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  • 2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    Decanted three hours. Dark, uncompromisingly so on both nose and palate, with slightly grainy tannins and a currently rather unapproachable demeanour. There are aspects of it that are undeniably impressive but I found nothing to really love about this as it stands. Clearly not everyone wants to swoon over their Pauillac but where is the joy when wine is this structured and monolithic? Leave 5 years.

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  • 2003 Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Kirchenpfad Riesling Auslese

    In terms of pure deliciousness this has to be the best wine I have drunk this year. I use this rather puerile description because it engenders a child-like sense of excitement about the prospect of another sip. It seems to sparkle rather than fizz upon entry such is the energising effect of its acidity. Then, just as one expects some form of vinous sherbet fountain, it glides over the tongue with the weightlessness I love in great Auslese. Before I get too carried away, which of course I am, it may lack something in the midpalate, but then, once more, wow! A never-ending finsh of lemon curd, star anise, stone fruits and, er, pastry. A pudding in a glass, but a fantastically light, delicate palate cleanser worthy of the finest patissier.

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  • 2003 Château Duhart-Milon

    First bottle of a case. Bought on the basis of some glowing recent CT notes (and consequent 3 hour decant) and Parker's 2014 assessment. I was worried about other professional reviews hinting at some heat and atypical spice. During my first sip (and presumably their only) both these aspects were admittedly slightly noticeable - if one was looking as hard as I was. Even so I couldn't stop a smile spreading across my face as I simultaneously realised that I was absolutely delighted with my purchase. The subsequent glasses only reaffirmed my initial opinion: this is a fantastic claret which cannot fail to disappoint all but the most ardent classicists. The alcohol is almost completely disguised after the first mouthful (and I am particularly sensitive to heat) and the tannins are managed as smoothly as one would hope for in a good cru classé. If one were to pick holes then perhaps it does not completely coat one's tongue but for me this is another example of the wonderful stage some of the 2003 clarets are currently at. I would say though that the last glass was certainly no better than the first, so future improvements seem unlikely. Enjoy, enormously, over the next few years.

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