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Red
1/24/2022 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
11th bottle from a case bought en primeur. Sweet cherry nose with darker fruits on the palate and later liquorice and leather. The tannins are very fine and the balance is excellent. After a couple of bottles 5 or 6 years ago I thought I’d made a mistake with this wine but now it’s fully mature it’s lovely. At the start of a slow decline.
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2002 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/21/2022 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
5th bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Big cassis nose at first gives way to a slight earthiness followed by tobacco and blackcurrant. In the last couple of years the green tannins in the finish have fallen out however the body remains light despite good colour. Enjoyable and will continue to hold up for a number of years with plenty of well resolved tannins.
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2001 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2022 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
1st of a pair. Big aroma of dark fruits and anise. Lovely flavour. St Estephe character with lean palate and plenty of tannins lurking in the background. Huge length of finish.
When to drink depends on your personal taste. Beautiful now but I'll wait 5 years for the next bottle and then regret not having more because this is a wine built to age.
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1995 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
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.
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1985 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
96 points
2nd bottle from a half case bought a few months ago. I was never a fan of 1985 as a vintage (although it was considered excellent) and my notes are peppered with comments about the lack of tannins and excess sweetness. At the time the 82s were a similar price and far better. Double decanted and then drunk immediately. This bottle even better than the first. Base of neck level. Big nose of earthy, truffly sous bois at first which then reveals sea breeze and oyster shells, and finally clean blackcurrant and cedar. Beautifully balanced light to medium weight body with typical 1985 sweetness and good length. Just enough bitterness on the finish to offset the sweetness. A lovely moreish wine that I could (and may) sit here and drink the whole bottle myself without food!. Sublime Lafite like understatement; which is appropriate given Lafite was my favourite 85. Smoky aroma left in the empty glass. Glorious.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/25/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
96 points
From 375. Huge hazelnut nose. Apricot, honey and Acacia on the nose. Plenty of acidity to offset the sweetness. Beautifully balanced with massive length. Lovely.
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1996 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
9th and last bottle since 2006. Excellent condition. Was drinking well in 2009 (96 points) and peaked in 2013 at 97 points. Has been in gentle decline since then. Complex violet, cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant and cedar nose. Plenty of soft tannic backbone for structure. Long aftertaste. Starting to lose fruit mid palate. Very much Palmer's trademark delicacy and finesse. Will drink well for as long as it takes to get to top shoulder! P.s. the tannins could do with softening some more so I suspect this wine could open up again in 5 years or so.
Red
12/23/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
PNP the nose has been reluctant to come out and play and after half an hour an elegant gentle complex aroma of liquorice, sous bois and oaky fruit. Clean on the palate despite the touch of Burgundian undergrowth on the nose. At first I was disappointed but with some air this is extremely well balanced and moreish. A wine you could get seriously plastered on!
Red
12/22/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
3rd bottle from a half case. A more modern style. Balsamic, oak, anise and bramble nose. Lots of complexity, good balance and a long finish. Tannins are well resolved. Lovely, moreish. I thought this was at its peak but using ZOS this is better on day 3 which implies further improvement for a few years.
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Red
12/17/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
Third bottle from a case bought en primeur. Lovely deep Margaux nose of sweet blackcurrant and violets, now joined by more secondary leather and anise. There's plenty of fruit and a very long finish. Tannins are slowly subsiding and still very evident. Empty glass smells of cedar. Drinking well now and will continue to improve. Depending on your taste drink now or in 5 years when the tannins have softened fully or in 50 years like the good 1970s are now. This is a wine that will age beautifully.
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1970 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
Top shoulder bottle from a different source and with a higher level to the bottle tasted a couple of months ago. This is in better condition and less evolved but otherwise similar. Darker colour. Same smoky violet nose, later anise. Very well balanced with very soft tannins and loads of plummy fruit. Good long finish. Surprisingly good. Superb. This, one of three, came from a damp cellar which kept the corks moist but destroyed the labels so I've reused and copied the good label from the other bottle. When to drink all depends on condition.
Red
12/2/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
Cherry and cola nose with anise joining in the palate. Smooth tannins and well balanced with good length of finish. I have doubts about the flavours as this wine ages so would drink now.
Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
2nd bottle of LB from a case of 3x each of 4 super seconds. Complex undergrowth, dark fruits and deep blackcurrant nose with a smoky ending. My fears that the fruit would go out before the tannins subsided are partly unfounded. The fruit is a touch lean and the tannins still grippy yet the wine is now fully mature. Good long finish. A lovely moreish wine. The least successful of the 4 in the case but still hugely enjoyable and great classic Pauillac typicity. 2000 is a good vintage, not quite the great vintage it was hyped up to be. Given how long its taken to mature this far there's no hurry to drink up.
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Red
11/25/2021 - wineforth wrote:
90 points
4th bottle from a half case. Gentle sweet cherry and smoky nose. Petillant at first. Huge sweet long finish now strangely developing some bitterness. Two years ago I thought this was a Burgundy beater but my scores have declined steadily from an initial 93, whereas a good village burgundy would improve at this age. I can only hope that this will turn a corner and start to improve again.
Red
1985 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
First bottle from a half case bought a few months ago based on good notes here and not having had Gruaud 85. I was never a fan of 1985 as a vintage (although it was considered excellent) my notes are peppered with comments about the lack of tannins and excess sweetness. At the time the 82s were a similar price and far better. Gentle clean nose of blackcurrant and cedar, beautifully balanced light to medium weight body and good length. A lovely moreish wine. Sublime Lafite like understatement; which is appropriate given Lafite was my favourite 85. Smoky aroma left in the empty glass.
Red
11/14/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
Bought with a bottle of Pitures for £140 the pair from recently opened the cases. Allowed to rest for a couple of months. The nose is more restrained and complex with undergrowth, raspberry, blackcurrant and redcurrants and finally anise.Tannins similarly resolved and still there to provide good structure. Lighter bodied than Pitures yet with more obvious length. Both seem to be at the perfect age to drink now. Pitures bigger bodied, Caillerets finer and better balanced. Both excellent.
Red
2003 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
Drunk over a dozen times since 2009. Was cheap en primeur thanks to a ridiculously low 88 points from Parker. The wine has always had a great nose, complexity and was approachable when young. The best ever claret I've had at 6 years old. What surprises me is how it is different every time and yet the wine is from the same two cases. In the past vanilla, plums, mocha, sweet blackcurrant, bitter cherries and liquorice, although not all from the same bottle. Always with a good tannic backbone and lots of soft fruit. This time with a nose of undergrowth giving way to cedar, meatiness, blackcurrant, coffee, raspberry and liquorice. Excellent persistence on the finish. A lovely wine. 2003 was an unusually hot vintage which explains the early drinking. There are still plentiful tannins and the Gruaud 1985 next week, from a similarly hot vintage, may give an idea what is in store for the 2003.
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Red
11/7/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
Bought with a bottle of Caillerets for £140 the pair from someone who recently opened the cases. Allowed to rest for a couple of months. Lovely nose that at first seemed Bordeaux like then complex and quickly changing including redcurrants to undergrowth and finally anise. Medium bodied and surprisingly dark.Tannins fully resolved and still there to provide good structure. Length seems a touch short until you realise minutes later that you've still got the aftertaste. Seems to be at the perfect age to drink now. Excellent.
Red
11/4/2021 - wineforth wrote:
89 points
Lovely complex pinot nose of cherry, smoke, anise and more. Medium bodied with soft tannins. Finish lets the wine down as the relatively high 14pc alcohol intrudes and there is some bitterness from over extraction. At £24 some years ago it's ok value but not great.
Red
2005 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
5th bottle from a case bought en primeur and the 1st for two years. Double decanted. Lovely blackcurrant, oak, cedar, touch of undergrowth, tobacco, graphite and chocolate nose. Real complexity here. Big bodied and big boned with loads of soft to medium tannins. Huge length of finish. Wonderful old fashioned claret that has taken 16 years to come of age. Confirms my view that 2005 is far better than 2000 as a vintage. Fully mature at last and the old saying is that a claret will plateau for as long as it took to peak- so that gives us another 16 years of excellent drinking!
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2006 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
The 7th bottle from a case. Big nose of violets whilst decanting then blackcurrant, cedar, tobacco, graphite, leather, blueberry, raspberry and mocha are just some of the complex aromas and flavours. There is plenty of fruit but the tannins are quite dry and the wine needs a good steak. Classic left bank Bordeaux. Very long finish/aftertaste. Drink over the next 5 years or tuck away in a corner and wait for the tannins to fall out. Still very enjoyable.
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2009 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/21/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
Blackcurrant and oak nose. Ample fruit to balance the plentiful soft tannins. Long finish. Drinking perfectly now. Will develop for a few more years.
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Red
10/19/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
A bottle the Chateau had given to Paul at a tasting some years ago. Starting to drink now. Good body and tannins to match.
Red
1970 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
A bottle bought in auction earlier this year with a large section of the label missing and ullage 3.8cm from the cork. Double decanted and then taken with a new cork to share with Paul at Brasserie Blanc. Cork was strong if a little friable with no signs of seepage and came out in good condition, albeit in two parts. I last had this wine in 1994 when I noted the butterscotch on the finish and this along with anise have taken over the nose as well. Body had a surprisingly good weight of fruit especially when compared to the light 1970 Beychevelle last week. Still plenty of soft tannic backbone. This bottle had lost some of its nuance and complexity which may come back in time and good condition bottles kept in damp enough conditions will last for a long time yet.
Red
10/15/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
91 points
5th bottle from half a case bought en primeur. Tasted en primeur I noted 'classic style, good length, some leanness, good persistent flavour. 92 points' and the wine has matured along those lines. Mostly a repeat of last years note except that the fruit has started to ebb. Gentle blackcurrant nose with cedar, leather and black cherry highlighted by plenty of acidity. Tannins are well resolved and the wine is an enjoyable well balanced luncheon claret. Classy long finish. Drink now, unlikely to improve.
Red
1970 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
Mid shoulder bottle bought a few months ago with good label. Light colour. Smoky violet nose, later anise. Surprisingly well balanced with very soft tannins and fruit holding up. Good long finish. Faded elegance, the wine will last as long as the cork does.
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2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
10th bottle from a case bought en primeur. Nose of sweet deep blackcurrant and cedar. Very well balanced with plentiful fruit and tannins. (ong coffee and dark chocolate finish. Later, complex tobacco 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 will eclipse it given enough time. Brilliant effort for a lesser vintage and a relative bargain. Miles better than the 04 GPL last week and scored better than 04 Cos D'Estournel. This is a wine that will drink well for as long as the cork survives.
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Red
10/3/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
8th bottle from a case bought en primeur. Lovely complex Margaux nose of violets and cigars. Blackcurrant and graphite on the palate. Good mouth feel, plenty of well resolved tannins and a long finish. I've been saying for 6 years that this is at its peak but it kept getting better and has now plateaued. At least a decade of good drinking ahead. Good value at current price of £60.
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Red
9/30/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
90 points
10th bottle from a case bought en primeur. Complex nose of coffee, chocolate, oak and blackcurrant. Medium to light weight soft fruit is dominated by tannins. Good length but some astringency on the finish. Not as charming as earlier bottles. This wine was at it's best 2017 to 2019. Drink up.
Red
9/26/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
My last bottle from a case bought en primeur. Cassis and cedar nose. Lots of very smooth tannins on the palate, well balanced with plentiful fruit. Huge length of finish ending on blackcurrant. Lovely wine at it's best and will last for decades. Interesting comparison to the 2002 from last week. This is more refined and scored one point higher, which given this is an excellent vintage and 2002 is at best an average vintage shows just how good the 2002 is in the context of the vintage. Looking across 2000 to 2004 the sheer consistency of Poyferré is amazing across top and poor vintages alike.
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Red
9/22/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
9th or 10th? bottle from a case bought en primeur. Double decanted back into the washed out bottle. I keep thinking this wine has peaked and am proved wrong every time. Lovely smoky blackcurrant nose. Plentiful tannins and fruit with great flavour balance well on a masculine palate. Very long finish with wood smoke, cedar and blackcurrant. All of the bitterness has now fallen out. Excellent wine that you would not think is from a lesser Bordeaux vintage. Score could go even higher.
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Red
9/12/2021 - wineforth wrote:
94 points
2nd bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Nothing to add to last year's note. Supremely elegant. I get the raspberries and violets and then anise on the finish. Fruit is medium weight and the palate is complete, without gaps. Silky tannins. Long flavoursome finish. Seems perfect now, so it'll be fascinating to see how it develops.
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1998 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/9/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
Cassis nose with a hint of tobacco. Graphite on the palate and a huge mouth filling lingering finish of blackcurrant, cedar and coffee. The palate is weak in the middle where tannins overtake the fruit but this does not spoil such a moreish wine. Lovely classic Graves to drink now as it won't improve.
Red
9/5/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
1st bottle from a half case. A more modern style. Balsamic, oak and bramble nose. Lots of complexity, good balance and a long finish. Tannins are well resolved. Lovely, moreish and at its peak.
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1970 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
One of a pair bought a few months ago. In excellent condition, base of neck level, no signs of seepage. Gentle nose of tobacco and bramble. Clean of any hint of excess oxidation. Tannins fully resolved. Body quite light. Finish is very persistent and lovely without obvious alcohol. Extremely gulpable! Would have peaked 25 years ago but still superb now. P.s. later aroma of orange spritz and more complexity.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/29/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
1st half bottle from a dozen. Hazelnut nose, pineapple and exotic fruit flavours. Lovely balanced and mouthfilling with just the right acidity to cut through the sweetness. Still young with decades of development to look forward to.
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Red
8/27/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
91 points
Grants of St.James's bottled with level mid shoulder. The top half of the cork came out with the butlers friend and the bottom half ended up in the bottle. Double decanted into another bottle. Big nose of rose hip and mushroom followed up with a strong anise aftertaste. Body is beautifully balanced in the '61 style, lightish and sweet. Overall a lovely wine despite being well past its best. Nowhere near as good as the 1955 drunk last year but still very enjoyable.
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2011 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
1st bottle from a half case bought en primeur. A good wine in the context of a poor vintage for Bordeaux. Blackcurrant and cedar nose. A little lacking in body mid palate but well balanced and with fine tannins. Decent length on the finish. Enjoyable and will continue to develop for a few years.
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2010 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
4th bottle from a case. Blackcurrant, sous bois and cedar nose. A very feminine, lovely and easy to drink claret yet it has enough tannic backbone to last longer than it appears because the tannins are so refined. Good long vanilla and coffee finish. Will continue to improve for several years or more but I had a nagging doubt that it could go the way of the 2003 where the fruit has gone prematurely. Last year the wine improved over a couple of days and I became confident of a good future.
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2012 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/9/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd bottle from a half case. 84% Merlot and 14% cab franc. 14.5pc abv. Lots of sediment so needs careful decanting. Smoky blackcurrant and plum nose. Lots of soft fruit. Grainy soft tannins. Somewhat disjointed. Long finish. Drinkable now with pleasure but still has a way to go before it's fully mature. Next bottle in 2 years.
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2010 Château de Fonbel St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/6/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
91 points
8th bottle from a case bought en primeur. Drinking a bottle a year whilst waiting for the left bank wines to be fully ready to drink. Big nose of plums, blackcurrant and cedar with some sous bois in the background. Quite full bodied. The cepage is 80% merlot but the character has more cabernet blackcurrant than its 10% weight. Smooth on the palate with loads of soft tannins that still have some maturing to go. Still plenty of life and some improvement ahead. Very enjoyable.
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White
8/2/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
1st bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Served too cold at first and allowed to warm up in the glass. Big nose of vanilla, acacia and a cornucopia of exotic fruits. Beautifully balanced and full on the palate. Huge length and persistence of flavour on the finish. Drinking well now and will continue to improve.
Red
7/30/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
One of a pair, the other being the Angles. Excellent nose, meaty at first then coffee and anise. Medium weight; a little more body than Angles. Very long finish and aftertaste. Good value for Burgundy at £45. I also have the same pairing of 2017s. Drinking perfectly now at 9 years old and Volnay can last decades.
Red
7/26/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose of blackcurrant and cherry with sous bois in the background. Very soft plentiful tannins and fruit. Fair amount of acidity. Long finish with more chocolate and coffee complexity. Overall a lovely wine at its apogee. Will drink well for a decade or more.
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2012 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
90 points
1st bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Drinking now with soft merlot fruit and some soft fine grained tannins. A sweet mulberry nose. Somewhat disjointed with alc
seeming higher than the 13.5pc stated, perhaps accentuated by the acidity. Not my bag but will continue to improve for many years. Poor QPR.
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Red
7/12/2021 - wineforth wrote:
92 points
1st bottle from a half case bought en primeur. The note below by Forceberry brilliantly captures the complex flavours here. Big nose of blueberry, opaque inky colour and thick with body. Still far too soon to drink. The tannins and acidity are dominant and unbalance the wine. Will it come together in time? The tannins will certainly ameliorate but what of the acidity? At such a good QPR its worth a half case to find out. Next bottle in 3 years.
Red
2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/9/2021 - wineforth wrote:
93 points
Excellent note below from Putelgen! Strawberry, cassis and cedar nose. Sandalwood, rosemary and blackcurrant on the palate. Whilst fully ready to drink the fruit is a little light for the tannins and there's always the hope that they will come into balance with more time. Lovely long flavoursome finish. Trying the 'eto' wine preserver and decanter for the 1st time.
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1970 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/3/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
An upper shoulder bottle bought a few months ago along with the 1967 drunk earlier this week. Both bottles clearly well kept in the same conditions with good labels and corks that came out whole with the butlers friend. This cork more saturated. Good fruit with a leathery flavour. An interesting comparison. The 70 is darker and has a lot more fruit. Both finishes are good and long. Despite being a better vintage with more fruit and well integrated with soft tannins the 1970 lacks the perfume and charm of the 1967. Celebrating delivery of the Oscar India.
Red
1967 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/30/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
95 points
An upper shoulder bottle bought several months ago in auction along with a '70. I was going to keep it until 2017 but despite a good label the corroded capsule and slightly pushed out cork made me decide the sooner the better. I needn't have worried as the cork came out in one with the butlers friend and the perfume filled the room. I knew immediately that I was in for a treat. 1967 was a light and beautifully balanced flavorful vintage and I drank quite a number of them in the 80's and 90's; including Petrus and Latour. Latour was the best of the left bank and I'd love to find a bottle at a sensible price - I used to pay £50! Dream on. Colour is light brick orange, perfume that puts many a Ch Margaux to shame, body light but impeccably balanced with fully resolved tannins that still provide just the right amount of backbone. Long and moreish finish. A remarkable survivor and well kept bottles will live another decade without recorking. Chapeau to Anthony Barton for the quality of cork used in an under rated vintage. From a technical perspective the score would be 90 but emotionally, for the memory and most importantly sheer enjoyment I'd give 95 plus. You can't put a number on a wine like this. P.s. opened to celebrate the agreement to buy a beautiful AMV8.
Red
6/27/2021 - wineforth Likes this wine:
92 points
First of 3 bottles. The back label says the wine will develop for 8 years - which I interpret as peaking next year. Its certainly drinking well now. Caramel and dark fruits on the nose. The palate is full of fruit and soft tannins and well balanced. I can't help thinking that Guigals Crozes-Hermitage at nearly half the price is as good. Still this is a lovely and moreish wine.
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