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White
1/28/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Medium yellow colour. White stone fruit, grapefruit, hazlenuts, caramel, honeycomb, toast, vanilla, smoke, hint of bruised apple. High acidity, med+ body, long finish. Fully developed - not suitable for further aging - in fact, wonder if there was a hint of premox? Reminds me of aged white Burgundy.
White
1/27/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Tangy citrus fruit - grapefruit and lime, tropical fruit, wet stones, but classic grassy edge too. Racy acidity alongside a creamy richness. Sits between Sancerre and Marlborough in style. So much more interesting than the standard NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
Red
1/26/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Last bottle of case. Drinking very well and has the structure to last sone time but won’t develop further.

Medium garnet. Dried cassis and plum fruit, raisins, alongside the oak (chocolate, coffee, vanilla) and tertiary aromas of smoke, spice, leather, tobacco leaf. Fully developed. Ripe, fine tannins perfectly integrated, the finish is long.
Red
1/26/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Classic Rioja style. Full bodied, red berries, leather, oak spice - vanilla, clove, smoke. Med tannins, high alcohol (14.5%) but we’ll integrated. Medium+ finish. The oak is noticeable but does not dominate with plenty of red berry fruit. Very smooth.
Red
1/23/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Remainder of bottle after several Coravin glasses taken out over past few months. We both love this wine - drinking very well but plenty of life left in it. Wish I had bought more.

Pale garnet. Cherry, raspberry, clove, sous-bois, liquorice, chocolate. Tannins are now quite soft and well integrated. Alcohol at 13% the same. Medium+ finish. Excellent PQR.
Red
1/18/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Bramble, cassis, cherries, earth, graphite, savoury notes. Some fresh acidity, grippy tannins, medium+ finish. Drinking very nicely. Good quality, interesting wine, good value at £16 from The Wine Society. Blend of Cabernet Franc, sagrantino, and kékfrankos.
Red
1/14/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale garnet. Nose is a little subdued but the palate brings out crunchy red fruits, sous-bois, tea leaves, violets. High acidity, the tannins are fine, noticeable but well integrated, together providing nice structure. This is fine and elegant Burgundy that is reaching an ideal point to drink, although it will develop additional complexity with more time in the bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/13/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
94 points
Dark copper colour. Pronounced nose - orange marmelade, dried apricot, raisin, tobacco, smoke, saffron, caramel, walnut. Fruit balanced by linear acidity, sweet but not at all cloying. Outstanding with plenty of life ahead.
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Red
2007 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
93 points
Medium garnet. Pronounced nose, fully developed. Dried cassis and plum, blackcurrant leaf, leather, tobacco, cedar, earth. Dry palate, fresh acidity, fine, chalky tannins, full body, savoury tertiary flavours dominate the palate, long finish. Fully mature, outstanding Bordeaux blend, drinking beautifully now, but on a long plateau for several years. Recommended.
Red
1/4/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Has filled out since last drunk two years ago. More depth, sone spice, sone dried fruit. I was wrong about tertiary development - better than expected. Pale ruby. Medium intensity nose of lifted red fruit - cherry and plum and redcurrant, violet, hint of tea leaf spice and aniseed. Developing. Dry, medium acidity, med- tannins, med body and alcohol. Med+ finish.
Red
1/4/2023 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Juicy, sweet red and dark fruit. Sone light spice from the oak, but it’s well integrated. Nice acidity and soft tannins round out the fruit. Dense, rich. Plenty of life ahead of it. Very good quality beaujolais cru.
White - Fortified
12/26/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Dark tawny amber. Slightly cloudy. Luscious sweetness but with fresh balancing acidity. Intense, complex nose and palate of dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots), walnuts, smoke, tea leaves, tobacco box. Fully developed. Long finish.
White
12/25/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Pale lemon colour. Med+ intensity nose - citrus, stone fruit, smoke, toast, hazelnut, butter. Developing. Dry, med acidity, med+ alcohol (13.5%), quite broad on the palate, med+ finish. Very good but lacks the finesse of a top wine.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Such great value champagne with lovely complexity and richness. Baked apples and pears, citrus peal, brioche, nuts, hint of smoke. Fully developed. High acidity, creamy mouse, long finish. Bought in late 2021 and has benefited from another year in bottle. But no hurry to drink.
Red
12/25/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
From magnum. Double decanted an hour in advance. Medium garnet with brick red rim. On the nose, dried cassis and bramble, black pepper, leather, game, black olive. Fully developed. Dry palate, fresh acidity, fine dusty tannins, med+ alcohol (13.5%) and body. Finish is long. Flavours similar to the nose - complex but not particularly concentrated, very savoury but with nice dried dark fruit. This is very good northern Rhone Syrah, drinking beautifully now, and for another couple of years - but I would not keep it longer than that.
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White
12/24/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Delicious new world Chardonnay that would give a good burgundy a rum for its money. Orchard fruits, stone fruit, some citrus smoke, cinnamon, nuts on the nose. Developing. On the palate, the fresh acidity balances the fruit, stone fruits a bit more to the fore, but clear mineral element. Has the fruit intensity and structure to develop for several more years. Excellent PQR.
Red
2010 Moulins de Citran Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Dried cassis, blackcurrant leaf, cedar, cedar, earth. Fully developed. Fine dusty tannins, medium body, medium finish. Mature Bordeaux, complex but quite light. Drink up. Good value from the Wine Society at £15.50 a bottle.
White
12/23/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Floral and citrus notes on the nose. But the real pleasure is the palate - broad yet mineral, with fresh acidity, nice lees character. Long finish. At £15.50 from the Wine Society, this represents great value.
White
12/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Medium lemon. Lemon curd, grapefruit, stone fruit, waxy paraffin, wet stones. Developing. High acidity, very grippy. Very mineral palate. Long finish. Excellent.
White - Sparkling
12/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Based on 2015 vintage, laid in chalk 2016, disgorged in 2019. Medium lemon colour. Creamy mouse. Baked apple, citrus peel, brioche, mushroom. Fully developed. High acidity and long finish. Outstanding NV champagne.
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Red
12/17/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Fine mature Bordeaux, drinking well now, but with a good few years ahead of it. Medium garnet colour. Medium+ intensity nose - cassis, cherry, chocolate, cinnamon, cedar, tobacco leaf, smoke. Fully developed. Dry palate, medium+ acidity balancing the alcohol and fruit, medium bodied, medium finish. Flavours on the palate similar to the nose - perhaps more dried fruit. Very enjoyable.
Red
12/11/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Fresh and dried cherries, raspberries, touch of vanilla and smoke from oak, some earthiness and forest floor. Developing. Nice balancing acidity to the fruit, medium alcohol, tannins fairly soft and fine now, medium finish. Very nice mature beaujolais, drinking well, with a few years ahead of it, but unlikely to improve.
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Red
11/26/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
Ripe and dried strawberries, leather, smoke, cinnamon spice. Fully developed. Has some freshness despite the high alcohol, which is well integrated. Tannins still present and shorten the finish somewhat. Nicely mature classic southern Rhône.
Red
11/24/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Dark bramble fruit, black pepper, leather, smoke. Slightly grippy but fine tannins, med+ alcohol and body, med+ acidity, long finish.
Red
11/19/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium ruby, looks youthful for its age. Game, smoke, leather, forest fruits, chocolate, cigar box. Bright acidity, slightly drying fine tannins, medium body, high alcohol, but it’s well integrated, medium+ finish. Very mineral. Interesting, a bit wild, unusual.
White - Off-dry
9/26/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Similar to previous notes but starting to fade a little. Less intensity on nose and palate. Colour aging.

The wine is clear and pale gold in colour.
The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas of citrus (lemon, lime), floral (white blossom), stone fruit (peach), other (mineral, wet stones), tertiary (honey, petrol, beeswax, saffron). The wine is fully developed.
The palate is medium sweet with high acidity, low alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavours of lemon, lime, honey, petrol, white blossom, ginger. The finish is medium (+).
Very good quality. Drink now, not suitable for further ageing.
Red
9/9/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Medium garnet. Dried cassis and plum fruit alongside the oak and tertiary aromas of vanilla, smoke, spice, leather, tobacco leaf. Fully developed. Ripe tannins perfectly integrated, coating the mouth beautifully, the finish is long - I can taste this a long time after tasting. Two bottles again in perfect condition from my en primeur order from the Wine Society. Drink now and over the next few years.
White
2020 Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc Vin de Pays de l'Hérault White Blend (view label images)
8/11/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Little to add to the previous notes - drinking beautifully with the focus on primary fruits and some oak, which is well integrated. Acidity, alcohol and fruit intensity all well-balanced. Little tertiary development for now but the interest is there. Personally I love this wine in its youth - others may prefer to wait.
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Red
7/15/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Continues to improve, developing greater tertiary complexity, with the acidity and oak now very well integrated and balancing the fruit, which is richer than I remember. Very good quality Village Chambolle.

Pale ruby. Clean medium+ intensity nose strawberry, red cherry, violets, floral notes, fresh earth, toast, smoke, forest floor. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), medium fine tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, similar to the nose. Medium+ finish.
White
7/15/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Little to add to previous note - drinking very well but there is no hurry. The acidity balances the fruit and there is some tertiary development. Will develop over coming five years.

Pale lemon. Medium intensity nose - lemon rind, grapefruit, green apple, stone fruit, hazelnuts, wet stone, smoke, toast. Developing. Dry, high acidity, medium body and palate, rich palate similar to the nose, medium+ finish.
Red
7/8/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Dark garnet. Pronounced nose. Blackberry, cassis, spice - pepper, liqourice, earth, smoke, chocolate. Developing. Med+ acidity, med fine tannins, well integrated, med+ alcohol (14%), full body. Long finish. Outstanding quality, can be drunk now but suitable for further ageing.
Red
2003 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/26/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Equally good as the last bottle. I decanted two bottles into a magnum decanter 90 minutes before drinking. Definitely on a plateau but holding up well. Keeping the last two bottles for daughters 21st in 2 years time.

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. Very good.
White
6/26/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Pale lemon. Lemon, wet stones, struck match, flint, hazelnut, smoke. Developing. Med+ acidity, quite taught on the palate - “mineral”, med+ finish. This is good but for me lacks the typical richness and butter/cream I expect from a classic meursault - more Puligny Montrachet or even Chablis in style.
Red
6/24/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Pale garnet with wide tawny rim. Pronounced nose of dried cherries, raspberries, tar, rose petal, smoke, mushroom. Developing. Dry, med+ acidity, high, fine tannins, med+ alcohol, med body, med+ finish. Palate similar to the nose. Very good quality. Still developing Barolo that is drinking well but has the structure and fruit to develop for several more years. Tannins still very evident but fine.
White - Off-dry
6/11/2022 - Andrewbdc Likes this wine:
93 points
Five years since I last wrote a note on this wine, and it is still drinking beautifully, more evolved now with kerosene and nutiness a bit more to the fore, but still with citrus fruit and a beautiful fitness. Can probably last another couple of years, but probably not much longer.

The wine is clear and medium lemon in colour.
The nose is clean with pronounced intensity aromas of citrus (lemon zest), stone fruit (peach, apricot), floral (violets, white blossom, acacia), tertiary development (petrol, beeswax), and mineral wet stones. The wine is developing.
The palate is medium sweet with high acidity, low alcohol, medium (-) body, pronounced intensity flavours of lemon zest, apricots, acacia, petrol, honey. The finish is long.
The wine is outstanding quality.
The wine is not suitable for further ageing and should be drunk in the next couple of years
White
5/28/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Last bottle of the case. Pale lemon. Medium + intensity nose of ripe fruit - candied lemon, yellow apple, honey, nuts, white blossom, hint of smoke. Fully developed. Fresh acidity balances the fruit, but it is quite rich on the palate. Medium+ finish. Mature chablis drinking very well now.
Red
2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/11/2022 - Andrewbdc Likes this wine:
90 points
Similar to last bottle, at a drinking plateau and unlikely to develop further. Not one for the long haul, but still lovely - I so enjoy this wine. Medium garnet. Pronounced nose - ripe and baked cassis, dark cherry, plum, spice, honey, lavender, thyme, garrigue, earth. Developing. Dry, medium acidity, medium ripe tannins, med alcohol, full body, long finish.
White
6/11/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
This has evolved significantly since the last tasting 5 years ago. Tertiary flavours more to the fore, but still with some fruit. I wonder if it is starting to fade now. Suggest drinking up in next 2-3 years. Still, excellent Muscadet. I hope they use lighter bottles now.

Pale gold
Clean nose, medium intensity aromas - lemon, green apple, iodine, waxy, honey, nutty. Fully developed.
Dry palate, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, lots of extract, medium (+) intensity flavours, long finish.
Rosé
6/11/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
88 points
Strawberries and redcurrants, grapefruit, garrigue herbs, underpinned by medium+ acidity that keeps it all balanced. Medium finish. Good quality provencal rose
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Red
6/4/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
This was a disappointment after the previous bottles. I found this rather tart and unbalanced, with sour fruit rather than the sweeter red fruit I'd had before. I did wonder if it was the fact we drank it towards the end of the meal, after desert, but it was not better on the second day. Nothing obviously faulty with the wine, perhaps going through a less good phase.
White
6/4/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
94 points
Absolutely spectacular Riesling. Citrus fruit, kerosene, floral notes overlaying a massive structure and richness, high acidity, and an incredibly long finish. This is till developing and I wish in retrospect I had decanted it. Highly recommended. Can be kept till 2030 at least.
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White - Sparkling
5/28/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Same as previous note. Medium lemon. Baked apple, lemon curd, brioche, hint of raspberry. Off dry, high acidity, fine persistent mousse, med + finish. Equals most NV champagnes.
Red
5/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Medium garnet. Ethereal nose - dried dark cherries, plums, liquorice, dark tea, smoke, forest floor. Fully developed. Dry palate, high acidity, medium - fine tannins, medium alcohol and body, mineral palate with nice fruit layered on top, long finish. Most developed of the case so far, and I would say with limited upside. This was beautiful, but I wouldn't pay the prices now being asked for it - 10x more than when I bought it originally.
Red
2009 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
First of case of 6 magnums. No detailed notes, but this is starting to show well, still developing, but has nice complexity, good intensity, and the tannins are softening an integrating well. Well balanced wine that is at the start of a drinking window that I think can last 8-10 years from now.
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White
5/21/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
91 points
Final bottle from the case of 12. More evolved than last bottle - more nutty, but still with that great steely minerality. Drink by the end of 2023 - this is fully developed and unlikely to improve further.
Red
5/14/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Dried black fruit - bramble, plum, leather, game, olives, mushrooms. Fully developed. Dry palate, medium acidity, medium dusty tannins, quite elegant, lacks concentration to be outstanding, but this is fine mature côte rôtie. Definitely time to drink up.
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Red
4/29/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet. Cassis and plum, vanilla, smoke, spice, leather, tobacco leaf. Developing. Dry, medium acidity, medium ripe tannins, finishes perhaps a little short. Great QPR from the Wine Society. Surprised some others have suffered flawed bottles from them. This was bought en primeur and is in perfect condition.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/20/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
87 points
Medium amber. Pronounced nose. Dried apricot, orange marmalade, honeycomb, saffron, ginger, tobacco leaf, smoke. Developing. Luscious, med+ acidity, low alcohol, full body, long finish. Palate similar to the nose. This has improved immeasurably since the last bottle. Could develop further and there is no hurry, but this is drinking beautifully now.
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White
4/20/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
93 points
Back on form with this last bottle of the case.
Medium gold. Pronounced aromas of ripe citrus (mandarin) and tropical fruit, wet stones, honeysuckles, petrol. Developing. Dry palate, high acidity, medium (+) body, medium alcohol, rich, medium + flavours similar to the nose, very mineral, long finish. Outstanding Riesling, beautifully balance between acid and fruit concentration, complex and concentrated, long persistent finish. This is drinking beautifully, why wait?
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Red
4/19/2022 - Andrewbdc wrote:
89 points
Coravin sample. Pale ruby with garnet rim. Lifted dried red fruit - sour cherry and raspberry, tar, rose petal, hint of oak. Developing. Dry, high acidity, high fine and coating tannins, med+ body and alcohol, med+ finish. Very good quality. Can be drunk and enjoyed now but the tannins are very evident, but the fruit is very pure.
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