of its shell, and, given its age, was extremely good. Still has that lovely feminine, haunting quality that I remember. Pale but complex and delicious

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White

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

Chardonnay more

7/12/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

This was an outstanding bottle. Started with some irritating vanilla notes but an hour later almost perfect. Full and beautiful balance, fresh notes of quince and preserved lemon. Very long. Bravo.
A little later, less good.

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White

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

Chardonnay more

7/12/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 88 points

There is a bit of bottle variance, which is disappointing at this stage in the 08's evolution. This one was fully ready and a little short on acidity. I'm going to drink several of these in quickish sucession and see. Perhaps buying 3 dozen recently was a bit ambitious! But the 07 is so fantastic and it seemed like a good idea at the time! At the moment, I think this wine is at the drink-up point.

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Red

2006 Château Haut-Gleon Corbières

Red Blend more

7/7/2015 - johneagle Likes this wine: 92 points

I'm giving this a very high score because, although a simple country wine in theory, this is so well made, and so delicious right now. I bought this in the Gers in maybe 2009. This is the first of 6 - wish I had bought more. Big full fruity nose and good legs. Just a hint of a colour change at the rim. Smells almost like Cabernet S. I guess it is the Carignan that is giving it all that character. For the money, this is one of the most enjoyable wines that I have opened recently.
Clear clean garnet colour. Quite a bit of sediment.
Full of fruit, pleasant soft tannins and a lovely refreshing acidity just in the background. Delicious - maybe another year or so to be at the peak but very enjoyable now.
BRAVO!

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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

Chardonnay more

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

Red Rhone Blend more

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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