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2001 Artazuri GarnachaGrenache  £81   
This 3,000-case cuvee must be tasted to be believed. It tastes like a $35-50 bottle of wine. This is Juan-Carlos Lopez de la Calle’s (Artadi’s winemaker) project in the northern cool zone of the Navarra viticultural area. Made from 75-year old Grenache vines, and aged in both tank and old wood foudres, this dark ruby/purple-colored effort is a Grenache whore. Sumptuous and opulent, with gorgeously perfumed aromas of strawberries, blackberries, and cherries, tremendous purity of fruit, a medium to full-bodied texture, and a finish that remains light on its feet, it is a Spanish Chateauneuf du Pape. An amazing achievement ... bravo!
1995 Bollinger R.D.  Seckord Wines Bond£335 IB6   
bottled 2005
2000 CAPCANES ''COSTER DEL GRAVET''Catalonia  £100   
Solomon calls Montsant "the next Priorat," no careless boast as his wife is the owner of Priorat's Clos Erasmus. This high altitude vineyard has produced an opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with exceptional density, as well as gorgeously pure blackberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with minerals and a hint of French oak.This blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Grenache (from 70-year old vines), and 10% Carignan was aged completely in French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is a remarkable value from importer Eric Solomon. There are 2,000 cases available in the United States.
1986 CHATEAU LASCOMBES Second Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux Cave£16.001   
The 1986 has been on a downhill slide since I first tasted it and rated it 83. The wine is diluted and weedy, with no intensity or concentration. At present, it exhibits a shallow garnet color with considerable lightening at the edge. The nose is filled with aromas of roasted vegetables and washed-out red currant and cherry fruit. Earth, tannin, and acidity dominate this meagerly-endowed wine. It has no place to go but down. Anticipated maturity: Now. Last tasted 3/97
1995 CHATEAU LASCOMBES Second Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux CaveGift1   
Gift from Rod & Rosie
2000 CHATEAU LASCOMBES Second Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux Cave28 Euros1   
The first superb Lascombes in nearly 35 years, this generous, deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 does not possess the complexity or finesse of the 2001, but offers plenty of perfumed, smoky licorice, black currant, and cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, long, concentrated style with no hard edges. While it possesses a more muscular, tannic character than the 2001, it is clearly the finest wine made at this estate since their classic 1966 and 1970. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016
2003 CHATEAU LASCOMBES Second Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux En Primeur Seckfords£225 IB12   
A seamless, seductive effort offering beautiful aromatics (plums, currants, cherries, licorice, flowers, and smoky barbecue scents), this medium-bodied, ethereal Margaux displays no hard edges in its lush, beguiling personality. Low acidity and ripe fruit have brought out the best in Lascombes, which has enjoyed its fourth consecutive high quality vintage after thirty years of mediocrity. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016.
2000 CHÂTEAU ARNAULD Cru bourgeois supérieurBordeaux  £13.941   
2001 CHÂTEAU BELGRAVE Fifth Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux Sunil's£9.891   
An impressive effort from a property that seems to be on the rebound, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine reveals a classic Medoc combination of cassis, tobacco leaf, and licorice, with spicy oak and damp earth in the background. Nicely layered with low acidity, and ripe tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years.
2000 CHÂTEAU CAMENSAC Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave22 Euros1   
2001 CHÂTEAU CANTEMERLE Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Sunil's£10.082   
1998 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£16.672   
This is an up and coming Pauillac estate that is making better and better wines. Moreover, they remain realistically priced.
1999 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£11.25 IB6   
The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 d'Armailhac displays a gorgeous perfume of spice box, coffee, cedar, licorice, and leather scents. It is sexy, with loads of fruit, medium body, and sweet tannin in the smoky, flamboyant finish. It will drink well for 12-15 years.
2001 CHÂTEAU D'ARMAILHAC Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£120 IB11   
Medium deep ruby/purple-colored with a sweet perfume of cedar wood, chocolate, oak, and black currants, this medium-bodied, attractive, soft Pauillac is ideal for drinking now and over the next 12-13 years.
2000 CHÂTEAU DE VILLEGEORGE Cru bourgeois supérieurBordeaux  £14.631   
2000 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave32 Euros1   
A dense purple color is followed by layers of concentrated blackberry fruit intertwined with damp earth, mushroom, and sweet, toasty barrique smells. With ripe tannin, medium to full body, a layered texture, and a concentrated, impressively endowed finish, this is the finest Du Tertre since their 1979. This is a property on the move ... up! Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.
1997 CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS Second Cru Classé en 1855Bordeaux MGP£13.5011   
2000 CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS Second Cru Classé en 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£186   
2001 CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS Second Cru Classé en 1855Bordeaux Sunil's£11.152   
2005 CHÂTEAU DURFORT-VIVENS Second Cru Classé en 1855Bordeaux En Primeur Seckfords200 IB12   
2000 CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD First Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£24.004   
A medium gold color is followed by scents of caramelized pineapples intermixed with vanilla and creme caramel. While full-bodied, with luscious sweet fruit, like many 2000 Barsac/Sauternes, it lacks complexity. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015.
2003 CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD First Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux En Primeur FRW£260 IB24   
It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region’s harvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.
2000 CHÂTEAU HOURTIN-DUCASSE Cru bourgeoisBordeaux  £11.520   
2001 CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE Third Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Sunil's£13.232   
A lighter-styled wine lacking the concentration and depth one expects of a classified growth, the 2001 shows plenty of toasty oak in the nose along with sweet and sour cherries and red currants. The wine is tart, tangy, medium-bodied, but short. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.
2000 CHÂTEAU LA TOURETTEBordeaux Cave£14.701   
2001 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Classified Growth of GravesBordeaux Sunil's£8.692   
This well-made, attractive dark ruby/purple 2001 displays moderate new oak along with lovely notes of black currant fruit intermixed with cedar, licorice, menthol, and spice box. Elegant, clean, and sweet, it should be drinkable early. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014.
2003 CHÂTEAU PAVIE, Premier Grand Cru Classé BBordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£792 IB12   
An off the chart effort from perfectionist proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse, the 2003 Pavie was cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare. A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a wine of sublime richness, minerality, delineation, and nobleness. Representing the essence of one of St.-Emilion’s greatest terroirs, the limestone and clay soils were perfect for handling the torrid heat of 2003. Inky/purple to the rim, it offers up provocative aromas of minerals, black and red fruits, balsamic vinegar, licorice, and smoke. It traverses the palate with extraordinary richness as well as remarkable freshness and definition. The finish is tannic, but the wine’s low acidity and higher than normal alcohol (13.5%) suggests it will be approachable in 4-5 years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2040. A brilliant effort, it, along with Ausone and Petrus, is one of the three greatest offerings of the right bank in 2003.
The estate’s top cuvee, the 2000 Quintessence, is amazing stuff! A formidably endowed, inky purple offering, it is full-bodied, dense, chewy, and loaded with broodingly backward, thick flavors of blackberries, cherries, and licorice. This blend of old vine Grenache (60%) and Syrah (40%) is an unctuously-textured, gorgeously thick, rich effort that represents the essence of this property’s vineyards. It should hit its stride in 1-2 years, and last for 10-12, possibly longer. It held up three days without any fruit deterioration
2001 CHÂTEAU VILLARSBordeaux Cave£6.053   
1997 Charles Cimicky The Red BlendBarossa Cave14.991   
The Red Blend (58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc), is a thick, rich, full-bodied, fleshy, dry red with abundant quantities of black fruits intermixed with spicy new oak. Concentrated, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and no hard edges, this mouth-filling big red should drink well for 8-10 years.
1997 Chateau Branaire-Ducru Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£242   
This is a delicious, attractive, dark ruby/plum-colored offering with complex notes of lead pencil, minerals, black raspberries, currants, and new oak. Medium-bodied, with light tannin, this elegant wine is on a fast evolutionary track. Drink this delicious claret over the next 5-6 years.
Very attractive, silky soft St Julian. Very fruity, a greta example for the year.
2002 Chateau Branaire-Ducru Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond£155 IB12   
A precise, impressively endowed yet irrefutably elegant St.-Julien, Branaire’s 2002 boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of flowers intertwined with creme de cassis, cranberries, and notions of raspberries, mocha, and chocolate. It possesses serious depth, medium to full body, and moderately high, but well-integrated tannin. Cellar this beauty for 3-4 years and consume it over the following 15-18.
2003 Chateau Branaire-Ducru Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£204 IB12   
A hugely successful effort from this consistent estate, Branaire’s 2003 boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of plums, cassis, briery fruit, and hints of violets and minerals. Medium to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannin, outstanding purity, a textured, plump, nicely layered mouthfeel, and low acidity, this 2003 is somewhat reminiscent of the property’s brilliant 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020 Proprietor Patrick Maroteaux, president of Unions des Grands Crus Classes, is pulling out all the stops to make Branaire as alluring as several of the Leovilles and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2003 and 2004 may be the finest back-to-back vintages ever produced at Branaire. Even better than the 1982, the profound 2003 Branaire Ducru boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as an extraordinarily complex nose of black currants, blackberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, minerals, and truffles. It displays amazing freshness and definition for such a complex, complete, and full-bodied wine. A brilliant effort in the vintage, it will undoubtedly close down in several years and need more time, but perhaps its low acidity and huge, extravagant fruit-forwardness will keep it drinking well over the next two decades. A brilliant wine!
2003 Chateau Calon Segur 3rd classified growth 1855Bordeaux LCB£300 IB12   
A compelling effort from Madame Denise Gasqueton, the 2003 Calon-Segur displays a stunning similarity to the 1982 when tasted in March, 1983. The flavors lean more toward the black fruit spectrum as the ripeness and generosity of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon was extraordinary in 2003. In 1982 it was the Merlot that proved to be the superior varietal. The blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot has resulted in one of the deepest-colored efforts yet produced by this estate. The black/purple color is accompanied by an opulence and unctuosity that is characteristic of the most successful 2003 northern Medocs. Low acidity, no hints of over-ripeness, and fabulously pure black currant, blackberry, licorice, and underbrush characteristics cascade over the palate with no hard edges. A high tannin level is well-concealed, and the finish lasts for over a minute. Given Calon-Segur’s traditional winemaking and upbringing, this 2003 will no doubt close down (as the 1982 did). Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.
1999 Chateau Camensac Classified Fifth Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£93 IB12   
This wine is dark purple-colored, with an excellent nose of smoke and creme de cassis intermixed with licorice and underbrush. This straightforward offering is full-bodied, dense, deep, chewy, mouthfilling, and substantial. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015.
2000 Chateau Cantemerle Fifth Classied Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB 6   
This is a nicely textured, plum/ruby-colored 2000 with a moderately intense bouquet of black fruits intermingled with licorice, vanilla, and plums. The wine is pure, elegant, medium-bodied, and stylish. While not a blockbuster, it is delicious, nicely structured, and accessible. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016
1997 Chateau Clerc Milon Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£241   
Because of its low acidity and evolved style, the 1997 Clerc-Milon deserves consumers' attention. Readers will enjoy its forward, concentrated, cassis/blackberry notes intertwined with coffee, smoke, spice, and chocolate. Drink this lush, hedonistic offering over the next decade.
2001 Chateau Clerc Milon fourth classified growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£370 IB24   
Tasted on three separate occasions, this 2001 did not perform nearly as well from bottle as it did from cask. A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, it exhibits aromas reminiscent of a Starbuck espresso, melted licorice, black currants, cherries, cedar, a notion of dried herbs, and elevated oak. With attractive texture and firm tannin in the finish, it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 14-15. While it is an excellent, medium-bodied Pauillac, it is nowhere near as impressive as I anticipated from cask.
2003 Chateau Clerc Milon fourth classified growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£366 IB24   
1994 Chateau ClinetBordeaux Cave£38.001   
Since 1987, this estate has consistently produced one of the most concentrated and complex wines in Bordeaux. The decision by Jean-Michel Arcaute and oenologist Michel Rolland to (1) limit yields, (2) harvest physiologically ripe grapes with an element of sur-maturitie, and (3) bottle the wine without fining or filtration has resulted in a bevy of splendid wines where the terroir and varietal composition are fully expressed. Inky purple/garnet-colored, with an outrageously intense nose of black truffles, licorice, cedar, and black fruits, this phenomenally extracted wine borders on being too concentrated for its own good. This massive, huge wine possesses 25-30 years of potential longevity. The fruit's remarkable intensity and purity, as well as the liqueur-like richness and unctuosity are something to experience. This is an exceptionally dense, massively-endowed, controversial style of Pomerol that will reward those with patience. The tannins are strong, but so is the extract level. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025
2001 Chateau Du Tertre Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£160 IB12   
2002 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2nd classified growth 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£275 IB12   
It is good to see this wine showing much better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it had a certain leanness and herbaceousness. There is still a hint of dried herbs in the classy nose of red and black currants, cedar wood, and spice box. The wine has a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, excellent density, and medium body in an elegant style with a hint of road tar and sweet fruit. It should drink well young but age nicely for 12-15 years. Make no mistake about it, it has nowhere near the size, dimension, power, and intensity of the 2003. Of course, this estate is now being run by Bruno Borie, the eldest son of the late Jean-Eugene Borie. He replaced his younger brother, Xavier Borie, who remains fully responsible for Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Haut-Batailley.
2000 Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild Fourth Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux Cave29 Euros1   
An outstanding Duhart, certainly one of the best produced at this estate since the 1996, 1986, and 1982, this blend of 80.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19.5% Merlot reveals a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of lead pencil intermixed with wet stones, black currants, and a certain leafiness. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and dense, but tightly-knit, with considerable tannin, it will require patience. For those willing to wait, it will be a sleeper of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019
2003 Chateau Duhart-Milon-Rothschild Fourth Classified Growth 1855Bordeaux En Primeur N&P£84.50 IB18   
Potentially the finest Duhart I have ever tasted, the 2003 admirably reflects the efforts being made by the Rothschild family at this 72 hectare (180 acre) vineyard (since 1963, it has been completely replanted). A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, with a relatively high (for Bordeaux) alcohol content of 13.2%, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of plums, black currants, and minerals, outstanding depth and breadth on the palate, low acidity, and excellent ripeness. Due to this estate’s lack of prestige, this will undoubtedly be a very good value. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2018
2004 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal classified fifth growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£135 IB24   
1995 Chateau Haut Batailley 5th Growth Classied in 1855Bordeaux Cave£18.332   
Silky, sexy, supple, and altogether a gorgeous effort from Haut-Batailley, the 1995 is a medium-bodied, seamless, beautifully pure Pauillac with gobs of black currant fruit intermixed with smoke, vanilla, and lead pencil. Already approachable, it promises to become even better over the next 10-12 years. A very hedonistic wine.
1996 Chateau Haut Batailley 5th Growth Classied in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond£200 IB12   
While this may be the most impressive Haut-Batailley I have ever tasted, I am reluctant to go out on a limb and give this wine a higher rating until I can taste it a few more times from both cask and bottle. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, as well as a wonderfully sweet, classic Pauillac nose of black currants and cigar box notes. Powerful for Haut-Batailley (normally a light, elegant, supple Pauillac), the 1996 possesses intense fruit, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This appears to be a classic, and may merit an outstanding score. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2015.
2000 Chateau Haut Batailley 5th Growth Classied in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond£240 IB12   
One of the finest Haut-Batailleys ever made (it certainly rivals the 1996), this deep ruby/purple-colored wine is a beauty. Notes of raspberries, liquified minerals, cassis, and tobacco jump from the glass of this attractive, velvety-textured wine. Some tannin is there, but it is abundantly fruity, low in acidity, and is a quintessentially elegant style of Bordeaux. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015.
1995 Chateau La Fleur-PetrusBordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£212 IB6   
1996 Chateau La Tour Carnet Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£15.501   
2001 Chateau La Tour Carnet Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£112 IB24   
A breakthrough effort as well as a sleeper of the vintage, La Tour Carnet (50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot) has been completely resurrected under the dynamic leadership of its visionary proprietor Bernard Magrez. He has turned out a dense ruby/purple-colored 2001 displaying gorgeous aromas of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, smoke, spice box, and flowers. Supple tannin, medium to full body, terrific fruit extraction, and admirable texture as well as purity suggest this noteworthy achievement will drink well between 2006-2016. The 2000 was very good, but 2001 is even better, signaling a return of form to this long forgotten classified growth.
1989 Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey Premier Cru Classé en 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£276 IB12   
The 1989 is an excellent, possibly outstanding wine made in a more restrained and less viscous style than the 1990 and 1988. The 1989 possesses a lively aromatic profile consisting of honeyed tropical fruits with a touch of a fresh Amontillado sherry added for complexity. Full-bodied, with good acidity, less evidence of botrytis than I would have expected, and excellent, possibly outstanding extract, it reveals a more monolithic, oaky personality, but these wines often take 8-10 years to reveal their true characters. There is good depth and richness in the finish, and the wine is long. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. Last tasted 12/97
1986 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£1853 IB12   
1995 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£1061 IB12   
2002 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£879 IB12   
2002 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond£58.3336   
2003 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux En Primeur FRW£890 IB6   
Revealing enormous richness, flesh, and succulence, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild is one of the candidates for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot (the Merlot was harvested between September 8 - 12, and the Cabernet Sauvignon between September 15 - 24), it possesses ethereal richness as well as perfume. Yields were a low 34 hectoliters per hectare, there is just under 13% natural alcohol, and the pH level is frightfully high at 3.9 with a total acidity of only 2.9. These figures are nearly identical to such ripe, concentrated vintages as 1982 and 1959. Inky/ruby/purple-colored with a spectacular, ripe perfume of black fruits, cedar, Asian soy, and balsamic vinegar, it exhibits massive richness yet is remarkably fresh and lively on the palate for such an unctuous effort (amazing levels of glycerin). In that sense, it is atypical, but like the 1982, I suspect the 2003 will become more delineated as the tannin emerges over the next 1-2 years. An amazing textural impression left me scratching my head as I have never tasted a Lafite Rothschild quite like this. This is one first-growth worth mortgaging the house for! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.
1995 Chateau Lafon Rochet Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux MGP£145 IB6   
1996 Chateau Lafon Rochet Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£201   
One of the sleepers of the 1996 vintage, Lafon-Rochet has turned out an atypically powerful, rich, and concentrated wine bursting with black currant fruit. The opaque purple color gives way to a medium to full-bodied, tannic, backward wine with terrific purity, a sweet, concentrated mid-palate, and a long, blockbuster finish. This wine remains one of the finest values from the luxury-priced 1996 vintage, and is well-worth purchasing by readers who are willing to invest 5-6 years of patience; it should keep for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020
1997 Chateau Lafon Rochet Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£19.002   
This dark plum-colored, sexy, soft, medium-bodied, low acid Lafon Rochet reveals chewy black fruits intermixed with new wood and minerals. Exhibiting good density and ripeness, it is a very good effort in this accessible, drinker-friendly vintage. Anticipated maturity: now-2008
2003 Chateau Lafon Rochet Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux FRW£75 IB6   
1994 Chateau Lanessan Cru Bourgeois SupérieurBordeaux Cave9 Euros1   
1995 Chateau Lanessan Cru Bourgeois SupérieurBordeaux MGP£9.16IB2   
1997 Chateau Lanessan Cru Bourgeois SupérieurBordeaux home£83 IB6   
2000 Chateau Lanessan Cru bourgoise supérieurBordeaux LCB 6   
am not sure this wine does not deserve an outstanding score. It is one of the finest Lanessans I have tasted over the least 20 years. A generous Lanessan, with a deep ruby/purple color and a classic nose of cedar, spice box, black currant, plum, and earth, the wine has sweet tannin, medium to full body, loads of concentration, and a long, layered finish, with light to moderate tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015. P.S. I saw it discounted to $14 at California's The Wine Club, an amazing Bordeaux bargain.
1999 Chateau Langoa Barton Third Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux CaveGift1   
Gift from the chateau
This is a big, tannic, muscular effort for the vintage. Langoa Barton's 1999 is atypically backward and stubborn. However, there is attractive cassis/currant fruit under all the tannin. The question is, will the tannin subside sufficiently for the fruit to fully emerge? Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.
2002 Chateau Langoa Barton Third Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB14.66 IB6   
2004 Chateau Langoa Barton Third Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£180 IB12   
Another sleeper of the vintage from this somewhat under the radar step-child of Anthony Barton’s more famous Leoville Barton, the 2004 Langoa Barton exhibits deep, concentrated, chunky, black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of forest floor and aged beef blood. This impressive, full-bodied, powerful, ageworthy St.-Julien is atypically backward and brooding. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+.
1995 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£1193 IB6   
1995 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£1138 IB24   
1996 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux FRW£1895 IB12   
A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.
2001 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£869 IB12   
A brilliant offering, which should be drinkable much earlier than the blockbuster 2000, the 2001 Latour boasts an inky/ruby/purple color to the rim as well as a glorious bouquet of black currants, crushed stones, vanilla, and hints of truffles and oak. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance primarily Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals a sweetness on the palate that is atypical for such a young Latour. The beautiful integration of tannin, acidity, and wood is stunning. The wine flows across the palate with fabulous texture, purity, and presence. This luscious, full-bodied Latour was surprisingly open-knit on the three occasions I tasted it from bottle. However, do not mistake its aging ability as this 2001, despite its precociousness, will last 20-25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.
2002 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond£60.4112   
2002 Chateau Latour 1st Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£1178 IB12   
2000 Chateau Le GayBordeaux Cave£20.253   
A powerful, firm, chunky offering with a dense plum/purple color, notes of Chinese black tea intermixed with vitamins, minerals, earth, black currants, and cassis, this 2000 is a relatively rugged, tannic, old-style wine that should develop well in spite of moderately high tannin and a hint of rusticity. As I said last year, those with 19th century tastes will go ga-ga over Le Gay's 2000. P.S. Le Gay was sold in 2002 to Catherine Pere-Verge, who has hired Michel Rolland. Rolland believes that Le Gay can become one of the great Pomerols of the appellation given its terroir and history of extraordinary wines in the late forties
1993 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave 1   
It is no secret that Anthony Barton's efforts over the last decade at his St.-Julien estate, Leoville-Barton, is resulting in terrific wines at still reasonable prices. This estate has been extremely successful in recent vintages. One of the biggest, richest, most impressive wines of the vintage, Leoville-Barton's 1993 reveals a saturated black/purple color, dense, foresty, rich, blackcurrant, and chocolatey aromas and flavors, excellent ripeness and depth, good glycerin, and hard tannin in the finish. This is a backward, exceptionally well-endowed 1993 that needs another 5-7 years of cellaring. It should keep for 20 years.
1995 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£335 IB12   
1995 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Bond£266   
Somewhat closed and reticent after bottling, but still impressive, this 1995 possesses a dark ruby/purple color, as well as an oaky nose with classic scents of cassis, vanillin, cedar, and spice. Dense and medium to full-bodied, with softer tannin and more accessibility than the 1996, but not quite the packed and stacked effect on the palate, the 1995 is an outstanding textbook St.-Julien that will handsomely repay extended cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.
1997 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave40 euro1   
The elegant, spice box, cedary, oaky, red and black currant-scented and flavored 1997 Leoville Barton reveals surprising softness, medium body, low acidity, and ripe tannin. Drink it over the next decade. I would not be surprised to see it improve in the bottle, and possibly merit a higher score
1997 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Bond£16.25 IB6   
2002 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux N&P 5 year bond 6   
A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by reticent aromas that require coaxing from the glass. There is a surprising amount of new oak, an unusual component given this estate’s wood regime. This is an excruciatingly tannic, backward offering with medium to full body, big, tough tannin (making palate penetration difficult), abundant depth, glorious extract buried underneath the structure, and a pure, rich finish. This appears to be another classic Leoville-Barton that should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025
2003 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux En Primeur Wine & Co£261.36 IB12   
One of the superstars of the vintage, Leoville-Barton’s 2003 (tasted four times with identical notes) is a powerfully rich, muscular offering possessing a saturated plum/purple color as well as high levels of tannin, low acidity, and inky flavors that have profound depth as well as penetration on the palate. It recalls the 2000 in color saturation and power, but has lower acidity, and a fleshier, fatter mouthfeel. I would assume the alcohol is also slightly high. This formidably endowed St.-Julien should prove to be one of the longest lived wines of the vintage. It will require 4-8 years of cellaring, and will keep for 25-30 years. It is a brilliant offering from proprietor Anthony Barton, who has demonstrated a Midas touch over the last 15 or so years.
2005 Chateau Leoville Barton 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Sunday Times Bond£450 IB12   
What can you say about Anthony Barton? He has made yet another classic wine that will not be approachable for a decade, but will last 50 or more years. The inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 Leoville Barton offers up aromas of forest floor, cedar, spice box, black currants, and background oak as well as smoke. Boasting massive concentration, full body, and exceptional purity, but excruciatingly tannic and backward, this cuvee is meant for those with 19th century tastes, but also exhibits the purity and precision of modern winemaking. Patience is demanded with this beauty as it will take many years to approach any level of accessibility/maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+.
1990 Chateau Leoville Lascases 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£741   
My notes on the 1989 and 1990 wines have been consistent over the last three years. The 1989 continues to lose ground, although it is obviously an outstanding wine, while the 1990 continues to escalate in quality. The 1990 continues to put on weight and richness, and it now clearly appears to be the superior vintage for Leoville-Las-Cases. The 1990 reveals a dense, dark purple color, followed by a sweet, pure nose of black fruits, minerals, lead pencil, and vanillin. Broad, expansive flavors come across as rich, pure, and concentrated, but never heavy or coarse. Beautifully integrated tannin and acidity are barely noticeable in this classic, full-bodied, velvety-textured, youthful yet exceptional St.-Julien. The 1990 is more fun to taste than the 1989, but readers should not interpret that comment to suggest it is ready to drink. This wine needs another 5-6 years of cellaring, after which it should last for 20-25 years
1995 Chateau Leoville-Poyferre Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond 6   
2003 Chateau Leoville-Poyferre Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£295 IB12   
I have had this wine three times out of bottle, rating it 97 once and 98 twice. It is a colossal success and a potential legend in the making. Its saturated, dense inky/blue/purple color offers up notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. A synthesis of power and elegance, this multi-layered wine has spectacular concentration, sweet but high tannin, and low acidity A stunning effort that showcases this legendary terroir, it is a brilliant, brilliant success. The quintessential Leoville Poyferre? Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.
2001 Chateau Leoville-Poyferre Second Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB 12   
2003 Chateau Leoville-Poyferre Second Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£521.76 IB/240   
A huge success for Poyferre, this 2003, tasted three separate times with similar notes, reveals a saturated ruby/purple color, explosive aromatics, and ripe yet remarkably fresh, vibrant flavors that cascade over the palate with enormous concentration, depth, and precision. The wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol are all beautifully integrated in this fabulous effort. It is reminiscent of the compelling 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025
sold for £1422
1996 Chateau Lynch Bages fifth growth classified in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£443 IB12   
In the flight of young wines, with all the vintages of the nineties represented, this wine stood out for its absolute purity of creme de cassis, ripe fruit, medium to full body, high tannin, wonderful sweetness, massive richness on the mid-palate, and abundant power, density, and ripeness. It is clearly the finest Lynch Bages since the 1989 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.
2002 Chateau Lynch Moussas fifth growth classified in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£107 IB12   
A surprisingly good effort from this largely forgotten Pauillac, the 2002 Lynch Moussas possesses a deep ruby/purple color and an attractive nose of cassis, red currants, dried herbs, spice box, and cedar. The finish is short, but that should lengthen with further evolution in barrel. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014
1999 Chateau MagdelaineBordeaux JGW£187   
A small production of 1,800 cases (rather than the normal 2,500) has resulted in a very good 1999 Magdelaine. It exhibits excellent sweet black cherry fruit, an elegant, medium-bodied personality, soft tannin, low acidity, a judicious touch of new wood, and fine glycerin and ripeness in the finish. This effort will be drinkable at an atypically early age. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2010.
2000 Chateau Maison BlancheBordeaux MGP£7.004   
2000 Chateau Maison BlancheBordeaux LCB£59 IB12   
2005 Chateau Malescasse Cru bourgeoisBordeaux Sunday Times Bond£95 IB12   
1998 Chateau Malescot-St-ExuperyBordeaux N&P£18.1112   
A classic, this 1998 combines elegance with lovely textured, rich flavors of black cherries and currants, resulting in a quintessential Bordeaux that is unlike any other wine produced in the world. The wine possesses an ethereal lightness, layers of fruit, and a diaphanous framework. More nuances appear with each sip. Tasters will find notes of blackberries, plums, currants, tar, spice box, and minerals. A beautifully etched wine, it will be at its finest between 2003-2017.
2003 Chateau Malescot-St-ExuperyBordeaux En Primeur FRW£200 IB12   
This property has been fashioning finely crafted, high quality Margaux since 1990, and the 2003 continues their record of success. A strong effort, this deep ruby/purple-tinged offering reveals medium body along with noble, classic aromas of black currants intermixed with tobacco, spice box, and cedar. Evolved as well as impressively constituted, with admirable layers of concentration, outstanding purity, low acidity, and an elegant, long finish, it will be accessible young, yet should last 12-15 years
2004 Chateau Malescot-St-Exupery classified third growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£145 IB24   
Over the last fifteen years, Malescot Saint-Exupery has possessed a classic Margaux fragrance, a racy, stylish personality, beautiful purity, and a combination of both power and elegance. The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 boasts sumptuous aromas of blue fruits, black currants, a whiff of acacia flowers, and a hint of truffles. This medium-bodied Margaux possesses wonderful sweetness, excellent concentration, impeccable balance, and admirable length. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018
1999 Chateau Marquis de Terme Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux CaveFree1   
This pleasant albeit innocuous 1999 is soft and light. It offers hints of spice, wood, earth, and fruit. It should be consumed over the next 4-5 years.
2000 Chateau Montrose 2nd Growth Classified in 1855Bordeaux LCB£642 IB12   
This estate has frequently hit the bull's eye over recent vintages, and the 2000 Montrose is the finest effort produced since the compelling 1990 and 1989. This gigantically sized, tannic, backward effort boasts a saturated inky purple color followed by a huge nose of acacia flavors, crushed blackberries, creme de cassis, vanilla, hickory smoke, and minerals. Extremely full-bodied, powerful, dense, and multi-layered, this unreal Montrose should last for 30+ years. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, this is a special wine that has exceptional purity and length. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040
2003 Chateau Montrose 2nd Growth Classified in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£792 IB/120   
A whopping 78% of the production made it into the prodigious 2003 Montrose. Harvested between September 11 - 26, this 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot blend was fashioned from low yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. The pH is high (3.9), and the alcohol is 13.2%. Reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of the compelling 1989 and 1990, this inky/purple-colored 2003 boasts a spectacular, flamboyant perfume of creme de cassis, new wood, smoke, crushed rocks, and white flowers. Magnificently rich, unctuously textured, and full-bodied, with huge presence on the palate, and a finish that exceeds 60 seconds, this is a legendary effort from Montrose. It is capable of rivaling the wines produced in 2000, 1990, and 1989. Given its low acidity and incredible performance already, it should drink well in 5-6 years, and last for 25-30.
2004 Chateau Montrose 2nd Growth Classified in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£298 IB12   
An impressive effort for the vintage, the 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin, it should drink well for 15+ years
2002 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Classified GrowthBordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£879 IB12   
1991 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Classified Growth 1973Bordeaux Cave£991   
The 1991 exhibits a moderately dark ruby/purple color, as well as a promising and complex nose of such classic Pauillac aromas as lead pencil, roasted nuts, and ripe cassis. The initial richness is quickly obliterated by frightful levels of tannin, and a tough, hard finish. Although there is an interesting and alluring dimension to this wine, the tannin level is excessively high and the wine is likely to dry out after 10-15 years of cellaring. Readers who admire austere, fruitless wines will rate it higher.
1999 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Classified Growth 1973Bordeaux LCB£782.25IB24  93/100
The beautiful 1999 Mouton Rothschild may be a modern day clone of their 1962 or 1985. Its saturated ruby/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of cedar wood, creme de cassis, wood smoke, coffee, and dried herbs. The wine is forward, lush, and full-bodied. It is already complex as well as succulent, fleshy, and long. Tannin in the finish suggests more nuances will emerge in 4-5 years. It is a complex, classic Mouton. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030.
1983 Chateau Petit VillageBordeaux  £25    
Quite supple, fat, and richly fruity, this full-bodied, dark ruby/garnet-colored wine is redolent of blackberries and toasty oak. On the palate, the wine is precocious, sweet, ripe, fleshy, and delicious. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000
Faded but still full bodied and smooth, with a slight medicinal edge
1994 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£321   
Dark ruby/purple-colored, with a crushed, pure cassis aroma, this excellent, medium to full-bodied wine reveals sweet fruit on the attack, plenty of tannin, but not the inner-core of richness and density exhibited by such other 1994 Pauillacs as Pichon-Lalande, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and Pontet-Canet. To its credit, the 1994 Pichon-Baron does not reveal any vegetal notes. It should evolve nicely for 10-15 years, representing an attractive, well-made, medium-bodied, classically rendered Bordeaux. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2014.
1998 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£361   
A definitive Pauillac, the dense purple-colored 1998 Pichon-Baron offers up a sweet bouquet of licorice, smoke, asphalt, blackberries, and creme de cassis. In the mouth, the wine is elegant rather than full-blown, with medium body, sweet fruit, nice texture on the attack and mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the long finish. No, this is not as profound as the 1996, 1990 or 1989, but it is an outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
1996 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Lalande 2nd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£335 IB/63   
3 sold for £270 22/12/07
1995 Chateau Pontet Canet Fifth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Seckord Wines Bond 6   
2000 Chateau Prieure-Lichine Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave33 Euros1   
Undeniably the finest Prieure-Lichine in 30-40 years, this textured, rich, medium to full-bodied 2000 boasts a dark ruby/purple color in addition to a knock-out nose of black cherries, cassis, tobacco leaf, cocoa, and toasty oak in the background. The wine is sweet on the attack, full-bodied, and well-textured, with oodles of fruit and glycerin. This is sexy stuff that can be drunk early, but will age gracefully for 15-16 years. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2026. Bravo!
2004 Chateau Quinault l'EnclosBordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£135 IB12   
An elegant, pretty Quinault, the 2004 displays a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, rich nose of licorice, black raspberries, cherries, and spice. This blend of 71% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec possesses an excellent texture, beautiful elegance and complexity, and no hard edges. A seamlessly made, supple-textured, evolved, forward effort, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. This is a very strong effort in a challenging vintage.
1998 Chateau Roc des CambesBordeaux Cave£18.33 IB4   
This wine performed significantly better than it did last year. This sleeper of the vintage merits considerable interest.
1995 Chateau Saint-Pierre Fourth Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£191   
The 1995 reveals an opaque purple color, as well as good fatness, low acidity, and a slight disjointedness. Rich and full, with that sweet, ripe finish so prevalent in the top 1995s, it cannot be easily dismissed. If the wine develops more personality and its mid-section fills out, it could easily merit a higher score. While it will be pleasant to drink young, it possesses the power and depth to last 12-16 years.
2001 Chateau Sociando MalletBordeaux LCB£180 IB12   
This Haut-Medoc performed spectacularly on the two occasions I tasted it from bottle, even eclipsing its impressive showing from cask. It looks to be every bit as powerful as the 2000 ... not an easy achievement. A fabulous sleeper of the vintage, it tastes more like a first-growth than an unclassified offering. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a spectacular bouquet of lead pencil shavings, ink, blackberries, cedar, and earth. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, fabulous concentration, and moderately high tannin, this massive, atypical 2001 must be tasted to be believed. A brilliant achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+.
2000 Chateau Talbot 4th Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£251   
To my surprise, the in the bottle tastings revealed a supple, open-knit, surprisingly accessible and open-styled wine. Although not a blockbuster, this outstanding St.-Julien reveals admirable richness, a layered texture, sweet tannin, and abundant quantities of smoky cassis, licorice, herb, earth, and leather characteristics. With complex aromatics and splendid richness, it admirably blends power with elegance. Some tannin suggests 2-3 years of cellaring might be warranted, but drinking it now hardly seems like infanticide. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
2001 Chateau Talbot 4th Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Sunil's£13.232   
A well-balanced St.-Julien, an appellation that produced numerous tannic wines in this vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored 2001 Talbot offers sweet, earthy, black currant, and cherry fruit, medium body, light tannin, a supple texture, and more charm than most 2001s. It appears the winemaker knew what could be achieved in this vintage, and went for charm and delicacy as opposed to power. The result is a wine that should drink well for 10-12 years without drying out or becoming attenuated
2000 Chateau Tour St Bonnet Cru bourgeoisBordeaux MGP£7.0012   
2003 Chateau Tour St Bonnet Cru bourgeoisBordeaux En Primeur FRW£50 IB12   
A first-rate effort from this reliable cru bourgeois, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2003 Tour St.-Bonnet offers up notes of cassis and minerals in an earthy, muscular yet concentrated style with well-integrated tannin. It could easily pass for a low level Pauillac. Drink it over the next decade
2004 Chateau Tour St Bonnet Cru bourgeoisBordeaux Seckfords£44 IB12   
1996 Chateau d'Issan 3rd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave19.163   
This property continues to reassert itself, with a renewed commitment to quality. The 1996 d'Issan has turned out beautifully in bottle. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as an elegant, floral, blackberry, and smoky-scented nose. The wine is medium-bodied and complex in the mouth, with subtle new oak, gorgeously ripe, sweet black currant fruit, and well-integrated tannin and acidity. This quintessential Margaux-styled wine is elegant and rich. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020
1999 Chateau d'Issan 3rd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB£16.1712  89
Aromas of red fruit and floral notes vie for predominance, while the palate is full and silky, superbly balanced
2000 Chateau d'Issan 3rd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux LCB19.9112   
2002 Chateau d'Issan 3rd Classified Growth in 1855Bordeaux Cave£13.11 IB3   
A beauty from Emmanuel Cruse, this elegant 2002 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with sumptuous aromas of flowers, blueberries, red and black currants. Medium-bodied, sweet, pure, and delicate, this wine requires introspection, and builds incrementally in the mouth. It is a very impressive effort. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016
1999 Chateaux Dulac 2nd wine of Château Branaire Duluc DucruBordeaux Cave£11.781   
1999 Clos des PapesRhone Seckord Wines Bond£250 IB12   
While the 1999 performed better than the 1998, it remains firm and closed, offering plenty of sweet kirsch and blackberry fruit, licorice, spice, and floral aromas. Structured, medium to full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it should be at its finest between 2006-2020.
2002 Clos des PapesRhone  £108 IB1   
A candidate for the wine of the vintage in 2002 is Clos des Papes’ 2002 Chateauneuf du Pape. A severe selection resulted in a medium-bodied, Burgundian-styled red possessing sweet and sour cherry, pomegranate, spice box, and balsam wood characteristics. Natural alcohol of 13.8% gives the wine body. Light tannin is noticeable in the spicy finish. This 2002 should drink well for 7-8 years.
2003 Clos des PapesRhone Seckord Wines Bond£385 IB12   
The final blend for the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape (a great success, and possibly the finest wine made here since the monumental 1990 and 1978) is 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest Counoise and Muscardin. Its dense ruby/purple color is matched by an extraordinary perfume of black raspberries, kirsch, blackberries, licorice, incense, and Chinese black tea. There is tremendous intensity on the attack, full body, loads of glycerin, and abundant but sweet tannin. With magnificent purity, richness, and generosity, yet fine delineation, this brilliant effort will be ready to drink in 3-4 years, and should last for two decades. Kudos to Vincent Avril for the finest wine he has made in his young, but promising career.
2004 Clos des PapesRhone Seckord Wines Bond£200 IB12   
The 2004 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is a surprisingly powerful wine that actually came in at alcohol levels equivalent to the 2003 (both 15.3%.) The wine is certainly one of the top wines of the vintage, with a dense ruby/purple color and a fresh nose of black raspberries and white flowers intermixed with kirsch, licorice, and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, not as voluminous and fleshy as the 2003, but beautifully made from their traditional blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and the rest tiny percentages of other miscellaneous grapes. Everything is aged in large wood foudres prior to being bottled unfiltered. This wine is a strong effort from father and son Paul and Vincent Avril, and looks to have at least 20 years of longevity ahead of it. Think of it as a richer, more intense version of the 2001.
2005 Domaine de ChavalierBordeaux En Primeur Seckfords295 IB12   
This beauty offers a strong argument that this may be the finest Domaine de Chevalier since the 1970. Stephane Derenoncourt, who was hired as the winemaking consultant, has built in more texture while retaining the terroir’s tell-tale elegance and fragrance. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as a sumptuous perfume of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, black currants, cherries, smoked herbs, and spice. With soft tannin, medium to full body, beautiful opulence, impressive purity, and abundant tannin, it may close down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.
2003 Domaine de Chevalier BlancBordeaux En Primeur Wine & Co£332.64 IB12   
2000 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee ReserveeRhone LCB19.1612   
The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee may be one of the few 2000s that is better than its 1998 counterpart. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of creme de cassis, kirsch liqueur, cedar, licorice, and pepper. It smells like an open-air Provencal market. Sweet, fat, opulent, and voluptuous, with fabulous fruit concentration, sweet tannin, and a long, 45+ second finish, this powerful, deep, seamless 2000 is impeccably well-balanced. A tour de force in traditional Chateauneuf du Pape, it is accessible now, but should age easily for 15-20 years.
1999 Fixin "Les Arvelets" Premier CruBurgundy Cave£101   
2000 JEAN-LUC COLOMBO ''La Tuilière''Rhone  £10.700   
This wine is a northern Rhone negociant offering. It possesses good spice, pepper, herb, and red fruit characteristics. While not inspiring, it is a correct example of the appellation. Consume it during the first five years of life
2000 Louis RapinBordeaux home£135 IB4   
2003 Mas des AvelyansLanguedoc Roussillon home6.431   
2001 Mas des AveylansLanguedoc Roussillon home£7.013   
Wow! A stunning wine from 2001 (a great vintage in the southern Rhone), this 100% Syrah cuvee (aged 12 months in both new and one-year old oak barrels) tastes like a mini-Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne. Aromas of scorched earth, bacon, creme de cassis, blackberries, and figs soar from the glass of this dense, ripe, medium to full-bodied effort. This terrific VDP du Gard must be tasted to be believed. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years
2001 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes HermitageRhone Cave£7.951   
2003 Pavillon Rouge 2nd wine Chateau MargauxBordeaux LCB£300 IB12   
The most impressive second wine I have yet tasted from Chateau Margaux, its maker, Paul Pontallier, believes the 2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux is “his best ever.” A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of jammy black fruits. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, it represents 50% of the production. With low acidity as well as a fresh, vigorous personality, it should drink well for 12-15 years.A terrific, value-priced second wine, the 2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (150,000 bottles produced) may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by creamy aromas of cassis, vanilla, flowers, and licorice. Round, generous, savory, expansive, and amazingly long as well as concentrated, I even joked with Paul Pontallier that this could get him fired as perhaps the selection was too severe! This 2003 should drink well for 15+ years.
2000 Reserve de Leoville BartonBordeaux home£147 IB12   
2003 Shiraz GAM, MitoloShiraz FRW en primeur£293.756   
The spectacular, dense ruby/purple-colored 2003 Shiraz G. A. M. (named after the Mitolo family’s three children) exhibits aromas of lead pencil shavings, blackberries, blueberries, cassis, licorice, new oak, and scorched earth. This complex 2003 comes across as a hypothetical blend of a great La Mission-Haut-Brion from Bordeaux and a Rhone Valley Hermitage such as Chapoutier’s Pavillon. Everything is seamlessly integrated into this tour de force in winemaking. It should age for 10-15+ years.
Jean Chauvenet remains one of the best kept secrets of the Cote d'Or. His consistency is admirable. His 1991s are rich and intense, but not excessively tannic. Since the mid-eighties, all of Chauvenet's wines have been bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2000Andre Roux Coteaux de SignacRhone  £6.500  84
Gentle fruity smooth and very pleasant
2001Argiano Solengo IGT  Seckord Wines Bond£335 IB24   
1998CHAPOUTIER "Rasteau" Cotes du Rhone VillagesRhone  £6.500   
Smashing value. Rich and fruit. Classic bargain bucket Rhone
2001CHAPOUTIER CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE ''La Bernardine''Rhone home£8.885   
La Bernardine is a negociant tank-aged blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that is bottled unfined and unfiltered. A lighter version of the 2000, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Bernardine exhibits more strawberry and cherry fruit. Made in a pretty, but understated style, it possesses restrained fruit flavors, and surprising lightness for a Chapoutier offering. The 2001 will drink well for 8-10 years, but it is hardly a star of this superb vintage.
2001CHAPOUTIER HERMITAGE ''Monnier de La Sizeranne''Rhone cave£18.902   
The 2001 Ermitage La Sizeranne was one of the top 2001 reds I tasted. It possesses higher acidity than the 2000, as well as notes of creme de cassis, minerals, and figs, medium body as well as a moderately long, tannic finish. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018.
2000CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH ''Deschants''Rhone  £8.88   85
Very smooth and raspberry/strawberryish much in common with a burgundy
1999CHÂTEAU DES JOLYS CHÂTEAU DES JOLYS "Cuvée Jean"Dessert Wine Cave£7.501  8/10
A heady nose combining candied tropical fruits with notes of resin and amber-perfume mingled with hints of lemongrass
2002COULY-DUTHEIL ''Clos de l'Echo Crescendo''Chinon Cave16.90 E3   
1999Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta NuovaRed Wine Seckord Wines Bond£198 IB12   
The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova, from newer vineyards near Castelnuovo dell-Abate in the southern part of Montalcino, is sweet, spicy, and weighty on the nose, with the aromas given additional push and penetration from the alcohol. The important volume and length, the solidity of the structure, and dense, liquorice-laden finish are those of a wine destined for long life. Drink: 2005-2018
1995Chateau Malfourat Chateau Malfourat Cuvee PrestigeMontbazillac CaveGift1   
2002Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas VineyardGrenache LCB£245.58IB36   
The 2002 Grenache Old Vines Romas Vineyard’s saturated ruby/purple color is followed by a superb bouquet of black fruits, truffles, Asian spices, figs, and licorice. Powerful, rich, and upfront, this layered, intensely concentrated Grenache can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years.
2002Cousino Macul Antiguas ReservaCabernet home£8.300   
1999DOMAINE CHARLES JOGUET CHINON ''Clos de la Dioterie''Chinon Cave£15.061   
1999DOMAINE FOURRIER GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN Vieille VigneBurgundy Cave£18.591   
Bought to celibrate Dudley's birth
1999Domaine Charles Joguet Chinon "Jeune Vigne"Chinon Cave£92   
2001Domaine Clavel LA COPA SANTALanguedoc Roussillon home£10.501   
2002Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges, Les St GeorgesPinot Noir LCB$494 IB12   
Lively scents of red fruits, blackberries, and stones are found in the complex aromatics of the stellar 2002 Nuits-St.-Georges Les St.-Georges. Its mouth-coating, satiny waves of candied red cherries, blackberries, flowers, and spices conquer the palate. This medium to full-bodied wine has exceptional elegance, loads of deep underlying fruit, and a prolonged, super-ripe finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. Bravo!
2001Domaine Perrin Reserve du PrevotRhone  £6.491  6/10
Surprisingly smooth. Very fine tannins full fruit and a mineral edge
2000Domaine Pierre Adam Tokay Pinot GrisAlsace Cave£9.001   
2000Domaine Seppi Landmann TOKAY PINOT GRIS ''Vallée Noble''Alsace Cave£9.101   
1999Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf du PapeRhone Cave£121   
1999Domaine de Ferrand Cotes du Rhone "Cuvee Antique"Rhone  £8   9/10
A superb full bodied, fleshy, fruity Rhone.
2001Domaine de l'Orme ChablisChardonnay  £6.00    
1998Domaine de la Charbonniere CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE MOURRE DES PERDRIXRhone Cave£12.252   
Parker says:The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape Mourre des Perdrix is a firm, tannic effort offering scents of pine trees, balsam wood, resin, and black cherry and berry fruit. Earthy and firm, with moderate tannin, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 14+ years. 90/100
2001Fattoria di Viticcio Chianti Classico RiservaRed Wine LCB£128 IB24   
Voted number 32 in Wine Spectators top 100 for 2004
2001Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico IGTRed Wine LCB£320 IB12   
The 2001 Serpico, impenetrable and inky, staggeringly rich in both aroma and flavor, offers ultra-ripe but perfectly fresh berry fruit, cloves, cinnamon, and chocolate, and mouth-coating, deep-pile tactile sensations which combine iron power and a enveloping, voluptuous texture, infinitely deep and long. I would be amazed if this wine did not last thirty years.
2000Francois Mitjavile Chateau Roc des CambesBordeaux Seckord Wines Bond£2210   
This is the Roc de Cambes' finest effort since the 1990. Notes of black cherry jam (kirsch) soar from the glass of this expansive, full-bodied, fleshy sexpot. Deep and chewy, with plenty of chocolate, cocoa, blackberry, and cherry fruit displayed in a flamboyant style, it is a knockout, sensual wine to drink now and over the next 10-12 years. It is also a sleeper of the vintage.
2000Guigal Guigal Cotes du RhoneRhone MGP£59   
The 2000 Cotes du Rhone includes a whopping amount of Syrah (50%), along with 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. One of the best values in the marketplace, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of berry fruit, cassis, earth, licorice, and asphalt. Medium-bodied, with density/intensity and sweet tannin, it is the finest Cotes du Rhone Guigal has fashioned since the 1998. Surprisingly, these offerings can last 4-5 years, sometimes even longer.
2000J Moreau & Fils ChablisChardonnay Cave£6.491   
2001JOSEPH DROUHIN BEAUNE PREMIER CRU ''Clos des Mouches''Burgundy Cave£15.811   
2001Jean-Marc Lafont Cote du PyBeaujolais Cave£7.501   
1998Juliette Avril Chateauneuf du PapeRhone Cave£81  8/10
1998La Liviniere Le Grand Terroir "Eleve en Fut de Chene"Red Wine  £9.00   8/10
Great concentration of stewed fruits and vanilla
2000Michel Deffrance FixinBurgundy Cave£41   
1999Michel Defrance FixinBurgundy  £4    
1998Mireille GALLAND Gevrey-Chambertin "La Perriere" Premier CruBurgundy Cave£201   
1997PIERRE-JACQUES DRUET BOURGUEIL ''Grand Mont''Bougueil Cave£10.521   
2000PIERRE-JACQUES DRUET BOURGUEIL ''Vaumoreau''Bougueil Sunil's£7.432   
2000Penfolds St HenriShiraz Cave19.003   
Penfolds, Shiraz, St. Henri, 2000: Full bodied, packed with soft well-integrated tannins and with a very appealing and compled array of berry, black cherry and plum fruits, those coming together with spicy oak, minerals and a tantalizing hint of mint on the long finish. Approachable now but best from 2006-2012, perhaps longer
2000Perrin et Fils Chateau BeaucastelRhone Cave£24.002   
The opaque ruby/purple-colored 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical for Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025
1998Perrin et Fils VACQUEYRAS ''Les Christins''Rhone  £140   
The firm, structured 1998 Vacqueyras,a very good effort, it is capable of lasting a decade
2001Perrin et Fils VACQUEYRAS ''Les Christins''Rhone MGP£85   
The 2001 Vacqueyras exhibits gorgeously sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with flowers, garrigue, licorice, and earth. Full-bodied and opulent, with a viscous texture, it is a gorgeous example of Vacqueyras that should age well for a decade. This negociant is becoming a terrific source for value-priced southern Rhone wines that are faithful to their appellations of origin
2001San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico Riserva CelloleRed Wine LCB£166 IB12   
Voted number 54 in Wine Spectators top 100 for 2004
1994Second wine of Château Brane-Cantenac Baron de BraneBordeaux Cave£5.671   
2001Torbreck RunrigShiraz Seckord Wines Bond£521 IB6   
Constantly flirting with perfection, the 2001 Run Rig is a worthy successor to the blockbuster, surreal 1998. A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier, this is Torbreck’s flagship offering. Sadly, there are only 1,500 cases produced. Sourced from old vines, some close to 140 years of age, it is fashioned from four sectors of Barossa – Marananga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa, and Greenock. It spends 30 months in 60% new French oak before being bottled without fining or filtration. The powerful, full-bodied 2001 exhibits aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, ink, espresso, graphite, and apricot marmalade. The impression on the palate is one of marvelous richness, expansive texture, a multi-layered skyscraper soaring across the palate with no heaviness. It is a tour de force in winemaking, but give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 15-20+ years.
2000Torbreck The JuvenilesBarossa MGP£12.251   
If readers want to know what the quintessential Australian fruit bomb tastes like, check out the 2000 Juveniles, a tank-fermented blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. Bursting at the seams with juicy blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit, it offers copious quantities of spicy, peppery characteristics, sexy, seductive glycerin levels, and a creamy texture that defines the word hedonism. It is not going to make old bones, but for drinking over the next 2-3 years, this is a fabulous, fruit-filled effort from Barossa. Anticipated maturity: now-2005.
1995VEUVE CLICQUOT VEUVE CLICQUOT Vintage ReserveChampagne Cave£36.800   
1994Vega Sicilia Unico Riserva  Seckord Wines Bond£1350 IB12  98/100
This bodega has produced many profound wines, but the 1994 Unico Reserva may be the greatest vintage released since their legendary 1970 and 1968. A truly prodigious effort, it boasts an opaque ruby/purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet, expansive bouquet of sweet cherries interwoven with black currant, truffle, licorice, and scorched earth aromas. Full-bodied, potent, powerful, and well-delineated with crisp acidity, sweet but noticeable tannin, a multidimensional, expansive, layered palate feel, and a pure yet refreshing finish, it should be a wine for the history books. Anticipated maturity: now-2035.
2002Vincent Girardin Charmes ChambertinBurgundy N&P 5 year bond£30.42IB12   

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