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White - Sparkling

NV Cheurlin Noëllat Champagne Brut Cuvée Privilege

Chardonnay more

4/1/2015 - etyc Likes this wine: NR

A nice champer to start off the dinner. Very fresh, fruity... Medium-length'ed. This tasted more like a blend; Most couldn't tell that it was a Blanc de Noirs. Nonetheless, nice and refreshing!

Correction - JT just informed that this was a BdB; So it seemed my palate wasn't playing tricks on me afterall :)

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    4/16/2015 12:37:00 AM - It's actually a BdB.

Red

2009 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Pinot Noir more

4/10/2015 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Some Wines from a Spring Trip to France; 4/4/2015-4/11/2015 (Paris and Burgundy): Light ruby, it certainly looked more mature than the Roumier wine. At first, all wet soil tones, then muddled red fruit, ferric tones, menthol, and finally a bit of char-now that is a complex nose! Medium weight, not at all as big as the Roumier. Subtle, sinuous fruit. Really, this is much more about the savory side of Burgundy. Excellent acidity, nothing soft or overripe about it. Wonderful development in the glass and it really gained some flesh. Another wine that was a pleasure to taste and drink even at this early juncture. Outstanding now and better with 10 more years, but this is not likely to be a 30+ year wine.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    4/13/2015 10:39:00 PM - Which restaurant did you drink this at?

White

2009 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère

Chardonnay more

2/4/2015 - etyc Likes this wine: NR

This was decanted for almost an hour+. Wow, it was certainly incredible/impressive! Highly perfumy nose of white-flowers, nectarines, honey. Fanned out on the palate - peaches, pears, flowers etc... a most wonderful elixir, so very nice! Length was very commendable as well!

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    2/5/2015 12:24:00 AM - Tasted this from barrel. And yes, it fanned out on the palate like a peacock's tail.

Red

2003 Gérard Mugneret Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

1/11/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Blinded. Quite dark in color. I guessed a '00 from the palate which was quite ripe but still fairly primary. Acidity was a little low, but there was a tingling sensation on the tongue. Obvious spice notes with a certain refinement to it. Out of the 3 blinded red wines on the day, this was the clear standout. Lovely to drink now, probably close to its peak.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/19/2015 8:02:00 PM - Mark, yes. Btw I sent you an email regarding your order. Lemme know if you didn't receive it.

White - Off-dry

2010 Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/31/2014 - etyc wrote: NR

Some sulphur on the nose that quickly blew over, to notes of ripe pineapples, nectarines. At this juncture, it's a tad (too) sweet and cloying for my taste, unfortunately, although there's ample expressions of fruits and minerality throughout.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    12/31/2014 8:09:00 PM - Funny, I tot '10s have high acidity?

Red

2011 Faiveley Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porêts Saint-Georges

Pinot Noir more

7/5/2014 - Derek Darth Taster wrote: NR

Domaine Faiveley Tutored Tasting (Peach Garden OCBC Centre): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of light toasted oak, and mix of red and black fruits. Developing.
On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium+ tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavor intensity, with flavours of dark cherries, toasted oak, sweet spice, and some earth. Medium finish.
Good quality. More balanced and elegant and showing better than the Faiveley 1er Cru "Aux Chaignots" same vintage at this point in time.
Will improve with another 5-7 years of age.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    7/10/2014 11:45:00 PM - Any herbaceousness in the 2011 reds?

Red

2011 Domaine des Chezeaux Clos St. Denis Vieilles Vignes

Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

9/22/2013 - Tavastgatan wrote: 91 points

Pseudo Ponsot. Lush and open and full of ripe fruit. Good.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    3/18/2014 11:00:00 PM - Did you get the Ponsot bottling or Leclerc?

Red

2001 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill

Yarra Valley more

2/12/2014 - JulianSkeels Likes this wine: 94 points

I'm impressed. From my experience Yarra Yering needs at least 10yrs, ideally 15yrs, like a decent Bordeaux - and this is yet more proof. Double decanted for 90mins and cooled down, and the wine lasted for another 4hrs in the glass without fading much (I had work calls...). Very elegant and nothing like a typical Aussie shiraz, this has only medium body and is noticeably lighter with wonderful balance and freshness from the slight acidity and a gorgeous nose of white flowers and taste of almost Burgundy (Musigny-like) sweet but not sickly red fruits, with a soft and lingering finish tending towards only slight eucalyptus. Only 13% alcohol and absolutely no heat, just great aromatics and freshness. Silky tannins. Really wonderful and bags of life left. Try double-decant and cool-down 2hrs next time and serve in either burgundy glasses for the mouthfeel or narrow-top spanish/hermitage glasses to savour the aroma. Drink now-2025. The good news is that people drink this producer far too young and write off the wine and 'green' and 'tannic' before if blossoms... meaning that gems like this can be picked up with 10-15yrs of bottle age for only $45/bt.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    2/12/2014 5:09:00 PM - Glad I have 1 more bottle of this lying in my cellar. Do you still have anymore to follow through the years?

Red

2008 Georges Noellat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

Pinot Noir more

1/25/2014 - Derek Darth Taster wrote: NR

Georges Noellat Portfolio Tasting (Crystal Wines): Earthy nose. Dark fruits on the palate. Powdery tannins quite apparent. In my opinion, paled in comparison to the Nuits St. Georges from Georges Noellat. Could also be due to the lesser vintage (2008).

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/26/2014 10:33:00 PM - I agree this was a little disappointing but 2008 isn't exactly a poor vintage. It's average to slightly above average.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/26/2014 11:52:00 PM - Most could be shut down at the moment. Do decant if you try.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1995 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/17/2014 - Dbrane wrote: 85 points

En jeroboam. Pretty much secondary now. Copper colored. Coconut, dried fruits. Classic Sauternes sweetness with a good balance yet not tremendously zesty. A good wine but lacks of the verve and complexity of a good botrytised Riesling.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/21/2014 9:24:00 PM - @Harley1199, well 2 things. Firstly my scoring tends to be lower than other scales out there. If you see my records, it's rare for me to score something above 90. For this, I tend to follow the CT classification strictly. A 85 score is a good wine to me (certainly not a bad score) and a 90 score is excellent. Another thing with Sauternes is that the style no longer appeals to me after I discovered sweet wines from Germany and Tokaji. I can no longer drink more than one glass of Sauternes due to the lack of tension and acidity as compared to German Rieslings and Tokaji which I can happily sip through half a bottle at least. Hope that explains.

    @Champagneinhand, it's interesting that the one I had in larger format looks more aged. Usually it's the other way round.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/21/2014 10:01:00 PM - @Champagneinhand, I'm glad you like the Pajzos. I had the 1993 Pajos Essenzia before and it changed my life. Before that I was a Sauternes fan. Since then I've also discovered the magic of German TBA and Alsace SGN and all of them punches way above the level of Sauternes.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/21/2014 11:52:00 PM - I have the small 100ml bottles too but haven't tried it yet. You should venture towards German BA, TBA too! I have some Vin de Constance as well, the young ones taste better than aged ones for me.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    1/22/2014 12:32:00 AM - @Harley1199, if it's any consolation, I rated a Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium at 78 points and it created a ruckus in the wineberserker forum. :)

White

2011 Hubert Lamy Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots

Chardonnay more

12/6/2013 - Outplaying wrote: NR

I really enjoyed the nose on this. Some earthy, rocky mineral aromas along with salted popped corn. Hints of oak with lemon, citrus and minerals on the palate. Pretty good acidity. I enjoyed this but not the best QPR.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    12/7/2013 1:22:00 AM - What price did you pay for it?

White

1985 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre

Chardonnay more

7/20/2013 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Nyetimber Vertical + some Unexpected Gems (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): A village Meursault that was truly punching above its weight at almost 30 years of age. It had such an interesting nose, with pine nut and sweet lemon curd aromas, white melon and white flowers, white chocolate and cream, with a stream of gunflinty notes running behind - wow! The palate showed tons of character too, with a lovely, bright acid spine and lots of gunflinty minerality running through sweet lemons and ripe apple flavours. Lovely depth, great complexity, this was very impressive indeed. It had a certain Meursault richness, with a soft buttery texture and a cream feel to it; yet beneath it all, the wine gave the impression of really flinty dryness, especially as it stretched towards a super-long finish, where lemon rind, mineral and spice nestled amidst lovely yellow fruited notes. Excellent stuff. It is interesting to read Burghound's note from way back in 1995 (almost 18 years back!) praising the wine and saying it was at peak - this seemed to be perched right at the apex of its drinking window tonight. Sure, it is a Lafon Clos de la Barre, but even then, this was an amazing village wine.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    7/28/2013 10:23:00 PM - 18 years. :)

White

2008 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère

Chardonnay more

5/5/2013 - Ryan Foss Likes this wine: 92 points

Pop and pour. Great, but certainly not epic. Great acidity, and probably drank it 3-4 years too young. Clean oak application, pears, spicy notes, and a very refreshing beverage with seared sea scallops. Love it, but not worth $80.
Update: after an hour of air this got a lot better. Sulfur blew off, fruit came to the forefront, and acid is still making this super fresh. Give it 5 years and I bet this will be a 93-94 pointer.
Update: 2 hours later, changed completely. Had great pear, spice, and a really high "delicious factor". Came into balance with the acidity, oak, and fruit, and NO HARD EDGES... Awesome. 93+ Still, too $$.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    5/5/2013 7:37:00 PM - So was it worth $80 after an hour of air?

Rosť - Sparkling

2006 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Rosé de Saignée Creux d'Enfer

Pinot Noir more

4/21/2013 - Dbrane Likes this wine: 94 points

For a wine this rare, its heartening to see quite a few notes for this in CT. Lovely vermilion hue. Very soft mousse and bubbles. On the nose this was resplendent with fresh strawberries, persimmons and raspberries. On the palate, this is not a blockbuster, but an elegant and pure representation of the terroir. True to its cepage, you could almost feel like drinking a red Burgundy if blinded. A more-ish wine, makes you reach for it glass after glass. A hypothetical blend of a Chambolle and Chablis. A zen Champagne.

  • Comment posted by Dbrane:

    4/27/2013 6:53:00 PM - Lucky chap. Drinking range probably now till another 5 years? It's drinking well now so no harm trying it.

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 Dbrane:

    1/26/2013 3:36:00 AM - It's part of the Henriot group, not LVMH.

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