Tasting Notes for Bearbus

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White
2/14/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Not as interestingly flavoured as past vintages, but still nice
Red
2009 Château de Lamarque Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dark fruited (maybe a bit ripe coz of the vintage?). Hints of tobacco, slightly unpleasantly flavoured though. Not fully modern but certainly not traditional in style either. Lots of nice drying tannins but a bit hollow in the back palate. Not again
Red
2/10/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Good, but either needs lots of time or just isn't my style of Pinot structurally. Way overpriced!
Red
2/9/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Dark fruit and old wood, some dried brown leaf, good balance with good acidity, smooth yet grippy tannins. Good, not great, decent value for the age though
Red
2/7/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Nice dark fruit and dirt, with good acidity, lightness and fairly mouthfilling tannins. Bit young now, and not worth the money. Would be interesting to see in time though
Red
Bright cherry/raspberry/red blackberry fruit, deliciously full flavoured black and red cherry-fruited palate with hints of sweet spices, great acidity, gentle grip from fine tannins, very moreish on the palate
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Red
Lovely old wood, blackcurrant bush, damp Euro undergrowth, green vegetation.
Red
The nappies and swamps kind of reductive shit, acid nose, a lovely lightness without the palate being at all insubstantial. Good!
Red
2/1/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Showing the age a little with some old woodiness and a hint of forest floor, subdued dark berries with a hint of prune supporting, a slight spiritiness?, yet still reasonably youthful in that it is well structured (firm tannin structure) with some silkiness to the palate. Moi liked from the get-go, I warmed to it for drinkability despite not being too keen on the nose. Nowhere near over the hill but I also don't see a lot of potential for further development, just that it will hold well
Red
1/31/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Bright spiced purple plums (spiced with red peppercorns, too) - nice fruit sweetness balanced by that spice and a hint of woodiness. Full, round, slightly lush, gentle very fine tannins, but has good acidity and finished quite fresh. It's quite a smooth easy style, but it's done well. Good. Pricey for what it is though
White
1/31/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Lemon, green nectarine, lovely lacticity in the finish. Good
Red
1/27/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Plummy, some liqourice, soft and mouthfilling tannins, good acidity. Nice. Quite good VFM
Red
2015 Domaine Léonine Chic et pas Cher Languedoc Roussillon Red Blend
1/27/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Plummy, some liqourice, soft and mouthfilling tannins, good acidity. Nice. Quite good VFM
White
Honeyed, apricot, florals, bergamot, tea. Searing acidity (near saline). Very drinkable. Nice with marinated green olives
White - Sparkling
sweet Granny Smith, chalk, brioche, nice balance, touch earth on the finish. Good, but pricey for what you get
White
1/18/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Underripe green nectarine / lime / green apricot / honeydew right at the skin / green mango, nice hint of mercaptan-saltiness. Slight glycerol, raw blanched almond, salivation-inducing acidity, slightly bitter pithiness in the finish.
Red
More Pinosity than other Lethbridge's, showing more sous bois / mulch / red fruit. Cherry, mulchy undergrowth, gentle spices. Medium-full bodied, good acidity that runs right through, quite mouth-filling and grainy-textured tannins with some astringency, good length. Very nice. Best Lethbridge Pinot we've had. Get more
Red
1/3/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Dark blackberry, woody cane, basalt, earth in a hollow by a river. Nice grip, perhaps the acid kicks a little. Doesn't seem to have developed at all since 2010! Needs another 20 years maybe. Nice to drink, very ultra-dark-Central-Victorian-Shiraz
White
1/3/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Quince, custard apple, full front palate going to lean finish, elegant, interesting palate progression, finishes long and fresh, delicately flavoured, green rhubarb on the finish. Nice but we aren't keen for a second glass and I feel the same way on day 2. Maybe needs time, maybe not the vintage for me
Red
1/1/2020 - Bearbus wrote:
Jet-black-blackberry and blackcurrant, cracked black pepper, menthol, floral purple plums and dark cherries. Lovely ultra-dark fruit. The palate begins full and silky smooth, dark inky flavours, but the tannins then build to . Quite savoury, not jammy or sweet-fruited. With age, would the savoury character win out or would it turn sweet?
White
Solid classic Alsatian Gewurtz - lychee, rose water, quite dry and with good acidity, a little palate richness without being heavy. Good VFM. Would get again
Red
2012 Château Tour Sieujean Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Lovely nose of dark berries, undergrowth, florals, wood. Good amount of fine smooth tannin (with building astringency), good acidity and line, dried leaf. Nice. Would be good to see in 5 to 10 years' time
Red
12/26/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Very good with duck confit and ratat
White - Off-dry
12/25/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Lacks the slate/river pebble of yesteryears, but has lovely flavours nevertheless (plenty of sweet lime and slightly floral). Lacks perfect old-school precision too, but still has good balance (not too sweet for a modern Spat) and a refreshing finish.
Red
12/25/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Nice red berry (cranberry, redcurrant), undergrowth/hedgerow and hints of spices. Balance is good for the style but B of BYK finds it a little bitter and acidic. Nice, but doesn't wow either
White - Sparkling
Developed more than the Ruinart BdB NV, initially showing a green (grass/asparagus) note and ??, before becoming a little more toasty. Very nice, and this one is attractively priced for an English sparkler too
White - Sparkling
12/25/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Nice aromas and flavours but less toasty, funky-edged and rich than I recall. It's actually reasonably delicate. Very nice though
White
12/24/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Nicely underripe quince, yellow apple and lemon, along with curds (that great lactic Baumard quality) and a hint of pineapple brightness. Simultaneously fresh and rich on the palate, a little wax, gently honeyed and spiced (ginger too), a little lemon-pithy, great balance of r.s. and acidity, off-dry front palate with a drier/fresher finish. It is a tad alcoholic, but its very well balanced
Red
Good, but I prefer the Reverdon at this point in time - more juicy and delicious on the palate
Red
Delicious. Darker fruited (blakberries and plums with some a little dried out) without being jammy. Refreshing acidity and silty tannins. Nice balance
Red
Decent berries and florals and a hint of reductive stink, but the palate is a little fat and broad, nice velvety tannins, but lacks balance and interest. Vissoux remains disappointing - they were so on form years ago, thought to revisit but I still wouldn't bother anymore
White
2014 Château Thieuley Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/21/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Lemon and quite a lot of green sappy-stem herbaceousness. Good acidity, a little fat, some wax and lemon, quite a crisp finish of decent length. A bit boring though
Red
Purple blackberry and some florals, nice and slightly different nose! Juicy, grippy, nicely weighted with a lightness, raspberry, near-velvety textured tannins, good length too. Very good. Good VFM too
Red
12/20/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Lovely juicy bursting cherries and raspberries.
White - Off-dry
Apple, pear, nicely distilled pineapple juice essence. Very enjoyable palate - just a tad sweet but it is a modern Spatlese and cleans up with the acidity in the finish very well. Very nice
Red
2016 Fattoria Rodáno Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/15/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Oakier than I recall, but there's also nice dried leaf alongside the red-black fruit.
Red
12/14/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
It's still good, it's just so much riper (darker fruited, smoother, fuller) than their typical style of wine, and it's a shame. It still has refreshing acidity, great drive on the palate and some gently gritty tannins, but it's just less wild (or even pastoral), less juicy and refreshing than they can be.
Red
12/14/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
OK, nice fruit and a hint of SA funk but lacks acidity and is perhaps a little too oaky
White - Sparkling
12/14/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Some nice Jura funk and gently green-fruity character, just too sweet though, suffers because of its sweetness (lacks the refreshment it would otherwise have). Shame
White - Sparkling
2019 release. Lemon sherbet and a hint of nice glue. Plenty of fizz and freshness, nice flavours of lemon and hints of meadow and glue. Very nice and fantastic VFM!
Red
12/11/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Red and blackcurrant with some woody stem and a touch of herbaceousness, lighter and more red than the Les Arches de Bellivière yet still with substantial and very-fine tannic texture.
Red
12/9/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Nice dark cavernously earthy nose, nice grainy earthy-flavoured (almost gravelly) tannins
Red
Dark, concentrated, minerally (rock/petrichor-laden) fruit, charred capsicum, dark sour fruit, warm scrub, almost a tea-tree/menthol hint, almost an animal hint, banana pith, subtle and hard to pin down this nose! Very fine tannins that are also very drying, tobaccco leaves, scrub oils, very front-forward, the back palate/finish is a little empty and lacking. Overall, very nice
Red
Dark fruit, horse blanket with a little horse shit infused (Brett!) - nice nose. Some nice grippy tannins and good acidity. Nice
Rosé
12/6/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
A fairly dark rosé, more like a pale red. Nose of raspberry, cherry and florals. Tobacco and gentle spice on the palate, interesting flavours, medium-full bodied, good intensity, not fruit-orientated. Nice for something different, but I probly prefer the classic Provencal style
Red
12/5/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
Pale, nice lifted florals, raspberry, touch of heat to the nose or just its character(?), juicy cherry-raspberry fruit with a hint of lolly/floral, nice high acidity. A light, refreshing style
Red
Nice red and black fruit (cherry, hints of strawberry and blackberry), wood and stone, touch of florals too, deliciously moreish juicy palate with suave tannins that grip so well in the back palate-finish. Very good. Loving 2018 Beaujo
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Red
11/30/2019 - Bearbus wrote:
OK. Blackberry fruit, tobacco ash, slightly high acidity, parching tannins. Nice, but not a great ChdP and not worth the money
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