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2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
97 points
This is a Baron to buy and hold. It’s drinking now but in 10-20 years when it sheds the rest of the tannin, the vivid wild strawberry and cherries are going to congregate with the celery seed terroir for an outstanding wine. I’ve had many vintages of this wine and it is #3. #1 is 1964, I assume they picked early enough before the rain bloated the grapes, that they still had a special wine on their hands. #2 was 1989, a different wine, Dark in color, rich. In comparison to Lalande, I see the 1989 Baron as the 1996 Lalande. And the 2000 Baron like the 2009 Lalande, of which both you can read a book through.
Most vintages of Baron are not as flamboyant, they hold the fruit in favor of focus. And unlike the more delicate and floral Lalande, you will never detect any VA with Baron. Patience will be well rewarded here. And like all great wines it gains weight in the glass. The Baron lover that has these needs to fight the urge to pull the cork.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    6/21/19, 10:35 AM - An hour or 2 should be plenty of time to breathe.

2004 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/18/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
95 points
Years ago, a family friend and I were talking about his experiences living in rural Vermont. He had barely anything to say except he kept arching his eyebrows and saying very slowly, "Its quiet". I understood immediately what he meant. This wine reminds of that moment. It comes in unannounced, polished, quiet. Its as if someone came in the room, said nothing and started taking care of their business without making a sound, no awkward glances, no shuffling paper. Just feels good to have company.

Same bottle from my last note via coravin.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    8/25/18, 9:32 PM - Thanks for saying so. It’s rare when any experience crosses the boundaries of our senses, thankfully wine has this ability and will always have a home in my imagination.

2009 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/26/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
Surprising in a number of ways. Very open for business, don’t be afraid to pop those bottles. Very feminine, expecting something more along the lines of this estate’s 1989 or 1996, I would never have guessed this came from a spectacular vintage. It reminded me of a full bodied Barolo, within 30 minutes, the typical Lalande roasted herbs and menthol were in full display, accented by wild strawberries and even ripe nectarine. A very nice wine but not one I would pair with red meat. Duck, Mediterranean vegetable fishes are more it’s speed. It lost a lot of steam day 2 being open. Not sure how long this will live.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    7/27/18, 2:19 PM - My pleasure! Please let me know what you think. I am cracking a 2009 Gruaud Larose this weekend, hoping that St. Julien is starting to open up.

2010 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Day 1 Coravin

Immediately upon pouring: Aromatics are much better than the drink. You can smell this from 6 feet away and its red candy and cream, once your nose is in the glass everything shuts down though. In the drink, a rock solid core of eucalyptus, strawberry rhubarb pie filling and braised beef, unfortunately some drying effects and some bitterness that seems to be fading.
After 20 minutes in the glass, everything coming together very quickly, red berry fruit and glycerin taking center stage. Bitterness receding. Covering it up to check in on tomorrow,
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    6/28/18, 2:41 PM - Day 2, not much improved, this wine is polished, savory, but doesn't have any electricity, it doesn't move at this point. The finish is long and somewhat dumb. The real attraction here is the perfume still, just really intoxicating red creamy fruit, it actually smells like some crazy flower that has notes of jelly doughnuts.

2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/18/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
Good wine to be sure but I am not as enthusiastic as many about this. It is ripe but its a baked slightly. The nose has a really fun red candy aspect to it that made me very excited to sip but once in the trap, there was too much stem for me. The tannins are forgiving for such a young wine but the stemmy green center of this is too distracting for my taste. It could just be me today, because I haven't seen anyone talk about this. It is long, it is well made but it seems more like Washington State than Pessac. This a pass for me at $50+. 2015 has many better values.

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  • Purple Grillz commented:

    6/28/18, 2:34 PM - There are quite a few but, Reserve De La Comtesse, Pichon Lalande's second wine, blows the doors off this drink.

2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/19/2017 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
89 points
I'm going 89 points but I will say this has bottle has plenty of potential to pack on a few pounds. it was served along side the 2006 version and with a special telescope Dr. Vindrinker made, we could tell this juice has potential. It's 21 year old brother was showing that the 2012 will soften up its tannin and let that bing cherry fruit and Dr. Pepper high notes start to shine. Not much here for the funk fans, it's a fruit show, which is fine for me and the Dr.

This puppy needs to not be opened for at least 3 years but if you must then let it breath for a minimum of 2 hours in a decanter, otherwise you will be drinking some strange concoction of hair spray, crushed grape seeds and anger. Also, serve between 63-67 degrees F. It makes as much difference as the breathing.

Very happy with this wine, if you can manage approximately $30 for this it's a good QPR. An excellent substitute if your jones for Beaucastel is bigger than your stack.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    8/19/17, 11:07 PM - Bad math alert! It was 2006 so 11 years. I seriously doubt this wine would be good at anything other than cleaning a bike chain at 21 years of age.

1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/19/2017 - Purple Grillz wrote:
97 points
Birthday wine for my wife. Wow. This wine seems practically immortal. Open for 72 hours now, it hasn't budged. It is a beautiful clear, ruby red I can read the dictionary through. All sediment resides in black flakes at the bottom of the bottle. I could blather on about all the notes, but my wife said it best bluntly, it's salami. It actually tastes like some amazing liquid fruit/perfectly aged salami, it has that amazing leather/umami flavor that dirty cellars try to imitate with Bretanomyces. Bret sucks always and forever but the real funky feel is great when you get it.

The finish is long but jagged toward the end or this juice would be perfect for what it could be. I will be getting more of this before it completely dries up.

SIDE NOTE: This destroyed 1990 La Mission, 1990 Haut Brion and beat by slim margins 1996 Lafite and 1985 Cheval Blanc in blind tastings.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    8/19/17, 10:22 PM - It was a 750. Fill was excellent and the cork was 90% soaked. It came out in 1 piece. I am astonished at the amount of fruit it still had, not dried out, slightly sour or baked fruit, but balanced acidity, ripe, perfect fruit. That was the glaze around the meaty, charcuterie. I have not met such a beautifully cut bottle since 1986 La Mission and its blackberry coated forest fire.
    I am no expert on wine drinking windows but I would think a similar condition bottle would cruise for another 10 years before seriously dropping off.

2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/14/2017 - Jesus H. Christ wrote:
80 points
If you consider Rombauer Chardonnay 'Cougar Crack' then this is its counterpart. Would be quite good if bottled in a 375ml and sold as a dessert wine and embraced that expectation, but alas, it is trying to game the higher end Cab market. It's wines like these that gives ammunition to France to laugh at Napa's efforts. If you like flabby skittle notes and a long lingering finish of stewed raisins, this wine is for you.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    8/6/17, 6:49 AM - Hope you feel better about yourself finally.

2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Although I will probably like it, I don't like it now. It's pretty unpleasant. Face ripping tannins over dark fruit. Candidly a mighty, even great bottle, but not good to drink now. That said, everyone else in the room loved it. Thought it was the 'best ever' Etc. Also, someone had already told them how great it was.
  • Purple Grillz commented:

    8/5/17, 1:06 AM - I recently popped a perfectly stored 89 Lynch and the tannins were also off the chain. They were a paper tiger though, I double decanted, put it back in the cage for a night, and the next day, they were GONE. I have some 2005 coming in and going to see if I get similar results. Lynch Bages is such a beautiful wine when it lets go.

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