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Red
2015 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2019 - csimm1161 wrote:
95 points
A gorgeous bottle of wine with a bangin' QPR to boot (which I'm probably letting influence me to some degree in terms of scoring - maybe even 95-96+? This punches WAY above its league). Totally alluring and satiating, with a truck full of blackberry, black cherry syrup, cassis, ripe plum, spicebox, bitter chocolate, subtle flecks of cedar dust and dry earth, and hints of vanilla on the tail. Notable viscosity and richness while still maintaining a firm and energetic frame. Finishes slightly dry but also with a continuously rolling cascade of dark fruit flavors that undulate through the delivery. Really captivating concentration here, but it never stops holding true to its roots. The tail is elongated by the constant and deceptively brooding push of dense energy that coats the mouth and keeps the back end over-performing into a chewy crescendo.

95+ points for me (maybe more?). Some may prefer more zing and snappy acidity, but for me it is superbly balanced, especially for a $45-50 bottle of wine. So much to like here. Hold if you're a purist and think every Bordeaux needs years in bottle to be optimum, OR...be a heathen and pop the cork now. It's a fun one!
  • Iceman16 commented:

    2/1/20, 9:18 AM - I believe to be a purist yet was intrigued by this one. So I put my big boy pants on an popped a cork... whoa! This is a stunner!! You are 100% right about how this one ranks as a great QPR!! Day 2 was even better for me where the minerality shows more while no more sign of oak in sight. This is a no brainer; get some, drink some, age some! Thanks for the note as it influenced me into having an amazing experience! Cheers!!

  • Iceman16 commented:

    2/1/20, 2:57 PM - Amen to that! I am one who will enjoy Napa wines, but in moderation. I typically find Bordeaux to bring less wood, vanilla and oak for the most part, even in the priciers wines (Napanook, Vice Versa, Mondavi...) Either way, I just love wines and will always respect the true caregivers who put in their all in this amazing art. I have yet to find a 15 Bordeaux I did not like, same for 2016’s. As per the 2014’s, altough a tougher vintage, there are still some amazing QPR; La Dominique, Domaine de Chevalier and Armailhac are simply amazing wines (all different of course) to pass on them, IMO. Drink them over 2-3 days is always the best as wine opens up slowly at such young age. They are defintetly in the same QPR range than this PL 15. I have and will buy much more of this one to see it evolve over the next 2 decades — looking forward to compare it to a much pricier Margaux in Brane-Cantenac who always deliver. Life is good!!

Red
2018 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/19/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
94 points
Rich, round and silky, here you'll find ripe, dark plum, black cherry, licorice and smoke in its core. Sensuous and even a little showy but still holding on to its elegantly balanced nature, the wine is perfectly ripe but not over ripe. You do find more concentration than usual here but everything remains composed and fresh with length. Is this the best vintage for Chateau La Dominique? Perhaps it is. Made from blending 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the harvest took place September 20- October 4, reaching 14% alcohol. 93-95 Pts
  • Iceman16 commented:

    7/30/19, 5:33 PM - Jeff, I really enjoyed the 2014 vintage since it was a throwback version of what St-Emilion used to offer — in other words, less Napa like. Since I cannot find any 2014, which vintage between 15 and 18 are most likely going to match the 2014 experience? Thanks!

White
2014 François Chidaine Vin de France Sec Les Argiles Chenin Blanc
3/9/2018 - David_K wrote:
It's clear by now that the 2014 Chidaines are not in a happy place. At best, many are showing tired; at worst, people are reporting them to be advanced or already oxidizing. Like the Breuil, this is not as exciting and lively as it was on release, and it's coming across as a little burnished and disjointed. I'm not ready to call it advanced, but the 2014s do seem to be throwing off advanced aromas, even if they aren't technically oxidized. This was still good but just seems to be aging on a fast-track. Could just be a phase - I hope so as I still have a bunch of the 2014s.
  • Iceman16 commented:

    4/28/19, 9:13 AM - Lost its acidity and is now bright yellow. Still very good but prefer to drink this in its earlier days.

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