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2012 Château Coufran

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/23/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote: 85 points

With the highest percentage of Merlot planted in the Medoc, the estate was able to produce a medium bodied, coffee, cherry, herb and earthy wine that will be at its best on release. 84-86 Pts

  • Comment posted by theusualsuspect:

    1/28/2015 6:41:00 PM - Hi Jeff. I think the wine is better than that. Went to the UGC tasting in Chicago today and the vintage showed somewhat better than I thought it would. There were, however, plenty of wines with the green/green pepper problem which evidently reflects a problem with the cabernet sauvignon harvest in 2012- think St Julien and Pauillac of the wines on offer. In my view, if Coufran 2012 is an 85, then there are lots of 82 and 83 point wines of lesser 2012's - Haut Medocs, Listracs, whatever. However, the vintage really isn't that bad. I think the least spotty appelation is Margaux - again seemingly a sign that merlot was the strength of the vintage - also liked particularly the Clinet - merlot again. Hope all is well and enjoy your tasting notes.


1990 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Champs Perdrix

Pinot Noir more

12/3/2014 - theusualsuspect wrote: 93 points

In the window. Very much in the rustic earthy style. Beefy red fruit. Quite mouth filling with good but not great length. In the middle of the pack in 1990 - not a bad thing.

Four hours after opening the wine very much improved with airing. Length improved dramatically. Moved it up a couple of points and if you are a fan of the rustic style it deserves to moved up a few more.

The wine has been really well stored since acquisition upon release - never seen a temp above 53 degrees. But that said, it still boggles the mind a bit that a 24 year old red burgundy actually needed four hours of airing to come good.

  • Comment posted by theusualsuspect:

    12/4/2014 8:14:00 AM - Hi Ron. Based on this bottle, no reason to wait. Can't see it getting better from here. That said, by no means on its last legs remotely.

White - Sparkling

1996 Henriot Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

6/6/2013 - theusualsuspect wrote: 94 points

Citrusy chardonnay note on the nose. Toasty on the palate with an overlay of nuttiness with impressive richness. Bubbles quite subdued. I would not keep this champagne for more than another year or two. Won't get better, just might get worse. Reminds me more than a bit of a Dom Perignon.

The blend is about 50-50 - chardonnay, pinot noir. Ironically in my experience for a 1996 with a blend reflecting a solid percentage of both pinot and chardonnay, the chardonnay dominates. The vast majority of the time with 1996's, it is the pinot.

  • Comment posted by theusualsuspect:

    6/7/2013 8:45:00 AM - No butterscotch thank goodness. Just a touch of that toast and nuttiness that emerges in mature chardonnay dominant champagnes. I seem to recall that Henriot sources much of its chardonnay from Montagne de Rheims villages. Perhaps that accounts for this. But make no mistake. If your mag is in good shape, the champagne will be outstanding.

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