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2009 Coche-Bizouard Auxey-Duresses

Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Really delicious, ripe black fruit, mineral and fresh, hint of smoky oak, lovely balance and weight, hint of "animale", good depth, elegant style and grippy tannins, pure and transparent, energy and drive; good length.

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2005 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Chardonnay more

5/25/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

Showing well today - there seems to be some bottle variation. Intense but lively yellow; impressive and complex nose with lots of oyster shell, hints of wood smoke, salted butter and creamy lemon and a whiff of flowers; very good intensity on the palate too, a relatively warm and broad style (the 2004 is much more linear) but the acidity and mineral energy have retained their grip (unlike with the 2006); complete finish, subtle bitters, very good length. A successful marriage of power and finesse. At peak.

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2007 Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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5/24/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Open and juicy, rich and fresh, ripe but bright Grenache fruit, elegant style, lovely balance, velvety tannins, some nutty depth, garrigue, good length. Drinking well, another five years in hand.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut

Cornwall more

5/24/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Still going strong after seven years. Initial hint of reduction on the nose, delicious ripe red berry fruit, touch of smoke, hint of honey; highish acidity and ditto dosage deliver an attractive fruit cocktail on the palate, juicy and with the gentle intensity of age; mineral finish, very good length.

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2006 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Erstes Gewächs

Rheingau more

5/24/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

Rich, ripe fruit, honey, full and rounded but with balancing freshness, energetic and mineral, lovely complexity of flowers, earth and spice, harmonious, attractive bitters, very good length but that back-end heat just won't go away... At peak, drink now - 2021.

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White

2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina

Hondarrabi Zuri more

5/24/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 88 points

A very authentic Getariako Txakolina, crisp to the point of being acidic, bright and lively without even a hint of sweetness, light body (11% ABV) hint of carbon dioxide, mineral, ripe green apple and the smell of the surf of the Bay of Biscay. Memories of San Sebastián indeed.

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2011 Quinta do Vale Meão Porto Vintage

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Deep, dark, masculine, spices, plums and black cherries, real energy and drive, sturdy tannins, rough edge, intense and rich, warm and long.

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Red - Fortified

2011 Quinta Vale D. Maria Porto Vintage

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 95 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Elegant style, raspberries and flowers, feminine, silky, ripe but energetic, charming, transparent, cool and mineral, medium sweet, precise, pure, wonderful tannic, exquisite balance and freshness. A most Burgundian vintage port. Stunning.

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Red

2010 Quinta de Roriz Douro Prazo de Roriz

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 85 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Light, juicy, jammy-sweet, unripe tannins combined with almost nutty overripe fruit, harsh edge. Not for me.

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2011 Prats and Symington Douro Chryseia

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Wonderful purity and balance, classic composition, "claret from the Douro", velvety, noble oak, youthful, complex, deep, harmonious, quite a technical wine but extremely well made.

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Red

2011 Wine & Soul Douro Pintas Character

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 92 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Slightly rustic style, ripe fruit, slightly dusty, has freshness and great mineral energy, tobacco, liquorice, very good length. Develops well in the glass. Needs time.

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2009 Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro C.V. ("Curriculum Vitae")

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Beautiful nose, harmonious, aniseed, granite, ripe fruit, complete, open, deep, warm, oak spice, complex, floral touches; wonderful presence on the palate, elegant, firm but ripe and finely grained tannins; a wine with line and length. Outstanding.

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Red

2011 Quinta do Vale Meão Douro Monte Meao

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Cherries, slightly lactic, spices, modern, floral, fresh, attractive, light flavours, medium body, pure phenolics from the skins. Expensive.

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Red

2005 Quinta de Foz de Arouce Vinho Regional Beiras Tinto Vinhas Velhas

Baga more

5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): 100% Baga, aged for 18 months in new Allier barriques. Wonderfully pure Baga character, dusty and very tannic but good integration, lapsang, leather, soft fruit, slender, refreshing, lovely balance, very good length. Excellent wine, but lacks the complexity and charm for a higher score.

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Red

2011 Quinta de Foz de Arouce Vinho Regional Beiras Tinto

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): A blend of 80% Baga and 20% Touriga Nacional, aged in two year old oak barrels. Lovely nose, violets and cherries, open, hint of oak, attractive phenolic grip, slender but supple, medium body, clean flavours, good length. Excellent QPR.

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Red

2011 Quinta do Centro Alentejo Pedra e Alma

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 88 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): A blend of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira. Ripe fruit, plums, fleshy, oak spice, well-integrated oak, good depth, good intensity and length, drying finish. Solid and savoury but lacks harmony and finesse - a bit disjointed.

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Red

2012 M.O.B. Dão Quinta do Corujão

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 86 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): A blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfroceiro and Jaen. Light. bright fruit, modern, cherry, allspice, refreshing acidity, gentle tannins, more than a hint of dryness on the finish, unripe phenolics. Expensive.

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White

2013 Wine & Soul Douro Guru

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: NR

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Field blend, not more than 5,000 bottles produced annually, 144 bottles imported in NL. Very oaky nose, tannic palate, the wood dominates the fruit, not sure whether it has the energy and weight of fruit to find its balance with time. Not rated.

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White

2014 Filipa Pato FP Bical & Arinto

Beira Atlântico White Blend more

5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 88 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): The Bical was aged in new Allier barriques for three months to season the barrels. Lovely marriage of lemony freshness and some fleshy weight, yellow apple and pear, slightly resinous finish. Reminds me of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc.

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2014 Foral de Melgaço Alvarinho

Vinho Verde more

5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 89 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Hint of reduction on the nose, floral, perfumed, citrus, good depth, box tree; lovely balance, elegant, steely, lees ageing adds some richness; good length.

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2014 Quinta do Alivio Vinho Verde

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5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 87 points

Académie des Cinquante Portugal Tasting (Diner Thuis, The Hague, NL): Very floral nose, lovely hint of sweetness, light, apple, pear; pleasant palate, supple, very light body, refreshing acidity, slightly lactic, sweetish fruit flavours; fresh and fragrant finish. Very Germanic.

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Red

2010 Domaine d'Ardhuy Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Clous

Pinot Noir more

5/23/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

Pure, bright red fruit, energetic, elegant, silk and sauvage, supple and refreshing, well-integrated acidity, hint of cream, ripe phenolics, good length. At restaurant RIJKS, Amsterdam, NL.

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White

2012 Faiveley Meursault

Chardonnay more

5/22/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 91 points

Classic Meursault, rich but fresh, mealy and with ripe fruit (creamy lemon, peach), intense, well-integrated oak, lively and harmonious, juicy acidity, savoury and sturdy, good harmony and length. Excellent stuff. At restaurant De Lage Vuursche, Lage Vuursche, NL.

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White

2009 de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé Baron de L

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/22/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

A really beautiful Baron de L, all about harmony, balance and finesse as per usual, very slightly riper because of the warm vintage but with perfectly integrated juicy acidity, lovely elegance and tension, flavours of lemon, chalk, white peach and green herbs; very good length. Delicious, forward but stylish. At restaurant De Lage Vuursche, Lage Vuursche, NL.

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2008 Château Tournefeuille

Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/21/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 87 points

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. Lively colour, medium deep, starting to mature; old-fashioned nose, cheese rind, some cherry fruit, earth and a hint of spice, good depth; slender palate, drying tannins, refreshing acidity, clean flavours; complete finish, hint of cherry stones, good length.

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