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Red
2005 Château de Fonbel St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/20/2020 - SimonG wrote:
88 points
First look from the case. Mid ruby, just starting to show some garnet. Gentle nose of mulberry, warm spice and a little earth. Nicely resolved on the palate with some richness. Positive finish with fine grained tannins that are fairly soft now. A good match for the richness of low and slow Ledbury beef short-ribs. ***
White - Fortified
9/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
96 points
So much darker and denser than the 46 alongside, deep coppery brown flecked with green. Huge nose. So intense. Muscavado, spice, citrus top notes, toasted nuts, figgy pudding and so on. Makes all the cognac and rum to hand smell very light and watery. So multifaceted and complex. Really fills the room. The attack is almost painful. Bright, very intense and concentrated and with huge extract and acidity on the finish. The occasional sip suffices as it’s hard to distract oneself from the nose. Indestructible. Apparently approx 90 years old and absolutely monumental. ******
White - Fortified
9/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
A greeny coppery hue. Walnuts, muscavado, figs, and something more floral on the complex nose. Nice bite on the attack, mineral and fresh. Long. Not as complex on the mid-palate and finish as the nose, but finishes positively. Lacks the depth and intensity of some of the EN smaller bottling. Very drinkable with accessible complexity. ****
Red
9/19/2020 - SimonG wrote:
88 points
Bright cherry red. This has lost the dark-fruited velvet lines of a couple of years ago and is now silkier and the fruit is lightening. Good acidity with some bite on the finish. In a slightly in between phase. ***
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Red
9/19/2020 - SimonG wrote:
70 points
Dusty garnet. Dusty, baked character to the fading fruit. Dry, with slightly blocky tannins. Drying out. This wasn’t great a decade ago, but it’s worse now. No stars.
Red
9/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Decanted 90mins. Full ruby with a touch of cherry. Richer on the nose than the Closel-Roch alongside. Really quite dense and fleshy with some spice. Fine but quite dense velvet in texture. Again, long and rich. Good body. At the start of its window with a decant. ****
Red
9/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Decanted 90mins. Mid to full ruby. Enticing nose of mid to dark red fruit. Silky textured with good acidity and a vibrancy. Fragrant and nuanced. Mid weight, this adds density and depth with air. Dense silk. Long. Textbook Côte Rotie that’s approachable now with a decant.. ****
White
9/12/2020 - SimonG wrote:
92 points
Pale straw with green flecks. Lovely stuff. Properly Puligny, fresh, crisp, floral and packed with energy, zip and line. Finely textured density. Long. Excellent, and very fresh. ****
Red
9/11/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Dense full ruby. Nose of blackcurrant pastille and raspberry with a hint of blackberry, a little less expressive than previous bottle. Violets too. Mid weight dark red fruit, good acidity, lovely balance. Just a little structural bite, becoming more acidity led, on the finish. ****
White
9/10/2020 - SimonG wrote:
88 points
Full straw to mid gold. Advanced appearance. Banoffee pie character to the nose. Consistent with previous bottles. There’s almost a sense of sur maturité and botrytis here. Full and ripe on the palate, quite broad and foursquare. I vacillate between thinking this a clumsy and overdone wine, and thinking it has potential, albeit on the rich side. I think I’m back to the former with this bottle. It went well enough with lobster frites, but felt a chore to finish the bottle between two, which isn’t really a characteristic of PYCM. 4 bottles in to the case and they’ve all been the same. ***
White - Sparkling
9/10/2020 - SimonG wrote:
85 points
Mid to full straw. Nicely inviting nose of creamy richness with warm butter and some gentle oak spice. Similar on the attack, quite rich and full with a creamy mousse and then... nothing. Almost no mid-palate or finish. Zero persistence. Curious. This is all promise and no delivery. An off bottle? Sulky because it was only delivered yesterday? On this bottle’s showing, it falls a long way short of the hype. **1/2
Red
9/9/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Half. Lovely approachable 17 character with a hint of something more serious to come on the finish. Puppy fat around a backbone. ***
Red
9/6/2020 - SimonG wrote:
90 points
Deep ruby. Mulberry and blackberry fruit with raspberry top notes alongside a pinch of white pepper. Nicely resolved on the attack, smooth mid red fruit, mid weight with good acidity and a fine, plush core of fruit. Decent length. Elegant. This is pretty decent. ***1/2
Red
2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
A haze of fine sediment gives this a dense, slightly cloudy appearance to the deep ruby to blackcurrant of what would be a dense and near opaque wine, regardless. Dense, dark fruit. Smooth and rounded, some liquorice providing a savoury foil to the fruit. Dense, quite plush on the attack, some development though still fairly primary in style. A slight warmth to the finish but nothing untoward. A wine that cries out for a thick steak that's been shown a hot bbq briefly. Will it develop? I don't know — insufficient experience of top end Cal cabs of this ilk, but certainly a fun drink now. ****
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Red
1996 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
94 points
Four years on from my last look at this, its evolving nicely. The tight blackcurrant leaf 96 character is starting to give way to classic palmer richness, the two currently walking hand in hand happily. Very palmer on the nose with a cool richness on the palate. Good line and nicely dry on the finish. ****1/2
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Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
flawed
Well and truly corked.
Red
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Far lighter and more evolved than the Dujac, this is mid to full garnet and far more translucent. Autumnal overlays to the ethereal scent of fading fruit alongside hints of mushroom and caramel. Relatively light. still some dryness on the finish without perhaps the density of fruit to fully cover it in the future, this is lovely now. ****
Red
2006 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Beautiful deep, dense ruby with cherry highlights. Mid to dark red fruit. Still pretty primary. A firm albeit refined edge to the finish. Lots here, but still a little tight such that the finish is a little clipped. Needs another decade to really strut. With a couple of hours in the glass it's showing hints of the complexity and peacock's tail to come, but more of an attractive but sulky teenager currently. ***(*)
White - Sparkling
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
95 points
Bottle 2, 'good' Krug. Opened as a backup to an underperforming bottle of the same. Initially lighter in colour, full straw to light gold, though darkening in glass to full old gold. Toasty, some hazelnut alongside the ginger notes. More vital. Good core of acidity through the rich mid-palate and long finish. Textbook, though cf 'bad' Krug 96 served alongside for a bottle variation warning. *****
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White - Sparkling
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Bottle 1, 'bad' Krug. Deep old gold. A rich and really quite oxidative and advanced character, far more so than previous bottles six years ago. A touch of ginger, but quite sherried. Interesting though to watch this develop in glass alongside 'good' Krug. it doesn't fall apart, indeed it pulls together somewhat to finish as a very good champagne of its style, albeit still a poor relation to a bottle of the same that's in fantastic condition. having been sidelined in favour of a replacement bottle for the first course, this went well with the cheese later in the meal. This bottle ****, but its replacement a huge step up and demonstrating the variability here now aged 21, and the fragility of 96 PN shown by this bottle — it can be a fabulous wine, but no guarantees.
White - Sparkling
9/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
95 points
Palest straw. A purity on the nose, all clean elegance. A touch more creamy development on the attack than was evident a year ago, just staring to show signs of relaxation before the tight, zesty and very mineral back end of the mid-palate gets you, followed by a fine and dry extract packed long finish. If you have lots of this no crime to enjoy one now, but really it needs another decade of slumber and development to be close to showing its full potential. ***(**)
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Red
9/2/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Half. The glossy fruit of its youth starting to recede to make way for more meaty and autumnal notes. Still a good core of red currant, cherry and raspberry fruit. Densely silky. Finishes well. Lovely. ***
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Red
8/30/2020 - SimonG wrote:
92 points
Pale and bright ruby, vibrant. Bright red fruit on the nose, Cherry, red currant and strawberry. Silky and sweet-fruited attack that follows through to the mid palate. Finishes well. Very floaty and expressive. Really very good indeed, long and complex and very well defined. Puts on weight with air. 12.5abv. ****
White
8/28/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Mid straw. Floral, mineral and quite fresh on the nose. Starting to show a crystalline honey element to the attack, dry and focused minerality opening to something more akin to a mature Chablis on the mid palate. Finishes somewhat shorter than it used to. Decent, but not quite in the league of previous bottles, so happy for this to be the last of the case. ***
Red
8/27/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Mid ruby, nicely translucent. Very pretty, floral nose with good lift; potpourri-like with rose petals and orange zest. Bright red fruit on the attack, some strawberry but also red currant and cranberry. Vibrant, a touch of sweetness offsetting the zippy acidity. Silky and lithe and elegant. Puts on weight overnight. ****
Red
8/26/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
1/6. Deep and brooding cherry red; dense. Dark red fruited nose, fragrant with a restrained floral quality. Quick rich, plush of fruit and texture with good weight through the mid palate and a nicely mineral line to the finish. Big and quite rich for a village wine, though not overdone. Just hitting its straps with plenty of vigour and vitality for the future. ****
Red
8/23/2020 - SimonG wrote:
90 points
Vibrant, full ruby. Initially a splash of blue fruit in with the red, though it calms down with air. Nicely vibrant Pinot with a good combination of silky fruit and acidity. Excellent vfm. ***1/2
Red
2003 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/21/2020 - SimonG wrote:
78 points
Decently ruby colour. Dusty, slightly baked fruit character in the nose. Relatively light on the palate reflecting the stated 12.5 abv, with a slightl6 dilute watery feel through which the baked and dry character of the fruit comes though. Fruit is fading and there’s not reall6 the body, interest or acidity to hold things together. */78. As a caveat, poured in to a Vinum burgundy glass, it fills and sweetens a little, reviving the fruit and making it a far more rounded and harmonious experience, and actually a relatively pleasing drink. ***/87
Red
8/21/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Dense and bite vibrant ruby. Nose of vanilla, mulberry and plum. Finely velvety and quite plushly rounded fruit. Maybe not quite the padding nor density on the finish for top flight but nonetheless a very decent Rioja in the young/fruity style. Nothing here to dissuade me from focusing on Ardanza and 904 though, but others will find it an attractive style and wine. ****
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White
8/20/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Mid straw. Fresh. Reasonably weighty, certainly 1er cru in weight and viscosity, but rather stolid and foresquare on the palate lacking complexity and flair in the same way previous bottles have. Not what I look for in Puligny. That said, decent enough with food and this bottle at least had the good grace not to oxidise over the three evenings it was open. ***
Red
8/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Beautiful bright and vibrantly clear ruby. Cranberry, redcurrant, clove, allspice and orange zest on the nose. Light, bright and expressive. This has melded nicely over the past few years. Still light and bright, but the acidity is now nicely in balance, light of body, vibrant and refreshing without being long or complex. Length a slight issue as this does finish quite short. Overnight this puts on some weight, tones down the more lifted floral elements, and lengthens up on the finish. ***
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White
8/16/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Pale to mid straw. Quite rich, as previously a little more Chassagne than Puligny, but this is tightening and has lost its slightly blowsy character and is starting to focus up. Nicely mineral, opens to a floral and orange blossom mid palate before a nicely minerally and fairly chewy finish. ****
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White
8/14/2020 - SimonG wrote:
92 points
Pale to light/mid straw. Fresh and minerally on the nose with an underlying sense of density. Hints of old school weight and richness interwoven with a more modern Meursault minerality and line. There’s lots here. A lovely textural quality on the finish giving a real sense of chewiness. At the very end, a hint of something that feels as if it might be botrytis that lends an extra pinch of richness without sweetness, though this appears to lift overnight. Very impressive villages. ****
Red
8/13/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Near identical colour to the Pruliers — mid ruby and quite dense. Quite a spicy, fragrant nose, less austere than the Pruliers. Dark red fruit, spice, and a floral, wet clay mineral nose. Quite focused and precise. Densely silky on the attack, more precise and focused than the Pruliers, purer too. Overnight this holds nicely, decent texture and flavour profile, but perhaps a fraction restrained and slightly herbal, rather than voluptuous and sexy. Again, there is a slight sense of the vintage character, but significantly less so than the Pruliers. ****
Red
8/12/2020 - SimonG wrote:
90 points
Mid ruby, quite dense. A relatively austere nose, lifted dark red fruit with a hint of the herbal. Dense and richly thick textured on the attack. The silky dense fruit follows the nose in being relatively austere, not quite clipped but certainly restrained. Opens out with air to reveal a cherry fruit through the mid palate and long finish. The vintage character is present, but it manifests itself as a restraining elegance rather than a bitterness or overtly green character on the palate. With a few hours of air, it becomes more prominent on the nose with a herbal coal tar element and a whiff of smoke. Overnight, the vintage character seems to lift somewhat — still a relatively austere flavour profile albeit with some meaty development and on the nose, a hint of pine sap. Avoid if you’re super sensitive to ‘04’ and rabidly anti, but if you’re a little more tolerant it makes for a reasonable expression of the vintage character, changing rather than ruining the wine, which is still a very decent drink. ***1/2
Red
8/8/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Pale ruby. This is very light and bright. Similar on palate, fragrant, fruity, some spice and smoke, but mainly vibrant light fruit with a floral lift. No sense whatever of the 14.5abv. Fun but ultimately inconsequential, lovely chilled with pizza. ***
Red
8/8/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Mid garnet. Lovely nose of damson, spice, leather, and a touch of coffee. Thirteen years since previous bottle, primary fruit has calmed and settled now, and is starting to show some secondary development, the lush and padded fruit now silky and refined. Classic Rioja profile. Mid palate complexity and a decent finish. Lovely. ****
White - Off-dry
8/7/2020 - SimonG wrote:
90 points
AP 14 03. Pale to mid straw. Fresh and fruity in the nose with evolving shafts if kerosine. Still mid sweetness, evident on the attack and mid palate, with pithy citrus, mineral and faintly herby notes to the decently long finish. Still at an adolescent stage, but very enjoyable in the heat. ***1/2
Red
2007 Domaine Arlaud Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/6/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Mid garnet. Caramel, meaty sous bois and a smoky element that grades to licorice towards the end of the bottle as a fine hazy sediment drifts in. Fragrant, lifted and complex on the nose, this has put on some textural weight and is now densely silky. Long finish. Lovely. Superb match with veal tournedos and morels in a rich veal and morel sauce. ****
White - Sparkling
8/6/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Jan 19 disgorgement. Mmm, this is really quite impressive. Nicely fresh attack, but a very smooth and creamy mid palate and long seamless finish. Very smooth and harmonious. Very drinkable. ****
White
8/4/2020 - SimonG wrote:
88 points
First look at the 2014. Light and lithe, plenty of freshness and zip with a positive finish. Some weight on the mid palate before a leaner, limey finish. Moderate length, very decent. ***
White
8/1/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Similar to a bottle six months ago, possibly gradually building a little more weight. Mid straw with glints of green and of gold. Fresh and elegant nose, fruit more white than yellow; mid weight, nicely limey cut and nicely long finish. Lovely. Develops well through the bottle / evening. Very good indeed. ****
Red
7/31/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Light, peppery, some citrus zing and freshness, but also a slight sense of pettilant spritz and a slightly natural twang to the finish that could become cidery. Fun rather than fine wine, but none the worse for that. ***
White
7/30/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Sensationally good — one of the best bottles from this case, real energy and saline cut, piercing and fresh with saline and iodine notes. Mid weight on the palate, lovely line and cut. One of the best and most typical Chablis I’ve had in a while. ****. While still good the next evening, it has broadened with some crab apple, and lost the piercingly saline mineral cut that defined it yesterday.
White - Sparkling
7/29/2020 - SimonG wrote:
89 points
Pleasant enough — reasonable body, but ultimately lacks some line and flair. Not sure of the base and reserve wine blend, but a 2015 purchase. Not as bright as the previous bottle from this case, three years ago. ***
Red
7/24/2020 - SimonG wrote:
92 points
Its usual dependable self. Pale mid garnet, very fragrant, all sous bois, spice and a touch of orange peel. Cool and elegant on the palate with good line and length. All too drinkable. Puts on weight and sweetness after being open a couple of hours, and feels much more in line with being a 2010. ****
Red
7/20/2020 - SimonG wrote:
92 points
Deep ruby, a little cherry towards the core. Bright and red fruited, led by strawberry. Sweet, beguiling and very attractive. The fruit nicely balanced by good acidity leaving this sweet and fresh and moreish. This is currently in a lovely place, though perhaps a tiny bit darker than a bottle a couple of months ago. Significantly redder fruited and lighter framed than the en Echezeaux currently. Holds well over four hours. Lovely. ****
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White - Sparkling
7/19/2020 - SimonG wrote:
93 points
Pale to mid straw. Fresh and supremely elegant. Some mid palate depth and concentration, but above all, effortless poise, elegance and line. This is very serious fizz, but beautifully understated. Super, and ready now though no hurry. ****
Red
7/18/2020 - SimonG wrote:
90 points
Quite deep in colour, dense too. Lovely maturing Gevrey nose of meaty dark fruit with an earthiness and a sense of maturing development. Surprisingly dense and textured. Nicely open, tightening. A little after a couple of hours. Impressive. ***1/2
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Red
7/17/2020 - SimonG wrote:
91 points
Really quite dark, more like the straight Gevrey 16 than the 17. Spicy, dense and dark red fruited. Quite serious. Excellent. ****
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