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  • 2017 Domaine Chanton Pinot Noir Mario Chanton

    Fragrant, expressive with candied and dried, Amarone-like fruit, smoky minerality and some vegetal aromas. Despite the dried fruit, the wine has a cool and fresh feel. The tannins are fine, the texture is light and airy, with good acidity backbone. Good balance. The Amarone-like fruit is a turn-off but the structure and the texutral composition are top.

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  • 2004 Château Latour Grand Vin

    Tasted double blind. No detailed notes taken. The second time I came across this vintage in a few weeks with consistent results: This Latour is still slightly dormant with lots of classic graphite minerality, a subdued fruit core and some herbal notes. Not overly complex or interesting and still slightly coarse. It will need at least another decade or likely more to reach its peak.

    Decanting: Not decanted. I guess, 2-3 hours in the decanter would help the wine to open up more.

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  • 1994 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

    Tasted double blind. No detailed notes taken. Very classic, old-school Bordeaux with a lot of minerality and freshness as the defining components. It misses a bit of depth and there’s not enough fruit to create a good balance but it’s still quite enjoyable to drink. Surprisingly, this had almost no tertiary aromas yet.

    Decanting: Not decanted, no extensive decanting needed.

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  • El_Dougo says:

    3/8/2023 8:51:00 AM - Just read your Bordeaux 2000 tasting story. Can’t believe you made notes (and transcribed them online) on 48 wines. Respect!

  • jlgnml says:

    7/22/2020 10:57:00 AM - Love your magnum tastings as I did a ‘55 tasting 2x with magnums. Friends call me magnum man. Long live a mag!

  • Goldstone says:

    7/22/2020 9:32:00 AM - Super notes on your Bordeaux Magnums tasting....but how come the organiser didn't know to decant many of these for several hours? It seems almost incompetent when treating wines of this calibre (and expense). For example, I am a big 1959 Bordeaux fan but even a 750ml bottle of a top growth needs a 6-8 hour decant in my experience.

  • vintage1949 says:

    8/13/2019 6:54:00 AM - Was reading your TN’s. Read your comment “TN: Nosegasm! Wonderfully intense, precise, elegant and light nose displaying loads of matchsticks...” Funny as our wine group came up with the term Double O or oral org... when a wine was just spectacular. (Note: I have been tasting wine for over 45 years. Yup-that means I am no spring chicken) Have not had to many Double O’s but wine like the 1959 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild sure did. Dave

  • John Dunlap says:

    5/23/2019 8:12:00 PM - Hey Cailles, reading a lot of great reviews about 2018 BDXs. Are you going to purchase any futures? I usually buy Clinet as it is consistently good and well priced. Anyway, let me know what your thoughts are via CellarTracker or at Cheers, John

  • bestdamncab says:

    3/14/2019 6:13:00 AM - Look me up when in Napa or Sonoma as I am an hour away, great TN that make me want to be young again!!!

  • BuzzzzOff says:

    12/19/2018 1:59:00 AM - Good to be fans, Cailles. Ah, Zurich. We visited two times this year. Sadly, we missed you. Caduff's and Napa Grille is a very, very nice way to sniff 'n sip some jolly good Cali Cabs!