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White - Sparkling

1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Chardonnay more

7/12/2015 - William Kelley Likes this wine: 94 points

The 1996 Salon was quite a bit more forward than I had expected it to be, and the wine really seemed ready to drink which surprised me. The expressive bouquet is a lovely melange of caramelized lemon, brioche, buttered apple and spring flowers. On the palate the wine was wide open, with a refined mousse and great juicy fruit, but rather lower acidity than I had expected, but good persistence on the chalky finish. In fact, this was was really pretty similar to the just-released 2002.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    7/12/2015 8:21:00 AM - William,
    This suddenly opened up a year or two ago, going from exceptional precision to more fruit, though delicate and round. I plan to open one this week so I will report back.

White - Sparkling

2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

7/4/2015 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

It could simply be my imagination but it is interesting how the 02 Doms are showing differently from bottle to bottle recently. Opened for a July fourth gathering, this is drinking perfectly in every ways. Very fresh cool delicate white fruits, a hint of lemon zest, apple flesh, honey, sweet spices and mineral. This bottle is unbelievably airy, incredibly fine mousse that is almost creamy, fresh cool white fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and lovely long cool finish. This has evolved incredibly well. Once again I am pleasantly surprised by how ready it shows. This is a great Champagne. Definitely superior to the 02 Salon at less than half of the price. I highly recommend.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    7/10/2015 5:55:00 AM - To clarify, the quality is quite consistent. It is just a matter of how ready they show.

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

6/11/2015 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

Wine dinner at Blacksalt - Prévost, Krug, Pichler, Raveneau, Fevre, Grivot, LLC, Yquem & etc. (Blacksalt, Washington DC): Served single blind with MV Krug. People often have misconception of the style of MV which can make this very challenging. My first impression was that MV was the vintage but quickly changed my mine. The vintage Krug, MV and CdM all have very distinct styles and quite different from each other. The vintages always display oxidative notes via brioche and more polished than MV, MV tends to be always ready, denser and fresher and the CdM combines complexity, freshness, precision and energy. Very youthful and fresh nose displaying sweet yellow fruits, lemon curd, spicy spice, smoke and mineral. Excellent concentration, sweet yellow fruit driven palate impression, a hint of white pepper, abundant medium mousse, bright acidity and clean sweet finish. Really enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    6/12/2015 11:44:00 AM - The vintage Krug always shows strong oxidative notes. The MV is much fresher relatively speaking.

Red

2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/19/2015 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Chateau Pichon Baron Vertical with Jean-Rene Matignon (Ripple Restaurant in DC): My wine of the night. It has the purity and precision of the 00 and the intensity and concentration of the 05. Beautifully perfumed with intense black fruits, cassis, ink, blackberry and earth. Incredible concentration, so silky and polished without losing the intensity, pure sweet black fruit driven palate impression, good acidity, sweet tannins and seamless incredibly long finish. This reminds me the 05 Palmer which I rated 99. Perhaps the best Pichon Baron and Jean Rene agreed. Incredible wine that will improve for thirty years or more becoming like the great 59 or 61 FGs.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    6/4/2015 10:06:00 AM - Although Jean-René Matignon, the technical director, think that there is no point in comparing against Pichon Lalande, it is always interesting exercise. For my palate, Pichon Baron is always bigger/riper. PB also has been more consistent. The 10 is truly special!

White

2013 Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay

Carneros more

5/6/2015 - dcwino wrote: 92 points

Domestic Cab dinner (Eddie V's): Another well made chardonnay with good freshness. This really reminded me of KJ VR chardonnay but slightly better.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    5/9/2015 4:58:00 AM - To clarify. People often dismiss/make fun of KJ VR but it is a very well made Chardonnay. If served blind amongst some big names of domestic Chardonnays and burgundies, it always come in the middle. This wine is well made and there is definitely similarity but better.

Red

2012 Château Faugères Cuvée Spéciale Péby

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/7/2013 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

2012 En Primeur - Kelly and Kevin’s excellent adventure; 4/4/2013-4/9/2013 (Bordeaux, France): The biggest and most concentrated wine that I have tasted during the 12 EP. Although I didn’t get to visit Jean Luc Thunevin hence didn’t get to taste the 12 Valandraud, the wine reminded me the 10 Valandraud, but a bit less polished and riper. Very ripe fruits, a hint of balsamico, lactic, oak, coffee and vanilla. Big scale wine, unctuous, very ripe, excellent concentration, high level of glycerin and silky tannins.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    4/19/2013 11:42:00 AM - I assume the 11 was released around $80. It appears that the 12 EP prices are about 30% lower than the 11s in general. So around $60 would be my guess. Then again the proprietor, Silvio Denz, has a deep pocket and the production is only 1k cases.

    It is a very hedonistic style of wine not unlike Valandraud or cal cult cabs. I would think that Bob would love this wine but I don't think he will rate as high as the 10. The purchase should be for consumption as I don’t see much upside. Having said that, if $60, a great wine to drink unless one hates modern style.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    5/1/2015 7:44:00 AM - Bob rated this 96 points in bottle.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance

Chenin Blanc more

2/20/2015 - dcwino wrote: NR

Hommage A Jacques Perrin dinner - 89, 90, 00 and 10, also 02 Salon, 02 Carillon BBM, 89 Constance and etc. (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): What an incredible wine. Bright amber. Subtle yet incredibly complex nose displaying apricots, cranberries, tarte tatin, honey, red tea, orange zest, sweet and spicy spices and strong presence of mineral. Excellent concentration yet airy and weightless which I only find in great wines, intense sweet red fruit driven palate impression, strong presence of mineral, sweet spices, bright acidity and lovely long finish. This is all about incredible weightless texture. Wow!

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    2/23/2015 6:23:00 AM - When I first got these, I checked the color which was a bit worrisome. The bottle color is slightly dark which gave a bit of false impression. The fruit expression is definitely a bit more advance than the correct bottle of the 89 D’Yquem but the palate is fresh and youthful. It is all about the balance and texture.

Red

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/18/2014 - dcwino wrote: 99 points

Holiday Bordeaux Dinner with Eric - 82, 89 & 90 FGs among others (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Initially cassis dominates, plum, ink, cedar, mineral and lead pencil. Exceptional concentration, cassis driven palate impression, polished and silky palate and nice integrated tannins. Some found this to be still shutdown. I thought the wine was open with very youthful fruits. It is quite precise and linear. A long life ahead. I believe only a couple of us went crazy over this. YMMV.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/5/2015 12:28:00 PM - This was pop and pour but showed really well for my palate. Please note that some thought the wine was shut.

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

10/30/2014 - dcwino wrote: 94 points

Cali Cab Dinner with 10+ Years of Age - 02 HSS, 04 Levy, 01 Madronna and etc. (Charlie Palmer - Washington DC): Serve en Magnum, fresh yet complex nose that is typical of Krug MV. Yellow fruits, granny smith, ginger, white pepper and mineral. Concentrated palate, mineral, a hint of sweet yellow fruits and nice clean finish. Really enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    11/10/2014 6:28:00 AM - Didn't check but looked pretty recent.

White

2005 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

9/21/2014 - dcwino wrote: 92 points

Another lazy Sunday gathering with 95 Latour, 98 Rayas, 90 BDL, 11 the stone terrace and etc. (Table Restaurant - Washington D.C.): A wine that I really looked forward to try but a disappointment. Ripe yellow fruits, ginger, mineral and spicy spices. Very tight, mineral, bright acidity and medium finish. At this stage of development, it should still show some white fruits like pear and white peach. Seems a bit too ripe, lacking freshness. The 92 Leflaive Chevy, Batard and BBM are three of my favorite white Burgundies. Caveat Emptor. I am in complete agreement with JONALLEN on this wine.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    10/11/2014 5:52:00 PM - This particular bottle tasted a bit awkward. Hopefully this will regain the freshness and precision. The main concern is the premox especially with Leflaive.

Red

2007 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

Grenache more

8/8/2014 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Baller dinner honoring Chicago winos -- 99 La Tache, 99 Leroy RSV, 07 SE & etc (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Once again what fun and privilege to compare the 05 and 07 side by side. This is bigger and darker than the 05. Blackberries, blackberry liquor, black cherries, a hint of cherry liquor a la Rayas, licorice, lavender, gariggue, dark spices, anise and animal. Exceptional concentration, wild herb, tobacco and jammy black fruit driven palate impression, perfectly integrated tannins and long seamless finish.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    9/3/2014 6:38:00 AM - As you can imagine, this is still very primary. This is a big scale wine that will age gracefully for at least two decades, showing a bit more garrigue, tobacco and etc as the primary fruits fade.

Red

1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Nebbiolo more

6/24/2014 - dcwino wrote: 99 points

BYOB dinner with Jamie Pollack (Bourbon Steak): Clearly a step up, just simply more of everything. Ripe black fruits, mineral, sweet dark spices and a slightly hint of balsamico. Incredible concentration and layered, intense sweet black fruit driven palate impression and seamless long finish. It is incredibly youthful yet seamless and perfectly balanced. While incredibly impressive and enjoyable, so much more potential ahead. For my palate, this is very similar to the 02 in concentration, intensity and sweetness.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    8/28/2014 12:37:00 PM - I am usually not bother by acidity. I would think that the acidity will become more apparent as the fruit will fade. The 99 is a very ripe vintage with opulent fruit.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    8/28/2014 1:26:00 PM - I didn’t know you were referring to the 99 Monfortino. It is still very primary. Also with time, the fruit will get sweeter. Lack of fruit is not something that you have to worry in this wine.

Red

1988 Gentaz-Dervieux Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Réservée Côte Brune

Syrah more

6/21/2014 - dcwino wrote: 96 points

Impromptu gathering (Washington DC): Expressive red fruit driven nose, red cherry, kirschwasser, a hint of green olives, smoke meat and garrigue. Very polished burgundian palate with bright acidity and nicely integrated tannins. It may be blasphemy for some, but this reminds me the 92 and 94 Raymond Trollat St. Joseph. I also find some similarity with the 04 Rostaing Cote Blonde. Exceptional nose and polished palate. Not sure whether it deserves the lofty price.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    7/22/2014 4:06:00 PM - Not from my cellar.

Red

2010 Manoir de Gay

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/3/2011 - dcwino wrote: 92 points

2010 Bordeaux En Primeur; 4/3/2011-4/4/2011 (Bordeaux): A step up from the other properties, silky blue fruits, complex nose, good concentration, nice length 91-93 pts

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    4/11/2014 10:38:00 AM - Based on my experience, Chateau Le Gay is one of the early maturing Pomerols. This perhaps will be ready by then. I am going to post my vertical Le Gay note momentarily.

Red

2007 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

Nebbiolo more

1/25/2014 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

Raspberry, strong strawberry jam, hint of cherry, ripe, a hint of licorice, mineral, rose, earth, caramel and sweet spices. Cool and suave, great tension and precision, strong presence of tannins but absolutely no sense of dryness. With air, a hint of balsamico emerges as well as iron and tar. Excellent concentration, balsamico like sweetness and acidity and tannins that are steely and spicy without every giving any dry/harsh impression. This is developing incredibly. I find the expression identical to Monfortino. It is a unbelievably great wine. I highly highly recommend. One of the greatest deals out there!

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/27/2014 6:09:00 AM - There has been a bit of discussions regarding my TN on Wineberserkers. Pop and pour, the wine shed the opulent fruit and became much more precise compare to two years ago. With air, it start to show more fruits as well as iron and tart. It is developing but not developed. What I find interesting is that the wine displays high amount of tannins but absolutely no sign of dryness. Combining with strong presence of acidity, this will age incredibly well.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    3/14/2014 10:18:00 AM - Drankard,
    I would say a couple of hours of decanting will bring out more balsamico, iron and tar.

Red

2010 Château Fombrauge

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/4/2011 - dcwino wrote: 91 points

2010 Bordeaux En Primeur; 4/3/2011-4/4/2011 (Bordeaux): Very similar to the Magrez Fombrouge but not as sexy as some would like to describe, ripe fruit expression, silky palate and noticeable tannins. This and the Magrez Fombrouge are the only two wines with noticeable tannins amongst the Magrez Bordeaux portfolio. 90-92 pts

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    2/10/2014 3:36:00 PM - The Magrez Fombrouge is the special cuvee from the property.

White - Off-dry

1994 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg Vendange Tardive

Alsace more

1/19/2014 - dcwino wrote: 95 points

Marks duckhouse – Beaucastel VV, Le Pavillon & a lot of domestic wines (Marks duckhouse, Falls Church, Va): I love extremely young ZH wines for their youthful vigor. As they age, some gets a bit to heavy and cloying showing a hint of alcohol. Also the beauty of a great desert wine is the airy/cotton candy like palate. This was an exceptional showing. Nicely focused nose displaying yellow peach, dry mango, apricot and sweeten ice tea. Lovely airy palate. The wine remains quite fresh and precise despite the dense fruit a la D’Yquem. Lovely showing.
I highly recommend.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/23/2014 7:41:00 AM - I am sorry but I have not had too many of the younger wines to make a comment. I believe the style has not changed much. This particular bottle showed an excellent precision which is not always the case with ZH VTs.

Red

2007 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/11/2014 - dcwino wrote: 97 points

Last minute impromptu gathering but some great wines – Roumier, Mugnier, Lafite, CB and etc. (Paul's house then to Adam's): Justin mentioned how wonder this bottle was a few weeks ago and kindly brought one. This is absolutely singing. Gorgeous red and black fruits, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry, sweet spices, cola, caramel, sap and earth. Excellent concentration, hedonistic, pure and harmonious intense fruit driven palate impression, silky palate and sweet tannins. Just drinking so incredibly well for such a young wine. For me, most of the 07s lack the middle palate and tend to have short finishes but not here. Not need to dig deep/ponder as the wine is simply stunning. Wow!

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/13/2014 4:39:00 PM - It was such a pleasure to drink the wine.

Red

1998 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/11/2014 - dcwino wrote: 99 points

Last minute impromptu gathering but some great wines – Roumier, Mugnier, Lafite, CB and etc. (Paul's house then to Adam's): Really, we should keep it as a secret. Another brilliant showing. Incredible nose and even more incredible palate. One of the sexiest Bordeaux.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    1/13/2014 4:38:00 PM - The 98 HB is also great but it has been a while back.

White

2011 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

Chardonnay more

11/24/2013 - dcwino wrote: 91 points

Lime like fruit impression, margarita, honey, a hint flowers, mountain stream that I typically get from Raveneau and seashell. There is a hint of green/pyrazine note, not GM impression at this stage. As usual, oily palate impression but the middle palate a bit hollow and the finish is a bit short. The palate also gives margarita like acidity. IMO, the oily/unctuous style of Raveneau makes this 1er crus a step above the Dauvissat’s. No GM but a slight hint of green that comes and goes. Quiet enjoyable but a step below the 10s for me.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    12/3/2013 7:01:00 PM - I was comparing the 11 1er crus. The 11 Dauvissats are tainted with GM based on my experience. I am a big fan of both domains as I really appreciate the two distinct styles, Dauvissat's extreme precision and Ravenau's oily, saline and mountain stream.

Red

2012 Yellow Tail Shiraz - Cabernet

South Eastern Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

9/22/2013 - dcwino wrote: 89 points

A small gathering at Mark's duck house - Grange, A shot in the dark, Rousseau, Yquem and more. (Marks duck house, Falls Church, Va): RJ joking brought a bottle of the 12 Yellow tail Shiraz-Cabernet. Pancho Campo recently posted on Facebook how a yellow tail shiraz was extremely well received in a WSET Level 2 course that he conducted and I was excited to try it.
Soft forward blue fruits, blueberry jam, a hint of animal and fresh grape juice. Nice polished palate, medium concentration, sweet fruits and no noticeable tannins. There is no noticeable flaw and pretty straightforward fruit expression. it is easy to quaff. If tasted in a blind session, I would have rated around 88-90 pts.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    9/25/2013 8:24:00 AM - C,
    I think there is way too much wine snobbery. I would like to think that it is based on passion for wine but it can be a dangerous thing, like loving domestic and hating European and vice versa, loving natural and dismissing the rest or just dismissing all natural and etc. I say, just enjoy what you like but don’t dismiss others.

White

2005 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

Alsace more

9/22/2013 - dcwino wrote: 93 points

A small gathering at Mark's duck house - Grange, A shot in the dark, Rousseau, Yquem and more. (Marks duck house, Falls Church, Va): This must be a bizarre day. The wine that I normally admire and love but not showing terribly well. Most white fruits, white peach, apple, lemon and honeysuckle. Noticeable petrol note. Medium concentration and ripe fruits. It is not as precise, complex, delicate and concentrated as one expects from a great CSH. Still very enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dcwino:

    9/25/2013 8:18:00 AM - DR,
    Thanks for your input. Hopefully it will gain weight and precision.

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