Tasting Notes for MrBrege

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Red
7/24/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
94 points
This terrific wine is at peak, and seems to be staying there for several years to come. Some very marginal bricking, damp cellar on the nose but wonderfully fresh tertiary flavour. Everybody liked it, including my youngest son Sam, who is not easily pleased when it comes to red wines. This, fairly humble, classified left banker indicates how terrific the better wines (like LLC etc.) from this vintage will be one day. The 1996s are still a buy.
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White
7/21/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Fab wine! Would probably score higher if you have it with a heavier fish-dish (think creamy sauce), but it was also great with cheese doodles! 😄
Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/18/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
94 points
First bottle out my first case. Dark and brooding. Still very young with barely any secondary notes even on the nose, but delicious!! Tannins well present but not at all harsh. Wonderfully concentrated, one of the most concentrated wines I think I have ever tasted, a truly big wine. The finish goes on for minutes literally, quite remarkable. Others may score it even higher than I do, it will give the US Cab fruit-bombs a run for their money, while actually being quite sophisticated, although "elegant" is not the word I would use here.
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Red
2009 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/4/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Really pretty good wine. It is still a little tight even on day 2; starting of with intensity of fruit and decent balance, which holds up well in the mid-palate. The finish is a bit short given the strength of initial flavours and it goes slightly out of balance at the end with a sort of tart and acidic ending.
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White
2009 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/18/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
94 points
This bottle was much better than the last, either some bottle variation or perhaps this wine is finally coming into its own. Terrific acidity and precise balance, highly enjoyable although QPR not the best.
Red
2/15/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
flawed
Tragic!
Red
2/14/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
The nose of this indicated decline, or at least a much older wine, with particular notes of prune rather than the expected red and dark berries. The bottle was purchased by a merchant a couple of years ago so may not have been kept very well. But in the mouth it was fresh, well balanced and very smooth. Would have been 93-94 if not for the nose. I've had much better examples of the wine, although not this vintage.
Red
1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
This, for once, is a wine that the CT Drink-by info has gotten right. I bought a case of 6 recently and so far two have been clearly on the decline (prune nose and tired palate) and two have been great. This bottle was one of the good ones, with a mature yet vibrant and fresh nose, an excellent palate with plenty of fruit balanced with acidity and still some well integrated tannic back-bone. Yes, I get the comment about the oak being noticeable, but I don't mind it as much as some. I would not buy more of these, nor wait to long to uncork the rest of my bottles.
White
2009 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/27/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
This wine draws some very varied reviews... It's important to let it come to about 12 degrees temp centigrade at least, in fact it works almost better at 13-14. I think this is because it is still quite restrained, nothing at all on the nose at 8 degrees and at 10 you start getting vanilla, which grows with the temperature. On the palate again there is not much apart from the vanilla until you get to 12 degrees, but after that you get a bit more - layers of some exotic fruits, very pleasant. We drank this against the 2013 second wine (L'Esprit de Chevalier), which was the more approachable at lower temperatures. I don't know if this actually will open cup more or if it is designed to drink at closer to room temperature, other white Bordeaux wines have not been like this; I will wait a few years with the rest of my case.
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Red
1/17/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Had the '89 against the '90. While we did prefer the 1990 (despite this not being the best bottle I've ever had), the '89 was very solid. Appearance is quite young, like many 89s, but with a wonderful tertiary nose. Less fruit, leaving it on the classic but more astringent side, but with good balance nonetheless. Finish rather short. We kept half the bottle but it was not much different on day 2
Red
2007 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2021 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Right in the middle of its drinking window and will last another 3-5 years. Smooth yet fairly powerful, especially for the vintage, and with a long finish. Tannins are fine but still present. Given the price (about 100GBP) it's hard to say that it is a great QPR, but probably one of the best for Trotanoy. I am happy I have a few more.
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Red
12/2/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
I like this producer and this vintage is wonderful, also from a QPR perspective (well for being Burgundy that is). It is still young as can be noticed from the rather high acidity, but importantly it is well in balance. There is intense and slightly unripe fruit on the attack, which mellows into a more full-bodied mid-palate, and then stretches into a long balanced finish. Extremely good with pulled pork sandwiches.
Red
10/23/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
This us still going strong, it will last many more years I think. In fact, it was the best of the bottles so far. Drank at 67PM
White
10/16/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
88 points
This has a great nose but otherwise I'm not impressed, especially as this is a Grand cru (although the rather low price indicates the lack of greatness). Possibly I am drinking it too early (then again I have 11 more...), but it is thin and a bit watery almost on the palate with too much acidity. I will hope for it to mellow over time but am far from optimistic given the lack of concentration of fruit. I drank it alongside a Kumeu River Hunting Hill, also a 2014, and there was absolutely no contest as this is so much better at about the same price....
White
10/31/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
95 points
Drank this truly sublime wine with the Johansson's at Halloween, paired with lobster rolls. The nose had classic white Burgundy notes but was somewhat muted compared to the explosion of flavours on the palate. The vanilla (from the oak) is dominant on the attack, but while I absolutely detest over-oaked chardonnays this was amazingly balanced and the flavours perfectly integrated. Immediately after the vanilla your moth is filled with fruit, a lot of it tropical in style bringing the mind temporarily to South African wines, but the texture of the wine takes you right back to Meursault - it really IS "creamy". How can a wine be creamy (but not cloying)? I'm not sure, but it is major success and perfect for drinking now. I think it's drinking window is significantly longer than 2021, but it is unlikely to get better than this.
Red
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
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...
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Red
2000 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Superbly balanced, right in the middle of its drinking window, much better than two years ago.
White
8/6/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
I found this in my cellar, I did not realise I had any left and am currently drinking the 2014's. This has aged very well! Now has a more buttery & honeyed character while still maintaining good acidity and terrific freshness. I which I has more as I think these can go for many years still.
White
2010 Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/8/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
The bottle variation on this wine has been very large; I bought a case from a London merchant and don't think it had been we ll taken care of. Out of the 8 bottles I have consumed over the last 2 years only 3 have been good. But when it's good it really is, the last bottle I had was truly singing! Truly seductive, 93-94. If I were to score the average of the bottles I've had it would be closer to 90, but that would be unfair and unhelpful to my fellow cellar-trackers.
White
6/20/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
95 points
I remember this being possibly the best white Burgundy I have had the pleasure of tasting, but apparently I forgot to write it up at the time, the wine must have distracted me entirely. All I remember now was that it was outstanding!
Red
2014 Le Carillon de l'Angélus St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
I'm not rating it on this occasion as hopefully it improves. Even though it has great intensity and length, it is out of balance at this point. It has a certain bitterness from the attack and all the way through, which I am sure is not intentional by the wine maker. Perhaps it improves in the next few years. I worry a little about letting it lie around for too long (although it definitely has the stuffing for another decade or two) since the cork was somewhat soaked. I opened a second bottle with the same result.
Red
5/11/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
This was surprisingly satisfying. On day one it was double decanted at lunch time and I had just a glass for dinner. At its tender age this was obviously very primary and angular, and quite new world. I left it completely alone on day two but came back on it day three. It had now smoothed out, and while retaining its primary character (of course) and new world style, there was elegance, intensity and charm. It was surprisingly well balanced through to the long and almost spicy finish. I enjoyed it more than the score of 93 I give it here. As I said, very satisfying, but I can't push myself to give a wine that lacks complexity more than this. It has a great future, but I will keep drinking it until it eventually closes down to become whatever the wine-maker had in mind for it.
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Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
First of 12 bottles, 8h decant. Still very young but with lot's of power. Superb fruit on the nose and the attack, spicy. Emerging secondary notes of cedar etc. Very long finish but not fully balanced yet, erring on the side of acidity. Lots of grippy tannins. Very happy I tried this now as it was very enjoyable with the Easter lamb, but I will wait a few more years to open the next one.
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Red
2001 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Finally this wine is where I want ir. I have found it overly acidic and not fully integrated in the last 3 years. But with a 4h decant I now think it has good balance. Not an outstanding vintage but very pleasing combination of spice and fruit on the attack, a very fresh mid palate and decently long finish. Happy I have a few of these.
Red
3/15/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Smuggled into India and drunk there with traditional Kerala meal, delicious.
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Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
95 points
Decanted for 3h, could have done a lot longer. This wine is almost schockingly young. No bricking at all, wonderful mature nose, intense rather than smooth. Tannins still alive, not harsh but distinct. Had it with confit of duck at 67PM, a wonderful pairing!
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Red
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 4h but can use more, it was better on day 2. A brilliant wine with all the classic Bordeaux attributes and freshness. Quite spicy for being a Cos I thought, but it certainly works as it balances out the sweetness very well in this hot vintage.
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Red
2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/26/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
91 points
This has opened up drastically in the last 12-18 months. Very fruit-forward, would be liked by Napa Cab fans I think, but it still has decent balance. If you like them young that's a plus with this one, for me it's maybe too boisterous at this stage but I enjoyed it.
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Red
1/11/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Tasted against an Oregon Pinot, 2011 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte using Corovin, so effectively PnP. Not quite as elegant as the Burg, but not all that far off. The nose was a bit funky but it blew off in about 10 minutes. On the palate it had more intensity of fruit, but a slightly shorter finish. I prefer the Taupenot-Merme, but this was really good and slightly better than previous bottle. I would not wait a long time to drink these, however, it's now at peak and not built to last a long time.
Red
1/11/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Tasted against an Oregon Pinot, 2012 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvée using Corovin, so effectively PnP. I see several notes being negative on this wine, but no recent ones. A couple of years ago they were probably right, but the 2011s drink very well now and this was actually one of the best red Burgs I have had in this price class. The nose is open and now and sophisticated. On the palate it has the amazing smoothness of the best red Burgundies; there is not that layered complexity you get from the Grand Crus, but the fruit is intense and the finish is very long. Absolutely delightful now.
Red
1/5/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
Drank with Sunday roast at Alfie's after a 6h decant. Absolutely fantastic nose, secondary notes just beginning to show but it's the pure intensity of red and black currants that stays with you. On the palate it is superbly fresh, left-bank style, but I felt that the acidity gradually took overhand over the 3h lunch; maybe drink it quicker next time...
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Red
1/3/2020 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
This is not a overly complex or complicated wine, thank heavens. It is instead an honest expression of what a great wine maker can do with a decent terroir in a reasonable year. Wonderful pinot nose, balanced in the mouth, reasonable length and intensity of fruit. Very satisfying.
White
2008 Château de Fieuzal Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/1/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
11/10/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Very likeable as usual (see previous notes) wonderfully fresh and satisfying, on the margin this bottle was just a touch light on the fruit vs acidity.
Red
2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Drinking perfectly now, with many years left
Red
10/27/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
90 points
A typical Gevrey-Chambertin. But not impressive for being a 1er cru, more like a good quality village variety to me, making it overpriced I suppose. I have a few more bottles and will wait a few years before popping another, but this wine was not obviously too young so I don't expect it to make all that much difference.
White
2008 Château de Fieuzal Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/27/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Great example of a good white Bordeaux. Everything in place with quite a bit of complexity but also balance. The freshness is still there, and perhaps it will last several more years but I will drink the ones I have left over the next six months to be sure, and start on the 2010s after that.
Red
2001 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
97 points
This is absolutely perfect now, will last a long time but hard to think it could get any better than this. Secondary notes fully developed, wet soil, blackberries and tobacco. Full-bodied with outstanding balance; loads of fruit but just enough acidity to make it superbly fresh. Magnificent and long, long finish.
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Red
10/18/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
91 points
This bottle felt marginally over the hill. A very traditional Left bank Bordeaux and very enjoyable. Double decanted over 8h. Nose not expressive at all, but the palate has excellent balance in the classic Bordeaux style where the fruit is anything by dominant....
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White
2004 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/12/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
Drank with Peter Lunzer in Sweden. Not over the hill, not oxidised, but not very special.
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White
7/30/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
94 points
Terrific wine drunk with Justin. Not for sipping in the sun, much more a food wine. enjoyed this time with dover sole in a creamy mushroom sauce. Full, balanced taste with plenty of vanilla from the oak but with enough acidity to keep it fresh and smooth. Long lovely finish.
Red
2009 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
91 points
This has re-opened after a period of being pretty shut down. Perhaps it can now reach for higher scores over the next few years, I'm not sure but there is at least a chance. It is still young but with decent balance and length. Just not much complexity at this point.
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Red
2009 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/9/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
This was always a really solid wine but two years ago this closed down a bit. I just tried one of my remaining bottles and it is again open and showing what modern left bank Bordeaux has to offer. Everything in place, will get better from here if you like it more mature but I think this mid stage of maturation is just great for this level and style of Bordeaux so will be having my resining bottles over the next 2-3 years although it will probably offer good drinking for another 5-10 years.
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Red
5/31/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
92 points
Had after 30 min decant and drank over 2h, it did not change in character over the period. On the nose this was a 95-96, absolutely tantalising aromas of black currant, leather and deep, rich, fresh soil. On the palate it was somewhat less impressive, a very good mature Bordeaux but a little bit thin on the mid palate and a finish that did not quite keep the balance but hinted at acidity and slight bitterness. Enjoyed it for sure but it was better a few years ago.
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Red
4/21/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly, not over the hill. In fact much better balance than my other bottle from 7 years ago, nice and fresh.
Red
2014 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/21/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
90 points
I found this surprisingly satisfying, even without a decant. Sure it is very young and has no complexity. But there is something to be said for elegant simplicity and early gratification. The reason this wine is really rather good is exactly because it is not overambitious! A lot of wine makers try to make too special a wine in every vintage these days and their wines end up not working out just as often as they do in these non-outstanding vintages. The consumer then has to wait 15, 20 or 25 years to establish which it is. This wine is smooth with terrific balance and intensity and has a great QPR. I prefer it every day to the more pretentious wines seeking "complexity" in every vintage.
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Red
4/11/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
From Coravin so it did not get a decant, which it would surely have benefitted from. This wine is dark, but not brooding. Quite tho opposite, it is concentrated and vibrant, quite primary at this stage. The tannins are very present but also fine and very well integrated. It is young with pronounced acidity and I understand people who say this is not at all classic Bordeaux. In fact, it has a lot in common with great Riojas I feel. But if you lower the temperature, I enjoyed it outside and the English spring is still not far advanced, the Bordeaux characteristics come through better at 16 degrees. I love it either way.
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Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
93 points
From Coravin so did not get a decant. No matter, it was terrific. Lots of dark fruit on the attack - blackberries & blueberries mainly. Smooth on the mid palate with fine tannins present but well integrated, medium to long finish. I have better experiences of this wine, it was not as concentrated as I remembered, so maybe a long decant would have been in order, then again I got myself a second glass so I was far from unhappy with it.
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Red
3/10/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
Drank with Lunzer at 67. Engrossed in conversation I did not pay attention, I only remember that it was delicious and that I was surprised at how young this bottle tasted.
Red
3/3/2019 - MrBrege wrote:
Double decanted early in the morning, consumed 14h later. Despite this treatment the wine was still quite tight. In fact more so than two years ago, almost unyielding. Yet very concentrated and intriguing; I think this will be tremendous once it gets going but I will neither guess how long that will take nor will I score at this point.
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