Tasting Notes for slaughterer

(289 notes on 231 wines)

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White
11/27/2021 - slaughterer wrote:
94 points
A dark golden color reflected in the nose with ripe flavors of white stone fruit and yeast. Minerally and cool with a broad juicy palate showing GG class. Ripe reineclaude, sweet peach, grapefruit, yuzu, along with creamy wood tones that are largely submerged by the intensity of the fruit. Absolutely no green or grassy notes like with a New Zealand SB, more in the direction of the power of Pessac Leognan (Chevalier) and the cool finesse and minerality of a Loire (Silex). The electrifying acid is balanced by sheer tropical fruit intensity. Very hedonistic and grandiose, but needs a few years.
Red
11/27/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
92 points
Darker and more brooding than the other Von Winning Pinot Noirs. Crafted in largely new barrels from Burgundy, the grapes are from the cool area bordering the woods in Ölberg. Thick dark cherry, some mesquite smoke, vanilla and cloves on the nose. Ripe peach, concentrated raspberry, cherries and blackberries, with fine wood tones and rosemary push through with alot of juiciness and force on the palate. This is not a Pinot for lovers of the tart, delicate, light style, but more for Gevrey and Vosne enthusiasts who prefer the thick, juicy, full-throttle style of Dujac, et. al. Give it a few more years, as the 2018 is still underdeveloped in bottle.
Red
11/22/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
First vintage from a half hectare large plot above the Violette plot, with fairly young vines harvested for low yields. Resin in nose, along with eucalyptus, black fruit, barrique, coriander, estragon and thymian. Elegant cherry drop palate with mint, cranberry, and a little cassis. Ending tapers with pepper, pimento and alot of stone. Very elegant and ethereal with lots of slender fruit. End impression is of Pinot lightness and elegance but with volcanic minerals and tart salty red fruits. Very nice.
Red
11/20/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Grown on a selection of Massale vines from Vosne-Romanee that were transported and replanted in the Reiterpfad parcel. Nose of blackberry yogurt, sour cherry, dry-aged meat. Fine palate with smooth, salty attack, then, in the middle, the presence of the wine dissipates and thins out quickly. Brambly blackberry, salt, cranberry, elderberry, anise and camphor. Smoke, some wood, and pepper accompanying. Ending of cherry, and cranberry juice. Stylistically, like a Nuits Saint Georges or Savigny-Les-Beaunes.
Red
11/14/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
92 points
A little brittle and spindly, but definitely in its window. With thyme on the nose, and a lithe palate of strawberry, cherry, plums, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate. Fairly long licorice ending.
Red
11/8/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
97 points
Lovely, herb-and-flower-scented Grenache/Garnacha emphasizing more transparency over the concentrated "Barrosu" bottling--this reserve bottling is drier and much more cooler than its sweeter daughter. Some cherries, stone and herbs in the middle with a slightly saline finish. Gentle, refreshing, pure and ethereal. Although the alcohol is high, the wine is not heavy or hot. Smartly packaged in a traditional, artisanal way. If there is a comparison to France, it is to Ch. Rayas. Although the tannins are well managed, this wine is not something for immediate drinking, as this wine most definitely has ageability. It was drank over 3 nights without losing its freshness.
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White
10/31/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
I am rating the pure Moscato version of this wine. Even if the wine is light orange from being mascerated with extended skin contact, it has fresh personality, with structure and an extremely lively palate, a nice mineral texture and supple fruits flavors. Nose of flowers, fennel, pollen and stone. Some oxidation with a full palate, saltiness and very full. Sliced apple and cooked pear with lots of honeysuckle,lemon and aromatic herbs. Perfect with a plate of raw oysters, which was our first pairing with it, but this can deal with alot of different foods. A brilliant Mediterranean wine, somewhat close to a Priorat white, with the texture of a Jura. Lots of personality and poetry here.
Red
10/31/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
Pure hand-picked bio-dynamic old-vine cannonau from an elevated exposure which remains true to its original territory. Dark ripe fruit without being extreme, but very rich and warm. Damascus plums, dark cherries, Amarena, cabbage, Frankenincense, nutmeg, burnt meat and rum barrel, with a little brown sugar sweetness at the back of the palate. I said simply it was "exotic" to Giovanni in my bad Italian. It is actually alot more with its red berry onslaught and electrifying tension. Great food wine: think roasted meats.
White
10/31/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Soft and round-textured with a lively palate. Nose of flowers, palate of lemon, herbs and spices. A touch of oxidation, as is probably desired. Depth and tension and flow thanks to the acidity. Powerful yet light.
White
10/25/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
98 points
Although still yound and reductive, fantastic bouquet of lime and peach. Thick, dense palate of limette, honey melon, peach, herbs, bourbon vanilla. Wonderful mineral base. Despite the density, the wine is very delicate and elegant: it has as lengthy and complex a finish as Grand Cru from Bourgogne. Im fact, it is difficult to believe this wine is made from Riesling grapes when it has all the characteristic features of a GC Chardonnay from a stellar site in Burgundy. Enormous achievement here from a fantastic vintage and from an obviously talented team. All the decisions made in vineyard management and cellaring for this wine were entirely correct, and obviously the grapes come from a spectacular parcel in the top Forst vineyards. I am blown away.
White
10/24/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
If there was ever a wine that argued for decanting young Rielsing GGs, it is this Protestant mystery. Withdrawn nose of apricot, white peach. Fresh, ripe palate of apple and grapefruit with the balance and harmony of a Puligny. But the mineral power and concentration are hiding right now. Rather than use this pretty but shy wine as a wall flower to praise the extroversions the Nahe and Rheinhessen achieved in 2019, I am choosing to wait another 2 or 3 years before passing final judgement. 93 now, likely 96 in 4-5 years.
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White
10/17/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
Dry, richly textured Riesling with green pineapple and piercing grapefruit flavors against a rambling backdrop of spice and minerals.
White
7/9/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
91 points
Looking at the previous notes, I agree this is a solid 91 point wine. Peach, white tonka beans, floral notes, rain water on the nose. Very tight entry and then camille, fennel, anis, and apricot. Mixture of "down and dirty" and "structured" approach to Chablis, which some might say is the result of Patrick's laissez-faire attitude. Very generous village-level Chablis, and priced fairly still.
White
7/7/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Barrique is not dominating the fruit here, but supporting it. Stylistically, a little like an old-school California Chardonnay from the 1990s before the vanilla and butter formula took over. Creamy, thick nose with alot of fresh elements of lemon grass and lime skin. Very rich on the palate, with sweet lemon, pomelo, kumquat, apple, and a touch of pear. Fine mouthfeel with a salty, creamy resonance.
White
7/5/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
91 points
Withdrawn aromatics with slight whiff of mixed herbs and spices. Round, integrated entry with lemon and white fruits. Pepper and clay and limestone minerals at the end. Very nice village-level Chablis cuvee.
White
7/4/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
90 points
Classic Chardonnay notes of white fruit, with some pineapple, orange peel, lemon and some minerals from the right bank of the Serein. Fine, ripe acid, animated, and easy to drink.
White
7/4/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
A very crisp style of Chassagne-Monstrachet with fine minerals. A wine of finesse, not very loud. Pear, apple, grapefruit in the middle. Flint in the end, with some salt. Elegant, light mouth feel.
White
7/4/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent definition, precision, and concentration without fat. Very cool, well-trained, athletic, and polished Mercurey. Floral notes, apricot, peach, pear. with a sea salt finish. Well played. Ready to drink already.
White
6/16/2021 - slaughterer Does not like this wine:
88 points
Some moldy basement smells that would indicate TCA, but the Breuer cellar in Rüdesheim has this smell too. They really need to modernize. Oxidative, low alcohol, old-school. In the style of a N. Joly wine. Weak tastes of green apple, wax, and pears. Some salt in the decay, not much acidity. Too early to drink, in hiding. Partner said she appreciated how "other" this wine was, but would not want to drink it again. Very expensive, nice art label.
Red
5/24/2021 - slaughterer wrote:
93 points
Pried apart a half case of this that has been sitting unopened for the last 15 years in my cooler basement. Removed two bottles and brought them upstairs. I thought this would be ready to drink, but I was rebuked. Very faded primary notes of typical Pauillac fruit, and a still over-rambunctious tannin structure. I drank one bottle puzzled, and will bring the second back into the basement now, to slumber another 5 years. It is too early. It is at the end of its primary phase. Let's wait for the secondary phase to peak and then open another one.
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White
5/24/2021 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
97 points
Jasmine, clover, and irises on the nose. Stone fruit (peaches, nectarines), pumpernickel seed, mirabellen, wasabi on the luscious, elegant palate, with a sea salt, yeast, cherry pepper and basalt decay. Light in body, but infinitely complex, an Occam razor between Bürklin-Wolf classicism and von Winning creamy/fruity modernity. Like drinking a volcano of Mozart etudes.
Red
2005 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2021 - slaughterer wrote:
89 points
Weak nose, with faint hints of earth. Warm, soft mouthfeel of sweet plum, creme de cassis, black cherry, milk chocolate, cane sugar with secondary terroir aspects of dry leaf--these all touch the palate and disappear rapidly, without much build-up of intensity. This wine does not have the structure or substance to evolve much more.
Red
2005 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2021 - slaughterer wrote:
93 points
I have drank three bottles of Calon Segur 2005 in the last month, and 1 bottle was very soft, fresh and open (opened at the right time, a joy to drink), and 2 bottles were backward and less expressive (probably opened 3 or 4 years too early, tough drinking). Fresh plums and dark cherries dominate the palate, with a touch of cassis, blackberry and eucalyptus. While the tannin is relatively fine for a Calon Segur in early form, it is not entirely smooth, but rather chewy. There is some spice and a nice trace of salt typical of St. Estephe wines adding to the complexity. This is a rather classic vintage of Calon Segur, and will probably gain points from me over the next 10 or 15 years. Those who are lucky enough to open a bottle like the first one I mentioned will have a very nice drinking experience. But there is the risk of picking a relative unexpressive bottle in this vintage, as there seems to be quite alot of bottle variation.
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Red
2005 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2017 - slaughterer wrote:
92 points
This wine comes across to me as severely variable. By contrast to the bottle I tasted just three months ago (fat, voluptuous, opulent), this one was extremely rigid and even frail, with the incense and spice and sweetness up front all the way. There was even an apparition of watered-down Beaujolais in it that was reminiscent of the "Monbou"s of the early 1990s. Sorry, this was a bit of a superficial Flock of Seagulls power ballad rather than a mid-period PJ Harvey sex scorcher. Missed all the right things to qualify as a satisfying Perse Frankenstein bride: cherry, meat juice, fatness not there. I even doubt the extended drinking window now, and advise, in Parkerian correctness "Drink 2013-2015". You are too late, sucker.
Red
2005 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
Ruby red with some ox blood tones. Nose of burnt sausage, beef bouillon, fresh unpicked herbs, menthol, daisies. Round, ripe palate of syrupy amarena cherry, blackberry compote, BBQ beef, charcoal, mocca, fennel, arabica espresso. Ends with a slightly bitter envelope alot like raw radicchio lettuce combined with tart raspberry. Very much like a powerhouse Australian Syrah rather than a classic Saint Emillion. Still, I respect this, even if I have to be in the mood for it.
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White
8/13/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Light gold. Slate and lychee on the nose. Sits elegant and poised in the glass, but wilder and more uncontrolled on the palate. Tastes of ripe apricot, yellow apple, apricot skin, smoke, charcoal, minerals, hay, green and black teas, with a medium-long saline finish. Medium acidity well-balanced with the fruit. Ordered at Restaurant Gustav in Ffm. The best I have had from the dynamic P-K team.
Red
2009 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/9/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
96 points
Much more open compared to previous tastings. Somewhat fat on the palate, very strong in fruit: lots of blackberry, licorice, chocolate, violets, not much red fruit. Intense but not completely fine. Thicker, pumped up, baroque, very delicious, with super fine soft tannins.
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Red
6/1/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose of dried out berry bushes, mint leaves, sour cherry with herbal and tobacco nuances. Very polished, clean palate with mineral tones, smooth and juicy, ripe, cool fresh, tannins expertly hidden, with an acid bite in the end, wood fully integrated. Darker berries, yeast and plums surfing on the sour cherries in the long, lingering decay. Very Burgundy-esque for a Rheingau...
Red
2005 Château Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/27/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark ruby, slight lightening on edge. Tart, ripe, smokey nose of cherries, cassis, violets and a touch of chocolate. Medium-bodied, juicy, ripe palate with fine tannins, good acid, very precise finish: macerated cherries, candied orange zest, bitter chocolate.
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Red
2005 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/16/2016 - slaughterer wrote:
92 points
Ruby with lightening on edges. Subtle nose of plum and a bit of cherry and mint and flour. Fine sweetness on the attack, very fresh, with svelte, silky smooth texture and good acidity. Palate of wild strawberries, ripe plums, sweet raspberry, flour, thyme, a touch of blackberry paste. Nice smaller wine that is at least 3 years into its mature phase.
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White
5/9/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
Multi dimensional: Curry, coriander, pomelo, pineapple, green tea, camomile, mango, grapefruit. Elegant entry, very nice grip, nice acidic lift, excellent length. Wood has been integrated. Nose not too perfumed a la New Zealand styles. Just a touch more minerality and this could compete with the grandest SBs. Very attractive: i am a fan.
Red
2007 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/8/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
Don't know why people are decanting this for hours before drinking it. Pop and pour seems fine to me.
Glossy, dark crimson with lightening on edges. Sizeable legs creeping up the side. Nose of camphor, eucalyptus, cassis, blueberry, dry cocoa, candied cherry Gummy Bear. Very calm, smooth, cool palate of cherry meringue, black cherry, cinnamon, dried cranberry and cedar. Not lush or over extracted, but with a lot of finesse and elegance. The absolute technical control of the winemaking is obvious in the velvety mouth feel and precise delineation of tastes. Some smooth tannins creeping into the end, promising at least another 10 years of healthy evolution.
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Red
5/5/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
Black with ruby edges. Nose of black cherry, grilled meat, mushrooms, liquorice, earth, cassis. Very smooth medium-weight harmonious palate with alcohol and tannins completely absorbed. Tastes of black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, cassis, black liquorice, tobacco, spice, anise, sauerkraut. Not a hyper-concentrated bruiser, but on the fine side. Lots of depth, complexity and balance, with a lush structure. Peak drinking window right now.
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White
4/30/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear, clean light yellow color. Elegant, delicate, somewhat shy palate of peach, passion fruit and some herb elements with well-managed residual sugar. Salty minerality, medium acid, medium body, low alcohol: not very forward and obvious, but more refined, elegant, yet still refreshing.
Red
2005 Arômes de Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/13/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted through a cotton clothe to remove as much sediment as possible. Dark ruby with pink reflections on edge. Aromas of washing powder, eucalyptus, clover, slate and cherry cough syrup. Nice rush of sweet cherry, cassis, cola, anise, clay, limestone, coffee, and milk chocolate on the palate, with tannins hitting the palate at the lower back end. Actually, the best bottle of this yet.
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Red
2005 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasting a bottle on the second day. Very dark purple with lilac and violet reflections. Toasted pumpernickel bread crust, smoke, and liquorice on the nose. Lots of fruit on palate with blackberry preserves, cherry and blueberry, long ending of black tea, burnt wood and bitter citrus rind. I thought this vintage of Cdel'O was near its end, but it can probably go another 10 years. The wine is a lot less modern in style upon consumption on the second day.
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Red
2008 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
90 points
Purple with ruby edge. Fine, multi-faceted nose of spicy oak, vanilla extract, tobacco, black liquorice, sake, black truffles, milk chocolate, coffee bean and some barnyard. Surprisingly light and soft entry with a palate of plum, blackberry currant, cassis, spicy oak, milk chocolate, and a nice build up of sweet cherry and anise in the middle, before a somewhat drying finish. Stylistically not really a Saint Julian for me, but a wine with both New World and Old World traits: something between a cold-vintage Margaux and a mid-level Sonoma Valley cuvee (think Sebastiani). This is not a profound, big wine at all (I would have never bought this in the first place except that the futures pricing of around $30 was very attractive at the time), but it is s subtle, somewhat voluptuous and well made for food pairings. Drink now and over the next 5 years.
Red
2013 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
94 points
Somewhat shy nose of blackberry, raspberry, liquorice, iodine. Smooth attack, with a weighty mid-palate of blueberry fruit, blackberry essence, raspberry, granite, mocha, cacao, and coffee bean. Wonderful velvet texture at first, but unfortunately the tannins cut somewhat fast into the unfolding of the fruit, putting a damper on the potential voluptuousness. No doubt, this wine has tremendous potential. I would suggest first drinking in 2017.
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White
4/4/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
90 points
Lychee, white pear, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, apricot and lemon grass hitting the nose and palate, with a delicate body, and a juicy mouthfeel. A good, clean, well-made aperitif to celebrate the springtime. Somewhat like a miniature Smith Haut-Lafite white. Drink now, do not hold.
Red
4/2/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
Second wine at the French Laundry. Very focused nose of fully ripe red cherry, oak and allspice. Elegant, dark, subtly layered palate of blackberry essence, clove, chocolate, with a fine, luxurious, long finish. Wonderful accompaniment to the second meat-driven half of TFL's tasting menu.
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White
4/2/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
96 points
Our first wine at the French Laundry. Spectacular Chardonnay. Nose of white peach, apricots, pineapple, wet rocks, orange blossom, mint, wild flowers. Very rich, full-bodied, broad and savoury palate of pineapple, tropical fruit, peach and apricots on the attack and then a creamy, still partially barrique-driven caramel and toffee finish which ebbs and flows to a long, nocturnal Mahler-esque dimunato of minerals. Very pleasurable, and impressive, fruit constantly balanced with the wood and fresh acids, providing an excellent artistic accompaniment to the first seafood-oriented half of TFL's laser-precise tasting menu, e.g. probably the best accompaniment to TK's "Oysters and Pearls" I ever had. Thanks Thomas and John.
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Red
4/2/2016 - slaughterer wrote:
94 points
Light garnet. Nose of wet stone, mushroom, lavender, orange peel, clay, olive, meat, white pepper. Palate of raspberry, garrigue, cherry, cranberry, orange, herbs de provence, and barnyard. Very similar to a cool vintage Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape, but with a little extra sweetness. Very nice light texture, and a good lingering finish. A Rhone-style simulation with a New World mineral profile.
Red
2/27/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
Fairly dark garnet. Nose of resinous pine forest, leather, slow-roasted coffee, eucalyptus, Irish Moos, vanilla bean, freshly cleaned swimming pool. Slightly recessive medium-weight palate of black cherry, blackberry, cranberry, milk chocolate, coffee bean, cedar, orange peel with fairly dense mouth-puckering tannins seeping into the fruit mid-palate. The rather slow start and the lengthy tannin action is a clear sign that this vintage is definitely "not yet" open for business. Revisit in 3 years time hoping for tannin integration and increase in power and substance. As it is, one is not yet really tasting everything this wine could offer, but I am not sure if it will ever be what it should have been. Property should probably consider a different consultant.
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Red
2/21/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
98 points
Black with violet/ruby edge. Blackberry, smoke, espresso, Cuban tobacco, blueberry, orange peels, and orchids in the nose. Racy palate with notable force, very polished and very fine, with notes of soy, eucalyptus, chocolate and mint added to the flavours evoked in the nose. Super-fine tannins have fully receded from the middle but pop up towards the end. Somewhat mellowed and smoother from 5 years ago, with a notable creamy texture not apparent before: probably the most complete and balanced La Conseillante I have ever tasted. This is superb. For me this will probably be a 100 point wine in 5 years.
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Red
2009 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose of black and red cherry, creme of cassis, blackberry, holunder, eucalyptus, orange zest. Some liqueur and clay tones as well as rosemary and old leather. Finely balanced palate of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, orange zest ringing into the end. Although there is new oak present, the tannins are smooth, and the fresh acid gives this a nice lift at the end. Very accessible, very fine.
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2005 Arômes de Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
91 points
Ruby with orange and ox blood hues on rim. Throwing up alot of tears. Nose of wet clay, slate, cassis, blueberry, dried cherry currant, over-ripe strawberry, bubblegum, coffee and a little orange zest. Soft, medium palate of sweet cherries, cassis, with cigar tobacco, coffee and chocolate ringing at the end. Bold tannins build in the middle and stretch out and linger far longer than the final decay of fruit. This is by no means a substitute for the first wine, nor even a miniature of it, but another wine altogether, much less Baroque and powerful and modern. It was a wise choice to use old wood in the barreling, as it softens the presentation, although some might find the length of tannins a tough experience.
Red
2005 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
97 points
Ruby red mixed with black. Sensual nose of sweet plums, cherry pits, marzipan, baking flour, clay, and dandelions. Very fine, round palate with lots of finesse and complexity. Cherry drops, cranberry, currants, milk chocolate, malt make their appearances in a fine structure, with a long decay. Very creamy, ethereal mouthfeel, with the liquid just sliding across the palate. Refined and charming. The Patek Philippe of Saint Emilion.
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2009 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
98 points
The most grandiose, and best PM I have ever tasted. Nose of sweet, over-ripe, rotten apricot, mango, pralines, a little Nutella, coffee beans, Valronha chocolate. Thick, rich, voluminous, creamy (the hallmark of 2009) palate of fresh blackberry, blueberry, fig, cassis, black cherry, gooseberry. What is hitting out at you is the incredibly dense and forward and powerful fruit, but it is not like marmalade. The mineral content of limestone, salt, and chalk gives the wine finesse, delicacy and raciness. Very Barolo-esque, very masculine, very handsome in a Saville Row 60s way. Extremely powerful, yet a wealth of finesse, polish and poise. This blew me away.
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Red
1/5/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
Dark garnet showing the high levels of extraction. Very hedonistic showing of raspberry, fig, cranberry, ripe strawberry, cocoa, tobacco. The wide underlying support of fine tannin does not get in the way of the intense pleasure of the fruit. As dense as many Cab Sauvignons, the magic of the Pinot Noir grape shines through, if clothed in heavyweight boxing trunks. Yet it flies like a butterfly...
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White
1/5/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
New Years Eve, restaurant bottle. Floral bouquet, with pastille scents. Fine, precise palate of pear, peach settling on the bottom and lime stretching out in the end. Very clean winemaking, with only a note of black licorice left by the wood barreling. Ready to enjoy now, but would gain density no doubt with more time.
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