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2017 Cecile Tremblay Morey St. Denis Tres Girard Pinot Noir
1/3/2020 - Barry Rothof wrote:
92 points
@ Fizeau | Expressive black fruit, cassis and truffle followed by a fine, supple palate with a lovely core of cool fruit and juicy tannins. Elegant and refined a very charming MSD !!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/27/20, 12:46 PM - Already approachable? I would have guessed atleast two years to settle?

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2014 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2018 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
95 points
WOW. That is almost the only thing I can say.

This wine has tremendous potential and in twenty or thirty years time, this will sing like angles from above. HOLY SHIT!

Opened 04.00, consumed at 24.50, so twenty hours after triple decant this monster of a wine did not leave much. A HOLY BLOCK of cassis was it. You could only hint slight notes of blackcurrant, blackberry and some meat. But OH the potential. This a wine with status of "BUY ON SIGHT".

Keep for the next 20-30 years and this baby will reward you ever so kindly.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    1/7/19, 10:05 PM - Well I am sorry to say but if the horizont does not allow for at least 20 years cellaring then do not bother buying anymore Bordeaux en primeur in great vintages - However you'll be able to cheat by buying lesser vintages such as 2017 which offers tremendous drinking at its younger stages! Or keep buying en primeur for the pleasure of your children :-)

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1998 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/24/2018 - henryd1 wrote:
91 points
Still quite youthful. Drinking nicely in a classic claret sort of way. A very nice and quite classy wine, but nothing spectacular. Served with fresh black truffles on toast but not quite mature enough for the combination to work optimally, though there was a touch of truffle in the flavour profile.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    12/25/18, 1:12 AM - You can easily open one now! The window has opened and will stay open for the next two decades!

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1999 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/21/2018 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
94 points
This was just a huge joy. Very feminine and light compared to the big brawny Pauillacs enjoyed earlier that night. Notes of black fruit, cassis, blueberry, hints of lavender, eucalyptus, pencil shaving, dark chocolate and flint. Velvety, silky, airy and polished, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, very fine tannin.

Still a decade worthy before starting to reach window (and should stay for another 3-4 decade in that window).
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    12/18/18, 11:21 AM - Glad to hear!

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2014 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend
7/19/2018 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
94 points
Straight up bliss in a bottle.

This is actually one of my favorite Carlisle. Never have I experienced such intensity and purity from this producer (mind that I have tasted various vintages of Petit Sirah and Papas block from Mike).

This, I would never have guessed Russian river on a blinder.. I had Northern Rhone all the way - this is major. WOW.

Intense rich fruit and body with some great earthy, mineral and dry notes. Great raspberry and blackberries. Incredible.

Should be at maturity in five years time.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    7/24/18, 12:51 AM - I know, I had expected some high end South Rhone like, Vieille Julienne Reserve 2001 or 2005 but I really got the Syrah expression in this. Maybe I was hypersensitive to Syrah that particular night?

Red
2015 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley
4/9/2018 - SineQuaNon Likes this wine:
93 points
Spectacular Papa’s syrah showing a more savoury, meaty side of this vineyards characteristics than the 2014. I almost think it’s even better for it despite what the vintage charts might say. Less exuberantly fruity but more ‘dark’, smoky, savoury all the while it is just a plain joy to drink with great richness, body and surplus. Soft tannins, full body, long finish, with notes from both the Côte-Rôtie and the New World combining for a remakable wine full of character while being very easy to appreciate. A great Papa’s!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    4/10/18, 9:22 AM - Må se at skaffe mig et par stykker til kælderen, så de kan smages om 10 år! ;)

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2015 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/23/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
90 points
Ripe dark red berries, thyme, and smoke in the nose lead to a blast of dark cherries in the plush, round, finish. 89 - 91 Pts
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/15/18, 12:29 PM - Do you see a great cellaring potential?

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/17/18, 11:09 AM - Thank you!

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1986 Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/5/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow!

This is really at a great state now. Bought in OWC (closed) at auction. All bottles A-fill. Perfect storage since en primeur!

This had perfect grilled green pepper, meat, white pepper, cassis. But the finish was on the short term. But man.. Am I happy, that I bought that lot. This wine cost next to nothing and is so so great. Definitely worth a buy and seek-out if the storage is correct. Holy bejesus this is great for the price!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    1/28/18, 9:59 PM - It was around 30 USD pr bottle.

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1983 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/1/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly fresh, complex and loaded with ripe, sweet dark red fruits, cedar wood, smoke, tobacco and cigar box aromatics that are present in the aromatics and in the finish.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    11/29/17, 8:49 AM - Which would you prefer of the three in large formats: Beychevelle, Rausan Segla or Pichon Comtesse?

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    11/30/17, 5:13 AM - Thank you, Jeff! I was a little torn for which I should include in my NYE dinner line-up.

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1985 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
97 points
FUCK ME, this is evil!

Pure maniac - The notes were off the charts. First off - damp asparges which later turned into heavy grilled green pepper and fantastic BBQ lamp chops. WOW! The black pepper was so heavy, I just fell in love with this wine. Cedar, humidor and cigar tobacco blew up in our faces. Gosh darn it, this is a monster. At least 3 decades left in the tank for sure!

I enjoyed the leftovers the next day for lunch. Just as powerfull. Insane!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    11/15/17, 7:44 AM - I think, it should be pretty clear from both the rating and the commentary, what I thought of the wine ;)

Red
2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley
9/19/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
94 points
So much potential. Bury underground, in cellar whereever. Just forget about it for a decade and then it should start to be really friggin' awesome!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    9/19/17, 10:01 PM - Well it's good but really tight in the sense that you do not get all that flavor you know it posses!
    Open it maybe 2 days ahead if you are going to drink it now and decant it too! But if you only have one, then I would sit on it.

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1934 Château Pavie Decesse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/5/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
96 points
This was a pop and pour.. The cork came out in one piece looking really good and had thankfully done its job!

The initial notes are white pepper, meat, damp forest floor. This quickly developed to grilled green bell pepper with BBQ sauce and marinated smoked meat with less wet leaves and more like dry provence-summer breeze with a hint of lavender. This was truly amazing. Bottle was of greatest provenance!

It staid static over 1.5 hours and then we'd finished the bottle. No decline. Beautiful!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    9/2/17, 9:39 AM - They really are. This was however the only really old Pavie Decesse I've tried. All the other have been from 98 and up.

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    9/2/17, 11:35 PM - I have found a serious private collector from whom I buy almost all of my wines from 1970 and older! It's the best provenance, I've experienced.
    He has over a 1.000 bottles most of them fra 1870-1986. It's insane!

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2016 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
97 points
Deep in color with violets and licorice that take no effort to find, this wine is luxurious and concentrated and feels like ripe black fruits polished with velvet. There is a sweetness combined with a quintessence of fruit that will send your mind to Bordeaux no matter where you take your first sip. The wine was produced from blending 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.6 and is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. The harvest took place from September 20 to October 4 for the Merlot and from October 10 to October 15 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine represents only 50% of the harvest.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    6/9/17, 12:34 AM - I am pretty torn between buying 2xOWC Cos d*estournel 2016 or 2x Rausan Segla 2016 en primeur. I love the "new" style from Rausan, so much quality.

    Which one do you think would turn out to be the better wine in the future?

    And between Leoville Barton/Poyferre - which would you recommend? Poyferre is superhigh on Cab this year. But I love the medicin/green notes in Barton.

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    6/11/17, 8:56 AM - Thank you for taking time answering my question! Always a pleasure following your very detailed notes.

    Keep up the good work!

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1964 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2017 - englishman's claret wrote:
93 points
Haut Brion & La Mission Haut Brion: I had high hopes for the 64 Haut Brion and although it showed well, it wasn't spectacular. The 64 La Mission gave a much stronger showing on the night and ultimately, if all the 64 HBs are like this, they are probably best served on their own. The wine has the classic Haut Brion black cherry though the fruit is now getting a tad attenuated. There is a marked toffee note and touches of loam and smoke. This was beautifully balanced on the palate (when is Haut-Brion not?) and finished well, but it's time to drink these.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    3/25/17, 4:50 AM - I luckily have one in cellar. Just waiting for an occasion for popnpour!

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    3/27/17, 1:35 AM - Thinking about some pork or BBQ veal with some truffles, mushrooms and potato.

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1995 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
2/26/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow!

Full beast of cabernet franc! Oh the glorious chocolat, fresh pressed coffee, sweet fruit and delicious berries! Wow again!

This is really becoming a beautiful wine but indeed gets a lot better!

My goodness, how I adore right bank Bordeaux when it's this quality!
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    3/21/17, 5:01 AM - This has more like 2-3 decades left in the tank!

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2015 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/19/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
Showing a good depth of color, the tobacco, cassis, boysenberry and spice-filled aromatics are hard to avoid. Full-bodied and concentrated, there is a lot of power and tannin to contend with this year. It's going to take time for this wine to become civilized. The finish packs a large bushel of ripe, sweet fruit and flavor along with tannins in every mouthful. Representing 36% of the production, the blend consists of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. This wine reached 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.6 and the harvest took place between September 15 and October 8. Montrose which is on top of its game these days can fool you. It can be a bit hard to get a read on some vintages in their youth, making it is quite possible this wine could end up much better when it is in bottle. It would not be the first time that happened. I can tell you that from personal experience. 94 - 96 Pts
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/9/17, 1:46 AM - So is this a contender to the 2009/2010 vintages from Montrose?

  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/10/17, 4:22 AM - Thank you for your thoughts! I hope it turns out great once bottled. Bought a few cases en primeur.

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2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
2/6/2017 - Fred_Bo Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow I could keep drinking this for days!

So much value, tastes like big big Cote de nuits!
You get earthy vibes with cherry, berries and a very delicious acidity but a bit more "meatiness" in the texture.

21-29 euros in France is absurd, when you pay 150-200 euros in Denmark (when they are not sold out).
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    2/8/17, 12:08 AM - You cannot buy it in retail in DK, as we receive almost nothing. So only the top michelin restaurants are able to buy it and therefor fire up the prices as well. So unfortunate!

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2013 Dr. Heger Ihringer Winklerberg Spätburgunder Rappenecker Baden
7/10/2016 - SineQuaNon wrote:
93 points
Great, great wine - especially after one hour of breathing, that really rounds it out! Combining the best of unctuous German Spätburgunder character with classic Burgundy Pinot Noir elegance. Almost creamy mouthfeel, bright acidity and lift, cherry and rose petal notes with additional slight herbaciousness and herbal notes with well integrated woodsmoke.
  • Fred_Bo commented:

    11/4/16, 7:17 AM - Har du smagt 2014 endnu, Werge?

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