Chris England
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πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 16 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œPeople should leave me this this instead of a mince pie & milk πŸ˜Šβ€ . πŸ“ I say a rather delicious showing for this vintage & went lovely with some gooey melting Epoisses cheese & Charcoal sourdough crackers 😍 ⏩ scroll for pic πŸ§€ . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Taittinger Rose NV . πŸ“ Chateau Canon 2011 . 🏡 93 points . πŸ‡ 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Franc . 🍷 Deep opaque blackened ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Dark creamy damson plum through smoked oak, rock minerals & gravel w/ pencil lead, blackcurrant, liquorice, raspberry, herbs, soggy earth & mocha . πŸ‘„ Med body of blackcurrant driven dark plummy fruits w/ a touch of fresh wild raspberry, mineral & cocoa . 🎯 Med+ red & black fruit fresh filled finale w/ a light dry minerality & cocoa tickle

Chris England
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πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 15 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œLooks like I’ve been a good boy for Christmas to πŸ˜ƒβ€ . πŸ“ I say this is drinking stunningly now in a Zalto Burgundy glass but will age amazingly - truly one of the best chardonnays out there 😍 . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Bollinger Rose NV . πŸ“ Gaja Gaia & Rey 2015 . 🏡 96 points w/ bigger potential . πŸ‡ Chardonnay . 🍷 Clear straw yellow . πŸ‘ƒ Tropical mango fruits through green apple & citrus in soft mineral rock w/ a smokey backbone, peach, honey & a light herb oxidative baked brioche tone . πŸ‘„ Med+ creamy smooth silky body of apple cream, honey butter & citrus curd w/ tropical marmalade w/ a touch of minerality in med acidity . 🎯 Long buttery tropical, green apple & citrus balanced creamy coating linger w/ a mineral & herby peach tickle

Chris England
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1 Day 23 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 14 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œWell this little explosive fruity beast 😈 sure made my cheeks & nose glow proper red 😊 Rudolf is jealous πŸ¦Œβ€ . πŸ“ I say I love Shafer 1 point 5 so Mrs E did good 😁 . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Henri Giraud Brut Nature NV . πŸ“ Shafer One Point Five 2014 . πŸ’₯ 15.0% ABV . 🏡 93-94 points . πŸ‡ 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec & 1% Petit Verdot . 🍷 Deep blackened opaque ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Rich blackcurrant, raspberry, chocolate goo & violet/lavender w/ punchy blueberry, cinnamon liquorice, spiced blackberry, minty cedar & damson cream pie . πŸ‘„ Med++ body of rich silky creamy oozy black berry fruits galore bathed in raspberry chocolate w/ a violet, vanilla, blueberry & liquorice punch . 🎯 Long warming ripe dark fruit annihilation w/ a raspberry & blueberry chocolate liquorice kick

Chris England
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2 Days 14 Hours Ago

My favourite πŸ‡¨πŸ‡± Pinot @ Β£39 continues to impress every vintage πŸ‘ If you've never tried Ocio give it ago but πŸ’¨ decant well πŸ˜‰ it’s like rolling around in the mud with Mr Porky 🐷 wearing lipstick πŸ’‹ . πŸ“ Cono Sur Ocio 2014 . 🏡 93-94 points . πŸ‡ Pinot Noir . 🍷 Clear dark rich ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Smokey shaved piggy & piggy poop infused cherry oaky cocoa cola, violet whiffs, deep spiced peppered red fruits, crushed herbs & dark cherry w/ vanilla, blackberry & rich earthy tones . πŸ‘„ Med body of smooth balanced ripe spiced concentrated creamy chewy spicy cherry w/ blackberry cola, liquorice, cocoa, red berry & earthy pepper tones in med acidity . 🎯 Long earthy cocoa cherry cola & red berry fruit piggy blackberry liquorice twirling tail smile 🐷

Chris England
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3 Days 1 Hour Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 13 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œI was going to make a joke about this wine but I got a slap from Mrs Claus πŸ‘‹β€ . πŸ“ I say if you like dessert wines this is a fabulous nicely balanced drop for the money I’d sure have again with rich cheeses 😍 . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Duval Leoroy Brut NV . πŸ“A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016 . 🏡 89 points . πŸ‡ Sauvignon Blanc . 🍷 Rich golden yellow . πŸ‘ƒ Peach & pineapple driven tropical fruits . πŸ‘„ Med+ body of sweet syrupy and sticky rich chewy honey & sugared tropical fruits w/ a green toffee apple caramel undertone, apricot jam & a citrus spank . 🎯 Long long long sweet gooey creamy buttery honeyed tropical fruit fest w/ apricot, apple & citrus

Chris England
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3 Days 13 Hours Ago

23 year old St Estephe @ Β£115 that’s drinking rather lovely right now πŸ‘ . πŸ“ Chateau Montrose 1995 . 🏡 94 points . πŸ‡ 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petit Verdot . 🍷 Dark garnet ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Minerals, gravel, pencil lead, earth & wet leaves through stewed spiced blackcurrant, prune, date & plum w/ farmyard, liquorice, herbs, smoke, leather, mocha & black tea 😍 . πŸ‘„ Med body of deluxe smooth silky blackcurrant, plum & red berry in dark mocha, minerals & black tea . 🎯 Med earthy dark aged mashed fruit coating w/ mineral tea linger

Chris England
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3 Days 23 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 12 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œThis purple headed beast would warm me making deliveries but I don’t want a SUI yes Sleighing Under the Influence πŸ˜Šβ€ . πŸ“ I say a powerful fruit filled annihilation on your senses that will please any big bold wine lover πŸ˜‰ . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV . πŸ“ Ridge Geyserville 2014 . 🏡 93-94 points . πŸ‡ 60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah & 4% MourvΓ¨dre . 🍷 Deep blackened ruby . πŸ‘ƒ A blackcurrant, blackberry & black cherry nasal slam w/ a blueberry & raspberry wallop followed w/ earth, spice, creamed violet, melted chocolate, light oak & damson plump plum smash πŸ’₯ . πŸ‘„ Full bodied juicy plump rich explosion of punchy powered black fruits w/ a red liquorice & mocha slap . 🎯 Long creamy warming dark fruit πŸ’₯ & purple teeth stain w/ a red liquorice & mocha linger as the blackcurrant punches you again w/ a blueberry spank

Chris England
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4 Days 13 Hours Ago

Fab 05 top Rioja @ Β£70-100 in a great year & a fav of mine - will keep improving but great now πŸ˜‰ Awesome 2020-30 πŸ‘ . πŸ“ Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2005 . 🏡 95 points w/ 96-98 potential . πŸ‡ 89% Tempranillo & 11% Mazuelo . 🍷 Deep ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Soft oak through dark spiced berries, currants & cherry with creamy vanilla, light smoked tobacco, leather, mocha, coconut, mint & balsamic into choc cherry gateaux w/ a bit of date coming through . πŸ‘„ Med+ body of deluxe silky smooth creamy stewed rich dark cherry driven fruits all perfectly balanced w/ thick cocoa cream, vanilla & balsamic touch . 🎯 Long seductive oak, cocoa, balsamic & dark fruit cherry boom linger

Chris England
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4 Days 23 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 11 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œwhat’s Mrs Claus after giving me this lovely festive juice on a Tuesday πŸ˜Šβ€ . πŸ“ I say this is drinking well young but I’d leave 5-20 years πŸ˜‰ . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Pommery Brut Royal NV . πŸ“ Chateau Langoa Barton 2010 . 🏡 92 points w/ more potential . πŸ‡ 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc & 17% Merlot . 🍷 Deep dark blackened ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Smoked oak through blackcurrant & dark plum w/ a touch of raspberry liquorice, cocoa, black cherry, light blueberry & minerals . πŸ‘„ Med body of rich ripe punchy blackcurrant w/ dark plum, cocoa & raspberry liquorice . 🎯 A long blackcurrant driven dark fruit bomb with a real raspberry undertone & blueberry tickle

Chris England
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5 Days 15 Hours Ago

We were given this RΓ΄tie as a gift in St Emilion that retails @ Β£45 / €52 & it’s a rather nice drop I’d happily buy next time πŸ˜πŸ‘ Only 2,000 bottles, well 1,999 now 🀣 . πŸ“ Jeantet Laurent Les Filles de Maugiron CΓ΄te RΓ΄tie 2014 . 🏡 91-92 points & should improve as young . πŸ‡ 95% Syrah & 5% Viognier . 🍷 Deep ruby with purple hue & edge . πŸ‘ƒ Smokey cured Iberian ham in mashed cherry & peppered blackberry w/ soggy earth, herbs & cherry cola . πŸ‘„ Med body of punchy earthy fruity blackberry & cherry w/ a blueberry kick . 🎯 Med+ black & blue berry cherry fruity boom w/ a touch of dried raspberry

Chris England
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5 Days 23 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 10 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œI thought I was a fruity chap but this blends got me beat Ho Ho Ho” . πŸ“ I say a crazy blend that works really well to deliver a Choc cherry raspberry gateaux πŸŽ… β€œmmmmm Cake, Santa likes cake” . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Laurent Perrier Brut NV . πŸ“ Mas de Daumas Gassac 2013 . 🏡 90 points . πŸ‡ 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.4% Merlot, 5.3% Tannat, 3.8% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Pinot Noir, 9% other rare varieties . 🍷 Deep opaque ruby . πŸ‘ƒ An soft oak red & black fruit explosion through cocoa cream of black current/berry, blueberry, dark cherry & raspberry forming a black forest gateaux . πŸ‘„ Med body of chocolate infused blackcurrant & dark cherry w/ raspberry & blackberry I med+ acidity . 🎯 Med+ black cherry gateaux light linger

Chris England
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6 Days 14 Hours Ago

A seriously unique Priorat rose - yes Rose! - from Terrior Al Limit @ €36 of 1,268 bottles & it’s superb 😍 If you can get this give it a go - we loved it! Thanks @gabymeetswine @vilaviniteca for sourcing this gem πŸ‘ . πŸ“ Terroir Al Limit Roc D'aubaga Rose 2016 @terroirallimit . 🏡 92 points . πŸ‡ 80% Grenache Blanc, 10% Grenache Gris & 10% Grenache Rouge . 🍷 Red brick orange rust w/ a brown tone (see next pic ⏩) . πŸ‘ƒ A mesmerising concoction of fruity aromas of apricot jam, red berries, raspberry compote, strawberry marmalade & earthy red cherry w/ a light flinty minerality . πŸ‘„ Med body of smooth creamy rich red berries & apricot w/ strawberry driven red fruits & a hint of orange, red apple & red cherry . 🎯 Long mouth coating of slight sweet red fruits galore in a touch of dry minerality

Chris England
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7 Days 3 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 09 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says β€œOpulent, Exotic & Spicy are also words Mrs Claus uses to describe me 😊 it is that Erotic πŸ€” ” . πŸ“ I say a wine I’ve been dying to try for donkeys years & it sure delivers but it’s darn expensive Ho bloody Ho - at least it’s not over syrupy like many from here πŸ˜‰ . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Nyetimber Brut Rose NV . πŸ“ Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014 . 🏡 94 points . πŸ‡ Chardonnay . 🍷 Golden rich yellow . πŸ‘ƒ Soft melon & pineapple driven tropical exotic fruits, honey & vanilla w/ a touch of mineral, citrus, green apple, cut grass & a light smokey spiced oak & date backbone . πŸ‘„ Med+ body of waxy opulent creamy tangy citrus & green apple through punchy tropical gooey fruits in med acidity w/ a fine mineral & honey touch . 🎯 Long mouth coating citrus & tropical honeyed fruits linger w/ a touch of dry lime, green apple & minerality linger

Chris England
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7 Days 13 Hours Ago

CΓ΄tes de Bourg is a Bordeaux region that many don’t know that delivers incredible wines for a fraction of the price of other regions. This higher priced bottle at Β£40+ sure delivers an amazing wine that would be triple in St Emilion & made by the folks from Tertre RΓ΄teboeuf & called β€œthe junior Tertre RΓ΄teboeufβ€œ πŸ‘ Drinking great young but will improve πŸ˜‰ . πŸ“ Roc de Cambes 2014 . 🏡 93 points . πŸ‡ 80% Merlot, 5% Malbec & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. . 🍷 Blackened opaque ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Soggy soil pot & thick farmyard through muted dark plum, blackberry, crushed rocks & gravel galore w/ mulberry, blueberry, broken twigs, pencil lead, violet, fresh mint & parsley herbs . πŸ‘„ Med body of rich ripe blackcurrant & damson bathed in minerals w/ earthy soil stone tones, raspberry liquorice & a touch dry bitter mocha . 🎯 Med+ touch dry mineral earthy black, purple & red fruit liquorice smack

Chris England
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7 Days 22 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 08 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says .... if only my plums shone as bright as Rudolf’s nose we’d be in plumtastic harmony 😍 . πŸ“ I say a good typical dark plummy black fruit chewy mouthful . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Billecart Salmon Rose NV . πŸ“ Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse 2011 . 🏡 90 points . πŸ‡ A bit more Cabernet Sauvignon than a little less Merlot . 🍷 Deep dark ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Blackcurrant, blackberry & sweet damson plum through light smoked oak & blueberry w/ raspberry, cocoa, mineral, gravel, pencil lead & vanilla liquorice . πŸ‘„ Med body is smooth creamy black berry fruit & dark damson plum w/ a dry mineral tone & touch of mocha liquorice . 🎯 Med+ touch dry plummy dark fruit in cocoa & mineral linger

Chris England
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8 Days 12 Hours Ago

Thank You @delectable #delectable for featuring my Wine #adventcalendar to your #wine community πŸ’— on your fabulous App . Check it out at https://delectable.com/feeds/wine_advent_calendar . Ho Ho Ho πŸŽ… πŸ€— πŸŽ„ 🎁

Chris England
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8 Days 22 Hours Ago

πŸŽ„ Advent Halfy Calendar Day 07 πŸŽ„ . πŸŽ… Santa says this lovely wine would make him dance like the chap on the label, but naked of course for Mrs Claus 🀢 Ho Ho Ho . πŸ“ I say this Β£42 halfy is at prime drinking & darn quafftastic 😍 . ⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV . πŸ“ Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau d'Armailhac 2004 . 🏡 92 points better than rated by β€œpros” in 2007 πŸ˜‰ . πŸ‡ Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 25 %, Cabernet Franc 14%, Petit Verdot 3% . 🍷 Deep dark ruby . πŸ‘ƒ Smokey oak, pencil lead, gravel & minerals through earthy blackcurrant & dark plum w/ herbs, raspberry liquorice, leather & mocha . πŸ‘„ Med body of creamy ripe rich blackcurrant in cocoa w/ dirty liquorice, plum, red berry tones, blackberry & minerals . 🎯 Long touch dry mineral infused plummy dark fruit mocha liquorice linger

Chris England
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9 Days 6 Hours Ago

A very limited production Ribera del Duero of 6,990 bottles in a great year @ €180-€265 that should age into a Vega Sicilia Unico quality wine as a very intense big wine 😈 but well balanced πŸ˜‰ I’d drink in 10-15 years but superb already 😁 . πŸ“ ViΓ±a Pedrosa Perez Pascuas Gran SelecciΓ³n 2010 @vinapedrosa . 🍝 Paired w/ Mrs Es homemade Cumberland peppered & sage pork sausage meat filled ravioli smothered in a chasseur mushroom sauce & Parmesan cheese 😍 . 🏡 96 points w/ 98+ potential . πŸ‡ Tempranillo . πŸ’₯ 14.5% ABV . 🍷 Deep blackened opaque ruby . πŸ‘ƒ I had to peel these aromas from my nose as they overpowered it in chocolatey rich dark fruit goo in a porty style of spiced dark cherry, earthy dark plum, melted chocolate, herbs & smoke w/ raspberry liquorice, minerals, date compote, prune pie & soft oak . πŸ‘„ Full bodied rich ripe smooth ultra silky gooey creamy melted black cherry & chocolate w/ raspberry, liquorice & cherry liqueur . 🎯 Long Long Long (like never ending!) lingering dark cherry explosive punch in the teeth oozing through raspberry chocolate liquorice gloop . πŸ‘ Another winner from @gabymeetswine @vilaviniteca βœ…