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White
1/24/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Medium lemon. On the nose, ripe citrus, stone fruit, butter, vanilla, smoke, hint of nuts. Developing. Dry, med+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), med+ body, med+ finish. Rich but with a mineral streak to the palate and finish. Very good quality, excellent PQR. Drinking nicely now, but has the potential to age longer if you wish.
Red
1/22/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Still relatively youthful. Medium ruby with garnet rim. Bramble, black pepper, hint of menthol, some tertiary notes of leather and earth. Dry, med+ acidity, medium tannins, ripe and fine, med+ alcohol and body, med+ finish. Very good CR, drinking now but hold for tertiary development.
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White
1/14/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale lemon. Classic chablis on the nose - lemon rind, grapefruit, green apple, some stone fruit, hazelnuts, wet stone, smoke, toast. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium body and alcohol, palate similar to the nose - quite rich, medium+ finish. Very good quality chablis, close to outstanding, with potential for further development over next 5 years.
Red
1/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Pale garnet. Lifted dried red fruit, liquorice, violet, smoke, sous-bois. Fully developed. Dry, high acidity, med- tannins, medium alcohol and body, med+ finish. Very good quality Gevrey Chambertin, but this bottle was less convincing than previous ones. It took a long time to open out, and even then it wasn't as good as previous bottles. May perhaps have been because we drank it after an excellent 2000 Chateau Dauzac from Margaux.
Red
2000 Château Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Dark garnet. Pronounced fully developed nose - dried cassis, prune, violet, cedar, tobacco, clove, mushroom, smoke, earth. Savoury. Dry, medium acidity, medium soft tannins, med alcohol and body, long finish. Very good mature Margaux, drinking well now and unlikely to get any better, but has the structure and intensity of fruit to remain on a plateau for another 8-10 years.
Red
1/15/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
13 months on from the last bottle, continues to evolve, but really rather slowly. There is plenty of fruit and acidity to see what happens, but I do enjoy the balance of the primary fruit and the tertiary evolution as it is now. Giving it an extra point.

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.
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Red
1/15/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Medium garnet. Pronounced nose of dried bramble, cherry, black pepper, leather, meat, smoke. Fully Developed. Med+ acidity, med+ fine tannins, med+ body and alcohol, long finish. Outstanding mature Côte-Rôtie, at peak drinking, can be held, for a few more years, but there is no reason to do so - it won't develop further, and there is a lovely balance of fruit and tertiary flavours.
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White
1/15/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Pale lemon. Lemon curd, white blossom, nectarine, cream, smoke, hazelnuts, struck match. Developing. Dry, med+ acidity, med alcohol, med body, palate more pronounced, similar to the nose, nicely mineral, long finish. Very good village Puligny Montrachet. Continue to drink well but can be held for another couple of years, although I don't think it will develop further.
White - Sparkling
1/16/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Medium yellow. Medium (+) intensity aromas of baked apple, honey, brioche, hint of red fruit, citrus. Fully developed. Creamy mouse, off dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity flavours similar to the nose. Long finish.
Very good champagne, drinking very well now, great complexity from the extended time on lees (3 years+). This bottle disgorged in late 2017 according to the stamp, so probably based on 2012 or 13 vintage, and benefiting from 4+ additional years in the bottle post disgorgement. 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot noir, 10% Pinot Meunier.
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Red
2010 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Dark tawny. Plum, prune, dried cassis, smoke, cedar, clove, tobacco, earth. Fully developed. Medium acidity, fine tannins, a little drying, med body, med+ finish. Very savoury. Very good quality. Drink now, not suitable for further ageing, although still has the structure to last a couple of years.
White
1/12/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale lemon. Med+ intensity nose - lemon, tangerine, stone fruit, butter, vanilla, smoke, hazelnut, gunshot, flint. Developing. Med+ acidity, med+ alcohol (13.5%) and body, med+ finish. Very moorish, with acidity nicely balancing the fruit. Can be drunk now but suitable for further ageing. Very good quality.
Red
1/7/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Similar to previous note. Tannins a bit more evident - really needs time to soften. But very good quality and structure to age well.

Pale ruby - still very youthful. On the nose, red and dark berries, violets, smoke, clove, sous-bois. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, med+ fine, chalky tannins, med body and alcohol. Med finish, a little drying.
White
12/19/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Remains similar to previous bottles, but starting to fade a little, and the acidity less pronounced. Definitely time to drink up.

Pale lemon. Clean nose, white blossom, herbal notes, lemon, grapefruit, white pepper, hazelnuts. Developing.
Dry palate, medium+ fresh acidity, medium alcohol and body, grapefruit and green herbs evident on the palate, quite creamy but mineral too, long finish.
Red
1/2/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Medium garnet colour. Medium (+) intensity pure fruit aromas - bramble, plum, prune, black pepper, herbs, vanilla, smoke, chocolate. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium ripe and fine tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, pronounced pure fruit, very spicy - liquorice, black pepper. Long finish. Can be drunk now but suitable for further ageing. Outstanding.
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Red
1/1/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Dried bramble, plum, some red fruit, black pepper, black olive tapenade, leather, game, cloves, floral notes. Fully developed. Dry palate, medium acidity, medium chalky tannins, med body and alcohol, med+ finish. Palate similar to the nose. Lacks concentration but still very good quality.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Medium lemon. Baked apple, lemon curd, brioche, hint of raspberry. Off dry, high acidity, fine persistent mousse, med + finish. Equals most NV champagnes.
Red
2004 Urbina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
12/31/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Dried red fruit - figs, cherries. Subtle oak - smoke, vanilla, clove. Floral notes, violets. Leather, tobacco, and earth. Full developed. Dry, medium acidity, medium fine tannins, med+ alcohol and body. Med+ finish but slightly drying. Excellwnt mature gran riserva Rioja.
Red
12/29/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Significantly more developed since the last bottle two years ago.

Deep garnet. Dried cassis, bramble, prune, fig. Smoke, cedar, earth, tobacco, leather. Fully developed. Dry palate, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) fine tannins, ripe, med alcohol and medium + body, pronounced flavours similar to the nose, medium (+) finish. Very good quality, now at plateau and drinking perfectly. Has the structure to last for several more years but limited upside from here.
Red
12/27/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Pure black and red fruit, toasty, smoky oak, vanilla, liquorice, a little sous-bois, hint of garrigue herbs. Developing. Ripe tannins, noticeable but balanced by the fruit. 14% alcohol well integrated. Mix of Syrah and Grenache. Incredible PQR at €7.50 direct from this excellent cooperative.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Med lemon. Fully developed nose, baked apple, lemon zest, brioche, nuts. Off-dry, high acidity, medium alcohol and med+ body, quite rich, creamy mouse, medium (+) finish. Very good quality, interesting balance of high acidity (no Malo) and oak fermentation for body. Excellent PQR.
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Red
2002 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
93 points
Last two bottles of case of 6 bought in 2005 for around €25 per bottle - what a bargain! Fully developed but no decline either. The fruit and acid/tannin structure remain in balance, and the concentration and complexity are pronounced. Outstanding wine, despite the supposedly average vintage. Drink now or hold for the next five years.

Clear and medium garnet in colour. Pronounced nose - cooked and dried dark fruit - blackcurrant, plum, prune, oak - cedar, clove, tertiary - earth, leather, cigar box. Fully developed. Dry palate, high acidity, high fine tannins, med alcohol, medium body, med+ intensity flavours of blackcurrant, prune, earth, smoke, spice, a little green blackcurrant leaf. Long finish.
White
12/25/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Pale lemon. Pronounced intensity, ripe citrus, stone fruit, struck match, wet stones, vanilla, butter, hazelnuts. Developing. Dry, medium + acidity, medium alcohol and body, very mineral palate, long finish. Outstanding quality. Can be drunk now, but suitable for further ageing. Continues to drink really well and at its plateau - no significant development over past 12 months.
White
12/22/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Pale lemon. Rich nose, ripe stone fruit, tropical hints, butter, caramel, vanilla, smoke, hazelnut. Developing. Dry, medium acidity, full body and medium+ alcohol, med+ finish. Very good quality, well made, classic mâconnais burgundy, sunny, rich but still with some freshness. Drink in next couple of years - unlikely to develop substantially.
Red
12/20/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Deep Ruby. Primarily dark ripe fruit on the nose, vanilla, smoke, pepper, leather, hint of soy sauce. Developing. Dry, med acidity, med+ ripe tannins, full body, med+ alcohol (14%), med+ finish. Very good quality Northern Rhone syrah, well made, drinking well now but has structure to develop further.
Red
12/22/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale garnet
Clean nose, lots of dried red fruits, cranberries, red currants, strawberries, violets, forest floor, mushroom. Developing.
Dry, high acidity, low fine tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), medium body, long finish.
Very good quality Pinot noir, still developing in flavour profile but not sure it will improve further. Alcohol is slightly more evident and balance isn’t as good as it was, but I’m more sensitive to high alcohol wines now.
White - Sparkling
12/17/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Little to add to my previous note, which was for a bottle from the same batch. Very much enjoyed to celebrate end of term.

Medium lemon. Pronounced nose - baked red apple, hint of cherry fruit, cooked lemon, toast, brioche, hazelnuts. Fully developed. Dry palate, high acidity, fine mouse, med alcohol and body, med+ intensity flavours, med+ finish. Very good quality NV champagne. Very distinctive, typical Bollinger.
Based on cork, disgorged in January 2018. Based on label, labelled in Jan 2019. Base vintage probably 2014 or 15. Has definitely benefited from a couple of years since disgorgement.
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White
12/11/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Similar note to last tasting in April 2020. This is drinking nicely but isn’t getting any better. I’d suggest drinking up sooner rather than later.

Pale lemon. Medium + intensity nose of ripe fruit - candied lemon, yellow apple, honey, nuts, white blossom, hint of smoke. Developing. Fresh acidity balances the fruit, but it is quite rich on the palate. Medium+ finish. Mature chablis drinking very well now.
White
12/19/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Medium lemon. Pronounced nose - tropical fruit - pineapple, dried mango, some citrus - tangerine?, baked apple, butter, toffee, vanilla. Developing. Dry, medium acidity, high alcohol (14.5%) but well integrated, full body, rich palate, medium finish. Not my preferred style of chardonnay, but well made, and good quality. No hurry to drink, but not convinced it will develop any further.
Red
12/11/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Very good nature Gevrey Chambertin - red and dark dried fruit, liquorice, spice, sous-bois, smoke. High acidity, medium fine tannins, medium+ finish. Drinking well now and unlikely to evolve significantly, but will hold for another 5 years or so.
Red
12/15/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Ripe and dried dark fruit - cherries, brambles, some red fruit too (more evident on the palate), spice, smoke, vanilla, cloves, forest floor. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium fine tannins, slightly drying, med+ alcohol, med body, long finish. Oak and alcohol evident but well balanced by the fruit, with a nice mix of primary, tertiary and secondary flavours and aromas. Very good NZ Pinot. Some development over past 18 months but can develop further - I’ll save my last bottle for a couple of years and see what happens.
Red
11/8/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Pale ruby, youthful appearance. Red fruits - cherry, raspberry, rose petal, chocolate, tar, tea. Developing. Dry, fine grippy medium+ tannins, med+ alcohol and body, long finish, slightly drying. Palate similar to the nose. Outstanding quality - everything in balance, intensity of flavours and aromas, classic, elegant Barberesco. Still very early in its development, lacking notable tertiary development as yet. Highly recommended as other notes suggest. Really looking forward to seeing how this develops over the coming years.
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Red
10/30/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Pale garnet. Red cherries, forest floor, Chinese tea, smoke, chocolate. Developing. High acidity, medium fine and supple tannins, med body and alcohol, long finish, fruit more dominant on the palate. Very good burgundy, can be drink now but ha the structure and fruit to continue to develop.
Red
10/17/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Somewhat disappointing at the moment. The nose suggests much better than the palate delivers. Similar to previous notes but I’m not seeing any real improvement yet. Fruit is sharp and a almost a bit sour. I’m going to try ans forget about this for a while and see what happens.
White
10/15/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Back on form for this final bottle of 6. Acidity and sweetness I’m balance and excellent concentration. Still recommend to drink now.

Medium gold. Pronounced aromas of dried apricots, cooked lemon, honeycomb, honeysuckle, petrol, ginger, saffron. Fully developed. Medium dry, high acidity, low alcohol, medium body, medium + flavours similar to the nose. Long finish. Very good. Not suitable for further ageing.
Red
2003 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/9/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Dark garnet. Pronounced tertiary aromas - dried cassis and cherry, prune, cedar, tobacco, smoke, hint of menthol, earth. Fully developed. Dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine, chalky tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), full body, long finish, although slight hole in the mid palate. Very good quality, fully mature Bordeaux, elegant, well balanced, shows the benefit of St Estephe in hot vintages.
Red
10/8/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale garnet, brown rim. Dried red fruit - plum, prune, strawberry, rose petal, smoke, tar. Fully developed. High acidity, tannins a little grippy but very fine, med+ alcohol, med body, long finish. Unlikely to develop further but on a long plateau. Very good quality.
Red
10/2/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Dark garnet. Pronounced nose and flavours. Cooked, ripe cassis, plum, menthol, cedar, clove, toast. Developing. Medium acidity, med+ fine , chalky tannins, high alcohols, full body. Long finish. It’s very good, in your face, Cabernet, but it lacks finesse for my palate. Structure and concentration for further development over the next 5 years.
Red
2005 Château Graves de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Dark garnet. Fully developed. Cooked black currant, prune, chocolate, smoke, cedar. Chalky tannins. Finishes slightly short and declines quickly with air. Delicious but time to drink up.
Red
9/30/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Medium garnet. Pronounced nose - blackberries, prunes, black pepper, smoke, leather. Developing. Medium + acidity, medium fine tannins, medium alcohol, med+ body, med+ finish, missing a little in the mid palate. Very good quality St Joseph, fine for another couple of years but don’t hesitate to drink now.
White
9/24/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Medium lemon. Pronounced aromas of white peach, tangerine, nuts, smoke, butter. Developing. High acidity, medium alcohol, rich palate, but mineral, long finish. This is really good.
Red
8/24/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Medium Garnet.
Clean nose, medium (+) intensity aromas of dried cassis, violet, vanilla, smoke, cedar, clove, truffle, earth, tobacco. Fully developed.
Dry palate, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), medium body, medium ripe tannins, medium (+) flavours, medium (+) finish.
Very elegant, fully developed now but no hurry to drink, should remain at this plateau for next 5 years at least.
Definitely improved compared to the last bottle drunk in 2017 when it was just approaching its drinking window. Surprised by some of the lower ratings but perhaps this is a question of style - this is all about elegance and finesse, not power.
Red
8/22/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Pale ruby. Clean medium intensity nose strawberry, red cherry, violets, floral notes, fresh earth, toast, smoke, hint of forest floor. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), medium fine tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, similar to the nose. Medium+ finish.
Very good quality Village Chambolle. Drinking well now but has the structure and concentration to continue to develop. Starting now to develop greater tertiary complexity in comparison with previous bottles.
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Red
7/15/2021 - Andrewbdc Likes this wine:
92 points
Garnet although still quite ruby. Pronounced aromas of ripe dark cherry, wild strawberry, violet, liquorice, smoke, forest floor, pepper. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, medium fine tannins, medium alcohol, medium + body, really quite rich, pronounced flavours similar to the nose, medium + finish. Outstanding quality. Suitable for drinking now but can age further.
Red
7/10/2021 - Andrewbdc Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium garnet. Lovely nose of primary and tertiary - red fruit (red cherry, plum), spice, sous-bois, rose petal, liquorice, chocolate, smoke. Developing. Dry, med+ acidity, med alcohol (13%) and body, med- tannins, soft and supple, long finish. For a supposed village cuvee, this is amazing. Has the potential to develop further but will be hard to keep my hands off the other 5 bottles, its drinking so well now. Great QPR at en primeur.
White
6/1/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Pale lemon. Citrus, apple, honey, smoke, hazelnut, honeysuckle. Developing. Dry, high acidity, med alcohol and body, med+ finish. From half bottle. Very good 1er Cru chablis, perhaps lacking a little edge, but unmistakable and good value.
Red
2010 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/1/2021 - Andrewbdc Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium garnet/brick - ripe summer fruit pudding, spices, prunes, dried figues, smoke, earth. Developing. Med+ acidity, med- ripe tannins, med+ alcohol, full body, long finish. Half bottle, drinking very well now, nice balance of primary and tertiary, but still time ahead of it. Outstanding.
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Rosé
4/23/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Robe lumineuse aux reflets saumonés. Nez délicat avec des notes fruits rouges (groseille, framboise) et baies sauvages (arbouse des garrigues). Bouche sur la fraîcheur et la finesse. Attaque souple et ample, ponctuée d’une pointe de fraîcheur et d’un zest d’agrumes.
Red
4/2/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Red fruits, black pepper, leather and game, vintage, smoke. Developing. Dry palate, med + acidity, med alcohol and body, fine medium tannins. Very well integrated, fruit balanced by the acidity. Very good quality St Joseph drinking very well now.
Red
4/10/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
A particularly good bottle with more pronounced nose and palate, but complexity and structure very similar to previous note. Drink this year and next.
Red
4/10/2021 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Pale ruby - still very youthful. On the nose, red and dark berries, violets, smoke, clove, sous-bois. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, med+ fine, chalky tannins, med body and alcohol. Med finish, a little drying.
This is still very young and in early stages of Develoment. Does have the concentration and structure to develop further over next several years.
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