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Jancis Robinson MW / BWW2024/Best Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  9 Producers 

Château Smith Haut Lafitte White 2020 - The Cathiards' 30th vintage. My saviour wine. Just when a bitter taste post-antibiotic for double pneumonia seemed to blight my impressions of all wines, this was the first wine that seemed free of it and gave me hope that my palate would be restored. I first tasted it on 22 Feb (last dose of antibiotic was 12 Feb) and kept retasting over subsequent days to check that I wasn’t kidding myself (high-acid whites generally seemed worse affected than full-bodied reds). Smoky-oaky nose and lots of fruit impact on the palate with masses of refreshing acidity too. Flatteringly satin texture with real pungency and interest on the end. Great balance. Just the right side of the oiliness that can dog some white wines from this appellation.

1d 5h ago

Markus Del Monego MW / BWW2024 Finalist, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The tradition of tasting rare wines with sommelier friends at Kloster Eberbach also continued this year. Dieter Greiner, the general manager of the winery built the tasting around the vintages 1934 and 1964. He also added some more recent wines to complement the tasting. Cellar Master Kathrin Puff showed her "Wild Ferment" wines, which represent a new dimension of terroir expression. This tasting, held in the Bismarck-room of the cloister was just another stunning experience in the world of fine and rare wines.  

2d 14h ago

Christer Byklum/ BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Norway)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  11 Producers 

Tasting of vintages that end with the number 3 / Part I / Château Lafite 1983. Ruby, thin brick rim. Scented, lovely depth, bright, nuanced, floral, layered, beautiful nose, ripe yet very low tuned in a way, refined and discreet. 
Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, anise, spices, blackberries, some spices, detailed and layered, balanced, such finesse, long finish. Superb!

3d 10h ago

Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Penfolds Grange 2018 – For me, it is simply one of the greatest young Australian wines I have seen. Truly stunning. It is a classic and cracking Grange. 

Like most Granges, a dollop of Cabernet is added to the Shiraz – this time just 3%. Multi-regional but Barossa dominant (69%), with material from McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley, the wine spent 18 months in new American hogsheads. 2018 was simply an outstanding vintage for South Australia. We have seen it with many wines and now we see it here with the Grange. 

Deep magenta in colour, near opaque. The immediate impression here is of great intensity but even more so, impeccable balance. A glorious nose, complete and complex. Black fruits are to the fore, and there is certainly oak evident, but of the finest quality and integrating superbly. The palate is fresh but dense and yet supple and seamless and with such length. Powerful, yet it sings and dances. The tannins are abundant yet so lace-like and silky that they are near invisible. Such an incredibly long finish, with the intensity maintained for the full length. Chocolate notes emerge on the finish. This should sail through 50 to 60 years in good cellars and could probably do up to 80 – not that this will be relevant to many of us. What was fascinating was that after tasting and scribbling notes, I realised that I had hardly identified any specific flavours, such is the overall balance and the way that nothing dominates to any extent, the wine already being such a complete entity. Retracing steps and with further investigation, look for mocha, blackberries, coffee bean notes, cassis, licorice, chocolate, charcuterie, beef stock and soy. Every taste brought forth new and evolving flavours. This is a truly magnificent wine, well on its way to becoming a legend. Not just a legendary Grange, but a legend in the world of wine. 100p.

4d 7h ago

Michel Bettane/BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (France)  had a tasting of  10 Wines  from  10 Producers 

CHÂTEAU PALMER 1928 / Before the Merlots planted under the influence of the Miailhe family typified the cru as we know it today and made it so admired, Palmer was undoubtedly planted with more traditional grape varieties. Or at least closer to that of Château Margaux. Tasted on several occasions, this grandiose 1928 has always left me with unforgettable memories. The last one was during a vertical tasting at the château in the presence of Thomas Duroux, its brilliant director. But there was also the estate’s legendary 1961, which has done so much for its glory. While this vintage, for all its generosity of texture, was beginning to show signs of fatigue, this was not the case with the 1928. On every criterion of aromatic nobility, wine building on the palate, strength and originality of expression of the best Margaux soils, it crushed the 1961, but also most of the other vintages, by its naturalness and grandeur. As we know, the 1928s were admired for their potential right from the start, but they took a long time to make, longer than the 1929s. Many of them now have minor analytical deviations from the formal perfection of our best recent wines. In the case of this bottle, there were none, which says a lot about the skill of the men in the cellar at the time. I know it’s hard to believe in so much superiority or authority in such an old wine. But if you’re lucky enough to drink one that’s so well preserved, you’ll quickly realise that the great Médocs are a glory of our viticulture. It hardly deserves the stupid French bashing it receives from our astonishing elites.

6d 2h ago

Raffaele Vecchione / winescritic.com, Pro (Italy)  had a tasting of  31 Wines  from  21 Producers 

Ricasoli Chianti Classico Roncicone Gran Selezione 2020 / 97p Multifaceted and decidedly fascinating in its sensorial profile, it shows notes of plums, mixed red flowers, pink grapefruit, chopped cedar, guarana, green tea leaves and vetiver. Medium body, soft tannins of excellent workmanship and a linear and essential finish that immediately involves with gracefulness and finesse, precision of execution and character. Splendid for its finesse, composure and nobility in the gentle harmonious sip. Drink now or grow old.

 

8d 10h ago

Montrose 2021, Château Montrose
Château de Valandraud 2021, Château Valandraud
Gewurtraminer Vendange Tardive 2010, Hugel & Fils
Riesling Grossi Laüe 2012, Hugel & Fils
Colledilà Gran Selezione 2020, Barone Ricasoli
Roncicone Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2020, Barone Ricasoli
CeniPrimo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2020, Barone Ricasoli
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2021, Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Château Branaire 2021, Château Branaire-Ducru
Château Lascombes 2021, Château Lascombes
Domaine de Chevalier 2021, Domaine de Chevalier
Clos Fourtet 2021, Clos Fourtet
Chianti Classico Riserva 2019, Castello di Gabbiano
Chianti Classico Vicoregio 36 Gran Selezione 2020, Marchesi Mazzei
Chianti Classico Badiòla Gran Selezione 2020, Marchesi Mazzei
Chianti Classico Riserva 2020, Riecine
La Gioia 2019, Riecine
Chianti Classico Pecchia Gran Selezione 2018, Gagliole
Nectar Dei 2020, Nittardi
Brancaia Il Blu 2020, Brancaia
Chianti Classico Riserva 2019, Badia a Coltibuono
Chianti Classico Vigna Contessa Luisa Gran Selezione 2019, Villa Calcinaia
Chianti Classico Vigna La Fornace Gran Selezione 2019, Villa Calcinaia
Vigneto Il Poggio Gran Selezione 2018, Castello di Monsanto
Chianti Classico Riserva 2020, Castello di Monsanto
Chianti Classico Trebbio Gran Selezione 2019, Castello di Meleto
Chianti Classico Poggiarso Gran Selezione 2019, Castello di Meleto
Parabuio 2019, Castello di Meleto
Chianti Classico Le Fioraie 2017, Piemaggio
Chianti Classico Doccio a Matteo Riserva 2020, Caparsa
Chianti Classico Riserva Caparsino 2020, Caparsa

Markus Del Monego MW / BWW2024 Finalist, MW (Germany)  had a tasting of  19 Wines  from  7 Producers 

Only one day in Paris but a lot of amazing tasting experiences due to Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. A possibility to taste some excellent wines. 

11d 10h ago

Jeremy Oliver / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Australia)  had a tasting of  20 Wines  from  10 Producers 

Henchke Hill of Grace 2015 /"Effortlessly long, smooth and supple, this polished and uber-restrained shiraz unfolds a musky, peppery and faintly meaty bouquet of mulberries, cassis, dark plums, cedar/vanilla oak and paprika backed by suggestions of cola and sweet floral notes. Flaunting its rare restraint and finesse, it reveals layers of pristine translucently clear dark red, blue and black berry flavours supported by a refined, ultra-fine spine of loose-knit tannins and knit with creamy, cedary, cigarboxy oak, building in weight and lasting forever. A very different, distinctive Hill of Grace of exceptional quality and charm."

12d 14h ago

Jeff Leve / BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  18 Wines  from  11 Producers 

The Best 40 wines tasted in 2023 Part II, exclusively for readers of Tasting Book. It has been quite a year, with far more ups than downs, especially when it comes to wine. I am lucky as well as blessed to be able to taste older, mature wines, as well as young wines and barrel samples, all of which allows me a fun look at a myriad of different wines at all ages and stages of maturity.

By ratings, these are a look at the 40 best wines tasted, so far. I have two more special nights coming up, but as we already closing in on the second week of December, this is a good snapshot of the best wines from 2023.  I hope you have at least half as much read it, as I did tasting them.

14d 2h ago

Jeannie Cho Lee MW/ BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (South Korea)  had a tasting of  21 Wines  from  13 Producers 

Château Lafleur 1952 - 100 points / A gorgeous wine with layers of tobacco, leather, dried plums and hint of cacao. The palate is seductively silky with an explosion of additional spicy and dried berry flavours. Wonderful lingering finish. This wine is utter perfection.

15d 10h ago

Pekka Nuikki / Editor of the Fine Wine Magazines and Champagne Magazine, Wine Writer (Finland)  had a tasting of  26 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Château Latour tasting from 1928-1990 /  Château Latour 1945 presents a deep, garnet hue with subtle hints of brick-orange at the edges, indicating its maturity and long aging.The bouquet is incredibly complex and captivating, offering a symphony of aromas that evolve with each swirl of the glass. Initial notes of ripe black fruits such as blackcurrants and plums mingle with nuances of cedar, leather, and tobacco. As the wine opens up, delicate hints of dried herbs, truffles, and earthy undertones emerge, adding layers of intrigue to the olfactory experience.

 On the palate, Chateau Latour 1945 showcases its remarkable depth and structure. The velvety texture coats the palate with flavors of rich dark fruits, accented by touches of spice and a subtle minerality that speaks to its terroir. The tannins, though still present, have softened over time, lending a smooth and seamless mouthfeel. There is a beautiful balance between fruit intensity, acidity, and tannic grip, indicative of the wine's impeccable aging potential.

The finish is long and lingering, leaving an impression of elegance and sophistication. Subtle echoes of dark chocolate and espresso linger on the palate, accompanied by a touch of graphite minerality that adds to the wine's complexity.

100 points

16d 5h ago

Axel Probst/BWW2024 Finalist, Wine Writer (Germany)  had a tasting of  8 Wines  from  3 Producers 

QUINTA DO NOVAL VINTAGE PORT NACIONAL 1963 – This is the Vintage Port which most people would like to take to their lonely island. High-scores everywhere and so much life ahead that it almost frightens you: The colour is easily 10-20 years younger of what you would expect. Deep, dark-red colour with lots of reflections. Perfectly balanced bouquet with finesse and intensity. Long and multi-layered aftertaste. Tasted last year at the Quinta. Port-Heaven! 100

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