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Michel Bettane, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  13 Producers 

Petrus 2018 / A Petrus of great dimension with a structure that gains in finesse with the passing weeks and an aromatic scope delivering spices, pepper, iris, marshmallow, violet. Alluring and shining tannins. A legendary vintage for the cru.

99 points

6h 9min ago

Christy Canterbury MW, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Peay 2012 Pinot Noir Pomarium Sonoma Coast / Nick Peay said, “Our style is somewhere between Burgundy and California. The major difference is that we’re not on limestone. The second big factor is that it’s cold here in July and August, but it’s warm in Burgundy.” (Frankly, Burgundy’s warmth and chill factors vacillate a lot, even in mid- to late-summer.) As such, Peay doesn’t use whole cluster; the “jalapeño” of stems isn’t a character he, his brother and his sister-in-law like. This pale and crisp but dense and muscular wine delivers black plum skin, blackberries, licorice and forest floor.

21h 59min ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  81 Wines  from  76 Producers 

A great surprise just before the weekend: a pallet with over 120 wines from the Grand Cercle arrived. So another long tasting day is waiting for me.

1d 17h ago

Château du Glana 2019, Château du Glana
Château Raymond-Lafon 2019, Château Raymond-Lafon
Château Mazeyres 2019, Château Mazeyres
Château Lanessan 2019, Château Lanessan
Château La Commanderie 2019, Château La Commanderie
Château Rol Valentin 2019, Château Rol Valentin
Château Le Moulin 2019, Château Le Moulin
Chateau Taillefer 2019, Chateau Taillefer
Château La Cardonne 2019, Château La Cardonne
Château Grivière 2019, Château Grivière
Château Ramafort 2019, Château Ramafort
Château Peyredon Lagravette 2019, Château Peyredon Lagravette
Château Haut-Bacalan 2019, Château Haut-Bacalan
Château Serilhan 2019, Château Serilhan
Château Lécuyer 2019, Château Lécuyer
Château Vieux Maillet 2019, Château Vieux Maillet
Château de Chambrun 2019, Château de Chambrun
Château Jean de Gué 2019, Château Jean de Gué
Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud 2019, Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud
Château Tournefeuille 2019, Château Tournefeuille
Château de Lussac 2019, Château de Lussac
Château Messile Aubert 2019, Château Messile Aubert
Château La Croizille 2019, Château La Croizille
Château Tour Baladoz 2019, Château Tour Baladoz
Château Sainte-Marie 2019, Château Sainte-Marie
Château Cap de Faugères 2019, Château Cap de Faugères
Tour de Pez 2019, Château Tour de Pez
Château Fombrauge 2019, Château Fombrauge
Château Sansonnet 2019, Château Sansonnet
Château de la Rivière 2019, Château de la Rivière
Château de la Dauphine 2019, Château de la Dauphine
Château Dalem 2019, Château Dalem
Château La Clémence 2019, Château La Clémence
Château Grands Chênes 2019, Château Grands Chênes
Château Grand Ormeau 2019, Château Grand Ormeau
Château de Laussac Cuvée Sacha 2019, Château de Laussac
Château de Laussac 2019, Château de Laussac
Château Godeau 2019, Château Godeau
Château Vieux Taillefer 2019, Château Vieux Taillefer
Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière 2019, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière
Château La Marzelle 2019, Château La Marzelle
Clos Dubreuil 2019, Clos Dubreuil
Château Haut-Bergeron 2019, Château Haut-Bergeron
Château Cantegril 2019, Château Cantegril
Clos Floridene 2019, Clos Floridene
Blanc 2019, Clos Floridene
Château Haura 2019, Château Haura
Château Haut Lagrange 2019, Château Haut Lagrange
Château Crabitey 2019, Château Crabitey
Château Brondelle 2019, Château Brondelle
Château Carteau Côtes Daugay 2019, Château Carteau Côtes Daugay
Château Fonbadet 2019, Château Fonbadet
Blanc 2019, Château de Rochemorin
Château de Rochemorin 2019, Château de Rochemorin
Château de Villegeorge 2019, Château de Villegeorge
Château de Cruzeau 2019, Château de Cruzeau
Château de Cérons 2019, Château de Cérons
Château de Cérons 2019, Château de Cérons
Château de Barbe Blanche 2019, Château de Barbe Blanche
Château Ampélia 2019, Château Ampélia
Château Tour des Termes 2019, Château Tour des Termes
Château Roylland 2019, Château Roylland
Château Reynon 2019, Château Reynon
Château Moulin Haut Laroque 2019, Château Moulin Haut Laroque
Château Les Trois Croix 2019, Château Les Trois Croix
Château La Tour de Bessan 2019, Château La Tour de Bessan
Château Magrez Fombrauge 2019, Château Magrez Fombrauge
Château Malescasse 2019, Château Malescasse
Château Sainte-Barbe 2019, Château Sainte-Barbe
Château Soutard Cadet 2019, Château Soutard Cadet
Château Villars 2019, Château Villars
Lynsolence 2019, Lynsolence
Château Roquetaillade La Grange 2019, Château Roquetaillade La Grange
Chateau Seguin 2019, Chateau Seguin
Château Bellegrave 2019, Château Bellegrave (Pomerol)
Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise 2019, Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise
Château Réaut 2019, Château Réaut
Carat de Château Réaut 2019, Château Réaut
Loudenne Le Château Rouge 2019, Château Loudenne
Reclos de la Couronne 2019, Château la Couronne
Château Reignac 2019, Château Reignac
Château Sainte-Marie, Entre-Deux-Mers, France
Château Clos de la Vieille Eglise, Bordeaux, France
Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Chateau Seguin, Bordeaux, France
Château Loudenne, Bordeaux, France
Château Tournefeuille, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Tour Baladoz, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Vieux Taillefer, Bordeaux, France
Château Messile Aubert, Montagne Saint-Emilion, France
Château Vieux Maillet, Pomerol, France
Château Fombrauge, Bordeaux, France
Château Roylland, Bordeaux, France
Château de la Dauphine, Bordeaux, France
Château Carteau Côtes Daugay, Bordeaux, France
Château Malescasse, Bordeaux, France
Château Rol Valentin, St Emilion, France
Château Grivière, Médoc, France
Château Grands Chênes, Bordeaux, France
Château Haura, Bordeaux, France
Château Ampélia, Bordeaux, France
Château La Cardonne, Médoc, France
Château Peyredon Lagravette, Haut-Médoc, France
Château Tour des Termes, Bordeaux, France
Château de Chambrun, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Grand Ormeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Serilhan, Saint-Estephe, France
Château La Tour de Bessan, Bordeaux, France
Château Reynon, Bordeaux, France
Lynsolence, Bordeaux, France
Château Roquetaillade La Grange, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière , Bordeaux, France
Château de Barbe Blanche, Bordeaux, France
Château de Cruzeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Brondelle, Bordeaux, France
Château de Cérons, Bordeaux, France
Château Crabitey, Bordeaux, France
Château de Lussac, Lussac Saint-Emilion, France
Château Haut-Bergeron, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour de Pez, Bordeaux, France
Château Dalem, Bordeaux, France
Château Bellegrave (Pomerol), Bordeaux, France
Château de Villegeorge, Bordeaux, France
Château La Croizille, Saint-Emilion, France
Château Soutard Cadet , Bordeaux, France
Château du Glana, Saint-Julien, France
Château de Laussac, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Bacalan, Bordeaux, France
Clos Floridene, Bordeaux, France
Château Sansonnet, Bordeaux, France
Château Jean de Gué, Lalande de Pomerol, France
Château Fonbadet, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut Lagrange, Bordeaux, France
Château La Marzelle, Bordeaux, France
Château Lanessan, Bordeaux, France
Château Ramafort, Médoc, France
Château de Rochemorin, Bordeaux, France
Château Cantegril, Bordeaux, France
Clos Dubreuil, Bordeaux, France
Château la Couronne, Bordeaux, France
Château Reignac, Bordeaux, France
Château Raymond-Lafon, Bordeaux, France
Château Sainte-Barbe, Bordeaux, France
Château Réaut, Bordeaux, France
Château Villars, Bordeaux, France
Château Lécuyer, Pomerol, France
Château Mazeyres, Pomerol, France
Château Godeau, Bordeaux, France
Château Cap de Faugères, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Château Les Trois Croix, Bordeaux, France
Château Magrez Fombrauge, Bordeaux, France
Château La Clémence, Bordeaux, France
Château Moulin Haut Laroque, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Taillefer, Bordeaux, France
Château de la Rivière, Bordeaux, France
Château Le Moulin, Bordeaux, France
Château La Commanderie, Bordeaux , France

Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  7 Producers 

The wines of Maison Dourthe were tasted on Mai 29, 2020.

2d 44min ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  2 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The Webinar with Château Ducru Beaucaillou was featuring a new wine - Madame de Beaucaillou - which is a Haut-Médoc bringing together different vineyards of the Borie family. In addition, the new label of La Croix Ducru Beaucaillou was presented. A highly interesting session.

2d 21h ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  14 Producers 

1968 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask H12, This bottle took about an hour to come around. At first, the flavours were closed with only hints of dried fruits and smokey notes. After over an hour, the wine started to open up in the glass offering an array of lovely bottled aged flavours – black truffle, autumn leaves, dried violets and leather. Impressive wine, not just because of its age, but because it improved rather than fell apart in the glass over 3 hours. (91)

3d 3h ago

Gaia Gaja, Wine Producer (Italy)  had a tasting of  30 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2014 / This wine made history when it became one of the earliest single-vineyard bottlings of Nebbiolo in Piedmont with the 1967 vintage. Sourced from the GAJA winery’s top growing site, San Lorenzo, located just south of the village of Barbaresco in the famed cru Secondine, the wine is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes.

Deep red color, the 2014 Sori San Lorenzo shows aromas of licorice, black tea, savory and balsamic herbs notes, graphite and violet come out slowly in the glass giving birth to a complex and layered bouquet. The most recognizable and ageable of the three single vineyards. Intense fruit expression of red orange, ripe blueberry, red and black plum, complex botanical flavors of Mediterranean spices like oregano, basil and thyme. The mineral finish is powerful and persistent. Compact structure and great ageing potential.

3d 21h ago

Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  24 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Château Margaux Pavillon Blanc 2018 / Harvest started 27 August, as in 2017. ‘It’s as if this came from another vintage’, says winemaker Phillipe Bascaules, because the drought of September missed them because of the harvest date and they missed the hydric stress that the reds faced, so they were able to keep the freshness. Easier to explain the freshness of the whites than that of the reds, he suggested. pH 3.1. Barrel sample. 
Subtle oak spice and mealy, creamy notes from the barrels but also beautifully fragrant citrus and blossom on the nose, making the palate all the more remarkable in its incredible fruit intensity. Amazing intensity and freshness at the same time. Concentration but with this salty aftertaste. Mouth-watering. Succulent and so full of pure, fragrant citrus, almost a touch of apricot. Really aromatic on the palate too. Both sweet-fruited and salty giving very good balance. Mealy, almost savoury on the final salty finish. (JH)

3d 23h ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  9 Producers 

The Crus Classés de Graves sent over an impressing series of wines, which have confirmed the outstanding quality of the Pessac-Léognan region in this vintage 2019. Freshness was reigning in the white wines tasted today. The red wines will be tasted tomorrow, so there is much more to come......The red wines of th Crus Classés de Graves were exellent showing the hight standard of this vintage.

6d 17h ago

Stéphane Vivier, Wine Maker (United States)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

HDV 2017 LE DÉBUT / The 2017 vintage will always be remembered. The winter months were wet and cold, allowing the vines to rest after their productive 2016 campaign. Bud break occurred in March, with a mix of warm and cool days, frigid nights, and several rain episodes during the early stages of the growth flowering. These conditions resulted in a low, uneven set. A warm and dry pattern followed through the end of August, until two major heat waves hit in early September, dramatically affecting ripening conditions. As a result of the intense heat, the vines shut down and the brix and acidity levels in the grapes flatlined for the next three weeks. In late September, the vines came back to life and gave us one last push, resulting in wines with harmonious balance and freshness. Harvest started the third week of August and was concluded by the first week of October, right before traumatic wildfires scorched through Napa and Sonoma counties, giving a catastrophic end to an already challenging vintage.


Aromas of freshly sliced Gravenstein apple crushed on white slate are framed by floral characters of jasmine and tangerine blossom. The palate displays flavors of Asian pear and fresh lemon accented by subtle custard notes. Salinity and precise acidity create an energetic yet refined finish.

8d 12h ago

Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  7 Producers 

The Blandy's 2004 Malmsey is a clear amber color. It has a slightly backward bouquet for its type and needs more coaxing from the glass than expected. Dried honey, undergrowth, clove and smoky scents gradually emerge, although they never quite click into fifth gear. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. Elegant and poised, this delivers pure marmalade, quince and clove notes mixed with white pepper and a dab of marjoram. Long and tender on the finish, it is a very poised and intellectual Malmsey that does not exude heaviness. Excellent.

8d 13h ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  had a tasting of  2 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Today's video-tasting with Philippe Bascaules of Château Margaux featured two excellent wines. The Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux is composed of 76% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3 % Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The Grand Vin of Chateau Margaux is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2 % Cabernet Franc and 1 % Petit Verdot.

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