Over 25.000 tasting notes

One of Norway's largest wine tasting note archives, containing more than 25.000 tasting notes. All tasted by one taster, not a panel, so Norway's most consistent archive as well. To find tasting notes? Search; mywinesandmore "wine name" on google, to find all notes from one property.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

85 Opus One

1985 Opus One;
Ruby with brick rim, some sediments. Dusty first, hints of raisins and prunes, then Asian spices, getting more intence after 15 minutes, sweet tobacco, leather and coffee. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, good balance, surpricingly lean body, very elegant and beautifull finish. For everyone that belives all American and New World wines have to be big, try this one. 92

Merlot monster

2001 Roberto Voerzio, Vigneto Fontanetza;
Deep ruby, garnet rim, huge, intence as few, black- and blueberry concentrate, ok acidity, a bit hollow mid palate, ripe tannins, big and empty. Body builder with to much jewelry on, kind of impressive, but why. 77

Saturday, 30 January 2010

1990 Soldera

1990 Gianfranco Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva;
Bright ruby with garnet rim, floral, violets, roses, tar, intence and youthfull. Beautifull attack, a bit extracted somehow, great structure, high acidity, high ripe tannins, a bit rich, tannins glues to the teeth, a bully in Brioni. More fruit with air, long finish. 93

My twin Biondi-Santi Annata

1979 Biondi-Santi, Brunello di Montalcino, Annata;
Bright ruby with garnet rim, absolutelly astonishingly beautifull colour. Perfumed black tea, sweet cherries, slight hint of volatility, some lacquer and hardwood, even blackcurants. High and fresh acidity, truly mouthwatering, transparent and elegant, very pure, layered, such elegance, quite seductive, some ripe tannins, more floral with air, could be a bit longer, but punches way over it's weight class. Impressive. After 15 minutes, cigars, getting more and more complex, leather, chocolate, leafy notes, the whole wine opens up, good length. 90

1945 Chateau Ausone

1945 Chateau Ausone;
Expedie en Barrique par Eschenauer & Co, Bordeaux. Fill B-B/C, cork soaked and very wet when pulled. Deep ruby, brick rim, orange hue. Almost leaps out of the glass, fine leather, cedar, cigars, prunes, lacquer, cherries, leafy and some blackcurrants, chocolate. Fresh acidity, sweet and sour, great balance, a bit lean body, elegant in it's transparent way, some dry tannins still, quite shorter finish than the other two bottles I have tasted, falling a bit together after 25 minutes, then then minutes later somehow recovers and gets even more intence, this is my first for that, getting some darker fruits, plums and blackberries, after two hours very floral and roses, then last sip after about four hours, very pruny and blackberries, longer finish. 93

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Montrachet. Terroir or man?

2004 Baron Thenard, Montrachet;
Decanted for two hours. Pale golden, diesel, as intence as ever, not petroleum like riesling, pure diesel, then some honey and floral notes behind, then intence of minerals and barrel. Smokey, smoked salmon, wax, oily, low acidity. 83
Terroir? When you taste this wine, your pretty shure terroir has everything to do with man, and nothing to do with nature and location. This wine is a far cry from Ramonet or Sauzet, not even resembling them. Tasted blind, Rhone was on almost everyones lips. How can you question the worlds most highly praised vineyard?

Pure youth

1996 Lanson Gold Label;
Pale golden, tiny bubbles. Some toast and yeast first, but this evaporates like due for the sun, then very unripe apples and minerals emerge. Very elegant, not too complex, beautifull mousse, elegant and balanced acidity, cleans perfectly, lime and lemon in the finish, shy and still mouthwatering. Very young. Keep. 88 for now.

89 Cos

1989 Chateau Cos d'Estournel;
Ruby with thin brick rim, great nose, youthfull, but some cooked jam and fruits, liquorice, leather, ok acidity, maturing tannins, elegant body, great wine, but the fruit seems warmer than most in this vintage, and not at all up to it's status. 88

2006 Rio Vista and Echezeaux, head to head

2006 Brewer-Clifton, Rio Vista, Sta Rita Hills Pinit Noir;
Ruby with pink rim. Intence of fresh strawberries, some leather, not too complex, but very fruit driven. Lots of fruit, some oak behind, spicy notes, mint and pepper, then vanilla, quite elegant, good length. You feel some alcohol, but it hides it well, it's 15,4. 86
2006 Daniel Rion, Echezeaux;
Ruby with pink rim. Very elegant, fresh strawberries, hints of leather, some oak, but this pure strawberry just shines through. High acidity, very fresh, some barrel tannins, good fruit, pure youth, fruity intencity, needs many years. 90

82 Talbot

1982 Chateau Talbot;
A level fill, cork half soaked. Deep ruby, intence and young fruit, cassis, blackcurrants, tobacco, cigars, lots of cedar, medicinal, such complex and elegant beauty. Perfect harmony and balance, fresh and livelly acidity, ripe tannins, great fruit, fantastic long finish. I got this blind, and the only thing to hint at some age was the medicinal touch, otherwise it was so youthfull. I guessed at a 2000 First Growth or super second. Just marvelous. 96

Nature going blanc

2005 Henri Gouges, Nuits-St-Georges, La Perriere Premier Cru;
This very rare Pinot Noir blanc was a treat to find in a shelf in Beaune. Straw yellow, very closed even after two hours, just boring, a rip of. But all of a sudden, as if The Almighty himself touched it, this heavenly minerality appears, some apples, melon, acts of very mature fruit, but not a hint of tropical, not even yellow fruits. Such seductive complexity that creeps into you, the elegance is finer than the best silk, the mouthfeel is out of his world, acidity cleans perfectly, fresh, and the most elegant minarality of all burgundies I have tried, perfect balance, fantastic fruit, aftertaste never gives in. Lasts for minutes. 96

Faulty cork, still good

1973 Chateau Belgrave;A-A/B level fill, ruby with broag brick rim, cork almost soaked. Very mature, cassis, some leather, pencil, slight floral notes, the fruit is not as evolved by aromas as expected, but starting to dry up, ok acidity, cherry stone sour finish, a bit short. 82

1998 Wachtenbur Winzer, Wachenheimer Fuchsmantel, Riesling Eiswein;
(demi) Deep golden, leaking bottle. Botrytis and extreme intencity, apples, pineapples, tropical, figs, mango, some honey, maturing aromas. Fresh balance and acidity, cleans perfectly, could have been a bit longer and more complex, but seductive, even from a leaking bottle. 89

Not so swinging sixties

1969 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac;
A level fill, cork soaked and could be pushed in the neck. Bright ruby with brown-orange rim, violets, dried fruits, some tobacco and blackcurrants, dust and cellar, a bit too far, ok intencity, cherrystones, sour finish, dies of in the glass.83
1964 Faustino 1;
A level fill, cork almost soaked, pale ruby with thin orange rim. Very elegant nose, violets, strawberries, quite fresher than expected, but a bit tender. Good fruit and acidity, very mature tannins, carefull and shy, kind of elegant, a bit short.85

Two Portuguese

2004 Real Compania Vehla, Grandjo Late Harvest, Douro;
Golden, botrytis, vanilla, some muscat, honney and apricots, peach and tropical, quite Sauternes-like, but with a sweeter touch. Acidity could be higher and fresher, but, hey, this is Douro, slightly bitter and burnt almonds in finish, sweet feel. This semillon is not a Sauternes, it's too sweet for that, and also lacks the acidity, but to have this freshness on a semillon out of Douro is impressive. 84

1987 Quinta do Cotto;
My father likes to experiment. Likes to see how different wines evolve. I love it. Therefore I have the possibility to try many different wines that is not at hand, especially if older. Sometimes he ages them a bit to long, and that is actually to our benefit as well, then we can se what it becomes. This was one of those bottles, bright ruby with a broad brick rim. Metallic, stable, boiled plums and prunes. Thin, simple and acidic. 58

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Such transparancy

2005 Loredan Gasparini, Venegazzu Della Casa;
Deep ruby, pink rim. Green paprika, blackcurrants, blackberries, some pepper and spices, blueberries, behind a curtain of liquorice, a bit green and herbal, but somehow it just makes it more interesting, fresh and quite intence. Very elegant and balanced, a bit lean body, but layered and transparent, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, some cherry stones. Variant of the ugly duckling that you had barely heard of, seen or noticed, but when she/he got dressed up, everybody had to stop and pay attention, not because it was the most beautifull sight ever, but because it was beautifull enough, and quite interesting. Quite long finish. 84

Monday, 18 January 2010

02 Yquem

2002 Chateau d'Yquem;
Pale golden. Honney, pineapples, peach, yellow fruits, tropical, some orange peel, bit of vanilla and botrytis, pure youth. Gorgeous balance, acidity cleans perfectly, very complex and elegant, exceptional finish. Will keep a long time. 93

Four reds

2005 Penfolds RWT, Barossa Shiraz;
Deep ruby, ruby rim. Some barrique, mint, lots of sweet morellos, pepper, vanilla and violets, a bit perfumed. Good acidity, some liquorice, overripe raspberries, some alcohol touch, needs time. 83

2001 Chateau Marquis de Terme;
Ruby, green bell peppers, cassies, green beans, blackcurrants, leather, stable and herbs. Great balance and fresh acidity, ripe tannins, a bit lean body, but elegant, great finish. 87

2004 Bodegas Alion;
Deep ruby, ruby rim. Lots of liquorice, red berries, coffee, some vanilla and dark chocolate. Very young. Fresh acidity, fruit driven for the moment, quite a few tannins, great balance and texture, keep. 89

2001 Gaja Sperss;
Bright ruby, tar and roses, some liquorice, cherries, morellos, red berries, very elegant and complex, very young still. Great acidity, ripe tannins, great balance, very intence, long finish. Drinks beautifully now, but will improve. 93

DFDS, Oslo-København

Det hender jeg vill ut på sjøen, ikke så mye på grunn av selve sjøen forsåvidt, den ser jeg ut av stuevinduet uansett, så det er mest fordi jeg ofte tar meg en tur til København.

DFDS er jo ikke bare det naturlige valget, det er det eneste. Med deres satsing på en god vinbar er det faktisk ganske trivelig. Der er det knapt bråk og fulle tenåringer, og generelt lite som minner om en harry Stena tur. Når utvalget i baren til stort sett fornuftige priser (Bordeaux kan bli litt drøyt priset) er det mange gode smaker på glass! Hva med Gaja Sperss, Mouton Rothschild, Yquem, Opus One, Penfolds Grange, Cheval Blanc og mange andre, tilgjengelig på glass! (Ihvertfall når de er i humør til det)

Er man flere er det intet problem, da åpnes det meste, også for glass. Men sist jeg var med var lugarene nyoppusset, og det er blitt SÅÅ moderne. Ok, de var kansje litt gammelmodige før, men de hørte sjøen til, nå ser de ut som ett hvilket som helst wanabee maritimt hotell.

Da er det godt å ty til ett glass god vin når man nesten sjokkert forlater sin stamlugar, lettere slukøret over fornyingene, og bølgehøyden utenfor vinduet begynner å bli høy. Så sitter man der, med sin vinplatte med rimelig gode smaker. Kjøkkenet kunne med små grep blitt enda bedre, for mye tyder på at smakssammensettninger er de gode på, men mye er nok fabrikert på forhånd, og det meste av klientellet ombord er vel heller ikke spesiellt opptatt av kvaliteten på råvarene, men heller beløpet nederst på regningen.
Jeg har reist såpass mange ganger at sjefen for de gode flasker ofte tar seg en prat mellom slagene, og diskusjonen om vin er alltid på ett godt nivå, kunnskapene er der, men man blir ikke altfor nerdete. Noen ganger kommer andre bord til også, da kan det bli riktig spennende diskusjoner. På denne reisen ble bølgehøyden etter hvert svært høy.
Da er det godt at man kan gå tilbake til hotellrommet, nei lugar var det, og sette seg i sitt private boblebad og kikke ut på stormen, med ett glass Yquem. Så sitter man der og nipper til sitt glass, kikker på de enorme kalde bølgene som raser forbi, og lurer på hva herrene i salongen på Titanic nippet til i de siste minutter.
Skål for DFDS og deres vinbar.

Not for the faint hearted

2005 Clarendon Hills, Kangarilla Grenache;
Opaque with purple rim. Sweet nose, massive dark berries, cinamon and sweet spices. Almost Port, you can't even feel the acidity in this wast ocean of dark, jammy fruit, some tannins try to form land somewhere in the horizon, enough fruit for three bottles in this one, vulgar and huge, like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and they made that one on purpose. 80
2007 Apostelhoeve, Louwberg Maastricht, Riesling;
Straw yellow, some citrus and floral, light tropical note. Lazy acidity, dry, just boring. 63

Old beauty

1963 Ferreira Vintage Port;
Brigth ruby with thin brick rim, lots of sediments. Intence, sweet berries, spices, fills the room, slightly volatile, cherries, liquorice, mocca and some hazelnut. Soft attack, rounded first, then leaner and fresher, the acidity cleans exceptionally well, blackberries, cinamon, stone fruits, very long finish. 92

86 Poyferré

1986 Chateau Leoville Poyferré;
Deep ruby, tiny orange rim. Cassis, cigars, polished wood, leather, think interior of a Silver Shadow, pencil, blackcurrant leaves, very complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, perfect balance, very long finish. 90

Two Valbuena's

2000 Vega-Sicilia Valbuena;
Deep ruby, intence, chocolate, mocca, leather, some berries and floral, cassis and roses. Great acidity, very ripe tannins, great structure and balance, needs time with the oak, a bit popcorn butter in the finish, long finish. Keep ten years. 89
1993 Vega-Sicilia Valbuena;
Ruby wth garnet rim. Coffee, mocca, some cassis and cherries, then pencil and violets, very complex, needed air. Marvelous acidity, extremelly mature tannins, very fresh, great balance, great and elegant finish. Far better than expected. 92

Barca Vehla, Musar and Produttori

1991 Barca-Vehla;
Ruby with thin purple rim. Cherries, leather, liquorice, quite closed first, more intence with air, pepper. Elegant acidity, some mocca and very ripe tannins, a bit sweetish touch, and then it dries up to a very elegant finish. 90
1993 Chateau Musar;
Soaked cork, B level fill. Bright ruby with brick rim. Slightly volatile and perfumed, hints of floral, violets and roses, some spices, sweetish cherry and morello notes, quite complex, fresh and livelly acidity, mature tannins, elegant and long finish. 88
1997 Produttori del Barbaresco, Montefico Barbaresco Riserva;
Deep ruby with brick rim. Heavy nose, coffee and minerals, some perfumed and herbal, even earthy notes. High acidity, almost screaming at you, tannins, and as green as green tea, simple, astringent and a bit dry. Either an angry teenager or suicidal. 75

Back from the dead

1969 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac;
Fill A/B-level, deep ruby with orange rim, a bit earthy, rotten wood and bark, some cassis and coffee behind, even with that description, seems quite vital. Ok acidity, mature tannins, a bit lean body, some iodine and metallic, but then ads with some prunes, clings to its life, but doing it gracefully, way better than any expectation. 81

The old man

1991 Ampeau, Volnay Santenots;
Ruby with brick rim, very earthy, some strawberries, but a bit dusty. A bit acidic, and later on heavy and slow. Think that old, single, never married uncle comming, the one who thinks he is vital and funny, but smells instead, and gets easilly drunk, so you have to drive him back home, or torture a poor taxi driver with him. 84

1954 Chateau Gilette, Bordeaux Superiore;
Deep golden, greenish hue. Raisins, prunes, hint of honey and camphor, minerals and lemon, very complex, exceptional development in the glass. Bone dry, ok acidity, not quite enough body, slightly bitter finish, more of a quriosity than really good, promises a lot on the nose, but can't keep up. 82

Mr Joly

The quest continues.

1990 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Golden, explosive minerality again, honey melon, fresh pears, honey and nuts, even when decanted for two days, nothing much happens in any direction, but the acidity is lazy, a bit lean body and all the honey don't mach, like the oposite of a fat girl with a bit too small top. And still oxidized.........84

So, trying wines from 16 years from oldest to youngest, all sharing a very similar style, except the lowering of alcohol, and to some exctent, oxidation, but it is still very much a part of the style.

1989 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Lemon yellow, more mature smelling, dust, leaf, minerals, quite less oxidation than the 90, flint, plaster and lemon, a bit steely and lean, not that long and an acidic finish. 83

1984 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Golden, a bit closed, some minerals, apples, pears, much fresher than the 89 and 90, massive nuts, probably how a squirrel feels when it has the cheeks filled with hazelnuts, lean, acidic, a bit short finish. Still some oxidation, great balance, but a bit short. Nothing happened during 24 hours open, in the bottle. 86

Seems to get fresher again after two a bit dissapointing bottles of 90 and 89.

1980 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Deep straw yellow! First light colour, and that at almost 30 years of age! Some smoked meaty notes, flint, hints of melon, more citrus, then oysters. This is really different. Even more, almost massive citrus with more air, fresh and lively minerality, very elegant and great balance, leaner than all the others, and so much fresher and more youthfull, actually has the fat girls 14,5 alcohol, but this one knows how to dress, and looks smart. Very long finish. 90

So. This last one, doesn't have any oxidation at all. Is this more of the style that made Coulee de Serrant world famous? It was a impressive old bottle from a lesser vintage. I preffer this style........

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Perfection, 89 Opus One

1989 Opus One, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Ruby with thin orange rim. Blackcurrants, some vanilla, intence, cedar, tobacco, hints of leather and coffee, cigar. Great balance, elegant acidity, ripe tannins, the balance is exceptional, superb finish, perfection. There is something undescribable about this wine, so seductive, so perfect, something you can't describe, just like the 94 Opus. I wish I had more of this......a wine of dreams, words aren't enough. 99

The people around the table was all astonished, and it was tasted blind. A MW came up with 82 Cheval Blanc as a suggestion!

Burgundy and mature Napa

2004 Domaine Leroy, Vosne Romanée;
Ruby with brick rim. Some vanilla, strawberries, truffles, chocolate, leaf, fresh earth, herbs and pepper. Elegant acidity, extremelly ripe tannins, great balance, fresh, very youthfull and complex, extremelly long finish, keep. 94

1975 Chapellet, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Deep ruby, almost opaque, still thin orange rim. Coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrants, mint, cassis, cedar, cigars and some fresh jam, medicinal and slight volatility. Fresh and livelly acidity, great balance, great finish. 91

Great dinner with familly

1998 Pommery Cuvee Louise;
Elegant small bubblespacked in straw yellow colour, very apply nose, some plaster, elegant minerals, crayfish. Such elegant mousse, fresh acidity, some oxidized apples, lean body, transparent and balanced, elegant minerality, such seductive finesse, long lovely finish, perfection purified. 91

2006 Domaine de la Vougeraie, Vougeot, Clos Prieuré Monopole;
Pale straw yellow, thight minerality, lime citrus, honney and flint. Not as fat as expected, but fat minerality, fresh aftertaste, but maybe a bit big mid palate, gets bigger and less fresh with air unfortunatelly. 87

2004 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby with garnet rim, intence, leaps out of the glass, blueberries, blackberries, some vanilla, hints of leather, very youthfull. Great texture and body, ripe tannins, fresh acidity, tannins like falling snow, great balance, wait, but drinks well with decanting allready, seductive long finish. 92

1999 Egon Müller Auslese

1999 Egon Müller, Scharzhofberger, Riesling Auslese;
(demi) AP 3 567 142-21-00 Pale lemon yellow. Just such faboulous aromas, only starting to mature, minerals and schistes, this mellow honney touch, then floral notes, roses, whiffs of petroleum and gas station, orange marmalade and maybe a single peach hiding behind. Such a gentle attack, it strokes your tongue, acidity is there but packed in velvet, such elegance, ends a bit bitter unfortunatelly. 90

Mr Joly

So. The discussion goes, especially here in Norway, have Nicolas Joly gone to far. Are the wines too oxidized? How should a really great Coulee de Serrant taste like? I had to find out.

2002 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Dark lemon, high fill, no sign of sepage, but soaked cork. Intence minerality, some apples and yellow plums, petroleum, dust, cellar and fresh mushrooms. Medium body, fresh in a weird way, lots of acidity, lots of intencity, some oxidized notes, long aftertaste, different but good, needs decanting. Can be left in the bottle for weeks without much happening. 86

Not as oxidized as 05 and 06, but still, much of the same. Major difference is actually less alcohol, and that always helps.

1996 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Dark golden, soaked cork. Again this almost insane minerality, pear, stone, leaves, schistes, some mushrooms, actually more youthfull than the 02!. Medium body, extreme intencity, massive and fresh acidity, yellow plums, apples and pears, acidity never gives in, very long finish, but still a bit oxidized........88

So, how much older do we have to go, to get rid of the oxidation.........

1994 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Golden, cork only half soaked, this one leaps out of the glass, again this massive minerality, honey and melon, grapefruit, flint and schistes, unripe pear and is it botrytis back there? It almost has this Sauternes tropical fruit over this increadible massive minerality, it want's to love you and kill you at the same time, dry and crisp finish, still some oxidation. 92

I like them better and better, mostly because the oxidation and alcohol level both seems to drop with age......

1991 Clos de la Coulee de Serrant;
Paler than the 94, still golden, again soaked cork, but it's a older bottle. Not as intence as the 94, otherwise more or less exactly the same, more gentle, shorter and easier, more forgiving, but still a bit oxidized, and as a lighter one, it shows better. 87

A setback......


2006 Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino;
Bright ruby, coffee, red fruit meat, cherries and morellos, fresh and youthfull, some cherry stones. Fresh acidity, almost crisp, fruit tea, long, clean and elegant finish. 86

1998 Marchesi di Gresy, Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros;
Bright ruby, brick rim. Starting to mature, liquorice, cherries, tobacco, cigars, violets, tar and roses, very complex. Fresh acidity, mouthwatering, ripe tannins, very fresh aftertaste, long, lasts many years still. 90

2004 Biondi-Santi, Brunello di Montalcino Annata;
Ruby red, garnet rim. Cherries, stone fruits, blackberries, leather and liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, complex, very long finish. Transparant and layered, very elegant. 91

The real thing

2000 Tokaj Classic, Tokaj Essencia;
18 grams acidity, 480 grams r.s. Colour of golden amber, botrytis, honney, nuts, orange, lemon, pineapples, roses, jasmin, black tea, sweet, but never sticky, extreme balance, extreme elegance, both fat and slim at the same time, visquos, but the acidity makes it feel lighter, truly exceptional finish, such complexity. Wow. 98

59 Mosel

1959 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler, Graacher Domprobst, Riesling Feinste Auslese;
Golden, petroleum, minerals, citrus, apples, lemon, very mature, still increadibly fresh flavours and mouthfeel. Great balance, complex, fresh acidity, very long finish, lasts freshly for minute, very youthfull for it's 50 years. 95

Sweet legends

2007 Schloss Johannisberg, Rosa-Goldlack Beerenauslese;
(demi) Golden colour, extremelly complex, botrytis, apricots, pineapples, tropical fruits, apples, perfect balance, such elegance, fresh acidity, very stylish, fantastic length. 95

2007 Schloss Johannisberg, Goldlack Trockenbeerenauslese;
Golden, very closed, some apricots, honney, apples, pineapples, botrytis, so young and fresh, maybe even some floral notes and minerals, absolutelly stunning balance and acidity works perfectly, extremelly complex, full bodied without beeing big, fantastic length, lasts and last, a beauty for the lucky few. 96

My twin JJ Prüm

1979 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese;
Golden, massiev petroleum, still schistes and minerals, pear and apples, maybe some more tropical behind, elegant citrus. Fresh acidity, very mature and elegant, complex, does not seem very sweet anymore, long finish. 88

Mouton vs other Firsth Growth tasting

97 Latour

1997 Chateau Latour;
Ruby with garnet rim, some earthy tones, black tea, cassis, cedar, very youthfull, even some floral notes, fresh acidity, youthfull, keep another 5 years, long finish. 91

97 Margaux

1997 Chateau Margaux;
Ruby with garnet rim, more earthy tones, more carefull, ever so slightly more seductive and charming, some pencil and floral notes, fresh, great balance, some leather, cassis, elegant acidity and ripe tannins, soft fruit and texture, wait a few more years. 91

97 Mouton

1997 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Ruby, garnet rim, cassis, blackcurrants, cigars. Elegant acidity, great balance, fresh, a bit closed, ripe tannins, needs time, just started to develop. Long finish, leave another 3-5 years. 89

98 Mouton

1998 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Ruby with thin garnet rim. Youthfull, almost vegetal, a bit closed, then liquorice and pencil behind. Intence in the mouth very complex, cassis, plums, fresh acidity, massive ripe tannins, very long finish. Needs at least ten years. 93

98 Lafite

1998 Chateau Lafite Rothschild;
Ruby with thin garnet rim. Very closed, coffee, mocca, dark chocolate, extremelly well balanced, pure youth, fresh and lively acidity, ripe tannins, such seductive elegance and freshness, wait a long time, maybe 20 years even, a beauty. 96

98 Latour

1998 Chateau Latour;
Ruby, intence, youthfull, slightly spicy notes, some well hung game, earthy, black tea and tobacco. Blackcurrants behind. Massive tannins, some morellos, fresh acidity, medium body and fruit, elegant and long finish. Keep. 94
1998 Chateau Montrose;
Corked! 98 is the vintage with by far the most corked Bordeaux for me, is it a vintage problem or coincidence?

1990 Montrose

1990 Chateau Leoville Barton;
Ruby with brick rim. Stable, horse, hay, a bit rustic, hints of soap jam and sweetand sour fruits. Good acidity, a bit lean body, morellos, some warm fruits. Bottle probably stored a bit hot according to owner. 87

1990 Chateau Montrose;
Ruby with thin garnet rim. Intence, leather, cedar, cinamon, liquorice, extremelly complex. Intence fruit, big body, almost massive, like Napa, concentrated, great acidity, lots of ripe tannins, mint, very youthfull, increadibly long finish, keep another 20 years. 96

Any Bordeaux lover who rates this Montrose as a favorite, should also collect Napa wines, this is the closest to Napa you get in Bordeaux, and I think I would have gone Napa if blind. Or Ridge Montebello.

This view has changed somewhat after another bottle now that was more elegant and seductive... Tasted October 4th 2010, the bottle over was tasted in 2008.

90 Latour

1990 Chateau Latour;
Ruby, garnet rim. Coffee, leather, tobacco, cassis, red plums, quite inence. Fresh and elegant acidity, great balance, very complex, a wall of ripe tannins, almost like snow falling, exceptionally clean fruit, pure and elegant, very long finish. Keep many years still. 94

90 Mouton

1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Ruby, garnet rim. Very clean and typical Pauillac nose, leather, tobacco, blackcurrants, very complex, but not too intence. Such elegant acidity, fantastic balance, very refreshing, strawberries, fragrant, a joy in the glass, tannins getting softer, very long finish, seductive. Far better than most tasting notes. 94

89 Mouton

1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Ruby withbrick rim. Perfumed, floral, some sweet tobacco, seductive, cedar, blackcurrants, red plums, very complex and balanced, great acidity, maturing tannins, fragrant, very elegant, not the biggest body, but it makes it layered, youthfull still, long finish. 94

89 Latour

1989 Chateau Latour;
Ruby with very thin brick rim. Very closed first, then some fresh jam and ripe berries, then coffee. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, never opened fully, a bit boring to be honest......86

One 88 and two 89 Bordeaux

1988 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion;
Ruby with brick ri. Some prunes, leather, stable, cigars and blackcurrants. Fresh acidity, lots of ripe tannins, some earthy, stoney tones, a little simple for this year and status. 88

1989 Chateau Gruaud Larose;
Ruby with garnet rim. Tobacco, perfumed, slight volatility, liquorice, quite mature aromas. A bit lean body, fresh acidity, maturing but a bit astringent tannins, prunes and some warm fruits, a bit short. 88

1989 Chateau Palmer;
Ruby with thin garnet rim. Very elegant, prunes, leather, liquorice, fresh jam, stble, very complex. Exceptional balance, yet again very elegant, fresh acidity, maturing tannins, layered, fantastic long finish. Always a favoite. 94

88 Lafite

1988 Chateau Lafite Rothschild;
Ruby with a hint of brick rim. Floral, fragrant, tulips, some cedar and cigars behind, blackcurrants, very complex and elegant. Fantastic balance, elegant acidity, great texture and maturing tannins, very clean and focuse, save another 10-15 years. 94

88 Mouton Rothschild

1988 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Ruby with garnet rim. Massive fruit, cassis, blackcurrants, coffee, anis, cedar, great balance, fresh acidity, maturing tannins, maybe a bit lean body, but very elegant, very long finish. 92

1988 Latour

1988 Chateau Latour;
Ruby with thin brick rim. Great of tobacco, a bit tender first, leather, coffee, cigars, cedar, cassis. Extreme balance, great and fresh acidity, mature and elegant tannins, very young, such elegance and complexity, long length. Keep another 5 to 10 years, no hurry. 94

1982 Bordeaux

1982 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou;
Ruby with brick rim. Mature, prunes, cedar, cassis, hints of leather. Slightly sweet fruit and mouthfeel, fresh acidity, very ripe tannins, great balance, a bit lean maybe for the fruit, very long finish. 90

1982 Chateau Cos d'Estournel;
Ruby with brick rim. Vanilla, red berries, biscquits, blackberries and butter. Good acidity, but not that fresh, mature tannins, slightly dry finish, a bit sweetish fruit again. 87

1982 Chateau Calon Segur;
Ruby with broad brick rim. Perfumed, prunes, roses and violets. Mature but some astringent tannins, ok acidity, seems to lack some freshness and seems to dry a bit at the end. 86

61 Montrose, 66 Las Cases and 66 Lynch Bages

1966 Chateau Lynch Bages;
Ruby with broad brick rim and orange hue. Prunes, dry plum stone, some black tea, very mature. Slightly acidic feel, leaner body, great complexity, but a slightly metallic feel ruins a bit, good length. 85

1966 Chateau Leoville Las Cases;
Ruby with orange rim. Very clean fruit, seems more youthfull than it apears, coffee, chocolate, strawberries, very seductive. Ripe tannins, fresh acidity, elegant, redcurants, elegant and fresh. long finish. 90

1961 Chateau Montrose;
A bit deeper ruby with orange rim. A bit dusty, some leather, hay, fresh berries, cassis, stable and wiff of cigars. Kind of sweetish fruity attack, fresh acidity, great dark fruit, slightly metallic and drying a bit in the finish. 91

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

45 Ausone

As blogspot is really hopeless when it comes to pictures, this is the only one from the tasting at this stage.

1945 Chateau Ausone, Trondheim fine wine encounter, Nidelven, part 1

1945 Chateau Ausone;
Expedie en barriques par Eschenauer & Co, Bordeaux. Deep ruby, brick rim, cork soaked and splitt in two, B-level fill. Mature, much prunes first, some meat and blood, minerals and some iodine, then hints of coffee and chocolate, then blackberries, hints of tobacco, hay and liquorice, subtle yet complex, needed some minutes in the glass. Fresh acidity, tannins gone, a bit lean, slightly rustic on the mid palate, acidity starts out fresh, then goes slightly metallic, then prunes and plum stones, changing all the time, Aromas flushes back and forth and changes like Aurora Borealis (northern light), now earthy and leafy, ads and ads while other aromas dissapear, black tea, then leather, then sour cherries, good balance, complex yet fragile and tender, transparent and layered, quite velvety texture after 45 minutes, never gives in, lasts for minutes. 95

This wine flowered during the war, and was picked during peace!!

This bottle was more developed than the last one, more fragile even, but this exceptionaly fragile finish that cuts through everything they have in common. This also showed such an array of aromas, and now, some days after, going through some extraordinary tasting notes, it is almost like seeing a movie, I'm shure it will be remembered as even better.

1958 Chateau Ausone, Trondheim fine wine encounter, Nidelven, part 2

1958 Chateau Ausone;
Bright ruby, orange rim. A/B level fill, cork soaked, but came out intact. Starts out metallic, after five minutes, some artificial blueberries, then some floral notes and tulips, increasingly floral notes, some roses. Medium acidity, very ripe tannins, more structure than flavours, fresh mouthfeel, perfect balance, it somehow manage to last very well without having flavours, a ghost of a wine. 83 The day after, prunes and figs, still seems closed somehow, and still this beautifull strucure. Barelly one glass left.

Trondheim fine wine encounter, Nidelven, part 3

1976er Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach, Hocheimer Domdecahney, Riesling Auslese;
Golden orange, increadibly colour. Oily, terrine de foie gras, mandarin, slight minerality far behind. Some acidity, a bit fat, tastes and behaves like foie gras on a cracker with a mandarin boat on the top, with a slight touch of bitterness, quite dry. 70 for beeing a good bisquit:)
The day after, a totally different wine, hardly a glass left, way more minerals, elegant fruit, apricots and honey, petroleum, orange marmalade, great balance, long finish. 88

1989 Francois Cotat, Chavignol, Sancerre Rosé;

2004 Raveneau, Chablis Premier Cru, Vaillons;
Straw yellow, closed big time. Some minerals and even less of nuts, maybe some lime if pushing it. Hmmm. Then, very slowly starting to open, some citrus, more minerals, fresh and livelly, mouth watery minerals after a while, works perfectly with the acidity. 90 (What is it? Chenin? Chadonnay? Maybe Meursault with that minerality, Who knows?) The day after, it had barelly opened up more, and that was with just half a glass left in the bottle!

2006 Vylyan, Villanyi Pinot Noir; (Hungary)
Ruby, garnet rim, some spices and ripe strawberries, vanilla and some oak, intence, leaping out of the glass. Very fresh acidity, some oak tannins, some herbal notes, a bit bitter finish, hints of coconut and chocolate. 85 (Pinot, no doubt, not US, to fresh, fruit of Burgundy, also elegance, but the coconut, New Zeeland?)

Trondheim fine wine encounter, Nidelven, part 4

1975 Chateau Clerc Milon;
A/B Fill, Bright ruby, brick-orange rim. Liquorice, cassis, cedar, mature prunes, hints of figs. Quite fruity, very elegant and soft, complex but not so intence, very elegant and fruit seems younger on th palate than nose. 89 (Must be left bank, classed growth, St.Julien fruit on Pauillac body, 4th or 5th, but how old,85- 88? -I have been fooled by the 75 vintage before:))

2005 Graci, Arcuria, Etna Rosso, Nerello Mascarese;
Bright ruby, meat, well hung game, some cherries, not too complex but very fresh. Livelly acidity, a bit fat body, much ripe tannins, some minerals, fresh and elegant, cool fruit, long finish. 75 (I do not remember what I guessed at, no notes on it, did not get it right anyway)

1999 Aldo Conterno, Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva;
Ruby with brick rim, needs a lot of air to open, then some tar, roses a minute later, swirl and swirl, some oak notes apears, then violets, more floral, gets fresher and fresher, liquorice and slight volatility. Intence after ten minutes, fantastic freshness, great balance, extremelly complex, very elegant tannins, soft for a Barolo, fresh but not high acidity again for a Barolo, hints of Earl Grey tea, a bit sweet fruit, and great long finish. Hides 14,5 alcohol very well, not warm at all, just a bit sweet. Keeps well, but maybe the structure isn't for the long haul. 93

1993 Serafin, Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru;
Bright ruby, brick rim. Strawberries and spices, fresh and fruity, a bit alcoholic nose. Ok acidity, fresh mouthfeel, quite complex, elegant, a bit short, drinks well now. 86
This bottle did really show the danger of having a wine for just a few minutes in the glass. After ten minutes, much more elegance, more fruit, more intencity, totally different structure, even tannins was much riper, oak feeling went away, fantastic elegance and finish. A beauty. 93 ( Must be Burgundy, Vosne or Gevrey, premier cru. After airing it, probably even grand cru)

Trondheim fine wine encounter, Nidelven,part 5

2003 Leitz, Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad, Riesling Auslese;
(demi) Straw yellow, fresh and mineral, pear, apricots and peach, seems fresh but acidity can't manage the sweetness fully, and get's a bit flat at the end, kind of one dimentional, apply finish. 82

1988 Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey;
(demi) Pale amber, botrytis, pineapples, apricots, vanilla, some bitter touches, starting to mature. Good acidity, fresh and very elegant, pure, some apples and raisins, complex and balanced, extreme elegance, bisquits, youthfull expression even f some maturity is going on, elegant and very long finish. 89

1975 Michael Weber KG (Trier), Erzeugerabfüllung Nik. Klüsserath-Britz, Trittenheimer Altärchen, Riesling Beerenauslese;
Orange, botrytis, apples, pineapples, mature and fresh, raisins and honey. Fresh acidity, elegant, but a bit hollow mid palate, splits and get very lean and watery. 80
The day after, much more apples and apricots, very mineral, very complex, rounded and elegant, only two glasses left in the bottle, subtle and charming, totally different. 89

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Wines from the New Years dinner.

2006 Lucien Le Moine, Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres Premier Cru;
Lemon yellow, butter, minerals, walnuts, flint, slightly smoked, some lemon and unripe peach. Fresh acidity, very mineral, intence, complex, very young and very long finish. Keep. 91

1993 Michel Juillot, Corton-Perrieres Grand Cru;
Bright ruby, broad brick rim. Fresh earth and autumn leaves, some fresh strawberry jam, figs, prunes, quite mature, anis, leather and minerals. Fresh acidity, slightly metallic, tannins gone, just starting to dry. Drink within the next few years. 87

1998 Pommery Cuvee Louise;
Pale lemon yellow, beautifull small bubbles. Lime, apples, plaster, minerals, very fresh and youthfull, elegant as always. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, great balance, elegant more than complex, long finish. 91

3 times Burgundy

2006 Ramonet, Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres Premier Cru;
Pale lemon yellow, quite closed, some flint and minerals, then lemon peal and ripe apples, hints of orange marmalade. Very balanced and elegant, fresh and high acidity, even more minerals and flint in the aftertaste, some butter and nuts, very long finish. 93

2007 Ramonet, Chassagne Montrachet Boudriotte Premier Cru;
Pale lemon yellow, more body and minerals, quite intence, apples, lemon. Fresh acidity, balanced, intence and very complex, schistes, very long and fresh mineral finish. 92

2006 Nicolas Potel, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru;
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Some strawberries, hints of vanilla and spices, some anis, fruitdriven, maybe some minerals behind. Very fresh and elegant, some herbal notes, good acidity, very ripe tannins, needs time, great balance and complexity, elegant body, very long finish. 91

Trondheim tasting (blind) part 4

1989 Chateau d'Arlay, Cotes du Jura;
Golden yellow, oxidized, like sherry but for my palate more elegant, fruit fresher also, minerals, nuts, hazelnuts and flor. Good acidity, complex, fresh for the style, good balance, exceptional finish, but it is not for me. Still 89. (Chateau Chalon?, no, it's too lean isn't it, Jura? Chateau d'Arlay? Nailed it)

1983 Graham's Vintage Port;
Ruby, brick rim, some sediments. Floral, dark red fruits, elegant, some roses. Fresh acidity, a bit on the lean side, good, could be better. 82 (Must be Port, has sediments but seems lean for a vintage, also too dark for a vintage tawny. Hmmm.)

1963 Ferreira Vintage Port;
Bright ruby, brick-orange rim, lots of sediments. Fruity, prunes, figs, darker berries, such elegance and complexity. Transparent and layered, very fresh acidity, getting a bit drunk now, but it's so seductive. Fantastic finish. 92

Trondheim tasting (blind) part 3

1997 Alois Kracher, No.6 ?? Welschriesling;
Pale amber, raisins, dried apricots, caramel, prunes, orange marmalade, and quite mature. Ok acidity, but you really need more at this sugar level, intence but short, not to complex. 72 (Not riesling, not Tokaji, not Sauternes, something Alsace? Austria? Welschriesling?)

1996 Albino Rocca, Barbaresco, Vigneto Brich Ronchi;
Ruby with garnet rim. Closed, vanilla, oak, cassis, milk-chocolate, hints of coffee and mocca, even mints. Fresh acidity, a bit lean body, tannic and alcoholic. 84 (I guessed California, Santa Cruz or Howell Mountain because of cab fruit and the high acidity, some new producer trying a bit to hard. The structure was the only thing to tell you it actually had to be nebbiolo, but it still tasted like Napa Cab)

1997 Chave Hermitage Blanc;
Golden, oxidized, some minerals behind, lazy acidity, not fresh, not balanced, unpleasant. 61
(Jurancon? Jura? Ruined bottle? Yet another oxidized Chave Hermitage.)

Trondheim tasting (blind) part 2

1999 Castello di Monsanto, Chianti Classico Riserva, Il poggio;
Ruby with garnet rim, lots of sediments. Intence of cherries, liquorice, prunes, tobacco, slightly oxidized and quite mature. Quite acidic, rustic tannins, intence but a bit one dimentional, drying out. (bottle have been so frozen the cork was pulled out, and then left for a couple of days with a cork in the bottle. Quite impressive it lasted so well, how would a perfect botle be?) 75

1999 Domenico Clerico, Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra;
Ruby with thin garnet rim. Intence of roses and tar, hints of liquorice and violets, maturing. Fresh acidity, ripe wall of tannins, great balance, complex, great structure, some oak in the finish still, will last, keep another five years. 89 (My bottle, no guesses)

1995 Chateau d'Issan;
Deep ruby towards brick rim. Soft, gentle of tobacco, cigars, hints of prunes, cassis, some earthy notes and slightly spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe and quite mature tannins, leaner body, elegant, good length. 88 (Bordeaux, left bank, St Julien? 4th or 5th growth, maybe 90?)

2007 Schloss Gobelsburg, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Golden colour, botrytis, apricots, intence pineapple. Fresh acidity, very fresh fruit, elegant, a bit heavy and sweet, good finish. 82 (Can't be German, to heavy, SDG lesser producer Alsace? or very clean sweet something from northern Italy?)

Trondheim tasting (blind) Part 1

2007 Horst Sauer, Eschendorfer Lump, Riesling GG Trocken;
Pale straw yellow, some floral and spicy notes, alcoholic touch. Low acidity, a bit fat, high alcohol, warm short finish, unballanced, lacks freshness and complexity. 73 Gewürz?Warm Pinot Gris? (Was difficult to see much riesling in this one)

2000 Baron zu Knyphausen, Erbacher Marcobrunn, Riesling Spätlese;
Lemon yellow, mature, petroleum, apricots, some schistes and peach. Fresh acidity, great balance, some unripe strawberries and raspberries, smokey minerality, more complex than it seems, long finish. 75-82 Vintage, Riesling, Rheingau? Probably 82? (Way younger and shockingly mature for it's age!)

2004 Jaques Frederic Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny, Les Fuées Premier Cru;
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Very strawberry, some hay and herbs, some spicy notes, quite intence. Fresh acidity, slightly green, a bit astringent, some oak, smokey vanilla touch in the finish, good length. Needs time, 5 years at least. 88 Must be 2004, those spicy notes, maybe Vosne Romanée and premier cru level. (almost had it)

2001 Dessilani Fara;
Ruby with garnet rim, hints of alcohol and very ripe fruit, sweet and jammy plums, pepper. Ok acidity, ripe tannins, drying a bit and somewhat hollow and green. Not quite together. 75 No idea, Refosco with this greeness? (It wasn't, but not very typcal for Nebbiolo either)

Relaxing in Copenhagen

2006 Weingut Eser, Oestricher Doosberg, Riesling Spätlese;
Pale golden, some roses, allready some petroleum, pineapples, pear and lemon. Sweet, acidity just manages to be fresh, quite elegant, but a bit simple, ok finish.83

2001 Chateau Lilian Ladoys, Cru Bourgeois;
Ruby, some dark fruits, spices, hints of anis. Good acidity, ripe tannins, good intencity, not too complex but with god length.85

68 Mouton

2007 Max Ferd. Richter, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Spätlese;
Pale straw yellow, pure apple, very ripe, hints of honney, pineapples and pear, very elegant. Acidity kind of packed in, not very noticable but does the job, great elegance and balance, good finish but not the most complex. 85

1968 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
Fill on C level, cork soaked, garnet with orange rim. Light, some cigars and floral otes, then dental office, fluor and slightly metallic, then green apples, subtle changes all the time, some red berries clinging on for their bare life. No tannins, ok acidity, no length. 65

Bordeaux from a bad cellar.

1988 Chateau Cissac;
Ruby with brown-orange rim. Leather, cedar, mahogany, cigar and lacquer. God acidity, some dry tannins, a bit old. 65

1990 Chateau Pouget;
Ruby with orange rim, lots of sediments, prunes and liquorice, thin, lean, ok acidity, a bit sweet finish. 58

1990 Chateau Pouget;
A bit higher fill, Ruby with brick rim, prunes and dark chocolate, some dry notes and anis, still thin, but more fruit, sour cherries and a bit metalic. Ok length. 67

1986 Chateau Marquis de Terme;
Deep ruby, brick rim. Some leather, red plums, fresh acidity, ok balance, some prunes and liquorice, a bit short and dry. 70

1986 Chateau Marquis de Terme;
Higher fill than first, almost identical bottles.

1985 Chateau Clerc Milon;
Ruby, orange rim. Dry and dusty, some dark fruits behind, prunes and raisins. Ok acidity but lean and metallic, long but a bit unpleasant finish. 60

1985 Chateau Clerc Milon;
Higher fil, very little sepage. Ruby with brick rim, some cedar prunes and plums, even slight tobacco with air. A bit lean body, quite elegant, good acidity, quite fresh, ripe tannins. 72

1985 Chateau Kirwan;
Ruby, brown-orange rim. Some liquorice and floral notes, lean, simple, ok finish. More elegance and balance than any Bag in Box, but not more complexity or aromas. 62

1989 Chateau Lascombes;
Ruby with thin brick rim. Warm and dusty notes, some plums and liquorice. Good mouthfeel, ok acidity, no tannins, a bit charming if not a great bottle. 75

1989 Chateau Marquis d'Alesme Becker;
Ruby with garnet-brick rim. Coffee, tobacco, otherwise lean and mineral. Thin and dry, short finish. Some prunes. 62

1983 Chateau Pontet Canet;
Totally dried up.

1985 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal;
Ruby with thin orange rim. Some cheese and prunes, ok acidity and tannins gone, ok structure but not much happening. 63

All wines had A/B-B level fill, all corks dry and showing signs of sepage. Normally there should be a range of good wines here, just tragic that some people do not care about what they have, and aren't curious enough to find out.

Two Mosel TBA's

2005 Mönchhof, Erdener Prälat, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Pale golden, increadibly intence, very complex, layered, honney, camphor, perfumed, apples, roses, pineapples, apricots. Perfect balance, such elegance, fresh even at this level of sweetness, just exceptional, lost for words. 210 Oechsle, just 60 litres made. 98

2003 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben, Ürziger Würzgarten, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Golden yelow, apricots, honney, almost some vanilla and coconut, tropical and pineapples. Very sweet, acidity barely shows in the mouth, still it somehow is able to make it all seem fresh and elegant, cleans perfectly, fantastic aftertaste, the freshest 03 riesling the last year. Only 60 litres made. 97

Mature Grans-Fassian and fantastic TBA

1975 Grans-Fassian, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Riesling Auslese;
Pale amber, great petroleum, apricots, peach, prunes, slightly spicy. Getting quite dry, feels like a feinherb, minerals, fresh, lots of fruit, some beech bark and cloudberries, very long finish. 93

1994 Grans-Fassian, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Amber, apricots, peach, minerals, gunpowder, flint, fresh buds, schistes, fresh like dew. Very sweet, acidity cleans perfectly, elegant, very intence and complex, great balance, great finish. 94

67 Erdener Trepchen

1967 Pauly Bergweiler, Erdener Trepchen, Riesling Auslese;
Golden colour, fantastic petroleum, grapefruit, mandarin, apples, pear, very complex. So subtle, great acidity, perfect balance, very clean and elegant, transparent and layered, great long finish. 92

96 DRC Echezeaux

1996 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Echezeaux;
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Fantastic spicy nose, some white pepper, strawberries, hints of vanilla and wood, fresh, intence and youthfull. Lively acidity, great fruit and structure, some tannins, well hung game, some toast, just starting to develop, very complex and elegant, long finish. 92

1985 Howell Mountain

1985 Dunn Howell Mountain, Napa Valley cabernet Sauvignon;
Dark ruby, pink rim. Soaked cork. Intence, surpricingly youthfull, casis, leather, blackcurrants, some vanilla, spice, hints of liquorice, cedar, very pure aromas. Medium body, lots of lively acidity, some coffee and mocca, chocolate and blueberries, very ripe tannins, complex and great balance, very long aftertaste. Drink or age further. Will last a long time still. 94

Dining with a fantastic Opus One

1998 Chave Hermitage Blanc;
Golden, very oxodized, bananas, almonds, marsipan and cream cake. Extreem minerality, lean body, way to oxidized for me, but I have had three of this one in different vintages the last few months, all oxidized, house style? 81
1989 Chateau Cantenac Brown;
Ruby with thin brick rim. Leather, blackcurrants, maturing, some earth and minerals, slight volatile touch, but only so it makes it more complex. Great acidity, mature tannins, elegant fruit, good balance, quite complex, some dried fruits and prunes, long finish. 87
1994 Opus One Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Ruby with pink rim. Fantastic nose, very clean and elegant fruit, slightly perfumed, roses, cassis, leather, cigars, paprika and perfect balance. Fresh and lively acidity, ripe tannins, beautifull fruit, great intencity, very long finish. Amazing how fresh and little development on this one. True beauty. Wish I had a case. 95
2007 Schloss Johannisberg, Grünlack, Riesling Spätlese;
Pale lemon yellow. Decanted for five hours, and opened up beautifully. Apples, citrus, pineapples, very layered and seductive and elegance perfection. Fresh and lively acidity, but so tamed somehow so you do not really notice how it works, great balance, pears, lemon and raspberries, imagine a perfect fruit and berry dessert, long elegant finish. 90

Four 07 Lucien Le Moine Pinot Grand Cru

2007 Lucien Le Moine, Echezeaux;
Ruby with thin purple rim. Elegant and clean pinot fruit, strawberries, slightly spicy, some vanilla and slightly perfumed anf some floral notes. Very elegant, fresh acidity, elegant body, some tannins, good length. Keep 7 years or more. 87
2007 Lucien Le Moine, Grands Echezeaux;
Ruby with ruby rim, again very clean fruit, strawberries, raspberries, slightly spicy, pure youth, on this the barrel is allready fully integrated. Very complex, extremely elegant, great balance, fresh acidity, just a few oak tannins in the back, very long finish. 91
2007 Lucien Le Moine, Romanée-St-Vivant;
Ruby with thin purple rim. Heavier aromas, great floral overtones, again some perfumed touches, some black tea, fantastic elegance. Great balance, fresh and elegant acidity, ripe tannins, long finish. 92
2007 Lucien Le Moine, Richebourg;
Ruby with pink rim. Extremely floral, black tea, bergamot, perfumed, strawberries, very elegant and tender aromas. Fantastic balance, fresh acidity, very ripe tannins, subtile and complex, a bit closed, fantastic long finish. Seductive. 93

Monday, 11 January 2010

06 La Tache

2006 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, La Tache;

Ruby with thin pink rim, strawberries, raspberries, white pepper, tiny touch of leather, floral, some jasmin and violets, even roses behind. Black tea hoovers over it all. Such elegance, fresh acidity and ripe and elegant tannins, exceptionnal balance, such pure youth, such indulging elegance, and what a fantastic aftertaste, never ends. 97


1998 Domaine de La Romanée Conti, Romanée-St-Vivant;
Ruby with garnet rim. Strawberries, some white pepper, tender, a bit closed, no development in sight, very youthfull. Fresh and beautifull acidity, great balance, fragile tannins, such elegance, truly thoroughbreed, seductive. Fantastic long and tender length. 94

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Leroy 69 and 49

1949 Leroy Chevalier Montrachet;
Pale golden colour, needs five minutes in the glass to open, starts with some nuts, then intence minerality, almonds, fried nuts, very elegant and balanced, fresh acidity, amazing how long it takes before it really starts to show. Very long finish. Way younger than expected. 96
1969 Leroy Montrachet;
Golden with amber notes. Powerfull and fruity, very intence, sea, crayfish, orange peel, heavier and not as fresh as the other bottle. Medium body and fruit, some medicinal notes, dentist's office, fresh and livelly acidity, lemon, long length. 94

Thursday, 7 January 2010

69 Leroy Montrachet

1969 Leroy Montrachet;
Golden, hints of amber. Minerals, tender of seashells, some yellow and green fruits beneath, layered, complex, tender, transparent, just amazing combination. Slight oxidation, but just a hint, really does only make it even more complex, acidity has to work a bit with the slightly fat body, nothing near as much butter and nuts as one would expect, but they are there in the background, very tender and elegant finish, last for minutes. Very impressive that you never feel that the wine is big or intence, still it has this layered and exceptionnal complexity and length, that just clears every other flavours in the mouth. Amazing wine. 98

Two great 78's, Las Cases and Margaux

1978 Chateau Leoville Las Cases;
B level fill. Bright ruby with thin brick rim. Mature, elegant, leather, tobacco, cedar, violets and prunes. A bit lean body, great acidity, very few mature tannins, great intencity, grat balance, long finish. Drink now. 91

1978 Chateau Margaux;
A/B level fill. Ruby with brick rim. Expencive black tea, tobacco, some blackcurrants, cherries, leather, pharmacy and medicinal, hint of prunes, mature and expressive. High intencity. Such delicate and elegant body, fantastic acidity, perfect balance, very intence for this vintage, a marvel of a wine, bottle in perfect condition. 95

Silex and mature Ducru Beaucaillou

2007 Didier Dagueneau Silex;
Straw yellow, intence minerality, a bit fat body feel, lime and green fruits, the minerality is mindblowing. Very fresh acidity, complex, great balance, fantastic finish, lasts and lasts. 94

1983 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou;
Ruby with brick rim, lots of sediments A/B level fill. Cigars, cassis, blackcurrants, hay, leather, very complex and mature, black tea and prunes. Very mature tannins, fresh acidity, beautifull structure, great balance, at peak. Will keep if you do not want primary aromas. 92

Rhone and Napa

2007 Domaine de La Mordorée, Lirac, Reine des Bois;
Deep ruby, purple rim. Complex, some vanilla and red fruit. Plums, blackberries and some spices, elegant fruit, good acidity, ripe tannins, a bit astringent finish. Keep. 87

2007 Chateau Fortia, Cuvee de Baron, Chateauneuf du Pape;
Ruby, blackberries, cherries, peppers, some hints of herbs and other spices, lovely acidity, elegant, kind of gentle structure, elegant more than very complex, long length. 88

2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Deep ruby. Very closed, vanilla, spices, chocolate and coffee first, then cassis, blackberries and plums, very complex and balanced, intence, fresh and lively acidity, ripe tannins, very long finish. Keep 15 years. 92

2007 Joseph Phelps Eisrebe;
Bright golden colour, floral, honney, some candy fruits. Inceadibly fresh acidity, very clean and elegant fruit, tropical, pineapples, one of the freshest New World sweet wines I have tasted, fantastic. 92

There are no laws about beauty

1995 Roc de Cambes;
Ruby with almost garnet rim. Great nose, tobacco, some well hung game, blackberries, blueberries, hints of black tea, very elegant and complex. Good balance, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and youthfull, hardly any development. 90

1988 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby with garnet rim, minerals, spices, black tea, chocolate, blackcurrants, plums, some stone fruits, tobacco, very elegant and intence, still a bit tender, almost new aromas showing up, almost transparent and layered. Mature tannins, elegant acidity, gorgeous aftertaste. Fantastic wine. 95

1986 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby with garnet rim, hints of brick. More mature, cherries, black tea, tobacco, cigars, cedar and pencil. Very complex and elegant. Fresh, mature tannins, seems at peak to me, fantastic finish. Drink now and in the next ten years, will last longer. 94

One to watch

So, what happens when you put Francois and Miloute of Terter Roteboeuf's son, ten metres outside Saint-Emilion?

2008 Domaine de L'Aurage, Cotes de Castillon;
Ruby colour. Bottled just before tasting. Fruitdriven, red and darker berries, blackberries, plums, morellos, vanilla and spices. Elegant, some herbs and green paprika, fresh acidity, a bit short finish. Hard to judge at this stage, but showed very well for beeing three days in bottle. Watch!

Two older Rheingaus, fantastic!

1979 Langräflich Hessischers Weingut Johannisberg, Johannisberger Klaus, Riesling Spätlese;
(Today Prinz von Hessen) Golden yellow, lemon, very muh petroleum, overripe yellow plums, apricots, marmalade, hints og fresh green apples and raspberries. Medium body and fruit, not too high acidity for a riesling, but cleans well, and very balanced with the fruit, very elegant and complex, long length. 92

1982 Balthasar Ress, Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland, Riesling Spätlese;
Golden colour, mature, yellow apples, apricots, petroleum, minerals and flint underneath. Great balance, very elegant acidity, fresh fruitiness, orange and apricots, lovelly. Maybe Kabinett level sweetness. 90

Peter Nicolay's from Moel

2004 Peter Nicolay, Ürziger Goldwingert, Riesling Spätlese;
Pale lemon yellow, some spicy notes, like applecake and cinamon, fresh apples, great minerality. Fresh acidity, lovelly balance, complex and long length. Keep3-4 years, will last long. 90

2006 Peter Nicolay, Bernkasteler Badstube, Riesling Beerenauslese;
(demi)Pale golden, complex, apples, qiute intence, minerals, pineapple, botrytis and peach. Very elegant, fresh acidity, very long and very elegant finish. 93

2007 Peter Nicolay, Bernkasteler Johannisbrünchen Riesling Eiswein;
(demi)Pale lemon yellow, lovelly, such fresh fruitiness, apricots, pineapples, minerals, lime and apples. Very complex, fresh acidity, perfect balance, great length. Needs cellaring. 94

1990 Peter Nicolay, Ürziger Goldwingert, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Golden colour, extremelly complex, apples, cinamon and spices, white pepper, pineapples, peach, very intence. Great acidity, lots of fruit, fresh and livelly, exceptional length. 94

As the rest of the dinner guests thougth the wines was too sweet to have more than a small glass, I had more than half the bottle (0,75) of the 90 TBA for myself. It's not the worst thing that can happen. Cheers to Stefan Pauly for his generosity!

07 Johannisberg BA and TBA

2007 Schoss Johannisberg, Rosagelblack Riesling Beerenauslese;
Pale lemon yellow, Fantastic botrytis, pineapple, plums, tropical, honney. Fantastic balance and intencity, strawberries, raspberrie, exceptional complexity, even better aftertaste, lasts for ages. Save at least ten years if you manage. 96

2007 Schloss Johannisberg, Goldlack Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese;
Golden yellow, a bit closed, lime, lemon, botrytis, honey, pears, pineapples, almost fresh vanilla, intence and truly complex. Fantastic balance, very long finish. Keep 30-40 years, will probably last much longer. 97

Johannisberg BA and Eiswein

2008 Schloss Johannisberg Rosagoldlack Riesling Beereauslese;
Pale lemon yellow, intence botrytis, some spicy notes, almost of white pepper, tropical, kiwi, honney, melon. Fantastic acidity and balance, cleans perfectly, very complex, extremelly long finish. Wait 20 years. 95

2008 Schloss Johannisberg Blaulack Riesling Eiswein;
-17,8 degrees during harvest. Pale golden, fantastic minerality, exceptional complexity, apples, spices, pineapple, cinamon, some roses and raspberries. Perfect balance, acidity cleans perfectly, tiny hint of botrytis, exceptional length. I like the Eisweins young and fresh, but this I think will last a long time and needs a few years. 96

Two 98's

1998 Palacio L'Ermita;
Dep ruby, ruby rim. Young and very fruit driven, plums, dark berries, spices, some oak and vanilla, a bit one dimentional for it's status. Ok acidity, mature tannins, some chocolate, short finish. 84

1998 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste;
Ruby with garnet rim, typical Pauillac, maybe a bit lighter style, blackcurrants, cigars, paprika, hints of vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, good balance, good complexity and finish. 91

Mosel and Napa

2007 Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel;
Pale straw yellow, hints of apples and lime, citrus, apricots, and minerals, a bit steely. Great sweetness, acidity could be a bit fresher, but the elegance is absolutely fantastic. 91

1994 Caymus Special Selection, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Deep ruby, garnet rim. Lots of coffee, mocca, cassis and mature sweetish fruit. Really opened up after 30 minutes, sweetness dissapeared, truly elegant, ripe tannins, fresh acidity, very long finish. Wait another 5-10 years, will last long. 94

59 Sauternes

1959 Chateau d'Arche Pugneau;
Golden, hints of honney, apricots, pear, peach, very mineral. Quite dry, feels like only 8-10 grams rs at this stage. Very complex, lean body, quite intence, elegant and great finish. 93

Grand Mersault

1993 Domaine Leroy, Meursault Perrieres;
Lemon yellow, seashells, minerals, crayfish, oysters, some fireplace and smoke. A bit fat, fresh acidity, butter, hints of nuts, complex, and good intencity, but a bit hollow and short finish. 86

1999 Domaine Leroy, Meursault Perrieres;
Lemon yellow, very youthfull and crisp, hints of apricots, mountain of minerals, again seafood and seashells. Elegant acidity, great balane, a bit fat andthe acidity cleans delicately, butter and nuts. 94

Leroy Puligny and Chassagne

2007 Domaine Leroy, Chassagne Montrachet Les Chenevottes;
Pale golden, some vanilla, light of apricots, ripe yellow apples and plums. Fresh acidity, some oak that seems to make a perfect frame around the fresh minerality, fresh acidity, citrus and ripe lemons, the yellow fruits dissapear with air, very elegant, lasts long. 92

2007 Domaine Leroy, Puligny Montrachet Les Charmes;
Lemon yellow, mcuh more closed,some lime and citrus, vanilla and unripe apples. Fresh acidity, tight, seems very elegant, and so many hints of flavours, so quite complex undernath, needs time. Long and fresh finish. 92

Two Lucien Le Moine whites

2006 Lucien Le Moine, Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot;
Straw yellow, intence minerality, fireplace, smoke, wet ash, some apples behind. Lovely acidity, crisp, great balance, more apples and citrus with air, yellow plums, pears, white redcurrants (does this berry have it's own name in English?) gooseberries. Fresh, intence and very mineral, lasts for minutes. 93

2006 Lucien Le Moine Corton Blanc;
Straw yellow, fesh, very clean and mineral, hints of nuts and butter, yelow plums and apples. Very elegant, quite closed at the moment, fresh acidity, very long finish. Keep it 4-5 years before trying. 91

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

04 Domaine Leroy's

2004 Domaine Leroy, Nuits St. Georges;
7857 bottles made. Bright ruby with pink rim. Intence and youthfull, lots of strawberries, some fresh earth, floral notes, hint of anis and spices. Very expresive, you could write a book on the aromas of wines like this. Perfect balance, perfect acidity, cleansing, extremelly fresh, great complexity, lean body and such intencity and elegance, aftertaste for minutes. 96

2004 Domane Leroy, Gevrey Chambertin;
5440 bottles made. Ruby red, pink rim. More floral, as freshly cut roses on a misty fresh morning, some earty notes, some spices, tiny hint of black tea, strawberries underneath, exceptional complexity. Super elegant, again this amazing combination of a lean body and an explotion of intencity, fresh acidity, you just do not notice the tannins, aftertaste for ten minutes. You get lost for words. 98

During this vintage, Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy lost her husband. As she felt she was not able to give the wines the attention they need, she decided to declassify the whole vintage to commune level. So the wine from the Richebourg and Romanée St. Vivant vineyards for example, is in this 04 Vosne Romanée. These 04's must be the greatest commune wines ever produced in the history of Burgundy. For me personally, they also show a complexity and structure that is rare indeed. I have been lucky to also taste the Vosne Romanée on a few ocations, and it is also minblowing. There is also Chambolle Musigny out there. If you come across one of these very rare bottles and feel you can afford it, It's a must to try. I do not think wines like the 04's here will ever be made again.


2006 Lis Neris Picol, Venezia Giulia IGT Savignon Blanc;
Pale lemon yelow, some smoke and minerals, quite complex, hints of yellow fruits and gooseberries. Quite intence, fresh acidity, elegant, long finish. 84

1999 Quintarelli Valplicella Classico Superiore;
Deep ruby, thin garnet rim. Leather, coffee, cigars, cherries, liquorice and mocca, complex and beautifull. Medium body, great intencity, fresh acidity, a few ripe tannins, great balance, fruit stones, very refreshing and long finish. 92

Napa Amarone

2006 Caymus Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Deep ruby with purple rim, intence of coffee, liquorice, chocolate and fresh jam. Massive mouthfeel, ok acidity, ripe tannins, extreme fruitiness, sweet fruits and jam, alcohol is burning (15,5%), very warm finish, unbalanced. 80

I really hope this is not a new direction of this favorite of mine from Napa.

A dinner to remember

1993 Gerhard Schueller Riesling Pfersigberg Grand Cru;
Pale golden, petroleum, apples, pear, apricots, quite ripe fruits, very elegant, perfectly balanced acidity, long finish. Drinks well now, and will last quite a bit longer. 89

1996 Coche-Dury, Corton Charlemagne;
Lemon yellow, lovelly, a bit fat minerality, apples, chalk, unbelievable complexity and very subtle, still quite intence, layered. Fantastic balance, perfect harmony, light, transparent, fat and intence at the same time, amazing acidity, exceptional long finish. Truly amazing. 97

1983 Chateau Margaux;
Deep ruby with thin brick rim. Some floral notes and violets over paprika, cigars, cherries and some less acidic red fruits. Not as developed as most 83's, some leather and liquorice. Fantastic balance, elegant acidity, some vanilla and oak notes still, increadible finish. Fantastic now in it's state between young fruit and more developed aromas, will last another 20 years, probably more. 97

1989 Chateau La Tour Blanche;
Golden with amber hue. Honney, apricots, some apples, orange peal, tropic fruits and citrus, some vanilla, pure youth and increadibly fresh. Very elegant, fresh acidity, perfect balance, exceptional length, will last 20 years or more. Fantastic. 97

Le Pin

1994 Chateau Le Pin;
Deep ruby, very thin garnet rim. Very intence and complex, truffles, mushrooms, forest floor, paprika, leather, minerals, hint of cigars, great balance, fresh acidity, great texture, ripe tannins, the texture makes them hard to notice somehow, starting to evolve, perfect now and in the next 10 years. Very elegant, and at least in this vintage, nothing like a Parker monster as one could expect, a bit short finish if I'm picky. 93

Fresh Bdx 03 and too young riesling

2003 Chateau Haut Bailly;
Deep ruby, ruby rim. A bit closed, some mint and dark berries, great structure, fresh acidity actually, ripe tannins and lots of them. More cigars, blackberries, cassis and leather with air, long finish. 90

1996 Trimbach Riesling Clos St. Hune;
(Demi) Pale golden, honney, apricots, hints of petroleum, pear, slight minerality and lemon. Massive acidity, this is one of the wines where you start to wonder if it's actually too much acidity for the fruit, it's massive in it's freshness, and still very young. Keep ten years. 90

Two Suduiraut's

2002 Chateau Suduiraut;
Pale golden, quite closed, some apricots, honney and melon, very elegant, pears, a bit fat body for Suduiraut, very fresh acidity and fresh fruitiness, perfect ballance, needs time in the cellar, long finish. 92

1998 Chateau Suduiraut;
Golden yellow, honney, botrytis, pear, pineapple, apricots, yelow plums and peach, great acidity, very elegant and pure, great balane, starting to open. Gve this another five years also. 93

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Two Bdx 06

2006 Chateau Camensac;
Ruby, purple rim, some roses, slightly peppery, minerals, blackcurrants. Quite floral Bordeaux. Fresh acidity, lots of ripe tannins, great structure, a bit short finish. 86

2006 Chateau Chasse Spleen;
Ruby with thin pink rim. Paprika, some leather, liquorice, red berries, elegant acidity, lots of ripe tannins, good ballance and length. 87

Two Pichon Baron's

2004 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron;
Deep ruby, garnet rim. Quite closed, vanill, chocoloate, blackcurrants, blackberries, leather, good acidity, ripe tannins, needs time in the cellar. Keep 5-6 years before you try, will last longer. 92

2001 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron;
Ruby with garnet rim. Hay, blackcurrants, vanilla, some cigars and coffee behind, very young, medium acidity, lots of ripe tannins, needs 7-8 years, will last much longer. 92

07 and 04 Chateau Margaux, tasted at the Chateau

2007 Chateau Margaux;
(Barrel Sample) Ruby, thin purple rim, hints of cloudberries, coffee, blackcurrants, hints of vanilla, very elegant, dark berries, mocca, medium acidiy, ripe tannins, and quite a lot of them, mouthfeel like velvet, great balance, very long finish. Keep 15 years

2004 Chateau Margaux;
Ruby with thin pink rim. Some coffee and mocca, dark berries, cloudberries, blackcurrants, some floral notes comming through, great and fresh acidity, focused flavours, beautiful balance, complex and truly elegant, very long finish, last for minutes. 94

Thanks to Gunvor for a fantastic visit at Chateau Margaux.

My twin Domaine de Chevalier

1979 Domaine de Chevalier;
Bright ruby, brick rim. Some pine notes, pine bark, liquorice, coal, earthy, some prunes and cherries. Good acidity, very elegant mouthfeel, complex, greatbalance, very long finish. 89

Opened at Domaine de Chevalier. I saw the pricelist of the older wines in the cellar of the estate, but it stopped at 1980. Just around the corner there was quite a few 1979's laying, my vintage. So I asked, if they had a bottle for sale. They did. The bottle was found, the dust cleaned of, and then Remi decided we should taste it right there and then instead, what a treat!

It is very special to drink your birthyear wine. To taste it at the wines birthplace is even more special, the bottle has never travelled, never left. It has been waiting for you, in this cas for 29 years, laying there with it's familly of other 79's around it, so that I and my fellow visitors would have the pleasure. Thanks!

Decanter has stated that of several things you need to do if you are a true wine afficionado, one is to drink a bottle from your birthyear. I would strech it further. Drink it at the estate it's from. Most producers do not have this available of course, I'm not shure how usual it is at Domaine de Chevalier either, but much apreciated. But if you find a bottle on your trip, take it with you to taste at a visit, and if you do not have an appointment, drink it in the estates vineyards. It is as unforgettable!

Thanks again for another fantastic visit at Domaine de Chevalier, always one of the best places to visit in Bordeaux, and always fantastic and durable wines.

My twin Palmer

1979 Chateau Palmer;
Ruby with garnet rim. Mature nose, morellos, cassis, hints of steel, some prunes, liquorice touch, cigars. Fresh acidity, mature tannins, great balance, long finish. Drink now. 88

70 Pomerol

1970 Chateau Gazin;
Bright ruby, thin garnet rim. Some dark berries, mushrooms, truffles, mocca, vanilla sugar, coffee, fresh acidity, very mature tannins, kind of transparent more than lean, bout not to big eiher, very elegant, great finish. Drink now, will last, but probably not get better. 90

Visit at Domaine de Chevalier

2007 Domaine de Chevalier;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, towards purple, lots of blackcurrants, some oak, cheese, blackberries, red plums, morellos, hints of chocolate. Good acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, maybe a bit hollow in the aftertaste at this stage. Keep 10 years

2005 Domaine de Chevalier;
Ruby with red rim, closed, served directly from the cellar, a bit cold, some vanilla, chocolate, dark berries and fruits. Very elegant, medium acidity, ripe tannins, long finish. Keep 10 more years, will last longer. 93

2007 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc;
Pale straw yellow, gooseberries, cats pee, some minerals, very fresh, very complex, some hints of butter and nuts behind, fresh, almost crisp acidity, great balance, just beautifull young white, keep 15 years, will last long.

Swedish Icewine anyone?

1995 Bollinger Grande Annee;
Pale lemon yellow, elegnat bubbles, slightly oxidized apples, youthfull, minerals, wet plaster, stones, elegant mousse, fresh acidity, extremelly well balanced, very elegant, toast and freshly baked bread. Long finish. 93

1996 Bruno Giacosa, Barolo Riserva;
Ruby, garnet rim. Very young, hints of pepper, red berries, hints of green and herbal notes, slight volatility, lots of acidity, wall of very ripe tannins, absolutelly not ready to drink, I would not get this wine if I had not tasted more mature ones. Keep 10 years before trying, at this stage 88, I'm shure it will be higher with age.

2005 Blaxstad Vingård, Vidal Icewine; (Sweden)
Pale golden, sweet of honney, some pear, apricots, quite sweet, fresh acidity, balanced, fresh and clean fruit, not too complex, but elegant, long finish. 83

07 Mouton

2007 Chateau Mouton Rothschild;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, purple rim. Blackcurrants, bell peppers, some spicy notes, a bit peppery, red plums, blackberries, quite lush, good acidity, lots of ripe tannins, very intence, mocca and coffee with some air, very long finish. Keep 15 years.

Little and big Cheval

2003 Le Petit Cheval;
Ruby with thin pink rim. Some leather, liquorice, chocoloate, mint, blackberries, blueberies and paprika. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite light body, more intencity, some spices and fruit stones. Very long finish. 90

2003 Chateau Cheval-Blanc;
Ruby, thin pink rim. Chocolate, blackberries, blueberries, green paprika, leather, mint, more complex, richer texture, still very elegant, fresh acidity, very ripe tannins, and lots of them, great balance, very long finish. 94

Pomerol and Saint- Emilion

2004 Chateau Gazin;
Dark ruby, garnet rim, some vanilla, sweetish dark fruits, red plums, blackberries, hints of coffee, not too intence, very elegant, medium acidity, very ripe tannins, balanced, long finish. Drink or keep. 89

2002 Clos Fortet;
Bright ruby, some moist dirt, hints of paprika, leather, blackberries, a bit on the lean side, fresh acidity, slightly unripe tannins, a bit short finish. 84

Monday, 4 January 2010

2005 Domaine de La Grange Peres;
Deep ruby, havy of sweet fruits, red plums, blackberries, some spicy notes, big and intence, lacks refinement, easy to enjoy if you like the style, some acidty, but not quite fresh enough, ripe tannins, long finish. 85

2001 Chateau Beauregard;
Ruby with garnet rim, some oak and vanilla needs time still to integrate, red plums, blackberries, blueberries, Old Holland oil paint, for the real art connoisseurs out there, you who actually have visited a atelier or studio, (Old Holland is one of the absolute best producers of artist oil paint if you have a look at what you invest in), balanced, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, long finish. Give it time. 90

2004 Chateau L'Arrosee;
Deep ruby, chocolate, blackberries, blueberries, sandalwood. Very elegant, fresh and livelly acidity, ripe tannins, great balance. Good now, will keep. 89

2005 Chateau Figeac;
Deep ruby, very complex, some cedar, leather, blackberries, blueberries, cassis, red fruits, mouthfeel like velvet, not as intence of sweet fruits as some 05's, even Figeac, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, long finish. 94

Taste of three barrels

Visit to Beauregard in Pomerol, and a tasting very few visitors get to try. I had the pleasure to try 2007 Chateau Beauregard from three different barrels.

2007 Beauregard, Demptos barrique, light toast;
A bit green herbal and paprika notes, oak shows well, red berries, very elegant, good balance, fruity.

2007 Beauregard, Nadalie barrique, light toast;
This one more animal notes, like lambchops marinated in herbs, then flowery garden, vanilla, more elegant than the above, not as fruity, great complexity.

2007 Beauregard, Taransaud barrique, medium toast;
Vanilla, oak, cheese, freshly baked dark bread, hay, buter, still very elegant, some sweeter fruits at the end.

I had no idea that the different barrel samples would be this different, quite an experience. The final blend and how the winemaker put it all together is not by chance.

Saint-Emilion visit to remember

1982 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby, brick rim. Some Mediteranian notes, spices and herbs, chocolate, blackberries, slight and positive volatility, some almost ineral notes, fresh acidity, mature tannins, great balance, complex, very elegant and well put together, mouthfeel like velvet, long finish. Drink. 95 (One of Francois last bottles he told us!)

1980 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Bright ruby with brick rim and orange hue. Some mocca, again slight volatility, but just enough to make it more interresting, chocolate, black tea, some sweet red fruits, almost fragile body, very elegant, acidity seems transparent somehow, tannins gone, great balance, has this Vosne Romanée feel to it with Right Bank flavours, very intriguing, best 80 ever. Seductive and quite a charmer. 88 (Served with oysters, dinner with Miloute and Francois)

1991 Roc de Cambes;
(demi) Ruby with brick rim, some sediments. Sweet tobacco, cedar, blackberries, intence and complex, some exotic notes, fresh and livelly acidity, tannins almost gone, long finish, starting to dry a bit. 89 (Shared with Francois behind his cellar in Saint-Emilion)

2004 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Deep ruby, ruby rim. Again this fabulous Mediteranian spicy notes, blackberries, leather, cigars and coffe. Very elegant, frsh acidity, ripe tannins, perfect balance, great structure, some dark stone fruits, intence but medium body, a beauty. Long length. Keep at least 10 years. 94

2000 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby with garnet rim. Very much like the 04, but everything even more intence and pronounced, but still so elegant and well put together. The Mediteranian notes, blackberries, plums, sweet morellos, mothfeel like velevt, great balance, fresh acidity, ripe tannis, needs 10-15 years. 95 (Dinner with a fantastic Morocco inspired lamb)

Cellar visit

2006 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, pine, Mediteranian garden, spices, blackberries, fresh fruit and acidity, ripe tannins, complex and long length. Save 15 years.

2006 Roc de Cambes;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, some eukalyprus or exotic touch, cassis, blackberries, fruit driven at this stage, harmonious and balanced, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, long finnish. Keep 10 years.

2007 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, very complex, again the Mediteranian feel, herbs, blackberries, dark plums, fruit driven, very elegant and balanced, long finish. Keep 12-15 years

2007 Roc de Cambes;
(Barrel Sample) Deep ruby, sweetish red fruits, strawberries, cassis, cigars, some fried champignons, fresh acidity, elegant tannins, great balance and long finish. Keep 10 years.

Fantastic visit at Tertre Roteboeuf, with the always smiling, charming and joyfull owners, Miloute and Francois. Looking forward to next time.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

La, la, la, la, la

2002 Guigal La Mouline;
Ruby with pink rim, very young, dark fruits, white pepper, ripe morellos, coffee, some mushrooms, hints of vanilla. Liquorice, perfume, rose petals, good acidity, ripe tannins, great balance, complexity and long length. Keep 10 years. 94

2002 Guigal La Turque;
Ruby with pink rim, hyacinth, lavendel, jasmin, lots of black pepper, like a varm Mediteranian garden in the evening. Not as fruit driven as I expected. Great acidity, very ripe tannins, texture like velevt, very complex and balanced, save 10 years. 95