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2021 The Penfolds Collection
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Neal Martin, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The 1961 Petrus is a legendary wine, although bottles are now extremely scarce and there are plenty of fakes. Upon close examination of the bottle and cork, with evidence of provenance and verifying with Jean-Claude Berrouet, this is the real deal. It is quite deep in color with just a touch of turbidity, though nothing to fret about. What distinguishes the 1961s is a marine-like trait and this is certainly evident here – a whiff of a cold northerly sea, touches of kelp and crustaceans. It has bewildering delineation. The palate is quite structured, perhaps more so than the 1964 Petrus, quite “serious” and masculine, almost Left Bank in style thanks to its cedar-infused black fruit. With aeration, shade becomes light. There are more red fruit in evidence, all with wondrous detail on the sweet finish that suggests a discrete Cabernet Franc influence. It is an awesome Pomerol, not perfect, certainly of its time. To repeat a phrase I used previously: ‘tis a wine of staggering beauty

2h 57min ago

Tim Atkin MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  8 Wines  from  4 Producers 

2016 Torre Muga is the most "international" in style of the bodega's reds - controversially so when it was first released in 1991 - and is a cuvée of Tempranillo with 20% Mazuelo and Graciano, aged in 100% new French wood. Using fruit from the "magic triangle" between Villalba, Haro and Labastida, it's plush, aromatic and finely judged with subtle wood, violet top notes, sculpted tannins and the depth and concentration to age.

1d 19h ago

James Suckling., Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  33 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Niepoort Redoma Branco 2019 / A bright, vivid white with sliced-lemon, green-apple and some white-pineapple aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied with a tight palate and a bright, vivid finish. Stone and lemon rind at the end with just a hint of lemon curd. Drink now.

3d 3h ago

Jürg Richter / Sauternes Expert, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  had a tasting of  58 Wines  from  12 Producers 

Château Climens 1921 / Crème bulée, molasses but still quite dominant acidity. Apple pectin, vanilla and plum compote. Long, elegant finish. 19 points

4d 2h ago

d'Yquem 1967, Château d'Yquem
Château Suduiraut 1928, Château Suduiraut
Château Suduiraut 1945, Château Suduiraut
Sigalas-Rabaud 1921, Château Sigalas-Rabaud
Château Raymond-Lafon 2009, Château Raymond-Lafon
Château Bastor-Lamontagne 1986, Château Bastor-Lamontagne
Château Bastor-Lamontagne 1967, Château Bastor-Lamontagne
Château Climens 1945, Château Climens
Château Climens 1976, Château Climens
Château Climens 1912, Château Climens
Château Climens 1914, Château Climens
Château Climens 1920, Château Climens
Château Climens 1923, Château Climens
Château Climens 1927, Château Climens
Château Climens 1937, Château Climens
Château Climens 1942, Château Climens
Château Climens 1959, Château Climens
Château Climens 1973, Château Climens
Château Climens 1955, Château Climens
Château Climens 1953, Château Climens
Château Climens 1975, Château Climens
Château Climens 1999, Château Climens
Château Climens 1921, Château Climens
Château Climens 1924, Château Climens
Château Climens 1925, Château Climens
Château Climens 1928, Château Climens
Château Climens 1939, Château Climens
Château Climens 1950, Château Climens
Château Climens 1966, Château Climens
Château Climens 1929, Château Climens
Château Climens 1948, Château Climens
Château Climens 1957, Château Climens
Château Climens 1961, Château Climens
Château Climens 1964, Château Climens
Château Climens 1906, Château Climens
Château Climens 1913, Château Climens
Château Climens 1919, Château Climens
Château Climens 1922, Château Climens
Château Climens 1926, Château Climens
Château Climens 1938, Château Climens
Château Climens 1940, Château Climens
Crême de Tête 1921, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1909, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1948, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1959, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1970, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1929, Château Caillou
Crême de Tête 1937, Château Caillou
Crème de tête 1937, Château Gilette
Château Doisy-Vedrines 1943, Château Doisy-Vedrines
Château Broustet 1990, Château Broustet
Château Broustet 1989, Château Broustet
Château Broustet 1986, Château Broustet
Château Roumieu 1959, Dourthe
Clos Champon-Segur 1947, Clos Champon-Segur
Clos Champon-Segur 1934, Clos Champon-Segur
Clos Champon-Segur 1937, Clos Champon-Segur
Clos Champon-Segur 1949, Clos Champon-Segur

Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  1 Producers 

This compelling 2021 Penfolds release highlights the fidelity of multi-vineyard sourcing, precision winemaking and the authentic Penfolds House Style tradition. The collection in many respects demonstrates that every vintage, regardless of growing conditions, can have a silver lining. In many cases the lining of this year’s release is made of gold. I loved the white wines for their lovely pure fruit definition, volume and tension. The 2019 reds are beautifully made wines with the rich fruit expression typical of Penfolds and a vigour and energy that promises great cellaring careers. The 2018 St Henri is a benchmark vintage and is a must for lovers of this tried and tested maturation style. 2017 Grange does not disappoint and transcends the reputation of the vintage. Although it will fly under the radar for many years, it will develop into something beautiful to drink somewhere around 2028 onwards! Chief winemaker Peter Gago AC and his exceptional winemaking team have triumphed once again! This is a release for punters and collectors. No disappointments and highly recommended. 

6d 3h ago

Camille Meyrou / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  had a Blind tasting of  12 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Great wine evening along with nice people, a nice flight !

7d 5h ago

Hiroshi Ishida, Sommelier (Japan)  had a tasting of  9 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008 / A textbook blanc de blancs in a relatively opulent style, with ample grilled nut, brioche and spice character alongside classic flavors of poached apricot, kumquat, oyster shell and lemon blossom. This rich profile is well-defined by racy acidity, sleek and well-cut, driving the long, lacy finish. A hero.

8d 10h ago

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Mazzei 1435

The first longer journey to a wine region after the pandemic lockdown brought me to Tuscany. With some friends I stayed at the Castello di Fonterutoli with visits of all important vineyards of the Mazzei in Tuscany. A thrilling experience with a lot of very fine wines. 

8d 23h ago

Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The 2017 range from Méo-Camuzet delivers a great promise for grand Burgundy lovers. So elegant and refined mineral style with immense density and multilayered structure. Cros Parantoux stands out again as magical as always!     

10d 1h ago

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).

10d 8h ago

Allen Meadows, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2018/ A ripe and super-fresh nose offers up notes of black raspberry, plum liqueur, Asian-style tea and a whiff of incense. The racy, intense and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors retain outstanding delineation as well as an abundance of palate soaking dry extract before delivering stunningly good length. This incredibly powerful effort is both classy and highly complex and like the Bonnes Mares, is a wine that will live for decades. With that said, it's not so backward and compact to preclude it being approachable after only 10 to 12 years. 
Barrel Sample: 94-97

10d 18h ago

Andreas Larsson / Best Sommelier in the World 2004, Pro (Sweden)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Guigal La Landonne 2017/ Usually my favourite is La Landonne and no exception this time – despite the charm and flair of La Mouline, this has so much stuffing with incredible layers of inky dark fruit, powerful and incredibly persistent, I suppose it´s more politically correct to like depth, complexity and elegance than lushness, generosity and opulence, as much as I like both, the 2017 Landonne belonging in the former category has it all! I don´t like to score when not blind tasting but… a bloody perfect wine!

11d 21h ago

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