Tasting Notes for Remony

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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.
Red
3/18/2018 - Remony wrote:
93 points
Second of a case of 12. Classic Vosne spices and purity. Acidity now fully resolved since last bottle 14 months ago, but still moderately oaky. Superb length and intensity. Needs more time.
White
2/15/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
A very odd bottle. The sixth of twelve; the others have been excellent, if slightly overoaked. This bottle is petillant on opening, and remains so after several hours. Lovely pale colour, perfect level, screwtop closure in immaculate condition. However, it has almost no nose, lacks depth of flavour, and the oak is more prominent than in other bottles. And the fizz on the tongue is not agreeable. Not corked, not oxidised, but distinctly not right either.
Red
2/11/2018 - Remony wrote:
93 points
Perfect level, but fairly loose cork, and the wine spurted up through the corkscrew on opening. Immaculate heavy duty capsule must have preserved the contents despite this. Lovely lightish colour. Nose of roses and brambles, palate predominantly acidic, and initially quite short. After an hour, nose becomes more intense, and interesting briar flavours develop, with tertiary old furniture elements contributing to considerable length and complexity. But now it seems that it has further to travel. A very interesting bottle.
Red
2/9/2018 - Remony wrote:
flawed
2 bottles from the cellar, taken to the annual Devonshire Arms Paulee. Opened and decanted there (a mistake, will decant at home next time). Levels well into neck, corks sound. One bottle corked. The other decidedly out of kilter, though not corked, not oxidised. Lovely colour, but flat and disappointing, relative to bottles from the same case drunk on previous occasions. I have 3 more, and will try another soon.
Red
2001 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
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.
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Red
1/8/2018 - Remony wrote:
95 points
Perfect level, fully saturated cork in good condition. Lightish delicate colour. Initial bottle stink, not promising, but it rapidly dissipated. Then, a thrilling cool nose and complex autumn flavours, flowers and leather, delicious acidity, good fruit still. Long and enticing. This is a lovely bottle, exemplifying good mature burgundy at its best.
Red
1/7/2018 - Remony wrote:
90 points
P & P. A lovely, fragrant, floral nose, but the wine itself has not yet caught up with the nose. Plenty of promise, but still rather four-square on the palate, with too much acidity. Probably needs another couple of years.
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