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Red Bordeaux 1955 Leoville Poyferre 1 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1956 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1959 Lascombes 1 Bottle 75cl
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    90

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    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

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    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    I have two superb notes on the 1959 Lascombes, which I have rated higher than any of the aforementioned Lascombes vintages. In 1988, from magnum, this wine had a huge mocha, cedary, plummy bouquet, full-bodied, remarkably intense, concentrated flavors (that seemed much younger and less evolved than the 1961), as well as a heady, cedary, spicy finish. It was a large-scaled, classic Margaux that is the finest Lascombes I have tasted.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1975 Talbot 9 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1978 Mouton Baronne Philippe - owc 1 Case Double Mag
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Red Bordeaux 1979 Langoa Barton 8 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1979 Petrus 1 Bottle Jeroboam
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Red Bordeaux 1982 Connetable de Talbot 8 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1982 Gruaud Larose 2 Bottle 75cl
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    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux’s I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. Release price: ($140.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009

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Red Bordeaux 1982 Mouton Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+

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Red Bordeaux 1982 Latour 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • This is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious.It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two Pauillac first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild.The dense, opaque garnet-coloured 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smokey, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry and prune-like fruit. It possesses extroadinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and overripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever.The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence. Anticipated maturity :now-2040

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Always somewhat atypical (which I suspect will be the case with the more modern day 2003), the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent, flamboyant, and precocious of the northern Medocs, especially the St.-Juliens, Pauillacs, and St.-Estephes. It hasn't changed much over the last 10-15 years, revealing sweet tannins as well as extraordinarily decadent, even extravagant levels of fruit, glycerin, and body. It is an amazing wine, and on several occasions, I have actually picked it as a right bank Pomerol because of the lushness and succulence of the cedary, blackberry, black currant fruit. This vintage has always tasted great, even in its youth, and revealed a precociousness that one does not associate with this Chateau. However, the 1982 is still evolving at a glacial pace. The concentration remains remarkable, and the wine is a full-bodied, exuberant, rich, classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles. It's just juiced up (similar to an athlete on steroids) and is all the better for it. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton, but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now, in 20 years, and in 50 years! Don't miss it if you are a wine lover.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

    As I indicated in the review of the 1982 Bordeaux, this is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious. It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild. The dense, opaque garnet-colored 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smoky, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry, and prune-like fruit. It possesses extraordinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and over-ripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever. The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence. Anticipated maturity: now-2040

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    For the last 3 or 4 years, the 1982 Latour has begun to look like a clone of the magnificently opulent 1961. The 1982 continues to surge in quality, moving from strength to strength. If I were going to pull the cork for pure pleasure on any of the Big 8 (5 first growths plus Ausone,Cheval Blanc, and Petrus), it would be on this wine. Still an infant in terms of development, the wine displays extraordinary richness, ripeness, and the beginning of that compelling Latour perfume of cassis, cedar, walnuts, and minerals. Extremely full bodied, concentrated, and thick, this viscous, chewy, large-scaled wine is also amazingly soft. Huge levls of tannin are concealed beyond the layers of fruit. More and more, I am convinced that thisis another unqualified legend of the vintage. If readers only have 1 or 2 bottles stashed away, I suggest waiting until 2002-2003 before doing the deed. Save the other until2020. This could be a 50-60 year wine

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (102), December 1995

    Open earthy, round leather and truffle aromas with soft red fruits, cherry and strawberry, sous bois and mushroom, damp earth, very good long complex, soft and elegant. Slightly disappointing length. Drink 2002-2025Date tasted 7th July 09

    Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

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100
Red Bordeaux 1982 Petrus 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • Score: 90/98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Given what I thought this wine would achieve, the 1982 Petrus has not turned out to be nearly as profound as expected. It reveals a certain herbaceousness, and there is significantly less concentration than I initially believed (too much filtration?) along with a cedary spiciness. Tasters who have had no previous experience with this wine will find it to be an outstanding effort that has reached full maturity much faster than some of its peers. It is capable of lasting a long time, but there is an underlying vegetal character, and the 1982 is far less concentrated than the vintages of Petrus that have been produced since 1989. I believe this wine is fully mature, and is capable of lasting another 10-15 years, but it is unlikely to improve

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

    92 - 98/100 

    From barrel, this remains one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. Whether fining and filtration pulled more out of it than was intended, only the proprietor knows. However, the 1982 Petrus turned in a strong performance in Philadelphia in contrast to other tastings when it has been less than spectacular. The color reveals some amber at the edge. A sweet nose of caramel, roasted herbs, cherry jam, cedar, and smoke is followed by a thick, full-bodied, unctuously-textured, low acid Petrus that is approaching full maturity. This was a dazzling showing for this 1982, which has performed irregularly since birth. Although abundant tannin remains, the wine is sweet, smoky, and ideal for drinking now and over the next 20-25 years. A bottle drunk in France in March, 2000, was equally sublime.

    Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (103), February 1996

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98
Red Bordeaux 1982 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle Double Mag
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  • This is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me of what the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It is capable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat and concentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated as the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same. Release price: ($350.00/case). Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 183 Drink 2014-2074

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97
Red Bordeaux 1985 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl
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  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 87 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), April 2000

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, August 2000

    Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. (JS) 95points

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator

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88
Red Bordeaux 1985 Palmer - owc 1 Bottle Imperial
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    Mar 2013 Neal Martin 90 Drink N/A $188-$345
    Tasted at the chateau, the Palmer 1985 was introduced by Thomas Duroux as a vintage that is overlooked. He might be around. The aromatics are not one that grabs you round the lapels like the 1983 or the 1989. It creeps up on you by stealth, opening gradually with notes of cedar, undergrowth and antique bureau - decidedly in secondary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and rather conservative in the context of the vintage. It is not a complex Margaux - linear in style and nicely focused; perhaps a little Saint Julien in style. Classic, reserved and delightful. Tasted November 2012.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1986 Montrose - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • This wine has turned out to be better than I originally thought. Made during a period when Montrose was flirting with a lighter style, the 1986 is one of the beefier efforts from that short-lived, stylistic detour. The wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color with only a hint of lightening at the edge. Fleshy, muscular, and powerful, with aromas of red and black fruits, earth, and spice, this medium to full-bodied, still tannic, brawny Montrose is not yet close to full maturity. It possesses a layered, chewy character, along with plenty of unresolved tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025. Last tasted 10/97

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91
Red Bordeaux 1986 Leoville Las Cases - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • The late Michel Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style, with the 1986 a monument to classicism, with great tannin, extraordinary delineation, and a huge, full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake, and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated, yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young, yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases, and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs of 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.

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Red Bordeaux 1989 Gruaud Larose - owc 2 Bottle Double Mag
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  • Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 was excellent, nearly outstanding. The herbal side of Gruaud-Larose was more noticeable, but the wine revealed a deep ruby/purple color (but not the opaqueness of the 1990), more obvious tannin, without the mid-palate and sweet inner core of fruit exhibited by the 1990. It is a big, tannic, spicy wine, with plently of potential but not the sweetness and chewy texture of the 1990. The 1989 needs some time to shed its cloak of tannin; give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20+ years. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

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89
Red Bordeaux 1989 Talbot - owc 1 Case 75cl
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  • Dark ruby with moderately endowed notes of sweet black currants intermixed with licorice, compost, and some weedy tobacco, this medium-bodied wine has low acidity, attractively ripe fruit, but a somewhat short finish. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 10/02.

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87
Red Bordeaux 1990 Pichon Baron 1 Case 75cl
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  • A remarkable vintage for Pichon Longueville Baron, 1990 is one of this estate's two or three finest wines made in the last 40 years. Still inky/blue/purple-tinged to the rim, it reveals an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, incense, creme de cassis, blue and black fruits, and a hint of licorice as well as an impressively long finish. While drinkable, its evolution is extremely slow, and I would not be surprised to see it last another two decades or more

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Until 3-4 months ago, the wine could have been purchased for under $400 a case, but that seems to have changed as the results of numerous tastings have pushed the price upward. I originally gave a one point preference to the 1989, and I am still convinced that ultimately that wine will last longer and hit a higher peak of pleasure than the 1990, but, wow, the 1990 is showing great. Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron exhibits more of the roasted overripeness of this vintage, but it manages to keep everything in perspective. The wine is opulent and flamboyant, with lower acidity, and noticeably less tannin than the 1989. It is equally concentrated, with a more evolved nose of cedar, black fruits, earth, minerals, and spices. On the palate, the wine offers sensational quantities of jammy fruit, glycerin, wood, and sweet tannin. It is far more fun to taste and drink (more hedonistic perhaps?) than the more structured, backward, yet exceptional 1989. Ideally, readers should have both vintages in their cellars. The 1990 can be drunk now as well as over the next 25+ years

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

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97
Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild - owc 1 Case Mag
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    May 2009 Neal Martin 90 Drink 2009 - 2015 $273-$916
    This has always been a disappointing Mouton considering the vintage, although this is probably the best bottle, poured at La Paulee in Meursault. It remains rather lean and stalky on the nose, dry on the palate entry with notes of blackberry leaf and mulberry, with touches of tobacco. It is better balanced than I recall, yet it lacks vigour and backbone, as if it is unwilling to go that extra mile and reach the level one expects of Mouton. Not as hollow as other bottles but remaining leafy on the foursquare finish with moderate length, I would definitely opt for the superior ’89. Drink now-2015. Tasted November 2008.

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90
Red Bordeaux 1990 Haut Brion 1 Case 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle Mag
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  • Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. A successful wine for Lafite, this dark ruby/purple-colored 1993 is tightly-wound, medium-bodied, with a closed set of aromatics that reluctantly reveal hints of sweet blackcurrant fruit, weedy tobacco, and lead pencil scents. Polished and elegant, with Lafite's noble restraint, this is an excellent, classy, slightly austere wine. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020.

     

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88
Red Bordeaux 1994 Grand Puy Lacoste 1 Case 75cl
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    90

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    $18 - 24

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1997

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    109, The Wine Advocate

    Grand-Puy-Lacoste is the drinker's Pauillac. It is not an investment wine (having been largely forgotten by the trophy hunters and investors looking to make a quick buck), although certain vintages (1982 and 1990) have tripled in price. Grand-Puy-Lacoste, usually loaded with character and personality, has enjoyed three fine vintages in 1993-95, with each of these years under-priced for such quality. The 1994 has turned out to be an outstanding effort for this estate. The wine reveals even more flesh than it did prior to bottling, as well as the high tannin that marks many of this vintage's wines. The color is an opaque ruby/purple, and the nose offers up a gorgeously pure blast of sweet cassis fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with layers of extract, this classic, rich, powerful Pauillac will be at its best between 2003-2020. A sleeper!

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90
Red Bordeaux 1995 La Mission Haut Brion 2 Bottle 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1995 Mouton Rothschild 3 Bottle 75cl
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    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2004 - 2030 $401-$1033 (250)
    Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.

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95
Red Bordeaux 1995 La Mission Haut Brion 1 Case 75cl
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Red Bordeaux 1996 Reserve de la Comtesse 1 Case 75cl
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    89

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    Drink Date

    1999 - 2009

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 1999

    Source

    122, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Reserve de Comtesse is the finest second wine Pichon-Lalande has produced. A blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine may merit a 90-point rating. Production was over 10,000 cases, so it should be easily available. It is a fat, sumptuously-textured, rich, hedonistically-styled wine that will surprise many consumers with its high quality. It should drink well for a decade.

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89
Red Bordeaux 1997 Latour 2 Case 75cl
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    89

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    $180

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2014

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

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    128, The Wine Advocate

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89
Red Bordeaux 1998 Eglise Clinet 6 Bottle 75cl
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  • This effort should turn out to be one of the longest-lived Pomerols of the vintage. It is backward and has closed down since bottling, but make no mistake about it. . . this is a dazzling, serious vin de garde. An opaque purple color is followed by a restrained but promising bouquet of sweet black raspberries intermixed with vanilla, caramel, and minerals. The wine is full-bodied, powerfully tannic, beautifully textured, and crammed with extract (an assortment of black fruits). While it is bursting at the seams, purchasers will need to wait a minimum of 3-4 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. Last tasted, 3/02.

    Score: 94+

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94
Red Bordeaux 1998 Pape Clement 1 Case 75cl
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  • A prodigious effort from Pape Clement, this wine is smokin'! It boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a terrific nose of charcoal, blackberries, cassis, tobacco, minerals, and spice. This brilliantly-focused, medium to full-bodied 1998 already reveals a boatload of complexity as well as a remarkably long finish. A large-sized effort for this estate, it exhibits a sweet mid-palate and ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. Bravo!

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93
Red Bordeaux 1998 Margaux 1 Case 75cl
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    91

    The 1998 Margaux's color is a dense ruby/purple. The wine is tannic and austere, but elegant, with notes of asphalt, blackberries, acacia flowers, and sweet, toasty oak. Subtle, rich, nicely-textured, and medium-bodied, it is built for the long haul. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2030.

    Neal Martin

    94

    A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose has moderate intensity, not the exuberance and exhilaration of the Haut-Brion, but expressive, with notes of blackberry, tar, a touch of leather and bilberry. What it does not have is Margaux's signature aroma of violets - this is more reserved and masculine. The palate is medium-bodied, quite peppery upon entry with good acidity and balance, yet missing the femininity and the finesse that marks out say the 1999 or the 2001. The finish is quite dry, perhaps a little dour compared to other Chateau Margaux. Tasted March 2008.

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94
Red Bordeaux 1999 Cheval Blanc 3 Bottle 75cl
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    The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. It is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mold as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavors with no hard edges. This is a seamless beauty of finesse, charm, and concentration. The 1999 is an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022. Wine Advocate.April, 2002

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93
Red Bordeaux 1999 Lafite Rothschild 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • The 1999 Lafite Rochschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant histoircal event of August 1999. A quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild, this prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavoured and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaue ruby/purple colour is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, crème de cassis, toast, and vanilla. Medium bodied with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony, this extroadinary Lafite increasingly appears to be amodern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!Anticipated maturity:2007-2030

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

    A great effort for the vintage, the 1999 possesses an open-knit, friendly, with sweet tannin, low acidity, and plump, corpulent, earthy, black fruit notes intertwined with a touch of pain grille and berries. The wine is opulent and pure, with a sensational mid-palate as well as 35+ second finish. This wine will be approachable upon release, yet will last 25 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

    Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

    The 1999 Lafite (74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.5% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) reveals the characteristics of a hot growing season. It possesses what I call concentrated finesse. The bouquet offers up aromas of lead pencil, black fruits, vanilla, and minerals. Rich yet suave, gloriously precise, and ethereal in its nicely-layered texture that floats across the palate without any heaviness, this deep, medium-bodied, impressively-endowed Lafite-Rothschild should be one of the few Lafites that can be drunk early in life. It possesses the requisite stuffing, power, and extract level to evolve for 20 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020+.

    Score: 92/94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

    complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco, spices and black licorice are alluring in this full bodied claret, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Long caressing finish. Superfine, well structred. Wine of the vintage. Best after 2006.

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

    Score: 95 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

    Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

    Score: 19/25 Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

    Transparent and lively. Fresh, appetising and already swallowable. So direct and frank! This is not one of Lafite's finest, most intense productions but it's well balanced and racy. Drink 2010-2025. Date tasted 25th June 09.

    Score: 18
     

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Red Bordeaux 1999 Latour 4 Case 75cl
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  • Readers looking for a modern day version of Latour's magnificent 1962 or 1971 should check out the sensational 1999 Latour. It is a big, concentrated offering, exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color, and a classic nose of minerals, black currants, leather, and vanilla. The wine is long, ripe, and medium-bodied, with high levels of sweet tannin. This surprisingly full, concentrated 1999 should be drinkable in 5-6 years; it will last for three decades.

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

    A terrific effort, this sexy, open-knit, opulent effort possesses plenty of tannin, but it is largely concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit, high extraction level, and noticeable glycerin as well as unctuosity. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with a sweet, evolved nose of black fruits (cassis, leather, and blackberries), cedar, spice box, and liquid minerals, this powerful yet seamless Latour will be surprisingly accessible at an unusually young age. Long and full-bodied, with the acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood all beautifully integrated, it will be at its finest between 2007-2030. A classic!

    Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

    The opulent, rich, concentrated 1999 is atypically forward and luscious. The dense purple color is followed by precocious, sweet black cherry/cassis aromas backed up by noteworthy liquid mineral and subtle smoky new oak notes. Dense and fat, with low acidity, an opulent, chewy texture, medium to full body, superb power, and a seductive character, it will be drinkable at an unusually early age, but, given its stuffing, will last for two decades or more.

    Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

    big yet racy 99. Shows blackberry aromas, with a hint of spice, and is full bodied, with a solid core of fruit, firm tannins and a dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Wonderful texture. Goes on and on. Best after 2006.

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

    Score: 93 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

    Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

    Score: 20/25 Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

    Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. Drink 2012-2028. Date tasted 25th June 09.

    Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

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