Tasting Notes for richard thorne

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2006 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2021 - richard thorne wrote:
90 points
As per my note in Oct 2018, this is now fully integrated. Is my palate getting less demanding with age? I got none of the dryness and tough tannins. The blackcurrant is definite, with good acidity. Lovely finish and length. I think this is at it's peak and may well stay there for some time yet. Decanted 2 hours.
White
6/12/2021 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
Rich, golden and with an apricot aroma. Full bodied, with sufficient acidity to balance the buttery, slightly waxy effect on the palate. Apricot and cooked apple. Lovely finish and good length. We all thought this was superb.
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Red
4/3/2021 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle defied expectations by being better than the one drunk on 3/4/21. Very enticing deep fruit and smoky tobacco on the nose, repeated on the palate. The heavy deposit indicated that it would be just right for my palate, though there were still sufficient tannins to give body and length. Only one bottle left, sadly.
Red
3/4/2021 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Now needs less time after decanting, otherwise as my notes of 10/15/2017.
I agree that remaining bottles should be drunk this year. Certainly no better than it was in 2018, probably less length and the acidity is more evident on the finish. Very heavy deposit of tannins.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/26/2020 - richard thorne wrote:
93 points
Still giving all the flavours I listed below, but now just a bit blurred in all aspects. Certainly time to drink up.
Red
4/7/2020 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
92 points
I think this is at the same level as last July. Still a lovely wine.
Red
7/20/2019 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep purple-red without any fade. Leather and smoke on the nose. Quite a soft approach in the mouth is folowed by a powerful taste of tobacco and plums, with strong tannins and acidity but all in balance. I'm sure this will improve even more over the next few years, but I'm equally sure that I will have drunk my remaining four before the peak is reached.
Red
6/5/2019 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
91 points
Alquier never fail, it seems. This has developed into a wonderful Faugeres, good for some years to come, but already balanced, full on the palate and with impressive length.
Red
3/17/2019 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted 2 hours; probably could have been I hour only. Fully resolved and probably time to drink up now. A lovely full bodied Burgundy, with no sharp edges. Plenty of fruit still and sufficient acidity to balance.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Cantegril Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - richard thorne wrote:
90 points
See my note of 2014. It hasn't disappointed! Great length, too.
Red
2006 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/27/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Readier to drink than the 2005, but I think the acidity and tannins will integrate more with the fruit in another year or two. However, excellent as it is. Decanted 2 hours and as good the following morning (vacuumed).
White - Off-dry
10/20/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Slightly disappointed because we mistakenly drank it with poached quince and prune and armagnac ice cream and it didn't stand up. On its own a day after it is very delicate, but has interesting subtle flavours and great length - 60secs at least. I wonder if it is going through a closed period. There are some of the riesling petroleum features, but not as prominent as expected. I'll give it another few years to try another.
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Red
10/20/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistently excellent. Will it really last until 2045? Can I possibly keep my last bottle for another few years and will I remember enough to judge whether it has improved?
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White
10/20/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
86 points
Still understated, but very good
Red
10/20/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
92 points
As per my note of 10/15/2017. No change. At its peak.
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Red
2005 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
89 points
Thank you JOHNRM (3/24/2018). I double decanted 6 hours in advance and found it very pleasant, but slightly below expectation. It has all the qualities needed to develop to a grand peak and I will wait another year before opening another bottle. I write this 24hours later and the remains (vacuumed) confirm the same impression. It is all there, but not yet quite in balance.
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Red
9/1/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
89 points
This has transformed in the last year. Undistinguished a year ago, but now very impressive and with no sign of being over the top or fading. An enticing hint of marzipan on the nose, full fruit and good acidity and tannins on the palate and a decent finish. A lovely wine. The two we drank earlier this summer were the same.
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White
4/18/2018 - richard thorne wrote:
86 points
Probably too young. Rather soft and sweet at the moment. There's probably sufficient acidity for improvement.
Red
2008 Casa Silva Altura Colchagua Valley Red Blend (view label images)
4/18/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
89 points
Very good but very expensive. It has a characteristic (but nevertheless charming) new world fruitiness on the nose and palate, with raspberry and cherry predominant. Soft tannins, but sufficient grip on the palate and finish. A very clever and interesting blend.
Red
4/4/2018 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Each bottle has been better than the last, but I doubt if I will have the discipline to keep any until its suggested final drinking date. Full bodied Grenache and Syrah, fruit and spice on nose and palate, good tannins and a lovely finish. Fantastic value. Skilled wine-making.
Red
12/31/2017 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Like a good Burgundy in colour, nose and on the palate though there is just that added depth of fruit characteristic of its origins. I suspect it will be even more balanced in another year or so. Decanted 3 hours in advance.
White
2014 Clos Floridene Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/31/2017 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
89 points
In another year I suspect I will rate it 90. The semillon is now slightly to the fore and I don't feel that the sauvignon blanc is brash at all but rather subtle. Good acidity.
Red
10/15/2017 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened and decanted 2 hours before drinking. On opening, the aroma was powerful and smooth, but on the palate the acidity and tannins were too prominent. Within an hour the balance was improving and at 2 hours I thought this was just perfect. Classic Cote Rotie, with evidence it will continue well for several years, but why wait?
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/11/2016 - richard thorne wrote:
95 points
Absolutely fantastic (see 10/20/08). No sign of deterioration.
Red
2000 Château Fourcas Hosten Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2016 - richard thorne wrote:
90 points
I shouldn't have drunk all those before (see 05/05/12). This was a lovely, strong Medoc. The tannins were still evident, but really silky and the fruit was still there. One more left and I hope it's as good as this.
Red
2004 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/2/2016 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
This must be at its peak. Absolutely balanced, with good length. Only two left!
Red
12/17/2015 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
91 points
I stay with my rating on 10/06/09. Sadly I only have one bottle left and so will not know whether it will last until 2019. I will drink the last one on Christmas Day. Fantastic value and well worth keeping all those years. Cigar box and liquorice on the nose; chocolate, spice and dark fruits on the palate. Classic Shiraz with a long finish. Completely balanced acidity, fruit and tannins. Decanted an hour before drinking. At its peak. I drank the first bottle in 2008, which seems criminal to me now, but it was good even then.
Red
4/5/2015 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
89 points
In 2010 i thought that it had deposited too many of its tannins and was too soft. Wrong. Still strong and vigorous: a real surprise at this age. Good ruby red colour, fruit on the nose and palate with good spicy and tannin flavours, giving medium length. A real winner.
Red
12/6/2014 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
88 points
This has got better and better over the years. I wish I had more than 2 left, though it's probably at it's peak now. The syrah is predominant. Soft, but plenty of depth and good length.
White
2010 Château de Bern Cuvée Louison Château de Bern Sainte Croix du Mont Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/27/2014 - richard thorne wrote:
87 points
Amazing value. Deep golden. Predominantly honey on nose and palate, but light marmalade flavour as well. Sufficient acidity with a luscious sweetness. Good finish and length.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Cantegril Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/1/2014 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale colour belies the richness on nose and palate. Already luscious. This should be exceptional in a few years.
Red
9/26/2013 - richard thorne wrote:
86 points
We opened two bottles and decanted 2 hours before drinking. On opening, they differed in acidity and fruit and the difference remained at 2 hours. There was a heavy deposit in both and I suspect that most of the tannins had deposited. Soft and fruity - grenache dominated - and certainly ready to drink now. I doubt if it will improve. Very pleasant with a meal.
Red
2008 Château de la Grave Caractère Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2013 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
88 points
Inkwell and plum stones on the nose, with the legs to go with 13.5%. Improved in the glass - we should have decanted an hour earlier. Blackberry and plum on palate with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Good length, with sloe gin on the finish. Fantastic value when bought in France.
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Red
2004 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/13/2013 - richard thorne Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 2 hrs. (Needs to stand for at least 2 days before.) Ruby/purple and not yet browning. Hints of cedar, vanilla and blackcurrant on the nose; very delicate. Plum stone, damson and blackcurrant on the palate, with high acidity. Tannins remain strong but will balance with the acidity and fruit in 2 years. Length 40 secs and the finish is still in three parts, but will clearly blend into a rounded whole in time. A lovely wine. Wait until 2015.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/4/2013 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
(See 7/1/10) As before. Really great.
Red
10/19/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
90 points
This has continued to develop and now has some Ht Medoc characteristics. Still good fruit, but balanced acidity and tannins (though most have been deposited) and a good finish and length. It has been well worth keeping.
Red
2000 Château Fourcas Hosten Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/5/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
89 points
It has lasted well, but the tannins have deposited and it is quite soft. Otherwise, characteristic Medoc, but not complex. Worth noting that all seven bottles so far have been excellent.
Red
2005 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
95 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Dark purple. Even at 4 hours in the decanter the nose was limited, but then suddenly opened up and dark cherry, mineral and violet aromas mixed with the vanilla. The palate is still of predominantly red fruit flavours, with high acidity and the tannins are tough, but the whole is certainly balanced and there are background complex aromatics. (Some tasters voted this their current favourite.) Excellent length, but dominated by the tannins. Will be fantastic in time.
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Red
2004 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Nose relatively closed, even after 3 hours in the decanter, but still characteristic fruit and cedar, though oaky. Prominent blackcurrant fruit, acidity and spices on the palate, but tannins not very evident. A promising finish and length. Too young.
Red
2003 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Rich purple/red. Decanted 3 hours but the full, fruity and oaky nose, with a hint of tobacco, was there immediately, and lasted. A rich and fruity palate typical of 2003, but good tannins and sufficient acidity to give character and balance. Good length. Very different to and not as complex as the 00 and 01, which are also drinking now.
Red
2002 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
88 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Difficult to assess. Limited nose of dark fruits even after 3 hours in the decanter. A comparatively thin and green impression on the palate and the tannins are still tough,but there is the promise of richer dark fruit flavours. The balance may come in time and it was recognisably in the same family as all the others.
Red
2001 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Deep red. Powerful nose of dark fruit and cedar and a hint of violets. Initially full and fruity, the smooth tannins and acidity come through and the balance is perfect and lasting, giving a wonderful finish and length of 40 secs. A lovely wine, at its peak.
Red
2000 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
95 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Outstanding, but only after 3 hours in the decanter. Deep and dark. Wonderful nose of blackcurrant, tobacco, leather, cedar and violets all carrying through to the palate. Silky, but with sufficiently strong tannins and acidity to give a strong finish and length (40 secs), promising a lot of development yet.
Red
1999 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
86 points
Vertical tasting of 94, 98 through to 05. Light aroma of plum and vanilla. Very soft in the mouth, with tobacco and dark fruit flavours, nicely balanced acidity and tannins but a slight finish and short length. Still drinking well but will not improve.
Red
1998 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
Vertical tasting of 9 vintages. Very slightly corked, so difficult to assess. Remains unbalanced, with good fruit but slightly harsh tannins. Sufficient acidity to suggest further development, especially since it appeared best on the finish and the length was 60 secs. Some participants rated it highly and denied the taint.
Red
1994 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
85 points
Russet brown. Slightly earthy, farmyard aromas with some dark fruit on the nose. Surprisingly full, blackcurrant fruit and soft tannins in the mouth and an amazingly long and fragrant finish. Well balanced, but coming to the end of its drinking life.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/18/2012 - richard thorne wrote:
94 points
Opened 2 hrs in advance. Golden. Nose: apricot and aromatic honey. Initial flavours of apricot and orange, beautifully sweet but not cloying. Developing marmalade and honey, deeper flavours of many freshly cut fruits but also some dried fruit. Sufficient acidity and great length. This is already splendid, whereas the 2001 needs more time.
Red
2005 Château Hanteillan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/6/2011 - richard thorne wrote:
88 points
At the price, outstanding. A balanced wine from a good year. Plum, cedar and vanilla on the nose. Initially a taste of almonds with the acidity and tannins prominent, but then the plum and dark fruit flavours come through. Light on the finish, with delicate hints of plum and almonds.
Red
10/28/2011 - richard thorne wrote:
92 points
See 1/10/2009. Still going strong. The fruit is more prominent now, even though there are still strong tannins. Outstanding, and I hope I can resist drinking any more for a year or two.
Red
2001 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
7/9/2011 - richard thorne wrote:
93 points
See my comments of 11/28/2008. It continues to develop. The tannins are still there and there is good acidity, giving excellent balance to the expected deep fruit and providing real length. This is a great wine.
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