Moët & Chandon Champagne Dom Pérignon 1999

  Bok's Rating:

Champagne · France

TYPE – Sparkling

GRAPES –Chardonnay · Pinot Noir · Pinot Blanc · Pinot Meunier

“PARTY BUBBLES

I’m sometimes a fan of Dom Perignon, but not always. I’m selective on the vintage. Having drank the 99 multiple times, I was far from impressed by it. Nose was creamy and rich, lemon mingled with citrus, although the beauty is that it doesn’t have the typical yeasty nose of most champagnes. Palette wise, it was sharp and acidic, felt much younger than 99 perhaps due to good storage condition. I got loads of citrus, and also bitter tonic water. It finally turned a bit more fruity later.”

Château Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac 1981

  Bok's Rating:

Pauillac · France

TYPE – Red

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

“PRIME TIME

Pichon Baron, the chauvinist of the two Pichons (the other is Lalande), always exhibit the chauvinistic character, big bold and muscular. In addition, it’s a Pauillac, and inherited many characters of Pauillac like pencil lead shaving, cedar woods and vanilla. This 81 is at its absolute prime drinking window, totally integrated tannins, ripe and extremely addictive. I can drink this all night long! You can find really undervalued gems from 81.”

Château Clinet Pomerol 1985

  Bok's Rating:

Pomerol · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc · Malbec ·Merlot

“ROLLER COASTER LABEL

Clinet, I must confess this label is a bit on a roller coaster performance. Having tasted 61, 70, 82, 85, 89, 98, 00 (and some young vintages I have forgotten), it performed unpredictably. On a good vintage (eg 61 & 89) it was like a shining star, otherwise it’s better to be buried (eg 82). 85 is a ripe vintage, Clinet shined. Both nose & palette with ripe strawberries, extremely forward. I love the charm of it, very mellow and elegant rich. So, buyers beware.”

Les Suchots 1er Cru 1996

  Bok's Rating:

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Pinot Noir

“Forest floor, ripe cherries, slightly fragrant on the nose. Surprisingly balanced on the palette: slightly unriped strawberries, young cherries, but overall it’s a good balanced wine with good acidity and fruits. People who knew me knew that I am not a red burgundy fan, I’m hard to please when it comes to red burgundies. So my rating is usually harsh. Sorry if you don’t like my harsh criticisms.”

Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1994

  Bok's Rating:

Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru · France

TYPE – White

GRAPES –Chardonnay

“Les Pucelles means “the virgins” in French, and this is the top premier cru plot in Puligny Montrachet, the nearest to the Grand Cru plots, namely Batard Montrachet and Bienvenues Batard Montrachet. Traditionally, Les Pucelles possessed mineral nose, slightly sweet and low in acidity. How about this Louis Jadot production? Almost there, very mineral nose, relatively sweet, and very ripe that I just don’t feel any acidity lurking around. The ripeness is like a cooked Pomelo, very easy going & easy drinking.”

Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux Grand Cru Classé Grand Vin 1964

  Bok's Rating:

Margaux · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc · Merlot ·Carmenérè

“BACK IN THOSE DAYS…

Brane Cantenac was a formidable second growth. I tasted the 61, 62 and 82, all were so great I fell in love with it. 64 was no exception, although not quite a Margaux vintage, still very addictive. Nose of old leather jacket smell, prunes and later dry tobacco leaves evolved. Palette is where the charm is, fully melted tannins, very easygoing, friendly and pleasant, there’s not a tinge of loudness from this wine, a really submissive feminine styled wines. For the price, no brainer.”

Graves Grand Cru Classe 2009

  Bok's Rating:

TYPE – White

“TROPICAL FRUITS

Graves Bordeaux Blanc are normally respectable, unfortunately I was mildly disappointed with this one, particularly from a good vintage. The bottle aged significantly since the last time I tasted it, previously it was sharp and crisp. But this bottle I had, was blunt and bold, blended with a lot of tropical fruits like rambutan and ripe pineapple. Almost shocked me for the huge contrast! I didn’t expect it to age so quickly!”

Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 1981

  Bok's Rating:

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES –Cabernet Franc · Merlot

“RIGHT BANK VINTAGE I had many right bank wines, and suffice to say that right banks are very impressive with 1981 vintage. Canon la Gaffeliere is a reputable name to me, I have had this label as old as 66 all the way to 2012, hardly any disappointing vintages. Bery reliable label. Loved the pleasant, really easy going and friendly character of this vintage, plus all the integrated tannins, goes extremely well for a quiet night’s drink.”

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