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1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A richly coloured mahogany wine, impressive after the 1991. On the nose, complex secondary aromas of rubber and leather armchairs. There are gamy, animalistic notes, with marmite and an organic, grainy, animal-feed, yeast extract aroma. Quite full on entry, with more gamy, animal-like flavours and lovely red fruits. There are soft, integrated tannins, with perfectly correct acidity and a full, rich texture. Good balance has seen this wine through, and it finishes very well with a slightly peppery length. 18 points
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1983 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
This wine looks very different, only slightly darker than the 1981, but a much more youthful red-purple hue. Loaded with fruit on the nose, with an edge of wet pebbles and stones. Freshly ground coffee. This wine seems so young! If I didn't know this was a wine from the early 1980s I would have thought it about five years old just on the nose. The palate doesn't really alter this impression, with plenty of rich and smoky black and red fruits. It is quite tightly held together, although smooth and finely textured, with balanced acidity. Tannins show up on the midpalate and finish leading to a great length. This wine has years ahead of it. 18.5+ points
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1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Only just the palest wine of the flight, with a red-mahogany hue. Despite this, again the nose is loaded with lush, leafy fruit. There are nuances of ink, game and rubber. Nevertheless the fruit is fading from the palate, which has more gamy and leathery secondary characteristics. A nicely structured wine, with a velvety texture and correct supporting acidity. The tannins have all but disappeared, just showing a little on the finish, together with a tiny flourish of sweet fruit. Quite a length. 18 points
Red

1988 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A rich, saturated red-purple hue. This wine is also loaded with fruit. It has an elegant nose, which offers enticing wisps of violets and game, but otherwise does seem a little dumb. The palate, however, is very expressive, full of charm, with delightful, vibrant fruit and roasted herbs. This has less tannin than the 1990, although they do show on the finish. There is a hedonistic, luxurious texture underpinned with correct acidity. Finishes very well indeed, leading to an incredible, gamy length. 18 points
Red

1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A similar rich, saturated red-purple hue. This wine seems to have more secondary aromas than the previous two. Quite gamy, even farmyardy. Nevertheless, there is also a floral freshness to the abundance of rich, dark and smoky fruits. On the palate, this is again a charming and fruit-laden wine. Coffee grounds and spice towards the finish, and more spice and a bucketful of tannins on the length. Another wine that will be superb with further bottle age. 18.5+ points
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1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Similarly rich colour. Intense fruit, rich with aromas of roasted garrigue herbs, with nuances of ink and wet stones. A rich and hedonistic wine on entry, with an immediately apparent full and velvety texture. Despite its age this big and muscular wine still has a wealth of tannins, but with fine acidity and such rich fruit this wine will go the distance. Ripe fruits, with some aromatic, almost floral notes. A spicy, tannic finish, and some considerable length. This wine is still on the way up, and should be superb. 18.5+ points
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1991 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
This is a fairly mature looking, quite pale red wine. Smoky leather and sweet fruit on the nose, leading to a full and rich palate, quite sweet and rich, with peppery fruit. Good although perhaps a touch too prominent acidity. Drying endpalate and finish. Drinking well know but very unlikely to improve. This is a vintage recognised as being rich in Brettanomyces. Drink up! 15.5 points
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1994 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Almost opaque. The most advanced wine of this flight, showing some gamy notes, hints of dark chocolate and green pepper aromas. More lush fruit on entry, and a tannic midpalate. Nevertheless this wine has elegance and good balance. Some complex pickling spices. The richness of texture persists right through to the finish. Another potentially superb wine. 17+ points
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1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
As with the 1994, almost opaque. This is more elegant, with none of the caramel or toffee seen in the previous wine, although it still has plump, lush fruit. At first it seems quite approachable on the palate as there is, as the nose suggested, a luxurious texture to the fruit. There are, however, some quite aggressive tannins through the midpalate. Although seeming quite loose-knit at present, this wine has the underlying acidity to balance out all this fruit and tannin. 17.5+ points
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1996 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Another almost opaque wine. Very young wine. Lots of unintegrated caramel and toffee aromas, with massive, brooding fruit and a touch of coffee. The palate is just gorgeous, with velvety yet powerful fruit. More toffee, coffee and caramel flavours. Balanced components, with tannins surprisingly only showing up on the finish. Peppery length. I could understand people drinking this now, but it really needs a year or two of integration before I will open any of mine. 16.5+ points
Red

1997 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
There are some fresh aromas here, of charred wood, rubber and sweet black fruit. More lovely fresh black fruit on the palate, with a good although somewhat prominent tannic structure. Fresh acidity. This is a stylish Rhône wine which has development potential. 16.5 points
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1998 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Opened and decanted it an hour before drinking to help it open up. Plenty of fruit on the nose here, as well as meaty, fried beef aromas with nuances of spice, leather and tar. Medium bodied, it has ripe but slightly chalky tannins. There is fine but somewhat soft acidity, delicious for drinking alone but it makes the wine seem a little flabby when drunk with food. There are loads of chewy, savoury red fruits. A little length, when the tannins become more prominent. Despite having acidity on the low side, this wine has balance, and I feel there is plenty of potential for improvement here. 16.5+ points
Red

1998 Viña Bisquertt Merlot Casa La Joya Gran Reserve

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A vibrant, densely coloured, young looking wine. Spicy Merlot fruit on the nose, with more spice notes derived from barrel maturation. Really quite tannic on the palate, but this buoys up a hedonistic texture, loaded with red fruits and more spice, with only a moderate acidity. Easy drinking, but would benefit from further time for the oak and tannins to integrate. 14.5 points
White - Sparkling

NV Champagne Raymond Boulard Champagne Cuvée Prestige Tradition

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A golden yellow colour, but with a hint of copper, and a fine bead. On the nose, freshly peeled Gala apples, and a nose full of biscuity, yeasty autolytic aromas. A gentle but fresh mousse, with a strong backbone of acidity. Nuts, cream and apple flavours, and more autolytic notes. Quite a rustic mouthfeel. Enjoyable wine, but perhaps another six months in bottle might soften that acidity. 16 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2000 Brown Brothers Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora

Victoria Muscat Blend, Muscat more

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A delicate nose of orange peel, with just a hint of marmalade and honey richness. Most striking is the delicious balance that exists, with a medium bodied, rich but not luscious texture balanced with firm, totally correct acidity. Lovely flavours, oranges with a floral twist, with a slightly more aggressive hint of botrytis at the finish. As usual a very approachable wine. 15.5 points
Red

1996 Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A deep, red-black colour, with a youthful nose full of intense blackcurrant fruit, which develops some smoke and tobacco notes with aeration. An absolutely gorgeous palate, with smoky, elegant, restrained blackcurrant fruit, and a delightful, sinewy mouthfeel. Richly flavoured, although still a touch one-dimensional, and well-balanced. Will benefit from a few more years in bottle. 17+ points
White

1997 Materne Haegelin et ses filles Riesling Bollenberg

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Good lemon yellow hue with just the barest hint of a green tinge. This wine has a powerful bouquet of lemon and lime fruits and orange blossom, with complimentary floral, mineral and green apple aromas. A deliciously balanced palate, fine and upright on entry, with a lick of richness coming through on the midpalate. Good acidity makes this an excellent food wine. More lemon and limes, which combine with a flourish of waxy, lanolin richness on the finish. Lovely stuff at this price. 16.5 points
White

1999 Henri Miquel Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc Domaine Cazal-Viel

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Lots of sweet tropical fruit salad on the nose at first, but with a little air this wine develops classic Viognier aromas of pine kernels and apricots, with a subtle seam of lanolin and spicy, honeyed, buttery new oak. Lots of soft white fruits on the palate, with more spice and honey, but with a sensible, if somewhat rich and glycerine-like texture. It has fairly low acidity, but carries it's 13% alcohol well - in fact it is barely noticeable. There is just a hint of nutty oxidation in the background, but rather than spoil the wine this adds a savoury complexity. This is good stuff, but compared to Condrieu at four times the price it is also a bargain. 16 points
White

1998 Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer Altenberg de Bergheim

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
Initially a soapy, perfumed nose, but it quickly develops more interesting aromas of bacon fat, tropical fruit, cumin and other spices. The palate has a rich, glycerine-like texture, although the wine has only a medium body. There are some good tropical fruit flavours, with a fresh, lemony edge, which is a little incongruous in view of the very low acidity. This low acidity is fine when drunk alone, despite the rich texture, but the wine struggles to be noticed when drunk with food. Gentle spice pervades the palate, cushioned by the appealing fruit and rich texture. It culminates in a clean finish, with a dash of pepper. 16 points
White - Sparkling

1993 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
I had high hopes for this wine, having immensely enjoyed the Première Cuvée Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut 1992 earlier in the year. Unfortunately, although I have read glowing reports of the Classic Cuvée, it failed to make an impression on me. A hollow midpalate and unpleasantly green, tart astringency made this bottle difficult to drink. 13 points
White

1993 Rolly Gassmann Gewurztraminer Oberer Weingarten

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A lemon gold wine, giving no clue to the pleasure that follows. A maturing Gewurz' nose, with wisps of smoke, bacon and ripe, juicy pineapple. There is a wonderful balance on entry, a feature that persists through the palate. Despite the rich, classically oily texture this remains such an elegant wine, thanks to the balance of flavour, acidity and rich residual sugar. There is a fleshy edge giving immediate reward, though, together with notes of spice. Superb drinking. 17.5 points
Red

1998 The Rothbury Estate Shiraz

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
An earthy tinge to the colour of this wine, together with a combination of sweaty leather, rubber and sweet fruit mark this wine as Hunter Valley. Sweet, ripe, raspberry fruit on the palate, with dry but ripe tannins which remain prominent through to the finish. There is an incongruous, tingling, green apple acidity which suggests acidification to me. Nevertheless, the clarity of fruit makes this easy to drink. 14.5 points
White

1990 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Reserve

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
This is a moderately coloured, golden yellow wine. On the nose, a rich aroma of fat, ripe, honeydew melons is immediately apparent, and some typical Gewurztraminer spicy notes, with a faint touch of gingerbread. Moderate weight on entry to the palate, developing real spice through the midpalate, with good fruit and moderate acidity. Being critical, the endpalate seems somewhat hollow, and there is a dominant flourish of sharp, slightly bitter spice on finish. I think this suggests that this wine needs drinking up. 15.5 points
White

1999 Trimbach Muscat Reserve

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A pale colour. On the nose there are quite delicate aromas typical of Muscat, with some orange peel, floral fruit and just the barest hint of spice. Bone dry. Although it has some floral fruit as the nose suggested it might, it has none of the weight or texture associated with a touch of residual sugar that suits Muscat so well. It is so dry that it seems unbalanced, otherwise the delicate fruit seems well married with the 12% alcohol. 15.5 points
Red

NV Valdivieso Caballo Loco No 2

Lontué Valley Red Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
August 2001
A glossy red-purple hue. A gorgeous and expressive nose, at first giving off aromas of chocolate, cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, which suggested to me that there may be a good dollop of Pinot Noir in the blend. After half an hour this seems to close down, leaving just some smoky, toasted oak and hints of blackcurrant fruit, before it opens out again to reveal lots of elegant, mineral and stone blackcurrant, with more than a passing resemblance to a young left bank claret. Medium bodied with plenty of extract, the palate has a layer of smoke and minerals covering an abundance of sweet blackcurrant fruit that lasts right through to the finish. Firm but subtle tannins, with low acidity. A pleasure to drink, but not a great food wine. 17 points
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