France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru
Nose: dried red flowers with a touch of blood, a touch of chemical. Sweet, sauvage. Really special on the palate: cola and brown sugar, roast meat, saline, tomato. Just beautiful with silky tannins all the way through. Elegant and perfumed with a long gentle sweet brown finish. Nose - 4-4.5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-18/20.
Medium yellow. Mature nose of creamy brioche, toast, pears, yeast and minerals. A touch cidery and very fresh. Gorgeous on the palate with a soft yet lively mousse. Incredibly sweet and creamy: sweet pear and ripe apple, maybe a touch of creamsicle, lots of toast and brioche. Screaming fruit: pear and cidery. Malt. Rich finish. Perfect right now. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Light yellow. Huge Leflaive nose of lemon, brown spices, salty extract, and sweet oak. Deep but incredibly lively and fresh. Very spicy. Screaming on the palate with lots of lemon, lemon curd, minerals and sweet vanilla oak. Finish shows lemon and oak. Probably better in 5 years. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5/20.
France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Medium orange-red. Beautiful nose of roasted fruit, spice, spice, spice, and barnyard funk. Not as big as I was expected, which is nice -very balanced and even elegant. A touch of heat. Cherry fruit and strudel. Creamy on the palate and very spicy, plush, and plummy, roast meat and more spice. Again a touch of heat. Delicious and balanced. Nose - 5-5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.
From Magnum. Bready and spicy nose with baked pastry and yeast. Elegant and chunky - very substantial. Creamy malt. Soft mousse - lemon, bright citrus and bread, great grain/mouthfeel. Brown flavors and spice. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
(I have 'Disgorged 7/10 down, but I am not at all sure of that). Light yellow-green. Chalk, minerals, crushed shells. White dust and flowers. The nose radiates this powdery feel that I cannot describe well. Very different from any wine I have ever had. On the palate: very chalky and powdery yet creamy. I could lose myself in this palate and in this wine in general. Where was I? Oh yes, Chalky, dusty, driven and laser-like. Potent. Minerals and tight lemon. A singular wine, austere and focused yet full and round somehow. As I am just getting into Champagne, this wine was an epiphany for me, the perfect wine for my palate to learn from right now - complex, cerebral, austere - a thinking wine. I stand in awe. Game changer. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18.5/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
Green and lime/lemon on nose, whipped cream or meringue, lots of sweet oak, steel and stones. Enters with lemon and lots of oak, cool, green, herbal, minerals, steel, flint. Finish of sweet lemon, oak, and steel. Very classy, oak needs a few more years to resolve. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.
Very Coche. Salty, brown spice, good extract and acid, lemon, caramel. A little rough on the palate, but pretty damn good for an 03 - lots of lemon and spice, pretty tight, only a little 03 vibration or roast shows through, and only occasionally. A excellent bottle. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
Faint nose - some chemicals, meat, rubber. Palate better: roses, meat, good structure and balance, spice. Good but missing something, IMO. Inferior to the 69 Richebourg. A good wine, but not impressive, given the bottle. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Ruby red. Very rough and sauvage nose - really old school Red Burgundy. Horsey with hosin sauce, spice, earth, some heat. Bright raspberry-strawberry. Very burly on the palate with lots of acid and structure, sauvage and spice, plummy, meat. Good acid and soft tannins: maybe 3-5 more years and it should be perfect, but it doesn't suck now. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Bight Leroy fruit: raspberry and strawberry, cinnamon and sharp bright spices, but there is an odd green component that goes along with stemmy aspects that is too much for me. Very chewy on the palate: stems, plum and green pepper. Well made, but the flavor profile is weird. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5-1/2 = 15.5-16/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
I had high hopes when I got poured a glass of this, and those hope were not fulfilled. Green stems, malt, mocha - definite green pepper, spice. Still stemmy and tight on the palate, dark coffee - not too impressive. This must not be a representative bottle. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
Now this is more like it! Light ruby. Very spicy nose - old cherry-strawberry fruit, earth, dirt, sauvage. Palate: really pure, with sweet fruit, earth and spice. Elegant, classy, and classic. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru
A let down after the Grands Echezeaux. Soft nose of violets, soft spice, strawberries. Probably sat too long in the glass: dried flowers, berry fruit and soft tannins. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.
Cloudy ruby/red. Very secondary on the nose: banyard, plum, sun, citrus peel, tar. Rich on the palate with plum, citrus peel, tar, burnt coffee. Very dark profile with lots of acid. Citrus peel and burnt flavors on finish. Most mature and ready Gaja I have ever had - really excellent. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16.5/20.
I did not get a full note on this wine. Herbal nose, tannins, stems, dark sour cherry - pretty wound or tight by the time I got to it, which was after a while. Dusty tannins on the palate - cherry, stems, fine tannins. Still needs time to me, seems to be all structure.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Tâche Grand Cru
Just got a small taste, but this is the real deal. Soft nose, red-purple with spice. Really sublime on the palate: mouth filling and creamy with flowers, tomato, lots and lots of spice. Amazing balance. Still has sweet fruit. So plush that I don't know how to describe it. Like a red velvet carpet. I wish I got more. Mean old 71 La Tache made that 85 LT run home to Momma! Nose - 4.5-5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18-19/20.
USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Is there a California wine more consistent that MB? I do not think so. Huge MB nose - herbal, plummy fruit, creamy, eucalyptus. Plummy fruit, cool, smooth mouthfeel. Very old world in feel but more interesting in flavor profile - doesn't have that annoying cedar/tobacco stuff that most Bordeaux wines have. Herbal finish, dusty tannins. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
Very dark with roasted blue-black fruits, dark cherry and plum, blackberry and chocolate. Too much heat. This wine is not in balance at all. For an entry level wine, this would be fine, but at this level, nope. A reminder of why I don't drink these wines anymore. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 13/20.
AP #15. Lemon and creamy nose, botrytis, baking spices, apricots, petrol, apple. Classic prum WS nose. Lovely on the palate, spice, apricots. Perfect balance, great acid. Creamy apricot finish. Sweet. Perfect. Love it. Simply one of the great wines of the world. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 6/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18.5/20.
AP #16. Auction. From Magnum (Yes, I was drinking with Justin C tonight). A step down from the Prum. Sweet, some smoke, brown sugar and baking spices, apple. Creamier than the Prum, but less active. Palate of spice, lemon, apple and pear - soft. Spice on the finish. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.
Red-orange. Spicy on the nose. Very mature nose and palate with flavors of caramel, cinnamon. Really spicy - almost like those red atom ball candies. A mostly elegant older Sauternes. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15/20.
Lots of oak, sweet caramel and butterscotch. Not great balance - too much heat for the fruit. Not a great Yquem IMO - more ripe/roasted aspects than lively. May get better, but will never be great. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 0.5/2 = 13/20.