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2014 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2021 - Motz wrote:
94 points
Tasted over three days. My third experience with this wine; the last was three years ago.

A classy Pauillac! Spectacularly balanced on the first day, true to place, strikingly fresh, expansive and long.

The wine 'brought it' on the second day! Waves of balanced fruit, root vegetables, pepper garden, worn leather, tobacco (in all forms), gravel, cacao, espresso beans, mint, black earth, and more. The inflection-changing range and depth rivet the senses! Seamless, 13.5 abv enhances the experience.

Better integrated oak than expected. Indeed, it plays well with the worn leather and tobacco elements. It also aligns with the wine's impressive, terroir-driven substance.

It seems appropriate to comment on this understated vintage as well. Just as I did not understand the praise for 2009 and 2016, I did not understand the general disinterest in this more traditional, gripping, and brawny vintage. It is, make no mistake, far better than the vapid 2016 vintage, and so far, at least, a cut above the 2018 vintage. I was delighted for the pricing and am elated to have a good many bottles of various wines, which should age quite nicely through 2035, or so. Drink by 2038-2040.

I plan to hold my last bottle for a long while, and look for more bottles. Even at current pricing, this wine represents exceptional QPR. If the winemaker had applied slightly less oak treatment, even by 5 percent, this would be even better. Improvement seems likely. 94-95.

P.S. My 12,000th tasting note. What a wine journey!
  • Léognan commented:

    12/22/21, 6:24 AM - Thanks for the note! I am happy to have buyed a case of GPL 2014 in 2019 for 60% of the hyped 2016's price and to have subscribed some Magnums too. I agree with you that most 2014s are largely underestimated. Not bad for those who want to buy some more bottles...
    Cheers

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/13/2021 - Léognan Likes this wine:
94 points
Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac GGC 2003 13% alc.
P&P bei zunächst 14°, dann offene Flasche während 4 Stunden langsam auf 17° erwärmt
Farbe: warmes Bordeauxrot, fast ohne Alterstöne, ganz leichter Wasserrand
Nase: überaus zurückhaltend, auf réglisse, Cassis, Dörrpflaume
Gaumen: réglisse, Cassis, Amarenakirsche und Dörrpflaume, Partagas, Sattelleder, ganz leicht Stall und Waldboden, sehr gut eingebundene, aber durchaus noch merkbare Tannine, alles trägt in einen sehr langen Abgang auf Amarenakirsche, Sattelleder, Schwarzbrot und Lebkuchenwürze, auch etwas Steinmehl.
Die gut stützende Säure verspricht durchaus noch einige Jahre auf diesem Niveau. 93/94 Punkte (nichts von den so störenden Medizinalnoten der letzten Flasche im März 2020. Wunderbar zu Omelette mit frischen Steinpilzen, genauso wie zuvor Château Olivier blanc GCC Pessac-Léognan 2015 zur Crevettenvorspeise. Dieser PC 2003 ist nun wieder auf dem Niveau der Flaschen, die nach 2016 getrunken wurden, im idealen Trinkfenster, das noch 5 Jahre oder länger bleiben könnte. Allerdings - jahrgangstypisch? - nicht ganz Pauillac, aber sehr fein)
P.S. Den Wein würde ich nicht über 17/18° erwärmen. Am besten bei 17°
  • Léognan commented:

    12/8/21, 10:20 AM - Sattelleder ist ja ziemlich typisch für ältere Pauillac, fast unabdingbar. Stall und Waldboden (wie erwähnt 'ganz leicht') sind sehr dezent und überhaupt nicht störend, vielmehr wunderbar eingebunden, selbst für mich, der ich Tertiäraromen sonst nicht viel abgewinnen kann... Alles Geschmackssache, klar, aber für mich war dieser PC zumindest sehr nahe bei 95!

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2017 Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/27/2021 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
99 points
Perfection with the nose, finish and x-factor…however, the palate, overall, was exceptionally close to perfect. Blackberries, bay leaf, honeyed ham, plum sauce, baked garlic, fresh cherries and antique chest. The length and vibrancy are truly legendary with prose and structure, this lacks no reference. Astounding transparency and full of body, this goddess will age exceptionally well. Legendary. Silky tannins. Drink 2024 -.
  • Léognan commented:

    8/28/21, 9:04 AM - Thank you, Matt, for your note! The same day, I had the Petit Clos Apalta in the glass. Totally closed down! But now, one day later, the wine begins to open, at least for the nose. So, I am even more curious about how the Grand Vin will develop. I will not open my Magnums before 2027! Cheers!

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1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2021 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
I am not sure how this wine could get any better. Just a hair behind the legendary 1989, every sniff and sip is packed with aged Cuban cigars, smoke, campfire embers and perfectly ripe, spicy red and black currants. Refined, elegant, silky, fresh, vibrant, seamless and long, this has become incredibly expensive over the past few years. But if you have the money and you want to experience greatness in wine, this is about as good as it gets!
  • Léognan commented:

    8/28/21, 6:22 AM - Nice to see that your bottle, Jeff, of HB 1990 was miles better than mine some (6?) years ago. Thanks for your notes!

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2018 Château Haut-Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2021 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
95 points
Bordeaux 2018 from bottle (Bordeaux and Strasbourg): Tasted blind. I have always liked this wine and it again proves its appeal in 2018. This has certain graphite aromas, and the palate a more supple aspect, measured and balanced. Not as “fiery” as some preceding wines, not quite as dense as, say, the Baron, but oh so very balanced, well put well together, and suave is the word to use. After having aged 14 months in French oak barrels (60% new), this blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot reveals a fine tannic structure, but with polish. A classy Pauillac that seems very “Saint Julien”. Full notes in wine-chronicles.com
  • Léognan commented:

    5/4/21, 7:57 AM - Do you think, Panos, the wine has changed its style since he belonged to the Cazes family of Château Lynch Bages? The 2014, for example, was a very masculine Pauillac and therefore different from a more refined Saint-Julien, at least in my opinion.

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2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/28/2021 - englishman's claret wrote:
87 points
Fresh mixed berry, estery nose. A bit warm on the palate but matched by bright acid and a fullish palate. But a surprisingly clipped palate...
40% 1st wine, 53 CS / 35 M the balance PV and CF.
  • Léognan commented:

    5/4/21, 7:46 AM - The M-L 2015 has shut down since ~ one year. He was very open and spicy before and will reopen after approximately 4 to 5 years in my estimation. Actually, the '14 is better, even not yet on the top, sure.

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2018 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/10/2021 - Léognan Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent note as November 2020. A bit more classic, a bit less Wow. A good wine with high alcohol which makes the future of the wine somewhat uncertain.
  • Léognan commented:

    4/11/21, 8:48 AM - I am not so sure that modern built Saint-Esthèphes (as Meyney) are really for the very long term (certainly 5 to 15 years, but longer?). So, I will profite of the extremely good drinkability of this young Meyney. Cheers!

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2021 - dkwins Likes this wine:
91 points
Good, not great. Heavy sediment and appealing nose, but unremarkable. Drank the first glass an hour after decanting, but no improvement 3 hours later on the second glass.
  • Léognan commented:

    3/16/21, 5:55 AM - Best bottles around 2016! Since 2018 this wine is declining. Typical for this tropic year.

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2015 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/24/2020 - Motz wrote:
97 points
Split, tasted over two days.

Unpretentious luxury!

The bottle sang from the outset, offering a knee-weakening bouquet of all things floral, ripe forest berries (red, blue, and purple), berry liqueurs (including creme de cassis), mint, menthol, dark chocolate ganache, light roast coffee beans, drying tobacco, and evocative terroir.

Strikingly open-knit, and yet deeply substantive. Put differently, it tantalizes the senses now, and packs the substance to last for 30 years. Even more intriguing, the wine conveys seductively Queenly poise, perhaps shading burlesque.

Burgundy-like elements run deep here, offering particular impressions of Corton. Indeed, quite magical!

Technically: Juicy, expansively fleshy, featuring medium plus acid, ripe, medium to medium plus tannin, perfect oak treatment, and impeccable balance. Will it shut down? Who knows!? Drink or hold...through 2045. Off-the-chain QPR!
  • Léognan commented:

    12/25/20, 7:20 AM - Thanks for the note. Need to open one bottle soon, remaining still a case and a magnum afterwards...

  • Léognan commented:

    2/7/21, 8:41 AM - Seems to have closed down completely since Christmas!

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2016 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2021 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Another attempt to understand the hype surrounding this vintage: Take One.

Over two days, alongside the same vintage Lafon-Rochet.

Unsurprisingly, this features a loud bouquet of purple flowers and tart and sweet purple fruits and berries, notably blackberry, the signature fruit of this vintage in my experience. The bouquet also shows traditional Left Bank markers of pepper garden, roasted coffee beans, lit tobacco, graphite, and hints of mint. Oak, by no means over-the-top, but certainly somewhat heavy, also shows throughout. The signature bouquet element of most 2016 Left Bank offerings I have experienced is what I describe as blackberry cream, the cream being predominantly oak imparted.

The wine tastes exactly like it smells, with all elements rolling relentlessly forward on the attack and early middle...and then...nothing happens. Great vintage Left Bank Bordeaux should reveal its true character at the middle and back. That is, acid, tannin, and deep, terroir-driven substance should make their presence known at the middle, explode at the back, and hold form throughout the finish. Instead, this, like so many others in this vintage, only passes the flavorful, blackberry cream profile from attack to finish.

In most wines of this vintage that I have tasted, the winemaker's have used heavier than normal extraction techniques, which tends to enhance the bouquet, and can, to the uninitiated, masquerade as substance, particularly tannin. The downside of heavy extraction, of course, reveals itself as an astringent or chalky bite at the back. This wine also shows plenty of that.

No change on the second day, and overall, plain boring!

In sum, the bold aromas and flavors of 2016 Left Bank wines cannot be disputed. The presence of true substance, however, can, and should be. Loud bouquets and pronounced blackberry cream elements do not make Bordeaux great. Depth does.

This does not pack the substance to age beyond ten or twelve years from vintage date. For different reasons, I made the same call regarding the 2009 vintage, and in my experience, many of those wines have peaked or are peaking.

If fruity flavor matters more than substance, this will satisfy. A problem with pro-hyped, Left Bank vintage Bordeaux on account of flavor, is wallet thinning. Equal flavor can be had in many other wines from around the world for much lower prices of admission.

Parkerization be damned!
  • Léognan commented:

    1/27/21, 12:35 PM - Thank you, Motz! You said Meyney alongside with Lafon Rochet 2016! No significant difference between the two wines?
    And yes, the 2014 is developping very slowly, indeed he was almost undrinkable at the very beginning, amazing nose, but nearly unapproachable on the palate. Better now and even more in the future...

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2014 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/30/2020 - Motz wrote:
93 points
From a half, tasted on the first and third day!

Rustic, traditional, attention-grabbing Pauillac here! Nothing more, nothing less!

Very tight upon opening...almost a waste to drink...but not quite...as it still satisfied next to the blackberry cream special that is the 2016 Sénéjac.

The third day revealed a glorious wine! Generous, expansive, and long. So delicious! The structure and balance leave no doubt that this will age gracefully for at least another decade. Likely to improve. 93-94!

As with 2008, 2014 ranks among the most underrated Left Bank vintages of my (wine) lifetime. The grossly over-hyped, placeless, in some cases, soulless 2009 and 2016 vintages cannot hold a candle to either.
  • Léognan commented:

    12/27/20, 7:49 AM - Thank you, Motz, for your detailed comment of 2nd of June. I agree with you 90%, but not in your tendency to compare the 2009 and the 2016 millésime in Bordeaux. I agree with you concerning the fruityness of the 2009 (resulting into very well structured wines on the right bank, for example small Pomerols like Rouget, but often into disappointing wines on the left bank, as smaller Pauillacs, such as Haut Bages Libéral). But I do not agree with you that 2016 is similar to 2009. Overall, I think, that 2016 is much less characterized by fruityness than 2019 and, even more important, the degrees of alcohol are mostly much deeper than in 2016, so that, fortunately, the wines could age better in the manner of well structured millésimes in the 1980ies.
    Regarding that your comment was an appendix to your note of your end may's note concerning d'Armailhac 2014, I am tempted to open a bottle of mines this evening.
    Have a nice evening and cheers!

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2004 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/13/2020 - Philipp Biermann Likes this wine:
93 points
Wirkt noch top-frisch; herbe Nase: Schlehe, sogar Pflaume, Marzipan, Pfeffer, schwarze Johannisbeere, knackige Säure (?), Kokos. Toll im Mund, langer Abgang. Ein Wein der Lust auf Mehr macht, nicht fett sondern elegant.
  • Léognan commented:

    12/15/20, 8:23 AM - Bin gespannt, wie meine Flasche sich zeigt. Ich werde sie wohl nächstes Jahr, wenn ich wieder in Frankreich bin, öffnen. Danke für die Notiz!

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2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/17/2017 - Dj6544 wrote:
96 points
Still dark with a slight ruby rim. Ripe blackberries, bresaola, juniper, tobacco and a whiff of ethanol on the nose. Exquisite smoky, sweet blackberry with tea notes and a creamy texture, still reminds me of ice cream! Broad, complementary tannin across the palate and beautifully refreshing acidity. Extraordinary balance and a long, long rich finish. Still plush but has a lightness to it compared to a couple of years ago. Stunning. 96
  • Léognan commented:

    12/14/20, 12:11 PM - I agree with you that this LB is a wonderful wine for the underrated millésime 2002. Unfortunately, my 12 bottles are empty now. All of them were famous!

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2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2020 - shifter Likes this wine:
91 points
Decant to remove sediment. Followed over a couple of hours, but it started to open up rather quickly. Lovely floral nose with some black fruit. Very soft tannins. This is in a quality drinking window although I'm sure it has many years left and may continue to improve.
  • Léognan commented:

    12/14/20, 11:57 AM - Thanks for that comment! Are you sure that the wine has many years left? In my opinion, the wine has begun to decline. My 4th bottle some months ago was strangely alcoholic whereas the the first three bottles 2 to 4 years ago reached 92 to 94 points.

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2000 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/13/2020 - Wine Gombie Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted: 2 hours, could have been a bit longer, but not bad.

Color: A bangin’ opaque deep burgundy with a corona on the edge.

Nose: Blackberries, black currant, plum, prune, cherry, and raisin right off the bat and in my face. A smoke aroma leaning towards almost an ash was also pretty forward. There was a green pepper hanging out in the midpalate. As well as a buttery vanilla, loam, leather, spice, and a certain minerality on the back palette. We also noticed a nice earthiness, kind of a peatmoss mixed with terroir sense happening too. Not Dirty McDirtyness terroir, but enough dirtiness to balance out the fruit.

Taste: Cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, wet stone, and a fresh bouquet of flowering herbs just before the bolt. There is a certain velvetiness that dances around your mouth, that will envelope your palette with the long lusciousness of smooth fruit. The finish has a voluptuous, lush, silky, tannin that goes on and on. And ya know, within that nice long finish there were hints of tobacco smoke, cedar, and a pleasant tartness that makes you beg for more.

Final Thought: This is drinking pretty well right now, BUT, this still needs another 5 years or so to fully develop. Good thing we’ve got another bottle!!
  • Léognan commented:

    12/14/20, 11:51 AM - Thanks for that detailed note encouraging to taste my second bottle of this wine around Xmas/New Year.

Red
2009 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2013 - Axelpeter wrote:
100 points
20 (chap), one of best ever, elegant, fein..,
  • Léognan commented:

    12/4/20, 8:43 AM - Bin ja mal gespannt, ob auch der 2019er Clinet die sehr hohen Primeur-Benotungen bestätigt. Der wäre dann geradezu ein Schnäppchen!

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2014 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2020 - Motz wrote:
95 points
The same bottle Coravined in May, tasted over two days.

This just keeps improving, in part because of the exceptional terroir and in part because of substance this vintage offers. A vintage of power, not so much finesse. Also, while a fruit forward vintage, the great wines begin showcasing terroir after the baby fat recedes.

The wine conveys deep purple essences, with shades of crimson on the light side, and blue fruits (somewhat unique for Bordeaux) on the deep side. Harmonious blending. Juicy, gripping, bracing, and long. Nothing not to love here.

Of special note: LB appears to maintain the same oak treatment regimen from vintage to vintage. For this reason, suave vintages, such as 2015, are just too oaky, to the point of questioning whether the fruit will outlast the wood. This is not the case here. The oak takes a back seat to substance.

Not the equal of 2005 or 2010, yes...I left the overstated 2009 vintage out on purpose, but it does not lack for power or range. This bottle did not show any sign of overt reticence. The wine will likely reach a solid drinking window by 2030+ and hold for seven to ten years thereafter. 94-95.
  • Léognan commented:

    12/1/20, 11:50 AM - Hello! Very interesting conversation, indeed! In my opinion, 2014 is one of the most underrated millésimes in Bdx, more left than right bank. There are wines of an incredible good QPR: GPL, Meyney, DdC, Malartic-Lagraviere, Haut-Bailly. Some weeks ago, I bought GPL for less than 50$ per bottle. 2015 is better in some regions, above all right bank (Pomerol) and Margaux on the left. Here good QPR, inspite of the higher prices, but subscription prices were more than correct, for example Rauzan Segla for less than 80$ per bottle or DdC for less than 60$!

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2015 Château Nenin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2018 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
95 points
Terrific Pomerol and an under-the-radar chateau from the poshest part of the appellation. It was good right out of the gate but took it to a whole other level the next day. First day was mainly fruit and structure, both of them done in a classy fashion. The red-toned fruit is pure and rich while still having a sense of restraint and tannins keeping it in check - this is nothing like the slick, syrupy Gazin (another chateau on the plateau). The tannins are intense enough to give it some drying austerity, but they are still silken in texture. This is the type of refinement that can't be faked. Next day is when all the interesting flavors come out. The fruit turns darker and is complemented by enticing cocoa dust flavors along with metal shavings or something else vaguely mineral. It's a powerful wine, packs quite a punch, but that silken texture remains. Best I've ever had from Nenin - certainly the best in modern times. Nenin's wines tend to start out more anonymous and really show off the terroir with a bit of age - this one is already giving a preview (well, at least if you give it enough air) of what's to come.
  • Léognan commented:

    11/30/20, 9:55 AM - The Nénin 2015 is indeed a very good Pomerol, not so far from the much higher priced l'Évangile, Trotanoy or La Conseillante, in my opinion.

  • Léognan commented:

    11/30/20, 11:15 AM - The Nénin 2015 is indeed a very good Pomerol, not so far from the much higher priced l'Évangile, Trotanoy or La Conseillante, in my opinion.

  • Léognan commented:

    11/30/20, 11:16 AM - The Nénin 2015 is indeed a very good Pomerol, not so far from the much higher priced l'Évangile, Trotanoy or La Conseillante, in my opinion.

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2015 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2018 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
This is a gorgeous Pessac. Almost as classy as the Haut-Bailly, but very different in style. It opens with a big aromatic thwack of classic Pessac mesquite and tobacco, then the primary fruit takes over, the freshness of which is off the charts - this is what I'd imagine Bordeaux to taste like if someone gave it the semi-carbonic Lapierre Morgon treatment. Don't get me wrong, it's not glou-glou juicy, although it is very easy to drink. It's characterized by intensely fresh just-crushed berry fruit that practically transports you into standing knee-deep in the fermentation vat. I could close my eyes and easily imagine this as some kind of Burgundy on the basis of those berry fruit flavors, the refined tannins, and the general shape of it, which does have something very pinot noir-like about it albeit with ratcheted-up saturation of fruit. But the classic Domaine de Chevaliers have always had a feminine figure and this is very much in line with that, even if the super-clean, super-pure fruit expression gives it a modern flair.
  • Léognan commented:

    11/30/20, 10:02 AM - Thanks for that note! Would you open a bottle of this wine just now or could it have closed down since 2018?

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2016 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2019 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Incroyable vin au niveau du Montrose 2016 et un cran au dessus du Cos d'Estournel. D'ailleurs Jeff Lewe ne s'y est pas trompé ni Jacques Perrin (cavesa, Suisse) A noter que ces 2 dégustateurs ont gagnés les 2 premières places du concours Liv-Ex qui récompensait les professionnels donnant en primeurs les notes les plus proches des notes finales en bouteilles. Loin devant Neal Martin ou autre James Suckling. A mon avis, ceux qui donnent une note aux alentours de 95 à ce vin ont encore un peu de chemin à faire... De toute façon, à ce prix, il reste d'un rapport qualité prix fabuleux et cela, personne ne peut le contester
  • Léognan commented:

    11/29/20, 9:30 AM - Lucky to have a case in the cellar and so to be able to taste one bottle from time to time in the next years. Doesn't matter if 95+ or 100 points!

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2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/27/2020 - Léognan Likes this wine:
91 points
P&P aus dem Keller bei etwa 16/17°
1 3/4 Jahre später hat sich der Wein deutlich gemäßigt. Die Diskrepanz Nase-Gaumen hat sich gelegt und der Wein ist nun einfach ein sehr guter junger Saint-Estephe aus einem für diese Appellation sehr guten Jahr geworden, in einem modernen Sinn klassisch und durchaus mächtig: Lakritz, Cassis (von ganz wenig Kardamom überlagert), Zigarrenkiste, eher Zeder als Tabak. Tannin immer noch etwas rauh. Irgendwie schade für die Nase, dass dieses Geruchsmonster von damals, diese immense Weihrauchintensität Vergangenheit ist, tröstlich jedoch, dass das, was jetzt da ist, gut trinkbar sich gibt, mit Potenzial für mindestens 15 Jahre.
Ganz anders als der 15er dieses Frühjahr, weniger hedonistisch, und erst recht weniger bombastisch als der jüngst geöffnete und getrunkene 18er.
Jetzt muss ich wohl demnächst einmal an den 16er ran (nach den günstigen Notizen auf CT)...
Momentan 91 Punkte, mit Luft nach oben
Mit Luftzufuhr nach 2 Stunden auch schwarze Kirsche und etwas ebensolcher Pfeffer, mittellanger Abgang
  • Léognan commented:

    11/27/20, 11:46 AM - Thanks for the comments! Sure, that the wine is too young. But 1) I like them young, 2) I like to compare them in different stadiums, 3) remaining 15 bottles, I will have enough possibilities to taste the wine in its - hopefully - even better phases of aging... 4) Meyney seems to develop in direction of a more modern style. So, I had recently fantastic 2015 and 2018 and am tempted to open a bottle of the 2016.
    Cheers and meet you again on this platform.

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2016 Château Nenin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
J’avais envie de goûter une de mes bouteilles achetées en primeur.
Couleur prune presque noire.
Ouvert puis passé en carafe durant 1 heure.
Les arômes de cassis commencent à se livrer, puis épices, fleurs, violettes mais aucune senteur de truffes.
En bouche, il y a un gros mur de tanins (mûrs ;) mais on perçoit une belle complexité sous-jacente, de l’équilibre, de la finesse, une touche d’acidité, voire une légère astringence.
La seule chose qui manque à ce stade c’est la longueur.
Attendre. Joli potentiel.
  • Léognan commented:

    11/26/20, 11:46 AM - Le 2015 se boit actuellement avec beaucoup de plaisir ! Merci, d'ailleurs, de vos commentaires. Je les apprécie car souvent mon impression des vins est assez proche du vôtre.

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2002 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/21/2020 - wineforth Likes this wine:
93 points
4th bottle from a half case bought en primeur. Possibly the best 02 I’ve had alongside Palmer and better than Poyferre, Lynch-Bages, Rauzan-Ségla and Montrose. Lovely complex blackcurrant, leather, oak and anise. Later caramel and violets. Very good length and balance. Sweet blackcurrant fruit is lighterin this bottle. Reached its peak last year although there’s plenty of tannins and acidity for a long and interesting future if old claret is for you. Great result for a lesser vintage.
  • Léognan commented:

    11/21/20, 11:46 AM - Same impression of my 11 bottles from that underestimated millésime. Unfortunately, only one bottle remaining.

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2016 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/18/2020 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened last night and decanted for 24 hours. Very impressive purplish-ruby color. Excellent viscosity. Gorgeous nose just loaded with complex fruit aromas. Shows enormous promise. The promise follows right through onto the palate. Big wine, with strong tannins but tons of crushed berry fruit are well-apparent. This wine has it all: wonderful fruit, power, complexity, length, and personality. Easily the best Meyney I have ever had. It's drinkable (just barely) with a long decant, but clearly its best lies at least ten years down the road, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this last for at least three decades. The reality matches the hype. 5-14-17-9: 95/100.
  • Léognan commented:

    11/20/20, 5:58 AM - Thanks for the comment! I am happy to have 6 bottles of this wine, seems hard to beat the QPR for less than 40$ a bottle. The '18 Meyney is great too, very fruity actually and fantastic to drink in its youth just now.

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