Tasting Notes for WestBerkshire

(19 notes on 19 wines)

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Red
5/30/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
90 points
I agree with many of the comments made. This is superb. Drunk from magnum, fully evolved but not showing any obvious signs of fading. I’d say it will keep for another couple of years easily.
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White
5/9/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
91 points
Just superb. In a great place and will hold for a good while yet.
Red
2005 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/9/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
89 points
Surprisingly forward for the vintage. Soft, fine tannins but I was expecting more from this. Medium length, not much in the way of classic Pauillac notes coming through. Fruit felt a bit subdued for both the vintage and appellation. Cant see it getting any better and I don’t see this becoming a long lived wine. Drink over the next few years
Red
2008 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid but unspectacular. Decanted for 4 hours which may have been too long as the wonderful, exotic nose on opening had largely subsided on drinking. Of the two bottles drunk one had considerably more pronounced and finer tannins than the other. No upside whatsoever to holding for longer - this is now as good as it will get - but I should think it’s got a further decade ahead of it.
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White
3/28/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
92 points
This is a terrific wine with great structure. I think it needs more time to develop complexity and I would not rush to drink. A long life ahead.
White
3/28/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
92 points
I had always been underwhelmed by this wine but is has now taken on some welcome complexity. Good structure, a touch of reduction, this has the bones to carry on for several more years and I suspect will continue to improve.
Red
2011 Château Montlandrie Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Quite primary and surprisingly fruit forward on the nose. Still deep purple. Cassis and black fruits. Tannins are still very much in evidence, gaining an upper hand over the fruit at this stage, but they are quite fine for a wine at this level. Drinking well now but I expect will evolve further over the next few years. No rush.
Red
2006 Château Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
91 points
This was awkward and jammy on opening but after a couple of hours in the decanter had mellowed into a very well balanced wine. The fruit and tannins are in a good place and suggest this has plenty of years still to go. Lovely wine.
White
3/21/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
89 points
Medium weight and acidity with enough back bone to keep going for a few more years. Notes of toasted almonds and lemons. 24 hours later this had really opened up and significantly improved. It had put on weight and balance, showing some reduction. I would suggest decanting.
Red
2015 Château La Grande Maye Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/2/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
86 points
I tasted this en primeur and liked it a lot for what it was. Today it still has plenty of tannin but is awkward and not fully in balance. I had hoped for more, particularly from the vintage. It was much improved some time in a decanter and with food. I’m not sure more time in the cellar will help but let’s see.
Red
1997 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
2/28/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
90 points
Pale garnet. Cedar notes. Tannins have completely subsided and the fruit is just about still there but I wouldn’t risk holding this any longer. Glad this was the final bottle. Went well with lamb tagine. The last bottle we opened before Christmas was dark orange in colour, very pale and was undrinkable. I’ve never seen flaws like it in a wine, and it went straight down the sink. The ‘98 on the other hand is a masterpiece and was one of last year’s highlights.
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Red
2014 Meerlust Red Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
88 points
From magnum. Black fruits on the nose, still some decent structure although I wouldn’t want to hold this for more than a year or so tops. Good VFM as always.
Red
2/21/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
92 points
Stubbornly unevolved and primary. Surprisingly little sign of bricking or secondary complexity despite decanting. Characteristic dark fruits and Provençal herbs on the nose. Was giving more 24 hours later. Needs more time, 2-3 years minimum. Alcohol and tannins winning over fruit right now, feels like it should have the stuffing to develop into something more complex and interesting.
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Red
2/13/2021 - WestBerkshire wrote:
90 points
On opening this was very fat, high alcohol, lacking finesse, a little awkward. We had a couple of glasses. We came back to it 48 hours later and drank it over lunch. It had become much more refined, the fruit and tannins in harmony. A lovely wine, outperforming it’s class and price point. My advice is to leave this in the cellar if you can, for a couple of years. If you want to drink it make sure you give it a lot of air.
White
2/13/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
90 points
Good acidity, some tension, very slight reduction. Lemon on the nose. Just becoming fully mature. Had hoped this would turn into something more nuanced with time but so far not yet. It lacks complexity and does little to justify its pedigree and price point. I’ll keep my remaining bottles for a few more years and see what happens. But for now this is nothing special.
Red
2/13/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
94 points
Just entering its drinking window. Still rather primary, little sign of bricking. I double decanted which really helped it open up. If you have this wine there is no rush to drink. Superb.
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White
1/31/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyable albeit not the most complex of white burgundies. Noticeable oak and caramel. Still well balanced with enough acidity to last for another few years but no upside to holding. Last of the case and has been consistent over the last couple of years. Went well with charcoal grilled turbot.
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Red
1/18/2021 - WestBerkshire Likes this wine:
93 points
This is superb and if you've held on to your bottles of this you will be rewarded for your patience. Brick red and fully tertiary. Velvet, almost Burgundian style character, but with a touch of port starting to come through on the nose. Fruit and acidity remain in balance for now, although having drunk this regularly over recent years I suspect this is now coming off its peak and there is more downside than upside to holding.
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Red
4/21/2017 - WestBerkshire wrote:
90 points
My last bottle of what has been a very enjoyable wine over the years, although one that's not quite matched the hype following its launch. Enjoyed with friends at Casa Cruz in London. It's reached the end of the road and is now fading fast. Drink up.
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