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1999 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2017 - Ary wrote:
89 points
True classic Bordeaux and GPL. Wet earth, lead pencil, cedar, dried fruits, leather and stable notes in the nose. Medium bodied and coarse on the palate but less attractive than the complex nose. Drying tannin in the finish and some acidity shining through. 88-90 points
  • Ary commented:

    4/22/18, 5:56 PM - Two hours should be fine

1999 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/7/2016 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
92 points
Pristine bottle, perfect cork, level into neck. Unlike the bottle tasted in 2012 completely clean and fresh, no farmyard or anything similar. Immediately attractive straight from the bottle and straight from the cellar, cassis and cedar, vibrant and lively and with a wonderful balance. There is a dusty minerality on the nose, the palate displays a medium weight, the grippy tannins have a fine grain and the flavour profile is precise and transparent; length is very good. A classic.
  • Ary commented:

    11/13/16, 9:22 AM - Hi Xavier, what do you think the drinking window would be?

2000 Château La Tour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/7/2016 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
89 points
It must be said: for a 16 year old Pessac-Léognan this is remarkably fresh and youthful, with primary flavours of red cherries. The flipside of that however is a dry and tannic character (double decanting alleviates this slightly), earthy, with a lack of flesh and charm and nothing of the melting smoothness of e.g. the Domaine de Chevalier 2000. It is sturdy peasant rather than a refined nobleman. And then there is that sense of rusticity, of unevenness even. It reflects itself in a note of red cabbage and/or an occasional whiff of cardboard. Reading back my notes, I see that this seems to be a pattern with this wine, but also that I once encountered this in a bottle of the (usually delicious) La Louvière 2000. Hard to say whether this is actually flawed or whether this is just the earthbound character of the wine. I will stick with my score of last year.
  • Ary commented:

    8/10/16, 4:05 AM - Great review; a study in wine.

1966 Château de Villegeorge Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/14/1991 - Zweder wrote:
85 points
Deep dark ruby. Expressive bouquet with cassis, liquorice, caramel and smoky. A large amount of tannin and acidity. Cassis in the taste as well. Good bitterness and a hint of sweetness. Firm and straight forward wine. (Tasting it blind I was very impressed by the youthfulness of this wine. My score is without taking this in consideration.)
Seeing there is someone with another 12 bottles I hope to read a TN from that person(s?). I tasted this wine several times in the 90’s and it was always a blockbuster. I wonder how this has developed. When placing this note the wine in store somewhere is 42 years old!
  • Ary commented:

    11/3/12, 6:23 AM - Hi Zweder, the wine is my age :-) Bought about 24 bottles at Christies in the early eighties and then stored it with friends. But can't reach that 'storage' at the moment. I'm very curious too about this wine. Had some bottles in the late eighties with similar experiences as you describe.

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