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2015 Clos du Jaugueyron Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Actually a bit fruitier than my last bottle. Otherwise not hugely different in flavor but definitely in a better place in terms of integration and general satisfaction, because when I went to pour another sip to come up with something clever to say in a note, there wasn't any left.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    8/26/19, 1:50 PM - Your first tasting note on this wine summed up my feelings exactly, Keith, it reminded me why I fell for Haut-Medoc wines in the first place. We visited Michel's place in May, his passion for what he does and how he does it is infectious. The 2015 Margaux is definitely worth a taste IMO, a step up in class, though my understanding moving forwards is that there won't be any 2018 Margaux from him, mildew wasn't kind in this area to anyone with his uncompromising dedication to "bio"..

Red
2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/19/2019 - Pluecht wrote:
88 points
Past its prime
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    5/20/19, 4:46 AM - What they said....LdH don't normally release these until they are more than a decade old so "past its prime" just doesn't make sense! Maybe a faulty bottle? I tasted one of mine mid-2018 and figured it needed at least another 4 years or so, but there is certainly bottle variation with this producer..

Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12% alcohol. The level is good, at bottom of the neck. The cork is soaked through, and it breaks up two thirds of the way upon extraction; no problem getting the other third out by the usual technique of tackling it at an angle. No idea why people are spending good money on specialist corkscrews. Decanted a short 30mn ahead in view of the venerable age of the bottle.
The colour is dark, slightly dull, with some thinning at the edge of the rim but no significant browning. The nose is not very intense but it has a surprisingly vivid feel; no fruit left as such, but very pleasant with a suggestion of caramel. The mouth has good energy, with nothing faded about it; fine acidity and good length, albeit in a slightly fluid way.
I won't hide the fact that I am quite disappointed by this bottle; yes it has held through 32 years, and yes it is in good condition, but is it better now than it was 15 years ago ? I can't say for sure as this is a once-off for me in this vintage, a gift from a now deceased friend and mentor (RIP JTL), but I suspect that I would have liked it better then. The problem for me is that the flavours that I get are not sufficiently refined or even distinctive to compensate for the loss of fruit. Certainly no magic here.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    12/11/18, 12:57 AM - Eudemis, I don't think you'd have found this better 15 years ago. I bought a case (12) of these on release back when I still had hair, it has been a super-tannic beast which didn't really give up anything for 25 years or so, and which has been all but undrinkable, at least to me.

    Having said that, the bottle I last opened a couple of years ago seemed just about in the window and was drinking very well, a solid if not stellar performance, so I look forward to better things from my remaining bottles some time in the next few years. L-B always needs time, but the '86s were hard as nails and quite unpleasant for a long time. Maybe your bottle was unrepresentative though?

Red
1988 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/1/1997 - sdr Does not like this wine:
84 points
Hollywood Wine Seminar. Medium color. Hard oaky spicy nose. More cool and classic than the ‘89. Firm and tannic. Doesn’t have enough fruit for the structure.
Clive Coates: “high acidity at first, elegant, lush and complex, super”
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    9/25/18, 3:53 AM - The fruit went away a few years back...some might see this as an advantage, depending on how you like your claret..though I would agree it has seen better days.

Red
1990 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/4/2016 - kevin h wrote:
88 points
Thin, dumb and a bit lifeless at first. A three hour decant brought out some character but still a nonedescript nose. Better flavour, polished fed fruits and some dry tannins. Not much to like here, rather disappointing as it was for a special occasion.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    1/4/16, 2:22 AM - Hi..I've had a very similar experience with the case I bought e.p. from TWS. The first few were great in their youth and promised much but recently very disappointing. I really don't know whether to drink or hold on my remaining bottles..

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/10/2015 - EhrlichDY Likes this wine:
91 points
A 2003 Bosconia Riserva that showed well piqued my interest and I decided to try one of these. i found this wine to be more feminine and based on finesse. It's aged dusty quality was less prominent than the Bosconia. In fact, everything was playing at a lower volume in this wine. Perhaps the wine is in a shy phase or it's just how it is. Tannins are well integrated and this has entered its drinking plateau.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    3/10/15, 7:28 AM - I think these are in a fairly dumb phase right now and might repay keeping another few years, which is what I intend to do..

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/29/2014 - Drankard wrote:
90 points
This light, balanced red delivers mature flavors of dried cherry, medicinal cherry, and leather. Fresh and lively boosted by zesty minerality. Classic Rioja but a bit uninteresting. I would drink up.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    10/30/14, 12:22 AM - I think these might be shutting down temporarily - I'm going to leave my remaining bottles another few years. There's some bottle variation, too..

Red
2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
Bottle variation worked out for me on this one. I generally like this CdR as a value proposition, but have found the 2010 to be a little thin and out of balance. This appeared medium/dark with a nose of raspberry and pepper. Good amount of fruit on the palate and medium to long finish with well resolved tannin and decent acidity. It showed really well.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    5/1/14, 8:44 AM - I agree, Chris...maybe it'll settle down with a couple more years on it?

Red
2009 Abbaye de Lérins Mediterranée Vieilles Syrah Saint Sauveur
11/27/2013 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Abbaye de Lérins wines tasted from WIT glass tubes (Stockholm): Dark red colour, rather deep hue. Deep and powerful nose with ripe dark cherries, some liquorice, some tar and smoke, a hint of animal notes and toasted oak with some vanilla and brown butter. Full-bodied, palate with very dark cherries and blackberries, powerful concentration of fruit, rather good acidity, medium+ tannins that show some polished style, aftertaste with rather tart berries and a lot of tannin. Young, 91(+) p.
Definitely a serious wine! The slightly peculiar oak barrel note (I assume that's the origin of the vanilla and brown butter aromas) is the same as in the 2009 Saint Honorat, and the impression of brown butter really stuck once I had started to associate to that aroma. The palate actually reminded me rather much of a Hermitage (possibly laced with some Mourvèdre). Cellaring is definitely to recommend, but possibly this wine will mature faster than Syrah usually does. Given its concentration, I expect it to keep for a really long time, though.
  • johnnyrichardson commented:

    12/9/13, 9:49 AM - I have 1 bottle of this which I purchased while visiting the island (which I can see from our holiday home) for lunch - I had no idea at the time if it was a serious wine or an expensive tourist wine. Based on your note I will leave it for another few years, and probably buy some more next time I visit..thank you!

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