La Graffeliere St Emilion 1978

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La Graffeliere, St Emilion 1978
Slightly Over The Hill

For a 41 year old wine that’s still drinkable it’s already beyond description, not to mention it was doing quite well. The usual aged character with musty nose and rotten wood. Content was quite average, with a bit of funk, light body and predictable aged wine that reflected over the hill style.

Lafite Pauillac 1978

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Lafite Pauillac 1978
Stunning Pauillac Vintage

I’m 100% persuaded that 1978 is a Pauillac vintage, as I have so far drank Lafite, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Pichon Baron and Pichon Lalande, none of them have ever disappointed me, whereas many right banks are not up to my expectation. I have come to the conclusion that 1978 is just made for Pauillac. Lafite 1978 was a stunner, the nose was so seductive, blended with elegant smoke and feminine characters. Content was very seductive; addictive to drink, I had sips and sips, really enjoyed the wine.

1978 是个伟大的波尔多产区波雅克村的酒, 我喝过很多波雅克的1978好酒, 比如拉图,拉菲,木桐,女爵和男爵,每一瓶都可以成为当晚的经典。但是要注意1978波尔多的右岸酒却通常令我失望,所以买1978年份的波尔多真的需要做点功课。这瓶拉菲1978接近完美;鼻香有着非常优雅的烟熏味和温柔的味道。内容也倾城倾国,简直是太吸引人了!每一口都有着非常迷人的口感,每喝一口就想喝下一口,魅力没有办法阻挡!

Calon Segur St Estephe 1988

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Calon Segur St Estephe 1988

Classic Beauty

I personally do not find many 1988 Bordeaux attractive, most are disappointing in fact, it’s an over-rated vintage. However, there’s always a gem during a mediocre vintage, and you can count on Lafite and Calon Segur as one of them. Calon Segur 1988 is a charming classic beauty; the wine is very backward and classic style of Bordeaux, very deep and broad flavour, with a lot of aging potential. I’m sure you’ll find this exceptional in terms of price and quality.

Cheval Blanc St Emilion 1998

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Cheval Blanc St Emilion 1998
28 Aug 2019

Served blind, and I can only describe the wine from my glass. Bouquet of gentle smoke, monstrous fruits immediately encapsulated the whole glass, from the nose, I already zoomed in as a first growth quality. Body was tight (it wasn’t decanted prior to tasting) but not tannic. I was sure it was in the ‘90s at this point. I waited for another hour to let it open up, and realized the body on the palette was really broad and the length was superb. I was fixated as a Pauillac wine, so right bank did not even come to my mind. Was truly surprised to find that it’s Cheval Blanc 1998, one of the best right bank vintages in the ‘90s, and a bottle that I’ve never drank before (as I always think it’s way too young). At the age of 21 years old, I still think it’s way too young. I hope to drink it again in 15 years’ time, it should have developed the tertiary flavour to get me addicted. I’m sure by 2035 I will change my scores to 10/10 as I can see the huge potential in this wine!

Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien 1982

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Ducru Beaucaillou St Julien 1982
28 August 2019

In my drinking career, I have drank at least half a dozen bottles of Ducru Beaucaillou 1982, and not once I was impressed with the content. This bottle was an ex-chateau stock, so the provenance was definitely pristine. I didn’t quite enjoy the nose, earthy tone mixed with rotten white cabbage was the signature of this bottle. Body was predictably wines in the 80s, felt alcoholic with middle length finishing, wasn’t an impressive content at all. Totally paled right next to the Cheval Blanc 98 being served.

Pichon Lalande Pauillac 1970

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Pichon Lalande, Pauillac 1970
3 Sep 2019

Awesome, period!

Pichon Lalande 1970 is consistently a wine to die for, as I have drank it at least 3 times in my lifetime. The bouquet was stunning, so floral and elegant that I really cannot find fault with the nose. Palette is impeccable too, I cannot find any weakness with this 49 years old wine at all, everything was in order and faultless, leathery texture with totally melted tannins, plus a soft and smooth touch to the body, cannot ask for more! The only reason I didn’t give a 10/10 rating is because of the Pichon Lalande 1982 that’s the most perfect Pichon Lalande I’ve ever come across and that’s beyond words, so it’s really difficult to give this a 10/10 stars, but I can tell you, for $500+, this is as close to a perfect aged Bordeaux as you can get.

Lafleur Petrus Pomerol 1966

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Lafleur Petrus, Pomerol 1966
5 Sep 2019

Perhaps 1966 wasn’t a right bank Pomerol vintage, the content did not impress me. But the bouquet, oh my goodness, I have lack of words to describe the bouquet. In French, Lafleur means flower, so this was probably the best description I can give to this label, the nose was stunning with unlimited floral layers, you can use all sorts of flowers to describe the nose, and I can assure you, no flower fragrance was ever wrong! Palette was a bit less impressive, as I detected some greenness and vegetal body, which was not typical for a Pomerol. Perhaps a bit austere, it struggled to express itself as a merlot dominant wine, more like a left bank Cabernet Sauvignon dominant style to me. Anyway, it was still smooth and pleasant despite all the weakness I’ve described.

Michael Bouzereau, Meursault Genevrieres 1995

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Michael Bouzereau, Meursault Genevrieres 1995
5 Sep 2019

I wasn’t having any expectation from an aged Bouzereau Meursault Genevrieres, but I was totally wrong. Aged for 24 years, and it came from a vintage whereby pre-mox (prematured oxidation) did not exist. This was probably one of the best aged Meursault Genevrieres I’ve ever come across; nose was slightly flinty with a good mix of mineral and oyster. Body was really mellow and very addictive. All in all, a very surprising bottle for me, and for the price, definitely worth every single cent.

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