Tasting Notes for johnrm

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Red
2/25/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep colour, good nose. Rich dark cherry and dark plum on the palate with good acidity and length. Excellent with rare beef.
Red
2/23/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Still a good, deep colour with an inviting nose. The palate was full of sweet dark cherry fruit with well integrated, very soft, leathery and damson tannins making it very food friendly. Softer and more attractive than when last tasted and it was also excellent on its own. It has benefitted from a few years ageing in bottle. Tasted with a group of friends who loved it.
Red
2/21/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
86 points
This should be too old but it isn't. Dodgy when first opened but really quite nice after 30 mins. Good nose and deep colour. Plenty of deep, sweet black fruit, rich, good acidity still. It was worth keeping this wine longer than most people would. Drink.
Red
2/15/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
94 points
Stored under ideal conditions the cork was perfect with max 2mm wine penetration. Good, deep colour with a heavy deposit and pronounced fruit and vanilla on the powerful nose as it was decanted. Some filtered dregs were tasted early and showed fine blueberry, blackcurrant and dark plum with surprising acidity at first. After a few minutes, it began to settle and open showing tobacco, eucalyptus, cedar, a little dark cherry at the end, and soft integrated tannins.
After 3h in the decanter, the wine was elegant rather than powerful but showed good dark fruit and fine, smooth balance with lots of fresh juicy acidity and remarkable length. Drawing air through the wine brought out a little caramel character. I found that much of the wine's spicy complexity seemed to show on the nose rather than the almost 'sweet' palate at first but it gradually opened in the glass and the dark fruit, spice, and complexity emerged. The tannins were totally integrated but there was some soft leather. Like others, I am not sure I would have identified this as an Australian Cabernet if I had tasted it blind but it is a fine, interesting wine.
It was very good with rare steaks and even better afterwards. The complexity, fruit, length continued to develop 6h after decanting. High quality wine-making. 94+
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Red
2006 Château Fonréaud Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Interesting that there are so many notes on young bottles and no notes after 2016. This wine is just about ready IMO. Deep colour with no sign of ageing. Good, restrained, Bordeaux nose. Attractive fruit on the palate with soft, integrated tannins and gentle food-friendly acidity. Quite long, with just a hint of cumin on the late taste. Surprisingly good claret from a middling year which indicates good winemaking. Enjoyable now.
24h later, it had settled and was very good with a rich beef stew.
Red
2012 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Fruity, savoury nose. Soft, red/black cherry fruit with some 'farmyard', meaty, umami flavours at first (new to me in this wine) but these faded and had vanished 30 mins later. Fragrance and spice developed on the nose as it opened and the soft, juicy fruit took over. Good acidity and length with soft, integrated tannins. Very good with food later (slow-cooked beef rump steaks with smoked bacon, onion and porcini mushrooms).
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Red
2/7/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Reliable as ever and great value. Still good, drinking well, and even better an hour or two after opening. At its best now - it won't improve significantly with further storage IMO. 89+
Red
2/6/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
85 points
Attractive nose. Good, solid fruit on the palate with dark plums and dark cherries. Much less 'sweetness' than in many Argentine examples of this grape. Good to be reminded of more traditional French Malbec. 89
Next day - a sample kept for 24h still showed the fine, mainly plum, fruit but it seemed slightly sweeter and was softer, more subtle, and better balanced. It will be drinking well for some time yet. 89+
Red
2/6/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
This was tasted as part of a group tasting loosely based on 'Bordeaux and Environs' as an example of a wine from the interface between areas basing their wines on Bordeaux grapes (Atlantic) and those based on Rhone grapes (Southern France). The mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Grenache produced a wine that was unusual, interesting and attractive. After 6h, this showed good, fragrant fruit on the nose with lots of spice. The palate was full of attractive, slightly 'sweet' fruit with good balance and attractively soft tannins. Good on its own and with food. 88+
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White
2/5/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
A very pale in colour with a restrained nose and perhaps a bit of gooseberry? Mainly tropical and citrus fruits with fair acidity. Lime with lime zest and some grapefruit on the end taste. Quite long with a rich, almost 'oily' ending (nice). A good value, straightforward Bordeaux SB with some 'New World' influence. Good as an aperitif or with fish/white meat.
Red
2/2/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
86 points
As my previous note. Decent basic PN which was good with food. Better given an hour or two to open. Not a great wine but it is inexpensive.
Red
1/31/2020 - johnrm wrote:
87 points
Last bottle of this vintage. Disappointing at first with some vegetal notes (hints of parsnip) but these faded as the wine opened. It improved substantially over an hour and offered most of the characteristics I found in my last note but it had lost something and the end palate showed more tannin and less fruit. It was certainly acceptable with food but is on the way down, now. 87-
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/27/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
This vintage is still drinking very well indeed. Great quality and value.
White
1/25/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale colour. Good nose with blossom fragrance. The palate showed stone fruits, citrus, a hint of butter/caramel. Juicy, with good citrus acidity and excellent length. Quite subtle, elegant, and understated. Nice. It was good with Morecambe Bay shrimps in mace butter. 88+
Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Vermentino.
Red
2018 Château Tour Chapoux Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/23/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
Good colour. Dark mainly damson and plum fruit on the palate with some dark berry fruits emerging. Very dry and quite astringent at first with damson skin tannins. After half an hour, it began to soften and showed more character and complexity. It retained the characteristics of a food wine (balance of fruit, acidity, and tannin) and was good with gourmet sausages. Better after food, too. Still too young, really, but bought in a supermarket so only a recent vintage was available and, as usual, there was no suggestion that it should be opened early or kept for a year or two.
Note. A quarter of the bottle was kept until the next day and was much better, softer and fruitier, emphasising that this is too young but has a future. I have added a point for potential.
Red
1/21/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
85 points
Sweet dark berry and cherry fruits, fair balance and acidity to offset some of the sweetness. An easy-drinking wine. Unpretentious and a very 'sociable' wine to enjoy and drink with friends (as the label says) but not to obsess over. Quite enjoyable on day one but really pretty rough next day. 85--
Red
2018 Château Queyret-Pouillac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
Good colour and good fruit and spice on the nose. Still very young so opened 4h before serious tasting. Lots of dark cherry fruit with damson flavours and damson skin tannins. Quite tannic at first but this softened and began to show additional vanilla from the oak. Good balance of acidity and this, together with the soft tannins made it a very good wine with food (roast beef etc.). Later, cedar notes emerged. It was softer next day and will improve with time. It is definitely a food wine. 87+
I included this wine in a comparative group tasting of wines from 'Bordeaux and Environs' a week later and, opened 6+ hours earlier, it was really quite nice. It was better after the tasting so will no doubt improve, given time. This was on the shelves too soon. It deserves time but most buyers will drink it before it is ready.
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White
1/18/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
Very pale colour, tropical fruit, lemon, and gooseberry on the nose. The very dry palate shows fresh tropical fruit, lemon, gooseberry (fruit and leaf), with lemon sherbet, lime, and lime zest on the end palate. Good, persistent lime acidity and length. It developed quite a lot in the glass and was good with food, as anticipated (pork tenderloin in a creme fraiche, onion, mushroom & mustard sauce). Good value on offer at Waitrose (£6.99).
Another bottle a month later showed all the characteristics listed above. A steely minerality was more evident on the late palate. It was better after a night in the fridge.
Red
2010 Château Cissac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
91 points
The first of 24 so I had hopes for this. Over many decades as a fan, I have found that Cissac usually takes years to begin to show and rarely rewards impatience (even though current winemaking tends to produce fruitier claret that develops earlier).
Immediately after decanting it showed a spicy nose with dark fruit. Good fruit on the palate - blackberry, blackcurrant, cherries. Unusually juicy (which made it taste a little less rich than expected at first) but it filled out with time, even without food. Dusty tannins at first but these softened very quickly in the glass. It did not open or begin to show its best until an hour or two after opening. Not a wine to 'pop and pour'.
Later, the wine gave great pleasure. The spice and dark fruit remained on the increasingly fragrant nose and the palate opened out showing some plums as well as dark cherries. The tannins softened and integrated and the palate was very soft and attractive, still 'juicy' but increasingly rich and 'sweet', with good balance. It is very good now but promises well for the years ahead.
Later, it improved further and was really superb with a rare fillet steak. It has reinforced my faith in Cissac. Not to be rushed (either to open or to drink after opening).
Note. This wine was included in a comparative tasting a couple of weeks later. It was closed and tannic at first but more attractive after having 8+ hours to open. It does need time, trust me.
White
1/12/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
As my earlier notes. Lovely, elegant, tropical, citrus flavours and a nose that opened gradually and showed floral character. My wife got a subtle taste of turmeric on the very end palate. Good balance and length. Subtle, sensitive oak (though my wife found more oak than I did). Great value.
Excellent on its own and even better with crusted baked salmon later.
Red
1/11/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
91 points
Last tasted in 2015 and it was worth keeping this long. Still a very deep, opaque colour. The nose has the same black fruit and vanilla character. The dark cherry fruit now predominates on the palate - the acidity is now soft and integrated, as is the smooth tannin. There seems to be a little less of the 'sweetness' noted earlier but there is still spice and the wine remains full and quite long. It changed in the glass and opened over an hour or two showing maturity and character. I don't think it will show further development and, with time in the glass, there was just a hint of vegetal character (but see the note below).
Note. This was stunning with food. The difference with a rare sirloin was remarkable. The fruit was back to its former 'sweet' character and any suggestion of flaws above can be discounted. Wine is made for food, after all.... I have raised my score a point. Superb, very high quality Merlot.
Sadly, it is my last bottle of this vintage. It would have lasted longer.
Red
2005 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/8/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
I can't believe it is 4 years since we last tasted this vintage of Beaumont. As before, it was very approachable soon after opening and showed a very deep colour and a rich, spicy nose. Quite a big wine but restrained, with rich, dark fruit and spice on the palate. The fruit was complex but not 'sweet'. Tannins provided a firm backbone but were nicely integrated and softer than before. It was good with food and opened nicely over a few hours, showing increasing complexity.
A sample was retained to see how it survives over a day or so. It was definitely better after 24h showing an intense, spicy nose and a complex, soft palate.
Not great claret but very good indeed. I think this is certainly ready but has life ahead. 90+
Red
1/5/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep colour. Mainly dark mulberry fruit with spice and peppery notes. Not nearly as sweet as many popular Argentine Malbecs. Plenty of tannin but this is softening since our last bottle a year ago. Good acidity and quite long. A food wine - good with beef.
White
1/3/2020 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale colour. The nose has melons, as described by HJG below. Fresh palate but a little too 'green' at first. It soon settled down as it warmed and opened in the glass. Restrained fruit and very gentle oak with a more European feel (this wine has no relationship with the big, fat, over-oaked Aussie Chardonnays of yore). Quite elegant with lemon acidity and with (slightly unripe) melon notes discernible on the late palate although the lemon plus hints of tropical fruits took over with time.
Good with food (fish) and definitely softer and more 'together' after a day so it may be worth keeping for a bit longer.
Good value at £12 minus 25% and even better on a brief pre-Christmas offer down to £10 minus 25% (£7.50). Good QPR hence 89
Note. I kept some in the fridge for another day and it was still drinking quite well (above fridge temperature, naturally) but the end taste still included some unripe melon/cucumber hints. Maybe there is some bottle variation. We'll see how this develops with time. At the moment, perhaps 89 is a bit generous.
Red - Fortified
12/31/2019 - johnrm wrote:
85 points
Rather too sweet and without the expected complexity. We prefer the Taylor's 2014 lbv.
White
12/31/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
91 points
The golden colour is darkening a little. It took half an hour to settle after opening. The wine was a little thin and slightly 'woody' to me on first opening but, given the chance to warm a little and develop in the glass, it did not disappoint. My wife came to it after an hour and found it very attractive. We still find citrus and ginger on the nose at first. The palate seemed less rich than our last bottle at first but still showed some tropical fruit notes with white peach, a little ginger, and more pronounced tangerine citrus developing on the mid/late palate. Still quite long with some toffee notes early in its 'opening' period and more ginger developing later. As before, it was better when closer to room temperature.
The wine got better with time and was excellent with roast loin of pork with apple and stuffing. I have raised my score a point. Wish we had more. If you still have any, do give it time to open.
Note. Please see earlier comments from me and others about the potentially confusing label descriptions of this wine.
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White
12/30/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
86 points
Fruity 'esters' on the nose. The palate had mainly tropical fruits with good (lemon but mainly apple) acidity and some length. Quite nice unoaked Chardonnay but simple. It was much less attractive next day.
Red - Fortified
12/29/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Plenty of sweet dark cherry and dark blackberry fruit with spice. Good structure and length with enough acidity to balance the sweetness and a soft, tannic backbone. Everything I want in an inexpensive (£9 from Morrisons, UK) LBV.
Red
2006 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Six years since our last bottle. A fair amount of deposit so decanting was appropriate. Good colour with no browning at the edge. Blackberry, dark cherry, damson with good balance and (damson) acidity. Great balance, length, and attractive, soft integrated leathery tannin. Very soft and smooth at this stage of development. It was still opening after 4h. Good with food (rare sirloin) and equally good on its own afterwards. 'Bargain Bordeaux'. It still has life.
Red - Fortified
12/27/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
87 points
This wine still showed all the raisins, prunes, toffee, mocha, vanilla and dark chocolate expected but somehow, the dominance of the sweet raisin and caramel flavours didn't work as well for me this time. I found myself wanting a Tawny Port from the Douro instead. Has it changed or is it just me?
Red
1993 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
93 points
The usual friable 90s cork which needed care to extract. Decanted 4h prior. There was an enormous difference compared to a 2006 tasted first (with roast beef etc.).
Decanted and set aside for 4h. Powerful spice and deep black fruit on nose. Some hints of liquorice and fennel at first but these soon merged into the overwhelming impression of incredibly complex spice and rich dark cherry fruit on palate. This was not typical middle-Eastern spice but more like UK mince pies, Christmas pud, Christmas cake and was very appropriate for Christmas day. A 'winter wine' as I have suggested earlier. It got better over time with excellent balance, (orange) acidity), and length.
I thought initially that it might have been better without waiting so long after decanting. However, I do think I was wise to serve this wine at the late stages of the main dinner course. Frankly it was much better savoured on its own after the main course was almost completed. It needed only morsels of appropriate food, if any. It deserved whole-hearted attention.
Some family members preferred the 2006 for its youthful fruit and freshness but the officionados relished the ‘93. Lovely wine, still.
After decades of enjoying Musar, I still cannot understand how the chosen grapes and the Musar terroir and winemaking skills can produce such a broad range of spice and complexity in a wine. Every bottle continues to give such pleasure.
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Red
2006 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
92 points
20 Months on from our last bottle, this wine still shows a deep colour and gorgeous nose. My earlier notes still apply. Soft, sweet, mainly dark cherry fruit with all the usual Musar spice and complexity. Much better 4+ hours after decanting. It has years ahead of it.
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White
12/25/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Good nose and a surprisingly rich palate with white peach, melon, lemon and pith. For me, it lacked the characteristic acidity and 'bite' of most Spanish Albarino but it was soft and fruity and a wine that was enjoyable on its own. Quite complex as it opened. I thought it had hints of asparagus and a very 'New Zealand' richness that reminded me of some NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Some brioche later as it warmed. Quite nice and well made but not memorable for me. Others enjoyed it more so I have raised my 87 to 88.
Red
12/22/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
92 points
A very deep colour, opaque but with a youthful appearance. It was good even when first opened but took a few minutes to really settle down. Excellent dark fruit and spice on the nose which became quite powerful over time. The palate quickly lost some dusty tannins and a hint of jam on the mid/end taste. Velvety dark 'sweet' fruit emerged - mainly dark cherry, blackberry, and damson. The complex flavours included spice and a hint of 'liquorice'.The wine softened as it opened and evolved over 3-4 hours. It has elegance as well as strength. There was enough acidity to offer excellent balance and length. I bought this wine on release and, unfortunately, only have one left. No rush, though. Lovely wine!
The wine was great on its own but married well with slow-cooked beef in a barbecue sauce.
Red
12/21/2019 - johnrm wrote:
87 points
Restrained but juicy red fruit with a touch of raspberry. Very dry. Soft tannins, plenty of acidity, graphite (as others have mentioned) and cedar notes on the late palate. A good food wine but something of an acquired taste on its own.
Red
12/20/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Entirely in line with my note of 16 October. Very consistent. Drinking beautifully on its own within half an hour of opening and at least as good with food later. Sweet fruit (mainly spicy dark cherry but with no cherry stones), good balance, soft acidity and tannin, almost a touch of orange acidity on the end palate. It has life ahead IMO but was better on the first day when I rated it higher. 88+
Red
2002 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
91 points
Almost a year on from our last bottle. Decanted 4h prior. Good colour and very fragrant, spicy nose with cedar notes. As before, a very rich palate with dark plums, spice, some 'smoke', cedar pencil, maybe a hint of fennel developing on the end taste. Soft with gentle, balanced acidity and very soft, integrated, slightly dusty tannins. Very good with food (rare sirloin steak). Again, it improved and became more complex with time. 6h after opening it was softer, richer and had more sweet cherry fruit on nose and palate with softer tannins. Very fine, still.
Yes, it has life yet... 91+
Red
12/12/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Probably too young, yet, but I had to try it. Immediately approachable with good fruit and some spice on the nose. The palate shows fragrant red and black brambly and cherry fruits (with some bitter cherry stone notes early) and plenty of juicy acidity. The tannins began to soften quickly in the glass and were fine with food which brought out some hints of jam (in a nice way). The length is good. This promises well (I normally expect 5 - 10 years) and was an incredible bargain on a pre-Christmas offer at £7.50. I wish I had bought more but I have just added another 6 at a higher price. Score 89, given its likely future development.
Note added 2 days after opening: It still has plenty of juicy fruit and good balance.
Red
12/8/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
83 points
Quite a big wine with plenty of sweet fruit on nose and palate with good body and a fair balance of acidity and fruit. Immediately accessible and very drinkable. Great for a barbecue or enjoying on its own but not a wine to analyse in detail.
Red
12/8/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite a deep colour and good damson & blackberry fruit with vanilla on the nose. Sweet blackberry fruit on the palate with soft damson skin tannins and good acidity with fair length. A good wine at the price, especially when on offer. It does not have the subtlety and complexity of some of the early vintages but is a real crowd pleaser. It will age for a few more years.
Red
12/7/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Very deep, opaque colour and a good nose. Good extraction with rich, mainly blackcurrant fruit rather than the sweeter blackberry fruit typical of many Oz Cabernets. Good tannins, acidity and balance. Enjoyable on its own and with food. We waited until this had a few year's bottle age and it is drinking well now but has years ahead IMO.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/3/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Last bottle. Drinking very nicely. The wine showed all the apricot, honey, and marmalade character described over two years ago and a rich, unctuous character more than made up for the reducing acidity without being cloying. Lovely wine. A small sample kept in the 'fridge was still drinking well after more than a week.
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White
12/1/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
It showed all the positive qualities described in my earlier notes. Drinking well. Better as it warmed closer to room temperature. Very good with pork tenderloin in a cream, mushroom, and mustard sauce.
Red
11/30/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened 6h prior and decanted 3h before serious tasting. Very deep, opaque colour. The nose was dominated by cedar pencil at first for me but plummy fruit came through with time. The palate was very dry and, again, cedar pencil was quite prominent but the fruit was very restrained. Orange acidity began to develop on the late palate but we detected none of the blackcurrant and cherry flavours we had enjoyed earlier (5, years ago actually!) and which were described by other more recent tasters. After half an hour in the glass, tarry, eucalyptus flavours began to emerge on the nose and the palate was quite complex but there was still an absence of any 'sweet' fruit, indeed my wife found some bitterness on the end palate. The 'sweet and sour' comment by Empire80 seems apt.
A little later, the wine was much more attractive with food (rare fillet steak) when more fruit emerged but there was still lots of acidity and the balance was much better. Wine has always been made with food in mind, after all, especially Cabernet-based wines. This was our last bottle and was a little disappointing; it seems to be on the way down. 90-
The wine has been stored in ideal conditions at a steady 11C since purchase soon after release and the cork was perfect with 2mm wine penetration. Forgive the long comment but it may be of interest to others who still have this vintage. If so, it needs food.
White
11/29/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Soon after opening (at 12C), the nose was restrained (as before, I detected a little 'farmyard' which was short-lived). It opened over a couple of hours as it warmed to room temperature showing an almost musky fragrance. The palate had pears and melon early but lemon citrus soon took over and the palate was complex but had little conventional 'sweet' fruit - more an old semillon character for me. Very dry with a persistent musky, spicy, lanolin (?) aroma. Great length with persistent citrus flavours and a hint of spicy caramel at the end.
It was superb with a pan fried halibut steak.
I should have let this open over a longer period - just a bit too eager. I think it needs years, yet.
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White - Sparkling
11/24/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
89 points
Very dry with good crisp fruit, toast and plenty of lemon acidity. Good value on offer from the WS. I will keep some to see how it develops with more bottle age. 89+
Red
11/23/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
88 points
Over a year since our last bottle and we opened it and gave it 8h to open. I'm not sure whether it is still developing and needs more time or whether it just isn't going to reach the heights of the 2013/2014/2015 vintages. Time will tell.
Red
11/23/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted side by side with the 2012 vintage. It displayed most of the virtues of the 2012 but I found more red than black fruits (mainly cherries), accompanied by orange citrus notes, and less spicy complexity. The length was there but the tannins were more dominant on the mid and late palate. Not a bad thing with food and there is plenty of time for further development and softening but I preferred the 2012.
Some wine was retained and was better after 30 hours. Worth another point. I think the message is don't pop the cork and drink immediately.
Red
11/23/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
91 points
Attractive when first opened and tasted but, based on past experience of the Pere et fils, the bulk of the wine was kept overnight and drunk next day. Good colour, rich, with spicy, sweet, mainly black cherry fruit and with attractive and subtle 'raisin' notes. As in January 2019, the wine showed complexity and excellent acidity which contributed to the remarkable length. The tannins are soft and totally integrated. This is drinking well now but will last. Once again, it is worth saying that there was a heavy deposit so best decanted.
A second bottle opened at a celebration was better after 30 hours. Well worth 91 but don't be afraid to give it a day or more to get the best out of it. It softens and sweetens without losing its complexity and character.
Red
2002 Château Hortevie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/17/2019 - johnrm Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened 5h before tasting. Very good, deep colour. Spicy, meaty, rich nose. Similar flavours on the palate with plenty of rich, dark fruit (mainly dark plums) but the 'sweetness' I detected a few years ago was no longer a feature early on. However, as it evolved in the glass, dark cherries emerged with hints of violets and the plum-skin tannins softened nicely and slight sweetness developed. A little Bordeaux austerity but pretty youthful and muscular considering its age. Very enjoyable on its own but even better with food (roast chicken etc.). Long and complex - it improved further with time developing more complexity (and touches of orange acidity) and showing all the character and quality one would expect from a respected St Julien CB. It definitely needed time to show its best. It is a really lovely wine from a generally middling year and a real step up from a bottle of Ch. Cantemerle from the same vintage tasted yesterday.
My note of 2013 suggested that this wine was perhaps at its peak. My later notes and my view now show that was wrong and the wine has matured beautifully. It is a pity that since the sale of this vineyard around 2012, the wine is no longer produced as Chateau Hortevie. I am pleased to say that I have found another bottle of this vintage in my stock. I will hold it for a year or two..
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