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Red

2008 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

10/17/2012 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Acker Merrall BYO (Domaine Storage - Chicago IL): Tasting. Red and black fruit aromas with a lean character. Similar on palate with a bit more spice. Slightly shut down in middle, then more powerful on finish. Lots of potential, but needs time in cellar.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    5/21/2013 10:26:00 PM - Bruno Clair quality the past few years has been very high and consistent. This wine might be shut down like many 2008 GCs, but was clearly top notch Gevrey in character.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    4/5/2015 7:45:00 AM - Farinas, I haven't tried this wine in almost three years, but based on those early experiences would think it's not close to its peak drinking window yet. I would give it plenty of air before serving if opened any time soon.

Red

2001 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne

Pinot Noir more

12/13/2014 - acyso wrote: 85 points

HDH auction tasting at Tru; 12/12/2014-12/13/2014 (Chicago, IL): A very savory nose, with smoked meat and mushroom elements. The palate is quite fruit forward, with lots of red fruit elements on the attack. Feels like there were a lot of stems here. I'm really not enamored of this wine though: the palate is quite empty, and the finish is quite bitter... not sure if that's a result of the oak treatment, but this really isn't a convincing bottle.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    12/14/2014 12:58:00 AM - No stems

Red

1993 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

Pinot Noir more

11/1/2014 - BradE wrote: NR

My first time with this producer. Deep, intoxicating, and damn good.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    11/2/2014 3:49:00 PM - Brad, You should try their NSG Damodes, which I've typically preferred vs the NSG 1er. Until 2011 Damodes was a combination of their 1er and Villages holding in the respective parts of Damodes, so always classified as Villages. Starting 2011 they are making Damodes 1er, so I guess the Damodes Villages is going into NSG.

Red

1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

Nebbiolo more

10/7/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

(Mostly) Barolo Dinner (Osteria Langhe - Chicago IL): Also popped and poured, I didn't find this very forthcoming tonight, but the density and concentration certainly bode well for its long-term potential. Serious wine that will benefit from plenty more cellar time.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    10/8/2014 10:51:00 AM - Arcon, I would decant for at least 3 hours, prob longer.

Red

2001 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

9/9/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Casual (Mostly) Burg Dinner with Friends (Bistro Campagne - Chicago, IL): Open 30 minutes before serving, served alongside HN 2001 Malconsorts and Beaumonts. This was forward, lush and very pleasurable from the start. it stayed at the same level throughout the evening, providing lots of pleasure. Good balance of ripe fruit, good spice and background structure that's well integrated. I preferred the Malconsorts tonight, particularly as it unfolded and developed in glass, but certainly understand others preferring this CV tonight.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    9/24/2014 1:51:00 AM - Chris@77 - Malconsorts almost always takes the longest of these to reach its full potential.

White

2001 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

8/18/2014 - BradE wrote: NR

This is a slow starter that benefits mightily from time in the decanter. Its very good, but shy of a screamer.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    8/18/2014 10:59:00 AM - Brad - I misread your tasting note at first. I thought you wrote that this wine is "shy, but a screamer" and that really made me want to try this wine again!

Red

2008 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Nuits St. Georges Les Damodes

Pinot Noir more

8/15/2014 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

Great bottle of Burgundy in a great spot, and a textbook Nuits, too. Starts off with a big whiff of woodspice, but it doesn't take long for the oak to melt into the wine. The last few 2008s I had were starting to curl up in their shells so I have stayed away for awhile, but this is drinking really well and is generous and fleshy, even though it's mellower and without the inky saturation many '09s and '10s are showing now -- I really love the mouthfeel, which combines plush and ample fruit material with very refined, cashmere-soft tannins. The flavors are past the primary already and as much about gamey, savory flavors as fruit, which makes this incredibly succulent and makes me keep reaching for the glass. Really a ton of personality here. This is exceptionally classy too, especially considering it's a village wine, but apparently it's not really a village wine because it combines both the village and 1er portions of Damodes (well-placed, too, above Boudots). Glad to have stumbled on this.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    8/15/2014 11:07:00 AM - This wine has often been a personal favorite of mine in many vintages, but alas 2010 is its final vintage. Starting 2011 the brothers are vinifying the Damodes 1er on its own and including the Damodes Villages into the NSG Villages blend.

Red

2009 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 89 points

Casual Burg Dinner with Friends (RPM Italian - Chicago IL): Opened and decanted one hour before serving. My first time with this wine from any vintage. This was very peculiar tonight. Lots of ultra ripe red fruit aromas with mint and oak hints that could easily have made me think this from California. Flavors still showcasing ripe red fruit, but with the balance, spice and minerality that is unmistakably Burgundy, even if not coming across right now as really Vosne. Lots of baby fat that makes me think this is just a precocious adolescent that needs a decade in the cellar. But I'm not sure here, this was a strange wine tonight. I kept half the bottle for tomorrow....

Cork reinserted, bottle kept overnight in the refrigerator then removed an hour before trying again. Second night it was basically identical to the previous night, still very ripe and forward with moderate spice and just faint hints of Vosne charm.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    7/3/2014 10:28:00 PM - Rezy13, I would say this was an extreme example of the 2009 vintage more than reminiscent of any other producer's style.

Red

2011 Goldeneye (Duckhorn Vineyards) Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

4/26/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Chicago Pinot Days (Navy Pier - Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. More intense and powerful vs the Anderson Valley blend, but less complete and nuanced. Shows some heat on finish.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    6/4/2014 12:24:00 PM - Agorman, I hadn't put the note into the "tasting story" so it was impossible to see this TN was contrasted with the other wines tasted from Duckhorn (Goldeneye/ Migration).

Red

2001 Domaine Leroy Latricières-Chambertin

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/27/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 95 points

Latricières-Chambertin Dinner (Paris Club - Chicago IL): Open 2+ hours before serving single blind in Leroy 1995-2001 Latricieres flight. Intense berry and cherry aromas, mostly black fruit with some red hints. Again mostly black fruit flavors with lots of power and ever-so-slightly backward and firm today. Not sure if I preferred this or the 2000 today, but this was better in terms of long-term potential. slightly better vs another bottle tried last year.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    5/28/2014 9:11:00 PM - Seth Rosenberg - I wrote 2015-2031 as the peak drinking window based on the couple of times I've had this wine in the past year. So I'd wait to 2020+ if you prefer more mature wine.

Red

1999 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

3/13/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

Some Wine Tasted at the Zachys Auction; 3/13/2014-3/14/2014 (RN74 - San Francisco CA): I haven't had this wine in several years, but once again found it very enjoyable today. Accessible and very balanced with very charming red and black fruit start-to-finish.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    3/18/2014 9:18:00 PM - Englishman- I'd open it an hour + before serving, it wouldn't suggest decanting.

Red

2001 Arcadian Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

3/9/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Excellent bottle. No resemblance to the flawed bottle of 3/2/14 (which the winery replaced immediately). I am usually averse to this level of alcohol (13.8%) but this wine pushes the ripeness to the edge without going over the line. Beautiful BALANCE. Reminded me of drinking '03 Chave and '03 SQN Papa side by side several years ago. Just so much going on, especially the aromas. Lots of black pepper on the finish.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    3/11/2014 6:48:00 AM - Good to hear. I also have 4 bottles in the cellar, will have to dig one out soon.

Red

1983 Adrien Belland Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/6/2014 - Paul S wrote: flawed

Bonneau du Martray, Ghislaine Barthod, Clos des Lambrays and other Auction Steals (Alex's place): One of the strangest and worst wines I have had in a long time. We thought it was flawed, but we could not figure out with what - most likely a particularly Dettol-smelling dose Brett - but the wine just stank, with a potent mixture of hospital disinfectant, iodine and band-aid rising out of the glass, more or less obscuring more conventional aromas of dark fruit, meat and some smoky ash. Yuck. I can think of some metaphors to describe this, but they are all rather impolite. Thankfully, the palate was more decent than the nose would lead one to expect (after we were brave / foolish / drunk enough to actually take sips out of the glass even after that almighty pong). There was actually a nice fleshy depth and good balance on the wine, with cherries and raspberry flavours tinged with a smoky, meaty tang. Very unfortunately, there was also always a suspicion of taint alongside the fruit, with that nasty antiseptic smell lingering in the nooks and crannies of the midpalate, and rising to the fore more perceptibly towards the finish. Horrid – this is something I hope I will never have to taste again. A Chambertin too – a real waste.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    2/20/2014 9:54:00 AM - Sounds like Brett. Both band-aid and antiseptic are telltale signs.

Red

2000 Henri Jayer Nuits St. Georges

Pinot Noir more

3/23/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: 93 points

A (Mostly) Burgundy Dinner after HDH Burgundy Auction (Naha - Chicago IL): Ripe and dense fruit aromas with charming spice support. If served blind, I would most certainly have thought this Vosne-Romanee. Again ripe fruit on palate, quite fresh for the vintage. Good balance of red and black cherry, perhaps the black fruit more prominent. Wonderful textures and finesse. It's a rare treat these days to get to taste any Jayer wine, and it's particularly amazing to taste this Villages wine. Thanks, Michael.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    2/17/2014 4:25:00 AM - BurgsBoy - The bottle of Jayer 00 NSG was brought by somebody else, but I am fairly certain that it was labeled as "Henri Jayer" vs for Georges. I did not post the label.

Red

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

1/17/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 88 points

Chicago Wine Flock..."Dennis Shares Spain" (Casa de la Mata - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind in mostly 2001 Rioja flight. Subdued black fruit with background spice on nose. Subtle and energetic but showing a bit of awkward structure and oak to start, with some caramelly, vanilla elements that were a bit too prominent. Better after a few hours, this would benefited form more decanter time. I liked this wine more a year ago when it had gotten more air time before serving.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    1/22/2014 7:20:00 PM - 99tollap -this bottle was prob in decanter 1 hour, which wasn't enough. Bottle from last year was open 3-4 hours before serving and much better. So if I were serving this, I'd open and decant at least 2 hours, prob 2 1/2 hours.

Red

2011 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

1/1/2013 - laetulos wrote: 90 points

This is a good classic Bourgogne. Lots of red fruit when opened, then going a bit more sour after an hour, and then coming together by 4 hours. Not very complex, but a good wine.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    12/26/2013 10:29:00 PM - Is this tasting note for the correct wine? The d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs hadn't been released when you wrote your note and it sounded like your note was for a released bottle.

White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

11/22/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

A Few Bottles with a Casual White Truffle Dinner (Chez Gordon - Chicago IL): Lots of big apple flavors, aromas. Fresh and bright with a bready note starting to come through stylistically. Very good now.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    11/23/2013 4:36:00 PM - Slimes- I don't know the disgorgement date but very rarely find discernible differences in vintage Champagne based on disgorgement date. Totally different for NV Champagne.

Red

1959 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/18/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Flickinger "Significant Cellar" Tasting (Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Tasted when open approx one hour. Dried out, well past its peak. I was told it was pleasant earlier when first opened.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    11/19/2013 12:40:00 PM - Cabby - I don't know for certain since it was half+ served by the time I got to the bottle, but don't think it was terrible, so probably mid-high shoulder

White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

Champagne Blend more

10/24/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

Magnum (Mostly) White Dinner (GT Fish & Oyster - Chicago IL): Fresh fruit with good balance, concentration and textures. Also very bready and yeasty. Definitely good if this is your preferred style of Champagne.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    11/8/2013 3:28:00 PM - Slimes- It wasn't my bottle and I don't know the disgorgement date. Agree this is important info, particularly for NV.

Red

1998 Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

10/23/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: 95 points

Some Burgundy with Dinner (Boka - Chicago IL): Open ~ 2 hours before serving. Great fresh and powerful red and black fruit combination with sensational spice that doesn't show any pronounced new oak influence. Dense, meaty and powerful from start-to-finish, but with the structural elements also in good harmony. Second time I have had this wine this year. It is in a great place now and I'd expect it to be great for at least 5+ years, probably 10 years.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    10/24/2013 10:59:00 PM - Memorial Wine Fan - that is a tough question to answer. It depends on price, what styles you prefer, how long you want to cellar, etc.

Red

2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Clos Vougeot

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

3/20/2012 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Vosne Millésime - Noblesse des Clos Vougeot - Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne (Château du Clos de Vougeot): Wine tasting. Red and black cherry on nose and palate. Modest spice on nose, more intense on palate. Big tannins. Dense and powerful on moderate finish.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    9/15/2013 10:50:00 AM - Gobi- I have never heard of Bouchard producing more than one version of Clos Vougeot.

Red

2011 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Calderara Sottana

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

8/14/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Very tight and structured on the back end. Intense. Just opened. Incredibly chewy. This is either going to need some time in the cellar or hopefully will open up.

Oldest vines on the property I am being told.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    8/21/2013 12:52:00 PM - I don't think these would be the oldest vines on the property, wouldn't the Prephylloxera be older?

Red

2009 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

Pinot Noir more

9/9/2010 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Domaine Leroy Cellar Visit and Tasting (Vosne-Romanee): Barrel tasting at Domaine Leroy. Aromas started with great floral and perfumed charm along with big red fruit. Palate is very spice driven with great black and red fruit. Incredible density, powerful fruit with an exceptional finish. Always a personal favorite, this 2009 jumps near the top of my list of great vintages of Leroy V-R Beaux Monts, with 98, 99 and 93.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    8/18/2013 12:49:00 PM - Xavier94 - I don't recall ever having the Leroy 2001 Beaux Monts, sorry. And I have only been fortunate enough to visit the domaine one time, in 2010, when I tasted the 2009s.

White - Sparkling

2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

8/8/2013 - Burgundy Al wrote: NR

Hart Davis Hart Summer Champagne Tasting (City Winery - Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Bready and nutty start with plenty of ripe orchard fruit aromas. Large scaled on power with good textures, this is very well done in this style, which is one I less prefer. 89 points for me.

  • Comment posted by Burgundy Al:

    8/13/2013 1:40:00 PM - Champagneinhand - I thought this very well done in its style, but my preferred style is the leaner, more crisp, citrus-driven style of Champagne. Which this is not. Just my two cents.

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