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1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2022 - Jimaronson Likes this wine:
97 points
Mature wine with two minute finish. Sweet cherry fruit and elegant silk on the palet. Slight spice to make it interesting. I decanted it for an hour, but I think a pnp is also a good choice. The wine took on a little weight over the course of four hours. I would have preferred more fruit, but it’s maturity took over. It seems as though the fruit will fade more as time progresses so I would suggest drinking this wine over the next few years. The sooner you consume the more fruit.
  • commented:

    8/7/22, 4:13 AM - I took your advice on pnp. Great call. Lovely to see the development in glass. Drank over an hour with lamb, probably too fast but it was irresistible!

2008 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2021 - AllRed wrote:
97 points
Finishing up the last couple of ounces from last night’s bottle, which sat open overnight. Notes of burnt embers, red and black fruit and something decidedly floral in nature; rather feminine and pretty. There’s something herbal, perhaps along the lines of rosemary, lurking in the background. Flavors of macerated red berry fruit, black currant, herb, iron and tobacco. Long finish. Confirms that this needs a lot more than two hours. Check back in 2030+. 96 for Domino, 97 for me.
  • commented:

    1/31/22, 7:41 PM - Thanks for the note. It’s tempting me to crack open a bottle - I bought two cases when it was released. Your note on opening and decanting times are particularly helpful

2008 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2021 - aquacongas wrote:
97 points
I was suprised about the delicacy of this wine. Profound, primary aromas are dominating but with nice secondary notes. Elegant and powerful likewise. It is typical left bank but I thought 2000. At leat 10-15 years ahead but in a great drinking window. 97
  • commented:

    1/31/22, 7:38 PM - Thank you for your tasting note, it’s inspiring me to crack open a bottle - I am sitting on two cases which were bought en primeur

1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/17/2022 - wrote:
88 points
Opened an hour before pouring. Drank over three hours. Limited expression on the nose. Palate initially deep dark fruits, a little plumminess which disappeared after some time in glass. Not the complexity and intensity I expected, quite one dimensional. Disappointing! First from a case of 12 so hopefully the others are better
  • commented:

    1/28/22, 7:19 PM - Tried the second recently, gave it more time to breathe. Unfortunately not much improvement. Will leave it for a while

1995 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2021 - timothynbond Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted 1 1/2 hours before serving. Deep ruby color with some slight bricking on the rim. Took about 10 minutes in the glass to open up, where it offered some wonderiful aromas of cigar, dark berries, old leather, and truffles. Medium-to-medium-plus body, medium-to-medium-plus acid, and some wonderful chalky tannins that lingered through the finish. Complex flavors on the palate with some possible prune juice added to the aromas, great minerality, and a nice long finish. One of the best wines I have had this year.
  • commented:

    12/25/21, 1:18 AM - I opened two hours to slow ox, then decanted an hour before drinking. In hindsight, this is not enough (I used a narrow decanter, not one with a wide base - also a mistake). Whilst the nose was captivating, the palate was initially light-medium and on the acidic side of balance, and the finish was long and pleasing. But this wine developed mightily and alas, by the last glass it was showing great depth with layers and layers of favours.

    Luckily there are more bottles in the cellar, and judging from this community, more breathing and decanting is in order

2016 Ao Yun China Red Bordeaux Blend
74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% syrah, 2% Petit Verdot
from 314 plots totaling 27.7 hectares on the banks of the Mekong River
at the foothills of the Himalayas in north Yunnan province, China
at 2,200 - 2,600 m with manual farming involving 114 local families
following organic and traditional practices. The blend comprises yield from
4 main villages: 17% Adong, 25% Shuori, 36% Sinong, 22% Xidang.
Extra oxygen was introduced in vinification to compensate for thin air at altitude.
Malolactic in barrels and earthenware. Aged 12 months in 35% new oak.
14.5% Abv.
Proprietor: The LVMH Group
Estate Manager/Winemaker: Maxence Dulou

A(ccuray)=2: Med deep garnet/ruby. Stalky, spicy cab blend.
B(alance)=2: Fine components awaiting full integration.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, plum, herbs, leaves, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Firm mouthfeel. Full palate and long dusty finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2]= 8/10

Distinctive and delectable.

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  • commented:

    11/14/21, 4:14 AM - Drank the 2016 Ao Yun next to the 2015 and 2014. Although the youngest, it was the most impressive. Opened at noon, decanted at 5pm and drank at 8pm. It was still very dark and very expressive on the nose, with hint of mint and greeness. The palate was vibrant black fruits and a touch of spiciness. What imoressed me was how it developed in the glass, gaining in weight and depth but never shook the green finish. Feels like this is a keeper

1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/13/2021 - Benoit Hardy Likes this wine:
98 points
Nose of a crazy class bringing together all that Bordeaux classism can do best: it is subtly earthy, grassy, leather, black fruit and cedar.

Surprisingly fine on the palate where I expected power. The whole is still stunningly youthful, with aromas of undergrowth, truffles and spices. It's silky and complex, with incredible freshness, almost lace. A pure, racy and juicy wine, of great complexity with incredible depth and suppleness. It's still a great moment spent with a mature Bordeaux. Masterful finish on tobacco which combines power, softness and length.

A grandiose, serene wine that imposes itself quite naturally.
  • commented:

    10/13/21, 6:07 AM - how long did you open this wine before drinking? Sounds awesome. My previous experiences with Latour 90 were somewhat disappointing. The wine is tight, even after a couple of hours decanting. So I have stayed away for a few years - maybe time for a revisit given your wonderful note

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2 Champagne Blend
7/30/2021 - Whisky&Wine Likes this wine:
97 points
This was outstanding. Wonderful balance and an intensely interesting mid palate are what sets this apart from many other champagnes.

I served this at 48 farenheit in zalto zero gravity champagne glasses.

Nose is bready and heady with a smidge of jasmine flower and restrained stone fruits.

Taste and mid palate in particular is where this sings. Notes of umami and Irish soda bread plus caja (Brazilian fruit) and more traditional champagne flavors. Really lovely.

Finish is 90+ seconds and keeps you coming back for more.

This was the best bottle of bubbles I've had in a long while.

Paired with local oysters as well as ossetra caviar with creme fraiche on water crackers. What a treat!
  • commented:

    8/31/21, 2:05 AM - Agree with you, this P2 is crazy good

1985 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/6/2021 - Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful wine, like a warm hug from an old friend. Wide open, nice complexity and balance. Can’t get enough of it!!
  • commented:

    8/17/21, 3:34 AM - I thoroughly agree - 'warm hug' is a wonderful description. I bought a lot with a case each of 85, 93 and 95. The 93 is drinking even better - more fruits, depth and complexity!

2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/11/2021 - Radders12345 Likes this wine:
93 points
First of a case and wanted to see how open for business this is. Answer more ready than I thought it would be!

Enjoyed over several days and developed nicely over time

Nose is gorgeous - red plum, cassis, graphite, a hint of balanced vanilla sweetness, nothing much tertiary yet

Palate is wonderfully rich and intense, very concentrated - red plum, pomegranate, Parma violet, acidity is there but tannins are starting to soften and integrate wonderfully. Nicely balanced already

This is great classic claret and has miles to go, no rush to open the next one. I’m a happy man!
  • commented:

    8/12/21, 12:27 AM - How did you drink this over several days? Did you coravin it or pulled the cork back and allowed it to oxidise over a few days? I also have this wine but no tempted to try it yet....but curious

  • commented:

    8/12/21, 12:27 AM - How did you drink this over several days? Did you coravin it or pulled the cork back and allowed it to oxidise over a few days? I also have this wine but no tempted to try it yet....but curious

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    8/12/21, 2:05 AM - Impressive, Barton is one of my favorite wines, so looking forward to the 2005. but still working thru the 80s and 90s. I like wines with more bottle age

2010 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2021 - Triforwine Likes this wine:
96 points
Tried this last week with Coravin after purple tooth posted a note reminding me o meant to check on it a while back but opened another 09 by mistake. Over the weekend the wine was great but not the wow of the 09 even with a couple hours of air. Was concerned as the cork seemed to move a bit with the Coravin pour and I thought maybe there would be a leak but it was ok. Certainly not flawed. But I felt like I should open it sooner as a result.

So, now a few days later-opened and decanted through the Venturi. Omg! Hello! Immediately a huge nose of smoke and dark fruit which I didn’t get a few days ago with Coravin. Reminded me of the amazing ‘09 but this time I knew I didn’t accidentally open the ‘09 again. With an hour in the glass, this is just awesome. Deep ruby almost purple core with light ruby rim. Aroma already complex with changes on every swirl and with time. I detect boysenberry and cafe mocha and some truffle. The flavor is on par with the aroma and there is some cherry and vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel medium to dense and tannins slightly coarse and mouth coating but indicating a structure that should last for decades. Impossible not to take another sip, then another. Long long finish I mean LONG! Great with ravioli we had tonight but almost needs lamb or something like that. This is a huge wine. I think I benefitted from whatever happened with the cork during the Coravin a few days ago which somehow allowed a super slow ox and I didn’t have to wait hours as I expected to for it to open but I still think this wine is in the very early stage and I recommend hold unless you have a bunch of them and this should give the incredible 2009 a run for its money in the long run. I look forward to the first side by side comparison of these in a few years. Sure to improve. This is my kind of wine, st julien at its best in my opinion. I just might wind up finishing this bottle faster than I should. 96+
  • commented:

    8/7/21, 7:52 PM - thanks for your note, I'm inspired to try what you did! I have a case of this wine and was not thinking of touching it for a few more years, but coravin sounds like a plan!

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