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Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/11/2018 - ricard Does not like this wine:
78 points
I continue to find it baffling that anyone in their right mind would pay more than £10 for this nonsense. I am not doubting its provenance, authenticity, or even honesty. But why the prestige? This wine was desperately flabby, lacking any sort of acidity or definition whatsoever, soupy, vaguely syrupy, had no discernible tannin, no structure at all, and all fragrance pretty much died within 10 minutes. What aromas there were included maybe figs, blackberries, tar, and that's about it. A waste of time and money. The only possibility of redemption is that this wine was once very good (not great - that's inconceivable) and died years ago. A pathetic showing, and one that doesn't help at all to convince me that Bordeaux is not the world's most pompously overrated wine region. Let the Chinese and Russian oligarchs have it all! Maybe they're right to mix this syrup with Coca-Cola - I guess it makes the wine more exciting...
  • Remony commented:

    2/3/19, 1:45 AM - I completely agree, Ricard. We drank ours up in the summer of 2016. Flabby is precisely it. It was the same with Grand Puy Lacoste 1998. The reason lies in the heavy and persistent rain which fell in September, before most properties in the Medoc had finished picking. In my view, 1998 is a fine vintage in Pessac-Leognan (wonderful wines from the Haut Brion stable), and on the right bank, but will never make old bones in the Medoc.

Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/4/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Splash decant small taste. My notion so far on 2000 is that it is overrated - this was a very solid classic left bank effort that showed a good potpourri of what we look for in aged left bank - library, tobacco and spice box on the nose and classic palate with some wild strawberry notes and (less so) blueberry. Good but knowing that the chateau only went on a qualitative biodynamic tear being inundated with very high scores a few years later this is probably not going to be the best they can get out of their terroir. Does little to change my impression that the millennial year was a good but not necessarily great year across the region.
  • Remony commented:

    10/8/18, 2:29 AM - Agree with you both about the 2000 vintage in general, although to be fair it is still early days perhaps to be making a definitive judgment. 2005, on the other hand, is unquestionably a great vintage, meriting all the hype.

    Have you tried the Pontet-Canet 2001? It has always been a better wine than the 2000, IMHO.

White - Off-dry
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/6/2018 - InZinity Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted at the winery side-by-side with the 2012 vintage. Again, some petrol that blows off quickly. Ripe peach, apricot, star fruit, and herbs on the palate. Super smooth on the palate and light on its feet, not sappy at all. Strong acidic backbone to hold up the sweetness. This wine is starting to enter its peak drinking window.
  • Remony commented:

    4/9/18, 7:46 AM - 2 reviews of the same wine tasted on the same day, but they seem a bit different one from another. Is one of them perhaps intended to refer to a different wine?

Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2018 - mmh wrote:
Eight years after buying this bottle i finally popped the cork with high expectations....which were not quite met. Decanted for 2 hours. Fairly complex on the nose, worked very well with food but on its own it was slightly astringent and boring. I am not sure if it was past its peak (doubtful), too young or just a slightly off bottle.
  • Remony commented:

    4/4/18, 2:20 AM - Spoiled by all the rain during the harvest I would suggest. Not a great year in the Medoc, but very good indeed for the Libournais, and at its very best in Pessac-Leognan, where they picked before the rains.

Red
2005 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Pinot Noir
3/11/2018 - dream Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite suave with a full middle and lovely dark cherry fruit. Needed an hour of air to show best and then the finish developed a fine mineral complexity. I like this for drinking over the next 5 years. 92+
  • Remony commented:

    3/11/18, 1:33 PM - I'm surprised this is ready to drink! Certainly the 2001 still needs more time. I hope by "over the next 5 years", you don't imply that it will not continue to drink well after that, and indeed for at least the next 20 years! After all, this is really Musigny, but from vines too young as yet for their grapes to be included in the grand vin.

Red
2001 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/4/2018 - Remony wrote:
92 points
Very good over 2 nights. A touch disjointed on opening on the first night without a decant, but mellow and beautifully balanced on the second day. Excellent QPR at £22.50 delivered.
  • Remony commented:

    2/4/18, 9:16 AM - Yes, John. I have Magdelaine in 1998, 2001 and 2005 (which I haven't tried as yet). Since the 2012 merger with Château Bélair-Monange, I haven't heard whether the subsequent vintages recall the best of Magdelaine, or whether its particular virtues have been lost in the combined wine. Do you have any experience of the Bélair-Monange in 2012 or subsequently?

Red
1995 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/5/2017 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Deep colour, no watering. Subdued nose, good red berry flavours, but weak in the mid-palate. Julia detected acetone, but I did not. I wondered about mild TCA, but half a dozen bottles from the same case in 2012 were very similar, so I conclude that this is simply no more than a moderately good wine for its class and reputation. 1995 has been a consistently disappointing red bordeaux vintage for me.
  • Remony commented:

    1/8/18, 3:02 PM - Sadly, PSP, I have had similar experiences with Leoville Las Cases, Cos d'Estournel, Branaire Ducru and Pichon Lalande 1995. After four poor vintages, I think the market was simply too keen to extol 1995 on the left bank, and it hasn't lived up to the hype. On the other hand, 1996 has, and in my opinion 1998 on the right bank, and in Pessac-Leognan, is also lovely.

Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/2/2017 - Remony wrote:
93 points
This wine is delicious, beautifully mannered, charming and well-made, but all in a limited way. It lacks the bite, the animale quality, which Las Cases usually has. Whilst not short, neither does it have the savour and length which it should have. It is much too benign. As before, I am convinced that the reverse osmosis machine has done its work far too well. It is a lovely, easy-going wine which has missed its way in this very fine vintage -- it should have been up there with Ch Latour and Ch Margaux, but it isn't.
  • Remony commented:

    11/4/17, 3:38 PM - Thank you, Pablo.

Red
1998 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2017 - Tim Heaton wrote:
I felt kind of out of place as we tasted this double-blind - others really liked it (especially after the reveal), but I thought it simple and boring; my guess was (generic) Cali Cab/blend with 12-15 years on it, fwiw. No formal note here, all I can say was I couldn't wait to be done with it and taste the next wine. And, while some said this was just getting going, I think it's already arrived, and that's not saying too much. 13,0% abv.
  • Remony commented:

    3/7/17, 1:33 PM - Couldn't agree more! I just don't like mine, and will be disposing of the rest of the case.

  • Remony commented:

    3/7/17, 1:49 PM - 15 years ago, Troplong Mondot was the latest hot wine sensation in the City of London. I remember being told that it would soon be vying with the First Growths! On the strength of that reputation I naively bought my case of this '98.

    Happily, I never bought it in any other vintage.

Red
1999 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Pinot Noir
1/14/2017 - lesz Does not like this wine:
80 points
Unfortuanately over the hill. Luckily I had a second bottle of another wine as backup.
  • Remony commented:

    1/15/17, 2:12 AM - Not over the hill, but just stubbornly in its shell and still refusing to come out to play, I'm afraid. Give it another 5 years, and you may well be delighted. (I have 24 of these, and am exercising patience for now.)

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2016 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
2016 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly, Alan and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2016-11/12/2016 (Villa D’este, Lake Como, Piedmont, Milan and Frankfurt): Absolutely hedonistic, incredibly decadent Pauillac nose displaying intense crème de cassis, dark caramel, lead pencil, floral dust, tobacco and cedar. Incredibly concentrated and intense yet so polished and sensual, starts with intense sweet cassis and ends with a strong note of lead pencil. This is at the youthful peak, still showing intense cassis but also the secondary and tertiary elements. Absolutely perfect showing. Mind bogglingly perfect!
  • Remony commented:

    11/16/16, 1:45 PM - "absolutely" x 2, "incredibly" x 2, "intense" x 4 (!), "cassis" x 3, "lead pencil" x 2, "perfect" x 2, and (mercifully only once) "mind-bogglingly".

    I much enjoy your reviews, DC, and Mouton 1982 fully merits your enthusiasm. But may I gently suggest that you add a Thesaurus to your Christmas present list?

Red
2005 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/13/2016 - flashvictor Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted 2 hours prior to drinking. Medium ruby color leads to a nose of blueberry, glove leather, clove and a hint of camphor. Medium plus body has wonderful cassis, raspberry, and dark cherry with some underpinnings of mushroom and red pepper. Silky tannins envelope mouth for 50 seconds.

This is flat out delicious. Equally wonderful with food (bourbon marinated chicken & roasted butternut squash) and one its own after dinner. I do strongly recommend a decant.
  • Remony commented:

    11/14/16, 5:32 AM - I hesitate to sound a note of caution, but the DdC 2000 showed similarly at age 11-12, then retreated back into its shell, where it still is today. Don't be disappointed if that happens also with the '05. It will re-emerge eventually.

Red
2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/29/2016 - rocknroller wrote:
flawed
Brisket Bash Deux: 10 Vintage Vertical of Clos de Papes and more (Siggy & Jenny's Place, Mpls, MN): Another stewed, heat damaged bottle. I've never had this when it was at its best. Happy to keep trying though. Drank as part of a vertical of Clos des Papes (95, 98, 99, 00, 01, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09)
  • Remony commented:

    10/31/16, 12:49 PM - Not surprising, I'm afraid. Quite a number of 2000s, shipped in 2003, suffered bad heat damage in the course of that very hot summer. Left on the quayside or outside a warehouse, even for a few days, they couldn't cope with the relentless heat. I have had several ruined 2000s, mostly from Bordeaux.

Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2016 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
During a Left Bank 1996 tasting dinner. Dark ruby. Discrete nos of dark fruit and earth. Unfortunately rather closed on the palate and a bit unyielding. Still tight but good length. Will this turn around at age 30, who cases. I think the team has extracted too much tannins here in relation of the ripness of the fruit they harvested. Given the price, I would honestly stay away from this vintage of LLC.
  • Remony commented:

    3/26/16, 7:29 AM - Patience, patience! In 10 years this will be even better than the 1985 is now. Back in 2010 the 1996 had loads of fruit, and it has shown well again at least once since. It is definitely unfriendly now, but it has all the material to be a great wine. LLC is always the slowest to come round, slower even than Leoville Barton & Latour.

  • Remony commented:

    6/14/16, 3:23 AM - Having just had a bottle of this wine from my cellar, I now think my comment above was misplaced. I largely agree with what you wrote. The wine is certainly not what I was expecting, and maybe the extraction of tannins and/or acidity (using reverse osmosis?) is the reason.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2004 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/29/2014 - Remony wrote:
94 points
A half bottle. Straight from the cellar to show dinner guests what Yquem should be like after serving them 3 half bottles of the 1990, all sadly oxidised. Light in colour, good nose, fine complex flavours, but still young. More complex than the half bottle of '04 Climens served alongside it.
  • Remony commented:

    5/18/16, 5:53 AM - You know, try as I will, I cannot discern how you can spell an invitation out of that tasting note, EC. Nevertheless, if I am lucky enough to be visiting Boston sometime in the next year or two, I would be delighted to accept the invitation which I am sure you intended to include in your comment -- even though it is not apparent either!

  • Remony commented:

    5/25/16, 9:43 AM - That would be delightful. But no promises to bring some Yquem '04, I'm afraid, because my bottles of that wine are in the UK and I am currently living in Bermuda!

Red
2000 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/22/2016 - Battersea James Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine never fails to disappoint. Classic Bordeaux nose of leather and pencil shavings. Lots of complexity and depth. Drinking beautifully right now but still has plenty of live ahead.
  • Remony commented:

    5/22/16, 12:23 PM - I think you mean "never fails to please"?!

  • Remony commented:

    5/22/16, 3:02 PM - Happy to help!

Red - Fortified
1963 Graham Porto Vintage Port Blend
5/1/2016 - David J Cooper wrote:
92 points
Berry Bros. Fairly intense nose but spirit as well. Red fruit, brown sugar and maple but with a fair amount of alcohol. Nice aged port flavours and a dry finish.

Others at the table commented that this was a bit of a disappointing bottle.
  • Remony commented:

    5/1/16, 6:00 PM - I have some BBR bottles, and also some Army & Navy bottles. I agree with you that the BBR bottles are showing a spirituous element, and will probably go downhill from here. But fortunately for me, the A&N bottling remains superb, and explains why specialist critics like Roy Hersh rave about this vintage of Graham. I would love to try an Oporto bottled bottle, but have never seen one for sale. Best wishes.

Red
1998 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/14/2016 - Julian Marshall Likes this wine:
90 points
Typical earthiness of a PL, with a good attack of redcurrants and an impressive second wave of cherry which lifts the wine to the top of the palate. Very enjoyable but just a little lacking in complexity for greatness.
  • Remony commented:

    3/14/16, 5:35 AM - Can't help wondering if this review is of a different wine to the Bahans '98? Perhaps two notes have become transposed? If not, what is a PL in this context, please, and how did you get redcurrants and cherries out of a '98 Pessac-Leognan? (I have this wine, so am interested to learn more!). Many thanks.

  • Remony commented:

    3/14/16, 8:16 AM - OK, Julian, many thanks for your response. I have tasted this wine many times, and am sadly now down to my last 6 bottles. Like you, I am no pro, but I have always found black fruits, and earthiness (which you do also mention). Typically, I have remarked on cedar, blackberry, gravel, prunes, tobacco & minerals. I associate cherries and redcurrants more with burgundy than PL, as you call it, which is why I raised my query! Anyway, each to their own, and I wish you well of your bottles. If you can, do try the HB grand vin as well, but with that, I would wait another few years first.

Red
1962 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/28/2015 - Remony wrote:
93 points
My last remaining bottle (of any wine) from my father's cellar (he died in 1972). Shared with my sister, niece and brother-in-law. Fill base neck. Short capsule. A little musty on nose and attack, but fruit has held up pretty well, and the dusty acidity, while present, does not dominate. (Tannins not otherwise noticeable.) Some pyxellation, but again not too intrusive. Overall the wine has done very well, but it is probably now in gentle decline.
  • Remony commented:

    2/3/16, 1:43 PM - Thanks pclin. Yes, the end of an era.

    The bottle had been moved several times over the years, so a better-cellared bottle would probably have been in even better shape.

Red
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Pinot Noir
9/3/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
I have this wine in 375s and have been waiting for it to come around. After 10 years, I am ready to conclude that it is never going to open up. A wine with great promise, but the fruit never caught up.
  • Remony commented:

    9/5/15, 12:30 PM - Be patient! The 1996 Volnays are only just emerging from undrinkability, and the 1999s are still there. If you don't despair, you will be pleasantly surprised in another 8-10 years' time.

Red
2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2015 - webbaker wrote:
flawed
One of the strangest wines I've tasted in recent memory. Decanted about 8 hours. Thin, dessicated, very little fruit. Improved somewhat over the next couple of days. I'd probably give this an 80, but I'm going to assume this bottle was bad, perhaps stored in a hot warehouse for years. It wasn't corked and didn't really taste oxidized. Not a pleasurable tasting experience.
  • Remony commented:

    7/9/15, 5:26 AM - Far too many 2000s were ruined by the torrid conditions in the summer of 2003 when they were shipped from Bordeaux. I have cases of wines like GPL 2000 which have clearly suffered bad heat damage -- corks raised, seepage etc. Perhaps your Pontet-Canet is showing signs of such damage?

Red
2005 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/29/2015 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
96 points
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Tasted next to Smith Haut Lafitte. Very pure crushed tobacco. Heady aspect. Alcohol is quite elevated? And yet the body is rich and sustained, like a note on a guitar that lasts a very long time. The SHL shows well by comparison! Bravo to the Cathiards. It is not as impressive – in terms of veritable tension – but it has stuffing and power. Going back to Haut Brion, once again this time after tasting LMHB, it seems smoother and fresher than the LMHB, more elegant and refined. A great wine in the making...
  • Remony commented:

    3/21/15, 2:06 PM - Panos -- I have real difficulty in accepting that Gazin merits 95 points in your book, whereas this HB gets only 96! Neal & Jancis rate the Gazin at around 90/16.5, and the HB at 98+/19. Are they wrong, or would you perhaps want to review your scoring?

  • Remony commented:

    3/21/15, 3:50 PM - Fair enough, and thanks for replying! I much appreciate your notes on the BI 2005 tasting generally, but was just a bit puzzled by some of your scores. As has been wisely observed before, we should perhaps treat the scores with a pinch of salt, and pay more attention to the text instead.

White
1999 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
12/27/2014 - Ibetian wrote:
Repulsive nose and taste, poured down the drain.
  • Remony commented:

    12/28/14, 4:48 AM - I fully share your assessment at present. But I am assured by several people who ought to know that if I leave these wines alone for another 5 years+, they will emerge from their present stage and be delicious. No harm in giving it a try!

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