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Red
9/30/2022 - JD 1216 wrote:
91 points
Pop n pour, jammy Malbec, still a little young , May need some more time to lay down. Great PnR.
Red
9/30/2022 - JD 1216 wrote:
92 points
2016 opened up beautifully after a nice 2 hour decant. Big bodied Rutherford Cab with a touch of that Rutherford dust. Polished wine that should continue to improve. Paired magnificently with a T-Bone steak. Will try again after 2022
Red
9/30/2022 - winebargainchaser Likes this wine:
93 points
Superb german Pinot Noir, that would not be ashamed being placed on a Premier Cru site of the Côte d‘Or. Very finely structured but still profound.
Red
9/28/2022 - ChairmanKao Likes this wine:
96 points
ABV: 13.0%. Notes of roasted Mediterranean herbs and minerality immediately jump out of the glass, which then slowed evolved into that textbook rose pedals and crused rocks after 30-45 minutes. There's plenty of acid in this wine, lifting a core of red fruits (think raspberries, plums, pomegranates, etc.) on the mid-palate, but the wine is still pretty tight overall. The finish is good, but the remaining tannins cuts it off a bit too early. At 12-years-old, this wine is still very young so you're better off holding on to your bottle for at least another 5 years. However, I see a lot of potential in this wine.

9/29/2022 - Raised the score by three points. The rose pedals and crushed rocks is even more expressive on day two, surrounded by bright red fruits. The tannins has softened up a little overnight, revealing how serious this little Nebbiolo really is. The mouthfeel of this wine is exquisite with a harmonious balance of the fruit, acid, and tannins. The finish is very plesant and lengthier than last night. Wow ... I think this wine can easily give some of the more expensive Barolos and Barbarescos a run for their money. Wish I had some osso bucco to pair with this wine.
Red
9/30/2022 - winebargainchaser Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent fine Burgundy type of wine, could be held for a Côte d‘Or Premier Cru. Impressive.
Red
9/22/2022 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
91 points
En aroma es muy expresivo. Muchos frutos negros, campo y resina.
En boca es elegante y cálido. Suave pero suficientemente intenso. Redondo y largo. Conserva fruta, pero poca.
Red
10/12/2021 - oxwombat wrote:
93 points
Drank off the List at Le Gavroche in London. Decanted, but drank immediately from decanter. Provenance should be ex-Corney & Barrow.

Classic DRC nose, and the palate packs a punch as you'd expect from a good Corton. Unfortunately this had some green notes to it - perhaps due to the vintage - and also uncharacteristically for DRC collapsed into a bit of an acidic mess after about 3 hours in.

Many others have said it, and I agree: it's not worth the price of entry. A good wine, but DRC only deals in great so it was slightly disappointing, especially after it started falling off the cliff.
Red
9/22/2022 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
89 points
En aroma tiene ahumados y fruta.
Entra astringente y potente. Con matices diferentes. Tiene acidez pero bien equilibrada. Es largo. Pide comer.
Red
9/30/2022 - fanglangzhe Likes this wine:
88 points
dark fruits, violets, nice high acid, slight wood spice.
Red
10/7/2021 - oxwombat Likes this wine:
97 points
Tasted from List at Le Gavroche in London. Decanted, but drank immediately from decanter. Provenance should be ex-Corney & Barrow.

Don't let the voluntary declassification fool you - this is an incredible wine. DRC nose, beautiful Vosne palate and just goes down effortlessly, with a lingering fruitiness in the mouth that just leaves you wanting for more.

In terms of comparisons - it's not quite as big as La Tache, or perhaps Richebourg... it's not quite as silky smooth and feminine (comparatively anyway) as RSV... it's also not really an Echezeaux or a GE either. Whatever it is though, and however the Domaine chose to blend its holdings together to create this, it's an absolute stunner.

This is a rare wine, and I am blessed to have had the chance to try this. It completely outclassed the 1998 Lafite that we had at the same time, and it was a shame that this was their last bottle. I felt as if this bottle was in a great place - it may get better with a bit of age, but certainly will stay at this level for a while. Enjoy if you can get your hands on this!
Red
9/30/2022 - Es7e2003 Likes this wine:
92 points
Better showing than last time around. Pronounced intensity on the nose. Black plum, blackberry, chocolate and tobacco. Medium plus acidity and high tannins. Long finish. Paired with steak in tomato sauce, baked potatoes and salad.
White
9/30/2022 - Es7e2003 Likes this wine:
91 points
See previous notes. Hints of petrol notes starting to emerge.
Red
9/29/2022 - drrobvino wrote:
92 points
Penultimate bottle from a 4 pack, last consumed 2 yrs prior.
The wine was gorgeous this evening, showing off an elegant, soil-driven flavor profile with concentrated black and red fruits, a lifted perfume with mint and spices, the characteristic rocky garrigue flavors and scents, alongside a fresh meaty flavor that adds interest.
I am careful these days about not letting my CdP's age too long, as I have found that they can become blousy and lose interest with extended bottle age, but the Beaucastel (and VT) are my 2 favorites, and they can certainly push the envelope of positive evolution with bottle age. Still, I think this is at a nice plateau and will drink my remaining bottle within the next 2 years or so. Quite good.
Red
9/30/2022 - Bigkev64 wrote:
72 points
Light and sweet. Notes of green apple
Red
Slightly rustic pinot noir, cool and dense fruit, not very expressive, fresh acidity and grippy tannins, some wood. Some floral notes emerge with air, but stays pretty closed down. Nicely structured, I think this is just a closed phase, should come around. Lay down for maybe 3-5 years at least.
Red
9/30/2022 - Marc wrote:
85 points
Typical south sutralian Shiraz. Intense, burnt rubber, good varietal quality, nice balance , excellent value.
Red
2019 Cave de Roquebrun Terres D'Orb Vin de Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Orb Red Blend (view label images)
9/30/2022 - Marc wrote:
81 points
Dull, slightly diffuse, ripe, but uninteresting. It’s clean and tasty enough, but does not offer value for money in the NZ marketplace.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
9/22/2022 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
90 points
Con tonos muy dulces pero se siente un importante aporte de barrica, lo que le hace un vino muy original.
White
9/29/2022 - drrobvino wrote:
89 points
1st bottle from a 6 pack, consumed over 2 days. This Chablis 1er Cru comes from Dampt’s 60-year-old vines and sees 12 months in concrete egg tanks
Lovely citrus, some matchstick-sulfur notes persisted through the 2nd day, but were not overly distracting from the lovely honeyed-citrus notes, green apple, and quinine.
Fairly bright acidity, a bit rounder than my ideal 1er Cru Chablis, but very tasty and should drink nicely in the shorter term, through 2028+.
Red
2006 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2022 - luHar1423 wrote:
96 points
beautifully balanced tannins and acidity, typical flavor, round and silky - a feast for your nose and palate. What a pleasure.
We had a head2head vs. the 2002 yesterday evening and this one clearly rocked the show. Still young, more than one decade left - problem, it is too delicious to wait for.
Enjoy it for sure!
Red
2002 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2022 - luHar1423 wrote:
94 points
Pessac tasting night and the 2002 vintage was holding up well. But unlike many of you who give this wine another decade or so (see the other tasting notes), I will drink up my remaining holdings of this HB vintage as the first signs of a degrading is tastable.
Nose and palate filled with Pessac-typical licorice notes, spices, shy flavours of vanilla and smoke - a pleasure to drink. Tannins are holding up well, acidity comes in with a noticeable delay and not well balanced as for instance its vintage-sister 2006 which we had as well.
Although we opened the bottle 6h before the tasting, no decanting, the wine lost its initial flavor power after a while. The second glass was significantly weaker, more watery than the first impression.
Thus, drink up your holding in the coming 12 months. I might just keep one bottle and open in a decade.... let's see.
Rosé
9/22/2022 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
87 points
En aroma muy afrutado, con melocotón.
En boca es seco y original. Fresco pero a la vez con taninos.
Red
2019 Château Guibot La Fourvieille Puisseguin-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2022 - Best QPR Tracker Likes this wine:
92 points
If you are a fan of Cab. Franc on calcareous soils, go for this sharp QPR and already drinkable wine made of 20% CF which manifestly lead the blend. Smoother (a bit too much for travelling through time?) and readier than the 2016 at the same age, it pops with strong floral and herbal components in an almost already developed bouquet of leafy parchment, sage, dried tomato, meaty white pepper, red roses and peonies. Humble but insolently savory. Please tell me where to sign. 91.5+
White
9/22/2022 - martinlopez Likes this wine:
86 points
En nariz es aromático.
En boca destacan citricos y amargos que lo hacen compensado. También tonos citricos al principio. Es fresco y seco.
Red
9/30/2022 - Avid Wino wrote:
89 points
Cherry, strawberry, stalkiness, autumn leave pinosity, spice. Solid 89, perhaps 90.
White
9/27/2022 - forceberry wrote:
flawed
100% organically farmed Chardonnay from the Double L Vineyard planted in 1997. Fermented and aged for 9-12 months in French oak barrels (typically approx. 1/3 new, the remainder once or twice used). 14% alcohol.

Deep and quite intense neon yellow-green color. From the nose you can tell this is an oaked Chardonnay with some age, but there's some musty cellar character that renders the nose unpleasant enough so that you don't want to dig any deeper than that. The wine is fat, dull and very viscous on the palate with dull flavors of damp earth, some papier-mâché, a little bit of sweet, toasty oak and a hint of penicillin. Moderately high acidity. The finish is dull, earthy and short with flavors of cardboard and sweet, toasty oak.

Most likely corked. The wine didn't exhibit any obvious TCA aromas but instead some other, almost identical and similarly dull aromas that made everybody declare the wine corked. It's definitely possible the wine was corked with other chemical compounds than the classic TCA - or then the cork taint was subtle enough to render the wine dull and faulty, but not enough to come through with obviously corked aromas. This was 39€ down the drain.
Red
9/30/2022 - Sergiobear Likes this wine:
92 points
Juicy fruit, plummy and dark berries upfront. Savoury herbs and pencil shavings in the mid finishing long and dry with some nice acid. Would give this another year or two to further develop.
White
9/27/2022 - forceberry wrote:
94 points
100% organically farmed Chardonnay from the Double L Vineyard planted in 1997. Fermented and aged for 9-12 months in French oak barrels (typically approx. 1/3 new, the remainder once or twice used). 14% alcohol.

Deep and quite intense neon yellow-green color. Evolved, rather toasty and still quite harmonious nose with rich and beautifully developed aromas of grilled pineapple, some vanilla custard, a little bit of apple jam, light salty liquorice powder tones, a hint of honeycomb and a touch of marzipan. The wine feels broad, rather oily and quite toasty on the palate with a full body and bold flavors of creamy oak and apple jam, some vanilla custard tones, a little bit of toasty wood, light sweet notes of overripe apricots and grilled pineapple and a robust hint of exotic spices. There was also a touch of something metallic with the first few sips, but it disappeared quite quickly, so it might've been just something I had eaten before or something in the glass. The acidity feels quite high - not high enough to offset that rich, viscous texture, but high enough to lend the wine sense of balance and structure. The finish is rich, juicy and slightly sweet-toned with complex flavors of apricots, some sweet oak spice, a little bit of tertiary nuttiness, light vanilla tones, a hint of apple jam and a touch of honeydew melon.

Normally I'm not the biggest fan of the big, fat Californian Chardonnays. However, here things seemed to work together remarkably well, even if the wine was quite typical of the Californian style - rich, full-bodied, even somewhat viscous and with obvious new oak influence. This is because the wine had enough acidity to keep the things in balance, alcohol didn't push through at any point and age had blurred the lines between the developed, rich fruit, evolved nutty flavors and toasty oak tones enough so that the wine didn't seem overdone, but instead wonderfully complex and thoroughly enjoyable. It's hard to see the wine evolving much from here, but most likely it will stay here, at its plateau of maturity, for a good handful of years more. Drink or keep - but preferably drink sooner rather than later. Good value at 39€.
White
9/29/2022 - ttholst wrote:
90 points
Limonade, appelsinskall, romtemperert meierismør og nyrista nøtter. Helt fjellbekkren vin, med medium fruktkonsentrasjon og gulnende modningspreg. I min munn er dette nær optimalt, om man tar årgang, produsent og druematerialet i betraktning. 90p.
White
8/28/2022 - henbjo Likes this wine:
91 points
Powerful on the nose with lemon, honey, smoke and flint. Aromatically similar on the palate, medium body and slightly oily mouthfeel, very fresh acidity. Saline finish, towards lime, a little bit of rubber plant and white pepper. Great concentration and balance for the price, very good qpr. Perfect at 12,5%.
White
9/30/2022 - Jabulani Likes this wine:
90 points
Very impressive - zesty and mineral in a way that makes comparison to white Burgundy unusually apt for Californian Chardonnay, albeit with the lifted fruit typical of Chardonnay from cold places that see plenty of sun. A shame that I only had one, but no regrets about tasting this on the fruit - although it will definitely age with grace.
Red
9/30/2022 - carstenf wrote:
84 points
That was not very exciting , almost sad to drink. Perhaps the 2014 year is not for me or the one bottle was bad…Dry tannins , no fruit and pruney…
Red
9/29/2022 - jlhkiss Likes this wine:
91 points
Heavy on the raspberry jam. Tart, some rhubarb too, and some crunchy greens. Very good QPR. Good freshness, balance, firm acidity, and strong tannins (especially for the vintage). This is completely one-dimensional but truly meets the classic definition of a 'quaffer.' Drink 2023-2027. Technical score: 90. Enjoyment score: 92.
Red
An old tasting note, this was recommended by Robert Parker in the mid 80s and to quote he said 'fill your car boot with it' and I and many others did, available from the late lamented Odbins in the uk.
I purchased several cases of this and was never disappointed, an amazing vintage throughout most of Europe, from memory this wine reatailed at around £3.50 at the time, sadly the 83 was not as good and the winery disappeared from UK lists, the 82 was probably the best everyday wine I ever purchased.
Red
9/30/2022 - vinero Likes this wine:
91 points
My 2nd bottle of this wine and producer so far. First bottle in 2016 provided an explosion of different tastes. This one is more moderate and has apparantly calmed down, but is still very fresh with a strong acid backbone. The finish is nicely in balance. The palate provides red fruit, some vanilla and some earth. Overall a nice bottle to be drunk up.
Red - Fortified
9/29/2022 - SaltWine wrote:
Alec Innes - This was light, with undertones of red fruit and a touch of nuttiness. It was delicious and is one of the best 85s I've had this year. I only wish we had more of this.
Red
2009 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2022 - SaltWine wrote:
Alec Innes- Rich full classic claret in the early stages of its drinking plateau. No rush to drink byt very very approachable currently. Showing well.
White
9/29/2022 - SaltWine wrote:
Alec Innes -I felt this showed really well.
It had lovely freshness and full fruit in the glass. It is at its peak.
Red
9/30/2022 - HG123 wrote:
89 points
Think I will leave this a few more years for the next bottle. Tightly wound and only just giving away the beginnings of some subtle red cherry. Nothing unpleasant or unbalance though just think too young
Red
9/29/2022 - ShakinSwedens wrote:
Lots to recommend it, crunchy red fruit Grenache typicity, with Aussie smooth opulence added on top. Thought there may have been too much residual sugar on day one- day two didn’t give me the same impression. Oak notes fully integrated and added to the mouthfeel and structure very nicely- toasty warmth rather than any vanilla notes. Decent table wine for grenache lovers like me!
Red
9/29/2022 - Scott4227 Likes this wine:
95 points
Bought from one of my favourite wine shops at the Arrowtown Wine Store, developed very nicely in the glass over a couple of hours. Lovely red cherry colour, some wonderful forest floor nose initially developing into lovely lamb and red meat jus, good structured tannins (to me suggesting still another 5 years at least) good balanced acidity... nice peppery impact initially flowing into some good length in the finish... shame I am getting on a plane home tomorrow and can't take 6 with me for the cellar! Great wine shop with very knowledgeable peeps... smashed the brief! @Arrowtownwinestore
Red
9/27/2022 - AGELVIS Likes this wine:
91 points
One hour decant. Deep dark magenta color. Blackberry and custard on the nose. Smooth, dry palate, with good acidity. Firm, full tannins on the medium long finish.

Surprisingly accessible for its youth. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bergerac. Reasonable QPR. 14% abv
Red
9/29/2022 - winoman1 wrote:
88 points
Eerily similar to my last Bordeaux style wine which was an actual Bordeaux. A little fresher, a little less gravel. A little more herb. Alot less vanilla, but still there if I remember correctly. A standard Supertuscan, reasonably balanced by way of smoothness and structure. Forward by way of mixed berry, touch of stem.
White
9/28/2022 - KSWinegeek wrote:
86 points
Light in color. Crisp and refreshing with some lemon and mineral flavors. Somewhat disappointing flavor profile relative to other favorita wines, but at €11 per bottle, one can’t expect foo much. Had at Villa Ribota in Novello.
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Red
9/30/2022 - graemeg wrote:
Rather low intensity bistro red, with a rasp of acid for structure, little tannin, and some savoury red fruit flavour of fairly generic profile. Light/medium weight, short finish. Ordinary.
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