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  • Oct 3, 2008 at 8:14am
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    Average Price: $80.24

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    Added Sep 23, 2008 at 2:24pm
    Tasted September 2008: The wine still has an unevolved, deep colour, which perfectly matches its bouquet and taste. This is an occasionally underpreforming Saint-Julien, and so is the 1998 vintage. Scented, spicy, slightly meaty in the nose, and with a whiff of herbaceousness, the wine seems unable to mature and soften. The taste too shows lead-pencil spiciness but is somewhat coarse and compact. Though tasty, masculine, mouth-filling and with a classic Médoc finesse, the massive tannins are slightly dry and the wine obviously lacks charm and roundness. It's all structure. The aftertaste is fresh and clean, but as with so many 1998 Médoc wines, this Branaire-Ducru is rather subdued and restrained. I wonder whether this wine will ever come around. A long haul wine that could dry out in the next decade. Drink through 2016.

  • Sep 19, 2008 at 2:09pm

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    Added Sep 17, 2008 at 3:01pm
    Tasted September 2008: A good but not a great vintage, yet a lovely wine, and a true Grand Cru. Fairly light colour with ripe rim. Excellent bouquet: ripe, soft, expansive, and with a fine, restrained sweetness and some delicacy. In the mouth a bit foursquare, typical of red Corton, but shapely, tasty, quite full and with an extremely pleasant, not too sweet Pinot noir character, some refinement and good length. Dry, very good, and absolutely clean aftertaste with good acidity and a touch of terroir. Clearly, this is a very dependable domain (also good white Corton Charlemagne). This red 1998 Corton-Languettes is completely ready now; drink through 2010.

  • Sep 4, 2008 at 2:27pm

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    Added Sep 4, 2008 at 2:21pm
    Tasted September 2008: Unquestioanbly, this is the best Pouilly-Fumé on the market. This bottle was virtually perfect. After 6 years in the cellar, the wine had a soft yellow hue, a magnificent bouquet with the merest hint of flint, but overall soft and refined, like a great Chablis. In the mouth perfect balance, completely dry, yet rounded and soft, with much character and finesse. Long aftertaste. A noble, very memorable wine, a great Pouilly-Fumé -- you could have none better. Drink now and through 2009.

  • Aug 12, 2008 at 8:40am

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    Nicki's Review:
    Added Aug 12, 2008 at 8:36am
    Tasted August 2008: This bottle was entirely ready: a mature, beautiful wine with a noble exotic character in the bouquet and the taste.

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 4:49am
    Tasted March 2008: Very good wine. Huge colour with some ripening at the edge, rich legs. Extraordinary bouquet that needs extensive aeration, rich and refined at the same time. In the mouth slightly too sweet but marvelously fruity and ripe and with a lovely mouth feel. Still quite oaky, but not obtrusive. A noble Languedoc wine. Best before 2011.

  • Aug 12, 2008 at 8:33am
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    Average Price: $110.07

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    Added May 31, 2008 at 4:19am
    Tasted May 2008: The epitome of a modern Haut-Médoc. Deep garnet colour but not opaque, beginning to mature. Bouquet with ripe red and black berry fruit, a touch of ripe Merlot fragrance (clove and spice), but above all extremely elegant and smooth. In the mouth silky-textured, fairly rich, easy, a feminine wine. Unobtrusive tannin and vanilla in the aftertaste. A technically perfect 2004 and very good value, but don't search for character. Drink now through 2011.

  • Aug 11, 2008 at 5:58am

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    Added Aug 11, 2008 at 5:47am
    Tasted August 2008: This has been a superb Saint-Emilion ever since it was bottled. Now a deep garnet colour, a luscious, up-front ripe bouquet (plums and other dark fruit) and an irresistable, hefty, sweet, smooth, almost silky and velvety taste with some depth and a certain finesse, it has a quite complex, medium-dry aftertaste that lingers for several minutes in the mouth. The wine should be drunk now (there is a risk that it will dry out in the next years), but don't be afraid, it has conserved astonishingly well. While not what I would call a "great" wine, it undoubtedly is a great 1990 which provides immense drinking pleasure, especially when drunk with a not too delicate meal.

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 5:34am
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    Average Price: $166.29

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    Added Jun 16, 2008 at 2:08pm
    Tasted June 2008: The first successful vintage after decades of often mediocre wines from this well-situated estate in Saint-Emilion, this Clos Fourtet 1989 is a hugely attractive wine, unquestionably of premier grand cru classé quality. Ripe garnet colour with an intense core, a classic, very shapely and noble bouquet, perfumed and nuanced, with beguiling finesse. In the mouth almost Medoc-like: rich, extremely refined, elegant, with a lovely texture and perfect weight, nuances of ripe plums and lovely integrated oak. A dry, slightly austere, lingering aftertaste. A perfect wine to drink with fine food. Drink now.

  • May 31, 2008 at 4:18am
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  • May 13, 2008 at 10:53am
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    Average Price: $133.90

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    Added May 13, 2008 at 10:53am
    Tasted February 2008: 1994 was not an easy vintage in Bordeaux. Pavie-Macquin managed to make a very serious wine, lacking charm and elegance for a Saint-Emilion, but with a lot of grip and strength in the bouquet as well as on the palate. I feel that the loads of tannin are not entirely covered in the mid-palate and that the wine risks to dry out before reaching full maturity. When drunk within the next 2 or 3 years, however, this wine will give ample satisfaction to those who loathe the flashy modern Saint-Emilions made from overripe grapes and seek a more Pauillac-styled Saint-Emilion with cabernet in evidence.

  • May 13, 2008 at 10:48am
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    Average Price: $16.54

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    Added May 12, 2008 at 4:23am
    Tasted May 2008: This wine has 15%vol. alcohol and comes from at least 90% Merlot grapes -- the epitome of a modern wine on the right bank of the Gironde. The colour is a deep, yet not opaque garnet with a rim showing signs of maturation. The bouquet is big and full of juicy fruit, with ripe Merlot accents and some finesse. In the mouth a sweet wine, crammed with cherry fruit and a touch of strawberries, medium-bodied, rather alcoholic, yet with excellent purity, gorgeous freshness, silky tannins and not a touch of tar or other off-putting aromas. The aftertaste is firm, tannic and round, but with a very bitter finish of freshly-sawn oak. Apart from the finish, this is a technically outstanding wine, with the remarkable Blaye-fruitiness in evidence. Should be drunk slightly chilled and undoubtedly best with food. Drink now through 2011.

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