Tasting Notes for vinhslee

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Red
1982 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Fill level is high shoulder.

Deep ruby on appearance, and gets darker with aeration. In any case, it looks younger than expected.

It takes at least 2 hours of aeration in a Zalto Burgundy glass to open up. Once it does, flavours of red fruits, cedar, tobacco, earthiness and pencil shaving and spices keep revealing themselves. The flavours are intense and rich, and is reflective of the great 1982 vintage, but more mineral and metallic than expected. The tannins are present, but fully wrapped by the abovementioned flavours. The tertiary flavours are hidden in the background.

This wine probably has 5-10 years before it reaches its peak.
White - Sparkling
11/11/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
98 points
Deep flavours of brioche, zest oil, apple peel and pear. Fine bubbles. Long and lingering finish.
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White
11/9/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
On the nose, it's all about lychee and pineapple. On the palate, it tastes of the syrup that comes with canned peach/pineapple/lychee. It's sweet but not cloying, saved by the acidity. It's a easy crowd pleaser.
Red
11/5/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Very deep crimson with purple edge on appearance.

Very nice aromas of violet and dark fruits. Good intensity of dark fruits, spices, and well judged oak, with some minerality and salinity. The flavours are well balanced and harmonised. Wonderful value for money cote du rhone.

This wine is easy-going and quite a crowd pleaser, but with considerable depth and complexity for serious wine lovers. It's great for almost any occasion.
Red
10/31/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Fresh notes of cranberries, mixed red berries, hawthorn, earthiness, rose petals, and some mild oaky notes. Very fresh, juicy, reasonably complex and long. It's enjoyable now, but will surely improve with cellaring.
Red
10/30/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Fresh cranberries, rose petals, minerality, with undertones of bananas and cinnamon. This wine is ready for business when popped and poured, but gets even better with aeration. Wonderful QPR.
White
10/22/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
80 points
Very ordinary, muted and generic chardonnay nose. But plenty of lime, lemon peel and citrus notes on the palate. The fruity notes are quite upfront, but recede rather abruptly to reveal intense acidic and mineral notes. There is nothing intriguing about this wine, and it does not warrant comparison with fine white burgundy.

I do not understand the favourable reviews of this wines. Bad bottle perhaps?
White
10/20/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Intriguing mix of lemon and stone fruits (apricots, canned peaches), melon, oatmeal, wet stones and minerality. Well integrated oak. Quite rich and intense, but not overpowering. The finish is long and with undertone of honey. This is way better than the previous vintages.
Red
10/9/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep crimson on appearance.

When PnP, it immediately gives away attractive (and almost perfumed) nose of red fruits, cherries and spices. On the palate, it has refreshing notes of dark berries, cherries and VR-styled spices. The flavours have good intensity and just enough drive to balance with refreshing acidity. The tannins are well hidden and gives the wine a good grip on the palate. The finish is long and satisfying.

This wine is very well made. It might get even better with cellaring, but is highly enjoyable now.
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Red
10/9/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
The wine looks super cloudy, then becomes clearer with aeration.

When PnP, the flavours are a bit musky. With aeration, flavours of plum, tobacco, dried leaves, meat, smoke keep unfolding. At some point, maple syrup flavour dominates the palate, but recedes to the background later on. It is certainly interesting, but will get even better with longer aeration.
White - Off-dry
9/29/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
85 points
Very cloying on palate. Explosive flavours of pineapple, mango and stone fruits. Lacks acidity to balance the candied fruit flavours. Aeration does not help the flavours to further develop or harmonise. Best served with plenty of ice cubes.
White
9/26/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Complex flavours of green apple, lemon, white peach, cream, nuttiness. Finishes with a whip of honey. Very lively and elegant. Best served at room temperature, don't over-chill it.
White
9/12/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Dominant smoky grapefruit notes, followed by well-judged oak, lemon zest, and lots of minerality. Best served in big burgundy glass.

Very well priced for this quality.
Red
8/25/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Very intense and rich plum, blueberry, earthiness, leather and dark fruit flavours. Acidity and oak influences are well integrated and balanced. It gets even better with a bit of air. It is suitable for drinking now, but will improve with cellaring.
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White
8/17/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
When PnP, it's very muted. With some air, layers of apricot, lemon, peach, white flowers keep unfolding. Gets even better when served at (or just below) room temperature. What a pleasant surprise.
Red
8/14/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
When PnP, it gives off simple red fruits and sweaty notes. But after spending 1 hour in a wine glass, layers of crunchy red cherries, cranberries, spices, salinity and mushroom flavours keep on unfolding. It keeps getting better for the next few hours. The acidity and flavours are very well balanced. My only criticism is the medium finish. This far exceeds what I would expect of a village level VR wine.
Red
8/12/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Super powerful notes of pepper, dark fruits, olive, cured meat. Despite the 16% alcohol content, it does not have a direct alcoholic heat on the palate. Rich and intense flavours hold up well throughout the night. Better with food.
White
7/7/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
80 points
Taste of grapefruit and cat's pee. Very austere and brutal. Hardly improves with air.
Red
7/6/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Deep / medium garnet on appearance.

On the palate, it's full of cassis, cedar, tomato leaf, pencil lead and dark fruits. It is obviously lighter and not as rich as 2000. Perfect balance of primary and tertiary notes. Tannins are largely resolved. It's a fairly well made classic Pauillac for an off-vintage.
Red
6/12/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
97 points
On the nose, it has all the signature VR aromas.

On the palate, layers of red fruits, dark fruits, dried spices, salinity, meaty flavours keep unfolding. The flavours are delicate, ethereal yet persistent, but never forceful nor over the top. The wine is silky smooth, and has long and pleasant finish (with slightly sweet undertone). Brilliant wine-making.
Red
1990 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/7/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
When PnP, it has intense flavours of cassis, dried roses, earthiness, barnyard, plum, black fruits. With plenty of air, it reveals more of tertiary flavours, dried roses, mint and green pepper. The tannins are quite assertive and not quite resolved. Very persistent and slightly sweet finish. It needs at least 3 hours of aeration in a large decanter (or a Zalto Burgundy glass). In in early part of its prime drinking window now, but has years to go.
Red
1999 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee, spices. Unmistakably Pomerol. Very gentle and soft, but not particularly interesting.
Red
5/22/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
When PnP, it's full of earthy, mineral, spices red fruit notes. With aeration, it becomes more refined and pure. Very decent Pommard.
White
2000 Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
5/22/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Gentle but persistent notes of butter, cream, lemon zest, roasted sesame and cashews. Further aeration reveals notes of vanilla pods. Best served at room temperature in big Zalto Burgundy glass. Solid BM.
Red
1998 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
This is my 3rd time drinking this wine. The wine really performed well this time. Dark / opaque ruby on appearance. When straight out of bottle, rich aromas of smoke, cassis, blueberry and meat leaped out of the glass. Masses of cassis and lead pencil flavours keep reverberating, with some earthiness, mint and slightly sweet undertone. The finish is surprisingly persistent. Rich but not overdone. The flavours only started to recede after 2 hours of aeration.
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Red
5/7/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Intense red and dark fruits, lots of dried spices, followed by olives, black pepper, and dried herbs. Very well balanced. Finishes off with spicy/woody notes, with a gentle touch of alcoholic heat.

When served in Zalto Burgundy glass, flavours deteriorate within an hour. When served in generic white wine glasses, flavours hold up pretty well.
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Red
5/3/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Takes 2.5 hours of aeration to reveal layers of complex red fruits, rose petals, earthiness, salinity, meaty and smokey notes. Very well made.
Red
5/3/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Takes 2 hours of aeration to reveal the flavours of rose petals, earthiness, red cherries and a bit of malolactic fermentation notes (butter, bread...). It keeps evolving nicely in the next hour or so.
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Red
4/30/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
85 points
Diluted, with unbalanced earthiness, bright red cherries. What a scam
Red
2016 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
96 points
Deep crimson on appearance. Plenty of pencil lead aroma. Refined flavours of blackberry, pencil lead, cassis with some floral notes. Very well-judged oak with ripe tannins. Impressive drive of flavours with round and mouth-coating palate. It's surprisingly accessible and drinkable with 30 minutes of aeration. Lots of upside potential.

Update: I had the bottle recorked and drank the rest of the wine over the next 3 days. The flavours held up surprisingly well.
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White - Sparkling
4/18/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Apple and zesty flavours. With a few hours of aeration, it reveals more creamy and brioche notes. Good but not great
Red
4/16/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Meaty and peppery notes, followed by florals, black fruits, smoke and decent amount of minerality notes. Juicy fruity flavours with gentle tannins, but finishes with quite a bit of alcoholic heat. Good intensity and complexity of flavours. Can't ask for more at this price.
White
4/13/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
When PnP, it goes off very steely mineral flavours. After some aeration, it reveals generous flavours of white peach, jasmine, white flowers and a hint of honey. It is drinking very well already, but will surely get better after some cellaring.
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Red
4/9/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Plenty of dried cherries, plum?, sandlewood and earthy, fallen leave notes. Quite savoury on finish. Still has plenty of drive and life left.
Red
4/9/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely flavours of raspberries, blackberries, rhubarb, followed by floral, charcoal and savoury notes. The finish is off-dry, surprisingly persistent and reverberating. Plenty to be going on. It makes a very pleasant drink now.
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Red
4/6/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Very dark ruby on appearance. Flavours are quite meaty, black-olive and pepper dominated. With some air, the fruity notes recede, revealing heavy woody/oaky notes. It has good complexity, but doesn't give me much pleasure.
Red
3/30/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Rich with plenty of lift. Complex flavours of blackberries, cassis, fresh raspberries, cranberries, grilled meat, cinnamon, smoke, minerality with well-judged oak. Well balanced by high acidity. Impressive depth and density of flavours. A notch above the other offerings from this domaine. It is delicious now (with 15-30 minutes of aeration), and will get even better with a bit of bottle age.
Red
3/30/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Quite intense for a fleurie. Notable notes of dark fruits, with undertones of banana, leafy, meaty and minerality. It has complexity and a bit of many flavours, but am not sure if they will weave together to make a pleasant Fleurie.
Red
3/24/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite intense for a fleurie. Notable notes of dark fruits, tomatoes, spices, lead pencil and salinity. It is quite angular on palate, but without hard edges. Will be interesting to see how this will develop in a few years.
Red
3/19/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid purple on appearence. Showers of dark fruits and blueberries, with a hint of white pepper and olive. Very straight-forward and easygoing, but without being over the top. Flavours are well balanced with no hard edges. Silky smooth tannins. The only major letdown is the short finish. Excellent cheap-and-cheerful wine.
White - Off-dry
3/15/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Very smokey on the palate. Quite developed, but not over the peak yet.
White - Off-dry
3/14/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
100 points
Bright golden yellow in appearance. Super fragrant on the nose. Fresh like daisy, with layers of lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, green apple, jasmine, lilac notes. Sweet, but not sweetened. The flavours are perfectly balanced, but not too intense nor attention seeking. It goes well with almost any flavourful white meat or even light dessert. The flavours hold up well throughout the night. What a glorious auslese!
Red
3/8/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Ripe red fruits (cranberries, red cherries), with a hint of cooked bananas, cinnamon, dried spices and meaty flavours. Flavours are more intense than most other village level Beaujolais. Very drying finish.
Red
2014 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/4/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Pretty rich red and dark fruit flavours, with a hint of salinity, smoke, sandlewood and meaty flavours. No traces of Vosne Romanee spices. More tannic than expected. The flavours are rather intense now, which should serve as a good foundation for long term cellaring.
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Red
3/2/2020 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Blackcurrant and cranberry aroma. More concentrated but less floral than most other Fleurie on the palate. It has, but lacks the refreshing quality or crunchiness of Beaujolais.
Red
3/2/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
85 points
Stewed black fruits, with noticeable plummy and cough syrup flavours. After 2 hours of aeration, only cough syrup and menthol flavours remain. It does not taste anything like Beaujolais or Regnie.
Red
2/26/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
93 points
Rather dense flavours of ripe dark fruits, earthiness, tomato leaf with a touch of salinity. It's reasonably complex for a Morgon. Very well balanced and smooth. Give it at least 60 minutes of aeration.
Red
2016 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2020 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
90 points
Ruby with a purpleish hue. Masses of ripe dark fruits, earthiness, smoke and leafy notes. Tannins are ripe, but lacks acidity. Flavours start to recede dramatically after a few hours of aeration. Easy-going, but not worth the price (USD20)
Red
2/22/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing depth of flavours. Wonderful layers of red cherries, strawberries, rose pedals, a hint of tar and smoke. Good QPR.
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White
2/17/2020 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
A few years ago, I used to serve this wine by allowing it to aerate.

Nowadays, it tastes jolly good when pop-and-pour. Green apples, lime, jasmine, peach flavours are still present. Good dose of minearlity and acidity. Very harmonious and well balanced. It is not as refreshing as before, and the finish is noticeably shorter nowadays.

Considering that I bought these bottles at GBP 4 a bottle, if offers unbeatable pleasure.

This should be drunk up in the next few years.
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