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Red
2003 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2023 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Colour: Dark ruby red, slightly watery brick rim

Nose: Intense, strong wild berry fruits, a touch of game, a touch of leather, wild mushrooms.

Palate: Earthy fruits in substantial size, meaty in texture, and a little dull at this stage.

I suspect it needs a bit more time for the ageing, I'll take the 'Wait and see' approach!
Red
2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/26/2023 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Colour: Ruby red, transparent, watery rim

Nose: Wild berries fruit, smoky, strong leathery notes, a touch of game

Palate: Meaty leathery fruits, a hint of sea salt, a little gamey

A great reminder of its sibling but smaller in scale and of course, less intense and a shorter finish, comes very clean, very well made, has its own charm! Personally, I think it is at or near its peak, certainly able to carry on for a few more years, no hurry to drink it up!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2023 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Drinking very very nicely now! Very fine oily in texture, smooth as silk. Strong white peachy fruits on the palate, perfumey nose!
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Red
2002 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2023 - Tao wrote:
92 points
My sincere advice to you is, try not to dip your toes into it unless you have high curiosity in it and have many bottles in your hands! Very dark ruby red in colour! Muted leathery nose, the palate is tight and a touch tannic, restrained dark flowery fruits! Absolutely no rush to drink, will cellar it for five to eight years and see how it goes!!
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Red
1999 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/18/2023 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Bright ruby red in colour! Strong, very intense nose of cedarwood, wild red fruits, a hint of leather! Beautiful! The palate is equally surprising, rich, intense and yet, refine and silky in texture, dominated by the wild leathery fruits. Definitely my cup of tea, with great pleasure to enjoy it.
Red
1985 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/16/2023 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Earthy nose of leathery black fruits along with a hint of peppermint, a touch of spice! Refreshing palate of again, leathery fruits, a hint of smokiness, graphite, and meaty texture! It is, in my opinion, to pair it with lamb or duck dishes, with friends of course! Dark in colour and certainly with a few more years to go at the very least!
Red
2003 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/10/2023 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Deep and intense nose of cherry compote, a hint of French oak barrique. Dark ruby red in colour, mouthful of spicy red fruits and a lengthy finish, still very young and rather consistent with my previous notes!
Red
2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/8/2023 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Drinking very nicely now, transparent dark ruby red in colour, the nose of dark chocolate, leathery red fruits, a hint of capsicum! I still remember vividly when tasting the wine young, the shocking amount of ripe vanilla red fruits, now, no longer the case! Rather mature now, smooth, still showing a bit of vibrancy, energy, and a lengthy finish. I say, drink it before 2030!
Red
2009 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2023 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Always a huge fan of this wine and this one performing exceptionally well! Tons of ripe red fruits attacking the palate, at the same time it demonstrates its class in a graceful manner, rich and yet subtle, elegant, and rather poised. In a beautiful ruby red colour! Superb value, not to be missed!
Red
2003 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2023 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Dark, almost jet black in colour. Rich, earthy flavour. Dense in texture! A touch simple in my view!
White
1/1/2023 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Light golden colour, nose of supreme white stone fruits, very peachy, along with a sweet, perfumy, racy aroma of minerals, still showing a tiny bit of youthfulness, but I think it is in the prime position and drinking very nicely now, so vibrant and energetic and at the same time offering smooth and silky texture, the aroma is charming unbeatable, a lengthy finish. A great character.
Red
1997 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - Tao wrote:
96 points
What a marvellous bottle to end the year 2022! It is all about refinement and subtlety to build the great style and character of the wine. What a memorable experience! Starting from the beautiful colour, translucent like a piece of ruby jewellery, superb sweet mineral nose, a little spearmint and the palate equals the pleasure, tons of sweet mineral fruits, an exceptional package, never expect that from the vintage 1997. At the peak of maturity, heat the sweet spot, I'm so lucky! Happy New Year!
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Red
12/31/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Masculinity, powerful, super spicy! Blackish dark red in colour! Rich palate with tons of spicy dark fruits, it is a heavyweight boxer!
Red
12/27/2022 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Remarkable stuff, if you fancy a feminine side of the Pauillac, this is for you and certainly for me! Beautiful ruby rouge in colour! Subtle nose of ripe pure wild berry fruits! The palate is of course delicate and silky smooth, having said that, it is wine full of energy and gave you a very long finish, the attack of the wild fruits goes on and on! An enlightening experience will put a smile on your face! A first growth quality!
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Red
2000 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Sumptuous leathery dark fruits all over the nose, sweet rich palate, still a little young at this point, a beautifully made second wine with a lengthy finish!
Red
12/27/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Fresh vibrant red fruits on the palate, drinking very nicely now, bright ruby red in colour, smooth on the palate!
Red
12/26/2022 - Tao wrote:
96 points
A bottle of refinement for enjoyment. Dark ruby in colour! Nose of sweet leathery dark fruits, classy along with a hint of luxury and rather subtle! The palate is a sheer joy to drink, wave and wave of leather dark fruits with great depth, very smooth and young, energetic! Not at it's peak yet, can be easily held for another decade. Definitely a proper drink for the Christmas celebration, cheers...
Red
2001 Chapelle d'Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2022 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Drinking absolutely beautifully at the moment, in terms of the colour, aroma, texture, flavours and the lengthy finish! Bravo! Reminding me the 1983 Chateau Ausone I tasted many many years ago, delightful
Red
12/17/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
This bottle came out a bit more dense and adding a little bit more weight, a classy St Julien of course, slightly darker, a bit young and closed this time!
Red
12/1/2022 - Tao wrote:
89 points
Drinking very nicely now, nose of wild berry notes and a slightly meaty texture on the palate!
Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Still immensely enjoy it, there is a hint of leathery nose which I never had the experience in this wine, an interesting development, please read my previous notes for a little more details.
Red
11/24/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Deep core of intense black cabernet fruits, dark ruby in colour, nose of dried herbs and occasionally, fresh mint, a hint of mineral spice, and a little smell of the sea, showing some sort of complexity. Rather smooth on the palate!
Red
1997 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Carry on it's little journey, nose of red currant jam, the palate is a little bold this time, drinking very nicely now!
Red
1962 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/18/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Brick red in colour, not youthful looking! What a nose, shockingly beautiful! Smooth and silky on the palate, it was a touch earthy at the beginning, then enormous amount of slightly sweet fruits start to take over, quite a magical process, offering a lengthy satisfying finish, I found it quite a bit of surprise, such vibrancy and youthfulness
Red
1999 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Very strong nose of antique wood cabinet, and the palate gave us strong leathery fruits, a lengthy finish, quite interesting
Red
1999 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2022 - Tao wrote:
flawed
Unlucky!!
Red
11/15/2022 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Neat and tidy, remarkably fresh on the palate, deep ruby in colour, not fully mature yet, astonishingly young! Now to 2027 or possibly a few years beyond, gosh....
Red
2000 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby in colour, fond nose of sweet black currant fruits, still a touch young on the palate, meaty texture with great substance, drinking very nicely now! No rush of course!
Red
11/4/2022 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Nose of metallic red fruits, a hint of caramel, charming! The palate is slightly sweet and rustic! Brownish colour reflect the wine did reach some stage.
Red
10/29/2022 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Beautiful ruby rouge in colour, rich, bold and dense! Superbly crafted, meaty texture and a lengthy finish, still a bit young at this point!
Red
1999 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2022 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Extraordinary dark in colour, 13.5% displayed on the label, but never felt this way! Beautiful nose of sweet spicy red fruits and the palate is rich, medium body, a lengthy finish, I don't detect any extraction, this is indeed an exceptionally well-made wine, especially in the department of pure fruitiness and sweetness!
Red
2001 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Still a bit young to my palate! But it is a well-crafted wine with at least five years of longevity.
Red
10/3/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
The leathery theme along with the ripe fruits is simply sublime, but I have to admit, it starts slowly running down the hill and of course at this point, so enjoyable!
Red
2000 Château Rouget Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Two years passed and I'm thrilled to be given an another opportunity to taste this little gem! I'm astonished by the depth of the ripe black fruits along with a hint of freshly grinded black pepper, a relatively long finish, rather vibrant at this stage, a joyful experience!
Red
2000 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Majestic nose, very dark ruby in colour! And yet another proof of the wonderful vintage two thousand is, can't fault this vintage! Rich, rounded palate, ripe currant fruits and a relatively long finish, superb!
Red
9/22/2022 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Great nose, a hint of French oak, rich black currants fruits on the palate! Drinking very well at the moment!
Red
9/22/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Ageing remarkably well with all the essential ingredients of nice Pomerol! Still very dark in colour, great nose, a medium palate!
Red
9/5/2022 - Tao wrote:
89 points
Monolithic in style! This bottle does need time; all the elements were in there, and they just shy away....
Red
2000 Château Bourgneuf Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
An old-school, old-fashioned style Pomerol! Quite delicate and complex, ageing so well but needs to drink up!
Red
8/27/2022 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Great looking wine! Beautiful ruby red in colour, enticing nose ripe red berry fruits! Very modern in style, almost new worldy! I must say this is not my style of preference!
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Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2022 - Tao wrote:
95 points
Smoky intense black fruits on the nose, in an enormous scale, easily mistaken as a first growth! The size and the depth is simply phenomenal, still a bit young I must confess and it closed down a bit after thirty minutes of airing!
Red
8/6/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Brilliant wine right from the start to the very last drop! Insanely vibrant and young, showing majestic ruby red in colour! Racy nose of flowery, spicy red fruits, echoing with the right weight and depth, displaying superb skills of winemaking, a memorable occasion!
Red
1998 Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
It is still, by all means, a beauty! Subtle and yet elegant, offering a complex nose of spicy red fruits, silky smooth in texture, satisfying!
Red
1995 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/22/2022 - Tao wrote:
94 points
An absolute joy to have this on the table! The colour looks truly stunning, bright, transparent ruby red, nose is rather refined and subtle, spice along with a hint of flower, red fruits dominated! Silky smooth palate, medium body, a lengthy finish, very well made!
Red
7/13/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
Always a fan of this! Solid core of spicy black fruits! Slightly rustic, please drink now!
Red
7/13/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Still a little tight at this point, dark ruby red in colour! Strong nose of ripe black currant fruits! The palate is full and rich with a hint of spice! Not fully mature yet!
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Red
7/13/2022 - Tao wrote:
93 points
Decent aroma of fragrant red fruits, medium body, a wine of subtlety, with an alluring finish!
Red
1999 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/24/2022 - Tao wrote:
92 points
Drinking rather well at the moment! Supple texture along with silky red fruits, nose is lovely, sweet red leathery fruits dominate, a hint of leather! I prefer to drink it now!
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White
6/17/2022 - Tao wrote:
90 points
I was a bit late to open it! Nose of apricot, peach and almonds! Medium body with tons of white stone fruits! Not the best example of the wine I'm afraid and I can only blame myself for achieving this!
Red
1999 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2022 - Tao wrote:
91 points
Translucent dark ruby red in colour, nose of leathery fruits, freshly grilled nuts! The palate is rather refreshing and silky, slightly sweet, and a touch tannic!
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