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Tasting Notes for Christer Byklum

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White - Fortified
3/4/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
95 points
1900 Barbeito Malvazia;
Dark amber, towards brown with golden rim. Intense and rich nose, leaping out of the glass, nuts, fruit cake, dried fruits, almost massive. High acidity, fresh and lively, layered but lacks the extraordinary nuances and complexity of a perfect D'Oliveiras bottle. 95
White - Fortified
2/24/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
93 points
1983 Artur de Barros e Sousa Verdelho (Madeira)
Yes, this is a young Madeira. But the Olim brothers who run the family company ABSL makes some of the most elegant, nuanced, fruity and splendid of all Madeiras. Production rarely exceeds 3000 bottles a year, everything hand made, everything in canteiros, meaning heated by air in old lofts. Where can you by it? Normally only at their very old fashioned shop in Funchal. Fantastic! Very pale amber, dried apricots, raisins, bananas, vanilla (and it cannot be from the vastly old barrels....) fantastic layers and complexity. Fresh and high acidity, again nuanced feel, refreshing, lively, intense and still manages to be refreshing, long. 93
White - Fortified
2/21/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
97 points
1875 Barbeito Malvazia;
Golden with orange hue, absolutely seductive nose, amazing layers, bananas, flowers and fruits, dried and fresh, with raisins and nuts, subtle and elegant. Playful acidity, gorgeous balance, almost transparent texture, amazing length. 97
White - Fortified
2/12/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
97 points
1890 D'Oliveiras Verdelho;
Amber with orange rim. Almost floral nose, tender, caressing, citrus, lovely nose. High and lively acidity, very refreshing, nuanced and layered. A bit more secretive style, mouthwatering, very elegant, sublime texture, stunning wine. 97
White - Fortified
2/12/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
99 points
1900 D'Oliveiras Malvazia;
Deep amber, thin, gold rim. Intense, layered, massive complexity, lost for words. Rich, massive intensity, waves of flavours, dense texture, superb balance, briliant acidity, (shines like a diamond, even if I'm not sure if you can actually say briliant acidity). So playful and refined, stunning and incredible length. WOW. 99-100
White - Fortified
1/29/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
95 points
1903 D'Oliveiras Boal;
Deep amber, red tints, golden rim. Intense and complex nose, nothing jumps out as Paul Pontallier says, magnificent and layered nose. Fresh and high acidity, playful, very lively fruit, superb texture, somewhat leaner than the 1908 Boal, but maybe a touch more refined. Very nuanced and long. 95
White - Fortified
1/15/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
88 points
1932 D'Oliveiras Verdelho

1932 D'Oliveiras Verdelho;
Deep amber, orange rim. A touch of VA obsures this one a bit, caramel, nuts and spices. Fresh acidity, quite rich, fuller body than some Verdelho's, long finish. 88

Alex Lidell states in his Madeira book that: Verdelho in Madeira is different from Verdelho Branco or Gouveio, the variety of Verdelho found on the mainland Portugal, but is the same variety found on the Azores. Verdelho was the commonest variety until Phyloxera, at which time it was estimated to two- thirds of the island's vineyards, but now has the smallest production of the classical varieties (Bastardo, Terrantez and Moscatel is rarer by the way). It was not regarded as anything other than a good variety until early this century, when it was elevated to classical status.

Verdelho now grows mainly on the north side of the island, where it is more suited to the harsher climatic conditions. Must has marked acidity, and normally a potential alcohol of 10-12% Verdelho is often reffered to as medium rich, and the driest after Sercial. One producer, Artur de Barros e Sousa normally make a drier Terrantez, but this grape is normally similar or slightly sweeter, at least on the palate, than Verdelho.
White - Fortified
1/8/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
93 points
1937 D'Oliveiras Sercial;
Amber with thin green rim. Layered nose, complex, nuts, caramel, spices, like spice shop, floral, orange peel. High acidity, mouthwatering, superb texture, old enough to have melloved, beautiful balance, concentrated feel, very long. 93

Some believe that Sercial and Riesling is the same grape, especially I've been told so many times on the island. The acidity is high for sure, but the flavours are so different, so I have my doubts. Noël Cossart in his book, Madeira, the island vineyard just states: "Sercial, pale, light-bodied, dry or extra dry, 0,5-1,5 degrees Baumé. True Sercial has a nutty nose and with age becomes mellow and medium dark, the mellowness rather covering the dryness." That is spot on for this one. Then he continues,"Sercial or Cercal was thought to be similar to the German Riesling, which, like its cousin in the Rhine valley, grows at high altitudes(?). It is fairly prolific, but rather shy bearer, and only grows in certain places. The grapes are round, soft and white, the leaf has four round lobes and very strong nerves which, by their projection, form a wrinkled appearance. The fruit is rather tasteless but fragrant."

Trevor Elliot in his book: The wines of Madeira states: " Sercial is grown mostly on the north of the island in Seixal, Porto Moniz, Ponta Delgada, Sao Vicente and Arco de Sao Jorge. In the south its mainly planted in Jardim da Serra at an altitude of 600-700 metres. (On the north coast, 100-150 metres) The grapes and bunches are medium in size, have high levels of acidity and the must have potential alcohol of 10-11% abv. Lastly, Alex Lidell's book, Madeira finaly states: "-to the German Riesling, it has no conection at all. On the mainland (Portugal) the variety is called Esganocao, or 'dog strangler', so called because of its mouthpuckering, astringent acidity."

The driest of the noble varieties.
White - Fortified
1/1/2012 - Christer Byklum wrote:
100 points
1832 Barbeito Terrantez;
Golden with orange hue and yellow rim. Even as the cork went out of the bottle, it filled the room with aromas, pouring it into the glass, one could just sit and sniff it while the glass still rested on the table, getting ever more intense as the nose and glass finaly met up. Enormous intensity, layers, superb complexity, has almost every aroma you can think of, dried fruits, smoky hints, cakes, spices, wood polish, just ads and ads. Fresh and high acidity, intense, layered, fantastic length, minutes, could still taste it half an hour after the last sip. 100

This was tasted when visiting Barbeito outside Funchal, from the bottle above. I have never seen a note on this one, and never seen it for sale anywhere..... It's not listed in Alex Lidell's book on Madeira, and on the Madeira Wine Guide (which seems not to have been updated since 2006), it's not mentioned in the vintage guide. (There were a few other wines missing from that list as well). But another wine is, the 1832 Oscar Acciaioly Terrantez. On the 1795 Barbeito Terrantez, the Madeira Wine Guide states the following: "As Alex Liddell explains in his book “Madeira”, this wine originally belonged to the Hinton family. Oscar Acciaioly bought the wine from the Hintons. Later the wine was divided between his descendants. Mario Barbeito bought part of the remaining wine and returned it from demijohns to wood." Maybe this will be a future release and was bought in similar fashion, from the same source. As with the 1795 Barbeito Terrantez that I have actually tasted a few years back (a benchmark Madeira), this 1832 was magnificent as well.
Red
1982 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2011 - Christer Byklum wrote:
95 points
A/B level fill, just at the bottom of the neck, very top shoulder. Pouring the wine into the glass, a beautifull bright ruby core, garnet rim with just a hint of brick. Nose of violets, very elegant blackcurrants and blackberries, hints of tobacco, prunes, fine leather, stones of stone fruits, touch of vanilla, pefumed, hint of roses, very seductive, not too intense, complex and very refined. Very pure. The florality just ads intensity after 25 minutes. On the palate, again very elegant, fantastic fresh acidity, so alive and vigorous, playfull and just carries the flavours for 30 seconds. Tannins ripe and feels more or less gone, quite a few still hang arround, relaxing on the tongue and gums. But they are so totally integrated in the texture and profile of the wine that you have to look hard to notice, they are in no way obvious, the texture is just gorgeous. Vibrant and kicking, pure, extremelly elegant. No difficulties finding Pauillac typicity in this one, mixed with the beautifull Lafite elegance. If this was a fake, please make more! A stunning wine. 95

More on this wine and bottle on http://mywinesandmore.blogspot.com/
White - Sparkling
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
87 points
Golden with orange hue, small bubbles. Mature, some oxidation and not as fres as the last bottle, yellow apples, nuts, fat and minerals. Nice mousse, elegant, fresh acidity, oxidized lemons, getting more sherryish with air, dies a bit in the glass and needs constant refreshing with wine from the bottle to try to keep up.
Red
1971 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
92 points
Ruby with broad brick rim. Floral, violets, sweet tobacco, perfumed and quite intense, some animal notes, mature, cedar. Almost sweet with perfect acidity, just carrying the fruit like a string, perfection! Elegant and refreshing, sour cherries, tannins gone, elegant texture, drying a bit in the finish. Drink now, what a pleasant surprise.
White
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
90 points
Golden, A level fill, nuts, banana (dissapering quickly) minerals, yellow apples and slightly oxodized. Turning with more air into intense butter, nuts, ripe lemons and minerals, almost Batard like nose. Good acidity, oysters, even a touch of burnt (nuts maybe). Really impressive Premier Cru!
White
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
96 points
Served blind, I nailed it just on the nose, both producer and commune. Golden, smokey, flinty minerals with butter and popcorn, and the minerality only gets more intense with air. Fresh acidity, perfect with the vanilla and fatty minerals, superb texture, complex, balanced, somehow pure, increadible length. Extreme!
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
96 points
Containing vintages 89, 94 and 96. Ruby, huge intensity, spicy, some vegetal notes, dark fruits, really dark, so young it's a barrel sample to taste. Elegent texture, fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, pure, almost violent at this stage, increadible length. Wait at least ten years.
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
95 points
A level fill, bottom neck, cork half soaked. Ruby with thin garnet rim. Sweet touch of prunes, ripe blackcurrants, tobacco, touch of strawberries, fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Pure, elegant, complex, intense, heavy fruit, intence more than real complexity, long finish.
Red
1979 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
90 points
It is special to have your own vintage of Petrus in front of you, and even better in the glass. A level fill, ruby with garnet rim. Tobacco, anis, floral and elegant, violets, tobacco, refined. Superb mouthfeel, what a balance and elegance, finally! Fresh acidity, tannins more or less gone, seductive, just a bit short.
Red
1983 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
90 points
A level fill, ruby with brick rim. Mocca, heavy and ripe feel to it, vanilla, coffee and ripe dark fruits. Body is leaner than fruit sugests, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, green bell peppers and herbal finish. Good length.
Red
1986 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
86 points
A level fill, ruby with garnet rim. Herbs and green peppers, touch of coffee, spices and vanilla. Leanish body, fresh acidity, oak tannins firm and almost unpleasant, agressive at least, lean and short finish. Again not impressed with this Château.
Red
1996 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
91 points
A level fill, deep ruby with garnet rim. Violets, dark fruits, some vanilla. Very good mouthfeel and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, good length. Lacks quite much in complexity, refinement and nuances for me for a wine of this legendary status.
Red
1947 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
flawed
Most likely a fake! Vandermeulen bottling. Very top shoulder, deep ruby with brick rim. Ripe fruit, slightly volatile, roses, black- and blueberries, fresh acidity and ripe but gripping tannins. Chocolate, minerals and a touch of green peppers, later on violets, ok length.
This does not sound anything like the wine's normal description. Cork was way to young, nothing printed on it, and was not possible to get back in the bottle. Looked like it had been soaked in wine and put in with simple old cork machine. It had a square mark on the top while in the bottle. I do not know if the label would be correct for Vandermeulen.
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
89 points
Cork soaked, came out in pieces. B-level fill, pale ruby, orange rim. Floral, anis, redcurrants, strawberries, touch of metal, some pepper. Fresh acidity, lean body, sour cherries, very elegant. Falling a bit apart after 15 minutes, but way beyond expectations, especially after reading Broadbent's scepticism.
(Not directly from the chateau, but bought in Saint-Emilion just a few weeks back)
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
96 points
Cork soaked and fragile, Mouton Rothschild and Pauillac stated on the part of the cork that came up whole. Above mid shoulder, ruby with orange rim. Pencil shave, some green peppers, leather, spices, elegant, anis, even some blackcurrants. Pure and such elegance in the mouth, red berries, perfect texture, caressing, very balanced acidity, works perfectly, some cigar notes, refreshing, intense, pure, tannins almost gone. And such a length, last for minutes.
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
94 points
Bttl 111 730 Cork soaked and pulverized on opening, low shoulder fill, ruby core with orange rim. Some deep notes, sweet tobacco, ripe blackcurrants, violets, prunes, raisins, dades, elegant, sweet anis. Fresh acidity, tannins, gone, elegant and charming, even seductive, but a bit shorter than the 26 Balance is perfect, nice intensity and complexity.
There was actually maybe half a glass left the day after, and pouring it, most of the highnotes and complexity of aromas was gone, but still a perfect balance and good fruit and body.
Red
11/16/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
flawed
Bttl 91296. Mid shoulder fill, cork soaked and smouldered up on pulling it. Brick with orange hue and broad orange rim (also light when looking through the bottle). Sherry, metallic and gone unfortunatelly.
Another aspect of tasting this wine made it very special. The wife of Baron Philippe de Rothschild were imprissoned in a concentration camp during this vintage were she died in 1945.
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Red
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
82 points
Ruby, more rustic than expected, stable, leather, some mushrooms, lean and some darker fruits pushed in the corner. Lazy acidity, ripe tannins, short finish, even VA. Not what I hoped for.
Red
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
75 points
Ruby, sweet dark fruit and Port like alcohol feel on the nose (15%). Some vanilla, ok acidity, ripe tannins, not too complex, lean fruity style, alcoholic, sweet finish and "good" length.
White - Off-dry
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
92 points
Apples, minerals and apricots with lemon. Gorgeous balance and purity, fresh acidity, cleans well, elegant and very long, not too complex but so pure you don't care, very fragrant, long and intense.
White - Sparkling
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
97 points
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Elegant, perfect balance, seductive, tight acidity, perfect mousse, apples, bread and yeast. Very youthfull, intense, increadible purity and lemons with a nice minerality, minutes of length. The best Bolly I've had, and the best Champagne for a long time. WOW!
White - Sparkling
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
88 points
A level fill as far as I remember, golden with a light amber hue, remarkable small bubbles. Slight oxidative note, yeast, nuts and caramel, even almonds. Ok acidity and mousse, balanced, slightly lean, leafy and earthy and a bit short. Burnt caramel finish. I prefer fresher style and bottles of champagne! (The 76 some weeks back was a very different animal)
Red
1985 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
95 points
Ruby with thin brick rim. Massive nose, leaps out of the glass, intense, pure, elegant, tobacco, cigars, gorgeous Bordeaux. Perfect texture, some floral notes, balanced, good acidity, leather, plums, very nice fruit, cassis and long length. Way better than expected, even if it is quite praised.
Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
98 points
The legend again! What a treat! A level fill, ruby with garnet rim. Intense, cassis spuma, blackcurrant leafs, so pure, so outher worldly pure, like is cassis foam, so tender and yet massive. Tea and hint of fine leather, takes a long time to open in the glass, overtones of roses and violets, extremelly complex, some vanilla and even white chocolate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, great balance, intense and so elegant, needs a lot more time, flirting, seductive and yet secretive and masculine, yet it feels open like a book, intriguing. Wow again. And I liked this bottle better than the last that I found a bit "porty".
White
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
89 points
Pale golden, pear and touch of vanilla. Good acidity, fresh, minerals and elegant, with a touch of warm yellow plums and yellow apples. Balanced, a real complex summers wine, perfect on the beach, good length. (And I nailed it blind)
Red
1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
88 points
Ruby with garnet rim, dark fruits, cassis, rich and still elegant, slightly green and herbal behind. Ok acidity, good tannins, a touch rustic, black currants, haven't quite nailed the elegance Pessac's may have in 98, good length.
Red
1999 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
88 points
Ruby, sweet blueberryies, vanilla, chocolate and darker fruits. Very fresh acidity, pure, fresh and ripe tannins, elegant, some coffee with air, chocolate, and good length. Keep some more years.
Red
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
96 points
1957 Leroy SA, Nuits-St-Georges, Les Porets;
Saw the colour and smelled it and nailed it blind. After nearly a case, this one shines through. Pale ruby, lots of brick. A touch of strawberries still, some leather and leafy notes, pure and elegant. Red berries, smooth texture with good acidity and ripe tannins, actually still ther (Not to a big extent), pure, seductive, lively, transparent, layered, expressive yet lean, great length. Wow, the second best bottle! 96
Red
1996 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
86 points
(2nd Gruaud Larose) This has been more or less the house wine for the last two months but with some bottle variations. Some very mature, with lots of prunes and starting to dry (not a problem yet), others like tonight, still much more vibrant. Ruby with sediments, maturing cassis, plums, touch of cigars and pencil, vanilla almost gone. Good acidity, ripe tannins, balanced and quite elegant, lacking just a bit in complexity with good length. Perfect with entrecõte or even better with the seasons lamb, especially carré. Drink now. Depending on bottle, ranging from 83-86
Red
1945 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
98 points
B/C level fill, about 5 cm below cork. Ruby with brick rim, lots of sediments for a Burgundy. Earthy, touch of strawberries, leather, tyme and lavendal, even anis. Gorgeous texture, perfect balance even if a touch of metal first. Later adding more and more body and fruits, silky mouthfeel as I have never had before, absolutely fantastic, cherries, red berries and darker fruits, more intense, leather, plums, tannins gone, after about 20 minutes it really peaks, good acidity but the silk hides it, increadible length. Then dying off, getting more towards coffe and dry. Way beyond expectations, what a fantastic memory I will have of this wine!
Red
1986 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
94 points
A level fill, ruby, very thin rim. Leather, anis, terracotta, black tea, leather, blackcurrants, very closed. Good acidity, high of starting to ripen tannins, still a bit rough, lots of stuff happening behind, good length. Wait another 3-5 years, will keep much longer.
Red
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
93 points
1989 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, La Tache;
Bottle nr 12957. B- B/C level fill, 3,5 cm blow cork. Ruby with thin brick rim, some sediments. Very fresh, strawberries, intense, Christams spices, sweet fruits. Good acidity, tannins starting to get around and being integrated, long and elegant, even mouthwatering. Long finish, but I never quite get it ......
Red
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
89 points
Bottle nr: 11837; A level fill, ruby with orange rim. Apples, prunes, plums, tea and eucalyptus, even asian spices. Good acidity, leather touch, more evolved style, still fresh and very god texture, ripe tannins, nice balance, good length. Again, I am not quite convinced.....
White - Sweet/Dessert
1959 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
97 points
B level fill, top shoulder. Amber with green yellow rim. Botrytis, apricots, raisins, nuts, vanilla, very complex. Pure, elegant, fantastic acidity, really refreshing, caramel, so much happening, complex and balanced, and that acidity just plays and plays in the mouth. Fantastic length, minutes on end.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1928 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
100 points
The best wine I have ever tasted, above all the rest.......increadible, and I can almost feel the aftertaste still.......I did not know what it was, served blind. I nailed the producer.......not even close on the vintage.......

Amber colour, golden hue, some crystals, amazing colour. Caramel, aprikots, creme brulee, pineapples, orange, tangerine, ripe lemons, apples, baked pear, raisins, touch of nuts. So complex, it's another meaning. So fresh acidity, such elegance, just perfect balance, and sweetness/ acidity balance is from another world. Not very sweet anymore, just enough to grace the fruit aromas perfectly, tender body, layered and transparent, this was just beyond anything........and what a length and aftertaste, it lasted not for seconds or minutes, we're talking hours......still ther the next morning. (You just do not brush you're teeth with these flavours going on in the mouth....Increadible!
White - Sweet/Dessert
1928 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/7/2010 - Christer Byklum wrote:
99 points
Huge expectations, the best wine I've had, 28 Suduiraut, if there is a wine to beat it..... Difficult to read label, cork states quite clearly Yquem, Lur-Saluces, 1928. B/C level fill, above mid shoulders. Pale amber with broad green yellow rim. Nuts, apricots, apple, lemon, raisins, minerals and even schistes. A glorious, layered and transparent in the best sence of the word mix of mature and more youthfull flavours. Perfect balance in a different league, great acidity, such finesse, pineapples comming to join the elegant party, even coconut and papaya, acidity is tender, doing its job gracefully like the queen greeting her guests. Gorgeous length. Minutes again. But this bottle do not beat the Suduiraut, and that is mainly because of the Suduirauts length and even better freshness. The 28's seems to be marvels!
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