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Red
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
91 points
Good, but not on par with Casanova or Fuligni. Expected more for this price.
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2008 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Top wine from a mediocre vintage. Structure, depth, nose, complexity. Delivers that Pessac touch that only Smith, Pape, Chevalier and some others can deliver. Not as stellar as the Brion's, but an excellent wine.
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Red
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Please leave in the back of your cellar.. Still infant phase. Started out a bit muted, but opened up significantly over the course of the evening. Good balance, serious weight, with gorgeous red strawberry fruit that shades into black around the edges, wildflowers, and a bit of dried woody herbs. Really showcases what Ducru is capable of in a good year. Has the power and the elegance. But : needs time to develop more secondary complexity, but should age very well. Wait till 2025??
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Red
2006 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
92 points
Very nice, but a bit over-priced. More fruit than balance. I miss the complexity you will sure find in Trotanoy and Eglise Clinet. After taste was just OK, and almost no secondary notes. Not my first VCC where I miss that extra layer.
Red
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
99 points
The fact that I rated the 2003 a perfect 100/100 score is the only thing that made me score this 1995 a mere 99/100 score. Decanted for 3 hours. I would have believed you, if you would have told me this was a 2005. So young in the glass. Yes, super expensive. Yes, nothing is worth that price. But you have to drink it one in a lifetime. Pure Latour magic. Blown away.
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Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Old school Cos. Very powerfull wine with a lot to offer. This likely needs more time, as it kept slowly opening up in the glass. agree : an icon, being a true powerhouse combined with class. Petal de rose, barn, pencil shavings and cassis. This still has easy 10+ years to go.
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Red
2005 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2021 - tbuysse wrote:
98 points
What a beauty. Right in the drinking spot. Can last for another 10 years. Easily. Full body nose, with a perfect balance between floral tones and firm vanilla / oak / roasted undertones. Ideal for people seeking magic Bordeaux, but not in-your-face like Pavie. TOP
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Red
2000 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
99 points
I am still in love with this great wine from this unique wine maker. Yes, you smell, taste and experience the sometimes over-extraction. But all is in place. Not for readers looking for more soft and easy accesible wines. Can carry on for another 5+ years. Easily. Had the 2010 a few weeks ago, whic needs at least 10 more years to blossom. Not joking
Red
2010 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
99 points
I am still in love with this great wine from this unique wine maker. Yes, you smell, taste and experience the sometimes over-extraction. But all is in place. Not for readers looking for more soft and easy accesible wines. Can carry on for another 5+ years. Easily. Had the 2010 a few weeks ago, whic needs at least 10 more years to blowwom. Not joking
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Red
2002 La Mondotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2020 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
95 points
Surpise surprise. In a flight with Pavie, Latour, Haut Brion and Cos, this one stood his ground. And, in an OK vintage. Extremely elegant, creamy and full. Not over complex as e.g. the 2010, but very round with class, elegance and power. Sexy MF. Top wine from Mister Bordeaux!
Red
2003 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2020 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
93 points
I must agree with the classic critics. Magic, of course. Nice nose, of course. Full body, of course. But not in line what you are used to from Haut Brion. For this price category (without being judgemental), one exepcts just that extra touch. Both the nose and the taste fade faster than expected. Still a great wine, but missed the perfection one can find in tha 1996, 2000, 2005, 2016, etc vintages.
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Red
11/29/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
100 points
Erik, can you please increase the Tasting Note scale to 101? Please? This must be the finest, most complete wine I have ever tasted. It has everything. The nose keeps evolving. Minute by minute. Second by second. The taste has the most profound and full palat ever. You have the perfect balance between the power of the Cabernet S, and the elegance of the Merlot. You have smoked vanilla, toast, roasted espresso, mature red fruit. Perfection achieved. Thanks Roy S, and thanks Jean. We missed you on this tasting..
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Red
10/26/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
Could not agree more with KENPLACE. All elements in place to deliver pure magic, but please be patient. Looong way to go. And, rest assured : you will be rewarded. Will be such fun to compare with the 2010.
Red
8/24/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
92 points
Of course : very nice, but a bit linear. I missed that extra touch I found in the 2010 and the 2015. Again, very good wine, but … Recommended if you can find it at 60 USD / bottle or less.
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Red
8/24/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
In love with this wine. Winner of the night in a flight with Vega S, Pontet Canet, Paleo Rosso. Gorgeous smell of petal and ripe prunes. In a perfect spot now. Kept my nose for minutes in the rim. Fantastic wine. Do not hesitate: buy.
Red
2008 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/25/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Straight from bottle. A very nice and well-balanced wine. Please do not ignore the greater 2008's ! Had the same with Leoville P, Barton, etc.. Nose of black fruits, Tobacco leafs, barn and toasts. Drinks well now, and will do so for next 5 years at least.
Red
4/13/2020 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
98 points
I try to be strict and rather conservative. But wow. Blew me away. What a gorgeous hedonistic wine. Round, full, creamy and purest expression of Sangiovese. Drink now or hold 5+ years easily. Very well made.
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White
3/24/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Totaly in love with this wine. Has all the features of a world class PM. And you can stick your nose in the glass for minutes and minutes. Fat Burgundy structure and nose of pineapple, vanilla, lemon.
Red
3/24/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
93 points
Strongly recommended. Strong perfume and has this smooth Merlot texture. What a nose … Trus me : a bargain for 23 EURO. Can easily rival with 50 dollar+ so called Super Tuscans.
Red
2011 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/24/2020 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Still quite young. But, what a great wine.. Is already so good now - and so well made! Full bodied, creamy texture, deep garnet colour, moccha, lots of clear fruit, intensity and soft tannins balanced with a refined vanilla flavour. Great !
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Red
2015 Tokara Director's Reserve Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/5/2019 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
94 points
Faboulous. Can rival with any great Bordeaux blend. Reminder me most of 2015 Canon. Can last at least another 10 years. And finaly a wine with an acceptable P/Q. I hope 1 day Bordeaux gets this reasonable. Wishful thinking. Please consider this one as a worthy alternative
Red
12/2/2018 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
96 points
Simply brilliant.. Creamy, full body, gorgeous nose and unique full taste. The next big thing all over Bourgogne. Buy it while you still can!
Red
2000 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/13/2018 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
100 points
Unique! Compared with a 2005 Pape and Certan. This one has all Unique features of comfiture, jam and sort of compote . Amazing
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Red
9/11/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
92 points
Agree with Jacob's notes. Drank from a 3 liter bottle. No doubt this is a good wine. For me personaly: Not the freshness and fruit I was looking for. Hardly revealing anything behind a flock of tannins. Patience? Not sure
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Red
1996 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
Tasted out of Magnum. Wine is peaking perfectly well now. A rich, velvety, creamy and smooth Cos. Shows marvelous display of roasted coffee beans, vanilla, ripe black fruit and clay. All in harmony. Still needed 30 to 45 minutes to come together. Preferred over a great 2000 Pichon Lalande.
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Red
2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/15/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
So different than the 2005 Leoville P. The Canon la G was more playing on body and power. The cigar box, roasted coffee and black fruit jumps out of the glass. Dark colour. Do not be afraid to open a bottle. Will be in top shape for at leat 10y from now. Recommended
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Red
8/15/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Same experience as last tasting. Great wine, which represents perfectly well the finesse and elegance of the 2005 vintage. No hurry to drink this beauty, but you are in for a real treat. LP is in top-shape. The 2015 is a bargain.
Red
2006 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Perfect. What a wine, considering the vintage. Top nos and elgant rims on the edge of the glass. Smell of forest, elder flowers, mature strawberries, roasted coffee. Will hold easily for 5+ years. For me personally better than the 2005. Comes closer to the 2000. Really nice!
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White
2010 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/13/2017 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
93 points
From magnum. I was afraid the best has already past. But no.. Still great! Of course no need to wait longer. Excellent white Pessac, that expresses all aspects of this great terroir. Powerfull wine.
Red
1996 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
From magnum (thanks Roy!). My rating swings between 90 and 95. Decided to go fo upper limit. Great wine, but absolute maccho power house. So different from the Haut Brion (tasted simultaniously). Hard edges, sharp tannins and big wine. Not for those looking for the more feminin side of Bordeaux.
Red
1996 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2017 - tbuysse Likes this wine:
100 points
From magnum (thanks Roy!). Perfection achieved, once again. This wine is creamy and generous, is big and elegant, is powerfull and smooth. Has a 50 seconds after taste. Beautiful colour with perfect balance. Tobaco, pipe, rasberry, mokka, roasted vanilla. Table agreed this was by far best of the flight. Not in a hurry to consume, but brilliant right now.
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2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
93 points
Too young to judge. Of course a majestic wine, but hardly revealing anything. Please hold at least till 2020. Really. So for me very hard to award an honest score.
Red
2001 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
I started the tasting with a stupid prejudice: This vintage for Evangile simply has to be on the lower score. Wrong!! What a great wine. Right at its peak. Has everything that a great Pomerol has to offer. Luscious, rich, finesse, creamy texture, nice rims on the glass. Just perfect. And I am still very shy with my 95 score!
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Red
2/21/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Never experienced such a divided opinion at a wine tasting. 1/3 tought the wine was flawed. 1/3 thought it was way to extracted (what Jancis feels when drinking Pavie). 1/3 (including yours truly) thought it was just spot-on. Barn, truffle, mocca, authenticity. Can last easily for a decade or more. Please pair with serious meal. I loved it... Aftertaste lasted over 12 hours (seriously!!).
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Red
2/21/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
92 points
Typical Toro style. In-your-face straightforward. Nice, smooth, even creamy texture. Could last several more years, but I would recommend drinking now.
Red
2006 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2017 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Did not give away anything upon opening. You could smell the strong tobacco and earth Lynch Bages is known for. We waited another 3 hours. This patience was awareded with a classy Lynch Bages, with hints of dark cherry, leather, vanilla and roasted almonds. Will be top by 2018 / maybe even 2020. Great!
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White
12/19/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Gorgeous. Can compete easily with anu big brother in this region (who are over-priced). Aroma's of vanilla, oak, butter and salted caramel. Reminds me somehow of a good Pessac.. Dare I suggest Smith H. ? Can hold for 1-2 more years easily. Great wine and excellent QPR. Top choice Philippe!
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1998 La Mondotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/23/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
97 points
Even better than 3 years ago. This is very impressive. Real depth, body and character. Smoked coffee beans, touch of vanilla, pinch of port and mature dark red fruit. Excellent. Similar in smel, look and taste to the near-perfect 2005 Smith. Not for people looking for a subtil hint or smoothness.
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2011 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
91 points
Definitely in ned of more time. Over-ripe and might even be over-done. Not convinced that it will melt down and harmonize with time. For this money I can easily find better QP.
White
2011 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/23/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
Even better than the previous tasting note. Has surpassed the finesse and body that a Chevalier Montrachet can offer. Has this unique combination of terroir, dried apricot, Madagascar pure vanilla and toast. Creamy, silky and robust. Is approaching its apogee, and will last for 5 years thereafter. Very expensive, but worth every sip. Convinced even the most snobby red Bordeaux drinkers around the table. An art.
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Red
3/1/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
What a very pleasant surprise.. Great nose, dark beautiful brick colour. Excellent!
White - Sparkling
1/25/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
96 points
To me, this is rather a top Batard Montrachet master-piece than a Champagne. Has the appeal and smell of an excellent white Burgundy, rather than the nose of a Champagne. It even evolved sip by sip in the glass. Really good.
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Red
2000 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/25/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
99 points
Stunning...
White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/25/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Great class. Dried apricot, granny smith, pineapple. Not the usual Sauternes sugar bomb, but playing the elegance card here. Has even some notes of a top-notch Burgundy. Above anything in Sauternes.
Red
1/25/2016 - tbuysse wrote:
95 points
Very , very good. Revealed its very 1st potential and is clearly capable of doing much more. Has a distinctive smell of vanilla, roasted coffee, toffee, fudge and truffle. Is a real masculine power house with a touch of elegance and class. Impressive.
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Red
12/23/2015 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Hold for couple of years. Still, a very solid and powerfull wine. Has this great creamy Merlot texture. Nose of forest, roasted coffee beans, vanilla and leather. Classic Pomerol. Well made for the future.
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Red
12/23/2015 - tbuysse wrote:
94 points
Hold for couple of years. Still, a very solid and powerfull wine. Has this great creamy Merlot texture. Well made for the future.
Red
2006 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2015 - tbuysse wrote:
93 points
Elegant, perfumed, very nice! Much better than previous bottles. Great wine !
Red
2005 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2015 - tbuysse wrote:
92 points
Velvet, smooth and structured. Plays rather on elegance than on power. Drinking very well today. Can still hold easily for couple of years.
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