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2019 Cru de la Maqueline Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2021 - jshaevitz wrote:
90 points
Excellent value Bordeaux. Heavy structure at this point and definitely Merlot heavy which makes it silky but heavy on the palette. The fruit is present, especially plum and blackberry, with mild spiciness although at this point the tannins are a bit strong. Needs a decent time to breath right now and promises to age well in the near term. A solid value at ~$14.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    4/1/22, 6:11 AM - Hey! I agree with you! I like your description - spot on. I may buy a case to put down over time.

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2018 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/18/2021 - HorstPeak Likes this wine:
98 points
One of the best wines I have consumed. Need to wait minimum 5 years or more. Have 8 more bottles, lucky me!
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/20/21, 5:58 AM - I had my first of 9 yesterday, I completely agree with your statement to hold. It will be a 97-100 pointer in time, all the stuffing is there. Needed 3+ hours to open enough to be enjoyable. Good Call! Excellent QPR too! Buy up the 2020s $95 CHEAP and it's being hailed as one of their best ever.

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2016 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/27/2021 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
Vice Versa weekend and dinner: Locked, loaded, and tight as a drum, the 2016 Pavie is SUCH an infant all it needed was a pacifier and its blankie to get it all set for its requisite hibernation for the next 15 years. The precision on this wine is absolutely unmatched, as is the barely budding sense of perfectly honed and pure fruit. But holy hotcakes and caviar, this sinewy boxer is all business in its current state. Academically, it’s absolutely worth experiencing, but it is nothin’ but needles on the finish, even with hours and hours of air. All that said, I absolutely loved it! I loved it in a more scholastic way to be sure, primarily because if any wine on the planet has the potential to be a gladiator after two decades have passed, its this Pavie. I wasn’t worthy to try this wine yet, but was grateful to have been given the opportunity to check it out. It’s an fistful of fruit just waiting to cluster-bomb your palate. Hold the 2016 Pavie until they do a reboot of “Top Gun 2040: A Space Odyssey.” 95-97+ points.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/17/21, 7:27 AM - Hello! I just got 6-Pak of these (owc) was wondering if I should try one? I recently had the 2018 VCC - stunning wine! I'll hold the rest of it, but you can drink it now due to the dominant Merlot.. So, if I were to tap this Pavie, from what you said here, I don't think I would regret it right? It's not going to be overly tannic at this stage? Shutdown? Your thoughts?

  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/17/21, 3:52 PM - Thanks.. I appreciate your comments, i will wait it out! LOL... Like you, I a not hurting for choices and bottles drinkable now! Cheers!

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2018 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2021 - Marquis du Vin Likes this wine:
100 points
Just opened this... Reminds me of when I cracked the 2009 Palmer on release. What a pleasure to sip. Deep purple almost like licorice! Gorgeous sensations emerge tantalizing the mouth. Blueberries, kitsch and minerals. 3 hours later, things soften a bit with more pronounced flavors, the finish in dazzling. Currants emerge exploding in the mouth.Well balanced and silky soft. Probably the best wine experience for a young bordeaux ever! It beats the Palmer, as every bit of this tastes sensational. Medium to full body, and very rich indeed. Now mind you ... I have had Gravette '14 and '15. Have 2 cases of the '18. Those wines are close to the look and feel of this one, not as deep or rich, but as far as 2nds go, this has to be the best I've had in comparison to the Gran Vins. Having said that. load up on those which are 1/3 -1/4 of the price. We all can't drink Gran Vin every night!
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/11/21, 3:38 PM - Was the Gran Vin! You can drink it now - DELICIOUS!!!!

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2018 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
11/30/2021 - Andre Brattland wrote:
96 points
70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Wonderfully sharp and wide aromas that makes your feet tremble with joy. Even with the concentration, it can be considered velvety soft. Strong flower, some masculine perfume, plum, cassis, espresso and sweet-smoked smoke and licorice. Lovely full-bodied wine that takes hold and spreads its delicacy around in the mouthfeel. Great fruit of plum and black currant, chalk, leather, licorice and lots of smoke and the most delicious barrel spices make it impossible to close again. The acid is challenged, but gives a living wine. The tannin structure is excellent. Needs time this, but has great potential.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/9/21, 12:54 PM - Hey! Just got some of this.. Wanted to crack one open, any suggestions on the decant time?

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2010 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/23/2021 - whitmanlholt Likes this wine:
91 points
No formal notes, but this was very good. Deep plum highlights the intriguing nose. This is nicely juicy and layered. If offered blind, I would not peg this as a second wine. It’s a great example of Pomerol and a nice bargain. I look forward to trying the big brother.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/8/21, 10:58 AM - Hello! have you hand any other vintages of this? '14-18? I loved the '14 was wondering how this compares. 2010 was an absolute massive vintage as I'm sure u know. May want to buy a case of this? Any thoughts? Have you had Annonce from Belair-Monange? Delicious. Reminds me of Gravette!

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2019 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/15/2021 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
97 points
2021 Bordeaux Tasting Trip; 7/12/2021-7/16/2021 (Bordeaux): A tasting in Bordeaux of 71 wines, some of the best I have ever had and others, umm, well were disappointing. If you read the Tasting story (and my grading history) I think it will do a much better job putting this in perspective.

Vieux Chateau Certan is not a Trophy wine that Americans buy to throw their junk on a table and show off (crude I know but reality), it’s a wine that really only knowledgeable wine drinkers are aware of and not well known to Americans. Further they do not advertise or market or do any publicly at all, they are farmers/winemakers and that’s what they know (FYI going forward same winemaker as Le Pin GT). If there was an ounce of marketing they would be priced 2x++ what it is today. First we tasted the 2020 second wine, La Gravette de Certan, then 2020 VCC, then 2010 and then the 2019 (requested a comparison after the fact). The suite of wines were outstanding, period- and they know it with a shy smile and a nod.

After having the incredible 2020 and the impeccable 2010 and seeing us squeal like schoolchildren and nearly faint following screams of ecstasy, I was curious how the so far unknown ‘19s were in comparison to these wines and he said “let’s find out”. I think we all started clapping like Eddie Murphy in the Krumps. In the back of my head I was ready to be disappointed as these two wines we just had were some of the best wines we have ever had and the 2010 just dethroned the 2005 Latour. Well the wine didn’t disappoint in the least. Nearly as good as the 2020, it simply crushed it. Damn these wines are unreal and the 2020 increase was well deserved. Damnit.

If you have never heard of VCC, you will soon enough. If you haven’t tasted one, you are missing out on what wine is all about. If you haven’t had one in its peak drinking window, regardless if early or towards the end, I don’t think one truly has experienced all of what wine has to offer (while it may not be affordable, either save up and stop buying other wine or find a friend or pool some friends together and chip in to buy one- and if doing that, buy the 2010 as it’s firing on all cylinders and will only continue to get better every day- IMO (I purposefully left out humble). Cheers!
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    12/6/21, 3:33 PM - Hello! I just bought (3) VCC 2018s to try based on what you wrote here. Sadly I sold (2) 2010s last auction - probably should've kept them. Anyway, do you have the 2018? Did you try it? I know you love the 2019, but I will wait a bit to get those. I'm a lover of Gravette too, and I have drank and owned cases of that from 2014-2018. Have you had that and how does it compare to VVC gran vin?

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2013 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/17/2020 - Marquis du Vin wrote:
88 points
So i opened this last night to have with steak! Let's just say my meat had way more going on than this wine... I was very disappointed. Just was pretty dead on the pallet. Nothing at all going on save for a nice medium body silky texture; lacked any fruit what so ever. In defense, was a bit tannic, but I did decant for an hour+ which usually helps things a bit. Sad to say I have 5 more $70 BLAH bottles to put back into storage.
I remember the days ('97s, 2004-2009) when this wine used to give the mouth much delight! I also have 2014s - gosh I hope they are better than this! Seems as if either get the real deal here or pass. I recently had 1 of 6 2011 Dominus - amazing wine in a difficult vintage. At $140/bottle I'd much rather have them... Very sad... C'mon Christian you can do better than this!!! Let's hope I'M WRONG here.... Time will tell...
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    7/18/20, 4:14 AM - Oldwines "Dave" I appreciate your advice and most certainly will do that! Let's hope it is worth the wait... Thank you!

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2015 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/8/2018 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
94 points
Better freshness coming out of Saint Emilion (Actually two locations: UGCB in New York (1/2018) and in Saint Emilion (12/2017)): Well, well, well. I like this just about as much as the Angélus. It seems to have a bit more freshness in its profile. Sure, it has 15% alcohol and with 100% Merlot, but the new oak is but 60%. While it lacks the depth and density of Angélus, it gains in terms of lift on the finish. Nice job.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    6/23/19, 11:48 AM - You are SO correct about this wine... I'm glad i bought what i did! Lovely wine that is somewhere between Gran Vin Angelus and L'Carrilion... Can't say i've had the 2015 Angelus - but i have had the L'Carrillion and other vintages of Angelus, this is right up there... Great Call!

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2014 Duo de Conseillante Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/10/2017 - ShangGuy Likes this wine:
88 points
Third chateau from my Bordeaux trip moving to the right bank. Ruby red color and light fragrant floral notes. Soft subtle first taste widening more fully with dark fruits and silky texture. Soft finish, low tannins and medium linger.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    8/5/18, 6:03 AM - Hey Shangguy... I'm a big fan of Conseillante! Will be in Bordeaux next May, how did u arrange a tour of their Chateau?

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1998 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/6/2018 - brianngibson wrote:
93 points
Drank to celebrate 20th anniversary. 8 bottles left for future celebrations. I was surprised by how dark it was at 20. Thought it might be gett8ng a little bricking, but no. Graphite, currants, cedar box. A fine wine with plenty left.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    6/7/18, 4:49 AM - Brian! We share the 6th as a special day! Cheers to you and your wife on 20 years! I wanted to pop the 2003 Las Cases, but i read about it and decided to wait for my 20th to do it! the 98 is excellent, and you are lucky to have plenty left!

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2009 Margaux du Château Margaux (3rd wine) Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2017 - HBB wrote:
Not a tasting note
Actually a request ,I am looking for
A bottle of third label chateau Margaux

Either empty or full any year

If anyone has one contact me Bbamberger@oaswo.com
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    2/27/18, 6:05 AM - I can indeed supply one! Why the empty? Nostalgic interest ? It's quite a charm to drink!

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2014 Château Petit-Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/13/2017 - Keeping It Real wrote:
92 points
This was better than the 2014 Montrose for me. Very nice. Grainy, good weight on the palate.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    2/22/18, 7:47 AM - Hello! I have had the Gran Vin for 2014 and loved it! Curious if you have had Carillon Angelus '14 or VCC's 2nd for 2014... Both were similar but a tad lighter than the Gran Vin... So, was wondering if you think this is worthy of a case purchase? Does it have decent body and length?

    Thanks...

    Jerry

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2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/17/2016 - Marquis du Vin wrote:
92 points
Very good wine! Excellent brunello! I can see why some rate this the wine of the vintage... Well integrated medium body +!
It has a distinct Bordeaux quality towards the end of the finish... Silky smooth texture, great ripe dark fruits... This was from a 375. I would accumulate 750s with good pricing.. I like this style of brunello as its not classic or typical... Someways similar to pertimali riserva... Nice wine!
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    5/1/16, 10:10 AM - 14% Alc

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1997 Gaja Barbaresco Nebbiolo
10/3/2015 - jshufelt wrote:
95 points
Slow-ox for 60 minutes, then decanted for another 30 minutes before service. In the glass, rusty red and clear, with pronounced legs. On the nose, a wonderful mixture of roses, plums, and oak, bursting from the glass. On the palate, plums, cherries, rosewater, and a bit of tar, well balanced, with some tannins still present on the long finish. This is drinking quite well now, but I think 3-5 more years are needed to hit the peak. With linguine and a sage, mushroom, and cream sauce, just wonderful.
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    3/4/16, 1:51 PM - Hey thanks for your write-up! I saw this wine selling for $150 a bottle and grabbed one. On taste, i immediately got the remaining 3 from the store. Amazing... I just decanted it now, and i would imagine your appraisal to be spot on! What a deal for such quality...

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2010 Margaux du Château Margaux (3rd wine) Red Bordeaux Blend
1/11/2016 - skurtz wrote:
92 points
Decanted and it opened up very quickly, almost new world in character with bright extracted red fruit, cherries mostly, and a touch of woodsy flavor. Yes there are some chewy tannins but it is still well put together. A satisfying if atypical Bdx and my favorite wine of the evening. I would definitely buy this if I could find it!
  • Marquis du Vin commented:

    2/3/16, 9:51 AM - Hye! read ur desire for more !!! I actually just bought 6 @ $100 ea from Zachys in NY. Give them a call and ask for John Sanchez or Andy Siffe.. This is by special client services ordering only, so it doesn't show on their site. I bought 18 bottles of the 2009 two years ago from them..

    Regards,
    Jerry

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