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Red
1995 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/3/2022 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
My last bottle from a half case bought shortly after release, two of which were corked. This bottle the best. Its funny how many of the notes here mention completely different flavours and yet most of them I recognise. Complex, modest yet lovely nose that just keeps on evolving from blackcurrant to coffee, violets and cedar. Still plenty of fruit kept in place by a fully mature tannic structure. A touch of traditional St. Estephe leanness. Long finish. At its peak now and will continue to drink well for decades if well kept. P.s. day 2 also a meaty flavour. p.p.s. still going strong and true on day 3 (using ZOS). Added a point.
  • wineforth commented:

    1/4/22, 12:05 AM - Yes that will keep until the cork gives way!😀

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
5/20/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
96 points
8th half bottle from a dozen. This wine continues to develop well. Lovely pineapple and hazelnut botrytis nose, thick cut marmalade and apricot on the palate with a perfect amount acidity and bitterness on the finish to offset the sweetness. Huge length of finish. Just superb and with decades of life ahead of it.
  • wineforth commented:

    5/20/21, 1:01 PM - From a half bottle. Edited note thanks.

Red
2001 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/5/2021 - JayP Likes this wine:
90 points
I am confused - can you help. I really enjoyed this bottle and especially after i had given it an hour or so in glass (I didn't decant). Its colour and taste profile (tannins) suggest it has plenty of drinking window left although v pleasant right now. Indeed many comments on CT say just that and collectively we have 69% of our purchases still un-consumed. BUT many observers/critics - incl Jancis - are saying drink up your 2001's. What do people think?
  • wineforth commented:

    3/9/21, 4:36 AM - I would advise decanting to remove the sediment and to give the wine some air. Anthony Barton told me about 5 years ago that he was drinking his 1989s, which would have been over 25 years old and last year I had a lovely 1955 from Leoville Poyferré. I'm still buying 2001s because it turned out to be an excellent vintage and was a little overlooked at the time. They're drinking well now and will last decades properly kept. How old you like your wine is a question of personal taste and as I get older I find myself liking older wines.

Red
2003 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/4/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Didn't blossom early like many of the 03's and two of the six bottles were flawed. Peaked with a lovely bottle in 2015 and this is the next best. Lovely blackcurrant nose, body lacking a touch mid palate. Still plenty of medium soft tannins.
Elegant. Excellent length of finish. Drink up. P.s. day 3 with ZOS, the wine is holding up well with oaky vanilla and liquorice nose. Tempted to add a point. 92+.
  • wineforth commented:

    3/4/21, 11:03 AM - I haven't maintained my cellar on this app and should remove it all.

Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/12/2020 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
9th bottle from a case bought en primeur. I gave this 96 four years ago and this bottle is very similar except that the body has declined a little as expected with age. Gamey nose at first, good body of sweet deep blackcurrant fruit and cedar, very well balanced, long finish. Later, complex hints of coffee, vanilla and anise. This is as enjoyable as any of the 20 vintages I've had from the '61 onwards, although the 05, 09 and 10 have will eclipse it given enough time. Great effort for a lesser vintage and a relative bargain.
  • wineforth commented:

    11/13/20, 3:27 AM - Hi Chatters, Barton is consistent and the average vintages are made to peak at about 12 years old. 04 is a particularly good wine for the vintage. They were on top form at the time and Spurrier rated the 2003 the 7th best wine of the vintage just behind the first growths; I intend to try one in a couple of weeks time. Barton often disappoints a little when drunk too young so the trick is to keep them long enough. 2009 is an exception and just wonderful. The top vintages are generally best at 20 years old. Anthony Barton told me in 2010 that he was enjoying the 1989 - which l'm surprised to see that I've never had, so must now go and see if I can source one!

  • wineforth commented:

    11/13/20, 4:31 AM - Hi djh, four years ago I thought the 1982 had a decade to go to peak and I agree the 2003 was not considered a classic vintage due to the excessive heat, which caused relatively early drinking wines. To my taste the 2000 is just coming around now and the 2005 needs at least 5 more years.

Red
2018 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/10/2019 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
Manages to carry high tannins, alcohol (14.5%) and acidity in perfect balance. Lovely caramel nose and very long finish. A superb wine and yet I wonder if it will be to my taste. The 2012 is worth a look.
  • wineforth commented:

    4/24/20, 1:10 AM - This note is about the 2018 tasted as a barrel sample en primeur. Alongside we had the 2012 - hence the confusion.

Red
2017 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2018 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
Barrel sample at BB&R 2017 en primeur tasting. Decent nose, medium weight, well balanced with long finish. Better body and colour than most 17s without the over extraction I often associate with Baron. 92+
  • wineforth commented:

    8/9/19, 8:51 AM - Hi Dave, it's a good vintage and Pichon Baron tend to be long lasting, so best wait to 2026 before trying one. Peak will be at about 12 years or 2029 onwards for a decade. Adrian

Red
2010 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/13/2019 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
First bottle from a case bought en primeur. Decanted. Violets as I opened the bottle then blackcurrant with a hint of herbs. Later raspberry. Lots of mineral. Good body. Needs a couple more years for the tannins to fall out. Score could improve a lot.
  • wineforth commented:

    7/14/19, 1:26 AM - I've always thought, rightly or wrongly, that the tannins being relatively heavy fall out into the sediment over time. Yes, the wine will warrant a higher score when the tannins dominate less.

Red
2015 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/30/2019 - wineforth Likes this wine:
96 points
There was only this vintage at the Lord's 2018 en primeur tasting. One of the best wines of the evening. Big blackcurrant nose. Huge amount of fruit and the tannins are restrained at first, asserting themselves later. Superb. Needs a good steak. Tempting to try a bottle now but I'll wait 4 or 5 years.
  • wineforth commented:

    6/7/19, 1:34 AM - Hi Dave
    To some degree it's a question of personal taste. For classed growths of an average vintage I start at 7 years old and then wait a couple of years if it wasn't ready. Adjust up or down by quality of vintage and quality of wine. A great vintage like 2005s for instance are just getting into their stride. Some hot vintages like 2003 were lovely at 5 years. I'm starting to try the 2012s this year. Adrian

Red
2011 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Historic Vineyard Collection Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
11/30/2017 - Baron Slick wrote:
94 points
This needs a one-hour decant, minimum, to express its obvious class, refinement, and purity of place. Cherry cola, black raspberry, and navel orange aromas slowly waft above a bouquet of earth and oak spice. The palate exhibits beautiful weight, a silky texture, bottle age vitality, and layers and flavors that are endowed with perfect amounts of sweetness, cut, glycerine, and ripeness. Tenacity, length, and a trace of orange zest zings the finish. I can't say enough about this wine. An outstanding showing.
  • wineforth commented:

    3/28/19, 1:00 PM - Your note was one of the best written Ive ever read. Great.

Red
2016 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/17/2018 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
At a tasting last month where we compared over 40 2016s.
When tasted en primeur I had an off bottle and didn't score it.
This time one of the top wines of the event. Excellent all round with huge length. I'm looking to buy.
  • wineforth commented:

    12/7/18, 2:02 AM - On the question of comparing 2015 to 2016. The 2015 I had en primeur as a barrel sample and whilst it was obviously an excellent wine none of the 3 of us liked the more muscular style much. Barrel samples can be misleading though for a variety of reasons. The 2015 doesn't have the charm of the 2016. Others who have tasted more recently rate the 2015 slightly higher. I think its a question of personal taste.

Red
2006 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/25/2018 - wineforth Likes this wine:
91 points
Significantly better than the bottle 16 months ago and this wine will continue to improve. Nose was earthy at first then blackcurrant and graphite. Lots of soft fruit. Tannins are plentiful and the wine will improve over time as these soften further. The only negative is a touch too much bitterness on the finish - but again this will drop out over time. Long finish. Overall classed growth quality for cru bourgeois price.
  • wineforth commented:

    11/17/18, 9:31 AM - Sorry I didn't reply earlier. I decanted and drank straight away.

Red
1956 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
First off - visually, fungal Cork and low ullage lead to low expectations. Fungal element present on nose but beneath this, leather, cedar, pencil shaving and life still present! It had it's moment of glory but over time decayed. (nose remained really interesting moving from leather to polished saddles and liquorice but palate died. Fascinating still! RIP after a couple of hours.
  • wineforth commented:

    3/14/15, 1:15 PM - Where do you find wines like this? Even in the late '80's wines from the 50's were rare. I recommend 52 and 55 Lynch Bages and 53 Calon Segur amongst others.

Red
1995 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/8/2014 - rossi.wine wrote:
96 points
Double decanted 4 hours before dinner. Very dark in colour, almost no discolouration, very youthful. Intriguing and complex nose - blackcurrant, cherries, bramble, herbal with a lovely minty touch. Some forest notes and lead pencil, too. On the palate dark fruited, creme de cassis with a firm tannic frame, quite grippy, a little drying and fresh towards the long finish. Very persistent but rather masculine. Approachable but should be even better in a couple of more years. 95-96+
  • wineforth commented:

    1/3/15, 12:18 PM - Great note

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