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2009 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2021 - Smahlatz Likes this wine:
93 points
What has changed since last time? Me, or the wine (or is it just variability). My main concern last time was it was a bit monolithic, chunky. Certainly not the case here. Colour: gorgeous deep ruby. Classic nose of blackcurrant and pencil shavings. Palate is rich, yet lithe. The texture is fine, and the finish is long and mineralic. Still a little primary, but beautiful textural complexity here. 93/94.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    8/10/21, 8:45 AM - Hi Tom - I decanter for about 6 hours I think, but tasted on opening as well as at several points thereafter, and the following 2 days. I found the wine to be very agreeable even on opening compared to my previous bottle, but the minerality of the finish really developed with time in the decanter.

Red
2001 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
11/16/2020 - Smahlatz Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic musar here, leather, tobacco, dried fruits, currants, spices. This is a lovely elegant musar at this point. The flavours are all there, but nothing overbearing, all working together beautifully harmoniously. My favourite musar vintage right now.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    12/9/20, 12:49 PM - I do have 1 (and only 1) 1999 ticked away. Looking forward to it

Red
2002 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
11/6/2020 - Smahlatz Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark colour in this wine. The cork required some care to remove. The wine itself is very assertive, sweet dried fruit on the nose along with leather and tobacco. On the palate, it is a little dense. Everything you expect of musar is there, it just lacks the expression of the 2001 that was consumed the following week. Day 2, it has opened it a little and was more giving.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    11/17/20, 3:08 AM - Hi, it was sampled at time of opening and over about a 4 hour period, and then again 24 hours later.

Red
1970 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/9/2020 - Mneumeier Likes this wine:
93 points
This 50 year old wine still has it. The color was spot on (solid red). The noise was there and the taste followed. Has not lost its punch. Soft, but not water, earthy, but not dirt. The fruit was still there. Great bottle. Way to start celebrating a birth year wine adventure...11 more to go.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    6/21/20, 5:32 PM - I bought a case of this before my 40th birthday - it is also a birthday wine for me. My 50th has gone, and didn't have a chance to crack one, so opened my 8th from the case for Fathers Day. Has been an wonderful adventure.

Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
2/26/2019 - Smahlatz Likes this wine:
90 points
Does the old Musar trick of smelling almost knackered on opening, and getting younger the longer it's opened. Starts out sweet and volatile, but after a day settles into sweet clear red and black fruits with plenty of spice.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    4/15/19, 12:38 PM - Hi, sorry just saw your comment. I typically drink Musar over at least 3 days, but I don't typically decant. I like to see the evolution.

Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
4/28/2018 - Smahlatz Likes this wine:
93 points
My order for 6 bottles of 2006 Musar turned up as 6 bottles of the 2003. This solved a problem: when am I going to drink that 1 bottle of 2003 Musar that's been sitting in the cellar for about 6 years. Now!
The colour is a beautiful pale/mid garnet. The nose is pretty funky, some volatility, leather, band aid.
This explodes on the palate with sweet currants, smoke, spices, campfire/cinders, fireworks, and chalky mineral elements also: unmistakably Musar. The bretty components on the nose are not as pronounced on the palate. The mouth feel is quite viscous, smooth and seductive. No harsh edges on this wine.
The finish is satisfying and long. It's always interesting to watch this wine develop over many days, but I fear this bottles minutes are numbered.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    11/15/18, 6:27 AM - Yes

Red
2010 Ronan by Clinet Bordeaux Merlot
5/13/2016 - Dj6544 wrote:
90 points
I've had several of these and I really wish I'd bought more. Ok, it's not the most refined or complex Bordeaux (it is 100% merlot) but there is lovely chocolatey, toasty black fruit along with some really quite punchy acidity and reassuring puckering tannin. A great deal for the money and one of those wines that one always snatches out of the rack on a Thursday night. 90
  • Smahlatz commented:

    5/13/16, 4:23 PM - Indeed, you just don't get complexity from 100% merlot wines - just look at Petrus :) (not that I've ever had it)

  • Smahlatz commented:

    6/2/16, 1:54 PM - Hmm - maybe the 2011? I have one of the 2010 left. Supposedly the '11 was better, though I haven't tried it. Other than that, the top right bank producers' smaller productions seem to be good value generally. I have been greatly enjoying '12 les cruzelles - not quite as cheap as this though.

Red
2004 Azienda Agricola Trinchero Barbera d'Asti Superiore
2/5/2012 - Smahlatz wrote:
87 points
Quite advanced - mature nose of leather and stewed fruits. Interestingly, on day 2, this seemed much frersher, some cherry coming through, seems to be getting younger. Initially I thought this may have been too advanced, but now I am not so sure.
  • Smahlatz commented:

    6/22/13, 2:38 AM - A home run indeed the klipper, hence the 'excellent' rating. Saying that this is a wine I have regularly, and this wasn't as fresh as the 03, surprisingly.

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