Tasting Notes for ESCO

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White
11/6/2021 - ESCO wrote:
86 points
Notes of pineapple and melon, and so creates an impression of sweetness where one doesn't exist . Quite viscous for me, and so I feel it lacks that precise linear quality I look for in young white wines that accompany salad and seafood.

Not at all bad, just not really my thing.
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1995 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/25/2021 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
See GRAPESCOTT below ;

I agree completely ( apart from the Ducru part ) but marked it 2 points lower . I bought mine ( single bottle ) in L'Intendant, Bordeaux in 2000 for $40 approx .......It's what mature claret is all about ; forget "blockbuster" or "tour de force" ........simply a beautiful wine that is as easy and refreshing and interesting as a conversation with a good friend .....
Red
5/4/2021 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
I bought three bottles ...........mainly, sorry that's not true, exclusively on the say so of the reviews here on CT.

Now I am not disappointed , but neither am I experiencing the sensations that my co-tasters are going through. It is probably my inexperience with the grape which has led to this discrepancy. I found it really expressive of strawberries and light dilute cherry. It was as smooth as one could wish but at the same time a little insubstantial.Stand by your beds .......I really think 4-5 years will answer the question if this is really good or not. I can't say Im a fan, but neither do i have feet in the "overpriced" camp....
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2016 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/1/2021 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
I am at a loss ; I can't convince myself that I am assessing this wine on its merits alone . I feel like other "influences" are affecting my judgement.

So , here is my fairly pointless assessment.

Beautiful colour, raw fruit experience, and an aftertaste which one covets. It tastes like a a totally fruit driven wine , but I am sure it will mellow into something pretty special.

I love it now, and will be inseparable with it by 2025.......oh a numerical score .................................which i added after the note , a fairly conservative 92......
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2016 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/4/2021 - ESCO wrote:
93 points
I decided to re-try. One of the benefits of a case is that one can sacrifice .

I did ; and I wish I hadn't. This wine is structured and wholesome, not intended for a fleeting fancy. It will be really good , if not great , and punch well above its price point.

Get some , it won't disappoint.
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2015 Château L'Enclos Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2020 - ESCO wrote:
86 points
I'm sorry but I didn't enjoy this wine . As a big fan of Pomerol , with 2015 being a quoted vintage, I was expecting so much more . Let's call it closed, but all of those deep rooted qualities that great tasters can detect, eluded me just now. It tasted cold , uninviting and really flat.

I am hoping it is a dumb phase that will resolve itself in time ; ugly duckling to beautiful mallard is my mantra.....
Red
11/20/2020 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Well I had my first Mont-Redon last night ; it wasn't disappointing but neither was it a mind blowing experience.

The last glass was certainly much better than the first after a 2 hour decant. Ripe red fruit, cherry undertones, with something akin to liquorice/boiled sweets in the mid palate which I personally found a little unsettling. Long finish with a bouquet of herbs ending the taste on a very pleasant note. Although the usual flavour suspects are there, it doesn't taste "classically" CdP to me ; this is only a neutral observation as that aspect didn't alter my opinion of the wine. The beautiful deep purple hue almost stained the glass and deserves a mention in dispatches.......
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1996 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/21/2020 - ESCO wrote:
94 points
Huge attention to detail seems to have paved the way to a luxurious end product .

4 hour decant though could have been less as it blossomed in the glass; creamy viscous loveliness ; a treat . Base lines of mature red fruit, linear black berries and a mouthfeel straight from the wine guide to Bordeaux. A pleasure , if an expensive one . This is my last bottle and while I mourn its passing , I am comforted by the fact that both my bottles were drunk, savoured, and appreciated on very special nights.

I owe Cheval Blanc a very real round of thanks ......
Red
2017 Mas de Daumas Gassac Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2020 - ESCO Likes this wine:
90 points
Not sure what I was expecting ; but this wine is a lovely fresh surprise. Light , lifted and elegant it reminds me more of a great Beaujolais than a quality Bordeaux.
The label invites us to drink within 5 years, or wait up to 20 before pulling a cork. I am so glad I chose the former , and enjoyed a red berry cornucopia mixed with a wonderful textured mouthfeel. Violets and damson, like a perfect Barolo , also switch on taste receptors evoking the best of that Italian giant. No decant, no food , but it still held my attention resolutely until the final drop.

Beautiful wine.
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2016 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2020 - ESCO Likes this wine:
88 points
There is so much to be said for a perfectly adequate claret at a reasonable price. QED .
It is not a superstar , and it is a little marmaladey , but it also has a lot of good points; it is generous , fruity, and with a decent backbone. All in all a pretty decent if unsurprising effort.
Red
2016 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2019 - ESCO wrote:
88 points
I bought this EP and was very excited by all the v positive reviews I had read .

I received my allocation today and opened one with an hour decant. I wasn't in any sense disappointed, but the wine I experienced was not as good as others . It was well made , with lilts of violet and raspberry but it was just "nice". My old English master used to say that "nice" was a word used by people who were bereft of a more suitable , more appropriate word. I stand rightfully accused.........
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2016 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2019 - ESCO wrote:
93 points
Very tidy ; a smart , well constructed wine . Proud and plush, fruit flavours to the fore , and plenty of tannin to back up ageing. It all seems like a recipe for some really, really good 10 year old wine. I loved it , and with a few years in bottle it will only become more loveable.
Red
9/28/2019 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
I had this blind at a friend's house ; my wife loved it , I was not so keen at this stage. It is certainly v young but has boatloads of potential.

It is not yet in sync ; great flavour , biting tannin, aren't singing yet in chorus with the beautiful acidity. I am really just scaremongering here , because I have no doubt at all that this wine will , develop, refine, and blossom into a star. Deep , deep Rhone favourites fill the senses ; it is archetypal in such a good way .

It will be great.
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Red
8/28/2019 - ESCO Likes this wine:
Well .......well this GPL, is a brute; it is muscular , overpowering, tense and yet just somehow inviting. I have no idea how this wine will pan out ; if it stays firm, if the tannins don't mellow , it will be a run of the mill stern Pauilllac, good for food but really quite unenchanting. A restaurant wine.
If it resolves , the pure fruit bang already present will be front and centre, and make this a really special vintage.I can't believe even the real fans of GPL know for sure which way this wine will turn. I so hope it is memorable , but right now is so so tannic ( as per history) for me it is a guessing game .....
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Red
8/28/2019 - ESCO wrote:
94 points
A wine of great potential ; so tightly bound the tannins pucker at first encounter.. But , and it is a big but, there are so many good things happening it is impossible to believe this wine will not resolve into something really great. The mouthfeel is closed it is true, but underneath is a cornucopia of fruit and flavour battling the tannin to get out . A few years will see this wine emerge as an absolute beauty. I have faith, I hope I am right. I also think that although I drank it without food, something like beef brisket or slow cooked ( perhaps bourguignon) beef would be perfect.
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7/17/2019 - ESCO Likes this wine:
92 points
Very plush ; velvety pure fruit , really well expressed. Black fruit , brambles and a texture that goes on and on . I am usually quite conservative in my scoring and so I am surprised that no-one has yet fully embraced this wine and scored it highly, as I think it could be one of the best Petit Village vintages ever.
It is nuanced, typically Pomerol , with perhaps just a touch more fruit (more exuberance) than usual , which if you like that sort of thing may take your score into the mid nineties.
All in all a very , what is the right word, pleasurable.........bottle of wine. Very nice.
Red
5/2/2019 - ESCO wrote:
88 points
Quite rustic, but by no means unpleasant. Raspberry note on opening and a fresh aroma of tobacco and red fruits. Dark still in colour . The nose promises slightly more than it delivers but it offers pleasant raspberry notes, boisenberry and perhaps some kirsch in a lively mouthfeel . It drops off towards the end with a very slight bitterness marring what would have been a totally enjoyable drinking experience. I didn't note what I paid on purchase but it enhanced a fine rib of beef so I'm happy.
Red
4/19/2019 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
I had only ever had one Moss Wood before ( a glass of 1996) .....I wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't really liked this v brief encounter.
This vintage is well made , precise, and imo quite articulate of varietal. It has a distinct Aussie tint to the Cabernet and a long , almost medicinal mouthfeel. Strong on colour , and a fine advert for the region ( vanilla , minty, cherry feel) and overall pleasant. It drifts slightly into the "unmemorable" category though , like an average hole on a great golf course....
Red
11/15/2018 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
Textbook ; a Rhone of body, breeding, and class. Slumbering in a simple tannic sea at present, this wine has decades ahead wherein the massive potential will surely develop into complexity and pleasure. We have 5 bottles remaining and I see no need to touch, test or taste them again for 10 years when the rewards will be amazing.

There is quite simply nothing to chance in this wine, as it will be sublime.
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Red
2016 Château d'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2018 - ESCO wrote:
91 points
This wine, in our opinion, is an absolute steal. A steal.

We have had several other vintages and loved them all ( 07, 10, 14) ....and is with some surprise therefore that we say this is a wine waiting to be discovered . Or if not discovered , then certainly more widely appreciated. It is so easy going, so willing to please.

Soft red fruit core with sour cherries and brambles to the fore, generous mid palate backed by some quite strong tannin , and a lengthy ,exquisite finish.Classy mouthful, and classy spice aftertaste mean this wine is so good that we think the owners could easily, easily sell their product for double the present price without disappointment. If you are watching your pennies, and want quality in the bargain department you really need look no further.....It is a complete Bordeaux no brainer......T
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Red
8/31/2018 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
I may have delayed too long . A quite beautiful initial strike becomes muted and diffuse. I think the almost burgundian subtlety has gone on too long and has become vague . I like it , most will , but it is that little bit short of great The charcoal and pencil lead intro , merge with a definite floral note and become a quite harmonious whole . But overall it is short on substance, much to my dismay, as I drank it on a special occasion. It lacks a focus, a centre, and although lots of usual suspects appear , none have a starring role. Violets and crimson fruits, damson and plum are some of my favourite flavours and I blame myself for not having appreciated them earlier.

If you have a cold cellar, this could be really great right now.....
Red
2/17/2018 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
This was great wine for great night; our friend turned 50 , the wines we tried did her proud. Best of all was this star. It was perfect with the beautiful roast lamb her husband had prepared.

Delightful , simply delightful. Almost as good dollar for dollar as ANY wine we have tried in the previous three years. Beautiful Margauxian Margaux.
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Red
1/23/2018 - ESCO wrote:
The preparation of this wine , the procedures that the winery goes through makes this wine the result of almost mathematical precision.

And therein lies the enigma. ; it might be a formulaic wine, based on nothing more than good chemistry. But in reality it is a sublime work of art that supercedes protocols. It has, to be prosaic, a soul. It is ethereal. We are not fortunate enough to be well acquainted with this wine but on our first meeting we will be lifelong friends. We could give you the gen, the stats, the flavour, the nose and still it would merely hint at the overall experience.

Fantastic...............the first wine we really cannot attribute a score, it is that good.
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Red
1996 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2018 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
A classy drop.

I bought this wine in Bordeaux in 2000 for I recall about $40. It is really lovely right now but still has more to offer. It has a truly classic make up with pencil , leather, wood spice and farmyard to the fore. It's a very gentle wine, nothing forced or harsh, a very comfortable experience. In short it is what mature Pauillac is all about.A confident ,sophisticated and elegant drink.

I have two more bottles and firmly believe they have a decade left in them.........whether I can resist them that long is quite a different matter.

PS And for some strange geometric reason I really like the quiet simplicity of the black/red/white label.
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Red
2012 Clos du Clocher Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2017 - ESCO wrote:
88 points
Still primary. We think we like it but some of the tannins still mask the flavour. Still primary , did we say ? .............perhaps unevolved is more accurate. It has lashings of fruit , tannin and taste. But in that cacophany it remains to be seen in which way this wine will travel. No guarantee, but huge reward at the price if it turns out great. We have 11 bottles desperate to age;

Selfish aren't we ?
Red
10/28/2017 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
My goodness this wine split opinion.

Of the four of us , two thought it great , and two thought it ( to steal a word from a previous reviewer ) manufactured. Now that is a tough accusation to substantiate in our collective. But we agreed it did taste a little confected, a little too sweet.

But on the upside we all liked it , would all buy more , and would all like to try another bottle with a different food match ( we had it with braised beef and it was close but no cigar ; perhaps not the wine's fault ) .

It is a puzzler; not stereotypical Aussie Shiraz, quite idiosyncratic in fact.

We think the next 5 years will turn this wine into an also ran or a superstar.It has great potential but will it be realised ? We hope so, think so even.
Red
7/20/2017 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Gosh this is pleasant ; what an unexpected mouthful of lovlieness.

Pretty tannic still but with areal sense of place , of authenticity; a wine that says this is where I am from, like it or lump it.

I have never had this wine before so liking it was a complete surprise. Something good is going on in the vineyard and cellar .Plummy , figgy flavours somehow merge into something much nicer than either .

I can't even remember where , when or how much on purchase ; it must be a bargain though surely ?
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Red
7/20/2017 - ESCO wrote:
88 points
The resolved tannins seem a bit soft and unspecific ; a wine that offers lovely bouquet but little substance. A good effort we think, but not really evidence of its class or status .

The '07 is one to avoid if you are looking for typical Pomerol. Nice but uninspiring which as a comment , must seem like a huge insult to Conseillante....
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1996 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/18/2017 - ESCO Likes this wine:
94 points
This will come as no surprise ; Cheval Blanc 1996 is a beautiful , professionally crafted wine.It is precise. flavoursome and enjoyable. One notes the lovely cassis backdrop, an enveloping glycerin mouthfeel, and whether real or imagined, a sense that the wine maker loves their product. Their art.

Brambles and blackberries in a creamy soup. I was told by my co-taster that CB can be better than this ; I have no doubt it can , but I left the room with a warm glow and a great sense of satisfaction. It is a wine that does that heart good. I would recommend it to anyone.
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1998 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/18/2017 - ESCO wrote:
95 points
There is always that feeling that you may have gotten a wine wrong......where one confused the quality of the wine with the quality of the evening/surroundings/meal/company ; you get the picture .

One of our number had quite severe reservations about our initial first post on the '98 Angelus. It was thought too generous ; we agreed to re-taste, and let me say with quite a feeling of trepidation as the first bottle had been dispatched on a particularly convivial evening.

Our doubts were totally misplaced . This wine is above excellent ; it is memorable. It has soft mellowing tannins dusted with cherry and a mouthfeel of generous red berry and spice. It is so so ethereal for a right bank whereby it seems the wine's power has suffused into beautifully generous fruit. It is not over-extracted, nor jammy even if it is of a modern persuasion. It has a bouquet of oud and spice , rose and graphite. It is glorious. We can't imagine it getting better but if it does it could well be the best wine you will taste in ages .....

We dare anyone not to find something in this bottle they like. Beautiful, quite beautiful.
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Red
3/23/2017 - ESCO wrote:
85 points
Wanted to like this wine more than our original impression.

We didn't. At the price mark , even given that '03 was such a trying vintage, we conclude again that this Sassicaia is very ordinary. It is angular , edgy and really quite unbalanced.

Still, we are sure some die-hards will see the good side of the wine , but as neutrals we would not contemplate buying , and perhaps not even drinking, another bottle. Ordinary, ordinary , ordinary.
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1996 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2017 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Some wines are built for the long haul but this wine is positively Jurassic in its ageing potential. Even at two decades old it feels there is so much development yet to come. We loved this wine but it must carry the caveat that one must have enormous faith to believe that it will get better.

Renowned commentators speak to Lafleur's longevity and if they are correct this wine could be truly majestic . It has a core of sweet red fruit, amazingly some unresolved tannin, hints of vanilla and plums/prunes and a fairly fresh mouthfeel. It is neither over-extracted nor boring and screams classy right bank at the top of its voice. It was our first experience of the wine and we now more fully appreciate why the best Pomerol estates have such a dedicated and affluent following. It was a beautiful wine to share , to discuss, to remember and with the promise of more glory to come, this wine does all that a wine could hope.
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Red
1/17/2017 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
We know we don't like this just because it comes from Bolgheri ; we like it because it delivers.

More famous neighbours are beautiful when well made in good years but often disappoint otherwise. This wine is as satisfying , if not as complex, as her illustrious townies. Smooth , deep and viscous it really grips one's attention and holds onto it with promises of red cherries, blackcurrant and menthol. Not easily identified by our group as Italian, most of whom thought it a quality Australian blend. Praise indeed.

It is a rare bird however and not easily sourced.
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2012 Château Bourgneuf Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2016 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Much the same as a year ago ; no real evolution.

This does not worry us ; we think it a very four-square Pomerol. It is not a fleeting , fragranced wine but much more of a solid friend. Deep purple , heavy scent, very alcoholic and dense. This does not sound positive, we agree, but it has a certain quality which promises a bright future. Matched with rustic food seems a match made in heaven.
Red
11/26/2016 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
My brother bought this wine on a trip to California about 10 years ago . He took it to Britain ( as a gift which was never given ) about 4 years ago.

So much for the history . ..we drank it tonight in Scotland with a lamb roast and seared vegetables. It was perfect. It has just started to cloud, the pure red turning just a little orange at the rim and giving the impression of excessive age.It looks older than it is . The nose is a joy , with brambles and black fruit bounding from the glass ; big earthy flavours , big earthy smells make this almost seem like a really full on NZ pinot noir..... but it's better. It is to our collective judgement a fine specimen of Cal Cab.whereby the best expression of fruit and terroir have been allowed free reign to produce a slightly quirky but really beautiful wine . We admire the producer no end, as this was a wine we all wished we had more bottles to drink.
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Red
11/2/2016 - ESCO wrote:
88 points
Not quite sure what to make of it. It was in many ways a wine about what it wasn't.

Not helpful ?? ..It is lean but not in an offensive way ; it is fruity but not opulent; it is structured but not basic. Better tasters will find the words but right now, we found it tight,pretty one dimensional, but with more than its fair share of potential. Quite a conundrum.....we are not even sure 88 is a fair representation but for us it wasn't an 86 and it wasn't a 90+...
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2010 Château d'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2016 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
Our last bottle and what sadness that gives us.

A wine that got better and better and better ; a wine of great generosity and style. Vanilla , blueberries, kirsch, and a faint hint at new leather make the wine so interesting to taste. It was fun to drink and it is rare that we say that. Nothing harsh , nothing astringent at all , just soft tannins and a gentle , but structured , mouthfeel. Matched classically with roast lamb and redcurrant reduction it was absolute perfection. Not a blockbuster but a very pleasing more modern style of Bordeaux. It was so good that one of our number who tasted it blind thought it at LEAST of second growth quality/precision.

If D'Aiguilhe 2010 is representative of new style Bordeaux we think it is in very safe hands . Indeed we liked this bottle more than the famous producer's wine from more illustrious and higher ranked vineyards in the same vintage. SUPERB FOR THE PRICE.
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Red
8/9/2016 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Loved it . Really exquisite taste and poise. It is an easier to understand, less complicated, more obvious Monte Bello .

And that , sometimes , is no bad thing. What it loses in the lack of tertiary notes , it makes up for in unadulterated simple drinking pleasure. At peak probably but no rush.

Good job.
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1998 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/26/2016 - ESCO wrote:
95 points
The score of 95 is arbitrary. Angelus '98 is to all intents and purposes faultless.

I bought this wine long before it became " product placement of choice " for TV shows and Bond movies. It doesn't suffer because of this however and it is as classic a St Emilion as one could wish to drink. Violet , lavender and cassis rush from the glass ; it hints at black fruit, menthol and beefy stew but in a a wafting ethereal way where no one aroma dominates another. The wine is a s graceful as a ballet dancer and as lithe and powerful too. It was given a two hour decant and frankly it could have been four or six such was the absolutely cast iron structure that these aromas were hung upon.

It may not be the best bottle of wine we have ever had the irrepressible pleasure to taste but it is in the same beautiful ballpark ...........( Fenway ) ...
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2007 Château d'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/12/2016 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
This wine meets my needs . I love Bordeaux, but so,so often they leave me disappointed ( esp. by the price /value ratio).

It is so nice to drink classy aged Bdx that meet all the promises of the region without breaking the bank. It is not as good as the the 2010 vintage but is still a really decent effort. Now fully mature , a long decant was afforded. The wine responded beautifully with an air of cherries, pencil , menthol and cassis.Absolutely in harmony with seared beef ...perfection. No diminution in its strong , deep colour and no detectable sign it is even contemplating decline. It may lack a little something , but that little something is something I can't quite put my finger on .
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6/17/2016 - ESCO wrote:
91 points
Vibrant , electric wine .

Black fruit mingles with lovely earthy aromas and the whole wine seems to sing , to be alive .

Long decant as per other posters and worth the wait . It feels very evolved for a 2005 wine but not in a stewed or overdone way . It is as if this wine has just hit its stride , with confident purposeful steps. Hints at coffee, liquorice and pinot noir barnyard mingle to form a beautiful aroma. Light and delicate fruit flavours make this 11 year old seem younger but not in an immature or incomplete way . Can only assume this wine is going to develop and improve over the next 5 years because there is no way it is at peak . A real joy ; an easy and pleasant joy. A wine drinkers' wine.
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2012 Château Bourgneuf Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2016 - ESCO Likes this wine:
Some wines seep between the cracks .

Bourgneuf is , for the price , outstanding . Simply outstanding.

Truffle, cinnamon and tobacco echo against a wall of tannin. So much structure here that the faint-hearted may turn and run.

Long haul, 15 year wine, but superb.........
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Red
2/3/2016 - ESCO wrote:
87 points
We were recommended this wine by a Canadian friend. She is still our friend but............

The overall impression is of edginess ; it is neither one thing nor the other. It has no real tannic structure remaining but there is a residual ( unpleasant) bitterness. It is not "enjoyable" ..Every mouthful has something happening but just not in harmony. It is a challenge, but the drying flavour, the rather sour cherries,the heavy oak and the overall lack of spark means it is a challenge we shall not undertake again.

Not badly made and , in fact, we suspect rather well made. It is a wine where we believe that the winemaker has made about as good a job with the basic elements as was possible. A different vintage may bring more smiles perhaps.........
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Red
1/15/2016 - ESCO wrote:
90 points
Goodness what a surprise .

Very drinkable so young. Unimaginable really. Gorgeous layering of coffee, redcurrant, cherry, tar and cassis. It just goes on and on. It isn't complete obviously. We marked it as 90 but give or take the vagaries of development this rating could easily soar. Fleur-Petrus has a huge reputation to uphold and we think that the 2014 has in no way let the side down. It is a beautiful colour for one so young, just beautiful.

The very thought of pulling the cork on a 20 year old 2014 makes us grin from ear to ear . .....super-duper wine .
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1996 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2016 - ESCO wrote:
93 points
I entered a score thinking it would act as a personal reminder and nothing more . I didn't realise a score with no tasting note would look so strange. So belatedly here are our thoughts.

Ergo ; very fine mature Bordeaux. The sort of wine one imagined it would be.An Englishman's claret and no mistake though I think more than the English appreciate aged Beychevelle . Classic, no frills , cabernet dominated ambrosia.I paid less than $25 for this bottle in 1998. I can only smile happily , based on quality, at its worth today. It was money very well spent and then some......
Red
1/2/2016 - ESCO wrote:
85 points
So sorry to start 2016 with a disappointing tale.

This Italian legend failed to deliver. It was ordinary in the most ordinary sense. It wasn't subtle , it was diffuse like a diluted version of its former self. We had high apple pie in the sky type hopes for this wine but it never even came close.

Burnt tar, some coffee and liquorice on the nose pacified our immediate concerns but this alone could never make up for the sheer ordinariness of the taste. Tasted blind it would have been quite overlooked if you allow the oxymoron. One of our group is a real Italophile, always banging on about the variety, style and value of current Italian production ; this wine has set his conversion of the masses back a few months I fear.

That 2003 was a tough year to make good wine in Tuscany may be offered as an explanation....
Red
12/9/2015 - ESCO wrote:
96 points
We think we may have to compose ourselves.

Is this the most quintessential Aussie Shiraz ever ? Is Grange safe ? Can it be that good or was our tasting a collective love-in, where one opinion escalates the next ?

This is amazing stuff, but lest we got carried away we agreed to defer further comment till we consumed our last bottle of this wine . ( probably at Christmas or New Year )
Red
2010 Château d'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2015 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
Anybody got any left ?

Probably not . Like me , you perhaps thought it was vibrant, young and beautiful and rather than risk a cellaring you drank it with a multitude of game , lamb and steak.

Good call ........and if it gets better , hey ho, it gets better.
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2008 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2015 - ESCO wrote:
94 points
This wine is on the evolution march; and its direction is impeccable.

It is exactly where it should be in its life's journey and well on its way to being a flagship wine of the vintage. It stands head and shoulders above so many other comparable wines and better by far than numerous wines of grander reputation. As all facets are present and correct we are confident that this Chevalier is marching purposefully towards being TERRIFIC.
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Red
6/30/2015 - ESCO wrote:
92 points
2014 will be the year of pleasant drinkability. It is a restaurant wine type year, and one that may not be asked to make long bones in well loved cellars.
Rauzan Segla however raises the bar effortlessly from very pleasing to seriously good without breaking the bank.It has beautiful acidity, great poise, and a structure of dark fruits and graphite to make one smile. Really fine wine and worthy of consideration if buying en primeur. Lovely stuff.
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