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2010 and 2006 Cos d'Estournel

Date: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 Wine Tasting

2010 Château Cos d'Estournel:
Ruby. Fruity, scented, ripe, nuanced and layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe feel but also textured and structured. Feels like it's becomming tighter and more focused. Long. 95

2006 Château Cos d'Estournel:
Ruby. Fruity, cassis, leather, scented and complex nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, starting maturity which is a bit early, prunes, long finish. 93


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Domaines Albert Bichot Grand Cru Tasting

Date: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 Wine Tasting


2011 Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, smoky minerals, lemons, fairly rich and intense nose. Fresh acidity, elegant, lively and fruity. Fresh, complex, lovely citrus mineraly finish, almost creamy texture, long. 93

2010 Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, touch of yellow fruits and butter. Fresh acidity, fruity, elegant, refreshing, lovely balance, rounded texture, long. 93

2009 Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne:
Pale golden. Yellow apples and riper fruit, chalky minerals below. Fresh acidity, rounded, fruity, more concentrated, lobster bisque minerality, long. 91

2004 Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne:
(Magnum) Pale golden. Apples, minerals, quite intense nose, oysters and yellow fruits. Fresh acidity, minerals over some apples, very mineraly, fresh and lively, long. 92

2010 Domaine du Pavillon Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes:
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity, some barrel notes and spices on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively, elegant and refreshing, long. 93

2009 Domaine du Pavillon Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes:
Bright ruby. Scented, ripe strawberries, fruity, warmer feel to it. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, playful, fruity with more structured backbone, long. 90

2005 Domaine du Pavillon Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes:
Bright ruby. Mint, eucalyptus, spicy, exotic and menthol nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, quite rich, long finish. 90

2001 Domaine du Pavillon Corton Grand Cru Clos des Maréchaudes:
Bright ruby, brick rim. Plums, red berries, leather touch, maturing nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, maturing, quite refreshing, lacks a bit of refinement and nuance, long. 91

2010 Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos-de-Vougeot:
Bright ruby. Strawberries, scented, some spices and layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, elegant and quite refined, lovely texture, long. 93+

2009 Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos-de-Vougeot:
Bright ruby. Strawberries, scented, floral and elegant nose.Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, lively, rounded texture, long length. 93

2008 Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos-de-Vougeot:
Bright ruby. Ripe, maturing nose of strawberry jam, prunes and mint. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe feel, evolving, long. 90

2007 Domaine du Clos Frantin Clos-de-Vougeot:
Bright ruby, brick rim. Leaner nose, scented and unripe strawberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, quite elegant and refreshing, maturing, good length. 88

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27 Pomerol's tasted

Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 Wine Tasting

Realizing a few years ago that I had been a bit of a Miles from Sideways and a "-I'm not drinking any fucking Merlot!" kind of guy myself, a 1998 Right Bank vertical tasting in Denmark changed my view completely. It wasn't that I hadn't tasted any great Pomerols or Saint-Emilions, it was rather that I hadn't tasted enough. I live in Norway where the Monopoly is biassed towards, and rather more fond of the Left Bank and accordingly not that much have been available in my local market. This is getting incresingly better, but this is another reason for lack of tasting experience with especially Pomerol's. Then another tasting of old vintages of Right Bank was held in Trondheim (Norway) by eminent wine collector Lars Wichstrøm and that was truly mindblowing with Ausone 1928 as an example, served blind! Later there have been increasingly more tastings, and more visits to estates in Pomerol. It's a very exciting and different part of Bordeaux to explore.

2009 Clos Rene:
Ruby. Fruity, scented and blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, a bit rough now, slight phenolic unripeness touch behind, good length. 89

2010 Domaine du Rampart:
Ruby. Scented, floral and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, quite elegant, good length. 88

2010 Château La Pointe:
Ruby. Scented, fruity and dark berries nose. fresh acidity, ripe tannins, again fruity palate, quite elegant, tannic backbone. 89

2010 Château Pierhem:
Ruby. Scented, floral and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, quite refreshing palate, fruity and good length. 89

2009 Château Moulinet:
Deep ruby. Scented, ripe and extracted feel. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded and ripe, tannic finish. 87

2009 Château Montviel:
Ruby. Scented, ripe and fruity, liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, a bit tight, good length. 87

2010 Château Mazeyres:
Ruby. Scented, fruity and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and quite elegant body, long finish. 90

2010 Château Lécyer:
Ruby. Scented, fruity and extracted touch, ripe. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and fresher palate than nose, more elegant, good length. 87

2010 Château Lafleur du Roy:
Ruby. Prunes, plums, fruity and minty. Mature for esuch a young age. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, again a very mature feel. Drink soon. 86

2011 Château Grand Moulinet:
Ruby. Blue- and blackberries, scented and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively and refreshing. Good length. 88

2005 Château Guillot Clauzel:
Ruby. Intense, fruity and deep nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and lively palate and texture, good length. 87

2010 Château Gouprie:
Ruby. Fruity, scented and blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, a bit easy, good length. 86

2010 Château L'Excellence du Château Gouprie:
Ruby. Scented, blueberries and a more intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively and quite refreshing, long. 88+

2006 Château Gombaude-Guillot:
Ruby. Fruity, nunaced and elegant nose, pure blueberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, elegant and long. 91+

2010 Château La Ganne:
Ruby. Scented, floral and liquorice nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant and good length. 86

2010 Château Feytit-Guillot:
Deep ruby. Rich, extracted and fruity nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, intense, lacks finesse. 85

2010 Château Feytit-Clinet:
Deep ruby. Scented, liquorice and fruity nose, blueberries fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe and fruity, but less so than last bottle about six months back. Good length. 87

2010 Château Fayat:
Ruby. Ripe, rich and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rich and good length. 85

2007 Château Enclos Haut Mazeyres:
Ruby. Oak, oak and oak. Might be some fruit behind there somewhere. ??

2009 Château Le Chemin:
Ruby. Fresh, elegant and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and livelypalate, good length. 89

2009 Château Bonalgue:
Ruby. Scented, fruity and elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant and quite lively, long finish. 91

2007 Clos L'Eglise:
Ruby. Scented, blueberries, fruity and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and quite elegant, fairly nuanced, long. 90

2009 Château Beauregard:
Ruby. Scented, fruity, elegant and quite layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant texture, quite lively, long. 93

2010 Clos du Clocher:
Ruby. Scented, fruity and layered nose, elegant and quite seductive. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, elegant and refreshing, long. 93+

2006 Château Gazin:
Ruby. Fruity, scented and layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively and elegant palate, long. Needs a few more years for me to round off a bit more. 93

2009 Château Certan de May:
Ruby. Elegant, fruity, nuanced and layered nose, floral and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant if a bit ripe palate, refined and long. 95

2009 Château La Conseillante:
Ruby. Fresh, nuanced, elegant, complex and layered nose. Refined and seductive. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, fruity, lively, long and again nuanced. Complex and layered, very long. 96

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Diner Gold at Château Rayne Vigneau

Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 Wine Tasting

Château Meyney was the wine that started my wine interest, thats why I look so smug.


2007 Château Rayne Vigneau:
Pale golden, apricots, vanilla and pineapples nose. Fresh acidity, elegant, nuanced, quite complex, long. 93

Sauternes works very well as an aperitif in my book!

2009 Château La Tour de Mons:
(Double magnum) Ruby. Scented, cassis and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, a bit rough textured now even with decanting, almost barrel sample from this format, good length. 87

1990 Château Grand- Puy Ducasse:
(Imperial) Ruby. Scented, cassis, liquorice and some leather, layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, frity, elegant, lovely balance, long but a touch dry on the finish. Long. 90

1986 Château Meyney:
(Imperial) Deep ruby. Scented, fruity, cassis, floral, anise, leather and quite seductive nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively and elegantly fruity. A splendid vintage for Meyney as well as all the old Cordier estates. Long and refreshing, fruitier than last imperial of 86 Meyney. 92

2005 Gold de Rayne Vigneau:
We were told that only 478 bottles was made but according to the back label it was 450 bottles made. Maybe some are in larger formats. Anyhow, a very rare wine indeed and a pleassure to have been one of the few who will ever get to taste it. The grapes was picked on September 16th 2005 between 09.00 and 11.00 in the morning and thats it. This is the first vintage of this top of the range cuvee and only 2009 has been made since. Pale golden colour. Apricots, vanilla, tropical, pineapples, scented and floral nose. Fresh acidity, lively, elegant and fruity, refined. Lovely balance and long finish. 95





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Fête de la Fleur 2013

Date: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 Wine Tasting





Traffic jam at the entrance caused by to much rain, so the parking lot could not be used.

2010 Château de Fieuzal Blanc:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, citrus, floral and spicy nose. Fresh acidity, lively, quite elegant, rounded but also refreshing, a bit oak smoky now, long. 92





2003 Château Lafon-Rochet:
Deep ruby. Scented, floral, cassis and elegant nose, layered and fruity. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins fruity, lively for the vintage, slight herbal touch on the finish. Maybe not full phenolic ripeness, but that is probably what made it so refreshing for the vintage. Long. 90





1995 Château Lagrange:
(Magnum, ex-châteaux) Deep ruby. Scented, fruity, cassis, leather and tobacco nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, fruity and refreshing, lovely balance, long. This has really smartened up lately. 92

At the table of Smith Haut Lafitte and the Cathiard's, together with Wine Spectator's Editor Thomas Matthews and his wife.


1990 Château Lafite Rothschild:
(Magnum, ex-château) Ruby, garnet rim. Layered, scented, fruity, cassis, leather, tobacco, complex, nuanced, astonishing nose but needed time in the glass to fully open. Gorgeous. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, refined texture and structure, subtle but intense, seductive, refreshing, very long indeed. 97




2001 Château Suduiraut:
Golden. Quite a bit darker than the more pale golden bottle a year back, pineapples, apricots and tropical notes. Apples, pure, refined and elegant nose, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, again refined, playful and pure, nuanced, gorgeous texture, incredible length, all about finesse, nuances and balance. Superb. 98



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Mini vertical of Château Lanessan

Date: Tue, Jun 25, 2013 Wine Tasting



2010 Château Lanessan:
Ruby. Fruity, scented, cassis, blackberries and some vanilla on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant texture, quite refreshing, good length. 88

2003 Château Lanessan:
Ruby, garnet rim. Scented, blueberries, cassis, anise and a floral touch on the nose. Needed an hour or two to come through. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively, especially for the vintage, elegant, somewhat rounded, fruity, good length. 89

2002 Château Lanessan:
Ruby, garnet rim. Scented, dark berries, leather and liquorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, needed an hour to open up, maturing but will last another five years or so easilly. Quite long. 87

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2010 Rousseau Lavaux St-Jacques

Date: Sun, May 26, 2013 Wine Tasting




2010 Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St-Jacques:
Pale bright ruby. A bit tight first but opens up fairly quickly. Getting more floral and scented first, then more fragrant and red berries arrive. Fresh and lively acidity, ripe tannins, slightly rough texture at the moment even if it turns rounder and more velvety with air. Remains slightly edgy even after four hours, now the oak shows a little more and that is probably the culprit. Give it a few years in the cellar even if gorgeous already. 94

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Five from Taupenot-Merme

Date: Sun, May 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


2007 Taupenot-Merme Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte:
Pale ruby. Some barrel notes up front at first, then red fruits. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit and texture, good length. 89

2007 Taupenot-Merme Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers:
Pale ruby. Strawberries, slightly spicy, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and delicate NSG, long. 90

2007 Taupenot-Merme Corton Grand Cru:
Pale ruby. Scented, red berries and elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit and body, a lovely Corton, long. 91

2007 Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru:
Pale ruby. Elegant and fruity nose, nuanced and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively body, red berries palate, long. 92+

2009 Taupenot-Merme Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau:
Bright ruby. Intense, scented, nuanced and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant body and texture, lively, nuanced and long. 93

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1990 Domaine de Chevalier

Date: Sat, Apr 6, 2013 Wine Tasting

1990 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge:
Ruby with thin brick rim. Starting out a bit to plummy, earthy and pruny, it shaped up nicely after half an hour. More minerals and graphite, still some prunes and cassis, some leather as well. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins starting to polish off, fairly fresh but I would anyway drink it over the next few years as it seems to have little to gain. 91

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Six from Jacques Prieur

Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Wine Tasting




2009 Jacques Prieur Beaune 1er Cru Champs-Pimont:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh nose, lime, apples, minerals, nuanced. Fresh acidity, elegant palate, on the ripe side, long. 91

2010 Jacques Prieur Meursault Clos de Mazeray:
Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, minerals, nuanced and focused. Scented. Fresh acidity, lovely and refined palate, balanced, long finish. 92

2009 Jacques Prieur Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, nuanced but also richer style. Fresh acidity, elegant, playful and refined, long. 92+

2010 Jacques Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Santenots:
Bright ruby. Floral and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant palate, long. 90

2009 Jacques Prieur Beaume 1er Cru Greves:
Ruby. Fruity, elegant and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit but a bit short. 88

2008 Jacques Prieur Corton Bressandes:
Ruby. Scented, slightly of unripe raspberries and ever so slightly herbal. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, elegant fruit, not that rustic, and less so on the palate than nose, long and nuanced. 93

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08 Domaine des Perdrix Echézeaux and more

Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Wine Tasting




2010 Château de Chamirey Mercurey:
Bright ruby. Red berries nose. Fresh aciditym quite elegant fruit on the ripe side but a bit oaky finish. 86

2009 Château de Chamirey Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roi:
Bright ruby. Red berries and some vanilla nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, fruity but slightly edgy finish. 87

2008 Domaine des Perdrix Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Perdrix:
Bright ruby. Light nose, slightly scented and redcurrants. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fairly elegant fruit and body, quite long. 89

2008 Domaine de Perdrix Echézeaux:
Bright ruby. Scented, ripe strawberries, touch of pepper on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and nuanced, a bit biting oak on texture, hopefully it can ride it off, smoky finish. 91

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3 Chablis from Domaine des Malandes

Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Wine Tasting


2011 Domaine des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Vau de Vey:
Pale lemon yellow. Fresh nose, apples, minerals, nuanced. Fresh acidity, elegant, fruity palate, good length. 88

2011 Domaine des Malandes Chablis 1er Cru Mountmains:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, focused and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, playful, lively, even mouthwatering. 'Rich' minerals, rather intense. Long. 91

2011 Domaine des Malandes Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, and minerals nose. Fresh acidity, lively, playful, refined and nuanced, very elegant palate, long. 93

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3 from Daniel Rion

Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Wine Tasting



2010 Daniel Rion Vosne-Romanée:
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla and oak on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity palate, good length. Give it two years to integrate the oak better. 89

2010 Daniel Rion Chambolle-Musigny Vielles Vignes:
Ruby. Scented and elegant fruit on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant body and texture, good length. 90

2010 Daniel Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Vaucrain:
Ruby. Some vanilla and red berries, scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing and fruity, a bit lean but not austere. Good length. 89

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Four 2011's from Chablis Alain Geoffroy

Date: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 Wine Tasting



2011 Alain Geoffroy Chablis 1er Cru Vau-Ligneau:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, lemons, minerals, almost steely nose. Fresh acidity, elegant yellow fruit touch palate, good length. 89

2011 Alain Geoffroy Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy:
Towards lemon yellow. Apples, some minerals nose. Fresh acidity, elegant fruit and body, even if on the leaner side. 88

2011 Alain Geoffroy Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume:
Pale lemon yellow. Tight, closed but nuanced. Fresh acidity, almost playful palate, elegant and fruity, long. 90

2011 Alain Geoffroy Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos:
Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, apples, minerals, subdued but elegant. Fresh acidity, almost smoky minerals on the palate, almost rich in fruit, still elegant and lively, long. 91

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