Tasting Notes for roquenroell

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White
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
Dinner with Michel and Bastien Tardieu. We had cheese for desert and was paired with a Saint Péray Vieilles Vignes 2009 from equal measures of Roussanne and Marsanne. I would have enjoyed it more had I not spent the entire time reminiscing about the Gigondas and Côte Rôtie. Bastien told us that he nicknamed it the 'Petit Hermitage' and that the vines are over 100 years old.
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
93 points
Tasted next to 1990 (huge) and 1997 Monfortino. This wine kicks in and does all what a Monfortino does... Far too medicinal for my taste!
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
97 points
How much better can Italian wine get? Tasted next to 1997 and 1955 Monfortino. A mix of oxidated Sherry and Petrus? Nicely shiny and ruby coloured still after 20 yrs. The tell tale medicinal nose with dark cherries and very silky and very long.
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted in a flight next to Conterno Cascina Francia '97 and 96 - the 1998 totally outshone its older siblings: medicinal mix of herbs and sour cherries. Huge acidity, opening the window to drinking age now. Mesmerising.
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
Quite unfairly drunk next to Tardieu's 1999 Cote Rotie VV monster, we tasted the Châteauneuf du pape 2004 Vieilles Vignes afterwards, made from 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, it has a lovely milk chocolate, date and fig compote nose with a bit of cigar smoke. I also found some Provençal hinterland of thyme 91 points. This all went perfectly with Palms' signature USDA Prime Rib Beef...
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
95 points
I had been counting down the days until the dinner as I knew that Michel Tardieu would be bringing his infamous 1999 Côte Rôtie Vieille Vignes which Parker gave near perfect sores. I also found out that Michel had decided not to market the wine after it had received Parker's score as he only had made 60 cases. So he preferred to keep his friends and family happy and to disappoint the market than having to decide who would get the tiniest of allocations. Other astonishing facts are that it was made from 100% Serine, came from the oldest plot of La Landonne and Chavaroche and spent 36 months in new Tronçais oak. I am a huge Côte Rôtie fan and it really impressed me, it just made me fall totally in love with the appellation again! The nose was massively vibrant mix of violets, white pepper, graphite/pencil lead and dark chocolate and evolved towards beeswax, coffee beans and bacon. More like the cured lard from the Val d'Aoste called Lard D'Arnard! Although not in the Guigal 'La la's' range, it comes very close. In my view 95+ points! This all went perfectly with Palms' signature USDA Prime Rib Beef...
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
92 points
We had a glass of Hermitage 2007 and Gigondas 2004 with a toasted Brioche and Ceps. What followed even surprised Michel and Bastien Tardieu, the Gigondas was way superior! It was so perfumed and candied by dark chocolate that we all set it apart to see how it would evolve. Once we drank it its florality came through and we had a very fresh well made wine, high in acidity. T-L's parcel is 350m high up in the Dentelles de Montmirail and is made from 90% Grenache and the rest is Syrah. 92+points!
Red
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
We had a glass of Hermitage 2007 and Gigondas 2004 with a toasted Brioche and Ceps. Michel Tardieu sources his Hermitage from a block at the lower end of the appellation and is a mix of Serine, the ancestor of the other grape in the blend, Syrah. It had a wonderfully perfumed, vibrant nose of violets and coffee, and the wine felt nicely dense on the palate. Quite classic but still superb, also better than 91 points.
White
11/19/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
We were served a Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2009 with Roasted Nova Scotia Lobster, although I had tasted it the day before I found it more poised and fresher this evening. Made from 60% Grenache Blanc and 40% Roussanne based on the sandy slopes of the Rayas hill in, a place called the Belvedere, it is one of the cooler areas of Châteauneuf du Pape. This wine can keep for quite a while and I found it very attractive with a fig leaf, white peach and white melon nose and a very balanced, mineral palate, easily more than 91 points and not inaccessible, price wise either.
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
93 points
Not as alcoholic as 2009. Freash and loads of fruit. Quite pleasing
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Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
93 points
Loved the violets, sweet plum and cinnamon! great tannic balance. As elegant as the name indicates
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
93 points
Loads of creamy red fruit - good balance with tannins
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich layers of sweet cherry, not as alcoholic as 2009
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich, Creamy, Raspberry fool and Liquorice. nice
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
HUGE wine, rich opulent with plenty of fruit. Rich tannins good balance. Fermentation still going on.
White
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
93 points
Lovely balance crysallised ginger and lime. Far too young but great
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Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
Tough tasting Rostaing's this time of year. My preferred wine from René though. Very close knit and linear, very rich, violets, plum and raspberry on the nose. Hints of cinnamon.
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Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
Tough tasting Rostaing's this time of year - very close knit. Ball of blueberries and violets. Good tannic Structure (I prefer Cote Blonde this year)
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
No score as Still going through Fermentation. René has re baptised Cuvée Classique Ampodium (Roman name of Ampuis).
White
11/15/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
Mowed grass nose and lime palate - very refreshing
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
94 points
Very tight and close knit. Needs a lot of time but will be MASSIVE
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
Loads of green pepper, vanilla, Liquorice and Tobacco on the nose. Well balanced.
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
Very creamy and full bodied. Loads of pepper, vanilla (?!) and cream on the nose. Quite satisfying wine.
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
93 points
Also v Burgundian, very close to generic Côte Rôtie, Green Cardamom and Cinnamon but more closely knit a touch greener.
Red
11/15/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
Very Burgundian in style. Very Spicy: Green Cardamom, Cinnamon stcik - > this continues in the tannins.
Red
11/9/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
Poised aristocratic wine 100% Tempranillo from 40+ year vines. Peter Sisseck starts with 100% new barrels then transfers to older barrels for 22 months! Earthy nose with savoury palate reminds me of tapenade, liquorice and fine dusty tannins. needs loads of time?
White
11/9/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
93 points
Very elegant fig leaf / elderflower nose and very elegant palate. Grenache Blanc off pebbles and Roussanne near to Rayas (sand).
Red
2007 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
93 points
High score in comparison to the vintage! I had tasted Magdelaine '07 at the same time and TR just blasts it out of the sky (but then its also 2x more expensive!) 85% Merlot 15% CF. very elegant rose and violet nose. Great mouthcoating feel with loads of cassis. Dense, round, sweet and opulent. if there is one 2007 to have this is it and... c'est du Mitjaville!
Red
2007 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
Very ripe, sweet and dense palate - 'v mature'. Picked very late (6/7 Oct 2007) Plum and hoisin sauce. Quite lovely if you have a sweet tooth.
Red
2008 Domaine de L'Aurage Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
89 points
Mijavile's 2nd year at the helm of this estate, this is a colder terroir than Tertre Rotebeouf (more in land) and Roc de Cambes (at the river). 85% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc. 85% new barrels. Found it very round, sweet and plummy. Still a bit green around the edges. This goes with the 'house' style - ripe late harvested grapes.
Red
2009 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
Slightly underwhelmed by the Phelan on offer at tasting, '04 and '06 came out flat and the 2009 showed well in comparison (obviously!). Elegant, sweet and pure cassis with a touch of liquorice. Good tannins, acidity in check.
Red
1996 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
A conservative 92. Deep dark red. Double decanted drunk 3 hours later. Dark chocolate, violets brambles on the nose with a savoury soya / plum palate, must be the 5% petit verdot, very broody at first. Settles down and becomes very silky with smoky cinnamon and plums. A treat and about ready but will last!
Red
11/7/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
88 points
Not Tardy's best effort, but still a difficult vintage - light strawberry/raspberry nose, some leather and bacon at the back. Good but not long tasting. Drink up!
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Broustet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/2/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
89 points
Mint leaf and orange peel fresh. Caramel cinnamon ginger with a taste of 'tictacs'. Lovely and not too sweet.
White - Sparkling
11/2/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
92 points
Fresh chives and caramel nose with a lemon sherbert palate that evolves to lemon curd. Then turns in to liquid biscuits (Petit Lu). Small concentrated bubbles. Still fresh after 36 years.
Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
95 points
Totally enticing! Cassis, mint leaf and cigar/cedar box nose, evolving towards rasp/strawberry and violet. Creamy and very fresh still! This will hold for some time
Red
2010 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
98 points
I wept after tasting PM especially after so many over extracted St Emilion's, here is somebody who got it right. Ripe well balanced plummy/black fruit, hints of graphite, spices with a long finish which turned in to a cassis ball. Loved the tannins. Nicolas told me little Cab Sauvignon went in the bottle 85% Merlot and rest Cab Franc.
Red
10/24/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
From magnum, decanted 4 hours. Impressive hoisin/ plum sauce soja nose, long sweet plum compote palate. Not your usual Beaucastel but very interesting and surprising.
Red
1995 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
91 points
Dinner with Basile Tesseron at Gauthier Soho/BWI. Served from a magnum bottle, as in the 2001 vintage has a large amount of Merlot, around 57%. Its nose was a powdered combination of cassis and graphite with crushed cardamom which transformed in to roses petals in the petals - again not St Estephe but more Pomerol like.
Red
2000 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
91 points
Dinner with Basile Tesseron at Gauthier Soho/BWI. The 2000 was a mastodon of fruit, treacle cinnamon and mint with cocoa, still trying to find its feet - it will need some more time to develop. Long palate.
Red
2005 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
89 points
I was expecting more from the 2005 bints of black fruits, tobacco, cassis and graphite but still too tannic and will need to spread out over next 10 years. Drunk next to 1995 Lafon Rochet
Red
2001 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
90 points
Dinner with Basile Tesseron at Gauthier Soho/BWI. I adore the 2001 vintage. This Lafon Rochet from a magnum did not come short. Basile described the 2001 as a ‘stunning vintage’ that had to compete with the 2000. In order to achieve that 50% Merlot was used vs 60% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2000. I found it drank very easily, nearly like a right bank, with a nose of spicy licorice and star anis, ending in cherry and cocoa nuances with some tarry hints at the end.
Red
2000 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
92 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. The big guns were blazing with the 2000. The vibrant nose had the similar spiciness of star anise, cinnamon as the 2001 with the addition of licorice but the palate was long and creamy. The wine evolved to raspberry and chocolate - a terrific wine. 92 points
Red
1978 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
91 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. I was really looking forward to the 1978 as it would allow us to get a glimpse of Canon’s heritage and I wasn’t disappointed! This vintage got the entire production and no second wine was produced. The wine was still had a bright and young colour, its decaying nose was a decadent mix of mint and Parma ham shifting over to panettone and orange peel. At close to £800 a case in bond this is a snip for 33 year old. 91 points
Red
1998 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. The 1998 made me think of a Pomerol - given the 80% of Merlot that went in to it this seems logical and only 43% of the production went in to Canon, the rest went to Clos de Canon, its 2nd wine. This is also one of John Kolasa’s first vintages. We had to try a second bottle as we found the wine very green and woody at first. The second bottle was a cleaner version with Fig jam nose, dusty tannins that allow to a mint and cedar palate. Good but old school classic claret. 90 points
Red
2003 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. I always have an affinity for the 2001. It unfortunately stands in the shadow of the 2000, and it was an overcast vintage - the wines however are good value so was the Canon: I got a very spicy nose of star anise and cinnamon with a touch of raspberry. The wine was fresh and seductive with a bit of creaminess that makes you want more. 91 points
Red
2005 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. I was slightly disappointed by the 2003 (who wouldn't after the 2005!). I was attracted by a wonderful nose of red fruit jam but thought the palate was very short. This is the case across most of the 2003 vintage and the Canon should be drunk! Again little new oak barrels - 50% this time. 90 points
Red
2006 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell Likes this wine:
92 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall.The crowd pleaser was definitely the 2005, a great wine with an expressive and expansive sweet cherry nose. With discreet tannins, this is a beautifully classic bottle with a long lasting palate. This vintage only saw 60% new oak barrels. 92 points
Red
2007 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
90 points
BWI Ltd with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. Itis probably one of the better 2007s St Emilion I have drunk, it had an earthy, peaty nose with hints of licorice stick - this evolved to chocolate and Cherry Heering - fascinating! 90 points
Red
2008 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2011 - roquenroell wrote:
91 points
BWI Ltd dinner with John Kolasa at Glaziers Hall. I found the 2008 a tad closed but could feel the pedigree trying to peak out with a a nose of cherries combined with cassis and blueberry with a bit of tar at the back. Its structure was great with a good balance of acidity and strong tannins giving some resistance and grip even though Canon uses 80 percent of new oak to let the wine do the talking. John intimated that his 2011 would probably only get 50% new oak casks. A good 91 points.
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