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Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2019 - King Julien wrote:
94 points
Decanted about 4 hours. Decent, but not the best showing relative to previous bottles. Not much on the nose and palate lacked excitement.
  • the player commented:

    12/29/19, 11:16 PM - Thanks for your note. I find a lot of the 1990s have shut down in past 12 months much the same as the 05s did a few years ago. I will wait on my one bottle that I have left.

Red
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.
  • the player commented:

    10/17/18, 11:58 AM - Brilliant note. Couldn’t have summarized characterization of Baron more eloquently. My favorite vintages are the 89 and 2000. The ‘64 I haven’t had the privilege to taste yet.

  • the player commented:

    6/21/19, 12:40 PM - I just had a bottle 3 nights ago. Indeed 1 to 2 hours decent is perfect. The wine has great dark fruit and bitter chocolate and an outstanding finish

Red
1968 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/11/2018 - jshufelt wrote:
87 points
Celebrating my 50th birthday (again): Here, no question the Durand was going to be needed. Capsule removal revealed a moldy cork, but not a complete mold cap, which would have made me happier. As the cork came out, the first whiff was not reassuring - totally oxidized. A quick sip didn't help; my first impression was of over-the-hill sherry. A couple of hours later, I was surprised to find that the aromatics on this bottle were indistinguishable from the first, although the palate hadn't improved much - still tired, flat, and with a vinegary tang. Made the call not to serve this, and instead left it in the cellar overnight. We'll see if anything good happens overnight, but I can't say I'm optimistic...

24 hours later: to my surprise, this seems to have returned to life, if only partially. The tang is nearly gone, and some fruit is now emerging, if muted, and the cedar note is a bit more present, all of which makes this drinkable, if not great. At this point, it's an educational experience, so let's go for another day....

48 hours later: dead. So it goes.
  • the player commented:

    8/25/18, 7:52 AM - Just wanted to say that my experience with this wine was totally different than yours so it could well be that the bottle you had was not well preserved.
    In my book this is one of the best wines I have had and it certainly took more than 3 hours to open up in the decanter. At first it was underwhelming, a sort of mature burgundy but after 3 hours the wine was completely transformed into an elegant full bodied and very complex and aromatic wine.
    I have a second bottle left so will try in the next few months and write a note.
    If you are lucky to be able to source another bottle, I urge you to try this wine again.

  • the player commented:

    8/25/18, 12:16 PM - Sincerely hope you do find a pristine bottle. Worth the quest.

Spirits
N.V. Tesseron Lot #29 XO Exception Grande Fine Champagne Cognac Ugni Blanc, Trebbiano
1/11/2018 - mrmikemtr Likes this wine:
99 points
I think there should be a I LOVE IT rating. Repeat previos notes. This tasting a bit off but these are limited bottles. Again, import these. Price in GBP swapped back and shipped is way lower then buying in US.
  • the player commented:

    7/22/18, 6:20 AM - The I Love it option is the right option for this lovely cognac. By far beats one of my favorite cognacs the Hennessy Paradis.
    I also thought that the I Love It option was missing! Great stuff.

Red
1968 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/24/2018 - DrZett Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow - just beautiful! Lots of dark berries and cherries, very fruity and mouthwatering, tannins still present but nicely integrated. Feels way younger than 50 years - simply astonishing.
  • the player commented:

    2/26/18, 9:55 AM - Hi there. Did your bottle open up after about 90 minutes in the decanter? I was clearly underwhelmed the first hour but flabbergasted 90 minutes later.

  • the player commented:

    2/26/18, 10:11 AM - Ok. I had to decant for sediment and I thought of potentially putting some sort of lid on the decanter if I felt the wine would go downhill. In the first hour, it was more burgundy like and didn’t have the weight or complexity. So I thought I’d wait and after 90 minutes the wine gained weight, complexity and the nose completely opened up.
    Funny how wines and bottles behave.
    I have one more bottle left. Will retaste in the next few months and post a comment.

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/30/2017 - the player Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is starting to develop although at a glacial pace. This should hit 95+ rating in 5 to 10 years. Very complex garrigue on the palate with mixed spices, even cola if I may dare say, nose fascinating, less animalistic than from a few years ago. Tannins still firm, body pretty much full and a good finish.
  • the player commented:

    9/25/17, 6:45 AM - Thanks. It's not that the wine was in a dumb phase it's just that given the mix of grape varieties, I don't believe CDP can be enjoyed fully until it reaches 15 years of age for top vintages. That is the case. I was just curious to see how the wine evolved. The nose was more open than previously, the finish was longer and softer, and the potential of complexity unveiled although shyly.

Red
2010 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/20/2017 - the player Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious despite its youth. Blackish crimson sweet cassis, leather, some vanilla oak; so precise and powerful for a second wine this will age to become pretty damn good. Decent finish, strong but ripe and gripping tannins. Beautiful pauillac.
  • the player commented:

    6/9/17, 11:32 PM - Definitely recommended. Enjoy the next bottle

Red
2001 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/28/2016 - the player Likes this wine:
92 points
Last magnum out of 6. Best one so far with a couple of hours in the decanter. Deep ruby red, nose of dust, crushed rocks, cassis and red cherries. On the palate good entry with slight complexity of dark red fruits, cassis, leather, good overall balance and structure and a decent bitter mocha finish.
  • the player commented:

    10/2/16, 10:17 PM - My pleasure. Indeed a very good unpretentious St Julien. Enjoy the rest of your bottles unfortunately I am out ��

Red
1982 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2014 - Ericsson Likes this wine:
92 points
Bouteille en bonne condition, bouchon totalement imbibé. Niveau haute épaule. Carafé 20 minutes avant de déguster. Couleur grenat brique.
Comme pour les bouteilles précédentes, il faut donner un peu de temps et d'air à ce vin pour qu'il se débarasse de son nez poussiéreux... Ensuite, les arômes délicats de pivoine, de roses fanées, de sous-bois se dégagent du verre.
La bouche est finement soyeuse et offre une belle matière qui se termine sur des tanins parfaitement polis. J'aime vraiment beaucoup cette finesse. A boire.
  • the player commented:

    6/20/16, 10:31 AM - Merci de votre commentaire sur ce vin. J'ai hate de le deguster

White
1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée Hermitage Marsanne
4/22/2016 - the player wrote:
flawed
Wine was madeirased unfortunately. What a shame
  • the player commented:

    4/22/16, 12:19 AM - Indeed. 50-50 chance with this wine but when it works it's outstanding. Hopefully next bottle will show better

White - Sparkling
1996 Dom Pérignon Champagne Oenothèque Champagne Blend
10/23/2015 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
The 96 oenotheque is showing incredibly well at the moment. Beautiful Burgundian nose displaying granny smith, lemon curd, white flowers, butterscotch, oyster brine, smoke and mineral. Exceptional balance, fine abundant mousse, decadent yet pure, strong presence of mineral, bright acidity and lovely long finish that ends with smoke and mineral notes. This may be the freshest showing to date. Really enjoyable.
  • the player commented:

    3/12/16, 7:40 AM - Just having a bottle now. Agree with your review, it's like drinking sparkling Montrachet! Absolutely sublime.

Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2015 - aquacongas Likes this wine:
99 points
8 Great Bordeaux

1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG
2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989
3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG
4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986

opened 24hours, tastes younger than Latour 1990, again a giant as 6 months before, powerful tannin structure, typical pencil tip from Pauillac, licorice, underwood, pure cassis, espresso powder, minimal tertiary notes, this is a bargain compared to all other bottles, 99+, at least 30 years ahead from MG
  • the player commented:

    10/31/15, 2:15 AM - Quite agree with your comments and notes. happy to say we have the same taste. I rated the Lynch Bages 100 points.

Red
2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2015 - the player Likes this wine:
93 points
Boy does this wine and vintage require serious decanting, 3-4 hours minimum recommended. Typical nose of 2005 with an explosion of cassis and deep dark red fruits, lots of lead pencil, and cedar. On the palate very dense and powerful but this wine is ages from its maturity. Judging by the 82, this wine has another 15-20 years to go before reaching its summit. Incredible power, full bodied, mineral, fruit bomb mid palate with lead pencil / graphite dominant, very masculine, excellent acidity and backbone, finishes decently long with tannins only balanced by the intensity of the fruit. Still a baby, lots of patience required.
  • the player commented:

    8/16/15, 9:18 AM - Indeed a baby but promises to be a heck of a voluptuous dancer.

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
8/15/2015 - the player Likes this wine:
93 points
A more playful Dom than the 02 and at its early drinking window stage. Nice nose dominated by citrus fruits, green apples, brioche, and stones. On the palate fresh, zesty and crisp, great minerality, with some sweetness to the finish. Very nice indeed.
  • the player commented:

    8/16/15, 9:14 AM - Indeed still young but more approachable than the 02.

Red
1996 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/7/2015 - d'Artagnan wrote:
97 points
Dreamer no 2: Un nez spectaculaire, éminemment Médocain avec ses notes de graphite (mine de crayon), de cèdre, très expressif et envoûtant. En bouche le vin est puissant et fin, très serré, avec encore des notes de mine de crayon, des prunes. C'est long et plein, d'une dimension spectaculaire! Encore très jeune, il est à au moins 10 ou 15 ans de son plateau de maturité. Un peu fermé à ce stade, il s'impose par sa texture exceptionnelle. Futur très grand vin. 97+ pts
  • the player commented:

    8/13/15, 7:26 AM - Merci de votre note sur cet excellent vin. Par curiosite, combien de temps l'avez vous carafe avant de le deguster?

Red
1982 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/16/2015 - blanquito wrote:
95 points
Stellar Night of Bordeaux; 5/15/2015-5/17/2015 (NYC): Intense, dark, highly aromatic, deeply ripe, but very fresh. Mature yet vigorous with heaps of menthol-mint-wintergreen, a wonderfully tangy-citric midpalate, plush texture, and a long layered finish. Could be better in another 5 years. My WOTN.
  • the player commented:

    6/19/15, 2:28 AM - Appreciate your note on the Beychevelle 82. Recently bought a case and last time I tried it was 4 years ago and I was impressed. Will have a bottle or two next Monday and after your note eager to try.
    Disappointed you scored the Trotanoy 95 at only 93 :)

Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
UAE Wine Dinner: Now we are talking, fresh tobacco, spice, utterly classy without showing off in the slightest.
  • the player commented:

    7/10/14, 9:47 AM - Agree with you on the Monfortino and Haut Brion. I'm a huge fan

Red
1998 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/22/2013 - the player Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and aerated for 3 hours+, dark crimson, hardly any signs of aging, lovely nose initially shielding the cassis and dark red berries with leather and tar, later giving way to the fruit. Excellent entry on the palate, medium bodied, great balance in the mid palate between the dark red fruits, leather and tar notes, nice acidity, and a decent if not flabbergasting finish and well integrated tannins. Reconfirms my passion towards Pauillac.
  • the player commented:

    11/30/13, 2:20 PM - Indeed a few more years

Red
1994 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/2/2013 - the player Likes this wine:
97 points
Stunning, decanter for 3 hours, boysenberries, star anise, black fruits, it's all there. Very Coles and perfect Vega, great finish, outstanding structure and power. Irresistible!
  • the player commented:

    7/11/13, 7:40 AM - Fully agree but I'm out of the 82s which I used to get from a local restaurant's cellar and 94 is the oldest vintage in my cellar. My money's also on the 96 VS but I'm not touching those for at least another 10years.

  • the player commented:

    7/20/13, 2:53 AM - Haven't tried it, any vintages you recommend?

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