Comments on my notes

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Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
97 points
9th of 12, decanted 80 minutes, perfect cork and level, again wonderful and little changed from bottle noted in detail in June 16, 20 years plus life and stuffing to improve further. VF+ (19).
  • liber commented:

    8/5/19, 1:56 AM - HI djhammond
    I agree that this is a nearly wow wine but I think it may yet get there. At least every bottle to date has been a pleasure and I find the relaxed expression of the fruit with nothing too forced very attractive. The flavour profile also is consistent with, and reminds me of, older vintages, such as 66 and 70 which I find a comfort. I only regret not having bought more than one case at the time. a propos, I've tended to under-buy Palmer (as over priced) and over-buy LLC which with hindsight looks to have been a mistake. Next up 2000, though the good Lord only knows when that will be truly ready! Best wishes, Liber

Red
2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/13/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
95 points
Last of 6, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, couple of steps up on bottle last noted here in 15, now approaching maturity and more complex than hitherto, red fruit driven with attractive sour raspberry component, Rousseau class shines through and sheer persistence of flavours impresses, even though for me (not some others) this was pipped by the Vogue Amoureuses 99. VF (18.5)……...the so called pundits (eg Jancis Robinson) pronounced this to be a weak vintage and encouraged early drinking, truly terrible advice for wines at this level and more generally for Cotes de Nuits!
  • liber commented:

    7/15/19, 9:41 AM - Thanks Harley...……..yes it's infuriating how often suggested drinking dates for top wines are put at 10 years or less when often in my experience such wines need 15, 20 or even more years to show well and often the dates proposed are precisely the ones when in any decent cellar the wine will be tight and closed; not so much of a problem if you've plenty of bottles, but a tragedy if it's your one and only. Best, Liber

Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, more definition than bottle last February and developing attractive chocolate component (noticed before in Branaire), fresh and pure for 03, early maturity. Strong F (17.5).
  • liber commented:

    3/26/19, 11:15 AM - Rashcar - F=Fine, ie 17.5/20 or on my interpretation of the incomprehensible 100 point scale 91-92. Strong implies upper end plus sense that wine may in time merit an upgrade to fine plus (93-94). Best, Liber

Red
2004 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/21/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
89 points
Chez Sh, opened 30 minutes, perfect cork and level - dark, not dense ruby, little development; mineral, graphite, tobacco, muted black fruit, slightly smokey, quite classy; medium, ok length and persistence, angular, not enough fruit to cover tannins (surely not?), lacking grip for PL, not come together and I'm not sure it will, some class and complexity though, one of the least convincing PLs I've drunk. Poor for PL but VG+ (16.5) in greater scheme of things.....wouldn't write it off as there are good elements and may just be a dumb phase but I'm not a buyer!
  • liber commented:

    3/22/19, 7:30 AM - Mark - as you say, a middling vintage but given the profitability of chateaux in this period and the severe selection for the grand vin in the top ones, I'd have expected better,, there was nothing of the silky quality of the fruit I'd usually expect from PL (eg 79, 81 and 94 at a similar age were much more persuasive!). Your observation on the 05 is interesting and I guess to be expected. i'm keeping mine locked away for a few more years to give the secondary flavours a chance to develop. Best, Liber

  • liber commented:

    3/25/19, 8:19 AM - Mark - regrettably, 'twas ever thus. more exceptional are those who seem to produce the goods year in, year out...…...honourable mention to GPL, Leoville Barton, LLC, Palmer, Latour, La Mission and Haut-Brion and latterly Montrose and Chevalier. As recently as the 60s and 70s Lafite and Margaux would produce rubbish and don't get me started on the undrinkable right bank wines of that era. Caveat emptor I suppose! Best, Liber

Red
1997 Soldera (Az. Agr. Case Basse) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
12/19/2015 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
4th of 12, 60 minute decant, perfect cork and level - not as good a showing as my 2014 note, much more muted and took some agitation to release fine bouquet, curious as all the elements are there for a very fine bottle and I think there is enough fruit to take care of the dry tannins on the back taste. Just fine (17.5/20).
  • liber commented:

    2/16/19, 11:38 AM - Dear vis a vis
    I'm going to hang on to my remaining bottles as there's a long life ahead for this wine and seeing how it develops is all part of the fun.
    best of luck with your search
    Liber

Red
2001 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2018 - liber Likes this wine:
93 points
3rd of 12, opened 45 minutes, perfect cork and level, although hint of brown on rim, just starting to drink well with secondaries beginning to develop, youthful on nose and palate, harmonious, complex and graceful if lacking the concentration and drive of the very best vintages, getting there on the pleasure factor (the element missing in first 2 bottles, last noted in 2016), should improve and settle over next 10 years and then hold for many years, ie scope to improve. F+ (18)…...NB(I) not sure where idea that the 01s are a weak vintage as in my experience where not over extracted, there is a lovely balance and freshness to the fruit boding well for longevity, and (ii) can only imagine that those thinking this wine is at or near its peak are drinking from tainted or badly stored bottles as the evidence of my first 3 bottles is showing normal progression.
  • liber commented:

    10/24/18, 1:42 AM - Manouch - 2020-2040 peaking 2025-2035, but well cellared bottles should last longer given the balance in the wine. (NB the 1970 from my cellar is still attractive.)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/15/2017 - liber Likes this wine:
97 points
My last half, pnp, perfect cork and level, fresh, stunningly complex and beautiful. VF+ (19).
  • liber commented:

    6/27/18, 8:12 AM - Malcolm
    These notes refer to different bottles, drunk at different times. Of course it's sensible, if the wine's worth drinking, to produce a note, not least to record the evolution of a wine and bottle variation. (Some of my earlier notes would have pointed up the pronounced sulphur overtones, now blessedly absorbed.) It becomes even more important as wine ages; as the old saw has it, there are no such thing as good wines only good bottles.
    best, Liber

  • liber commented:

    6/28/18, 2:56 AM - Malcolm
    Me neither. mathematically you have a point if it's the same bottle at the same time. Philosophically, we're poles apart. Quot homines, tot sententiae.
    Liber

Red
1997 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo Toscana IGT Sangiovese
2/25/2018 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
4th of 6, pnp, perfect cork and level, nearly back to its best, pure black cherry, weighty and long, if without the added complexity of the Rampolla Riserva in this vintage, scope yet to improve. F (17.5).
  • liber commented:

    2/27/18, 1:07 AM - Rampolla produced a riserva in 97 and 98. my reference is to the 97 and my note on my 23 rd bottle is on this site about 2 weeks ago.

  • liber commented:

    2/28/18, 11:39 AM - From recollection up to 10% is cs.....if so, it gives the sangiovese the backbone to age so well......until about 5 years ago I found this wine oversized, slightly too sweet and broad, now it's in the bracket of I didn't know sangiovese could be so refined and nuanced. incidently, I find the Sammarco merits long aging as all the late 90s wines are getting more interesting. The Alceos are just fab! Best, Liber

Red
1998 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/2/2016 - liber Likes this wine:
95 points
2nd of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level - I've noted that the top left bank 98s are now beginning to drink well and this was no exception, a substantial upgrade on my April 14 note when it was still surly and one dimensional - now still youthful garnet; complex and classy bouquet of cassis, bramble, cedar and graphite; medium, very long, persistent and involving, beautiful fruit hiding fine grain but slightly dry tannin, has grip and balance to develop further. Unexpectedly beautiful, VF (18.5).
  • liber commented:

    4/4/16, 2:12 AM - Yes ESCO a pleasant surprise, but not wholly unexpected based on my recent experience of the vintage and long experience of Ducru which nearly always comes good given time

  • liber commented:

    4/7/16, 8:24 AM - ESCO I agree that I don't think this wine has the grip or balance to be a 98 pointer, it's not that special...and I worry about that mild undertow of dry tannin. Nevertheless, it was a delight with lamb shoulder and I judge on what is in the glass at the time. It was my wine of the weekend eclipsing a technically very fine Beze 98 from Rousseau served with steak the previous night and a Pegau 01 Reservee the next night, both of which were slightly sulky by comparison. it seems that the Ducru in my cellar has just emerged from the sulks. Better luck with your next bottle!

  • liber commented:

    10/13/17, 3:58 AM - Thanks DJ. My last bottle was a little less convincing and accordingly slightly marked down.....but I'm sure it's a phase; that's the beauty of fine wine, following them through the ups and downs. Incidently, your note on the 03 is tempting me to rack a case to look at it. is your wine kept in a cool cellar (so I can judge relative evolution)? Best wishes, Liber

Red
2001 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2017 - liber Likes this wine:
91 points
2nd of 12, pnp, perfect cork and level, big mistake not to decant, as the wine harder and dumber than Feb bottle, all the attributes for a fine and perhaps very fine bottle, but currently low on pleasure, don't touch for 2 years. A tentative F (17.5).
  • liber commented:

    8/22/17, 10:28 AM - Goldstone - Glad you agree. i'll stear clear of my 2000 pro tem based on your comment. My '96 had turned the corner, but still early days. '90, '89, '86 and '82 are a joy, but can't see the '01 quite matching their grace (even '86), just a hint of excess extraction relative to inherent matiere. Best, Liber

White
2000 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
11/4/2016 - liber wrote:
flawed
8th of 24 CORKED!!!!
  • liber commented:

    1/15/17, 10:28 AM - Greg - of the 9 of 24 bottles drunk, two have been corked and only one showed any sign of incipient POX unlike the 96s all of which were POXED to a greater or lesser extent. The 01s were clean and I've generally been lucky with the 98s, 02s and 06s (in my view a much better vintage for BdM than the books will tell you). I'll look at my 99s, 07s and 05s later this year, so here's hoping to avoid the dreaded POX. My older vintages are still superb, particularly 89 and 90 and my last bottle of 95 (in '15) was very fine.....so don't give up hope. I'm still buying this grower in spite of eye watering recent prices! Regards, Liber

Red
2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/5/2016 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
1st of 36, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level - essentially as Feb note, if slightly dumber and backward, final glass started to show some more nuance, feels just about to enter drinking window with a 15 to 20 year life. F (17.5).
  • liber commented:

    8/9/16, 10:09 AM - hi Chatters - depends on cellar temperature and how many bottles you have. If a case of 12 and a warmish cellar, I'd look at it any time from now, but I suspect it'll be at its best 2020-30. I'm looking at all my 02s and they're just about there.....even the Haut Brion, though v young! I'll leave Lafite, LLC, Margaux, Latour, etc. until next year. I think the vintage better than its reputation and good medium term, if without the concentration and long term potential of 2000, 96 and 82 or the grace of 90 or 85.
    Liber

White
2002 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
7/28/2016 - liber wrote:
flawed
7th of 12, badly CORKED!!!!!!! that's 5 from 7 poor or undrinkable bottles!!!!! how does this grower get its reputation?
  • liber commented:

    7/31/16, 10:36 AM - Hi FreddieMoose

    I bought 2 six packs in March 04 from Farr Vintners in London, a usually reliable source, as they were extolling the grower and I liked the vintage which I bought extensively at the time. My Fevre Clos is way behind the Dauvissat, Droin and Michel, all of which have proved much more reliable, even if the Dauvissat has barely got into its stride! Glad to hear you've had better luck with yours.
    Liber

Red
1995 Domaine Maume Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/30/2016 - liber Likes this wine:
90 points
7th of 12, pnp, perfect cork and level, previous notes variable - youthful deepish red; cherry, earth and touch of spice, some meat, simple; fullish, long, brutal, something good somewhere but will it ever really reveal itself, graceless. At best VGI (17).
  • liber commented:

    7/4/16, 6:49 AM - Hi PCLIN - yes agreed...I have the Mazis in 95, 96 and 98 and the Lavaux in 95 and 96. my last bottle of the 96 last year showed a big step up on hitherto and I marked it fine and I've had older vintages (eg 92 from magnum) of the Mazis in the past which I judged fine or better. I find his wines, even so, hard work and graceless, in spite of the good technical elements in them. Hopefully they'll turn the corner, but I won't hold my breath.

Red
1997 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/4/2016 - liber Likes this wine:
88 points
10th of 18, pnp, perfect cork and level - similar to last April's note but the dry tannins were more obtrusive and pleasure factor diminished hence the downgrade. I preferred the purity of the 98 on the night. VG+ (16.5).
  • liber commented:

    4/7/16, 6:55 AM - thanks Colin. I'm sure it would have helped, but I'm still left wondering about the obtrusiveness and nature of the tannins. I had this as a long haul wine, but I'm not sure now that it has the balance and fruit. Still no worries about the next 5 years.

Red
1995 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/14/2015 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
7th of 12, decanted an hour, perfect fill and cork, previous notes fine or better, usually very fine - deepish, dusty plum red, some development on rim; dense plummy fruit has now broadenend, slightly baked, some earth, nothing special and more purity would have improved bouquet; full and round, decent length and persistence, slightly dusty fruit though quite velvety, ready. Not as convincing as previous bottles and played second fiddle to La Ricolma 2000! Just fine (17.5/20).
  • liber commented:

    9/14/15, 11:01 AM - responding to Genghis88, assuming good cellarage drink soon if you like power, keep to see if more nuance develops. My guess is that it's good for at least 10 years but......I'm slightly concerned that Angelus may have been promoted above the capacity of its terroir and, in a year when RP's taste for extraction and fruit driven flavours caught the imagination, particularly on the right bank, and where there were severe September storms, notwithstanding the excellent conditions in July and August (a pointer to 2015?) longevity might be compromised.

Red
1990 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/22/2015 - liber Likes this wine:
97 points
4th of 12, perfect cork and fill, essentially as noted in June 2014, with same wonderful, aristocratic flavour profile, just slightly less energy to the fruit, so shaded the marking to same as for sensationally good Cos drunk the previous weekend....even so the Lafite is the better wine on potential (as it should be!). Very fine plus (19/20).
  • liber commented:

    8/24/15, 6:49 AM - to respond to Buzzzzoff, if I had one bottle, I'd leave for 5 years or more. I like old (but not too old) claret with the extra nuance age brings, particularly to the bouquet. This wine is beautifully balanced, so I imagine it will improve for at least 20 years, but my cellar is cool and damp by normal standards.

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