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Red

2011 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette

Gamay more

6/13/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Consistent with previous notes. The Corcelette has all the charms of Foillard's other bottlings, but with an accessible quality than the more structured Cote du Py. Ready to drink anytime, but no harm in holding a few more years to see what other elements emerge.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    6/17/2015 5:54:00 AM - Interesting. I felt with the 2011 vintage, all of Foillard's wines were accessible right out of the gate (and have remained so), but in every other instance, the Py needed a bit more time than the Corcelette. Both are consistently excellent, so this is all pretty academic. Cheers!

White - Off-dry

2008 François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet

Chenin Blanc more

5/17/2015 - Charlie Carnes wrote: flawed

Advanced; really bad.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    5/17/2015 7:35:00 PM - No!!! I've been holding my last bottle for a while, but reports of this wine's demise (or at least, loss of vigor) like yours are making me think it's time to pop the cork.

Red

1986 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - Billigan Likes this wine: 96 points

A stunning wine and proof positive that the "forever-burly" 1986s are really hitting their stride. After an 8-hour Audouze, this was humming. A knockout perfume full of cassis, turned earth, smoke, and leather. An exceptionally balanced-but-richly-fruited palate, with the tannins perfectly integrated. No, this isn't some powerhouse heavyweight, but it is an exceptional middleweight that truly shows the best of what Bordeaux is all about.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    3/16/2015 6:32:00 AM - Audouzed in the cellar.

Red

2012 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges

Cabernet Franc more

1/23/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Freshly turned earth, bucketfuls of it. On top of that, layers of tobacco leaves, black peppercorns and a touch of bell pepper. None of the pyrazines come through on the red-fruited, medium-bodied palate that's warm, and expressive but also well lifted and slightly savory. A superior value at just $16. recommended

Slow-o 2 hours, served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    1/24/2015 8:02:00 AM - Amen. I actually slightly prefer Les Granges to the Domaine year to year, and it's a couple bucks cheaper.

Red

2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/17/2015 - acyso wrote: 93 points

An excessibe [sic] balla [sic] afternoon at Domaine (Chicago, IL): I think the biggest surprise on this bottle was how much fruit there was -- and all of it ripe at that. The palate had the same juicy ripeness to it, but the acidity gave this a certain litheness. Very, very good now, but this definitely has the capability to last for another decade.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    1/17/2015 6:04:00 PM - Thanks for the note and for the great name for your evening. That might have been one of the most painful WB threads of all time...

Red

2010 Jean Foillard Fleurie

Gamay more

11/30/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine: 93 points

This wine made me think of that classically cheesy Robert Palmer video, "Simply Irresistible," as it's just one of those whose sheer deliciousness bowls you over. That's not to say it's simple by any means, as its nose is plenty complex, with loads of black cherries, canned peaches, spices, some floral action, and a hint of Bojo funk. On the palate, the trademark Foillard silk is in full effect, as this just glides down with effortless sweetness. The price is steep, but it's hard to argue when the bottle is drained so quickly with huge smiles on everyone's faces.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    12/7/2014 7:40:00 PM - Ha, yes, you can't help but do a double take at the price. It's certainly not the elegant or cerebral wine that the Côte du Py is, but its sheer gulpabilty makes up for what it lacks in "burgundianness." And when you consider how much these Foillard wines run laps around village Burgs of comparable price, you don't feel so bad about shelling out 40-50 bones for them.

Red

2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles

Pinot Noir more

11/13/2014 - Charlie Carnes wrote: flawed

The ridiculous baby diaper and hints of band-aid, blew off after about an hour to reveal a really crappy Burgundy. Hideous. 2 out of 3 have been flawed.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    11/14/2014 4:14:00 AM - Charlie, sorry to hear this. Who was the importer for the flawed bottles?

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    11/14/2014 8:47:00 AM - That's a bummer, especially given what a magical wine this can be when "on." Seems like a big misstep from an otherwise reliable and excellent producer.

White - Off-dry

2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

9/3/2014 - Billigan wrote: NR

Very similar experience as Seth. Was expecting more fireworks given past experience and the quality of the vintage, but this seemed like it was tucked tight in its shell. Only after several hours of airtime, when some lovely jasmine and minty aromas peeked out, did I get a sense of the complexity that may come one day. Time to put the rest of my stash to sleep for a good many years.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    9/6/2014 4:56:00 PM - I was really surprised, as it was the first 2012 from the Mosel that I've had which seemed shutdown. Have either of you tried other Schaefer wines from this vintage? If so, how've they performed?

White

1998 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

White Blend more

6/29/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Classic LdH nose, rich with nutty and floral aromas. Similarly oxidative elements on the palate, which managed the usual high-wire act of oily texture and lovely acidic freshness with an almost-metallic minerality to accompany the sherry-ish nutty flavors.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    7/6/2014 5:30:00 AM - Harley, I agree wholeheartedly. As complex and delicious as it is now, this wine is just a pup. Only quibble I have with your assessment is that I thought it was a terrific value, not a terrible one. For $40, you get a really interesting wine with tremendous ageworthiness (and already aged 15 years for you!).

Red

2010 Éric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud

Syrah more

4/11/2014 - diggydan wrote: 91 points

Nice wine, surely doesn't suck. Herbal and savory, good clean fruit profile shaded towards the dark. Super tannic and tight upon uncorking but opened nicely in the glass with 20 mins of air.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    4/11/2014 5:55:00 PM - "Surely doesn't suck." Ha! Nice one.

White

2009 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

8/6/2013 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

A bit tight out of the gate, but all its charms became evident by the second night. Rich, lemon custard, light florals, and a pat of butter on the nose. The oak is very much dialed back, letting plenty of citrus fruit and minerality come to the fore, with everything well structured and balanced and delineated. No roundness or flabbiness here, but no angularity or austerity either. Superb!

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    10/9/2013 5:36:00 AM - Chatters, I think the wine has plenty of time to go and will no doubt improve over the next few years. Montelena has a great track record with regard to making ageworthy wines, and the 2009 Chardonnay is no exception.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    4/7/2014 5:48:00 PM - SSoM, thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it, too.

Red

2012 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

3/22/2014 - Billigan Likes this wine: 92 points

Given how my first bottle went and the vintage characteristics, I was expecting something really lean, but this has fleshed out beautifully into a prototypically wonderful Lapierre. Great, red-fruited aromatics, along with some mild Bojo funk and the trademark iron-like mineral notes of this producer. On the palate, it's filled out its frame and taken on a silken, more richly fruited feel (almost creamy in texture) but with ample acidity and just the faintest hint of greenish herbs to give it some snap. I almost balked at the price hike for this on release, but I'm glad I didn't. It's worth the tariff and a testament to great winemaking in a tough year.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    3/25/2014 3:01:00 AM - I'm probably the wrong guy to ask, given I've never let my cru Bojos age longer than five years. This wine certainly wasn't in any danger of falling off, so it can sleep comfortably for a while longer; I just don't see much upside in doing so. For whatever reason or another, I've always enjoyed my initial bottles of Lapierre over ones I've kept for a few years.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    3/25/2014 7:43:00 PM - I've heard the same about Coudert, and there are certainly other producers whose wines seem to need more time to come around (Jadot Chateau des Jacques, Metras, Diochon), but I wouldn't count Lapierre among them. E.g., my first bottle of the 2009 was a drop-dead gorgeous wine, with incredible aromatics and loads of juicy exuberance. However, each successive bottle, while very fine, seemed to have less and less of that energy and joie de vivre that (to me) is such a defining characteristic of good cru Beaujolais. In other words, I'd crack open that 2012. I'm confident you'll love it, and if you love it enough to buy more, there's plenty available at retail.

Red

2010 Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/21/2014 - essconsults Likes this wine: 94 points

94-97 on the first night. Massive, mentholated, cool mostly blue fruity, but to me, more Gevrey than Morey St. Denis. This has tremendous soil tones, but is very tannic and acidic, yet has a hugely long finish that goes on for minutes. Put this away for 15 years and see what happens.

92-95, unfortunately on successive nights (same bottle) and therefore I'm lowering my score. As we know Jacques Lardiere often hugely outperformed in lackluster years, but did his methods cause him to perform less well in the great years? I have also tasted his '10 Chambolle Fuees which was very big and un-Chambolle like (see my note).

I apologize for the initial, hasty note, on the CSD, but it WAS enormously impressive the first night-it hasn't followed through, which is unlike my experience with other top '10s.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    1/21/2014 8:08:00 PM - Thanks for sacrificing one for the team. Will let my lone bottle sleep for many years.

Red

2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/5/2013 - Billigan wrote: 90 points

Almost a citrusy quality from the abundant, juicy acidity, along with the usual leathery scents. Typical LdH silk on the palate but undercut slightly by a sourness on the finish.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    10/12/2013 10:30:00 PM - No kidding. The sour, citrus-like element has only gotten more pronounced over three bottles. Here's hoping their 2001 gran reserves turn out better than this.

Red

2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph

Syrah more

9/27/2013 - coremill wrote: 76 points

The worst non-obviously flawed wine I've had in a long time. There is a weird chemical aspect to the nose that took my a long time to identify but eventually I decided it smelled like Elmer's glue. There's also a bit of windex, green grass, lemon/grapefruit juice, and a slightly reductive smokey/peppery quality. On the palate there is hardly any fruit but a ton of grassy acid and some unbalanced drying tannin. This tastes a bit like somebody dropped a bucket of tannin powder in a vat of crappy Loire sauvignon blanc. It was a struggle to finish a glass. 3-4 hours of air did not help.

I'm clearly not drinking the same wine everyone else is raving about, but I couldn't figure out what was wrong here. Not corked, not oxidized or heat damaged, not obviously bretty or volatile.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    9/27/2013 2:38:00 PM - I'm sad to read your note (as I love Gonon) but a bit confused. If, as your description clearly indicates, it a) smells and tastes like chemicals, weird acids, and citrus fruits (?!), b) has no characteristics of the winemaker, terroir, or even the grape, and c) bears no resemblance to other 25 tasting notes posted here, then you're probably looking at a badly flawed bottle, rather than a 76-point wine. Just my two cents. More importantly, it's a bummer you had this experience. I think the wine is brilliant.

Red

2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Cabernet Franc more

7/10/2013 - christyler wrote: NR

I knew this would be too young, but I opened it anyway. It's a little difficult to enjoy now - even after a four hour decant it's tightly coiled, the wood is noticeable and the tannins are a little rough. It still has that beautiful acidity that Baudry's 2010s all display, and I think it has tremendous potential. My remaining six bottles won't be touched for at least 5 years.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    7/11/2013 3:41:00 AM - Thanks for taking one for the team. It's good to be reminded to lay off these (when so many of his 2010 wines are drinking wonderfully). If you can source some 2009 Croix Boissee, it's a brilliant young example that's very expressive even now. Will give you something to look forward to as you (and all of us) wait several years on the '10s.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    7/11/2013 8:12:00 PM - I agree 100% on the 2010 lineup. The '10 Granges has essentially been our house red for the past year, and the Guillot showed great potential. The only slight exception I've had is with Le Domaine. I found it to be a bit angular and tart, but I know I'm in the distinct minority of opinion there. Cheers!

Rosť

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis

Rosé Blend more

5/5/2013 - Billigan Does not like this wine: 82 points

I think Brix really nailed it with his note here in terms of the wine's characteristics with the exception being that I found this rather joyless. For me, rose is about refreshing, energetic, food-friendliness, and if it has some additional complexity (like in a Baudry rose or a Mordoree Tavel), then that's bonus. But this wine delivered none of those qualities. Sour, spritzy, and a bit of a slog to drink on what was a nice spring picnic with my family.

  • Comment posted by Billigan:

    5/6/2013 5:28:00 AM - Brix, well said, and I actually don't think our tastes are that far off. When I went to enter my note, I was surprised to read yours, as you seemed to tick off all the qualities of the wine that I had picked up, except that for me, they were present but with the volume turned way down, such that it seemed a bit flat and listless (the fizz notwithstanding). Also, what you perceived as bitterness (something I think is a necessary ingredient in a good rose) struck my palate as a bit sour, which lead me also to think it might have been flawed somehow (but under screwcap?).

    Perhaps it was a bit of an expectations issue, as I was told by a reliable merchant that this was an excellent and much-sought-after rose, and the wine didn't meet those expectations. Anyhow, if I can get another bottle, I'll certainly give it another go. Thanks for your great original note, and for engaging on this.

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