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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!

11h 53min ago

Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  38 Wines  from  37 Producers 

Château Mouton-Rothschild 2020 / Ruby. Fruit driven, cassis, anise, some spices nose, blackberries, intensely scented, almost transparent yet such depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, smooth and detailed, layered, anise, liquorice, deep, long. Superb freshness to it. Such energy. Pauillac is not the place that shines the most in 2020, but this one does. 97-99

19h 43min ago

Château Mouton-Rothschild 2020, Château Mouton-Rothschild
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2020, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Château Cos d'Estournel 2020, Château Cos d'Estournel
Cos d’Estournel Blanc 2020, Château Cos d'Estournel
Léoville-Las Cases 2020, Château Léoville-Las Cases
Château Beychevelle 2020, Château Beychevelle
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2020, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Chateau Leoville-Barton 2020, Château Leoville-Barton
Chateau Lynch-Bages 2020, Château Lynch-Bages
Château Calon Ségur 2020, Château Calon-Ségur
Château Brane-Cantenac 2020, Château Brane-Cantenac
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2020, Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Château Lafon-Rochet 2020, Château Lafon-Rochet
Château Batailley 2020, Château Batailley
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2020, Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse
Château D´Armailhac 2020, Château D´Armailhac
Château Clerc Milon 2020, Château Clerc Milon
Château Langoa Barton 2020, Château Langoa Barton
Château Branaire 2020, Château Branaire-Ducru
Château du Glana 2020, Château du Glana
Ségla 2020, Château Rauzan-Ségla
Château Rauzan-Gassies 2020, Château Rauzan-Gassies
Château Lascombes 2020, Château Lascombes
Château Malescot-Saint-Exupery 2020, Château Malescot St-Exupéry
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 Desmirail 2020, Château Desmirail
Château Pouget 2020, Château Pouget
Château Giscours 2020, Château Giscours
Château Siran 2020, Château Siran
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2020, Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse
Château Pedesclaux 2020, Château Pedesclaux
Pavillon de Poyferre 2020, Château Léoville Poyferré
Marojallia 2020, Domaines Philippe Porcheron
Château La Fortune 2020, Château La Fortune
Château Haut-Batailley 2020, Château Haut-Batailley
Château Pouget, Margaux, France
Château La Fortune, Bordeaux, France
Domaines Philippe Porcheron, Bordeaux, France
Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Armailhac, Pauillac, France
Château Batailley, Pauillac, France
Château Clerc Milon, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Bordeaux, France
Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, France
Château Pedesclaux, Bordeaux, France
Château Brane-Cantenac, Bordeaux, France
Château Cantenac-Brown, Bordeaux, France
Château Desmirail, Bordeaux, France
Château Giscours, Bordeaux, France
Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Bordeaux, France
Château Marquis De Terme, Bordeaux, France
Château Rauzan-Ségla, Bordeaux, France
Château Siran, Bordeaux, France
Château Branaire-Ducru, Bordeaux, France
Château du Glana, Saint-Julien, France
Château Langoa Barton, Saint-Julien, France
Château Mouton-Rothschild, Bordeaux, France
Château Leoville-Barton, Bordeaux, France
Château Léoville-Las Cases, Saint-Julien, France
Château Léoville Poyferré, Bordeaux, France
Château Calon-Ségur, Bordeaux, France
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Bordeaux, France
Château Cos d'Estournel, Bordeaux, France
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Batailley, Bordeaux, France
Château Rauzan-Gassies, Bordeaux, France
Château D´Issan, Bordeaux, France
Château Lafon-Rochet, Bordeaux, France
Château Lascombes, Bordeaux, France
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Bordeaux, France
Château Kirwan, Margaux, France
Château Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France

Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  7 Wines  from  1 Producers 

In the Spring of the year 2000, guided by a shared passion for the region, Danièle Vialard and Eric Hosteins travelled the legendary terroir of Aniane in the Hérault department, in the south of France, with a plan that was nothing short of a major challenge. The Saint Dominique Estate is a vineyard stretching across 14 hectares, located in a choice position. It is also bounded by the flagships of local viticulture: the Mas Daumas-Gassac, the Domaine de la Grange des Pères and the Château Capion. The terroir consists of limestone and sandstone gravel from the Miocene (tertiary period). The vineyards are mainly placed on hillsides and are planted with a high average density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The grape varieties are 31% Syrah, 15% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carignan, 6%
Petit Verdot and 5% Mourvèdre. The grapes are carefully sorted in the vineyard and on arrival at the vats. All stems are removed when the grapes are placed in the concrete vats which are thermo-regulated by gravity. The wine making process is traditional with as much maceration time as possible during fermentation. The ageing takes place for 12 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, of which 50% are new and 50% have been used once. 

1d 9h 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

1d 17h ago

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

Andre Brattland, Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  29 Wines  from  28 Producers 

Some of the best wines tasted 2019-2021

1d 19h 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.

4d 23h ago

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  5 Producers 

The Único released in 2021, 10 years after the harvest, is the 2011 Único, selected from 40 of their 210 hectares of vineyards. 2011 is a concentrated and ripe vintage, and they selected 95% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon that were cooled in a cold room for 24 hours before being sorted; the bunches and grapes macerated at 9 to 10 degrees Celsius for three to four days, and then it was inoculated with a pied de cuve to ferment with pumping overs. Malolactic was in stainless steel, and the wine was put through a long aging, 10 years between oak and bottle, using new and used French and American oak barrels and 20,000-liter oak vats. For Vega Sicilia, 2011 was a fresher year than 2010, not the common idea about those vintages in Ribera del Duero. The wine has a developed nose with some notes of ripe black fruit, meat and underbrush, somewhat herbal and perfumed. There is something about the nose of the Únicos that I cannot quite describe but is quite distinct, and it's in this vintage and also in the Reserva Especial. 88,288 bottles, 3,505 magnums, 318 double magnums, 60 Imperial and 3 Salmanazar were produced. The wine was bottled in June 2017.

Vega Sicilia is also increasing their capacity to age wines in 40,000-liter oak vats to decrease the impact of the oak in the wines. Their 210 hectares of vineyards produce more than enough grapes to produce between 250,000 and 300,000 bottles.

5d 8h ago

Luca Gardini, Wine Writer (Italy)  had a tasting of  13 Wines  from  6 Producers 

Barolo DOCG Rocche di Castiglione 2017 / From one of the most important cru in Castiglione Falletto, a superb interpretation made by Vietti. From vines aged nearly 50 years, one month of maceration on the skins, followed by thirty months in large casks. Fragrances of small black fruits, blackberry and blueberry, mentholated touches, black pepper. The mouth is taut, dense with tasty tannins. Mentholated trace in the aftertaste. 100 points

5d 23h ago

Higgo Jacobs, Sommelier (South Africa)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Meerlust Rubicon 2017 / Pure Cabernet expression, with leafy spice interest from Cab F and Merlot. Super balance and purity here, with volume that unfolds with time in the glass. Very promising for future Rubicon. 95/100

6d 18h 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.

6d 18h ago

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

Great lineup of wines with fascinating stories. The world's most expensive rosé, Garrus, was extremely sophisticated and charming. Valandraud 2015 left no place for an argument for its upgrading to premier cru. And the Ao Yun, the wine which is produced from the grapes grown in the highest altitude of 2,200 to 2,600 metres shows that there is a hidden potential in China! Despite all the great wines, the true charmer of the eve was afterall the last Caberlot 2017 (97p).      

7d 7h ago

Jasper Morris MW, Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  2 Producers 

Bouchard Père & Fils / 2019 Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine / Not so dark in colour as the Bèze, but then these are their own grapes. Near the forest and Latricières so this spot doesn’t get overheated. Sweetly oaked, massive at first sight, yet with a welcome strictness alongside, waves of fruit, not delicate, but with delicacy nonetheless. Amazing persistence really shows the quality of the terroir. Tasted: November 2020

8d 16h ago




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