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Red - Fortified
2011 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
3/14/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
96 points
From 375 previously coravined. Of course not even close to being ready, but still so well balanced and utterly delicious that it doesn't seem a waste to drink it now. This port is rich, silky and concentrated with lots of acidity and tannins to support the huge fruit. The flavor descriptors seem to change with each sip. Found a dozen more 375s so that I can continue to drink it decades before its ready and watch its evolution. Still the best "young" VP I've ever tasted.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    3/15/20, 4:17 AM - 375 is also my favourite vp size as it is more convenient and they are said to mature just a little sooner.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/28/2020 - macaujames Likes this wine:
95 points
Half bottle. Profound. Beautful perfumed aromas which filled the room. Has fantastic honeyed, silky lemony peachy depths, nice oak, good delineation and layers. Unfortunately ends only mediumish and fresh. 13%. Lay down 20-30 years.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/29/20, 1:09 AM - I completely concur with your thoughts BUT fortunately enjoy it more than enough to drink it in my lifetime. LOL

Red
2010 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2020 - John McCabe wrote:
94 points
This is showing pretty well at this stage of development. Surprisingly subtle profile compared to other vintages, but what stands out is the acidity and freshness that frames everything, which is a common trait of the '10 vintage. the '05 is still the best vintage of this, and '06 has closed the gap, and the '12 is such a surprise - all of these vintages have a deeper, richer profile compared to this. All of them are great though.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/28/20, 12:56 PM - After reading this review and d’Issan being my favourite Injust had to become a fan !

Red
2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2020 - Omar Khayyam Likes this wine:
94 points
Time to check in with the '06 Leoville Barton. Nose is full on developed with classic cabernet dominated St Julien markers, but also more opulent dark chocolate and some spice box. Quite generous in fact. On the palate there is much structure left to be resolved, and it is more strict. Drinking really well with grilled meat right now but there is a long term race going on between the fruit and the structure. If they find a harmonious truce it will be truly great. Meanwhile quite ok to approach already now.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/16/20, 12:39 AM - Excellent analysis. You put very clearly what I recently experienced and whole heartily concur !

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2019 - djhammond Likes this wine:
98 points
Last tasted over 2 years ago when it was just at the beginning of its drinking window, this has moved forward with secondary characteristics now being displayed. This will without question be a 100 point wine in the future, and the only issue is when. To set the record straight the alcohol is a a relative regular 13%, with some reviews claiming levels of 15% or 16%. It is an absolutely magnificent wine, and fully deserving of its general plaudits. It is not atypical of the vintage. Although not over fruited, the nose still has a great richness with blackcurrant, blackberry, old leather, and cigar box prominent. The tannin is still in process of resolving, but the balance with the fruit is faultless. The depth and complexity on the palate and finish is worthy of a first growth in a perfect year. I am in agreement with other reviews that the only barrier to perfection at this stage is the tannic backbone on the finish. I gave this 6 hours in an open decanter, and I think it helped, but I would also recommend pouring the first glass an hour before drinking, as it really developed throughout the evening. I actually feel that another 12 to 24 months will see this reach its peak, but it has a structure to keep it there for at least 3 decades. 98+
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    12/30/19, 2:37 AM - Wonderful full tasting note and not over elaborate. Thank you I will keep my 10 bottles a further 2 years

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/25/2019 - Geaux Tigers wrote:
99 points
After looking at notes here on CT, I decided on a 2 hr decant and that was the trick! First sips were heavenly. My first thought was this was easily one of the best 5 wines I’ve ever had—and it got better from there. The only thing holding this back from perfection is drying tannic backbone on the end of the palate—to be fair we’re splitting hairs at this point. Slight cooling removed the effect. Forest floor, mushroom, herbs, old study/barn, dried blackberry, blackberry, saddle leather, touch of dried blueberry, smoked game, dried cherries on the med-long finish. Good balance of fruit and foliage/earth. Complimentary to smoked ribeye, but drank well even without food. Many, many years left. Drank best at cellar temp, needs to maintain cellar temp to drink its best.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    12/25/19, 3:42 PM - Thank you for the temperature comment. With claret I find it crucial to get the decant time and temperature correct.

Red
2005 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2019 - WineDuq Likes this wine:
93 points
After reading tasting notes here I decided to open wine at 8am, poured into a decanter at 4pm and tasted first glass at 5. It needs all the air it can get. On the nose there is a wonderful lifted floral element, obvious oak, roasted, plummy red fruits. The wine is medium to full bodied, very silky in texture with fresh acidity. Flavors of roasted fruits, earth, licorice and chocolate. Still finishes with distinct tannins. It’s a very ripe wine, but I didn’t notice any prune or stewed notes, it stopped at roasted. Very extracted, it hid its 15% alcohol quite well. Maybe a bit over the top for lovers of classic clarets, this was, nevertheless, very enjoyable.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    11/5/19, 9:15 AM - great tasting note.

White - Off-dry
2017 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/2/2019 - grapenomad wrote:
87 points
Pale lemon-green in the glass. Splendid aromatics of green apple, quince, peach, lemon tart and some jasmine. Lightweight, medium (+) acidity with a bit too much sugar than expected, making the wine initially exciting, but ending in a sort of washy, diluted way where the acidity comes and goes.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    11/3/19, 4:06 AM - Interesting note. I always use the Mosel Fine Wine reviews which are included as a pro review on this site. I find their drinking dates particularly useful as the acid of the Mosel can take time to soften and allow the complexity to shine, and as you suggest "tame" the initial sugars on the palet.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Climens Barsac Sémillon
10/17/2019 - rocknroller wrote:
95 points
Guys Night Out: Bring Something You're Looking Forward To Drinking (Jason P's, St. Paul, MN): Light gold color. Drank a small glass from 375ml. This was excellent. There is a lot of concentration across the board; tangerine, vanilla, orange, peach, and more citrus, very pretty bright ripe fruits, honey, spice. This is impeccably balanced with sweetness, acid and spice. Very elegant and seamless. This has got some legs. Drinking great in the first window. Can;t wait to follow this down the line. 95(+)pts.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    10/24/19, 12:24 AM - I completely concur with your palet on this vintage.

Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/15/2019 - El Tino Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted about 1 1/2 hours before drinking, we re-visited this wine last night after almost a year since the last bottle, and were very impressed. Either the previous bottle was slightly flawed or the intervening twelve months had given the wine time to develop to its potential. The wine is definitely drinking now and looks like it has many years of pleasurable imbibing ahead of it. Dark purple in the glass, with structured legs, the nose has opened up to reveal brambly fruit. On the palate, the attack is sharp, broad and mouth-filling, with tremendous length. Really chewy, with notes of violet and finishing very high on the palate. We paired it with lamb, though this was not perhaps the perfect match. Nonetheless, it worked well. I look forward to the next bottle, which I will not wait another year for.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    10/15/19, 1:22 AM - Thank you for a really useful tasting note .

Red
2005 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
10/2/2019 - Mscruggs Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine seems to be improving with age. Dark berry, mocha and vanilla on a long 45-60 second finish. The tannin seem much more resolved than the bottle i had a few years ago and I believe the wine could be cellared for another 5 years.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    10/3/19, 8:22 AM - I’m in complete agreement except I may give a slightly more generous score. That said my heart will always be in the commune of Margaux.

Red
2005 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/24/2019 - Mhbeaune Likes this wine:
92 points
Upon decanting the nose was very enticing with blackberries & blackcurrents after an hour of so truffle and earthy aromas of the forest. A subtle brown rim but heart of crimson still. In the mouth just so smooth with complex gentle fruit and soft elegant tannin. Everything a good Margaux should be. If you like classic Bordeaux, BUT not green, this is a must try wine. Do not expect power but well rounded elegance.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    9/24/19, 2:35 PM - It will be no surprise when I say my favourite wine is Chateau d’Issan !

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Delicious pre-op bottle!
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    9/23/19, 11:29 PM - look forward to the second during the " very successful " aftercare !

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2019 - mathwonk wrote:
We had this tonight, after several hours of decanting, thanks to notes here, and it hit all the marks expected. It was concentrated so that it lasted all dinner, it had the right label so that it popped eyeballs at the restaurant and impressed everyone, and it was rich and round and full of flavor. It tasted great and we enjoyed it and it was a highlight of the evening. Still, there is not a feeling that it is anywhere near worth the price ($275). It has no complexity, and little interest, there is nothing thoughtful about it and it will certainly not stay in memory more than a few days, compared to wines whose taste lasts a lifetime. For a specific and modest example, a Leonetti 2008 cab sav shared a few months ago was far more memorable and mature, and has me searching for another similar wine. If you like concentration, "jamminess" and so on, this provides it, but if you prefer subtlety, complexity, and depth, this does not. I was already disappointed at examining the label to see it has 14% alcohol, since that is a sure sign the winemaker has abandoned subtlety for power. (This high alcohol is also true of the Leonetti I admit.) I hope I have not reached the point where only Chateau Latour would meet my expectations, but I believe a nice Chateau Lagrange, or for the same richness, maybe a 2008 Swansons' Alexis, would be more enjoyable for a fraction of the price. These bordeaux prices have me going back to good Washington wines for a comparative bargain. I.e. the Pontet Canet tastes nothing like what I expect from a Pauillac, and if you want berry juice, why not buy much cheaper US west coast wines? I apologize for the rant, but do hope the views help someone else understand just what is meant by raves about these wines. I.e. this is indeed a powerful concentrated wine, but that does not mean it will offer enjoyment proportional to the price to everyone. To be sure, careful reading of previous notes does reveal the true nature of this wine to the astute reader. Furthermore, most reviewers advise waiting and cellaring this wine. I think they are probably right, as more age can only help, but I cannot predict the future. Sincere thanks to all who tried to help me anticipate what this experience would be like.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    8/21/19, 11:46 PM - Thank you for such a full and considered review. It puts my own efforts to shame.

  • Mhbeaune commented:

    8/29/19, 1:53 PM - I am in completely in agreement re drinking windows. I like Pontet Canet,) 2003. 206 and 2009 are in my collection). My favourite is Chateau d’Issan as I prefer a slightly more feminine style of Bordeaux

White - Sparkling
1999 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
7/29/2019 - colin107 wrote:
93 points
Tasted so young and fresh. Lots of pineapples. I'm not sure how people have determined that one should drink this by 2019.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    7/30/19, 12:11 AM - You are so correct based on my experience but i have only one remaining from a case of 12 AND a recent bottle was corked.

White - Sparkling
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Champagne Blend
6/19/2019 - aZzaZz wrote:
98 points
Unreal. This is a perfect vintage at a fantastic drinking age. Perfect balance, amazing flavour that’s not overpowering..
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    6/19/19, 5:01 AM - My thought exactly. Well said.

Red
2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
5/25/2019 - oldwines wrote:
90 points
Decanted at 5:30 and tasted through the evening. Deep dark, almost opaque garnet with a crimson edge. Spicy, vanilla, oak, alcohol, non-descript dark fruit. Decidedly modern in style and like most wines dominated by Tempranillo (in my view) wholly one dimensional in that it lacks layers and depth. I keep giving them a try but am consistently disappointed. Clearly a big wine but rather “brutish” and lacking in nuance. Fine with a big grilled steak but overall un-interesting, though by no means “bad” and I guess stylistically consistent.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    5/25/19, 10:10 PM - whilst I would agree with "one dimensional" I certainly whole heartily agree with with you overall theme especially about the Tempranillo being "brutish" when in the wrong hands which I had never really thought of.
    Great tasting note.

White
2017 Ribeiro Santo Encruzado Dão
5/25/2019 - fedro Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely and great QPR. Slight hint of wood and vanilla and otherwise white blossoms stone fruit profile and mineral galore. I was surprised by the creamy finish
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    5/25/19, 6:40 AM - I completely agree with you especially QPR

Red
2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
5/7/2019 - oakville72 Likes this wine:
92 points
What can you say about Numanthia? Intense, dark chocolate, fruit, alcohol, mouthfilling, over-the-top. No subtlety here. A wine that seems still young. 15% alcohol, yet still quite balanced.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    5/8/19, 12:34 AM - I completely concur. Even so for an occassional reminder of a good wine whose style I don’t really like it makes me enjoy elegance even more.

Red
2010 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I played a dirty trick on my blind tasting group with this wine. About 3 hours prior to the tasting, I decanted two halves of the magnum into two identical decanters, and placed them side-by-side in the same flight. The comments were all over the place. Some said - same wine, different vintages - "wine two is clearly older", "wine one is much more tannic", while others thought same producer, two different vineyards. I was having a very hard time keeping a straight face.

Overall the wine showed very well, with some brooding black fruit, loamy earth tones, herbal elements, and just a hint of funk. Moderate tannins in balance with the fruit, so good aging potential, but not so harsh as to preclude pleasure now. I really enjoyed drinking it.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    3/16/19, 1:00 AM - Naughty Boy. LOL

White
2010 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Großes Gewächs Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/10/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I first tried this wine seven years ago, and it was much too severe. Patience won out for a change, and going back to it now, there has been a significant transformation. It’s still brightly acidic, but the aromatic and palate elements have opened and developed to supplement the bracing structure. Pineapple, lemon zest, a touch of cashew and high toned florals lay atop a bed of minerals. It’s now a fascinating, rather than punishing wine. The acids are still not for the faint of heart, but it’s a great pick me up!
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    3/10/19, 2:42 PM - been buying from this vineyard for about same time as you. In my experience you are spot on about the "GG" only just coming around but I would expect it to improve further. It is of course, as I am sure you already know, the high acid which gives the Mosel wines such a long life when balanced. I feel Thomas Haag's Kabinet & Spatlese, in better years, are a match made in heaven with boiled crab and a little fresh mayonnaise. !

Red
2007 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/25/2018 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a superbly delicious Chianti with a great tannic structure, pristine acidic backbone and still rather young.

At 11 yrs old, this is still a rascal. Purity, precision and ... cherries. Complex, interesting and well balanced. Slightly short, with early signs of maturity and the smallest whiff of farm land.

From a deliciousness pov, this clocks in on my palate at 100 points. So delicious I could just keep gulping this juice.

W/wife.
At Komakine, Yokohama's most ambitious Italian food.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    3/5/19, 2:34 PM - Although I have not posted on this wine later vintages sound just as good. I shared a DM bought by some friends who came to stay for a few days. the 2010 it was outstanding.

Red
2004 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2019 - red.red.vino wrote:
flawed
Cork taint - gutted.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    3/3/19, 7:15 AM - My Cullen Diana Madelaine are screwcap. No problems. Didn’t know they did it with cork in 2004

Red
2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
2/24/2019 - Stirling Likes this wine:
93 points
Still inky black in colour. Lovely aromas of black currant, vanilla and spice and just a touch of menthol. The black fruit carries on to the palate, but what you notice most is not the flavours but the body. This is a massive wine, still youthfully tannic, and very full bodied. The first few sips were almost over-powering but with air and some food things settled down and it became a delicious but very powerful wine. With the current trend towards more elegant wines, I doubt too many somms would have much good to say here, but we certainly enjoyed it. www.advinetures.ca
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/25/19, 4:17 AM - Completely concur. I am coming to end of 36 bottles I purchased upon release 12 or more years ago. Whilst a little full for my personal taste it has certainly delivered in every bottle although I have read some reports of variability ! I feel it has years to live so will stretch out the last few.

Red
2005 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2019 - Q's Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful wine and especially for the price. I had six bottles, all good about 2010 to 2014 and thought it was yummy and approachable then. On this date it has more tertiary flavors, integrated mellowed tannins and savory with just the right amount of remaining fruit—for me why Bordeaux is my go to over most new world Cabs . Wonderful with beef bourguignon. Was equally enjoyable compared to Carrudes Lafite 2000 (but the Pauillac has a little more stuffing/tannins and may still improve). No reason to wait on this great QPR Margaux, no real hurry either.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/23/19, 1:01 AM - I agree with you completely about this du Tertre. I drank one last night. Stored since en-primeur. Such classic Margaux as this is why it is my preferred Medoc commune.

Red
2000 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2018 - blanquito wrote:
92 points
Bought as a future, when it was $27. Not tried for years, so I hoped this would be ready to go at 17+ years old... The 2000 d’Issan has a beautiful bouquet of berries, clean and pure and true to the Margaux appellation. The fruit is quite evident, giving this a mid-modern feel but it is classy, shows no new oak, and is not overdone at all. The tannins are nicely reined in at this point, and on that level it is ready to go. Still for my mileage, this needs more time to develop nuance, fill out and further integrate. I suppose it might not do that if modern techniques result in different maturation patterns, which would be too bad as this is good today but with more positive evolution, it could be great. On this day, I give it 92+.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/20/19, 2:32 PM - I completely concur.

Red
2004 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2019 - theusualsuspect wrote:
92 points
Fully realized. a very nice Leoville Poyferre on the black fruit side. Nice purity and nice balance. Plenty of acid yet. Glides smoothly across the palate to a very good finish. .A really fine effort for the vintage, however, don't think it carries the weight or complexity of a Poyferre in more highly regarded vintages.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/18/19, 12:02 AM - Completely concur with your comments. Had a fair bit of bottle variation but no bad ones. My last cast is being well received ! Was lucky enough to have purchased 4 en primeur. En primeur is now priced beyond fair value in my opinion.

White - Sparkling
1999 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
12/22/2018 - Nanda wrote:
94 points
My favorite of the Cristal bottles. This is still fresh with orchard fruit and florals. Good concentration and length. Seems to be in a perfect spot.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/13/19, 2:20 PM - I concur but just thought I should mention, as silly as it seems, it goes perfectly with plain slightly salted crisp

White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Climens Barsac Sémillon
8/1/2018 - CamWheeler wrote:
flawed
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    2/13/19, 2:15 PM - what bad luck. personally never come across a corked dessert wine.

White - Sparkling
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Champagne Blend
1/3/2019 - UFGators Likes this wine:
98 points
I’m not usually a fan of champagne but this blew me away. Every sip was interesting to me and the wine seemed to gain depth and complexity with air. Ripe but not overripe with lemon curd, citrus and a long long finish. As wine warms gets even better. Don’t overchill this beauty. This chapamagne will charm even the red wine drinker.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    1/14/19, 2:01 PM - I was not a lover of Champagne either BUT Krug rose convinced me otherwise. Then both Dom Perignon 1996 & Crystal 1999 have since blown me away. I also find English sparkling Rose very appealing

Red
2004 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
Not sure how I ended up with this St. Emilion, but we were having grilled flank steak and a 2004 BDX seemed like a good choice. This tastes for all the world like a Parker BDX. Lots of oak and the other components are loud, but don't seem all of a piece. Not at all what I look for in a BDX. Not recommended.
  • Mhbeaune commented:

    11/28/18, 12:39 AM - I completely agree. At £30 a bottle en-primeur stored in perfect conditions it fails to deliver. I can see why the vineyard was sold by a famous winemaker/consultant only approx 10 years after owning it.

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