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99 Potensac, 96 Clos du Marquis and 85 Las Cases

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


1999 Château Potensac:
Ruby. Spices, blackcurrants, a bit rustic, and lacks some of the nuances of other bottles. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, structured and long, needs time. 89

1996 Clos du Marquis:
Ruby, garnet rim. Seductive nose, floral, cassis, just starting figs behind, some leather. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit, savory and lively, very long. Lovely and charming. 92

1985 Château Léoville Las Cases:
Ruby. Cherry stones, figs, red- and blackcurrants, some herbs, bell peppers, leather and scented. Somewhat tighter and even younger than last bottle. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, mouthwatering, raspberries touch, complex and layered, very long. 94+

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3 from Gaja

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


2009 Gaja Promis:
Ruby. Dark fruits and red berries, refreshing and fruity nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, sweetish palate and finish. 88

2010 Gaja Sito Moresco:
Ruby. Fruity, some tar and roses, cassis. Freshish acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, not that complex, good length. 89

2008 Gaja Dagromis:
Ruby. Rich tar and roses nose. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, slightly sweet and rich but balanced, long. 90

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Up and comming Port and some Burgundies

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


2010 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnere:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, a bit tight nose. Fresh acidity, elegant fruit and texture even if a bit ripe and yellow fruity, good length. 89

2006 Francois Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny 1erCru Les Charmes:
Bright ruby. Barrel notes and plums.fresh acidity. More elegant body, not as vulgar as another 06 1er Cru a few weeks back, good length. 88

2007 Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de laMaréchale:
Tasted this several times lately, this one decanted for about an hour, elegant ruby, scented nose, more open than last two bottles. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, elegan and quite lively, one of the tighter 07's that needs a bit of air. 91+

2008 Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru:
Ruby. Scented and fruity after an hour in decanter. Fresh acidity, lively, ripe tannins, elegant fruit, needs a few years to settle it seems, long. 92

2007 Conceito Vintage Port:
Deep ruby. Fruity and deep nose, chocolates, layered. Fresh acidity, lively, elegant, long and fairly playful Vintage Port. 93

2005 Conceito Vintage Port:
Deep ruby. Again deep fruity nose, fruitier than the 07, more full bodied. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and layered, more power but lacks the elegance. 92

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99 Fugue and Château Nenin

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


1999 Fugue de Nenin:
(2nd Ch.Nenin) Ruby. More mature nose than last bottle, prunes and plums nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and rounded, good length. 87

1999 Château Nenin:
Ruby. Floral and seductive nose, blueberries and some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and mouthwatering, plums and blueberry finish, long. 90

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Some inexpensive Bordeaux and 06 Doisy Daëne

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


2009 Château Lestage: (Listrac)
Ruby. Cassis, some vanilla, slightly scented nose. Some herbs. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, light bodied but fruity, quite lovely even if easy going. 85

2009 Château La Fleur Peilhan:
Deep ruby. Started out rich but fairly nuanced, with air, alcoholic and sweet, even bitter. Feels extracted (14%) and is simply too much for this one. Ungainly. Falls completely apart after ten minutes. Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, why on earth? 70

2010 Grand Cannon: (Canon Fronsac)
Ruby. Coffee, rich and ripe nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, somewhat unrefined and not very elegant. Canon Fronsac can do better. 83

2006 Pessac-Léognan de Latour-Martillac:
Ruby. Somewhat scented, graphite minerals, cassis and some cedar. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, some would say maybe a bit lean and/ or austere touch, I find it lively. 86+

2008 Baron de Brane:
(2nd Ch.Brane-Cantenac) Ruby. A bit rough before decanting, then cassis, floral and vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit and body, quite lively, good length. 87

2008 Grand Cannon: Canon Fronsac
Ruby. Ripe and somewhat sweet blueberries, vanilla and jasmin nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly fresh, good length. 84

2011 Berger Baron (Baron Philippe de Rothschild)
Ruby. Blueberries and slightly herbal. Freshish acidity, ripe and few tannins, very easy going. 78

2006 Château Doisy Daëne:
Golden. Apricots, pineapples, some vanilla, botrytis, pure feel and elegant. Fresh acidity, fruity and elegant palate, lively, lovely body and texture, long. 92+

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1994 Yquem, 07 Gruaud Larose and more

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting


2007 Schloss Schönborn Rüdesheim Riesling EG:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, touch of minerals and citrus. Freshish acidity, sweetish style, good length. 86

Taittinger Brut Réserve:
Pale lemon yellow, small bubbles. Yeasty, minerals, some apples and lemons nose. Fresh acidity, towards creamy mousse and palate, fruity and minerals palate, good length. 89

2008 Château Laroque:
Ruby. Cassis, tighter than last bottle, some berries. Fresh acidity, tight tannins, fresh, lovely and a lovely Laroque. Wait a few years or decant it for an hour or two. 88

2006 Château Meyney:
Deep ruby. Cassis and blueberries, vanilla, coffee touch and chocolate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, biting texture and very young. Needs many years or hours of decanting, the 06's are mostly too rough still, even at this level. 89

2001 Sarget de Gruaud Larose:
Ruby. Maturing nose, cherry stones, figs and cassis. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, a bit lean, drink soon. 87

2007 Château Gruaud Larose:
Ruby. Layered, complex, leather, cassis, bell peppers and vanilla. Fairly nuanced. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, mouthwatering, lean but lively, long. 89

2007 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey:
Golden. Pure nose of apricots, pineapples, botrytis, vanilla and a touch of almonds. Fresh acidity, lively and elegant body, refined and creamy, lovely length. 92

1994 Château d'Yquem:
Deep golden. Apricots, pineapples, fruity nose, touch of botrytis. Fresh acidity, lively and elegant, not that complex but playful and elegant, long finish. 91

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Six from Fritz Haag, mostly 2011's

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting



2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling GG:
Watery lemon yellow. Apples, lime and minerals. Fresh and high acidity, fruity and mineraly, long. 91

2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett:
Watery lemon yellow. Elegant apples and mineraly nose. Fresh acidity, elegant and lovely texture, slight floral note, good length. 87

2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, grapefruit, lime and minerals. Fresh acidity, elegant and balanced, good length. 89

2009 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese:
Pale lemon yellow. Yellow apples and minerals. Fresh acidity, almost mouthwatering and towards creamy aftertaste, long. 90

2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, apricots and tropical fruits. Fresh acidity, playful and refreshing, elegant and long. 92

2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel:
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, apricots and some botrytis. Fresh acidity, elegant texture, rounded texture, sweet yellow fruit finish. 93

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Rare Champagne, 2010 Montrose and more

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 Wine Tasting

2006 Moutard Arbane Brut Vielles Vignes:

About 1000 bottles made. Pale lemon yellow, tiny bubbles. Refined nose, apples, yeast, floral, quite elegant. Fresh acidity, sweetish attack, elegant mousse and fresher and more focused palate, long finish. 92

2010 Château Tronquoy-Lalande:
Deep ruby. Coffee, dark berries, floral, vanilla, deep nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fairly full, refreshing and long. 88

2010 La Dame de Montrose:
Deep ruby. Floral, cassis, spices, vanilla, layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, balanced, rich and still elegant, very long. 90

2010 Château Montrose:
Deep ruby. Superb nose, complex, cassis, has everything. Fresh acidity, high of ripe tannins, ripe fruit, superb texture, will evolve over the next thirty years plus. Very long. 95

Taylor's 20 Year old Tawny:
Amber with pink hue. Figs, dades, raisins and something tropical. Fresh acidity, balanced, fruity, long finish. 91

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Lunch at Château Margaux

Date: Wed, Mar 20, 2013 Wine Tasting



I thought I had published this already, but I haven't. I have only published on one of the wines that was served under this magnificent experience. During the harvest of the 2012 vintage, we had a private lunch in the courtyard of Château Margaux.



2009 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux:
Bright ruby. Floral, cassis, leather, layered and subdued nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture and structure, lovely balance, refined and long. 92



2009 Château Margaux:
Ruby. Such layers, so seductive, so complex, refined, nuanced, has everything. Floral and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, layered and such balance, feels perfect even if extremelly young. Complete and extreme length. 100



2011 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux:
Pale lemon yellow. Intense citrus, minerals, some vanilla. Very transparent feel. Layered. Fresh acidity, superb balance, refined and mouthwatering, superb length. 93



2004 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux:
Ruby. Cassis, bell peppers and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant palate, refreshing and elegant texture, savory and long. 90



1999 Château Margaux:
Ruby. Layered, scented, floral, cassis, leather, anise and again such an open and seductive nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture and structure, velvety, fresh and lively, long. Always a favorite of mine. 94




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83 and 85 Laville Haut-Brion and stunning 82 Calon-Ségur

Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 Wine Tasting



1985 Château Laville Haut-Brion:
Towards lemon yellow. Started out very smoky and grapefruity on stilts. Needed air to open and it's surprisingly youthful. With air the minerals came together, lovely nuance, superb citrus, tiny touch of apricots and vanilla. Layered nose. Fresh acidity, lively, very nuanced, the smoky minerals are more persistent. Almost as young as the 07 tasted a few months back. Extremelly long and nuanced. Another perfect bottle. Floral after an hour, so complex, nuanced and layered. A rare beaty. 98

1983 Château Laville Haut- Brion:
Pale golden. Beeswax, tropical, fatter than it's youngest brother, lychee, grapefruit, almost floral, sweet lilies. Fresh acidity, somewhat fuller body, camphor touch, rounded body and texture, intense and layered, two very different expressions, incredibly long. After 45 minutes, getting even more focused, my best bottle yet. 97

1982 Château Calon-Sègur:
Fill barely half a centimeter below cork. A bit shut and plummy, but after ten minutes in decanter, fragrance extravagance. This bottle makes Armand Rousseau's Chambertin looking like a shy schoolgirl. Every red and dark berry there is in abundance, so floral and extrovert, leaps out of the glass, you smell it from half a meter away. Fresh acidity, tannins soft and velvety. Astonishing refinement and a huge surprice. But then again, my experience with Calon is quite limited. It could have been longer considering the nose and palate, but what a wine. Clear as a cold winters day. Pure as few. After three hours, cedar, pencil shaves and something I have found in Calon before, a slightly salty minerality. 95+

1997 Dr.Pauly Bergweiler Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Beerenauslese:
Golden. Floral, apricots, minerals, apples, slightly spicy. Fresh acidity, fairly lively and very elegant. Could be more nuanced but refreshing. Quite pure. Very apply and lemons and mineraly finish. 92



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1982 Calon-Ségur

Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 Wine Tasting









1982 Château Calon-Ségur
Fyll så oppunder korken som det er mulig, en kork som på mirakuløst vis har klart å holde seg unna, en kork som aldri har våget å ta en smak av disse edle dråper. Hvordan har den klart å la være? Tredve pluss år i sølibat. Tredve pluss år i stille bønn.

Starter ut beskjedent, forsiktig, som en strattete bougainvillea langs en kjølig hvit vegg, på en lunt varm øy i Egeerhavet. Så kommer det, som når den samme bougainvilleaen slår blomst, en prakt i purpur som farger den hvite veggen til ett flammehav, som en kardinal sveper den seg oppover den hvite muren, vinner kampen mot de himmelblå vindusskoddene, og når nye høyder.

Glasset står på bordet, det er ikke så stort. Ikke stort større enn den lille stilken som står der ute, og blant sølvblanke blad skinner det i vakkert blålilla. Men duften, den kan sammenlignes, den stråler ut, langt utenfor glassets bredder. Strømmer utover, som lavendelen i en lun sommerbris, den lille busken som fyller hele hagen med duft.

Ett tre står der i hagen, nakent og stusselig etter vinterens ran. De varmende strålene får grenene til å pynte seg i de vakreste rosa farger. Det blir en overflod som til slutt regner nedover og danner ett nytt lag av snø under treet, på den grønne slette. Soloppgangen nærer de mørke perlenes sødme som hverken folk eller trost kan la være.

Den lille larven gnager og gnager. Den er sulten på blader. Den går ikke lei, den spiser seg større og større, samme type blad hver eneste dag og hvorfor? Jo den ønsker seg ett hjem av silke, en kokong hvor den kan få utvikle seg, til noe større, og vakrere enn den er. Den trengte bare tid, så skal verden få se hva den kan bli. Og nå bretter den ut sine vinger.

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Four Madeira's, oldest 1875 Moscatel

Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 Wine Tasting






ABSL Malvasia Reserva Velha:
Amber with golden rim. Apricots, raisins, pure and fruity as always from ABSL. Fresh acidity, lively, almost creamy texture, refined, nuanced and elegant, lovely length. 91


1905 D'Oliveiras Verdelho Reserva:
Amber, orange-green rim. Some VA, nose a bit closed, not quite optimal bottle. Fresh and hig acidity, lively, better palate, powerful fruit, intense, but lacks some nuances. Long. 91

1907 D'Oliveiras Malvazia Reserva:
Deep amber, yellow green rim. Intense, rich and fruity nose, caramel and figs. Rich palate, fresh acidity, sweet, maybe even for Malvazia, but a very refreshing lemon touch to refreshen things. Very long. 95

1875 D'Oliveiras Moscatel Reserva:
Almost brown, amber hue. Rich nose, very mature, somewhat grapey, apricots, and dried fruits. Rich, playful acidity, more oxidized style, very long. Fresher, livelier and more nuanced than last bottle. 94

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02 Dom Perignon, Leroy and three from Pontet-Canet

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 Wine Tasting



2002 Dom Perignon:
Pale lemon yellow. Tiny bubbles. Fresh and yeasty nose, apples, lemons and minerals. Fresh acidity, elegant and smooth texture, refined and very long. 94

2009 Domaine Leroy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Les Puits:
Pale lemon yellow. Lime, apples, minerals, some vanilla, elegant nose. Fresh acidity, elegant and rounded texture, very long. 93

2003 Château Pontet-Canet:
Deep ruby. Exotic nose, spices and cassis, some plums and licorice, similar nose to 03 Mouton. Scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe and rounded texture. Decanted for a few hours. Long. 93

2001 Château Pontet-Canet:
Deep ruby. Intense, blueberries, cassis, scented and floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, more rounded than last bottle (also decanted longer, two hours). Fine texture, long. 93

1996 Château Pontet-Canet:
Ruby with with garnet rim. Blackcurrants, violets, leather, anise and scented. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, getting more mellow, very together and balanced, refreshing and long. 92

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Winemakers dinner with Gianni Brunelli

Date: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 Wine Tasting




2009 Gianni Brunelli Rosso di Montalcino:
Ruby. Blueberries, morellos and some licorice. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, fairly elegant, good length. 86+

2006 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino:
Ruby. Licorice,cherries, slightly floral, quite intense nose. A bit tight still. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity with a leaner nerve towards the finish, long. 91



2005 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino:
Ruby. Fruity, riper style and slightly scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich but nuanced palate, licorice and coffee finish, long. 90

2004 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino:
Ruby. Licorice, floral, somewhat scented, cherries, intense with more air, violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, almost playful. Long. 92



2006 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva:
Ruby. Rich licorice, cherries, scented with more air. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing and lovely fruit, but a bit short. 92

2004 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva:
Ruby. Licorice. Coffee, dark berries, cherries and with air more scented. Again violets. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant fruit and body, rich and full, nuanced, long and refreshing. 93

Some very elegant and unoaked wines, nuanced and without the extraction of some producers in Brunello.

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