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2009 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2018 - Keith Cooper Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted at The Wine Society's Bordeaux tasting in London. I felt we were tasting this wine too young, it was somewhat closed. With 77% cabernet sauvignon, the blackcurrant flavours showed well and it was pleasant enough to drink. But I can't help thinking it will be so much better in about five to ten years time. Keep! Pricey at £89 a bottle.
  • MarcS commented:

    11/3/18, 8:26 AM - Calm down everybody...this is a nine year old left bank classed growth Bordeaux from a powerful vintage. Worst time to open. And Leoville Barton is known as an extra long ager. I wouldn’t think about cracking this for at least another five years. Only reason it showed as well as you describe is because 2009 is so fruity.

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1988 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
10/28/2017 - Rob MacKay wrote:
98 points
Amazing. To have this wine be this good after nearly 30 years is a real treat. Everything in perfect harmony. Best CdP that I've had in a long long time and certainly the best I've had at this age.
  • MarcS commented:

    10/26/18, 4:43 PM - Did you know this was the very first vintage they ever bottled and sold — first vintage Laurence Feraud ever made? Guess she was a natural right from the start!

Red
2005 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2018 - Francophile1 Likes this wine:
90 points
A solid effort for the price, but not as good as the 2000 vintage. It might be because it is not yet aged as long as the 2000 vintage, but my gut tells me this won't ever rise to the same level even with more time in the bottle. Nevertheless, I am not going to open anymore of the 2005 vintage for at least a few more years in hopes it gets even better.
  • MarcS commented:

    10/24/18, 3:00 PM - I'm in the exact same place. It's solid, it has fruit depth and isn't too bad, but it's kind of a clumsy and uninteresting wine right now. I'm hoping it's just that 2005 is taking a long time to come around but not too confident this will improve. The 2000 HB is also what inspired me to get this.

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2018 - thenapalist wrote:
76 points
This is the second bottle I've had recently and am convinced that this is not a damaged bottle but more indicative of the wine in this particular vintage. Aromas of raisins and prunes and flavors that match but also shows stewed fruit and a touch of VA. While some 03s have held up well, this one is breaking down in dramatic fashion. Where once it showed to be a giant and impressive wine.....it's now showing it's true colors. Drink up now and hope for a less advanced showing.
  • MarcS commented:

    10/20/18, 10:15 AM - totally dissimilar to my experience in April, 2018, which was a very structured wine. If anything I found it to be somewhat withholding/tannic and not quite ready to drink, needing another 3-5 years.

Red
2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2018 - Duncan H Likes this wine:
92 points
Cor - what a scorcher! A hot wine from a hot vintage!

I approached this with some trepidation (suspecting it might be over the hill), but it was so utterly and unexpectedly delicious. Didn't bother decanting it and only opened an hour or so before dinner. Immediately we were devoured by its rich soft, mouthfilling dark fruit. Not particularly long or complex, just absolutely beautiful to drink. I'm not sure this is sophisticated claret, but it certainly wow-ed Mrs H (who prefers her reds young and fruity...).

So good we took another bottle of this to dinner with friends the following Saturday and they loved it too.

We're going to consume the rest of this case with alacrity over the next year or so. Enjoy!
  • MarcS commented:

    10/17/18, 2:14 PM - This shouldn't be even close to over the hill. My guess based on my experience with it over the past year or two is that it should last at least another decade. It's a big wine!

Red
2001 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
11/23/2017 - JRDillon Likes this wine:
90 points
For Thanksgiving dinner I decided to open my three oldest bottles of Pegau, a 2001, a 2003 and a 2004. All three were excellent choices for a massive turkey and dressing meal with sweet potatoes, green-bean casserole with bacon, and numerous other food choices. All three vintages were in very different phases. The 2001, unfortunately, had moved well past its prime and definitely had a muted quality that despite three hours of decant would not allow the primary flavors that were so present in its youth to emerge. It was still delicious in its subtle way, but disappointing in that it had faded so far. Hints of fruit and terroir clearly were hiding in there somewhere, but overall there was very little, if any, tannic structure left. Nevertheless, two of the women in our party cited this wine as their favorite of the three. Even so, if you still have any of these, I highly recommend drinking up as soon as possible. The 2003 was the winner, imo, and was still singing with a delicious fruity tartness and gobs of earthy, barnyard terroir. This one, like the 2001, had dropped a weight class even though the decline was not nearly as pronounced. I just remember this wine at the five-year mark being one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted, but, despite its complex brilliance, this particular bottle did not come close to replicating that experience. That it shone above the others was not a surprise considering the high marks this vintage received. Moving on to the 2004, I found this one to be a bit clipped, with less depth and complexity, though still in fine shape and carrying a healthy weight. This vintage just does not stack up with the other two, and even at its peak was a substandard representation of Pegau, imo. I don't want to convey that these wines were not delicious; they all were, and most importantly, all three were a perfect complement to the outstanding meal. But none of them reached the sublime level I have experienced so many times in the past with Pegau and have almost come to expect. Thankfully, these were not the only bottles of these vintages I have owned, so I have tasted all three at much younger ages. To be honest, I have not had much luck with aged wines (10+ years) of any kind lately, and I am becoming more and more of a proponent of drinking them early, or earlier anyway. Whether Bordeaux, Cali cabs, or CDPs, I am finding the five-year mark to be a sweet spot for maximum enjoyment as a general rule, but feel free to disagree.
  • MarcS commented:

    12/28/17, 10:20 AM - not arguing with you about Pegau or CNDP in general. But as a long time Bordeaux drinker I can't even express how wrong it seems to me to say that Bordeaux is at its best at the five-year mark. You may have been drinking too many Bordeaux during that shut down period which can run from about 5 to 10-12 years, it is true that especially from big vintages it's better to get to a Bordeaux when it's younger than five years from vintage than try to crack it at 8-10 years. But when they reawaken from that shut down period they are amazing.

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