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Red
2009 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/9/2020 - up4wine wrote:
92 points
Took 1st in '09 vs '10 tasting, although I preferred the Branaire-Ducru '09 and '10. Maybe my taste buds were off that night. I kept getting a "baby diaper" nose (not soiled) that dampened my enthusiasm. Plenty of fruit and balanced on the palate.
  • up4wine commented:

    1/17/20, 2:04 PM - Rollerball: Yes, blind tasting. Here is full result from tasting, in case you are interested.

    Rank Wine Appellation Current Cost
    1 2009 Chateau Malescot St. Exuprey Margaux $125
    2 2010 Chateau Malescot St. Exuprey Margaux $120
    3 2009 Chateau Branaire-Ducru St. Julien $100
    4 2010 Chateau Poujeaux Moulis en Medoc $45
    5 2009 Chateau Poujeaux Moulis en Medoc $45
    6 2010 Chateau Branaire-Ducru St. Julien $80
    6 2009 Clos Marsalette Pessac-Leognan $30
    8 2010 Clos Marsalette Pessac-Leognan $30

Red
2011 Jean-Michel Stephan Côte-Rôtie Syrah
1/25/2015 - up4wine wrote:
flawed
This was a seriously bad bottle. It may have been defective in some way, although it was not due to the cork. I have never had a bottle quite like this. It was harshly acidic, with intense pine needle/tar nose and palate. The finish was bitter. There was hint of nice fruit on the nose at first whiff, but shortly collapsed into a very dismal crappiness. Assuming this was not the intended outcome of the winemaker, I wonder what can cause this disaster in a wine coming from good grape stock. I had to pour most of it down the drain, which is really sad at $65/bottle.
  • up4wine commented:

    5/31/16, 9:54 PM - To M_arcon who commented on this note. I considered your input about not rating a bottle that must have been flawed. Therefore, I removed the rating and call it flawed.

Red
1999 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul Grenache
9/3/2014 - up4wine wrote:
89 points
My first trial with a pre-2004 CnP. I was hoping for something very special, and I think I got a very good wine, but a bit disappointing. Nothing was wrong with the age, but I don't think this wine had the right stuffing from the beginning. The nose was very pleasant showing it grenache and syrah bones. On the palate, it started with bright fruit and was particularly smooth, probably due to its age. However, the finish was the let down of this wine. Where I was expecting it to rise to a crescendo of syrah, it came in rather flat and metallic.
  • up4wine commented:

    10/24/14, 7:46 PM - Antipasto may well be correct in citing the blend as without syrah. I have to say I was speaking from taste and not from knowledge, and I am sometimes fooled by taste. At the same time, I did go to the Domaine's website and it lists the 2010 Cuvee de mon Aieul as 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. There was no specific information on the 1999 vintage.

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