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Red

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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Red

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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Red

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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Red

2005 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

5/16/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

I like Dominique's wines and this was no exception. Bordering gevrey and chambolle, this seemed like it had more of the latter. Beautiful cinnamon, black and red fruit nose with earth tones and just a hint of cured meat. This developed even more mineral notes in the glass and ultimately was a smooth, suave burgundy with splendid length in the mouth. Finish lasts for ages. Universally loved. Though he used a lot of new oak, I never find these wines overtly oaky. Early maturity now; 94 at the moment with room for improvement.

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Red

1996 Vieux Château Certan

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

At la casa del sol. Early maturity now but still showing beautifully; plummy cedar with earth and violet notes. Plush and powdery on the nose, supple on the palate. Excellent pomerol; 94 now with room for improvement.

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Red

2011 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Syrah more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

At Bistro(y) les Papilles. When this first hit the decanter, it was simply a bunch of constituent parts. Bright strawberry, raspberry, flint/mineral, smoke, meat. But with an hour of air, the gaps between these discrete elements vanished and not only did it end with finer seams, it got prune and some more dark fruit also. A few years yet.

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1999 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

At Pavillon Ledoyen. Stunning how young this wine is showing at 16 years old, but from the other notes here it looks like this is the rule rather than the exception. Edging into early maturity, this has got a beautiful Volnay nose of raspberry, mineral, and floral perfume. The really interesting part of this is that when you take a deep whiff, it's almost as though there's an early/mid/late nose. So plush and seamless on the palate with a long, long finish. Just excellent. Looking forward to re-visiting this over the coming years but wouldn't bother checking in again for another 5 or so - very good and very slowly evolving.

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Red

1989 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 89 points

Disappointing experience with David Ridgway. We were set up for a great experience at La Tour d'Argent. The window seat where Elizabeth and Philip sat before the coronation, a tour of the cellar arranged. I explained what I wanted to David Ridgway; a great Burgundian Classic - the 01 roumier bonnes mares, 01 rousseau CSJ, or 93 vogue musigny. But he suggested we go back to 1989, a vintage I've never been lucky with... but when you're in that situation with a guy like Ridgway, why not take his advice.

And then I spent the next 3.5 hours trying to aerate the wine or dupe myself into believing that the wine in the glass legitimately tasted better than a declining middle of the road premier cru. When I had asked him how these wines are showing (before ordering), he described expressive, classic, mature burgundy. But when the bottle came and was so mediocre (certainly not as described) he back pedaled and said that was how he expected it to show (I did not point out the discrepancy). he said "hmm, it's austere and a bit monolithic." I mentioned that I had had better bonnes mares (and ones Far more typical) and he met that with a number of stories involving Christophe missing his own wines in blind tastings etc etc. but the problem was that I told him what I wanted and when we got a really mediocre bottle (and it seems there are excellent bottles of 89 roumier BM out there), he just fobbed it off as if that were the stuff that makes burgundy famous. I call foul (or fowl given La Tour d'Argent?). Worshipping the label? Trying to save face? Doesn't matter. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth and if don't think I'm likely to repeat the experience. Luckily I had yesterday's haut brion to look back on fondly ;)

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White

1999 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 97 points

This is just coming into maturity and what a joy to linger over this at Le Taillevent. This evolved from a nutty, rich wine into so much more. After half an hour in the glass it had burst free; still hazelnuts and smoke, but then an array of minerals, stone fruits, flowers carried by a rich, assertive - yet sleek - frame. Wow; I bet I would have had a hard time getting a bead on this a few years ago but today (and with air) this was simply the best white wine I have ever drunk.

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Red

1998 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 97 points

Voici le roi. Such a winning bouquet as this comes out of its adolescence. Delivers all of the pessac hallmarks but with such an aristocratic flair. Black cherries, pipe tobacco, terra cotta - you know how it goes. Complex, suave, complete, and very, very long on the palate.

We had this by the glass at Le Taillevent (coravin from fresh bottle) and the sommelier was, let's say, amicable. Ah, Monsieur enjoys Haut Brion? (Pour gets larger) and Monsieur has visited the chateau (pour gets larger). The 1989 is one of your favorites (very large glass of haut brion now) - well, enjoy the 1998. And I did.

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Red

1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 95 points

A victim of it's own success, I think - backwards and still reticent probably because it has been so well kept (the fill is up to the foil). Opens over 4 hours to show beautiful powdery black currant, cedar, violets, and with more air, pure white flowers. Very much like a younger version of the 89 with not only the aromatic profile but the silky smooth texture and perfect balance. I think Clive Coates wrote about this wine, "O joy to come!" - how I agree. Needs 5 years at least from a bottle like this.

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Red

2010 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

This is nuits st georges. Wonderful. Limpid color, maturing (375). Nose of black and red fruits, fur, earth, bramble, mineral. Rustic and suave in the same breath. Just poking into it's window in half, this will no doubt improve and improve. Le Villaret, Paris.

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Red

1999 Château Langoa Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/29/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Ah, an Englishman's claret! Lovely. Wonderful classic. This is one for the traditionalists; not a lot of fat or alcohol - just lovely, lithe claret. Black and red fruits, cedar, a little sous-bois and smoke. Loved it. When it's in the right window, Langoa is such a satisfying drink. The same goes for Leoville, of course, and any cellar is best with both.

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Red

2010 Echo de Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/29/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 87 points

You are now entering Naba Cab territory. It seems more a New World imitation of Pauillac than the real thing with its blowsy alcohol (13.5). It's ripe - not quite over-ripe - and a lot of the flavors are right, but it's just too large and hot for its own good. Oaky blackcurrant with less dominant smoke, chocolate, and cedar notes. If you just dialed the alcohol down, you'd have a nice wine here. Alas. The 2003 Grand Vin was much more masterfully handled.

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Red

1998 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

This took about 45 minutes to come together in the decanter but it's not hit peak maturity yet. Loads of berries - black, blue, red. Cedar, mocha, that Ducru wet mineral/iodine note. Eventually a touch of pencil. The nose was bound together seamlessly, but that's just Ducru. A tough, tannic mouthfeel and finish.

I've been looking forward to this; it's the only Ducru from the 1994-1999 period I didn't have a note on. We'll see in a few years, but for now the 99 has the definitive edge. Perhaps slightly superior to the 94 (which is very good for the year), inferior to the sublime 96, and a big question mark compared to the reticent 95.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château de Malle

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

From half, this has really become quite dark. Apricot, orange zest, caramel nose. Well built on the palate. Really quite good - scratches the itch for Sauternes after a 52 Mouton Rothschild and a 64 Pichon Lalande (and a good value to boot). No complaints here... other than the absence of any Roquefort.

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Red

1964 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: NR

Mid/high shoulder fill with a cork that, despite its saturation, has actually done its job fairly well over the past 51 years! A light, limpid color. At first, this was very meaty and smoky - not in an appealing way. But over half an hour in the decanter, this actually trimmed itself down and became elegant enough. Star anise, cedar, rosewater, sous-bois. It's dealing with some volatile acidity. Sure, this is at the end of its life - but it's interesting to see the most evolved picture of Pichon Lalande. Not bad for a 64, either. I wonder when they picked. The rain started Sept 27th. PL's neighbor, Latour, picked on the 26th. The best part of this wine was hearing stories about what life was like for my dad and Shep in 1964.

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Red

1952 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/25/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Not to speak ill of the wine, but the most beautiful part of this may well be Leonor Fini's label. This is my second favorite Mouton label behind the Chagall label (and maybe the Delveaux, too). The fill on this was immediately below the neck; the cork was flush with about 6-7mm left to go! A remarkable cork. And the wine... I think if you really want to know a chateau, you've got to taste the wines at all points in their evolution. And this satisfied that - this is the oldest Mouton I've drunk and it is on its last legs (from 375). We drank this over about an hour and a half but it was best within the first 30 or so minutes. I like old wines and the trails they go down. Though this has held up better than some of the 66s, it's mostly patina now; a whiff of dried raspberry, furniture polish (the final destination for oak), sous-bois on the attack, eventually picking up orange peel. An important experience but clearly the wine has seen better days. So if you can find a REALLY large format - I'm talking double mag or bigger - this might have some substantial life left. I got to share this with my father, who was in kindergarten in 1952, and his best friend - the two guys who got me into wine in the first place. A gift.

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Red

1988 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

More substantial than you might expect from most 88s at this stage. Though it won't get any better (or hold much longer), it's still got that plummy, muddy Cos quality that keeps things interesting.

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Red

1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 98 points

Hello again old friend. Unlike the 90 Palmer, this was a little more fickle. But when it was on, it was really on. About 3 hours into the decant, a seamlessly integrated nose of currant, violets, lavendar, cedar, cinnamon, and Indian spices. Wonderful.

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Red

1990 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 98 points

An outlier? A charmed bottle? Perhaps, but mine regardless! A special bottle opened with the wine club. Right out of the gate this had the elegance of 90 Margaux and the punch of 90 Montrose. With 3 hours in the decanter, an absolutely gorgeous nose of plums, violets, white flowers, mineral, leather, cedar, and cigar - complete Bordeaux. The only thing separating this from the 82 Lalande was the fact that you could see the seams here. This was open and ebullient throughout the night.

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Red

1995 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 90 points

A great vintage of Pichon Lalande should delight - the poorer vintages give you a lithe, leathery, cedar sort of wine that's competent enough on its own - but the great ones deliver that perfect integration, elegance, and violet floral burst that keeps you coming back. And in that regard, this is just another wine in a long parade of disappointing 1995s. Somehow a year that still manages to garner high prices, it produced wines that were really backward and charmless. I don't think they'll ever really come around but if there's one that will, it's Pichon Lalande. So there's always hope. Give it another 5 years and see if you've got it, but don't go out of your way to get them if you haven't any... Decanted and followed for 4 hours.

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Red

1986 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Actually rallied with a bit of air; maybe I underestimated Beychevelle a hair? Still, the weakest (non-flawed) 86 I've drunk and I love the vintage. Decanted and drank over about 2 hours, started out with more leather, cedar, cigar, and loam than fruit. Luckily it fattened up and more fruit came out with about an hour of air. Decant it a while but don't cellar it any longer. Enjoyable but overpriced at 125.

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Red

1999 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges

Pinot Noir more

4/18/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Wow this is so young. A subtle nose with a wide spectrum of notes, not yet intense - dark fruit, leather, cinnamon, liquorice, a touch horsey. Complex, wonderful - but then it shut right down after about half an hour of air. This will take years yet.

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