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Red
2007 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
91 points
The blackberries are ripe. There is some weight and richness, though there is a lack of complexity as most of what you find is sweet blackberries. The wine is a bit short in the fruity finish, which is accompanied by a distinctive green olive, herb, and leafy streak. For such a difficult vintage, this is a very strong effort.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    12/9/19, 11:30 AM - Hey. Thank you for your note. What do you expect to be the best drinking window?

Red
1997 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/11/2017 - Brown11 Likes this wine:
94 points
A fantastic wine. Spontaneously opened. Decanted for about 30 minutes. A great nose with tobacco, a little smoke and still a black fruit, more blackberry than cassis. In the mouth the wine is super smooth and soft. Perfectly integrated tannins do the rest. Not uncommitted, no millimeter, and the whole mouth is intensely full of taste for 120 seconds. In the finish comes marzipan with a delicate trace of Amaretto. From my point of view now absolutely at peak.

Thanks Eddy!
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    8/12/17, 4:42 AM - Cheers guys! Sounds great!

Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/17/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
First Growth in quality is the first and most accurate descriptor that comes to mind. Power, precision, finesse, purity of fruit, coupled with a regal quality to the tannins, textures and fruit are what you'll find. Concentrated, but not the least bit heavy, this is a stunner. Perhaps the wine was decanted about 20 minutes before serving. This is just sublime! If you want to experience Leoville Las Cases at its best, this is the vintage to open today.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    7/17/17, 12:13 PM - Thx for this great review. So no need to wait? But probably also no need to rush?

White
2015 Reinhard & Beate Knebel Winninger Hamm Riesling Mosel Saar Ruwer
7/2/2017 - Brown11 Likes this wine:
92 points
Typical Mosel Riesling in the best sense. Quince, slate (wet after summer rain). On the palate also quince, tender sweet, but in principle a dry wine. A beautiful melt that lasts forever. Presence acid, but in a pleasant and fresh way. So tastes a great dry Mosel Riesling.
Overall 92 Points, for a dry Mosel Riesling 94.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    7/2/17, 1:56 PM - Great pick!

Red
2010 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Alpilles Red Blend
6/30/2017 - KJD45$ Likes this wine:
90 points
Not sure what to think of this... At once it seems simple, next sip
More complex...nice interplay between fruit licorice spice earth and tannin... Gaining complexity with air time... Once finished I would say
I am glad I experienced a new wine region...I really enjoyed it..
But at $50 I wouldn't repeat nor recommend...
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    7/2/17, 8:09 AM - Trevallon is a difficult one. Has lot of on and off phases. I think 2010 is quite closed right now und waiting is recommended.

Red
1999 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/20/2017 - rmalloy Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted blind. Gorgeous nose! Interwoven tapenade, violets, provencal herbs, game, and blackberry liqueur. The texture is silky as can be. Tannins on the finish are fine-grained but pronounced. I sensed more and more weight as the wine decanted. The weakness of this wine — and I suspect it’s really due to varietal and terroir as opposed to some fault with the wine — is low acidity, which creates a feel of low energy. My sense is that this wine will peak in about 3 years.

Guess the wine. My first thought upon smelling was mourvèdre. Bandol, Domaine Tempier, 10+ years old.

Rating: 92

Non-Blind p.s.: Egg on face!
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    5/21/17, 1:16 AM - Great tasting note. Thanks for sharing!

White
2012 Marc Deschamps Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs de Cri Sauvignon Blanc
1/29/2017 - Elycohn Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a powerful, dense, and complex wine. Fragrances of bitter orange, anise, and jasmine. Richly textured, first creamy then acidic and a seemingly never-ending finish.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    1/29/17, 7:41 AM - Sounds great. Looking forward to this guy :-)

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2010 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/8/2017 - Bordeaux_Jon Likes this wine:
95 points
First coravinned pour, single blind tasted against the 2009 Croix de Beaucaillou. The 2010 had a more Pauillac personality with more black fruit such as blackberry, pencil lead, dark oak, and a masculine palate. I was able to successfully guess which was which based on those traits.

For me, the palate is not quite ready, with a lot of tightness and tannins, and definitely benefits with air. However, the nose is just wondrous. So much complexity and evolution occurred with 4 hours of air. At times there was more red fruit, black cherry, and blue fruit notes, I got black pepper, different shades of oak and cigar, some dried herbs.

The 2010, for me is better than the 2009. I do agree that the 2009s in general are a bit nicer on the palate now, but the nose complexity of the 2010s is just amazing at this stage. And the 2010s seems destined to eclipse the 2009 in every way in the long term.

I tried the 2010 Grand Vin at a release tasting and it was really phenomenal. I'm really looking forward to trying it again soon. I think the 2010 Croix is actually more complex on the nose than the 2009 Grand Vin tried last week, but the 2009 Grand Vin is better on the palate, and it is a more pleasurable to drink now. They are all fabulous though.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    1/8/17, 7:16 AM - Great review! Thx!

  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    1/9/17, 11:36 AM - I enoyed reading it :-)

Red
2014 Kreuzberg Spätburgunder Unplugged trocken Ahr
11/4/2016 - wjedens wrote:
90 points
Excellent basic spätburgunder. Yummie.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    11/6/16, 12:54 PM - Fully agree.

Red
2010 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/9/2016 - rmalloy wrote:
85 points
Tasted blind. Reticent nose. Eventually gave up some herbs, tobacco, smoke, and blueberries, but not a whole lot of anything. Ripe blueberry and green tobacco in the mouth. Clear pyrazine character. Good mineral sparkle—perhaps the best quality about this wine. Tannins are pretty strong and dry in the throat. This needs a few more years.

I find this to be a strange wine. It seems balanced and well-made, but it is deadly dull. Putting aside the mineral sparkle, it just dies in the mouth. Rating: 85.

Guess the wine. I’m really not sure. It just seems like a mediocre Bordeaux blend.

Non-blind p.s.: I am curious how professional critics conduct their blind tastings. For example, is this wine up against great wines from Pauillac, St. Julien, and Margaux, or is it tasted against other wines from Moulis? I don't see how this wine can score 90+.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    10/10/16, 1:41 AM - Thanks for the note. Very interesting. Had this bottle about 2 years ago. My impressions were also in the 88-90+ range.
    Could it be that the wine is right now just in a stage of being closed? I have the impressions that many 2010s are right now not really approachable.

White
2011 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Bourgeoise Sauvignon Blanc
9/4/2016 - Seb Frefranc wrote:
90 points
Still consistent with my last impressions (already years ago!). Fine Sauvignon Blanc notes paired with Sancerrois minerality. Great with food!
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    9/10/16, 10:45 AM - Hm, I do not believe that. Sancerre is usually not a wine to age for many years. My oldest Sancerre was 15 years old. It was still enjoyable but lacked the typical freshness. This one here has been quite stable over the last two years - so I assume it will be like this for quite a while. Improvement may then be just a personal thing :-)

Red
2012 Domaine La Bouïssiere Gigondas La Font de Tonin Red Rhone Blend
5/21/2016 - Roughl Likes this wine:
92 points
This stood out at the tasting in Gigondas. Partly due to the fact that there were a lot of 2013s which is a nice vintage, but not nearly as nice as 2012, and partly due to the fact that la Bouïssiere rocks! I like both cuvées, this one sees more oak. If you have visited the region, the vineyards sit in the dentelles de montmirailles, making it a bit more high altitude (although this is absolutely perfectly ripe). A beautiful wine made in a beautiful place. At 25 EUR prix domaine this is a good deal. is see that drinking windows entered for this wine make it seem like this is a gulp away kind of CdR. While it gulps away nicely, I am pretty certain that it can last for 15+ years.
  • Seb Frefranc commented:

    5/21/16, 1:05 PM - Thanks for your review! Bought this wine 2 years ago in Gigondas (la Bouissiere rocks definitely!). At that time, the wine was not really approachable, fully dominated by oak. Now it seems to enter a new phase :)

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