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  • 1978 Château Léoville Barton

    A beautiful bottle of fully mature claret. Garnet/brick red and fairly pale, although wonderfully translucent and visually enticing. After 30 minutes open -- not decanted -- the bottle gave aromas of dried fruit and flowers, cigar box and forest floor. There was a slight menthol effect as well, although very evanescent. On the palate, long, rich and profound, with the retro-olfaction adding to the impression of a breadth of flavors that was quite astonishing, from grilled meat to candied strawberries to beef jerky. It went beautifully with a seared filet steak. Really delicious.

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  • 2007 Domaine Dublère Corton-Charlemagne

    Wow. Everything one expects from great Corton-Charlemagne: focus, precision, length and breadth. The nose is powerful, with crushed stone, white flowers and citrus. Mouth-puckerng in its intensity, the flavours are of tropical fruits, citrus and minerals, with a peacock-tail finish that goes on and on. Stlll very young, but oh so delicious!

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  • 2007 Domaine Dublère Charmes-Chambertin

    Seriously open for business. Medium garnet in colour, but with beautiful clarity and as expressive a nose as one could wish for in a Grand Cru: Strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants with a lick of bramble and the beginnings of that leather/undergrowth aroma of secondary characteristics. In the mouth round, rich and concentrated, with a lovely viscosity and great breadth. Has that teriffic peacock's-tail finish and lingers a long, long time. That said, it's drinking so well now that, given the nature of the red 2007s, I'd drink this up before too long.

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