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1949 Pichon Lalande is 70 years young and going strong !
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What a beauty! The ethereal combination of roses, cigar leaf, cedar wood, cherry blossoms and leather paired with silky textures and sweet red berries was intoxicating! Amazingly, the wine got better in the glass as we enjoyed it. What a beautiful wine and moment with this 49 #pichonlongueville !
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Retasting 2016 while getting ready to dig into 2018 today had been a blast!
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The oenologue team headed by Thomas Duclos was on fire in 2016! Topped by Beau-Sejour Becot and Canon, across the board the wines rocked! With concentration, energy and depth, these are just delicious.
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Today I start tasting 2018 along with more 2016 and 2009. Full tasting notes on all the wines should be on my site before the end of April. . .
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So that’s what 201 Pts of wine looks like, 2009 and 2010 Beausejour Duffau!
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I’m back in Bordeaux for a few weeks to taste a lot of wine, especially the 2018 vintage, along with 2016 and 2009. Make sure you follow @jeff_leve so you never miss a post
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With a production close to 1,000 cases a year, it’s not easy to put together a vertical tasting. Needless to say, I was thrilled at the chance to taste close to 20 years of Beausejour Duffau.
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I’ll post tasting notes for all the wines on my site in due time. However 2 wines moved me beyond belief
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The dynamic duo of 2009 and 2010 are simply mind-blowing! They have character, concentration, purity, mineralogy, mouth coating levels of richness and the ability to age for decades!
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And 2015 as well as 2016 are not far behind! Of course the estate is famous for the legendary 1990. Both 09 and 10 will prove to be even better wines. But thanks to the efforts of the Nicolas Thienpont team, the estate is now one of the best run in all of Bordeaux!
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Bottom line, if you don’t own these wines, you should! So buy them before it’s too late!
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2016 Léoville Las Cases is in a class by itself.
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Before I get into why this knocked me out, tell me, what’s the best vintage of Léoville you’ve ever tasted ?
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For me, as of today, it’s 2016! I wasn’t expecting a wine this good. But it only took 1 sniff before I knew this was a once in a generation wine!
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I’m back in Bordeaux for a few weeks to taste a lot of wine, especially the 2018 vintage, along with 2016 and 2009. Make sure you follow @jeff_leve so you never miss a post
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The layers of different dark fruits kept coming at me accompanied by a case of Cohibas, earth and spice. Mind boggling concentrated and fresh with a finish that broke the 60 second mark! This was impossible to stop tasting! 100PTS and a serious contender for wine of the vintage.
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Is there a more iconic wine than Petrus?
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Just the name says it all, as most of us mortals will seldom, if ever taste the wine.
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But for those few who do get to experience Petrus in their glass, the 2016 is almost beyond belief!
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Incredibly concentrated, ostentatious and structured to age, there is a beautiful symmetry creating a balance between the countless layers of pure, flamboyant fruits, a wall of tannin and a finish that crossed the 60 second mark with ease.
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I’m back in Bordeaux for a few weeks to taste a lot of wine, especially the 2018 vintage, along with 2016 and 2009. Make sure you follow @jeff_leve so you never miss a post!
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2016 Chateau Ausone... Would you like a side of crushed rocks to go with all that fruit please?
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I’m back in Bordeaux for a few weeks to taste a lot of wine, especially the 2018 vintage, along with 2016 and 2009. Make sure you follow @jeff_leve so you never miss a post!
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2016 Chateau Ausone is one of the spell-binding wines you cannot get out of your mind. The level of density is surreal. Yet the wine has perfect equilibrium. Power, precision and perfectly ripe fruit that taste as if the berries were blended with crushed rocks. The finish is with you for over 60 seconds!
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Made in small quantities, it’s hard to find and it’s pricey. But if you’re looking to invest in a future legend, let me introduce to 2016 Ausone. 100 Pts.
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2016 La Conseillante is Probably their best vintage ever!

I’m back in Bordeaux for a few weeks to taste a lot of wine, especially the 2018 vintage, along with 2016 and 2009. Make sure you follow @jeff_leve so you never miss a post!
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2016 Chateau La Conseillante - Elegance combined with sensuality on the palate mixes perfectly with the fresh flowers, mocha, cocoa, truffle, perfectly ripe, sweet juicy plums and black cherry all wrapped up with a velvet textured ribbon. 99 Pts .
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Jaboulet La Chapelle 1990 is off the hook!
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Another wine I bought in the good old days that continues getting better and better. The wine has an incredible level of intensity. It’s meaty, powerful, concentrated, lusty and attention seeking. The fruit is ripe, stony and sauvage, with a finish that clocks in at 60 seconds. This is all about power, refinement and character.
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You have to go all the way to 2015, before the fabled estate made a wine as good or better. Truly, this is Hermitage at its best.
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Do large formats age slower than regular bottles?
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The answer is yes. And in many cases, wines develop additional complexities not found in standard bottles. Simply put, this us due to ratio of air between the wine and the cork, allowing the wine to age slower. Do you agree?
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What do you think, do you like large format bottles?

This big bottle of Cheval Blanc was still young, fresh, vigorous and powerful. Though, the 86 is firm and a bit austere for the normally opulent wine. More interesting on the nose, with its floral, leafy, tobacco and plum notes than on the palate, this is a good, butnot great Cheval Blanc.
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1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, the first vintage of the new era that really rocks!
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A bottle Chateau Lafite Rothschild on the table can place a smile on even the most jaded wine lovers face. .
Like many vineyards of the era, Lafite has an uneven track record between 1961-1981 and again from 1986 until 1995. Everything changed with the 1996 vintage.
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1996 Chateau Lafite Rothschild hit it out of the park! The wine is stunning in every way. The complex perfume, with its tobacco, cedar, lead pencil, spice and floral notes could keep you busy for hours. On the palate, the wine is the perfect blend of concentration, refinement and purity, with silky tannins and a finish that hangs in there for 60 seconds! This is #chateaulafite !!!
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