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Thomas S.
Thomas S.
1979 - Lafite-Rothschild
Aug 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mark P.
Mark P.
2005 - Malescot-St-Exupery
May 03, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Leoville-Poyferre
Apr 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Very pretty with nice balance and a captivating nose.
Alex L.
Alex L.
2008 - Lagune, La
Apr 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Ruby red core with an medium ruby red rim. Subtle aromas of Rainer Cherry, strawberry, and chalk with some nicely integrated herbal aromas including black tea and sage. Firm upon entry this wine fleshes out on the mid-palate into one of the bigger Medoc wines of the vintage. Firm tannins and some nice toasty oak notes as well. This is classic Bordeuax
Alex L.
Alex L.
2008 - Rol Valentin
Apr 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Deep purple core with a medium bright ruby rim. Superp nose of dark chocolate, blackberry, and black currant wrapped around mocha and coffee. Very clean and fresh throughout with fine grained tannins and a nice mineral driven backbone. While, silky in texture it shows nice structure as well. This is a hedonistic and delightful wine that will be at its best within the first 10-15 years.91-93
Alex L.
Alex L.
2008 - Lynch Bages
Apr 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium ruby core with a bright red rim. Restrained nose of red currant, boysenberry, and tart cherry with a touch of damp earth as well. This surprisingly fruit driven Lynch Bages is big and lush upon entry then thins out a bit before finishing with a nice tannic punch. I like the prospects of aging this wine for at least a couple decades after bottling. Nicely textured yet firm in overall structure
Chris S.
Chris S.
2000 - Montrose
Heaven from the vine
Mar 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
chateau montrose grand cru classe du medoc...What a delight..  Wish i had a case or 3.
J-Sho
J-Sho
1947 - Cheval Blanc
ONCE IN A LIFETIME -- 1947 CHEVAL BLANC
Mar 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

750 ml bottle authenticated by Christie's auction house.  Upon cork removal, cork was dark and aged.  Cork, label, and capsule absolutely authentic.  First pour tasted like it may possibly be oxidized.  Decided to pour through coffee filter into decanter and re-pour.  Wow!  Not oxidized.  Color was similar to tawny port but with more red notes.  Nose was unbelievable with buttered pumpkin bread, fruitcake, slight floral note and a hint of cumin.  The nose was so unbelievable, it was hard to stop smelling and begin tasting.  Tremendous weight especially on midpalate.  Similar to sucking on  a spoon full of honey as it just sat on the palate.  No acid whatsoever with subtle but tremendous complexity.  Could taste the volatile acidity slightly on the hindplalate though my friend did not perceive this as much.  Finish was neverending -- 5 minutes or more.  This bottle was unlike any other wine.  Not classic bordeaux, cali or anything I can think of.  It was just tremendously otherworldly and fabulous.  Two things stuck out.  Absolutely no acid on the palate making it completely mouthcoating and wonderful.  The second was the finish.  I could still perceive it even after starting a new bottle -- it just kept hanging onto the midpalate in a ethereal sort of way.  One other strange thing,  well I expected it to fade in the glass, it continued to only improve with time in the glass despite its age.  We followed with a 2005 Scarecrow and 1999 Lafite.   Both were wonderful but suffered from being tasted after this monumental, ethereal, and transendent bottle of 47 Cheval Blanc.

I get the feeling this was not a perfect bottle of 47 Cheval as most accounts have the wine with a darker, more intense color but it was still a 99 point wine.  It just had something wonderful about it that came through despite any faults in the storage or bottle.  It was awesome and would likely be even better from a magnum. 

Chris S.
Chris S.
1974 - Pape Clement Graves
excellent paired with sword fish steaks
Mar 08, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
John  S.
John S.
2003 - Quinault l'Enclos
Easy drinking Modern Styled Right Banker
Feb 23, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a very modern style Bordeaux that is very dark ruby in color with a slightly lighter rusty colored rim.  The nose is very expressive showing cedar, tobacco, black cherry, and baking spices.  Once in the mouth the wine shows lots of structure hinting it is capable of lasting for many more years.  Full bodied, with coffee notes, dark black fruits and a mouth-full of big smooth tanins. 
Chris S.
Chris S.
1970 - Mission Haut Brion, La
treasure after a comedy of errors
Jan 20, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

With my previous dissapointments with younger vintages, I decided on this one even though it showed some sepage,but fill at base of neck.  Knew I might be in trouble after the capsule was challenging, but cleaned it up and attempted cork removal.  The cork fell apart, so after gaining access to contents I drianed into a coffee filter to fill a caraf.  Could not wait for my first taste to see if the wine was corked.

WOW!!!  Nice, mild, with a long finish. Wish I had a case.  Now I wonder what  it will be like in an hour or so after possibly opening up more.

Adam W.
Adam W.
2000 - Gigault, Chateau Cuvee Viva
Jan 19, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Opened up this bottle for my dinner, braised short ribs. I sipped a little as I snacked on some gouda and soprasseta on stone crackers. But the real treat was how harmonious the wine paired with the beef. Soft and smooth with nice finish.
Chris S.
Chris S.
2005 - Fleur de Gay, La
Excellent young Pomerol
Jan 18, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Very nice, a bit mild but it was a Pomerol.  Young but very dinkable.  I would recommend for those weary of the Frech Reds as a stepping stone to the classic Bordeaux right bank Grand Cru.  Cheers all!!!
Alex L.
Alex L.
2005 - Aromes de Pavie
Jan 16, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This is the 3rd time I've tasted this wine. Once in the U.S. last Spring, once in Bordeaux in April 08 and now...Freaking delicious. This deep ruby colored full-bodied blend is the second label of St. Emilion's prodigal wine "Pavie". Complex fruit driven aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, dried currant, and cassis with a subtle coffee undertone. Plush and velvety in the mid-palate while remaining bright and lively. The finish is smoothe and quite simply delicious. This is Pavie-esque without having to spend $200
John A.
John A.
1985 - Margaux, Chateau
Jan 13, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2005 - Petit Bocq
Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium ruby core with a bright rim. Charcoal and slate aromas over dusty roses, rich black cherry and a spicy touch of eucalyptus. Big tannins from the front all the way through the back palate. Dark cherry, plum and cassis are underscored by smoky charcoal. Coffee lingers on the finish. Still young and evolving; could get even better with age. This is a blockbuster of a hidden gem that has managed to fly under the radar thus far. Complex enough to impress any Bordeaux connoisseur, yet priced right for just showing off in front of a few friends. A well made wine that is built to hold up for a while and will keep improving for a decade. Given the hype around the 2005 vintage for Bordeaux, many of the wines have skyrocketed in price, well beyond the value for what they deliver. Fortunately a few, like this one, remain accessible (for now...).
Marco
Marco
2003 - Greysac
Best Bordeux value yet
Dec 22, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Easy drinking wine that serves well as my everyday red. Decent texture, medium body, and smooth.


John C.
John C.
1999 - Haut Brion
Haut Brion-the one and only
Nov 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
An Haut Brion that can be had for a reasonable price.  I tasted plum and currant. The wine is medium to full-bodied and very elegant.  The finish is long.  This wine is ready to drink or hold for another 10 years.
John C.
John C.
1996 - Petrus
St. Peter I love ya
Nov 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
As this Petrus is rated below 95 by Parker, you can get it for a reasonable price by Petrus standards.  This wine has an impressive purple color, and sweet berry fruit  with earth and coffee scents.  It is full-bodied and delicious.
John C.
John C.
2000 - Giscours
Giscours comes through
Nov 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Picked this up at auction.  It is the finest Giscours I have ever had.  There were tastes of blackberry and cassis, with smoke and earth.  It was spicy and full-bodied with an incredible texture, and a long, pure finish.  If you want a 2000 Bordeaux at a reasonable price this is one to purchase.

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