Served blind, but not difficult to guess it was a Sauternes from the color and the nose+palette. Surprisingly very sharp acidity, coupled with loads of toffee and sweets on the nose. The palette is very balanced, extremely rich, extreme apricot character, extremely creamy and a touch of orange rind. Extremely complex with tons of layers, and long finishing!
Frankly I have been drinking for so many years, apart from 1959 & 1961, I cannot find a vintage as good as 2009, if you believe in Parker’s overhyped 1982 vintage, you’ll pay a bomb to get very little in return. 2009 was exceptional, just buy anything you think it’s good, if it ain’t 5 stars, something is wrong.
Nose of loads of blueberries, black currant and chocolate. Palate wise, the tannins were so well integrated that you don’t feel it as it was masked by the powerful fruits. Superb! “
I had many Haut Brion 83 in the past, and was always impressed with it, but for some strange reason this bottle in the Bordeaux 83 blind tasting came in almost 2nd from behind, puzzled.
Atypical nose of sourness and acidity started off, then slight tobacco leaves and smoke. Palate was tannic and harsh, woody, not smooth, wine not integrated!
With description like this, I don’t know why. Was it a bad bottle? Obviously not. A corked bottle? No wet cupboard or dampness. Still puzzled. ”
“I WAS WRONG
I have never been a great fan of Leoville Las Cases, but this bottle tonight in a lineup of Bordeaux 85 blind tasting, the wine came in as #2, very decent and surprising result.
Typical St Julien of truck load of coffee, quite fragrant and fruity, and slightly clinical on the bouquet.
Surprisingly elegant like a well dressed gentleman, great balance, very prune driven, and like a well tailored suit, very silky. Great effort! ”
Most Andre Clouet champagne that I have tasted are more backwards and classical. However this vintage champagne I feel that it’s quite modern, perhaps due to the good vintage.
Can’t really find fault from head to toe, perhaps just too young to drink. The bubble is precise and balance in every angle. Perhaps need to retry it in a couple of years time to see how it develops! “
It’s really difficult not to fall in love with Cheval Blanc, this was the wine of the night by a distance, the elegance of such old charm simply cannot be reproduced by young vintages, simply hedonistic!
The almost perfumed fragrance already melted all our hearts, although it developed some barnyard at much later stage. It was so easy to drink, I’d used the word CHARMING to describe the content. A very slight tinch of green notes but it doesn’t bother us at all, a perfect way to end the night. ”
I was served double blind for this bottle last night. Swirl a little to nose more, felt slight burned wood, slight smoke, and very creamy (probably oak).
Palate was easygoing, pleasant, broad, not long, young, big and bold, loads of vanilla.
I quickly ruled out Bordeaux but was still sticking to old world, so I decided to give Spanish a shot, probably Tempranillo. I was denied by sommelier, gave me a 2nd chance so I went for Australia, bingo. Gave the vintage around 1997 to 2000, not bad. ”