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Red

2004 Bodegas Ada Navarra Minotauro Azul

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This is 50% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It has an interesting nose of herby fruit, with a somewhat burnt edge. The palate kicks off quite cleanly, although fairly lean at first, but with some fairly full, ripe, solid tannins at the periphery. Slightly crunchy fruit, and a fresh finish with a bite of tannin and acidity. A decent wine. 15 points
White

2007 Bodegas Ada Navarra Minotauro Blanco

White Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
A blend of Garnacha Blanca and Viura, this wine has a surprisingly soapy, chalky, waxy character on the nose, with a minerally rock-dust element too. A very firm, solidly composed wine on the palate, with a full and foursquare grip in the middle, it has decent acidity although overall quite a muscly style. A little confected fruit at the finish. 15 points
Red

2004 Bodegas Ada Navarra Minotauro Negro

Garnacha, Grenache more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This wine, made fro the fruit of old Garnacha vines, is less open on the nose than the Rojo. It has a slightly meaty, complex nature, with rather more withdrawn fruit. It is also quite reserved on the palate, with a little flesh which fails to flatter. Underneath, however, lots of spicy grip, fairly bare tannins and a furry fruit character. Rather firm. Perhaps it needs more time. 15.5 points
Red

2004 Bodegas Ada Navarra Minotauro Rojo

Garnacha, Grenache more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
A blend of equal parts Garnacha and Tempranillo. A very different character on the nose here, all sweet fruit, mint and chocolatey oak. The palate is perhaps unsurprisingly soft and plump, with a ripe and chewy bed of tannin, and plenty more chocolate and tannin. Nevertheless there is a fairly taut, firm acidity. This is a very ripe style, but with some backbone. Interesting wine. 15.5 points
Red

2003 Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Altaïr

Cachapoal Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
Altair, apart from being a star in the Aquilo constellation, is also the name of a joint venture between Chilean giant San Pedro and the Dassault family (owners of Chateau Dassault) of Bordeaux. The first vintage was in 2002. The nose carries huge aromas of coffee grounds and green peppercorn, scattered over a layer of blackcurrant pastille fruit. The palate starts of in a surprisingly gentle fashion, full of coffee and blackcurrant cream, with a soft and ripe nature, but with good extract underneath it all. Lots of ripe structure, lots of grip, and a very modern style of pure fruit. None of the rubber or overt greenness that some think mark all Chilean wines, but there are wood-derived notes of charcoal, good length and balance. A good effort; it will be interesting to see where this goes in the future. 17+ points
White

2007 Andre Dezat & Fils Sancerre

Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This starts off very light and papery on the nose, then it shows a gentle, feminine perfume, with a gentle chalky character. The palate is rather fleshy for the appellation, with light green, minerally fruit character. Gentle acidity, rather plump and flattering, but with nice grip at the finish. 15 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2004 Araldica Piemonte Moscato Passito

Piemonte DOC more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
On the nose this has dried fruits, especially oranges with honey, and no shortage of sweetness. The palate, as you might expect, has a similar soft, sweet, honeyed style. Nevertheless it is open, aromatic and has an appley freshness. Although straightforward has good character and at this price is a real bargain. 15.5 points
White - Sparkling

1998 Arlaux Champagne Brut Vintage

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This vintage has a soft, pale golden glow and a moderate but plentiful, foaming bead. The nose is just loaded with character; the fruit is rich and almost tropical or certainly a touch exotic, with very subtle notes of lychee and peach, alongside an appealing cashew nut twist. On the palate, pure pleasure; immediately creamy and rich, and yet cut through with incisive, firm, citrussy acidity. This is matched by a beautifully balanced texture, bright mousse, and armfuls of fruit. This is drinking delightfully, and although I am sure it would be good in the cellar for a while I would find it very hard to resist now. Very fine indeed. 17.5+ points
Red

2004 Château Barde-Haut

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
An intense but overall unappealing nose here; aromas of roasted meat stock, balsamic vinegar, with a jammy fruit nose, and tinny overtones too. Rather animalistic. On the palate it is fat, creamy, softly textured, showing much of the character found on the nose, with no significant frame underneath it all. There is a huge background of tannins which dominate the finish, and a decent presence of acidity, but it seems over-worked to me. This is one I would avoid. 13 points
White

2005 Domaine Barmes-Buecher Tokay Pinot Gris Pfleck

Alsace more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This seems immediately rather fat and aromatic on the nose, which posses perfumed aromas of bacon, roast meats and spice. The palate is richly textured, due to some residual sugar, but there is also some firm acidity and a little bitter grip. Nice, complex, crispy, spicy bacon notes. A good wine if in a rather opulent style. 17+ points
Red

1996 Domaine de Baruel Vin de Pays Cévennes

Syrah Blend, Syrah more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
It didn't have long in the decanter before tasting, but with a little time it soon showed some appealing iron and blood notes on the nose, which really remained rather withdrawn throughout the evening. Later there came a note of perfume, of violets, but it never really revealed its softer side on the nose or indeed on the palate, where it has a dry, rather savoury character with a firm, slightly peppery core of tannins, beneath rather a stretched out texture and an adequate but not plush veneer of fruit. It has a slightly loose-knit feel to it at present, moderately full and flavoursome, but without the direction or vigour that would really take it to another level. Based on this tasting I would think this is acting a little sullen at present, and although pleasurable now I suspect given three or four years it will be something very different. Nevertheless, it was great with a hearty roast, and perfect for Bordeaux classicists who wish to avoid the plump fruit of modern Bordeaux. 16.5+ points
Red

2004 Château Beaumont

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
A minerally nose here, showing red fruits with a slightly cooked feel to them. Lean on entry, a lightweight texture, with a soft and chalky character. It is a touch oily too. It seems a touch stretched out, although there is a little grit and substance to the fruit, and it still seems rather unfocused, as it did earlier this year. Nevertheless, this may come good with time in the cellar. 15+? points
Red

2004 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This vintage has a fine, exotic, spiced aroma, with some toastiness to it. The palate has a soft style, rather ripe in character, rich in fruit with a little jamminess. Dark bramble and cherry fruit seems to dominate, and underneath there is a ripe seam of tannin and acidity. Lots of extract at the finish, and there is some length to it as well. More meaty and deeply flavoured than I recall, but a very good wine. 16.5+ points
Red

2004 Château Belair

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
There are vibrant fruits in evidence here, red fruits predominantly, still with a trace of toffee and vanilla, faint notes of the oak still fading. Rather dry and reserved on the palate, showing a lot of structure, very spicy tannins, and a moderately fleshy, creamy texture. Firm acidity. It seems quite unintegrated at present, but it may come good with time. It certainly has a lot of grip. 16+ points
Red

2001 Château Berliquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This has very toasty, spicy oak on the nose, with a rather good, spicy, plum and fruitcake nose. It certainly appeals this far. On the palate there is a nice depth of dark fruit, with a good substance and a nice grip underneath. A fresh core of acidity, and macerated plum and damson fruit. Good. 16+ points
Red

2004 Château Berliquet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This has spicy, peppery red fruit on the nose, with traces of high-toned balsamic elements alongside, and also a rather minerally-chalky edge. The palate is attractive, round and a little silky, and there is a nicely judged structure, with well-covered tannins and a decent acid backbone. There is a little hot, feral note to it I didn't pick up last time, but it is a minor point. Interesting wine. 16 points
Red

2001 Guy Bernard Côte-Rôtie

Syrah more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
Rather meaty and savoury on the nose, with dense, organic fruit, and a hint of spice, perhaps cloves? Rounded, savoury on the palate as it is on the nose, also rather medicinal, with orange-tinged fruit and peppery tannins. It has depth, and notes of maturity, but also a very firm core of acid which dominates in the mouth. Again, this may show better with time. 15.5+ points
White

2006 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This has fairly dense, reserved, mineral fruit on the nose. There is plenty of zip and structure at the start, fading a little in the midpalate. There is nicely defined texture, minerally-chalky fruit and a good weight. This is nicely held together, through to a soft finish. Young, but good potential here. 17+ points
Red

1998 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chantemerle

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
I have to confess this is one wine I approach with trepidation, having experienced it before. It has a deep colour. The nose has many of the elements that I have previously noted, namely aromas of roast beef, balsamic vinegar, treacle and the like. The palate is soft and textured, with a fat and creamy presence, carrying some roasted and slightly high-toned flavours. It has a baked, slippery, oily feel and this struggles even in the face of decent acidity; there is just no freshness here. There are some bitter notes on the finish, and here it seems very disjointed too, with overt alcohol that has me wondering - at some moments - whether I am drinking a gin & tonic rather than a glass of wine. As I noted previously, a true casualty - to my palate - of the vintage. 14? points
Red

1998 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Tradition

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
I approached this wine with trepidation; I knew it was in the line-up, and had memories of it from my previous tasting of 1998 Châteauneuf du Pape. This bottle, however, showed somewhat better than that furry-seashell infused offering, and on this tasting it certainly outshines the Chantemerle below. This bottle still has a rather feral edge to the fruit, deep and brawny in character, but it certainly seems more appropriate than last time. More importantly perhaps, the palate has alongside the depth of meaty, spicy fruit, with its little nuance of soy sauce, an impressive and vibrant lift, reflecting a pleasing, peppery acidity on the midpalate. There is a gritty substance to it, which gives it a good presence on the palate. This wine seems much more composed tonight, with nicely defined character and even some ripe tannins yet to integrate. Much more approachable. Good. 15.5 points
Red

2005 Boutinot Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret Les Coteaux Schisteux

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
Séguret is one of those communes that may append its name to the villages appellation; just north of Gigondas, this should be an interesting terroir. The nose of this wine starts off with a rather high-toned, slightly rubbery character, then reveals nice blackberry and raspberry fruit. The palate is rich, creamy, rounded with grip. It has a certain appeal, with a good, spicy, grippy finish. 16+ points
Red

2005 René Bouvier Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice

Pinot Noir more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
The Justice terroir lies to the east of the village and is named for the hanging post there, where justice was once meted out in a very final fashion. The soils underfoot are part alluvial plain, part stony slope. The nose is very feral, animalistic, and there is good substance on the palate. It has a nice cottony texture, well polished although there is considerably depth to it too. A touch hot I think, rather primary, but with good potential 16+ points
White

2006 Michel Bouzereau Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
This is declassified Meursault, I am told. It starts off a little reduced on the nose, a little rubbery, but this does blow off to give notes of toastiness. Nice flesh, buttery but with nice acidity underneath, and slightly high-toned. A good grip, a good depth of flavour, clean and characterful. Finishes well with nice length. 16+ points
Red

2004 Château Brown

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
Today this wine seems fairly well closed down, giving nothing on the nose at all. It has a good, fleshy start, with nice grip and a harmonious texture. On the palate there is a lively character, nice vigour and a decent midpalate substance. This wine, the first vintage made under the direction of Jean-Christophe Mau and Stéphane Derenoncourt, has some good potential and will no doubt open up with time. 16+ points
Red

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

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2008
Sweet, herby, charred Grenache fruit, with a little vein of Demerara sugar sweetness. A nice substance on the palate, texture and mid-weight, rather elegant in fact, with an appealing, composed definition. Ripe tannins provide the grip and backbone. Very good, but one for the cellar in my opinion. 16.5+ points
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