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2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/21/2021 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
93 points
Fragrant and delicious from the pour, which was actually initiated on the new Coravin Pivot, more on that to come. Color is surprisingly dark and it continues in a saturated and opaque deep vein all the way to the rim. There might be a slight brownish cast as the only indicator of age. Nose soars like a hawk with an overwhelming array of getable descriptors befitting classic claret: piercing blackberry, cassis, mint, graphite, tobacco, cedar, or if you prefer, what my daughter said-like smelling an old book, but in a good way. I think she meant musty, but kids, what do they know? If you told me I would have to drink this in a stuffy English club library with the smell of old books all around me, I would sign up in a minute. On the palate the maturity is evident, the fruit yielding quickly to minerally graphite, pepper and savory leather underneath. Medium-bodied (God Bless you 12.5% alcohol), which confers a soft texture on the palate propped up by well-integrated drying tannins that seem perfectly appropriate to the age of the other components.

So I asked my kids to buy me a Coravin Pivot for Father's Day and they kindly obliged. I had a bad experience with the first model of this thing, which never worked properly, wasted the expensive gas, and could only muster the output of an octogenarian with endstage BPH. According to Alder Yarrow, this latest model had worked all the kinks out so I figured they must have learned something in the intervening 5 plus years. And you know what? I think he's right. I used it last night to pour a small glass and then tried again today. No discernible difference and it couldn't be easier to use, rewarded by a stream that would make the Mannekin Pis proud. If you hate the concept of preserving wine (just drink the freakin' bottle, wimp) don't get it, but if you occasionally can't finish something good and want to keep it around for a while, at $99 this might well be the best ever. However, I reserve final judgment until we see how long the argon cannisters last...
  • TomH commented:

    6/22/21, 5:13 PM - Great tasting note, thank you

2000 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2020 - mchern02 wrote:
91 points
3 hour decant

Subdued nose with dark red fruit, mint, floral tones and a hint of tobacco and wood. Palate is more revealing with airy but attractive structure with fine acidity and tannin. Finish is light but lengthy.

Neither tasted too young or too old but more just generally muted; not unattractive or unwieldy which makes me think it could reveal something elegant and quite attractive in next 5-10 years.

91 today which does not account for upside.
  • TomH commented:

    8/23/20, 5:31 PM - Well written note, thank you. Some of these 2000s are seeming like aren’t going to reveal themselves until the quarter century mark.

2000 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/10/2020 - champ12oh Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Best at hour 3 but had no previous experience with this one. 12.5% ABV. Crazy how fresh and alive the wine is.

Slate city and berries. Coffee and menthol show up around hr 3. Really nice.
  • TomH commented:

    4/10/20, 8:32 AM - I opened up my last bottle two weeks ago (no tasting note posted) and had same reaction as you -- not super complex but shockingly young.

    My comment on cellartracker two years ago was "The community drinking window here on CellarTracker is way conservative - 2007 to 2016. I would have said 2015 to 2023 based on last night's tasting."

    Based on my latest bottle, i'd bump that up to 2027 or even 2030. This one has miles to go before it will sleep.

    Imagine what the Grand Vin's lifespan will be if this second wine is only starting to show itself after 20 years....

2012 Casa Emma Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Excellent. Beautiful round plum fruit. Perfectly balanced. It is perfect now and will last a few years. But why wait. We stopped in the Italian section of Philly and picked up all kinds of specialties. The wine was a perfect match.
  • TomH commented:

    7/4/19, 8:20 AM - Totally agree — I just drank the last bottle of my 6 pack that I got from Flemington Central, and it was just a real ‘wow’ bottle. Hard to imagine ever finding another Chianti steal like this. I regret not buying cases

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