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Sep 26 at 11:22am
Clarendelle Rouge 2010Compare and Buy
Average Price: $22.99
Added Sep 18 at 7:19pmI don't believe that I am particularly suspicious by nature, but Robert Parker's 90 point score intrigued me. This moderately priced Bordeaux A.C. is sourced at least in part from Pessac-Leognan (owned by Dillon family of Haut-Brion fame) and shows good Merlot character (82%)... a bright cherry nose with prune and wet earth for good measure. Entry is smooth, with Bing Cherry and a touch of plum; finish is slightly tannic - perhaps a tad bitter. Perhaps slightly over-hyped, but very good for Bordeaux A. C. 87-88 points.
Added Sep 25 at 8:04pmSo those of modest means (most of us, I think) may find the two Clarendelle wines (in this case, the white) a little dear, although the quality is high for A. C. Bordeaux. The white seems the best in terms of crowd-pleasing power: this young wine has a bouquet of mown lawn, gooseberry, and cake spice. Very inviting. Entry is slightly youthful and acerbic, but with good Bordeaux characteristics of stern white fruit. Well made and will age 3-5 years. 87-88 points.
Sep 17 at 7:38pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $24.99
Added Sep 17 at 7:38pmSo what's not to like about this typical - yet meritorious - Chablis from the modern, quality-driven La Chablisienne cooperative? Lots of wet stone, spicy white fruit and apple on the nose and, well, a satisfying apple/gooseberry-like entry and finish. No harshness or watery crapulence here... better than some Premier Cru. 89 points.
Sep 16 at 8:22pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $29.99
Added Sep 16 at 8:22pmWeingut Dr. Loosen has produced a magnificent Spatlese from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr Weinberge; the nose evinces some light cake spice plus sweet apple pie and icing sugar; aging has been slight, as the palate shows rich pear and apple sweetness that refreshes as much as it lingers. Will last another 20 years. 92 points.
Sep 11 at 7:04pm
Added Sep 11 at 7:04pmWell, pedigree helps... those seven centuries of development in viniculture at Chateau Carbonnieux (a Grand Cru) helped Pessac-Leognan detach itself from Graves. The 2012 Blanc Grand Vin evokes acidic green fruit (like gooseberry) with a sweet spice and even fresh snow on the nose. Entry is balanced, but retains enough acid to last a few more years in the cellar. Finish iucundum est (delightful). The wine is delicious and a bargain. 91 points.
Sep 9 at 9:25pm
Added Sep 9 at 9:24pmOK, I admit it: I bit on this one: WS gave it 93 points at a reasonable (but not cheap) price point for most people - at least, in my bailiwick. Anyway, the wine opens with wet earth and sour cherry notes (fairly typical) and entry is smooth, slightly acidic with a touch of oak. Mouthfeel is easy and slightly warm with sour cherry on the moderate finish. Not a lot of depth (core on vacation) and the wood lingers. Quite traditional and fairly easy drinking but not particularly special. 87 points.
Sep 8 at 9:21pm
Added Sep 8 at 9:20pmThe 2014 edition of Centenaire Blanc from Domaine Lafage of Roussillon opens with a nice tisane (camomile) and gooseberry nose, but falters somewhat on entry with less balancing sweetness in the core than in the previous vintage; there are more medicinal notes (astringency) coupled with unripe gooseberry. It seems a wee bit thin and needs a dollop of honey, but competent for the money. 87 points.
Sep 3 at 10:01pm
Added Sep 2 at 8:31pmThis very soft offering from Jean de Trimoulet is very Rive Droite... it is soft, with a scent of cherries and generic red fruit and a good tannic structure which imparts vanilla, toast, grassy herbs and slightly sour cherry notes on the finish. The wine is very slightly on the rustic side with a touch of woody grit, but reasonable value in St.-Emilion. 87 points.
Aug 21 at 8:17pm
Added Aug 21 at 8:17pmSo, the 2010 Poujeaux was expected to mature a tad earlier - say 2015-2018, so, gave it a go... there is some wood on the palate dominated by black fruit (cassis, blackberry) with a hint of angostura bitters on the finish (wood again perhaps). At 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has some backbone. Great now, but could last another 5-10 years. 89 points.
Aug 17 at 10:34pm
Added Aug 17 at 8:33pmThe acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will appeal to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 points.