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Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/28/2016 - TheUsualSuspects Likes this wine:
100 points
Wow. What a wine. Tasted alongside Cheval Blanc 1990, which I initially favoured due to its more sexy luxurious nature, the Haut Brion however kept on getting better and better. Fresh, vibrant, perfectly balanced, beautiful aromatics, superb mouthfeel, coats the mouth with sweet dark fruits and touches of spice. an incredibly long finish. New notes and aromas hit you well after the last drop in your glass has gone. Sensational experience, this is what it's all about. It's in a perfect place right now but as previous posters have elaborated, it's got plenty of life left!

I love 1990 Bordeaux, and this might now sit atop a quite wonderful tree.
  • PJRONeill commented:

    9/29/16, 5:47 PM - Well done, really nice note. A bottle some seven or eight years ago remains the best red wine I've ever had. Glad your experience was similar.

Red
1984 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/7/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Wines and Grill (Chicago, IL): Good Napa is always such a lovely experience, and this bottle was no exception. A wine to truly get excited about -- this had a touch of pyrazine on the nose, and just some muted black fruit and slight vegetal character that you find from the good cabernet. There's a perennial joke about Dunn never being ready. Well, this bottle is ready. Certainly the fruit takes a backseat to the firm structure, but if you give this your attention, it's certainly possible to plumb its depths.
  • PJRONeill commented:

    5/7/16, 10:25 PM - Spot on in my experience. Great note.

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
2/14/2016 - PJRONeill wrote:
93 points
A big step up in quality compared to my previous two. Lemon sherbet, yeast, chalk, granny smith apple. Still quite primary with a youthful sharpness and tons of acidity. But there's heft to it too, some real substance that augurs well for the future.
  • PJRONeill commented:

    2/19/16, 6:44 PM - @SLIMES: Disgorgement date of 2011 as I recall (don't remember the month). I presume the two previous underwhelming bottles were from the same disgorgement.

Red
2001 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Pinot Noir
12/19/2014 - PJRONeill wrote:
93 points
Delicious. Earth, with sweet and savory red fruits, it slips effortlessly across the palate. In a lovely place but will reward further aging.
  • PJRONeill commented:

    12/24/14, 4:18 PM - To Harley 1199
    Thanks for your comment. I don't have much experience with aging Burgundy but I would say that its developing some secondary characteristics at the moment. It will give much pleasure for many years I would think, and grow old gracefully for a couple of decades.

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
Dark garnet, bright and clear. Even with 3 hours of aeration in decanter, this one kept it all quite close to the vest. Earthy, with dirt-covered mushrooms floating above a sweet, chiseled core of cherry fruit. Tea, complex spices. I was expecting more, richer fruit, but it wasn't there, not at present, anyway. Right now it's more a statue to be admired from a distance than actually enjoyed, but in 15 or 20 years, look out. Stuffing to spare, though there's no fluff, this is the real deal. HOLD. 13,5% abv., thru 2038. highly recommended

Served non-blind; give this a decade, or better, two, of rest
  • PJRONeill commented:

    10/22/14, 7:55 AM - Really helpful note. Thanks!

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