Dark ruby center with lighter tawny rims. Not quite opaque. Nose is quiet at first and doesn't bloom until 3+ hours in a decanter. Notes of dark fruit, tobacco, leather saddle, barnyard ground, some stones and minerals, brush-like spice and some mocha. Seductive in the mouth. Great balance between very present fruit with good structure and softened tannins. Haven't had this in awhile, and this wine still is hitting it out of the park. At peak but it'll be around for the long haul. Started out second to the 94 Dominus and then took the race by a nose in the stretch. — 12 days ago
On the nose blackberry, cocoa blueberry,and earth.
Flavors of blackberry, earth, tar, cocoa, and espresso. Tannins are firm, but in balance with the wine. Long finish, with black fruit and earth.
3/22/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts.
Better from the Reidel than the Zalto stem — 5 months ago
Stewed fruit and red candy. Nice spicy notes. A dusty violet smell. Cherries. Also some cocoa, black licorice and woody tannins on the finish. Elegant overall, this shows an expressive, not overly modern approach. While I find myself wishing it was a touch less ripe and sweet, that is the style I suppose. — 9 days ago
Fresh and inviting on the nose, with fruitiness and allure. Some dustiness over it all lends to the mystery.
So drinkable and fruity.
Good party wine and potentially a pairing bombshell. — 14 days ago
Already ready to drink. Intense, Cabernet-driven Bordeaux, with deep black cherry and plum flavors. Powerful earthy nose. Superb value and a paragon of Pauillac. Great with Secret de Compostelle cheese. — 17 days ago
This is one beautiful wine. I opened the 2010 Château Haut-Bages Libéral. Pauillac 5th Growth Château from the Left Bank Bordeaux. The blend is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot.
On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, black plum, black currant, mocha, mint, herbs, smokey camp fire, cedar, crushed gravel and earth.
On the palate there is black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, herbs, smoeky oak, graphite and earth.
This is a wonderful full bodied wine with a fresh creamy mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium + mouthcoating polished tannins with a very expressive long red & black fruit graphite finish. I hope everyone's weekend has been eventful and I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead. Please stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 5 days ago
Domaine du Vieux Collège, Marsannay vieilles vignes Pinot Noir 2018
Very nice and concentrated nose with a bright cherry note along with a strawberry touch. There are some secondary aromas too like vanilla and coffee. A tiny funky note lurks around too. The palate is very nice too and rather round. There is an acid backbone, yes but it's less linear and acid driven than most of the Pinot Noir I have had from the region. A big bright cherry shines around, good width with a bit of matter, a silky, soft mouthfeel giving way to very subtle tannins bringing a little distorsion to the force. The finish is fresh, vibrant and leaning toward cherry with a little licorice twist that I had never encountered in burgundy Pinot yet. Now I understand what @Timothy Lynch was saying about this wine making style that might disturb some in the region. The funky nose, the concentrated palate relying less on the acid backbone and that funny, surprising licorice finish is definitely not an usual style. But I like it too😊 this reminds me very much of Foillard's style further south — a day ago