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2005 Château D'Aiguilhe

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
CS 80%, CF 20%. This property is owned by Stephan von Neipperg of Canon-la-Gaffelière. A deep, dense colour to this wine, although it is quite bright and vibrant. Rather plush, plump nose, welcoming, although there is a trace of rubber along with it. Rather brutal on the palate though; this has been pushed too far. Grating and clearly over-extracted, the palate dominated by a sledgehammer of hard tannins. No, thank you. (12.5-13.) points
Red

1996 Château d'Angludet

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very deep and richly coloured core, almost opaque in fact. There is a flourish of primary fruit on the nose at first, then smoky, coffee ground elements. Medium body, with plenty of structure showing. Ripe, grainy, pervasive tannin, and decent acidity, just a little subdued if anything. Grippy finish. A bit short, perhaps. Certainly no rush to drink up here though. This has a classic, old school, left bank style which needs more time in the cellar. 16.5+ points
Red

1998 Domaine Lucien Barrot et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A good, mature yet still quite deep colour here. The nose offers beefy, confit cherry character and notes of burnt, twiggy garrigue which are appealing, but the aromas hardly burst forth from the glass, and there is a hot edge to it all. A big, full texture, building through the midpalate, with a creamy extract. But there is also an alcohol-driven edge to the picture, reflecting that hot element sensed on the nose. Nevertheless there are good, masculine tannins which reach a crescendo on the finish. Good drinking; it is hard to predict whether this will improve in the cellar, as it may have the potential, or just fall apart. Time will tell. 16.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Domaine de Barroubio Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very pale golden hue, and a very expressive nose, musky and aromatic, with sweet and grapey notes of tangerines and flowers. Rich and characterful on the palate, full of organic blossom and fruit, quite a big, grippy style, and yet nicely balanced too, with nice notes of freshness. A prime example of fortified Muscat. Very good indeed. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1990 Château Bellerive Quarts de Chaume

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
The third bottle from this case, and this one shows a gorgeously rich and deep (and consistent) golden hue. The nose is beautifully expressive, textbook sweet Loire Valley Chenin; plenty of honey and straw character lead the way, full of the mineral elements noted in my last bottle just a few months ago, but also fleeting nuances of caramel and mint not previously recorded. Very full and rich on entry, yet very lithe and supple and demonstrating exquisite balance. Honey and quince notes, green apples and straw, and a profound mineral streak. Any doubts that this isn't a superb wine are soon put to bed by the fine length, infused with classic Chenininity. Brilliant. 19+ points
Red

2001 Domaine de Bellevue Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays des Côtes de Thongue

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A moderate depth of colour, and rather high-toned and confected on the nose, with notes of milky-creamy vanilla and mint toffee dominating over some dark roasted fruits. Lean to medium bodied on the palate, again with toffee coated bitter-berry fruits, with a chalky presence of tannin. Fairly soft acidity. quite a decent, rounded, soft mouthfeel, still with that bitter-mint-toffee character. Everyday drinking, and not for keeping. 14 points
Red

1999 Château Branaire (Duluc-Ducru)

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
This wine is showing early maturity, with meaty, macerated fruit on the nose, although it is presented in a very fresh, classic, lifted style. Again, like the 2004, this has a lean palate; the tannin is more integrated here, although it still needs to soften up before this reaches approachability. Classically moulded, appealing style, but needs 4-5 years in the cellar yet. The 2004 has the edge, I think. 16+ points
Red

2004 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A vibrant, dark hue to this wine, which shows some sweet, slightly herbal. berry fruit on the nose, with elements of tar, violets and blackberry leaf. Rather lean, reserved style on the palate, with firm tannins beneath. And firm acidity too. This presents a very classic style, with a rather subtle texture. This needs years but it will be good. 16.5+ points
Red

2005 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
This doesn't quite have the depth of intensity of colour that many other wines of this vintage demonstrate, although it is quite vibrant in the glass. Certainly it has plenty of appeal on the nose, with an aromatic, peppery, nutty, violet-tinged raspberry and blackberry fruit profile. This leads onto a palate that is elegant and balanced, infused with minerals and full of character. Behind it there is a very firm tannic backbone - which I missed on first tasting, the aromatics and fruit are so startling - pervading through to the finish. Needs to put on a little weight en barrique. Good length. This has an unusual character, paradoxically light and yet powerful, but should be fine, and is certainly a top effort from proprietor Patrick Maroteaux. (17-18) points
Red

1997 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A deep, glossy hue, showing little maturity. Burnt, smouldering, twiggy garrigue on the nose, which is rich in black cherry and berry fruit. Ripe, textured and creamy palate, with a rich seam of succulent, grainy tannins which hold a presence right through the midpalate to the end. Blackberry and blueberry fruit reflect the ripe character of the wine, lingering into the grippy finish. This still has potential in the cellar, but is just fine for current drinking. Very good indeed. 17.5+ points
Red

2005 Château de Camensac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A dense colour, but very bright, with a blue-purple rim. Ripe fruit on the nose, notes of cherries and blackberries. Gentle attack on the palate. Seems a touch lean, lacking in the weight or substance of some other wines. Good grippy tannins though, melded with some sweet fruit on the finish. Good. (15.5-16.) points
Red

1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
Quite a rich hue, with a dense colour extending right out to the rim. Good, meaty, Dundee cake notes of maturing Merlot on the nose. The palate is very strange though. It is lean, nicely textured, but has a slightly fishy character to it. More cod than odd! Surely this can not be typical? I can only hope, for those with this in their cellar, that this was an off-bottle.
Red

2004 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A densely coloured wine. Quite an unusual nose here; plummy, herbal, sweet, rather peppery. This is well rounded, soft, with rather low acidity on the palate. There are some slightly hard, charcoaly, peppery tannins. Seems a bit hot, unbalanced, and disjointed. It seems rather over-ripe and perhaps over-extracted as well, and is the worse for it. I don't like this. A real disappointment compared with the 2005. Is it showing right today?
Red

2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
M 55%, CF 35%, CS 10%. Lots of colour again here. Good fruit on the nose, with quite charismatic spicy Dundee cake Merlot character. Very full and creamy on entry, impressive, yet quite fine and balanced. The palate has a silky-supple presence, around a core of ripe, polished tannin. This round and complete wine has undeniable style. Excellent; a real and commendable success. (17.5-18.) points
Red

2004 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very dark, deeply coloured wine, still with a bright purple rim. Rather quiet on the nose, just showing some primary, nutty black fruits. Similar fruit impact on the palate, backed up by some firm tannins and an attractive acidic backbone. There is some good structure and balance here, but perhaps not the panache of a really lovely wine. But this will make very decent drinking one day, I am sure. Needs 6-8 years. 15+ points
Red

2005 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
CS 50%, M 40%, CF 5%, PV 5%. This wine has a vibrant hue, although there isn't the intensity displayed by many of the other wines. There is a spicy, meaty nose, showing attractive black fruits with a fresh, lifted style. Rather gentle on the palate, rounded, soft and approachable. This doesn't have the complex interest to be found elsewhere, and it has less depth than I would like. It's also a little short. But it will make very acceptable short-term drinking one day. (15-16) points
Red

2005 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
Never the most profound wine, the AXA team at Cantenac Brown have done a good job here. A very deep colour. Nutty, spicy black fruit nose. Straight down the line, classic style here. No frills or fanciness. Nice extract apparent on entry, moderately appealing texture, supple and ripe tannins. Nicely balanced presence on the palate. Soft, welcoming rather polished appeal. Might be a classic, good value short term drink at the right price. (16-17) points
White

2003 Caves Les Vignerons de Florensac Cassiopeia

Vin de Pays d'Oc White Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc (20%), which has a good, rich, golden hue. Really quite subtle on the nose, with floral, honeysuckle elements. Lovely weight on entry, rounded and supple, but with a crisp, precise - perhaps Sauvignon derived - acidic freshness. Little notes of honey and peach leaves. A really nice style here, which may improve in the short term. 16.5+ points
White

2004 Caves Les Vignerons de Florensac Sauvignon 'Ressac'

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A fairly pale hue, and a vibrant nose, full of grassy gooseberries and smoky green and yellow capsicums. Very appealing palate, with a nice weight and mouthfilling presence, but with a tingling, nettly-fresh acidity and a crisp balance. Full of green character with a smoky, slightly minerally element, but most of all nettles. This is really rather good, and is one for those who like the fresh, zippy style of Sauvignon. Drink now. 16 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1996 Champalou Vouvray Cuvée Moelleuse

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A pale hue, as I noted with my last tasting, over two years ago. The nose offers some fairly classic aromas, of quince and honey, offset by a firm, mineral, chalky character not noted with my last bottle. Fine presence on the palate, moderately sweet, demonstrating a light, ethereal character with some pleasingly fresh acidity. Nicely balanced, and with a good length. At first it appears as though this wine has changed little, but with some air it does begin to show a very welcome caramel and toffee character, and develops a real melting, buttery, creaminess on the endpalate. It's subtle, though. But with a few more years, and then a few more, this could be truly great. 17.5+ points
White

2004 Chapel Down Bacchus

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very pale hue. An appealing pear, lychee and apple fruit nose, just showing little nuances of perfumed talcum powder. All rather overblown on the palate, though, which shows blowsy Turkish Delight, rose petals and soapy perfume. There is a fresh, tingling acidity, but it can't cope with this tart's boudoir style. 13 points
Rosť - Sparkling

2004 Chapel Down English Rose

Kent Rosé Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very deep, smoked salmon hue. Strawberries and cream on the nose, with a twist of raspberry leaf. Vibrant acidity which is welcomed on the palate, firm and vivacious character, then settling to a creamy midpalate spiced with liquorice. This has considerable appeal, despite a short finish. 14.5 points
Red

2001 Chapel Down Pinot Noir Reserve

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A very pale lemon-gold hue, and a very vigorous bead, quite fat at first, settling down to a fine but persistent bubble. The nose offers up green apples, spiced with a very faint biscuit edge. On the palate, a very fresh character, with appealingly sour green apple peel, with a gentle but precise, lifting mousse. This is markedly better than the last sparkler I tasted under the Chapel Down label. Good. 16+ points
Red

1998 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A good appearance in the glass, showing a little maturity. Quite an appealing style on the nose, showing a rather meaty character. Full texture on entry, nicely rounded, restrained, not overblown. Still showing a considerable presence of tannin making for a quite backward impression on the palate, and the acidity is similarly present. Clean, correct finish. Needs years yet for my palate, but should be very good indeed. 16+ points
Red

2004 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
April 2006
A lovely colour here, quite vibrant and bright. Rather muted on the nose at first, but when worked hard in the glass it certainly opens out, revealing some dark, peppery black fruits with buttery overtones. Classic, restrained style on the palate, a middleweight texture, with a fine seam of tannin. Good acid structure. Ripe and nicely styled. This needs time, perhaps 4-8 years at least. 16.5+ points
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