Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2000

87 points

Hawkes Bay, NZ. 13%

Has charm and sophistication but lacks concentration and flavour. A bit disappointing for Coleraine.

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Chateau La Variere 2007 Anjou Villages Brissac la chevalerie

85 points

Anjou Villages Brissac, Loire. 14%

For a difficult vintage here is another Loire red with dense dark colour and 14% alcohol. Quite a hard savoury wine, not green but without ripe flavours and tannins. If given this blond I’d more guess it were Malbec (from the Sud Ouest not Argentina) than Cabernet.

Leave for 3-5 years.

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Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2005

90+ points

Pauillac. 13%

One of the most under-rated classed growths from Pauillac. Indeed one of the most under-rated of all of Bordeaux classed growths. And in 2005 they have made an excellent wine.

Classic, rich, lively claret. With good expensive oak, nice acid tannin balance.

Still needs time and will benefit greatly from 5-10 years more cellaring at least.

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Domaine Des Rochelles Anjou-Villages Brissac 2009 la croix de mission

87++ points

Anjou, Loire. 13.5%

I’m very unaccustomed to drinking wines this young but after being open for a day it was sufficiently approachable. Lovely dark crunchy fruit like something fresh off a tree (not vine).

I didn’t realise it was 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, only 10% Cabernet Franc. Quite a surprise given the impressive ripeness.

Ripe, fresh vinous acidity and tannin, clean and vibrant. Bordeaux look out, I don’t see many wines like this at this price. I need more Loire reds in my cellar.

Drink 2015-2020.

Update: WineDoctor has a profile on this estate.

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