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2003 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
I think this is about expectations. If you are used to "traditional" Bordeaux, this is going to seem very ripe, because it was clearly made from very ripe grapes. If you drink a lot of New World wines made with Bordeaux grapes, this will be very Bordeaux-like. Ripe black cherries front the wine, but for all the ripeness, it is not thick or even particularly rich in texture, as the acid makes it sharp. Green tobacco and herbs mix in with the fruit, with smoked meat lingering in the aftertaste. Tannins are drying despite the juicy fruit. Not woody at all, which is what really distinguishes the wine from a typical well-made California wine. I drink a lot of California cabs, and this was not New World to me. Blind, I might have guessed Tuscan, although a ripe vintage of Bordeaux would have been a close second. An interesting hybrid of sorts. I quite enjoyed it.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/16/19, 9:11 PM - Very cool description and I think quite accurate for most 2003 Bordeaux. I call them "transitional wines" for friends who have not experienced much Bordeaux. Well said! Cheers

Red
2015 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/25/2019 - rickspicks wrote:
92 points
I always have this wine in my cellar, and this was my first bottle of this vintage. I thought it was probably the best El Grigio I've ever had. A bit more ripe and rich, and (unlike what Wine Advocate said) not as acidic or sharp-edged as most other vintages. Dried cherries with a lot of earthy notes along with some bitterness and drying tannins. 92
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/15/19, 6:24 PM - I looked at your note on this and thought it was definitely coming from experience with this bottling. Then I looked back at your prior notes on this from other vintages. I see that we both liked the 2011 very much, so I bought a case of this based on your assessment! Thanks very much and I hope you get to try the 2013, because its very very good too! Cheers

Red
2016 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
I really loved the 2015 vintage for this producer, so I bought a few bottles as I think this in general, its a no brainer in good vintages. The 2016 shows bigger than 2015 and has more heft and less elegance at this stage. Its definitely cassis dominated with what seems to be allot of elegant nuances underneath that need patience to withstand the power of the licorice and cassis power from the youthful fruit. I did find it a bit hollow in the mid palate compared to the 2015, so I still think that the 2015 is a better wine for me. Still happy to drink this anytime...Best to lay down for 2 years and drink over next 10 years. drink now with 45 minute decant or HOLD
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/11/19, 2:44 PM - Ok i'm glad that the hollowness was noticed by you guys as well. I really wanted to love this wine more and grab at least a couple of cases, but I am not convinced. Will try again soon with a decant. I think they squeeze it a bit hard in 2016 in exchange for some loss of balance and elegance. That's why every vintage is a mystery! Thanks for your comments guys, Cheers to all

Red
1983 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2019 - kvswine Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine should have been rated higher, but it is past its peak by maybe 2 years, Even with the slight turning of the wine. it still was completely enjoyable because of its great structure. Tannins are completely gone leaving a smooth earthy casis.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/23/19, 9:26 PM - Was this from a Magnum or the 750? Do you live on east coast? I would like to find some....And lastly, loved your non BS assessment and spot on scoring for my taste. I would love to buy this....Cheers

    PS_Based on your notes, I see that you had your best experience (noted so far) with an old Bordeaux, so I think you are on to something...:-)

Red
1982 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2019 - Ben Christiansen wrote:
54 points
In a flight of 1982s. Delicious and more herbal than all of them. Noticeably so. Delicious.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/16/19, 11:41 AM - Ummm...based on your note, I think you had a finger fumble when scoring :-) This IS a wonderful 82'...Best Dominique so far imo...Cheers

Red
1982 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/4/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
98 points
One of the rare examples for me recently whereby my nod goes to Bordeaux for WOTN in an evening where top red Burgundy was sampled (Rousseau Chambertin 08, 03 and Meo Cdv02). This was though on careful consideration WOTN. It was simply sublime. It was just an elexir, such attractive perfectly balanced nose of aged Bordeaux goodies (old books, leather) but the fruit is at the same time still bright and clear with wonderful cassis and a touch of earth. This was like a bright jewel with sweet tannins and it is those bottles that remind you of why people love and buy Bordeaux. Of course outstanding "value" in the context of very fine wine. And also one occasion where I must say "chapeau RP" for rating this relative underdog very highly indeed and I am not with RP taste wise all the time. This is a legendary wine. And would it have borne another label I might have even rated this higher... I am trying to be as objective as possible but if you handed me the same wine and it bore a 1982 Mouton label I might have given it 99 points. Just being honest.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/5/19, 7:10 AM - BB, you have class my friend....LOVE this wine. I have continuously read this as 98 as well...Undervalued? Depends on the depth of your pockets and your love for old Bordeaux! But yes, in the context of 1982 First Growth quality, undervalued. You keep up all that hard work and heavy lifting! Cheers ;-)

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2019 - mathwonk wrote:
We had this tonight, after several hours of decanting, thanks to notes here, and it hit all the marks expected. It was concentrated so that it lasted all dinner, it had the right label so that it popped eyeballs at the restaurant and impressed everyone, and it was rich and round and full of flavor. It tasted great and we enjoyed it and it was a highlight of the evening. Still, there is not a feeling that it is anywhere near worth the price ($275). It has no complexity, and little interest, there is nothing thoughtful about it and it will certainly not stay in memory more than a few days, compared to wines whose taste lasts a lifetime. For a specific and modest example, a Leonetti 2008 cab sav shared a few months ago was far more memorable and mature, and has me searching for another similar wine. If you like concentration, "jamminess" and so on, this provides it, but if you prefer subtlety, complexity, and depth, this does not. I was already disappointed at examining the label to see it has 14% alcohol, since that is a sure sign the winemaker has abandoned subtlety for power. (This high alcohol is also true of the Leonetti I admit.) I hope I have not reached the point where only Chateau Latour would meet my expectations, but I believe a nice Chateau Lagrange, or for the same richness, maybe a 2008 Swansons' Alexis, would be more enjoyable for a fraction of the price. These bordeaux prices have me going back to good Washington wines for a comparative bargain. I.e. the Pontet Canet tastes nothing like what I expect from a Pauillac, and if you want berry juice, why not buy much cheaper US west coast wines? I apologize for the rant, but do hope the views help someone else understand just what is meant by raves about these wines. I.e. this is indeed a powerful concentrated wine, but that does not mean it will offer enjoyment proportional to the price to everyone. To be sure, careful reading of previous notes does reveal the true nature of this wine to the astute reader. Furthermore, most reviewers advise waiting and cellaring this wine. I think they are probably right, as more age can only help, but I cannot predict the future. Sincere thanks to all who tried to help me anticipate what this experience would be like.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/22/19, 7:22 AM - Its a post 2003 thing...Even Lagrange has slightly fallen victim to it in vintages like the 2010, but, they hold back, as to where Pontet Canet does not. Its become a style of this wine as well as many others that do the same. You could politely refer to this as a Modern Style. The tell tale is a Bordeaux that tastes sweet out of the gate. Though I do agree, I like Lagrange better than Pontet Canet as a Bordeaux,I like Pontet Canet more than Lagrange for a California style. But, like you say, I can find me a good Cali wine for way less than 250 quid. Cheers!!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/23/19, 9:12 AM - Based on what I have read on labels of the bottles of the 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux that I have drank, they are the highest alcohol bordeaux wines to my knowledge. For example, I believe that the 2009 Haut Brion is over 15% alcohol. I think I remember it being 15.4%...Same as Pontet Canet being close to or over 15%...Thats a monstrous amount of alcohol for a Bordeaux and certainly its nothing that any critic has seen or has experienced to date. So I am very skeptical of their assertions regarding these wines. All I can say is that all those heavy alcohol Cali wines that cloak the alcohol oh so well, are most charming in their first 7 years or earlier to me. After that, they taste like oaky adult punch...I don't buy Bordeaux for this character. I look for bordeaux that made me fall in love with the decaying scents of flowers and earth, in a medium bodied, light footed and dry wine. ...Cheers, PT

Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/9/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Regardless of its cold steeliness of pencil lead and its vigor, this wine still leaves me a bit empty and hanging. The mid palate is lacking from the promises of its elegant bouquet and its persistent finish...You would just expect this to be sensational from the bouquet! But limp it goes...This one still needs about 10 years. believe it, or not! HOLD
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/17/19, 2:37 PM - I think all you can have with the 2000 is lots of faith. I really liked the 2016 but I think this has been lost since mid 90's with exceptions of 2010 and 2016.

Red
1990 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/9/2019 - Fatkidfromfl Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 1.5+hrs. Tasted alongside vougeraie nuits st george clos des thorey and ridge Lytton springs. Secondary characteristics are in full force. Fruit is still in balance with acid and tannins. Nose: tertiary notes; cellar, cobwebs, leather, cigar box.
Palate: red fruit.
Overall: glad to have another half case to enjoy for the next year or so.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/14/19, 4:57 PM - Hello FatkidfromFL! very curious about your notes on this wine. Your description is spot on for the re-releases from this producer from the years of 1986 and 1989....Have not tried the 1990. Have your tried the other years and if yes, which do you like best? Thanks for the cool writeup!

    Cheers,
    PT

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/15/19, 10:01 AM - Hey thanks for the nice reply! Much appreciated! Keep up the hard work :-)

Red
2001 Clos Villemaurine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/3/2019 - nowine4u Likes this wine:
89 points
Was not sure about this purchase, but at a reasonable price, hey, who could pass up not wanting to try an 18yr old St Emilion. Now we are talking. Good aroma, fadding color, wonderful aged fruit flavors and earthiness with some complexity. A little thin with short finish, but still, such a pleasure to drink.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/4/19, 7:35 AM - Hey NWFU, thanks for always posting on these obscure little finds assumedly from Wine Xchange...Great store, and good guys. I love finding these gems in their store at these cute prices. I have not tried this one, but I bought several aged gems from them and on several of them, I was lucky enough to go back and load up before they were gone....If you ever find something awesome, please alert, we seem to have a liking for the same things :-) Cheers to you and a happy Sunday

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/11/19, 8:50 AM - Thank you NW4U! I just tapped the Villemaurine last night and thought it was simple and bit hollow. Did not have the secondary development that I was hoping for...The left bank wines of 2001 are full of aged little gems, but not sure about the RB wines and this one left me hanging. Im going to pop the cork and see if missed something last night...

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/13/19, 9:22 PM - I think I have a wine you should try....Its the 2016 Saint Pierre de Corbian from St. Estephe. I just bought a couple to test. But if its anything like the 2014, my oh my, its a bargain! Check it out!

Red
2016 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
I would say that this is light bodied with Pinot Noir appearance and green flavors. I would never peg this to a Bordeaux if blind. Its rather elegant, but I don't think it has the structure to allow secondaries to develop while maintaining freshness and grip...Probably at best in 3 years and will drink well for another 5.....HOLD
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/12/19, 12:49 PM - Not falling over myself to get to the store and buy this....I bought 2 and have 1 too many....

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Meh....Just okay this time. Seemed a bit out of character and out of balance compared to the 2003 Poyferre...Bottle variation keeps me dreaming of the wine that was....or the wines that were. Chasing the Dragon! . Drink again soon....TBC
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/9/19, 5:00 PM - This wine has allot of life left, so no worries here...I have lots of these, so I will keep a watchful eye on them :-)

Red
2013 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/31/2018 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Fourth in a blind flight of seven 'Bordeaux Variety' wines:

Tasted twice in a five hour span.

Please allow me a brief essay (rant) on tannins:
Fruit tannins are awesome! They are not bitter, and almost invariably integrate, adding textural nuance and depth to the wines they grace. I do not understand why some producers strip fruit tannins out of their wines.

Wood (oak) tannins are not awesome. They are bitter and prick the tongue. Only light wood tannins sometimes integrate, and the extent to which they add complexity is arguable. The same producers who strip fruit tannins out of their wines sometimes add wood tannins by excessive oak treatment.

Stems (green wood) can impart bitter tannins if excessively pressed.

Bouquet:
Powerful, if somewhat muddled, featuring blackberry, purple fruits (compote in particular), cacao (dark unsweetened chocolate), espresso, fresh herbs, raw tree nuts. Cabernet Sauvignon varietal markers, while certainly present, play second fiddle to the Petit Verdot.

Positives: It indicated judicious oak treatment.
Negatives: It lacked expression of place. In terms of (reverse) deductive reasoning: Almost certainly New World, perhaps California, minimal indication of 'Napa Valley', zero of Oakville.

Palate: Extracted, firm, significant power, and yet compact, bordering on monolithic. Fruit tannins dance across the palate, as if encased in a fine membrane, possibly alcohol. The wine tastes like it smells in all regards, with one exception. The back features an intense palate-scouring bitterness. Given the judicious oak treatment and absence of green markers on the bouquet or palate, it seems that this decidedly off-putting element is the result of excessively pressed stems, 'green' wood tannins if you will. Indeed, it felt like needle-fine liquid splinters had pierced the top of my tongue in a thousand places, and by evening's end this Bordeaux and Barolo, high-acid, and tannin-loving palate had been thoroughly hammered.

Perfectly aged bottles of great Bordeaux conjure magic. In my experience, however, only one in three or four bottles retains it soul after twenty years. For this reason, I prefer to drink bottles too early rather than too late. As such, I am accustomed to--indeed, I actually thoroughly enjoy--high-acid and soul-destroying tannins in wines I drink. I have tasted many young bottles of Bordeaux, Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other high tannin wines over the years, and on the basis of this experience, I contend that the green wood acerbic element in this vintage of Dominus (I have only tasted one other) represents a flaw. If intentional, then why?

Also, it seems appropriate to compare this to the 2010 Opus One, which features excellent expression of place, balanced oak, and no bitterness.

There are many positives to this wine. However, there are three significant issues with it:

1) The label lists 15 abv. The wine's substance wears it well enough. However, how well do non-fortified high alcohol wines actually age?
2) No expression of place other than New World. Terroir arguably conveys the greatest element of appeal in any wine. Without it, wines, no matter how well made, can be soulless.
3) The overpowering stem tannins here are truly awful. In the off chance that they integrate, I will be happy to be proven wrong.

The wine packs 96 point substance, though I am compelled to subtract one point each for these three issues.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/18/19, 10:27 AM - I have always found Dominus and Opus to have that greenness to them...To me, its especiallly evident in the Napanook bottling. I have always accredited this to their style of wine making and I will go on to say that the Pirazyne flavors are so strange and yet exotic to a new wine drinker (when integrated into a fruit rich wine in adequately balanced doses), that this is the reason why the wine is so idolized by many who find it so strangely exotic and different.

    As for "Bordeaux not having a sense of place", please point to me 6 Napa producers whose Bordeaux "Blends" show like a French bordeaux after being in a bottle for 10 plus years...I would be all over this (Not including Dunn/Togni/La Jota)

    Thank you all for sharing, that's what make CT so cool :-)

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/19/19, 7:24 AM - Its very misleading to pile all Bordeaux into one category by saying that there is no distinction between French Bordeaux and Bordeaux Style Blends from around the world, namely California. There is definitely a sense of terroir that separates the wines of the best producers of the Bordeaux region in France and those simulating the style from California. There is an unquestionable difference to me. And to this date, I have yet to try a California or US Pinot that sent my senses to Burgundy, so that rings true to the point you are making...I guess I have not been that fortunate, yet :-) I am always gladly willing to try recommendations.

    And out of curiosity, are you a California or Oregon wine maker?

Red
2016 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
Theres something unpleasant about squeezing Merlot too hard and it shows in this wine...Drank alongside a 2015 Dufrey Vivant from Margaux, it was almost unpleasant, especially in the bouquet. It came across hot and racy, but it was clearly a powerful wine. What was killing it next to the Margaux wine was the bouquet. It had chicken coop features (not to be confused with barnyard/brett), like what a Monstrall/Mourvedre throws off. I just received my case and my magnums and I'm a bit deflated and miffed. I won't rate this until I try another bottle...XXX
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/3/19, 8:09 AM - I think that we can become very judgmental about wine because we are usually drinking more than one wine in one sitting. If I was drinking this wine by itself, the chicken poop/coop may not have been as pronounced. As for the wine itself, I think that even a clean version would be over rated as it was in 2015. I will be opening a magnum soon to see what the hell is going on...Good luck on yours and drop a line when you do try one. Adios :-)

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/13/19, 12:46 PM - Ok, thanks for confirming Im not crazy...I think that its off-putting when you drink it alongside other wines, but not as pronounced alone. What I don't understand are the high ratings on wines like this...They are a nice alternative to California Oak bombs, but this one seems to be busting out of its seams...

Red
2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/22/2018 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over four days. Pulled the cork, inhaled the deep purple and sweet oak perfume, tasted a half ounce, and let the wine sit for a few hours. (Intending to enjoy the bottle over a few days, did not decant.) Poured a couple of ounces and enjoyed with tri-tip. Four elements stood out: deep purple in color with blue hues, unintegrated high quality oak, a fleshy, viscous mouthfeel, and tannic grip. Overall, as reticent as many 2014 Classed Growths I have tasted. The wine made its mark on the second and third days, as the oak receded, allowing the wine to strut its brawny substance. There is a sense of extraction to this, which imparts the chewy viscosity. Lesser quality, over extracted wines tend to throw heavy sediment by the fifth to seventh year from vintage, after which they turn pedestrian. I expect this will throw sediment by then too. The amount, the less sediment a young wine throws the better, may be the real test of its quality.

The bouquet and profile feature blue, purple, and black fruits, lavendar, olives, light-roast fresh ground coffee beans, cacao, herbs, and essential oils. Very pretty and decidedly modern. Juicy 'sweet' attack, expansive and bracing middle, gripping back, gritty and smooth finish. On the fourth day it returned to reticence, similar to the first day, a likely indicator of its youth and quality. The wine is very well balaced, wearing its alcohol well, and stalwartly framed. The Meyney style appears to have changed, and the house style that it most put mind to is Pontet-Canet. The wine rides a line between flamboyant modernity and gripping rusticity. Its hallmark after this experience, a two word phrase by which I will remember it: Purple-Blue. The wine would hold its own, and hoodwink experienced tasters, in a blind flight of Fifth to Third Growths. If enjoying now, decant for several hours. Worth revisiting in three years; its true quality will most likely be revealed by then. A delightful kick in the pants right now! 92-93.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/22/18, 10:33 AM - I have faith in this one...I bought several cases at a great price. Though probably at best on its 5 to 10 year mark, it can be drank now with a massive decant. I can serve this to my non wine friends and actually drink it too!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/10/19, 3:12 PM - Mags will need at least 5 to 7 years to tame down but should age sensationally. I would say they will be at optimum in 12 plus years...but god knows. Let me know in 12 years��

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/11/19, 7:44 AM - Motz, I'd love to drink wine with you one day....If you are in so california, drops me a line. Cheers buddy

    PS: Im sitting on a heap of this wine, plus about some mags...The last time I opened one, I thought it was a bit closed to too cold from cellar...And 1949, you are the man, love the double mags and think you should crack one and just stick a straw in it when your back hurts. Life is short...

Red
2010 Château Flotis Fronton Si Noire Negrette
7/10/2019 - dbp wrote:
91 points
This wine is still weird, but good. When I first bought the case I was drinking them far too often and the wine is far too weird for that and I grew tired of it. I think one can only consume a bottle this particular about once a year. But, as it's been well over that for me now, I quite enjoy this one! It's still going strong, and has slightly softened. The aromas are still quite funky with manure notes, but under that is dark plums and spices, and quite a lot of spicy fresh herbs (thyme, Rosemary, fennel). Palate entry feels great, with a medium-full body and vibrant acidity from the get go. The flavors are brighter as well, showing some dark black raspberries, and a surprising bright kumquat (though not that surprising since I wrote that 4 years ago). The acidity is just killer as this is held in the mouth. That acidity rips full speed ahead into the finish, which shows notes more similar to the palate than the nose, with lingering red berries, orange rind, and the acid that carries long, long into the finish. Yeah, there's still a hint of a barn yard in there, but it keeps it interesting. Again, I seriously grew tired of this when I was drinking it every few months, but since it's been 1.5 years since my last one I'm back to really digging it. Structurally, this is perfectly in tact and I'd have no qualms letting the last one sit for 5 years.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/11/19, 6:46 AM - hehe...I just have had the same dilemmas as you. I burned out and lost my upfront enthusiasm about this because as you say, its weird! In a good way, but weird. I like mi a stinky Chateauneuf Du Pape from Pegau, so this was that on steroids! I OD'd...Funny enough, I opened a bottle of this for some happy friends towards the end of a long 4th of july party and it was a conversation piece and lots of fun..It was bandaid galore...Still holding up, but I realized I have burned out on this. The last time my plumber showed up to fix a stinky leak at my house, I gave hime a check and bottle of this and asked him to tell me what it reminded him of. I never heard back :-) Thanks for the cool and spot on note!

Red
2010 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/8/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
Rich, powerful, and somewhat closed. Needs 2 plus hours of decanting to start throwing out the Bordeaux stench...This is tight, untamed, and full or promise. I would hold this beast for at least 5 years before touching...My cellar keeps on expanding with wines like this that need time...Lots an lots of it. But too damn good not to own. This is a 2 fisted HOLD
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/9/19, 7:03 AM - Just be sure to decant and let it unfold...Its gone more inward since the last time I had it. Tell me what you think...Cheers!

Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/8/2019 - wineotim wrote:
91 points
Not as impressed this time, or maybe with this bottle, not sure which. Anyway, this one lacks the depth and weight from previous review. Still big on acidity and firmness though.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/8/19, 9:53 PM - Like my high school football coach used to say: " I told yo ass!" :-) I agree with you WT...This is overhyped. I think you are on...

Red
2009 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
7/3/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Berry Brothers 2018 Bordeaux en primeur (plus back vintages) (Lindley Hall, London): For me at this tasting of truly great but very ripe wines a refuge of delightful classic claret that still has the benefit of the ripe vintage in its immediate drinkability but comes across as fresh and mineral, some leather and truffle, and lower alcohol compared to other wines tasted. To me this is a bottle I would like to take away and just sit in the corner and drink. Given market prices this is a no brainer - as are other top vintage Lagrange. € for € I would say Lagrange is the best wine in all of Bordeaux and therefore no coincidence that it is the chateau I have the most wine of in terms of bottle count.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/4/19, 8:48 AM - Keep it quiet BB...Too much info mate. We need prices to stay where they are. Coincidentally, and as YOU might suspect, Lagrange is my largest holding in count (mostly 90,96,00, and 05), right behind my loads of Gruaud...I agree that Barton is a beast that needs to be held till after I die (but its up there in count for me)...Hppy Fourth of July from this side of the big pond. Who knew we would come to forming such a fine friendship with the Brits :-)

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/4/19, 9:24 AM - I’m right behind you with 123 and 3 pending. And this before I try one of my 4 of the 09 and if lovely, adding 2 cases or more...try the 16 if you have not. It’s one of the most elegant...reminds me of the 82 poyferre some years ago.

Red
2009 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/3/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
Berry Brothers 2018 Bordeaux en primeur (plus back vintages) (Lindley Hall, London): I was very curious to taste this given I own a few cases and after the recent jump in score from NM putting it into the top band of the 09s in his 10 year reviews. The wine was noticeably less ripe than other 09 counterparts - which I think is probably a good thing as while initially pleasing the ripe fruit started to bore me / go on my nerves after the tenth sample as it created a too generic experience. Here some more restraint and a classic claret that still boosted great concentration, but with more balance and minerality than others. One to watch and set for long development. To me St Pierre together with Lagrange were the two "value" wines of the 09 vintage - they were one of the most classic wines that also still speak of its origin. Very well done.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/4/19, 8:54 AM - Another one...This is slowly becoming my next largest hold.I guess that between Lagrange, Gruaud, Barton, Poyferre, Beychevelle, and Saint Pierre, Im just a Saint Julien whore...

Red
2008 Château Branon Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2019 - John McCabe wrote:
92 points
This one was disappointing compared to previous bottles - awkward and fruit was not as inviting. Seems there is bottle variation.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    6/25/19, 11:47 AM - Hey McCabe, you seem to have gone through a bunch of this. Im excited about your optimism about this because you do love and know your Bordeaux. I have 5 in the cellar that I need to find...Thanks again! PT

Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
6/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Time and time again, this proves to be an overlooked vintage of a very good Musar. This has its feet planted somewhere between Burgundy and Bordeaux, with a sweet eastern vibe to it that is hard to place at times. It's an expression of terroir in its purest form, allowing the sense of place to shine through and co-mingle with the effort of producing a correct French wine, while paying respect to the best of what the region can grow and offer. I don't think I need to write a descriptive review of the flavor profiles and hope that the above, and the previous notes give you a sense of what you are in for and enjoy...Delightful and at peak with time on its side. Drink
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    6/19/19, 2:55 PM - It drinks well within 20 minutes...but never fell apart over 3 hours. I would not decant.

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/14/2019 - djhammond Likes this wine:
96 points
Consistent in its delivery, this is nudging towards its prime drinking window, and without doubt is by far the best example of the estate drinking at present with only the 1996 coming near to it. However, it still has development ahead of it, but is a wonderful drink now with a couple of hours in the decanter. The nose is full of ripe fruit and is all about plum, cherry and blackcurrant, and has that opulence of aromas which is typical of 2003. However, on the palate the wine is unmistakably a Paulliac with robust tannin and a steeliness. Depth and balance in the mouth are both excellent, and the finish is 30 seconds plus, but it still needs to shrug off a little residual sourness.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    6/14/19, 7:53 PM - The funniest thing that I read on 2003 BDX is "no over ripe favors of the vintage in this wine" ....I always smile as I'm drinking my good 2003's like this PC...Glad to have bought 4 cases of this when it came out @ about 50 qid....Did not really develop until around 2009....I must say, I have had very few BAD 2003's...Oh well, I must have a taste for over ripe (not)
    Thank you for your fine work Hammond. Cellar Tracker needs you!
    Cheers

White - Sparkling
2008 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
6/5/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
2008 Champagne horizontal (Medlar (London)): For most/all at the table this was the wine of the flight. Dry, nutty, mineral, some faint sherry tones, very long. When revealed we agreed that this is terrific value and it truly performed at prestige cuvee level. I was a bit anxious to see how this would show as I bought a few cases and I was very pleased to see this champagne drank blind to be Grande Annee. I look forward to my bottles in the future. Will only get better with age surely but already today a fantastic experience. If you don't already own this go and grab a case.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    6/6/19, 7:28 AM - I have been waiting for my 1 bottle to arrive and I think its here, I just gotta find it. I don't really care for this producer as much as the standards such as Comtes or Dom, but, 2008 was worth a new shot, so I picked one up as a test. Thanks for the great description as usual BB. Now that I know you like it, I'm psyched to try it. I will share my experience soon. Cheers BB

Red
2016 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
As powerful as it can get without being heavy, this producer has grown up and is now consistently producing first growth quality wines of the old at the old price. In a great vintage, you are getting something truly special. That being said, it will require time and patience.This wine is very old school with its earthy perfume, and massive depth of fruit and oak spice.The tannic frame keeps all the heaviness in check and punctuates the power of the wine along the thrilling long finish. HOLD 7 years plus for reward
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    5/31/19, 2:29 PM - Hi Dave, I have a friend who says he doesn't even buy green bananas anymore...So I get it :-) Nothing wrong with drinking this right now with a 2 hour plus decant...You will just be leaving allot of upside from development on the table. I would say you are better off waiting at least 3 years, but the 2016 Vintage has s a very well structured old school feel to it without the heavy feel of 2009 forward and is built for the long, long haul in my humble opinion...Try one, life is too short. Cheers to you :-)

Red
2004 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
5/26/2019 - MTC2 Likes this wine:
94 points
Exceeding all expectations. Some barnyard upon uncorking, but that blew off after a half hour decant. Black and blue fruit, smoky meat, garrigue, pepper and cedar on the palate. Well-rounded tannin still prominant, and lively acid with a long finish. Superb.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    5/26/19, 11:57 AM - This is cellar tracker...But seriously....

Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/16/2019 - patwjr wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 1.5 hours, then rebottled for ride to restaurant & reopened/served 1.5 hours later. Medium weight, soft fruit, seemed a bit flat, not like other's notes, instead disappointing. Should have popped & poured at 19 years old?
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    5/19/19, 10:04 PM - No, this wine is just flat disappointing for the vintage...In my humble opinion Lynch Bages went through a disappointing period 2000 (lunch bag) all the way up to 2010, then skipped a few beats again and the 2016 is a monster. I'm holding a bunch of 2000...Cellar clutter :-)

Red
1996 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/8/2019 - Chrishavens Likes this wine:
95 points
Extraordinary. As a rank amateur compared to the many tasters below I can only echo their sentiments. What one wants Bordeaux to be.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    5/8/19, 7:14 PM - If you can recognize the beauty in this, you are not a rank amateur. Thanks for the humble note confirming what we all know about this wine. Cheers and welcome to CT!

Red
1983 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/20/2019 - Zweder wrote:
93 points
Regular dinner group (@ My place): Beautiful and mature bouquet with barnyard, mushrooms and autumn impressions. On the palate red and black fruits still, mushrooms and vanilla, good acidity and fully mature tannin. Popped and poured this wine was a great pleasure, but kept really cool overnight the next day the wine was completely destroyed. Score for just after uncorking: 93
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/27/19, 4:46 PM - Coincidentally, you posted this as I was puling one out of the cellar for warm up...Will report. Thanks for the note on this rarity and well noted, we will finish this! I don't hold old bordeaux for next day anyway...Cheers Z

Red
2009 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2019 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
93 points
Love the fleshy rich berries. Impressed.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/25/19, 8:09 PM - Unknown to you, but I hope you found a new friend :-)

Red
1970 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
A stellar showing, really more secondary than tertiary, with a decade+ of life left. All the Graves signature notes: cherries, muted green pepper, tobacco, ash and a fine acidity which added energy to this beauty. Fully integrated tannins. Easily outclassed its enjoyable but straightforward sibling from 2003.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/18/19, 7:52 AM - This is one of the best drinking 1970 Bordeaux, above many first growths...Agree lots of time in this one yet.

Red
N.V. Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Reserva Especial 1991, 1994, 1999 (2012 Release) Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/14/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
A nice wine, with no distinct character other than a very nice aged wine with typical Spanish heavy wood treatment. It lacks uniqueness and character and seems like it was balanced down to a meh...I prefer the vintage bottling of Unico that lean more one way or another. Drink or Hold

*Not a re-buy.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/9/19, 7:47 AM - True! Hopefully that will help keep prices in check too :-)

Red
2015 Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors Syrah Blend, Syrah
4/7/2019 - ogres3 Likes this wine:
90 points
Same as it ever was...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/7/19, 8:52 AM - Bu you may ask yourself...

Red
2010 Campogiovanni (San Felice) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/24/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
This is so spot on for me...I love the San Felice wines more and more and more...So much expression of terroir packed into this wine in a modern style. It's the best expression of a hybrid style (old world forward) that I can imagine possible. Needs about 45 minutes to bloom and throws beautiful bouquet of earth, mulch, and roasted herbs. In the mouth its fulll, with lush cherries and a punching,changing long finish...Just beautiful . Drink or Hold- Just in the door of a long life with much improvement to await.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 6:56 AM - Hey, good to read from you v. You should try the San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva, Il Grigio II...What a freaking bang for the money if you like earthy Chiantis..These are daily drinkers with so much more than Napa for my taste. If you can find one with about 7 to 10 years of age on it, go for it.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 2:32 PM - I have a few bottles of the 2010 Gran Selezione, and have drank a couple so far. Its GREAT, but, the lower bottling is equally gorgeous in a more fruit forward way. Both great wines and I have been meaning to try them blind and me thinks that the time is here! Im thinking of doing a Chianti party this weekend. Just bought a few bottles from Winexchange that I need to go grab....Cheers!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 2:53 PM - Yes I'm in So Cal...I buy from those guys more and more often now. Pizza it is...

Red
2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/3/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
WOW, WOW WOW! Now I KNOW bottle variation...This wine was not supposed to drink this good. I had to look at the label 3X to make sure I had not grabbed a Montrose. I have gone through over a case of this wine, and have 2 cases to go, but this was the best damn bottle and so above and beyond the others. This was on fire! Held its own and ran several laps ahead of the 2009 Marojallia that passed up a Chateau Margaux 2006 next to it...What a surprising night. It was an evening of the underdog. Money doesn't always buy you the best wines, and I am so lucky to experience that over and over again, having tried so many head bending wines.

The wine was thick and magenta in shade, with shades of brown starting to form. It was clear and healthy. The fruit was incredible and there was no denying the St. Estephe dirt and living Margaux style violets were everywhere, intermixed with gobs of red and black fruit. Somewhat Pape Clement in style...Blind, I might have guessed 2005 Pape Clement...Yes that good!

*For what its worth, this came from a case that has been sitting in a cold hobby room for 6 months now, because of space issues in the cellar...The cork was brittle and broke during extraction. F*&^ the cellar, Im moving a few cases into the hobby room for faster aging...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/23/19, 12:10 PM - Yes, I can't imagine some of the lackluster notes and floored by the negative ones. I have drank almost 2 cases of this and thankfully have 25 bottles left! I guess you gotta like and get Bordeaux first and foremost to like this. Cheers and happy drinking!

Red
1986 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2019 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Got at Wine Exchange $30. Re-bottled, re-labeled and re-Corked at chateau. What a score! Fun to drink a BDX from such a great vintage without having to have aged it. I did a PnP but I recommend a 1 hour decant and make sure at RT. Classic BDX. Cigar/cedary characters. Fruit is definitely fading, but the soft and complex tannins kind of make up for it.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/16/19, 12:05 PM - Good score! I picked up a case of this when it came out and vanished in a flash. I was really impressed with the second one I drank...These bottles should drink well for at least 7 years or more...

Red
2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
There's such lovely ripe, cedary, blackberry fruit, but Beychevelle so often smells a bit of potatoes. Is it the oak?
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/9/19, 6:50 AM - Yep, ill take an order of those fries too! Now if I can get my 2.00 fries to taste like the 82,00, or the 16 Beychevelle, I will stop drinking wine and just get fat!

    * Your note on the 2016 Talbot was spot on.

Red
2004 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/2/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Same bottle as previous notes, now pulled cork and decanted remainder (half bottle) for half an hour and follower over two hours. I underrated this wine probably in previous notes. There is something hauntingly beautiful about this - tobacco, bay leaf, it is long and sticky once the wine gets air. So scoring it 95 cognisant of previous scores (92, 93), so my blended would be a 93-94. Great intensity, this wine has got character. Drink now till 2035. Certainly not a second wine but an accomplished wine in its own right.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/28/19, 11:32 AM - BB, Im going to open this next weekend. I'll report...Thanks for the fine and encouraging note. Im opening this blind in a mix of Unicos. Cheers mate!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/8/19, 11:31 AM - Tomorrow! :-) We are opening 1991 Unico, 1994 Unico, 2012 Unico (Blend of 91,94,99) and Unico 2006. Serving this and the baby Pingus as blinds in the mix...Also serving 2012 as blind. Plus an array of other hopefully good stuff....

Red
2009 Château Marojallia Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2010 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Considering this Chateau is right next to Chateau Margaux, what a different interpretation. Licorice, jammy, silky, excellent concentration but very modern. Margaux equivalent of Valandraud. 96-98 pts.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 7:24 AM - DC, you NAILED, NAILED this wine back in 2010. I'm not going to post, because I don't want to hype it too much until I find more bottles. Wow! Every bit a 97 today and maybe even more..And to your point, Oh Sooooo St. Emillion....You de man!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 9:55 AM - I agree on 09 being peak of hang and squeeze. Great point...I am very encouraged by 2016 style. We may be back on track again to make crazy good clarets.

Red
1996 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2019 - Otaku Oenophile Likes this wine:
94 points
Oldest wine to date.

Although the fruit has faded there is still plenty of life and evolution in this unlike the 99 Verite La Muse which I felt was past it's prime. Despite that I like the flavor profile of the Muse more than this Dominus.

Cedar, fennel, cherry and sweet tobacco on the nose and same on the palate. I don't get tons of complexity but it's the integration that age has given it framed with silky tannin.

This experience sorta makes me want to try the 94 and 91 more out of curiosity sake even though I like more exuberant fruit.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 6:56 AM - Nice note and comparison to the 99 Muse. I think that you are spot on for trying the 94. Not sure about the 91, but you should most definitely scribble 1997 on your list based on your profile picture. Its very Bordeaux for a Napa...Don't see too many posts from El Paso, so cheers to you!

Red
2005 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/14/2019 - walkerjfw wrote:
Drank over 2 nights in Chicago. Second night 1/2 bottle opened for about 30 minutes prior to drinking, drank over 2 hours

Prior notes:"Dark purple color, still looks young. Nose of dark fruits, smoke, plums, cedar. Pungent at first, settles in after 30 minutes. Really jumped out on the decant..."

Still full bodied, smooth texture. Dark berries, licorice a bit more prominent with this bottle. The air time benefited the wine. In a good spot, should last a while but not likely to improve (IMO). Great QPR
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/15/19, 6:58 AM - Walk, I had a very similar experience with this 2 nights ago. Glad I kept the bottles. I think Its definitely in drinking window, finally. Thanks for posting!

Red
2010 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi Sangiovese
11/5/2016 - Snoman Likes this wine:
95 points
Just might be the value of the century, at only 6 years on the vintage and decades to evolve. Classic, textbook Brunello hitting all the right notes now, literally blew the table away with power, intensity, richness and structure. Wish we would have bought a pallet.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/11/19, 7:56 AM - Hey thanks for your note on this wine. I just picked up a case blind, thinking what the hell, how bad can an obscure brunelllo from the 2010 vintage be for 35.00 a bottle. Worth a chance...I think that after reading your note, I am glad I did. Its an obscure wine that has very little information and availability. Would you buy this again?

Red
2005 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Lots of earthiness throughout the bouquet that carried through the violet and flowery botanical verve of the wine. The tannins are spot on right now, creating enough firmness to give you a nice caressing ending. I would say this is about 3 years from peak. Drink or Hold

**Made the mistake of serving it at cellar temp. These wines MUST come up to room temp to glow. By the time I got to the bottom of the sediment filled wine, this baby was firing on all cylinders and the glass was so hard to out down. I think if would have let this warm up it would have scored a point higher for sure.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/31/19, 11:47 AM - Wise is the right word. And for whites, sever the good ones SLIGHTLY chilled and the ok ones COLD...Cheers

Red
1961 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
Incredible how fresh and fruit forward this 58 year old gent is. Pure garnet, with an amber, glossy rim and a deep sea of lush red juice that got darker and looked quite healthy and big for its age. Antiqued, musty red fruit, cedar chest, coffee grinds, and dancing violets on the back end with a long fantastic finish. I made the mistake of opening this with an idiot that had no idea what we were drinking, and all he could comment on was how much fruit remained in the wine. Its a shame that this bottle went to waste, but all I could think of was how lucky I was to be drinking this..Drink
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/28/19, 6:12 PM - Yup.. This was a doozy. The dude was French too! Fuuuuudge
    Thanks for the comment. Saw a few of your note on the 2016 BDX (Think?)..
    As you know, Bordeaux is an allure and its haunting good. Either you get it or you don't...I was lucky. Thank you for your kind understanding :-)

Red
2004 Château Lalande D'Auvion Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Hey, what a surprise in this wine. Deliciously aged Medoc on the cheap. Most interesting thing about this wine is the cute mid palate with the violets and flower shop nuances (assuming from some cabernet franc). A great gateway wine on the way to something great. Fantastic value. No shame in drinking this..Drink but can hold.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/20/19, 8:05 AM - How can you go wrong? I think you scored some nice aged table wine that should be healthy. I am always happy to hear about the helpfulness of notes on obscure wines. Let me know what you think when you start drinking them. If you like aged wines, you should like these.

Red
2000 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/4/2019 - DougLee wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 45 minutes. Opaque dark garnet-purple. Fully-charged, billowing nose of hyacinth, red currant, cedar, meaty tones, smoke, graphite, and rock. Dense, concentrated layers of currant, red plum, blackberry, schist, mocha, and beef blood planted on the palate like an ediface. Firm, structured tannin and fresh young acidity, leading to a ringing finish of pure dark berry, coiled dense earth, and grip. This is a monumental wine. Score is conservative, reflecting its young age.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/5/19, 10:28 AM - Your killer note make me want to reach into the cobwebs for one of the bottles that I need to unearth or run out and buy another one...Thank you!

Red
2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection Rutherford
12/25/2018 - walkerjfw wrote:
95 points
Christmas day in OCNJ with the family. Bottles purchased direct at release, in my cellar since. Its been a few years, good excuse to check in on this. Improv decant, into a pitcher and rebottled. Open for about 30 minutes, drank over an hour.

Medium garnet color. Nose showing dark cherry, cedar, cassis. Rich palate of blackberry, blue fruits, leather, herbs, garrigue. Layered, savory notes through the mid palate. Rich and elegant texture, fined tannins. Long finish.

Really gorgeous wine on this evening, perfect with the prime rib and veggies. The short decant made a difference, wine was tight when first opened. Has aged nicely, better than last bottle 4 years ago, a long way to go - best guess is well stored bottles can go another 15 years...great stuff from Staglin
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/26/18, 3:59 PM - That's my way of decanting...Works pretty well. I gotta drink this wine soon. Thanks for the note Walk

Red
2005 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/27/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
I was looking forward to retasting this as I had this last around 2 years ago and felt it was a tremendous wine then with great potential (rated 94 and 95 then). What has changed? In short, not much. Double decanted this the night before and left without cork for the night then recorked in the morning and took to restaurant for dinner where it was decanted and then drunk over 2 hours. The colour of this wine is almost blue purple, the nose soars with blue fruits and intense blueberry notes are also still dominant on the palate. Very little evolved in terms of secondary or beyond. But it is drinking with the prep it had in its youthful exuberance. High tannins but refined. I think this is a 40 year wine easy. Thinking that the 1990LP I feel is also still fairly youthful and I see similarities with the 05 and the 90 - probably more so then with the 96 for its fruit which is subdued in the 96. It probably is a hypothetical blend of 75pct 1990 and 25pct 1996, and that is certainly no bad thing. I have 4 cases of those and look forward to following this wine's path for as long as I can. Drink 2020-2050 (with sweetspot for my liking I'd forecast at 2030 onwards, but I won't wait that long for the next). In my view this is a very good value high quality 2nd growth from a great vintage. The Poyferre to buy given prices vis a vis other top vintages for sure. I must add that this was drank side by side a Canon 05 and the Canon was a tad more developed and showed beautifully to just best the Poyferre... On this occasion...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/20/18, 9:27 AM - I finally picked up a handful of these...I will receive them in the spring. Cant wait to try it after your notes and recommendation from a while back. Cheers and happy holidays BB!

Red
1983 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/23/2017 - misterstarre Likes this wine:
95 points
The best drinking ‘83 Margaux, I’ve had, including the Palmer and the Ch. Margaux, which are both still so primary, it’s not a fair comparison. The Brane Cantenac has tertiary development, yet the fruit lives on. A beautiful gamey aroma with bright red fruit, straw, soil, and cigar box. On the attack, the wine is soft but not meek. Gentle tannins provide structure, but no texture, really. You get raspberry, plum, mushroom, sous bois, tobacco leaf, graphite, and something very subtly spice-cakey on the entry through the mid-palate with the earthier notes and spice outlasting the fruit. There’s a medium length finish of wet forest floor, pencil shavings, and truffle. Medium body. Fruitier than the very mushroomy and meaty ‘00. Plenty of time left on well stored bottles. (12-23-17, Chez Panisse)
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/20/18, 8:33 AM - I notice that you are a fan of 83' Margaux, it is in fact an undervalued vintage that was very generous to left bank wines, especially in Margaux and St. Julien. Thanks for the enjoyable notes and happy holidays :-) Try some 98's from left bank (especially from Pessac)...I think they may be right up your alley as well. I will take the cork out of at least one of these this weekend.

Red
2012 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2018 - DENKMAELER Likes this wine:
92 points
phantastischer Jahrgang, absoluter Schmeichler der unsere Gastgeberin sichtlich berührte!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/15/18, 7:08 AM - Nice cellar!

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