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2014 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
This was really quite tasty; first d'Armailhac for me from a sub-par vintage. The nose shows lovely dark berry fruits, pencil shavings, dried violet, a bit of cedar and spice. The palate is balanced and fresh with a nice energy, structure that is very well integrated, and a nice finish. Really at sub-$40 this is a very good value and is drinking well now with easily 4-8 years of good drinkability (and maybe more).
  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/6/19, 4:25 PM - '14 subpar vintage? Def. Not

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1986 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2019 - djhammond wrote:
94 points
No formal notes taken at the time, but from memory this is drinking well after lengthy decanting. It is a little underwhelming for a Chateau Latour, and was outperformed by the 1986 Talbot.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/20/19, 7:45 PM - Talbot is tough to beat in the 80's

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2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/11/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
7th of 36, pnp, perfect cork and level, as December bottle, maybe tannins more obtrusive. F (17.5).
  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/12/19, 4:46 AM - Sell me some!! Lol....great wine

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1999 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2018 - CarpeDiem! Likes this wine:
93 points
Each time I open a mature Sociando it confirms that it would deserve a classement, had it been around in 1855. Even more than the 95 (which we had at the same meal) it completely dwarfs other 99s. Dense, yet fresh nose of mature red berries, licorice, red fruit, cedar, plum, graphite, mentol. Medium to full bodied. Lots of sweetness but perfectly balanced, with mature red fruit, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, plum, balsamic notes, toast, menthol. Very expressive, inviting for much more. Could last annother 3 years.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/23/19, 3:59 PM - Classement?....damn right...this would be a 1st growth!!

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2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/6/2019 - UTPK wrote:
Had the 1990, 2000 and 2010 side by side. All three showed very well. The 2010 was quite open and had a gorgeous freshness and balance. Perfect vintage? The 2000 was almost perfectly mature now. Tertiary aromas just starting to show and tannins have softened. Great fruit and great joy to drink. The 1990 is fully mature and has been on its plateau now for at least 8-10 years. It has tasted like this forever but surely it must be at the end of its drinking window?!? Anyway, tonight the 2000 was the wine to gulp down if you had to choose.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/6/19, 1:21 PM - Cool comparison of one of my fav. chateau's...cheers

  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/6/19, 3:40 PM - Had the '03 and really liked it...the first Sociando I ever had was
    1998....another gem...this chateau delivers consisently

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1997 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
7/22/2018 - Alex Choi Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice Ruby coloor and ready to enjoy from bottle without decant. Extreme full nose of blackfruit, medium, smooth and sweet tannins, hints of earth. tobacco and leathy, but body and finish are below medium or less enjoying. Vintage is not perfect but still very amazing, keen and very interested to try other vintages.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    11/9/18, 2:05 AM - On the contray...2 of my favorite bordeaux in the last yr. are Potensac and Beau Sejour...both '97's...vintage schmintage! Cheers

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1997 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2018 - SpitzNV wrote:
94 points
Forgetting how much I paid for this wine (ie less than thirty bucks), this is still an incredible wine. Super perfumed nose after a bit of decanting. Violets, blueberries, spice cake. On the palate it's elegant, medium plus acidity, with elements of tobacco, black currant, leather and super fine tannins. Utterly delicious. And at a crazy price. QPR off the charts!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    11/9/18, 1:59 AM - Found some local $40 .....laughing all the way
    This is fantastic classic school bordeaux...done the right way...vintage schmintage..best potensac I've ever tasted.

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2015 Château Pibran Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2017 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
90 points
Assessing Bordeaux 2015 from bottle, part I; 11/2/2017-11/3/2017 (Bordeaux): Get this wine, as an excellent price-quality ratio of 2015. Fine cassis and rich plum marry in this 50-50 Cab and Merlot blend to provide a brisk and rich drink. Fellow taster Yohan Castaing loved it, too.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    10/28/18, 3:57 PM - So a better showing from last yr. Panos?

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2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/11/2018 - baxter67 Likes this wine:
96 points
Seriously under-rated wine and vintage. Previously tasted in 2010. Not ready then but perfect now. Structure, black fruit, liquorice, great balance. the epitome of a traditional claret.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    10/11/18, 6:56 PM - '04 is a wonderful classic vintage

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2016 Château de Coulaine Chinon Cabernet Franc
7/28/2018 - robertgoulet wrote:
Second bottle this month...first bottle was very nice...but this one was absolutely killing...game and banana peel on the nose...palate: nice Xtra crisp acid and cool tart juicy red fruits, herbal notes....dare I say this is Breton franc de pied'ish.... except this is $16.99...say what????
  • robertgoulet commented:

    8/21/18, 9:41 AM - Had a few more bottles
    ..some def. variation, but solid representation of a quality qpr classic chinon

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1997 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2017 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped and poured. Deep ruby showing little signs of ageing. Amazing explosion of plum, kinky spice with that Cabernet Franc given it that forest, leather, peppery undergrowth element. Absolutely seductive and ripe and exotic, the nose is really something to marvel in. It did drop off in intensity after about an hour in the glass so please don’t decant this and enjoy it immediately upon pouring.

On the palate there is no harshness and impressively ripe balanced fruit. I much prefer Angelus in the less ripe less blockbuster years as they cannot go over the top and it is such a better drinking experience. Who wants to be smashed in the mouth with a wine screaming “look at me, I am the ripest and most extracted grape in the world and I am going to destroy your palate with my superpowers...”. I am glad to see the Chateau starting to mellow up again now it has attained first growth status and bring some subtlety and elegance back to its wine making.

Enjoy this now and look out for other cooler vintages of this wine for a more pleasurable experience!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/16/17, 11:23 AM - great note....i recently found a '97 beau sejour becot, i didn't expect much...the wine was a huge surprise, charming, crazy acidity, semi sweet fruit, austere and lean, very classic, completley diff. profile seen w/ this producer....this is why I drink so much '01 and '04, great classic bordeaux vintages... ...I stray from those over the top vintages...they usually do not offer what I look for in my bordeaux

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2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2017 - Perthor01 Likes this wine:
90 points
As expected much too early - drank over 4 hours and the last sip revealed a bit of whats in store if I wait at least 6 - 8 years....will however never reach the same level as the 2004 which is fabulous.....
  • robertgoulet commented:

    8/20/17, 9:34 AM - 2004 is a wonderful vintage in general completely underrated

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2004 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
7/1/2017 - VoteferPedro Likes this wine:
95 points
Preferred this one without decant but this is classic Graves to me. Hits all the pleasure spots for me
Deep ruby color smoke and earth on the nose and fresh cabernet fruit on palate medium finish
5+14+18+8
  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/2/17, 12:40 PM - this is first growth for me

  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/2/17, 12:41 PM - this is first growth for me

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2004 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/10/2017 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow this was nice. I thought 2004 was supposed to be mediocre to bad, but I've had fine wines from this vintage so far. This bottle couldn't be more st. Julien if it tried. Graphite tobacco forest floor deep red fruit. This is by no means on its last legs. Now at 100 bucks or more these days, it's an average qpr, but it's a joy to drink if u put the cost out of ur mind.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/11/17, 5:38 AM - don't let them fool u 2004 is a fantastic vintage

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2017 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured two glasses with Coravin. Would like to put Zweder's last note in context. This does not resemble Smith Haut Lafite from the last decade and it's not a typical Pessac either but this is Bordeaux through and through. Dark garnet with translucent rim. Beautiful Bordeaux nose with sous bois, wood spices and the emerging cigar box. This could not come from anywhere else than Bordeaux. Good weight on the palate, one wishes there would be just a touch more concentration on the mid palate but after all this cannot entirely hide the vintage even though it's one of the very best 2004. Fine to medium tannins. Short to medium finish. Great wine, can drink anytime but will easily last another 10 years.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    4/22/17, 10:28 AM - one of my favorite wines from one of my favorite Bordeaux vintages of the 2000's...'04 drastically underrated

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2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/12/2017 - bordeauxman777 Likes this wine:
92 points
No decanting, right from the start this shows beautifully. Medium to full body wine blood red color and soft texture. This is a classic in the making - the process of the secondary flavors and scents only begun. But one can tell this is heading for a greatness. Way better then expected regardless the vintage. This is my second bottle over two months, showing consistently. Beautiful!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    4/13/17, 3:22 AM - '04 left bank in general is wonderful...I have 1 and will let it sleep

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2004 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2017 - jrh82 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark, large wine of licorice, dark fruit, tobacco. Quite apparent when tasting next to Haut Brion how La Mission is a tougher, bigger more masculine wine than HB. Very nice wine - especially for the vintage. Tell you what, '04 keep surprising me. Maybe an under-the-radar vintage. Classic. That said, guess I was expecting a wee bit more of such a legendary winery.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/28/17, 5:22 PM - 2004 is a very good vintage

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2003 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2017 - King Julien wrote:
95 points
Drank at Citricos Orlando. Cork was dry and difficult to remove. Poured into decanter and drank over 2 hours. Improved nicely over the first hour. Better than expected.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/23/17, 7:55 PM - I live in orlando...why didn't u call me?? Lol

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2005 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
6/18/2015 - Francophile1 Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow... I had this about 2 years ago and it was not ready to drink. However, a few years of additional cellar aging and about 1 hour in the decanter had this wine singing and me wanting more. Poured from a 375ml bottle, the wine was medium bodied with red cassis, mineral, violets, and even a touch of gardenia flowers. A more feminine wine, but don't let that word fool you. It is dynamite wrapped in velvet.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/31/16, 1:31 AM - I love P.Leclerc, had his Champeaux'06....very nice

    As 4 Giscours..2009 is quite the huckleberry...quite masculine. Just picked up the 2000 also....saw a mag local for the 2005 Giscours at $199...I'm just waiting for the $20 off Total Swine coupon b4 I strike! 2012 Giscours is fairly priced at $49, but have not seen great notes as of yet...though 2012 Cantenac Brown was drinking nice recently if u njoy some tart red fruit, floral and leathery notes like me. Total Slime has it for $46

    And Love Talbot....must find some '01(love. the '01 bordeaux vintage btw). FYI>>1982 Talbot is insane...I wasn't sure whether to drink it or make out with it....so I might of done both...do not dare judge me u bastards! Lol

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2010 Château La Fleur Peyrabon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/11/2016 - racerchris Likes this wine:
92 points
This is really nice!
On first opening the wine is fruit forward, with full ripe cherry and raspberry, retaining a trace of sweetness. There's ample acidity to balance the fruit. As the wine opens up, the fruit takes a back seat to spicy, meaty, savory notes. Strong cassis and blackberry flavored tannins on the lengthy finish.
Yum.
Drink now or hold.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/22/16, 9:13 AM - $39 here...will have to pull the trigger

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2009 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/7/2016 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
94 points
2009 (Mostly) Napa & St. Julien Vintage Tasting (Lincoln Square Steaks, NYC): My 3rd of 6 bottles, and its been almost a year since the previous bottle. I was really impressed with this, both immediately after opening, and later over the course of the evening as it evolved. Parker called this "almost slutty" and my wine group got a kick out of that, and agreed. I'm sure this will continue to age well, but its drinking great right now.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/9/16, 3:02 PM - Oh nooo! A slutty Talbot? My heart is breaking...bring back the Talbot of old

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2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/22/2016 - Vinum Deorum wrote:
84 points
Aromas of stables, dirty hay, sweat, bell pepper, wet fur. On the nose it is absolutely disgusting. On the palate it is slightly better but a bit flabby though. Tanins are green and rough. A very unripe and unbalanced wine. This is a wine I found really unpleasant, especially given its reputation.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    8/23/16, 5:51 AM - This wine to me sounds wonderful!!

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2000 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/20/2016 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
This is showing very impressively, all the more so considering the very unimpressive 2001 I had recently after loving both vintages on release. It is in the heavyweight class no doubt and has only budged a little bit since release, with the structure more assertive and some of the baby fat gone and showing its bones. Visually it still has the deep, dark inky color of a wine barely past release so I was actually surprised not to find it more obviously fruit-gobbed on the palate. It's a packed and stacked wine to be sure, but the stuffing isn't about fruit so much as tarry Graves asphalt and gravel. The fruit it does show is red-complexioned, which is surprising since these are all blueberry and blackberry on release. Time in the decanter fills in a lot of the empty spaces and makes it positively voluptuous - still with a thick coat of tannin but soft and refined in texture. Not quite cashmere but not rough either. This is vastly richer, denser, and fresher than the 2001 was. It is at a point where it's probably fair to put to rest any doubts about ageability - it's stuffed but in proportion and fresh without being primary. But this and the 2001 were also the last SHLs I enjoyed on release - by 2005 the style seemed to have gone over the top. If the 2005 tastes like this in 5 years I'll have to eat some crow. That said, there's no doubt this is sort of a slutty style of Graves, not a wine for those looking for elegance or subtlety, although if it can keep developing at this rate the old "tour de force" cliche may actually fit just fine.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/2/16, 7:22 AM - '01 was my first SHL and the graves character of the wine won my heart and haunted me...I love '04 also....I agree, '05 was a bit of a caricature after release, a major pass for me, too over the top. I will be pleasantly surprised if it comes around. Cheers

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2001 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command Barossa
6/1/2016 - rexmerlot wrote:
93 points
Clear dark purple in colour with a little bricking on the sides. Clean nose of plums, black chocolate, and floral. Dry, med+body, med acidity, smooth elegant tannins. Lots of big fruit still. Jammy, but not overly so. Black chocolate, plum, black berry, and some spice. Med+ finish. Wow, this wine is still drinking well. i am not a huge fan of Australian Shiraz, but not in this case. Big, but still lots going on. I wish I had more bottles of this. Drink now, but could still go on for another 10 years easily.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/6/16, 7:16 AM - Not a huge fan of Aussie Shiraz either but this one is solid...very nice

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2011 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/25/2016 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasting Bordeaux 13-12-11-10 in Hong Kong (Visiting Vinexpo 2016, I finally tasted Bordeaux 2013s from bottle, plus earlier vintages): A smooth texture on the palate, very well structured, with mid palate richness, the high acidity keeps it a bit firm. I have to tip my hat many times to the genial Lilian Barton, who said - frankly - that for her the 2011 has tannins that go "straight down the line" meaning that it may not be the most exciting vintage that the estate had made. I love such frankness from an owner! Bravo Lilian!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/29/16, 4:00 AM - Hey....where's the note Panos????😊

  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/29/16, 1:16 PM - Just picked up 3bottles for a grand total of $70.....booooom

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/27/2016 - salil wrote:
91 points
I've had a few bottles of 2003 Bordeaux recently that have defied the stereotype of '03s being clumsy, jammy, and overripe, and this is another to add to the list. It's certainly a ripe wine with plenty of plummy and dark berried fruit at its core, but there's also a savoury earthiness beneath, and a bright herbal, eucalyptus-like note on the nose that adds a fresh, high toned edge to the aromatics. The palate is very well balanced with enough acidity to give it a sense of lightness and freshness on the palate, and a long, savoury finish. Very impressive.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/28/16, 7:31 AM - How does it do with barbecue and fried okra?

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2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/15/2016 - ELH wrote:
85 points
Lacking in character, personality, and depth. I don't get this wine, but I am willing to concede that it may be me who is missing the point here.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    5/18/16, 12:47 AM - Could be your bottle....this is heavenly stuff

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2011 Château Landat Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/20/2016 - vang Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprisingly very good right-bank Bordeaux from Cissac, north of St. Estephe. Very dark, dense wine, but not as full bodied as its neighbors in Pauillac or St Estephe, but what a bargain at less than $17.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    4/29/16, 12:16 PM - I think u meant left bank

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2016 - The taste athlete wrote:
92 points
smokey !! lots of fruits , some roasted bacon .
The roasted part really stays an inflluence trough the entire experience even a little bit of chalk on the ending. verry nice !
  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/23/16, 3:42 PM - '04 SHL is crazy good...one of my favs

  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/24/16, 6:19 AM - That's a powerful statement!! Will do

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2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2016 - Wineguy76 wrote:
94 points
The 2005 Sociando-Mallet is yet another prodigious achievement by Jean Gautreau. Year-in year-out this estate continues to produce superb vintages more than worthy of a "Grand Cru" classification, and the 2005 is another one. With its enticing deep ruby core this wine making tour-de-force explodes in the glass with exuberant aromas of fresh picked flowers, camphor oil, led pencil shavings and damp earth. It is medium to full bodied, incredibly delicate and showing laser like precision with exquisite flavours of wild raspberries, caramel and black currants. The abundance of well polished silky tannins suggest tremendous aging potential here, as is typically the case with Sociando-Mallet. I have tried the 1975 twice in recent years and it is nowhere near the end of its maturity plateau! Let the 2005 cruise in the cellar for another 3 to 4 years, and enjoy it over the next 25. This is truly outstanding quality and incredible value.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/9/16, 10:12 AM - For me Sociando is one of Bordeaux's greatest estates in terms of quality of wine

  • robertgoulet commented:

    2/9/16, 10:15 AM - For me Sociando is one of Bordeaux's greatest estates in terms of quality of wine

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1999 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/24/2016 - guitarguy wrote:
86 points
First bottle of the entire case where the Brettanomyces did not make me wretch. Still there but faded into the background where the barnyard combined with slate, coal and a bit of background fruit. Still one of my largest regret purchases. Most bottles were filthy with barnyard flaw. This one, after 16+ years, was drinkable if not good.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/25/16, 6:34 AM - Selling the rest?

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2016 - DrinkBordeaux wrote:
93 points
Haven't had this for almost a year, and it's still showing quite well. A very nice effort for the vintage. A really dense nose of black currant, barbecue smoke, tar, and coffee. Really sweet fruit. Perhaps doesn't have the depth and concentration of other SHL vintages, but it has smooth tannins and a nice mouthfeel. Not the longest finish, but excellent balancing acidity. Many years left in the tank. This is really a joy to drink, and I am glad to have more.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/12/16, 7:23 PM - Well done I love the vintage...one of my favorite SHL.

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1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2015 - capacious Likes this wine:
95 points
What a magnificent wine! Drinking beautifully now, even on PNP, and yet prob has another 20 years . One of the better drinking 1996 we have had. Classic Leoville, tannins perfectly integrated, this is an outstanding wine now and for the ages.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    1/3/16, 7:18 PM - Pauillac??

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1999 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/25/2015 - christopher marlowe wrote:
94 points
Still a lot tannins on opening. Opened up after 2 hours. Boat loads of fruit. Sadly the last bottle. Many years left on this wine if you stored it properly. I can still taste it after 40 seconds!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/26/15, 6:42 AM - My favorite d'armailhac when it's on

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2015 - Adrian Wood Likes this wine:
95 points
BYO lunch brief notes - tasted with L. Poyferre 2003. This was the standout wine and rather obliterated its St Julien neighbour. Very much with Jeff Leve on rating this wine. Nose of menthol then cassis, graphite, tobacco. Intense and complex. Palate had evident tannins but these were fine grained and chocolatey. Nice acidity balanced by a prodigious depth of cassis fruit and allspice. This has the structure and above all the balance and depth to go developing for the next 10 -15 years. Lovely now but not at its peak. Great Pauillac and a riposte to thise who have dismissed this vintage.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    12/19/15, 8:10 AM - At its current state...03 poyferre is a bit of a dog....maybe time will help

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2001 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/26/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Opens up with busy, detailed aromatics though also with quite a beastly amount of tannin that puts this probably about a decade away from primetime, for my tastes. Even so, it delivers quite an engaging and dynamic performance today. It has deep, black-pitched flavors with a touch of cedar and gravel, but not so much like the famous 'lead pencil' of the northern end of Pauillac - for some reason this feels almost more like a St.-Julien to me, kind of reminiscent of a Leoville-Barton with a bit more sinewy muscle. And then, about three hours in, it announces, "Hey, by the way, this is what a first growth can do," and those muscular tannins almost in an instant turn exquisitely refined, liquid cashmere.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    11/26/15, 1:30 PM - Sounds wonderful Keith...I have a few bottles sleeping...happy thanksgiving sir...Marc frontario

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2009 Maysara Winery Pinot Noir Jamsheed Momtazi Vineyard McMinnville
1/11/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
Their flagship pinot noir. Smoky, peppery, almost a tarry, syrah-like thing going on. Like a baby Syrah. Woulg be delicious with salmon or chicken thighs.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    11/13/15, 3:32 AM - Not their flagship

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2004 Kay Brothers Shiraz Block 6 Amery Vineyards McLaren Vale
11/9/2011 - robertgoulet wrote:
93 points
At times you just have to sit back and enjoy a big fat barossa, while we're at it grab a slice of pizza. I tasted this wine a month ago and that bottle was def. not firing on all cylinders. Bottle variation is found in all wines and truth be told not all barrels are created equal. Clear delineated nose of caramel, cedar, big blackberrys and some hints of a new tennis ball. Fruit foward, pomegranate, blackberries, slate, not over the top jammy, but it's walking the line. Fruit forward from the initial attack to mid palate, but clearly some unresolved heat and tannins at the end, medium finish. Grown from 112 year old vines. Crowd pleasing shiraz, enjoy.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    11/7/15, 9:18 AM - Agree!

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2005 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2015 - acyso wrote:
60 points
Annual Comparative Bordeaux Tasting (2000/2005) (Chicago, IL): ...along comes this disgusting concoction. This is an amorphous, shapeless blob, raised in >100% new oak, probably hitting something like 15% abv (I didn't care to check), tasting like it has 20 g/L of residual sugar, and made from sun-baked grapes. This wine is a parody of itself.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    10/30/15, 1:49 AM - I own both the 2000 and 2005...and I must say I loved your notes...I like the candid, no holes barred, take no prisoner approach...good stuff

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/28/2015 - King JR wrote:
93 points
Outstanding bottle. Just got back from NYWE 2015 and had to dive in to more French wine. The 2004 is surprisingly elegant, beautiful nose, soft tannins, wonderful full smooth finish. I think 2004 was a "missed" vintage. Definitely ready to drink. This was a real joy.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    10/28/15, 4:36 PM - SHL killed it in '04....one of my favorite wines

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
10/23/2015 - epiphany Likes this wine:
92 points
Sadly my last bottle. After an hour open the nose is exquisite.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    10/24/15, 9:08 AM - They killed it in '04....this is classic SHL...one of my favorite Bordeaux

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2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
First impression was that this wine was kind of funky. There was some funkiness both on the nose and on the palate. In particular, there was some forest floor for sure, maybe some leather as well, and some mushrooms (especially on the palate). I decided to decant this wine because there seemed to be a fair amount of sediment (as expected). After about an hour in the decanter, this wine truly was shining! The funkiness had more or less gone away and given way to some typical Bordeaux (or should I say Pessac) characteristics. The nose and palate on this wine were very similar. There was a good amount of graphite (pencil shavings), some leather (a bit faint), and some ripe dark fruits (mostly cassis, blackberry, and maybe a bit of blueberries). The finish was quite long. I think that it is quite a good representation of the 2004 vintage in Bordeaux. It is not as opulent as other riper vintages but for those who prefer a more classic Bordeaux style (or maybe an in-between) this should be in your wheelhouse. There is a good amount of acidity. The tannins are now very soft. This really is a beautiful wine. I can understand why this is such a prized producer. I would definitely buy more if I could find it! If you have some, you could probably hold on to it for another year or two but I am not sure what is to be gained by keeping it in the cellar longer.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    9/23/15, 12:57 PM - One of my favorite wines 2004 SHL!!! 2001 had a similar profile also

  • robertgoulet commented:

    9/23/15, 7:51 PM - Funky can be like that old stinky barn smell...like a horse stall...poop...etc...technical term is called Brett short for the technical term brettanomycee

    I love sum funk in the trunk

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2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/1/2015 - doctornoah wrote:
91 points
Delicious and more balanced than expected given the year. Of course it was drunk next to a 2004 Harlan Maiden and blew it away. Not the leanest Sociando but a great 03
  • robertgoulet commented:

    8/1/15, 8:00 PM - That's because Harlan is plonk :)

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2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/31/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
97 points
This is ridiculously good, and I'm gathering pretty underrated because it's a 2004. Frankly, I would have to try this side-by-side with the 2000 to be able to cough up any explanation why the 2000 is the better wine - certainly this one offers at least as much pleasure if you're drinking them today. It's a no-doubter right from the pop of the cork, with beautiful classic left bank scents of ripe black fruit, cedar, and woodspice. I suspect but could not say for sure that there is a non-zero amount of brett here but if so it's certainly in the zone of making things more interesting rather than flawed as the wine also features very enticing scents of gamy meat, something vaguely metallic, and a bit of saddle leather and sweaty funk. The fruit, however, is still beautifully ripe with a glossy sheen and a saturating sweetness on the palate, yet still feminine and slender in proportion - this is what they mean when they talk about grand cru breed. The color of the wine in the glass is pitch black at the core with bright ruby edges. This is not material that seems in any way to come from a less than ideal vintage. The fruit is slick enough that you don't really sense the structure. I don't know if it can get any better than this, but it really doesn't need to. For a Bordeaux of this age - and it does still taste like a young wine - there are not many that are so accessible, expressive, and compulsively drinkable while also having this level of detail and class.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/31/15, 6:41 PM - Whoa!!! Keith those r some strong points....we much share similar palates....for u like (it appears) '04 bordeaux and also d'armailhac in general... I have a bottle of this...looks Ike it's time to call robert alfert and pop a cork...cheers

    Best wishes,
    Marc Frontario

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1999 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Le millésime 1999 n’est peut-être pas aussi bon que ceux de 2000 et 2001, mais avec ce château relié à la maison Mouton Rothschild on n’est en présence d’une valeur sure. Un vin corsé avec des belles propriétés gustatives et olfactives. Arômes de violette, de tabac et de fruits se manifeste pour le plaisir du nez avec une touche de vanille. La bouche est harmonieuse avec des saveurs de réglisse, de menthe et d’épices. J’adore…
  • robertgoulet commented:

    7/27/15, 11:57 AM - No reason to question

    '99 is better than the '00 in fact this is one of the better tasting pauillac wines out there, amazing wine, incredible value

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2005 Château Croix Mouton (Jean-Philippe Janoueix) 20 mille Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
6/27/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
88 points
Soft, smooth and fully mature, the wine has retained its round texture and sweetness. There is no reason to age it any longer. If you have any bottles, pop a cork!
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/28/15, 5:23 AM - I told janoueix I would open the next bottle in 30years...I never had a wine that dried and ripped my gums apart like this wine...wtf is this freak of a wine?

  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/28/15, 7:01 PM - Lol....I liked '07....2005 is just a massive beast of a wine

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2001 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
sleek, very stylish, the finish is not too long, obviously overshadowed by 2000, but this is typical Pauillac. Dark red fruit and some cassis, which hasn't really gone into the Tobacco or leather yet. The overriding feature was the style and elegance of this wine. I think it has another 2-3 years of top class drinking before it fades.. Very nice
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/23/15, 6:59 PM - Top of class drinking status will happen once tobacco and leather kick in

  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/24/15, 9:30 AM - The '99 is insane right now....as good as any pauillac I have ever tasted....its singing like crazy

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2004 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/26/2014 - JG13 Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow! Great bottle from an off-vintage. Still going strong. Decanted for 1.5 hrs prior to drinking. Wonderful dark fruit and chocolate aromas. Full bodied with plum, blackberry, vanilla, and soft oak throughout. Still has many years left in it...
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/23/15, 1:53 PM - 2004 left bank is a fantastic vintage...right bank a bit more hit or miss

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2012 Ernest Meurgey-Perron Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/17/2015 - Docja213 Likes this wine:
89 points
Color is plum and Amber nice legs. Nose earthy with cherries, slight blackberry. Tight at first need to decant. Medium finish quite nice for the price. Will have to save some to taste tomorrow after its had some time to breathe. Most likely young and needs to cellar for 3-5 yrs. would buy again.
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/22/15, 8:26 AM - How was this on day 2?

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2010 Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2015 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
92 points
An impressive showing for a young wine with the structure and stuffing to impress over the upcoming years. On this occasion, the pop & pour approach did it a disservice until aerated for an hour plus, and I think substantially more time would have served it well. Ripe floral nose. Palate of raspberry ad red currants and coffee, with a nice floral aspect. More intense than delicate. An underrated estate when it comes to its red IMO, especially in great vintages (the 2005 sings!).
  • robertgoulet commented:

    6/6/15, 3:38 AM - So true...had the '05 on release...it was killing!!

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