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2019 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/29/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
For me the best Eglise Clinet ever made and meaby the best 2019 with Lafleur 99-100
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/5/20, 11:35 PM - No problem, if I can help someone friendly. For me, Eglise-Clinet is the best ever and this year it matches Lafleur and Figeac and it is better than Petrus. It is indeed creamy: velvety, on blackberry, liquorice and flowers. It is reminiscent of a Vosne Romanée grand cru. And like other wines of 2019, we will be able to start drinking it faster (2026?) Than the 2018, 2016 ...
    Other than that, if you like this kind of wine (like me), I recommend a fabulous quality / price ratio, the 2019 Mazeyres, it is of the same style with more truffle flavors.93-95

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/20, 9:00 AM - And with an other style (Margaux), Malescot Saint Exupery is very great for his price too.

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/20, 9:13 AM - I'm not shure for the same quality of 2009-10 and 2016 but no problem for 2015. I think than 2015 is meaby surrevalued Many 2014 are better for the left bank (St-Julien, St Estephe) and very cheapier like Calon Segur or Las Cases. In my sense 2019 is a great vintage to drink the wines for a good price. If you want really buy to investment, buy 2016, 2016 and 2016 too.
    The really best vintange and affordable

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/20, 9:21 AM - Yes, it's not an error 2016, 2016 and a few of 2016

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/20, 9:32 AM - I'm not alone. All the great winetaster and many winemake said the same thing. And the good news for investors (minimum 15 years)is that prices have not changed much since the 2016 futures, especially Mouton and Haut Brion. One day they will explode

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/12/22, 10:57 PM - In my humble opinion, nothing is better in the world than the Lafleur 2019 apart from Pingus 2019 and Les Reignots from Arnoux Lachaux. But when it comes to quality/price, we can say that Eglise Clinet is better than Lafleur and even better, Figeac 2019 which for the moment is cheaper but it won't last long because it has just been classified 1st Grand Cru " A" and prices will go up very quickly. Happy will be those who bought it before

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 8:35 AM - Well in the 2019 Bordeaux, I love Branaire Ducru, Malescot and especially Larcis Ducasse which is fabulous for its price.
    Other Underpriced 2019s (for now, LOL)
    Italy: Petrolo Galatrona

    Red Rhone: Chateauneuf Clos des Papes

    White Rhône: Condrieu G.Vernay Coteau de Vernon

    Burgundy: B. Clavelier 1ers crus Combe d'Orveau, Brulées and Aux Cras + all the wines from the Méo-Camuzet estate which are fabulous for 2018, 2019 and 2020 (which I will rate over the next few days). For me, they are very likely to climb like an arrow in the manner of Arnoux Lachaux.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 10:02 AM - In fact, I'm not a big fan of Feytit Clinet, but the 2018 and 2019 are far superior to other vintages.

    Cheval Blanc 2019 is sumptuous, but i prefere Figeac

    I love Laroque and its fabulous value for money and I have a small preference for the 2021 which has the advantage of great freshness and can be drunk while waiting for the others.
    Ornelaia and Masseto are superb in 2019 but for a much lower price, I prefer the Petrolo which is very close in quality. Blinded, it looks like a very great Pomerol (100% Merlot).

    Finally, I really like L'Arlot (ST-Vivant, Suchots and Forets St-Georges above all) but for a roughly equal price, Méo-Camuzet has been much better for the past 3 years) Moreover, it has just to be named: iconic domain by auction site Idealwine. It doesn't suit me at all because I won't be able to buy any more soon, like A-Lachaux, sniff

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 11:31 AM - Yes 2019 is a very great year for Tuscany, maybe the best for a very long time. There are also 2016 and 2013 which are superb. For Guado del Tasso, which one are you talking about? The normal cuvée is well below the Petrolo and more expensive. On the other hand, the "Matarocchio" cuvée is very classy (2019 and 2016 especially) but very very expensive, like Ornelaia and Masseto. For Petrolo (Galatrona), the best are in order
    2019, 2004, 2018 and 2020.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 3:39 PM - Simply because it's a collector's wine because it's the last vintage of a brilliant winemaker (Denis Durantou) before his death. A bit like Chateau Margaux 2015. On the other hand the difference is that the Eglise Clinet is really the best ever made and you can buy it to drink it, as long as the Margaux 2015 is beaten at least by the 2020, 2019 and the 2005 much cheaper. It is therefore a wine of pure speculation

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 3:59 PM - csimm You're welcome.

    bsumoba
    Apart from that, to my taste which is not pro Bobby Parker, JD is one of the 3 worst wine critics with Jane Anson and the catastrophic Jeannie Cho Lee. I prefer the reviews of the GJE (European Grand Jury) J.Perrin, Bettane & Desseauve, and also NM, AG and JMQ.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/13/22, 4:11 PM - Bsumoba, I wrote about Margaux 2015 a few moments ago (see above). It's a big bottle, of course, but as long as other Margaux are better and cheaper, if you keep them it's only for speculative purposes otherwise it's a bit stupid not to sell them to buy 4 bottles of 2019 or 2020 which are better???
    Good night everyone, it's 1:00 AM in Provence

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 2:18 AM - Hello LiteItOnFire,

    Indeed we often have the same tastes but I think you do not understand what I am writing to you. Maybe it's due to my poor spoken English???
    I love very concentrated wines, but this concentration must be logical and natural, due to the terroir, the grape variety, the vintage!!! But not oak soup as shepherd R. Parker encouraged for years and thousands of sheep followed him. Putting a golden saddle on a young donkey doesn't mean it will become a racehorse. In itself the great concentration is not sufficient if it is not accompanied by a beautiful acidity which will bring freshness and finesse. I still have in my cellar some very great Bordeaux wines from 1986, rated between 98 and 100/100 by the master, which are still undrinkable and which will never improve in my humble opinion. Apart from that, I don't only have criticisms of Bobby because he has done a lot to democratize wine and introduce people to very underestimated terroirs (Rhône, Languedoc...) Apart from that, I really like the 2015 which are often underestimated compared to the 2016. I have some Figeac and Conseillantes which are sublime.
    Finally, I advise you all to buy Burgundy 2020 because it is a rare and exceptional year in the sense that it manages to combine great concentration and at the same time a sublime freshness as only the 1990s, 1999 and 2015. But I think 2020 will be even better. Moreover, it is very possible that these bottles will not close at all in 1 or 2 years because of this great freshness (unlike the 2018 and 2019 which will soon no longer have to be opened for 4 or 5 years)
    Your devoted Watchy

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 7:22 AM - Thank you my Lord!

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 8:20 AM - Okay guys, before this post ends up telling us what you saw on tv last night and your wife's rheumatism, I'm going to tell you one last secret that your dear wine critics don't seem to to know:

    THERE ARE SPLENDID BURGUNDY BETWEEN $20 AND $50!!!!

    I can name hundreds of them, from winemakers you may never have heard of?

    And for the most fabulous, of course they are very expensive, but when a 1er Grand Cru from Bordeaux makes between 150,000 and 300,000 bottles a year, many Burgundians make between 300 and 2,000. nice little note to each of their bottles every night before going to bed.
    Of love and craftsmanship

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 8:26 AM - Well I love QPR, my daily wine is downgraded Chateauneuf du Pape (because one of the plots is on the other side of the road) in bag in box for 8 euros per liter

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 8:32 AM - The funny thing about my cheap super burgundy story is that they are very hard to find in France because they are all sold to importers in the USA. Maybe Napa winemakers are drinking them on the sly?

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 9:19 AM - Otherwise, you can always go to Mexico, the plane is cheaper.
    And there, I recommend the L.A. Cetto 2017 Baja California "Petite Syrah". A very nice wine at a very nice price

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 9:29 AM - Impossible. In Pomerol there is a wall that does not allow American immigrants to pass, LOL

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:51 AM - And for lovers of cheap (sorry) super white burgundies; Try this one that is easily found in the USA

    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Dry White
    BURGUNDY MÂCON-MILLY-LAMARTINE CLOS DU FOUR 2020

    Good evening

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:12 PM - Hi LiteIt,

    A suggestion for what? White Burg?

    Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet 1er La Mouchère, every vintages from 2014

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:19 PM - Apart from that if you are interested, JMQ has just done a tasting of all the Bordeaux Grands Crus of 2011, Pichon Comtesse was crowned.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:24 PM - Otherwise, if like me, you like Chablis, the Droin brothers work wonders: Grand Cru Grenouilles and 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre.

    To finish with Meursault: Genevrières by Benjamin Leroux

    So

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:30 PM - And finally the must of the must:

    Corton Charlemagne: Bonneau du Martray and Chandon de Briailles.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/15/22, 9:43 PM - Bsumoba,

    If it was me, in order I would buy

    1 Lafleur 2019

    2 Lafleur 2012

    1 Lafleur 2020

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/16/22, 9:23 AM - Lafleur 2012 97-98 the best Lafleur for QPR (really better than 2014 and 2017)

    Lafleur 2021 98-99 for me the best bordeaux 2021 with Carmes H-B

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/16/22, 9:32 AM - and apart from that, in France we have 3 Lafleur 2012 for the price of a 2020 and 4 for the price of a 2019

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/16/22, 9:36 AM - And for a 2019 we have 166 bottles of Petite Syrah from Mexico (90-91/100) but we have to cross the wall

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2020 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
For me the greatest wine of 2020 (with Carmes HB and Canon) of a fabulous freshness and finesse at the same time as a great power due, without any doubt possible to the large part of Cabernet Franc (46%) which is certainly the grape variety of the future in Bordeaux. And too bad for those who have not yet understood. Even Petrus has just planted it but it will not be in the great wine for at least 10 years.
  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:39 AM - YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS
    But not at same price than the 2019

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/14/22, 11:40 AM - And the 2012 too

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2015 Domaine Château De La Tour Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/5/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
The best ever made if we except the fabulous 2019
  • watcheslover commented:

    9/6/22, 10:37 PM - Hello Weezie,
    In fact, it is a bottle that we thought was defective because there was a lack of 3 or 4 cm of wine inside. But the wine was magnificent because it had evolved much faster than normal. No decanting, just aeration for an hour. But for a normal bottle I think the top would be between 2027 and 2040

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2015 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins Red Rhone Blend
7/21/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
96 points
The best ever made here just behind the future legendary 2016, it will be immortal, buy it when you're young and wait 30 to 50 years!!! LOL
  • watcheslover commented:

    8/6/22, 10:32 PM - Hello KPB, sorry for this confusing LOL. It was more aimed at people like me who are over 60 and may not fully enjoy this wine when it is perfect to drink. My grandmother started drinking wine mixed with water and apple juice when she turned 70. And for us, what will happen?
    Apart from that, thank you for this reminder of the 13 grape varieties of Chateauneuf and the problems inherent in each of them. It's quite correct in theory but in practice there are wines everywhere that defy time and accepted ideas. Living near Avignon and CNDP, I know their wines perfectly and I also shared a few bottles with Henri Bonneau. He made me taste a bottle of 1955 (it must have been in 2010-2011) which almost brought tears to my eyes. Of course with a standard professional vision, one could have said that the wine had passed its optimum date and that it was no longer to marry with food. It was simply "something else" to taste like an old port between good friends. And the fabulous moment of spiritual pleasure was in any case worth as much as the physical pleasure of a younger wine. But to come back to this discussion. In February I drank a Celestins 1989 (33 years old) which was perfect. Of course, few vintages can be kept for so long without deterioration in quality, but sincerely, I believe that the 2015 and especially the 2016 will be at their peak in 20-25 years. Save a bottle until then, you'll be surprised. Unless you're as old as me.LOL

  • watcheslover commented:

    8/6/22, 10:42 PM - And if you like fabulous CNDP (I saw your comment for Rayas 2007 which is really fabulous) try the Clos des Papes 2019 or the Gourt de Mautens (ex-Rasteau) 2016. You are likely to be very happy.

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2019 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes La Louisiane Red Rhone Blend
7/19/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
95 points
Fabulous Gigondas for his price, a future star
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/30/22, 11:47 AM - sorry kjd45$ but I don't know enough about the Chateau Sansonnet to answer you. The 2019 dazzled me, always value for money but I don't know many other vintages. On the other hand for the Gigondas, no problem if you want other info, I live next door.

  • watcheslover commented:

    8/3/22, 11:38 PM - Clovis Saurel is the best wine of Saint Damien but the difference is perhaps of 1 point and the QPR is not so good.
    If you go to the cellar of Gigondas you paid:
    Vieilles Vignes: 15 euros
    Louisiane: 19 euros
    Clovis: 38 euros

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2019 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Val d'Arno di Sopra Merlot
4/22/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
re-tasted, same sensations of happyness. Incredible wine
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/20/22, 2:36 PM - Hello LIOTF,
    If you remember this is one of my 2 favorite addresses (with Sandrone) that I gave you during your trip to Italy. Both are amazing with the same quality but without the prices of the super stars

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2021 Château Laroque St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/25/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
96 points
Very great wine that explodes the standards of the vintage, everything is there on nuances of precious wood, cedar, mineral (chalk), incredible length on an ascending finish! All this for a fabulous quality/price ratio. To be cellared urgently.
  • watcheslover commented:

    5/26/22, 7:47 AM - Yes, tasted blind, we were 6 out of 8 people to prefer it to Pavie!!

  • watcheslover commented:

    5/26/22, 9:44 AM - send me your email

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/4/22, 10:09 PM - What email ? I did not receive anything???

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2016 Château Petit-Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/15/2021 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
89 points
2021 Bordeaux Tasting Trip; 7/12/2021-7/16/2021 (Bordeaux): A tasting in Bordeaux of 71 wines, some of the best I have ever had and others, umm, well were disappointing. If you read the Tasting story (and my grading history) I think it will do a much better job putting this in perspective.

Tasting at the brand new gorgeous Chateau that will begin the wine making process for the 2021 vintage. This is another chateau hoping to move up in class this next voting period (2022) which they very well may achieve. I have never tasted Figeac but began buying the 2015 Gran Vin vintage due to the pedigree, rumored quality and style changes and my initial planned visit in ‘18 that eventually changed due to the start of their massive renovations.

The ‘16 petit offered more potential than the 2009 Gran Vin in the way of what I would have expected from a chateau of this reputation. Hold this for a few more years to allow everything to settle down and blossom into a more complete wine. Will hold off my assessment of the chateau until I get a better sense of the more recent vintages. 89 with upside.
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/1/22, 1:43 AM - Hi LiOtF,
    How are you?
    Have you tasted the Petit Figeac 2019? If so, what do you think of it compared to other vintages? Personally, I found it far superior to the others, but I love this vintage so much that maybe I'm not being realistic?
    Apart from that, yesterday I drank a bottle of Clos L'Eglise 2012, it's great for the price. If you find one, jump on it.
    Good for you
    Watchi

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/3/22, 2:15 AM - Of course I know Italy and its wines, I live nearby!. Cinqueterre is one of the most beautiful places I have seen but very tiring to visit. And their wines are nice, especially the Buranco estate, to drink with friends.
    For the Barolos, I have 2 favorites, Barolo Aleste (formerly Cannubis Boschi) by Sandrone (2013 and especially 2016), and Fratelli Alessandria Monvigliero 2016.
    Otherwise in other regions, I have a passion for Petrolo Galatrona 2019, 100% Merlot which would make very very great Pomerols blush,
    2 very large Brunello: Sassetti Livio Pertimali Riserva 2016 and Il Marroneto 2015 Madonne delle Grazie

    And finally Bibi Graetz 2018 Colore (Tuscany).

    Saluti

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2018 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Proces Pinot Noir
5/17/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
94 points
Really great tasting "Arnoux Lachaux 2018" with 3 friends. We are all ok to say that's the best 2018 that we taste this Year with Bruno Clair (Clos de Beze and Clos Saint-Jacques), Benjamin Leroux (the fabulous Clos saint Denis) and L'Arlot (RSV and Suchots "the best quality for price" of all). some great wine critics do not hesitate to compare it to the Leroy estate. We didn't believe it before tasting it. Yeahhhh!!!

Romanée Saint-Vivant 97-99

Vosne Les Reignots 98-100

Vosne les Suchots 96-98

Vosne Les Chaumes 95-97 (Top quality price)

Latricieres Chamb. 96-98

Clos Vougeot 93-95

NSG Corvées Paget 92-94

NSG Les Procès 93-95 (top quality price)

Chambolle M. 91-93

All we think that Charles Lachaux (and B. Leroux) will be the 2 or 3 best winemaker of tomorrow.
Only one problem, we could only buy one bottle of the best four!!
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/20/22, 2:03 AM - Of course, it's too late. I advise you to take an interest in 2 others: Bruno Clavelier (especially the 1ers crus) and D'Eugénie (1ers crus and Grands Crus) which are still affordable but which will follow the same path in a short time. I've been hearing a lot of noise about them for the past 1 or 2 months. And Figeac too

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/20/22, 2:27 AM - In my humble opinion, Lachaux has not finished climbing. If you have Reignots, Suchots and St-Vivants especially. You can also watch the Benjamin Leroux (especially 2018 and 2020) it's great and cheaper than Coche and Colin

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2019 Château Laroque St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/12/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
95 points
The best Bordeaux for the QPR with Durfort Vivens and Carmes HB
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/12/22, 9:54 AM - At this moment, it just need to sleep 4-5 more years minimum

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2019 Alain Voge Cornas Cuvée Vieilles Fontaines Syrah
5/20/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
98 points
Fabulous, at the same level of the legendary cornas la Geynale of the late Robert Michel 97-99/100
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/11/22, 10:48 PM - Hi, Lord of the bottles

    No, it's an extraordinary wine, produced only in great years with fabulous concentration. To drink between 2029 and 205....?

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/12/22, 1:37 AM - Good choice, 2016 is one of the best but but wait 2026 at least and 2031-35 for the paradise's door.
    If you know "La Geynale" (R.Michel), I begin to drink the 2006 !!!

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/12/22, 2:05 AM - And apart from that, if you are looking for investment wines, which I am not, I strongly recommend this 2019. The 2010, which is magnificent but a notch below, gained more than 350%

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2019 Domaine Trapet (Jean et Jean-Louis) Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/21/2022 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Simply perfect,what and the Latricières 2019 too. What else?
  • watcheslover commented:

    5/30/22, 10:23 PM - Yes, because for my job I taste between 20 and 40 wines a day and since I have little free time, I have chosen to only put notes on the cellar tracker for those I prefer. Between 2 and 10 wines per month. Inevitably, they are all very well rated.

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2019 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
94 points
Little deception? I thindk it loosed a little of his splendour from june 2020
  • watcheslover commented:

    5/20/22, 9:34 PM - Without hesitating for a second, the Clos des Papes. For me, the only Bordeaux comparable in quality for 2019 would be Figeac or Cheval Blanc but it is much more expensive.

  • watcheslover commented:

    5/20/22, 10:28 PM - Very good idea! And if you are interested in fabulous Burgundy at still very underestimated prices (but that quickly changes in my opinion), try to find the 1ers crus (Vosnes Brulées, Chambolle Combe d'Orveaux and NSG Les Cras) of Bruno Clavelier for 2018, 2019 and 2020. This could be the future Arnoux-Lachaux!

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2018 Benjamin Leroux Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/23/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
Yesterday a new tasting with my friends, Domaines B.Leroux, B.Clair and Comte Armand (26 wines, only 2018) This is the notes of the best (for us)
and some other with special impressions.

B. Leroux:

Clos Saint Denis 98-99

Vosne Malconsorts 97-98+

NSG Boudots 94-95

Clos de la Roche 93-94

Chassagne 1er Cru Abbaye Morgeot (White) 94-95

Vosne Romanée 91-92

Bruno Clair:

Clos Saint Jacques 99-100

Clos de Beze 98-99

Bonnes Mares 94-95

Gevrey Ch. 92-93 (top quality price)

Comte Armand:

1er cru Pommard Clos Epeneaux 97-98

1er cru Volnay Fremiets 92-93
  • watcheslover commented:

    2/22/22, 4:13 AM - Yes the name is correct but the price is very expensive. I bought a magnum for around 400 euros. It's up to you whether you really want to buy it

  • watcheslover commented:

    2/22/22, 10:32 PM - I don't know if you can find them and at what price, but in France, there are two magnificent Leroux wines with much better value for money, for 2018 and 2019.
    1) Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers
    2) Nuits St Georges 1er Crus Boudots
    Both are wonderful.

  • watcheslover commented:

    2/22/22, 10:41 PM - And if you absolutely want a Vosne 1er Cru, try Bruno Clavelier's 1er Cru "Aux Brulées" 2018, 19 and 20, it's sublime (his Combe d'Orveaux and his Cras too). In my humble opinion, a future star.

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2019 Forey Père et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Gaudichots Pinot Noir
12/14/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
95 points
The best ever made here
  • watcheslover commented:

    2/7/22, 12:41 AM - Hello, you're absolutely right and I'm not very happy with my way of writing but at the moment I don't really have a choice because I don't have time for descriptions or comparative notes . In 2021 alone I tasted over 7000 wines for my work and I have tons of files piling up on my desk. So I leave the descriptions and the emotions felt to the professional critics who are better than me for this exercise anyway and I content myself with giving purchase advice on very recent vintages (2018, 2019 and 2020) because they are often still for sale. It's less poetic but more useful. This does not prevent, if I am asked, that I can provide the notes of the wines "best ever made here" over several vintages.
    Feel free to do it but not too often.

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2019 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2021 - watcheslover wrote:
91 points
91-92
  • watcheslover commented:

    1/14/22, 12:53 AM - Hello LIOF,
    The problem with a lot of samples from 2019 is the Covid restrictions, many traveled badly and were tasted too fast or too badly. I am waiting to be able to taste it again because I have always had a love for this wine which is one of the most unfairly overlooked in relation to its quality and its price, especially since 2015. My colleague Ramonée Confit who tasted it recently gives it a note of 94, finds it excellent but not quite at the level of 2018 and 2020. See you soon

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2019 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/19/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Sorry to be a little proud of myself, but I can't resist putting you below the comments of the best critics of the great wines of the Rhône. Already in sample, I had sensed the exceptional quality of this wine. I just bought a few bottles before the price exploded.

99/100 B&D: "Absolutely grandiose. There are no words to describe the obviousness of its harmony. Between its almost perfect creaminess, the strength of its fruit, the excellence of its velvety tannin, everything is perfectly in place. Ten years of custody, it could bring us a few tears. What an emotion. Thrill guaranteed! "

98/100 RVF: "The 2019 red is certainly one of the finest in this vintage for the appellation. The wine presents rare grace and finesse over a sunny and high-grade year, and we can only salute the management of the texture and its overall harmony. "

98/100 Decanter: "Lively and floral nose. The tannins are extremely fine, almost imperceptible, but very present, giving the wine a solid base for a long aging. It is perfectly balanced, long and deep. Rich but luminous, very complete , pure and without excess. "
  • watcheslover commented:

    11/20/21, 9:01 AM - IMHO buy fast. In France, prices have already increased significantly

  • watcheslover commented:

    12/29/21, 11:39 PM - You can also try the double decanter "à la bordelaise", the day before you slowly empty the bottle and put the wine back in without the cork. It is airy for the first time. And you normally decant it 3-4 hours before drinking it. It should be ok. For the price, it is exploding everywhere. Sites like Wine searcher have indicated too low and false ratings from various French tasters (B&D, RVF ...) who are all between 98 and 100/100 for this wine. Now that this is starting to be corrected, the price of wine will soon rise again. Also try the Côtes Roties de Gangloff (if you can find any) and if you love the whites, Condrieu Coteau de Vernon 2019 from Vernay, and my last big favorite, Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre" 2020 which is still relatively easy to find and at an exceptional price (around 38 euros in France). Merry Beef Wellington

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/3/22, 11:16 PM - Happy to make you happy.
    I am in the process of putting together a perfect little cellar for my children when they are 20 and this is the only wine I have bought 12 bottles of with the fabulous Figeac 2019.
    If you want more advice, don't hesitate.
    Happy New Year everyone.

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/6/22, 10:45 PM - La Sereine Noire and La Barbarine too, are fabulous, for 2018 and 2019.
    Barbarine is easyer to find and cheapier

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/6/22, 11:04 PM - Yes, it is the only sport that costs more than it earns, especially at "Champions" level. LOL

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2018 Domaine Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
5/23/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
Yesterday a new tasting with my friends, Domaines B.Leroux, B.Clair and Comte Armand (26 wines, only 2018) This is the notes of the best (for us)
and some other with special impressions.

B. Leroux:

Clos Saint Denis 98-99

Vosne Malconsorts 97-98+

NSG Boudots 94-95

Clos de la Roche 93-94

Chassagne 1er Cru Abbaye Morgeot (White) 94-95

Vosne Romanée 91-92

Bruno Clair:

Clos Saint Jacques 99-100

Clos de Beze 98-99

Bonnes Mares 94-95

Gevrey Ch. 92-93 (top quality price)

Comte Armand:

1er cru Pommard Clos Epeneaux 97-98

1er cru Volnay Fremiets 92-93
  • watcheslover commented:

    12/3/21, 6:10 AM - Very good. And the last fabulous one to buy is the Chateauneuf du Pape Clos des Papes 2019, easy to find for the moment (only)

  • watcheslover commented:

    12/3/21, 6:28 AM - On the other hand, if I am sure that Bruno Clair's 2018 CSJ will be a fabulous wine to drink, I am not sure that it is a fabulous wine for the investment. If this is your priority, buy Clavelier, Leroux, Figeac (2019), Canon, Carmes H-B, Gangloff (2018-19), Clos des Papes (2019) and Petrolo Galatrona (2019).
    Merry Christmas

  • watcheslover commented:

    12/3/21, 10:20 PM - We are the same, I only buy wines to drink them but it's reassuring to know that we made the right choice when they double in price. I love the Tenuta Nuova but only know the 2012. I have a special love for the Sandrone Aleste (ex Cannubi Boschi) 2016 and for the greatest of all (in my humble opinion), the Pingus 2019.
    Yours truly.

  • watcheslover commented:

    12/3/21, 10:48 PM - And just to finish, we recently compared several vintages of Rayas, Beaucastel Hommage a J. Perrin, and Clos des Papes. The result:
    1st: Clos des Papes 2019 (79 euros / bt) for 4 out of 5 people
    2nd: Rayas 2010 (around 2000 euros / bt)
    3rd: Rayas 2012 (??? but expensive too)
    4th J. Perrin 2016 (400 euros / bt)
    No worries to have for this purchase!

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2019 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots Pinot Noir
9/11/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Incredible, I just saw that Jasper Morris gave his best Burgundy score of 2019 to these Reignots, even ahead of Romanée Conti !!! Finally someone who recognizes the true genius of this winegrower. And more, I am very proud of my palate. If I had a bottle, I would uncork it to celebrate.
Buy everything, even villages, before prices explode
  • watcheslover commented:

    9/11/21, 4:10 AM - Yes 100pt

  • watcheslover commented:

    12/2/21, 7:31 AM - It's good, I'm happy for you.
    If ever the simple Chambolle Musigny 2019 is not yet too expensive and it is great, full of aroma of truffles. Otherwise, try the Leroux and Clavelier estates which are also out of the ordinary (especially the 1er and Grands Crus) and which are still at human prices. For how long???

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2016 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Re-tasted yesterday, for me the best Figeac ever made just behind the future legend 2019 and better than 2018 and 2020
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 1:04 PM - Hi,
    Where do you live ?
    If you are lucky enough to go to Figeac, buy everything% O))).
    In order 2019, 2016, 2020, 2018 and 2015.
    Figeac is well in the lead to pass 1er cru "A" next year and see its price explode. Personally, it rather annoys me because I don't speculate and I will have to pay more for one of my 4 adored bordeaux.
    Well I'll leave you because Switzerland is beating France 1-0 and that is worth all the great vintages

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/29/21, 1:28 AM - If you have time, try to visit Carmes H-B, It's really beautifull (and taste the 2017) and if you need some adresses (visit, restaurant,...), you can ask to me.
    This evening, I will open my last Lafleur 2012 (I live in France but I'm Swiss). GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/30/21, 12:59 AM - Well, for restaurants, you know them better than I do: O)). There is also La Rotisserie ST-Michel and the Le Comptoir des Saveurs. For Rive Gauche tasting, try Chateau St-Pierre (St-Julien) which is a truly underestimated pearl or Haut-Bailly and its astonishing hanging garden.
    And for a top restaurant + visit and tasting, Cordeillan Bages is very good

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/30/21, 1:43 AM - For the Figeac 2016, my favorite way to drink this kind of wine is to open it the day before, decant it and put it back in the bottle without a cork. This is the first aeration. The next day, I decant around noon to drink in the evening. It is very effective with young wines

  • watcheslover commented:

    10/22/21, 2:00 PM - Nice

    If you can to do the same thing for Figeac 2019, you'll be the happiest man in the world

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2018 Domaine de L'Arlot Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/6/2021 - watcheslover wrote:
97 points
Re-tasted one year later, this wine is a jewel 97-98+
  • watcheslover commented:

    9/21/21, 12:27 AM - No, this wine is not to drink before 2030. This tasting was for my job.

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/21/21, 2:51 AM - the 2011 not younger. And please, remember NO decanting for the great Burgundy wines, especially the Cotes de Nuits. It was Dominique Laurent who taught me that. This damages the aromas of the wine. The best way is to simply remove the contents from the neck of the bottle (4-5 cm) and allow to air for 2 hours. If this is not enough, it is because the wine was not yet to be drunk

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2016 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Vaucluse Rouge Red Rhone Blend
5/23/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
re-tasted yesterday, simply incredible for a Rasteau
  • watcheslover commented:

    8/25/21, 11:36 PM - Hello,
    Of course I know it has been declassified. In addition, I live a few kilometers away. This is for a very good reason as they refused to comply with the regulations which required a minimum of 50% Grenache in wine. They prefer to make their personal blend which contains a lot of neglected grape varieties and all of them very interesting. They don't need to be called Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau because there is a line of buyers at their doorstep and there aren't enough wines for everyone. And for me, it's the best "IGP" in the whole region. And by far. If one day you stumble upon a 2007, you will understand everything.

  • watcheslover commented:

    8/26/21, 11:57 PM - In my opinion, those who say that the 2016 is too much of everything are not tasters but wine drinkers who do not understand what they are drinking. They hear about a wine and its great notes, buy it, open it and drink it expecting a fabulous experience, right away! They should be educated to understand that the ratings that are handed out are most often on the potential of a wine and not on its present drinkability. This does not only concern the Grands Bordeaux. 2016 is a fabulous year for the Côtes du Rhone (South), in my opinion the best of all with 2019. But it comes at a cost, it's called patience!
    Obviously some wines are over-extracted but this is obviously not the style of Gourt de Mautens. To see the potential of this kind of young wine, it suffices to keep 1 or 2 glasses in the bottle and to taste again 24 hours after and another 24 hours after. And there, if you feel a great emotion, you will know that it will be good, very good or really fabulous.
    The 2016 will be fabulous, but I will drink my rare bottles in 2030 and beyond.
    FYI, the best to drink now (in my humble opinion) are the 2007 and 2012. The 2013s are also great but have to wait another 2 or 3 years. 2014 and 2015 are to be forgotten in the cellar

  • watcheslover commented:

    9/10/21, 11:20 PM - Hello, the 2012 is one of my favorites (94/100). You can start drinking it, decant 1-2 hours before, and the price is right. In France it costs a minimum of 60 euros and it is worth them

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2019 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/27/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
I was incredibly lucky to be able to compare some great Saint-Emilion 2019 (samples) and 2018 (bottles). I don't have time to comment on everything below but the general opinion of the tasters is that it seems that, unlike Pomerol and Left Bank, the year 2019 may well be the better of the two. . Of course, it is too early for this advice to be final.
Well, not surprisingly and "at that time" Figeac 2019 dominated all the others for the majority of people present.
Here are the best notes. I will add others, soon, directly to the wines concerned, especially if my first "en primeur" notes have moved in one direction or the other.

1) Figeac 2019 100/100
2) Cheval Blanc 2018 99/100
3) Ausone 2018 98-99 / 100
4) Figeac 2018 97-98 / 100

And for information, we had fun giving a "gold palm" at the best value for money of the evening and it is the Larcis Ducasse 2019 which is on the podium (96-98 / 100)
  • watcheslover commented:

    8/27/21, 10:51 PM - Well done, you won't regret it. It is one of the greatest wines I have tasted in recent years with Lafleur 2018, Pingus 2019, Carmes HB 2020 (maybe a little early to say it?) And the fabulous Chateauneuf Clos des Papes 2019. In addition, it has a good chance of passing 1er Cru "A" next year.

  • watcheslover commented:

    8/29/21, 2:41 AM - Thank you for your confidence in my judgment. Don't hesitate to buy Larcis Ducasse, Malartic and Malescot 2019 as well, especially if you buy wines to drink them more than to invest. Though...

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2019 Domaine Duroché Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/24/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
FA-BU-LOUS, the best ever made here 99-100.

More comments soon
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/24/21, 11:48 PM - Hello tbm1956,
    I am sorry but I do not know the old vintages of Duroché. Moreover, for the recent ones, I have only tasted Clos de Beze and Lavaux St-Jacques. As I have very little time to write on Cellar Watch, I only put the ratings of my 2 favorite Beze (2017, 16, 15, 11 and 10 are all between 94 and 96/100). For Lavaux St-Jacques, I find them very good (2018 94/100 and 2019 95/100) but not at the same level as Clos St Jacques by Bruno Clair for example (2018 98-99 / 100). So in principle, I only comment on my favorites or great value for money and only very recent wines (2010-2020) and often not yet in bottle. Lately, I've had 2 real shocks, for the Clos des Papes 2019 red and Le Condrieu Coteau de Vernon (de Vernay) 2019. They will become legends (at low prices) in my humble opinion.

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2020 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Black and purple color. Very aromatic nose,! N, subtle, which has never evoked so much the Côte de Nuits, black fruits, cachou, liquorice, violet, all in delicacy and yet with depth. Ultra meticulous on the palate, with the silky texture that one would find in a great dry white wine, the wine caresses the palate with a noble touch and complex nuances. It stretches meticulously, deeply, on a grain of magical tannin and a lingering taste of black fruits mixed with flowers. Superb.
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/22/21, 10:55 AM - Well done Vladutz, finally someone who really reads the comments !! We bet, with my friend Watcheslover, that no one would notice. This is the 3rd time we've done it in 4 years and it's the 1st time someone has noticed it. Too funny!
    Other than that, I chose this review because it reflects 100% how I felt with this fabulous wine. I promise I won't do it again% o))

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 4:09 AM - Hello Best QPRT, if you want to make a really great deal, buy a lot of Larcis Ducasse 2019, it's somptuous (re-tasted yesterday) in the Chateau and several magnificent noises run here and there...
    I wanted to buy a lot, which is very rare for me, but I only got 6 bottles.

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 7:47 AM - You are quite right. My grades for last year on the 2019 are a little worse than the 2020. But I tasted it yesterday and in my opinion its quality has exploded in a year. Maybe the 2020 will do the same?

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/21, 4:29 AM - Hello, for wine investors, this is the letter I received a few days ago. This concerns the next reclassification of Saint-Emilion which will take place in 2022. When a chateau moves up to the next category, prices too. Think about it by focusing on the 2015-16-18-19-20 and why not the 2012-14-17? And please drink it as well.

    Chateau Figeac
    In 2012, Château Figeac came very close to achieving the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé category A. In order to achieve this in 2022, an investment of 15 million euros was launched by the de Manoncourt family and Frédéric Faye, its Managing Director. This investment will be unveiled to the public in 2021 and will be able to accommodate the harvest of September 2021. The envelope includes a 5,000 m2 cellar (compared to 1,200 m2 currently) with small vats making it possible to vinify in intra-plot, to have 2 cellars of breeding and a reception system to match the ambition of this castle. The dossier will also highlight the policy focused on quality and the environment, a new planting strategy, etc.
    The average ratings of the critics are constantly improving for Château Figeac (+ 0.34 per year). The average value per bottle has increased by 29% over 3 years, ie an increase of over 9.5% per year.

    Château Canon is the second Château to have caught our attention. The average ratings of critics keep increasing (+ 0.34 per year). The average price of bottles has increased by 26% over 3 years, or more than 8% per year.

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2020 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
98 points
Very great Figeac but a little step under the fabulous 2019
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/6/21, 4:27 AM - Hello, for wine investors, this is the letter I received a few days ago. This concerns the next reclassification of Saint-Emilion which will take place in 2022. When a chateau moves up to the next category, prices too. Think about it by focusing on the 2015-16-18-19-20 and why not the 2012-14-17? And please drink it as well.

    Chateau Figeac
    In 2012, Château Figeac came very close to achieving the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé category A. In order to achieve this in 2022, an investment of 15 million euros was launched by the de Manoncourt family and Frédéric Faye, its Managing Director. This investment will be unveiled to the public in 2021 and will be able to accommodate the harvest of September 2021. The envelope includes a 5,000 m2 cellar (compared to 1,200 m2 currently) with small vats making it possible to vinify in intra-plot, to have 2 cellars of breeding and a reception system to match the ambition of this castle. The dossier will also highlight the policy focused on quality and the environment, a new planting strategy, etc.
    The average ratings of the critics are constantly improving for Château Figeac (+ 0.34 per year). The average value per bottle has increased by 29% over 3 years, ie an increase of over 9.5% per year.

    Château Canon is the second Château to have caught our attention. The average ratings of critics keep increasing (+ 0.34 per year). The average price of bottles has increased by 26% over 3 years, or more than 8% per year.

Red
2016 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/5/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
Tasted yesterday for the first time. Very great Canon, for me better than the great 2015
  • watcheslover commented:

    7/5/21, 7:03 AM - Yes 48h before

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2020 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2021 - watcheslover wrote:
96 points
Oops, a thousand apologies, my comment below concerns the 2019, not the 2020 which is still a great wine (96-98)
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/29/21, 3:09 AM - Hello Rhone,

    Yes i want to delete but i don't how to do. Can you help me?

    Etes-vous du Rhône? Moi oui (84)

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2019 Château Larcis Ducasse St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/28/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
99 points
Nose oriented on notes of very ripe fruit, with a creamy side, evolving towards notes of liquorice. Spherical entry into the mouth, beautiful volume in the mouth with an irresistible tactile dimension.
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 6:13 AM - Hi,

    At the same price? Nothing

    More expensive but with a really good price: Canon, Carmes H_B, Calon Segur, Rauzan Segla (2018), Clos Fourtet, Valandraud, Haut-Bailly, and Figeac (from 2015)

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 6:38 AM - if you want to make a really great deal, buy a lot of Larcis Ducasse 2019, it's somptuous (re-tasted yesterday) in the Chateau and several magnificent noises run here and there...
    I wanted to buy a lot, which is very rare for me, but I only got 6 bottles.

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 7:11 AM - It is only my opinion but I am convinced that it is the wine that will gain the most in the coming months with the Figeac 2019 and the Carmes H_B 2020

Red
2020 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
Very great wine
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/23/21, 1:31 AM - Hello LiteItOnFire,
    To answer your questions, without hesitation I would choose the 2019 for the quality / price ratio, whether to drink great wines that are not too expensive or for investment. If it's just for drinking, 2017 is still the cheapest but it won't take much value because there are too many great vintages around. But for me the best of all remain the 2016s which are in my opinion in the trilogy of the most fabulous vintages of modern times (1961, 2005, 2016) and cheaper than 2018 and some 2020. I loved the prices of the firsts outputs of the 2020s (Cheval Blanc) with minimal and logical increases but the more we move forward the more it becomes crazy with increases of up to 50% (Palmer, Las Cases, Cos ...) and personally I find that unforgivable even if we put a special label for 50 years of this or 20 years of that. I think VCC will follow suit. I tasted it with La Conseillante, both are splendid but they will explode the prices of 2019 for sure. If you like this style, I advise you to jump on Clos Fourtet and Valandraud which are of the same quality at much lower prices and better investment plans in my opinion.
    For the modern flamboyant, I would also say 2019 because 2020 and magnificent but more on the freshness and the quality of the terroir (clay and limestone, Merlot and Cabernet Francs are the best this year).
    There you go

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/23/21, 2:05 AM - Try the Clos Fourtet 2020, you will love it.
    And if you want a big investment tip
    1) Figeac 2019 (FA-BU-LOUS)
    2) Canon 2020, 2019 and 2017
    3) Figeac 2020 (depending on the release price)
    Next year there will be the new classification of Saint-Emilion and these are the 2 most cited wines to move up the category)

    And don't forget the Carmes H-B 2017 incredibly underrated (like Calon Segur 2014)

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/23/21, 2:53 AM - For Valandraud, I think it is because it is less consistent in quality in the "little" years and often too expensive. In my opinion everything is top since 2018 and it is well in its place in 1st GC B. On the other hand, wines like Canon and Carmes HB have not stopped improving in quality, whatever the vintage, all this at price. wise. But the most important thing is, that they understood the climatic phenomenon before everyone else and adapted their wines to it, especially by increasing the portion of Cabernet Franc which supports heat better and brings back a lot of freshness. In my humble opinion, it is THE redeeming grape of the future in Bordeaux, if we don't want to end up planting Moroccan grape varieties or Chateauneuf du Pape.
    In my humble opinion these 2 wines are at least on par with the greatest 1er crûs of their appellation and will fade less quickly thanks to this freshness, especially for 2018 which has too much of everything.
    Lafleur is the largest of all and it contains around 50% CF. And Petrus has just planted it but it won't be in this wine for a long time

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/24/21, 3:55 AM - As far as "modern lush" is concerned, I admit that I don't quite understand these words, which for me rarely go well together (not like Michelle and ma belle, in any case). I think 2019 and especially 2018 are lush profiles "because they happened naturally, without much help from the winegrower and the sun gave them flamboyant fruit or even exaggerated jam for my taste (2018). 2020 for me is much more modern in the sense that they are more wines "de terroir" (classic) but with a big intervention of the great cellar masters, who managed to maintain the degrees, improved the containers (less oak new, bigger barrels, ceramic jars ...) for a result that is NOT ONLY on the fruit.The wines are more floral, more saline too.
    In short, I think it's the fight between finesse and power, European taste against American taste ?, some prefer the 2010 and 2016 (me too) and others the 2009 and 2018. Who is right? Each his own.
    Apart from that, I think (if I understood the words correctly) that the right banks are indeed "modern lushes" but not really the left banks.
    Finally, if you are interested in "cheaper but not very speculative" purchases, I advise you to buy 2012 in right bank (fabulous Petrus, Lafleur) including an almost free marvel, Le Clos l'Eglise to taste absolutely. And the 2014 left bank, especially the Saint Estephe and Pauillacs.
    And of course, all 2017.
    Yours truly

  • watcheslover commented:

    6/28/21, 4:12 AM - Hello LIOTF, if you want to make a really great deal, buy a lot of Larcis Ducasse 2019, it's somptuous (re-tasted yesterday) in the Chateau and several magnificent noises run here and there...
    I wanted to buy a lot, which is very rare for me, but I only got 6 bottles.

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2016 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Superb aromatic expression, very pure, with a lot of energy. The body is in tune. Slender, dynamic, with a mineral watermark of ultimate finesse. We are in the exact transcription of the terroir of Ausone. This is one of the main characteristics of this vintage: the most successful wines are the perfect transcription of their place, it is the essence of the terroir. No vintage effect = perfect reproduction of the genius of the place.
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/24/21, 3:12 AM - No, sorry. I haven't tasted a lot of Bordeaux this year because I am very busy with the fabulous 2019 of Bourgogne (and 2018 too) and Cotes du Rhone (white for the North and red for the South) They have been the greatest for very long time. (if you need advice ...)
    The Bordeaux that I really adored, in addition to those already mentioned, are Larcis Ducasse, L.Poyferré, SmithHL rouge, Saint-Pierre (St Julien), Chevalier blanc, Trotanoy and two gems at fabulous prices Laroque and Mazeyres (those there, I bought some)

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2019 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
98 points
Re-tasted after my first score (92), the wine (or me?) was in a bad day.

Incredible!!! One of the 3 best Saint-Emilion 2019 and certainly the best quality/price of all. The best ever. 97-99
  • watcheslover commented:

    1/23/21, 11:35 PM - Yes, it is rare that I buy bottles, this time I fell in love (70 euros exc tax).
    Since 2015, Troplong has moved to the next level and finally deserves its place of 1er Cru. My favorite Saint-Emilion for 2019:
    1 Figeac (for me the greatest wine of the year)
    2 cannon
    3 cheval blanc
    4 Troplong Mondot
    5 Larcis Ducasse (for its fabulous quality / price ratio)

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/24/21, 11:16 AM - similar or different of what???

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/24/21, 11:19 AM - similar or different of what?

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/24/21, 11:20 AM - similar or different of what?

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/24/21, 11:21 AM - similar or different of what?

  • watcheslover commented:

    1/24/21, 11:51 AM - I think it's far too early to tell but it will be a matter of taste anyway. In mine, I place 2016 above all and 2019 just behind because I am not a fan of Parker wines (wood soup), I favor finesse over power. I try to follow each year a panel of the few wines that I prefer to compare them each year with each other even if I have hardly any in my cellar. The Ca-Ca-Ca (Canon, Carmes H-B, Calon-Segur), Petrus, Lafleur, ...
    Well, I have to say that Lafleur, Petrus, and Calon Segur dominate everyone else in 2018 (along with the astounding Rauzan Segla), only Canon and Carmes H-B are that great in the 2 years. And in 2019 Figeac dominates everything.
    Finally, my personal taste goes more to Bourgognes, especially in 2018 which I imagine really exceptional. If you have the chance to come across wines from Benjamin Leroux (at the level of Leroy in my opinion), Arnoux-Lachaux, or the fabulous Clos Saint-Jacques from Bruno Clair, Buy, and buy !!!

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2019 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
96 points
Top quality but this year, i prefere Figeac, Canon and Larcis Ducasse
  • watcheslover commented:

    12/12/20, 11:59 PM - Hello boys,

    Yes for VCC (96=97) top quality for price (this year) same level than 2018 but a little step under 2015 and 2016.
    SHL not tasted but each vintage have a good quality for price. Nice wines to
    drink but not really for investment

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2016 L'if St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2019 - watcheslover wrote:
92 points
Indecent, like Le Pin. When we see the quality of wines such as Calon Segur, Pavia Macquin, Clos Fourtet, Brane Cantenac, ...., all much better and enormously cheaper, we prefer to remain wine drinkers rather than labels
  • watcheslover commented:

    2/23/19, 1:01 AM - 1) This is not an investment forum
    2) Unfortunately, there are too many people like you who are artificially driving up prices and preventing small budget fans from buying them. And always with the same excuse "It's not to make money, it's just to pay my bottles" !!! Very sad,no?
    3)Apart from that, my purpose was to say that if some wines have outrageous prices, they should at least have a quality above the rest. This is true for Petrus and Lafleur, Ausone, ... but not for Le Pin (have you already tasted their 2002, 2007, 2011 and even their 2005?) And even less L'If that is really uninteresting in its first vintages (2016 looks better).
    We did a tasting of 2012 right bank with friends and Le Pin was not even in the top 15 and wines like Clos l'Eglise easily exceeded it while they cost 40 times cheaper !!!!

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/2/20, 11:26 PM - No, I haven't tasted it again. My best friend who knows L'If very well tells me that all the vintages between 2015 and 2018 are equal, between 93 and 94 and the 2019 looks better 94-95. Apart from a few Bordeaux EP 2019, I have focused in recent months on the Burgundies 2018 and there, there are real treasures to cellar, at all prices (Bruno Clair, Benjamin Leroux, Arnoux Lachaux, Arlot, Arlaud ...) You can see my tasting notes. I think 2018 for Burgundies is as fantastic as 2016 for Bordeaux.
    Regards

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/3/20, 12:09 AM - You're Welcome!

    As for the Burgundies, if you are really interested, buy them very quickly, they come out these times and they are still at very attractive prices. To buy absolutely, these are all the wines of B. Leroux who is a little genius. He is considered to be the new Jayer de Bourgogne and perhaps well at the level of Leroy (his model) and DRC. It will become "Cult" and its prices soon too. Everything is very large and the apotheosis is his Clos Saint-Denis 2018. The other wine to look for absolutely (question of value for money and also top investment) is the Gevrey 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques 2018 from B. Clair ( released in September 2020, I believe.) and their Chambertin Clos de Beze.
    For me these are simply the 3 best Burgundy wines I have tasted for a very long time. And I have tasted a lot, believe me!
    And don't repeat it too much, I'm trying to find some for myself, lol.

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/3/20, 1:43 AM - You are very funny but I am not sure that you understand what I explained. There is nothing wrong with looking at whether it is a good investment when buying a wine. I do it too and it happened to me to have an urgent need for money and to resell bottles. What is not normal is to pump the entire market just to make money and therefore prevent real wine lovers (and drinkers), not wealthy, from achieving their dream. I know several people who have been able to get allocations at very good prices from prestigious producers in Burgundy against their promise on the honor of not reselling their wine. Well, the honor flew away with the wind ....
    Finally, it is not only wine that brings in a lot of money, you can also play on drinking water, cereals, gold mines, rare earths, CO2, ... And if some people can no longer afford to buy food or have to drink mercury from the river, it's not that bad, as long as it pays, huh?
    And finally, before you answer me that a wine drinker in need of bottles is not comparable to a family who is dying of hunger. I completely agree. There is only one thing in common. This is called solidarity.
    Kisses to your children.
    Liberty, Equality, FRATERNITY.

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/3/20, 2:35 AM - And it would have been very elegant if you defended your friends Jacques and Fiona at the time when I criticized them rather than responding with an investment theory. We can't think of everything.
    I'll leave you the last word, I don't like ping pong.
    Best regards

  • watcheslover commented:

    7/3/20, 8:23 AM - If you talk about Leroux ask him already if he can have one? There are many cuvées but all very reduced. Everything is top, red and white. Try to ask for the NSG 1er crû les Boudots which is not too rare. What country do you live in?
    And all this wine are to forget in your cellar!

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2019 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/7/2020 - watcheslover wrote:
99 points
Really beautifull 98-99
  • watcheslover commented:

    6/7/20, 8:32 AM - No, in Bordeaux inside the wine fields

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2014 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/18/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
Re-tasted yesterday with my friends. Intense and beautiful color. Intense, complex, deep nose with a note of ripe and fresh fruit. Full-bodied on the attack, suave and deep in development, with taste, body in the mid-palate and an unrolling with a refined touch, this wine rises in power to finish deep on a fine grain. Definitely 2014 is a better year than 2015 for the Saint-Estephe. 96-97
  • watcheslover commented:

    5/18/20, 6:34 AM - Hello, No the 2016 is better and great, just a little step under the fabulous 2018.

    1) 2018 100

    2) 2016 98-99

    3) 2014 96-97 (but the best quality price) and top to drink before 16 and 18 (with the actually delicious 2012 too)

    4) 2009 94-95

    5) 2010-2012-2015-2017 93-94

    6) 2011-2013 90-92

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2018 Benjamin Leroux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots Pinot Noir
4/29/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
Really great, taste like a Malconsorts
  • watcheslover commented:

    4/29/20, 4:31 PM - I'm not afraid that you'll be unhappy. That's a wonderful wine for a top quality/price. I have tasted it with 3 other friends and the scores was all between 95 and 97. If i remember Galloni give 94 but some months before.

    And if you can find it, try to buy the Clos Saint Denis 2018 (Leroux) for me it is one of the 3 or 4 best wines that i taste in my life. Good Luck

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2016 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
re-tasted again, simply perfect!!
  • watcheslover commented:

    4/25/20, 12:30 PM - Opened 24h before and decanted 6h before.
    Regards

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2012 Bouchard Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/5/2020 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
98 points
Incredible flavours, the best 2012 just after Faiveley
  • watcheslover commented:

    1/7/20, 12:55 AM - Hello,
    Yes you can drink it now but it will really better from 2022 to 2035 for more complexity. Now, you can open the bottle 2-3 hours before and a light decanting for 30 minutes.
    Regards

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2016 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/12/2018 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
100 points
Northern Médoc sweet spots: pricey and not so pricey (The Médoc): A clear case of a Super Second acting as first. This wine was bottled in September. It is a superlative wine with such refined tannins, and opulence on the mid palate never obvious, but gorgeously textured: the true incarnation in liquid of elegance. And it is not even complete yet, but rather approachable at this early stage. What makes it 100 points I suppose is the sheer length and and precise focus. Yes, you get pencil lead and fresh fruit, with a rather high tannic index of 82 IPT. The 13.6% alcohol is balanced by a fine 3.66 pH. That is to say, that the balance between acidity and richness is near perfect here. Blends 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. Great wine. 100 More info with pics and video: http://wine-chronicles.com/blog/northern-medoc-2016-bottle/
  • watcheslover commented:

    9/20/19, 1:16 AM - Why not a 2014, cheapier but really top

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2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/9/2019 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
96 points
Tasted @ bigger Bordeaux 2016 arrivage tasting.

One of the wines of the tasting for me... Super aromatic, perfumed and seductive... this is all class. Notes of new leather, pepper, sweet spices, dark berries, also some red berries, graphite, lead pencil, mint and crushed flowers. It's medium-full bodied, has medium-high tannin that is incredibly silky and pretty high acidity providing tension. Excellent finish with plenty of depth and freshness. An incredibly beautiful Carmes-Haut-Brion that is all class, silk and finesse. Too bad, it's so expensive now. (96+)
  • watcheslover commented:

    3/14/19, 12:27 PM - Yes the 2016 is great but too expensive. If you find,it buy the 2017, just a little less powerful and a little more fine.
    Grüsse

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2016 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
95 points
eautiful presentation on the nose, complex. Entry into soft mouth. Smooth mouth, melting, very greedy and pulpy character. Final of a beautiful persistence.
Superior rating possible
  • watcheslover commented:

    3/1/19, 12:59 AM - Sorry, I did not have the chance to taste the 2015 but my boss says that they are 2 very great wines of equal quality. He prefers the 2015 for the moment but it's probably because of this year more in the bottle

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2016 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
97 points
Spicy nose, beautiful aromatic density. Blueberry, black fruits, cedar. Superb mouth volume, of great freshness. Very beautiful wealth of constitution, final serous. It is a great, stylish, dynamic wine.
  • watcheslover commented:

    3/1/19, 12:43 AM - I work on the place de Bordeaux and my boss is constantly receiving samples

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2016 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
96 points
. The color is dark, the complex nose is deep, with floral and fruity aromas. With an ample body, silky, of a marvelous delicacy, almost at the levels of the fabulous Montrose and Calon Segur 2016
  • watcheslover commented:

    2/16/19, 3:19 PM - I work on the Place de Bordeaux and I have the opportunity to taste and re-sample before bottling.

  • watcheslover commented:

    2/16/19, 3:25 PM - Sorry,

    To taste and re-taste again the samples before bottling

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2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
De loin le meilleur millésime que j'ai degusté. Wahou
  • watcheslover commented:

    2/16/19, 3:14 PM - I open the bottle the day before, and after I put it in carafe at noon to drink at night. But it's better to wait a minimum of 2-3 years to enjoy 100%

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