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John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  3 Producers 

"The 2000 Leoville Barton was atypically subtle and wound at first. After some serious coaxing, aromas of brick, fireplace, cedar, coffee, cassis and deep roasted nuts all emerged. Its long and robust nose became very classic and full of spine, and it was easily the most concentrated wine so far. ‘Is it Cali?’ Wendy joked, but then she admitted that it only walked the line. The palate was also very concentrated and long, possessing spine and more noticeable alcohol but still tasty. The more wines that I had, the more I thought about 1982. Wendy admired its ‘fantastic length.’ The Barton got sweeter in the glass and definitely had that Napa Valley Grill to it but was still outstanding"

1d 18h 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."

2d 19h ago

Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  16 Producers 

I had the great pleasure to attend one of the greatest wine dinners of my life. The topic was 1961 Bordeaux- for me the most complete vintage ever. To the 25 best wines of that vintage were 5 other wines served blind - all from the sixties. The dinner was finished with the most impressive Port I ever had - the brilliant 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional.

I rarely award 100 points to a wine but here I did it for Ausone, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Margaux, Trotanoy, Lafleur, La Mission Haut Brion, 1968 Martha's Vineyard, 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle and 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional. Thank you Robert for an unbelievable evening with the nicest of guests, a fantastic dinner at the marvelous Hotel Königshof in Munich. The wine service was, as always, impeccable led by the star sommelier Stephane Thuriot.

4d 13min ago

Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1961-1981 / Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers.

Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak. 

5d 14h ago

Anton Panasenko / Best Sommelier of Russia 2003, Pro (Russia)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Gaja Tasting part II - the last 16 vintages included some great ones like 1975, 1978, 1997 and 1999.

6d 21h ago

Bob Levy / Harlan Estate, Wine Maker (United States)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Harlan Estate 2009 / The third year in a row with below-average rainfall, 2009 will go down as being a relatively even growing season, with very few heat surges during the summer months. September provided ideal ripening conditions with 12 days in the 90°s. Harvest began September 2. Nearly all lots were “in the barn” prior to a looming rainstorm (6 inches) that arrived on October 12. We gathered the final few blocks on October 18.

tasting notes

At this writing, the 2009 vintage is still in various stages of production, with some tanks still being pressed off, others having been barreled down and undergoing malolactic. Overall, a superlative vintage.

7d 20h ago

Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  31 Wines  from  28 Producers 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)

Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

8d 20h ago

Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  18 Producers 

KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL 1995 / The toasty nose, with a suggestion of oak, is both subtle and layered. The structure is exceptional; the rich fruitiness of the vintage is combined charmingly with the stylish acidity of the Chardonnay. The concentration is perfect and the length of the taste does not leave any room for improvement. The wines of the 1995 vintage can usually be enjoyed at a young age but the rather unattached aroma of oak should be allowed to integrate into the fruitiness of the wine over time.

9d 11h ago

Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Wynns John Riddoch Magnum 1996 / There is still a lot of the dense blackcurrant fruit in this 1996 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a pity that Magnums are priced at a premium in this country, and as a result are not overly popular. The cork on this wine was in great condition and the wine at very high shoulder. Well stored, Magnums mature at a slower pace, and primary fruit can still be present at close to 20 years, while secondary characters are well developed.

This wine is dominated by its firm, dusty and dry tannins. The structure of this wine is still excellent, but it needs red meat to go with it. The tannins are actually very similar to an aged Barolo, and so is the colour of this wine. The mouthfeel is reasonable, but falls off at the finish a little bit.

This is a classic Coonawarra wine, holding up well, and still showing the terra rossa infused vibrant fruit.

Score: 93/+++

11d 2h ago

Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  44 Wines  from  31 Producers 

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 2010 / 20.0 points.

Fine colour. Aromatic, minerally nose. Not as fat as La Tache or Richebourg. A bit more of the stems. Best on the follow through. Very, very lovely complex fruit. Marvelous long, lingering finish. Truly excellent.

11d 11h ago

Lafite-Rothschild 1966, Château Lafite-Rothschild
Château Mouton-Rothschild 1967, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Montrachet 2010, Domaine Jacques Prieur
Charmes-Chambertin 2010, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2010, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques 2010, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Chambertin 2010, Domaine Armand Rousseau
Griotte-Chambertin 2010, Joseph Drouhin
Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2010, Joseph Drouhin
Clos-de-la-Roche Vieilles-Vignes 2010, Domaine Ponsot
Clos St. Denis 2010, Domaine Ponsot
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1978, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Bâtard-Montrachet 2010, Domaine Leflaive
Corton-Charlemagne 2010, Louis Jadot
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 2010, Louis Jadot
Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux-Saint-Jacques 2010, Louis Jadot
Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2010, Louis Jadot
Clos de la Roche 2010, Louis Jadot
Grands Echézeaux 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Richebourg 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
La Tâche 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Romanée Conti 2010, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Musigny 2010, Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier
Clos-de-la-Roche 2010, Domaine Dujac
Musigny 2010, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
Clos des Lambrays 2010, Domaine des Lambrays
Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet 2010, Vincent Girardin
Corton-Charlemagne 2010, Maison Louis Latour
Bâtard-Montrachet 2010, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Corton Clos des Cortons 2010, Domaine Joseph Faiveley
Montrachet 2010, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2010, Domaine Georges Roumier
Bâtard-Montrachet 2010, Domaine Étienne Sauzet
Clos de Tart 2010, Mommessin
Corton Charlemagne 2010, Domaine de Montille
Château Léoville Poyferré 1962, Château Léoville Poyferré
Charmes-Chambertin 2010, Domaine Denis Bachelet
Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2010, Drouhin-Laroze
La Grande Rue Grand Cru 2010, Francois Lamarche
La Romanée 2010, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair
Clos-Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui 2010, Anne Gros
Musigny 2010, Domaine de la Vougeraie
Le Montrachet 2010, Domaine Baron Thénard
Le Montrachet 2010, Domaine Marc Colin

Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

La Motte-tasting / La Motte Sauvingnon Blanc Cape South Coast "Pierneef" 2016: Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant and expressive nose with aromatic fruit, maracuja, mango, grapefruit, physalis, ripe apricots, kiwi and hints of hints of asparagus and lemongrass in the background. On the palate juicy with crisp acidity, excellent balance, succulent fruit, aromatic length and lingering citrus fruit in the finish. 93 points

12d 17h ago

Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Pierre Peters ‘Les Chetillons’ Blanc de Blancs 2008, 99 points /Nervously close to perfect.  I can’t think of a thing I would add or take away to this complete wine.  It is walking on a tightrope of acidity, tension, expansive minerality and restrained fruit.  There is finesse and power here at once. Devastatingly, my one and only bottle.  But worth it.  INCREDIBLE.

13d 12h ago


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