Tasting Notes for lwt

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2003 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2015 - lwt wrote:
88 points
A bit more disjointed compared to my previous tasting. Not liking 2003s that much, they're starting to taste a little thin
Red
10/20/2015 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
This seems to have settled nicely, especially after being paired with a nice ribeye steak. Not the disjointed smoky example two years back, this is coming along much better than that initial testing in 2013 suggested. No fireworks here, but this is drinking well with something rich now to offset the tannin.
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1989 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2015 - lwt wrote:
86 points
For its age, the wine still has plenty of stuffing, with ample fruit and lingering tannins. Really highlights the pedigree of the excellent 1989 vintage. What bothered me was the nose, which had a "roasted" quality that i didn't like. This wasn't brett, more like toasty plastic?, and was still around after lots of air. Makes me worried about the 2009 which i tried recently, which had a similar roasted quality to the nose - in a young wine it doesn't bother me much but with the 1989, the mix with the tertiary notes was a bit less appealing. Haven't had much experience with Gloria, would like to hear what others think!
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2010 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
93 points
From a .375. The nose is primary and powerful with cool black fruit, mint and liquorice. More feminine on the palate, but by no means "weak", just more restrained and harmonious than some more masculine examples. No rough edges to the tannins, finished elegant and long. Very good quality here, but a bit too young at the moment, needs food.
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2005 Château Moulin Saint-Georges St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
91 points
Powerful nose, with primary dark fruit and some development (mushrooms, barnyard) interlaced with lots of oak. Fresh tasting and heavy on the palate, slightly hot and alcoholic, the tannins are kicking hard still at this stage. There's plenty of quality here and the fruit is layered, rich and dense, but perhaps the copious use of oak (100% new?) will require more time to integrate. Certainly no danger of being "over the hill", but I do hope the wine comes together a bit more as it ages; it's a bit too much at present.
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2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice deep healthy purple with some slight bricking at the edges. Perfumed with notes of dark fruit that's so typical of the 2010s. The purity of fruit really shines here, with nice rounded tannins which became slightly more prominent after time in the glass. Have no idea how this will develop over time but the wine appears to have the guts for the long haul. Surprisingly, for all the drinkability talk with regards to the 2009s, I think the "layered" nature of this 2010 cantemerle with nice rounded tannins makes beautiful drinking today. Haven't tasted the 2009 and would like to try them side by side one day.
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2010 L'Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2014 - lwt wrote:
85 points
Medium bodied, some smoke and red merlot fruit but no fireworks here. Given the excellent reviews of the grand vin this is a bit of a let down.
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2010 Château Moulin Riche St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2014 - lwt wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured. Didnt live up to expectations after having tasted the excellent 2009, which to my memory offered significantly more concentration and complexity. The 2010 is classically styled, and perhaps a bit muted on the nose. That purity of fruit so evident in other 2010s is missing here, making the overall taste experience rather one dimensional. This seems to lack the guts for long term aging and didn't improve in the glass.
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2006 Château Moulin Saint-Georges St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/26/2014 - lwt wrote:
88 points
This is quite a contrast from my previous experience. Seems to have closed down with much less to enjoy on the nose and the fruit has gone into hiding. Tannins still kicking but I now wonder if I should have consumed earlier. I will keep my last bottle to see what tertiary development can do for this wine.
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2009 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/30/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
93 points
From a .375. Powerful dark, brooding nose dominated by "roasted" (but not oaky) notes and curiously, loads of lead pencil. Really captivating nose and very primary dark fruit (no puppy fat opulence so typical of young wines of the vintage, but then again, this is no longer "young"), not an elegant wine but well balanced. Really came together in the glass over the next hour or so without deteriorating (despite my vigorous swirling) in quality, this appears to have a long future ahead.
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Red
4/19/2014 - lwt wrote:
85 points
Oak a bit heavy, smoke got in the way of other tertiary notes, not well balanced. Palate thinned out and lacked fruit, I suppose this was better young?
Red
2010 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted alongside the 2009. Much more closed on the nose compared to the 2009, but with some vigorous swirling and coaxing, mineral nose of dark fruit and blueberries emerged. The palate was surprisingly much more complex than the 09, as beautiful restrained fruit unfolded slowly with layers of sweet tannin, leading up to a fairly sweet finish. A little muted at present but the quality of the fruit is evident, and is struggling to exert itself. Decant like a madman in the meantime. At least ten years perhaps, to settle down in the bottle and offer a better expression of the wine.
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2009 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasted alongside the 2010. Much more open on the nose compared to the 2010, nice ripe fruit showing red, slightly tart, cherry flavours, but tannins are still very present and alive at this juncture. Less complex though, with a lot more air became slightly one-dimensional as the wine thinned out, presenting a slightly bitter finish.
White
2003 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/10/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
94 points
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting with Adrien Bernard (Crystal Wines Valley Point): This was the WOTN for me. Tasted after the reds, this came across as powerful and vibrant so I can understand why we were advised to taste this last. Nose of thick honey and flowers (like a sauternes), powerful racy acidity dancing on the palate, with a fairly long defined finish. Can't believe WD scored this only 12.5/20 because this is really quite good stuff. If only the prices were lower...
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2009 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting with Adrien Bernard (Crystal Wines Valley Point): This had a similarly perfumed nose like the 2007, I had trouble deciding which one I liked better in that aspect. Felt it was a bit thin on the palate although rather pleasant and much more drinkable compared to the 2004 and 2007. Lacks the opulence of the vintage which is reflective of Adrien's comments that the wine produced is true to the domaine's style and certainly not Mr Parker's.
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2004 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
86 points
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting with Adrien Bernard (Crystal Wines Valley Point): Like the other reds tasted on the night, the nose was pleasant enough but was the weakest amongst the three. Despite a number of winemakers touting the 2004 vintage as one of their personal favourites, my limited experience with the 04s has been that they come across as rather "green" and slightly disjointed, albeit sporting loads of tannin and fruit. This example was no different, and while I hope that the wines will shine after more time in bottle, I will not be seeking out 04s for my personal consumption in the meantime.
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2007 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting with Adrien Bernard (Crystal Wines Valley Point): Beautiful youthful perfumed nose, didn't evolve much in the glass after loads of swirling. Inoffensive but a tad forgettable on the palate, tannins roaring so this will need more time (despite 2007 being termed an "early drinking" vintage). Perhaps the wine will show better in another five years?
Red
1986 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/4/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
I concur with Henry's note as well as his comments on bottle variation. Smoke and brett, full-bodied, savoury elements with fruit still alive and kicking. Rustic, masculine, some rough edges and lacking elegence but tannins appear to have smoothed out considerably. Like some of the 86s I've tasted recently, the wine has probably just entered a long drinking window with little fear of the fruit drying out anytime soon.
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1982 Château Liversan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
86 points
Bricked but put on weight in the glass to turn a darker purple. Nose typical of older bordeaux, some brett, smoke and aged berries, before iron/beefblood dominated. Definitely more masculine and brawny on the palate, fruit still there but fading somewhat. Finished slightly bitter and with some vegetable notes which I didn't like. Will be good with food, by itself, lacks oomph.
Red
2003 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
92 points
Some bricking, which had me worried after hearing about how the 2003s are losing their fruit and fading fast. None of that here, as the bottle opened with notes of licorice, berries and smoke. "Fruit bomb" as described in a previous note is apt, with the richness of the fruit showing. Still tannic on the finish, which was long and bittersweet. "An expression of the St Julien terroir"? Not much terroir but perhaps rather representative of the hot, dry vintage at least?
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1998 Château Larmande St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/29/2014 - lwt wrote:
86 points
Barnyard, green "vegetable" nose. Fairly thin upon pouring but didn't put on much weight in the glass. Unoffensive, but nothing exciting; fruit at risk of disappearing while tannins were almost non-existent, not reflecting the long-lived nature of the vintage unfortunately. Was a little disappointed with this, would drink up sooner rather than later as I don't see how this can improve from its current state.
Red
2010 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
97 points
Fantastic wine, tasted alongside the clos du marquis and d'armailhac. Opened with a trace of barnyard (animal?) and smoke, before evolving to a heady perfumed cassis nose which was clearly more powerful than the other two. Beautiful fruit and extremely smooth tannins, this is classy stuff and drinking beautifully young. Blew away the other two by a mile, hence the high score. Perhaps I have too generous with the d'armailhac but this is really in a different class.
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2010 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasted alongside the d'armailhac and Gruaud Larose. This had the most closed nose of the three, with a more metallic, sharper scent. Rustic and full bodied, but the fruit seems to be hiding, not as bright as the other two. Overall rather mineral-laden while the tannins will take some time to "resolve". Note to self: don't touch this for 5 years at least, this is not giving much pleasure at present.
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1998 Château Grand-Pontet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2014 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened with some barnyard/brett, but this blew off quite quickly to reveal some tertiary notes of iron and cedar, but with a mix of primary "merlot" perfume. Still has a strong core of tannin and fruit, characteristic of the strong Right Bank vintage, and should continue to improve for many years yet.
Red
2009 La Dame de Malescot Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2014 - lwt wrote:
86 points
Not as deep purple as others from the same vintage. Powerful perfumed nose of blackcurrants and smoke which held much promise, but on the palate, this was slightly disappointing. Light/medium-bodied, and a bit watery with a greenish, bitter finish that was too "hot". A bit over-oaked and alcoholic, needs food.
Red
1/3/2014 - lwt wrote:
85 points
Dark purple, full bodied with aromas of black fruit but a tad too much smoke. Alcohol a bit strong here, not the nice perfumed nose I was anticipating. Some green-ness on the nose also. More smoke on the palate, with the fruit hiding behind a massive wall of mouth-pluckering tannin. Not an elegant wine, but rather more rustic. Will not return to this for another decade perhaps.
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Red
12/25/2013 - lwt Does not like this wine:
80 points
Tasted alongside two classified growths from 2010, so this was up against very stiff competition. On the nose, this was clearly the weakest, very closed and was barely able to get a whiff of fruit. Oak was not well integrated and lent a slightly unpleasant edge to both the nose and palate. Wanted very much to like this (and buy a case or two!) but this feels rather disjointed and lacking at the moment.
Red
12/8/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Licorice and dark polished fruit on the nose, with a hint of oak. Light- to medium-bodied, red currants and a long, tannic (slightly green and bitter) finish. Slightly under-ripe for my tastes, but I suppose this has a long way to peaking, perhaps a little closed at present. Only had one glass, and would give it much more air if I were to try this again.
Red
1996 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2013 - lwt wrote:
86 points
Chateau D'Issan Tasting with Emmanuel Cruse (Crystal Wines Valley Point): Curious nose of mushrooms (truffles?) and a hollow cork scent, but no barnyard or brett notes; not finding the nose pleasant at all. Bricked colour showing its age (especially evident next to all its younger counterparts), perhaps looking a bit advanced for a 1996. Plenty of perfumed fruit and still plenty of tannin to carry it further; structure is there but I am not enjoying the overall package.
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2002 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2013 - lwt wrote:
86 points
Chateau D'Issan Tasting with Emmanuel Cruse (Crystal Wines Valley Point): One of those I liked least at the tasting, green notes on both the nose and palate, although it must be said that there is much definition and structure; this one has room to develop further without worry about diminishing fruit. Not a popular wine at the table.
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2009 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Chateau D'Issan Tasting with Emmanuel Cruse (Crystal Wines Valley Point): As expected, showing the ripeness and opulence of the vintage, this was a popular favourite around the table. Lots of fruit on the nose and palate, but didn't quite have the complexity and restraint of the 2010, a bit "one-dimensional" with the fruit overpowering the structure of the wine.
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2010 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/2/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
92 points
Chateau D'Issan Tasting with Emmanuel Cruse (Crystal Wines Valley Point): Best wine of the night in my opinion, balanced and "classic". Nose of dark fruit and graphite, velvety body with restrained fruit. I like this a lot more than the 2009, but the most others appear to favour the '09 instead.
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1985 Château Pedesclaux Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
86 points
Bricking on the edges but still a fairly deep purple, nose of berries and rocks, but rather light. Progressed to rusty nails as it opened up, but rather muted on the whole. Still lots of fruit on the palate, but not terribly complex, finish was short with tannins still kicking. A fairly pleasant wine but not outstanding or interesting, too restrained.
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2005 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark purple, sweet black fruit, licorice on the nose. Good mouth feel, rather expressive with dark fruit and fairly smooth, albeit slightly tart tannins, finish a bit drying with a touch of strong alcohol. Lacks a bit of structure and probably needs more time, but good value.
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1988 Domaine de la Solitude Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/14/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Had low expectations so was pleasantly surprised. Bricking but put on colour in the glass, still a deep purple which belies its age. Lots of perfumed fruit on the nose, with a hint of smoke. Medium bodied, fruit still very much alive, mouth pluckering tannins which still smacks of youth, nose and palate very primary still. This will keep for a long time, pity that it is my only bottle.
Red
11/13/2013 - lwt wrote:
85 points
Dark purple, but violet rim. Nose a bit muted, more red fruit than black. Light - to medium -bodied, sour cherry on the palate, not showing the opulence of fruit which is atypical of the vintage. Tanins a bit rough, finish slightly chalky, sour and bitter. A bit disappointing given the high expectations after reading other tasting notes. Glad that this is my only bottle, there is much better value to be found in the same vintage. Drinkable, but not at this price.
Red
2009 Château Moulin Riche St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/12/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
92 points
Very dark, black stony fruit on the nose and palate. A full-bodied wine, oak well-integrated and not obvious. Initially savoury, then mouth-coating wave of dark fruit. A bit "hot" on alcohol, finish was long with lingering powdery tannins. I like this, but can only dream about the Grand Vin.
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2010 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/9/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
95 points
Primary fruit on the nose, just a hint of oak. Well balanced, sweet fruit, no rough edges on this one, smooth sweet tannins. Elegance in a bottle, very restrained extraction and more in the vein of St julien than paulliac.
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2009 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark purple, medium bodied. Nose of plums, licorice and tobacco, sweet dark fruit. Smooth on the palate, but a touch light and restrained. Smooth tannins and some spice on the finish. Nice overall, although a little less full-bodied than I would have liked. Perhaps that would be found in the grand vin? That is beyond my budget unfortunately.
Red
1990 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
92 points
From a 37.5. Nose of sweet menthol, licorice and tobacco, colour still deep purple with a slight bricking on the edges. Some brett, ripe fruit with smoky overtones. Finished long and bittersweet, with spicy and herbal notes. Complex and interesting, tanins still yet to be fully resolved, this should keep many years yet, especially in a larger format.
Red
1995 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Still deep purple, not showing much signs of age despite its 18 years. Nose had elements of barnyard, blackcurrant, menthol (licorise) and graphite (if there is such a thing!), without the rusty nails which should come with a bit more age. Very tannic still, lending a "mineral" nature; finished long with lingering tannins and smoke. Still has some way to go for the tannins to resolve, and plenty of fruit to for alongside it. Lacks a bit of elegance and finesse, but rather interesting and perfectly drinkable especially with a rich meal.
White
10/18/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Citrus on the nose and palate, dry body and finish; minerality as expected of a Chablis. And yet I think I preferred the generic Chablis from the same producer which had an element of freshness that was somehow missing here. Slightly underwhelming as I had quite high expectations after tasting the 2011 William fevre Chablis previously.
Red
1989 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Bricking at the edges, meaty iron nose with a trace of smoke, fruit took something time to show (bottle open for a hour). Rather rustic feel on the palate. Tannins still asserting themselves, which went well with a meal of rich lamb chops - still has many years ahead. Finish fairly long thanks to the tannic nature of the wine. Thoroughly complex although didn't give as much pleasure as some of the other aged Bordeaux I've had - structured but didn't enjoy each of the individual components that much. Fairly high score on the complexity.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Sigalas Rabaud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/5/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
85 points
Don't have much experience with sauternes, but this one appears to lack complexity-sweet and rich, but little else. Kept half overnight in the refrigerator and this showed much better, with more muted sweetness and tones of honey and citrus, but flavours still not that complex - good value for the occasional sweet tipple. Will keep my open bottle for a bit longer to see if more positive developments ensue.
Red
2005 Château Hortevie St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
86 points
Deep ruby, no noticeable sediment. initially barnyard, before opening up to a more perfumed nose after airing. Quite dense on the palate, sweet, dark ripe fruit with a trace of oak. No rough edges here, finished long. Wonder how this will show after more time in the cellar, but the fruit should surely hold up.
Red
9/21/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
88 points
Infanticide? Opened this perhaps too early. Colour was deep purple, holding lots of promise for what is usually a very opulent, rich fruity vintage. None of that here unfortunately. Nose fairly muted with hints of oak and some fruit, with a very austre taste on the palate. Finish was similarly austere, medium length but drying. Sense a higher proportion of merlot, tannins very rough and drying. Tough to say where this will be ten years down the road but the lack of fruit is quite a problem for me. Second day, this was a lot more palatable, although still lacking bouquet and fruit, perhaps I will try this in 10 years.

Day 3: The wine has finally opened up! I've changed my mind about this, good balance of fruit and tannin, long finish with mouth-pluckering tannins which dictate that this should not be opened for another ten years minimum. Still lacking on the nose though, oak doesn't appear to be well integrated yet.
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Red
9/15/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
90 points
Cork totally saturated, broke in two. Barnyard nose upon opening, colour deceptively young, a centimeter and a half of bricking. This is in a rather youthful state despite its 30 years. Nose turned to rusty nails then perfumed fruit, body of sweet fruit, dark ripe cherry, with unsmoked oak throughout. Finish slightly chalky and long, would have given a higher score but for the cloying sweetness of the wine (slightly overripe fruit?) after having a bit more. Overall still very impressive and clearly showing the longevity of the vintage for the margaux appellation.
Red
9/7/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
93 points
I must confess that the sangiovese is not something I'm used to, experience has been limited to more generic Chianti which has been hit-and-miss (usually too diluted for my palate). Tasting this brunello, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavour and complexity. Oak/sweet vanilla, licorice tones on the nose, initial impression reminded me of a more oaky aged Bordeaux, especially with the pale red colour. Black fruits (black cherry) on the palate, perfumed and sweet. Finish was bitter but not unpleasantly so. Have a few more bottles, can't wait to find out how this one develops with age.
White
8/30/2013 - lwt wrote:
86 points
No oak but couldn't tell since there was a hint of smokiness. Sour apple, a bit strong and missed a bit of minerality which is so typical of Chablis. Perhaps needs to spend some time in the cellar? Finish was long and slightly sour. Have half a bottle left, will try again tomorrow.
Red
2006 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/29/2013 - lwt Likes this wine:
89 points
Perfumed nose, deep purple colour. A lot more tannic than the 2005 which I had recently, but perhaps more complex also. Paired this with a rack of lamb and ratatouille and the tannins worked well with the richness of the meat. However, tannins a bit less rounded and smooth than I would have liked. Wood was more present compared to the 2005, slightly spicy finish also. Will try other bottle in a few years or perhaps with another serving of rich meat.
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