1992 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Château Tahbilk
A big, nicely matured nose with notes of blackberries, asphalt, warm gravel and a petrol station in a distance. Some graphite with air. A fine maturity. Very good.
The taste is broad and mature with notes of inky black fruit, violets, undergrowth and sugared coffee. A medium long finish that ends dry. Very good. Perfectly mature.
87p (tasted 2015/12)
2002 Kevin Arnold Shiraz
A big, black nose with notes of ripe blueberries, bakelite, sweet violets and grilled meat (that Maillard smell!). A bit burly and brawny. Very big. Good though.
The taste is big and fiery with notes of blackberry jam, tar, band aid, bakelite and diesel oil. A long, hot finish. Some wood tannins in the finish. Good but it seems they tried to squake the grapes too hard.
83p (tasted 2015/12)
2005 Château L´Eglise Cuvée Beauchamp
A nice, open nose with notes of herbs, red currants, fir, leather and some stables in a distance. Some nice warmth. A touch foursquare though. Good.
The taste is cool and tight with notes of red currants, herbs, graphite and gravel. A medium long, light finish. There is a green streak going through the fruit, but in a nice way. Nice with food. Very good.
85p (tasted 2015/12)
2001 Pinot Noir La Création, Toni Hartl
A concentrated, sweet, large nose with notes of ripe strawberries, moist forest floor, red beet juice and pipe tobacco. Some dried flowers after a while. Burly but in a nice way. Deep. Very, very good.
The taste is big and warm with a fine backbone beneath the sweet red fruit, with additional notes of asphalt, ripe herbs, tobacco and forest floor. A long, dry finish with a nice mouth feel. Really good.
90p (tasted 2015/12)
1999 Chianti Classico Rocca di Montegrossi, Marco Ricasoli
A cool, seedy nose with notes of cigarette ashes, dried cherries, red currants and violet pastilles. A fine earthy scent. Cool and very nice. Some maturity.
The taste is tight and medium mature with notes of red cherries, red currants, gravel, violets and some tobacco. A medium long, slender finish. Very good. Should mature nicely with 2-3 years more in the cellar.
88p (tasted 2015/12)
1983 Pommard Epenots, Domaine Goud de Beaupuis
A lovely, soft, mature nose with notes of dried strawberries, boiled root vegetables, charcoal, meat, red tea and decaying roses - there is lot of good things going on here. A fine depth and maturity. Very, very good.
The taste is round and velvety with notes of dried strawberries, veal stock, moist forest floor and red beets. A long, warm finish with a fine dried up sweetness. This has matured into something really nice.
91p (tasted 2015/12)
2007 Côte-Rôtie Bonnevaux, J. Boutin
A deep, big, inky nose with notes of ripe blackberries, rubber, tar, white pepper and dried flowers. A nice juicy feeling to the fruit, yet with a firm backbone. Lots of violets when it gets some air. Very, very good. Still young of course.
The taste is broad shouldered and tight with notes of blackberries, blueberry pie, rubber and grilled meat. Inky. Nothing shy about this wine. The finish is long and meaty. Very, very good with a home made burger. Needs time, should be fun following.
91p (tasted 2016/01)
A fine, mature, warm nose with notes of red and black cherries, dry liquorice, old leather, earth and tobacco. Warm and nice. A bit hollow in the middle though.
The taste is mature and soft with notes of red cherries, rowanberries, chocolate, gravel and tobacco. A medium long, nice finish. A touch anonymous. Good.
84p (tasted 2016/01)