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Red

2001 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Rather a surprising youthful character on the nose here, this wine still demonstrating a vein of oak even at this age. The palate is very nicely done, though, a little meaty, with some crisp fruit and hints of emerging complexity. All the components are nicely balanced although I find the tannins rather firm. Will make for good drinking though. 16.5+ points
Red

2003 Château d'Armailhac

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Another wine very typical of the vintage, with some dark, exotic, confit cherry fruit. A sweet and rounded texture on the palate, lots of extract, lots of depth, but lots of firm structure too. Big, impressive if you like the style. All the necessary components are here. It is a good showing for the vintage as it has a touch more balance than many, but will it last? 17+ points
Red

1991 Domaine de Baruel Vin de Pays du Gard

Cabernet Sauvignon more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A fine depth of colour for fifteen years of age, mature but still with plenty of deep red pigment. The nose is very stylish, with lots of refined, bloody-beefy-iron and mineral character that is strongly suggestive of claret, and if I had tasted this blind I would have been very reluctant in straying too far from the Gironde in my attempts to identify it. Little nuances of black olive, and a quite high-toned, slightly roasted style, are perhaps not entirely typical. Lovely entry, quite restrained, revealing a texture of extract through the midpalate, framed in a medium bodied, fresh style, reserved and well structured. There is a straight, tannic backbone which shows well on the finish, although it all fades a little quickly. Overall a really appealing glass of wine, and I only wish I had more bottles of this in the cellar. 17.5+ points
White - Sparkling

2005 Bisol Prosecco

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Another single vineyard wine, from the Cartizze hill. Secondary fermentation is in tank, and 25 g/l of sugar in the finished wine. A nose infused with lemons, herbs and minerals. Rounded, with a creamy depth on the palate. Quite stylish. Crisp mousse, fresh and lively yet with a little depth. This is very good indeed. 17 points
White - Sparkling

2005 Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Crede Brut

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
One of the single vineyard wines, from clay (crede) soils. A blend of 85% Prosecco, 10% Pinot Bianco and 5% Verdiso. Secondary fermentation is in tank. Again, the finished wine has 10 g/l of sugar. Fresh, stylish, with more depth and a little complexity here. Rounded, fresh, with a lemon-mineral style on the palate. This is good. 16.5 points
White - Sparkling

2005 Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Molera Tranquillo

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A blend of 95% Prosecco and 5% Verdiso. Not imported into the UK. This vintage has a stylish, leafy, herby character which I find very attractive. Elegantly presented palate, with a nice, reserved texture, and good structure beneath. I like this, and certainly prefer it to the 2004. 16 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

NV Bisol Prosecco Duca di Dolle Passito di Prosecco

Veneto IGT more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Current release. Another year on and this is now a blend of fourteen vintages, from 1991 to 2004. Each year 15% is bled off and then the vat is topped up with the most recent vintage. It is 100% Prosecco. And orange-gold colour, with a complex, honeyed nose. Deeply flavoured, with notes of honey, pastry and cherries. Complex, a little burnt earth, really very enjoyable. 17 points
Rosť - Sparkling

1998 Bisol Talento Metodo Classico Brut Rosé

Veneto IGT Rosé Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
In this vintage this is 80% Pinot Nero, 10% Pinot Bianco and 10% Chardonnay. It is made using full Methode Champenois, or metodo classico, following a 1-2 hour soak which gives the colour. Gianluca Bisol did not think it was showing well on the day - I thought it was fine. Exotic, deeply fruit nose, led by strawberries. Deep, complex, full mousse, and a gently fading finish. Very characterful. Very good indeed. 17 points
White

2004 André-Michel Brégeon Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Gorges

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Bottle no. 9114. This wine has a pale, pale hue. And it also has a delightful nose, exuberant, aromatic, just loaded with rocky minerality, backed up by a lemon-lime vibrant richness. There is more of the same on the palate too, which is just bursting with powdery, volcanic minerality, seemingly lending a tangible substance to the palate of the wine, with a gentle texture and fresh, vibrant acidity. But overall this is just explosive with its peppery, tingly richness, dominating every moment of the palate and the finish. Texturally very pleasing too though, with notes of sweet, toothsome melon alongside it all. This is just brilliant. And it has plenty of potential for the future too, such is its balance and vibrant acid structure; I'll be leaving my other bottles in the cellar for a few years. 17.5 points
Red

2003 Frédéric & Daniel Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine La Roquète

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Not too densely coloured, considering the vintage. A deep, evocative nose. Profoundly rich in fruit, with a typical cherry pie character. A fairly nice style on the palate, with firm tannins although not the huge wall that some wines show, until the finish when there is a huge, mouth-puckering presence. Putting this to one side, a good wine. But how will those tannins evolve? 16+? points
Red

2004 Frédéric & Daniel Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine La Roquète

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Bright cherry fruit on the nose with a fine, mineral character and an attractive darkness to it. A full impression on the palate, a touch sweet, not very well focused, although there is a nice little bitter grip to the finish. Rather gentle style, with cherry-herby Grenache fruit, rather feminine, but it has a good style. 16+ points
Red

2004 Frédéric & Daniel Brunier Châteauneuf-du-Pape L'Accent de la Roquete

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
An old vines cuvée, with some sweet dense cherry fruit. Rather shy, but clearly lovely character here. Richer and more mineral than the main cuvée, more depth but more style too. Nicely balanced, with good grip and an appealing bitter cherry-stone note. Excellent. 18+ points
Red

2004 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot

Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A nice colour, with lots of young Syrah fruit, presented in a sweet and attractive style. Lots of structure, and a pleasing raft of cool fruit, backed up by plentiful grip. Good acidity. This is really rather nice, and could be quite stylish and elegant given some cellar time. 16.5+ points
Red

2000 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A very dense and pure nose here, with a wealth of ripe, very primary fruit. A svelte palate, with great depth, and just brimming with potential. Very nice, attractive presence. There is good grip and structure beneath it all too. It needs 5-8 years, and should be fine thereafter. 17.5+ points
White

2003 Cape Mentelle Chardonnay

Margaret River more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A rather restrained but nevertheless undeniable buttery-nutty style here. Despite this it has some freshness on the palate, with a crisp, rather green style of fruit. There is a nice creaminess to the texture, but not the flavour one might hope for, just a little almond butter. Firm acids. Decent, but nothing more than that. 13.5 points
White

2005 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon

Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Pungently rich, grassy and vibrant, with more than a hint of methylpyrazines. Crisp. very fresh, with a touch of cream from the Semillon. Not a great intensity of flavour to match the impact found on the nose though. But nicely fresh. 15 points
Red

2002 Cape Mentelle Shiraz

Margaret River more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A deep colour, with some sweet fruit on the nose, with a rather confected character. Notes of caramel and burnt marshmallow too, most probably related to toasting of the oak. Nicely textured, quite well defined, with lots of fruit, and a ripe, velvety structure beneath it. This has potential, and needs cellar time. Likely to offer good value drinking. 16+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1999 Les Charmilles de Tour Blanche

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A lovely, well formed, honey-botrytis nose, super-ripe and forward just as I would hope at this level, with beeswax and apricot notes. Certainly enticing! Clean, nicely textured, a little plush, but not quite the concentration that the nose suggested may be present. There's also a slightly bitter, nettly character behind a weak layer of fruit. Glorious texture though. Short finish. Good. 14.5 points
Red

2000 Château Citran

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A pure, rather elegant, dark fruit nose, which shows some real class, presenting an evocative and perhaps even seductive character. The palate, however, is firm and stylish, medium bodied with ripe flavours, but with a fine texture. This has a lovely, nicely poised style, with a backbone of grippy tannins. Excellent potential here. 17+ points
Red

2003 Château Citran

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Following on from the 2000, this has a really open and exotic nose, with seductive aromas of dark, chewy, confit bramble fruit laced with liquorice. The palate is nicely poised, with attractive texture, and an appealing although atypical layer of confit fruit matching that on the nose. This has a lovely style through the midpalate, with real depth and interest, but then in rides a brutal wall of tannin of absolutely humungous proportions. Looking past these, this is a success, but will they ever resolve successfully to give a balanced wine? 15.5+ points
White - Sparkling

NV Cloudy Bay Pelorus (Brut)

Marlborough Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Current release. Predominantly Chardonnay, 60% in fact, and kept on the lees for 18 months. An attractive, fresh and green and yet smoky fruit, with a little edge of butter. Appealingly crisp style on the palate, the fruit very green in character, with a good weight. Finishes quite cleanly. Good style, rather simply composed, but in its defence it was served rather over-chilled. 16 points
White - Sparkling

2000 Cloudy Bay Pelorus (Brut)

Marlborough Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
This is 70% Pinot Noir, also kept on the lees for a good length of time. It has a slightly vegetal, iodine and apple nose which I think I like. The palate is attractive full and weighty, although cut with a nettly greenness. This has much more evident Pinot character than the non-vintage, and certainly has a touch more class and interest. Possibly suitable for short-term ageing. 16.5+ points
Red

2004 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
Cherry fruit on the nose, with a little earth and sous bois, presented in quite an attractive, lifted style. Nice, restrained, clean fruit on the palate, with peppery youth. Some nice grip in the background, and a decent texture. Not premier league Pinot for NZ, but good enough. 15.5 points
White

2006 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
A really pungent nose, very green, with lots of creamy asparagus swirled with crisp and crunchy capsicum. Full, almost creamy on the palate, as there is a lot of weight and texture. Broad-shouldered, really quite stylish, and undeniably a crowd-pleaser. I can see the attraction, although it is not really my style. 17 points
White

2003 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Te Koko

Marlborough more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2006
This is 100% barrel-fermented in new and used French oak, and a proportion of the wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation. It has an interesting nose of herb-infused butter and barrel-ferment notes. Richly composed, overtly oaky on the palate, with a curious juxtaposition of green fruit and buttercream flesh, with a broad, grippy, wood-influenced base. It has style, but will not be to everyone's taste. I admit I rather admire it, not least for its idiosyncratic personality. 17 points
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