1937 Chateau Haut-Brion – half bottle
Great surprise 80th Birthday present – imagine drinking a wine from the year you were born, 80 years ago!
To everyone’s surprise, the 1937 Chateau Haut-Brion out-performed the 1947, and the soft, fully mature 1962. 1937 has a justifiable reputation for being a hard vintage, but one could see through the austere, still tannin-dominated 1937 Haut-Brion to admire the healthy, dark, dense color with only some amber at the edge. Minerals, tobacco, cedar, and coffee aromas were followed by a muscular, medium-bodied wine with plenty of power and fruit. But the vintage’s tell-tale hard tannin was still present. This particular magnum of 1937 Haut-Brion would have lasted another 20-30+ years. I suspect many 1975s are the modern day clones of the 1937 vintage. Robert Parker 89 Points, Drinking 1996 – 2026.
1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia – Magnum
I tasted this 1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia in a blind tasting – I have had it frequently, and have never failed to give it a perfect rating. At the same time, I have often mis-identified it in blind tastings as the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild. In this tasting, the 1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia was phenomenal. The colour remains an opaque purple. The bouquet is beginning to develop secondary aromas of cedar and truffles to go along with its intense cassis, black-raspberry, blackberry, tarry, toasty personality. Exceptionally dense, concentrated, and full-bodied, this wine possesses layers of concentrated fruit that are beautifully balanced by the wine’s sweet tannin and well-integrated acidity. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. A monumental Cabernet Sauvignon, it is one of the greatest wines made this century. Tasting after tasting continues to confirm this wine’s surreal level of quality…My best guess for when it will reach full maturity is between 2015-2035. What a wine! Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2005 – 2035.
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1999 Penfolds Grange Magnum
the 1999 Penfolds Grange is “the first Grange since 1963 to be 100 percent Shiraz – and doesn’t it show it in all its glory. This is a fabulously balanced Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraordinary 1998. Full of luscious, elevated, malty oak and crawling with deliciously spiced, leather-like, licorice-laden, plum-infused, blackberried fruit, it’s gorgeously supple and gamey and long, with a magnificent silkiness and a sense of power, balance and finesse almost second to none. Given a good decant it drinks outstandingly well already, but it will live for a very long time. Given that time, this will become a top-shelf Grange. Jeremy Oliver 96 Points, Drinking 2024 – 2048.
1999 Salon Cuvee S Blanc de Blanc Champagne
Disgorged October 2010, the 1999 Salon Cuvee S Blanc de Blanc Champagne is the 37th vintage of this famous Blanc de Blancs from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The 99′ Salon has a light mousse in the glass, with the bouquet beautifully defined with hints of white truffle and cold limestone. There is wonderful mineralité on the tense, poised palate and is perhaps less “Zen-like” than the 1996 with just a suggestion of brioche towards the finish. This is a class act for sure. Tasted March 2011. Robert Parker 95 Points, Drinking Now – 2050.
NV krug Rose Champagne
Krug Rose Grande Cuvée As scarce as hens teeth, this is tailor made for the person who has everything. It’s mighty reputation is just as big as the price, and this Rose champagne is just the thing for impressing that special someone. It is an impossibly complex blend of aged reserve wines and base wine of the blending year. It marries finesse with all the traditional Krug complexity: It’s a bit more elegant than the usual rich style from Krug, which makes it extra appealing. Strawberries, dried roses, citrus and toastiness decorate the nose, whilst the palate is dry and elegant, with bright red fruit and citrus flavours, and ultra-fine bubble, a touch of creaminess, and an almost floral finish. Then a stupendously fine finish and aftertaste. James Halliday 97 Points, Drinking Now – 2022.
NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne
The Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose is by far my favourite rose champagne, so fresh and mouth-watering. It is made without the addition of red wine (as are most); instead it is a blend of 35 per cent Pinot Noir, 35 per cent Pinot Meunier and 30 per cent chardonnay, cold-fermented in stainless steel with cultured yeasts. The intensely flowery bouquet is followed by a palate crammed with strawberry and dried flower flavours, then a joyous finish. James Halliday 96 Points, Drinking Now – 2018
2001 Chateau d’Yquem 1er Cru Classe Superieur
10,000 cases were made of the 2001 Chateau d’Yquem – this perfect sweet white Bordeaux. This Y’quem reveals a hint of green in its light gold color. While somewhat reticent aromatically, with airing, it offers up honeyed tropical fruit, orange marmalade, pineapple, sweet creme brulee, and buttered nut-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied with gorgeously refreshing acidity as well as massive concentration and unctuosity. Everything is uplifted and given laser-like focus by refreshing acidity. This large-scaled, youthful Yquem appears set to take its place among the most legendary vintages of the past, and will age effortlessly for 75+ years. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2010-2100.
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2002 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
“This seamless, pristine 2002 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz has floral, rose garden-like aromas of pristine but briary dark berry fruits, packed with pepper and musky spices and backed by a charcuterie-like meatiness. Its long, fine and seamless palate effortlessly delivers sumptuous flavours of exceptional purity over bony, powdery tannins, culminating in a long, savoury finish of exceptional persistence. A perfect reflection of its terroir – a truly great wine! Jeremy Oliver 98 Points, Drinking 2014-2022+.
2004 Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvingnon
The 2004 Balnaves the Tally is a tightly held together Coonawarra red, regarded by Balnaves as being their best effort to date. Totally opaque black purple colour with excellent cling. Superb lifted perfumed nose with aromas of violet, liquorice allsorts, blackcurrant, confectionery and spice. The palate delivers flavours of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice over a background of white pepper and spice. Fine dry, persistent chalky tannins. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2024 – 2034.
2004 Greenock Creek Creek Block Shiraz
The 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz from the famed single vineyard Creek Block site “is near otherworldly. It was sourced from a 66-year-old vineyard with yields of 1.0 tons per acre and aged for 28 months in used American oak. It delivers a super-fragrant nose of smoked meat, bacon, violets, an earthy/truffle element, blackberry, and blueberry muffin. This leads to a full-bodied, voluptuous wine with gobs of spicy, complex blue and black fruit flavors, great balance, and a finish that just won’t quit. This loaded wine can be enjoyed now but will drink well for another 15-20 years”. Robert Parker 99 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2032.
2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines were planted in the 1880’s. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world. I’ve been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it can’t possibly be blended. The 2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, the Penfolds Block 42 displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking Now – 2045+
2004 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
The 2004 Penfolds Bin 389 has aromas of berry, plum, licorice, peppercorn, meat, mint and spicy cedar vanilla oak. On the palate full bodied and intense with flavours of berry, licorice, tobacco, mint and vanilla oak. The tannins are firm and grainy; authoritative, confident and sitting very comfortably within the wine. Tannins you can trust. Finishes dry and savoury with excellent length of flavour. A vintage that hoists the flag back to full mast for the archetypal Australian blend. Jeremy Oliver 95 Points, Drinking Now – 2024+
2005 Guigal La Landonne
Utter perfection, the 2005 Guigal La Landonne exhibits a similar scorched earth/burning ember and bacon fat-scented nose as well as copious quantities of black fruits, truffles, and forest floor. Incredibly dense and masculine with unreal levels of concentration, and beautifully integrated tannin, acidity, and oak, this remarkable 2005 may turn out to be the longest-lived La Landonne since the debut vintage of 1978 (which is still going strong). Cellar this cuvee for 5-6 years, and consume it over the following 35+ years. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2014 – 2049.
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2005 Guigal La Mouline
Similar to the powerful 1988, the inky/purple-colored, dense 2005 Guigal La Mouline offers a stunning perfume of espresso roast, licorice, pepper, blackberries, and black cherries intermixed with hints of chocolate and spring flowers. Powerful, super-concentrated, and ruggedly-constructed with a boatload of tannin, this is a wine to forget for 4-5 years, and drink over the following 25-30. It is the densest, most tannic vintage of La Mouline since 1988. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2013 – 2043.
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2005 Guigal La Turque
Once again the 2005 Guigal La Turque is a mesmerizing wine. Its extraordinary perfume of camphor, black truffles, bacon fat, spring flowers, blackberries, and cherries is followed by a dense, full-bodied, pure, multilayered wine of superb balance and impeccable harmony. This profound, amazing 2005 should be forgotten for 4-5 years, and drunk over the next three decades. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2013 – 2043.
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2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz
The 2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love was sourced from a single vineyard. The sensational nose, consisting of violets, lilacs, meat, game, leather, blueberry, and chocolate, leaps from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied wine somehow manages to combine power with elegance. The sweet tannins are well-concealed and the finish lasts for at least one minute. It will provide pleasure for 25 years but who will be that patient? Robert Parker 97 Points, 2007 – 2032.
2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
The 2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is opulent and heady, with a deep, meaty perfume of raspberries, cassis, blue flowers and marzipan that reveals charcuterie-like undertones. Its smooth, deeply layered palate reveals powerful dark plum, cherry and berry flavours powder coated by fine, grainy and drying tannins. Long, complete and impactful, it soaks up its savoury, fine grained oak influences, finishing with lingering sour-edged fruit and meaty undertones. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2019 – 2027.
2007 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Aux Cras
The 2007 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Aux Cras (Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru) was opened 2 hours prior to tasting. It took 2 hours to evolve and once settled, showed a mix of sour cherries, spices, and slight potpouri. In the mouth, the fruit is ripe and balanced, offering very good definition and lively acid structure. Very pure from the entry with sweet cherry fruits and spices that culminate into sappy mid palate that offers great depth and finely structured tannins – like a Vosne Romanee. The finish is medium with ongoing minerality. Elagant and beautiful, still primary. Allen Meadows 95 Points, Drinking 2014 – 2022.
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2008 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild
The 2008 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild is a candidate for the wine of the vintage. Representing 40% of the production, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc offers aromas of high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, earth, cedar and asphalt. Full, rich and stunningly concentrated, I doubt it is inferior to the 2010, just more classic as well as slightly more forward and a degree weaker in alcoholic potency (12.5% versus 13.5%). The 2008 should be relatively drinkable in 6-10 years as it is already showing remarkable complexity and breed, and will last for 30-35 years…at the minimum. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2025 – 2045.
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2008 Mount Mary Triolet
The 2008 Mount Mary Triolet is a very stylish modern white Bordeaux style from a warmer vintage. Smokey aromas of fresh gooseberries, melon and grapefruit are underpinned by lightly grassy, nettle-like scents, hints of cured meats and some reductive, lees-derived complexity. It’s long and deeply flavoured, smooth and creamy, with a vibrant core of tangy fruit supported by a fine dusty backbone, playing down the entire palate towards a savoury and lightly mineral finish punctuated by fresh, citrusy acids. Jeremy Oliver 95 Points, Drinking 2012 – 2016+.
2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley is made up of 88% Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Quilceda Creek is a partner in the vineyard), 10% Red Mountain Cabernet, and 2% Merlot from the Palengat Vineyard. As good as the Palengat cuvee is, the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon takes it to another level. A slightly brooding bouquet displays aromas of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, violets, and wild berry notes. On the palate it has extra layers of fruit, exceptional complexity, impeccable balance, and a 60-second finish. Robert Parker 99 Points, Drinking 2012 – 2018.
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2008 Sine Qua Non The Pontiff Rose
The 2008 Sine Qua Non The Pontiff Rose is a unique blend of 47% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 22% Roussanne. It’s a big wine for rosé, with a sweet and smoky balanced I’ve never come across before. The colour points to a burgundy but that is as close as it comes. Comes across as a viscous, full-bodied wine. Lots of fruit concentration that includes watermelon and mild strawberry. While it has acidity, it is still soft and mellow with a caramel component to it. I’m guessing some of this wine underwent a little malo-lactic fermentation. Changes across the palate from beginning to end. Very interesting and nice wine. Definitely worth a try. It’s not what you think of when drinking a rosé, but is good for its own style. Drinks more like a chardonnay. Not Rated (it’s to rare), Drinking 2010 – 2018.
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2008 William Downie Mornington Peninsular Pinot Noir
The 2008 William Downie Mornington Pinot Noir is deeply perfumed and alluring, this exceptionally fine and tightly crafted Pinot marries ethereal scents of flowers, undergrowth, black and red cherries, exotic spices and a light dusting of dried herb notes with tight-grained French oak and earthy, smoked meat undertones. It’s long, translucent palate reveals layers of pristine pinot flavour underpinned by the tightest of powdery tannins, finishing quite dry and savoury with surprising intensity and a lingering presence of licorice and five-spice. A beautiful artisan Pinot. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2015 – 2022.
2009 Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse
The 2009 Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse is a blend of 77% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts an opaque blue/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of charcoal, incense, truffles, blackberry jam, black currants, raspberries and flowers. While enormous in the mouth, the limestone soils in which the grapes are grown give the wine good freshness as well as laser-like clarity and precision. Amazing to taste, this massive, super-concentrated powerhouse comes across as ethereal and almost feminine despite its extravagant fruit, density and richness. It is a modern day legend for sure! Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2025-2050+
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2009 Chateau Pape Clement
The 2009 Chateau Pape Clement is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Chateau Pape Clement is not as dense or provocative as the 2005, but it is a worthy competitor. Tighter and more muscular than the 2005, the 2009 reveals an opaque purple color along with notes of graphite, blueberries, and blackberries, stunning richness, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and tremendous length and intensity. Some patience will be required, and I do not believe this effort will achieve the near perfection of the 2005, but it is another winner in this extraordinary vintage. Yields were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine finished around 13.5% alcohol. The Chateau has turned out another profound wine under the administration of proprietor Bernard Magrez. Robert Parker 97+ Points, Drinking 2017 – 2042.
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2009 Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz
Lighter colour than the Hillside, despite coming from the original 1896 1.8ha Hillside block of 117-year-old vines. Hand-picked, fermented in 1896 fermenters, basket-pressed, and matured for over two years in new American and Baltic oak barriques. The intensity of the fruit flavours is remarkable, although I’m not sure about the duck confit flavours ex the back label; the intense fruit has made fight work of all that oak, and the tannins are mouthwatering. James Halliday 95 Points, Drinking 2014 – 2022.
2010 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino
The 2010 Casanova de Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino is a protagonist of the vintage. The fruit is deep and dark with rich levels of extract, intensity and flavor. It goes far beyond your standard cherry and blackberry to include plum cake, spice bread and bacon-wrapped prune. Nothing is obvious or monochromatic about this wine. Everything is nuanced and ethereal. Tenuta Nuova is also distinguished by the linear mineral notes that are characteristic of this single-vineyard site. In 2010, those traits are especially well-defined and pronounced. The tannins reach a level of suppleness that is almost impossible to find in the sometimes prickly and acidic Sangiovese grape. If there is one thing Giacomo Neri has mastered, it is harvesting at optimal ripeness: He knows his property and his vines better than most and it shows. Collectors will want to put this wine aside ten years or longer. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2025 – 2045+
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2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis is still quite primary eliciting aromas of black plums, blueberry compote and blackcurrant liqueur with a savory and baking spice undercurrent plus a fragrant whiff of violets. Very structured, fine and complex in the medium to full-bodied mouth, this wine is revealing much more than when I first tasted it a year ago and is now showing layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, mocha, toast and spices before finishing with great length. Extraordinary wine, approachable now. Robert Parker 100 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2030+
2011 Mount Mary Triolet White Blend
The 2011 Mount Mary Triolet is perhaps the finest and raciest release under this label, with a fresh, lightly herbal, chalky and mineral bouquet of gooseberries, passionfruit, melon and citrusy notes deftly backed by a light touch of creamy vanilla oak. It’s lean, taut and perfectly focused, with a delightful presence of vibrant fruit, freshly integrated oak and a juicy viscosity tightly controlled by racy, nervy acids, finishing with exceptional length, balance and brittleness. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2019- 2023.
2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah
Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices. Robert Parker 98+ Points, Drinking 2025 – 2045+
2012 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Penfolds Bin 407 is dusty, flecked with tobacco, sweet-fruited and perfectly polished, but it’s all olive tapanade and herb and stem through the finish. There’s ripe fruit and sweet oak, but there’s leaf, and therefore life. This release lingers beautifully, has a sense of precision to its structure, and should age grandly. James Halliday 96 Points, Drinking Window, 2018 – 2032.
2012 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Wynns John Riddoch is a deep crimson colour. Intense dark cherry, blackcurrant herb aromas with espresso, mocha notes. Inky rich, supple and classic with beautiful pure dark berry, mulberry, chinotto notes, fine grained tannins and underlying mocha oak. Finishes al dente firm with a long graphite plume. A beautifully balanced wine with superb freshness, texture, modulated power and vinosity. Outstanding. James Halliday 98 Points, Drinking 2032 – 2050.
2013 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz
The 2013 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz has a bouquet of red cherries and plum fruit flavours layered with cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of rhubarb and buttered toast.The full flavoured palate is packed with plums, black cherries, rhubarb and strawberries, with liquorice and milk chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by rich dark chocolate, roast nut, vibrant acidity and firm structural grape tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent length and will become richer and soften as the wine ages, and will reward those who can cellar this release. Rated 96 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2028.
2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz
The 2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz is medium to deep garnet/purple in colour and has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking 2017 – 2032.