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Red

1999 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This is Antinori's flagship Chianti, a single vineyard wine sourced from the sizeable Badia estate. It is 100% Sangiovese. A good colour. The nose is initially dominated by red and black fruits, with a touch of smoke, and then richer aromas of black cherry and kirsch. There is a good balance on the palate, with correct acidity, and a lick of ripe tannin, alongside plenty of dark fruits. Although it is quite firm it is not austere, with a nice texture and a little sense of extract. There's great typicity here from what was a very good vintage for the wines of Tuscany. Impressive stuff indeed, which is approachable now, but which will perform well in the cellar for five to eight years. (16.5-17+) points
Red

2001 Artadi Rioja Orobio

Tempranillo more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This is deliciously dark and handsome when poured, with fantastic high-toned aromas of blackberries, blueberries, smoking underbrush and roasted herbs. The palate doesn't disappoint - soft and supple on entry, maintaining an opulent presence through the midpalate. It's packed with bright, super-ripe flavours of black summer berries. Full of extract and fleshy texture, but with low acidity, so it has a very rich, enjoyable mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. 16.5 points
Red

1997 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
Moderate depth of colour. A fairly meaty nose, with notes of liquorice and cough drops. There is a touch of sweetness to the black fruit on the palate, with some tannin and firm acidity. Overall though at present it is closed down and quite hard work. Leave another two or three years in the cellar. 16+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1988 Château Bellerive Quarts de Chaume

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A deep, burnished gold colour. Lovely character on the nose - honeycomb and green apples, with botrytis and quince, with an almost floral freshness. The palate is delightful - full of powerful acidity with a moderately rich mouthfeel. Plenty of flavours, mirroring the nose on the midpalate, but with a mealy edge, and fanning out on the finish, providing an elegant, complex array of almonds, with a marzipan sweetness. There are none of the faint notes of oxidation I picked up with previous bottles - in fact this bottle is really singing. This wine easily has a decade of drinking in it yet. 17.5+ points
White - Sparkling

1990 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
An impressive, rich golden colour, and a fine bead. And what a nose, classic Pinot-dominated Bollinger, with toasty-biscuit and almond aromas. Rich, with creamy mousse, fine acidity and a stylish flavour profile of toasty yeast. Good, full texture through the midpalate and an impressive finish. This is brilliant, and should continue to improve and drink well for eight to ten years. 18.5+ points
Red

1997 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This wine has a deep colour, with little sign of age. It is showing a lovely nose, with aromas of black fruits and smoke, with meaty, stony undercurrents. The palate is creamy, with a rich texture. There is still plenty of fruit on the palate, with at most moderate acidity, but a typical Gigondas backbone, a combination of firm, masculine extract and a low level of slightly chalky tannins. This is delightful now, but should continue to drink well for another five years at least. 17.5+ points
White

2000 Les Caves du Sieur d'Arques Chardonnay Limoux Les Quatre Clochers

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This wine, from a Limoux co-operative, has a pale golden colour which is a touch surprising considering its southerly origin. The nose gives aromas of minerals and lemony fruit, with just a touch of exotic fruits at the edge. The most remarkable feature of the palate is the finesse and balance that this wine displays - it positively glides across the palate. Elements of classic, lemon-edged stone fruits, with exotic nuances as on the nose, a sensitive application of oak and good grip provide the pleasure. This really is impressive stuff. 16.5 points
Red

1999 Château de Cazeneuve Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Le Roc des Mates

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A very pure, vibrant, deep red wine, fading to a pink, earthy hue at the rim. What a nose! A mixture of bloody beef, farmyard and crackling embers. Similarly wonderful flavours on the palate, with a lot of stony, mineral influence as well. A lean, wiry, nervous mouthfeel, with just a touch of texture offset by some chalky, flinty tannins. Good fruit in the background, a medley of blackberries and blackcurrants. This is characterful stuff indeed. 16.5 points
Red

2000 Château de Cazeneuve Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Les Terres Rouges

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
Good, vibrant but dark red-black hue, although only moderate density. Lovely nose, with a progression of complex aromas, led by sweetly smoked meats, bloody beef, and notes of undergrowth with a metallic edge. Plenty of Mourvèdre character here - it constitutes 20% of this young vines blend. It has a nice mouthfeel, overall this being a balanced, elegant wine rather than rich or creamy. Nevertheless it has a sufficiently pleasing texture for those who like a bit of richness. Soft ripe tannins and a dry, serious, slightly austere finish. Good flavours mirroring the aromas. 16 points
Red

1996 Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A blend of fruit from Coonawarra as well as McLaren Vale. Lovely deep colour, dark garnet red, with just some bricking at the rim. Good nose - sweet, ripe blackcurrant fruit, with a smoky, liquorice edge. The palate is delicious, with impeccable balance and great fluidity. Sweet, spicy black fruits, with a slightly macerated edge an early sign of developing maturity. Soft, ripe tannins, correct acidity and good body. Lovely development over the past couple of years - last tasted in 2001. 17.5+ points
Red

1999 Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This wine has a deep, inky red-black hue, but it is cut through by a surprising, earthy tone. The reason why becomes clearer on the nose, which, although it displays fresh, smoky and intense blackcurrant fruit at lower temperatures, on warming from the cellar shows it's true colours. Roasted, slightly stewed even, plum fruit, some high-toned notes, and a touch of raisins. Despite this character on the nose, the palate has only medium body and appropriate acidity. Nevertheless, there is some disjointed use of American oak which imparts an obvious vanilla toffee character to the wine, although this seemed much more integrated after some time in the decanter. Good chewy fruit and good extract. Moderate level of tannins. I think this wine will mature quickly over the next year or two, and I'm not convinced the oak will ever integrate seamlessly. Obvious maturity on the finish. A little length. 14.5 points
Red

2000 Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A dark, glossy, attractive looking wine. It has an intense, fruit-laden nose, with a touch of mint and vanillin oak which doesn't seem at all overdone. The palate has is rich and seamless, but with the brawniness of youth. There are plenty of super-ripe black fruit flavours, behind which are ripe tannins that demand another couple of years in the cellar. Firm acidity too. This should mature well over the next five to seven years. 16+ points
White

2002 Chapel Hill Chardonnay

South Australia more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
Pale colour. Some tropical and stone fruit nuances on the nose. The palate is quite clean, with some decent acidic fruits, offset by a rich, oily note. No great character, but quite quaffable. 13.5 points
Red

1997 Poderi Colla Barolo Dardi Le Rose Bussia

Nebbiolo more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A decent depth of colour with some maturity at the rim. Unsurprisingly at this age such a wine takes some time in the decanter or glass to open out. When it does it offers aromas of black cherry fruit, and after a good 48 hours in the decanter (not something I often do - but it was needed here) the wine offers up a little of the haunting tar and rose petal nuances that mark good Barolo. It has some good weight on the palate, and a pleasing, seamless integration of maturing, spicy fruit, rounded almost silky mouthfeel and correct acidity, but behind it all is a more than firm vein of tannins in the background. With food this wine works well now, although it illustrates how difficult it can be to get any pleasure out of young Barolo. It could really do with another five to eight years in the cellar to encourage complexity and let the tannins fade some more. 16+ points
White - Off-dry

1990 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Gerümpel Riesling Auslese "R"

Pfalz more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
Quite a good depth of colour here. The nose has plenty of powerful lime aromas, with floral notes alongside. On the palate is where this wine displays a little class. Good balance on entry, developing a creamy weight through the midpalate. Plenty of lime and citrus acidity to keep it fresh, positively sizzling across the tongue. This is rich, yet with elegance and poise. A delightful fusion of texture and finesse on the finish, characteristics which persist on the palate. But it needs time to develop I think. 16.5+ points
White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
Purchased Autumn 2003. A shimmering, mid-gold hue and a small bead. Wonderful nose - very powerful and typically Krug. The aromas are suggestive of the barrel fermentation employed by Krug, with rich oatmealy, oiled oak alongside notes of hazelnuts, butter, lemons and thyme. Very sharp, clean entry, with fine, prickling mousse and fairly prominent acidity which keeps it fresh and elegant despite considerable richness. Develops a creamy feel through the midpalate, helped very much by a relaxing of the mousse. Flavours very much mirror the nose. Fans out somewhat on the finish and already shows a decent length. Although generally ready when released this cuvée will undoubtedly benefit from further time in the cellar - allowing some of that acidity to dissipate. 18+ points
Red

1981 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A very mature colour. Quite aromatic on the nose, with a meaty quality. Rounded texture, but not silky. In fact it has rather a firm, hard palate, with a little tannin still present on the finish. Not at all dried though, and there is bags of mature flavour, although also an apple-like note of madeirisation. Compared with my last tasting, may well be heading downhill now. Nevertheless, lovely. 17 points
Red

1983 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This is a touch denser and more youthful in appearance than the 1981. The nose has some sweet, mature fruit, with a floral edge, but also a touch of volatile acidity. The palate is full, sweet and creamy, with a lovely texture. It has a big, mature flavour profile, with some structure showing on the finish. There's a nice touch of grip too. Much more seductive than the 1981. 18 points
Red

1986 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This is very different. It has a dark maturing hue, with piles of ripe, creamy, mulberry fruit. On the entry there is a similar wealth of fruit and texture which stays through the midpalate, but then the huge, spicy, dominating tannins, so typical of this vintage, raise their head. This is still a tannic monster. I am beginning to wonder whether some 1996s have the substance to outlast the tannin. 17 points
Red

1988 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A dark, maturing colour, showing more youth than the previous wines. Burnt, roasted fruit aromas on the nose. Full, rich and sweet palate. There is delicious flavour, and it is very nicely balanced too, with a lovely structure underpinning it all. 17 points
Red

1989 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A little more dense that the 1988. Quite classic fruit on the nose, although with notes of toffee and burnt-caramel oak. Full, rich, yet balanced on the palate. Still some oak here too, in fact, although otherwise this is a nicely integrated wine ready for drinking now. The toffee oak hasn't faded much since my last tasting, but the tannins certainly have. Nice grippy structure. Elegance, with creaminess. Delicious stuff. 17 points
Red

1990 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
More vibrant colour here. Some different characteristics on the nose too, with notes of organic, vegetal aromas alongside smoky, meaty fruit. The palate is packed with fruit, is full, structured and grippy. More intensity. Also holds more tannin than the 1988 and 1989, and clearly needs a few more years in the cellar yet. Lovely potential. 17.5+ points
Red

1996 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
This has lost the pure colour of youth and is beginning to show early maturity. Very classically styled on the nose, full of stylish, smoky fruit. On the palate it has a similar purity of obviously Cabernet fruit, like many wines of the 1996 vintage. Lots of firm, ripe, tannic structure still in evidence, but very nicely balanced, elegant and glossy. 17+ points
Red

1998 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A deep, glossy, red-purple, more youthful wine. An exotic nose, full of smoke and spice. Piles of texture and extract on the palate, with a smooth, creamy, rich texture. Packed with flavour but also structure at present, and is, unsurprisingly, somewhat unapproachable. Needs five years at least. 16.5+ points
Red

2000 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
January 2004
A glossy, red-purple hue. Dense, pure and powerful fruit on the nose. The same on the palate, with spice and exotic fruit. It has structure, creamy texture and correct acidity. Lovely, but so immature. Needs 10-20 years in the cellar. 17.5+ points
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