• Anonymous wrote: 91 points

    January 26, 2019 - Amazing that this shows no bricking at 10 years of age (lightening, but not bricking). This exhibits bright red fruit with a laser beam of fresh acidity. Still a bit grippy. I just might age this a bit more.

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  • Food Daddy wrote: 90 points

    November 23, 2018 - Opened this last night @Thanksgiving. Did not notice any bricking on the rim. Drank nicely with some earth and red fruits. Great acidity to match against dinner yet nicely balanced. Much better than the Williams Seylem and a Ravenna.

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  • thomaskeil wrote: 92 points

    May 28, 2018 - Four years since the last bottle. This time I elected not to decant as it was quite expressive on opening. I see a very slight brown tinge that was not noted last time. Everything else applies. This is a vibrant, complex wine. Judging by its age, it should continue to be wonderful for years to come.

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  • tarheel17 Likes this wine:

    April 28, 2018 - I love, love, love the Ambassades cuvee and I buy it every year. For a geeky experiment, I shoved 3 bottles of the 2009 in the back of the cellar after purchase, unearthing them just last month in an offsite-storage shuffle.

    Since I usually drink the wine within 12 months of purchase, my notes are really just in comparison to what I usually taste.
    This 9 year old wine is darker, less "crunchy" (which is a wine term I only ever use to describe new Beaujolais, and I can't be certain but I think I got the word from Keith Levenberg or, god forbid, John Rimmerman) and less energetic than when drunk closer to release. It also feels a touch heavier and is just a tad less bracing in its attack. However, it hasn't much changed and I think the moral of the story is that you can drink right after release or cellar this stuff for a decade and it will still perform admirably.

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  • nefarm Likes this wine: 88 points

    April 25, 2018 - Still in a good drinking zone. Red fruits, light on tongue and medium length finish. Nice wine

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  • indiscriminate palate wrote: 91 points

    November 23, 2017 - Two hours of air. The nose is a medium intensity berry compote. The attack is of wonderfully sweet berries (raspberries, cranberries), bit of woody sweetness, mulled wine spice, on a light but rich satin frame. Good acid, with some mineral/salinity in the finish.

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  • ctbob wrote:

    May 26, 2017 - As before...

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  • ctbob wrote:

    October 11, 2016 - Fine balance and structure, but I've finally decided that at the Garagiste tariff, to use JR's term, it's overvalued. Saw it at 12E in France, and that makes far more sense. Will not buy any more of this.

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  • indiscriminate palate wrote: 92 points

    October 7, 2016 - Great wine. Sappy red and blue fruit, herbs, lots of salinity/minerality. Medium body. Fine, ripe tannin; medium-plus acid. This is just joyful crunchy blue fruit with a lovely mineral finish. Great.

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  • CWilliam wrote:

    March 30, 2016 - Consistent with prior notes - needed 30 minutes of airtime - Dark blackish red color. Small amount of sediment in bottle but not in the glass. Nose was more mute than prior tastings - strawberry, cherry & red currants. On palate, wet stone, cranberry, crunchy cherry flavor profile. Medium body, medium+ acidity and medium finish. 90+/-

    Very nice bottle of wine and would buy again. Would pair great with BBQ. [edit] Tried again 48 hours later - actually better this night. Nose was more open and minerality / crunchy red fruit was more apparent on the palate. I have never aged Beaujolais but one should be good for another 5+ years at least. 91+ on night 3.

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