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Red
2000 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Mid crimson, the bouquet is quite wood orientated but interspersed with freshly picked red cherry, red plum, raspberry and a twist of liquorice.
Sweet ripe, stewed fruit, this is a powerful wine with plenty of flesh and concentration. No real finesse, the alcohol is nicely integrated along with the lively acidity. A long and luxuriant finish. Filled with 70% chocolate, raspberry, oak spices and more liquorice. Some felt manipulated in its desire for super-ripeness and I would argue the wood does stand a little apart. It is a voluminous, broad mid-palate and the well-managed tannins have density. For me a St. Emilion that has a modern twist but still retains its sense of place.
Red
2000 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep blood red, the wine has intense aromas of kirsch, Bing cherry, raspberry, vanilla pod and the mutterings of some spices from oak maturation.
A sweet entry, this is a plush, rich wine with a svelte texture and lingering, penetrating aromas and flavours. Layered and engaging the wine exhibits fantastic concentration and finely knit tannins that add a wonderful frame to the wine, accented by. a lively, juicy acidity. Plenty of plum and cherry fruit fills the core as do some coffee grinds and spice. A superbly refined wine from an excellent year.
Red
2008 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia wrote:
flawed
Mid+ blood red, the nose is slightly volatile and open-knit with pomace, cherry and then aldehydic notes start to appear.
Falls away quickly on the palate, this bottle is unfortunately compromised with some VA, some also felt a cork cardboard element.
Red
2008 Château La Confession St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia wrote:
86 points
Mid to deep blood red. the bouquet has plenty of ripe fruit but also a hint of cardboard? cork?
The palate shows better with rich, fleshy red fruits wrapping around the bones of a sturdy tannin structure. Generous alcohol there is a slight bitter cherry note along with a meaty, carrion element. However, overriding this is a furfurol charry oak note that, with the warm alcohol and pomace notes, distracts. Dries out in the glass showing its extracted nature.
Red
2008 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
93 points
Savoury infused nose with forest floor, herb and possibly mint. There is ripe red cherries, chocolate, toasty oak and coffee. Penetrating and intriguing.
A juicy entry that is utterly engaging with a svelte texture, plush, smoothly integrated tannins and filled with fleshy red and black fruits: cherry-chocolate, spice and a more menthol cooler edge. The oak is still present. A crispy (unusual given the riper feel) acidity underscores the wine. Fabulous depth, the wine has finesse and a long farewell. Layers of intrigue!
Red
2009 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia wrote:
86 points
Medium to deep garnet, the wine is more youthful than expected on the nose. Red cherry, chocolate, and spicy oak make it most appealing.
The palate changes that perception as the ripe fruit becomes like pomace, the tannins are firm and extracted and there is a hot, fiery alcohol burn that finishes very dry and almost spirity. The oak seems to show itself more as well. Certainly powerful this needed a spoon to drink it. Not for me.
Red
2009 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia wrote:
87 points
Deep blood red to black colour.
The bouquet has some evolution as well as stewed berries, red cherries, ripe cut plums warmed up with some honey and marinated raspberries. As it opens the wine reveals more undergrowth, dry leaves and black pepper. Felt a warmer year.
Full-bodied, with high, spiky alcohol and plenty of fruit.
A heavier style with less flow and a blunted finish the wine's alcohol protrudes whilst there is a pomace or grappa note that annoys. Quite extracted.
Red
2009 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2015 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Sandier soils: Mid ruby red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of raspberry, red plum and Bing cherries.
Medium to full-bodied, there is richness ot the texture, a generous and at times spiky alcohol, great concentration and a mid-palate that oozes melted milk and dark chocolate. Sensual and appealing, the core has plenty of red fruits, a touch of tangerine peel with fleshy, plush tannins. An excellent wine with all the components in check and a long, satisfying finish with a twist of herb.
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Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): The vineyard is just below the house.
Mid crimson in colour, the heady aromas show spicy oak, wood smoke, ripe plum and red cherry.
Sweet entry filled with ripe fruits are joined by roasted herbs and river stones. The tannins are quite harsh and unyielding giving a very dry impression in the mouth. A narrow wine, I struggle with these types of tannins, makes the wine feel a little rustic. Medium length, there is some power in the mid-palate, and it has a generous finish.
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Red
2009 Olivier Bernstein Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
96 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): A delightful perfume giving heady notes of ripe Victoria plum and spicy oak.
Mid to full-bodied, the entry is sensual and sweet-fruited with a luxurious weight. The firm tannins have some solidity and density, but they are finely woven. Poised, the wine has depth and ripples with finely-honed muscle/structure underscored by lively acidity. A beautiful wine that is layered and showing exceptionally well. The excellent length of the wine finishes quite fleshy with more spice.
Red
2008 Lucien Le Moine Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Wonderfully intense nose, complex and dancing in ripe plum, spice and wood extract.
A complex wine, that is deep and brooding on entry, there is a restraint to the wine. The tannins have a sweetness but enough grip to keep the wine structured. The spices are warming and slightly chilli-like with a harsh burn, the mid-palate a touch more hollow than expected, although the finish was long. Some felt it was a bit stingy. Certainly a smart wine but didn't reflect all the Grand Cru credentials I was after.
Red
2008 Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): 50% new wood. Lucien le Moine started in 1999 as a negociant.
Mid-intense nose with some perfume, red plum and charry oak. The entry is fresh with a crisp acid, fine chalky tannins and vibrant fruits of Bing cherry and plenty of spicy oak.
Fairly concentrated, the wood is on the border of too much but just stays on the right side. There is some elegance to this ripe, long wine.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Jupilles oak (gives very little tannin), 24 months in barrels with no racking, MLF one year later. then 15ml SO2 after 15 months; No fining or filtration.
Attractive aromas of ripe Victoria plum and red cherry. Fruit-forward style with a gentle perfume and lovely intensity of fruits. The palate is sweet and sensual, with integrated wood components and more black fruit appearing. Some muscle here as well as thickness to the tannins. A modern, sexy Californian-style wine.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Biodynamic farmed from 0.5 hectares planted in 1950; low wood usage, 25-30%. Slightly lifted volatile edge on the first nose. A soft entry, sensual, dotted with fruits and freshened by lively acidity. Not a heap of oak notes, which expresses the fruit nicely. Some richness of 2005 makes for a complete wine. Touch feral as the wine exits.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): On clay soils from older vines. Lightly perfumed with notes spice from stems but also fresh and intense. The entry is bright and vibrant with excellent acid balance and the stem notes calm the excessive nature of the 2009 vintage. Very fine-grained tannin with expressive perfume on the mid-palate, good concentration with a persistent chalky finish. Perhaps it could do with more mid-palate flesh but lovely wine.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Organically farmed the Cazetiers is on the north of the village of Gevrey and requires patience in bottle as the wines tends to be more tannic and hold higher acid levels making them austere when young. The ideal is to leave it in the cask longer to soften. This producer ferments at 33ºC and uses quite a bit of wood in the blend; no racking.
Light to mid-ruby, the perfumed nose is intense with ripe plum and raspberry. A soft and rich entry the fresh acid and grippy tannins give structure to this fairly powerful Gevrey.
Showing a touch of development, the wine has a gorgeous, sweet and fleshy mid-palate filled with squashed red plums, Griotte cherry, pepper and spicy oak. The tannins are fine but present with a long finish that shows a bite to the acid.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): They use a proportion of stalks and lightly toasted barrels. They do no racking to retain aromas and enhance texture. Bright cherry red in colour. The wine is ripe and vibrant, with freshly picked red cherries and Mirabelle plum.
This light to medium-bodied wine is soft and sensual with plenty of plum and Griotte cherry notes but also a touch of spice and beetroot.
Finely-woven tannins the finish is long and succulent.
Red
3/2/2012 - rikipedia wrote:
88 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Uses stalks and a long pre-ferment maceration. Cherry red in colour, the nose shows stalky spice, Bovril and herbal edges.
A fresh entry, the fruit is ripe with lots of black fruit meat stock, smoke and a bright acid moving the wine forwards.
Firm tannins, the wine is elegant yet muscular. Somewhat unusual, given the warmer 2009 vintage - perhaps the Fixin style?
White
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): This winery whole-bunch presses (Add 35-40 ppm SO2 at press) to tank (no settling) and allows the natural ferment to begin immediately. Once commenced and the heat of the initial ferment has subsided (and the juice is then cooled slightly 15-17ºC), the fermenting must is racked to barrels. Used 25% new oak and 75% 2nd-fills. Receives 3-5 bâtonnage until the end of MLF. Then cool down and mature for 8-12 months in barrels.
The wine is pure and lifted with notes of herb, smoke and white stone fruit.
Fresh on entry, this light-bodied Chardonnay is delicate and taut with a little of the 2009 richness to compliment it. Not so much mineral as a herb infusion with white peach and lively acidity. Delicious
White
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
89 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Quite a modern interpretation of Chassagne with ripe stone fruits, toast and oak spices. Richly textured, a bright acid pushes the wine along, but the oak is quite invasive and hasn't really settled. Nice creamy texture with cling peach, good length finishing a little warm and toasty.
White
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
87 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Owned by an American guy that impressively speaks 7 languages. Distinct reductive, struck match quality that leads to a linear palate shape, not much in the mid-palate and lacks some acidity to lift it up. Quite mineral despite that. Approachable now.
White
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Short note here but had an open note similar to the meursault but much tighter and more mineral showing through with better concentration.
Red
1988 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia wrote:
87 points
Mid mahogany, the wine again shows that bipolar (ripe/unripe) smoke, red fruits and green notes, this time with wet chalk, crayon and grass.
The palate then veers to the more riper side with a lovely liquorice, generous feel showing spice, sandalwood and black fruits. Fresh lemon acid with chalky mineral notes the wine starts to morph back to this smoky, charcoal, burnt element leading to a coarser tannin profile. Certainly traditional claret as the wine sits upright, is dry and lacks flesh yet at the same time rather hard work, I wanted to like the wine more. Perhaps with food would help.
Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
CS 72; Merlot 20, CF 8
Mid mahogany; the bouquet is very tertiary with an initial pong and developing to undergrowth, wet forest floor, moss and freshly picked herbs.
Again, that classic Bordeaux style with a lemon-edged acidity, black fruits and tilled soils running to mushroom and roasted herbs. There is plenty of development, and the wine has excellent concentration and a great structure with plenty of material to fill out the mid-palate. Full-bodied, the wine still has that tautness and compaction - to me, an elegant slender old lady; there is a finesse to the tannin and complexities by all the nuances that tertiary development brings. Finishes long with a chalky note, perhaps without all the layers of a top vintage. It did improve further in glass.
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia wrote:
flawed
Ruby colour, the nose shows farmyard, stinky notes along with detectable TCA. The palate confirms with a gravelly texture, some juiciness in the mid-palate, chocolate notes but then the musty, wet dishcloth of cork consumes all.
Red
2000 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Mid crimson showing some tertiary development with a combination of red and black fruits.
A lemon acid entry with a wonderful richness and ripeness of fruit. Concentrated with excellent extraction, plenty of bitter chocolate, chalk, mulberry, herbs, and frozen red and black fruit. Full-bodied+ the tannins are firm and densely packed, unyielding at first but started to show better later in the glass. Certainly a tang to the acid, there is some whiffs of oak with tree bark and dust. Although challenging, this upright wine is athletic, muscular, and currently in a good place.
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Red
2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Mid-deep crimson the aromas are pongy with strong farmyard notes, briary fruits with red and blackberries mixing with some tertiary notes of forest floor, grass and moss.
An intense entry the wine has a dense solid texture and notes lemon-edge tart acidity. Yet the wine has excellent concentration, ripe fruits and oak spices to sshow its credentials. Perhaps in an awkward spot right now, the wine reminded me of bipolar ripening in very warm vintages like 2003 where it is super ripe, often raisined fruit on the one side and dehydrated but unripe berries on the other that give that green, smoke infused expression.
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Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Mid+ ruby the bouquet has some development with boot polish, musty notes mingled with chalky and frozen berries, iris and a hint of grass too.
A mid-bodied, classic Bordeaux with cooler notes, crunchy acidity, tight grainy tannins, and some greener notes. However, the wine is still juicy and intense and has some brambles, tree bark, turned earth, and a long finish. However, it feels a lesser year with some dilution in the mid-palate, slightly biting acid and awkward tannins on the finish. However, it is elegant, poised and long in length. Somewhat better than the example back for the tasting in August
Red
2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Mid to deep crimson, the nose shows more tertiary fruits with tree bark, dried herbs, black fruits, a touch of chocolate and a hint of spice. A cooler entry with chalky powderiness and gravelly tannins that is chewy in a more classic Bordeaux mould.
Reasonably complex, some nice bottle development shows that herbal, brambly core, although the acid is quite tart. Upright with good concentration, this feels a more traditional house from a lesser vintage but is still well put together. Good length.
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Red
2008 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
93 points
75 CS; 23 Merlot; 2 CFDeep ruby to crimson in colour, the nose shows blackcurrant, cedar, red and black cherry and black raspberry with some spice in the background.
An intense wine with a lifted entry the palate is plush with a sweet fine powdery texture and warm, juicy fruit. Despite the blackberry and blackcurrant notes complex by chocolate and cocoa powder there is a slight grassy, herbal and dried leaf quality that suggests a more challenging year, perhaps 07 or 08? Full-bodied, the tannins are dense and firm and the acid fresh, cooling the warm fruit on the mid-palate and giving some elegance that made the wine highly enjoyable. Excellent concentration, this is a nicely structured wine with a persistent finish.
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Red
2/28/2008 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Caroline Wine Shop - Pessac/Graves and South Africa Comparison (Carolines Wine Shop): 76%CS 24% Merlot; pH 3.4 and RS: 4.0!; Deep garnet to orange rim. A subtle nose with game, marmite and leather. Complex the palate refelct the nose with quite a lot of charcuterie joined by cigar notes, blackberries and light oak spices. Richness to the texture is supplemented by a lively acidity and a leaner palate shape. Warming finish there is that sweetness of South Africa and the New World. Showing nicely.
Red
2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
Terroir-istes International - France, Bordeaux 2005 Vintage (Rodwell House): Deep, dark, brooding bouquet there is smoke, meat, fresh earth, marmite and graphite on top of which show black fruits.
An intense wine, full-bodied with firm tannins, oak spices and broad shoulders. This is a masculine wine that is solid and somewhat unyielding so it still needs time to resolve but is filled with blackcurrant, fruit pastels, pencil shavings and a blanket of dark chocolate. Dense, this powerful wine had girth, although felt a little ponderous. Complex, the wine improved with air.
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Red
11/3/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
93 points
Terroir-istes International - France, Bordeaux 2005 Vintage (Rodwell House): Mid to deep black-red, the nose is brooding with notes of tobacco, dark chocolate, black fruits and herb.
A soft, richly textured entry, this medium to full-bodied wine is succulent and svelte and utterly appealing. Modern, clean lines with lively lemon acidity, fine powdery tannins and a long-lasting finish. There is some extract and density to the tannins, decent concentration and some complexity. As it opened, it became softer and more succulent and the extract added structure but didn't interfere elsewise.
Flavours of dark chocolate 95%, sticky, ripe black fruits and coffee grinds.
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Red
2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Terroir-istes International - France, Bordeaux 2005 Vintage (Rodwell House): Mid-red-black the aromas are straight up and lifted with notes of fresh herb, graphite and blackcurrant.
More restrained on the palate, the entry is filled with lemony acidity that cleanses the mouth. Full-bodied with gravelly, solid tannins, the wine is bone dry and quite extracted. There is plenty of fruit with earth, spice, lead pencil, black olive, chocolate powder and very dark fruits of blackcurrants that sometimes feel more like frozen berries.
Overall, the wine is coarsely structured and hasn't the knit of a top chateau. Perhaps needs time. Finish at this point short and hard. Some felt the wine was too lean and tight. Upon reveal this surprised me - perhaps slightly scalped?
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Red
1/2/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Light purple red with crimson edges, with aromas of freshly pressed red flowers, red plum, ripe blackberry, and spices with a savoury twist. Youthful and vibrant
A soft entry balanced by a lively acidity and sinewy rhubarb texture that gives a narrowness to the light, firm tannins.
The mid-palate shows sour cherries that lead to tartness but are assuaged by a plum flesh sweetness on the back palate. there is almost a succulence underneath that leads to the long finish. As the wine opened, it felt quite showy. Nicely executed Vosne.
Red
1/8/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
89 points
Mid garnet to orange rim
Umami bouquet with dry spices, dust, marmite, earth and dried pottery clay. There are black fruits over red with dried black cherry or plum, mineral, roasted herbs, smoke and Xmas spices, especially star anise and nutmeg.
Medium-bodied, the entry is rich with a liquorice stick note, a firm texture with sour acid elements and flavours of leather, black cherry, plenty of spices leading to a hot paprika note, pencil shavings and pepper-encrusted fillet steak!
Bone dry impression, the mid-palate has lots of mineral and granitic chips, garrigue scrub and wild fennel. Generous at 14.5% alcohol and warming, the tannins are firm, and the wine robust. It isn't an elegant wine being more top-heavy, but it is a lovely example of CNP. The finish is medium with a cherry schnapps element.
White
1/12/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Mid to deep yellow with green flashes, the bouquet is perfumed with yellow and white flowers, like a summer country garden. There is slivered almonds, baked apple and Williams pear.
The entry is bone dry, focussed with a razor-sharp acidity and glassy texture filled with ripe fruits of orchard fruits, apple sauce and citrus. An airy, delicate wine that is linear and juicy enough to give just enough depth to the mid-palate it finishes on grapefruit, kumquat and Yuzu fruit as the acid builds and the citrus element explodes! Excellent wine as the finish stays true.
Red
1/14/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Very deep garnet to mahogany rim with a bouquet of fly spray, old leather furniture, church pews, liquorice bark, spice, rye bread, black fruit over red and that dusty, dry attic.
A deep, penetrating wine, this wine is wonderfully complex and layered with that interplay of dry, edgy earthy core against its sour dried cherry and yet sweet fruit on the mid-palate, all balanced with a strident acidity. At first, it seemed extracted, but as it settled in the decanter, the wine is just bone dry with puckering, compact tannins (even at 14 years old). The fruit has that compote sweetness that rides on top of the tannic structure really well and extends to a long farewell. However, the tannins do still build on this medium-bodied lithe Chianti so it was slightly distracting but perhaps it is still on its journey. Certainly, the fruit is captivating with cherrry, black olive, pumpernickel, dried earth and caraway seed.
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White
1/14/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep golden yellow in colour, the tempting bouquet serves up delicate spring flowers, white pepper, celery stalks, meat spice, cooking salt and wild herbs/Scottish heather. As it opened in glass it was joined by just-ripe white peach, lemon thyme and green apple.
Whilst the entry showed its classic piercing acidity, the mid-palate was broader and richer than expected with more peach flesh, lemon pepper, roast chicken with lemon and sea salt and a sensation of biting into a Granny Smith.
Medium in length, the salty lemon finish has a smear of honey showing some development over that last time I tasted it - just over a year ago (and too much development for my liking). To drink up.
White
1/16/2022 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright mid yellow to a greenish edge, the lifted penetrating aromas are lime cordial to yuzu fruit, key lime pie and lemon blossom.
The entry has a fabulous line of fresh, perhaps strident acidity, and fabulous definition and is crystal clear and precise. The texture is all mineral and chalky, whilst the centre is filled with lemon curd, lime pie, ripe grapefruits, tart oranges (almost kumquat) but with no pithy notes - this is all glass smooth. Completed by a persistent farewell.
I loved the expressive fruit and acid balance giving refreshing mouth-cleansing properties. All this and from a wine 17 years in bottle!
Red
2016 L'Esprit de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Mid purple-red, the nose has light spice, red plum and blackcurrant open to summer pudding.
A soft, juicy entry underscored by a bright acidity pushes the wine upwards. Medium-bodied, there is some fleshy fruit, more redcurrant and red plum on the palate. The tannins are soft but have a delicate edge to frame this very approachable wine. A lovely second wine with a smooth exit showing a touch of spice. Medium length.
White
1/7/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
2016 Grenache blanc AN 508 Les Vigneronnes Paris
A light orange-yellow suggests an amber wine. The nose shows lots of smoke, quarry dust, minerals and cordite along with the candied orange peel. On the palate, this is dust dry with lots of chalky, gunflint and smoke intertwining with Williams pear, orange peel, dried lemon towards smoked lemons, and a streak of honey. The texture is like chewing a pebble. Reasonably full, this is in the amber style and has a solid tannic grip, giving a phenolic feel. Complex, with a touch of development, this was a smart example of Grenache Blanc.
Red
1/13/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
Bags loads of fresh cherry flesh, raspberry and strawberry confit.
Medium-bodied, this is a very approachable wine, drinking very nicely with strawberry and cherry flesh underscored by brisk acidity. Fairly generous and richly textured, the ripeness of fruit give fruit-induced tannins and a supple round mid-palate. There is depth and persistent to the length - hugely enjoyable wine and better than I remember!
White
1/13/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
91 points
With plenty of ripe stone fruit, toasty oak and yellow apple, this is a fresh, ripe and expressive wine with a new World feel to it.
A juicy, full-bodied wine with a bright fruit profile, good depth and intensity, a core of fleshy nectarine, and apricot halves with a squeeze of lemon juice. The creamy (lees-induced) texture and toasty oak add to the fun. Arguably not complex, but delicious and bright.
White
1/13/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep gold, the aromas is floral and lifted with yellow flowers, musk, honeysuckle and frangipani.
A rich entry with sweet valencia oranges, ripe Meyer lemon set against a refreshing acidity and phenolic grip. The wine shows some smoky development and has a dry chalky grip but is juicy in the mid-palate with papaya slices that lead to a medium to long finish. Dry, there is an air of Santorini Assyrtiko with its citrus focus and grip.
White - Sparkling
2008 Graham Beck Brut Zéro Coastal Region Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/13/2023 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Light hazelnut biscuit lemon on the nose with a creamy mousse.
Not that intense the entry is creamy with light melba toast and flaky pastry with a rich texture balanced with a zippy acidity driving the wine along. Good depth but I would have liked more oomph - relatively easy, approachable, and drinking nicely.
White
3/2/2012 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
88 points
Chassin Tasting Event at Ouverture (Ouverture Restaurant, Stellenbosch): Initially felt focused on the nose with spice, vanilla and oak notes. rich and broad on the mid-palate the wine lacks some mid-palate depth coming across as slightly dilute. Medium length but preferred his Puligny Les Folatieres.
White - Off-dry
10/8/2011 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
90 points
Field Trip to Alsace - Hugel (Alsace): Sourced from grapes grown in GC Schoenenbourg, the colour is deep orange-gold with a tertiary led nose showing marzipan, botrytis, bruised apple and quince. A richly textured, intense wine, the RS was not as sweet as expected and weaved nicely through the wine. It is fairly evolved with a more bruised fruit than fresh and the acid is rather medium. But the finish is long and the wine feels silky smooth.
White
10/8/2011 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
92 points
Field Trip to Alsace - Hugel (Alsace): Grapes from the heavier clay in Sporen. Deep yellow-gold colour, the nose explodes with botrytis, ginger, dried pineapple, apricot, shiitake mushroom and some stilton cheese! Concentrated and, complex, generous, this full-bodied wine is rich but the RS nicely integrated with plenty of fruit in its core running to a persistent finish.
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2005 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2014 - rikipedia Likes this wine:
93 points
Terroir-istes International - France, Bordeaux 2005 Vintage (Rodwell House): Mid to deep crimson, the nose displays tilled soil, spice and tobacco, and a rich array of cassis, chocolate and mocha. Classic Bordeaux, the nose is intense and beguiling, drawing you in.
Full-bodied, the wine is powder soft in texture with rich, fleshy fruit coating the dense cashmere tannins. Well structured, there is great concentration and power but all subtly carried out. Well-knit, elegant this is a top-quality producer. Seductive black and red fruits and tobacco offset by a vivacious acidity, this is complex and with a long farewell. Has plenty of time in the bottle to fully resolve.
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