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Red

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/24/2013 - WST wrote: 89 points

Love this on its own, but tonight it paled in comparison to the '96 Calon Segur.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    8/25/2013 5:12:00 PM - How green was the '96 S-M?
    I'm sitting on 3 bottles of the 96 and 00.

Red

2010 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis

Gamay more

3/12/2013 - marc d Likes this wine: NR

Open and expressive, drinking great at the moment. Complex, ripe, kind of uber cru beaujolais. Lots of structure but very enjoyable even so.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    3/20/2013 9:31:00 AM - I think it is very interesting in that the wine was supposedly aged in smaller oak barrels compared to the cuvee Tardive which goes into large wood.
    The Griffe is more open and accessible now then the Tardive, and doesn't really taste oaky, so I guess the wood was older or neutral. I'm not sure if the vines are different then the Tardive or just the elevage is different.
    The Griffe is really great for my taste.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    8/25/2013 5:05:00 PM - That's where they all went, damn.

White - Off-dry

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

8/14/2013 - 14Frimaire wrote: NR

Dale's note was spot on. There were some oxidative notes, but the wine got much better as it breathed. Hard to know what to make of this.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    8/15/2013 11:16:00 AM - I bought a case of this when it was released and have 8 bottles left.
    I am hoping it improves, but my last bottle was very weird and briny, with oxidation, so I have some doubts.

    I guess with Huet you never know, I am hoping for the best.

Red

2010 Domaine Le Bout du Monde Côtes du Roussillon Avec le Temps

Carignan more

5/26/2013 - Rieslingfan Likes this wine: NR

Fresh, vibrantly fruity and with a nice earthy tinge on the finish. This is great quaffing red for a party. I enjoyed a couple of small pours from the magnum, but watched as some folks commandeered the rest of the bottle. I haven't seen magnums of anything except Champagne empty so fast. Fun wine.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    5/28/2013 10:23:00 AM - Hi David,
    Do you know if this wine made with semi-carbonic maceration?

Red

2010 Éric Texier Côtes du Rhône Villages Vaison La Romaine

Grenache more

4/3/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Tasty stuff. 100% syrah. Very vibrant. . But I think I like the Cullieron better for its smoothness and richness.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    4/3/2013 4:22:00 PM - Thought this one was Grenache?

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    4/10/2013 8:48:00 AM - Hi Ben,
    From the Louis Dressner website on Texier:
    "I also rent around 4 ha in Vaison: 3.5 ha of grenache aged between 30 and 55 years"

    You are right, a large majority of his wines are from Syrah (or Serine).

Red

2002 Domaine Y. Clerget Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil

Pinot Noir more

2/11/2013 - WST Likes this wine: 90 points

Remarkable P/Q. This improved on day 2, so I'll let my remaining bottles rest a bit. zscheiner's TN is spot on. Delicate, smoky nose and palate, sour cherry, meaty raspberry, mushrooms; silky, delicate but energetic. Love it.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    2/12/2013 8:19:00 AM - So drink now, or hold and wait a bit?

Red

2002 Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot

Pinot Noir more

3/5/2011 - ChazBham wrote: 90 points

Elegant wine nicely bridging the traditional and modern styles. Not too surprising regarding the more "corporate" reputation that Bouchard has, part of Henriot. This wine showed nicely this evening, open and inviting with nicely integrated cherry, forest floor, integrated oak. Pleasing complexity that I would expect in a 1er. A reliable performer.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    1/26/2013 10:21:00 AM - I thought the 04 I think we drank together (Erik's bottle?) was excessively oak flavored. I have the 02, maybe will give it a try. You think it will reward further aging, or drink up?

Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

1/12/2013 - bullmrkt Likes this wine: 94 points

Whoa. My first Musar and me likey. Lollypop cherry red color, quite transparent. Big Bordeaux-like nose but with an unique exotic element to it. Lots of ripe red fruits combine with earthy elements and an amazingly smooth, almost chocolatey texture make the palate. It gracefully and slowly recedes from your palate in a long, clean finish. Fantastic.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    1/13/2013 5:08:00 PM - Great note, had this wine recently and felt the same.

Red

2011 Franck Balthazar Côtes du Rhône Sans Soufre

Syrah more

12/22/2012 - WST wrote: NR

What a gorgeous wine. Fresh and exuberant, dark fruit melded with green notes, especially green olives. Silky, balanced, made for drinking now and drinking often. Crazy good wine.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    12/23/2012 1:11:00 PM - Sounds good, glad you liked!

White

2010 Caves Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Vaugiraut

Chardonnay more

12/11/2012 - Wicker Parker Does not like this wine: NR

Flabby, unfocused, with a nasty bitterness on the finish that's quite unlike the bitterness I adore in Loire chenin or certain Italian whites... It's possible that this was an off bottle but I saw no evidence of heat damage (e.g. soaked cork) and others' comments here suggest that the issues are not limited to this specific bottle. Really regretting buying 3 bottles of this!

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    12/20/2012 8:44:00 AM - Have you guys tried the Chablis Village from Caves Duplessis?
    That bottle has electric acidity, and is like drinking the essence of naked Chardonnay. I haven't tried the Vaugiraut and am reluctant now to open one, but the basic Chablis was the opposite of flabby.

Red

2011 Franck Balthazar Côtes du Rhône Sans Soufre

Syrah more

12/10/2012 - Chomsky wrote: NR

YUM. What a delicious young wine this is. 100% Syrah made "from young vines on decomposed granite just outside the Cornas AOC, organic methods, wild yeast fermentations" (per Chambers St.), without any added sulfur. It seems to have undergone some kind of carbonic maceration. Super fragrant with blackberry, truffle, and clay-like aromas wafting from the glass, the wine is ripe but very delicate and velvety in texture, highly finessed with lively flavors. Basically no tannins. Super glou-glou! I'm eager to try the minimally-sulfured version when it arrives later this month.

Day 2: the overt fruitiness and the lifted carbonic notes have subsided and the wine is more smoky, with a faint ashiness, though still very smooth and silky.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    12/15/2012 11:05:00 AM - Hi,
    I just received mine from Chambers, and the bottle label on the front at the very bottom reads "contains sulfites". I thought I was getting the sans soufre version. Does your bottle label read differently?
    Thanks, Marc

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    12/15/2012 11:25:00 AM - Interesting.
    Might have to ask David L. at the store.

Red

2003 Roagna Barolo Vigna Rionda

Nebbiolo more

11/27/2012 - Jack O'Brien wrote: 99 points

Near perfect Barolo. Vigna Rionda has one of the most compelling terrors and therefore always has a distinct truffle flavor to the wine. This was a textbook Barolo - unmistakable white truffle nose, with dusty cherry and strawberry fruit. Violets and dried potpourri, amazing stone and bone minerality and tannic as hell. Perfectly aged and peaking right now. Perfect structure and a this is a wine that hits you in your soul. This is why I love Barolo. Classic, traditional producer.

  • Comment posted by marc d:

    11/28/2012 9:51:00 AM - Thank you for the note, I remember trying this wine 3 or 4 years ago when Roagna was in town with the Dressner tour. It was beautiful, especially for the hot vintage. You recommend drinking now or waiting? I only have 2 bottles.

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