Tasting Notes for tbabes

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Red
1994 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Deep garnet, with an extroverted and complex bouquet, offering up scents of roasted herbs, plums, cassis, briar patch, fennel, and earth. Medium bodied, with a surprisingly opulent texture (given the vintage), good depth, and a long and focused finish. This would be great at 3 times the price I paid at auction!
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Red
9/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
From magnum, both bottles showed tremendously! A deep garnet core, with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Notes of blackberry, cassis, black truffle and briar patch; with airing, scents of cigar box emerged. Medium-bodied, with a round and velvety texture, great depth, layers of flavor, excellent delineation and grip on the long finish. Tasted a bit younger from magnum, but the 1996 Grand Puy Lacoste continues to be an amazing experience, for intellectuals and hedonists alike!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Notes of orange marmalade, candied peaches, white flowers, hints of brioche. Medium to full bodied, with a fleshy texture, good depth and complexity, and a long and focused finish
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Notes of candied apricots, peach, orange marmalade; full bodied, with a lush texture, but framed by good acidity. Long and complex finish.
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White - Sparkling
9/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Fresh and crisp, with notes of cut apples and croissant, with good acidity, a surprisingly round texture, and a long and well structured finish.
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Red
9/7/2019 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured, on the heels of a lovely 2000 GPL, which was substantially more open and ready for business. Still quite youthful, with primary notes of cassis, crushed stones, bramble, and hints of blackberry. Medium bodied, with good depth and grip, but still a bit reserved (stern) in terms of texture. I'll revisit in 2025!
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Red
9/7/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
The 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste is absolutely singing now, and for my tastes, seems to be approaching full maturity. An outgoing bouquet, offering up complex aromas of black truffle, cassis, crushed stones, forest floor; hints of campfire and cigar box. Medium bodied, with great depth, a velvety texture, impressive grip, and a long finish. If every $300+ wine I opened showed this well, I would be beyond happy!
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White - Sparkling
7/25/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Notes of cut apples, oyster, baked brioche, and hints of white flowers. Medium bodied, with a creamy texture, great depth and balance, with good structure and focus on the long finish.
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Red
7/25/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; opened about 45 minutes before service. A deep garnet core, with some bricking at the rim. An expressive bouquet, with notes of ripe plums, cassis, black truffle, roasted fennel, cigar box and forest floor. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a velvety texture, god depth + layers of flavor, and great precision and length.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
Simply amazing! Notes of honey, Crème brûlée, orange marmalade, toasted brioche, and candied white fruits. Lush and round on the palate, with a silky texture; great precision, depth and length on the finish.
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White
2010 Benjamin Leroux Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Notes of white flowers, apples, crushed stones, and lemon zest, a hint of butterscotch. Medium bodied, with a round texture, good lift and expansiveness, and a long and focused finish. Blew us all away!
Red
2005 Faiveley Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
A murky garnet core. Still quite young and primary, I won't open another bottle for 10 years. Notes of cherry, game meats, with hints forest floor. A ghastly match with the salmon!
White
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Notes of smoked white fruits and mineral on the nose. Great concentration of flavor, round texture, and impressive depth, with incredible precision on the long finish. Showing quite well right now, but surely this will age and improve for decades!
Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
I double decanted both bottles about four hours before service. Deep garnet with no sings of bricking; still a youthful appearance. A complex bouquet, offering up scents of ripe dark fruits, aged tobacco, and cigar box with hints of smoke and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, with a silky texture, good grip, and great depth of flavor; an amazing sense of expansiveness on the mid-palate. Thoroughly bested by the 1982 La Mission Haut Brion!
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White - Sparkling
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Another fine showing. Aromas of apple, pear, toasted brioche; hints of lime zest and almonds. Medium bodied, almost elegant on the palate, with great focus and precision on the long finish.
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White - Sparkling
7/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
I was shocked at well this bottle showed! Notes of crushed stones, orange zest, cut apples, and toast. Medium bodied, with great depth, focus and delineation; a long and refreshing finish.
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White - Sparkling
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Two bottles, with consistent notes. Aromas of crushed shells, chalky earth, ripe white fruits and brioche. Medium bodied, with great depth, focus and delineation; a long and refreshing finish.
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White
7/13/2019 - tbabes wrote:
99 points
A stone infused liquor of Chardonnay! Notes of crushed stones, fresh cut white flowers, Crème brûlée, with hints of orange zest. Lush on the palate, but with amazing delineation, focus and length.
Red
7/3/2019 - tbabes wrote:
99 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; bought as a future and stored in a cold cellar. Three hour slow ox. A very deep garnet with no bricking. Notes of cassis, plums, black truffle, with hints of olive, roasted herbs, and tobacco. Medium bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel, incredible delineation, great depth and balance, with an long and savory finish. What a joy to experience!
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White
7/3/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
I really enjoyed this young Corton Charlemagne! Youthful color, with notes of ripe white fruits, lime zest, crushed shells, white flowers, and subtle hints of vanilla bean. Medium bodied, with crisp acidity, good depth and balance, and a surprisingly lush texture. Greatly complemented and enhanced the food at a Bibou!
White - Sparkling
7/3/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
A delightful champagne that seems to be drinking well much sooner than many wine critics would suggest. Notes of crisp apples, brioche, white flowers and oyster. Medium bodied, with fantastic vibrancy and focus; round texture, great depth and balance, and a long finish.
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White
7/3/2019 - tbabes wrote:
91 points
Notes of ripe apricots, white flowers, creme brûlée, and hints of honey. Medium to full bodied, made in a very hedonistic and super ripe style, but with good focus and grip on the long finish.
Red
6/18/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; popped poured and consumed over the course of 3 hours. A deep garnet with no bricking. Notes of blackberry, cassis, crushed stones, and hints of spice box. Medium bodied, seamless, with good concentration, a silky texture, and good grip on the long finish. Much much better than a rather advanced bottle tasted a few weeks ago!
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Red
2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
Double decanted about 3 hours before service. A very dark purple core, turning towards deep garnet at the rim; no signs of age. Primary notes of crushed stones, scorched earth, briar patch, ripe dark fruits, and hints of tobacco. Medium bodied, so noble and regal on the palate, with great depth and freshness; the finish lasted well over a minute. First bottle from a case; this will probably outlive me, and is a monumental wine in the making!
Red
6/12/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
The cork was pristine; popped, poured and consumed over the course of three hours. Medium garnet, with notes of forest floor, mushroom, red fruits, roasted herbs. Medium bodied, savory, with good intensity and depth; tannins have melted away. Long finish.
Red
6/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; deep ruby color. Notes of ripe blackberry, plums, toasty oak, black cherry and spice box. Medium bodied, ripe and velvety tannins, great depth, balance and concentration. A long and focused finish. A great wine, but the 2012 is better!
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Red
6/8/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
Cork was pristine; double decanted about 3 hours before dinner. Purple core with no signs of age. Notes of ripe blackberry, campfire, crushed granite, and fresh cut flowers. Medium bodied, with ripe tannins, round texture, great concentration and depth; impeccable balance and focus on the breathtakingly long finish.
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Red
6/5/2019 - tbabes wrote:
89 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine. Pale to medium garnet; bricking at the rim. Notes of dried plums, aged tobacco, forest floor; hints of soy and mushroom. Medium bodied, soft tannins, fully mature. This bottle seemed considerably more advanced than a previous bottle consumed 6 months ago.
Red
5/17/2019 - tbabes wrote:
88 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. A far cry from a bottle that we consumed several months ago; with tired aromas and flavors. No signs of heat damage or poor storage, but this bottle was past its best.
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Red
1990 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - tbabes wrote:
87 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine. A medium garnet core, with bricking at the rim. Notes of stewed dark fruits, with hints of shoe polish...the volatile acidity was even more distracting on the palate. This bottle was senile and cracking up.
White
5/18/2019 - tbabes wrote:
flawed
Pre-moxed
Red
2000 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/18/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of 2 hours. A deep purple garnet color, with no bricking. A bit tight on the nose, reluctantly offering up notes of dried blackberry, dark chocolate, black truffle, scorched earth and hints of roasted fennel. Medium bodied, with ripe tannins, great tension and focus, and a long finish. In hindsight, I should have double decanted this, but I was short for time after the ‘90 troplomg mondot and ‘89 Pichon baron didn’t love up to expectations. Bags of life
White - Sparkling
5/12/2019 - tbabes wrote:
91 points
Deep gold in color, with notes of brioche, marmalade, ripe white fruits and hints of almonds. Still quite energetic on the palate, with a round texture and good balance. I found these hidden away in the back of my cellar, and figured they were over the hill; much to my delight, 5 of the 6 bottles were quite good!
Red
5/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; decanted about 30 minutes prior to service. A deep garnet core, with some hints of bricking. Notes of dried plums, cigar box, leather, and hints of black truffle. Medium bodied, with a bit less opulence on the mid-palate compared to more recent vintages, but good balance, depth and focus. This greatly exceeded my expectations, and was significantly better than bottles we consumed nearly 10 years ago!
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Red
5/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
The fill was base neck and the cork was stained all the way to the top; opened about 3 hours before service to slow ox. A medium garnet core with some bricking at the rim. Notes of forest floor, cigar box, mushroom and hints of cassis. Medium bodied, savory on the palate, with a classic texture, good depth, and a long finish. I've had better (perfect!) bottles of the '90 LLC, and it remains one of my absolute favorite wines for current consumption. That said, this is further data to support the "no great wines, just great bottles...especially as a wine approaches 30 years of age" maxim.
Red
5/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured; the bottle and cork were in excellent condition. Notes of violets, ripe plums, cassis and hints of campfire. Medium to full bodied, very ripe and hedonistic in style, but with good balance; a real crowd pleaser! I still prefer the '12.
Red
5/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind with the '90 GPL. Opened 2 hours before service, no decant. A deep ruby core, turning to garnet at the rim. Very ripe and modern on the nose, with notes of blackberry, cassis, black cherry, star anise; hints of lilly and tobacco. Medium to full bodied, with a lush and rich texture, amazing concentration, good depth, and a long and hedonistic finish.
Red
5/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; opened about 2 hours before service, but no decant. A deep garnet core with a hint of bricking a the rim. Notes of ripe plums, roasted fennel, earth, roasted fennel and black truffles. Medium bodied, with a silky texture, amazing balance, great concentration, and a long and classic finish.
White - Sparkling
5/7/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Drank along side the '06 DP, and the Blanc de Blancs is in a slightly better place, although both were magnificent. Notes of freshly cut apples, oyster, baked bread, and hints of white flowers. Medium bodied, with a creamy texture, great depth and balance, with good structure and focus on the long finish.
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White - Sparkling
5/7/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
I was surprised how well the '06 DP is showing right now; notes of crushed shells, chalky earth, ripe white fruits and toast. Medium bodied, with great depth, focus and delineation; a long and refreshing finish.
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Red
1994 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2019 - tbabes wrote:
96 points
Another pristine bottle; the fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. Deep garnet color, with notes of dried plums, roasted fennel, roasted game meats; hints of campfire and black truffle. Medium bodied, with great depth, savory mid-palate, ripe tannins, and beautiful precision on the long finish. I've enjoyed many bottles of the '94 Pontet Canet, but the quality of this bottle was startling. Best showing yet!
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White
4/30/2019 - tbabes wrote:
97 points
An immensely enjoyable wine, with notes of ripe white fruits, loamy earth, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied, with incredible depth, impressive concentration, and a long and focused finish. Seems to be drinking perfectly for my tastes, but has the stuffing and balance to last for another 5+ years.
Red
4/29/2019 - tbabes wrote:
90 points
Purchased as a future and stored since release in a cold cellar; double decanted about an hour before dinner. A deep garnet core; notes of high-toned red fruits, black truffle, tobacco, and hints of grilled beef. Medium bodied, with good acidity and structure, but missing that round velvety mouthfeel that is so apparent in the best vintages. Hoping that another 5 years brings some texture to this wine, but the acidity, which was quite noticeable in this bottle, concerns me.
Red
4/21/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; enjoyed over the course of two days. A dark purple-garnet core, turning to garnet at the rim; no bricking. Notes of dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, and spiced plums. Medium bodied, with good concentration, ripe tannins, and impressive focus + grip on the long finish.
Red
4/22/2019 - tbabes wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured; a dark purple core with no signs of age. Aromas of cooked and stewed black fruits, asphalt, mocha, and spice. Medium to full bodied, muddled on the mid-palate, with little in the way of precision. elegance or depth. The 2013 was much better.
Red
4/20/2019 - tbabes wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured; consumed over the course of dinner. This seems to have closed down and entered an awkward stage, as this bottle was reserved, clumsy, and rather four square, where bottles tasted the previous few years were sublime. Revisit in 2023.
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White
4/17/2019 - tbabes wrote:
93 points
Made in an unabashedly modern, hedonistic and full throttled style, with notes of tropical white fruits, crème anglaise and hints of crushed stones. The oak is just as apparent on the palate; full bodied, good concentration, and a high octane finish. I don’t particularly enjoy this style, but for those who do, it is well done.
Red
4/17/2019 - tbabes wrote:
94 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of dinner. Dark purple garnet core, turning to garnet at the rim; no amber. Notes of cedary cassis, cigar box, dried plums; hints of briar patch and black truffle. Medium bodied, with a velvety texture, good concentration and depth, beautiful balance, and a long and well delineated finish. My dining companions enjoyed the 2000 GPL as much as I did!
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Red
4/16/2019 - tbabes wrote:
89 points
The fill was into the neck and the cork was pristine; popped, poured and consumed over the course of the evening. Deep garnet core turning to blood red at the rim. A bit restrained on the nose, offering up notes of sous bois, graphite, plums and hints of tobacco. Medium bodied, high toned, and a bit stern on the palate; made in a classic style. Lacking a bit in terms of charm; definitely a wine to consume over a meal.
Red
4/8/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
The fill was well into the neck and the cork was pristine; decanted about 30 minutes before service. At first, rather high toned on the nose and palate, but with air things improved dramatically! Notes of dried plums, walnuts, roasted herbs, fennel and tobacco; hints of black truffle. Medium bodied, with a stern character that softened with air. Good delineation, balance and grip on the long finish. Definitely a wine to treasure over a meal, and fans of old school + classic Bordeaux will enjoy this immensely! Those with preferences for super ripe cabernet, a la Napa Valley or 2009 Bordeaux, will probably be disappointed. I loved it
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