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Red

2005 Clos Margalaine

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/2/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 88 points

Nice healthy very dark ruby. Closed on the nose with just light dandelion and dark chocolate. Heavily oaked. Light palate of blackberry, anise, some peach, cherry pits, minerals, black olive tapenade, dark chocolate, caramel and Bazooka bubble gum. Needs 3-4 hours decant to lose the tannic edge. Still a bit too tart even with air.

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2005 Château D'Aiguilhe

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 92 points

I drank about 5 cases of the 2nd wine Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe years ago, and now I just cracked open my first case of the first wine with 10 years age. Nose of trufflees, menthol, coffee, chocolate, white pepper. Very new world, thick, pulpous taste profile of dark berries, espresso coffee, granite, dark cherry, Kirschwasser, chocolate. Holding up well after a decade, whereas the 2nd wine would most likely be dead by now. Remains stylistically consistent with Count Neipperg's more expensive BDX offerings, and even has a note of the Mondotte in it. I will not labor the point that this is an excellent BDX value. It has incredible substance and power for such an inexpensive wine, but without the finish and depth of the more expensive wines of the same winemaking team.

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2012 Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet

Chardonnay more

4/10/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 93 points

Very clean nose of mixed florals, crushed gravel, pear, liquorice, almond skins, fresh birch leaves. Elegant palate of pear, lime, celery, some tangerine, camomile, the typical Ramonet mint, caramel, with a broad mineral content providing a nice base. Good length, smooth, with a slight green note. This builds up in intensity nicely with aeration at slightly below room temperature.

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2012 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Section 94

Marlborough more

4/8/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 93 points

Clearly at a higher level than the simple Sauvignon Blanc. Rich and complex nose of petrol, salt, peach skin, fresh cantaloupe melon, lilacs, acacia honey. Palate of yellow apples, under-ripe pineapple (green tones here), lemons, citrus maxima, quince, maracuja, some vegetal tones in the direction of green pepper. Light mouth feel, with the acid spiking into the palate mid-way. Very clean. The palate could go much further with more time in the cellar, but the nose is worth experiencing at this stage. This mixture of aromas is very seldom to experience.

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2014 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

4/8/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 90 points

At last, a NZ Sauvignon Blanc that is not perfumed. Sometimes I wonder if the commercial NZ wine companies are making SB wines for tasting in a Creed boutique. This little Dog Point dishes up a refreshing serving of grass, lemon grass, pink grapefruit, balsam pear, lime and maracuja. High acidity, and paradoxically both juicy and sharp. Probably the best quality low-cost NZ SB for connoisseurs of the SB grape. As more a winemaker's wine, it offers a more distinctive and refined complexity than Cloudy Bay, Kim Crawford, Nobilo Icon, Claire, etc. For a simple wine, I really like this.

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2005 Château Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/5/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 94 points

I went very long on Clinet 2005 (I was a Noob then and blindly followed the pundits), so I was naturally alarmed when, opening this first bottle in 2015, it poured ruby (not black, not dark purple), and did not seem true to the nature of the 2005 vintage nor the Right Bank in that vintage (black, thick, massive). Not at all a tannic monster/bruiser like La Gaffeliere or Pavie 2005, this wine has a closed nose of fresh floral incense, spray paint fumes and freshly dry-cleaned shirts. The palate shifts and is very hard to pinpoint, but there is good bit of coffee, bay leaf, crunchy blackberry, some cherry (not alot), forest raspberry, and some creme brûlée. The palate is much lighter and more graceful than many other Right Bank 2005s, you can almost feel the "feet" of the wine springing from your tongue after a few seconds. At 13.5% alcohol, this is much less Dionysian and more Apollonian, which I like. I am almost tempted to proclaim, against the pundits, that Clinet failed the 2005 vintage, but still produced an exceptionally beautiful wine, which lovers of Burgundy will love. It is the Chambollle Musigny of Pomerol in 2005. I do not regret my two cases. Ready to drink now, but a little tannin still needs resolution.

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2005 Château Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/23/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 88 points

The meme for this wine is "tight and light." It is as if you have a winemaker with Grand Cru ambition (lots of tannic structure) working on a budget with Cru Bourgeois grapes (relatively thin, austere fruit). For all its rave review from the wine press during the early barrel tastings, one would have been happier if this wine were sweeter, more up-front and accessible. As it is, I am prone to think the fruit (fading blackberry and black cherry) will disappear long before the tannins.

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/20/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 94 points

Very dark ruby. Nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, graphite, cedar. Full-bodied, almost port-like palate of plum, blackberry, cassis, graphite, and (the exotic note, as always) tangerine (not banana like with the 2001). Tannins are structured heavily alongside a very vibrant and lively acidity, which gives the wine balance. Not my favourite style of PC, but no doubt impressive and worth following.

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Red

2009 Hauts de Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/6/2015 - slaughterer wrote: 93 points

Followed another bottle over 30 hours. This wine is a chameleon with a fascinating development, mocking my earlier attempts to describe it in a uniform description. The key element I am noticing now is metamorphic. First phase is tannic and tight, with typical Pauillac flavours of blackberry, cassis, a little raspberry, and some herbs, bay leaf, etc. Over 24 hours, the angularity smooths over and you get a 2009-esque creamy presentation of cherries, cola and spices. At 30+ hours the wine settles into this coffee and milk chocolate space with an aroma of violets.

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2005 Pétrus

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/18/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 96 points

Very tight and excruciatingly tannic. Full-bodied, with notes of vanilla, cedar, mulberry, black cherries, liquorice, coffee, and chocolate. Needs another 5 years at least.

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2008 Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne-Romanée Champs Perdrix Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

12/5/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 91 points

Have worked through 4 bottles of a half case by now, I have refrained from writing a TN as I was puzzled by the showing of the first 3 bottles, asking myself if Christophe really understands Vosnee. There is certainly alot of sulphur upon opening, which never really recedes fully, and a high acid level. Very firm wine, unlike P-M Chambolle Musignys, not as sensual and seductive. Plenty of allspice, clove, baking powder, juicy black liquorice, and pepper. If there is fruit, it is black cherry with pits putting in a showing between the teeth. Cold, slippery, slimy stone whisking the mid-palate into a nice, long, even symphonic ending. Not a forthcoming wine, but certainly provocative in a withdrawn, self-effacing, genteel manner. Gains length on top of protein. Can inspire alot of profound meditation, in a sort of melancholy direction.

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2005 Château La Croix St. Georges

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/7/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 95 points

Black fading to crimson on the edges with visible particles of extract floating at all levels. Deep nose of leather, pepper, vanilla, dung and clay. Wine starts with a sharp taste of Mon Cheri, whiskey barrel, and black liquorice. As it aerates, it shows riper, smoother cherries, coffee, pepper, and dark chocolate. Not enough stuffing to really fulminate and caress--there are moments when it is hanging on a string or not communicating. But this shows quite alot of ambition and a fairly good terrain, situated as it is, near the holy Petrus.

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2004 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/3/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 89 points

Very strange young showing. Bitter and closed with dark masses of tannin hitting the lower palate like a block of granite. After about 3 hours decanting, the texture loosens up and becomes more velvety. The fruit is primarily concentrated, sweet blackberry (so sweet it is almost like candy, like Pixie Stix when drawing air), bitter tea leaves, Asian spices, some blueberry, darker wood spice, tobacco, cassis. Very dry and reserved, with a somewhat hollow mid-palate that yields an unpleasant aftertaste of, again, overly sweet candied blackberry and bitter tannin. I would say this really needs 2-3 years more.

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2002 Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils Santenay

Pinot Noir more

10/25/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 91 points

From a regal magnum, well cellared. Leafy nose of birch, dried out leather and shoe polish. Palate of hickory, smoke, honey, grilled meat, chestnuts, and dried out red berries. Great for a grill party, but will be overpowered by whatever from the grill you throw at it. Tannins still lashing out after 12 years--what a bruiser of a small wine. Throwing up a depot that looks like salted human flesh. For advanced Burg drinkers.

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2009 Hauts de Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/19/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 93 points

This has dimmed over the last few years. Getting rubber, acacia, raspberry coulis bay leaves and liquorice on the nose. Silky palate yields liquorice, raspberry, blackberry, and a nice medley of Asian spice. Fairly long,tannins civilised, nice gastro wine, but makes me speculate the 1st wine is not in a good space in its development right now. Still lovely, but not up to the level of the PC 1sts from 2001-2008.

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2008 Charles Smith King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard

Columbia Valley Red Blend more

10/4/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 94 points

Early palate of coco, milk chocolate and butterscotch. After a little air, this develops into chalk, burnt-leave smoke, black tea, liquorice, raspberry, clove, anise, meat, and clay. Very elegant entry for a Walla Walla cuvee, but perplexing length which goes deep into the cthonic chalky earth. Like many of the Charles Smith high-end wines, this is demonic and possessed, getting you well into the heavy metal mind space by mid-bottle (more Led Zep than ACDC). I reject all comparisons to Cayuse and Reynevaan--this is inferior to both, but still worth a cruise. It is like you are 16 again and diving into a quarry with rusty tractors puncturing the water surface, and maybe you will get impaled while your buddies are toking, but the boom box is playing "The Ocean", and that frizzy-haired girl with the bikini top is waiting on the yellow blanket for you if you do not die. We have all been there, right?

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2006 Jean-Claude Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin Le Creot

Pinot Noir more

7/4/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 93 points

Red fruit (mostly raspberries) over an earthy base of wet leaves and some smoky notes probably from stems being used. Tannins lightly clinging throughout to the high-quality red fruit, accompanying and modifying the notes of the fruit throughout. Very satisfying and mellow and personable. Like a Chambolle Musigny in some regards.

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2009 Saintayme

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/1/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 90 points

Bottle #7 now. Recently finished the 2008, and had a 2009 quickly thereafter. The difference in style is pretty remarkable. The 2008 is a relatively simple taste of spicy plums and some soil. The 2009 is much more complex and hedonistic: clover, clay and smoke in the nose. Coffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, holunder, liquorice in the palate--like before. The 2008 is in the style of so many traditional Saint Eimilion GCs (Brun, etc.), but the 2009 is as flashy as a garage wine (Valandraud, etc.).

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2005 Château Boyd-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/31/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 92 points

From the top shelf of my very good passive cellar #1b. From a somewhat unpleasant, meaty, compact monotone youth, this wine is entering into a very nice phase. Fresh odors of young dandelions and sea breeze. Juicy palate of fresh young cherries, cranberries, blood orange, lilies, shortbread, thyme and liquorice. The luscious fruit spreads wide on top of the palate until the tannins pull downward on a long, meditative decay. Very feminine, lithe, very sinuous and profound. Attests to the success of Margaux in 2005.
Addendum: I am subtracting 2 points from my initial "94" rating as this wine loses complexity very quickly with air, settling into a flat combination of caramel, light red berry, and soil. My recommendation is to not decant it, and drink it within the first 2 hours of opening.

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2005 Planeta Sicilia Santa Cecilia

Nero d'Avola more

5/11/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 90 points

When I was in Sicily years ago I had some impressive experiences drinking inexpensive Nero d'Avola that had been aged properly for 8-12 years. When I got back, I thought I would try the experiment myself: age a few bottles of inexpensive Nero d'Avola to see how they develop. Planeta is well known for a clean, modern, heavily oaked Nero d'Avola, which in its youth can be unpleasant. Here I am drinking a Santa Cecilia with 8 years of age and enjoying its rounder, mellower development. The biting tannins have disappeared, and what we have is a almost medicinally sweet presentation of dried red berries (mostly candied cranberries, but also raspberries and bing cherry), with some bitter liquorice, smoke and spicy plum. By no means profound, but definitely a worthwhile experiment.

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2012 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Rully Les Cailloux

Chardonnay more

5/9/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 89 points

Nose of mineral, butter, ripe yellow apple, hint of smoke, citrus. Tart palate with all of these flavours plus a little camomile and quartz. Fairly long, complex and substantial for such a low-level wine, with rapid evolution for 20-30 seconds on the palate. More acidic than previous vintages I have tried, can hold its own with a variety of heavier dishes. Again, this represents value for money in a region not known for that.

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2008 Château Hosanna

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 93 points

Quick note. Sweet, spicy plum; milk chocolate; vanilla; caramelised raspberry; meat; smokey whisky barrel, floral components. A very classic Pomerol, but then what are these candy apple and bubblegum flavours creeping in towards the end?

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2007 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/13/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 95 points

Palate starts with a burst of fresh citrus predominantly Myers lemon which quickly fades, becoming a more mellow lemon, then you get watermelon, grapefruit, passion fruit, pear, lime and woody and waxy notes which mix with the lemon giving it a very green, wet wood and waxy type flavour with the lemon still there, then the flavour dries down and has this chamomile flavour mixed with a clean, salty, mossy flavour which is quite unique. It tastes like you are drinking chamomile tea on the beach with a bunch of lemon juice on your skin and a candle burning nearby. Then this fades and you are left with a woody musky base with subtle lime in the background. This is very well put together and has good length and power, and shows promising potential for the future.

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2007 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/8/2014 - slaughterer wrote: 96 points

Smells like Kerastase "Bain de Force" shampoo crossed with rotting eucalyptus. Upon first opening, tastes like coco milk. With a short decant, lush red cherries, anise, unripe green cardamon, fennel, liquorice and waxy leaves come out to play. Tannins are like vetiver, with a somewhat soapy finish. Drink starting now.

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2009 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

4/5/2014 - slaughterer Likes this wine: 97 points

A theatrical and provocative Chambolle Musigny as grandiose and elegant as a John Galliano Dior Haut couture outfit. Explosive, vibrant aromas of blueberry, cassis, blackberry, minerals, white pepper, musk, Church incense and thyme, that, despite the ripeness, float effortlessless and airily and playfully from the glass. Nuance after nuance reveal themselves on the palate, as roasted meat and orchid-like flower flavours add themselves to the blue and blackberries. Very impressive length underlayered with a thick layer of minerals and ridden throughout by fine-grained tannins. Lots of inner strength, seductive sweetness, very refreshing and racy, very very beautiful and floral and elegant on the palate. Probably the best young Chambolle Musigny I have ever tasted.

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