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Vint Description Cl ? Cs Bt Cs (£) Bt (£) +
NV Trilogie de Le Pin ( Lot 07/08 ) - Trilogie de Le Pin 75 DP 0 1 - 275
1947 Latour 75 IB 0 1 - 1375
1949 Ausone, Halves 37.5 DP 0 2 - 195
1955 Calon 75 DP 0 1 - 150
1959 La Mission Haut Brion 75 DP 0 1 - 2450
1959 Lafite Rothschild 75 IB 0 1 - 1650
1959 Palmer 75 IB 0 1 - 1495
1960 Lafite Rothschild 75 DP 0 1 - 550
1961 Chateau de Pez, Halves 37.5 DP 0 5 - 50
1961

Grand Puy Ducasse

75 DP 0 1 - 125
Tasting Notes for Grand Puy Ducasse, 1961:
The 1979 is medium to dark ruby, with a spicy, ripe, fruity bouquet, and attractively silky, soft flavors that show noticeable maturity. This is a charming, quite fruity wine with medium body. Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1 Jan 1998
Parker Points: 82
Drinking Period:  -
1961 La Tour du Pin Figeac, Halves 37.5 DP 0 4 - 75
1961

Pichon Lalande

75 DP 0 2 - 500
Tasting Notes for Pichon Lalande, 1961:
A Possible Legend Candidate This wine is now in decline. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points:  -
Drinking Period:  -
1961 Smith Haut Lafitte, Halves 37.5 DP 0 4 - 100
1962 Loudenne (UK bottled) 75 DP 0 1 - 20
1966

Petrus

75 DP 0 1 - 1950
Tasting Notes for Petrus, 1966:
Excellent, but even more highly regarded elsewhere than by me, the 1966 Petrus has a cedar, herbaceous, sweet, fruity bouquet and is full bodied, with very good viscous, ripe, berry flavors. This big, dense, somewhat coarse wine seems just a trifle out of synch. The 1966 Petrus has plenty of tannin, alcohol, and flavor, but they have never fully meshed. Anticipated maturity: Now-2002. Last tasted, 6/91. Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1 Jan 1998
Parker Points: 89
Drinking Period: 1991-2001
1970

Belgrave Haut Medoc, Magnums

150 DP 0 1 - 150
Tasting Notes for Belgrave Haut Medoc, Magnums, 1970:
An excellent effort from Belgrave, the saturated dark ruby-colored, medium-bodied 2000 offers a sweet aromatic and flavor profile of plums, black currants, cherries, licorice, and dried Provencal herbs. The wine is deep, elegant, and medium-bodied, with solid tannin in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014. The Wine Advocate, #146 Apr-03.
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2005-2014
1970

La Mission Haut Brion

75 DP 0 4 - 165
Tasting Notes for La Mission Haut Brion, 1970:
This wine has a well-deserved, as well as notorious reputation for inconsistency, with many bottles marked by volatile acidity, while others taste cleaner and significantly better. My last three tastings, including this one, have placed the 1970 La Mission in a more negative light. The wine was unquestionably full-bodied, admirably concentrated, muscular, thick, and rich, but the volatile acidity was more than a subtle component. This defect was especially noticeable, and the wine disjointed and beginning to reveal some structural cracks. I have had outstanding examples, but none in the last three years. Robert Parker- Wine Advocate
Parker Points:  -
Drinking Period:  -
1970

La Mission Haut Brion

75 DP 0 1 - 110
Tasting Notes for La Mission Haut Brion, 1970:
This wine has a well-deserved, as well as notorious reputation for inconsistency, with many bottles marked by volatile acidity, while others taste cleaner and significantly better. My last three tastings, including this one, have placed the 1970 La Mission in a more negative light. The wine was unquestionably full-bodied, admirably concentrated, muscular, thick, and rich, but the volatile acidity was more than a subtle component. This defect was especially noticeable, and the wine disjointed and beginning to reveal some structural cracks. I have had outstanding examples, but none in the last three years. Robert Parker- Wine Advocate
Parker Points:  -
Drinking Period:  -
1971 Brane Cantenac 75 DP 0 1 - 60
1975 La Tour Puyblanquet ( 10 per bottle - varying levels ) 75 DP 0 11 - 10
1978

d'Angludet

75 DP 0 1 - 65
Tasting Notes for d'Angludet, 1978:
The 1978 is fully mature, with a big, spicy, rich, plummy bouquet. This solidly built, relatively fat, intense d'Angludet has shed its tannins and should be consumed. Anticipated maturity: Now-may be in decline. Last tasted, 11/90. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 85
Drinking Period:  -
1978

Leoville Lascases

75 DP 0 1 - 140
Tasting Notes for Leoville Lascases, 1978:
The 1978 Las Cases has taken on a garnet hue with some dark ruby tints. The nose is more complex and penetrating than the flavors. The wine offers classic, mineral, lead pencil, smoky, earthy scents, with plenty of ripe fruit, and none of the vegetal herbaceousness that many 1978s have begun to exhibit. The attack offers good ripeness, medium to full body, higher acidity than many more recent vintages, and considerable tannin in the hard finish. Although this wine possesses outstanding complexity, the high tannin level may never fully melt away. While it will last another 15-20 years, the 1978 is at its apogee and will slowly dry out over the next two decades. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 1995-2015
1978

Pontet Canet

75 DP 0 1 - 59
Tasting Notes for Pontet Canet, 1978:
In contrast to the 1979, the 1978 is a much more tannic, reserved wine for long-term cellaring. The wine has dark ruby color and a spicy, ripe, yet generally tight and closed bouquet. While certainly a good wine, it seems to be missing length and complexity.
Parker Points: 82
Drinking Period: 1990-2000
1978

Pontet Canet

75 DP 0 1 - 59
Tasting Notes for Pontet Canet, 1978:
In contrast to the 1979, the 1978 is a much more tannic, reserved wine for long-term cellaring. The wine has dark ruby color and a spicy, ripe, yet generally tight and closed bouquet. While certainly a good wine, it seems to be missing length and complexity.
Parker Points: 82
Drinking Period: 1990-2000
1981 de la Dauphine, Magnums 150 IB 1 0 250 -
1981

Leoville Barton

75 DP 0 1 - 70
Tasting Notes for Leoville Barton, 1981:
This medium-bodied wine has an attractive spicy, black currant fruitiness, melted tannin, and a decent finish. The 1981 is a good wine, but it lacks excitement and is clearly outdistanced by several other St.-Juliens in this vintage. Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1 Jan 1998
Parker Points: 84
Drinking Period:  -
1982

Canon La Gaffeliere

75 DP 1 0 1200 -
Tasting Notes for Canon La Gaffeliere, 1982:
Revealing considerable amber in its washed-out ruby color, this spicy, herb-scented wine still retains some fruit in its aromatics, but it is clearly past its apogee. The 1982 was made before young Stephan Von Neipberg began an intensive overhaul of this estate. Since 1988, Canon-La-Gaffeliere has been one of the top dozen estates of St.-Emilion, making wines (even in lighter years) that are better than what was produced in 1982. This simple, uninteresting 1982 should be drunk up quickly as time is not on its side. Tasted 4 times since bottling with consistent notes. Robert Parker WIne Advocate
Parker Points: 76
Drinking Period:  -
1982 Domaine de Chevalier 75 DP 1 0 1450 -
1982

Ducru Beaucaillou

75 DP 0 2 - 260
Tasting Notes for Ducru Beaucaillou, 1982:
A wine of extraordinary aromatic complexity and finesse, this sweet effort possesses a dark ruby color with a pink rim. Once past the gloriously complex aromatics (blueberries, black currants, minerals, and underbrush), the wine reveals terrific fruit intensity, excellent harmony, medium body, sweet tannin, and a long finish. This superb, elegant 1982 has achieved full maturity, but it promises to last for another 15+ years. Wine Advocate # 129 Jun 2000
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2000-2015
1982

Haut Brion

75 DP 0 3 - 650
Tasting Notes for Haut Brion, 1982:
This was one of the best showings yet for this wine, which, to my palate and mind, has never lived up to its early potential. In this tasting, the 1982 revealed a healthy dark ruby color with lightening at the edge. Intense, persistent aromas of saddle leather, roasted herbs, scorched earth, and sweet black currant fruit were followed by complex flavors of minerals, spice box, and cedar. Although this medium-bodied, fleshy, ripe, concentrated wine is not a blockbuster, as it unfolds, it reveals layers of flavor in addition to this vineyard's tell-tale complexity. Wine Advocate # 129 Jun 2000
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2002-2020
1982 La Mission Haut Brion 75 DP 0 1 - 750
1982

Leoville Poyferre

75 DP 1 0 2700 -
Tasting Notes for Leoville Poyferre, 1982:
There is no question that Leoville Poyferre was not making wines at the level of quality they have since 1990. That said, the 1982 is a great wine, no doubt because of the vintage rather than the winemaking at that time. A brilliant effort, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a sweet, flowery bouquet revealing plenty of creme de cassis, plum, and cherry notes, stunning concentration, a boatload of power, sweet tannins (the sweetest and easiest to taste among the St.-Juliens), and a long finish. Although close to full maturity, it has at least 20-25 years of life remaining. The Wine Advocate June '09.
Parker Points: 95
Drinking Period: 2009-2034
1982 Pichon Lalande 75 DP 0 1 - 450
1982 Pichon Lalande 75 DP 0 1 - 450
1982

Sociando Mallet

75 IB 0 1 - 65
Tasting Notes for Sociando Mallet, 1982:
Bright ruby/purple, with no lightening at the edge, this 1982 offers up aromas of pure, sweet, roasted nuts, along with mineral-laced black currants. Medium to full-bodied and structured, with high tannin and vibrant youthfulness, this wine has not evolved as much as I expected.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 2003-2020
1983 Cheval Blanc 75 IB 0 1 - 400
1983 Latour 75 DP 0 6 - 345
1985 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mise de la Baronnie - Rothschild, Baron Philippe de 75 DP 1 0 550 -
1985 Gazin 75 DP 1 0 695 -
1985

L'Arrosee

75 DP 0 1 - 65
Tasting Notes for L'Arrosee, 1985:
The 1985 has been fully mature for a number of years, and should be consumed between now and 2004. The deep ruby color reveals some amber/orange at the edge. The wine has always possessed a knock-out set of aromatics, consisting of nearly overripe black cherries and raspberries intermingled with high quality pain grille notes. Supple, with a layered, richly fruity textured imbued with plenty of glycerin and heady alcohol, this sumptuous, luxuriously-styled, fully mature L'Arrosee should be drunk up. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period: 1997-2004
1985

Leoville Barton ( low levels, great labels )

75 DP 0 1 - 65
Tasting Notes for Leoville Barton ( low levels, great labels ) , 1985:
Anthony Barton's 1985 may turn out to be a remake of the chateau's splendid 1953. Deep ruby/garnet with a complex, complete, and intense bouquet of sweet, superripe, curranty fruit, minerals, cedar, spice, and baked herbs, this medium-bodied wine has exceptional balance, fine length, gobs of fruit, and soft tannin in the velvety finish. This classic claret is a joy to drink. Robert Parker WIne Advocate
Parker Points: 92
Drinking Period: 1997-2007
1986

Gruaud Larose, Double Magnums

300 DP 0 1 - 850
Tasting Notes for Gruaud Larose, Double Magnums, 1986:
There seems to be no doubt about the quality of the 1986 Gruaud-Larose, which in 20 years should rival the extraordinary 1990, 1982, 1961, 1949, and 1928 made at this vast estate. From the first time I tasted this wine in cask, I have thought it to be among the blockbusters of the vintage. It has a black/purple color, mammoth structure, a fabulous wealth of fruit, and a finish that seems to last several minutes. This is indeed first-growth quality, but then, when, in the last decade, has a Gruaud-Larose not matched the quality of the first-growths? Given the enormous structure, impressive concentration, and massive tannins, one must wonder when this wine will be ready to drink. That may preclude a number of consumers from actually deciding to buy it. For many readers, this is probably a wine to lay down for their children, rather than for them to realistically consider drinking in their own lifetimes. Robert Parker WIne Advocate
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2000-2030
1986

La Dominique

75 DP 0 2 - 48
Tasting Notes for La Dominique, 1986:
The 1986 has a deep ruby/garnet color, and a spicy bouquet of toasty new oak, rich, plummy fruit, and minerals. This is followed by a wine that is full bodied and intense, with impressive extract, and tremendous power and persistence in its finish. It does not have the opulence or precocious appeal of vintages such as 1990, 1989, or 1982, yet it has reached full maturity. It is a firmer, structured, more Medoc-styled La Dominique. Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1 Jan 1998
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: Now-2005
1986

Lafleur

75 IB 0 1 - 425
Tasting Notes for Lafleur, 1986:
One of the few Right Bank wines in this vintage that can stand up to the powerful Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs, Lafleur's 1986 is a structured, tannic, backward wine that needs another 5-8 years of cellaring. It possesses a jammy black cherry, herb, mineral, and earthy-scented nose, and dense, rustic levels of tannin in its full-bodied power, and richness. While it is not fun to drink, it sure is impressive. Will I always admire rather than enjoy this wine? Robert Parker WIne Advocate
Parker Points: 94
Drinking Period: 2005-2030
1986

Mouton Rothschild

75 IB 0 1 - 650
Tasting Notes for Mouton Rothschild, 1986:
After stumbling over some wines I thought were high class Bordeaux, I nailed this wine in one of the blind tastings for this article. In most tastings where a great Bordeaux is inserted with California Cabernets, the Bordeaux comes across as drier, more austere, and not nearly as rich and concentrated (California wines are inevitably fruitier and more massive). To put it mildly, the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild held its own (and then some), in a flight that included the Caymus Special Selection, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, Dunn Howell Mountain, and Joseph Phelps Eisele Vineyard. Clearly the youngest looking, most opaque and concentrated wine of the group, it tastes as if it has not budged in development since I first tasted it out of barrel in March, 1987. An enormously concentrated, massive Mouton-Rothschild, comparable in quality, but not style, to the 1982, 1959, and 1945, this impeccably made wine is still in its infancy. Interestingly, when I was in Bordeaux several years ago, I had this wine served to me blind from a magnum that had been opened and decanted 48 hours previously. Even then, it still tasted like a barrel sample! I suspect the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild requires a minimum of 15-20 more years of cellaring; it has the potential to last for 50-100 years! Given the outrageously high prices being fetched by so many of the great 1982s and 1990s (and lest I forget, the 1995 Bordeaux futures), it appears this wine might still be one of the "relative bargains" in the fine wine marketplace. I wonder how many readers will be in shape to drink it when it does finally reach full maturity? The tasting notes for this section are from two single blind tastings, one conducted in May, 1996, in California, and the other in June, 1996, in Baltimore.Wine Advocate # 106 Aug 1996
Parker Points: 100
Drinking Period: 2011-2096
1988

Cantemerle

75 DP 0 1 - 39
Tasting Notes for Cantemerle, 1988:
The 1988 Cantemerle possesses adequate hard, dry tannins, but unlike many Medocs, there is sufficient fruit. The classy bouquet of black fruits, minerals, and spices is hard to resist. Medium-bodied and elegant, with plummy, mineral, and herb flavors, this stylish wine should be at its best between now and the end of the century. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 86
Drinking Period: 1993-2000
1988

Cantemerle

75 DP 0 1 - 39
Tasting Notes for Cantemerle, 1988:
The 1988 Cantemerle possesses adequate hard, dry tannins, but unlike many Medocs, there is sufficient fruit. The classy bouquet of black fruits, minerals, and spices is hard to resist. Medium-bodied and elegant, with plummy, mineral, and herb flavors, this stylish wine should be at its best between now and the end of the century. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 86
Drinking Period: 1993-2000
1988 Hortevie 75 DP 0 3 - 35
1988

Pape Clement

75 DP 0 2 - 79
Tasting Notes for Pape Clement, 1988:
Possessing the quintessential Graves elegance and perfume, the 1988 is impressively deep in color for a Graves, with a thrillingly fragrant nose of roasted chestnuts, tobacco, currants, and earthy stones. One notices that this is an atypically backward, full Pape-Clement, but there is wonderful ripeness, and high, velvety tannins. The finish is all smoky-scented black-cherries. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 92
Drinking Period: 1993-2008
1988 Petit Cheval 75 DP 0 1 - 120
1989

Cantemerle

75 DP 0 5 - 55
Tasting Notes for Cantemerle, 1989:
I believe the 1989 Cantemerle is this estate's finest wine since their monumental 1953. This ruby/purple wine has an explosive bouquet of crushed blackberry fruit and violets, an opulent, lush texture bolstered by good alcohol levels and soft tannins. Wine Advocate # 85 Feb 1993
Parker Points: 91
Drinking Period: 1994-2010
1989 Cissac, Double Magnums 300 DP 0 1 - 160
1989

de Fieuzal

75 DP 0 4 - 39
Tasting Notes for de Fieuzal, 1989:
Fieuzal's 1989 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color with some lightening at the edge. This lavishly-oaked wine displays copious quantities of toasty new oak as well as earth/herb-tinged red and black currant fruit in its moderately intense bouquet. On the palate, the wine reveals medium body, low acidity, and elevated tannin in the finish. It is a more compact, leaner style of wine than its slightly sweeter, fleshier sibling, the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2010. Last tasted 3/97. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: 1999-2010
1989 La Clotte 75 DP 1 0 595 -
1989

La Lagune

75 DP 0 6 - 59
Tasting Notes for La Lagune, 1989:
I have always enjoyed the 1989 La Lagune. At first I thought it was marginally superior to the 1990, but they are essentially equivalent in quality, although the 1989 possesses less fat, and a more ruggedly tannic structure. The color is a healthy dark ruby, and the wine offers up a smoky, sweet vanillin, jammy berry-scented nose with aromas of weedy tobacco. The wine is medium-bodied, with excellent purity and richness, and gobs of red and black currant fruit nicely dosed with new oak. The wine's grip is more noticeable than in the 1990, and the finish more attenuated, but still impressively long.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: Now-2012
1989

Lafite Rothschild

75 DP 0 6 - 595
Tasting Notes for Lafite Rothschild, 1989:
As I suspected, the 1989 and 1990 vintages of Lafite-Rothschild have gone dormant. Both wines were among the more closed, backward examples in my blind tasting. The 1989 Lafite is also outstanding, but closed, with the tannin more elevated, and the wine so stubbornly reticent as to make evaluation almost impossible. Lafite's 1989 was far more easy to taste and understand several years ago. It appears to have gone completely to sleep. This medium ruby-colored, medium-bodied wine reveals new oak in the nose, and a spicy finish. It is a quintessentially elegant, restrained, understated style of Lafite. Robert Parker WIne Advocate
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 2006-2025
1989 Lynch Bages 75 DP 0 2 - 265
1989

Pichon Baron

75 DP 0 6 - 185
Tasting Notes for Pichon Baron, 1989:
Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The dense, full-bodied 1989 is brilliantly made with huge, smoky, chocolatey, cassis aromas intermingled with scents of toasty oak. Well-layered, with a sweet inner-core of fruit, this awesomely endowed, backward, tannic, prodigious 1989 needs another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should last for three decades or more. It is unquestionably a great Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 95
Drinking Period: 2002-2027
1989 Troplong Mondot, Magnums 150 DP 0 2 - 285
1989

Trotanoy

75 DP 1 0 1800 -
Tasting Notes for Trotanoy, 1989:
Trotanoy's 1989 is an elegant, mature wine revealing a deep ruby color with some amber at the edge. Sweet, ripe fruit in the nose reveals hints of herbes de Provence, black olives, and cedar. Round, elegant, and medium-bodied, this fruity, soft, easy to drink and understand wine should be consumed over the next 10-12 years. Wine Advocate # 109 Feb 1997
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 1997-2009
 
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