Tasting Notes for Remony

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Red
10/20/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Mature lightish colour, some watering at rim. Pungent and pleasing red fruits on the nose, with marked acidity. Pleasantly sharp, no sweetness, red fruits puckering the mouth. For the first two hours, it seemed to be in a good place, but a little later it began to tire, and some caramel emerged. Time to drink up, I think, and not to linger over the bottle.
Red
2001 Nicolas Potel Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/1/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Nothing like as good as our last bottle, a year ago, which I scored 93. Assertive tannins make this bottle unbalanced. And not as sweet or as long as last time. But I hope this may just be an awkward phase, and look forward to trying again in another year or so. Still very impressive QPR, at £30 a bottle en primeur.
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Yet another 1998 from the Medoc impaired by all that rain in September. A 75cl bottle which we didn't decant. Very soft and gentle for an LB, diffuse in mid-palate. Pedestrian, unexciting, a little weak. You can almost taste that rain. However, it did improve a bit towards the end, with some vigour and tannins, probably due to suspended solids in the last glass.
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Red
8/24/2019 - Remony wrote:
92 points
Coming along very nicely. Strongly coloured. Still some tannins, but excellent fruit, acidity and vigour. May still improve further.
Red
1996 Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/7/2019 - Remony wrote:
93 points
At Arras, York, with Peter S, Mark G, Rodney T, Tony and Simon B. From the rocky true Charmes, not from Mazoyeres. Slightly watery at rim, diffuse soft colour, and minute solids in suspension. Fully mature, in perfect harmony, no trace of excess acidity. A really good example of mature Gevrey GC. Warm, friendly but complex flavours, and good length. Earthy and inviting. Lovely.
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Red
5/30/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Bourgogne Rouge doesn't often get better than this. Roseate colour, floral nose, lovely sweet well-balanced wine with decent length. Summer flowers, especially roses. From Corgoloin, I paid £9 a bottle en primeur. Happily still have plenty left.
Red
1993 Pierre Damoy Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/24/2019 - Remony wrote:
87 points
Decanted into an ETO for 5 hours, and taken to London for the annual Burgundy Wimps. Initially the wine appeared corked when first poured, and browner than its age warranted. However, over time it did improve significantly in the glass (and turned out not to be corked). Nevertheless, overall it remained slightly caramelly and disappointing. Drinkable, but nothing like what I hoped it would be. Several bottles from the same case have been much better, including one very special one in 2010, but others have disappointed as this one did. Probably the case has been mistreated at some point (I didn't buy it en primeur).
Red
5/3/2019 - Remony wrote:
92 points
At Le Millesime Restaurant, Chambolle-Musigny. The Sigauts are growers not previously known to us (Anne is the senior partner as the label shows, even though the domaine formally bears her husband's name), and Les Groseilles is a 1er cru I also did not know. But this was the recommendation of the sommelier to accompany our main dishes of veal and turbot.

As with most lists in Burgundy, the restaurant's wines were almost all from vintages no older than 2012 (even the grands crus), and so were much younger than we would normally have drunk all but the simplest generics. However, the sommelier knew his stuff. We set a limit of €110, and this bottle came in nicely at €92. A lovely, pungent nose, despite its medium colour. And initially quite robust by the standards of Chambolle, but it soon developed into a nuanced, perfumed, floral glass typical of the village, and very well suited to our meal. Red fruits and summer flowers. Remarkably good to drink with only 3 years of bottle age. Bravo.
White
4/30/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
At Le Soufflot, Meursault. Pale. Initially quite modest, almost delicate. Then some insistent acidity. Much happier when the food arrived. Excellent with smoked mackerel, then champignons de Paris, then cod with onions and cauliflower. After that, we switched to a Volnay. Some way still to go for this St Aubin, we think.
Red
4/30/2019 - Remony wrote:
89 points
At Le Soufflot, Meursault. I was going to choose a 1er Cru, but one of the three young patrons strongly insisted that this was the Volnay to have from a formidably long and very fairly priced list. I have no way of judging his choice, but this was a bold (but not overbearing) village wine, with insistent fruit and earthy minerality. At €60, it was also 40% cheaper than the 1er Cru. The tannins only began to show after 90 minutes, and even then they were not off-putting.
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Red
4/16/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Domaine grapes, not negoce. Decanted 2 hours. Well balanced, fruity, mouth-puckering. Very delicious right now, remains to be seen whether it will shut down at some point, as other 2015 village wines have done. Quite good QPR, at £27 delivered.
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Red
2005 Château Beauregard Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2019 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Probably now ready, but will last for a good while yet. Still dense and opaque in appearance. Not particularly sweet or harmonious, but has some satisfying edgy tannins, even if these are not quite what you expect in a Pomerol. A touch of alcohol in the taste profile, despite its claimed 13% abv. Overall, a bit sharper than expected, but rich, nicely acidic, and pleasing. It has been a banker of our cellar for the last 3 or 4 years, when it has seemed a bit more simple than it does now. I think we will leave our remaining 5 bottles alone for several years more, and see what happens.
Red
3/28/2019 - Remony wrote:
93 points
Lovely. Needs an hour or two in the decanter to show its full colours. With that, a slightly smoky beautifully balanced wine emerges, long and pleasantly tannic, a real success. Many more years to go. Surprising that there has been no price movement for this wine in the last 4 years.
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Red
1/25/2019 - Remony wrote:
88 points
Quite floral, with some spice. But is it a little hollow, watery, lacking robustness? We shall see. First of 24 bottles.
Red
1989 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/13/2019 - Remony wrote:
94 points
Remarkable depth of flavour. Cool, broad, smoky nuances of pebbles and graphite. Superbly balanced, gets better and better with a couple of hours of air. The Chateau says that the 2005 is the equal of this wine -- if that is true, it will be an extraordinary bottle. Significantly better than our last bottle 4 months ago. Simply excellent.
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Red
2006 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2018 - Remony wrote:
94 points
A Double Magnum perfectly decanted by Peter for Christmas lunch with the McCormick family and Simon & Di. Fine limpid appearance, a beautiful wine from the last of a trio of outstanding vintages in Pomerol. Remarkably smooth and elegant. Probably holding back some of its future complexities, but we wouldn't have noticed that on an occasion such as this (it followed vintage Bollinger, and Yquem '83 with the foie gras). Lovely.
Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/19/2018 - Remony wrote:
95 points
3 bottles for my 70th birthday dinner. They showed some bottle variation, although that may have been because the two better bottles had been left in open jug-style decanters for 4 hours before being served, whereas the third was in a stoppered decanter, in case it was not needed on the night (it was, of course!). Exquisite blackberry colour, cool essence of Graves pebbles and graphite (I cannot agree with those who say that terroir does not impart minerality to a wine), and great with the beef. But not, to my mind, quite in the same class as the 1989.
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White
9/17/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Not remotely oxed, praise be. Sad that one has to start a 2010 tasting note with that preliminary observation! A lovely rounded 8 year old village wine, just as it should be. Fruit and a slight sweetness, good acidity, and some minerality; a wine for sipping and savouring rather than quaffing. Lasted well over 3 days. Very good indeed for what it is.
White - Sparkling
5/19/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
Opened on my 70th. Both bottles (my last two) hopelessly oxidised, and poured away. Happily not a metaphor for a wasted life!
Red
1998 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2018 - Remony wrote:
92 points
Deep imperial red. A touch of brett on the nose. Tears on the glass sides, tannins fully integrated, fine acidity. But no real fruit, and the mild brett persists in the mouth. Very good indeed, but not enough complexity or length in this bottle for a better score.
Red
9/16/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
17th of 24. Perfectly correct, if not truly inspiring wine. Quaffable cab sauv from a fine vintage at only £22 en primeur, a more than acceptable weekend house wine. Has the added virtue of being fully ready to drink, unlike many other 2000s.
Red
2009 Château Le Crock St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2018 - Remony wrote:
86 points
37.5cl. This wine is not singing as yet, even in half bottle format. A bolder, heavier wine than I was expecting, unknit, with tannins yet to resolve. Leave for another two years, at least.
Red
2009 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/26/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
In 37.5cl format, this is ready to go, and is lovely for what it is. Rich, rounded, flavoursome and more-ish. Tannins in balance. My first foray into my selection of cases of different 2009 half bottles, and a very good start it is too.
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White
5/19/2018 - Remony wrote:
94 points
At my 70th birthday dinner. Arresting and authoritative but still young, lots of smoke, a touch of gunflint still; it worked really well with the oily richness of the Icelandic peat-smoked salmon. No hint of the sweetness or candied fruit you sometimes get in 2005 white burgs (and no hint of ox either in these two bottles).
Red
2000 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2018 - Remony wrote:
88 points
2 years ago, this was lovely. But for now, it is spirituous, unbalanced, and quite disappointing. New World in feel, not at all what I expected. Alcohol & tannins. Some astringency, no sweetness. Leave for a couple of years and try again.
Red
2005 La Petite Eglise Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2018 - Remony wrote:
89 points
No more than a two dimensional Pomerol at this stage of its development. Simple, lacking sweetness, assertive. Indeed initially quite aggressive, modern and contrived. But after several hours (and the next day), it shows more possibilities, although tannic and unbalanced. Leave for a number of years.
Red
9/6/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
5 magnums of this ideal easy-drinking wine for a large dinner party of uncritical friends after a walked-up day at Commondale. But it is very good, as well as providing easy drinking. Fully ready to go. Wonderful QPR at £26 per magnum, en primeur.
Red
9/10/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
Very odd chemical aroma and flavour. Akin to ethyl acetate. Have not encountered this before in this wine. Hope it is just an odd bottle. Not good to drink - discarded.
White - Off-dry
9/13/2018 - Remony wrote:
93 points
This is astonishingly good. Energetic, saliva-inducing wine, delivering thrilling fruit & acidity, in perfect harmony. Not really sweet at all - just as a Spätlese should be, but sometimes isn't. Fresh and delightful, and very more-ish. Knocks the spots off a bottle of Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese of the same vintage opened yesterday, at least at this stage of their evolution. [03 09, 7.5%]
Red
2005 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/12/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
First of 48. On first opening, definitely not ready. Lovely cool Graves flavours, but completely lacking any aroma, and after an hour it began to exhibit significant bitterness and abundant tannins, seemingly quite unbalanced as yet. But after another 2-3 hours, it knitted together quite well, and was much better the next day. It needs more time, or a long decant, but it is full of promise. Revisit in another year or so. In time, this could be really lovely, in line with the estate's opinion that it is the best Bahans/Clarence since 1989.
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White - Off-dry
9/11/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Glorious, harmonious acidity invigorates flavours of wheat and stones. No petillance, and little overt fruit in this bottle. The lovely acidity is the main theme at present. Too cold when opened, but developed beautifully after an hour at room temperature. First of six, will leave the others for a few more years. [10 09, 7.5%]

Next day: Rather more fruit in evidence, less grain. But no change to the attractive acidity. However, to my surprise, I began to tire of the wine, and did not finish the last glass. At this stage, this wine is not nearly as enjoyable as the much more modest (in price and reputation) 2008 Weiser-Künstler Enkircher Ellergrub Spätlese, opened the following evening.
Red
9/9/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
37.5cl. Strong colour, pure & intense nose. Sharp on the palate, no sweetness, no Vosne spice. Whilst not astringent, at present it is a little bitter. Unyielding, uncompromising. May well be lovely in time, but not yet.
Red
9/8/2018 - Remony wrote:
91 points
We have already consumed 24 half bottles of this wine, and in that format it has been ready to go for a year now. This was our first 75cl bottle. Whilst it is certainly ready to drink, it did benefit further from some air, and may still have more to give in this format. Very well balanced, good fruit, satisfying and reasonably long. Little or no sediment, excellent with food and on its own. Last glass was the best. Perfect as a weekend house claret, or for supper parties.
Red
2000 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2018 - Remony wrote:
91 points
With Sophie & Will, and Pops, at home. Deeply limpid, with vigorous tannins and acidity. A strong wine, worked well with pasta. Indeed it reminded me of a robust sangiovese in some ways. Masses of sediment, so will decant for that reason in future. Unlikely to soften, but no hurry to drink up.
Red
9/3/2018 - Remony wrote:
89 points
Definitely past its best. Four years ago, this was lovely, a real star for a village wine. But now, it's quite pedestrian, lacking the fruit and pzazz it used to have, really quite matt and dull-ish. Drink up! Must try the 1er Cru soon, and the Grand Vin not too much longer afterwards.
Red
9/2/2018 - Remony wrote:
87 points
Curious. Initially, strong flavours of stewed blackberry and apple, on both nose and palate. But after half an hour, tannins become assertive, the fruit recedes, the acidity starts to dominate, and a lack of balance becomes evident. Short, and not very enjoyable. Leave for another 3 years and try again (but without any real confidence that it will improve).
Red
9/2/2018 - Remony wrote:
81 points
My only remaining bottle, thank goodness. Disagreeably acidic and dry. No fruit. Yet another disappointment from 1995. Almost undrinkable, no pleasure.
Red
1989 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2018 - Remony wrote:
93 points
P & P. Initially pixellated and disjointed, sweaty even. But those traits rapidly dissipated, to leave a mature wine, deep red, watering slightly at the rim, and generally old winey in appearance. A firm but old wine nose. No longer as characteristic of Graves as it was four years ago, lots of glycerol tears on the glass, slightly acidic and assertive, but still lovely. On the strength of this bottle, it's time to drink up.
White
9/1/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
Oxed. Mildly initially, but within 10 minutes it became darker and seriously unpleasant.
White
9/1/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
Truly repulsive. Neither oxed, nor corked. Instead, a vile chemical nose, and a disgusting persistent pungent palate. Completely undrinkable.
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Red
1998 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2018 - Remony wrote:
94 points
P & P, would probably have been even better with 2 hours in a decanter. Ready to go, but seems likely to improve further. Fine savoury flavours, fully integrated and unobtrusive tannins, very satisfying. But not quite as impressive as the '98 HB, and certainly not as aggressive as that wine is (for the present).
Red
2001 Nicolas Potel Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/30/2018 - Remony wrote:
93 points
First of a case. Much better than expected, a delicious, pungent, penetrating wine, lovely on its own after food. Better with some air, may decant next time. Wonderful QPR at £30/bottle en primeur.
Red
7/19/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
My last bottle of this, and much the best. In perfect condition, a lovely edge of Vosne spice, warm summer flowers and harmony. Completely integrated and balanced. Just 12.5% abv. The previous bottle disappointed, but this is the one to stay in the memory!
Red
2005 Blason de l'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
9 magnums for 40 thirsty souls at my 70th birthday lunch. A splendid affair, and a delicious wine to celebrate it. Fully ready, but can probably improve still further. It promises well for the grand vin.
Red
1992 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/21/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Double Magnum from the cellar, taken to Struan Lodge for the annual fishing party. In remarkably good condition, level into neck, no browning. Cork split, but eventually both halves were extracted intact. Not decanted for fear of rapid deterioration, but that proved entirely unnecessary, and it improved significantly with air. Slightly astringent with noticeable acidity, and a flavour I would describe as "red", deriving from a possible lack of ripeness or from rain-affected grapes. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable accompaniment to roast beef, matching horseradish sauce particularly well! In sum, a pleasant surprise.
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Red
5/17/2018 - Remony wrote:
91 points
This has become quite delicious. Intense perfume, well balanced, roses and hedgerow fruits, 13% abv, excellent value, very more-ish.
Red
4/5/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
Remarkably perfumed. Highly floral, almost a pot pourri, or dried rose petals in a bowl in an upmarket hotel foyer. But very pleasant, moreish, and rather better than just an excellent midweek quaffer at £16 delivered. Ripe tannins, balanced and long. One of the better wines of my year so far.
Red
3/29/2018 - Remony wrote:
89 points
Rather dull stuff. Bland on opening, it eventually developed into a perfectly correct but somewhat uninspiring wine, a touch of acidity and no great length. The vintage, or the vigneron?
White
3/28/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
2 more bottles of monumentally oxidised, truly offensive bottles, to follow the 4 bottles which were also undrinkable as referred to in my October 2017 note. It really is a disgrace that so many bottles of this wine should be so disgusting.
White
3/28/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
Oxed. Badly but not entirely comprehensively, although completely undrinkable. Cork was tight as a drum, so no premature exposure to outside air.
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