Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate

Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

The nose is exactly what I expect from a kiwi Pinot Noir : black forest fruits, cherry, pomegranate, hay, earth and an oaky touch lurking in the rear. The palate is acid driven but doesn't lack structure and shows some matter : a stellar black forest fruits note shines all through it, there is some width in midpalate with a bit of grip and a vivid mouthfeel gives way to some edgy, lively tannins before a long and fresh finish with fruits and some of these oaky notes which are consistent with the nose. This is not a bad at all but could benefit from a couple of years of aging. — 3 days ago

Peter, Bob and 10 others liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2018

Outstanding expression of Hermitage. Full bodied Syrah but less of the hammer that I’m used to with many of the CA versions. — 3 days ago

Ericsson, Ted and 4 others liked this

Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

2019 vintage. Thought some of the previous 2014-2018 vintages were ready steady go! from the onset but this may take the cake. Light-medium body. Nose is über-giving with herbs and baking spices. Finish of 40+ seconds highlighting a cocoa/baking chocolate baseline supplemented with ripe dark cherry and plum. Tannins fully in check-for now. — 2 days ago

Shay, Ron and 16 others liked this

Chateau de Valandraud

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

65 merlot 25 cab franc 4 cab sav 1 malbec
- so soft, not tart, not dry, smooth with some legs and wet. There’s a mustyness that’s wonderful. It’s hard to imagine a better old world Bordeaux. It’s softer than a fruit forward big red. Fleurie 60th birthday party.
— 4 days ago

Bob, Eric and 3 others liked this

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

En Remilly Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

DAY 1
👃Perfumed orange florals, peppery lemon & minerals
👅More pretty & less intense than many PYCMs. Palate is medium bodied. Not totally dry

Remaing wine Slow Decanted in my refrigerator

DAY 14
Change in character vs Day 1. The subtle fruit has been shrouded by intense minerality
👅Flinty, smoky minerality with just enough lemon fruit. Nicely salty. Long bold and distinctly dry finish

Quite different on the 2 occasions. It was more delicate and very nice on Day 1 but I preferred the intensity & minerality that had developed by Day 14💕🥂

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— 8 days ago

Paul, Tom and 20 others liked this

Cave Sébastien Blachon

Margariat Saint-Joseph Syrah 2019

Starts weighty and earthy, but becomes pretty with a few days. Earth, grape, brine, berry. Tannins are grippy and forbidding, actually quite bitter, but then this does have promising seductiveness and finesse. — 10 days ago

Tom, Rob and 18 others liked this

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1985

1985. Synth laden moment. Depeche mode. Tears for fears. But I digress. Just opened this. It’s quite a structured wine. The nose is a little muddled right now but that’s because I didn’t decant. That said, after 15 minutes of opening in the glass the nose is indeed tannic cherry skin. Musty and such, but that fruit profile is obvs right up front. I would say that the same is true on the front palate. Cherries with immediacy and extremely full fruit. That is what drives my initial rating here. So rich and definitive fruit. Finish not real refined but it’s only been 15 minutes and this wine has just had the wires jacked out of it Matrix style. It doesn’t know itself yet. Will post some notes in a few hours to see if the landscape has changed. Cheers! — 13 days ago

Jan, Ira and 8 others liked this

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Cuvée Marguerite Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Superbe encore une fois. À peine réduit, Fruits blancs, poires, un peu de citron aussi. Une bouche fort équilibrée avec une texture irrésistible, acidité bien présente pour balancer une certaine richesse mais sans exces. 92-93

Great once more, nicely balanced, white fruit, some lemon peel, auch great texture and mouthfeel, nice delicious finish.
— 4 days ago

Ira, Andrew and 10 others liked this

La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Pop and pour, realized I had made a mistake and then vigorously decanted...didn't help much: muddled and disjointed. Put this on the counter overnight. If you have to drink this now, give it at least 24 hrs slow ox. Notes from 24 hrs open. On the nose: pure blackberry and cedar, some cassis, soft vanilla. On the palate: soft acidity, which is my only real complaint, fantastic density, tangy black raspberry and currant, and very soft, grainy tannin on the finish. Just singing today. — 2 days ago

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Éric Texier

Domaine de Pergaud Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Syrah 2010

Fresh, still youthful Syrah, great acid, redfruits, medium-long finish, very nice!! — 6 days ago

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Hermes, Severn and 2 others liked this