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Red

1989 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This stands up very well against the Tignanello of the same vintage. The colour is a step up again, ruby red at the core, out to a fading but not wide bricky rim. Still lots of fruit here on the nose, with the lovely polished sweetness that you get with old Chianti, but still showing substance and a frame of clean elements which belie this wines age. There is a fine almost chewy substance on the palate too, with a more bold structure beneath the leathery and spicy perfume. This has a lot of appeal, and like the Tignanello it still has room to develop further. Lovely. 17 points
Red

2005 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
The same young vintage as the Tignanello served alongside, and this wine stands up extremely well in comparison. It is intense although really quite withdrawn at present on the nose. There is an impressive substance to the palate though, showing a real depth of concentrated fruit, bringing a rather meaty, gamey, furry character to the wine. There is a good backbone of structure and a firm acidity too though. Plenty of ripe tannin though the middle and at the end, all very nicely composed. This is well set up for the future. 17.5+ points
Red

1989 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This wine has a much more promising colour than the Martinenga Barbaresco, which preceded it, and a more impressive array of aromas too. There is a greater sweetness to the fruit, but still with a very typical Sangiovese character of leather and custard powder. An elegant substance on the palate, well defined at first, building a little through the midpalate to show some restrained flesh, very harmonious, with the sweet, leathery complex patina of age to match the nose. This certainly has some appeal, and there is depth and substance here too. An impressive wine which some regard as one of the best examples of Tignanello ever made. I don't have the breath of experience with Tignanello to comment on that, but this is certainly very good indeed. 17.5 points
Red

2005 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This wine has a very youthful and vibrant hue. The aromas are intense and concentrated with cherry fruit, quite gamey with substantial character on the nose. There is certainly plenty of promise here. The palate shows a great combination of substance and structure, showing the young, biting, acidic substance of barely adolescent Sangiovese with a fine backbone and a little vein of tannins behind it all. This is really attractive and full of promise. It needs time in the cellar, another 3-5 years at least I think. 18+ points
Red

2008 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This is classic d'Armailhac on the nose, showing a good wealth of fruit and also a nice Pauillac spice. The palate is nicely judged, perhaps towards the lean side, rather diffuse in the middle, although it has substance, good fresh acidity and there are some nicely judged tannins which appear on the finish. Aromatically it's very pleasing and I think as the palate comes together this should do very nicely. A light crystalline-smokiness adds some appeal. A little length, some grip here too. An attractive wine. 16.5+ points
White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Château Bastor-Lamontagne

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Fine fruit here, pineapple and honey with touches of orange and lemon, all wrapped up in a crystalline character. Slightly gritty, with some fatness on the palate, supple yet grippy, with a nice fruit quality, although very pure, defined and citrusy as Bastor often is. Lovely bright acidity though, with a nicely fat texture. And piles of substance. Not much in the way of botrytis or deep complexity but the latter will come I hope. Impressive for the estate. 16 points
Red

2008 Château Batailley

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This has some really attractive creamy fruit on the nose, solid, polished but open and evocative. And there is a nice hit of Pauillac spicy-pencil shaving to it as well. A supple wine on entry, rather flat and diffuse here but showing a little more rounded body through the midpalate and plenty of peppery substance underneath it all. Nice, polished finish. It still has that rather loose-knit feel I find in a lot of vintages of Batailley but this is still young to be fair. And given time I think it could work very well. 16+ points
Red

2008 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Attractively sweet fruit on the nose, smoky and nicely concentrated, with lots of lovely but well judged spice. A supple and well-judged palate on entry in terms of texture, and in the middle it builds in terms of substance, extract and grip. Good tannins, good acidity, with a sufficient layer of fruit to keep them in check. It seems a little soft and fuzzy at the edges, not superbly focused but this should firm up with time in bottle I hope. Aromatically it certainly appeals and this could be a little better than my score suggests if the palate comes together. 17+ points
Red

2008 Château Beauregard

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
A nicely polished colour and plenty of nutty, cakey-Merlot fruit on the nose. Very primary but clean and stylish. The palate has a very supple texture through the start, then in the middle there is more grip with a touch of sooty ash. The tannins show an over-powering domination though the middle of the wine. This is intense, and with a remarkably bitter streak to it. Compared to its en primeur showing it has a much more heavily worked and extracted character. It really pushes the limit for me. (15.5-16.) points
Red

2008 Château Beychevelle

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Dark and rather smoky nose, a honeyed oak quality, a good depth of fruit, dark and even a little brooding despite the evident polish to it. The quality comes through on the palate too though, where there are dark berries in abundance along with a firm layer of sooty tannin. Good substance but with a rather loose-knit composition although this will come together with time. Firm and tannic finish. 17.5+ points
Red

2008 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Dark, warm and slightly woody fruit here, rather tightly closed rather than evocative at first, although returning to it later did reveal a greater depth of more polished fruit. Moderate weight on entry at best, a lighter style through the midpalate where it is a little woody and the tannins come to dominate in the midpalate. Like Saint-Pierre, rather more grippy and structured than the fruit can handle at present. Dark and sooty. A vin de garde which will require long cellaring. (16.5-17+) points
Red

2008 Château Brane-Cantenac

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This has a light and slightly nutty red fruit that seems typical for this estate's wines when in their youth; this is lightly perfumed, a touch gravelly, overall gently appealing but no more than that. The palate has a light and crunchy style of fruit, with a red berry flavour, a soft texture with a chalky edge, sitting on a gentle underpinning of tannins and acid. Attractive, although in a very lean style. 14.5+ points
White

2008 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Sainte Céline

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Stainless steel fermentation with subsequent malolactic. Aged on its lees for two months. Rather smoky and minerally on the nose, complicated by a little residual sulphur that needs to dissipate. A good presence on the palate though, showing rather golden fruit, but with a very fresh style despite the weight and substance there is here. Behind the sulphur there is a good wine I think. Give it time in the cellar to see it at its best. 15.5+ points
White

2008 Paul Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Another wine from the Brocard family, the wine made by Julien Brocard in each case. Fifty-year old vines here, alcoholic fermentation in tank with indigenous yeasts, malolactic then élevage in 100-hectolitre foudres. This is rather nicely polished in style, although with slightly sweet fruit on the nose. The fruit has a slightly dried character to it, although that can work well in Burgundy. A nice substance on the palate, a touch sweet at the edges but there is an appealing structure to it. And a touch of sweet apple fruit too. While attractive, I don't find it classically redolent of grand cru Chablis. But you can certainly drink it. 14.5 points
White - Off-dry

1989 Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Auslese

Pfalz more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
A more golden substance here than the Loosen. Smoky and minerally, with dark and sweet apricot-infused fruit. There follows a fine, upstanding, very solid substance on the palate, bold and firm rather than dynamic, with a slightly sour character to the fruit. An interesting style - this should keep going but I'm not sure it will improve much from here. Drink or hold, although there is little point in the latter I feel. 16.5 points
White

2008 Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Großes Gewächs

Pfalz more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Chalky minerality to the fore here, together with a light and fresh fruit with a rather sweet and herby edge to it. The palate shows a quite dry character of course, this being a wine classed as Grosse Gewachs, with plenty of spice and mineraliness underneath. Quite substantial, but also quite punchy through the middle; it will be interesting to see how this ages. Will it match the depth, interest and longevity of more traditional styles? 16+ points
Red

2008 Château de Camensac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Rather appealing with some dark and sweet fruit here, lightly tinged with violets, and on the palate some good depth to the fruit. The structure is quite soft and rounded but there is a good grip of tannins beneath and there is lively acidity too. Most of all there is an appealing edge of perfume to the fruit. Softly composed but it may well come together; overall this has some promise. 15.5+ points
White

2009 Camino San Pablo Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo

Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León White Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
A blend of 51% Sauvignon Blanc and 49% Verdejo from the Storks' Tower estate in Valladolid. High altitude (550-650m) vineyards, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel. Really very fresh and expressive on the nose although it does not suggest concentration. Moving into yellow fruit, with a touch of butter cream, and obviously ripe fruit. Fresh and fairly substantial on the palate, rather solid, with an aromatic character like the nose, which flattens out in the middle. A touch oily too. I was surprised to see it only has 12.5%- the benefit of the cooler, higher vineyards I suspect. 14 points
Red

2008 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Sweet and aromatic, with black fruits, rich and expressive. The palate is perhaps lacking a little focus but there is a lot of potential here, including a wealth of sooty black fruits and ripe tannins, certainly extracted but not over-done. And there is acidity too, well-judged and perhaps rather subtle but it is there. There is quite a fine if rather punchy harmony of elements here and I suspect this will yield a very stylish glass of wine given 10-15 years in the cellar. Very good indeed. 17.5+ points
White

2008 Chanson Père et Fils Meursault

Chardonnay more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Fermented in barrel with fifteen months in oak thereafter. On the nose it also has a slightly dried-fruit character, with candied lemon, carrying through onto the palate where there is a rather bright and pervasive structure, with plenty of crunchy lemon and melon fruit. It has appeal, but it is very intense and certainly primary at present. The trick here would be to wait and give this time in the cellar I think. With that treatment this could surely develop some appeal. (15.5-16+) points
Red

2007 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Bernardine

Red Rhone Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from a number of different vineyards. Vinified in concrete tanks over three weeks with a permissive approach to temperature. The nose certainly has plenty of young Syrah and Grenache character, very much at the orange peel end of the spectrum; a zesty overlay on top of some red fruit and cherries, them some chalk. Quite supple and sweetly textured in the upper layers, over a chalky-grippy core, but with a strange roast-meat-Bovril element to it. Texturally though it is very appealing. Could the rest of the wine come good as it evolves? 15.5+? points
Red

1989 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

Pinot Noir more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This ageing Burgundy has a pale and maturing hue, still with a red core but rather dusty and bricky in a very wide rim. An elegantly soft and sweet nose of maturity, with a little undergrowthy perfume to it. It has a nice presence on the palate, light at the start but then firming up a little in the midpalate. But although it does so the perfume seems to fade away at this point. To be fair this is holding up well but it isn't a tremendously evocative bottle. 15.5 points
Red

2006 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

Pinot Noir more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
This wine has a rather bright and vibrant hue, with an intense but not deep cherry red. Obviously youthful on the nose too, with very primary cherry fruit to the fore. On the palate a nicely composed substance, a rather quiet structure to it, and a very bold presence of fruit hidden within an ungiving shell, hard and composed, with good acids in the background. This seems very simple at present, but it has the substance to age nicely. 16+ points
Red

2008 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
A really appealing almost creamy layer of fruit here, very dark in character, smoky and plummy, with just a hint of welcome sweetness. Grippy, complex, concentrated and interesting, with a lovely quality of fruit on the palate, broad and very well-formed, overall a very convincing style. This is really attractive, grippy and slightly sooty, with a well-composed finish. An excellent effort which wipes the floor with many of the offerings from the Médoc. 17.5+ points
White

2008 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

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, Chris Kissack
October 2010
Pure fruit, lifted, high-toned even and lightly volatile. Green fruit character, hints of passion fruit but overall more greengagey in all honesty. Rather bold and broad rather than elegant on the palate, big and well-styled but in possession of more texture and substance than delicacy or finesse. There is some nice acidity coming through in the midpalate though. A touch of fruit pastille-sweetness at the end. I suspect this will develop more interest with time although it isn't a wine of the very high level of quality that this domaine has attained in other recent vintages. 17+ points
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