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2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/15/2021 - Mag357 Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark colour, and somber nose nose on the starting secondary aromas displaying blue and dark fruit, classic Pauillac pencil shaving, spices and dried leaves scents. The palate is velvety upon opening, with gentle and soft sweet grip but folded over itself and a saline aftertaste. After two hours of decant, it started to unwind its folded power, a much longer finish over slightly dry mouth coating tannins. The wine just starts to be accessible but not there yet and I will believe it will still improve after 3 to 5 years of cellar time. That is what 2000 is, it is a vintage for the very very long haul, and will reward those who are patients, and punish those who are not. The good Bordeaux are destined to outlive most of us.
Another thing I'd like to stress out. Neal Martin is pretty much the weather man in Bordeaux. But he has a certain taste, and tends to like overpowering wines over delicacy (The opposite of Stephen Tanzer and Allen Meadows, aka Burghound) and immediacy over long run. I understand that. This PC 2000 was underrated, I believe because it does not have the bitchy explosive characteristics of 2000 we all love. But it is a great wine, just not exuberant, a classic Pauillac true to its place. Mellow this tightness with a fat meat, a shoulder of lamb or a skirt steak.
  • O'Meara commented:

    4/17/21, 7:50 PM - I agree with your assessment. These are just beginning to unfurl in my opinion. I bet that 2030 will be a great year for 2000 PC. Thanks for the note!

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2018 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/17/2021 - Pianojim wrote:
99 points
Leoville Poyferre 2018, April 16 and 17, 2021

Leoville Poyferre 2018, like many of the great 2018’s, is mind blowingly good. What makes this vintage so mind blowing? The 2018’s are rich, smoky and voluptuous, with maximum enjoyment, while at the same time very fresh and exciting to drink. Smooth and buttery tannins, sometimes cashmere like. Upon reflection, these wines display multi-dimensional and at times kaleidoscopic delineations of beautiful flavors that are pure pleasure.

That is the Leoville Poyferre 2018. It has the distinctive character of Leoville Poyferre amplified to hedonistic levels. And with age I imagine the finely delineated flavor dimensions we can discern when it’s young will meld into a truly gorgeous harmony.

I am a big fan of Leoville Poyferre, and some of the years that stand out to me are 2000 (classic), 2003 (hedonistic), 2009 (a jewel), 2016 (fresh and beautiful). The 2018 may be the best one so far. And the price is quite reasonable for the quality.

For 2018, in addition to Leoville Poyferre, the other knockout 2018s I have tried include Pontet Canet, Smith Haute Lafitte, Cos D’Estournel and Canon. All mind blowingly good in their own ways but Leoville Poyferre is the most voluptuous, lip-smacking delicious wine of that esteemed group.

2018’s are drinking great right now, no need to wait but I would love to be able to taste them 20 years from now. That’s what I think it will take for these to hit another level.
  • O'Meara commented:

    4/17/21, 7:46 PM - I have a case coming. Sounds like I will need to try on immediately upon arrival. Thanks for the great note and insights.

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2015 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/12/2021 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
So when you find a bottle of bordeaux that is less than a decade old and it tastes like a Bordeaux, you wonder why you collect this shit instead of just being adventurous....? This is one of those wines.

This one has fresh tobacco all over it. It has a punge of fresh Bordeaux tobacco jumping right out of the glass and through all my senses and satisfies my every Bordeaux craving, except for the finish. If this wine had more acidity and a longer exit, it would be a 95+ to me tonight. Either way, lovely stuff that is probably just as great now as it will be in the next 10 years, yet in different ways. Lovely....Drink or Hold
  • O'Meara commented:

    4/13/21, 10:06 AM - Great note. I do wonder why I have to wait so long sometimes. I’m opening a bottle this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • O'Meara commented:

    4/13/21, 12:15 PM - Hahaha! It’s the best workout in the world.

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2009 Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2021 - vide Likes this wine:
92 points
A fascinating wine, if we see it from the perspective of wine appreciation.
Haut-Bages Libéral is not normally up there with the big Paulliacs, but this wonderfully forward-driven fruit vintage means that they can compete.

I think that the very diverging assessments (please see below) are made possible by the fact that the wine is drunk at different points through the course of an evening, where the "mittlere Länge" (Falstaff), middle length, broadens out into something greater, and leads to a fuller finish.

So, all in all, a modest wine that is performing at its best. I have two more bottles, to be opened next year, I think.

But bring on the 2010s. This is the only benefit of climate change.

mt

6 / 100
Gilbert & Gaillard
2009 Vintage Tasted: Mar 2012
Intense crimson. Profound nose of focused, ripe red and black fruit. Very full attack, tightly-wound, refined, tense stuffing. Powerful and focused. Good fruit-driven length.
88 - 90 / 100
Falstaff Magazin
2009 Vintage Tasted: Apr 2010
Deutlich blättrig unterlegte rotbeerige Frucht, vegetale Nuancen, Zitruszesten, florale Note. Mittlerer Körper, zart nach Orangen und Steinobst, präsente Tannine, extraktsüßer Nachhall, mittlere Länge.
  • O'Meara commented:

    4/3/21, 7:13 AM - I agree with your note. The bottles that I have tried in recent months have been a great QPR and a lovely claret. I am inclined to drink my remaining bottles in the next 24 months because I have a hard time seeing them get better. Hopefully this is a harbinger of how great the 2009 wines will be from the better chateaux.

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Double decanted and let breathe for 2 hours. Then consumed over 2 hours. A stunning wine that is just starting to unfurl. It glides across the palate and features lovely secondary and primary dark fruits with a myriad of classic St. J scents. Still it feels like it has better days to come; there is still that tension of a wine that is coming together. If you have few bottles, I would try one now with a decant. I bet that these really hit their plateau in 2-5 years and hold there. If you doubt the longevity of 2003, this might make you rethink your conception...otherwise feel free to sell me your stash!
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/31/21, 5:25 PM - I agree. I especially like the cos and lalande.

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2010 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/30/2021 - mbond4all Likes this wine:
93 points
The wine is still not entirely ready to drink, if you do please decant for 2 hours at least. I think it is going to be awesome in about 5 years time but will last 15+ years on. The wine shows more balance than 2009.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/30/21, 2:59 PM - Thanks for the note. I found a stash of three of these in my cellar, and I was planning on opening one this weekend. I will exercise patience!

  • O'Meara commented:

    3/31/21, 5:35 AM - Good to know. T minus five years until I will open one. I think a lot of these 2010s will start coming to fruition around then.

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1995 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2021 - DFBW Likes this wine:
93 points
Probably didn't let the bottle stand out of the cellar for long enough but still a lovely bottle of aged LB after an hour of air in the decanter. Quite dark colour in the glass with some bricking around the edges and a very fanit whiff of age / funk which didn't affect the wine. On the palate, medium bodied with plenty of dark earthy and slightly smoky fruit. Decent length. Lovely bottle of wine that was still drinking well. I would suggest there is no further room for development and now is a great time to drink this wine.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/30/21, 5:28 AM - I agree with you. I’m down to my last bottle, and it’s been a real pleasure to drink this wine during the last couple of years.

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2001 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Decanted two hours before serving, very little sediment, but not quite enough time--showed best at the four hour mark. Dark red fruit that got blacker in the glass, plummy, iron-rich earth, lightly herbacious, long long finish and a deeply resonating aftertaste. Superb match with green chile cheeseburgers. Yes, you heard that right. 1/2 lb grassfed beef patty--check. Muenster cheese melted on top--check. Thick onion slices tamed in vinegar--check. Arugula and fire-roasted green chiles to speak to Latour's characteristic herbal component--check. Finally a toasted Kaiser roll for neutrality, and the best part--no sweet goopy sauce to get in the way. Burgers and fine wine--you bet it can work.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/28/21, 2:02 PM - I’ve always been a fan of burgers and wine. Thanks for the note. Seems like these 2001s need a few more years to mellow.

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2005 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2021 - Bob in NC Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine has transformed nicely over the last 5 years. Well integrated flavors and smooth tannic finish. The dark fruits are brambly, with forest floor, cedar, black pepper and, what we describe as, an old world funk component. Went great with our bison strip steak covered with lobster pad thai (dinner at the club).
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/24/21, 6:00 PM - I’ve enjoyed several bottles of this over the years, and it seems to get better and better. How long did you decant?

  • O'Meara commented:

    3/25/21, 7:54 AM - Thanks Bob

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2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2021 - wrsvino wrote:
Really awesome Bordeaux, in its prime. Bright but brooding fruit, good acidity. Drink by 2023.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/16/21, 8:59 PM - I have a case from which I’ve drunk 4 bottles. It’s been in the zone for three years. If you have more than one, drink one. A 90+ minute decant improves the wine greatly.

Red
2011 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
3/15/2021 - Eric wrote:
91 points
Big and chunky with dark chocolate, cherry, raspberry, loamy earth and notes of tobacco. Plenty of acidity and very juicy red fruit, drying tannins on the finish, but overall an interesting balance to this wine. Rustic and suave at the same time, quite foreign to me really. Quite interesting.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/16/21, 8:09 PM - This is one of my favorite producers. It’s age worthy and delicious. ‘Nuff said.

White
2017 Kistler Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast
3/13/2021 - paujokal Likes this wine:
94 points
Really drinking well. 2017 Kistler Chards have been so strong.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/13/21, 2:50 PM - Agree. All of the 2017 wines have great stuffing, and can be enjoyed now or several years from now.

Red
2009 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/12/2021 - Ydaucourt wrote:
92 points
Really entering the drinking window. Beautiful
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/13/21, 7:48 AM - Thanks for the note. I am looking forward to opening a bottle of this soon. The last time I had it, there was so much potential, but it was not giving up the goods. Sounds like it is time.

Red
2007 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
3/9/2021 - pmarlo Likes this wine:
94 points
Reviewer O'Meara has a nice take on this wine, unique. Seen other reviews stating fruit gone. This was not my experience. It was really good, succulent in fact. Aging has brought all the components together wonderfully. Tannins present and drying minimal. But for me it was all about the fruit at 14 years that impressed me the most. I think it's ready right now. I'm hoping it will hold together for a 5 year prime drinking window, but if you have one try it now. One further thin; one of the skinniest corks I have ever seen. Stained almost black, some infiltration, but seems solid just the same.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/9/21, 7:42 PM - Looks like we had the same experience with this wine. Great wine. Glad to know that I am not the only one to enjoy it! Cheers!

Red
2009 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2021 - Thief wrote:
94 points
Graphite, tar, black currants. Rich and full bodied with super silky tannins and balanced mouthfeel and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Fantastic wine and excellent price to quality ratio.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/8/21, 1:12 PM - I think a great vintage at Meyney is about a fine QPR as you can find in the medoc. Thanks for the note!

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2010 Château Pedesclaux Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2021 - carlturcotte Likes this wine:
91 points
A good wine in its prime. Tannins are fully resolved. The acidity keeps the wine in balance. No oak perceptible. The fruit (plum, blackberries) was really good in the first 2 hours but reduced significantly when we approached the bottom of the bottle, 4 hours after opening. Earth, mushroom, tobacco leaves, some dry herbs, some spice - the wine was still pleasant all along.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/8/21, 1:11 PM - Looks like it’s time for me to crack open a bottle! Thanks for the note.

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2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2021 - djhammond Likes this wine:
96 points
This has really stepped up a level in the last 12 months and is drinking at its peak. The tannin is fully resolved, and it is displaying secondary notes. It is a great wine from a great vintage, (in spite of moans from some of the purists,). The nose is rich and deep with black cherry and blackcurrant dominating. It is deliciously smooth on the palate with excellent depth and balance. The tannin asserts itself on the finish but it is robust rather than harsh. On the shorter side, the finish still pushes 30 seconds, but lacks depth and ideally would be longer.
  • O'Meara commented:

    3/8/21, 1:10 PM - Great note. Agree completely. Some of the 2003’s are majestic. Especially those from the northern communes of the Medoc.

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2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Online Blind Tasting #5: Note is based on a tasting sip in the morning on day one, ~4cl on the evening and 0,1l filled in a bottle and sealed with argon gas on the evening of day three.
Glass: Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux
From a perfect bottle. Clear, deep ruby-garnet color. Clean, medium+, classic developing Paulliac nose. Red fruit, spices, tobacco, pencil shavings, meat, some animal notes. Very deep, dense and complex.
Dry, high, racy acidity. 13%abv. High, mellow tannin. Medium Body. Beautiful red fruit, smoke, spicy (pepper), very mineral, raw met. Velvety texture, great energy, pressure and tension. Wonderful balance and elegance. Juicy and delicious to drink. Potential for another decade. Great PQR and a worthy opponent to the 2000 LMHB. 94-95
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/28/21, 7:42 AM - Agree with you. Seems to just be hitting its stride.

Red
2005 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2021 - JonathanP wrote:
90 points
Double decanted 4 hours before drinking. Even still, this is fairly austere and tightly wound. Fruit is dark. Very dark. Dominated by cassis with some ripe plum. This is accompanied with a fair whack of cedar and oak. Earth and dark chocolate add complexity. Tannins are starting to loosen up but this could probably use another 10 years. My only hope is the fruit doesn’t fade leaving an oaky shell of a wine. Hold or decant for hours.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/28/21, 7:41 AM - I agree with you; I think these are in a dumb phase. The wine seems to be a good density, but it seems to be hold back on the nose and palate. Hopefully a few more years in the cellar will cure all ills.

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1995 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/26/2021 - dkentaustin Likes this wine:
94 points
Light ruby color. Red tart fruits, stone, mineral, flint, light barnyard and hay. Subtle and graceful on the palate and surprisingly approachable. Smokey, blood orange, rock and light floral notes. This wine is extremely enjoyable and should be for years.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/26/21, 5:35 PM - Thanks for the note. How long did you decant?

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2001 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2021 - jmoon Likes this wine:
96 points
Delicious from first pour, ripe, open and surprisingly fleshy but feeling very well built. Really opened up after about an hour or so. An almost merlot like lusciousness Coming through which I’ve never seen in the 2001. I’ve had a few bottles of the 01 and this was by far the best experience. it’s really hit it’s strides. given this is the latour clearly no rush I guess a couple of decades of ageing runway left but it’s so good now why wait?
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/24/21, 1:59 PM - Thanks for the great note. I appreciate the info on how long you let it breathe. Time to open mine up!

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1996 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2021 - mchern02 wrote:
93 points
2 hour decant

Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, eucalyptus, wet tobacco, forest floor, and just a wee bit of faint green pepper. Effeminate palate, which was quite balanced, inviting, and lengthy leading into a strong youthful finish. Upside from here
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/22/21, 6:43 PM - Thanks for the note. I appreciate the decant info.

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2021 - tbabes wrote:
91 points
Purchased as a future, pristine bottle and cork, popped + poured. Purple core with no obvious signs of age. Reticent nose, with notes of crushed stones, blackberry, cassis; hints of earth and tree bark. Medium bodied, a bit stern in structure, with noticeable but ripe tannins, good acidity, and a medium finish. Much better than a bottle opened 3 years ago, but this needs decanting of several hours or another 5+ years in the cellar.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/19/21, 7:04 PM - I had a bottle a couple of weeks ago alongside a Boyd Cantenac. This wine felt younger...and better. The tannins were like velvet. I agree that this will be better in a few years. Thanks for the great note!

Red
2015 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2021 - ta75 Likes this wine:
91 points
2 hour decant. Big wine, tannic structure to age and it needs it. Left it for another hour and revealed more, especially on the nose. Dark ruby colour with slight browning on the edge.

Great complexity showing on the nose: black and red fruits but mostly dark profile, black cherry, tar, leather, smoke, slight green note of vine tomato and green bell pepper, tobacco, cigar box, a number of spices that I can't point out with certainty -star anise, cardamom...

On the palate, explosive taste with gripping tannins that coat the mouth. Similar to the nose however slightly less expressive and not as evolved. Medium plus acidic backbone should ease with age, as well as the light alcohol heat on the finish. Long 20 second +.

For now, a 91; don't see how it won't evolve into a 93 in the next coming years. Try again in 2025
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/19/21, 5:55 PM - Great note. I haven’t had the one of these for a few years, and it looks like I need to wait. Thanks for doing the homework for the rest of us.

Red
2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/18/2021 - Verb Likes this wine:
92 points
very similar to my last note: dark red, still purple rim - effusive nose of black fruits, dried herbs, and light oak - medium body of black cherries & cassis on the palate - great acid-fruit-tannin balance - 15-20 sec finish - this is a great wine for a second chateau wine - I will be very happy to drink this while waiting for the 2009 and 2010 Montrose to fully mature
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/18/21, 6:15 PM - I agree. I’ve had a few bottle of this, and I have been thoroughly impressed for a second wine. It seems like it has the stuffing to go for several years, but it’s great now with a decant.

Red
2010 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2021 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
Buy this wine! Nuff said...dropping the mic and i'm out
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/17/21, 1:30 PM - Thanks. I did buy this wine! It’s been a few years since I last tried this vintage. You have inspired me to open another bottle. Did you decant? If yes, how long?

  • O'Meara commented:

    2/17/21, 7:48 PM - Thanks! I’m looking forward to cracking a bottle this weekend.

Red
2010 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/17/2021 - azzah wrote:
91 points
Wasn’t overly impressed with this. It was closed, but even the next day didn’t seem to be going anywhere worth waiting for. Spirity red fruits - almost raspberry/red cherry, but then the darker fruits seemed to clamp down. Maybe some mint, chocolate and cedar too, but it just feels a bit disjointed and both the acid abs tannins a bit biting. It’s all ok but nothing to really want to revisit.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/17/21, 1:29 PM - I have found this chateau needs about 15-25 years to really strut its stuff. Maybe try a bottle in 2025?

Red
2008 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2021 - SMagowan Likes this wine:
94 points
I felt this was in a good place. Balance is fine indeed among tannins, dark fruit (muted plum, dried cherry and cranberry) and wet leaves. Long pleasant finish on the palate with a fine aftertaste of dark chocolate powder. A mouthful of deliciousness.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/10/21, 7:12 PM - Thanks for the note. Did you decant? If so, how long? The last couple of bottles that I had were nearly inaccessible. It seems like I should revisit this wine.

  • O'Meara commented:

    2/11/21, 7:08 AM - Thanks. Very helpful!

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2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2021 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
This is drinking just great today. Instantly, you are treated to layers of luscious, opulent, sweet, ripe fruit that coats your palate. Silky, full-bodied, rich and flamboyant, if you have a bottle and you're waiting for the right moment, that moment is now! Pull a cork and enjoy it!!! The wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/10/21, 7:15 PM - I could not agree more. Thanks for the inspirational note...I’m going to open one tomorrow!

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2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/8/2021 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; double decanted two hours before service. Deep garnet with no bricking. A bit high toned on the bouquet, with notes of dried blackberry, bramble, crushed stones; hints of roasted fennel and crushed rocks. A bit austere and stern on the palate, even for my rather “classic” tastes! Medium bodied, with formidable structure; high tannins and high acidity, good fruit, long and focused finish. This seemed more closed than recent bottles.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/8/21, 8:01 PM - Thanks for the note. I have thought the same thing that you have. This wine has a lot of energy, and I’m holding my remaining bottles a few more years in the hopes that they mellow and smooth out.

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2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2021 - DonWinspear Likes this wine:
95 points
Well, hello. Upon my first sip, this is what the wine appeared to be saying. The wine is dark. The nose is, well, restrained. Hints of dark fruit and other nuances, but by no means anything that that makes you sit up and take notice. Then that first sip. Blind me and I will tell you I am drinking a wine 1/3 its age. Rich, solid tannins that offer no hint of a 15 year old Pauillac. The wine offers up beautiful dark fruit, blackberry. Maybe a hint of raspberry. There is a small sense of earth, leather, and a couple others that I could not put my finger on. The finish was long and delicate. Overall, it's beautiful. And in 5 years it will be better. Very likely 10 years as well. This beauty will stand the test of time.
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/3/21, 3:32 PM - Very helpful note. I have some magnums tucked a away that I am looking forward to.

  • O'Meara commented:

    2/3/21, 8:54 PM - Mark1npt I am going to need all of my patience to hang on to them. I will report when my patience has run out!

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2015 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/3/2021 - LeChapeau wrote:
92 points
Impressive Bordeaux. Nose of cassis and earth with a little bell pepper, but still young and tight. Full bodied, lush fruit, balanced by nice acidity, and a great finish. Well structured, good tannic backbone, and built for the long haul. It's got enough bold fruit to be drinking well now, but this one won't show its true merit for years to come. I'll be going back for more and I'm looking forward to seeing what develops!
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/2/21, 8:38 PM - Thanks for the good note. I have a case of this, and your helping me be patient. ;-)

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2011 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2020 - FamousWine Likes this wine:
92 points
65% Cab Sauvignon, 30% Merlot & 5% Petit Verdot. 13.5% abv. The nose is very classy, ​​elegant and expressive. It is full of nuances and built on delicate touches: blackcurrant, mint, cedar wood, leather, earth & graphite, sweet spices… We could go on listing for a long time… There is also a semblance of very thin dusty veil. I totally imagine myself in the explorers' private club, in 19th century, in England, surrounded by men in beautiful costumes, sticking my nose into a pack of menthol cigarettes. The palate is rich & powerful. We are however on a medium body resulting from a fairly gentle extraction. The tannins are nicely coated in a very slightly fatty substance. Juicy plums, a few black cherries and a touch of violet. There's also some fresh cream (strange, isn't it?). Freshness is another strong characteristic of this wine. It's perfectly mastered and it superbly balances the whole. Nice persistence on ripe fruits and tobacco. Wow this is good! Be careful, need aeration++ to allow the fruits to express themselves fully (strict and austere juice when uncorking). We can drink it now but I would wait a little longer if I were you. Great wine, great Bordeaux! 92-93pts
  • O'Meara commented:

    2/2/21, 8:34 PM - Great note. I agree with your assessment. I also got a creamy finish on the last bottle I had.

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1996 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
This bottle was a bit of a victim of its own success - kept so well it remained youthful and wasn’t very forthcoming on the nose! But the depth and purity of the cassis, blueberry, cedary palate is inescapably obvious, its cool character and excellent balance quite clear. When the 96 Ducru is fully mature I think it will be special.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/31/21, 6:27 PM - Thanks for the note. I am eager to check on this wine, but it seems like I ought to wait. CellarTracker community to the rescue again!

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2010 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
1/30/2021 - HU wrote:
94 points
Excellent wine! Dark red, intense, full bodied. Italian acidity and still quite tannic. Graphite, blackberries, earthy, minerals, crushed nut shells, toasted oats. Not sure this makes much sense: I tried. We have two more: glad we do. Wait or drink? That will be a tough one.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/30/21, 8:19 PM - I drank a 2007 tonight. Still great. I’m sure patience would be rewarded with the 2010...but so difficult. Thanks for the note!

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2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2021 - gmbdds wrote:
92 points
Decanted 60 minutes. Dark with no bricking. Currant, pepper and earth notes. Quite open on the nose. Sleek but somewhat reticent palate. Very nice now, but this particular bottle is still young and holding back a little.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/26/21, 2:41 PM - Thanks. I opened a bottle a few months ago, and I thought the same thing you did. Still something in reserve.

Red
2016 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Oakville
1/21/2021 - wineotim wrote:
92 points
I really loved the '10 vintage. This one not so much. Elegant and graceful style, feminine too. I'd of guessed Margaux, not my thing. I don't see value here. I don't see the WS hype this wine got. A generous 92 points.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/21/21, 10:10 PM - I’m not a big critic/rating guy. Too many ratings are done too early; it’s an industry thing I think. I have had some great experiences with Groth at all levels of production, but it seems to be better with 8+ years of age. Hopefully that is the case here!

  • O'Meara commented:

    1/25/21, 4:00 PM - Thanks for the insights

Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2020 - malbrecht wrote:
93 points
Excellent. Very fruit forward and young still with lots of dark fruit up front and a bit of kirsch, graphite, and saddle leather poking through at the back end. If you like it young, go for it. Otherwise, I'd suggest letting this sit 10-15+ years and see what happens.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/21/21, 10:07 PM - Great note. I’m saving some magnums for a decade. These PC wines seem to be built for the long haul.

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
Medium ruby. Decanted for an hour and followed over three. Starts with subtle vanilla, menthol, pyrazines, tobacco and cedar. Baked plums and raspberry flavors. Decent entry but quickly falls off a cliff. The finish feels watered down. Seems disjointed showing ripeness and greenness at the same time. The oak becomes prominent with air. Disappointing QPR.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/18/21, 8:47 PM - Thanks for the note. I have a case of this that I need to check on. I recall my last bottle being very feminine for a Medoc and even for a Margaux. Hopefully there is some life left.

Red
2013 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Moon Mountain District
11/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine needs time! At the pnp, tons of oak......a little lead pencil. The wine is a bit thin in the mouth. Over the course of 3 hours this changes dramatically. It puts on weight, it loses 90% of the oak, the dark red fruit and lead pencil open up. Loads of sweet tobacco. The tannins still have some grip. This wine is prodigious. It has 10-20 years more to go and reflects on the Arrowood legacy. Beautiful.......

Addendum: later in the evening after about 5 hours of air, the tannins become a little coarser and the fruit a little blacker, fwiw. At 7+ hours it changes yet again into a powerhouse of a wine as the tannins smooth out and lose some of their astringency. The alcohol seems most prominent at this point at 15.5%, yet not to the point of being overbearing. The fruit seems even more extracted and juicy now. This transformation just re-affirms that this wine has a long, long way to go.

Addendum: Next day 11/8......Taking more good advice from Agelvis on decanting so left the last glass of the bottle on the table overnight to full air, so now 18+ hours open to the elements.

Wow.....just wow......the nose is classic red fruited lead pencil...the mouth feel has changed completely, now thicker, smoother, creamier? That's not usually an adjective reserved for a cab.....the alcohol has receded, tannins have melted into the background. Acidity is about 10% higher on the finish than the rest of the wine in its current form and lends to a great elongated mouthwatering ending. Why was I drinking this yesterday, when it is so much better today? Changing my score from the previous 93 to a right now 95+.....and this may just be a starting point going forward, it feels like there is plenty of lifespan here, more density here, more 'here' here. I now have to wonder if other vintages of Richard Arrowood's cabs will respond to air like this? Wines which were made to age for 30 years, being this enjoyable, this early on? Should be quite the experiment!
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/17/21, 4:55 PM - Great note. I’ve got a bottle of this stashed in my cellar. Thought about opening it tonight, but you’ve given me a reason to be patient...but it will be difficult!

Red
2010 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/9/2021 - SMagowan Likes this wine:
96 points
Nose rich with herbs, flowers and turned earth. Great balance on the palate. We savored every sip.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/11/21, 7:59 PM - Thanks. How long did you decant?

  • O'Meara commented:

    1/12/21, 6:45 PM - Thanks

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/10/2021 - Vancouver wrote:
94 points
This is the fourth bottle drank from a 1/2 case purchased on release. Color showing some lightening- now light ruby- going to garnet. Still opaque though.

Complex and evolved aromas of macerated cherry, kirsch, , melted red licorice and some herbs (thyme) and pepper.

Full bodied with medium tannin and still very fresh acidity. Very structured for an 07 CDP. The finish is definitely long.

Drink now or hold for another decade (not sure it will improve though).
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/11/21, 8:00 PM - Thanks. Did you decant or just pop and pour?

Red
2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/10/2021 - raoanil Likes this wine:
92 points
Right in the peak of its drinking window. Needed about 60+ minutes of decant once out of the cellar and it showed excellent notes of Tobacco, Dark Chocolate and Leather in its nose..... the palette was initially a bit acidic, but very quickly that faded away giving a nice dark, well balanced fruit and wine. No tannins or astringency. Excellent. I have 3 more and will probably drink them in the next 3-6 months.....
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/11/21, 7:58 PM - I agree completely. Great vintage for the producer. Finished my last magnum, and I wish that I had more!

White
2017 Domaine Besson Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Chardonnay
1/8/2021 - mcktuck wrote:
89 points
From Last Bottle. Golden hue. Nose is a bit on the muted side, but classic chardonnay--tropical fruits, sea spray, a hint of spice suggesting some oak usage. Palate adds a hint of citrus. Medium to medium plus bodied with well-balanced acidity.

89 for now but I suspect this will improve with age.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/8/21, 7:09 PM - I opened a bottle a few weeks ago, and I thought the same thing. Seems muted now. Hopefully it’s just a dumb phase.

Red
2009 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/8/2021 - Thief Likes this wine:
94 points
Green pepper, concentrated black currant, graphite and tar. Rich, layered, amd unctuous, but balanced. Silky tannins and a long harmonious finish. Delicious.
  • O'Meara commented:

    1/8/21, 7:08 PM - Thanks for the comment. I have always appreciated this wine, and you’ve inspired me to crack open a bottle.

Red
2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2020 - GetSwanked Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, this really needed a TON of time + air before it started to really open up and show itself. I was beginning to get a little worried after decanting 2hrs and getting very little to show for it. I almost poured it down the drain but then...another 2 hours later...our patience really paid off.

About 4hrs+ in it was completely different with cigar box, dried basil/herb notes and good amount of Sous Bois on the nose. As we tasted over the next hour, I was somewhat surprised by a large amount of fresh blue fruit left with some interesting notes of spiced nuts, and then a wonderful mint, eucalyptus finish. We all commented on how the mint really seemed to jump out.

Maybe I got lucky with a great bottle? I’ve never really thought too much of this particular vintage but my advice would be to give these a long 4+ hr decant before trying.
  • O'Meara commented:

    12/29/20, 7:51 PM - This is a great note. Decant times are essential to young(ish) enjoyment of Bordeaux. Thank you!

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/27/2020 - cubswinws Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice wine with all the parts but still seems a bit disjointed to me. For my tastes, I would hold another year or two.
  • O'Meara commented:

    12/28/20, 3:41 PM - I opened a bottle of this a couple of nights ago. It was a beautiful wine, but I thought it was still holding back. Perhaps that is due to the other wine drunk alongside it being more open and resolved. I double decanted 2 hours ahead of consumption. Perhaps I should have waited another hour. I agree with your note.

Red
2010 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/26/2020 - bbakove Likes this wine:
93 points
Deeeep ruby color. Nose is less fruit, more earth and wood...cedar bark, rough leather, cherry pit, a bit of clove, wet granite...
Omnipresent tannins are fine and coat the teeth, acidity is moderate but still mouthwatering.
Palate reflects the nose, with an overall impression of tertiary flavors rather than fruit.
Yet it's so nicely balanced...no angular distractions, no sour notes.
A handsome teen that we expect to be more interesting in a few years.
  • O'Meara commented:

    12/22/20, 6:11 AM - Thanks for the note. It’s been a while since I have checked in on my stash of these. Did you decant? If so, how long?

Red
2019 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/9/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
94 points
Deep in color, the wine shows of its tobacco leaf, smoke, black currant and blackberry character with little effort. Full-bodied, tannic and showy for this normally reticent wine, this is going to demand at least a decade of aging, but as this is the finest example of Langoa Barton I recall tasting, it will be well-worth the wait. 93-95-Pts
  • O'Meara commented:

    12/9/20, 5:46 PM - Thanks Jeff. I’ve enjoyed the Langoa as a good bang for your buck when it’s a good year. Sounds like this is one to load up and forget about for a while.

  • O'Meara commented:

    12/11/20, 9:37 PM - I agree with you. I have found both Barton’s need at least a decade of bottle age. Thanks for the reminder about the tariff. They are a bummer to those of us who enjoy European wine. Thanks again for your wonderful reviews. Unbiased and direct.

Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2020 - Barolo Freak Likes this wine:
95 points
My sixth time tasting the 2000 vintage. I purchased six bottles 15 years ago and drank the last bottle last evening. It was decanted three hours prior to dinner. My first impression was that the 2000 is surprisingly youthful for a twenty year old wine. It was softer than previous bottles that I have tasted, but it appears to need more time in the bottle. Hints of currants and tobacco, and a deep purple color. This wine is typical of the 2000 vintage. Patience will be rewarded.
  • O'Meara commented:

    12/11/20, 10:50 AM - Thanks for the note. I had a bottle a few months ago, and I was pleasantly surprised with how vigorous it still was. Seems like it is set for the long haul and I need to be patient.

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