Tasting Notes for achim_m

(137 notes on 124 wines)

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Red
This is what Burgundy is about: Deep and complex with perfectly balanced acidity all at 13.5 vol. Great now! I would guess it to be more or less on its peak.
Red
2006 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2015 - achim_m Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice to drink now! It should last for some years to come, though.
Red
10/16/2014 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Great depth and nicely balanced despite relatively high level of alcohol.
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Red
9/3/2014 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
Dark berries, leather. Way too high in alcohol (15%) for my taste. On the other hand there are no particular flaws.
White - Off-dry
5/19/2014 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Aged nicely. Still fruit there. IMHO this could be kept for another 5+ years.
Red
2/5/2014 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Consitantly a great value.
White
12/26/2013 - achim_m wrote:
88 points
Premox? Ok the first 20+ minutes but nothing to write home about. After that the taste got more and more honeyed with little interesting.
Red
11/13/2013 - achim_m wrote:
89 points
A little less stuctured and less fleshy than I had expected. Still a very good value. It may not be at its peak yet but I wonder whether it will improve that much anymore. It will, however, IMHO still be nice to dring over the next 5 or so years.
Red
11/3/2013 - achim_m wrote:
93 points
Great! Lots of cherish in the nose, silky mouth feeling. Burgundy at its finest.
Red
2/8/2013 - achim_m Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprising to me - this was a really elegant wine with good fruit and acidity level. No signs of aging. Too bad I don't have more of this...
Red
12/12/2012 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Slightly jammy but really nice, nevertheless. Surprisingly, the acidity was higher than I expected which gave a nice balance to the jammy part. Would buy more if I found it at reasonable price.
White - Sparkling
7/22/2012 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
ok, but nothing to write home about.
White
6/25/2012 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
Still ok but should be consumed within the next year or so. I liked it better in its youth.
Red
4/13/2012 - achim_m wrote:
92 points
This is drining very, very nice right now. I did not expect this level of quality.
Red
3/13/2012 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Nothing wrong with this. Consistant quality over the years.
Red
3/4/2012 - achim_m wrote:
85 points
Strange taste. 2004 issue? Bottle problem? Shut down right now? I will keep my last bottle for 2-5 more years to find out...
Red
2/22/2012 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
Positive surprise! A bit heavy at 14%, though, it reminded me a bit of some South African Pinots. I consider buying/trying another year from this estate.
Red
12/28/2010 - achim_m wrote:
89 points
Not at its peak yet. Wait for 2-5 more years.
Red
10/24/2010 - achim_m wrote:
92 points
Had this one in Il Pinolo in Umeda, Osaka (Hilton Plaza). What an intense nose of rose petals and spice box! Great texture with a long if a bit astringent finish (probably due to the young age). Great effort and at 18,000 Yen quite reasonably priced compared the usual Japanese rip offs.
Red
2/5/2010 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
This has developed nicely and is a real pleasurable Burg now! Aromas of underbrush paired with dark fruits. Finish is also good.
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Red
1/26/2010 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
Spicy oak as is typical for Joblot. Still very young but nevertheless enjoyable - this has not yet closed and can be drunk immediately after opening although a bit of air makes an improvement.
Red
12/9/2009 - achim_m wrote:
87 points
Too fat (14.5 %) and one-dimensional for my taste though the fruit was nice.
Red
11/28/2009 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Wonderful! This seemed to be at its peak. I suspect it will be good to drink within the next 2-3 years.
Red
11/4/2009 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Still young. Nevertheless, much better than I had expected. Surprisingly, some rasberry on the nose paired with tar and more tannic driven aromas.
Red
8/9/2009 - achim_m wrote:
88 points
This is in a somewhat odd stage. I suspect it should get better with time, i.e. 3+ years from now (Aug. 2009).
Red
2001 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2009 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
I agree to the note of someone else mentioned below: "Classic nose of cigar box and black fruit". This was very good indeed for this level. I did not expect this positive surprise given the vintage.
Red
4/15/2009 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
Consistantly a great value. I suspect this won't get much better with more cellaring time. On the other, I also think it will still be enjoyable for another 3-5 years.
Red
2001 Château Ferrière Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/3/2009 - achim_m wrote:
89 points
Excellent claret! I didn't really expect much given the vintage and classification of this wine - but my expectations were proven to be wrong: This is still young, though it is thoroughly enjoyable now. Someone mentioned "nez plutôt moka" and this is true. Besides coffee this has some chocolate notes and maybe slight unripe, green notes which make it interesting, though and is not at all disturbing. I suspect this will still evolve and gain some more complexity.
Red
2001 Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2009 - achim_m wrote:
86 points
Good for what it is and good QPR. This has not yet reached its peak, I think.
Red
2/23/2009 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
Great Showing! The wood spice is quite noticable but perfectly balanced by fine grained tannins and good balanced acidity. The fruit has left cosiderably and now I could detect some aromas of leather and underbrush, maybe a bit of licorice. All this comes along powerful yet light just as that what all burgandy lovers are seeking. This is great to enjoy now but could probably be kept still at least another five years or longer depending on cellaring conditions.
Red
1/1/2009 - achim_m wrote:
93 points
Full bodied but not too heavy as e.g. Australien wines. Good dose of oak. This was a pleasant surprise.
White
1/1/2009 - achim_m wrote:
93 points
This was one of the best white burgs I recently had. Minerality, acidity, fruit was all very well balanced. It's great to drink now and personally I would not keep it much longer although this is certainly possible. However, I would guess it will loose some fruit then which would mean a loss of the perfect balance it has now.
Red
1/1/2009 - achim_m wrote:
92 points
Great Barolo nose of rose petals, tar and black fruits. Sure, this is young but still very pleasant to drink now after short decanting.
Red
12/17/2008 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
What a coincidence: I opened this bottle today, too. Anyways, I agree to what is said in the previous note by pbjosh and want to emphasize that the wine should be kept for some more years. I was really surprised this is so youthful.
White
10/20/2008 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Served too cold at French Restaurant FOREST in Tokyo. When it got warmer, this revealed its excellent citrus aromas peared with maybe some slight apple notes. At YEN 178,000 (about EUR 130) definitely not a bargain but nevertheless very enjoyable. Mme Sauzet has never disappointed and 2004 seems to be an excellent vintage.
Red
10/19/2008 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
Had this one in the Italian restaurant "Il Pinolo" in Osaka (they have a branch in Tokyo as well, which I can also recommend). The price was the usual Japanese multiplying rate of European price times three, but it was worth it. The wine showed brown sugar notes with tar, rose petals and fresh woody notes. All this was underlined with nice acidity adding to the overall impression of an "all balanced components wine". We did ask the waiter to decant which was definitely a good idea as the wine got better and better with time and air. Certainly this will still keep for a much longer time but it is nice to drink now already.
Red
3/10/2008 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
This has improved, now revealing some secondary aromas of leather and spices.
Red
2004 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2008 - achim_m wrote:
88 points
Too much oak for my taste. I think I may like it better in 4-5+ years if the wood has by then integrated. I would, therefore, not open another bottle until about 2012 or later.
Red
1/16/2008 - achim_m wrote:
89 points
This picked up some weight. I think this was much better than when last tasted. I am confident that this will further improve and I am now considering getting more of this.
Red
1/4/2008 - achim_m wrote:
88 points
My friend Micha brought this to our New Year's Eve dinner to accompany scallops on carrots cooked with cinnamon (recipe of Jamie Oliver). Surprisingly, this was a very good match due to the rather light but very clean and clear style of this wine. From my memories this had the classic nebiolo aromas of rose petals and some earthy notes but as said in a rather light but pleasant style.
Red
1993 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2008 - achim_m wrote:
89 points
My friend Micha brought this to our New Year's Eve dinner to accompany lamb stuffed with rosemary and bacon (recipe of Jamie Oliver in his first book). The match was good. On the palate this was silky if a bit smoky and somewhat dry with relatively little fruit. The main aromas here were lead pencil (almost too strong for my taste) and some smoky leather notes. We opened the wine about 2 hours prior to drinking and decanted for about 20 Minutes. I think this was not enough and I suggest decanting and/or cellaring for more time.
Red
1996 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2008 - achim_m wrote:
90 points
Someone mentioned "beefy black fruits" and "silky tannins". I have not much to add to this and was thoroughly satisfied with this. This is great to drink now and could maybe even improve a bit. Sadly, this was my last bottle.
Red
11/18/2007 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
This continues to exceed my expectations. Someone mentioned the texture and I can only agree - this is silky and somewhat rustic at the same time. I wish I had more of this left... This is very enjoyable now - I cannot estimate whether it is at it's peak or whether further bottle age will still be rewarded.
Red
9/9/2007 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
This seemed extremely young. There was no development and I think it was still way too early to open now. Anyways, it had powerful tannins and acidity but enough fruit to compensate. This time I hope I manage to stay away from it at least until 2010-2012.
Red
8/16/2007 - achim_m wrote:
91 points
After opening I thought this was a bit light. However, after some time in the glass (no decanting, which would have been a good thing, though) this picked up quite some weight and turned into a brilliant Savigny. My cellar is not perfect for long term cellering and this bottle seemed quite developed. Thus, this bottle seemed perfect to drink now. The wood was nicely integrated and there were some underbrush aromas. No sign of greeness. 91+
Red
8/12/2007 - achim_m wrote:
88 points
Rather light. Nevertheless an enjoyable Pavelot. Certainly this is young but nevertheless I'm not sure if this will last too long compared to Dominode's of better vintages.
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