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2012 Domaine Rotier Gaillac Les Gravels

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12/14/2015 - ericindc Likes this wine: 88 points

interesting wine. Nose was full of red and black fruits with some light green. medium/full body, moderate acid, strong tannins. taste was mainly sweet black/red fruits, unusual tart flavor in the middle. Great party wine for people who want something a bit different. Long finish.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    2/4/2016 1:05:00 PM - Good note - I think you nailed the Gaillac flavours. Can't believe I didnt have you as a favourite taster before. I love Gaillac - can be a great quaffer.

Red

2006 Domaine la Monardière Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes

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12/3/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Kaboom! This ticks all the boxes with gay abandon.
Big, round fruit? Tick.
A touch of development? Tick.
Garrigue on the nose? Tick.

But.....this is not full throttle - there is a balance and balance here - this is well made, with respect for the region and the drinker. On a wet Thursday in London with pheasant this is perfect.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    12/4/2015 6:21:00 AM - Tonight is truffled rabbit with some Gigondas.

Red

2006 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

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12/2/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Spectacularly unexpected brilliance here through and through from its crystal clear appearance through to its shifting aromas. I was surprised how open this is already - Meaty, perfumed and feral all at the same time - this has a real depth and elegance to it, with some dark cherry and grilled meat action going on. Tannins are perfect here, with a defined, linear structure that works beautifully with the fruit, not one thing gets in the way of the other. Excellent.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    12/2/2015 6:52:00 AM - I was amazed at how open it was - usually the vintage and in particular this wine have been very tight. One of the best Burgundy reds I have had this year,

Red

2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

11/29/2015 - Kris G wrote: 91 points

very lovely acidity structure, complex fruit, but the RP98 is a joke

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    11/30/2015 3:05:00 AM - Like you, I enjoyed the wine but find the excessive scores somewhat bemusing. I think this is more about grade inflation and subsequent use by wine merchants of those scores - in effect people like Suckling are pumping up scores in order to get better coverage and use of those scores.

Red

2007 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/11/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Compared to the monolithic 2010 and 2012s which will have a half-life of 1,300 years, the 07 is starting to unfurl to the point where it is not a shame to broach them now.

This is all crystal clear and linear with a very fine boned structure to it ,but still with some soupy cherry notes appearing from nowhere. Much leaner than previous vintages - especially the 1993 which was as black as night and infused from rock. Drink or hold. Great stuff.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    11/12/2015 5:37:00 AM - 2007 wont make old bones, but I'd say if you get a good bottle (some of mine have been shut down hard) they are approachable now. Another 5 years will work some wonders on this but it is always destined to be merely very good rather than excellent.

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/12/2015 - Adrian Chmielarz Likes this wine: 91 points

You don't forget this one. Evolves over time, each incarnation interesting: when you think you have it figured out, it offers new pleasures. I have initially dismissed it due to high acidity but that was a mistake; soon I have discovered its milky honey as a counter. It's a demanding wine, I don't think I would recommend it for anyone not already looking for something different. Needs 2h of air before drinking.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/26/2015 2:23:00 AM - I listened to your advice about the 2 hours decant - what a difference it makes. Really changed the character of the wine.

Red

2011 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques

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10/20/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

This has much more development and earthiness about it compared to the rather upright 2010 - more feral, mushroomy and identifiable Gamay notes - beautiful finish - excellent value. Drink or hold.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/21/2015 1:41:00 AM - The Jadot Chateau des Jacques range are really worth seeking out - this is the standard offering but there are excellent wines (at a whole 21 euros) for the single vineyard offerings. These really punch above their weight.

White

2014 Samuel Billaud Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes

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10/4/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Samuel Billaud 2014 Chablis (London): Great value for a 1er cru here and this is layered through with all that crunchy seashell and lemon pie actions you would expect - there is a tickle of richness to the fruit to pull back the tanginess a bit. Beautiful balance and will age wonderfully - all crackling minerality right now - this sits in between the Butteaux and the Montee de Tonerre - the 3 wines give a perfect snapshot of the range of 1er cru profilles.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    10/5/2015 6:48:00 AM - Its tough living in London! All that wine. I feel a personal responsibility to drink as much of it as possible.

Red

2003 Cascina Ballarin Barolo Bussia

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4/23/2010 - pjaines wrote: NR

This is starting to reveal itself as a pretty decent, forward drinking Barolo - quite sweet on the palate but with enough of the typical Barolo elements to keep the old-school interested. A touch disjointed - it needs a touch more clarity of fruit to clean up the palate but generally good stuff.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    9/14/2015 12:48:00 AM - If I recall correctly I remember some of the bottles being a complete disaster at first, and I just left then at the back of the cellar and only opened one out of morbid curiosity - it actually ended up being semi decent.
    Lovely little producer this as well - we stayed at their agro-Turismo place. Very good place.

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

9/10/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Arrrrrrrrr. The sound of a man returning to good Rioja. 2 years back I had a 2001 of this wine that was all oak and tomato and I vowed to stay away. Well, this sorted it out - a great wine with balance, depth and balance without ever reverting into the overtly drying oaky notes. There is a touch of oak of course but the brilliance of the fruit and complexity on the nose really elevates this wine. Good now, superb in 10 years.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    9/12/2015 4:44:00 AM - The problem with this wine is that it tastes too good - I know I should age it much longer but its going to be hard.

White

2012 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard

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9/8/2015 - pjaines wrote: NR

Much riper than the other Chardonnays from Kumeu - this has that tropical fruit and buttery element to it that seems to dominate the structure a bit too much for my liking. Very well made wine, but I struggled a touch after 2 glasses (although like a trooper I soldiered on and finished the bottle!)

More inclined towards the Coddington or the Estate versions which seem slightly less full-throttle.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    9/9/2015 2:58:00 AM - After 3 weeks in Brittany eating nothing but butter I'm buttered out.

    I surrender.

Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

11/5/2014 - pjaines wrote: NR

Whilst I can admire the winemaking on display here I just struggle to get past that drying oak/tomato tang that seems to stick out. "No, its not you, its me" is the usual line that gets played out when dumping someone, but with me I really do think my palate has picked up an aversion to all forms of Rioja (both good and bad). And this one is good, its just that I dont like it.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    11/6/2014 1:00:00 AM - Well, the wine is very very good, it is just that my palate seems to increasingly have an aversion to these kind of wines - I've gradually gone off Rioja to the point that I barely have any now (Tondonia is the exception). This stuff will age for years, but I think that oaky background note will always be there.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    11/6/2014 1:07:00 AM - Lots of lovely Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and Rhone.....thats the way to go Stefan. I have quite a lot of other Spanish in the cellar now (including that one you brought me). Petite Sirah? I'd rather give up drinking all together than ever touch that stuff again.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    11/7/2014 12:54:00 AM - I fear a rip in the space-time continium whenever I drink wine with that Swedish nutter. Madrid sounds lovely though - I can imagine a very long, boozy meal.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    9/9/2015 2:57:00 AM - As a follow up to this post, I actually purchased some of the 2004. I'll see if I can get on with that better than the 2001. I'll try 1 bottle and let the rest sleep for 10+ years.

Red

2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

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8/10/2015 - maxima wrote: 91 points

Ce soir avec l`Osso Bucco, un excellent Produttori del Barbaresco barbaresco 2006…
à noter, la bouteille provient encore du LOT 10.161, ce lot contient une grande proportion de cru parcellaire déclassé (jusqu’à 40%, parait-il).
Beau nez sur l’anis surtout, des roses et des cerises. En bouche, belle texture lisse et satinée,
belle acidité vivifiante avec de beaux tannins sont soyeux et bien enrobés.
La finale bien longue est tout en douceur.
Superbe vin gouleyant au gout traditionnel et que dire du RQP!

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    8/11/2015 5:26:00 AM - konquest - I would not rush to drink the wine. These wines can last decades. Even if the wine does not contain the cru parcellaire it should still last a long time.

Red

2005 Château Talbot

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/10/2015 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Absolutely singing right now - probably the first 2005 Bordeaux I've had that is not as hard as nails. This ticks all the St Julien cliches, and has the depth of fruit from 2005 to beef out its frame a touch. Beautiful balance, compact and showing some evolution. Lacks a bit of depth on the finish, but that is just nitpicking. Excellent right now. Good value.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    8/11/2015 5:25:00 AM - There is no doubt the wine will age much longer - I was surprised how approachable it was as usually the 2005s are rather cranky right now.

    I'm definately searching out a few more.

Red

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

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7/25/2015 - Erik12903 wrote: 84 points

Fresh and food friendly as always but slightly discombobulated. Quite some heat on the back end. We stored this at less than perfect place for some months but not sure if it's that or if these nerellos go through some sort of tunnel, and if that's the case, whether they will come out on the other side? Also, we opened this at warmer temperature than I use to serve these beauties, and no real aeration, and the simplest of glass ware was used. So there you have the full range of possible excuses from a die hard fan of these Etna wines. All I know is that these have been extremely good upon release, and good value at that.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/31/2015 1:31:00 PM - discombobulated is the new wine word of the week!!!

White

2012 Kumeu River Chardonnay Estate

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7/31/2015 - Erik12903 Likes this wine: 92 points

What a find! Or rather, I guess it was a globally orchestrated marketing campaign where the serendipitous simultaneity of the glowing reviews of some world famous critics - out of the blue - and the sudden retail availability in far off places like Sweden probably was not a mere coincidence.

At the same time, tasting is believing. And I believe. Yes, I do believe!

Thx to Jancis R for pointing this gem out to us mere mortals. Worth a yearly subscription to the financial times purely based on this call I'd say.

Now, to the wine itself. Firstly - what pjaines and Marc said.

Secondly, I think this is a beautiful marriage of flinty Chablis and opulent meursault, of Burgundian precision and ripe new world Chardonnay fruit; steel and oak.

Perhaps this will not age as well as it's more well bred first cousins, such as the brilliant mate's vineyard offering, and perhaps the finish is not as long and as structured as could be. But, gosh darn it this is so pleasurable right now! Go get yourselves some, folks! For crying out loud!

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/31/2015 1:28:00 PM - Erik - a very savvy point about the orchestrated marketing campaign - although who can blame them with such good wine. These wines (especially their more modest Village wine) are now house-staples at my house.

Red

2004 Château Cantenac Brown

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/26/2015 - pjaines wrote: NR

Chunky, meaty and dense and showing little signs of evolution, this needs a bit more time to let the fruit ease off. It does have that 2004 green streak to it and lacks a bit of depth - the test will be holding off long enough to let the fruit mate before it fades. Twist or stick? I'd stick for now.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/27/2015 1:05:00 AM - Gah! Writing whilst drunk - never a good idea. Changed to the correct English now. The wine itself needs a few more years I think.

White

2002 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Chardonnay more

5/10/2015 - kingkanu wrote: 91 points

Mid golden in colour. The nose is showing some evolution. It's still got some citrus acidity, and that just holds the palate together, it's definitely mature Chardonnay with a lovely depth of flavour and finish, I'm glad I took a chance on one of these bottles as this is delicious

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/22/2015 3:44:00 AM - I love Droin's Chablis - question though - was it sealed with a Diam or with a standard cork? These days Droin are all Diam sealed but wondered how far back that has been the case.

Red

2010 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos

Mencía more

7/21/2015 - NiklasW wrote: 89 points

Decanted for 40 mins. This is very nice, with a sharp nose of red berries, boding for a high acidity wine, citrusy with a background of smoky oak. The palate is indeed loaded with racey acidity, good red berries and good tannins. A lively wine, very nice right now!

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/22/2015 3:41:00 AM - Hey Niklas! Great to see your tasting notes pop up. This is one of my house wines....although admitedly mostly for winter drinking. How have you been keeping?

Red

2008 Château Figeac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/9/2015 - peterchoy wrote: 92 points

Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep ruby color, with a slight garnet rims and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as cassis, blackberry and plum, pungent spice of licorice, sweet spice of cloves, oak notes of cedar, animal notes of leather and meat, mineral notes of earth and graphite, maturity notes of savory. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium (+) acidity, the wine has medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, with medium (+) alcohol and full body. It has medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as cassis, blackberry and plum, oak notes of cedar, pungent spice of licorice, kernel notes of roasted nuts. The wine has a medium finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality St-Emilion with good intensity on the nose, showing nice complexity and particularly the more cassis than plummy element which is rather unique for the right bank, the wine has a good structure, robust yet elegant, with good acidity supporting the concentrated flavors, and the finish was reasonable. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 2-3 years.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    7/10/2015 - There have been some mixed views on Cellartracker about this wine - I personally like it, and have always liked Figeac in the less-plush years. I do think this wine will age for 15+ years easily though - they tend to age at a glacial pace.

Red

2006 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2015 - pjaines wrote: NR

Usually I am a fan of super mature wines but this really is already sitting in a nice place where structure, fruit acidity and balance all align into a wine that is Bordeaux-cliche. All cedar, leather, black fruit, minerals and lightness. Lovely stuff - ready now and I'd be inclined to not bother with much more ageing (and I am not a fan of younger wines either)

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/22/2015 4:04:00 AM - That was my reaction when we opened the bottle, but it was actually very good - probably at that perfect intersection of fruit, acidic and a bit of development. Doesn't strike me as a long termer, this particular vintage. Usually I prefer Gruaud Larose with about 20 years on them.

  • Comment posted by pjaines:

    6/28/2015 6:03:00 AM - brian, yup the 2000 is only just really getting ready to go and in general I found Gruaud to be a wine that is best after 20 years, but this vintage (or this bottle at least) was much more open and advanced - probably wearing the vintage on its sleeve a touch more. I also found the 2004 to be rather lacklustre, but the 2007 stunning.

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