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Sunday, 20 April 2014

2012 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée




The colour is as bright
As the last rays
From a setting sun
Over Santorini.
That colour no painter
Can paint.
It’s a vibrant
pale red
like a transparent
Ingrid Bergman
rose petal.

On the nose
Raspberries
As fresh as morning mist
One or two
Perfectly ripe strawberries
Join in.
Freshly grained
Spices
Almost some
Black tea
Bergamot
High note.
Subdued
Tender
Detailed.
Maybe
Some minerals
Delicate
Yet intense
Layered
Like a chest of drawers
Revealing secrets
For everyone
Drawer
You open

Tantalizing fruit
Meets the tongue
With a lively
Acidity
Playing hide
And seek
With pure
Red berries and
Soft tannins.
Refined
Waves upon waves
Tender
Filigree
Nuanced
Delicate
Divine nectar
Incredible length.
Goes on
And on.
Sorely missed
As it
Leaves
For Eternity
Securely
Placed
In Memory

The magic 2012's from Comte Liger-Belair






2012 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée
Bright ruby. Scented, red berries, spices, delicate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, elegant and refreshing, delicate, nuanced and pure, long. 90

2012 Comte Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru Clos des grandes Vignes Monopole
Bright ruby. Red berries, pure, scented and floral nose. fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively and delicate, elegant, almost tender, nuanced, long. 92

2012 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée La Colombiere
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity, nuanced nose, slightly spicy. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and nuanced, fruity and fresh, long. 91

2012 Comte Liger-belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château Monopole
Bright ruby. Fresh nose, scented, red berries and slight spicy note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh, long. 92

2012 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes
Bright ruby. Red berries, delicate, scented, floral, spices behind it minerals. Superb nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, refreshing, almost crisp even, delicate, nuanced, very long. 94

2012 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity, elegant, detailed and flirting nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, detailed, fresh and nuanced, superb, very long. 94

2012 Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux
Bright ruby. Fruity, detailed but also rounder nose, nothing jumps out, layered, floral and nuanced. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner body, elegant texture, it's almost flying, fresh and detailed, elegant, very long indeed. 95

2012 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée Monople
Bright ruby. Scented, detailed, layered, nuanced as none, refined as very few, it's like a touch of something divine. Massively detailed and it's up to you how much you can find. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, elegant, complex, it gives me shivers down my spine, goosebumps, so fragile yet so intense, so delicate yet so massive, the length is extreme. 99-100

Sauternes 2013 Primeur


2013 Château d'Arche
Pale golden. Tropical, lighter and elegant nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, elegant, nuanced, bit leaner but refreshing, long. 90-91

2013 Château Bastor-Lamontagne
Pale golden. Citrus, minerals, pineaplles nose, not the most intense. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity if a bit lean, fresher style BL. 87-89

2013 Château Broustet
Pale golden. Some apricots, fruity and yellow plums nose, fresh. Fresh acidity, lively, fruity, elegant, bit easy going, elegant. 87-89

2013 Château Coutet
Pale golden. Tropical, minerals, apples and intense pineapples nose, layered. Fresh acidity, lively, delicate, detailed, superb balance, fresh and elegant, very long. Superb wine. 94-96

2013 Château Doisy Daëne
Pale golden. Touch of burnt sugar below apricots, pineapples and fresh fruits, slight mineral note beneath. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, elegant, gives more on the palate, fresh and delicate, very long. 93-95

2013 Château Doisy-Védrines
Pale golden. Fruity, rounde, pineapples nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity, detailed and refreshing, playful and long. 91-93

2013 Château de Fargues
Pale golden. Apples, tropical, pineapples, fresh, floral and layered nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, delicate, especially for Fargues, nuanced, lovely balance, refined, fantastic length. 95-97

2013 Château Filhot
Pale golden. Apples, pears, botrytis, light nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, lively, bit short. 87-89

2013 Château Guiraud
Pale golden. Orange blossoms, apricots, honey fruity, vanilla and floral nose. Almost minerals. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity, elegant and refined, long. 93-95

2013 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Pale golden. Floral, fruity, apricots, pineapples, intense and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and fruity, detailed and elegant but a bit short in this company. (Tasted twice) 91-93

2013 Château Lamothe
Pale golden. Easy going and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, lively, refreshing if leaner, fairly detailed, good length. 88-90

2013 Château Liot
Pale golden. Apples, light tropical note nose. Fresh acidity, light, fairly fresh, fruity if leaner. 85-87

2013 Château de Malle
Pale golden. Apricots, vanilla, light nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and fruity, elegant if a bit easy going. Gives pleasure. 87-89

2013 Château de Myrat
Pale golden. Apples and pineapples nose. Fruity. Fresh acidity, lively, crisp, fresh and detailed, elegant and refreshing, good length. 89-91


2013 Château Nairac
Pale golden. Pineapples, popcorn, citrus and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, fresh and lively, fruity, elegant, bit leaner, playful, long. 92-94

2013 Château de Rayne Vigneau
Pale golden. Pears, cinamon, apples and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh and detailed, elegant and refreshing, nuanced. Long finish. 93-95

2013 Château Rieussec
Pale golden. Apricots, fruity, richer nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, lively, richer fruit and body for the vintage, fruity, lacks some nuances and refinement maybe, long. 91-93

2013 Château Romer
Pale golden. Easy going, fresh and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, lively, leaner, fresh, good length. 86-88

2013 Château Sigalas-Rabaud
Pale golden. Apples, pineapples and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fruity, fresh, rounded, bit short after beautiful fruit mid palate. 90-92

2013 Château Suduiraut
Pale golden. Tropical, fresh, fruity, pineapples, layered, detailed notes. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, detailed, elegant, subtle Suduiraut, playful, nuanced, layerd, gorgeous. 95-97

2013 Château La Tour Blanche
Pale golden. Fruity, pineapples, floral, yellow plums, tropical touch nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, rounded and elegant, lovely balance, detailed, long. 93-95

2013 Château d'Yquem
Pale golden. Apricots, vanilla, pineapples, pure, intense, superb nose, layered, detailed and complex. Fresh acidity, lively, pears, mouthwatering, again incredibly detailed and nuanced, elegant, refreshing, extremely long. 96-98

2013 Clos Haut Peyraguey
Pale golden. Apples, citrus, pineapples and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, lively, fresh, fruity, elegant, bit short. 88-90























Two for me unknown Pomerol's


2009 Château La Croix St. Vincent
Ruby. Vanilla, figs and plums nose, mature nose for the age. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, bit dry, oaky. 84

2010 Château La Croix St. Vincent
Ruby. Dark berries, wood and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresher, bit oaky finish. 85

2012 Château La Création
Deep ruby. Dark berries, vanilla and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounder, fresh, little bit short and could be more complex. 86

Six fairly inexspensive Bordeaux


2011 Château Sénéjac
Ruby. Red berries, scented, some oak on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins,f ruity, lively, fresh and elegant, good length. 87

2010 Château Roche de Gaby
(2nd Ch. Gaby) Ruby. Fruity nose, some blackberries, slight vanilla note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded and fruity, more together now than last bottle, evolving nicely. 85

2004 Château La Tour de By
Ruby. Cassis, blueberries, starting tobacco nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and evolving, bit lean finish.  88

2008 Château La Tour de Bessan
Ruby. Vanilla, spices and dark fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, elegant, bit lean. 86

2011 Château Le Coteau
Ruby. Vanilla, fruity and spicy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, more elegant palate than nose, fresh. 87

2007 Château La Gurgue
Ruby. Red berries and floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, fresh, pruney finish, good length. Drink soon. 86

03 Yquem, 2010 Jadot Clos Vougeot and more


Krug Grande Cuvée
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Brioche, apples, some oxidized apples, minerals, flinty and a slight chalky nose. Fresh acidity, lively mousse, intense, fresh, layered, nuanced, long. 94

2010 Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Corvées Pagets
Bright ruby. Bit oaky over red berries nose, scented, bit of spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit oaky, good length. 88

2010 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pôrets St.- Georges
Bright ruby. Red unripe berries, some herbs, floral and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, bit herbal, fruitier, fresh, good length. 88

2010 Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Bright ruby. Red berries, vanilla, floral nose, elegant. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, elegant, fresh, long, nuanced, bit vanilla finish, needs cellaring. 93

2003 Château d'Yquem
Golden. Apricots, tropical, intense nose, layered and complex nose. Fresh acidity, livelier than last bottle, lively, refreshing, elegant, getting more detailed for every time I taste it. Long. 94

05 Cristal and Montrose, 99 Salon, 03 Léoville Barton and 09 Lynch Bages


1999 Salon Blanc de Blancs
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Apples, minerals, nuanced, fruitier nose than last bottle, focused. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, yeasty, baked bread, crisp and elegant, fresh, refined, bit raw finish, keep it for a few years, long. 94

2005 Roederer Cristal
Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Apples, minerals, nuanced and delicate, fresh and elegant nose. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, sligjtly crisper bottle, nuanced, lively and refreshing, long. 94

2009 Château Lynch Bages
Ruby. Fruity, nuanced, layered, scented, elegant nose, complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lovely balance, detailed, long. 94

2005 Château Montrose
Deep ruby. Fruity, cassis, scented, layered and complex nose, leather touch, just starting to evolve. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, elegant, nuanced, lovely if young, long. 95

2003 Château Léoville Barton
Ruby. Fruity, scented, ripe, anise, cassis, leather and cedar nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lively and actually fresher palate, feels fairly lively for the vintage, fruity and long. 93

Superb 2010 Egon Müller Auslese


2010 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese
Pale golden. Apples, minerals, floral, elegant and nuanced nose. Fresh acidity, lively, refreshing, nuanced, slight aplle cake note, cinamon touch, gorgeous acidity, playful and refreshing, long. 95

07 Pio Cesare Ornato

2007 Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato
Ruby. Scented, tar and roses nose, fruity, cherries, intense, anise. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, fresh, lively, grippy texture, long. 92

Thursday, 17 April 2014

2007 Doisy Daëne


2007 Château Doisy Daëne
Golden. Fresh nose of apricots, pineapples and some faint minerals. Fresh acidity, rounded, elegant and detailed, delicate, elegant, refreshing, long finish. 93

Two Fronsac/ Canon Fronsac's






2011 Château Haut Bardon
Ruby. very easy going cassis nose. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, lean if fruity, very simple. 78

2010 Château Grand Canon
Ruby. Some cassis, plums and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, bit easy going. 82

Five 2011 Riesling's

2011 Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan Jesuitengarten Riesling GG GoldcapselPale lemon yellow. Apples, pure nose, very fuity but lacks some nuances at this stage. Fresh acidity, fresh and focused, slightly bitter, long. 92

2011 Schloss Johannisberg Silberlack Riesling EG
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, tight, nuanced, lemons nose, minerals. Needs time in the decanter as usual. Fresh acidity, tight and fruity, minerals, closed, long. 92

2011 St. Urbans-Hof Piesport Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese
Watery lemon yellow. Apples and minerals nose, could be more complex. Fresh acidity, elegant and refreshing palate, bit watery, good length. 88

2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Watery lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, sulphur a bit up front as usual. Freshacidity, rounded, elegant, apples palate, fresh and long. Decant it for an hour or two. 90

2011 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, fruity, touch sulphur on the nose. Fresh acidity, lively and fruity, elegant and refreshing, playful and long. 91

Two from Lignier Michelot

2012 Lignier Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity and leaner, long. 91

2012 Lignier Michelot Clos de la Roche
Bright ruby. Scented, vanilla and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripetannins, fruity, detailed and long, refreshing. 91

2012 and 2013 Stéphane Magnien Clos Saint-Denis

2013 Stéphane Magnien Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Bright ruby. Scented, red berries, not too intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit herbal but very refreshing, long if not the most complex. 91-92

2012 Stéphane Magnien Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Ruby. Red berries, raspberries, scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, long. 93

2010-2012 Lignier Georges Clos Saint-Denis

2012 Lignier Georges Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Bright ruby. Scented, fruity, slightly rustic palate, herbs, not quite together. 88

2011 Lignier Georges Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Bright ruby. Red berries, scented, floral, bit lean nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner, herbal finish. 89

2010 Lignier Georges Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru
Bright ruby. Herbal, redcurrants and wild strawberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leanet, refreshing, slight herbal note. 89

2012 Frédéric Magnien Bonnes Mares

2012 Frédéric Magnien Bonnes Mares
Bright ruby. Red berries, scented, floral, detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant palate, fairly fresh, lovely balance, long. 91

2011 Jean-Marc Millot Echézeaux and more


2012 Francois Carillon Bourgogne Blanc
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fruity, fresh, slight smoky note nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, fairly elegant, good length. 86

2011 Marc-Antonin Blain Chassagne-Montrachet
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, fruity, minerals, nutty note, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, minerals, apples, fairly rich, good length. 89

2010 Darviot-Perrin Meursault Clos Velle
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, flinty, citrus, butter, slight toffee note, minerals. Fresh acidity, fruity, fresh, lively, quite crisp, fresh and long. 90

2011 Marc-Antonin Blain Chassagne-Montrachet rouge
Bright ruby. Red berries, scented notes, fruity and fresh nose, elegant floral note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, fairly elegant, good length. 88

2011 Jean-Marc Millot Echézeaux
850 bottles made. Bright ruby. Light nose, red berries, some herbs, more intense scented notes on top, floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, soft texture, elegant and refreshing, on the lean side, long. Slightly biting finish, fresh red fruits. 92

Margaux 2013 Primeur


2013 Château Angludet
Ruby. Red berries, scented and floral nose. Frsh acidity, ripe tannins,f ruity, fresh and lively, fresh, red berries, delicate, good length. 87-89

2013 Château d'Arsac
Ruby. Herbs, nettles and red berries behind. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruitier palate but lean, bit herbal finish. 85-86

2013 Château L'Aura de Cambon
Deep ruby. Intense nose, dark berries, scented, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, richer, bit short. 85-87

2013 Château Bellevue de Tayac
Ruby. Red berries, fruity, floral and scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and rounded, quite elegant, bit short. 86-88

2013 Château Boyd-Cantenac
Ruby. Floral, red berries, leaner nose. Fresh acidity, ripe. Tannins, fresh, leaner, fruity, good length. 86-88

2013 Château Brane-Cantenac
Ruby. Scented, red berries, fruity, violets nose, lovely. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, rounded, fresh, elegant and detailed, lovely effort. 91-93

2013 Château Cantenac Brown
Ruby. Scented, violets, red berries and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively and detailed, little bit hollow finish. 89-91

2013 Château Dauzac
Ruby. Scented, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripetannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, oaky, bit dry finish. 87-89

2013 Château Desmirail
Ruby. Plums, spices, ripe fruits, vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, hollow oaky finish. 84-86

2013 Château Deyrem Valentin
Ruby. Red berries, fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, elegant if a bit lean. 86-88

2013 Château Durfort-Vivens
Ruby. Scented, fruity, floral, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity if leaner, bit dry finish, good length. 86-88

2013 Château Ferrière
Ruby. Scented, red berries, very raspberry nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins,  fresh, lively if leaner, very red berries palate, bit short. 87-89

2013 Château Giscours
Ruby. Scented, ripe red berries, touch of jam and floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, fresh and lively, fruity finish. 89-91


2013 Château La Gurgue
Ruby. Red berries, violets, more easy going nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, leaner and fresh, good length. 85-87

2013 Château d'Issan
Ruby. Scented, floral, detailed, elegant nose, red berries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively, elegant, rounded and nuanced, long.  89-91

2013 Clos du Jaugueyron Margaux
Ruby. Lovely nose. Floral, detailed, nuanced, violets, red berries, fresh strawberries jam. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh but a bit woody up front, rounded, bitdry finish. 86-88

2013 Château Kirwan
Ruby. Ripe, plums, some herbs on tje jose, clay minerality. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, leaner, again slight herbal touch, oaky finish. 88-90

2013 Château Labégorce
Ruby. Pure, ripe raspberries, vanilla and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, textured, fresh, long. 88-90

2013 Château Lascombes
Ruby. Scented, spices, barrels, dark fruits. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit edgy, ripe notes, not quite together, short. 86-88

2013 Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry
Ruby. Scented, dark berries, vanilla and floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, some details, bit oaky texture, good length. 88-90

2013 Clos Margalaine
Ruby. Red berries, violets and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, elegant if a bit short. 85-87

2013 Château Margaux
Bright ruby. Scented, delightful nose, elegant, detailed, violets, red and some darker berries, complete nose, lovely. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, detailed, elegant, Chambertin like, nuanced, delicate, vanilla and spices finish, bright fruit. 92-94

2013 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux
(2nd Ch. Margaux) Bright ruby. Floral, elegant, red berries nose, scented, nuanced and detailed. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, perfect balance, lovely, elegant, refeshing, complete, good length. 89-91


2013 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux
Pale lemon yellow. Citrus, minerals, scented, almost a touch of roses and gooseberries nose, elegant. Fresh acidity, refreshing, mouthwatering, detailed, elegant, detailed, lovely balance, mature, touch tropical just to round it off, lemony, long. 92-94

2013 Marojallia
Opaque. Plums, dark berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, sweet, ripe, fruity, lacks complexity, bit short, made wine. 85-89

2013 Château Marquis d'Alesme
Deep ruby, vanilla, spices and dark fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity but herbal and leaner finish, woody. 86-88

2013 Château Marquis de Terme
Ruby. Red berries, fruity, fairly detailed for Marquis de Terme, ripe notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, raspberries finish. 88-90

2013 Château Mille Roses
Bright ruby. Red berries, floral, delicate, lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh, detailed, bit herbal, elegant. 86-88

2013 Château Monbrison
Ruby. Red berries, leaner, somewhat scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded if leaner, red berries, fresh but a bit short. 87-89

2013 Château Mongravey
Ruby. Red berries, vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, woody, bit herbal, fruity, short finish. 85-87


2013 Château Palmer
25hl/ha. Deep ruby. Scented, floral, red berries, violets, some blackberries nose. Vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, rounded, nothing jumps out, lovely, refreshing, quite delicate, 91-93

2013 Alter Ego de Château Palmer
(2nd Ch. Palmer) Deep ruby. Scented, red berries, some violets, slight vanilla note nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, lively, red berries, refreshing, Chambolle like, long. 89-91

2013 Château Prieuré-Lichine
Ruby. Red berries, floral, slightly scented nose. Vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively, elegant, lean but the fruit continues in the finish. 87-89

2013 Château Rauzan-Gassies
Deep ruby. Oak, herbs, spices, cassis and a bell pepper touch. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit easy, fairly fresh but to short. 84-86

2013 Château Rauzan-Ségla
Ruby. Scented, red and darker berries, vanilla, fresh nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively, leaner, elegant, bit oaky finish. The oak was not as showy on a second sample. Long. 89-92

2013 Château Siran
Ruby. Scented, fruity and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity and lively, bit short but lovely. 86-88

2013 Château du Tertre
Ruby. Vanilla, spices, red fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively, bit oaky finish, good length. 87-89

2013 Château La Tour de Bessan
Ruby. Red berries, fruity and leaner nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and leaner palate, redcurrants. 84-86

2013 Château Tour de Mons
Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral and delicate nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh and fruity, bit short. 85-87

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Saint-Julien 2013 Primeur


2013 Château Beychevelle
Deep ruby. Dark berries, cassis, vanilla, slightly scented and floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, slightly hollow, elegant but a bit short. 88-90

2013 Château Branaire Ducru
Deep ruby. Leaner nose, some red berries and herbs. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, elegant and detailed, refreshing, red berries. Long. 89-91

2013 Croix de Beaucaillou
Ruby. Scented, red berries, elegant, minerals, layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, refreshing, almost flirting, long. 89-91

2013 Château Ducru Beaucaillou
Ruby. Scented, red berries, seductive, floral and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, elegant, bit vanilla up front in the finish, intense and long. 92-94

2013 Château du Glana
Ruby. Red berries, anise, vanilla and a sligjt floral note nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, lively, good length. 88-90

2013 Château Gloria
Deep ruby. Scented, cassis, vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, slight red berries and darker fruits, bit showy oak, good length. 88-90

2013 Château Gruaud Larose
Deep ruby. Scented, floral, detailed, layered, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, elegant, detailed and long. Lovelye ffort. 91-93

2013 Château Lagrange
Deep ruby. Coffee, spices, vanilla and dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, rounded, raspberries finish, long. 89-91


2013 Château Lalande-Borie
Ruby. Red berries, scented, elegant nose, floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, some herbs, elegant, good length. 87-89

2013 Château Langoa Barton
Ruby. Dark berries, fruity, scented, raspberries nose. Frsh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh and mouthwatering, long. 90-92

2013 Château Léoville Barton
Ruby. Floral, scented, red berries, violets, lovely nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, deeper, slight herbal note far back, vanilla, long. 90-92

2013 Château Léoville Las Cases
Ruby. Red and darker berries, scented, bit tight nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity. Tighter, bit lean, more tender LLC. Always one of the most difficult to taste primeur, but it is short this year. 89-91

2013 Le Petit Lion
(2nd Ch. L. Las Cases) ruby. Scented. Spicy, floral and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh, rounded, easy going. 85-87

2013 Château Léoville Poyferré
Deep ruby. Scented, plums, blackberries, vanilla, ripe nose. Fresha cidity, ripe tannins, fruity, richer, rounder, fullbodied for tje vintage, grippy finish, long. 90-92

2013 Château Moulin de la Rose
Ruby. Red berries, floral, fruity, fairly elegant if lean nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively and fresh, leaner. 85-87

2013 Château Saint-Pierre
Deep ruby. Scented, red and darker fruits nose, vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded and fresh, leaner finish, touch herbal and woody. 88-90

2013 Château Talbot
Ruby. Scented, floral, red berries, elegant nose, some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh, fruity, quite bright raspberries note, long. 89-91

2013 Clos du Marquis
Ruby. Red fruits, floral, fresh and fruity nose. Frsh acidity, ripetannins, fresh, elegant, detailed, red berries finish, good length. 88-90

09 William Fevre Bougros, 07 Langoa barton and more


2009 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus notes, minerals, very elegant nose, subdued and fresh for the vintage. Slightly deeper for Chablis. Fresh acidity, chalck, citrus, refreshing, rounded, lively, elegant, citrusy finish, lovely balance, long. 92

2007 Château Langoa Barton
Ruby. After an hour in decanter more leather, anise, touch of figs, cassis, fairly scented if not to intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fruity if leaner, refreshing, little bit short, still very enjoyable. 91

1999 Château Lascombes
Deep ruby, garnet rim. Prunes, figs, mature nose, some cassis, slightly dusty, maybe faulty storage. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, less mature but a little bit lean and hollow, sloghtly herbal finnish. Good length. 88

2009 Lions de Suduiraut
Pale golden. Apricots, pineapples, fruity nose, not to complex. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, fresh and detailed if not to complex, good length. 88

Pauillac 2013 Primeur


2013 Château d'Armailhac
Ruby. Scented, red fruity, cassis and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fairly fresh, bit tight, good length. 89-91

2013 Château Batailley
Ruby. Scented, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, leaner, bit short, vanilla finish. 85-87

2013 Château Bellegrave
Ruby. Red berries, scented, fruity nose, quite elegant. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and rounded, eleagnt, good length. 87-89

2013 Château Clerc Milon
Ruby. Scented, red berries, fruity and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, lively and fruity, good length. 89-91

2013 Château Croizet-Bages
Ruby. Wood and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, lively and raspberries, fruity and fresh, bit short, but like in 2012 a better effort than expected from here, new direction? 86-88

2013 Château Duhart-Milon
Ruby. Floral, fruity, intense, cassis, some vanilla, elegant and fruitier nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner palate, textured, slight herbal note far back, long. 90-92

2013 Château La Fleur Peyrabon
Ruby. Red berries, spices and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lively, fresh, bit lean and short but gives pleasure. 84-86

2013 Château Fonbadet
Ruby. Red berries, scented and naise nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, fresh, bit short. 85-87

2013 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse
Ruby. Floral, vanilla and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, skinny but fresh, lean finish. 85-87


2013 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Ruby. Scented, cassis, red berries and roses nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, fresh if a bit short. 88-90

2013 Château Haut-Bages Libéral
Bright ruby. Red berries, scented, leaner nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively if a bit thin and lean. Good length. 86-88

2013 Château Lafite Rothschild
Ruby. Scented, elegant, almost tender nose, cassis, violets, nuanced and detailed. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, lively, refreshing, red berries, leaner finish but not hollow as some, delicate finish, long. 92-94

2013 Carruades de Lafite
(2nd Ch Lafite Rothschild) Ruby. Scented, dark berries, floral notes, elegant and seductive nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, elegant, fruity, refreshing, delicate, long finish, lovely wine, maybe slightly hollow. 89-91

2013 Château Latour
Ruby. Scented, red berries, cassis, flirting Latour, quite intense. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, leaner, detailed, fruity, long if lean finish. Charming Latour. 91-93

2013 Les Forts de Latour
(2nd Ch. Latour) ruby. Scented, red berries, cassis, fresh and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity and detailed, bit short. 88-90

2013 Pauillac
(3rd Ch. Latour) ruby. Herbal, lean and thin red fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if lean and herbal. 83-85

2013 Château Lynch-Bages
Ruby. Cassis, raspberries and bell peppers nose, touch of vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe, fresh but a bit short. 89-91

2013 Château Lynch-Moussas
Ruby. Herbal, lean, unripe fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, thin and watery. 83-85


2013 Château Mouton Rothschild
Ruby. Scented, somewhat exotic, cassis, some deeper notes on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and delicate, lovely what is there but ever so slightly hollow. Long. 91-93

2013 Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild
(2nd Ch. Mouton Rothschild) ruby. Scented, red berries, cassis, fuller nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, bit short and hollow. 86-88

2013 Aile d'Argent
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, citrus, minerals, vanilla, brighter than usual. Fresh acidity, lively, lemony, fresh and elegant, long. 89-91

2013 Château Pedesclaux
Ruby. Floral, red fruity and ripe blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, quite elegant, lively, good length. 87-89

2013 Château Pibran
Ruby. Red berries, blueberries, easy nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh if lean and easy going. 85-87

2013 Château Pichon-Longueville
Ruby. Red berries, cassis, some vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded and fresh, fairly intense but lacks complexity, spicy finish. Tried on three occasions and consistent notes. 89-91

2013 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Ruby. Scented, dark and red berries nose. Violets, delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, scented, fairly precise, charming and long. 90-92

2013 Château Pontet-Canet
Ruby. Fruity, cassis, red berries, scented, raspberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, bit earthy finish, minerals but also nettles. Long. Only 15 hl/ha. 89-91

2013 Château Tour Sieujean
Deep ruby. Coffee, lean nose, fruit and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruitier palate, fairly fresh, bit too much vanilla. 85-87

Saint-Estéphe 2013 Primeurs


2013 Château Calon Ségur
Ruby. Scented, raspberries, red fruits and floral nose, delicate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh and lively, elegant fruit, long. 90-92

2013 Château Capbern-Gasqueton
Ruby. Red berries, floral, spices and minerals nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fresh, rounded if lean. 85-87

2013 Château Clauzet
Ruby. Spicy, exotic, Christmas cake nose, dark berries behind. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, crisp, bit lean and skinny finish. 85-87

2013 Château Cos d'Estournel
Ruby. Vanilla, spices, raspberries and some plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, refreshing, almost brilliant fruit, slightly tight and dry finish, long. Lovely wine and hopefully a new direction under Almeric de Gironde away from those Napa wines made here recently. 12,7% alcohol. 90-92

2013 Château Cos d'Estournel blanc (Médoc)
8000 bottles made. Watery lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, vanilla, slight minerals note, almost flinty. Fresh acidity, fruity, lively, fresh, crisp, almost savory, minerals finish, mouthwatering, almost Coche-Duryish Bordeaux. Long. 92-94

2013 Pagodes de Cos
(2nd Ch. Cos d'Estournel) Ruby. Red berries, some vanilla, slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, tighter, structured, slightly dry tannins, good length.  Nothing sold off in bulk. 87-89

2013 Goulée (Médoc)
Ruby. Fruity, scented, elegant and ripe raspberries nose, slightly floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, elegant, could be more complex, fresh, good length. 87-89


2013 Château Cos Labory
Ruby, red berries, scented, fruity, floral and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, red berries, lively, delicate, woody finish. 87-89

2013 Château Domeyne
Ruby. Herbs and unripe blackcurrants nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, rounded, easy going and short. 82-84

2013 Château Haut-Marbuzet
Ruby. Coffee, red fruits, dental office and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, fresh, red berries, dry finish. 85-87

2013 Château La Haye
Ruby. Red berries, scented and minerals,mnot to intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, fresh if a bit thin. 84-86

2013 Château Lafon Rochet
Ruby. Bit rustic, red berries and vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, rustic and dry finish. 85-87

2013 Château Lilian Ladouys
Ruby. Light nose of red berries, lightly scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded but easy going. 85-87

2013 Château Meyney
Deep ruby. Red and darker berries, vanilla nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and rounded, fairly elegant but untypical style for this estate in the vintage, making more modern wine? 87-89

2013 Château Montrose
Ruby. Red berries, scented, slightly floral and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lively and delicate, leaner and long. 90-92

2013 La Dame de Montrose
Ruby. Floral and scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner and thin, fairly elegant. 85-87


2013 Château Ormes de Pez
Ruby. Floral and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, thin if fresh, good length. 86-88

2013 Château Petit Bocq
Ruby. Lean nose, roses, red berries and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, oaky, prunes, short. 83-85

2013 Château La Peyre
Ruby. Chocolate and raspberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, easy going, empty. 80-82

2013 Château de Pez
Ruby. Scented, red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, lean, bit short. 85-87

2013 Château Phélan Ségur
Ruby. Floral, scented and red berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean, herbal, thin and short. 86-88

2013 Château Ségur de Cabannac
Ruby. Red berries, minerals and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, leaner, refreshing, good length. 87-89

2013 Château Sérilhan
Ruby. Red berries, scented, fruity and floral nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit edgy, woody finish. 84-86

2013 Château Tour de Pez
Ruby. Red berries, slight floral and almost salty note nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, some elegant notes, bit dry finish. 85-87

2013 Château Tour de Termes
Deep ruby. Floral, scented, red berries, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, leaner, bit skinny palate, floral finish. 85-87

2013 Château Tronquoy-Lalande
Ruby. Scented, fruity and charming nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, thin, slightly herbal. 85-87

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Two from William Fevre


2012 William Fevre Petit Chablis
Pale lemon yellow. Flinty, apples, lean nose. Fresh acidity, fresh, crisp, leaner, chalky  minerals, fresh. 85

2011 William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, flinty, some lime on the nose. Fresh acidity, crisp, very mineral, chalky, lobster shell, long. 90

(For norske lesere har importøren en rekke viner tilgjengelig fra ulike årganger og vinmarker på spesialbestilling. Robert Prizelius)

Two Loire Rosé's

2012 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Rosé
Pale pink. Apples, some red berries, asparagus nose. Freshish acidity, slightly unbalanced, fruity. 83

2013 Laporte Sancerre Rosé les Grandsmontains
Pale salmon. Some fruits, light nose. Freshish acidity, fruity, rounded, fresh, leaner, good length. 84