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Tasting Notes for Brentw1

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Red
2014 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/26/2022 - Brentw1 wrote:
This was sublime. This is my first Grand Cru burgundy so I carefully packed it in my suitcase for a trip to Chicago from the UK to visit my son.

He’s been getting into Pinot Noir from Oregon so I thought it was about time that I reminded him who are the best in the World at Burgundy style wines.

This is young. So a double decant a couple of hours beforehand was my judgement. Nailed it for a wine at this stage of evolution was my opinion and his comment that “this is superb” said it all for me. I also have another five bottle in the cellar so happy days!

We savoured this bottle over a couple of hours from the 32nd floor of his apartment at night with the Sears Tower (I know it’s called something else these days so don’t bother correcting me!) playing the Ukrainian Flag Colours. Magical!

What an experience which is what wine should all be about in my humble opinion.
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Red
2013 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2022 - Brentw1 wrote:
82 points
It’s not terrible but drink it up folks. I got a mail shot from The Wine Society (UK) this week and it had one of their handy vintage guides. They rated 2013 as a four out of ten. I’d forgotten what a crappy vintage it was.

Nondescript probably sums it up and the other four bottles will not be around for long. Might even give a couple away.
Red
3/9/2022 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
89 points
Ok. I know we all loved the 2016! It was sold off quite cheaply and lots of us cottoned on and bought shed loads in both halves and bottles (well I did!). With a bit of age, it became a bargain as it developed into a wine probably worth twice its fire sale price.

So when Waitrose did a 25% off promotion (uk folks) I went for it at £9.59 a bottle for the 2018.

Whooopee! Another bargain. I’m not prentending that it is as good as the exceptional 2016, but the bottle I’ve just had over two nights was right up there on a QPR basis. A solid 89 for me.
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White
3/2/2022 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
80 points
Ok. This is getting better and more noteworthy. Drunk on a PNP impulse and interestingly at 12 degrees C (my cellar ambient temp) and it was delightful. I won’t bore you all with the tasting terms but a decent nose, nice pallet and a good finish.

Expecting this to get better with another couple of years. It reminded me a bit of a white Chateau Musar. Now there is a white wine that needs time!
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Red
12/16/2020 - Brentw1 wrote:
Some great reviews and bodes well for my dozen slumbering gently in the cellar under the kitchen. The drinking window on this is 2021 to 2032, and whilst I wonder sometimes where some of these dates come from, it's a strong indicator that these need time. In fact, many of the earlier bottles drunk on here have not been (in my view) the experience that they could/should have been.

All red (and most of the white) Penfolds need time. Its not a co-incidence that they actually publish a guide called "The Rewards of Patience".

I started to collect Penfolds in earnest from about the 2005 vintage and currently have some 233 bottles of the stuff (don't tell Lady Brentw1 please!). On the reds my entry level is Bin 28 and I top out at RWT.

Every single bottle that I have drunk earlier than the window, I have regretted. Most bottles early in the window I have enjoyed but confirmed that you should bide your time, and very bottle that I have popped and poured was also not done justice (in fact Penfolds recommend on their website that all their Bin reds and some top end whites should be decanted or even double-decanted to get the experience that the winemaker intended.

I'm not criticising anyone btw and it is great to get people's opinions and to see how things might be doing. Just trying to share my experiences for what they are worth. I also appreciate that I am extraordinarily lucky to be able to store bottles easily and that it is more of a challenge for many people. Anyway, if you can't wait, double decant!
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Rosé
12/4/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a revelation. I've been introduced to Thymioloupos wines by The Wine Society community and absolutely love having discovered the Xinomavro grape. Described as the 'Bastard off-spring of pinot noir and cinsault' it seems to have the ability to age and develop like a decent Burgundy (but without the price tag). The Rose is a complex proper wine and if you can find a bottle please try it. It reminds me of Sylvain Pataille's age-worthy Rose from Marsannay. You will not be disappointed!
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White
11/24/2020 - Brentw1 wrote:
85 points
OK, went and opened the Aldi CNDP Blanc as instructed! Told Lady Brentw1 that it had to be done as the community were waiting with bated breath.

There’s a reason that you can buy this for £14.99 in Aldi, it’s called cash-flow. I can go back to 2012 when I bought 2008 Sociando Mallet being marketed as perfect with your Christmas dinner! Well maybe after another 6 years in the cellar.

I suspect that the producer has needed to get some money in the coffers and that is why this has been released so early. A quick search on the TWS site reveals 9 alternatives at two to at least three times the price and nothing later than a 2018. Many have a ten year drinking window, so my initial thoughts were that I would be taking one for the team this evening and committing a minor version of wine infanticide.

The first thing I noticed was that it has been bottled with a Diam 5. So I would be assuming that the producer is not expecting it to spend as much time in the cellar as a Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe at £46 a bottle. Fair enough at that price point.

The nose was displaying plenty of unripe peach and flower scent but there was also a slight hint (very slight and lets see if it blows off tomorrow) of nail varnish, the classic sign of a touch of volatile acidity.

The palate was not that exciting with a hint of the hazelnuts talked about on the Aldi website, but mostly a continuation of (riper?) peach and white flowers mixed with a touch of vanilla. I’ll give it credit for a longish finish where the peach and vanilla persisted through but I could not pick up much else. Not an unpleasant wine by any means but I felt it was a touch unresolved and may well improve and be a bit more refined over the next 12 to 18 months, but I wouldn’t want to take it past say another three years.

Tried initially at about 12 degrees but then took it down to 9 which was an improvement as it was much fresher and more floral at the cooler temperature.

In summary. Good value for money compared to other CNDP Blancs but keep it for a while to get the best out of it. Maybe an 86/87 in there somewhere.
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Red
11/3/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
What a pretty wine. Bought as I wanted to support the Wine Society smaller growers campaign with Covid and I have a bargain. Lovely fresh nose but the palate and finish are extraordinary for a wine at this price point. As I write, waves of red fruit are still reasoanting round my mouth. Well done!
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Red
10/18/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
I've not got much Montagne as I normally tuck away the Clos du Roy but this is lovely. I usually describe SP's wines as 'pretty' but this was gorgeous for the money.

The nose (as a previous review noted) is not as complex as the palate but I got cranberry, cherry and subtle notes of pomegranate. The palate however is where it gets much more interesting and the additional stuff going on from the whole stems becomes evident. The finish is pleasantly long and there are no green or stemmy notes.

I had a case of six and the first one a couple of years ago showed promise but was far too young. This is (in my opinion) starting to sing and should drink beautifully for the next three to four years. So one bottle a year and good to compare with the C du R from time to time.

In summary, fabulous value for money.
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White - Sparkling
10/9/2020 - Brentw1 wrote:
94 points
I was a touch worried about some of the previous reviews.

Simple...............you drank it too soon!

Complex, great acidity as well as depth and flavour. Really happy that I have three left.
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Red
2013 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2020 - Brentw1 wrote:
82 points
I am a massive SM fan with bottles in the cellar from 2008 unbroken up to 2016 (and cases of the 2017 and 2018 purchased EP but not yet delivered).

2013 was a difficult year in Bordeaux and it shows in this offering from Jean G. It’s not terrible (and drink up if you have any as no upside for me) but it’s not the great wine that I associate with this cracking estate. I suppose the fact that I would consider cooking with it says It all about a wine that I paid over £20 a bottle for (scary, wide-eyes and shocked face emoji!)
Red
7/5/2020 - Brentw1 wrote:
93 points
This is silly money for a quality quaffer and I agree with all the positive tasting notes recently. The Wine Society has cases of 12 2016 half-bottles for £71 at the moment which in my opinion is a bargain for a bit of age already. I also love the half-bottle format for a mid-week treat ;-)

Fill your boots......................I have!
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Red
7/5/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
89 points
I was a touch disappointed by this as had quite high hopes. Don't get me wrong, it was very nice but perhaps looking at the wooden case in the cellar for a few years now, my expectations were too high.

Decanted for two hours (will probs only give it an hour for the next bottle) and pleasant fruit on the nose and palate. A touch of tertiary development but what really let it down was the lack of a finish of any substance.

Popped and poured a half-bottle of St Henri 2010 later in the evening with some Stilton and it blew us away. Different wine of course (being an Ozzy fruit bomb in comparison) but what a finish!

I'm hoping that things will improve for the rest of the case over the next few years but Sociando Mallet at half the price is the better wine at the moment.
Red
6/8/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened on a whim. Had cooked a steak pie with cauliflower cheese (Parmesan and Welsh vintage Cheddar cheese and a touch of double cream and ground black pepper), traditional veg (carrots, broccoli and cabbage) but special attention to the mash...............loads of butter, double cream and Dijon Mustard. All put through a potato ricer as no lumps in my mash people!

The wine.............fabulous. 12 years old and just hitting the real drinking window in my opinion.

All the complexity and development I want. Saved half the decanter for the following evening with a mid strength Chilli and was even better.

My wife is not particularly interested in my wine hobby but even she was impressed and asked for unprecedented seconds!

The really good news......I have 6 more bottles to have a journey with.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/22/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
94 points
What a fabulous Rose Champagne. I am a great fan of Bolly but this was my first GA Rose (not been able to afford it until my more senior years!).

Beautiful nose with red fruits, brioche and all sorts going on in the background. Palate was divine and the finish just made me sit there in the garden contemplating life, the universe and everything in it (the answer of course is 42 for those in the know!).

The really good news.............. it was the first out of the case and the 2012 is on the way. Enjoy now or for the next decade imho.
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Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/10/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely............. 4 hour decant and not too warm when served 14/15 degrees so got to see how it opened up more in the glass as it warmed a little more. Served with traditional English roast beef, Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings. Lots of (the usual left bank) fruit and plenty of structure and depth. The finish is getting longer and longer and as I sit writing this, it is still gently evolving in the glass. I've kept a third of the decanter (popped back down into the cellar) to see what happens in 24 hours so will post a comment tomorrow.

This is bottle number 4 out of my case with the last one opened in 2018. The first two were typical young SM and had a good go at stripping the enamel off my teeth. Number 3 was good and showed great promise (posted on that one) but this is the first great one, albeit still very young and at the start of the window in my opinion. Don't be in a hurry with SM is the morale of the story.

Gave a 93 but I think this will improve much more and here's to the next 8 over the next ten years or so (if I can keep my hands off them).

Note added too after 24 hours. I could smell the fruit as soon as I opened the decanter. This was just as nice after 24 hours, tannins like velvet and some interesting chocolate notes as well. A belter as they say!
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Red
5/6/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
92 points
It's a shame that there is only one bottle left out of the case (but I do have a lot of SP's Clos du Roy so it's not all bad news!). This has just got better and better and is a solid example of a classy reasonably priced wine from one of the often overlooked regions. Time in the cellar has yet again proved its worth. Lovely nose and palate (as before) but we now have a nice finish and a reasonable amount of complexity. I'm not sure that there will be much more to come in terms of development but very happy given the price point.
White
4/14/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
I was a touch worried by the previous tasting note as I have a case of six of these. I need not have been as this is a first class Premier Cru with an above average finish (and still lingering as I write this note). I shall enjoy the rest of the case over the next four or five years to see how it develops.
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White - Sparkling
4/9/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
It’s the same old story with top house NV. Keep it for two or three years and it’s sublime! This was bottle three out of a case from the Wine Society (uk) bought in 2017 on a 6 for 4 deal at Christmas. Fabulous for £28 and cheers!
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Red
2/15/2020 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
A glorious indulgence. Nothing like opening a top-end Penfolds because you have opportunity. Daughter and boyfriend appeared for dinner so Steak Pie (from the local butcher), mash and veg!

Perfect excuse! This is a belter with fabulous fruit as well as some interesting secondary flavours starting to develop. This will improve over many more years in my opinion.
Red
12/26/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
96 points
I bought this case recently on BBX from Berry Bros & Rudd to fill a gap in my St Henri collection and I am over the moon.

A two hour decant allowed the wine to open up into layers of both fruit and the complex tertiary flavours that come with age and patience. Nose and palate were superb and the finish was long and sustained. It took four hours to slowly enjoy this bottle over the course of an evening and it got better and better.

An interesting surprise was that a storage label on the case revealed that the previous owner would have been James Bond's boss a few years ago. Great dinner table story and thanks to Sir D for listing the wine for sale!
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White
12/26/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
92 points
Quite surprised by the previous review but maybe an odd under par bottle. Gave it my usual treatment (served at cellar temp of 12c and a bit of air) and it was delightful. went down well with foil salmon parcels baked with fresh ginger and red chilli, soy sauce, spring onions, chinese rice wine, lime zest and seasoning.

Plenty of classic chablis flavours, good complexity and balance. Super finish as well.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
95 points
This was stunning....................
I have a lot of 2008's (including DP which I am leaving alone for the moment) and this has been the best so far.

In fact, if this had been offered at a blind tasting as DP, I would not have been surprised. Has the stuffing to go years as well.
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Red
12/26/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
flawed
Bit of a shame as I had high hopes for this following the previous review. I can't put my finger on what was the issue but despite a decant and revisiting after four hours or so, this never opened up and was verging on the bland and unpleasant. I have a cellar full of the main SM covering 10 years and have not had an issue before. Putting it down to a faulty bottle. 2 more in the cellar so hoping for those raspberry smoke-rings!
Red
12/20/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Punching well above it’s price point, this was a forgotten bottle that I hooked out of the cellar after scrolling through Cellar Tracker. It biughtva case of six from The Wine Society a while back and they were all good. This, however was exceptional for a £13 wine. I’m not suggesting that it would rival a top burgundy but really had some complexity and a decent finish. I’m going to re-discover the TH (Terroir Hunter) range of wines from Undurraga as a great QPR purchase.
White
12/17/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyed this over the course of an evening. I was tempted to decant it but ended up just letting it breathe in the glass for 10 to 15 mins for each glass. Typically you get a bit of sulphur (as a previous reviewer commented) on a first sniff in my experience with Penfolds Chardonnay but that soon clears and the fruit kicks in. Peaches, pineapple and a whiff of lemon for me. Served at cellar temp (12 at the moment). A good long finish as well. This is my cup of tea but you have to be a little patient and allow it some air.
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Red
11/29/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was enjoyable. I fancied a glass of red so decanted this and had a glass immediately. A bit stemmy and oak driven initially in the glass but a few swirls and things improved rapidly. Proceeded to drink slowly over the next six hours (watching rugby and catching up on football) and it blossomed! This has loads of upside but a solid value for money experience imo. I’ve got plenty of top end Penfolds in the cellar but this is a reliable entry point wine and has never let me down. I have a couple of cases of this so a good exploratory experience and I will drink one a year to see where we at at.
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White
11/23/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
Greywacke never fails to impress me. Got this half-dozen at a great price from Adnams, a Suffolk beer brewer who have just started to stock a decent range of wines. Shareholder discount scheme (I buy my beer from them) meant cheapest in the UK. You only need one share btw but they are £98 each!

The wine, classic Kevin Judd. Racing and mouthwatering acidity with crisp fruit and a great finish. We had this bottle over two evenings and it mellowed a little on the second night.

Much better value in my opinion than Cloudy Bay.
Red
2011 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped one of these up following another review a week or so ago. Stood for 48 hours and decanted for 3 and served with some roast partridge and pheasant. I very nice example of a forward SM. Loads of fruit and starting to get interesting. Not a massive finish and I don’t think it will be one of the longest lived but much better than other 2011’s I’ve had. Good value for money and plan to drink one bottle per year with the remaining 6 in the cellar. Then the 2009’s and 2010’s should be ready!
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White - Sparkling
7/12/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
I like this. It may not have the complexity of some of the main champagne houses but a lovely fresh bouquet followed by a crisp (but starting to get a bit of development) taste and a nice finish. There is no doubt that that blending rather than basing this cuvee on individual years is paying dividends.
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Red
6/28/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very pretty little wine. Lacks some of the depth of the Clos du Roy but a very good example of why a decent Marsannay benefits from a reasonable amount of cellar time. Looking forward to the rest of the case over the next four to five years.
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Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Nyetimber Rosé West Sussex Champagne Blend (view label images)
6/2/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
92 points
This was lovely. Opened Saturday afternoon and enjoyed half the bottle in the sunshine. Loads of red fruits and a long finish. Stoppered the bottle with a cork from an old aged champagne that had remained straight and is kept for this purpose (good tip folks) and finished today. If anything the fruit was even more prominent and the finish more powerful despite the fact that it was probably too cold from the fridge. I do like this wine and as Nyetimber build up their reserves, they are able to blend a belter! My bottle did not lose the bubbles overnight and there was a healthy 'pop' on pulling the old cork.
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Red
2015 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
5/27/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
95 points
Bought six of these last week as saw a great wigig deal (Majestic) last week and decided to open one with my son for my birthday. We had already had a discussion about perhaps leaving these for another five years before exploring but what the hell!

Probably one of the most balanced and powerful wines I have tasted. Waves of fruit, acidity and tannins working together but hinting at massive potential over the next few years. The finish was also to die for, lasting nearly a full minute. Really enjoyable out of the decanter over the course of the evening, contuning to evolve and become more complex. I'd love to have a glass left over for today but it was too delicious. A final indication of the power of this wine is that it was genuinely not overwelmed by a nightcap of 16 year old Lagavulin single malt.... which to those in the know is like drinking a leathery old peat bog whilst salt spray smashes you in the face in a force 10!

What a wine with a 97-98 out there for the future.
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White
5/11/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
92 points
Gorgeous. Served at about 10 degrees and allowed to breath a little in the glass. Beautifully balanced with plenty going on and a nice finish. I do like Brocard’s wines and this justifies the variety and the disproportionate amount of his bottles in the cellar! Mind you, 2014 was a brilliant year for Chablis as well.
Red
4/12/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
89 points
Not a bad drop. Decanted for a couple of hours and had with a fillet steak and homemade pepper sauce. Can’t beat a Shiraz for that! Wonderful bouquet with loads of fruit and spice. A touch too much alcohol in the mouth and the finish fell away a little after a couple of hours finishing off the decanter but still a nice wine. Got one of these left from this vintage and I’ll leave it for a couple more years. Prefer the 2010 of which I still have plenty and which will cellar for another decade.
White
3/29/2019 - Brentw1 wrote:
80 points
The petrol whiff referred to by a couple of previous reviewers is about the only thing left in this, my last bottle of the 2012.

I am a massive fan of Bin 51 but this was an underwhelming year. If you have any left then can I suggest they go into the bin marked ‘raffle prizes’ or take them to a party (but don’t let anyone see you leave them on the worktop!).
Rosé
3/16/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is awesome. It’s a leap of faith for me to age a Rose but this one from Sylvain Patialle is apparently made to do that. It is complex and has a good finish as well. Better get some later vintages bought for the cellar as I am impressed.
Red
3/15/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
Such a pretty wine. Decanted for 30 mins but continued to open up in the glass for an hour or so. Lovely red cherries and a decent finish for an entry level wine. No complaints and guessing another year or so might add a touch more? 2 left before starting on the 2016’s.
Red
3/1/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
I bought a bin end case of these from the Wine Society (UK) with my tongue firmly in my cheek due to the comments here. Interestingly they are much more complimentary on the WS's own website. I also love and have a large collection of Musar so was curious.

Left the bottle in the cellar standing upright for 48hrs so had none of the sediment issues referred to by a couple of other reviews. Also gave it a six-hour decant, and am still sniffing and sipping 15 hours after the bottle was opened.

The nose is astonishing with so much going on that it is difficult to describe. Definitely picking up the Cab Sav and the Syrah with a touch of the Rhone but almost every mouthful is different. The other three people at dinner were also wowed. Mouthfeel has smoothed out since the first glass and the finish is very very long.

I can understand that this would not be everyone's cup of tea (yes I am English!), particularly if you have a mouth full of fine sediment and it has not had a lot of air but I like it. It needs robust simple food and had been a delight this evening.

My experience of this wine has very much been enhanced by the previous comments and this is a big part of CT for me. If I had popped and poured this I might well have a very jaundiced opinion of this very different wine. Btw, this is nothing like Musar!
Red
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese (view label images)
2/16/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was lovely. Took a bottle to my brothers place for the weekend and opened yesterday. No time to give it any air, a glass each and went to bed (as it was not the first drink of the evening when two brothers stay up late to catch up!). Finished it off tonight and it was sublime. A good as many riserva’s I have had and with a fabulous finish. What a bin end bargain from the WS but give it some air!
White
2/5/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a stunner. Drank at cellar remparature (12.4C on the day) and decanted for half an hour. These wines are often drunk too cold and without any air in my experience.

I asked my son, home for the weekend, to pop down to the cellar for a bottle of White Marsannay and to decant it in the kitchen. The occasion was an afternoon in front of the fire watching the England v Ireland Rugby match.

I could not believe what a fabulous wine arrived in my glass. Layers of complexity, precise acidity and the whole thing in balance. Popping back into the kitchen for another glass solved the riddle! I was not drinking a village Marsannay, I was drinking a Puligny-Montrachet from 2014 (the best vintage for a while).

Someone did not understand my racking system and had brought the wrong bottle up. So I got to drink a fabulous bottle of wine with my son and have a great tale to tell. What’s not to like! (But please don’t do it too often!).
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Red
1/12/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
92 points
What a lovely surprise! Gave a bottle of this to my daughter, she opened it at home and then drove 20 miles to give me a glass as she thought it was so good. Early to drink one of these but if you are going to do so, then the 2014 is a good choice. Loads of fruit and spicy aromatics but massive scope for development (as you would expect with most high end Penfolds). Bodes well for my 2014 St Henri’s, Bin 389’s and Bin 28’s even though they don’t share the same regional grapes!
White
1/12/2019 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
93 points
This punches well above its weight at this price point. A lovely and honest white burgundy that was a pleasure to drink. I am a massive fan of Sylvain Pataille and have many of his Pinot Noirs cellared over the last 5 years. I think I need to have a closer look at his whites.

Just a point on my scoring. This is rated in comparison to similar wines in this price bracket and as an example, would in no way compare to a Grand Cru Chassagne-Montrachet that had the same score. I think that wine scoring has its place but it can also be misunderstood.
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
11/9/2018 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Had a dozen of these this week in two batches and one bottle had a wet protruding cork and was weeping slightly. No problems with fill Level in any of the bottles and the rest are fine. I phoned the merchant (Robersons in the UK) and they were excellent, crediting my account immediately and saying that they did not want the bottle returning.

So....... nothing to lose folks! Out came the corkscrew with the sink in close proximity in case I got that wet cardboard, wet dog, mouldy potatoes experience. What a lovely surprise! Loads of fruit, tons going on and half the bottle left in the decanter to see what develops after 24 hours.

There is no doubt that the bottle would not have kept with the cork in that condition but on the other hand, I was not expecting to enjoy a 19 year old Musar this evening. Let’s see what the other 11 bottles do over the next few years.
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White - Sparkling
11/4/2018 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely, lovely house champagne (produced by Gratien) of course from the Wine Society. Cellared for nearly a year which turbo-boosts every thing about this wine. Any decent NV benefits from a bit of keeping in my experience but I do appreciate that most people are not able to do this in suitable conditions.

Mine were an astonishing 6 for the price of four last year so here’s hoping they do it again this year!
Red
11/4/2018 - Brentw1 wrote:
91 points
This was a surprise. I had a case delivered a few years ago with a recommendation to drink after five years. I duly started to work my way through and was not that impressed. This has port grapes in it and i should have known better!

At 10 years old it has started to blossom. Intense fruit flavours mixed up with traditional tertiary ones and a finish to die for. Got three left as well as a magnum so whilst a little disappointed by the initial advice, it’s not all bad!
Red
2010 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2018 - Brentw1 wrote:
86 points
An interesting review recently suggesting this was on the way out! Not in my opinion having opened a bottle for my sons 26th birthday. In fact, this is just starting to get interesting. Double decanted along with a Penfolds St Henri from the same year and a 2006 Chateau Musar. The SM has moved out of the closed stage but still has the hallmark fruit of a left bank wine. Some interesting tertiary flavours are evident and this was a really enjoyable bottle. I have a few more to go at and am in no hurry.
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White
10/17/2018 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
90 points
This continues to impress at this price point. A classic Chablis with all the mineral qualities as well as a level of complexity that you would not expect to find at this level. I have been buying Brocard for 20 years and it is a consistent producer. the Wine Society still have this in stock at £16 a bottle so my advice is to fill your boots.......I have!
Red
9/1/2018 - Brentw1 Likes this wine:
92 points
A previous review referred this as a ‘fruit bomb’. That was a complete underestimation because this was like throwing yourself into an Olympic sized swimming pool of puréed black fruit! The fact that it was 16.5% alcohol was completely unnoticed as wave after wave of fruit engulfs you. An interesting experience and looking forward to one of the other four bottles in the cellar after three year intervals.
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