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2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
This was terrific a year ago, now not so much. I wish I had read some of the recent notes by my fellow CT members. This wine has shut down almost completely; it's not overly tannic only very muted (both on nose and on palate) and lacking in fruit all of a sudden This leaves it unbalanced with an acidic finish. Surprisingly it did not improve when slow-oxed until day 2. Will not touch it until another CT-writer gives the all clear...
  • MrBrege commented:

    10/4/20, 4:06 AM - Hey Mark1npt! I would not worry, it's just a temporary close-down and it will last 15 or 20 years I think. But it's hard to know when it will open up again, so I will keep my eyes on future notes before I open another.

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2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2018 - finkie wrote:
Tasted after hour decant, DO NOT OPEN THIS WINE AT THE MOMENT. It came highly recommended by my broker....great vineyard exceptional year etc but at the moment it’s definitely in a closed disjointed phase of evolution, first bottle of a case of 12, the bare ingredients promise long life and it needs it. This needs to sleep in the cellar for at least 5 years in my opinion, very disappointing as I had hoped to be wowed and find a new favourite but not the case here at all. I don’t want to score as pointless for now.
  • MrBrege commented:

    9/2/18, 3:29 AM - Sorry Finkie; this wine was terrific up until Christmas 2017, then it massively closed. How long we have to wait I guess we will have to see.Thanks for posting.

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2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2018 - khmark7 wrote:
85 points
Needs a decant to open up aromatically. Very plush with resolved tannins, and low acidity. Unfortunately i find this rather dull & monolithic. Not an easy wine to pair with food. Despite the pedigree I don't see this wine's trajectory anywhere but down. Cocktail wine.
  • MrBrege commented:

    5/6/18, 1:14 PM - Yes, not the most complex or interesting wine perhaps, but I did react to the score of only 85 which is pretty low ion this community and wondered if perhaps you had had a dud bottle. But then I realised that you score the majority of wines you drink (even those you quite like) at below 90. It just made me curious, you drink and score literally thousands of bottles but never get above 93 and with an average 87 or so score... that does not sound much fun for you, should you perhaps find a different hobby ? ;-)

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2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/30/2017 - TomOfCT Likes this wine:
88 points
Good, not great. Brown around the edges. Perhaps past prime. Disappointing for a GR.
  • MrBrege commented:

    1/6/18, 12:52 PM - I had not seen this comment before I opened a few of these the other day. My impression was exactly the same as yours Tomofct, at least my bottles were on the down-slope. And I say this not because of the colour, but rather the ageing of the fruit, quite undistinguished. Sure, i'm also hopeful this will get better as I have a bunch of them left too, but I'm not so sure these can "open up" again as was suggested here; we are not looking at a 1st growth Bordeaux here, neither the production methods nor the pedigree of this wine inspires confidence in such predictions.

  • MrBrege commented:

    1/7/18, 1:18 AM - Christian, you are right maybe I don't like classic Riojas, if by that you mean this particular wine; there are several others that I do like. In any case you seem a bit touchy on this topic to say the least. I found myself in simple agreement with the original author of this note, nothing more.

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2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/6/2018 - MrBrege wrote:
89 points
I bought a case of these due to the high scores and apparent great QPR. I guess I'm just not a great fan of fine Rioja. I can totally see why people like it; lots of fruit, quite intense, decent length. For me the acidity is too pronounced though, with the way the fruit feels at the very mature end of the spectrum (and even a bit jammy, not really to my taste) I don't think this will balance out over time. With food these impressions fade of course so I will have the rest of my bottles with some hardy stews and similar I think. Coming back to the slight jamminess of that fruit, I am wondering if it has something to do with the production process, they make this is pretty large quantities; I don't normally mind Tempranillo, in fact I like it a lot in anything from a Ribera del Duero to a good Douro, and I love their Alta Gran Reserva 890 (which is made in smaller batches). So it is tempting to think that this was an off-bottle, but since we had several, which just came out of bond just a week ago it's much more likely I just don't like this style, how disappointing...
  • MrBrege commented:

    1/6/18, 2:54 AM - Humm, not so sure about that; the fruit was getting old I think and the issues I had was not so much to do with being unbalanced. Also the GR890 I had recently was a 2005 and i very harmonious.

  • MrBrege commented:

    1/6/18, 10:05 AM - Ha! Sorry, typo, same vintage i.e. 2004 is what I meant; had to just check my other bottles of this one now to be sure. In any case, that one is nice and balanced in my opinion, robust perhaps but very elegant while also intense.

  • MrBrege commented:

    1/7/18, 1:12 AM - Christian, you can like whatever you wish, and weather or not you agree with me on anything is entirely irrelevant. Douro Valley, Portugal

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2009 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/17/2017 - fournet wrote:
87 points
I think this is improving with age, as it shows less modern in style today than in the past. Still not the classic Bordeaux I prefer. More fruit (ripeness) and less terroir than I like.
  • MrBrege commented:

    11/25/17, 11:49 AM - Not sure I understand why exactly you bought this if you like classic Bordeaux... Malescot have not produced that for a while. You are better off consuming the Bartons for example. I understand your frustration and "classic" Bordeaux is getting harder and harder to find. But sticking an 87 on this quite well made wine seems harsh, it's about the lowest score you have ever put on any wine, seems unfair just because you don't like the style. Perhaps NR would have been better.

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1996 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/22/2017 - Labrador Likes this wine:
93 points
A fantastic Margaux of great depth and purity. Served along side a 1996 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and a 2007 Frederic Magnien Chambertin-Clos de Beze. The Margaux was like a fan dance that kept showing layer after layer of beautifully balanced, rich dark fruit. It was liquid velvet.
  • MrBrege commented:

    7/24/17, 9:41 AM - So after that amazingly positive description and your 93 score, I cannot help wondering what it takes to get a 94 out of you, let alone a 97 and so on.... ;-)

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2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/12/2015 - MrBrege wrote:
91 points
I feel a little bad in calling this "just a generic Bordeaux"... because I did quite enjoy it and it had all the parts in reasonable balance (after a 4h decant at least). But the truth is that it had nothing really special to my mind. I am happy I have a lot more and I will enjoy drinking and sharing it; the QPR was ok but certainly no more than that. 90-91
  • MrBrege commented:

    8/13/15, 12:46 PM - Yes it is still young I think and perhaps it will gain some personality over time. There is certainly no need to rush, it has the stuffing for 5-10 years more at the very least, and while I am not at all an expert it is not obvious that it will evolve into something all that much more interesting. If you pop a cork now it is no infanticide, but give it a good decant or a 12-24h slow-ox.

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1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2015 - MrBrege wrote:
91 points
A lovely nose of fruit and pencil shavings. But after slow-oxing for 24h most of that fruit has disappeared. I am left with great cedar wood, but also with too much acidity... same as a year ago. I don't think this wine will get better.
  • MrBrege commented:

    2/27/15, 11:14 PM - Haha! Thank you Stefan for your contribution! As for myself I'm simply lazy, I know very little about other regions and so I will never get the best QPR... but while quite a few left bank -96s are stunning to me, I have never had a an exciting Barton-96.

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2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2014 - Burgnick wrote:
90 points
Dark big fruit..the structure of the wine is not very integrated. The finish is little sour with hint of alcohol. Average wine but ready to drink
  • MrBrege commented:

    12/29/14, 11:31 AM - From your description it is most likely not ready to drink.... despite your comment that it is...

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1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/15/2014 - MEKWINE Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking wonderfully now, and will for some time to come. Beefy, savoury, leather, cedar and spice box on the nose. Savoury and tobacco on the palate, with fine tannins and good levels of acidity. A beautiful wine.
  • MrBrege commented:

    11/18/14, 12:52 PM - Hi there! Just curious... you are using both "wonderful" and "beautiful" to describe this wine; further your note seems to indicate some significant complexity as well, judging by the number of adjectives used. You proceed to give it a 92 though.... why not more? What would a 96 or 97 sound like from you in that case?

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2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/15/2014 - Rosengoo wrote:
86 points
This 375ml bottle was popped and poured at home. The wine was clear and mid deep garnet in colour. The wine had a nose of dark berries and quite a bit of chocolate on the nose. In the glass were those same flavours but some overripe cherries as well. Although the acidity was quite light, the tannins were very strong and almost overbearing and this made the wine only acceptable.
  • MrBrege commented:

    10/25/14, 11:17 AM - Curious about your choice to pnp a 2005 left bank, and in particular a LB! I suspect you would have had a better experience with 6h decant; but best of course is to wait at least 10 years

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
10/23/2014 - MrBrege Does not like this wine:
85 points
Whenever I'm in the US I buy a few different bottles of Napa Cabernet that I get recommended, to see if I can find an alternative to Bordeaux. So far it has always been a slight disappointment to me, I think I'm just unlucky but I keep ending up with fruit bombs without any structure, but I'm pretty certain there must be really good Cabs in the 50-100$ range. This attempt was unusually unsuccessful, I ended up with a fruit syrup bomb instead of a wine. Pretty disgusting to be truthful, I kept refilling my water glass during dinner to get some balance back. Totally hopeless!
  • MrBrege commented:

    10/24/14, 6:45 AM - Thank you jimyeni!! I will take your advice straight away, taking your suggested names to the local wine store here and try whatever of your suggestions that they have already tonight. Thanks!

  • MrBrege commented:

    10/24/14, 8:40 PM - Many thanks to you all for a bunch or great suggestions (jimyeni, wmccone54 and aChave). Unfortunately the local winestore here north of San Diego carried none(!!) of your excellent suggestions. I settled for Mad Hatter 2010 as per recommendation based on my list of names that you had all provided me. I stuck up a note on it for your amusement, not really what I was looking for - but next time I come over I will make sure to find a few on my new list. I am very grateful for your assistance, which will no doubt bring success eventually. Many thanks!!

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2008 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2014 - mathwonk wrote:
I just opened this wine and it seems a bit thin and acidic with little richness or power or depth. I am not impressed, and it seems those who reviewed it 2-3 years ago liked it best. Interesting, a wine that shows better when considered too young. It is tasty, just nowhere near worth the $70 I paid, which the merchant assured me was a bargain. For $36 a Penner Ash pinot noir, or for $43 a Stags Leap Artemis, has much more to offer. Maybe comparable to a $40 Barbi Brunello last night, but at $30 more money a disappointment. Still, it is better than the $30 Senejac from last night but nowhere near a $65 2006 Chateau Lagrange. A $70 Andrew Will Sorella blows this out of the water, and a $90. Aldo Conterno Cicala is on another plane entirely. It's pretty good, but lightweight, not smooth nor interesting, and very overpriced like virtually all name Bordeaux now.
  • MrBrege commented:

    8/22/14, 9:52 AM - Way too early to drink 2008 Bdx... wait 3-4 years minimum, if you drink them now disappointment is assured

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2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2013 - Fantomas Does not like this wine:
79 points
Bland and flat. My sense of taste may have been compromised after a cold. Impression needs to be validate with another bottle.
  • MrBrege commented:

    3/19/14, 10:19 PM - If your taste buds are compromised, perhaps an NR rating would be more appropriate than a 79. In fact, I'm sure it would

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2013 - StefanAkiko wrote:
97 points
Wine Koop in Umeå flexing early muscles (Hemmavid (Umeå, North of Sweden)): This is a prodigious wine of proportions. A wine that will blossom and bloom like a fireworks display over the years. Has all the marks of a GREAT young Bordeaux: earth, power, tannin, long-life-ahead, acids, red fruit, dark fruit... Jaw dropping.

Insanely attractive and rewarding, but still very young and without having unleashed any of its yet subterrainean potential.
Wife: 92p
3 btls to go, next one around 2025.
  • MrBrege commented:

    12/30/13, 11:30 PM - Hej Stefan. It is just really great, isn't it? I have been buying more because it is also really quite good value (for being a 2nd growth that is).
    Gott Nytt år!!

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
OK. This was the last bottle of spoof that I ever bought. I was caught up by the score and hadn't yet realized where my palate was heading. With that said, this is archetypical modern homogenized red Bordeaux type wine that can be had on five continents, and gets really high scores from numerous myriad "professional" wine critics. My wife asked for a red wine tonight, something like a 2008 Jordan would have been perfect. Well I was boxing these for the barter holler and took a chance and thought Julie would like it. Her description:

-a little red wine
-a little cigar ash tray
-a little saltwater
-a little flour/roux to hold it together

I told her she has made the perfect description for my mind's eye Modern spoofy wine.
  • MrBrege commented:

    12/22/13, 11:25 PM - Interesting that you are so superbly sure about yourself. After all quite a few people who, just like you, drink a lot of wine and know a lot about it, found the bottles they drank of this to be really very good although about to close down. Yet you are so sure that there was nothing wrong with your bottle...? That perhaps the bottle you had was not representative? Your 78 score certainly indicates confidence, possibly bordering on something else....

  • MrBrege commented:

    12/25/13, 1:02 AM - Thanks for that comment. As expected you get aggressive and personal in a hurry. Most amusing.

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/27/2013 - jcoleman wrote:
90 points
the tannin still massively dominates this wine and it is difficult to determine all the finer notes that may well be there. I expected riper, richer fruit and this is fundamentally disappointing
  • MrBrege commented:

    11/5/13, 12:28 PM - Not sure how long you let this one breathe. I had a magnum this summer and it took to day 4 to open up properly. I know that is almost ridiculous, but reward was that it was then absolutely outstanding at that point

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/21/2013 - King JR wrote:
89 points
This is the second bottle I have opened. Still rather disappointing. Let it decant well over two hours, and gave up waiting for the wine to give something. Very flat, a bit bitter, but not flawed. Left half the bottle for the next day - no real improvement. So given the 98WS and 95WA, I've either been very unlucky or am just simply drinking way too early. I will wait at least another 5 years before trying again.
  • MrBrege commented:

    11/5/13, 12:26 PM - It is not too early but 2h of decant is not nearly enough, 12h is more like it... either wait 5 years as you say or slow-ox it for at least 24h - it is actually worth it

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/31/2013 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
This wine is shutting down now. Slow-oxed for 10h, then double decanted, then slow-oxed again for 14h, trying a thimble at each stage. Straight out of the bottle this is now quite harsh and almost disjointed, after the first 10h it is still quite tough and I would likely still not recognize it for what it is, had I tasted blind. At the end of my 24h treatment it is, however, quite delicious. Well balanced although the fruit has noticeably receded as compared to the last bottle, leaving a more tannic, acidic and astringent impression. Intensity and length are very impressive though. No doubt the scores we will see on CT for the next few years will be lower than what we have had until now. As for myself I will not touch another bottle for 5 years, but I think at that point this will again be superb.
  • MrBrege commented:

    11/1/13, 2:52 PM - Agree that they all will shut down and it is worth the wait ( I have a few '98s that only opened for business a couple of years ago - that's a longer "nap" than I would like), so you may very well be right. But PC have been changing their style as compared to a decade ago, so I was hoping perhaps a few years would be enough now. Then again I have not tried their '94, so you have the advantage there. regardless, I think it will be terrific when eventually it comes around. Thanks.

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1999 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/11/2013 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Slow-oxed over the day, the decanted 30min before tasting. Young-ish overall impression. Red rather than black currants on the nose, cherries and some faint pencil shavings. Red and black fruit on the attack, liquorice,acidity joining in on the mid-palate giving nice balance and surprising intensity which continues into quite a long finish dominated by the acidity. The tannins are fine and pretty much fully integrated, it will likely not improve from here. Humm, this really is pretty good. And they say that 99 was at best a mediocre vintage..... Perhaps that finish could show a better balance? It leaves a slight tartness behind, but you would not notice if you ate anything at all with this - which I am just about to do. Looking forward to the rest of this bottle!
  • MrBrege commented:

    8/13/13, 12:16 PM - I have not had a '99 left bank for years, it's generally seen as a poor vintage, but I must say on this bottle at least I disagree. I found myself thinking about it large part of next day!

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