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White

2010 Domaine des Ardoisières Vin de pays d'Allobrogie Argile

Jacquère more

6/26/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Deep gold hue. Nose of a Puligny Montrachet....plus apricots and sweaty jockstrap...almost ammonia but actually very pleasant in a high-toned way. Palate is a mirror of the nose.... super acidic cut and honeyed depth and richness. Deliciously semi-sweet and semi-dry on the finish. Heady long finale. Delicious and a great food wine with a Burgundian-style morels dish.

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Red

2001 Château La Clusière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/26/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 88 points

Translucent lightly dusky ruby colour. Nose is lovely burnt damp earth. Good red plum fruit. Palate is freshly acidic but with a lot of mature plum and autumn leaves tertiary elements. A bit over - alcoholic on the finish. Rustic rather than sophisticated.Most memorable was the very old-fashioned 'Cordier'-shaped bottle.

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Red

2007 François Villard St. Joseph Reflet

Syrah more

6/26/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 89 points

Dense purple crimson colour. Smoky and animal fur nose. Palate is good harmony of velvety fruit, fresh figs and deep black plum ripe fruit. Resonant and persistent. Still too young and a bit headache-inducing at the moment....one glass was enough.

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White - Sparkling

NV Jérôme Prévost Champagne La Closerie Extra Brut Les Beguines

Pinot Meunier more

6/26/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 91 points

Light gold. Very vigorous and persistent beads of microscopic bubbles. Nose is classic low dosage light brioche. Palate is dry, chalky and balanced by high refreshing acidity. Very cleansing. Good weight and length. A sleek and chiseled champagne.

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White

2012 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard

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6/20/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 87 points

Thailand Weekend; 6/20/2015-6/21/2015 (Bangkok & Na Jomtien, Thailand): Quite deep gold for its age. Nose of ripe new world oaked chardonnay but with some elements of above-average sophistication.....hints of Mersault. Palate has good charcoal-roasted whole lemons acidity to balance the quite heavy melted butter that is the other distinctive element....although there is some minerality here too. The finish is marred by somewhat heavy alcohol. Overall, for a wine bought in Thailand it is not bad.....it has the Mersault-style muscularity to withstand the temperatures and generally poor storage.

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White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

6/21/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Thailand Weekend; 6/20/2015-6/21/2015 (Bangkok & Na Jomtien, Thailand): A bottle brought from Greg's cellar in Hong Kong and drank over a Fathers Day lunch to accompany char-grilled Tiger Prawns and steamed Blue Crab form the local beach restaurant. I sometimes have difficulty to 'get' this wine but today was one of my best experiences - the really fresh, simple seafood really brought out an additional dimension in the wine. I am coming to conclude that this is definitely a food wine rather than a aperitif.

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Red

2007 Château La Conseillante

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/20/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Thailand Weekend; 6/20/2015-6/21/2015 (Bangkok & Na Jomtien, Thailand): No decant but drank slowly over 2+ hours. Translucent ruby jeweled red. Nose is damp earth and raspberries, Indian spices. Palate is gloriously fresh acidity, spicy, bramble black fruit. A bit dilute compared to bigger vintages but gorgeous to drink now. The fruit is really lovely and succulent with some fresh ground nutmeg and peach stone. Quite tannic still without a decant, which gives it that peach stone element. Subtly resonant. 90+

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Red

2012 Burnt Cottage Pinot Noir

Central Otago more

6/20/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 82 points

Thailand Weekend; 6/20/2015-6/21/2015 (Bangkok & Na Jomtien, Thailand): Transparent ruby colour. Nose is very pleasant hints of sheeps cheese and cow barns.....quite Burgundian, ripe raspberry fruit, hints of cherry boiled sweets.....but then it turns a bit sweet and loses complexity. Palate is a big disappointment after the initial nose - very thin, dilute cherry cola. A touch of length. Bought and drank in Thailand, so it could well be a poor bottle.

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Red

2013 Thousand Candles Pinot Noir

Yarra Valley more

6/20/2015 - Goldstone Does not like this wine: 77 points

Thailand Weekend; 6/20/2015-6/21/2015 (Bangkok & Na Jomtien, Thailand): Decanted for 2 hours. Semi-transparent vivid purple-red colour....vivid in a bad way. Nose is tannic, tarry, very alcoholic, bitter black chocolate, fumey...... not appealing. Palate is very bitter unripe black cherry, green Chinese bitter gourd vegetable, coca cola, throat-burning high alcohol, very dry tannic woody finish. No length. Altogether rather unpleasant fruit and alcohol bomb. A longer decant offererd few redeeming features.

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Red

2001 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

6/18/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Drank over a business dinner a deux.....so no detailed notes. Transparent but youthful in colour and appearance. Nice nose of woodland strawberries and hints of smoke. Some initial tartness and tannin on the palate blew off to reveal some very nice fruit and a touch of sous bois. Light, feminine and lacking the concentration of length one might expect of a Grand Cru. I am in the camp that says this needs at least another 5 years to show its full potential. An ex-Chateau mixed case bought at a charity auction - I thought it was a 6-bottle case but it turned out to be 12, so double-happiness!

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Red

1988 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

6/16/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 94 points

Dusky amber colour with a ton of sediment. Nose is classic Ch. Musar high toned nail varnish remover and black and red sour cherry then this deep obelisk blackness that takes you down Alice's rabbit hole rather like a Palacios Priorat does. Palate is super fresh acidity on entry then signature sour cherry but on steroids. Gorgeous farmyardy mid-palate that segues into a light high piano note played in a cathedral and which never ends. An absolutely perfect bottle that would have been even better with my normal 8-hour decant for old Musar.

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Red

1943 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: flawed

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Typical of a Las Cases, this showed an impenetrably opaque black-red colour with just hints of amber on the meniscus. Sadly, both on the nose and particularly the palate it was completely past its sell-by date..

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Red - Fortified

1977 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: NR

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Not decanted (which was a pity) but drank slowly over Partagas Lusitania cigars (which was a delight). Semi-translucent rich deep dark ox-blood colour. Nose is attractively smooth and very masculine but quite reticent and seemingly young. The palate masks the alcohol well but this vintage is all about muscularity and structure and is still a work in progress......I drank mine from a Bordeaux glass, which helped a lot. It was a bit too late in the night to score this.

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Red

1962 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 85 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Base neck fill. Transparent but rich , bright and fresh looking crimson-ruby colour. Nose is earthy, then damp earth, rustic but very clean. Palate is fresh but slightly cola-ish. Rather pallid on the finish and in length/resonance. The nose is 91 but the palate is 84....... 85.

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Red

1970 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 92 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): High shoulder fill. Totally transparent but still a lovely bright light ruby colout. Nose is captivating - sweet, light, fragrant rose and raspberry. Palate is wow......wonderful structure, graceful tannins, rich but light in body yet somehow with real power. The finish is mouth coating and with a super resonance and revererance that is impressively long. Almost as good on the night as the 1973 Cheval Blanc. Brilliant.

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Red

1976 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 91 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): High neck fill. Lovely jewelled, bright translucent ruby colour. Nose is slightly old faded velvet furniture, fully mature, autumnal plums.....but early autumn. Palate is beautifully elegant and well-defined, classic Pauillac pencil shavings and pencil lead. It still has very good structured tannins. Some length.

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Red

1976 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 88 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): High shoulder fill. Bright transparent dark ruby jewel colour. Nose is much richer and plusher than the 1976 Pichon Baron drank alongside it. Some musk in a pleasant way. Palate is all smoothed out and with plummy tertiary character and started to seem flattened out and well past its prime but then some enjoyable belly-filling fruit emerged - like a Lynch Bages - and it became more secondary. Not as much power or length as you might expect.....actually, a rather tired but interesting bottle.

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Red

1973 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 95 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Low neck fill. Totally transparent but with a very harmonious and consistent light ruby colour.....it looks jeweled and fresh still. Nose is lovely - seductive, rich, dried herbs still hanging on the bush on a sun-baked dry earth hillside with a few drops of misty rain. I can't stop sniffing this. Palate is light but gorgeously poised, good acidity balanced perfectly by light red fruits of raspberry and redcurrant. Gosh, I'm having a silence attack. Lightly, femininely resonant and reverberant. Absolutely brilliant....wow....wow...clearly a perfect bottle.

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Red

1968 Penfolds Grange

South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: flawed

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Dense, dusky purple-brick dust red in colour. Nose is slightly oxidised Oloroso sherry that sadly didn't blow off. Palate is sweet, very rich but has a cognac and overly candied boiled sweet element that lacks the usually multidimensionality of an old Grange. Black coal and rather stale molasses. Rather harsh and hot finish. Heady and resonant but clearly an imperfectly kept bottle. Too disappointed to score it but interesting to have drank it. Apparently, another bottle from the same collection opened two days ago was much better. Damn.

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Red

1979 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 88 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Lovely jeweled translucent ruby-claret purple-ish colour. Nose is deep bass organ notes, resonant but surprisingly restrained - you have to chase after it. Palate is absolutely gorgeous on entry, very harmonious, definitely Pauillac with cedar, pencil shavings, graphite and dry fresh-sawn plank wood together with black cherry fruit but with the cherry stones still in them. Unfortunately too tannic to be really enjoyable. Not much length or resonance.

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Red

1949 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: flawed

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Bottom shoulder fill. Plum-amber in colour and with distinct signs of separation. Tired nose of old rubber inner tubes. Palate is verly acidic and with very sharp plum stone......like unpleasant cherry medicinal pastilles. Not nice.

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Red

1933 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: flawed

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Mid shoulder fill. Still a rich opaque crimson colour but discernable signs of separation. Nose is attractive briar fruit and blackberry jam. Unfortunately the palate is dead on arrival, very tannic and like eating a cigar the day after it had been stubbed out.

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Red

1968 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 92 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Light, totally transparent, amber-crimson-sepia hue. Nose is gorgeous: light and fleeting like a water-based perfume, some pencil lead and pencil shavings, tons of fruit still - like confit raspberry. No sign of oxidisation or mustiness. Palate still has a lot of acidic life together with a lightly dusted attic and an old aunt who smells of talcum powder. Lightly resonant but still definitely resonant. For me, a perfect old wine on the nose and impressive for such an unremarkable year. However, this did drop off quite quickly in the glass.

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White

2000 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone Likes this wine: 90 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Nice lightly bronzed gold colour. Smoky and burnt rubber nose with some hints of butterscotch followed by that lovely smell of new tennis balls. Palate is beautiful rounded burnt rubber, charred oak barrels and those tennis balls again with warm thick butter on the back end then rich butterscotch on the finish. Good balance of medium acidity. Got better with more time in the glass and some warming but remained a bit disappointing in length or resonance.

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White

1990 Marquis de Laguiche (Joseph Drouhin) Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot

Chardonnay more

6/4/2015 - Goldstone wrote: 94 points

Old Bordeaux Dinner (Hong Kong Country Club, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Daerker brass-gold colour but still very fresh-jeweled and bright in the glass....no-one could guess it was 25 years old. Nose is subtle and multi-layered: deep bass notes then seashells, ozone, melted butter, rounded pebbles in a saltwater stream. Palate is gorgeously deep and unctuous, perfectly harmonised and all round edges like the pebbles from the nose but with an added element of slightly carmelised butter. Grows and expands in the head on the finish - it positively billows. Serious length and resonance....deep and growling. It's that rounded pebble thing you remember the most, though.

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