Tasting Notes for slaughterer

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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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Red
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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Red
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.
White - Sparkling
12/18/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
The strange fellow I drank two bottles of this with said repeatedly: "This sh*t is TIGHT!" and I responded "most def" each time. He paid for it. I would feel too much like a wine nerd to go too much into detail on a tasting note. Sometimes you just got to enjoy without words.
Red
12/1/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Vibrant red-orange. Floral nose of juicy plums, roses, lavender. Very polished and ripe fruit of dried strawberries, sour cherries, cranberries, rhubarb coupled with sweet red cherries, pomegranate, roses, cola. Incredibly long, with a very smooth, wide, sexy decay. No roasted mushrooms or smoked bacon or caramel like many older style German Pinot Noirs. This is more ripe, more elegant, more light and extremely fine with well judged acid and oak. Like a beautiful red-headed wine princess without make-up but wearing a diamond crown with little red berries dangling from it. Really well done, Bravo.
Red
2009 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
95 points
Dark ruby. Fresh plum next to blackberry, and fine forest berries on the nose with some salt and sea air. Very balanced and harmonic palate of blackberry, plum, milk chocolate, cassis, sweet black cherry, Morello cherry, forest mushrooms, spice, smoke. Excellent volume and taste concentration, with a whisper of what it could be in 10 years time. Very harmonic, fresh palate, which is what is so astounding about Northern Medoc in 2009. Also, as a rare bonus for a classic Saint Estephe, the tannins are incredibly silky (not sharp and biting like off-vintage Saint Estephes). A beautiful wine in a seductive space. Lots of fun. Not a bazooka, but a bottle of finesse. Sublime.
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Red
11/27/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
94 points
3rd bottle opened in the last month, each very consistent with one another. Still a bit tight, so suggest a 2 hour decant. Nose of eucalyptus, mint, coffee, chocolate, some cigar. All of this carries over to an elegant, silky mid-weight palate of raspberries, cherries, plum, blonde tobacco, with hints of cassis, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some herbals elements like rucola, bay leaf. Well-integrated tannins, and quite a bit of flavour concentration with fairly long profile. You have to admire these mid-level Margauxs in 2005.
ADDENDUM: NEXT DAY
Add 2 points to my original score to rate this 96 points. On the second day the wine gains in silkiness and elegance. The raspberry notes take over and become much more sweet and forward, and there is an added dimension of red liquorice. This incremental performance over time bodes well for the future of this wine, which, I dare say, is fresh and delicious.
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Red
2005 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2015 - slaughterer Does not like this wine:
68 points
An incredibly poor showing. Balsamic, bitter, offensive, no fruit, no territory notes. Poured out the bottle after a few sips. I do not know why this vintage performs so unpredictably. The bottle was not tainted, the wine was simply bad.
Red
10/10/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
95 points
For an appellation that still produces some rural merlot-based moonshine (/sarc), La Conseillante really deserves a special award for the consistent refinement and exquisiteness of their wines over the last decade. Voluminous, streaming, aromatic fragrances of blackberry, plums, red and black cherry, melon, anise, mint, milk chocolate. Elegant silky palate of red and black cherry, liquorice, orange peels, maracuja, apple, red forest berries, sage, chalk unfold beautifully encompassed by a perfectly judged acidity. Very serene and effortless and exquisite. Not as big, and rich as the 2005/2009/2010, but it still shares the same tempting finesse of those vintages.
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Red
2008 Gracia St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
96 points
Purple and dense, from a low yielding vineyard no doubt. Nose of salt, flour, asphalt, blackberry, black cherry, thyme. Palate of very dusty black chocolate, sea salt, silicon, chalk, limestone, black cherry, cassis. Very thick, rich, full, but not as voluptuous as the greater vintages (2005, 2009, 2010). This is the fitth vintage of Gracie that I consider more hyper-classical than avante garde. The influence of Vautier (Ausone) is very evident, much more than Thunevin (Valandraud). If you want something more modern, juicy and smooth in the direction of Valandraud, get the second wine of Gracia, Les Angelots. The first wine is much more chiselled, like a classic sculpture. Give it another 5 years, and it will probably be as good as a 92/93/94 Ausone. Which is saying alot. Wish I had a few young daughters to tend the vineyards in central Saint Emilion. Michel is a lucky guy. This is skyrocketing juice.
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Red
2005 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
90 points
Ruby middle, pink rim. Very laid back, almost withdrawn performance, with cherry, chocolate, orange peel, underbrush, and some soily, mineral tastes, such as clay and iron. Not very expansive, more compact, reticent, reserved.
Red
2005 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
91 points
Healthy dark garnet. Menthol, alcohol, seaweed, plums on the nose. Expands rapidly on the palate with a wash of cherries, liquorice , some blueberries, milk chocolate, and plums, before the tannins take over and dry out the presentation with a lingering sense of cocoa, bitters and licorice. Medium body, fairly acidic, with a silky mouthfeel. Not entirely balanced, unfortunately, but a good choice for immediate consumption with food. Probably a good idea to finish any of these off in the next few years.
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Red
9/19/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
96 points
Very dark ruby. Espresso bean, black licorice, spicy blackberry and sage on the nose. Ripe, sweet, round and forward palate with a flavour expression that evolves over a minute's time: the sweet black and blueberry fruit explodes at the open, then the liquorice expands quickly on the mid, and then after these flavours recede there is a lingering warmth from the alcohol, ending alot like a malt, with a touch of whisky barrel and herbs. Highly extracted, and packed with substance, this is a beautiful 100% Cab Franc, sometimes reminiscent of a big Barossa Shiraz (pace Jim Barry, the Armagh) with the spiciness of an extremely high-quality Zin. Really love this.
Red
7/3/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
92 points
From an impeccable bottle won at auction. Dark ruby colour, with nose of brown sugar, creosate, latex, barnyard, black olives, bleach. Thin, faded, angular palate of sour cherries, mulberry, boysenberry, sugary rum, kerosene, leather, vinegary sweat, and dried soil. It seems the 1995 drought took this vintage away from us: the wine shows none of the velvet richness and power of the immediately following vintages of the Armagh. The wine is dying, with many graveyard characteristics.
Red
2005 Clos Margalaine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
88 points
Nice healthy very dark ruby. Closed on the nose with just light dandelion and dark chocolate. Heavily oaked. Light palate of blackberry, anise, some peach, cherry pits, minerals, black olive tapenade, dark chocolate, caramel and Bazooka bubble gum. Needs 3-4 hours decant to lose the tannic edge. Still a bit too tart even with air.
Red
2005 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
92 points
I drank about 5 cases of the 2nd wine Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe years ago, and now I just cracked open my first case of the first wine with 10 years age. Nose of trufflees, menthol, coffee, chocolate, white pepper. Very new world, thick, pulpous taste profile of dark berries, espresso coffee, granite, dark cherry, Kirschwasser, chocolate. Holding up well after a decade, whereas the 2nd wine would most likely be dead by now. Remains stylistically consistent with Count Neipperg's more expensive BDX offerings, and even has a note of the Mondotte in it. I will not labor the point that this is an excellent BDX value. It has incredible substance and power for such an inexpensive wine, but without the finish and depth of the more expensive wines of the same winemaking team.
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White
4/10/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
93 points
Very clean nose of mixed florals, crushed gravel, pear, liquorice, almond skins, fresh birch leaves. Elegant palate of pear, lime, celery, some tangerine, camomile, the typical Ramonet mint, caramel, with a broad mineral content providing a nice base. Good length, smooth, with a slight green note. This builds up in intensity nicely with aeration at slightly below room temperature.
White
4/8/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
93 points
Clearly at a higher level than the simple Sauvignon Blanc. Rich and complex nose of petrol, salt, peach skin, fresh cantaloupe melon, lilacs, acacia honey. Palate of yellow apples, under-ripe pineapple (green tones here), lemons, citrus maxima, quince, maracuja, some vegetal tones in the direction of green pepper. Light mouth feel, with the acid spiking into the palate mid-way. Very clean. The palate could go much further with more time in the cellar, but the nose is worth experiencing at this stage. This mixture of aromas is very seldom to experience.
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White
4/8/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
90 points
At last, a NZ Sauvignon Blanc that is not perfumed. Sometimes I wonder if the commercial NZ wine companies are making SB wines for tasting in a Creed boutique. This little Dog Point dishes up a refreshing serving of grass, lemon grass, pink grapefruit, balsam pear, lime and maracuja. High acidity, and paradoxically both juicy and sharp. Probably the best quality low-cost NZ SB for connoisseurs of the SB grape. As more a winemaker's wine, it offers a more distinctive and refined complexity than Cloudy Bay, Kim Crawford, Nobilo Icon, Claire, etc. For a simple wine, I really like this.
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Red
2005 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
94 points
I went very long on Clinet 2005 (I was a Noob then and blindly followed the pundits), so I was naturally alarmed when, opening this first bottle in 2015, it poured ruby (not black, not dark purple), and did not seem true to the nature of the 2005 vintage nor the Right Bank in that vintage (black, thick, massive). Not at all a tannic monster/bruiser like La Gaffeliere or Pavie 2005, this wine has a closed nose of fresh floral incense, spray paint fumes and freshly dry-cleaned shirts. The palate shifts and is very hard to pinpoint, but there is good bit of coffee, bay leaf, crunchy blackberry, some cherry (not alot), forest raspberry, and some creme brûlée. The palate is much lighter and more graceful than many other Right Bank 2005s, you can almost feel the "feet" of the wine springing from your tongue after a few seconds. At 13.5% alcohol, this is much less Dionysian and more Apollonian, which I like. I am almost tempted to proclaim, against the pundits, that Clinet failed the 2005 vintage, but still produced an exceptionally beautiful wine, which lovers of Burgundy will love. It is the Chambollle Musigny of Pomerol in 2005. I do not regret my two cases. Ready to drink now, but a little tannin still needs resolution.
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Red
2/23/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
88 points
The meme for this wine is "tight and light." It is as if you have a winemaker with Grand Cru ambition (lots of tannic structure) working on a budget with Cru Bourgeois grapes (relatively thin, austere fruit). For all its rave review from the wine press during the early barrel tastings, one would have been happier if this wine were sweeter, more up-front and accessible. As it is, I am prone to think the fruit (fading blackberry and black cherry) will disappear long before the tannins.
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Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
94 points
Very dark ruby. Nose of creme de cassis, forest floor, graphite, cedar. Full-bodied, almost port-like palate of plum, blackberry, cassis, graphite, and (the exotic note, as always) tangerine (not banana like with the 2001). Tannins are structured heavily alongside a very vibrant and lively acidity, which gives the wine balance. Not my favourite style of PC, but no doubt impressive and worth following.
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Red
2009 Hauts de Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2015 - slaughterer wrote:
93 points
Followed another bottle over 30 hours. This wine is a chameleon with a fascinating development, mocking my earlier attempts to describe it in a uniform description. The key element I am noticing now is metamorphic. First phase is tannic and tight, with typical Pauillac flavours of blackberry, cassis, a little raspberry, and some herbs, bay leaf, etc. Over 24 hours, the angularity smooths over and you get a 2009-esque creamy presentation of cherries, cola and spices. At 30+ hours the wine settles into this coffee and milk chocolate space with an aroma of violets.
Red
2005 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/18/2015 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
96 points
Very tight and excruciatingly tannic. Full-bodied, with notes of vanilla, cedar, mulberry, black cherries, liquorice, coffee, and chocolate. Needs another 5 years at least.
Red
12/5/2014 - slaughterer wrote:
91 points
Have worked through 4 bottles of a half case by now, I have refrained from writing a TN as I was puzzled by the showing of the first 3 bottles, asking myself if Christophe really understands Vosnee. There is certainly alot of sulphur upon opening, which never really recedes fully, and a high acid level. Very firm wine, unlike P-M Chambolle Musignys, not as sensual and seductive. Plenty of allspice, clove, baking powder, juicy black liquorice, and pepper. If there is fruit, it is black cherry with pits putting in a showing between the teeth. Cold, slippery, slimy stone whisking the mid-palate into a nice, long, even symphonic ending. Not a forthcoming wine, but certainly provocative in a withdrawn, self-effacing, genteel manner. Gains length on top of protein. Can inspire alot of profound meditation, in a sort of melancholy direction.
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11/7/2014 - slaughterer wrote:
95 points
Black fading to crimson on the edges with visible particles of extract floating at all levels. Deep nose of leather, pepper, vanilla, dung and clay. Wine starts with a sharp taste of Mon Cheri, whiskey barrel, and black liquorice. As it aerates, it shows riper, smoother cherries, coffee, pepper, and dark chocolate. Not enough stuffing to really fulminate and caress--there are moments when it is hanging on a string or not communicating. But this shows quite alot of ambition and a fairly good terrain, situated as it is, near the holy Petrus.
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