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1999 Château Corbin Michotte

TASTING NOTE

We sipped at Bibo in Hong Kong as an after-free-flow-brunch glass via Coravin.  A touch tired both in terms of nose (obscure veggies, no fruit) and texture (no tannins).

Reasonably pleasant, albeit uninspiring, was to end a mucho-marvie brunch.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 87 points)

1999 Château Corbin MichotteFrance, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (11/13/2016)

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1962 Château La Tour Haut-Brion

TASTING NOTE

WOTN, our birth year bottle was excellent.  You cannot beat the provenance of “Ex-Chateau”.  We were pleased to experience absolutely no difficulties removing the perfectly preserved cork. Blessed!

We let her breath for an hour before dipping in.  We had stood her upright for 48 hours so the sediment remained under control throughout the pour.  Light brownish red on the eye. She looks perfect.  The original old musty law books blew off after an hour and we had pure, Chinese preserved veggies on the nose.

Liquorice, burnt coffee, dark chocolate.  Oh my…too many things going on!

The palate was silky smooth with virtually no tannins (sad a bit as we like a little grip).  Chinese herbal tea flavours overwhelm with preserved mushrooms and other root veggies.  We enjoy this flavour.  We equally would have preferred just a hint of fruit…nary a drop.

Et voila, the finish was as though Her Majesty was gliding down the runway to greet her subjects…elegance on steroids.

(VineNaughties Rating: 94 points)

1962 Château La Tour Haut-BrionFrance, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (11/12/2016)

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2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

TASTING NOTE

Wow, what a great wine!!!

Vivacious yellow with hints of green.  Opens with floral notes that transitions to a powerful blend of citrus fruits on the nose.  More than ready to sip now, but will likely develop into a different wine on the nose in the coming years.

The palate demonstrates the fantabulous vibrant balance we always find with SHL.  One of our favourite white Bordeaux and a significantly good reason for the existence of Sauvignon Blanc 😉

(VineNaughties’ Rating : 93 points)

2012 Château Smith Haut Lafitte BlancFrance, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (11/10/2016)

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1975 Château Beychevelle

TASTING NOTE

We noticed this bottle resting comfortably on a shelf at a trustworthy wine merchant’s shop. We inquired into the provenance, checked the capsule and level, and, well, we went for it. Far from inexpensive, albeit not over the top.

We consider wines of this age to be “intellectual experiences“.

This reflects every facet of the experience:
1. Gentle, careful and nerve-wracking removal of the cork, which has done its best for 40 years.
2. First sniff and consideration whether to sip immediately or allow air to do its thing on the 40 year old juice.
3. Assessment of sediment, if any, after standing the bottle upright for 48 hours before pouring.
4. Pouring as delicately as possible.
5. Viewing forever into the once gleaming red now turning burnt, almost copper-like face.
6. Sniffing for a long time before almost screaming out how many different thoughts you are having of preserved vegetables (Chinese types), wet forest, dusty old law textbooks, burnt coffee and dark chocolate.
7. Sipping the velvety, silky, dry veggie liquid that conjures up all sorts of thoughts including where is the fruit?

A wonderful, wow, experience. We were pleased as punch to be with one of our favourite sommeliers to enjoy the myriad of sensations brought forward by this matron of THE art.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 94 points)

1975 Château BeychevelleFrance, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien

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2009 Château Grand-Puy Ducasse

TASTING NOTE

Our friend popped open this barely legal, but sipping nicely “claret” as the first of two Pauillacs of the evening.

Ruby red with darker, purple like shadows. Bouquet of red, candy like syrup with liquorice and hints of toasty-oak and slight vegetation.

Palate of fairly straightforward Pauillac “claret”….very good, but not special. Very subtle (too subtle, you ask?) tannins.

Reasonably priced, good Pauillac. Perhaps she will show her true self circa 2020?

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 88 points)

2009 Château Grand-Puy DucasseFrance, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

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2008 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

TASTING NOTE

The second “claret” of the evening from Pauillac.

A fairly typical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Dark ruby red colour. Nose of slightly ripe, black fruits with a touch of spice and pepper.

Palate experiences dark berries, some coffee, touch of chocolate and well-represented tannins. A reasonably pleasant blend of power and elegance. We definitely enjoyed the drop, but wondered out-loud if another four years or so would have done her more justice.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 89 points)

2008 Château Grand-Puy-LacosteFrance, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac

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