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10 reviews total.
1999 Louis Roederer Rose Champagne Blend
Good Rosé Champagne
90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
28 out of 60 people found this review helpful.
Crisp acidity and beautiful flavors of raspberries, fresh, balanced. This champagne pairs very well with the Jumbo Shrimps while maybe a little overpowering them
Posted on November 24, 2005
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2000 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend
Simply outstanding, but be patient.
95 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
33 out of 63 people found this review helpful.
At Opening, the color is of ruby red lighter at the rim, clear and glittering, it has been filtered. Aromas of vanillin, nice oak come first to the nose. Balanced and tannic it has a slight bitterness upon finish. This wine coats the palate with ripe black fruit aromas and long length. After a few minutes, the nose opens up to coffee beans, mocha, herbs, "garrigue" and leather. Texture and fruit in mouth does not taste too much like a cabernet base wine but rather merlot. Very pure and well made.

After a full day in a decanter (28 hours), this wines has turned round, full bodied, rich, with fat, spices, fine and melting in mouth. Tannins are now well integrated and no oak can be found. This is an outstanding California cabernet!
Posted on November 24, 2005
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2001 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend
A solid 01 of Leoville Barton. Excellent right now.
92 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
35 out of 69 people found this review helpful.
Chateau Leoville Barton 2001, Saint Julien. A powerful wine with crisp acidity and good balance. It has a medium length and some jammy notes come forward on the nose.

Tasted the next day, the color is a dark ruby red, very concentrated on the nose of ripe cabernet notes and a touch of chocolate. On the palate, a medium body is quite fruity. Some bitterness can be tasted mid mouth through the tasting. The third night, this wine gets more on crushed raspberry and strawberry liquor. The nose is quite unbelievable at this point, extremely sexy and very ripe. Some notes of coffee come after a little while. Good length.
Posted on November 6, 2005
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2000 Leoville-Poyferre Bordeaux Blend
Poyferré 2000 needs some times
90 points
Drink by: 13 to 20 years
27 out of 58 people found this review helpful.
Tasted after a bottle of Leoville Barton 2000, this wine is quite tannic, fruity, has a slight bitterness and a good length. It is different in style than the Barton, with more red fruits on the nose and is more Merlot dominated rather than Cabernet. Very good, yet this wine needs some time. My guess is that tis wine should have been opened far more in advance (was not decanted).
Posted on November 6, 2005
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2002 Leoville-Barton Bordeaux Blend
A sexy Barton 02 that will enjoy cellaring for a decade
91 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
28 out of 54 people found this review helpful.
A beautiful dark ruby color with a sexy rich fruity nose. On the palate, this is very well balanced and very nice. Some aromas of chocolate and very ripe berries in the aftertaste. Very gratifiying now and will certainly benefit of 5 to 10 years in the cellar. 91Pts.
Posted on November 6, 2005
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1996 Beau-Sejour-Becot Bordeaux Blend
An Excellent and ready to drink 96' right banker
94 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
30 out of 64 people found this review helpful.
This 1996 saint emilion boast fruity and extremely rich and ripe aromas of black currant, licorice and a hint of vanillin. The color is of dark ruby red with a lightness on the edge. The Tannins are already well integrated and there is no doubt that 3 to 5 hours of decanting this wine will bring additional flavours and complexity. This is very gratifying upon openning and yet deserves to be kept for at least one decade. It has great concentration on the palate and a superior length of finish. Should pair ideally with red meat.
Posted on November 6, 2005
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1993 Citran Bordeaux Blend
a 12 years old Haut Medoc, ready to drink, Now
85 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
33 out of 65 people found this review helpful.
Nose of Red berries and forest with spices. The color is slightly amber at the rim. With air, the wine evolves toward a vegetal component with more pepper. On the palate, it has tannins, is vegetal and spicy. The next day, it comes with a slight dryness in the after taste. Nice nose. The third and last night, it has picked up more depth and power.

To make a long story short, for less than $15, this is a bargain that gives an opportunity to taste a 12 years old Haut Medoc from a bad vintage. I say, not that bad after all!
Posted on October 31, 2005
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1997 Paul Jaboulet Aine Chateauneuf du Pape les Cedres Proprietary Blend
Over the top and going down
79 points
Drink by: Past maturity
34 out of 70 people found this review helpful.
Unfortunatly the bottle I had -bought under one of these recent auction- was over the top and allready quite faded. Light red brick color with orange on the edge, the wine is quite acidic on the palate. The nose is actually still decent with spice, clove aromas and some light black berry fruit. Too late to drink allready, otherwise a curiosity for those who want to try a CNDP that passed its prime....
Posted on August 27, 2005
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1955 Clos de Sarpe Bordeaux Blend
97 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
46 out of 93 people found this review helpful.
The 1955 Clos de Sarpe have to be known for what it is: one of the oldest "garage property" wine of Bordeaux. In the early 50`s the Beyney family bought this 5 ha. property which produces about 400 cases each year. After some difficult years in the 1980`s, the wine has been handled better and the late 90`s and recent vintages are very well done in the range of 90-95 (see RMP notation).

I was fortunate to get a case on auctions of the 1955 Clos de Sarpe. So far, I have had 6 bottles within the past year and all of them have been Fantastic !

With Jammmy black berries, and kirsh liqueur flavors, the nose is still very young for a 49 years old Saint Emilion. After an hour in the glass (thanks to the riedel!) some flavors of coffee and cigar box comes out.

In mouth, with still noticeable tannin, very concentrated, and that can be easily held for another 10 years. It ends on spicy and blackberry flavors after a good length.

It is very well tasted with a beef sirloin.
For me, that is how a good Bordeaux should age: at least 40 years and still vibrant.
Posted on August 27, 2004
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1994 Branaire-Ducru Bordeaux Blend
Have reached maturity, drink by 2010
89 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
44 out of 82 people found this review helpful.
The Branaire 94 is a lovely wine. Not only it can be found for less than 30 bucks but also because I find it easy, straightforward and charming. The nose gives vanillin oak flavors followed by kirsh liqueur. On the palate, the wine is straightforward, some could say not too complex but very well balanced and -again- easy to drink. I have had two of these for the past year with same notes.
Posted on August 27, 2004
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