Tasting Notes for Ho Bryan

(101 notes on 92 wines)

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2004 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2012 - Ho Bryan wrote:
88 points
Score is hypothetical - I won't be buying this again. Pleasant nose but an unbalanced wine with too much tannin and a sore lack of fruit. Joyless, I didn't finish it.
Red
2005 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2012 - Ho Bryan wrote:
89 points
None of the reticence for which so many 2005s are currently known, this one was open for business. Great expressive and fragrant nose - very seductive floral and touch of Graves moss. The palate was a disappointment - initial impressions were it lacked fruit and was a bit thin. Surprisingly though, it didn't fall apart on the second night (overnight was in the fridge) and is drinking nicely. Perhaps a disappointment overall given the vintage, but attractive and expressive Bdx at this price point.
Red
7/24/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Great quality for 11 euros at the supermarket. The five arrows know how to deliver value at this price point and this is no exception. A firm, fruity, nicely handled toasty oak classic Bordeaux. I'm not saying this is Figeac or Lafite, but at this price point, I've had some awful wines. This was solid. Recommended for a reliable table wine.
Red
2001 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/2/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
88 points
What a shame, but this just isn't a candle to the 2000, which I'm exceedingly fond of. Just a bit too green and bitter this one; the second night did nothing to improve things. I fear this is in the wine's DNA, and won't improve with age. Go for the 2000 instead if you have the luxury of choice. If you don't, this could comfortably benefit from several more years before approaching.
Red
5/29/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
A disappointrment, especially for LLC standards. Wine is fully evolved and starting a long downward trajectory - no rush but no need to wait either. The wine had some nice secondary complexity on the nose, but the palate was just a bit simple, with a very old style St-J onion flavour. Drank over two nights, with the wine sitting overnight in the fridge - held up only just, and showing some clear oxidation on the second evening. So - drink this one in one sitting. Overall: this is an LLC for curiosity value only.
White
5/18/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Fantastic crystalline purity of flavours here on the palate - nose was somewhat less yielding however I drank from an inferior glass due to circumstance. WAY TOO YOUNG however - note AM's suggested from date is 2014! I agree - this was almost painful to drink this evening. Wine colour was almost water like transparent. Hold hold hold and this could be something great.
Red
5/8/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
93 points
Totally infanticide. If you own one, do not open for at LEAST 3-5 years. If you're thinking of buying one for soonish drinking - move to something at least 5 years older. I got this simply to see what all the fuss is about this estate following a bit of coverage on wine blogs. It's good stuff, great fruit, really deep midpalate, and a great tannic structure. Still some oak on the nose. I'd love this at up to $100 a bottle; but the retail price I paid was some multiple of that - equivalent to a decent vintage Haut Brion, and multiples of a good vintage lesser cru classe. Don't see the value here myself. Good, but not that good.
Red
1998 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Drank a few days ago. Clearly some potential of being a great wine but was fairly reticent even after a five hour decant. Even the considerable charm it did show only emphasised (by its huge depth) the need to wait for at least 5 years, and more likely another 10, for it to hit its stride. I will not be touching my remaining bottles until 2016 at the earliest. 92++
White
4/16/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Won't score as this is my first Meursault. Oh my goodness, what an introduction. Lemon and honey with a touch of butterscotch, and a long long finish with roasted apricots. Delicious!
Red
1981 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/13/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
93 points
Gosh, lovely stuff. Just reinforces how good Bordeaux is even in the supposedly weaker vintages - this is great classic Claret. No signs of being over the hill, and while fully mature there is still tannin evident that suggests it will hold this plateau for a good 5 years if not more like 10. Powerful bouquet on the quick decant prior to drinking; sweet and lovely floral notes. Over the course of half an hour though this settled into a strong cigar smoke with a touch of pepper.

Glad I tried it and to have a few more. Don't put this into any kind of WOTN competition with esteemed vintages, but if you drink just for the pleasure of aged Bdx there is something to like here at a very keen price for the quality.
Red
4/11/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Still in a good drinking window, complex nose of leather and cigar leaves. Similar on the palate. Lovely. 4 stars.
Red
4/4/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
87 points
Popped and poured. Cork half saturated - heat stress? Anyway, just didn't do it for me. Sour dark cherries on the palate, similar but a bit dirty (and not in a good way) on the nose. A bit of aniseed on the finish, with a little heat. Had much higher expectations in comparison to an excellent experience almost across the board with 2002 burgundy. Avoid if you're contemplating buying, there's better out there for the same price.
Red
1998 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Have tried the 1999, 2000 and the 2005 (shut down) and this is the finest Bahans of those by some margin. Three previous tasting notes, all very good. The essence of Graves with wet leaves and forest floor. A strong and aromatic nose, and the palate follows. Clearly not the same depth and body on the palate as the first wine, but this is distinctive and beautiful wine that should be appreciated on its own terms. Very good indeed.
Red
1996 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/16/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
Same as previous bottle - very enjoyable. I also appreciated more on this occasion the good definition and a certain crispness to the attack and the palate, certainly in contrast to a recently disappointing flabby Cal cab.
Red
3/14/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
92 points but with a minus sign. Extremely good fruit here. Still a bit of oak yet to integrate and it has several more years to really hit its peak. The minus is for the alcohol - I find 14% a little too intoxicating these days, and the alcohol was noticeable and left a hole in my stomach that wasn't too pleasant. So - demands food, but still would prefer a good Bdx to this for the handling of the alcohol.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/13/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
Drank a month ago - no formal notes but wanted to add my voice to those saying it blossomed after 3-5 nights open in the fridge. Nights 4 and 5 showed best. (From 75cl).
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1983 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
93 points
Very good Haut Brion earth and smoke qualities, drinking well now. Tannins fully resolved. Fruit is slowly receding but it is not showing any indications of rapid decline. Should be good drinking for several more years. Very classy.
Red
3/8/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Well matured wine and really enjoyed this, but it started to fall apart structure wise after a few hours.
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1994 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
85 points
Totally agree with Keith Levenberg. I was really struggling to think what on earth I could write about this, and I cannot improve on his description of "soft and plush". And the need for more grip. On night 2 of this wine I was so desperate for something more grippy I had to open a bottle of riesling to precede it. A real shame because it did have some very good aromatic interest.
Was the 1993 I had 6 months ago much, much better, or am I imagining it?
Cannot understand how this can be a Jancis and Winedoctor 18.5 - sorry, but no.
Red
2001 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/4/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
No detailed notes. Much like the previous showing.
Red
1995 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
96 points
Amazing wine and pure first growth class. Forest floor with great depth. Entering its drinking window but noticeable tannin suggest some years away from its full potential, and will go on for many years after that. Wonderful experience.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/4/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
99 points
Goodness. Just an amazing wine. Thick and dense viscosity. Good clean attack, mandarins on the palate and plenty else. Divine finish that lasted for minutes. Still feels awfully young, with a slight tang to the acidity at this stage. Can't wait to see my couple of remaining bottles in another decade or so.
Red
2001 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/1/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
93 points
Fantastic wine.
Red
2003 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/27/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
Delicious wine. Fairly characteristic St-E, attractive nose, good fruit density, some glycerin. None of the weakness found in some second wines. A bit of noticeable oak the first night. Will pace the remainder of the case over the next 5 years. Good value.
Red
2/26/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
96 points
Goodness this was a lovely wine. Medium depth. Feminine, balanced, beautiful light sweetness. Won't improve further but still has years to go. Wonderful.
Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
Good wine and quite the Larose but preferred the 2000. The 1996 just seemded to slightly over-exaggerate this wine's usual attributes; a tad too excessive. 30 minute double decant. As others have noted, it had a huge amount of funk on opening. Very briney / brackish for the first hour, with a finish that tasted of some onion. Very backward. A touch too much acidity. May perform better in a few years. Still on the way to its peak, no rush to drink.
Red
2/21/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Just getter my feelers out for the wines of the Northern Rhone, after drinking mostly cabernet last year. What a great start. Delicious, nice complexity on the nose. Great QPR at this level of quality.
Red
2/20/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
91 points
An excellent GPL but I can't agree with Broadbent that this is a five star wine, it's just not in the same class as the first growth Pauillacs. Very pleasant though - good interest on the nose, solid mouthfeel and long finish. Green capsicum and spice on the palate with a sweet raisin aftertaste on the finish. Drinking well now and the fruit is holding up much better than some other 89s - will comfortably go another 5 years+.
Red
2/18/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
91 points
From 375, perfect bottle. Popped and poured. Initial reaction - great colour, dry and slightly austere in the mouth. Nose is vibrant and classy - oh gosh yes (sniffing again). Very mouthfilling on the palate. Dirt and petrol on the attack, and then strong notes of liquorice and black pepper. Good, persistent and ultimately sweetening finish.
The overall experience was very pleasant and it's always a privilege to taste Latour. But I think Parker got this one right; I wanted to like it (given its price relative to other Latours ) a little more than I actually did.
Red
2/16/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
Still a great drink on a winter night. Noticed a touch of sur maturite this evening. Nothing especially complex but just delicious.
Red
2/15/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
88 points
This is looking like a very worthwhile Pauillac for the money. The oak has definitely settled and it's approachable now, much more than the 2005. Still, it's too young and primary for me. Fairly lean but it has an interesting nose, and the palate was mouthfilling enough. It had more of of a spicy and green capsicum streak than I'd have preferred. Finally, it showed much better after a night in the fridge than it did on the first night. Don't hesitate to decant this for 8+ hours. 88 on this showing with a potential for 90 in another five years.
Red
2/12/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
97 points
Wow. An amazing wine, and at its peak right now.
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Red
2/5/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
What is with the colour - are they using Mega Purple? The wine did nothing for me. Perfectly fine with some St-J typicity, but muted, and somewhat anonymous.
Red
1996 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
94 points
Great bottle. Fabulously complex, deep and full nose of classic Graves earth, cedar and mineral. Palate follows the nose with strong body. Just a touch of drying tannins which will possibly outlive the fruit. In a great place to open now, but still a good decade in it. Overall, this is a real step up in class, approaching first growth territory. Very good QPR.
Red
2004 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2011 - Ho Bryan wrote:
80 points
didn't enjoy it and struggled to persevere with it. Too much acidity for the fruit. Decent Margaux aromatics but the experience fell well short of other 2004 Margaux. Preferred the Rauzan Gassies and Alter Ego by far.
Red
12/29/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
89 points
Agree with the general consensus here. Quick double decant. Attractive and typical Pauillac aromas filled my flat and gave a lot of promise; didn't find the suggestion of over-oakiness that some others mentioned. Mouthfeel and finish just fell a bit short - a touch over acidic. A little bit rough in the mouth as well. Needs food. Overall: pleasant enough Pauillac for this price point these days; just not on my list to revisit.
Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
94 points
What an utterly beautiful wine. Impressions similar to all those written by Dream below. Although it has a lot of evolution in front of it this is one of those wines whose purity of expression can well be enjoyed now in its current youthful vigour and freshness.
White
12/25/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Damn this was impressive. After a few unsuccessful attempts, finally here is the bottle I've been looking for to convert me to riesling. Great purity of fruit, beautiful definition but also lightness. Not overly sweet or with biting acidity either. Everyone at the table enjoyed this. Delicious
Red
1989 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Excellent - as previous note.
Red
12/16/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
Excellent wine. Very meaty, smoky and full bodied. Nose and palate were all firing. Really at its peak but with plenty of life left.
Red
2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
92 points
These guys know what they're doing in lesser vintages don't they. Superb wine. Previously drank from a 375 earlier in the year and found this hard to judge; but this bottle was magnificent. Took time to open up and evolved from funky barnyard, to graphite minerals, and then black cherries. Rich roasted black fruits on the finish that coated the mouth and just stayed and stayed. Lots of thick drying tannins in this wine, it should be one to cellar and enjoy its evolution for decades.
Drank this in a 2004 bracket that included L' Eglise Clinet (91), Cos d'Estournel (88), and Lynch Bages (90), and this Montrose beat them all by a greater margin than the points strictly suggest.
Red
2004 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
88 points
Big fan of this estate and my cellar is overrepresented with its 1996, 2001, and 2003. This one just left me flat though. Tannic to the verge of bitterness. Time will tell if there isn't in fact a bit of a green streak in this one, or if it gains finesse with time. Didn't give up much on this showing. Preferred the 2004 Lynch Bages and 2004 Montrose drunk in close succession to this.
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2004 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
90 points
Nothing here not to like for a lesser vintage Bdx. Surprising fullness and ripeness of fruit, which was mouth filling and gave a long cherry aftertaste. No bitter greeness or astringency. Nose is a little shut down perhaps but I expect it will evolve nicely. Very good value. This is in a good place to try a bottle now if you have a few; otherwise wait another 3 or 4 years.
Red
1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
89 points
Fine, but not exciting. Didn't enjoy this as much as some of the lesser vintages. Backward and chewy, and extremely tannic.
Red
2004 Alter Ego Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
91 points
Delicious as previous bottles. Great nose. No worries drinking this now, not sure it will improve with time but it could well maintain this peak here for another 4 or 5 years.
Second night: superb after a disappointing 1996 Montrose.

After numerous bottles of this and other vintages, I've come to regard Alter Ego as a bit of a guilty pleasure - perhaps a bit forward and obvious, but so seductive - the girl you're not going to marry but you can't delete her number from your mobile.
Red
11/23/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
88 points
Just opened and more or less in agreement with note below so far.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/20/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
91 points
Very good. Rich and interesting. Enjoyed it.
Red
2001 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
91 points
Hmmm... well the earth didn't move this time like on the previous occasion (see TN below) at the restaurant. Very fine and enjoyable but not quite together tonight, and the killer nose seemed to have gone MIA. On this showing, this bottle very clearly could use some more time.
Red
11/20/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
76 points
Didn't enjoy and didn't finish. Quick double decant. Light stawberry colour. Initially: astringent, thin, slightly bitter. A little fruit started to present itself with time in the glass, but it was never able to get over those dominant characteristics. Terrible QPR. This is one of those wines that gives Burgs a bad name.
Red
11/18/2010 - Ho Bryan wrote:
94 points
Sigh. Sad to see it go. Classic Latour and really flirts with perfection for this vintage. Not a huge wine for the very long term, but there are simply no issues here with thinness, lack of fruit, greeness, or balance. At this stage, it is showing great Latour cedar notes, but it is still very primary and basic in its evolution - the colour, the nose, and the mouthfeel are still very much "purple". Needs another 10 years to show the complexity for which one really buys this stuff. At the moment, a 1996 Cos came a surprisingly close second. 94 this evening and 95+ for potential.
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