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Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Vega Sicilia Unico tasting from 1965 vintage to 2004 vintage.

23h 26min ago

Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  7 Producers 

Romanee Conti 1978 / Simply staggering, unlike anything else on the palate you could conceive of. The amalgam of deep fruit, suave and sensual poise, coupled with such entrancing balance and structure is extraordinary. Licorice, cherries, spicy red fruit on the nose. Sheer velvet at the mid palate, and then just penetrating beauty, blackberries and plums, a mouth perfume of violets -- an anthem to primary and tertiary beauty encased in haunting Vosne spice. You have ravishing majesty here. 100 Points

2d 24min ago

Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  41 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Yesterday evening we had a wide and diverse Madeira tasting from vintage 1772 to 2002.

3d 3h ago

Terrantez 1772, Madeira Terrantez
Bastardo 1954, Blandy's
Boal Madeira 1863, Barbeito
Tinta Negra 1995, Leacock's
Sercial Madeira 1954, Cossart Gordon
Madeira Bual 1962, Cossart Gordon
Tinta Negra 50 Years Old Madeira NV (10's), Henriques & Henriques
W.S. Boal Reserva Madeira 200 Years Old NV (10's), Henriques & Henriques
Boal Madeira 1957, Henriques & Henriques
Founder's Solera Malvasia 1894, Henriques & Henriques
Terrantez 1954, Henriques & Henriques
Malvasia 1954, Henriques & Henriques
Sercial 2001, Henriques & Henriques
W.S. Boal Reserva Madeira 200 Years Old 1831, Henriques & Henriques
Sercial 1944, Henriques & Henriques
Verdelho Madeira 1900, Pereira d’Oliveira
Verdelho Madeira 1932, Pereira d’Oliveira
Verdelho Madeira 1986, Pereira d’Oliveira
Verdelho Madeira 2000, Pereira d’Oliveira
Moscatel 1875, Pereira d’Oliveira
Moscatel 1900, Pereira d’Oliveira
Bastardo Madeira 1927, Pereira d’Oliveira
Malvasia 1900, Pereira d’Oliveira
Tinta Negra (meio doce) 1929, Pereira d’Oliveira
Boal Madeira 2001, Pereira d’Oliveira
Tinta Negra (doce) 1929, Pereira d’Oliveira
Malvasia 1989, Pereira d’Oliveira
Malvasia 2002, Pereira d’Oliveira
Sercial 1862, Pereira d’Oliveira
Sercial 1910, Pereira d’Oliveira
Sercial 1971, Pereira d’Oliveira
Tinta Negra (seco) 1929, Pereira d’Oliveira
Terrantez 1880, Pereira d’Oliveira
Terrantez 1971, Pereira d’Oliveira
Terrantez 1988, Pereira d’Oliveira
Malvasia 1834, Pereira d’Oliveira
Malvasia 1875, Pereira d’Oliveira
Boal Madeira 1922, Pereira d’Oliveira
Boal Madeira 1903, Pereira d’Oliveira
Verdelho Madeira 1850, Pereira d’Oliveira
Verdelho Madeira 1800, Silva Vinhas

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  11 Producers 

1878 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte - 100 points. Still lively, bright ruby colour. Excellent and expressive nose, slightly smoky, roasted chestnuts, hints of dried fruit, noble leather, classical style with perfect maturity and very persistent character. On the palate great elegance, depth and length, hints of minerality and a slight metallic hint in the background. A great bottle, close to perfection. 

5d 2h ago

Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  1 Producers 

One of the events of the year on the Australian wine calendar is the release of the new Hill of Grace, and it does not come much bigger than for the 2010 vintage. This highly regarded year started with a hot spring in Eden Valley, which kept the yield down. It was followed by a mild summer and autumn with very little rain. The grapes were very even when they were harvested. But what is the wine like?

As expected the colour is deep purple, but what surprises is the aroma. It is intense, very spicy and full of sage. The 2010 Henschke Hill of Grace is medium bodied and quite perfumed. The fruit is blackberry and mulberry, but the dominant element on the palate is white pepper, five spice, and sage, in particular. This is unusual. Spicy notes often occur, but they are intertwined with mocca notes. This is not the case with the 2010. This is a more lifted and fragrant wine. The 60/40 American French oak combination is not very noticeable, This is partly due to the unusual long seasoning period of the American oak. The wine has great length, but does the fruit fill the mouth? There is probably just enough weight. Alcohol at 14+% is noticeable. The tannins are velvety and fine grained, showing the age of the vines.

The wine did not grab me initially, but the complexity combined with the elegance and lasting penetration of the wine won me over in the end. This could be very special in a few years.

6d 9h ago

Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  7 Producers 

Bordeaux tasting with wines like Haut-Brion 1945, Latour 1959, Yquem 1976 etc.

8d 21h ago

Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  9 Producers 

Fonseca 1927 Vintage Port / Decanted just before serving. Delicate bronze red, soft color, very light, very faded but more red than the Krohn 1982 Colheita. The nose was very mature, Demerara, soft yet intense. Peppery. Almost a tawny Port spirit. Aromas of old pews and leather bibles in an old English church. The nose evolved throughout the evening, filling the glass, it became huge and totally amazing. The palate was initially hot and spicy. Very spicy. Slightly drying. Morel like brandy than Port but very gentle. It was like an old lady with a lot of pizzazz. As it evolved in the glass it became pure syrup in texture with maple flavors. It became delicious. Initially, it was not my best wine of the evening but as it evolved it became the wine of the night. *****

10d 4h ago

Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  46 Wines  from  22 Producers 

2005 - A magnificent red wine vintage in Burgundy. This was a dry year, though never particularly hot, save for a heat-wave in May. A hail-storm on 17 July devastated the vines between the villages of Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet. After a mixed August, and much-needed rain on 6 September, the skies cleared and it became increasingly sunny and warm. The Côte d'Or harvest began in the middle of the month and was all but complete by the week-end of 1st. October.

Now ten years old, the red wines, though many are still rather closed, are well deserving of all the bally-hoo they engendered at the outset. The vintage is consistently good (except naturally in Santenay and Chassagne-Montrachet) from Marsannay to Maranges, as well as proportionately so from grand cru to the humblest generic. Few past vintages come close. Perhaps the nearest is 1999, but that was a very much more generous harvest. The relative shortness of the 2005 crop can be seen in the concentration of the wines. They also have depth, finesse, harmony and the potential to last. But they are not monolithic. What more do you want? Don't start opening the best until 2020 or so.

12d 5h ago

Charmes-Chambertin 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut St Jacques 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Clos de la Roche 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin 2005, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Grands Echézeaux 2005, Joseph Drouhin
Charmes-Chambertin 2005, Joseph Drouhin
Clos de la Roche 2005, Joseph Drouhin
Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 2005, Domaine Ponsot
Clos de Vougeot 2005, Domaine Ponsot
Griotte-Chambertin 2005, Domaine Ponsot
Charmes Chambertin 2005, Domaine Ponsot
Chapelle Chambertin 2005, Domaine Ponsot
Clos de Vougeot 2005, Meo Camuzet
Vosne Romanee Les Brulees 2005, Meo Camuzet
Chambolle-Musigny Les Hauts Doix 2005, Nicolas Potel
Charmes-Chambertin 2005, Louis Jadot
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2005, Louis Jadot
Latricières-Chambertin 2005, Louis Jadot
Chambertin Clos de Béze 2005, Domaine Perrot-Minot
Charmes-Chambertin 2005, Domaine Perrot-Minot
Clos de Vougeot 2005, Domaine Perrot-Minot
Clos-de-la-Roche 2005, Domaine Dujac
Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2005, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2005, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
Clos des Lambrays 2005, Domaine des Lambrays
Clos de Vougeot 2005, Vincent Girardin
Chambertin 2005, Vincent Girardin
Charmes-Chambertin 2005, Vincent Girardin
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2005, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Mazis Chambertin 2005, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Latricieres Chambertin 2005, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Echézeaux 2005, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2005, Domaine Henri Gouges
Nuit-Saint-Georges Clos Des Porrets 2005, Domaine Henri Gouges
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2005, Domaine Georges Roumier
Nuits Saint Georges 2005, Domaine Camille Giroud
Clos de Tart 2005, Mommessin
Echezeaux 2005, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru Cros Parantoux 2005, Emmanuel Rouget
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras 2005, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod
Latriciers-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005, Jean & Jean-Louise Trapet
Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château 2005, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
Chambertin 2005, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet

Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Château Certan de May (this property's full name is Certan de May de Certan) is situated in the middle of the so-called "Le Plateau Argileux", a 900 m wide and  circle-shaped high-plateauwith large content of clay and iron oxide in the subsoil, right next to Vieux Château Certan, Hosanna and Petrus a bit away down the road. The vineyard here has only 5 hectares of vines and is planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of vines is 35 years and the yield per hectare is not exceeding 31 hl. The wine ferments and macerates in stainless-steel vats for 4-5 weeks and is kept in 30-50% new oak  for a period of 16-18 months.

 

My first encounter with Certan de May was in 1987, when with help of wife of Jean-Pierre Estager (La Cabanne), a good friend of the owner of Certan de May (Mme Odette Barreau-Badar), I was granted access to this property. At that time it wasn't easy to visit Certan de May, you had to have good connections.

 

Mme Odette Barreau-Badar wanted to take care of her children, so she asked Bruno Prats from neighboring Petit Village to take care of harvest and vinification at Certan de May between 1968 and 1974. He accepted. Her son, Jean Luc Barreau, joined her mother in winemaking duties in 1975. Both are responsible for the fantastic effort in 1982 vintage. Jean-Luc Barreau has been fully in charge of running the property since 1998.

 

As the title of my profile impliess, this property is highly regarded one in Pomerol. The wine from this property is very much a traditional styled one with some small inputs of modern techniques. Still, it's 100% true Pomerol, which reflects in a remarkable way the excellent soil conditions of the property. Power, strong structure, great complexity and truffles. 2016, 2015 and 2010 are probably the best vintages made since the otherworldy 1982.

13d 10h ago

Aldo Sohm / Best Sommelier in the World 2008, Pro (Austria)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  3 Producers 

"Musigny 1957, 1959 and 1961 from Domaine Joseph Faiveley, Burgundy, France."

14d 4h ago

Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  16 Producers 

Dominus Estate 1987 - "One of the best cabernet blends I had for some time. A fabulous bottle. Blackberry, plums, tannins still very present, will easily live for another five years." 97 points

15d 38min ago

Igor Sill, Wine Maker (United States)  had a wine moment

“ I extracted a bottle of 1984 Chateau Margaux from my cellar, contemplating the petite Filet Mignon centered dining of the evening. Instead, I exchanged it for a 2009 Uptick Vineyards Chalk Hill Sauvignon Cabernet. What a wonderful decision that turned out to be. This wine is a point of reference for one of California’s greatest reds from Sonoma County. It’s a wine that waves superb quality, balance and character. The density of the wine takes mes back to classics like Napa's Georges de Latour’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon of 1958. Uptick’s 2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is a shining star for Cabernet Sauvignon and proves why Sonoma is one of the most exciting up and coming winemaking regions in the world.

No longer is the region obsessed with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Sonoma, and Uptick Vineyards have instead turned towards a new classicism of vibrant fruit, focus and lustfully long finish. Uptick’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon delivers all that and more. 96 points.”

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