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Izak Litwar / Bordeaux Expert, Pro (Denmark)  had a tasting of  35 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Château Haut Brion 1959 100p / Tasted 10 times. Consistent notes. I've been so lucky to taste this wine 10 times during the last 19 years and it's never, never and never disappointed! It's extremely rare for a wine lover to experience such a magnifique and perfect wine, which decade after decade remains young and vigorous. This wine is simply nectar of the Gods and one of true wine legends in Bordeaux. I'm pretty sure that it easily can impress for another decade or two or three....”

21min 23s ago

Château Haut-Brion 1957, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2014, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2013, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2012, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1956, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1985, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1995, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1958, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1964, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2004, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1988, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1961, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2010, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2000, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1982, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2001, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2002, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2011, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1955, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1959, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2003, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2005, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2006, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2007, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2008, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 2009, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1953, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1945, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1923, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1949, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1944, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1947, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1943, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1929, Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion 1952, Château Haut-Brion

Rajiv Singhal / Fine Wine Magazine India, Wine Writer (India)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  5 Producers 

“Monteverro Tinata vertical - all the vintages. This Cotes du Rhone blend pays hommage to owner Georg Weber's mother, Tina. Red fruit aromas, such as cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, harmoniously mingle with subtle hints of florals, herbs, and spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, and geranium, lavender, and rose. The entrance is fresh, but finishes sweet with nuances of grenadine and a touch of cassis. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels, Monteverro Tinata is aged in 40% new French oak barrels and 60% egg-shaped concrete tanks for 16 months.”

2d 5h ago

John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  15 Producers 

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to, except someone just did. On two perfect evenings in Los Angeles, a few good men and a great woman gathered together for two feasts fit for a king. The feasts were fete-ing the feelgood age of fifty-five for none other than The Rev, our official host and insane giver and sharer of great wines. There was other wine royalty on the short VIP list, most notably Bad Boy and The Punisher, aka “The Big Guns” when together. Hollywood Jef and Antonio Galloni, aka Mr. Vinous, were also there, along with Magic Marc and The Stoner aka The Canadian Baked One lol. I can safely say that I will still need The Rev “when he’s 64,” and 64 wines were indeed the magic number we had on these two nights. Buckle up.

In my youth, I would have been able to write up every single wine with individual notes and knock it out in a weekend, but I have learned to be more efficient lol. I will never get this article done if I try to do that, so I will do many notes, but also a few quicker summaries. I am much better at cranking out those 8-12 wine a night evenings ”

3d 17h ago

Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  6 Producers 

“Tasting of the Year / Part II /Bouchard Chambertin 1885 / It was a bit of a cheeky lark, a lovely idea which I happily endorsed. We wanted to see if at this age, Pinot was so distinguishable from Cabernet and Merlot. No one in our eminent group pegged this as a Burgundy. That aside, the bottle was in brilliant shape, as was the wine. The aromatics were a little subdued (at that age, what wouldn’t be?), but on the palate its tannic structure was remarkable, enough acidity to dance with the fruit, which while clearly receding, still had a juicy attractive vigor to it. Not a model of finesse perhaps, but a lovely confection of blackberry, smoky cherry and some intriguing earthiness on the alluringly balanced finale. And it has just transcended its years in so much of its marvelous appeal. 95 Points+”

4d 3h ago

Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Vallformosa Cava tasting / Santa Maria de Vallformosa, a medieval chapel that presides and vies the name to the valley in the Penedès region, has also given the name to the family owned Cava house. Francisco José Domènech (1839-1909) was the founder of the winemaking tradition in the family and the first to seek perfection of a well-done work. Since 1865 the Domènech family has worked lands in Penedès with passion. The phylloxera devastates the entire Penedès vineyards. The cellar of José Domènech Soler (1864-1958) is one of the pioneers in replanting uncontaminated vineyards. The winery gained enormous prestige in the region that ended with the recognition of King Alfonso XIII after visiting the winery in 1904. In 1905, after retrieved the vineyard in the area, José Domènech Torné (1896-1957) acquires all vineyards of the Masia called “La Sala". Masia "La Sala" was occupied during the Spanish Civil War being partially destroyed by the end of it. After retrieving the Masia, José Domènech Torné produced the first bottles of Vallformosa Cava. 1974 the Domènech.Vidal family acquires new vineyards to meet market demands. One of these estates is Masia Freyé, a place of retreat and source of inspiration for the Domènech.Vidal family. 1993 saw the creation of a new winemaking area and the enlargement of the facilities in “La Sala” with three new bottling lines. Today Vallformosa is an internationally successful and still family owned Cava producer. A tasting in Essen was presenting a part of the range.

6d 19min ago

Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  14 Producers 

“Bordeaux 1986 Left Bank-tasting: The next flight was no less interesting but a touch more restrained. All the bottles in this flight were opened at 6:45 to be served at 9:15. We had 2 Pauillac and 2 from Pessac-Léognan. Chateau Lafite clearly showed its pedigree but needed to be decanted. It was still somewhat closed when it was served and the wine in my glass which I nursed till 11 PM started to show layers and complexity only towards the end. It's best to wait another 5 years before approaching it again. I have had mixed experience with Haut Brion. Either it exhibited a stunning floral nose of violet and Rose or it was intensely Brett which I don't particularly fancy. Luckily for me this bottle was floral and enjoyable. The Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was on the other hand not as interesting when I opened the bottle compared to past experiences with other bottles of Pichon 86 in the past. It also took only started to show nuances and complexity towards the end. Maybe I should have decanted it. The Haut Bailly was surprisingly lean and unidimensional when I opened it but towards the end it had the most haunting nose in its flight leading me to believe that the others could have benefited with atlreast 2 hours more before service. ”

6d 4h ago

Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a wine moment

““From a small producer in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger comes this wonderful, rare, powerful wine. For those not familiar with the wines of Pierre Peters, you can expect Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) of incredible length, purity and finesse. We had this wine over dinner at a Chinese restaurant on Gouger street in Adelaide last Friday, and it was possibly one of the most enjoyable champagnes I’ve had. It has a ‘shapely’ nose: a kelpiness, a chalky character… salty, briny. Crushed oyster shell, preserved lemon, a clap of chalk (from the famous soils of Le Mesnil), green walnut, full of minerality: this is alive. It glistens. Contrary to common belief about Les Chetillons, it is not a single vineyard, but a blend of 3 adjacent vineyards. This has richness and depth, but delicacy as well. 2008 was one of the great vintages – if you see any, my advice is to buy them on spec – this is a gift to the champagne lover, as was 2002, as was 1996 before it. At $200 it might not be everyday drinking… but at 99 points I’m going to do my best to track down another bottle.”

6d 17h ago

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Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  18 Producers 

“Kanonkop Pinotage 1995 / Deep, ruby colour. Lovely open nose showing the transition phase of the wine from the first life to the second one. Still lovely fresh and delicious floral red berry nose with Asian spices and seductive oak aromas. On the other hand the earthy aromas with truffles are giving an indication of the development. Medium-bodied, intense and concentrated palate with satin-like texture. Crisp acidity, velvety tannins and refined fruit flavours are combined with elegant spiciness and oak flavours. A lingering long mineral finish. 92 points ”

7d 5h ago

Jüerg Richter / Sauternes Expert, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Château de Fargues 1947-1990.”

7d 20h ago

Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Dom Pérignon Rosé 1959-2004 / All the books on wine that I have describe the wine served at the Shah of Iran's birthday party as the premier vintage of Dom Pérignon Rosé, 1962. And yet, amazingly, I ran into a bottle of '59! One is seldom able to drink wines that weren't made, but this appears to be such a wine! I was forced to check with Richard Geoffroy, who smiled mischievously and said: “Hmm, so you've found one of those? We made a few experimental bottles.” Whatever—the wine was enormously concentrated and full of alcohol with a weight and length that crushed everything in its path. Absolutely the most powerful vintage of this wine, but lacking the ethereal sensuality of the best ones.”

7d 21h ago

Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  7 Producers 

“Musigny, consequently, is the only grand cru with the exception of Corton which can be white as well as red.

At its best the red wine can be quite simply one of the most delicious wines to be found in Burgundy. Frédéric Mugnier speaks of an elegance coupled with a richness without heaviness and an exceptional intensity. Maybe the most refined of all Burgundy, says Véronique Drouhin. Musigny excites Jasper Morris more than Chambertin or Richebourg. It is perhaps the quintessence of grace. Anthony Hanson finds a silky, lingering, dreamy aftertaste. Russell Hone simply wants his ashes to be scattered there. Speaking personally, and I know I'm not the only one to take this view, it is the summit of achievement. With its vibrant colour, exquisitely harmonious, complex, profound bouquet, the blissful balance between tannin, acidity and the most intensely-flavoured fruit - all the petits fruits rouges you could reasonably imagine - and its incomparable breed, depth, originality and purity on the palate, a great Musigny is heaven in a glass.”

8d 16h ago

Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“A complete vertical tasting of Keller's G-Max”

11d 23min ago

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