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  • Apr 19, 2008 at 4:19am

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    Added Apr 19, 2008 at 4:12am
    Tasted January 2008: Deep colour with some sign of evolution. Flashy but monolithic bouquet of ripe plums and cinnamon. In the mouth dry, angular, overextracted, without counter-balancing fruit. A tedious, disappointing wine. If this is modern-style wine-making in Saint-Emilion, it will not last long.

  • Apr 19, 2008 at 3:58am

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    Added Apr 19, 2008 at 3:52am
    Tasted January 2008: Terrific wine, 100% Tannat. Very deep colour, splendid bouquet with ripe berry fruit and clove, a taste full of character, strength and freshness, and a lingering aftertaste. Better than almost all 1994 Bordeaux wines I've had. Will hold until 2011.

  • Apr 17, 2008 at 4:28am
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    Added Apr 17, 2008 at 4:21am
    Tasted January 2008: Certainly among the best 1997 Bordeaux I have tasted. Deep hue with some brick colour towards the rim, marvellously fragrant bouquet, textbook Saint-Julien taste and fresh, elegant, slightly oaky aftertaste. No signs of dilution. A stunning 1997 for mid-term drinking (best before 2010).

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 2:55pm
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    Average Price: $77.11

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    Added Apr 16, 2008 at 2:46pm
    Tasted December 2007: Deeply coloured, still monolithic nose which needs a lot of air to show some fruit and a whiff of violets. In the mouth cool and a bit foursquare for a Margaux of a great vintage, but substantial and with a lot of strength. Still young and unevolved, the aftertaste has loads of tannin and not yet entirely integrated oak. I wonder whether this wine will ever become soft and elegant; if it does, it could deserve 4 stars in the future. Do not open before 2010.

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 3:07pm

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 3:00pm
    Tasted November 2007: A shapely but rather light Saint-Estèphe. Already mature rim, very elegant nose and taste, almost delicate aftertaste with some new oak (though no vanilla) still in evidence. Lacks fruit and substance. Not half as good as the magnificent 1990 Phélan-Ségur, one of the three best 1990s from Bordeaux I ever had. Best before 2011.

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 2:57pm
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    Average Price: $98.80

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 2:47pm
    Tasted January 2008: In 1997 this was not an expensive wine (the equivalent of ca. 15 Euros, in French supermarkets). It is a success for the vintage: good colour with mature rim. While the taste is good, rather elegant but a bit foursquare, the true class of this wine is to be found in the bouquet: simply fabulous, refined and deep; for this bouquet alone the wine deserves a 4 star rating. In the aftertaste a touch of dry tannins and not enough substance to match the skeleton. Very typical for a 1994 grand cru classé from Bordeaux: excellent bouquet, good taste and good to mediocre finish. Drink up before 2010!

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 2:45pm

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    Added Apr 14, 2008 at 3:48pm
    Tasted April 2008: Very good wine, even after 8 years. Dark, healthy colour with some ripening at the edge, classy bouquet, slightly 'Provencal herbs' but smooth and distinctive. On the palate silky, medium- to full-bodied, all parts perfectly integrated, and with a long, very well-balanced aftertaste, with some tannin left. Should be drunk before 2010, preferably with food and slightly cold. Never thought that Côtes du Lubéron could be that good!

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 2:44pm
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    Average Price: $114.38

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 10:27am
    Tasted February 2008: Expensive but superb wine with a top-notch bouquet (distinctive elder fruit and plums) and a slightly earthy, spicy taste and a delicious, dry and still oak-driven aftertaste. A classic Pessac-Léognan, ripe but not yet in decline, perfect with food. Will be good until 2012 (and possibly longer). Not for those who love blockbuster wines from a single grape variety.

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 9:12am

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 9:08am
    Tasted March 2008: A splendid wine, fairly ripe but still with some spritz, liplicking acidity, very good concentration and a lot of finesse. A bit oily (as a good Pfalz-Riesling should be), but overall well-balanced. Drink before 2009.

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 9:06am
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    Average Price: $104.66

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    Added Apr 15, 2008 at 8:59am
    Tasted February 2008: This wine is typical of the vintage, subdued and herbaceous, better on the nose than in the mouth, with some recognisable Pomerol qualities but on the whole lacking charm, fruit and concentration and with a dry and rather bitter finish. Certainly much too expensive for its quality; tasted blind, however, a good wine. Not for keeping, drink soon.

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