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2013 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir
10/17/2020 - Andrewbdc wrote:
Continues to impress. Six months on from last bottle and just as good, with limited evolution, other than I found the tannins slightly softer.

Pale garnet. Beautiful nose - lifted red fruits - raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, violet, spice, forest floor, smoke. Developing. Fresh acidity, fine, ripe medium tannins. Many layers of flavour. Long finish. Drink now or hold. Outstanding village wine.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    10/21/20, 2:25 AM - Apologies, clearly not flawed, ticked that box in error!

2003 Château Segur de Cabanac St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2020 - Andrewbdc wrote:
Medium garnet. Fully developed. Baked cassis, prune, cedar, tobacco, earth. Very slight green note. Dry, fine medium tannins, med+ finish, slightly drying This is drinking beautifully and the structure balances the ripe fruit. St Estephe terroir clearly helped in this very hot year.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    4/23/20, 2:23 PM - Sorry @colinjude, I drank my last bottles of Domaine Andre Brunet some time ago. I visited and got them directly from the Domaine after a personal introduction, but I doubt his widow is still alive - she'd probably be into her 90's by now.

2000 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/21/2019 - Neecies Does not like this wine:
80 points
Fourth bottle opened of six purchased over a decade ago, and each has been identically crappy: no fruit, parched tannins, astringent finish. Every darned one. Though a few people have had good bottles, others here have filed similar reports so it's now safe to presume mine all came from a bad lot and the 'to do' at this point is feed the rest to the rhododendrons.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    11/24/19, 5:52 AM - I’ve been somewhat more generous with my notes on this wine over the years. However I do know where you are coming from. The 2000 is definitely old school. I worked for Bass PLC who still owned the Château at the time of this vintage. We weren’t putting in much investment and the style has evolved hugely since it was sold in the early 2000’s, almost certainly for the better, although I don’t think the new blend is what you would call a classic Margaux (very merlot denominated rather than Cabernet Sauvignon). I’ve still got a couple of bottles left that I’ve been holding on to see what happens. Sounds like I should probably drink them up.

2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/29/2017 - Andrewbdc wrote:
Final glasses after several corvine samples over 2 months. Absolutely no sign of any additional development or ageing. Very similar note to previous one:
Deep garnet colour.
Clean nose, pronounced flavours of dark fruit (cassis, damson), floral (violet), other (pencil lead), oak (smoke, clove), tertiary (cedar, cigar box), dried fruit (fig, prune).
Dry palate, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) tannins, fine, a little dry, medium (+) flavours of cassis, damson, violet, pencil lead, smoke, cedar, prune. Long finish.
Outstanding, classic St Julien, drinking very nicely now, but with a long life ahead - it has the concentration of fruit, the acidity and tannins to continue to develop further tertiary complexity.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    4/2/17, 1:29 PM - Good spot for the error - thanks. Note corrected! ��

2007 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
9/8/2015 - WetRock wrote:
Pre-moxing. This wasn't completely gone but there is clearly more oxidation than there should be for a wine this young. And it's not the nice gentle oxidation you notice with old wines. It's overt. There was enough left underneath that to see what it once was and could have been. Such a shame. How the wines of Burgundy still sell for such extravagant money while this sort of fraud is going on is beyond me.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    10/9/15, 12:25 PM - Premature oxidation clearly remains an issue for far too many Burgundy White wines, but I don't think you can descibe it as fraud. Producers know they need to address the issue, and any decent producer doesn't set out to deliberately produce a wine that will sufer from prem-ox. Hoping my bottles aren't simiarly effected. As to cost, Burgundy is expensive to produce (tiny parcels, high labour costs), and still is in high demand. Unlikely to change unless we stop buying it....

2003 Château Haut-Bages Libéral Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2015 - WineKnurd Likes this wine:
85 points
CT props to ANDREWBDC's 4/5/2015 note; it's been years since I did a full CMS eval on a wine but we are on the same wavelength here. I might respectfully suggest the alcohol is more med to med (-) but overall we agree that there just isn't enough acidity to put this into the upper echelon of 2003's (I prefer the 2003 Lynch-Moussas myself). It's definitely ripe and extracted, dare I say "Shiraz-like" in a bad Aussie accent? Some time in the decanter brings out some red fruit notes and a leathery tannic finish.

Style & Quality: B. Lower acidity and consequent lack of overall complexity and development bring the evaluation down to a B- but being 12 years old and drinking decently kicks it back up to a B.

Value: B. I got it for $40 at Total Wine (with the end of case discount) which seems to be a good value based on Wine Searcher but at this point I would spend that elsewhere in Bordeaux.

Overall: B.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    6/21/15, 2:12 PM - My alcohol rating was made with reference to the WSET diploma scale - medium (+) is typically 13.5-14% - although it obviously depends on taste rather than what the label says. I don't have any bottles left in my cellar to check with the Chateau claims is the abv. From memory, it tasted somewhat hotter than I would have expected for a medium alcohol wine. However, I'm happy to stand corrected. This wine was definitely drinking much better than when I tasted is previously, but the acidity is an issue, and I wouldn't wait much longer to drink up.

2009 Maison Albert Bichot Bourgogne Secret de Famille Pinot Noir
11/24/2011 - cliffkol wrote:
87 points
Thanksgiving from Lee and Allison. Medium bodied, slightly hot, fairly decent bourgogne
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    12/5/14, 1:44 PM - It's not a rhone wine, it's from Burgundy.

2011 Domaine de Mourchon Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
7/12/2014 - Andrewbdc wrote:
85 points
Clear, dark purple all the way to the rim. Clean nose, lots of dark fruit, with something else slightly out of place that I haven't been able to identify (that's not helpful, I know). Medium palate, simple, but nicely integrated, with decent acid backbone. Medium finish. Decent Cotes du Rhone - worth the extra compared to entry price bottles.
  • Andrewbdc commented:

    7/14/14, 12:09 PM - My wife and I decided that the unidentified smell was cherry brandy! Second day probably better than the first.

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