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2004 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà

Nebbiolo more

7/26/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Without a decant (restaurant) this showed a beautiful nose of fleshy red fruit and rosewater, leather, Barbaresco spice, and earth. Not the strongest on the palate or the longest, but balanced and typical. It had been a while since my last Barbaresco and this scratched the itch. Good to go right out of the gate.

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1982 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

A great 82? Not by a stretch - but if you're craving a mature, classic Leftie, it scratches the itch. Which is exactly what it did tonight. After a couple very nice Suchots, I was craving Bordeaux so I pulled this and it essentially did what I thought it would - no more, no less. Well, maybe a little less. But regardless, it delivered the classic capsicum, sandalwood, smoke notes one would expect from SM. The fruit here is a bit on the decline suggesting that it needs to be drunk soon. 91-2.

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2007 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Pinot Noir more

7/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

After about half an hour in the decanter, this showed really well and kept it up for several hours afterwards. The powdery, Vosne spice, floral, raspberry, vanilla Suchots nose that I like very much. Not the most assertive, but ready - that's the vintage - and balanced to the end. Enjoyed but wouldn't buy again for the money.

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2009 Jérôme Chezeaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Pinot Noir more

7/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Certainly enjoyed this; raspberry and Vosne spice with real fat - though with good cut, too. Still lots of oak. With time the alcohol showed, though. True to its vintage. Came in and out a bit over the evening but with a decant, these are drinking now.

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White

2009 Verget Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

7/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Really lovely, classic Chablis. Mineral, chalky stone fruit with smoke and a bit of a floral profile with air. Svelte build. Loved it for its depth and classicism. Thanks Phil.

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1998 Château La Tour Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

This has some of the notes out of the Graves copybook but not the ephemeral sophistication of top Pessac. Smoke, oak, dark cherry and raspberry. A touch heavy on the palate; slightly unwieldy and clumsy due to its size. Could use more acidity. Not much upside here.

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1986 Château Rausan-Ségla

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/12/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 95 points

Oh sweet, sweet Claret. This is as close to religion as I get. I've been drinking a lot of Burgundy lately; what a homecoming this was. Unfolding layers of classic cassis, plum, flowers, leather, cedar. Substantial, satisfying, and long; I love these 86 Medocs.

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2006 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots

Pinot Noir more

7/10/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Compared this from the Riedel vinum, sommelier, and Zalto. Best from the sommelier; Vosne spice, stemmy raspberry and blackberry, a hint of musk and smoke. The Vinum was similar but with less grandeur and the Zalto pulled apart the component parts (highlighting mineral and red fruit) but by virtue of doing so didn't manage to convey the excellent and cohesive whole picture. Interesting tasting windows here (2012-2019) because I think this is just coming into maturity.

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2005 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

6/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

This took hours to open up and is just starting to drink. Decanted for a couple hours and then put back into the bottle to bring back to cellar temperature. At its most expressive, strawberry, dark berries, gingery oak, raw game notes. More 2005 than Chambolle in a way; more muscle than elegance here. Despite its proximity to Musigny, I'm afraid this doesn't reach too high. The QPR on this - at $175 a bottle - is terrible although I admire Bruno Clavelier's style and what he's doing here. I'm curious to look at the 2007 rendition; I bet that could really work here if the price is right.

By the way - this was very temperature sensitive. Absolutely need to treat this right and serve it at proper Burgundy temperatures; too warm and this takes on some hot garrigue notes and the 13,5% alcohol shows.

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2002 Château Montfollet

Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/21/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

Similar to last time, less biscuit flavor. Holding its own but wouldn't hang onto them.

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Red

2009 Sineann Pinot Noir Schindler

Willamette Valley more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

I liked this - more New Worldish in disposition than the wines I choose myself but coming from Williamette it wasn't overblown. An interesting wine to compare to the Mugneret-Gibourg. Coolish climate tasting wine, the 13.8% alcohol noticeable but not obtrusive. Riper tasting than the Mugneret though I preferred that wine.

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White

2009 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Baudines

Chardonnay more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Plump and rumbustious with air. Fleshy white and yellow fruit, pastry cream and lemon. Delicious; perfect with fruit tart. This is starting to come around.

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2006 Domaine Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Pinot Noir more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Super. Young wine still, just starting to come around - ideally needs a few more years. Plush, powdery dark cherry, mineral earth, faintly animale, touch of blue floral notes. Beautifully integrated and polished; I think this is probably the most well-mannered Nuits St Georges I've ever had.

This was also the subject of an experiment; the Zalto Burgundy glass vs the Riedel Vinum Burgundy. The Zalto was the clear winner. In the Riedel, this was tight and coquettish... but not in the Zalto where the wine was opened up with the details on its constituent parts easily seen.

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Red

1989 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/9/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: NR

I keep looking for a mature Leoville Las Cases that's drinking well. I keep looking... and looking... and looking. The 1970 a few years back was not aging terribly well. The 99 from half bottle in early adolescence was drinking pretty well but I don't think it offers the top potential of Las Cases. The 2003 was open but was such a horrific wine I wish it weren't. But my 1982, 1985, 1986, 1995, and now 1989 have all been locked tight!

From the other cellartracker notes, it looks like some of these 89s are drinking. But this one kept poking its head up before retreating into its shell, offering something slightly different each time. A classy, aristocratic nose smelling faintly of blackcurrant and sandalwood - from time to time, it also showed floral notes, minerals, or smoke. Bottles from this case could be great with a few years - read Rupert's note for a preview!

Anyway, I give up. I'll plan on swinging back to re-visit LLC of the 80s in another 5 or 10 years; if one thing is for sure, it's that they're not going anywhere.

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Red

1995 Domaine Prieuré Roch Vosne-Romanée Le Clos Goillotte

Pinot Noir more

6/7/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 96 points

I had heard that Clos Goillotte boasts a nose which outstrips the palate and although that was true here, what a nose it is! When the cork was first pulled, this had a pure and complex Vosne nose of red fruits, Vosne spice (with a little of Chambolle cinnamon), sous-bois/autumn leaf, game, a touch of geranium. Coming back to the glass half an hour, it was as if someone turned the volume up - a blast of Vosne spice surging from the glass. This waxed and waned a bit over the next couple of hours but at its best offered what seemed like a Grand Cru nose. Simpler on the palate with a lot of the same constituent notes, smokier with time. The tannins are entirely resolved here and this is certainly in its twilight years - but a fascinating and really gratifying experience.

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White

2011 Hubert Veneau Pouilly-Fumé

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: This was very Pouilly Fume. Smoke, gunpowder, stone fruits, lemon-lime accents. A ripe and full wine with good length. Very much enjoyed.

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White

2010 de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 89 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: The biggest problem with this wine - and it is not necessarily a small one - is that it tastes more of Pouilly Fuisse than Pouilly Fume! Quite honeyed; peach. Round and polished but one-dimensional. Ultimately I'm not that taken.

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White

2013 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Bonnes Bouches

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: Beautiful in its way; lots of melon. Honeysuckle, citrus. Fresh, beautifully bracing acidity. Very sauvignon blanc; unlike the Boulay this was on the high fruit and low mineral end of the spectrum. Drinking well.

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White

2013 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: This is on the mineral, fine-boned end of the Sancerre spectrum. The most striking aspects of the wine are its salinity and stone. Some of the classic grass is there and those little white French stone fruits - I don't recall the name but I've drunk the liqueur a couple times in Alsace and at the Taillevent. I like the personality here; there's a lot of nervosity - it's not laid back. Still a little young, may get better.

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2007 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Haut Bailly always seems to get low scores when it's drunk young and that's fine by me because I like it and it's one of those Graves that simply never got expensive. From 375 this still isn't quite mature but it's getting there and with an hour of air, shows expressive dark cherry, creosote (more than pipe tobacco at this stage), mineral, and loamy earth. It's light on its feet; I like that. I don't like ponderous, over-oaked Graves (I'm talking to you, Magrez-era Pape Clement). This is still 5 years away from maturity in full bottle and I think it'll pick up some nice added complexity with age.

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2003 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: NR

Disgustingly cooked - surely exposed to high heat at some point in its life. A shame since I have had so many good experiences with Hart Davis Hart.

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2005 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

Pinot Noir more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Open, mature, resolved with a classic, spicy Vosne nose. Unfortunately this had a bit of cardboard so I wondered if it was corked. But the note didn't grow with more air so I'm not sure. It did seem more advanced than I would expect from an 05. Regardless, it was very good on the nose; the palate was a bit roughly-hewn which knocked it down a peg. 92-93.

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Red

2002 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

Maybe it's a freak bottle or maybe I just love Haut Bailly. The cherry pipe tobacco, stone nose is like Haut Brion in miniature. Well balanced on the palate. The only thing is that the oak hasn't fully resolved yet and in a few years, this will really be sitting in a nice place.

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2001 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Beautiful Pessac; gravel, smoke, dark berries, flint - grew brettier in the glass which was just strong enough to detract rather than add. Medium build; has opened out, loose-knit. I'm sure other bottles are better; I still enjoyed this very much.

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2007 Bouchard Père et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

Pinot Noir more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

This is JUST inching into maturity; it's still a few years too young to get a definitive bead on. That said, it's got great potential. Tart cherry nose, roses, soil; just starting to cultivate Vosne spice. Well balanced. Would wait 2-3 years longer at the minimum.

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