Christmas Day highlights (2): Suduiraut 01, La Chapelle 97, Le Dome 96, Gruaud Larose 00

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Christmas Day highlights (2): Suduiraut 01, La Chapelle 97, Le Dome 96, Gruaud Larose 00

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Some more Christmas Day wines.

Château Suduiraut 2001 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
14% alcohol. Remarkably fresh still with complex, spicy lemon and grapefruit notes as well as viscous apricot, pear and peach characters. Lively and powerful with lovely weight. This is a stunning wine with great potential. 95/100

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Château Le Dôme 1996 Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Normally a cult Saint Emilion wouldn’t be my thing, but this wine, which I have enjoyed a number of times in recent years, is a classic, elegant, balanced right bank Bordeaux. It’s taut and fresh with lovely black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, with hints of earth and spice. A beautiful wine with a taut personality and potential for further development. 94/100

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Jaboulet Hermitage la Chapelle 1997 Northern Rhône, France
We’re just beginning to catch the bad phase of Jaboulet here. It’s a nice wine, but it’s more evolved than it should be. Notes of iodine, meat, cherries and earth with a ferrous, sanguine edge. Still Hermitage, but lighter and more evolved than it should be. Still, if you drink this now, there’s some pleasure to be had. 92/100

Château Gruaud Larose St Julien 2000 Bordeaux, France
12.5% alcohol. Fresh, vivid and green edged with blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, showing some leafy notes. Gravelly and grippy with nice spicinesss. Focused and developing well. 93/100

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