Tasting Notes for LB88

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2018 Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/23/2021 - LB88 wrote:
95 points
Mature delicious yeasty.
Red
9/23/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This needed some air but was quite approachable. This was silky smooth with fine grain tannins and a Lucious structure. Could potentially get better with more cellar time.
Red
9/23/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
By itself this was floral and delicious but next to the 2010 suchots this was just outclassed.
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Red
9/21/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
PNP, typical nose of strawberries and liliac, on the palate started with harsh tannins that reflect the big tannic vintage. But these quickly softened on with a decant. Eventually revealed a dense concentrated soy sauce mix with a finish that fans out. Delicious now but could cellar for many more years.
Red
9/19/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This was maturing nicely. Floral nose, lovely minerale, dense delicious. Good fruit concentration with dark berries. Got better with more air.
White
9/19/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This was as the previous note. I opened it 5 hours before drinking and decanted at dinner in order for it to reveal its beauty. I would recommend waiting for a few years more for this to reach its potential. This was structured and precise. Less matchstick but white flowers in the after palate.good length
Red
9/19/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
This was still a tannic monster opened 5 hours before drinking with a double decant and also decanted at dinner. Really needed a lot of prep time before it started to open and while it was approachable at dinner this could certainly wait for many more years before it’s ready. Didn’t fully reveal its potential.
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Red
9/16/2021 - LB88 wrote:
91 points
This was a lot better than the last time I opened a bottle. It had well resolved tannins and a mild sois bois. Just not layered and complex. But overall a good drink with a decent finish.
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Red
9/15/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted. This was still quite tannic for a long time until towards the end of dinner where it stated to demonstrate more layers of fruit. Most ppl thought it was either a burgundy or Rhône wine.could do with a lot more cellaring. Try again in 2-3 years! Good structure and delicious once towards the end of the evening but certainly would benefit from more cellaring.
White
9/10/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Crisp saline, this was a beautiful wine that could be better with more age!
Red
9/9/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
Drank this next to the 14 and this was certainly the better wine. More structured and concentrated with a beautiful floral nose.
Red
9/7/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This got better with some air. Quite tertiary and delicious. Drinking next to a 2009 which showed the evolution and winemaking changes. Certainly the 09 was more concentrated and structured. But tonight I preferred the 95
Red
9/7/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Decanted after opening. Well resolved tannins and got better with more air. Much better and starting to drink at its peak
White
9/5/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
This was fatty and rich just not as balanced as the 2010 I hd earlier this year. Still good.
Red
9/5/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This was lovely with the characteristic star anise and peppery flavour. Just starting to develop secondary character. Could certainly age more and get more delicious. Needs to be decanted.
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Red
1978 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/5/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
Beautifully mature with resolved tannins. This had a lovely sois bois with tasty soy sauce finish. Almost herbal at this stage.
White
9/2/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
This really surprised on the upside. Unexpectedly superb. It was ripe, balanced with lime, apricots and tangerines beautifully harmonious with the right levels of acidity with a lovely long finish.
Red
1971 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Dense smokey and with some air became silky delicious with graphite and tobacco.
White
8/29/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Opened and decanted at restaurant. This was quite closed for a 98 and needed more time. It started to open up a little towards the end of lunch with a steely backbone and some toasted pineapples and lemons on the palate. I m told it was a lot more approachable the next day.
White - Sparkling
8/28/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
This was stunning, fine bubbles but drinking more like a wine. Golden hue, complex and layered. Toasted brioche with creamy caramel pineapples and just kept evolving in the glass.
Red
8/28/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted. Beautiful nose floral and spicy. Got better as the evening progressed. Could have a longer finish.
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White
8/26/2021 - LB88 wrote:
91 points
Quite concentrated and a little tart at this stage. Should drink better in a few years!
White
8/25/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Just superb, was mineral and saline at the beginning but then with a decant it opened up into a bouquets of white flowers. This can match or surpass any grand cru burgundy in terms of its complexity and structure. This could easily age for another couple decades and would likely get only better.
Red
8/25/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Brilliant Italian that showed up at a Musigny tasting and almost stole the show. Kept evolving in the glass till the final strawberry kirsch.
Red
2001 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/24/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This was singing tonight with a nose of crushed strawberries and cherries, just starting to develop tertiary flavours still quite fresh. On the palate it was balanced and delicious but just a little bit shorter than I would have liked.
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Red
8/19/2021 - LB88 wrote:
98 points
It was as I remembered although I should hve considered opening this bottle from abt lunchtime for dinner drinking. This was as I remembered beautiful from start to finish. This is just such a brooding monster of a wine. Awesome tertiary flavours waft effortlessly from the glass, truffles, earth, cedar, cigar and these kept evolving through the evening. This is clearly one wine that is going to hve a very long drinking window. Drank next to the very feminine but beautiful 2008 and the structured powerful 2009 that may or may not surpass this benchmark wine!
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Red
8/20/2021 - LB88 wrote:
95 points
Opened in afternoon and double decanted for drinking at dinner. This was also closed when first poured but quickly started to open up over the evening with a nose whilst beautiful was a little more reticent than the 2008. But it was clear that this was the more structured wine with a longer and more complex finish. This too started to unfold over the evening but remained more masculine compared to the 2008. Drinking this next to the 1999 also showed how the wine could possible evolve in a decade with the 1999 demonstrating some early tertiary features. Potential to equal or possible surpass the 1999. Only time will tell.
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Red
8/20/2021 - LB88 wrote:
95 points
Opened in the late morning for drinking at dinner. This was initially tight and had some tannins but these quickly faded through dinner into a beautiful layered wine with dense fruit. As the evening evolved the nose started to come alive into a potpourri of flower & tea leaves including camomile, lilac. This was a lot more feminine than the 2009 which was more structured. Both wines were just beautiful tonight and a fabulous comparison.
White
8/18/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
My first time from the bottle. Previous was in bizot cellar from barrel and it was as I remembered. This is just such a special wine. This is unlike other burgundy Chardonnay’s and it’s almost new world like but the class is evident with the mild oxidative and reductive colour and taste. So well balanced with fruit, florals and rock evident. Just gained in the glass for a structured and long finish. Simply sensational.
Red
2008 Domaine Bizot Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/18/2021 - LB88 wrote:
95 points
Opened at 10am initially sour plums and tart, by dinner the first pour was a significant revelation. This was a different wine with a dense floral nose. On the palate it was just delicious with a hint of sour plums but coming together with just enough sweetness fruit, soy sauce, salty, creating a umami elixir which made you want to just keep smelling and tasting. This was long and concentrated. Just sensational.
Red
8/18/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
This needed a lot of air approximately 3 hours from opening and next time I would decant for at least a couple hours. But once open it has lovely resolved tannins and a beautiful concentration and structure.
White
8/15/2021 - LB88 wrote:
91 points
Yellow wax top. Soft creamy but just a little abrupt on the finish!
Red
8/15/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
This was so tight when opened with only a subtle nose. I decided to double decant it 2 hours before drinking and again at the restaurant. It took at least another hour into the drinking window before it started to mellow. Tannins were fine but just not the normal aromatic fireworks that one would expect from the roumier BM. This has a serious structure and was such a pleasure to drink. However my advice would be to cellar this for at least another 3-5 years. Looking forward to my other 5 bottles.:) 94-96 potential
Red
8/12/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Beautiful seductive nose of sandlewood, spices, needed to be decanted and drank well in the first half of the evening but then started to fade a little as it got warmer. Still some grippy tannins present and could potentially cellar but doubt it will improve any more. Delicious
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Red
8/12/2021 - LB88 wrote:
95 points
Another gorgeous bottle with top fill and just fireworks the whole evening.
Red
8/11/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
As good if not perhaps even better paired with food from esora! So layered complex and changed quite a bit over the drinking window. But certainly could still cellar because of the incredible structure of the 99. Love it!
White
2016 Lucien Le Moine Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/10/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Started out quite tight. But after a decant it started to be more resolved and balance. Lots of white fruits apples, peaches and lime. Beautiful but over the drinking window started to fade a lottle.
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Red
8/10/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Beautiful tertiary flavours which required some time before it started to balance out. Still had grippy tannins but got finer with more air. Lots of barnyard, cedar and earthy mushrooms . Drink Up!
Red
8/9/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
This was a lovely drink but just simply too young. Loved the simple aromas of cherry but it was just too primary at this stage. Wine gained some weight in the glass and after a good decant. But I would really wait for another 5-10 years before drinking this again.
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White
8/8/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Great showing, gorgeous nose, well balanced on the palate with white fruits, peaches and apricots. Got better with more air. I drank this over 2 days and it was just so well structured and consistent, I will decant the next time I drink this and give it lots of air.
Red
8/7/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
Pretty shut down right now both on nose and palate. Try again in a few years!
Red
8/4/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
This was delicious. Opened and poured. It took 30 mins before the tannins softened with leather, anise, liquorice. This is finally ready for mainstream drinking but still could easily cellar for many more years.
Red
8/1/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
This is drinking beautifully and more so when I had the remaining 20% on the next day. Still so alive with leather and resolved tannins. One of my favourites for the mini 82 vertical we had. Just a little better than a beautiful lynch bages.
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Red
8/1/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
From a reconditioned bottle straight from the chateau. Still has unresolved tannins present. Can possibly cellar for another 10 years. Good but will only improve.
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Red
1982 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/1/2021 - LB88 wrote:
93 points
High fill and still fresh with some unresolved tannins. Delicious but the lynch and baron was just that much better tonight.
Red
1982 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/1/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Still fresh and with good structure and acidity with tannins resolved. Drank in a 82 vertical better than the cos and ducru tonight which were both not quite ready. But the pichon baron was a little better. The pichon unfortunately was not perfect.
White
7/31/2021 - LB88 wrote:
91 points
Perhaps I shouldn’t have opened this just yet as it just arrived from travel but it had a beautiful nose but was a little tight and light on concentration. Will try again in a few months!
Red
7/28/2021 - LB88 wrote:
92 points
So far the best of the vintages i Had very approachable already and with a bit of air was sauvage, meaty and at the same time delicate and floral with bright cherries. Could drink now or age more.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/26/2021 - LB88 wrote:
94 points
Still young and primary but already so good and balanced. Interesting to drink this when it has aged more.
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