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Red

2003 Château des Annereaux

Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A mature hue, rather a medicinal nose, with hot cherries and candy cough-sweets. Rather stretched out on the palate, with some grip underneath it all, some texture, but a prominent medicinal character as found on the nose. I really don't like this. 12 points
Red

2005 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
There are some deliciously lively aromatics here, this wine possessing a pure, crunchy, slightly smoky redcurrant and cranberry nose. It is very finely composed on the palate, with a very ripe and rounded nature, and with plenty of substance despite the crisp character of the nose. This firm, meaty presence of fruit is wrapped around a core of delightfully ripe tannins. This has great potential. 17.5+ points
Red

2006 Aurora Vineyard Syrah

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Bottled under screwcap. This wine has It has a fine, dark, enticing core which gives way at the rim to a dark, pink-purple rim. The nose is also appealing, with aromas of white pepper and plums, and blackberries just on the edge of ripeness, so that they retain their refreshing tang. But this is not a wine characterised by simple fruit, as there are little nuances of roasted meat and a smoky-flinty-mineral note alongside these characteristics. The palate has a lovely style, not at all short on texture or weight, and is in fact a little creamy, but it is cut through with a cool and incisive acidity which runs right through the midpalate and lingers on the finish. There is plenty of dark fruit flavour, plenty of spice and pepper, and overall it is delicious...and maybe it would do well in the cellar too? 17+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1999 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A second vintage of this wine. This has a mid-golden hue. It is very fresh on the nose, with attractive lightly honey-coated fruits. On the palate it is typical Bastor, with a lighter style than some others, fresh and delicate rather than opulent, but nicely lifted by an incisive blood orange acidity. This is very true to style for Bastor, which often seems to show this firm body of acids I think. Good. 15.5+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A pale golden wine, with a nose of honey, vanilla and lanolin. It is plump, creamy, rich and resinous, although it lightens up somewhat through the midpalate. Not as much flavour here as the texture demands, and lower acidity than is often the case with Bastor. There isn't the usual definition I expect. Good though. 15.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Lightness and freshness here, as is typical of Bastor I think. The palate has a lovely, cleansing style, with light pineapple and apple fruit to the fore, with spice and pepper bringing up the rear. Good midpalate texture, although it fades away a little thereafter. Good fruit though. (15.5-16) points
Red

2005 Château Batailley

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This has a very open, accessible nose with some nice summer fruit character. The palate is immediately seen to have a very soft style, with a lot of texture and a wealth of ripe, chewy, mouth-coating tannins. It has a very flashy, slightly meaty toffee-tinged flavour and along with this there is rather low acidity. Unsurprisingly it all rounds off in a big, grippy finish. A touch overdone for me. Nice wine, but this will never be great. 16+ points
Red

2005 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
An aromatic, plummy, dusty style of fruit on the nose here, with a spicy character and also just a little touch of heat. It has a soft and rounded texture on entry, initially showing a rather soft and elegant style which was perhaps a touch unfocused. Then there are plenty of ripe and chewy tannins which are certainly more apparent at the finish. Possibly a touch heavy on the extraction, but quiet a nice style nevertheless. 16.5+ points
Red

2004 Château de Bel-Air Lalande de Pomerol

Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
The colour here is fading in a fairly advanced fashion for a 2004 I think. The nose is certainly interesting, showing an unusual, seashell-stony character, and a little fleeting note of organic compost. The body has appeal, although it is rather dry and a touch oaky still, and there are some slightly coarse tannins. The finish is gritty and marked by a little caramel and toffee. This is merely decent. 14 points
Red

2005 Château Belair

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
An appealing nose, with ripe plummy and herby fruit, with a layer of nutty oak showing through. The palate is attractive, with a rather complete and gentle style compared to many other wines. Elegant rather than forceful, well composed, with a firm acid backbone providing some freshness. Underneath it there is good structure. Very typical understated Belair style; certainly promising potential here. 17.5+ points
Red

2005 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Very deep, pure fruit here, with exotic perfumed violets and white pepper. This has plenty of interest to offer! Pure, a little lighter in style than some, a lifted character, with cherry and cranberry freshness of fruit. A great acid backbone, nicely defined, with an elegant, well composed style. A very fine Beychevelle indeed. 17+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2006 Black Ridge Gewürztraminer Late Harvest

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Bottled under a DIAM cork. This has a very pale, almost water-clear colour. On the nose, nobody could fail to spot this as Gewurztraminer - it has a very typical perfumed, rather soapy nose, with plenty of lychee too. The palate has a good structure, fresh and lively, with some residual carbon dioxide providing a valuable lift. Overall though, it has a rather soft presence, and a slightly bitter, weighty, resinous style. It is certainly interesting. 14.5 points
Red

2006 Black Ridge Pinot Noir

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Bottled under a DIAM cork. This has a vibrant, ruby-red garnet hue, and a nose as bright as anything, brimming over with leafy cherry, raspberry, cranberry and beetroot character, this is quite delightful. The palate has a fresh and leaner style than many wines out of Central Otago - or possibly this is a characteristic of the 2006 vintage? Lots of pithy acidity, cranberry brightness, and an incisive character, underpinned by a soft and chalky spine of tannins. Fresh and clean, with just a little extract for weight, this is another wine fine for drinking now although there is no hurry. 16.5 points
Red

2005 Château Bouscaut

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This is appealing, crisp and crunchy. One the palate it is plump and rounded, with a nice, slightly bitter grip and a gentle, tannic structure. A firm acid backbone. This has quite some appeal, and there is a lot of grip on the finish. Good. 16+ points
White

2005 Château Bouscaut Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sauvignon Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This has a powerful, grapefruit, leafy, greengagey purity, with just a little buttercream richness. It has an appealing style, with a touch of fatness, and a rather soft midpalate. It is rounded, with a soft and subtle backbone of acidity. This reflects the warmth of the vintage no doubt, and I would prefer it if it was a little more prominent. Nice minerally depth and finish though. Good style. 15.5 points
Red

2005 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
The nose here shows attractive fruit aromatics, with plenty of very open cherry and raspberry characteristics. When I tasted this en primeur I noted that it needed to flesh out a little, and indeed the palate shows it has done just that. It has a fairly dense structure with a full, creamy, rather seamless composition. There is a firm core of tannin hidden beneath. This seems much less paradoxical in its nature than when I last tasted it, but the likely outcome is no different. This should be just fine. 17+ points
Red

2005 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A very appealing and pure style, with good fruit, still with some nutty oak, but overall very serious and appropriate. It has a ripe, rather flashy style on the palate, but with a very fresh redcurrant fruit profile, with some rather herby fruit. It is rather soft and elegant, but still with a little masculine structure underneath, and there is more substance here than in many other vintages of Brane-Cantenac. Very good. (16.5-17+) points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2002 Château Briatte Cuvée Spéciale

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This has a fairly light hue, with an interesting array of smoky, powdered rocks and minerals on the nose. The palate follows on from this beginning, spiced with pineapple and honeyed fruits presented in a very firm, acidic frame. Bright, tingling freshness, even a little nettly. This is decent stuff. 14.5 points
White - Sweet/Dessert

1995 Château Broustet

Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A fairly rich, golden hue on inspection. The nose is certainly distinctive, with a rather organic nose, with notes of smoky hillside bracken and minerals. There is a core of mineral on the palate, but it seems quite disjointed and separate from the rest of the wines. Around it there is a texture and a fruit profile matching the nose, but overall it seems a touch steely and stripped out. 13.5 points
Red

2004 Château de Candale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A very dark wine with rather sandy character on the nose, with some plummy notes alongside. Clean, attractive and perhaps even exuberant though, and on the palate it shows a plummy, dark, and grippy style. There is still a little nutty oak resolving, and a creamy, rounded texture underpinned by a good structure. Appealing wine. (16-16.5+) points
Red

2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This has a very flashy, plummy nose. Exuberant style. There is a core of ripe tannins on the palate, which are prominent and firm, but they are well matched by a firm backbone of acidity and a lovely, dense fruit profile. Textured. A big and impressive style, with an awful lot going on here. A little on the edge but overall really excellent with fine potential. (18-18.5+) points
Red

2005 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
Here we have a big, fruit-rich nose, spiced with toffee oak and pepper. The texture at the start has appeal, it is flashy but not overly rich, although underneath there is a rather hard character. The fruit is perhaps a little leaner than some, and there is a pile of grippy tannin lying over it all, tannins which when tasting en primeur I described as "supple". In the final blend they seem nothing of the sort, showing a huge, chewy, overbearing, presence. The acidity is good, and it has the feel of a wine teetering on the edge of over-extraction. It lacks a little focus, and doesn't hold the short-term promise I thought it once did. I have moved my score in a downwards direction. 15+ points
Red

2005 Château Carbonnieux

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
There are attractive, black fruit aromas on the nose here, but also a faint lacing of tobacco, something I would not expect to see until the wine is more mature. It has a good concentration of fruit, and a slightly burnt, charcoaly character. The composition is soft and supple to the fore, but behind it there is quite a bit of grip and an attractive, bitter streak. Overall this wine is unassuming and nicely put together. 16+ points
White

2004 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
A lovely nose, still showing a touch of oak, but with some appealing lanolin and toast notes coming through from the Semillon. Full and dry, fresh, nicely defined, not exactly laser-like in its precision but nice, firm and pithy structure. Leafy and nettly at the edges. Coming along really nicely I think, and there is a fine future here. 17+ points
White

2005 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2007
This is a purer style, very slightly honeyed, with a floral and aromatic character on the nose, with notes of vanilla and buttercream alongside the flower petals. Full and fat impact on the palate, with more creamy vanilla character. Soft, rounded, very direct and structured in terms of grip and substance, and overall it has delicious style. It has some acidity, but not in the assertive character of some other recent vintages. 16+ points
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