Château Rieussec Sauternes 1er Cru Classé 1989

  Bok's Rating:

Sauternes · France

TYPE – White

GRAPES –Sauvignon Blanc · Sémillon ·Muscadelle

“FOR SWEET TOOTH

Obviously a sweet dessert wine that goes well with a birthday cake or some sweet desserts after main course. I liked this Rieussec for its sweet caramel nose. The beauty lies in the palettte whereby this wine is obviously sweet, but not overly sweet, which has a good balance of acidity with the sweetness, pleasant, loads of apricots at the mid palette. The only shortcoming was its short finishing. But it does wash down the sweet dessert very easily.”

Château Pavie Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé 1990

  Bok's Rating:

Bordeaux · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc· Merlot

“PAVIE 1990 ROCKS

The Pavie judgment continues with the 1990. If the 1989 is a dragon, the 1990 is a phoenix and well deserve a 5 star rating. Its what I call the “girl next door” wine, really fragrant on the nose, almost smells like burgundy, although the alcohol is obvious too. The palette is sweet and elegant, very pleasant, friendly and easy going character that you’ll enjoy it without hesitation. I hope you get to drink some Pavie, its one of the best right bank wines before Perse era.”


Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classé 1989

  Bok's Rating:

Bordeaux · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc· Merlot

“FIRST GROWTH STATUS?

Pavie has been on the roll, so my question is, are they really on par with Cheval Blanc, Ausone and Angelus to be on a Premier Grand Cru Class A (1st growth) status? One has to drink older vintages to find out. 89 is a good gauge. Decent amount of fruits, alcoholic nose. Palette wise, its very fruity, very intense, good flavor and feels like drinking blackcurrent and strawberry jams. Although it faded fairly fast. Still to be applauded for doing a good job. They deserve it!”


Agricola Punica Barrua 2003

  Bok's Rating:

Isola dei Nuraghi · Italy

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Sauvignon · Merlot · Carignane

“ITALIAN WINE WITB ITALIAN FOOD.

It has been a rule for me to have Italian wine when I have Italian food. Happened that I have Lasagna tonight, so I must prepare an Italian wine. I must confess it went well. Somehow this bottle is heavy on the nose, something like charred wood and overcooked food, but the palette was easygoing and pleasant. It was a good match with Lasagna which has heavy taste and good load of cheese. So, next time you have Italian food, don’t drink Bordeaux!”

Tenuta Tignanello Riserva Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico 1979

  Bok's Rating:

Chianti · Italy

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Sangiovese

“Served blind. This is the oldest Tignanello I’ve ever had before, thanks to my friend’s generosity. I think they have done a great job even 36 years ago, not to mention nowadays its one of my favorite tuscan wine. Nose of cream, relatively minty, stewed fruits and rhapsberry. Palette has a lot of mint, but overall very pleasant and easygoing wine due to its maturity. Truly enjoyable.”

Brut Rose 2002

  Bok's Rating:

TYPE – Sparkling

“DOM PERIGNON ROSE

It’s rare to encounter this rose from a good vintage, but one of my friends is a big champagne collector, so I am privileged to drink it. The primary concern I didn’t give it a 5 star is that I drank the DP 96 which I felt it was superior over this 02 version. Nevertheless, it’s still very well made, balance of acidity and fruits, very laser sharp precision, slightly dry. I do prefer more fruits but all DP are made to be balanced so due credit was given in all fairness.”

Château Latour Pauillac Grand Vin Premier Grand Cru Classé 1988

  Bok's Rating:

Pauillac · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES – Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc· Merlot · Pinot Noir · Petit Verdot

“FIRST DISAPPOINTING LATOUR

My first time I didn’t really enjoy Latour 88. I had this bottle a few times in the past, but never was disappointed before. I suspect it was a provenance and storage issue. While my notes didn’t find too many faults with it, it was just a gut feel that somehow it wasn’t right. Smokey and intensive vanilla on the nose, typical of a Latour Pauillac style. Moderately flavorful, rich, elegant, young and slightly diluted (probably due to the vintage).”

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 1986

  Bok's Rating:

Pauillac · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES – Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc· Malbec · Merlot · Petit Verdot

“A LADY’S WINE.

Pichon Lalande is the female version of Pauillac, contrasting it to Pichon Baron who is the male chauvinist. It’s one of my all time favorite Bordeaux label, having tasted even as far back as 1925, 1945. This 86 vintage was a bit shy of my expectations; very intense vanilla and elegant nose. Palette is infused with hefty vanilla (or wood), but body was light, which leads to slight imbalance. It’s also very woody and a bit flat.”

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