Amsterdam UGCB Tasting and Winemakers' Dinner

Beurs van Berlage / Café De Klepel

Tasted February 25, 2019 by Xavier Auerbach with 595 views

Flight 1 - UGCB Tasting at the Beurs van Berlage (78 notes)

Red
2016 Château La Tour de By France, Bordeaux, Médoc
89 points
Lovely ripe Cabernet fruit, floral notes, freshness and well-enveloped finely grained tannins, hint of liquorice root, good length.
Red
2016 Château de Lamarque France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
88 points
Solid Cabernet with a certain charm, ripe tannins, soft fruit and good length.
Red
2016 Château La Tour Carnet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
90 points
Relatively understated style for this estate, not as flashy as I had expected, touch of cranberry, maybe lacks a bit of ripeness in the context of the vintage? Good purity and precision though.
Red
2016 Château La Lagune France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
91 points
Beautifully pure and fragrant nose, lovely fruit, flowing and feminine style, silky tannins, good but not excellent length.
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Red
2016 Château Citran France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
90 points
Rounded and supple but with good energy and harmony, well managed tannins, good resonance and length. Very likeable, makes the most of the good vintage. Such a shame that some 'professional' critics on here seem more concerned with the reputation of the estate than with the actual wine in their glass.
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Red
2016 Château Cantemerle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
88 points
Rather light for this excellent vintage, both in flavour and structure, tannins are a bit drying. Unconvincing.
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Red
2016 Château de Camensac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
89 points
Solid, relatively sturdy, lacks finesse and lift, earthbound.
Red
2016 Château Chasse-Spleen France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
90 points
A bit more airy than the Camensac from the same ownership, relatively accessible because the tannins are ripe, but also solid rather than exciting.
Red
2016 Château Poujeaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
90 points
Supple and seductive, elegant and harmonious, ripe fruit and silky tannins, lively and floral, fresh, maybe lacking a bit of power?
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Red
2016 Château Beaumont France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
90 points
Stylish, lightly creamy but not lactic, harmonious and elegant, pure and fresh, for drinking in the first decade of its life. Joyful.
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Red
2016 Château Beychevelle France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Now we're talking. Beautifully constructed, everything in the right place, all about harmony and finesse, transparent and almost Burgundian in character, maybe just a tad short, but she's forgiven.
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Red
2016 Château Branaire-Ducru France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
91 points
A relatively gentle wine, with freshness and sève, made on the fruit, well absorbed oak, charming and with good persistence.
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Red
2016 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Good depth and ripeness of fruit, nice hint of spice, good volume and power, hint of cream, very good length, a complete package.
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Red
2016 Château Léoville Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
93 points
Cabernet in excelsis - in a pure and restrained style, but remarkably accessible and without the huge tannins of e.g. the 2005, although it reminds me of the linearity and clean lines of that vintage.
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Red
2016 Château Langoa Barton France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
A bit more stuffing than its stable mate, a bit rounder, a little bit more Merlot perhaps? Quite tannic, the phenols are more noticeable than in the Léoville-Barton, should turn out well but needs time.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2016 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
94 points
A beauty. Playful, lots of nuances, has depth and freshness, perfect weight, harmonious, satiny texture, excellent persistence. Exciting.
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Red
2016 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
91 points
Spicy nose, relatively fleshy owing to its 39% Merlot, good stuffing but the tannic structure lacks a bit of finesse, and there is a hint of heat on the finish. I am not completely convinced. Optimistic score.
Red
2016 Château Beauregard France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
91 points
Silky and flowing, lovely Pomerol typicity, well made but ultimately not hugely exciting.
Red
2016 Château Le Bon Pasteur France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
Quite powerful but not really generous, the finish is quite tight, and the fruit lacks some ripeness. Others seemed to like it much more than I did. Bottle difference?
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Red
2016 Château La Cabanne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
89 points
Easy supple, on the lactic side, pleasant but not "anspruchsvoll".
Red
2016 Château Clinet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
Masculine style, tannic, impenetrable, brooding, not easy to assess, but seems complete and well-structured. Not unimpressive, but I don't really get it.
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Red
2016 Château La Conseillante France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
94 points
Really showing its feminine side this year, floral, creamy, refined, many layers, tannins wrapped in flesh, very good resonance and length. Really beautiful, but a score of 99 points is just ridiculous. Sorry Jeff.
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Red
2016 Château La Croix de Gay France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
91 points
Already quite forward and expressive for Pomerol, creamy and rounded, all component parts are in place, should turn out well in 5 years or so. A lovely wine, and a score of 87 is just ridiculous. Sorry Jeff.
Red
2016 Château Gazin Pomerol France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
93 points
This is an excellent Gazin in the making, perhaps not up to the standard of the 2015, but even though it is quite closed at present, it has all the hallmarks of this great terroir.
Red
2016 Château Rouget France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
92 points
Sultry and supple style, good stuffing, black cherries and baking spices, balanced by freshness and ripe tannins.
Red
2016 Château La Pointe France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
90 points
Light and supple style but not without a certain generosity, hint of liquorice, gentle tannins, attractive.
Red
2016 Château Larcis Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Very ripe but fresh black fruit, beautiful chalky minerality, very precise wine making, intense and energetic, potent tannins, excellent resonance and length.
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Red
2016 Château Pavie Macquin France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
94 points
A real vin de terroir, speaking eloquently of its location on the Côtes, lovely depth from the Merlot and energy from the Cabernet Franc, as usual more intellectual than the more hedonistic Larcis. Excellent, but I prefer the 2015.
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Red
2016 Château Trotte Vieille France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Made with 53% Cabernet Franc, 2% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. Ripe and pure, supple and precise, broad but fresh, excellent length. A great success in this vintage.
Red
2016 Château Valandraud France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
94 points
Very sexy, perfect maturity, great complexity in the fruit, totally absorbed oak, harmonious and energetic, encapsulates the 2016 vintage perfectly with its freshness and fruit.
Red
2016 Château Villemaurine France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
Good ripe fruit, but the tannins are a bit sticky, and the liquorice on the finish is quite dominant.
Red
2016 Château La Tour Figeac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
Solid, good fruit, but not expressive or exciting.
Red
2016 Château Soutard France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
Supple, slightly lactic, fresh and easy, drinking well already.
Red
2016 Château Grand Mayne France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Light touch of animale and evolution on the nose, nice palate, crushed red berries, firm but creamy tannins, good length.
Red
2016 Clos Fourtet France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Quite closed on the nose, firmly structured palate, very tannic but there is a lovely airy quality to the finish. Needs time but will be very good. My score may prove conservative.
Red
2016 Château La Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Liquorous cherries on the nose and palate, seems a bit nervous and unknit. Not sure. Provisional score.
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Red
2016 Château Larmande France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Rounded and supple style, drinking well already but not without elegance and finesse, especially on the creamy finish.
Red
2016 Château Dassault France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
The nose is quite closed, but the palate is showing well, with lovely fruit and freshness, tension and balance.
Red
2016 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
94 points
A blend of 80% Merlot, 15 Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon. Has structure, freshness and lift, vibrant fruit, slightly lactic, high quality oak, structured and smooth, good concentration and persistence. Outstanding. Score may be slightly generous, but I was really taken by this.
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Red
2016 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
A perennial favourite and it does not disappoint today. Generosity and ripeness, juicy and velvety, round and forward, very accessible, come-hither style.
Red
2016 Château La Dominique France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Juicy style, sèveux, spices and flowers, floral lift, gentle tannins, attractive.
Red
2016 Domaine de Chevalier France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Amazing quality, the vintage fits the estate like a glove. Silky, juicy, flowing good weight and richness but so much finesse, completely enveloped tannins, excellent length.
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Red
2016 Château Carbonnieux France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Cherries, a bit nervous, spices, not at ease with itself. Off bottle? Not rated. Probably around the 90 point mark.
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Red
2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Classic Graves profile of freshness and bricky warmth, lovely flavours and length. Complex and perfectly stylish.
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Red
2016 Château Haut-Bailly France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
All about freshness and elegance, with that effortless balance and je-ne-sais-quoi of Haut-Bailly, silky tannins, just a hint of coffee on the finish, very stylish.
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Red
2016 Château Belgrave France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Nervous - just like one or two other wines in this tasting. Cherries, almost volatile, ill at ease with itself. Not rated. Probably around the 90 point mark when in good nick.
Red
2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Smokier and riper than most others, rich and rounded, tannins enveloped in flesh, excellent length. Très charmeur, inviting but not overdone. I quite like it, which is unusual for SHL.
Red
2016 Château Pape Clément France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
Lifted nose bordering on volatile, cherries and spices, very convincing palate, velvety and rich, but fresh, floral and engaging, finely grained tannins. Not rated, but good bottles might well be around the 95 mark.
Red
2016 Château Desmirail France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Lovely typicity, both vintage and commune. Floral, fresh, delightful fruit, elegant structure, feminine style, very approachable. There is real finesse here.
Red
2016 Château Ferrière France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Energetic, structured, serious and elegant at the same time, not really refined but the gravitas is admirable.
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Red
2016 Château Durfort-Vivens France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
Gentle wine making, gentle extraction, clearly aiming for finesse and precision, but there is a slightly strange note on the finish. Should be 91-92, but not rated for now.
Red
2016 Château Haut-Bages Libéral France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Relatively generous style but also with rather rough tannins. Not easy to like.
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Red
2016 Château Monbrison France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
89 points
Nice lift in the aromas, but the structure lacks finesse.
Red
2016 Château Croizet-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Attractive, slender style but not underripe or underpowered, vibrant fruit, slightly old school, firm but ripe tannins.
Red
2016 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
89 points
Easy, on the lactic side, juicy and supple, lacks power and structure.
Red
2016 Château Lynch-Moussas France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
90 points
Attractive, easy, clean and pure fruit, floral lift, hint of spice, good length. Well done for this estate and good value.
Red
2016 Château du Tertre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Elegance, freshness, not as leafy as in certain previous years, creamy and supple, very civilised, refined tannins, very precise, very good length. A blend of 60% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Red
2016 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Classic Cabernet in a charming Margaux setting, fresh and rounded, elegant and pure, more power than Du Tertre.
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Red
2016 Château Kirwan France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Supple and juicy style, lightly toasted, floral and creamy, elegant and rounded, very good length, delightfully elegant tannins.
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Red
2016 Château Marquis de Terme France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
92 points
Very fresh, juicy and feminine style, floral, pure and precise, elegant tannic structure, ripe fruit, very good length. Très Margaux.
Red
2016 Château Prieuré-Lichine France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Quite a serious style, good concentration, relatively masculine in the Margaux context.
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Red
2016 Château Lynch-Bages France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
94 points
This is a wine that makes you smile. Classic Pauillac in a feminine frame of mind, sensual but with good concentration, powerful but ripe tannins, very good persistence. Très charmant.
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Red
2016 Château Ormes de Pez France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
Recognisable house style and not far behind the Lynch-Bages in 2016. It does not have the same finesse of course, but the charm and elegance are unmistakable. @FransS: I am glad that we agree!
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Red
2016 Château Cos Labory France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
90 points
A blend of 53% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 44% Merlot, with 3% Petit Verdot, highish yield of 57hl/ha. Very supple and rounded style, delicious but not profound.
Red
2016 Château Lafon-Rochet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
92 points
Quite a lot of Merlot here, but it suits the terroir, creamy cherries, hint of oak spice, relaxed, very good length.
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Red
2016 Château Batailley France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Charming, forward, lightly toasted, ripe and supple fruit, generous, creamy, already pleasant.
Red
2016 Château d'Armailhac France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
92 points
Wonderful Cabernet fruit, clean and precise style but with enough generosity, floral lift, fresh and flowing.
Red
2016 Château Clerc Milon France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
91 points
Not as precise as Armailhac, a bit more fluffy, but a lovely expression of Pauillac none the less.
White
2016 Château de Chantegrive Cuvée Caroline France, Bordeaux, Graves
90 points
Slightly stinky nose, wonderful Semillon fruit, generous, ripe, gentle oak, lovely length.
White
2016 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Marvellous once again, playful, precise, pure and linear, perfectly judged oak, complex aromatics, excellent length. Grand Vin.
White
2016 Château La Tour-Martillac Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Gently vegetal, nice tension, attractive pyrazines, nice bit of ampleur, supported rather than dominated by the oak.
White
2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Very expressive and slightly musqué - is it the 5% Sauvignon Gris? Gentle oak, good length. Quite an elegant style, decidedly restrained for this estate. In the past there often was too much of everything, I am glad they put that style in the bin.
White
2016 Château de Fieuzal Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
91 points
Complete and well balanced but not very expressive. Solid, good fruit, needs a few years.
White
2016 Château de France Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
Lovely fruit, relaxed and airy, easy on the oak.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Château Guiraud France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
Blended from 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 65% Sémillon, 100% new oak. Fresh and elegant, lovely concentration, beautiful rôti, perfectly integrated oak, length. Very stylish (I never thought I'd say this about Guiraud).
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
Powerful and completely closed at present. Good fruit, but the oak sits a bit uneasy with the other components at present. Hard to assess. Not rated now, but should be in the 92-93 range.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
91 points
Tropical fruit and savoury oak, rich and structured, very good length, but the elegance seems to be lacking?
White - Sweet/Dessert
2016 Château de Rayne-Vigneau France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
93 points
Floral, elegant, tropical fruit, orange zest, quite a firm tannic structure but in keeping with the weight of fruit. Cracking stuff.

Flight 2 - Winemakers’ dinner at Café de klepel (11 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvée des Moines Brut France, Champagne
91 points
Magnum. Gentle, fresh and toasty, citrus and brioche, well-balanced and elegant. Delightful.
White
2014 Château de France Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
Magnum. Slightly more mature than the 2016 of course, but by no means outshone by that later vintage. Fresh, mineral and intense. With climate change, we will learn to value the cooler vintages eventually.
White
2012 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
95 points
Magnum. How can this wine be so consistently amazing, blissfully ignoring vintage and age?
Red
2010 Château Poujeaux France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Moulis en Médoc
91 points
Magnum. An exellent Poujeaux - the 2010 vintage (like the 2009) was a real boon for the lesser terroirs on the left bank. My type of claret.
3 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2004 Château du Tertre France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Magnum. I really love this wine for its purity of expression and its lack of make-up, but it is now best enjoyed from magnum - merci Alexander!
Red
2006 Château Giscours France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Magnum. Classic Cabernet from a vintage with tough tannins. Hearty, savoury, food wine.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2008 Château Haut-Bailly France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
93 points
Magnum. Really glad to retaste this after last year's underwhelming experience. All about freshness and finesse, elegant, lovely purity of fruit, stylish and feminine but with good tannic grip, very good persistence.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2014 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
92 points
Magnum. I rarely come across this wine (the vineyard is minuscule), but I am enjoying it very much. Must get some.
Red
2008 Château Clarke France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Listrac-Médoc
90 points
Magnum. It was getting late, so the note is short, but I remember enjoying the crisp Cabernet fruit.
White
2015 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
90 points
Magnum. I enjoyed it more than I did last year, it is more together, but it is still more a textural than an aromatic wine.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2010 Château Labégorce France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux
91 points
Magnum. A very successful vintage for Labégorce, modern and almost flashy, but it does not forget its roots and I like it.
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