Tasting Notes for TheWineMonkey

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2009 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/27/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
91 points
The wine is medium-deep purple-garnet in colour. On the nose plum, cedar, and a hint of game. On the palate plenty of rich concentrated plum. The tannins are big, but relatively smooth. It comes across as quite fresh which for the 14.6% alcohol is quite an achievement. And the taste lingers on the palate so certainly a good length. A big wine for sure, full bodied and plenty of concentration. I am guessing this is what you would describe as a ‘Parker’ wine, but certainly enjoying it
Red
6/21/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
90 points
The wine is clear and the colour is medium purple-garnet. On the nose blackcurrants, graphite and bell peppers. On the palate the tannins are huge, but smooth. Medium acidity with blackcurrants and redcurrants.
Purchased from Waitrose when discounted to £10 a bottle, excellent value at this price point.
Red
6/15/2020 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine is clear, the colour is medium purple. On the nose: brambles, fruits of the forest, garigue. On the palate: fruits of the forest, cherry, and Mediterranean herbs. The tannins are medium to high, but ripe. Medium acidity. Reasonable length. A typical 'Sud de France' syrah/grenache blend, well made and good value for money @ £9.25, and now is my 'everyday drinker' :)
Red
2003 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
89 points
The wine is clear, the colour is garnet tawny with a hint of red and brown on the rim. On the nose are red fruits, leather and game and a hint of graphite/pencil lead.

On the palate slightly astringent, there is a juxtaposed combination of vegetative notes - bell pepper, stewed strawberries & cherries. Fresh for the vintage with reasonable acidity and slightly bitter and chewy tannins. The length was nothing special.

I enjoyed the wine, went very well with lamb and vegetables.

Additional notes:

Initially I had detected quite predominate notes of pencil lead on the nose. Interestingly I had picked rosemary prior to tasting and put this effect down to the rosemary.

Paid £37 for this wine back in 2008. I am not sure I would be willing to pay the current market price for this wine!
Red
2002 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/28/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
94 points
On the nose blackcurrant, graphite with buttery undertones. On the palate not particularly concentrated but blackcurrant, bell pepper and considering the vintage a good length. Pleasantly surprised considering the damp vintage.
Red
5/16/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Colour: Clear, Purple garnet.
Nose: Fruits of the forest, a hint of leather, dark fruits.
Palate: The tannins are incredibly soft. A very dense wine not as fresh as some Crozes I have had.
Red
4/5/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
91 points
The wine is clear with the colour purple to garnet. On the nose toasted oak is predominate. On the palate good concentration and freshness. Pepper, Bell pepper and dark fruits. Smooth tannins add to the structure.
Red
4/4/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
94 points
Colour: Definitely looking tawny to me.
Nose: Plenty of cherry and hints of leather.
Palate: Cherry, pepper, red fruits etc. Still some tannins, although obviously fading. Comes across as quite refreshing for a Southern Rhone a pleasant surprise. Doesn't come across as to hot either, just checked the alcohol 13.5%. Oh and the length, very good for sure.
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Red
1/3/2020 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
88 points
The colour is garnet. On the nose seems to be reduced and slightly 'farmyardy' on first opening. On the palate cherry and toasted oak. Good freshness and smooth but slightly bitter tannins.
Red
2000 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2019 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
90 points
The colour is garnet edging towards ruby. On the nose cedar, butter and plum. On the palate plum and butter. Tannins are smooth and soft with good acidity. Mature.
Red
12/26/2019 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
94 points
The colour is ruby, even a hint of purple, looking a lot younger than I expected. On the nose leather, cedar, tobacco, bell pepper and brambles. On the palette plum. Still plenty of smooth tannins, but still quite drying. Medium acidity, surprising considering the vintage? Good length and density, still feels youthful.
Red
12/25/2019 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
89 points
Drunk at Christmas with traditional Chicken roast dinner. The wine is clear and the colour is ruby. On the nose there are hints of leather and vanilla, the predominate fruit being cherry. On the palate pepper and cherry with a buttery finish, smooth tannins. Perhaps not a 100% traditional Châteauneuf being influenced quite noticeably by new oak, nevertheless an enjoyable wine.
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Red
2004 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/21/2017 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
92 points
Colour - ruby medium clear
Nose - Butter, toffee, graphite and tobacco
Palate - Plum, butter. Tannin's silky smooth not dominating at all. The length is good.
Red
5/21/2017 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
90 points
Color - ruby medium
Nose - blueberries, fruits of the forest, cedar and spice
Palate - Vanilla, butter, cherry, red fruits and blackcurrant. Tannin's are still present medium. Acid medium to low

Probably at its best now but will keep a year or so.
Red
5/21/2017 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
89 points
Colour - ruby/garnet
On the nose - Plum, Leather, Cedar and Spice.
Palate - Tannins smooth but still present (medium). The fruit is now beginning to fade a tade, becoming a bit one dimensional. Time to start drinking up.
Red
8/13/2016 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Colour – pale to medium in intensity. Rub to garnet. Beginning to brick on the edge.

Nose – really lovely pure raspberry/strawberry initially on the nose. But no real hint really of tertiary development. A bit of butter/vanilla – oak?
Red
On the nose perfumed with strawberry and raspberry fruits. A ever so slight metallic nuance on the palate.
Red
This finally is drinking well. I suspect I've drunk far too many young. Luckily I have one more case. This is a big wine with cherry, liquorice on both the palate and nose. Not for the shy, coming in at 15% vol. For my taste I would like to see a little bit more zest/freshness. Nevertheless a good winter warmer.
Red
I'm reaching the age when I don't like overtly hot or alcohol wines. This hits the spot perfectly for me. At only 13.5% this make a lovely southern Rhone, showing off its Grenache with hints of cherry and garrigue without any heat. Lovely
Red
9/13/2015 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
A beautifully balanced well made classic Crozes. Good acidity backed up by a very sufficient concentration of black fruits and a hint of pepper. Not hot or overtly overpowering making this a good food wine or can be quaffed perfectly on its own. I think this is drinking perfectly now, it may well improve with a little more time in the cellar, but why wait!
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Red
A little under ripe and metallic for my likings
Red
2006 Château de la Garde Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Nose and palate both dominated by oak. The oak worked well with the 2005 vintage but the 2006 simply doesn't have the stuffing
Red
3/8/2015 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Has a garnet colour. On the nose a hint of leather & game, graphite, cedar, spice, plum and cassis. The nose has a good intensity. On the palate there is a good structure with soft tannins balanced with good acidity. A good length and concentration.
Red
Fruits much too ripe and stewed for my liking. Alcohol also too high for my preference.
White - Sparkling
Really nice example of a grower Champagne that has benefited well with ageing. Smooth moose and lovely nutty and biscuity complexities add to the palate. Good value
Red
Well made balanced Sauvignon. On the nose cassis and eucalyptus. On the palate cassis with a well balanced structure of silky tannins and freshness.
White
1/2/2015 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
flawed
Well oaked new world Chardonnay. On the nose quite pungent oak dominates. Well made modern wine but perhaps not my favourite style.
Red
12/24/2014 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
90 points
On the nose - medium+ intensity with strawberry, mushroom and earth aromas. On the palate - refreshing acidity and some moderate tannin adding to a good texture. Not huge quantities of fruit and a hint of butter, but a style of wine I like. Finishes with a good length.
Red
12/14/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Well made ripe Syrah from the Southern Rhone. Well balanced with good purity of fruit showing. If oak was used it is subtle and integrates smoothly. Nice wine.
Red
12/14/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Quite a noticeable sour taste on the palate. Not sure if this is typical of the wine, but have noticed this on both bottles I have drunk.
White - Sparkling
12/13/2014 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking beautifully. Bread and yeasty notes on the nose. Nut, biscuit and apple on the palate. Smooth moose.
Red
8/30/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
A good example of a village level wine from the warm 2009 vintage. Just a hint of complexity on the palate with some tertiary mushroom and forest floor. Well balanced with good acidity and concentration.
Red
Classic Northern Rhone! On the nose pepper, slight hint of game, blackberry and a feeling of freshness. On the palate beautifully balanced early drinking Crozes. Good concentration yet with excellent balancing freshness from the acidity.
Red
6/29/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Deep purple, not quite garnet in colour yet. On the node blackberry, game, pepper, marzipan with medium- intensity. On the palate full bodied, medium- acid, medium+ tannins, high alcohol. Flavours of butter, blueberry, blackberry. The oak integrated well.
Red
6/29/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Noticeable oak but probably enough fruit for it to eventually integrate into something quite nice. Probably would benefit from a year or two more in the cellar
Red
2007 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/30/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
On the nose graphite, cedar and gravel. On the palate the tannins are beautifully smooth, but certainly present (medium). Well balanced medium+ acidity. And a very long finish, classic Bordeaux! Seemed so much better than the first bottle, drunk a month earlier, but this one was properly decanted. Drinking well now, but should improve a little over time. Certainly much better than I was expecting from a 2007.
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Red
2006 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/30/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Perhaps I didn't leave this enough time to breath but I found the oak influence a little to much for my taste.
Red
5/30/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Appears to be finally fully opening up. On both the nose and palate things are more pronounced than previous bottles.
Red
1/19/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
On the nose slightly gamey, red fruits (raspberry and strawberry). On the palate soft finely grained medium tannins. Good refreshing acidity. Red fruits (raspberry and strawberry) very pure. Lovely wine and for a generic bourgogne outstanding.
Red
1/19/2014 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
Quite smoky and savoury on both the palate and nose. Medium+ acidity on the palate. Tannins medium-.
Red
A medium tawny colour The nose is quite light with hints of cherry. On the palate I didn't pick up much complexity just some cherry fruit. Medium tannins, Medium+ acidity. This could be closed, maybe still a little young.
White
An interesting wine. Quite pungent on the nose with floral and petrol notes.
Red
On the palate quite a lot of oak influence. Tannins are very soft. Fruit masked by oak.
Red
6/1/2013 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
87 points
This wine is made in a modern style with oak influence playing its role. Smooth well made, but perhaps a bit more fruit to match the oak for my tastes.
Red
4/14/2013 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
89 points
Classic Cotes Du Roussillon. Plenty of brambly fruit. A little bit of heat, not surprising considering the 15% alc.
Red
4/14/2013 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
89 points
Nicely balanced. This has good acidity for a Southern Rhone, which I often find too hot and lacking in freshness.
Red
2005 Château de la Garde Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2013 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
88 points
On the palate plummy, rich with a good dose of oak, but the fruit takes it. So much better than their 2006
Red
4/6/2013 - TheWineMonkey Likes this wine:
87 points
Plenty of plummy fruits. A little bit of structure to make this an interesting wine. Good value.
Red
3/23/2013 - TheWineMonkey wrote:
89 points
Soft plummy fruits. Nothing profound, the plummy flavours quite gentle and the tannins soft. A nice everyday drinker from a ripe vintage.
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