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Red

2005 Château Angélus

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
An impressive depth apparent on the nose here, with purely defined, vibrant although rather dense and gamey-meaty fruit. Rather dark, quite spicy, with a touch of balsamic, rich but curranty style. The palate has a huge but rather softly defined presence, with a slowly building wall of tannin which comes to dominate the midpalate, over a layer of ripe, finely fleshy fruit. Huge and prodigious in terms of its structure. Great substance. There is undoubtedly great potential here, although in its currently youthful state it does seem a little loose-knit. 18.5+ points
Red

2005 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Wonderful nose, exotic fruit, although with plenty of toasty oak still apparent. Dark, rich but certainly still vibrant. An elegantly styled palate, harmoniously put together, with some very fine tannins and a fine, gentle texture overlying it all. Good fruit, firm substance at the core, and overall this has a very good combination of elements. And an appealingly ripe and grippy finish too. This certainly has some fine potential for the future. 18+ points
Red

2005 Château Barde-Haut

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
The usual super-baked damson fruit here, with notes of balsamic and game. The palate seems qute light considering this full-on style on the nose, with a wall of ripe tannins hiding rather ineffectually beneath the fruit. The palate bears the same overbearing characteristics as the nose. I find this over-worked for my palate. 15+ points
Red

2005 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Rather appealing although very dark style of fruit, but importantly it has freshness and perfume alongside what is undeniably a very meaty depth of fine fruit. The palate seems a little soft at first but it has some very admirable fruit, with a good depth of flavour with only a faint, gamey quality to it. Lots of tannins, a touch hard, firm acidity, lots of good components here. This should come very good with appropriate time in the cellar. (17-17.5+) points
Red

2005 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A sweet blackberry and vanilla nose to this wine, with plenty of creamy fruit on the palate and gentle tannins behind it too. Quite full, although there is a charcoaly quality to it and also a very savoury, meaty, stocky layer of fruit over the top. Good firm acids though. This is an admirable effort which has very good potential for the future. A firm finish. 17+ points
Red

2005 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A rather appealing, purely defined presence of fruit on the nose here, linear and compact, but intense, sweet and creamy too. The palate follows on in the same vein, with nicely refined fruit, creamy but not overdone texture and an elegantly composed although rather fleshy wine. This has some grippy, ripe tannins, and these sit well beneath the fruit today, although they certainly are very big and firm. Very good style which should do very well in the cellar. 18+ points
Red

2005 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Pure and gravelly fruit here, although it has a rather warm and loose feel to it. Elegant and certainly unforced though. This feeling comes through on the palate as well which has a soft and gentle start, and a slightly juicy character through the middle, where there are some nice red fruit notes although they do have a slightly confected edge. The tannins and grip are nicely hidden beneath though. This certainly has harmony and a very gentle feel to it all. Good acids. It should all come together very nicely given time. (16.5-17+) points
Red

2005 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
I find it difficult to remember the characteristics of individual wines, unless they are unparalleled successes or truly dismal failures. Tasted upon release, Branaire-Ducru was one of the former. At four years of age it is still attractive, well defined, with a very direct style of fruit together with some smoky overtones, and there are also notes of dried herbs and autumn leaves coming in at the edges. The palate shows a lot of substance, broad and polished with a crunchy outer shell, but it doesn't quite have the generosity of texture or the richness of fruit to match. Some of the substance seen in previous tastings is still here, but I note that it seems very withdrawn and closed today. An awkward phase I suspect. I still think this will be excellent given time. (17.5-18+) points
Red

2005 Château Brown

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Lovely nose, although a lot of toasty oak. Great fruit, deep, complex, slightly smoky, very stylish. On the palate it is quite sweet, attractive and structured, with lovely ripe tannins at it score, quite grainy in character. Great acidity. Quite soft in composition but very complete. Moderate texture, nicely balanced. Very good indeed. 17 points
Red

2005 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Wow, this has a very deeply characterful and intense nose, with very dark and fairly pure fruit, just tinged with a little soot. Ethereal, perfumed, rather gravelly, certainly characterful, this is quite enticing. On the palate it starts with a slightly confected edge to the fruit, but this disappears to leave through the midpalate a brooding presence of massive, somewhat overbearing tannins. There is dark fruit behind it, a moderate texture, and fairly fresh acidity, but the extraction here is huge. There is some good substance to help support it though. It will need 20 years to come round, but if the rest of the wine holds out this could be great. 18+ points
Red

2005 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Rather sweet and warm character to the fruit here, with a roasted herb note to it as well. A touch baked and raisiny, with little nuances of balsamic. The palate has a stony quality to it, it has some flesh but is certainly not generous, and there is a nice core of ripe tannins. The fruit quality here is a little chalky, although still with that very warm feel to it. Nice substance though, and so I will remain optimistic. (16.5-17+) points
Red

2005 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Dense and dark fruit here, with an element of beef stock. Rich and meaty style. The palate is very soft and plumped up at the start, although there is a hollow character to its core. Nice fruit quality though, very fresh in style, and a vibrant character through to the finish. There is more substance in the midpalate too. Gentle, harmonious, this does flesh out if you give it time. A sterling effort from a once chronically underperforming estate, although there is yet more to come from this vineyard I think. (15.5-16+) points
Red

2005 Château Carbonnieux

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Lovely and very typical, unforced Graves fruit on the nose, red berries with gravel and tobacco, and there is a little edge of sweetness to it that tells us the wine still has more development to do I think. The palate is soft, but gently polished, with nice flesh and a very well integrated structure. Through the middle the tannins show a little more, and there is good acidity too. It is a little loosely held together today but there is certainly very good potential here. There is purity to the flesh too, ripe tannins and an elegant style. Very good indeed. (17-17.5+) points
Red

1989 Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Typically mature hue. Perfumed violets, then rust, roast meat and iron, overall a very classic claret profile. A touch organic, perhaps farmyardy, and a hint of cabbagey brie too, so certainly some very evolved, tertiary aromas here. A nice entry, supple, but it seems to lack some substance on the midpalate. There are nuances of flesh and flavour, but it never seems to fully round out on the palate, although it has a nice mature character, very evolved as the nose suggests. It still has a good tannic backbone, showing a slightly rustic firmness here. This doesn't seem as praiseworthy as my last two bottles, which were both very good. An intriguing wine, still with some substance, but some unusual characters too. Nevertheless, certainly an interesting bottle. (16-16.5+) points
Red

2005 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A fine nose here, quite vibrant and aromatic, a touch chalky, with pure red fruit character, elegant with cranberry and redcurrant characteristics. There is a gentle smokiness to it but it has a very restrained application of oak, and there are quiet nuances of liquorice and crunchy tar. Beautiful purity on the palate, very well defined and elegantly complete, balanced and light-footed, although with appropriate substance and a core of well judged tannins. Not a prodigious wine, but it has lift, vigour and definition on its side. It is very true to the Cheval Blanc style based on my tastings of older vintages, and this will be absolutely fine in 10-20 years time. 19.5+ points
Red

2005 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A more reserved style, more dusty, but still ripe. Very pure, polished fruit. Elegant, raspberries and other red fruits. Rich though, a touch smoky too. Very full substance on entry, but pure and polished, very linear. Finely rounded and harmonious, with really fine-grained tannins and lovely, intense central fruit. Very complete. Impressive wine. (17.5-18+) points
Red

2005 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A touch more reticent and woody than the d'Armailhac, a little less expressive of fruit. The palate similarly shows less character, a firm texture wrapped up a fairly crunchy shell. There is little in the way of fruit-related flavour to balance it out, but there is certainly substance here, decent acidity and a well hidden core of tannins which are ripe and well composed. There is potential here although it is difficult to judge with certainty when it is in such a reticent mood. (17.5-18+) points
Red

2005 Château Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Lovely quality here, all blood and iron and very classic Pomerol spice. This has the very suggestion of elegance, and although the palate shows a little soft and loose-knit today without doubt this is a very well composed and elegant wine of considerable potential. It has good freshness in the mouth which many other right-bankers don't have, and it has a perfumed, liquorice-tinged and gravelly perfume. I find this very appealing and I am sure it will drink well after a sensible length of time in the cellar. 18+ points
Red

2005 Clos René

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A rather smoky nose here, and fruit with a slightly cooked feel to it, alongside a little beetroot. The palate shows a rather broad, shell-like quality, a very firm and slightly feral character, without much fruit to bolster the structure at present. Very hard and ungiving in style. There is substance here, but not the generosity to match. (15.5-16+) points
Red

2005 Château La Conseillante

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Rather a perfumed and even slightly confected character on the nose here, with a tinge of cola alongside the restrained dark fruit aromatics. Not domineering though, and there is an attractive smoky substance to it as well. The palate also shows a little strangely today, a little unfocused and loose knit, although there is plenty of substance here. A little fat, certainly creamy, with some central grip. I know I have rated this highly in the past, and so this seems very strange. Nevertheless, I can only mark this wine as I see it today, although I must stress that it can not be a conclusive judgement based on this rather unusual showing. (16-17+?) points
Red

2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
This is a real contrast to Calon, with a pure, ethereal and complex perfume of fruit and flowers on the nose, overlaid with grainy, honeyed oak, and just a few elements of charcoal. The palate is very polished at first, but then reveals a slightly coarser element with a huge core of tannins. Lovely flavour of fruit though. Lots of structure, lovely fresh acidity, and no doubt great potential for the future. An excellent result but it needs 10-15 years. (18-18.5+) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Coutet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A rich, burnished, orange-gold hue. The nose is delightful, classically rich botrytis, with a medley of aromas including oranges, sweet marmalade, toffee and a little high-toned complexity. Quince, overt rôti fruit, fabulous style. On the palate beautiful purity, richness and elegance. Rounded, polished, seamless and complete, very smoky in character, and showing more grip and intensity on the finish. Good but not overt acidity; this is really nicely balanced. Sweet, tangerine fruit length, that goes on and on. Excellent wine. What remained of this I enjoyed over several days, and it held up very well indeed. There's no rush to drink up here, and I am glad of that; I have quite a few bottles left in the cellar yet. 18.5 points
Red

2005 Château Dassault

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
Dark and sweet fruit here, rather confected at the edge, with a cola-like quality to it. A little herbal too. It starts off quite cool on the palate, broadening out and fattening up a little, but always displaying a shell of fruit rather than a fuller substance. Plenty of good tannin, and the fruit character is appealing, with a very dark, style. It has a little balsamic edge to it as well. There are certainly some good characteristics here, but some elements do detract. 16+ points
Red

2005 Emilio Valerio-Laderas de Montejurra Navarra Viñas de Amburza

Cabernet Sauvignon more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A great colour in the glass, dark but also vibrant. The aromas presented on the nose are just delightful; it is packed with smoky black cherries, with a sense of creaminess. Rich with notes of plum skin, cherry stone and spiced blackberry, overall this is very nice. The palate is just fabulous, very well judged it seems, with a good layer of fruit alongside a rich but gentle, well delineated flesh. Good sappy fruit character, never plump or fat though, just deliciously composed, sweet and savoury, defined and structured, with a ripe and perfectly integrated seam of tannin in the middle. Good, black cherry, red cherry and cranberry fruit, and a tannin-tinged finish. Really excellent wine by any standards, this has a lovely detached freshness which I adore. Delicious wine! 17+ points
Red

2006 Emilio Valerio-Laderas de Montejurra Navarra Viñas de Amburza

Cabernet Sauvignon more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2009
A cuvée made from multiple small plots of vines, using biodynamic methods. The average vine age is 35 years, the varieties Graciano, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest is manual, fermentation in wood and cement and then into French oak for 11 months. Dark in the glass, with dark, tightly coiled, plum skin fruit with very aromatic notes of warm Mediterranean herbs, especially sage, and a hot, stony element. Nicely textured on entry, polished, although with a lean core travelling through the middle, with tight and dry tannins at the centre, surrounded by a layer of lean, cherry stone fruit. Structured, dry, mouth-watering with a pithy finish. Rounded, soft-edged, but certainly a good mouthful, although certainly drily tannic and in need of some sympathetic food. 15.5+ points
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