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Red
2009 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Quite ripe, mainly blackcurrant fruit, reasonably lively but not as full as I was expecting. In fact it seems a little weak at the finish and there may be some tannin holding it back. It certainly has potential, but it is a little disjointed at present and perhaps needs a year or two to come together.
  • La Grappe commented:

    3/3/21, 9:33 AM - Thanks for spotting the typing mistake! It should have said 89 points. I have now corrected it.

Red
2005 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/16/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
A fairly dark colour; slightly grainy blackcurrant fruit, a little subdued as the fruit is being kept in check by some dryish tannin. Needs more time for the tannin to be absorbed and should develop well over the next 2 to 3 years. This was opened about an hour in advance. A 2 to 3 hour decant would have helped.
  • La Grappe commented:

    1/21/21, 10:29 AM - Thank you both for your comments. It looks as though I will have to wait 5 years before trying the next one!

  • La Grappe commented:

    1/25/21, 12:16 AM - Thank you again for your comments. I did manage to buy a few bottles of the 2000 last year. I bought them for current drinking and have now drunk them. They were all rather dry and earthy, and somewhat disappointing given the reputation of the vintage. Maybe I drank them too soon, but I did not get the impression that they would improve much. Perhaps 2000 was not such a good year for Sociando-Mallet, or perhaps Sociando Mallet is a wine that always tastes as if it will be better in 5 years time!

Red
2016 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
5/19/2020 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
Quite a deep, ruby red colour; still quite young, with fresh raspberryish fruit, some spice and good depth. A good example which should still improve. Perhaps I should buy some more, as it is good value.
  • La Grappe commented:

    1/21/21, 10:31 AM - Thank you for your comment. The white version is very good, too!

Red
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
8/13/2020 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
A very dark colour; the palate is quite noticeably sweet, with dark, slightly burnt fruit and a noticeable spritz, which detracts. Ready to drink now but will keep. Rather expensive at £29.
  • La Grappe commented:

    8/30/20, 4:55 AM - Thank you for your comments. Yes, I think there has been some secondary fermentation in the bottle, which I wouldn’t have expected and which took me by surprise. I am not sure to what extent it is a fault, as the carbon dioxide can be removed by decanting and there was nothing wrong with the wine itself.

Red
2009 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Pinot Noir
4/19/2020 - La Grappe wrote:
93 points
This has very attractive, rich red fruit with a touch of blueberry, good concentration and length. A fine Burgundy which still has a little unobtrusive tannin on the finish but which is beginning to drink very well. A bargain in Burgundy terms.
  • La Grappe commented:

    5/8/20, 4:34 AM - A good question! There are perhaps no Burgundy bargains to be had any more, but this must come close.

Red
2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/13/2020 - La Grappe wrote:
flawed
A small tasting sample. After finding the first bottle quite unpleasant, with a distinct barnyardy flavour, I hoped that my second (and thankfully last) bottle might be different. It took only a small sip to see that it was as bad as the first. I marked the first bottle as ‘flawed’, hoping it was a one-off. It was not. I have therefore consulted the Wine Rating Assistant and marked this as 69 (‘Avoid’).

Post Script: Following a comment to the effect that the wine may have been heat damaged, I have now removed the rating and marked this bottle also as 'flawed'.
  • La Grappe commented:

    3/14/20, 12:16 AM - Thanks for your suggestion, winemaker: you may well be right. In the circumstances, I will change the rating back to 'flawed'. It's a good job I bought only 2 bottles!

Red
2004 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2019 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Quite a mature colour; soft, slightly earthy, with mature plum/blackberry fruit, medium weight and good length. This is probably at its best now, so no need to hold any longer.
  • La Grappe commented:

    3/16/19, 2:14 PM - This was bought en primeur and stored professionally until it was ready for drinking, so I don’t think it has been unduly affected by the storage. Looking at other tasters’ notes, the general impression is that this is for drinking now rather than keeping, although there is no hurry. I hope that helps.

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/24/2018 - La Grappe wrote:
94 points
A very deep colour; full, rich, very young still, even a bit brutal, with intense, smoky, blackberry fruit, plenty of substance, and good length. Perhaps less developed than the previous bottle, but certainly a profound wine; approachable now but with much more development ahead.
  • La Grappe commented:

    3/23/18, 1:21 AM - Thank you for your comment, Magnum PI. In answer to your questions: (1) I have had only about 4 bottles of 2010 Châteauneuf, of which 3 were Ch de Beaucastel (in a restaurant). On the basis of that limited sample, I would say the vintage style is full and rich, and potentially long lasting. (2) I tend to drink Châteauneuf at around 8 - 12 years, but Ch de Beaucastel lasts longer than most. I am currently drinking 2006 Beaucastel, which is just about ready, but have not started either 2005 or 2007 yet. I have only 3 bottles of the 2010 in my own cellar, and will leave those for at least 5 years. I hope that helps.

Red
2012 Brand's Laira Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra
4/13/2017 - La Grappe wrote:
84 points
A deep colour; quite intense blackcurrant fruit, with a slight bitterness, a thick texture and some overt, slightly burnt oak. Not particularly harmonious and a bit short on the finish. Perhaps it will integrate with a few more years in bottle, but for now it is rather basic.
  • La Grappe commented:

    9/16/17, 12:10 AM - Thanks for the comment, thebatcavewines. I look forward to reading your tasting note in due course!

Red
1999 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/28/2016 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
A mature colour, with some browning; quite well developed on the palate, with red fruit and some vegetal notes; fully mature, but still retaining a long finish. In fact, this bottle is starting to show its age and others have been better.
  • La Grappe commented:

    12/14/16, 12:41 AM - Thanks for your comment, Puteljen! Wines of this age do tend to show some variation in development, and I have had more youthful-tasting bottles recently too. I shall be interested to see how you find it when you try another.

Red
2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/21/2016 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
This has matured nicely and is attractive, elegant claret, with characteristic cedary notes. The palate is perhaps a little light, even slightly dilute, but otherwise this is an enjoyable wine
  • La Grappe commented:

    10/1/16, 8:34 AM - Thanks for your question, chatters.

    I opened the bottle about half an hour before drinking, and then decanted it immediately before serving.

    I hope that helps.

Red
2012 Château Pineraie Cahors Malbec Blend, Malbec
5/6/2016 - La Grappe wrote:
87 points
A deep colour, still with a touch of purple; blackberry and spice on the nose and palate, youthful but forward; some tannin still and only modest length. Will keep and should improve.
  • La Grappe commented:

    5/17/16, 2:26 PM - Yes, I do: it is a well made, modern wine, but without much complexity. On the other hand, I prefer this style of wine to the old-fashioned, heavily tannic and rather impenetrable style that once typified Cahors.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/23/2016 - La Grappe Likes this wine:
92 points
A very deep, bronze colour. Rich, sweet, with marmalade and burnt sugar notes. Concentrated and long. This is fully mature and may even be starting to maderise slightly, but it is none the worse for that. This was from a half bottle, so larger formats may have further to go.
  • La Grappe commented:

    2/27/16, 12:19 PM - Thanks for the comment, UTPK. As far as I know, this has been cellared well, so any maderisation may be due to the small format.

White
2002 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
10/21/2015 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
Medium yellow colour; fresh, lively nose, with citrus notes; the palate is medium weight, with hints of lemon and hazelnut; elegant and with good length. No hint of oxidation; in fact, fresh and youthful.
  • La Grappe commented:

    10/26/15, 11:03 AM - Thanks for your comment, Harley1199.

    That may well be a wise move, as it should keep well. I had intended to keep my last bottle for a few more years, but it wasn't to be!

Red
2006 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/16/2015 - La Grappe wrote:
92 points
This has a fairly deep colour, a perfumed nose, and quite intense, ripe, redcurrant and blackberry fruit, together with good length. A very stylish wine; now ready but will keep well.
  • La Grappe commented:

    9/20/15, 12:20 AM - Thanks for the comment, Harley1199. I'd certainly expect this to last 10 years, so 2028 may be about right. I have a few left, but I doubt I will be able to keep my hands off them that long!

Red
2001 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/28/2014 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
Quite a deep colour. Fairly full, plum fruit, with a touch of leather and spice. Some oak, but it is not too pronounced. This is quite a concentrated wine, but it lacks flair. Perhaps a bit more aeration would have helped. This will no doubt keep well, but I am not sure it will improve much.
  • La Grappe commented:

    10/30/14, 1:12 AM - Yes, I decanted it just before serving. Perhaps it would have helped if I had decanted it an hour or two ahead.

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