Tasting Notes for La Grappe

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White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/3/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
Mid-yellow colour; lemon and orange marmalade on the palate, with a noticeable streak of acidity. This is my second of three half bottles. The first was drunk over two years ago and, like this one, was enjoyable but I felt it had some way to go to realise its full potential. I think I should leave the last one for a few more years.
Red
11/27/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
94 points
A fine, supremely elegant claret with considerable power which is excellent now but has the capacity to age for another ten years or more.
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Red
11/25/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
Still vigorous, with spicy, raisiny fruit and good depth. A fine mature Châteauneuf.
Red
11/23/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
85 points
Dark in colour, slightly sweet, spicy and easy going on the palate. A good pub wine.
Red
11/21/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
86 points
An interesting and unusual blend of Southern French and Bordeaux grapes. Light to medium weight, quite savoury. Perhaps a little diffuse, at least initially: it put on weight with a little air and time.
Red
2015 Les Charmes de Kirwan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
A good bright colour; soft, slightly sweet blackcurrant fruit, with good depth; not a lot of complexity at this stage, but it may develop with time. Surprisingly attractive for current drinking, with no hard edges.
Red
11/18/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
Quite a mature colour, garnet with a touch of brown; evolved, raisiny fruit, slightly syrupy as Châteauneuf often is, quite full and long. A good wine for current drinking.
White
11/17/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
86 points
A light yellow colour; fresh, lively lemon, lime and peach flavours; rather light on the palate, but finishing well.
Red
11/16/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
This has rich, sweetish fruit and good concentration and length. Attractive, if a bit simple at present. May develop more character with time.
Red
11/15/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
Quite a deep colour; this is now drinking well with quite full blackberry and black cherry fruit and good structure. This has the volcanic minerality typical of the best Italian wines. Will keep and may still improve. Very good.
Red
11/14/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
86 points
This has a fairly deep colour with a touch of purple, and fresh, lively, youthful fruit. A good example which could be kept for a couple of years.
Red
2008 Château Trotte Vieille St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
Quite a deep, mid-red colour; a fairly dense palate, with quite concentrated plummy fruit. A step up from Ch Langoa Barton 2008, drunk yesterday, at least for current drinking. Approaching maturity, but with the structure to keep well.
Red
2008 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/12/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
This has well structured blackcurrant fruit, typical claret elegance and some fine tannin. Drinkable now with a good airing, but will improve over the next 3 to 5 years as the tannin is absorbed.

From a half bottle.
Red
2011 Château de Sales Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Quite attractive plummy fruit with a slight earthiness; medium weight, well rounded and a touch solid, but enjoyable, although lacking in polish. Seems reasonably mature but will keep.
Red
2015 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/6/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
Attractive, ripe, medium weight blackcurrant fruit with a slight creaminess. A decent cru bourgeois, not too rustic, which is now ready and enjoyable to drink. Should keep well for 5 years or so.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/18/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
92 points
Mid-yellow, almost gold in colour. Quite rich, with honey and apricot, full and quite long. The acidity seems to be on the low side, and the wine seems to be fully ready. A fine Sauternes, which should keep for a while, but may be best drunk now.
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Red
11/4/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
Very fine and pure red fruit (red cherry, redcurrant), held very much in check by the tannin. Needs time for the tannin to be absorbed, at least 3 years and probably 5. Will be very good eventually.
Red
2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
A dark colour; a fine, nicely balanced wine with slightly exotic fruit, good weight and mature flavours. Good now, but should also keep well.
Red
2003 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
94 points
A deep colour; this is now an impressive wine, with everything in harmony and the oak well integrated. It has dark, rich, blackcurrant fruit, excellent balance and a very long finish. Very fine and will keep.
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Red
10/29/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
An elegant, medium weight wine which has pure fruit, a slightly restrained palate and a rounded finish. Good now but should still keep.
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Red
10/28/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
87 points
Somewhat sweet, brambly fruit, with just enough depth to balance the sweetness. Drunk with meatballs, a good match, followed by chocolate brownies, which were almost too much for the wine.
Red
10/26/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
A fine, pure, elegant, attractively mature Châteauneuf, with nicely rounded fruit and good length.
Red
10/25/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
77 points
We had this in a restaurant which had only three red wines on its wine list. This looked the most interesting, but it is probably the worst NZ pinot noir we have drunk, stewed and tasting old already. This is surprising, as it is a Boutinot wine, which are normally reliable. Perhaps the fact that it was shipped in bulk to France and bottled there, before being exported to the UK, is a factor. It makes me wonder what the other two wines on the wine list were like!
Red
10/24/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
This is now a very attractive village Gevrey, soft, nicely mature, not heavy but well rounded. Probably at its peak now.
Red
2012 Château Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/23/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
An attractive, polished, mid-range claret, with fresh blackcurrant fruit, medium weight and perhaps some slight dilution on the finish, a result of the vintage no doubt. Even so, a very good example.
Red
2010 Château Les Moines Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
87 points
Agree with the previous comment: an unexpected but welcome bargain from the Co-op. The wine is soft, slightly grainy and nicely mature, with ripe fruit and an easy-going character. Nothing special, but well worth the modest price.
White
10/21/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
A mid-yellow colour; quite full on the palate, with peach and apricot flavours, good acidity providing balance and a fairly long finish. A very enjoyable wine.
Red
10/18/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
A dark colour; a rich, somewhat sweet, not quite jammy wine with blackberry and black cherry fruit, good weight and intensity. We had it with cold venison and salad: would probably go well with a chocolate brownie.
Red
2012 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Text book claret, soft, appealing, medium weight and drinking well now. Not an exceptional wine, but perfectly acceptable. Having said that, at £32 the QPR is on the low side.
Red
10/15/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
92 points
Not a deep colour; soft, very elegant, red-fruited, with impeccable balance and good length. Not a heavy wine, but excellent nonetheless.
Red
10/13/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
A good example of mature Châteauneuf, with raisiny fruit and a touch of spice, good weight and length. The last of a case bought earlier in the year which has served us very well.
Red
2012 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
87 points
Quite a dark colour; mid-weight, blackcurrant fruit on the palate; slightly diffuse and lacking structure, a result of the vintage no doubt. Even so, most enjoyable.
Red
10/11/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
81 points
A lightish colour and a light palate, with predominantly cherry fruit. A rather simple wine, not unpleasant.
Red
10/9/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
A dark colour; a fine, classical claret, with blackcurrant fruit, vanilla, cedar and medium weight. Perhaps a slightly dilute element, a product of the vintage no doubt, but otherwise a very attractive wine, now ready but with several years of life ahead.
Red
10/7/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
92 points
A fine, stylish, nicely mature Châteauneuf, with spicy, raisiny fruit and good concentration and length.
Red
10/6/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
93 points
A very dark colour; concentrated blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, with a slightly burnt element (charcoal); excellent now but should keep for many years. I have one more and should try to leave it for a few more years.
Red
10/4/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
95 points
A dark colour, and a very concentrated, profound wine, with rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit and a touch of smoke and spice. Very attractive now, and ready to go, but should still improve and keep well for another 10 years or more. A very fine wine.
Red
10/2/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
A mature colour, garnet; quite lively, slightly savoury fruit with a little spice. Medium weight and good length. An attractive NZ pinot noir.
Red
10/1/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
A very dark colour, almost black, with a purplish tinge; rich, slightly sweet, smoky and quite concentrated fruit on the palate; still quite youthful but now just about ready. Will keep well for 2 to 3 years at least.
Red
9/30/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
88 points
First tasted two years ago, when I thought it needed more time. It is still dominated by the rather dry tannin, as a result of which the fruit (cherry and raspberry) is rather hidden. It lacks charm at present and should be left for perhaps 3 to 5 years in the hope that the tannin is absorbed.
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Red
9/29/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
85 points
An attractive, medium weight, soft and well rounded Rioja, with enough bottle age to make it enjoyable now. A good basic.
White - Off-dry
9/25/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
91 points
A fairly deep yellow colour; very sweet, but with concentrated fruit and balancing acidity. This is not a style of wine I encounter very often, but it seems to be very good. At present, the dominant characteristic is the sweetness. Perhaps a few more years in bottle will improve it further.
Red
9/23/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
94 points
A dark colour, and a dark, brooding wine with intense blackcurrant/ blackberry fruit and a touch of smoke. Very fine now, but will keep well for many years.
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White
9/22/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
86 points
A pale colour; light, refreshing, with a touch of lemon and medium weight. An attractive wine and a good, if basic, example.
Red
2013 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
Soft and elegant, with creamy blackcurrant fruit. This is attractive now, and probably as good as it will ever be.
White
9/20/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
86 points
A pale colour and a light, refreshing wine with a touch of lemon and a little residual sugar. A good example of Chablis but not as racy as it perhaps should be.
Red
9/19/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
90 points
This is still very good, fully mature with plum and raisin fruit, like Christmas cake. Perhaps just starting to fade a little.
Red
2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
94 points
A deep colour, still bright; rich, thick blackcurrant fruit, full but with excellent balance. No sign of excess heat from the vintage. A fine Léoville-Barton, enjoyable now but with 10, or maybe 20, years ahead of it.
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Red
9/16/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
84 points
Not a good example of Guidalberto: it is a bit thin and acidic and is now taking on flavours of the farmyard. From a poor vintage which does not seem to be ageing well. Last tasted in May 2019 and it seems to have gone downhill since then.
Red
9/15/2021 - La Grappe wrote:
89 points
This is now mature, with good depth of flavour: plums, damsons and a hint of mocha. A good village wine.
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