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2013 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
13% alcohol. CS 56%, M 40%, CF 4% according to the website. Very good long cork. Decanted several hours (more by accident than by design). Reasonably deep colour.. The nose is not very intense, but it is pleasantly rounded, with notes of confectionery; one is left with a general impression of softness. The mouth is much more vivid, with pleasant acidity and some moderate green tannins in the finish.
Not a bad effort given the vintage. Not a lot of fruit, not a lot of depth, but some class nevertheless, and recognisably Pessac. Surprisingly ready at this early stage, and I am grateful for the light touch with oak.
A friend spotted this wine priced at 20€ on the shelves of Lidl, of all places; this indicates that the 2013 vintage is a very hard sell through the normal channels (there were also bottles of La Couspaude).
Certainly worth the reduced price, but I would be pretty cheesed off if I had paid the full price.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    11/10/19, 11:18 AM - Same here - purchased mine via Lidl Belgium ( their now discontinued online wine section ), but paid about 48 € / bottle.
    From what I could tell, this seemed to be stock which came from Germany ( as back labels were in German writing ).
    Still at 48 € I was will to take the plunge for an off-vintage. Still haven't tasted it yet ... your TN makes me curious.

Red
2004 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
9/7/2019 - Mr Coone wrote:
Intense cherry red color with ruby-red in the edge. Quite some evolution in the glass.
Tertiary hints in the nose. Earthy, with aroma's of leather, tobacco and some dried fruit.
On the palate: earthy with leather, tobacco, cedar, spices and black pepper.
High acidity and green tannins which made the wine a little bit harsh.
Long finish

My recommendation on this wine is: drink. Do not keep it any much longer.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    9/8/19, 10:33 AM - Agreed, a bit flat and watery for my taste ... still quite fair on the nose, but failing in taste & finish. Drink up now !

Red
2004 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/18/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
95 points
Years ago, a family friend and I were talking about his experiences living in rural Vermont. He had barely anything to say except he kept arching his eyebrows and saying very slowly, "Its quiet". I understood immediately what he meant. This wine reminds of that moment. It comes in unannounced, polished, quiet. Its as if someone came in the room, said nothing and started taking care of their business without making a sound, no awkward glances, no shuffling paper. Just feels good to have company.

Same bottle from my last note via coravin.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    8/25/18, 11:06 AM - This has to be one of the finest tasting notes I've seen here on CT !

Red
2007 Château La Conseillante Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
90 points
Better on the nose, with its developed truffle, mocha, floral and cherry tones, than on the medium bodied, bright, red cherry and plum focused palate. The finish has softness and delicacy, but there is not a lot of stuffing here. I'd opt for drinking this sooner than later.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    12/23/17, 1:37 PM - Again, your are spot on regarding this wine and the vintage ... somewhat disappointing for me.

Red
2007 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
Fully mature, medium bodied, with silky tannins, freshness and soft, polished textures, the wine is on the spicy, red fruit side of the style range. Quite nice for the vintage, this is not a wine I would hold for more development. If you're sitting on any, I'd pop a cork to enjoy the fruits before they fade.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    12/3/17, 11:12 AM - Spot on, Jeff ! Thanks for the info, enjoyed my 07 vintage very much !

White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/4/2017 - La Grappe wrote:
87 points
Light to medium yellow colour; notes of honey and lemon on the palate, which is of light to medium intensity, quite sweet but not especially complex, and with modest length. Pleasant enough, but it lacks a little power and verve.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    10/14/17, 12:34 PM - I agree with you 100%. Nice but not memorable.

Red
2007 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
One of the top wines from the Right Bank in most years, and 2007 is no exception. Finesse in style, there is a freshness to the black raspberry tinted fruits, with the added nuances of cherry blossoms, wet earth and hints of thyme. Softly textured, with silky, soft, polished red fruits in the finish, the wine was produced from blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    9/2/17, 2:56 PM - I agree, one of my top wines for 2007 St. Emilion, together with Pavie, Bélair and Pavie Macquin !!!

Red
1998 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/20/2016 - englishman's claret wrote:
96 points
Sometimes when you just want a classic, balanced St Emilion, you reach for a bottle like this. Blackberries, blueberries, pencil lead, mineral, that typical St-Emilion je-ne-sais-quoi spice profile. Really unfolded in the decanter; complex, diaphanous. Beautifully textured on the palate; full and supple but no over-extraction here. In early maturity now, it will last and last.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    2/19/17, 9:45 AM - Correct - even after nearly 20 years this is still showing young in your glass.
    A beauty of a wine, seems this can easily last at least 10 more years.

Red
1994 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2016 - Mathijs81 Likes this wine:
89 points
How to describe this bottle in one word .... disappointing.

I know, 1994 is not the most sexy vintage, but still ... its Latour.
And for me, this is already downhill and must be drunk soonest.

After struggling enormously with the cork ( broke in a thousand pieces ), here my notes

Colour - already clear signs of evolution
Nose - very peppery and pungent in nose
Flavour - very silky smooth in mouth
Taste - a hint of sweet cherries and also pepper

Still, for a 250+ Euro bottle this is very disappointing - the 1979 vintage I had outplays is easily.

Mathijs
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    7/1/16, 2:21 AM - Indeed .... most probably badly stored - didn't register where I purchased at the time.

Red
2002 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/24/2014 - Mathijs81 Likes this wine:
85 points
Initially, it was a punch in the face - opening the bottle, an amazing aroma of dark chocolate emerged.
Tasting and after-taste was very pleasant, somewhat spicy in the beginning and mild acid finish.
Read through other comments here on this vintage and understood not the best vintage around.
As I have not other vintages to compare to ( yet ), must say I'm quite pleased quality / price for this wine.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    3/28/16, 11:30 AM - In retrospect I would not buy this particular vintage again.
    Recently tasted the 2001 and it just way overpassed the 2002.

Red
1995 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2015 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
87 points
25 years of the Cathiards at Smith Haut Lafitte: all magnum verticals (Château Smith Haut Lafitte): Riper nose. More savory and meaty. A bit drying on the finish however, was better 10 years ago I think... Interestingly, the 1994 shows more backbone and I prefer it over the 1995!
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    12/23/15, 10:36 AM - Interesting - I tasted the 1994 next to the 1995, but the 1995 was the winner for me.

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2014 - Mathijs81 Likes this wine:
80 points
The fourth bottle of my 1970-1979 collection, the first year they went PGCCA.

Condition of the bottle - dirty and damaged label ( mould on cork )
Level - lower neck / shoulder level, clearly stored too moist.
Heavy on the sediment, required some gentle filtering.
Nose - somewhat peppery, earth, coffee and tobacco.
Taste - same as above, still very nice flavour coming out of this one

Guess over the top and not much left, so enjoy this bottle now !
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    7/4/15, 1:53 PM - Hi Howard - I kept the bottle standing up for about one day ( to ease the sediment ).
    As for drinking .... suggest pop and pour - it won't last very long with O2. Do believe it survived a couple hours though.

Red
2005 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2013 - CWang wrote:
89 points
Still rather young and probably in an unstable phase; however, did show some improvement with more air time in tonight's tasting event; overall, 89+ points for now; needed another 5-6 years at least I supposed.
  • Mathijs81 commented:

    8/25/13, 11:16 AM - Have to agree on this comment .... although agreeable in drinking, it will reach its peak in a couple of years.

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