Chris England
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Taking one for the community again & popping a 2015 Talbot @ ยฃ60 too see if itโ€™s worth stocking up on as it got a low rating for such a good year - my verdict .. theyโ€™re wrong again itโ€™s going to be mega with age ๐Ÿ˜‰ but needs time ๐Ÿ‘ . ๐Ÿฎ Paired with Mrs Es Beef Stroganoff โฉ scroll for pic ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ“ Chateau Talbot 2015 . ๐Ÿต 93+ points w/ great potential in 10-15 years of 95+ ๐Ÿ‡ 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot & 3% Petit Verdot . ๐Ÿท Opaque deep ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Soft smoked oak through black berries & dark plum into minerals & pencil lead w/ blueberry, liquorice, mocha & autumn earthy wet leaves . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of creamy blackcurrant, dark plum & mineral w/ a mocha & red liquorice undertone in med acidity . ๐ŸŽฏ Med+ rich dark fruit filled warming finale in stoney mineral & liquorice mocha

Always a treat to enjoy these excellent NV pink bubbles @ ยฃ50 ๐Ÿ‘ one of our favourites ๐Ÿ˜ which is why Mrs E had 2 bottles last night ๐Ÿคฃ . ๐Ÿ“ Billecart Salmon Brut Rose NV . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir & 30% Pinot Meunier . ๐Ÿท Shimmering pale peachy salmon pink ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Sweet biscuit & brioche through peach, strawberry, red currant & grapefruit with mineral & sweet red apple tones . ๐Ÿ‘„ Crisp med fresh soft fine lively bubbled mousse of citrus, grapefruit zest & dry minerals w/ sweet strawberry, raspberry & red apple fruity undertones . ๐ŸŽฏ Med sweet & dry almond sugar biscuit, sour grapefruit, sweet strawberry, peaches & red apple mineral loaded finish

Chris England
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2 Days 3 Hours Ago

I heard a lot about the founding five in Priorat & this was one I had not tried so @ cโ‚ฌ65 I grabbed the 96 Parker pointer to try ๐Ÿ˜ Drinking well young but with 5-10 years age could be superb ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๐Ÿ“ Clos Martinet 2015 Priorat . ๐Ÿต 93 points but bigger potential with age . ๐Ÿ’ฅ 15% ABV . ๐Ÿ‡ 53% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 7% Carignan, 4% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon . ๐Ÿท Deep opaque ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Spiced cherry & red berry fruits w/ a savoury potato tone, dark berry, oak, smoke, fresh green chopped herbs, subtle gravel & soggy earth . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ body of silky dark cherry & red berry w/ blueberry & blackcurrant tones through cocoa cream . ๐ŸŽฏ Med+ dark & red fruit cocoa creamy mouth coating w/ a touch of green stalk as too young

Chris England
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3 Days 5 Hours Ago

A reliable Margaux in a great vintage @ ยฃ58-ยฃ78 thatโ€™s drinking good but still will improve given time ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๐Ÿ“ Chateau Giscours 2009 Margaux . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc & 2.5% Petit Verdot . ๐Ÿท Opaque deep ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Grab a whisk & mix up some chocolate, rock minerals, damson plums, blackcurrant & blackberries then sprinkle in some oak, soggy earth, ground herbs, dried meats & liquorice chunks then you smell this chewy nose filler . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med silky smooth body of liquorice, mocha & mineral infused dark plum & berries w/ a touch of mineral dryness & dark olive . ๐ŸŽฏ Med+ dark fruit mocha liquorice mineral elegant silky kiss

Chris England
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4 Days 1 Hour Ago

Yummy Tig @ ยฃ67 now ยฃ115-ยฃ170 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ which I actually preferred younger but it's ageing lovely & will still keep improving ๐Ÿ‘ . ๐Ÿ“Antinori Tignanello 2007 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น . ๐Ÿต 95 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc . ๐Ÿท Deep dark ruby w/ slight brown edge . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Smokey mocha infused dark earthy ripe plummy/cherry fruits w/ a herby, oak, mineral, wet leaves, old leather & red flower potpourri backbone . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of creamy silk mocha through dark cherry & berries w/ a liquorice undertone . ๐ŸŽฏ Long rich double shot mocha dark berry earthy creamy smooth fruity mouth coating

Chris England
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4 Days 23 Hours Ago

One of my favourite well priced Pauillacs @ ยฃ55 in a great year that keeps evolving lovely ๐Ÿ‘ Iโ€™ve always loved the label and we call it โ€œThe dancing menโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ what do you think theyโ€™re doing? . ๐Ÿ“ Chateau Clerc Milon 2005 . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot & 12% Cabernet Franc . ๐Ÿท Opaque blackened ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Crushed wet minerals & pencil lead through soft elegant smoked oaky black berries w/ spiced plum jam , light mocha, herby tea, soggy earth & wet autumn leaves . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med bodied smooth rich mocha infused & earthy driven dark berries & plum with a soft liquorice tone . ๐ŸŽฏ Med+ earthy mocha dark berry liquorice slight dry mineral linger w/ a black tea smackeroony

Chris England
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5 Days 24 Hours Ago

After trying the 2014 in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ we grabbed this truly unique wine @ โ‚ฌ56 from the winery ๐Ÿ˜ 2015 consistently the similar to 14 ๐Ÿ˜‰ but seemed a touch creamier, exotic & dryer ๐Ÿ‘ Another White Priorat that white Tondonia & Musar lovers will salivate over ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ“ Terroir Al Limit Pedra de Guix 2015 . ๐Ÿต 95 points . ๐Ÿ‡ Pedro Ximรฉnez, Macabeo & Garnatxa Blanca . ๐Ÿท Amber honey w/ a bronze orange tone . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Light burnt marmalade, stick toffee pudding foam, old sherry cask, fallen green apple & vanilla pods w/ a touch of fuel & pineapple . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med refreshing body of creamy brown green apple in torched brown sugar, honey, citrus zest & baked orange w/ passion fruit, soft dry sherry tones & cracked flint mineral . ๐ŸŽฏ Long dry smooth aged tortured toffee old apple in honey & brown sugar - almost a subtle sherry-esq drop . ๐Ÿฎ Paired lovely with Mrs Es famous Fillet Steak burger ๐Ÿ” with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, grilled courgette & horseradish ๐Ÿ˜ scroll for pic โฉ . โ“Do you enjoy white wine with red meat or red wine with fish like we do โ“

Chris England
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7 Days 3 Hours Ago

A lovely 28 year old St Julien thatโ€™s drinking fabulously now ๐Ÿ˜ Was given to me as a gift this weekend ๐ŸŽ‰ & Iโ€™m told itโ€™s ยฃ75 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oak dominated on the nose but well integrated in the wine ๐Ÿ‘ . ๐Ÿ‘ Paired perfectly with Mrs Es Lamb shoulder - scroll for pic โฉ . ๐Ÿ“ Chateau Langoa Barton 1990 . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿท Opaque garnet ruby w/ brick edge . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Sooty earthy char burnt oak through desecrated dark berries w/ autumn wet leaves, mineral flint rock, mocha & herbs . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med silky smooth body of mocha through red current & black berries w/ a liquorice linger . ๐ŸŽฏ Long earthy dark & red fruit in mocha liquorice . ๐Ÿฌ from @tanners.wines ๐Ÿ‘

At ยฃ140-ยฃ180 this is a decadent treat that is drinking fabulously but will benefit from more ageing in 10-20 years ๐Ÿ˜‰ At 13.5% ABV itโ€™s not over powered like many ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ wines but it feels over priced for what it is to me ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ“ Ridge Monte Bello 2009 . ๐Ÿต 94-95 points w/ bigger potential . ๐Ÿ‡ 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot & 6% Petit Verdot . ๐Ÿท Deep opaque ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Earthy mocha choc infused blackcurrant w/ warm oak, mint, dry cured meats, dark cherry, pencil shavings, black olive & raspberry liquorice . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of dark berries infused with mocha & liquorice w/ dry cracked rock minerals & dark cherry . ๐ŸŽฏ Long earthy rich mocha dark fruit boom with a dry linger

Chris England
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9 Days 2 Hours Ago

One of my favourite St Juliens in great vintage @ ยฃ65-ยฃ115 and very underrated bizarrely! It keeps improving every time I try ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ“ Chateau Talbot 2005 . ๐Ÿต 94-95 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot & 4% Petit Verdot . ๐ŸทDark opaque ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Earthy wet leaves & smoked oak through dark stewed dark berries w/ farmyard, lead pencil. gravel, liquorice, minerals, fig, date, soot & dark cherry . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med silky smooth body of earthy dark berries, plum galore w/ mocha, liquorice, minerals, cherry & prune . ๐ŸŽฏ Long dark fruit earthy mocha liquorice mineral munchy mouthful w/ a light red fruit, prune & fig kick

A wine Iโ€™ve been eager to try & found cheaper in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ vs ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง @ โ‚ฌ140 - Very Cรดte Rotie esq & a rather superbly made ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ wine - thanks @kentklopfenstein for recommending as you got me hunting this ๐Ÿ˜‰ oh & Mrs E enjoyed in the hotel hot tub ๐Ÿ˜ as youโ€™ll see if you scroll โฉ . ๐Ÿ“ Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard 2013 . ๐Ÿต 95 points w/ more on age potential . ๐Ÿ’ฅ 13.8% ABV . ๐Ÿ‡ Syrah co-fermented with 5% Viognier . ๐Ÿท Opaque blackened ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Loaded with smoked dry cured Iberian ham, cherry cola, dirty muddy piggy ๐Ÿฅ“ & rock minerals w/ peppered raspberry liquorice, cocoa, olive tapenade, oak & black berries - just fabulous ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ body of chocolate infused blackberry & dark spiced cherry w/ wild sharp raspberry & herbs in med acidity . ๐ŸŽฏ Long blackberry/raspberry/cherry mocha boom boom w/ a touch of dryness . ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Thanks @gabymeetswine & @vilaviniteca for supplying ๐Ÿ™

Chris England
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11 Days 3 Hours Ago

A decent Pomerol for ยฃ38 thatโ€™s drinking good already but will benefit from 3-5 more years ๐Ÿ˜ด Itโ€™s one for mineral lovers only ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๐Ÿ“ Haut-Tropchaud Pomerol 2013 . ๐Ÿต 91 points with potential in age . ๐Ÿ‡ 100% Merlot . ๐Ÿท Opaque blackened ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Mineral & gravel driven dark plummy berry w/ herbs, light oak, pencil lead, soggy earth, cocoa & red liquorice . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of dry mineral & mocha infused dark plum with black berry & liquorice tones . ๐ŸŽฏ Med+ dry stoney rock mineral dark plummy fruit mocha liquorice splatter . ๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿท I paired mine with a Beef & Ale pie while Mrs E had Bangers & Mustard Mash in Onion gravy - both worked fabulously ๐Ÿ˜ โฉ scroll for pics โฉ

Chris England
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12 Days 11 Hours Ago

Improved nicely since my last try over 2 years ago ๐Ÿ‘ enough to make a wild Spanish bull smile, dance & sing olรฉ ๐Ÿฎ For ยฃ45 itโ€™s a darn good Spanish spanking ๐Ÿ˜Š . ๐Ÿ“ Torre Muga 2006 . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿ‡ 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo & 10% Graciano . ๐Ÿท Opaque ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Soggy earth & dry cured meats through balsamic, spiced dark cherry, olive & thick mocha w/ soft smoked oak, vanilla, blackberry & dark plum turning into a touch port raisin w/ air . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ creamy smooth body of dark cherry bathed in balsamic & olive tapenade w/ a mocha blackcurrant liquorice kick . ๐ŸŽฏ Long dry crushed & dried dusty blackberry/currant finish with a plummy cherry mocha kick . ๐Ÿ‘ Paired yummy with Mrs Es Lamb Tagine โฉ scroll too see yumtastic fodder โฉ . ๐Ÿ’ญ Mrs E says โ€œSurprisingly tastes better with a sweet mealโ€

Chris England
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13 Days 13 Hours Ago

๐ŸŽ‰ Happy Anniversary Mrs E @loularo ๐Ÿพ . We had a hot tub in our room & Mrs E demanded champagne ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ . This ยฃ125-135 NV Krug has really improved since a year ago as it was a little to sharp & acidic ๐Ÿ˜Ž but now more rounded & will keep improving ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ๐Ÿ“ Krug NV . #๏ธโƒฃ Krug ID 216027 . โ„น๏ธ Edition 164 . ๐Ÿพ Disgโ€™d Spring 2016 . ๐Ÿ—“ Wines 1990-2008 . ๐Ÿต 94 points with more potential . ๐Ÿ‡ 48% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay & 17% Pinot Meunier . ๐Ÿท Golden light straw . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Citrus almond sweet biscuit brioche bathed in minerals w/ honey & vanilla creme brรปlรฉe cracked sugar caramel . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med bodied fresh citrus mousse of Granny Smith apple pie & vanilla custard w/ citrus lemon curd on an almond croissant in med acidity . ๐ŸŽฏ Long mineral dry biscuity punchy creamy citrus & green apple . ๐Ÿค” What other demands will Mrs E have tonight ๐Ÿฅ‚

Chris England
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13 Days 22 Hours Ago

A rather lovely unique white Priorat we nabbed at Clos Mogador for โ‚ฌ37 - if you love white Ch Musar, Vina Tondonia or a Condrieu Viognier youโ€™re going to love this - itโ€™s a beauty to tease your nasal highway & tantalise your taste buds ๐Ÿ˜ โฉ Scroll for pics โฉ . ๐Ÿ“ Clos Mogador Nelin 2015 . ๐Ÿต 94 points . ๐Ÿ‡ Mainly white grenache w/ Macabeo . ๐Ÿท Golden yellow w/ an amber tint . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Toasted apricot, fallen cooking apple, soft charred oak, torched orange & lemon zests w/ soggy flinty earth, vanilla, a smokey puff & a delicate sherry tone expressed in #zaltouniversal @zaltify . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med body of creamy fresh rich old browned green apple, apricot, honey, pair & kumquat w/ a hint of ginger & tropical fruits . ๐ŸŽฏ Long explosion of unique flavours from above that just linger & linger w/ a touch of dryness . ๐Ÿฅ— Paired perfectly w/ tomato, avocado, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil & olive sourdough toasted bread ๐Ÿ˜

Chris England
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15 Days 3 Hours Ago

A review of 9๏ธโƒฃโ€™s for fun ๐Ÿ˜ . The 2009 was made 9 years ago @ ยฃ39 & 19 years after the 1990 @ โ‚ฌ90 ๐Ÿ˜ so I thought it would be fun to compare how my favourite Pomerol has evolved ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ’ต Oh & Petrus next door to this Chateau is 90 times more expensive ๐Ÿคฃ . ๐ŸฅŠ So 90 vs 09 . ๐Ÿต 90 - 97-98 points . ๐Ÿต 09 - 94-95 points . ๐Ÿท 90 - Garnet opaque ruby w/ bricking . ๐Ÿท 09 - Opaque ruby . โฉ scroll for colour pics โฉ . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ 90 - Bordeaux nasal sex of soggy earth, sooty underground ๐Ÿš‡, char-smoked oak, old leather, damp musty cellar, mushroom, mirabelle plums, damson compote, obliterated blackcurrant, herbs, toasted fig, bitter mocha & liquorice . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ 09 - Dark jammy plum & blackcurrant through smokey oak, choc mocha, flint, pencil lead, soggy earthy leaves & wet rock minerals . ๐Ÿ‘„ 90 - Med body of creamy earthy smooth silk dark plum & berry bathed in ground mocha & liquorice . ๐Ÿ‘„ 09 - Med+ creamy smooth ripe dark plum & blackcurrant body w/ a mocha infusion & mineral tone . ๐ŸŽฏ 90 - Long mocha liquorice dark fruits mouth filling linger w/ a big happy smile ๐Ÿ˜ƒ . ๐ŸŽฏ 09 - Long smooth ripe dark fruit, minerals & rich mocha linger - oh & still big happy smile ๐Ÿ˜€ . โฐ 09 I canโ€™t wait to revisit you in 19 years ๐Ÿ˜˜ . ๐Ÿ‘ @jeanphilippejanoueix ๐Ÿ˜

Chris England
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16 Days 3 Hours Ago

Dedicating this review to @lawyerdrummer whoโ€™s on tour away from his kids & just dedicated his first Clos Mogador to me on Vivino โ€œRock and Roll Winoโ€ ๐Ÿค— . Latest vintage of one of my favourite Priorats we grabbed in ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ for โ‚ฌ69 (ยฃ74 in ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง) & itโ€™s sure loaded with potential ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good but give 5-10 years & itโ€™s a ๐Ÿ˜ˆ that will reward big time ๐Ÿ˜ I still think the 2013 has an edge ๐Ÿ˜Ž the 2015 needs more time for minerality to ease ๐Ÿ‘ opens to a typical choc cherry gateaux ๐Ÿ˜‹ . ๐Ÿ“ Clos Mogador 2015 . ๐Ÿต 94-95 points w/ more penitential aged . ๐Ÿ‡ 45% Grenache, 29% Carignan, 16% Syrah & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon . ๐Ÿท Opaque blackened ruby w/ purple tint . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Peppered blackcurrant & dark cherry in creamy cocoa w/ soft oak, mineral rocks, raspberry, purple flowers, blueberry, coffee, liquorice & herbs . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ body of rich ripe smooth blackcurrant & dark cherry in dry minerals & raspberry chocolate cake in fine dry tannins w/ nicely integrated oak . ๐ŸŽฏ Long mineral infused touch dry dark berry & cherry cocoa cream purple teeth stain w/ a red & purple liquorice kicker

Chris England
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17 Days 2 Hours Ago

My favourite Cab from ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ @ โ‚ฌ48 / ยฃ39 itโ€™s well worth it as they are great young & age well to ๐Ÿ˜‰ It would beat many ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Cabs @ 2-3X the cost ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Was great to visit here to ๐Ÿ˜ . ๐Ÿ“ Torres Mas La Plana Penedes 2013 . ๐Ÿต 93-94 points with more potential . ๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon . ๐Ÿ’ฅ 14.5% ABV . ๐Ÿท Opaque blackened ruby . ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Melted chocolate through blackcurrant w/ cracked rock minerals, raspberry liquorice, blueberry, black cherry & earthy truffle gravy . ๐Ÿ‘„ Med++ body of creamy rich ripe blackcurrant bathed in cocoa w/ red liquorice & dark cherry . ๐ŸŽฏ Long blackcurrant driven chocy dark & red creamy mouth filler staining every tooth purple ๐Ÿ˜ˆ