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  • 2018 Château Ferran Pessac-Léognan

    A nicely made Bordeaux without paying a high price. Wanted a quick sample of 2018 and chose this one. It disappointed at all. Yes it’s youthful at this stage but wanted to set some type of benchmark. This Pessac-Léognan is a blend made mostly with Merlot.

    Decanted for about an hour. On the nose, red fruit, not too big or ripe but balanced. Lovely perfume, floral notes and some terroir underneath the soft red fruit which tells you it’s Bordeaux and not a Napa. For me, the nose is the best part right now. On the palette, same red fruits and floral notes with some acidity and fine tannins. Balanced oak integration and good structure as well. Its nice now and will no doubt it improve in another 5-10 years. Then drink well for another decade. Enjoy!

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  • 2008 Château Troplong Mondot

    Opens with a beautiful multilayered nose of earth, mushrooms, perfumed flowers and pedals. Love the nose. Brick red in colour. On the palette, it’s still tight with tannins but very enjoyable. Medium red fruits of raspberries and cherries. Mid palette is a bit hollow but has a nice finish. Still needs much more time (5+ years). Medium finish. After 1-2 hours in the decanter, edges and tannins smoothed out with a soft supple finish. Remember visiting Troplong Mondot which was the reason for buying these bottles. Regardless very enjoyable from this favourite chateau. 94 today with lots of potential and confidence for growth to 95-96 in years to come. Enjoy!

    Updated: On day 2 like most, the nose still had the nice red fruit and perfumed flowers, reminiscent of Saint Emilion. On the palette, the merlot had smoothed out nicely providing a much more plush, softer feel. Excellent and very solid. Can’t wait for the future for this claret – its got a good one.

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  • 2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

    Just about 3 years since the last bottle. Decided to pop another one. Decanted for 15 minutes.

    Today we get the bright rich generous ruby red colour. On the nose, it’s more of the rich jammy red fruits, blueberries and other ripeness with oak nicely integrated. Hedonistic yet well balanced and mature. On the palette it’s what you would expect from the nose. More of the same and everything is in place and well integrated. With a long finish to boot. I always love Ben Glaetzer’s style and wine making prowess. If there’s one tiny blemish it’s the lack of complexity. But it’s expected from all new world regions. Regardless wonderfully made and pairs well on its own or with some of your favourite meals. Will easily last another decade. Enjoy to those who have a bottle to crack open.

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  • kr522 says:

    12/7/2013 3:49:00 PM - you asked about the 2010 VCC, for some reason i'm not able to respond to your question. as you can tell by my ranking I think it's a top notch wine and I don't think you'll be disappointed if you buy it now, though I have rated other wines a bit higher

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