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Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  had a tasting of  73 Wines  from  72 Producers 

Château Langoa Barton 2020 – Sister property to Leoville Barton and similar to her big "sister" in terms of the quality. Big scaled on the nose and palate with creamy blackcurrants, graphite, fat tannin, strong backbone, and striking complexity. Classy stuff.  53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8.5% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% alcohol.

94+p. 

1d 3h ago

Château Margaux Pavillon Rouge 2020, Château Margaux
Le Petit Mouton 2020, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Les Pagodes de Cos 2020, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2020, Château Cos d'Estournel
Château Suduiraut 2020, Château Suduiraut
Blanc de Valandraud No. 1 2020, Château Valandraud
Clémentin de Pape Clément blanc 2020, Château Pape Clément
Le Gay 2020, Le Gay
Château de Rayne Vigneau 2020, Château de Rayne Vigneau
Le Marquis de Calon Ségur 2020, Château Calon-Ségur
La Croix de Beaucaillou 2020, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
Château Lafon-Rochet 2020, Château Lafon-Rochet
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2020, Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse
Château Lynch-Moussas 2020, Château Lynch-Moussas
Château D´Armailhac 2020, Château D´Armailhac
Château Clerc Milon 2020, Château Clerc Milon
Château Croizet-Bages 2020, Château Croizet-Bages
Château Lagrange 2020, Château Lagrange
Château Langoa Barton 2020, Château Langoa Barton
Château Saint-Pierre 2020, Château Saint-Pierre
Château Rauzan-Gassies 2020, Château Rauzan-Gassies
Château Ferriere 2020, Château Ferriere
Château Marquis-D´Alesme-Becker 2020, Château Marquis-D´Alesme-Becker
Château Marquis De Terme 2020, Château Marquis De Terme
Château Kirwan 2020, Château Kirwan
Château D´Issan 2020, Château D´Issan
Château Cantenac-Brown 2020, Château Cantenac-Brown
Château Boyd-Cantenac 2020, Château Boyd-Cantenac
Château Desmirail 2020, Château Desmirail
Château Dauzac 2020, Château Dauzac
Château Tertre 2020, Château du Tertre
Le C Des Carmes Haut-Brion 2020, Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
L'Esprit de Chevalier Rouge 2020, Domaine de Chevalier
Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion 2020, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
Château La Serre 2020, Château La Serre
Château Clos des Jacobins 2020, Clos des Jacobins
Château Laroze 2020, Château Laroze
La Petite Eglise 2020, Château Clos L' Eglise
Château Nenin 2020, Château Nenin
Quintus 2020, Château Quintus
La Commanderie 2020, Château La Commanderie
Château Rouget 2020, Château Rouget
Roc de Cambes 2020, Roc de Cambes
Château Bellefont-Belcier 2020, Bellefont-Belcier
Château Corbin-Michotte 2020, Château Corbin-Michotte
Château de Pressac 2020, Château de Pressac
Château Cap de Faugères 2020, Château Cap de Faugères
Château Fontenil 2020, Château Fontenil
Château Bellevue 2020, Château Bellevue
Château Larcis Ducasse 2020, Château Larcis Ducasse
Château Larmande 2020, Château Larmande
Château La Vieille Cure 2020, Château La Vieille Cure
Château Fonplégade 2020, Château Fonplégade
Château de la Rivière 2020, Château de la Rivière
Château Dalem 2020, Château Dalem
Château Barde-Haut 2020, Château Barde-Haut
Château Capbern 2020, Château Capbern
Château Fonbadet 2020, Château Fonbadet
Château Jean Faure 2020, Château Jean Faure
Château Pauillac 2020, Château Pauillac
Château Laforge 2020, Château Laforge
Château Moulin Riche 2020, Château Moulin Riche
Château Ripeau 2020, Château Ripeau
Château Tour Maillet 2020, Château Tour Maillet
20 Mille 2020, 20 Mille
Cantelauze 2020, Chateau Cantelauze
Chateau Seguin 2020, Chateau Seguin
Château Haut-Batailley 2020, Château Haut-Batailley
Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe 2020, Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe
Château la Couspaude 2020, Château la Couspaude
Cuvée JS 2020, Château Maine-Chaigneau
Les Rocheuses 2020, Château Le Rey
Château Cap Saint George 2020, Château Cap Saint George
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap de Faugères, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Château Valandraud, Bordeaux, France
Château Fontenil, Bordeaux, France
Château Cantenac-Brown, Bordeaux, France
Château Kirwan, Margaux, France
Château Calon-Ségur, Bordeaux, France
Roc de Cambes, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Seguin, Bordeaux, France
Château Clos L' Eglise, Bordeaux, France
Château Nenin, Bordeaux, France
Château Jean Faure, Bordeaux, France
Château Barde-Haut, Bordeaux, France
Château Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Dauzac, Bordeaux, France
Château Maine-Chaigneau, Bordeaux, France
Château Larmande, Bordeaux, France
Château Marquis De Terme, Bordeaux, France
Château Desmirail, Bordeaux, France
Château du Tertre, Bordeaux, France
20 Mille, Bordeaux, France
Clos des Jacobins, Saint-Emilion, France
Château de la Rivière, Bordeaux, France
Château de Rayne Vigneau, Bordeaux, France
Château Clerc Milon, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap Saint George, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour Maillet, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe , Bordeaux, France
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Bordeaux, France
Château Cos d'Estournel, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafon-Rochet, Bordeaux, France
Château Dalem, Bordeaux, France
Château Fonplégade, Bordeaux, France
Château Larcis Ducasse, Bordeaux, France
Château Ferriere, Bordeaux, France
Château La Serre, Bordeaux, France
Château Marquis-D´Alesme-Becker, Bordeaux, France
Château Corbin-Michotte, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Cantelauze, Bordeaux, France
Bellefont-Belcier, Bordeaux, France
Château Laforge, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Batailley, Bordeaux, France
Château Capbern, Bourgogne, France
Château la Couspaude, Bordeaux, France
Château Croizet-Bages, Bordeaux, France
Château Rouget, Bordeaux, France
Château La Commanderie, Bordeaux , France
Château Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux, France
Château La Vieille Cure, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin Riche, Bordeaux, France
Château Suduiraut, Bordeaux, France
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Boyd-Cantenac, Margaux, France
Château Lagrange, Bordeaux, France
Château Quintus, St Emilion, France
Château Langoa Barton, Saint-Julien, France
Château Fonbadet, Bordeaux, France
Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Leognan, France
Château Laroze, Bordeaux, France
Château Ripeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Bordeaux, France
Château Pape Clément, Bordeaux, France
Château Lynch-Moussas, Bordeaux, France
Château Le Rey, Bordeaux, France
Château Rauzan-Gassies, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Issan, Bordeaux, France
Château de Pressac, Saint-Emilion, France
Le Gay, Bordeaux, France
Château Bellevue, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Armailhac, Pauillac, France

Erin Larkin, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  1 Producers 

2017 GRANGE/ This 2021 release marks the 70th anniversary of Grange. Dense, dark, supple and quite beautiful this year. The oak is a major player, of course, but the bounty of red fruits on the palates sings in a louder voice than that of the dark, resinous and frankly charry baritone oak. It is hard not to make comparisons between this and a universe of stars… such is the kaleidoscopic thrust and pull of the galaxy of flavours on the palate. Forest berries, butcher’s meats, exotic market spices, peppercorns from the bush, all of it swirling within a midnight vortex of tannin and shape. Extraordinarily beautiful, perhaps more beguiling than the 2016 simply by virtue of its unexpected delicacy on the palate. I love this release. What a beauty.

100% shiraz this year – previously this occurred in 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, 2000, 2011, 2017. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale. 18 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new).

2d 8h ago

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Brand & Sons ‘Coonawarra’ – ‘Last Sunday Drive’ Cabernet Franc 2019 – We are back in ‘every wine gets a name’ territory. At least this time the wines have a story. The Brand family is one of the most famous and respected in Australian wine. Brand and Sons is the latest incarnation (this is Brand and Sons winemakers, not the plumbers or funeral directors – apparently a popular business name). The family’s involvement in Australian wine dates back into the 1850s. Current custodian, Sam Brand, is fourth generation. I remember meeting Eric Brand several times, an absolute gentleman (I specifically remember one day in a park near a local restaurant in Coonawarra, a bunch of somms, after some lengthy tasting sessions, were happily informing the world of their extensive wine knowledge. Sitting on a nearby bench was an older gent with a smile – Eric Brand. I remember thinking that he’d forgotten more about wine than all those somms, who clearly had no idea that they were in the presence of winemaking greatness, were likely to learn in a lifetime). Eric married into the Redman family (Coonawarra is a bit like Tasmania). I knew Eric’s son, Jim, quite well years ago. An exceptional talent himself and sadly no longer with us, taken far too young. Sam is Jim’s son and winemaking talent has not fallen far from the tree. But I digress. 

This is a fine example of Cabernet Franc. Offers a gentle leafy note, in keeping with varietal expectations. Blackfruits and blueberries. Plenty of grippy tannins and juicy acidity. The wine has good length. This is still very young. Expect good things over the next four to eight years. A fine example of Cab Franc, for those interested. 92.

3d 21h ago

James Suckling., Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  2 Producers 

Harlan Estate 2018 / 100 points / Classy earth, oak and bay-leaf character on the nose, together with dark fruit, such as currants and blackberries. Forest flowers, too. Full-to medium-bodied, linear and tight with coolness and freshness. Mint and spearmint to the dark fruit. Lasts a long time. Such balance and intensity. Tight now, but great energy and length this year. Incredibly sophisticated and seductive. A joy to taste now, but try in 2025.

4d 5h ago

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  6 Producers 

From a cooler, fresher vintage and based on more Chardonnay than usual (55%), with 45% Pinot Noir, the Philipponnat 2008 Clos des Goisses Extra-Brut shows an exciting bouquet of bright fruits, crushed chalk, bread and iodine notes. On the palate, this is an excitingly vibrant, fresh and chalky Clos with lovely citrus and cumquat flavors on the finish. The 2008 is very complex, bright, super clear and fresh, with a tightly woven structure but still great finesse and elegance. This is a fabulous Clos for the next three decades. The dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. Disgorged in April 2017 (?), tasted at the domaine in April 2018.

In April this year, on a very sunny early morning and after a memorable tasting at Jacques Lassaigne in the far south, I had a fantastic tasting with Charles Philipponnat and Antoine de Boysson, his commercial director. Sixteen cuvées instead of breakfast was a great start to the day, the more so since I had a trilogy of the famous, south-facing, 30% to 45% steep Clos des Goisses (2007 to 2009), the rare but adorable 2006 and 2007 (!) Clos des Goisses Just Rosé and the 2008 Les Cintres, the second vintage of the single-plot cuvées. A 100% oak-fermented Pinot Noir from the central part of the Clos des Goisses, the 2008 Les Cintres is not only the most impressive one of this group but also one of the finest Champagnes I have had this spring. The 2008 Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is also an outstanding Pinot Noir, though I did not taste the 2006 Le Léon, which is also crafted exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes from the historic Le Léon plot between Aÿ and Dizy that was—like the Clos des Goisses—already being cultivated by Charles's forefathers in 1522. All of the 1522 cuvées, not matter if 2007 or 2008, are extraordinary again.

5d 19h ago

Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

2020 Seppeltsfield Great Terraced Vineyard Grenache, Barossa Valley 170th Anniversary / Medium deep crimson. Attractive musky plum, strawberry pastille aromas with hints of sage and star anise. Medium bodied, supple and lacy textured with dark plum, strawberry, raspberry touch flavours, attractive mid-palate negroni like viscosity, fine plentiful looseknit tannins and integrated fresh acidity. Finishes chalky firm, pure fruited and minerally. Delicious early to medium term wine. Drink now – 2028 14.5% Alc 96 points

7d 22h ago

Thomas Girgensohn, Wine Blogger (Australia)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  9 Producers 

The top Elderton wine has always been the Command Shiraz. I could compare the 2016 and 2017 editions. The 2016 from the low yielding home block (1t per acre) is matured mostly in new oak lightly toasted puncheons, 2/3 American. Attractive blue fruit dominates the palate. The wine has good energy, and the acidity is well balanced (94 points). By comparison, the 2017 is lighter and fresher, but has enough fruit weight and attractive chocolate notes (94 points).

9d 8h ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Some wonderful bottles arrived over the last days for tasting. The wines are coming from three continents but have one point in common: they will be released in September 2021 on the Bordeaux marketplace. Therefore the tasting gives an interesting and deep inside view to what expect as recent arrivals from the new world. 

9d 23h ago

Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  11 Producers 

2018 Penfolds BIN 98 Quantum Cabernet Sauvignon/ Ruby. Cassis, vanilla, spices, rich, deep, some floral high notes, deep and rich nose, intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, anise, blackberries and spices, rich, intense and layered, quite a bit of wood, dense and long. 96

10d 23h ago

Ian D' Agata, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  16 Wines  from  9 Producers 

Hugel Riesling Vendange Tardive 2012 / Bright golden yellow. Candied lemon peel, custard cream and apple pie on the very refined nose, with a hint of minty herbs. Sweet, dense and lush, but with a terrific spine of acidity framing the pineapple and fresh citrus flavors. Really opened with aeration to show knockout complexity. Hugel was unsure initially about making a VT in this vintage but in the end opted to make this one. The grapes are from the Schoenenbourg.

12d 1h ago

Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  12 Producers 

DRC Romanée Conti 2008 / Good medium red, but hazy from the recent racking. The nose shows darker aromas than La T a che: berries, violet, Oriental spices. At once spherical and penetrating, with a silkiness that bathes the palate in berry, pepper, spice and mineral flavors. Comes across as fatter than La T a che today, with a stronger early impression of sweetness. Boasts a three-dimensional texture and uncanny depth, but this is sure to shut down in the bottle. Perhaps most impressive now on the back end, which features great rising length and grip.

13d 4h ago

Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna 2018 / Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the ambition to create a white wine that would set the standard for ultra-fine Australian Chardonnay, a sortof 'White Grange'. They aim to source and select only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, in this case Tasmania, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills. The name Yattarna is drawn from local indigenous language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Acidity 7.3 g/l, pH 3.12. Aged for eight months in French oak barriques (60% new). All three regions enjoyed a relatively wet winter and spring, setting the vines up with healthy soil moisture profiles for the ensuing growing season. Tasmania experienced clear and generally warm conditions from January onwards, with no extreme heat spells leading into harvest. The temperature breached 35 °C only once in January, resulting in optimal conditions for ripening. Tumbarumba had plentiful rainfall right up to December, when a dry spell set in. In February, temperatures were generally cool allowing for slow, consistent ripening. The Adelaide Hills fruit set was slightly above average. The region experienced a warm finish to the growing season, but well-developed canopies shielded the fruit from adversity and ensured the berries ripened evenly. Harvest was an orderly affair across the three regions. 


Fine, complex, really rather burgundian nose and great crystalline fruit and grip without austerity. The acidity level is really quite high compared with many other Chardonnays. Pretty smart. You would be very happy with this if labelled Puligny-Montrachet actually. Good stuff and it should have a long life but could be broached already.

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