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Thursday, 31 March 2011

97 Château d'Yquem

1997 Château d'Yquem;
Golden, botrytis, apricots, honey, apples, citrus, some floral and jasmine notes. Very complex, a bit hard to describe now, needs a lot of air. Fantastic balance and complexity, fresh acidity, refreshing, gorgeus texture and mouthfeel, fantastic length. Keep a long time. 96

02 Yquem

2002 Château d'Yquem;
Pale golden, apricots, vanilla, pineapples, one of those wines that the glass was all of a sudden empty, and you just experienced that it heightened the conversation without being the conversation. It's a delight that that can still happen, even with a Yquem in the glass. I'm about 91 on that.

1952 Climens

1952 Château Climens;
Top shoulder fill. Amber, pure honey, some polish and wax, very mature and not that complex nose. Quite fresh acidity, not that sweet any more, gives more on the palate, getting more complex with air, very long finish. 90

Broadbent: A so-so sample in 1954, and at the château, tasted ex-cask it was good but I preferred Coutet. Nine far more complimentary notes between 1959 and 1982 and different bottling's. Good but not great, though without much room for improvement. 1982 ****

70 Climens

1970 Château Climens;
Golden, towards amber. Camphor, butter fudge, caramel, honey, heavy nose. Fresh acidity, surprisingly lean body compared to the nose, good if not great, OK length. 83

90 Climens

1990 Château Climens;
Golden, honey, citrus, botrytis, fresh, some lime and flowers. Elegant body and texture, fresh acidity but not that great aftertatse, seems almost flabby. I find Climens lack acidity too often. 89

53 Château Doisy Daëne

1953 Château Doisy Daëne;
A level fill, superb bottle, reconditioned at the Château year ?? Golden with amber hue. Enormous complexity, creme brulée, apricots, caramel, dried fruits and prunes, difficult to describe correctly. Fresh acidity, almost dry now, beautiful texture and balance, very long finish. 92

Broadbent; Perfect peaches and cream, melted barley sugar bouquet 1986 ****

85 Gilette, a very rare Sauternes

1985 Château Gilette;
Golden, botrytis, pineapples, almost petroleum feel to it, flowers, jasmin, roses, Riesling feel to it. Good acidity, but not showing perfectly, feels like it needs time more than that it isn't there...... For now, 89

01 Suduiraut

2001 Chateau Suduiraut;
Golden, citrus, apples, some mineral notes, closed but showing refined notes, botrytis. Superb elegance, fresh and mouthwatering acidity, fantastic balance, complex underneath, pure and very long. Needs a lot of cellaring or decanting. 94

01 Lafaurie-Peyraguey

2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey;
Golden, a bit closed, some citrus, honey, botrytis and apricots beneath. Elegant texture and balance, the acidity is working to handle the fruit, citrus peel, fresh finish and long aftertaste. 89

98 Rieussec

1998 Château Rieussec;
Golden, fresh, elegant nose, botrytis, orange peel, citrus and floral notes. Kind of fatty, could have some more acidity to liven things up a bit, honey and bitter notes, I miss some freshness. 88

97 Guiraud

1997 Château Guiraud;
Golden, intense of apricots, dried fruit and flowers, heavy honey, botrytis and canned peras, some floral notes and roses in the back. Pure and elegant, nice acidity, slightly hollow mid palate and some bitter notes in the finish. 87

99 Fargues

1999 Château de Fargues;
Golden, quite closed, orange marmalade, apricots, honey, some almonds and botrytis. Nice balance, fresh acidity, quite fat texture, at this point a bit short. 88

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Visiting Vega-Sicilia






Visiting Vega-Sicilia is not for everyone. It's like a fortress. Some say that it is even more difficult to get a visit at Vega-Sicilia than DRC. But with an invitation, everything went smoothly. It was perfect, and it has been a dream for years, ever since that bottle of 1962 Vega-Sicilia Unico that was totally mind-blowing. I was warmly welcomed by the Export Manager with the magnificent name of Puri, short for Purificacion Mancebo.

It was interesting to hear that the vineyard of Vega-Sicilia is some of the coolest in the area, and that they are some of the latest to pick the grapes. I have always wondered why, when Vega-Sicilia is the only truly legendary estate in Spain, and one of the most legendary in the world, why haven't the upstart tried to make something remotely similar? When other estates of Ribera del Duero are huge, alcoholic, over-oaked and over-extracted, lacking anything remotely similar to the complexity, layers, subtlety and sheer elegance of Vega-Sicilia. It's like trying to create a new Cameron Diaz, and to do that, you start out with Sylvester Stallone.

The altitude of the vineyards are high, 700 metres above the sea, and even in June when I visited, the wind was still cool. Vinification is going back to the more old school as so many do now in Bordeaux as well, out with stainless steel, and fermentation in huge old oak vats. Vertical presses are back, it seems they have pressed the grapes more gently the whole time anyway, invention is not always for the better.

I tasted some Oremus wines as well, but I will only write about the wines from Spain.

2006 Pintia, Toro;
Almost opaque, very deep colour. Some spices, pine trees, pine nuts, dark berries, black- and blueberries, some leather and licquorice. Nice balance, good acidity, tannins like falling snow, slightly rustic feel to it, still elegant, strange combination that works very well, slightly hollow mid way and a long length. 88

2005 Alion, Ribera del Duero;
Deep ruby, pure fruit, some spices and licquorice, red berries, blueberries, complex and young. Silky tannins, fresh acidity and superb finesse, very elegant and balanced, medium body and fruit intensity, good length. 88

2004 Vega-Sicilia Valbuena;
Deep ruby, ruby rim. More closed, needs more time to open, some licquorice, blueberries, cherries, blackcurrant's, vanilla, very complex. Fresh and lively, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, perfect balance, very long finish. 91

1999 Vega-Sicilia Unico;
Ruby with ruby rim, chocolate, some coffee, licquorice, cherries and blackcurrant's, leather and vanilla, enormous complexity, cedar touch, intense and beautiful. Fantastic balance and elegant acidity with ripe tannins, needs years and years in the cellar or a really thorough decanting, long finish. 95

By the way, Puri could tell me that the 62 Unico is also the favorite of the owner of Vega-Sicilia, Pablo Alvarez.

I always look forward for my next bottle of Unico.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

98 Joguet, Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

1998 Charles Joguet, Chinon Clos de la Dioterie;
I have been looking for a bottle of this wine for many years, as it has been described as one of the best Chinons, and because I have not been that impressed with the reds of Loire before. Stunning bright garnet color, elegant, almost Margaux like nose, minerals, leather, violets, perfumed, bell peppers, blackcurrant's, some mint and refreshing notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, mouthwatering, elegant texture, very good balance, raspberries in the finish, long length. I hope to find a few more bottles of this. 90

76 WS BA

1976er Joh. Christoffel Jr. (Christoffel-Prüm) Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese;
Golden, botrytis, apples, pineapples, citrus, intense, not that complex and refined (as usual). Fruity, easy to like style, acidity could, and should be fresher, butter fudge, caramel, too short for a BA. 84

A producer that is easy to like, but when you study the wines, they lack quite a bit.

2001 Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin

2001 Armand Rousseau, Gevrey- Chambertin;
Bright ruby, strawberries, elegant, some spices, touch of vanilla, floral and fruit driven. Fresh acidity, few and ripe tannins, pure, elegant and refreshing. One of my favorite producers, but next to Jayer, it really have trouble showing. 89

The legendary Henri Jayer


1993 Henri Jayer, Vosne-Romanée;
Bright ruby. A purity like no other, strawberries, some spicy notes, floral, touch of vanilla from cask's, roses and violets. Fresh acidity, pure, intense, beautiful, extremely refreshing, youthful, only starting to develop, enormous length, elegant and subtle, even more floral and spice garden with air. 96

Beautiful 1966 Ch Giscours


1966 Château Giscours;

Low neck will, ruby with brick rim. Floral, cedar, cassis, fruity, perfumed, intense, bell peppers and strawberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fleshy texture, elegant, plums, ripe cherries in the finish, even minerals, very long length. 93

Broadbent: Several notes. Never seems to have shed its initial greenness, my best note February 86. Excellent nose. Dry, lean **

Seems to me it has now shed it's troublesome youth and I do not recognize much of Broadbent's notes from 1986. It seems to have needed an extra 25 years of cellaring!

1966 Château Cheval Blanc


1966 Château Cheval Blanc;
Mid shoulder fill, ruby with brick rim. Coffee, plums, darker berries, figs, floral and violets, very complex, difficult to describe, ripe and pure, tea and hint of herbs. Perfect texture and balance, fresh acidity and ripe tannins, superb floral notes, but not the elegance of those in Ch. Margaux, more exotic, sweeter type, passion fruit, extremely long finish. Enormously easy to enjoy. 97

Broadbent: I have always preferred the 66 to the great 47 for though the latter is hugely impressive the 66 is the epitome of elegance. Apart from a cask sample in 67, with an understandable touch of greenness an tannins, evolving splendidly through the 80's, 5 star appearing several times......... This is what claret is all about. *****

1934 Château Cheval Blanc


1934 Château Cheval Blanc;
Chr. Stausholm bottling (Denmark) and cork stated Stausholm as well. Top shoulder fill. Garnet with brick/ orange rim. Coffee, anise, leather, redcurrant's, cigars, cassis, hint of herbs, sweet tones and ripe notes. Fresh acidity, tannins nearly gone, rich texture, elegant even so, very mature, long length. 94

Broadbent: Arguably the finest, certainly- in my experience- one of the most reliable of the 34's. First noted rich, delicate, ethereal, exquisite, in 1978, and several admiring notes since, including a glowing coloured magnum in 1986, its beautiful bouquet, ripe, subsiding gently but not decayed. At best *****

1967 Château Mouton Rothschild, underrated


1967 Château Mouton Rothschild;
Only slightly above mid shoulder fill, ruby with orange rim, fantastic nose, leather, figs, blackcurrants, classic mature Pauillac on the lean side, floral and violets, licorice and tobacco after twenty minutes. Good acidity, ripe tannins, drying out on the palate, not that long and strawberries in the finish. After an hour, more body and intensity, after three hours even more and a very long length. 85 first, 89 after three hours.

Broadbent; In fact, quite pleasant in it's dyed blonde early 70's. Lack of balance and some tartness as chaptalised effect started to wear off. Still it survived. Most recently, a pale rosy glow, somewhat singed nose; surprisingly sweet and flavoury though light and short. 1997 **

1928 Château Margaux


1928 Château Margaux;
Mid shoulder fill, ruby with thin brick rim. Tobacco, cigars, spicy, cedar, compact, licorice, needs a lot of time to open, coffee, caramel, tea, citrus, after two hours some floral notes in the back. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, intense, elegant texture, does not give that much on the palate at first, again after two hours, magnificent fruit, superb balance and exceptional long finish. After four hours, even more elegant fruit, pure violets, even more refreshing in the mouth, better body and texture, a magnificent experience, perfect balance, and it sat in the mouth until the next morning. 98

Broadbent:Eight notes. Slight bottle variation but mainly very good: deeply coloured; sweet, singed, cedary, fragrant bouquet; sweet tanned and tannic. This was the first time in 1976 I used the expression 'iron fist in velvet glove'. .....a mouthfilling powerhouse. Most recent, rather too sweet and caramelly; rich yet still very tannic. 2000 At best *****

Very interesting to see how some notes that is different and atypical like caramel in a read wine actually was still there, but it was not as sweet I found. But it needed many hours in the glass to shine.

From Château Margaux:

1928 Château Margaux
Château Margaux 1928 is an outstandingly great wine and is today perhaps superior to the 1929, since it has, on the whole, aged better. There is more consistency in the bottles, the wine has lost its hardness, but has kept an absolutely extraordinary freshness and richness. It may not have the great finesse of a bottle of 1929, but its freshness is far greater. Without going as far as to say that we still have to wait to drink it, we think its potential for ageing is almost in tact. Like 1870 and 1900, this wine seems to have been made for eternity...

1929 Château Margaux



1929 Château Margaux;
High shoulder fill, very light color through the bottle. Pale amber in the glass, acetone, caramel, nuts, enormous volatility, and in the back ground a Madeira Bual, very fresh acidity.

Broadbent; Ten notes. A variable performer, but at its best characteristically fragrant and bursting with charm. Attractive colour, not deep; delicious bouquet, Margaux crystallized violets; sweet, very rich, fragrant. At best *****

Seems a far cry from our bottle, and Mr Pontallier warned me about the massive bottle variations on this wine, which Broadbent also mention above. Hope there will be a second chance someday.

And some words from Ch Margaux:

1929 Château Margaux
Ah, 1929 ! That legend of vintages that will always be remembered as the year of the century. Its reputation was made all the more glorious by the fact that immediately after, the 1930s were really catastrophic, and then war broke out It was not until 1945 that anything comparable in quality was produced. It was only a space of sixteen years, but everyone had the genuine impression that it had been a century... Château Margaux 1929 is indeed a marvellous wine, whose bottles have unfortunately become inconsistent. We had the opportunity, a few years ago, to open a few at the same time. Around one out of three was in decline, another was fine, but a bit tired, and the last one... just marvellous ! An incomparable, indescribable finesse; a silky, long, delicate feeling on the palate... Sheer happiness...

Saturday, 26 March 2011

1934 Château Margaux, perfection!


1934 Château Margaux;
What a beautiful vintage this is! Mid shoulder fill, garnet all over. Floral from start, pure, violets, leather, more intense, prunes, figs, butter and animal fat, this one quite open from the start. Rich mouth-feel and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins that are very well mannered, refreshing, elegant, this is more difficult to describe, but pure comes to mind together with enormous complexity and freshness, fantastic length, minutes after minutes. 98

Broadbent: Fifteen notes. Despite some poor, doubtless badly cellared bottles, my favorite 34. So very Margaux, yet the decay of the 30's noted quite early, even in the mid 50's, certainly by the early 70's. But it soldiers on. More recently at Wagner's first Margaux tasting in 1997: rich, biscuity bouquet- though faisandé. Sweet on the palate , assertive fruit, very tannic. Most recently, richly flavoured bottle. Bouquet very attractive but just misses greatness. 2000 ****


And a few words from Ch. Margaux:

1934 Château Margaux
At last, a very good vintage ! The only one in the 1930s Château Margaux 1934 is still superb. It displays a deep, dense colour and a fine, fresh, complex bouquet. On the palate, it is powerful and rich with tannins coming to the fore, but drying a little in the finish. The quality of the bottles is now inconsistent, but most of the magnums are very good. It is obviously a wine to drink now, which in the future can only lose the wonderful qualities it has now.

Peace year Ch Margaux, 1945


1945 Château Margaux;
It's always very special to try a wine from 1945. Again, a bit worried about the mid shoulder fill. Ruby, with brick rim, very mature, leather, apples, plums, takes about ten to fifteen minutes before the floral and violet notes arrive, figs, fine black tea, think the tea department at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, some volatile high-notes in the back, not quite the 61 but a beauty. Minerals. Fresh acidity, elegant texture, ripe tannins, elegant body as well, not too intense on the palate, all about layers and elegance, not power and fruit, long finish. 93

Broadbent: A magnificent wine. Nothing fragile and feminine about this 45, at least not in its early years. From start, very deep in colour with a beautiful richness and intensity; in the 1970s with Latour-like massiveness and tannin. Its fragrance, the hallmark of Margaux, being variously described as ripe mulberry, crystallized violets, cedar, cigar box, creamy- and always glorious. On the palate its initial tannins ameliorating, now soft and velvety. 2000 *****

Some change during the last ten years it seems in the style, but I have a feeling that our bottle was not a perfect one.

And a few words from Ch Margaux:

1945 Château Margaux
1945 is a legendary year! In symbolic fashion, a great vintage came along to celebrate the end of the Second World War Château Margaux 1945 is a very powerful, concentrated, mature wine, with a fine, complex bouquet, which is more elegant than the 1947 and 1949, which seem to have been more affected by the extreme heat of the summer. This wine possesses all the attributes of an outstandingly great vintage of its generation. The tannic freshness remains present on the palate and will very probably enable it to age even longer. (September 2002)

Gorgeous 61 Château Margaux


1961 Château Margaux;
Finally! I read about this wine probably ten years ago, and hoped it would some day come my way. It was described as the last great wine of the old dynasty of Ch. Margaux, and it has kept an intriguing allure for me ever since. Worryingly low fill!? Just above mid shoulder, ruby wit thin orange rim. Staring out with intense floral notes, violets, blackcurrant's, plums, cigar, tobacco, perfumed, seductive and flirting, with another ten minutes, licorice, layers upon layers. Very elegant body and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, beautiful balance, enormous elegance, after two hours gaining in body, getting more fruit, turns out the low level can't have had any negative influence, its difficult to believe there can be a much better bottle, after even more time, mint, eucalyptus, opens up hugely, enormous complexity, rose-garden, figs, long and elegant finish. Getting even better after five hours. 97

Broadbent: Another splendid 61, first tasted in the autumn of 64. It was lovely wine then though green and of course unready. First really noted its fragrance and elegance developing through the 70s. In 81, rich, complex, harmonious, wonderful sap- 20 years of development ahead. Not long after I thought it a 5-star perfect drink........ in June 01 ***** at peak but will soldier on.

Interesting to see it described as green and course in the 60's!

And here is what Ch Maragux says:

1961 Château Margaux
It has sometimes been said that 1961 was the greatest vintage since 1900. Our memory does not always serve us well, but there is no doubt that this vintage displays quite extraordinary qualities, which we were not to find again, in any case, until the 1982 vintage. 1961 not only benefited from remarkable weather conditions, but also from the first achievements of what was called "modern oenology" under the inspiration of Professor Ribereau Gayon and Doctor Emile Peynaud. Château Margaux 1961 is a sumptuous wine, at the same time tender, harmonious, rich, very dense and full of freshness. Its bouquet is unique : over the smell of undergrowth, so characteristic of the great wines of that era, comes a layer of indescribable fruity and floral fragrance... Smelling this wine is a moment of unforgettable excitement, of pure emotion ! The sensations that come through on the palate are a harmonious match to the aromatic festival on the nose : its tannic density asserts itself smoothly and delicately, the finish is a strong and yet tender caress. A really wonderful wine. Today, the 1961 has lost none of its freshness, even though the magnums are starting to show more consistency than the bottles. Of course, it can be opened now, but it was built for eternity... (February 2007)

Beautiful 67 Ch Margaux


1967 Château Margaux;
Top shoulder fill, ruby with brick rim. Some cardboard like cork is coming and going a bit, is it a tiny bit of cork? Aged aromas? Disappears, shows up again, still a very good wine. Leather, plums, figs, something earthy and minerals, almost salty, after ten minutes violets appears. Beautiful texture and fruit on the palate, fresh acidity and ripe tannins, elegant and with good length. 89

Broadbent: Well made, soft and pleasing in the 70's. Seemed at it's best at a Madeira Club dinner in Savannah (1980). The last two notes made at Wagner's Margaux verticals. In 1997 sweet but raw, and acidity catching up. At a second tasting a nose like cream cheese, slightly woody, better flavour than nose, fairly light, acidic. Nov 2000 * Forget it

Interesting to see that what I found as something salty, like Roquefort cheese was also apparent for Mr Broadbent even if I think he is a bit hard on it.

Here is what Château Margaux says....

1967 Château Margaux
1967 Château Margaux is a very attractive vintage and a good example both of the genius of the terroir and of an era when the aim was to make wines with balance and finesse. Today, this wine shows a particularly fine, distinguished and very mature nose, possessing a lot of breed. So enjoyable! On the palate, the smoothness of the texture comes through; the tannins are ignored as we focus on the pleasure and enjoyment. Of course, the overall impression is one of a rather light wine, with perhaps some dryness in the finish, but the whole is a really pleasing wine... A very good bottle to drink now. (September 2002

61 Latour a Pomerol, dream wine


1961 Château Latour a Pomerol;
Lafite-Bruxelles bottling, bottom neck fill. Ruby with garnet rim, cassis, floral, leather, cigars, violets, all the aromas that can be found in a perfect Bordeaux. Superb acidity, ripe tannins, intense, complex, enormous texture, some herbs and bell peppers, youthful and yet aged like only great wines can be, will easily last another 20 years, exceptional finish. Magnificent! 99-100

Broadbent: Two notes, both excellent, sweet, fleshy, a fabulous mouthful. Pomerol at it's best. *****

1952 Pontet-Canet


1952 Château Pontet-Canet;
Cruse bottling, very top shoulder fill, garnet with brick/ orange rim. Leather, coffee, tea, chocolate, earthy, cherries and red berries. Good acidity, ripe tannins, some metallic touches, bark and cherry tree wood (think when you were young and climbing in the cherry trees) and figs. More expressive on the nose than on the palate. 89

Broadbent has no notes on this one, but rates 1952 as a **-**** star vintage. The growing season was very satisfactory up until September which was cold and unsettled. The harvest was fairly early and I suspect the the unripeness of some of the crop is responsible for its variability. Best in Graves and on the Right Bank, harder, more unyielding in the Médoc.

05 Coche-Dury

2005 Coche-Dury, Meursault;
Pale golden, minerals, smoke, bonfire, lemon, citrus, apples, butter, nuts, very intense. Fresh acidity, fatty texture, minerals and extremely citrus in an incredible long finish. 93

Friday, 25 March 2011

1964 Spätlese

1964 Schloss Johannisberg Grünlack Spätlese Ex Bibliotheca Subterranea;
Pale golden color, pear, touch of petroleum in the back, ripe yellow apples, minerals, tropical and apricots, intense yet tender, very well put together, floral notes, orrange and very ripe lemons, very complex. Perfect balance, good texture and body for a Riesling, refreshing, fresh acidity, like biting in a really fresh green apple, very long length. 94

Monday, 21 March 2011

99 Marchesi di Gresy Camp Gros

1999 Marchesi di Gresy, Barbaresco Camp Gros;
Ruby, thin brick rim, massive sediments. Lots of tar, some vanilla, roses far back, leather and licorice, quite intense. High acidity and lots of ripe tannins, refreshing, complex, very long finish. Starting to drink beautifully now. 92

2000 Vega Sicilia Valbuena

2000 Vega Sicilia Valbuena 5;
Deep ruby, ruby rim, closed still, some spices, dark berries, leather, licorice and blueberries, levels of flavors with air. Beautiful elegance and structure, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, great balance, very long and elegant finish. Has opened up since the last bottle. 92

05 Protos Crianza

2005 Protos Crianza, Ribera del Duero;
Almost opaque, lots of dark berries, sweetish blackberries, licorice, intense. Acidity is to low, almost lazy, ripe tannins, rough on the edges, good length. 81

05 Bai Gorri de Garage

2005 Bai Gorri de Garage;
Deep ruby, elegant and complex nose, blueberries, vanilla, spices, dark berries, intense. Good acidity, ripe tannins, nice balance, especially between wood and fruit, could have a bit more acidity to be perfect, very complex, long finish, keep some more years. 90

05 Cañas Hiru

2005 Luis Cañas Hiru;
Ruby, spicy and eucalyptus, vanilla, dark fruits and blueberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, complex, very integrated oak, elegant, needs a few more years cellaring, long finish. 89

00 Artadi Grande Añadas

2000 Artadi Grandes Añadas;
Deep ruby, a lot of sediments. Compact, some perfume, floral notes, chocolate, dark berries, morello -cherries, blackberries, complex. Elegant texture, nice acidity, elegant tannins, intense and fruit driven, long finish. 92

02 Bai Gorri De Garage

2002 Bai Gorri De Garage;
Ruby, garnet rim. Complex and elegant nose with some coffee, vanilla, spices, anise dark fruits and blueberries. Elegant fruit, body and texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins you barely notice, long finish. 90

Rare Tokaji Essencia

2000 Tokaj Classic, Tokaji Essencia;
(Natur, or pure Essencia, not Aszu) Amber golden, so complex it's impossible to capture it all, raisins, the purity is breathtaking, tropical, nuts, sweet, some caramel, orange and citrus, cakes, floral, everything. Very sweet indeed (480 g RS) and incredible acidity (19,2) I think it was said, raspberries, very pure, and exceptional finish. 98

(Only 320 0,5 liter bottles made!)

00 Aszu Essencia

2000 Tokaj Classic, Tokaji Aszu Essencia;
Amber color, some mint and floral notes over raisins, mature yellow apples, nuts, caramel, so complex it's difficult to describe. Again exceptional acidity, very elegant, beautiful balance, very long finish. 95

00 Tokaji 6 Putt

2000 Tokaj Classic, Tokaji Azsu 6 Puttonyos;
Amber color, raisins, nuts, botrytis, almonds, apples and orange marmalade. Fantastic acidity, very elegant, refreshing and pure, complex, very long finish, fantastic. 93

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The terroir of Le Montrachet

A unique tasting, a batch of Montrachet from Puligny, and one from the Chassagne side of Le Montrachet. What would be the similarities, and what would be different?

2007 Lucien le Moine, Montrachet (P);
P stands for Puligny, this is the first time Lucien le Moine did make two different Montrachet's, and I do not know if he has made it since. Lemon yellow color, some floral notes, lemon, apples, minerals, very elegant. Medium + body, fresh acidity, intense fruit, beautiful balance, very long finish. Wait ten years. 96

2007 Lucien le Moine, Montrachet (C);
C stands for Chassagne. Lemon yellow, leaps out of the glass, extreme minerality, beautiful citrus and apples, some honey and yellow plums behind. Fantastic balance, high and lively acidity, very complex, extremely long finish. 97

One wins you over on pure elegance (P) and the other on power (C). A triet side by side, if you can ever find them both!


07 Le Moine Batard Montrachet

2007 Lucien le Moine, Batard Montrachet;
Lemon yellow, butter, nuts, heavy minerals, some apples and hint of citrus. Very fresh Batard, quite elegant for one as well, pure more than very complex, fresh acidity, long length. 92

07 Le Moine Corton Charlemagne

2007 Lucien le Moine Corton Charlemagne;
Lemon yellow, more citrus, lemon, green apples, more layered than the Corton Blanc. Fresh acidity, beautiful balance, fresh and complex, very long finish with lime and minerals. 93

07 Le Moine Corton Blanc

2007 Lucien le Moine Corton Blanc;
Lemon yellow, vanilla, oak, minerals, apples, citrus and lime. Fresh acidity, a bit fat, nice balance, complex, quite concentrated, elegant finish. 92

97 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc

1997 Leroy SA Bourgogne Blanc;
Pale golden, lime, honey, melon, apples, some minerality behind. Elegant acidity, more youthful than the 99, some vanilla, citrus, elegant body, nice finish. 87

04 Leflaive PM

2004 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet;
Pale straw yellow, minerals, vanilla, apples, citrus, elegant, some butter and oak shines through. Elegant acidity, medium body, fresh acidity, especially in the aftertaste. 89

98 Clos de Tart

1998 Mommesin, Clos de Tart;
Ruby, brick rim. Intense nose, cherries, anise, steel, iodine, leaf and warm strawberries. Not too high acidity, a bit lean, drying towards finish, stone fruit, long length. 86

01 Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot

2001 Meo-Camuzet, Clos de Vougeot;
Ruby with garnet rim, sediments. Strawberries and pepper, elegant and complex, starting to evolve. Elegant acidity, perfect balance, elegant tannins, quite intense and long length. Wait a few more years. 93

1983 Chassagne Boudriotte Rouge

1983 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Boudriotte (Rouge);
Bright ruby, brick rim. Spices, anise, strawberry jam, herbs, some sweet tobacco and plum marmalade. Fresh acidity, cherries, very long length, drying a bit towards finish. 91

08 Adam Hofberg Kabinett

2008 AJ Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett;
Pale lemon yellow, pear, minerals and apples on the nose. Fresh acidity, a bit tight still, needed some air to open, balanced, refreshing and good length. 87

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Stunning 01 Ramonet Montrachet

2001 Ramonet, Montrachet;
Lemon yellow, butter in the pan, nuts, touch of botrytis, lemon, apples, minerals, very complex indeed, spices, warm herbs, the nose is so fantastic it almost feels unnecessary to taste it. Intense, yet not that big body, balanced, gorgeous acidity, still youthfull, no sign of premox, close to perfection, aftertaste last forever. 98

03 Ramonet Puligny 1er Cru

2003 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Champ Canet;
Lemon yellow, pear, minerals, yellow fruits. Quite fresh on the aromas for a 03, but lacks acidity, not unfresh, but still, butter and fat body. 86

06 Schloss Lieser Auslese Lange Goldkapsel

2006 Schloss Lieser, Lieserer Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel;
Pale golden, citrus, lemon, apples, minerals, focused nose, pear, apricots, tender yet very complex nose. More intensity on the palate, gorgeous acidity, cleans perfectly, needs time still, fantastic length. 94

07 Grans Fassian TA Auslese Goldkapsel

2007 Grans Fassian Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel;
(600 demi bottles made, and I think I've had six now, so one percent of the production!) Pale golden, minerals, schists, light of apples, pear, raisins and apricots. Great balance, high acidity, balances the sweetness perfectly, intense, very long finish. 93

95 Pontet-Canet

1995 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, garnet rim. Leather, cedar, blackberries and cassis, tobacco and black tea. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, balanced, maturing nicely, starting to drink well, but fruit and structure for many more years of cellaring. 91

98 JJ Prüm WS Auslese Goldkapsel

1998 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel;
Pale golden, minerals, hint of botrytis, honey, melon, apricots, pear, apples, needs air to open, elegant and fresh. Elegant sweetness, acidity balances it perfectly, fresh and youthful, very long finish. 94

04 JJ Prüm WS Spätlese

2004 Joh.Jos.Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese;
Pale golden, starting to mature somewhat, some petroleum, light of oxidized apples, minerals, touch of roses, pear and schist. Elegant and fresh acidity, balanced, good intensity but slightly short for JJ. 89

01 Kirwan

2001 Château Kirwan;
(magnum) Ruby, first austere, thin and acidic, after decanting opening up, licorice, blackcurrant's, oak wood and some leather. Lean body, good acidity, ripe tannins, slightly astringent, some length. Why can't they make a really good wine? 80

04 DRC GE

2004 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Grands Échézeaux;
Pale ruby, strawberries, minerals, light, not that intense nose. That changes in on the palate. Spices, great fruit, refreshing and quite high acidity, ripe tannins, pure youth, pepper and herbs in the finish, the tell tale 04 aromas shows up in the finish, very long finish. Wait ten years. 92

1795 Barbeito Terrantez

1795 Barbeito Terrantez Madeira;
Pale amber, deep golden rim. Apples, cinnamon, raisins, minerals, floral, roses, rose hips, coffee and caramel. Extremely complex. Perfect acidity/ sweetness balance, exceptional wine, kind of tender for a Madeira, the balance is out of this world, some teak, vanilla, oil, aftertaste for several minutes. Perfection. 100

05 Ramonet Batard Montrachet

2005 Ramonet Batard Montrachet;
Lemon yellow, extremely closed first, very elegant, butter, nuts, transparent while closed, very complex. Fresh acidity, minerals and lime, very long finish 93

06 Ramonet Batard Montrachet

2006 Ramonet Batard Montrachet;
Pale lemon yellow, minerals, lemon, some pear, butter, nuts, pasta, vanilla and spices. Fresh acidity, fatty texture, balanced, complex, very long finish. 93

98 Clos St Hune

1998 Trimbach Clos St Hune;
Lemon yellow, ripe and mature Riesling, minerals, some oxidized apples, some petroleum. Lovely and fresh acidity, balanced, getting perfectly mature, very long finish. 93

99 Kistler

1999 Kistler, Durell Vineyards Chardonnay;
Golden, closed first, then nuts, butter, minerals, apples, ripe lemons, even som floral notes. Fresh acidity, slightly fat texture, perfect balance, long finish. 92

05 Duckhorn CS

2005 Duckhorn, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Ruby, spicy, cassis, bell peppers, and vanilla, elegant nose. Well balanced, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, complex, some coffee and mocha, dark chocolate, long finish. 90

99 Pontet-Canet

1999 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, leather, bell peppers, blackberries, touch of vanilla, some tobacco, cassis, takes more time to open than the 00. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, beautiful texture, good length. 90

05 Duckhorn Merlot

2005 Duckhorn, Napa Valley Merlot;
Deep ruby, sweetish fruit, some spices and vanilla, chocolate and blueberries. Very nice balance, fresh acidity and ripe tannins, fresh Merlot, very long finish. 89

04 Andrew Will, Sheridan Vineyard

2004 Andrew Will, Sheridan Vineyard;
Ruby, sweet berries, very intense, vanilla, spices, camphor and blueberries. Fresh acidity and ripe tannins, good balance and long finish. 88

06 Bergström Pinot Noir

2006 Bergström, Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir;
Ruby, more elegant fruit and nose than the Brewer-Clifton, spices, vanilla, strawberries and plums, more complex as well. Good acidity, ripe tannins, more intense, again just a touch of alcohol in the finish. 88

06 Brewer-Clifton Rio Vista

2006 Brewer-Clifton, Rio Vista Pinot Noir;
Ruby with ruby rim, warm fruit but pure, some spices, alcohol shows through, strawberry jam. Good acidity, very ripe tannins, full bodied for a Pinot, slightly warm finish, OK length. 86

06 Schloss Lieser BA Goldkapsel

2006 Schloss Lieser, Lieserer Niederberg Helden Riesling Beerenauslese Goldkapsel;
Pale golden, somewhat closed, needs air, apples, botrytis, minerals, tropical, pineapple, peach, honey, apricots, so complex. Gorgeous acidity, fantastic length, a beauty. 97

1999 Tertre Roteboeuf

1999 Château Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby, thin garnet rim. Cassis, some bell peppers, cigar, tobacco, some minerality underneath, meat, even cloud berries, and blueberries. Great texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lovely balance, evolving nicely, very long finish. 93

04 Roc de Cambes

2004 Roc de Cambes;
Ruby, very fruity and quite intense nose, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, beautiful balance, long finish. 92

00 Roc de Cambes

2000 Roc de Cambes;
Deep ruby, some spicy notes, blackcurrant's, elegant, pure fruit, some chocolate and coffee. Kind of compact, without being heavy, elegant, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, long finish. 92

90 Tertre Roteboeuf

1990 Château Tertre Roteboeuf;
Ruby, garnet rim. Coffee, mint, chocolate, a touch volatile, goat cheese, blue- and blackberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, maturing nicely, good texture, very long finish. 92

00 Pontet-Canet

2000 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, garnet rim, sediments. Tobacco, leather, coffee, anise, cassis, very complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, maturing nicely, starting to drink well, but should have some more years in the cellar, for my palate, at least ten. 92

07 Ramonet Montrachet

2007 Ramonet, Montrachet;
Lemon yellow, what a complex nose, minerals, apples, roses, lime, pear, yellow plums, multi dimensional wine. Fresh acidity, pure fruit, elegant texture, unbelievable balance, enormous complexity, extreme length. 97

05 Tertre Roteboeuf

2005 Château Tertre Roteboeuf;
Deep ruby, massive nose, coffee, mocha, vanilla, hung game, pepper, black- and blueberries, nice herbal note in the back. Leaner body and more elegant and refreshing than the nose suggests, elegant tannins, fresh acidity, fantastic balance and length, Very complex wine. 95

04 Coche-Dury

2004 Coche-Dury, Meursault;
Pale golden, minerals, butter, nuts, some apples, flint. Only medium body, but feels fatter on the texture, fresh acidity, elegant, very long finish. Drinking beautifully now. 92

08 Rousseau Chambertin

2008 Armand Rousseau Chambertin;
Bright ruby, again striking purity, pepper, minerals, strawberries, again that touch of herbs in the back, more complex, superb elegance, extremely long finish. 95

08 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze

2008 Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze;
Bright ruby, more spices than the Clos St Jacques, even fresher, even more strawberries, incredible elegance and purity, gorgeous texture and finish, very long indeed. 95

08 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques

2008 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, Clos St Jacques;
Bright ruby, pepper and strawberries, some hints of herbs in the back and hints of fresh lamb's meat. Again the elegance is superb, pure, fresh acidity, very long finish. 94

08 Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin

2008 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin;
Bright ruby, this time pure strawberries, layers of it somehow, very elegant, very pure, essence of Pinot, very long finish. 93

08 Rousseau Clos de la Roche

2008 Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche;
Bright ruby, more floral and raspberry, quite different from the Charmes, fresh acidity, again very pure, superb elegance, one could smell this wine for days, gorgeous nose, fantastic aftertaste. 94

08 Rousseau Charmes Chambertin

2008 Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin;
Beautifull red, strawberries, pure as few, some pepper, it's more the purity than the complexity that is mind blowing, elegant acidity, ripe tannins, beautiful finish. 93

01 Angerville Clos des Ducs

2001 Angerville, Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs;
Ruby, some oak, herbs, strawberries, touch of pepper and spices. Lovely acidity and freshness, youthful still, elegant, long finish. 90

02 Comte Lafon Perrieres

2002 Comte Lafon, Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres;
Pale golden, great minerality, flint, lemon, some spices, vanilla, very elegant, great balance, acidity is playful and elegant, very long finish. Slightly tender style of Meursault, very seductive. 92

07 Ramonet Chevalier Montrachet

2007 Ramonet Chevalier Montrachet;
Lemon yellow, minerals, steely, lime, some pear, closed, acidity comes in waves in the mouth, incredible balance, pure, complex, gorgeous texture, lime mineral finish, very long length. 95

02 Pontet-Canet

2002 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, bell peppers, elegant, cool fruit, vanilla, cedar, starting to evolve, needed two hours in decanter, blackcurrant's, good acidity, ripe tannins, nice balance, a bit leaner body, long length. 89

99 Leroy Meursault

1999 Leroy SA Meursault;
Lemon yellow, smoky, nuts, butter, lemons and minerals, yellow plums. Fresh acidity, fatty texture, wet schists, intense, flint, complex, very long finish. Beautiful now, can age. 91

03 Tertre Roteboeuf

2003 Château Tertre Roteboeuf;
Deep ruby, racy, cigar, blackcurrant's, chocolate, blueberries, cherries, coffee truffles and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, beautiful balance even at 15%, harmonious 03, long finish. 94

04 Pichon Baron

2004 Château Pichon Longueville Baron;
Ruby, complex nose of cedar, cigars, blackcurrant's, pencil, vanilla, needs decanting. Nice acidity, lots of ripe tannins, very long finish. Give it another ten years. 92

07 Schloss Johannisberg Auslese

2007 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Auslese Rosalack;
Lemon yellow, complex, botrytis, apples, pear, peach, some minerals, yellow plums and tropical. Pure youth still, lovely balance, quite a body for a Riesling, playful and refreshing acidity, long length. 94

08 Pontet-Canet

2008 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, blackberries, tobacco, leather, vanilla, closed but still gorgeous nose. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, gorgeous texture, minerals, beautiful balance, long length. 93

06 Schloss Johannisberg Silberlack

2006 Schloss Johannisberg, Silberlack Riesling EG;
Pale lemon yellow, minerals, apples, citrus, apple cake, very complex, starting to open, nice body, very well balanced, elegant, long finish. Should be cellared a few years more, will last long. 91

1997 Spätburgunder

1997 Gützler Morstein Spätburgunder Spätlese;
Pale ruby, brick rim, earthy and well hung game, mushrooms, evolved. Nice acidity, slightly dry tannins, more fruit on the palate, nice length. Drink now. 84

Grans Fassian TA Auslese Goldkapsel. (Very rare!)

2007 Grans Fassian Trittenheimer Apotheke Auslese Goldkapsel;
Only 600 demi bottles made. Pale lemon yellow, tropical, pineapples, minerals, perfect balance between acidity and sweetness, elegant, lovely finish. 93

Grans Fassian Goldkapsel

2007 Grans Fassian Trittenheimer Apotheke, Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel;
Pale lemon yellow, closed first, apples, minerals, tropical. elegant, balance is perfection, pineapples, seductive and pure. Long finish. Needs cellaring. 94

06 Hauts de Pontet-Canet

2006 Hauts de Pontet Canet;
(2nd Pontet-Canet) Bright ruby, coffee, cassis, red plums, leather, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant texture, good balance and length. 87

Saturday, 12 March 2011

07 Hauts de Pontet-Canet

2007 Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet;
(2nd Pontet-Canet) Bright ruby, floral, leather, cassis, blackcurrants and vanilla. Good acidity, ripe tannins, elegant texture, hint of bell peppers, good length. 87

Monday, 7 March 2011

04 Richebourg

2004 Lucien Le Moine, Richebourg;
Ruby, some herbs of the vintage, bell peppers over strawberries, lots of minerals, leather, some tobacco, anise and nettles. Very pure, fantastic balance, tender yet enormous, very young, fantastic length. 95

07 Ramonet Batard Montrachet

2007 Ramonet Batard Montrachet;
Pale lemon yellow, closed, buttery touch, minerals, fatter notes and vanilla. Fantastic balance, big structure, extremely long finish. Apples, flint, minerals, lemon with air. 95

05 Raveneau Valmur

2005 Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur;
Pale straw yellow, closed, some butter and light minerality, seems something heavier underneath, flint and apples. Elegant acidity, never opened up, long finish. 91

06 Artadi Viñas de Gain

2006 Artadi Viñas de Gain;
Ruby, pure fruit and chocolate, coffee and dark berries, some vanilla. Nice structure, good acidity, balanced, ripe tannins, some oak in the finish. 85

05 Sierra Cantabria

2005 Sierra Cantabria Crianza;
Ruby, vanilla and oak, intense from the glass, some sweet fruit. Too oaky, dry and dusty finish. 70

07 Ramonet Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

2007 Ramonet, Bienvenues Batard Montrachet;
Pale straw yellow, closed first, needs time to open, floral, lime, minerals, vanilla and spices, fantastic nose. Incredible balance, elegant acidity, still closed, never fully opened, very long length. 94

08 JJ Prüm WS Auslese

2008 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese;
Very pale lemon yellow, very closed, touch of pineapples and flint. Feels riper than the GH, almost sweet apples and strawberries, pineapple again, great balance and length. Decant or keep in the cellar. 92

08 JJ Prüm GH Auslese

2008 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Auslese;
Pale lemon yellow, orange blossom, minerals, very pure, some tropical notes. More texture, good acicity, great balance, one can hardly feel the sweetness, great length. 92

08 JJ Prüm WS Spätlese

2008 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese;
Watery yellow, lemon, lime, minerals, touch of tropical notes. Elegant, great balance, touch of not fully ripe pineapple, closed but promises well, good length. 89

Sunday, 6 March 2011

08 JJ Prüm WS Kabinett

2008 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett;
Watery yellow, refreshing, youthful, even tighter than the GH, apples, pears and minerals. Nice acidity, good fruit, lime freshness, elegant, good balance and length, mineral finish. 88

2008 JJ Prüm GH Kabinett

2008 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett;
Watery yellow, apricots, pear, minerals and lime. More tight, youthful, elegant, needed time to open, high acidity, crisp, good length. 87

1995 JJ Prüm WS Spätlese

1995 Joh.Jos.Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese;
Straw yellow, mature apples, some mineral and citrus notes, starting petroleum, lovely nose. Fresh and playful acidity, elegant, complex and beautiful balance, long finish. 93

02 Clos Fortet

2002 Château Clos Fortet;
Bright ruby, a bit earthy, some paprika, leather, blackberries, lean body, fresh acidity, slightly unripe tannins, a bit short. 84

07 Destieux

2007 Château Destieux;
Deep ruby, elegant nose, blackberries, some vanilla, flowers, some mint and chocolate. Nice acidity, ripe tannins, nice balance, medium body and fruit, anise in the finish. 88

06 Von Schubert, MG Abtsberg Kab.

2006 Von Schubert, Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett;
Pale straw yellow, light, delicate, fresh, minerals, some pear, apples and lemon, tender, very elegant, lacks a bit of complexity and length. 84

07 Dr.Hermann EP Auslese

2007 Dr. Hermann Erdener Prälat, Riesling Auslese;
Straw yellow, lime, apples, raspberries, light tropical touch. Very elegant texture and flavours apples, lovely acidity and balance, long finish. 92

04 Fleur Morange

2004 Château Fleur Morange;
Opaque with ruby rim, some mint, minerals, blackberries, hint of vanilla, ripe tannins, fruity, still elegant, nice balance and long finish. 90

07 Fleur Morange

2007 Château Fleur Morange;
Deep ruby, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, dark berries, very elegant, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, well balanced. 89

07 Chasse-Spleen

2007 Château Chasse-Spleen;
Ruby, pink rim, bell peppers, red berries, hint of vanilla and spices. Fresh and lively acidity, ripe tannins, some wooden tannins but seems there is fruit to work it out, good length. 87

06 Chasse-Spleen

2006 Château Chasse-Spleen;
Ruby, tiny pink rim. Paprika, leather, anise, red berries. Elegant acidity, ripe tannins, nice structure, could be more complex, but pure and nicely balanced. 87

07 Camensac

2007 Château Camensac;
Ruby, pink rim, fresh, lively, green bell peppers, some floral notes, violet, nice structure, ripe tannins, good length. 85

06 Camensac

2006 Château Camensac;
Ruby, some roses and pepper, minerals, blackcurrant's and dark berries. Fresh acidity, lots of ripe tannins, nice structure, but a bit short. Honest. 86

98 Labégorce

1998 Château Labégorce;
Ruby, garnet rim. Mature, slightly spicy, leather, figs, coffee, truffles and some vanilla. Nice body and texture, elegant acidity, ripe tannins, elegant finish. Drink over the next five years. 87

03 Mouline de Labegorce

2003 La Mouline de Labegorce;
Ruby, garnet rim, dark berries, cheese, light fruit. Ok acidity, ripe tannins, mature and ripe fruit, plums, good length. 84

This seems to be a tiny Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois of 4 hectares.

07 Pibran

2007 Château Pibran;
Ruby, fruit driven and Cabernet is showing, pepper, green paprika touch, cassis, dark berries. Nice acidity, ripe tannins, mint, a bit short finish. 87

07 Pichon Baron

2007 Château Pichon Longueville Baron;
Deep ruby, sweet tobacco, pepper, some animal notes, powerfull and focused. Classic style, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, long finish. Needs ten years. 91

06 Leroy Richebourg

2006 Domaine Leroy, Richebourg;
Bright ruby, beautifull nose, strawberries, hint of spices, vanilla, floral overtones, complex, seductive nuanced and layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, very elegant, perfect balance, fresh and lively, very long finish. 95

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

1995 Pontet-Canet

1995 Château Pontet-Canet;
Bright ruby, garnet rim. Tobacco, cassis, truffles and leather, a delight on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe and elegant tannins, mouthwatering acidity, maturing nicely, beautifull balance and elegant texture, long length. 91

1999 Pontet-Canet

1999 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, leather, blackcurrants, maturing Pauillac, hints of cedar and pencil, elegant and a bit on the lean side. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, nice length. I think in a difficult face now, more open a couple of years back. 90

2000 Pontet-Canet

2000 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, cedar comming, tobacco, cassis, complex, intens and beautifull nose. Gorgeous texture, fresh acidity, high and ripe tannins, needs time in the cellar still. 92

2002 Pontet-Canet

2002 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, bell peppers, tiny floral hint, cigars, tobacco, leafy touch, leather, so much more open than the last bottle. Leaner body, elegant texture, a bit hollow mid palate, good length. 89

08 Pontet-Canet

2008 Château Pontet-Canet;
Ruby, floral, seductive as few, elegant, complex, violets, blackcurrants. Elegant texture, fresh acidity, lots of ripe tannins, fresh as a daisy, beautifull now, but should be kept in the cellar for a long time, very long finish. 94

06 Hauts de Pontet

2006 Hauts de Pontet;
(2nd Pontet-Canet) Bright ruby, elegant, plums, vanilla, cassis and leather. Fresh acidity, elegant body and texture, ripe tannins, good length. 87

07 Hauts de Pontet

2007 Hauts de Pontet;
(2nd Pontet-Canet) Bright ruby, elegant cassis, floral, fruitdriven, perfumed, elegant, leather. Fresh, good acidity, leaner body, ripe tannins, anis, good length. 86

04 Ramonet CM Morgeot

2004 Ramonet Chassagne-Montracher 1er Cru Morgeot;
Pale lemon yellow, vanilla, nuts, minerals, flinty touch, butter and floral highnotes. Fresh acidity, balanced, lemony, lively aftertaste, lovely length. 91