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Oliver Bernard / Domaine de Chevalier, Wine Maker (France)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Domaine de Chevalier 2009 / Black and brilliant with red glints. Ripe and intense nose of blueberry, blackberry mixed with fresh leather, pine tree resin, balsam and graphite. Menthol freshness. Really very impressive and complex. Full bodied, pulpy and silky. Very tasty and precise, concentration, tannins like velvet, nice acidity……
This is really a fantastic wine!
Finesse and distinction of Domaine de Chevalier’s style.
Very long and extremely tasty finish.

21h 13min ago

Juan M. Gonzalez / Malbec de Angeles, Wine Maker (Argentina)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Grand Malbec de Angeles 2009 / Deep and brilliant rubi red color with blue and purplish hues around the rim. Sweet and delicate aroma which evolves and slowly reveals a great complexity and intensity as it develops in the glass. Aromas of plums and fresh red berries along with a delicate floral note. It shows a very soft attack in mouth to then surprise with complex, intense and concentrated flavors and a lingering aftertaste. 

Soft and sweet tannins. With vanilla notes and soft toast flavor which denote it is mildly aged in the most delicate French oak barrels for 14 months. Remarkable varietal typicity together with the extraordinary freshness and particular fruity expression, typical of the grapes from this vineyard. An elegant and intense wine, complex and balanced. It has an aging potential which makes it worthy of aging for at least 10 years. It is recommended to decant the wine before drinking. Best served at 16° - 18 °C.

2d 19h ago

Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Bonnes Mares is a largish vineyard by Burgundian standards, and possesses, as you can see, a large number of owners. The 1.52 ha which lies in Morey are owned by the Clair family, and most of this is leased until 2016 to the Fougeray de Beauclair domaine, after which the parcel will revert to Bruno Clair, making him the second largest domaine in the climat.

Before the Clair-Daü estate was split in 1985 what is now owned by the Domaine Bart was also part of Clair-Daü. They were then the most important proprietors.

2d 20h ago

Christer Byklum, Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  37 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Château Cos d'Estournel 2013
APR 14 Ruby. Vanilla, spices, raspberries and some plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, almost brilliant fruit, slightly tight and dry finish, long. Lovely wine and hopefully a new direction under Almeric de Gironde takes Cos away from those Napa wines made here recently, impressive, yes, in a way, but is it Bordeaux? 12,7% alcohol.

90-92

3d 17h ago

Château Cos d'Estournel 1982, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2005, Château Cos d'Estournel
Goulée by Cos d'Estournel 2005, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1999, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1966, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1986, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1995, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1999, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2004, Château Cos d'Estournel
Goulée by Cos d'Estournel 2014, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2014, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2014, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2015, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1948, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1985, Château Cos d'Estournel
Goulée by Cos d'Estournel 2015, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1989, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1998, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2001, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2015, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2003, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2013, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1947, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1988, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 1996, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2002, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2010, Château Cos d'Estournel
Les Pagodes de Cos 2013, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2007, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2006, Château Cos d'Estournel
Les Pagodes de Cos 2010, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2013, Château Cos d'Estournel
Goulée by Cos d'Estournel 2013, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2008, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Cos d'Estournel 2009, Château Cos d'Estournel
Goulée by Cos d'Estournel 2006, Château Cos d'Estournel
Les Pagodes de Cos 2006, Château Cos d'Estournel

Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  had a tasting of  14 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Pol Roger Grauves Vinothèque 1928. Disgorged in July 1998. Ridiculously young! I'd heard that this wine was supposed to be exceptionally lively and pale, but I would never have been close in my guesses if it hadn't been served in the last round at Villa Pauli in 1999, where there were only oldies. The nose was fabulously, beautifully braided, with notes of lime, linden, and lily of the valley. The taste was super-fresh, with a wonderful oily fruitiness that lasted for several minutes. My second bottle of this “out of this world” wine had the same date of disgorging, so it was with a certain hesitation that I dared wait five years before releasing the cork.

The wine was enjoyed at one of the most magical dinners in the history of Swedish gastronomy, at the Pontus in the Green House restaurant in Stockholm, March 2003. That evening we drank a 1986 Selosse, three legendary vintages of Bollinger, two phenomenal Dom Pérignon Rosés, a '61 Comtes de Champagne, Ramonet, Lafite, Romanée-Conti, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and a 1947 Cheval Blanc. The '28 swept the floor! The nose was so intense that I was moved to tears.

Its already phenomenal bouquet of aromas had expanded further, with exotic notes of coconut, papaya, and mint chocolate. Somehow, this wine—on the very day we opened it—stood at the apex of its life it succeeded in uniting the '79 Krug Clos du Mesnil's acidic elegance with a '76 Comtes de Champagne's exoticism and a '38 Krug's mint notes. I must admit that—spoiled and pampered as I am—I didn't think that a wine could affect me so deeply as this wine did that evening. I am in love!

3d 17h ago

Pierre Montegut / Château Suduiraut, Wine Maker (France)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Château Suduiraut 1975 / Its dazzling old gold colour is impressive. The wine has a highly developed, well-integrated bouquet with notes of orange, wax, wood and tobacco with tones of undergrowth. The linear palate is also impressive for its clarity. It reveals spices (turmeric) and citrus aromas, in particular orange, quince, rancio and a trace of bitterness in the finish combined with a hint of saffron which is present in many mature Sauternes wines. It has great persistence.

This is a magical wine that is in its prime. With ageing, power has given way to finesse and complexity. 

This has become a wine that provides a fabulous match for a wide variety of dishes 

6d 20h ago

Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  2 Producers 

The Italian Mixed Lot: A mixed lot of wines from Italy was waiting in todays tasting and offering an interesting inside to the world of Tuscany and Basilicata.

7d 7h ago

Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Highlights of the large Château Ausone tasting - 50 vintages from 1900-2015.”

8d 3h ago

Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  had a tasting of  58 Wines  from  33 Producers 

“Astonishing tasting of the best champagne of the decade '90s. So great champagnes in perfect condition to be enjoyed today but which hold extremely well decades to come! It was a tight battle of the 1st place. On my rankings there were two winners - Dom Pérignon P2 1995 and Cristal 1996. Both were amazing 98 points champagnes! The biggest surprises were Besserat de Bellefon 1998 and once again Palmer&Co champagnes with their charming quality and consistency.”

10d 33min ago

Dom Pérignon P2 1998, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P2 1995, Moët & Chandon
Rosé Impérial 1990, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P3 1990, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 1995, Moët & Chandon
Dom Pérignon 1964, Moët & Chandon
Cristal 1996, Louis Roederer
Cristal 1999, Louis Roederer
Pannier Brut Blanc de Noirs 1998, Pannier
La Grande Dame 1995, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Cave Privée Rosé 1990, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Cave Privée 1990, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
La Grande Dame 1993, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Vintage 1955, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Krug Vintage 1998, Krug
Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998, Krug
Sir Winston Churchill 1999, Pol Roger
Sir Winston Churchill 1996, Pol Roger
Pol Roger vintage 1993, Pol Roger
Pol Roger Vinothèque 1999, Pol Roger
Blanc des Millénaires 1990, Charles Heidsieck
Rosé Millésime 1999, Charles Heidsieck
Blanc des Millénaires 1995, Charles Heidsieck
Vintage 1995, Besserat de Bellefon
Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart 1996, Billecart-Salmon
Blanc de Blancs Vintage 1998, Billecart-Salmon
R.D. Bollinger 1990, Bollinger
Cuvée R. Lalou 1998, G.H. Mumm
Rare 1998, Piper-Heidsieck
Cuvee des Enchanteleurs 1995, Henriot
DT Millésime 1990, Jacquesson
Cuvée Sous Bois 1990, Boizel
Nec Plus Ultra (N.P.U) 1999, Bruno Paillard
Brut Vinothéque 1990, Cattier
Brut Vinothéque 1999, Cattier
Louis XV 1993, De Venoge
Blanc de Blancs 1995, Deutz
Cuvée William Deutz 1990, Deutz
Femme 1996, Duval-Leroy
Noble Cuvée 1998, Lanson
Clos des Goisses 1995, Philipponnat
Clos des Goisses 1996, Philipponnat
Clos des Goisses Juste Rosé 1999, Philipponnat
Orpale 1998, De Saint Gall
Extra Brut Vinothéque 1996, J. Dumangin Fils
Grand Couronnement 1998, J. de Telmont
D Millésime 1995, Veuve Devaux
Brut Millésimé 1996, Palmer & Co
Vintage Collection 1995, Palmer & Co
Vintage Collection 1996, Palmer & Co
Nostalgie 1999, Beaumont des Crayeres
Special Club Collection 1996, Pierre Gimonnet
Vintage Brut 1996, Edouard Brun
Collection Oenotheque Millésime Brut 1995, Champagne de Castelnau
Les Échansons 1999, Mailly Grand Cru
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac
Armand de Brignac Demi-Sec NV (10's), Champagne Armand de Brignac

Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  15 Wines  from  10 Producers 

“Champagne of the Decade 1990's tasting, part II.”

10d 44min ago

Fabien Teitgen / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“This 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is undoubtedly one of the finest wines the estate has ever made. 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte rouge is a deep, concentrated, nearly black colour. The bouquet displays a range of red and black fruit aromas, as well as ones reminiscent of spice and warm herbs. With aeration, the wine reveals magnificent black fruit, liquorice, clove, and graphite nuances... The wine starts out firm and straightforward on the palate. It is huge, but in no way austere. Its power comes through in a full-bodied flavour profile with a long aftertaste. The tannin is rich and silky, and the texture is well-defined thanks to ripe tannin and a careful control during extraction. The wine has an extremely well-focused structure and taste. The long aftertaste of liquorice, red fruit, and black fruit also features more subtle underlying flavours of hot stones and warm earth. ”

10d 2h ago

Bob Levy / Harlan Estate, Wine Maker (United States)  had a tasting of  5 Wines  from  1 Producers 

“Harlan Estate 2001 Average winter rainfall tapered off through March and April. A warm May and June accelerated the growing season. With the exception of an oddly cool July, temperatures throughout the summer maintained that momentum. Picking began on September 5, then temperatures dipped into the upper 70°s for the next two and a half weeks and slowed ripening. Harvest resumed and finished by October 4, thanks to a little “Indian Summer” heat boost. Yields were quite low: 1.5 tons per acre on average, even lower for the merlot blocks. tasting notes Deep, ruby red. Well-focused, signature aromas of underbrush and forest floor abound in this wine. Also notes of tea, tobacco, mocha, leather, licorice, cedar, black currant, and violets. It is a wine of considerable depth, complexity, and staying power. A rich and full entry follows with equal measures of power and elegance. Ripe, supple tannins are present in the finish and contribute to its extended staying power, lift, and length. A wine of purity, definition, and harmony that combines a more elegant, structured style, similar to the 1994 with the ripe, viscous qualities of the 1997. The wine is classic Harlan Estate, with a very long life ahead of it, though much of its potential is still in hiding. Lay this one down for 5+ years and then drink for 30+ (50?) years. ”

12d 1h ago

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