Tasting Notes for vinhslee

(191 notes on 189 wines)

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Red
1985 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
90 points
Fill level is base of neck. Perfectly soaked cork.

Very healthy deep ruby colour.

When PnP, a rush of cassis, graphite and cedar notes leaped out of the bottle. After 1 hour of decant, primary fruit flavours (cassis, blackberry) and sour plum are still prominent. The flavours did not evolve much in the following 2 hours. Quite a bit of alcoholic heat in the finish.

Not as refined, complex nor balanced as I expected.
Red
9/6/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Quite dirty and intense red fruits, earthy, wet leaves, mushroom and almost barnyard flavours. It's reasonably complex, but far from balanced. Lacks acidity. A far cry from Burgundian pinots, but better than most new world pinots.
White
8/20/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
95 points
Masses of acidity to support intense flavours of lemon tart, ginger, with a hint of waxy, honey, wool, oak, smokey, metallic/steely flavours with good dose of minerality. The structure is here, ideal for further ageing.
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White
8/20/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Masses of acidity to support intense flavours of lemon tart, ginger, metallic/steely flavours with good dose of minerality. Once the flavours harmonise, it will become a good example of dry Chenin Blanc.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
88 points
Great initial matchstick reductive nose and flavours. But these notes recede quickly to reveal sweat-like flavours. But this is not without some complex undertone of lemon, lime, well judged oak, pear and some minerality. It's not dull, but just not interesting nor refreshing enough.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee Does not like this wine:
80 points
Initially, it tastes like pure lime juice. With some aeration, it starts to taste like apple juice with sickly sweetness. A far cry from the usual high standards exemplified by most other Markus Molitor rieslings.
White
7/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
85 points
Slightly reductive, tastes like sweat (with marked salinity and unpleasant flavours), muddled lemon, apple and oatmeal flavours. Not refreshing at all. I don't understand why people keep raving about Kumeu River Chardonnays.
Red
7/20/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Great nose of raspberries, red cherries and spices. When PnP, the palate is full of intense raspberries, red cherries, lots of red fruits, rhubarb, minerality and a touch of earthiness. Long and powerful finish. It's very young but shows great potential for ageing. Wonderful village level Gevrey Chambertin
White
7/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Tastes of sweat. Quite a bit of salinity, chalk, minerality, lemon, lemon peel and apple. It is not as fresh as I hope.
Red
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
95 points
When PnP, lots of sweet red fruits on the nose and palate but quite closed. But after 2 hours of aeration, the flavours become harmonised with complex notes of red fruits, spices, red and dark fruits and some earthiness. Lots of potential.
White
2001 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
99 points
When Pnp, lots of buttery/oaky/gasoline notes. After another 1-2 hours, classic BM notes start to fill the palate. It has lingering nutty, honey, seared sesame notes. Best with Zalto Burgundy glass, served at room temperature.
Red
7/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Lots of peppermint, meaty and red fruit notes. It tastes almost like lamb shack served with peppermint jelly. Best with Zalto Burgundy glass.
Red
1990 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/25/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Mähler-Besse bottled.

Double decanted, then bottle-breathe for 4 hours before serving. Generous violet and cassis nose. Deep cassis, blueberry, cedar, sandelwood, leather, violet flavours. Very silky and mouth-coating. Long and dense finish.
White - Off-dry
6/25/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Very pleasant and easy-going. Must allow it to aerate for 30 minutes to reveal its true glory. Perfect for parties
Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/20/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Deep flavours of plum, earth, lots of spices, orange/citrus peel, olives, sandlewood, leather and tar. Good acidity, good length. Lots of sediments (as usual). Long bitter finish. It is certainly complex and interesting. But I find the flavours rather rustic and "dirty". I am sure it's popular among some drinkers for its high QPR. Some like to think of this as a cheaper alternative to old Bordeaux red. Unfortunately this is just not my cup of tea.
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Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Quite pleasant and reasonably complex. It's certainly more interesting than most other Fleurie, but noticeably inferior to Abbaye Road in all aspects.
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
88 points
Reasonably complex and quite satisfying. Better than most other Fleurie.
Rosé
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
85 points
Simple, super easy going. There is nothing remarkable about it
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
80 points
Quite stemmy and has some bitterness to it. Prominent cinnamon and banana notes.
Red
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
This is not an ordinary Beaujolais. This has really good complexity of flavours (cranberries, earthiness, raspberries, smoke, spices). The cinnamon and banana notes are there, but very restrained and almost concealed. It's in between Vosne Romanee and ordinary Fleurie in terms of complexity and richness of flavours. The finish is long but reveals more of cinnamon and banana notes.

Do allow this wine to breathe for at least 30 minutes to reveal its true glory.
White - Sparkling
6/12/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
Nose is very expressive.

Wonderful flavours of green apple, lemon curd, minerality, with some nutty flavours. Flavours become more expressive after 15-30 minutes of aeration. Very enjoyable now, will certainly get better.
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White
6/2/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Masses of minerality, with noticeable salinity, lemon and some floral and jasmine notes. Very distinctive and good value for money.
White - Sparkling
6/2/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
When PnP, it tastes of apple juice with some zesty edge. After 30 minutes in the glass, masses of bready, ripe red apple, toasty, brioche notes start revealing themselves. Still have a long way to go. No astringencies at all. Long satisfying finish.
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Red
2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
When PnP, very lush cassis and blackberry notes, followed by some pencil lead, leather and tobacco notes. Very dusty and powdery tannins. Long cassis and sweeter than usual finish. Very enjoyable now.

But the fruity flavours recede in a matter of minutes.

Drink up now.
White
1995 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
The flavours are very well balanced. Lots of future cellaring is needed to reveal the true glory
White
1986 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
96 points
Initially, the flavours are super intense, smoky, mineral, metallic and saline. But after 1-2 hours of aeration, the flavours start to harmonise, and what a great dry Chenin Blanc!
White
1990 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
94 points
Flavours are quite harmonised, but I suspect it is in hibernation and the flavours are a bit muted. Great potential for future enjoyment though.
White
2012 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
5/4/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Relatively expressive and straight forward Chenin Blanc notes (wooly, waxy, honey notes). Very sharp acidity. Does not have the level of complexity or depth of the other Coluee de Serrant. Good for now, but not sure how long it should be cellared for.
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Red
1989 Château L'Arrosée St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Lots of tobacco, red fruits, plum, earthy notes. Nice gentle woody and cedary flavours. Very mouthcoating and smooth.

Aeration must be done gently (e.g. bottle-breathe) and best served in a universal / white wine glass. Otherwise decanting (or serving it in a large bordeaux glass) will spoil the flavours.
White
4/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
flawed
The cork is a bit loose. The wine is unmistakably oxidised.
Red
1970 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Low neck fill.

Good intensity of fruit flavours (of cassis, blueberry and some dark berrries), cedar, graphite. Still amazingly primary, with some gentle leathery notes. Very healthy acidity level with long finish. But it lacks complexity and flavours do not seem to integrate well. It is not particularly distinctive, lacks the floral notes of Margaux wines.

Best to aerate in bottle slowly for 1-2 hours. Aeration in a large decanter will spoil the fruity flavours.
Red
3/22/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
80 points
Horrible olive flavours, followed by some cooked fruits. bad bottle?
White - Off-dry
3/21/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Peach, lime, stoney, yeasty(?) flavours. It gets very cloying after some aeration.
White - Off-dry
3/16/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
95 points
After aerating 30 mintues in glass, very well integrated flavours of peach, lime, cream, elderflower, passion fruit.
White - Off-dry
3/16/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Smokey notes, followed by very ripe peach, lime and stone fruits. Good but not great. Give it some air
White - Off-dry
3/16/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Massive tropical fruit flavours of mango, ripe peach, with a hint of creaminess and botrytis. Lots of intense flavours all over the place.
White
3/16/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Right-in-your-face fruit flavours of peach, lychee, lime, stone fruits. Ultra high acidity with rather intense fruit flavours. Not great at the moment, probably good for cellaring?
White
3/7/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Lovely ripe apricot, peach, green apple, lemon with some minerality. Very pleasant. The only major letdown is the short finish.
Red
3/7/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Very straight forward and direct red fruit flavours. Intense when Pnp, but flavours recede significantly in the next 30 minutes in the glass. It's pleasant, but far from interesting or distinctive.
Red
2/23/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
95 points
Elegant, fragrant. Good intensity of red and dark fruits, but so layered and approachable that it's such a pleasure to enjoy now.
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Red
2/23/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
92 points
Quintessentially Vosne Romanee with good intensity of fruits and asian spices. Flavours are in good harmoney already. But the harmony only lasted for a few hours in the glass.

Very good for village level.
Red
2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Blackcurrant, cassis, blueberry, cedar and quite mineral. Not particularly complex or dense. A little too much new oak to my liking. Tannins are half-resolved. Pleasant, but not great.
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Red
1985 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
95 points
My second bottle.

Decanted for 15 minutes.

When PnP, plenty of cassis and floral aroma leaped out of the decanter.

When served in glasses, notes of blackcurrant, cassis, cedar, cigar box, leather keep revealing themselves. Gently perfumed. Flavours receded after having aerated 2 hours in glasses.

Good, but not great by Palmer standard. Drink up now.
Red
2008 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
2/8/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Very plummy, with some leather, cedar and earthiness. Not as earthy as most other Musar. Refined, good but not great (by Musar standard).
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White
1/31/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
Intense lime, white flowers, mineral, wet stones with a hint of petrol. Very rich in flavours with long lime-infused finish. Good baroque style riesling.
Red
1/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Good depth of spices and fruity flavours. Gripping tannins, very good drive and density. But totally not worth the price.
White
1/24/2019 - vinhslee Likes this wine:
94 points
Very well integrated oak. Quite dense and long. Very well balanced by refreshing acidity. But way too expensive for this quality.
White
1/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
92 points
It strikes me with high level of salinity, iodine and oak. Good drive and concentration of flavours. Nothing profound.
White
1/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
90 points
Generic dry chenin blanc. Medium (or mild) waxy woolly flavours. Good minerality and acidity. Reasonably enjoyable, but lacks character.
Red
1/24/2019 - vinhslee wrote:
80 points
Simple alcoholic Ribena juice.
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