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Red

2006 Château Angélus

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A rich and glossy hue, but very dark. Intense and spicy on the nose, which is full of dark roasted fruits, coffee grounds, and is still showing a lot of warm and very toasty oak. This gives it all sorts of toffee-like characteristics at present. But there is good fruit quality here too. An elegantly styled palate, still showing rather a robust oak-bound tannic grip very soon after the start but with a polished, silky layer of fruit coming in thereafter. Complex, grippy, svelte and stylish. Long and substantial too. A very good wine, much stronger than my impression 18+ points
Red

2006 Château d'Angludet

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This old favourite has some bright, crunchy and defined fruit on the nose. Quite dark and defined, a good first impression. A nice substance on entry and it maintains a very appealing composition through the middle too. It does have rather a flat character at present, the tannins and acidity seeming quite well hidden, but all the necessary elements are there and this has to have promise. Potentially this is really good. 16+ points
Red

2006 Château Barde-Haut

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This wine has a big, dense, medicinal, cherry and menthol nose, rather reminiscent of cherry cough medicine. Something of a soft and diffuse palate, although there is a lot of structure underneath it, and a very firm array of flavours reflecting those found on the nose. The tannins do have a rather soft edge, but equally the midpalate is a little lean and doesn't cope well with all the raw grip and acid to be found here. 14.5+ points
White

2000 Gilles Barge Condrieu La Solarie

Viognier more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Aging Condrieu isn't generally recommended, and in truth this wasn't one of my annual cellaring experiments; I just happened to come across these bottles from a reliable source at a knock-down price. A pale lemon hue in the glass, and a very organic nose, with wisps of honey and stone, but also a touch of high-toned earthiness, to be honest rather chemically and paint-like. The texture is certainly admirable, the wine still possessing quite a generous flesh in the mouth, the flavours suggestive of dried honey and mint, with touches of mineral and pepper. Despite all these positive notes, however, it all has a rather tired and worn-out feel to it, like a colourful and yet threadbare carpet; its current condition is undeniable, but it also has enough to convince me of the quality with which this wine was perhaps imbued at its birth. Strangely though, I keep coming back to it, it's lingering finish continuing to draw me in. All the same, certainly past its best. 13 points
White

2000 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Trie Spéciale

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A mid-golden hue here, and a fabulous nose; it kicks off with a blast of minerals, hard at first, then it softens up with notes of golden stone fruit and orange pith, and Mediterranean herbs, a complex melange of sage, thyme and bay. But there is no loss of definition to the edges, the wine keeping a very straight and linear polished-stone edge. The palate has developed a very stylish poise, with the almost exotic flesh suggested by the nose, cut through with notes of minerals and ash. Beautiful presence in the mouth, defined but polished, with a little tender-honey to the texture, but a dry and grippy structure underneath. Elements of straw on the palate. Most impressive of all, a slow unfolding of layer after layer of flavour on the finish, herbs and pithy fruit, spreading out like a peacock's tail, and a great length too. Excellent wine. It looks as though my very first assessment at the domaine was a little mean; my excuse is that young Savennières is difficult to judge! No rush here by the way. 17.5 points
Red

2006 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A glossy, vibrant crimson-red hue. Rather a polished style on the nose, showing attractive fresh summer fruits with a little dark, sweet richness to them. Some polished oak too. Rather a dry style on entry, a very reined-in flesh here, softening in the midpalate, showing good fruit, spicy and dark, and good structure too, with a resounding flourish of ripe tannins at the finish. Dark red fruit character, sweetly ripe raspberry moving into darker black cherry, with creamy vanilla on top. A restrained composition on the palate though, and a solid structure. 17+ points
Red

2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A fine and deeply coloured wine here, just a light and fine sediment decanted off. Last time it was all macerated fruit and fresh flowers, this time it still has that rich and bright fruit character but there is a deeper suggestion this time, with some intense, slightly high-toned and gamey fruit. It is still floral, with scents of white flower petals, but overall it seems more Mourvèdre-dominated than ever. The palate starts off defined but with a rich, well-polished and lightly creamy core, brimming with dark cherry, charcoal and white pepper. A brilliant and delicious wine, defined and yet broad. Fine for drinking now, but this will give much more with time I am sure. 18.5+ points
Red

2000 Château Beaumont

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A great depth of colour in the glass, still with a lot of red pigment out at the rim, with just a tinge of oxblood, moving towards a black hue at its core. Rather restrained fruit on the nose, what is there showing a very dark and concentrated character, black and dusty plum, desiccated berries too, especially dried cranberry. A very dry style at the start of the palate, softening a little through the middle with a tightly packed core of dried red-black fruits more than matched by the wine's firm build. Quite an appealing substance, with plenty of bite to the wine, with the grip of the tannins coming in at the sides. And the fruit quality also has some appeal. It just seems rather angular at present, the structure poking out on one side, a jerky elbow of acidity on the other. Good length though. A very nice wine clearly going through an awkward patch at the moment - I had a bottle a couple of months ago which was closed down tight. (16-17?) points
White

2000 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This site lies between Les Preuses to the west, Valmur to the east, and Grenouilles closer to the town. A pale lemon gold in the glass, and thankfully a clean nose; oxidation is always a worry with any white Burgundy these days, but there is no sign of any such problem here. The nose starts off with the scent of lemon cream, and it maintains a creamy white and mineral style throughout. The palate keeps a fine and dry style, elegantly plump and polished, rich but restrained, with a minerally seam as suggested by the nose. A delicious wine, stylish, with hint of bitter pepper on the finish, and a great length. 17.5 points
Red

2008 Château De Blomac Minervois

Red Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This cuvée is a blend of old-vine Syrah (50%), Carignan (30%) and Grenache (20%) with a combined average age of over 40 years. It comes from the vines of Chateau Blomac which are now the focus of a joint venture between Paul Sapin (a Beaujolais-based négociant) and winemaker Olivier Mandeville. The colour is fresh and dark, and the nose speaks of primary Syrah fruit, that dark sweetness which is so difficult to elucidate; my best yet inadequate effort is ripe fruit dusted with brown sugar. There is also a deeper and more grippy nature behind it, reminiscent of dark plum skin. Cool but dense and compact on the start of the palate, a mix of grippy tannins and a lightly creamy core, with gentle but sufficient acidity. This is nicely composed and has a lot of appealing life on the palate, rolling down into a nicely composed finish. All in all this is a nicely put together wine, with good substance, freshness and integration. May well be better with a couple of years of bottle age too as that Syrah-sweetness should settle down. 15.5+ points
Rosť - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Current release. The typically pale yet slightly golden-rosé hue that this non-vintage cuvée usually possesses. The nose has a lovely and dense smoke-tinged fruit character, admittedly very close in style to the Special Cuvée, with notes of peach and light citrus fruits alongside. On the palate it seems very full but composed, elegant and nicely integrated. This is certainly more ready and appealing right now than the Special Cuvée, perhaps it has been hanging around in distribution and retail a little longer? A fine and tingling mousse is part of an overall very stylish composition. This seems to be a consistently delicious cuvée from Bollinger. 17.5+ points
White - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut

Champagne Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Current release. This has a lovely character on the nose, so obviously reflecting the Bollinger style. There are notes of Brazil nut and papery fruit, rounded and expressing a presence yet also suggesting a well-reined in style. But it has a crunchy definition. And that's just how it comes across on the palate, showing here an exuberant and youthful mousse with a broad, polished and harmonious style. This seems still rather eager to please at present but all the necessary promise is here. Leave for a year or two and it should be delicious. 17+ points
Red

2006 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A dark, intense, rather meaty style on the nose, perfumed too, rich and characterful. Slightly high-toned and expressive, this is intriguing and fresh. In the same vein the palate is supple and bright, the substance broad and yet lifted by the underlying tannic grip, the fresh core of acidity and most of all the perfumed, dark and gritty fruits. This is a very impressive wine both for the chateau and the vintage. Well done Branaire! 17+ points
Red

2006 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
An attractive perfume, soft but gently smoky, overall quite appealing. A very soft character on the palate, but then more substance in the middle. A nice little suggestion of grit here, this is a wine with some tangible substance. Soft and slightly chewy tannins, and fresh acids. Another competent wine which if it firms up with a little bottle age will drink well. I like the aromatics though; this could have real appeal to those looking for genuine old-school Margaux. Certainly better than my 2007 barrel sample suggested. 15.5 points
Red

2000 Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie

Syrah more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A dark hue when decanted, and a surprising amount of fresh looking sediment. The nose seems more evolved than my last tasting, remarkably so, with a wealth of roasted meats, game and bacon, alongside spice notes, of cinnamon, cloves and tobacco, over ripe plum fruit. Considering it is not such a successful vintage for the northern Rhône there is a really good flesh and structure here, after a somewhat lean start, and from this point of view it certainly remains rather primary in character. The fruit is vibrant, less plummy here, with a more crunchy, cranberry, summer berry style, with plenty of acidity and a reserved character. It needs time to open up in the glass, showing much better after a couple of hours of air. Still some good potential here. 17+ points
Red

2006 Caiarossa Caiarossa Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
The blend of Caiarossa in this vintage is very similar to that in 2004, although with one or two slight differences. Sangiovese leads with 23%, followed by 22% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lesser components include 8% Alicante, 6% each Syrah and Petit Verdot and 2% Mourvèdre. In the glass the wine has a dark and leathery-claretty hue. It takes a couple of hours to open out on the nose, so if drinking it at this tender age bear that in mind. It starts off all tight and crystalline, but with some time in the decanter it reveals aromas suggestive of a little more depth and substance, starting with a little leather, although overall its character remains intense in a crunchy-spiky style. There are cherry skins and cranberries, smoke, and nuances of dry spices to the fruit, with notes of cinnamon and cloves. More than that though it has a stony, minerally and slightly earthy-savoury character. The palate is full, tense, with the crunchy and minerally composition suggested by the nose, and a layer of bright fruit with a very dry core of robust tannins. The texture of the wine lags behind the tannic structure somewhat, and in that respect this wine resembles the 2008 Médocs to some extent. Not only the distance between the tannic backbone and the fruit, but also the spiky, crystallised-fruit character. The finish shows a dry coating of tannins with a very robust presence which really need to integrate. Not in the same league as the delightful 2004, but charming and cellar-worthy; I suspect this needs another 5-8 years at least. 16.5+ points
Red

2006 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A crimson-red hue here. A touch of exoticism to the fruit character, bright and crunchy definition, with a slightly smoky, sweet crumble character to it. The oak again. Suggestive if good fruit density though. Rather a solid composition in the palate, a soft shell of fruit, within which there is a thin seam of tannin which shows more on the finish. Nice acidity and freshness here. Elegant but reserved rather than flattering, Stylish and for classicists. Will need time. 17+ points
Red

2006 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Glossy, dark crimson hue. Deep and very nuanced character to the fruit here, darker than some, black cherry more than anything else. Spicy depth to it as well, the oak here bringing an almost wild and feral element to it. The palate is quite flashily put together, creamy on entry with the underpinnings of tannin and acidity well tucked in beneath the skirt of fruit. Very polished, very finely composed, and with a touch of silk about it. Lovely effort. 18+ points
Red

2006 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Earthy, green peppercorn style on the nose. A soft palate, supple, with not a lot of vigour. A nice substance though, slightly stewed red fruits with a chalky edge, and slightly chewy tannins too, around a moderate core of structure. Quite stemmy and stalky and austere overall. Certainly an interesting composition, with a good, robust character. 15+ points
White - Sparkling

2008 Vincent Carême Vouvray Pétillant L'Ancestrale

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
Residual sugar here between 17 and 18 g/l. A pale straw-gold in the glass, with a very gentle bead of fine bubbles. The nose is lovely, all bittersweet fruits, orange zest and blossom, alongside that honey-mineral partnership that you only ever really find in Vouvray. Gorgeously seductive on the palate, that residual sugar making an immediate impact, but there is a lovely citrus-sherbet vivacity to it as well. Full, creamy, yet crisp and lively, this has a delightful presence. There is a polished gras to it originating with the sugar, but also a very precise character giving it definition, a quality that comes from the wine's needle-fine acidity and tight little mousse. Powdery-chalky minerality sits behind it all. In the finish, long and appealingly bitter. What more can I say? This is just divine; I could drink this by the bucket-load. 18+ points
Red

2000 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
A lovely dark hue, a very intense level of colour at the core, out to a dusty but still colour-rich rim. The nose is fine and impressive, showing plenty of sweet fruit reflecting the warmth of the vintage, with a darker character than I remember, led by black cherry with a svelte and smoky edge to it. It seems a little less green than my last tasting earlier in the year, although there is still a background trace of peppercorn; I like it, although what I find here is much more in keeping with the vintage. The palate is broad, full of well-judged creamy texture and well-polished style, the tannins soft and sweetly ripe, giving an appealingly gentle grip to it, sitting very comfortably behind the fruit and moderate acidity. Primary although approachable, long, and still full of potential, this needs some time yet before it will really shine. 17 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2000 Domaine Cauhapé Jurançon Noblesse du Temps

Petit Manseng more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This is the wine made from Cauhapé's December harvest. A rich and golden hue. It has appeal to the eye, but it has even more appeal on the nose, which is stunning on one hand, ethereal on the other. The vibrant fruit aromas have pineapple characteristics, peaches too, all smothered in cream and then dusted with a smoky, gunpowdery, minerally spritz. It is, quite simply, gorgeous. The palate has all this in spades, with brilliant and vibrant acidity twisted with a smoking and volcanic minerality, with lots of grip and vigour too. Delicious sweetness, great fruit vibrancy, great depth and texture too. A sweet but savoury and substantial wine. Overall, brilliant. 18.5 points
Red

2000 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
This wine has certainly moved on a little since my last bottle, a year ago. I've never been hugely impressed by it, having tasted it on several occasions, but this one is certainly showing better. A good, rich hue, dark and matt, with a fine sediment. The nose has developed very nicely, still with the garrigue scent seen previously, but also juniper berry, smoke, charcoal and savoury smoked meats. Deliciously savage on the palate, pure in terms of texture, with grippy, rather precise tannins through the middle that rage and dominate on the finish, where there is a little heat too. Much more pleasing in terms of flavour though, and the structure to keep going too. Most definitely deserving of a higher score, and I can't wait to see how the next bottle shows. 16.5 points
White

2007 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
From vines averaging 25 years of age, fermented in tank and barrel with malolactic, matured in tank and small barrels for 12 months. Not that expressive on the nose, lightly polished oak which also comes through on the palate, appropriate and not out of keeping with the wine. There is also a suggestion of lift here, although it is subtle. Rather a well-rounded substance in the mouth, soft and unfocused at first, although with more grip and a brighter character to the fruit in the midpalate. Here it shows a little more zing and promise, as suggested on the nose. Good potential but needs 3-5 years. 16+ points
White

2008 La Chablisienne Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
November 2010
From vines averaging 25 years of age, fermented in tank and barrel with malolactic, matured in tank and small barrels for 15 months. This has a much more solid character on the nose than the Côtes de Léchet, a different vintage of course. Polished fruit here, with a nice substance on the palate, very substantial, a creamy citrus fruit character coming through the middle amongst the oak which is also present here. It has a robust style. A great presence in the finish though, savoury and full. Nice stuff. 16+ points
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