Tasting Notes for macaujames

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Red
12/14/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
93 points
93+. My last bottle! Has full deep aromas of leather, figs, cherries, porcini, raspberries, vanilla hints. Its medium bodied spherical, youthful palate has exceptional depth, layers of vanillary red, blue fruits, zingy good friendly acidity and outstanding 30 sec length. 13.5%. I paid 15 Euros for this! Outstanding value. Can be laid down 5/10 years+.
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White
12/14/2019 - macaujames wrote:
89 points
This was pleasant, austere, petrolly, honeyed + minerally. Lacks length+depth. I prefer the Tonschiefer to this. 12.5%. Maybe it needed more aeration.
Red
12/14/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
This is a decent, competent, lightly bretty, broad shouldered, rustic earthy blue+black fruits wine with good oak, nice acidity and a shortish hot finish. 14.5%. Lacks excitement. Needs 3-5 years laydown to tame the tannins. Needs air 3-4 hrs. I used part of it in a tasty Gulasch sauce.
White
12/11/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
92 points
This is ridiculously good for around 20 Euros. Has aromas of stone fruits, lemons, chalk hints and honey. Its spherical, layered, freshly fruited, zingy white fruits palate has lovely depth. Ends longish, fresh and a bit tart. 12.5%. Lay down 3-4 years.
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Red
12/4/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
This is very good and oaky nicely minerally strapping inky blackfruits wine with good acidity+ length as well as powerful yet fine tannin. Not as expressive as previous bottles. 14.5%. Needs 4 hrs+ aeration. Excellent QPR at 11 Euros.
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Red
2015 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2019 - macaujames wrote:
92 points
Trade tasting: Tightly wound with lovely high quality cedary blue, black and red fruits. Has nice St Julien elegance. Has very good but a bit drying length. 13.5%. My 1st St-Pierre. Needs 10 years+.
Red
2016 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
92 points
Trade tasting: 91/92. Aromas of leather, floorpolish, cassis, plums + cedar. Its silky layered medium bodied crunchy red+blue fruits palate has good freshness and ends longish and a bit drying. 13%. Needs 10 years+.
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Red
11/29/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
92 points
92/93. Has intense aromas of cherries, cloves, flowers, strawberries + leather. Its medium bodied classy, vibrant multi-dimensional, spherical, yet elegant, silky nicely oaked red fruits palate has superb depth + freshness. Ends very long, supple + stylish with lip smacking acidity. 13.5%. Can be laid down 5-10 years +. Needs 3-4 hrs+ aeration. Drinking well now!
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Red
2016 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
88/89. Has aromas of blue fruits, oaky plums + cassis.A bit hollow at first but fills out after 3hrs+ aeration. It has a shortish tannin-filled finish. 13.5%. This is competent but needs 5-10 years laydown. Hopefully it can fill out!
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Red
11/23/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Better than 2015. Has full aromas of earthy chalky
blackberries, plums,veggies+ loganberries. Its strapping, meaty medium bodied palate has a nice broad mid palate and ends longish and dry. 13%. Needs 2 hours aeration. An honest youthful wine.
Red
11/19/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
89+. Has fragrant aromas of raspberries, cassis, coffee and spice. Its medium bodied charming black and red fruits palate has nice layers, great freshness and end mediumish and fresh. 13.5%. Improves with 90 mins+ aeration. Drink in 3-4 years.
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White
11/16/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
88 points
Dry, aromatic yet nicely opulent honeyed wine with nice minerality, freshness and length. 12%.
Red
11/16/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
86/87. A lean earthy, crunchy + drinkable freshly fruited raspberry and cranberry flavoured biowine with a shortish finish. 12%.
Red
11/16/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
90 points
Has nice vanillary
strawberries+ raspberry aromas. Its lively smooth and elegant layered medium bodied palate has lovely freshness, good depth and very good zingy length. 13.5%. Good with garlicky Spanish tapas. Nice QPR at under 14 Euros. Can be laid down 2-3 years.
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White
11/9/2019 - macaujames wrote:
91 points
Tasting note. An aromatic and subtle wine. Has intense aromas of chalk infused lightly grassy stone fruits+gooseberries. Its delicious, subtle yet silky+layered medium bodied palate has lovely acidity+depth. Ends long! Wow this is great! 13%.
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Red
11/1/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Smooth, aromatic a bit stemmy + red fruited elegant wine with nice depth, freshness and good length. 13%. Drink over the next couple of years.
Red
11/1/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice aromas of truffles, chalk, bacon, blackberries, redcurrants and pepper hints.A medium bodied sturdy black and red fruits wine with a mediumish and dry finish. 14%. Excellent QPR at under 10 Euros. Lay down 2-4 years. Needs 90 mins + aeration.
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Red
10/30/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
88 points
Has improved in depth this year but ultimately lacks length+rusticity. This is a polite rustic wine. Improves on day two+ three. Will try the 2016 soon. 12.5%.
Red
10/30/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
87/88. This is a bit thin and is not multi dimensional. Improves on day two to an acceptable 88. This is no Gran Reserva. Next year the real 2009 Faustino 1 will come out + hopefully it will be a cracker! 13.5%. No QPR here at 16 Euros.
Red
10/27/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
An elegant, stylish and aromatic blue fruited wine with lowish oak, very good depth and nice freshness. Ends medium long, aromatic and balanced. 13%.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/27/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
An elegant slate infused dry rose with nice depth, good acidity+length. Sipped on the terrace with 20 degree sun. A nice wine to celebrate the end of summer. 12%.
White - Sparkling
10/26/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Aromatic with yeasty, bready red currants, and white fruits. Its medium bodied briochey palate is nice, elegant, linear with nice perlage, layers. Ended mediumish and stylish. 12.5%.
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White
10/26/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Needs 1-2 hrs aeration. Low key aromas of grassy, minerally grapefruits, lemons and gooseberries Has nice plumpness, layers, and lovely acidity but lacks length. 12.5%.
Red
10/22/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
This is better than the 2016. This is not bad at all! Its a bit chunky, black fruited and rustic with nice coffee-ish oak lovely underlining minerality and nice freshness. Ends mediumish and a bit unknit. 13.5%. Benefits from 60-90 mins aeration.
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Red
2015 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
87/88. V.Young. Has reticent aromas of door polish, plums, blackberries, cassis and gravel hints. Its solid unevolved black and blue fruits palate has decent depth and nice acidity. Ends nediumish and a bit tannic. 13.5%. Had 3-4 hrs + aeration. Lay down 5 years +.
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Red
10/17/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
89 +. A nice opulent lightly minerally, aromatic blue fruited and balanced silky decently oaked medium bodied wine which has gained in weight and length this year. 13%. Great at around 11 Euros! Drink over the next couple of years.
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Red
2016 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/14/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
91 points
91/92. Very elegant, aromatic, drinkable and silky yet nicely profound red fruits wine. Ends longish, fresh and aromatic. 13%.
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Red
10/12/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
Has perfumed aromas of earthy nicely vegetal blue and red fruits. Tasty solid, smooth, earthy, red fruit and veggies infused easy drinker with medium finish. 12.5%. Good restaurant wine! Good QPR at 10 Euros. Gets better on day two. Needs 1hr+ aeration.
Red
2016 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/11/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
88/89. Half bottle. A nice wine but a bit lean, stern, oaky and tannic. Needs 5-10yr laydown. 13.5%. Nowhere near as open as the 2009. Not really sure about this wine yet.
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White
10/3/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
89/90. Juvenile and a bit closed lightly stoney grassy elderflowers, lemons, limes and gooseberries. Much better on the smooth medium bodied silky and fresh nicely concentrated yet layered white stone fruits palate. Ended longish, fresh and zingy. 13%. Lay down 6 months.
White
10/1/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
90 points
Impressive. Lifted aromas of veggies, stone fruits, gooseberries + mineral hints. Its medium bodied, crisp spherical layered freshly fruited, nicely opulent white fruits + veggies palate has lovely depth Ends longish, fresh and stylish. 13%. Great value at under £8.00.
White
9/30/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
Zingy white fruits and veggies. Very good depth and freshness. Nice length. 12%. Would benefit from 30 mins aeration.
Red
9/30/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice stylish, minerally, chalky black fruits and good depth and freshness. Medium length. 13%. Needs 1-2 hrs aeration.
Red
9/26/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
94 points
Half Bottle. This is profound, juvenile and a bit drying. Has muted meaty + earthy aromas of smoky bacon, chalk, peppery blackberries, black olives, funk and tar. Its medium to full bodied multi-dimensional unfruity peppery black fruits palate has nice acidity. Ends longish, blackfruited and mouth puckering. 13.5%. Lay down 5-10 years to sort out the tannins and flesh out. Needs 7-8 hrs aeration.
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White
9/25/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
A nice off-dry unfruity, minerally, stoney herby basis wine for Dönnhoff. Unfortunately ends very short. 10.5%.
Red
2016 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
93 points
Half bottle. This is impressive! Has fragrant aromas of flowers, oak hints, raspberries and cassis. Its medium bodied plush, layered yet elegant satiny blue fruits palate ends long, fresh and stylish 13%. I gave this 4-5 hrs aeration. Good QPR for Bordeaux. Lay down 5-10 yrs.
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White
9/18/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
90 points
89/90. Improves markedly with aeration. Had crisp aromatic gooseberry notes and lovely freshness + good depth. The last sip was the best! 13%. Lay down 3-6 months. Great QPR at under 8 Euros!
Red
9/16/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice in a ripe new world style. Has fragrant aromas of smoke infused plums, black raspberries and cassis. Its medium bodied opulent ish palate has nice freshness. Ends medium long and fresh. 13.5%. Decant a couple of hours before. Lay down 3 years+. A food friendly wine from Macau.
Red
9/12/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
91 points
Has complex aromas of leathery, truffely blackcurrants, gravel hints and black cherries. Its medium bodied sweetly fruited blue and black fruits palate has excellent depth and freshness. Ends mediumish, fresh and tapering. 13.5%. Very fine. I bought this for around 15 pounds so this has fantastic QPR. Lay down 5 years+.
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Red
9/11/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
88 points
Really developed well! 12.5%. Has oaky aromas of lifted raspberries, flowers, basalt and shale. Its medium bodied sensuous and oaky basalty blue fruits palate has lovely freshness. It has a medium long finish. My last bottle! Will get some 2018 soon. Would keep and further improve a couple of years
White
9/7/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
91 points
91/92+. This wine is juvenile and needs more air or a couple of years laydown. Has aromas of lemon, limes, vanilla and mineral hints. Its graceful, spherical, stylish white fruits and clove infused palate has a fresh and lovely middle. Ends long, fresh and tapering. V.Impressed with this. Wow! 13%. Will definitely improve!
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Red
2016 Antinori Chianti Classico Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/7/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
This has no QPR at over 15 Euros. This tastes like a good medium bodied inoffensive yet elegant restaurant wine with good food matching acidity. Ends mediumish. 13%. I would be happy to pay 7-8 Euros for this.
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Red
9/6/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
93 points
This is extremely impressive and has lovely length, refined power yet panache and depth. Benefits from 5-6 hrs + aeration. 14.5%. Fantastic QPR at under 20 Euros. Can lay down for 3 years + or drink now with carnivore food!
White
9/5/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
89 points
88/89. Good , drinkable, punchy with nice acidity and chalky minerality but lacks a bit of length. 12%.
White
8/30/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
90 points
Has typical aromas of slate, veggies, stone fruits, lemons + limes. Its medium bodied elegant and lightly austere yet a tad opulent stoney white fruits palate has good acidity. Ends longish and fresh. 12.5%. Needs 2-4 years lay down.
Red
8/30/2019 - macaujames wrote:
87 points
This was more like a solid rose in colour and style. Very unfruity, minerally earthy and fresh. Ends Short. 12%.
Red
8/24/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
92 points
92/93. Half Bottle. Aromas of vanilla hints, earth, leather, blackberries, raspberries and cherries and figs. Its supple medium bodied succulent, stylish palate has got superb depth, lovely zingy acidity. Ends long, fresh and tangy. 13%. I love this vintage. It is really accessible. Lay down 5 years+.
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Red
2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
92 points
Half bottle. 92/93. A fresher Musar. Has fantastic aromas of earth, baking spices, terracotta, cherries, raspberries and lingonberries Its medium to full bodied sculpted and shapely earthy red and blue fruits palate has superb depth and layers , decent but a bit volatile acidity. Ends long, fresh and flowing. 14%. Needs laying down 5 years+. Needs 5-6 hrs aeration.
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Rosé
8/17/2019 - macaujames Likes this wine:
88 points
Has nice aromas of red currants, onionskins, mineral hints + some veggies. Its medium bodied linear palate has ok acidity and decent elegance. Ends mediumish, fresh and a bit disappearing. 12.5%. Highly drinkable in a commercial style. Benefits from 30-60 mins aeration.
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Red
2014 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/14/2019 - macaujames wrote:
88 points
87/88. A bit short. Has complex aromas of hay, red fruits, earth, minerals and cherries. Its austere and well oaked red fruits palate has tartish acidity. It finishes short and a bit sharp. 13%. Original. Improves on day two. Needs 3-4 hrs aeration+. Improves on day 3 too so can lay down 3-5 years.
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