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Monday, 11 October 2010

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99 PdB Pora Riserva

1999 Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Riserva Pora;
Ruby with brick rim, very closed first, needed 10 minutes in the glass to loose som rustic and dusty notes, now anis, cherries and hints of floral and tar, even dark chocolate. Ver fresh acidity, mouthwatering, leather, dry finish refreshed by the acidity, tannins firm, fruit seems mature, but structure really needs time, lets see what happens..... 89

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

My house wine for the moment

1996 Sarget de Gruaud Larose;
(2nd Gruaud Larose) This has been more or less the house wine for the last two months but with some bottle variations. Some very mature, with lots of prunes and starting to dry (not a problem yet), others like tonight, still much more vibrant. Ruby with sediments, maturing cassis, plums, touch of cigars and pencil, vanilla almost gone. Good acidity, ripe tannins, balanced and quite elegant, lacking just a bit in complexity with good length. Perfect with entrecõte or even better with the seasons lamb, especially carré. Drink now. Depending on bottle, ranging from 83-86
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57 Leroy

1957 Leroy SA, Nuits-St-Georges, Les Porets;
Saw the colour and smelled it and nailed it blind. After nearly a case, this one shines through. Pale ruby, lots of brick. A touch of strawberries still, some leather and leafy notes, pure and elegant. Red berries, smooth texture with good acidity and ripe tannins, actually still ther (Not to a big extent), pure, seductive, lively, transparent, layered, expressive yet lean, great length. Wow, the second best bottle! 96

99 Angelus

1999 Château Angelus;
Ruby, sweet blueberryies, vanilla, chocolate and darker fruits. Very fresh acidity, pure, fresh and ripe tannins, elegant, some coffee with air, chocolate, and good length. Keep some more years. 88

98 Smith Haut Lafitte

1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte;
Ruby with garnet rim, dark fruits, cassis, rich and still elegant, slightly green and herbal behind. Ok acidity, good tannins, a touch rustic, black currants, haven't quite nailed the elegance Pessac's may have in 98, good length. 88

04 Simone

2004 Château Simone (Palette)
Pale golden, pear and touch of vanilla. Good acidity, fresh, minerals and elegant, with a touch of warm yellow plums and yellow apples. Balanced, a real complex summers wine, perfect on the beach, good length. 89 (And I nailed it blind)

1928 d'Yquem

1928 Château d'Yquem;
Huge expectations, the best wine I've had, 28 Suduiraut, if there is a wine to beat it..... Difficult to read label, cork states quite clearly Yquem, Lur-Saluces, 1928. B/C level fill, above mid shoulders. Pale amber with broad green yellow rim. Nuts, apricots, apple, lemon, raisins, minerals and even schistes. A glorious, layered and transparent in the best sence of the word mix of mature and more youthfull flavours. Perfect balance in a different league, great acidity, such finesse, pineapples comming to join the elegant party, even coconut and papaya, acidity is tender, doing its job gracefully like the queen greeting her guests. Gorgeous length. Minutes again. But this bottle do not beat the Suduiraut, and that is mainly because of the Suduirauts length and even better freshness. The 28's seems to be marvels! 99

59 d'Yquem

1959 Château d'Yquem;
B level fill, top shoulder. Amber with green yellow rim. Botrytis, apricots, raisins, nuts, vanilla, very complex. Pure, elegant, fantastic acidity, really refreshing, caramel, so much happening, complex and balanced, and that acidity just plays and plays in the mouth. Fantastic length, minutes on end. 97

64 Barolo Riserva

1964 Fontana Saveiro, Barolo Riserva;
Ruby with brick rim, leather and tomato, lean and good acidity, good fruit and length but dies of quickly. 79

1990 Montrose

1990 Château Montrose;
The legend again! What a treat! A level fill, ruby with garnet rim. Intense, cassis spuma, blackcurrant leafs, so pure, so outher worldly pure, like is cassis foam, so tender and yet massive. Tea and hint of fine leather, takes a long time to open in the glass, overtones of roses and violets, extremelly complex, some vanilla and even white chocolate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, great balance, intense and so elegant, needs a lot more time, flirting, seductive and yet secretive and masculine, yet it feels open like a book, intriguing. Wow again. And I liked this bottle better than the last that I found a bit "porty". 98

86 Haut-Brion

1986 Château Haut-Brion;
A level fill, ruby, very thin rim. Leather, anis, terracotta, black tea, leather, blackcurrants, very closed. Good acidity, high of starting to ripen tannins, still a bit rough, lots of stuff happening behind, good length. Wait another 3-5 years, will keep much longer. 94

83 Palmer

1983 Château Palmer;
Ruby, orange rim. Metallic nose, good acidity, ripe tannins, elegant texture but so little flavours, this was strange..... Not corked, showing signs of faulty storage.....

90 Palmer

1990 Château Palmer;
Ruby with brick rim, tea, leather, paprika an stable. Good acidity and ripe tannins, yet short and hollow, some around the table said cork, I did not get that, but deffinitely off somehow....

92 Gruaud Larose

1992 Château Gruaud Larose;
(Magnum) Ruby with brick rim, pencil, cassis and leather, green paprika, anis. Good acidity, ripe tannins, good body, drinking very well now, good length. Some 92's are not too bad. 88

Slightly corked 82 Gruaud Larose

1982 Château Gruaud Larose;
This slightly corked bottle was still a good wine, but lacked most compared to the one I had in August. Unfortunate!

Fantastic 85 Gruaud Larose

1985 Château Gruaud Larose;
Ruby with thin brick rim. Massive nose, leaps out of the glass, intense, pure, elegant, tobacco, cigars, gorgeous Bordeaux. Perfect texture, some floral notes, balanced, good acidity, leather, plums, very nice fruit, cassis and long length. Way better than expected, even if it is quite praised. 95

86 La Tache

1986 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, La Tache;
Bottle nr: 11837; A level fill, ruby with orange rim. Apples, prunes, plums, tea and eucalyptus, even asian spices. Good acidity, leather touch, more evolved style, still fresh and very god texture, ripe tannins, nice balance, good length. Again, I am not quite convinced..... 89

89 La Tache

1989 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, La Tache;
Bottle nr 12957. B- B/C level fill, 3,5 cm blow cork. Ruby with thin brick rim, some sediments. Very fresh, strawberries, intense, Christams spices, sweet fruits. Good acidity, tannins starting to get around and being integrated, long and elegant, even mouthwatering. Long finish, but I never get it quite......93

1945 Clos des Lambrays

1945 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays;
B/C level fill, about 5 cm below cork. Ruby with brick rim, lots of sediments for a Burgundy. Earthy, touch of strawberries, leather, tyme and lavendal, even anis. Gorgeous texture, perfect balance even if a touch of metal first. Later adding more and more body and fruits, silky mouthfeel as I have never had before, absolutely fantastic, cherries, red berries and darker fruits, more intense, leather, plums, tannins gone, after about 20 minutes it really peaks, good acidity but the silk hides it, increadible length. Then dying off getting more coffe and dry. Way beyond expectations, what a fantastic memory I will have of this wine! 98 (100 for a few minutes....)

71 Dom Perignon

1971 Dom Perignon;
A level fill as far as I remember, golden with a light amber hue, remarkable small bubbles. Slight oxidative note, yeast, nuts and caramel, even almonds. Ok acidity and mousse, balanced, slightly lean, leafy and earthy and a bit short. Burnt caramel finish. I prefer fresher style and bottles of champagne! 88 (The 76 some weeks back was a very different animal)

96 Grande Année

1996 Bollinger Grande Année;
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Elegant, perfect balance, seductive, tight acidity, perfect mousse, apples, bread and yeast. Very youthfull, intense, increadible purity and lemons with a nice minerality, minutes of length. The best Bolly I've had, and the best Champagne for a long time. WOW! 97

06 Grans-Fassian TA Goldkapsel

2006 Grans-Fassian, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel;
Apples, minerals and apricots with lemon. Gorgeous balance and purity, fresh acidity, cleans well, elegant and very long, not too complex but so pure you don't care, very fragrant, long and intense. 92

08 Clos des Papes

2008 Clos des Papes;
Ruby, sweet dark fruit and Port like alcohol feel on the nose (15%). Some vanilla, ok acidity, ripe tannins, not too complex, lean fruity style, alcoholic, sweet finish and "good" length. 75

99 Gaja Gromis

1999 Gaja Gromis;
Ruby, more rustic than expected, stable, leather, some mushrooms, lean and some darker fruits pushed in the corner. Lazy acidity, ripe tannins, short finish, even VA. Not what I hoped for. 82

03 Di Gresy Camp Gros

2003 Marchesi di Gresy, Barbaresco Martinenga Camp Gros;
Bright ruby, brick rim, violets, anis and a touch of alcohol which later dissapeared. Tar. Good and quite lively acidity, ripe tannins, nice taxture and balance, good length, a bit sweet on the fruit and mouthfeel. 88

04 Conti Costanti

2004 Conti Costanti, Brunello di Montalcino;
Bright ruby, red berries, tones of anis and leather, complex nose. Very good balance, elegant texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, a bit short, needs time to open fully, keep at least 4-5 years. 90

96 Lafleur Pétrus

1996 Château Lafleur Pétrus;
Ruby, some herbal and bell peppers still (I remember the first time I tasted this, it was so green I had trouble finishing it) and anis, very intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, balanced and maturing, eventually nicely it seems. Good balance, almost buttery texture, long length. Drink soon? 90

97 Vietti Lazarito

1997 Vietti Barolo Lazarito;
Bright ruby, brick rim. Canned mushroms, coffee, extremelly mature for it's age. Lean body, ok acidity, plump fruit, drying tannins, long finish but not very good. A faulty storage bottle or is 97 in Italy really falling apart? This is normally one of my favorites.

96 Diamond Creek

1996 Diamond Creek, Gravelly Meadows;
Ruby with brick rim. Some vanilla, blackberries and cassis, even minerals, herbs and spices with a touch of meat. Intense. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, maturing, touch of plums, elegant and ripe, balanced, and long finish. Beautifull! 94

88 Comtesse de Lalande

1988 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande;
Ruby with garnet rim, leather, cassis, cigars, touch of prunes, bell peppers, hugely complex, gorgeous nose. Fantastic texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, maturing beautifully, great balance, pure and elegant, marvelously seductive. As I've said before, I drink way to little from this estate. 95

99 La Cases

1999 Château Léoville Las Cases;
Ruby, vanilla, blackberries, touch of leather and floral on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, youthfull and a bit raw, needs time in the cellar. Evene so refreshing and very long length. Wait 5 years or more. 92