• Ralph_ wrote: flawed

    March 17, 2020 - corked

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  • srh Likes this wine:

    December 14, 2019 - Bordeaux Reds [3-'15s, & 3-'16s] (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Typically, 85% Merlot, 10% C.F., & 5% C.S. [though this vintage may be 80-M & 15-CF], from "vines ave 35 yrs old, planted in a limestone plateau (asteria limestone subsoil) dating back to the upper Oligocene, and a limestone & clay slope (limestone soil on clay-limestone molasse) dating back to the upper Eocene and Oligocene; Vats filled by gravity, cold prefermentary maceration, temperature-controlled wooden conical vats, 50% of the malolactic fermentation in new barrels, slow vatting over a period of 3 wks. Aged 14 mos (50% in new FR oak barrels, 50% in 1 wine barrels);"

    N: Closed; A melding of RIPE berries & vanilla with notes of pyrazines; Intensity lurking?

    P: LM body; RNDISH entry with NICE, almost swtish frt met by an astringent pucker as it works its way into & through the LONG, balanced finish with a tangy/swtness to the dusty tannins. NEEDS through '22, then drinking through '27, poss longer? My EXC-; [This vendor's $49.95 now puts it toward the bottom of the TOP 1/2 of wine-searcher's postings.]

    Note: The Ch's site has an EXTENSIVE list of reviews (pro *&* con) SHOULD anyone be interested. ;) Also, 1st tasted on 8/10/19, when I was *significantly* > impressed.

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  • Psdycp Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 25, 2019 - Very similar nose compared to it’s little brother Chateau Cap de Faugeres from Castillon, but this is deeper and more impactful. The stony and salty mineral is more profound here with a touch of roasted herbs and grilled meats. The palate is extended, more layering and riper black plums and blue fruits. A little less rounded compared to the Cap de Faugeres. But it is still rich and full. The transition to finish is seamless and very long. Tannins and acidity are so well balanced with the fruit. This needs 30 mins in the decanter and will easily last for a decade or more for greater harmony and complexity. 92-93 pts.

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  • pilatus88 wrote: 93 points

    October 22, 2019 - I had this in comparison with the Troplong Mondot and from a price value i choose this. It is full of smoky ripe red fruit, coffee notes, concentration and a well balanced long finish. Don't get me wrong the Troplong is great but not at twice the price. This felt like a bargain. And i love the Label.

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  • Jeff Leve wrote: 94 points

    September 21, 2019 - Espresso, smoke, licorice, wet earth and ripe, luscious deep red fruits are all over the place. The wine concentrated, full, is rich, juicy and round textured, with staying power on your palate.



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  • srh Likes this wine:

    August 10, 2019 - Winebar [1 Rosé, 3 Whts, & 8 Reds] from 08/09/19 + 4 Shared Bottles (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Typically, 85% Merlot, 10% C.F., & 5% C.S. [though this vintage may be 80-M & 15-CF], from "vines ave 35 yrs old, planted in a limestone plateau (asteria limestone subsoil) dating back to the upper Oligocene, and a limestone & clay slope (limestone soil on clay-limestone molasse) dating back to the upper Eocene and Oligocene; Vats filled by gravity, cold prefermentary maceration, temperature-controlled wooden conical vats, 50% of the malolactic fermentation in new barrels, slow vatting over a period of 3 wks. Aged 14 mos (50% in new FR oak barrels, 50% in 1 wine barrels);"

    N: Slightly closed; Vanilla atop ripe berries with pyrazines coming on; Intensity lurking?

    P: Med, poss LM, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt quickly met by an astringent pucker which stays within hailing distance of the init frt as it evolves into a LONG, BALANCED finish with a distinct swtness to the DUSTY tannins. NEEDS through '23, I'd guess, then potentially a candidate for its 15th? Impressive stuff! My EXC/EXC+; [This vendor's $49.95 puts it in the bottom 1/2 of wine-searcher's currently (?) somewhat limited postings.]

    Note: The Ch's site has an EXTENSIVE list of reviews (pro *&* con) SHOULD anyone be interested. ;)

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Does not like this wine: 89 points

    March 15, 2019 - Nose: Very floral aromatics in the beginning then some red cherries, cranberries, some sour oak, soft earth and a very slight spice.

    Palate: The spice is more pronounced on the palate, bitter minerality, some oak, bitter earth and brighter red fruits.

    Medium dark Ruby. Dry with smooth, fine tannins. Medium-minus body with medium acidity. Good finish of about 5-6 seconds. Old World indeed.. the fruit is not its main charm on the palate. The spice, minerality and slight bitterness is dominant here with a slight savoriness. Enjoyed the nose very much though. This is well made but not my preference.

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  • PSPatrick wrote: 88 points

    June 22, 2017 - Barrel sample. The wine was dark ruby in colour and had a nice nose of red fruit, red cherry, beetroot, spices and creamy vanilla. On the palate, there was obvious sweetness to the good red fruit and beetroot flavours, with medium-level acidity that provided sufficient freshness, refined tannin and good to very good length. I liked the nose, but the wine seemed to lack flesh and mid-palate stuffing.

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  • Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

    April 29, 2017 - Made from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with lusciously textured, very ripe, chewy dark plums. Stand by for sweetness, freshness and length.

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  • PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine: 89 points

    March 30, 2017 - The nose is more interesting than the Peby Faugeres, the fruit more red and fresh. So you pay less here and you get more enjoyable wine. Here's a scoop for you :-) 88-90

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