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(141 notes on 96 wines)

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White - Sparkling
12/24/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Initially oxidized aromas, but with some air it disappears. On the palate, a mature, developed Champagne; yeast, brioche, mushroom. Balanced, complex, good intensity, with a long finish. Still within drinking window.
Red
10/22/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
Too young. Drank it over several days. Improved - softer tannins, but kept the fresh dark and red fruit well. Can easily be mistaken for a (late) left bank Bordeaux. Has ageing potential - 10+ years.
Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
Decent, but a bit rustic (coarse tannins) left bank Bordeaux. May be kept in cellar for long time, but limited potential for significant improvement.
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White
10/22/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
An outstanding wine. Lemon, green apple, aromas and taste. Notes of lees ageing. Well balanced, medium+ bodied, medium + acidity, good fruit concentration with a long finish. More like a Chablis GC than Alsace PG in style.
White
10/2/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Still in good condition. No signs of oxidation. Nice citrus aromas and flavours, with well integrated oak.
Red
10/2/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Cork soaked and close to break up when opened. Wine in excellent condition, with very smooth tannins and tertiary aromas and flavours of forest floor, barn, leather. Fruit (black and red cherry, blackberry) still intact.
White
9/23/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
Very goog fruit concentration and acidity. Long finish, but lacks some balance at this stage. Like a Meursault without finesse. Tasted over two days.
Red
2005 Château Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice, but I would have expected more of a 2005. Still course tannins I do not believe will soften much in the future (90).
SEcond day after using vacuum pump and 2 hour decanting; slightly better, which is promising for extended cellaring.
White
9/19/2022 - TS Does not like this wine:
83 points
Good structure and balance between acidity and fruit concentration, with a medium+ finish. However, extremely reductive - burnt rubber, burnt rubber, and burnt rubber again. I don't believe it will improve with age (screw cap), but might be slightly better with extended decanting.
Red
9/12/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic Barolo. Utterly tannic at this stage, but with a very good potential. Wait 5 years, longer if you can.
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White
8/19/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Still going strong, but maybe time to drink up. Well developed, but still goo primary fruit combined with some tertiary notes. Better than many of its more renowned siblings from Zind-Humbrecht. An outstanding wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/19/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding eiswein. Good acidity balancing the sweetness. Excellent fresh fruit intensity and length.
White
2018 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/7/2022 - TS wrote:
93 points
An outstanding wine. Fruit driven bordeaux. Tropical notes; pineapple, passion, citrus. Open and available now. For early drinking, not for extended cellaring.
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Red
2010 Château La Tour du Pin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/4/2022 - TS wrote:
87 points
Big, bold, and hardly recognizable as a St.-Emilion. However, if judged as a generic merlot, it is a good wine with dark fruit dominated by plum, but to high alcohol.
White
5/19/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Still going strong. No rush to drink up the rest. Quality at least as good as last review.
Red
3/26/2022 - TS Likes this wine:
Still a lot of fruit and tannins left. Not yet reached peak. Another 7-8 years in cellar no problem.
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Red
2/12/2022 - TS wrote:
89 points
Of the two "parents" it's closer to Nicolas Catena Zapata. This is a unusually biased vintage towards Cabernet Sauvignon (83%). Tannins are high, ripe and fine-grained. It is slightly reductive in style, and needs both time in cellar and some air before drinking. It has some potential to gain a slightly higher rating, but I'm not completely convinced. Try again in 3-5 years.
Red
2005 Château Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank over to days. Just ok first day. Second day much better. Keep.
White
7/10/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
A very nice slightly perfumed off-dry, almost medium-sweet riesling. Like a VT. Feels sweeter with ageing. Now well balanced despite a bit low acidity, developing complex flavours with still good citrus and green apple fruit, but getting more honey, orange peel, yellow apple. Long finish. Drinking well now, but can drink well beyond 2030. 92-93p.
White
7/9/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
95 points
This was a surprise. My fourth bottle. I was cocerned that this was over the top, but it showed that it was better than any of the previous bottles. It's now balanced and complex with still pronounced citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit), smooth flavours of moderate oak, and well developed. It has become elegant with a very long finish. Outstanding wine.
White
6/19/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
Consistent with previous notes. No negative signs of ageing.
Red
2008 Camus Pere & Fils Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/19/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
Didn't have much expectations after buying this quite cheap (EUR 40) lesser famous producer at a supermarket a few years ago. Surprisingly good. Drinks well now. Do not store too much more.
Red
6/19/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
Still too young. Closed, but with potential. Will improve with another 3-4 years in cellar 90-92p.
White - Off-dry
5/13/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good example of Riesling Spätlese. This is developing well and is having a good balance and complexity. Long finish. A very good value for money semi-sweet riesling. Can be drunk now, or cellared for another 7-8 years.
Red
2000 Château La Tour Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
One of my cellar favourites. Still going strong, even after open half-empty bottle for 24 hours. Still grippy tannins, slightly more developed day 2, but no significant degrading. Slightly less fruit, a bit "flatter", but improved tertiary aromas. This is on par with more reputable chateaux. Will not improve by continued bottle ageing, but I would not worry about another 5 years in the cellar.
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White
4/9/2021 - TS wrote:
90 points
Day 1: Appearance; medium intensity, lemon. Nose: medium intensity, primary aromas of lemon, grapefruit, yellow apple. Secondary aromas of charred wood and some coconut, vanilla and butter. Palate: dry, high acidity, high alcohol, medium (+) body, pronounced flavour intensity, primary flavours of lemon, grapefruit, yellow apple and a hint of pineapple. Secondary flavours of butter and vanilla. Medium (+) finish. A very good wine. It is still young and is having a bit edgy secondary flavours. Will integrate better over time, but lacks the finesse to become an outstanding wine. Suitable for bottle ageing to integrate the edgy oak characteristics. lay down for 3-5 years to see it improve.
White
4/3/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
Aromas and flavours of citrus, green apple. Crisp and clear. These Pinot Blancs (PB) from Baden, together with some other winemakers, are probably the best PGs on the market. Here PBs are given priority in location which is note the case in the neighbouring Alsace. I would compare this with a high quality Chablis (1er/Grand cru) in style rather than other PBs. I am not sure about ageing potential for PB in general, but I would assess that another 5-7 years i cellar would give some additional aspects of the wine, but it drinks well now.
Red
4/2/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
A very nice warm Bordeaux (Medoc) style. Medium-full bodied blend with nose and flavour of dark berries; blackberry, dark cherry chassis. Moderate oak; cedar and a slight hint of vanilla. Still modest tertiary notes of leather, forest floor and mushrooms. Long finish.
A very good wine with potential for furter aging for another 5-10 years.
White - Off-dry
4/1/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
98 points
Still fantastic. No decline from previous notes three years ago. This wine has potential for ageing into eternity with this sugar/acid/body balance. Best riesling I've tasted ever.
White
4/1/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
94 points
Consistent with last review.
Red
3/26/2021 - TS wrote:
93 points
Powerful and balanced bordeaux blend. Compromise between new and old world. Still a lot of primary fruit, black fruit; dark plum, blackberry, dark cherry. Smooth satin tannins and modest oak. Developing tertiary aromas and flavours; leather, forest floor. At peak in a couple of years perhaps, but can be cellared for another 10.
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Red
3/26/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
A classic Margaux. Cassis, tar, forest floor, leather. Developing positively. Not yet reached the peak, can be cellared for another 10 years without degradation.
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Red
3/20/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
Qiute nice. Strawberry, raspberry, earthy. Still young.
White
3/17/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
94 points
A very intense and powerful wine. Needs some time to soften. Potential for long-term ageing. Drink from 2025.
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White
3/14/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent Chenin Blanc. Solid, with a structure that supports long cellaring.
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White
3/8/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
A very nice white Burgundy. Full bodied with balanced oak character. This bottle better than previous bottles. Drinking well now, butan be kept in cellar for another few years.
Red
2/27/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent syrah. Full bodied (bold) old world style. Surprisingly high in alcohol (16%) that cannot be detected. Very balaced and unmistakingly syrah. Still some unresolved tannins, not yet reached its top.
Red
2/19/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
A medium+ bodied Burgundy. Quite high alcohol, resolved tannins. Still some fruit left, but turning mostly into tertiary flavours. Forest floor, mushrooms, cherry. Very good wine, probably at its peak. Can be kept for another 3-4 years without significant degradation.
White
2/13/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
A bone dry riesling (drier than any German riesling I know). Best Australian riesling I've ever had. Unmistakingly riesling, with "pre-petroleum" notes. Could be interesting to find out how it could develop.
Red
2/13/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
A very decent Napa cab. Probably at its peak now, but no rush to drink. Can be kept for another 3-4 years.
Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
90 points
A quite good Haut-Medoc. Has a lot of tannins, and potential for furter ageing and development.
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Red
2/8/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good modern style Rioja. Developed, but still fruity. No immediate need to drink up. Can stay well in the cellar for another 5 years.
Red
2/5/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
94 points
A fantastic sangiovese. Had beside a 2015 Col d'Orcia Brunello 2015, with tenderloin. Both wines too young and should have more time in the cellar, but drinking well already. Compared with the brunello, this had much more fruit, but still a lot of tannins. Wait another 5 years and this will be excellent. Best comparison I have is like a good vintage of Tignanello.
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Red
1/9/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
This is my second tasting. An amazing wine for the price. The last tasting was over two days with both respectively tenderloin w/pepper whisky sauce and plain grilled chicken, and it matched well with both dishes! A great combination of body, tannins, alcohol and acidity. Initially I bought this together with a few other New Zealand Central Otago pinot noirs, where some priced up to three times as much. This outnumbered all of them. Can easily compete with a burgundy village from a top producer in a good year, and better than many 1er crus I've had. For me the best pinot noir buy ever, below 40 EUR, to a price of only 20 EUR!
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Red
1/1/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with previous note, with a slightly higher score.
White - Off-dry
1/1/2021 - TS Likes this wine:
93 points
In excellent condition. Much better than the bottle I had 10 years ago. No problem with another 5 years of ageing.
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White
2004 Rene Lequin-Colin Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/26/2020 - TS wrote:
87 points
Slightly oxidized and definately over the top, but still drinkable. Drink up!
White
12/26/2020 - TS Likes this wine:
91 points
A very nice riesling kabinett. Too young to be fairly assessed. Potential for another 10 years at least.
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