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White - Off-dry

2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

6/21/2015 - AACollection wrote: NR

I was nervous about opening this after a previous note mentioned that the bottle didn't show well. However, this was excellent. We opened this last night, double decanted, had a glass, and left it for tonight.

Last night, this showed fantastic complexity on the nose: tropical fruits, a hint of sherr....and lots of fantastic chalky minerality on the palate, with great body and good acidic spine to back things up. A very long finish. This didn't really taste demi-sec, closer to just sec.

Today, even better. I can't begin to describe the nose: it just keeps changing as we sit with it. Hints of mango, chalk, sea salt, slate, lime. On the palate, this is much fuller bodied than I remember it from last night. Still great acidic spine, and mouthfilling pineapple and chalk on the palate. Great, long finish. After the Robert Fleury Extra Brut champagne, you definitely see this is demi-sec, but the sweetness is just a perfect complement to everything else.

On the nose, this is everything that Joly Savennierres that we had a few months ago was not. This was a head-turner. We paired this with a mango-jalapeno-tuna-tartare and then scallops with summer tomatoes and lemon-pepper pappardelle. Went wonderfully with everything.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    6/23/2015 9:29:00 AM - Glad it showed well

Red

2002 Joël Taluau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

Cabernet Franc more

1/24/2015 - Fitzi wrote: NR

Coravaned a bottle with the Weygandt crew at the big Loire red tasting today. Developing well, tannins smoothed, nary a sign of green or barkiness, but fruit is still timid, so gives the impression of being closed. An accomanying taster suggested he'd give it another five years. It was also showing a green olive aroma that I found captivating, so I'm an optimist here.

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We uncorked this bottle the following Friday, after about a glassful had been drawn out via Coravin the previous Saturday. The wine had developed nicely, showing very impressive finesse, smooth tannins, and excellent cabernet flavors - in no way worse than a very good Bordeaux, imho. Lacked just a bit of depth and acidity to make it really great. Did not last long - the second day after uncorking, deterioration was evident.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    1/25/2015 8:08:00 AM - Did you decant at all? I had one awhile back that was opening up. But it took some time.

Red

2003 Domaine Tempier Bandol

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

12/24/2014 - Arinbraghe Likes this wine: NR

Tempier Rouge is, in my experience, a wine to drink young or old -- either on first release, or stick it in the cellar and forget about it for 10+ years. Disappointment comes when you open these wines as teenagers, moreso even than with many other ageworthy labels. In the case of this bottle, we didn't barge in on it during its "I hate you get out of my room get out of my life" phase, but maybe we could have let it spend another year or two figuring out what it wants to be when it grows up. This showed just a touch dull, the palate sort of matte-finished without giving you fully mature, tertiary development notes. Prominent black licorice and anise on the nose, good-enough dark-structured fruit on the palate. A touch dried-out and diffident. Honestly couldn't tell if it's heading towards better days, or simply lacks focus and is perhaps a minor victim of the vintage. Still in all, not a disagreeable wine.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/28/2014 11:13:00 AM - Yes, ditto. I was planning to pull one from storage.

Red

2006 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

12/27/2014 - indigo66 wrote: NR

Hello,

I was given a bottle of this wine a few years ago, the 2006 Morgon.

I know zero about wines and would simply like to know how many years can I keep this for before it will go bad? I rarely drink wine and I am saving this for a special occasion but I don't want it to go bad and waste it.

I would appreciate any comments.

Thank you.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/28/2014 11:09:00 AM - That is a delicious bottle of wine, but it is not one for the ages. It is also very fragile, given the way it is made, and storage in a kitchen is not ideal. I would look for an opportunity to drink it soon. I hope you enjoy.

White - Off-dry

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

8/12/2014 - Fitzi wrote: NR

A good bottle.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    8/13/2014 5:58:00 AM - My LHLs have been fine. It's the Le Mont I've had trouble with.

White - Sparkling

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Réserve Brut

Chenin Blanc more

12/21/2013 - 14Frimaire wrote: NR

I don't know that it was oxidized, but it was not good. Too soon or too late? Hard to figure with these. The cork seemed ok.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/21/2013 9:52:00 AM - I hope you are right. A bottle I had in France over the summer was lovely, which certainly supports that view. But I have had issues with the still wines in that vintage, and I know a number of people have had issues with the pétillant as well. Fingers crossed.

White

2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

Melon de Bourgogne more

8/23/2013 - 14Frimaire wrote: NR

meh

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    8/23/2013 11:54:00 AM - I do love Muscadet in general and Briords in particular. I don't think anything went wrong. It wasn't a tainted bottle. This vintage has never really been my favorite -- it's just a little blocky and flat; it lacks the tension of my favorite years. It may also just be a stage. Looking at others' notes, the problem may just be me.

White - Off-dry

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

8/14/2013 - 14Frimaire wrote: NR

Dale's note was spot on. There were some oxidative notes, but the wine got much better as it breathed. Hard to know what to make of this.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    8/15/2013 1:14:00 PM - I am wondering if these oxidative notes could be a stage. I have had runs of weird bottles of Chenin in this age range before, and then better bottles afterwards. Ack, what a pain.

White - Off-dry

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg

Chenin Blanc more

8/7/2013 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Full yellow. Lavender and honey. Medium weight, great, carressing Chenin texture, moderately sweet, bright orange fruit and clove spiciness. Typical Clos du Bourg terroir on the finish. Utterly delicious, as it has been on pretty much every occasion over the past 2 years.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    8/8/2013 11:16:00 AM - Did this need air to open up? I just had a LHL, which started off with a (very mild) oxidative note, which scared me given all the reports, but then got better and better as it breathed.

White - Sparkling

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Réserve Brut

Chenin Blanc more

7/8/2013 - Riccardo Malocchio wrote: 93 points

The cork released with an alarmingly soft sigh, but the wine was gorgeous, vigorous, seeming even a bit less matured than some of the prior notes. And given whispers of prem-ox affecting this vintage, this was reassuring for my only other bottle. Pitch-perfect Vouvray typicity, waxy and honeyed with a hint of cheesy pungency. More rich and broad than the '07 pétillant with a touch of sweetness that proved welcome against a wide array of sushi. Outstanding.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    7/9/2013 7:26:00 PM - I had the exact same experience last week.

White - Off-dry

2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc more

5/6/2013 - DaleW wrote: NR

(375) Color is dark gold, there are some distinct oxidative notes on the nose. It actually improves a bit with air, but there are still some caramelly oxidative notes, mixed with the honey and quince. Good length, though. I enjoyed this by pretending it was 30 years old rather than 11.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    5/6/2013 1:58:00 PM - Oh dear, sorry to hear this -- thanks for the update.

Red

2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Gamay more

4/8/2013 - ant-1 Likes this wine: 92 points

Incroyable beaujolais, élevé comme un bourgogne, cerise kirsh au nez, cerise en bouche, pas confituré, tannins soyeux, la touche vivante et fraîche du beaujolais, un grand vin.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    4/9/2013 10:49:00 AM - La fermenation semi-carbonique n'est pas courant en Bourgogne.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    4/9/2013 11:04:00 AM - Oui, là je suis totalement d'accord.

Red

2002 Joël Taluau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

Cabernet Franc more

3/7/2013 - Fitzi wrote: NR

Meh. Nice cork, but not much of interest happening in the wine. Awkward stage or past prime; not promising, but wine can surprise.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    3/7/2013 8:48:00 PM - Sorry to hear this. I just pulled one from storage.

White

1989 Denis Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau Sec

Chenin Blanc more

3/6/2013 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

New Yorkers welcome West Coast visitors to Peking Duck House, but the wine Gods were angry. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): Not a good showing. Shows a touch of oxidation with mushrooms and a bit of sulfur. Lean and mean on the palate with the acidity run amok, though underneath there is some quince and lemon curd trying to make a go of it. I think Cliff said he decanted it a day, but it may have needed even more time. C+/C.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    3/7/2013 8:46:00 PM - Thanks for finding the right listing: I double-decanted at about 6:30pm, so an hour or so before dinner. It's doing okay a day later, not as good as the last showing but a touch less vicious than last night.

White

1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

2/18/2013 - BradE wrote: NR

Generally I like but don't love Chave Blanc. But this was a spectacular bottle, that drank quite well before the 89 and 99 Chave Rouge.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    2/18/2013 11:26:00 AM - Did you decant or slow ox?

Red

1997 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah more

1/19/2013 - steinersing Likes this wine: 93 points

I love the ripeness and almost decadent feel of this wine. Currently very open - no need for decanting

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    1/20/2013 7:34:00 AM - Did you not encounter sediment? Mine have had a fair amount.

White - Off-dry

1998 Müller-Catoir Haardter Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese

Pfalz more

9/15/2012 - BradKNYC wrote: NR

A very fresh and youthful showing. The color is not as deep yellow/gold as others have been recently and there's a little spritz on the tip of the tongue when first poured. Just loaded with peaches, nectarines, citrus and minerals. There's nice sweetness, but, more importantly, the acidity is zippy and as invigorating as a plunge into a glacier-fed mountain stream. Long finish filled with lip smacking lime flavors. Just an electric wine clicking on all cylinders. A/A-.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    1/14/2013 5:13:00 AM - Interesting grade ;) !

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    1/14/2013 6:39:00 AM - Hazy recollections, not notes...

White - Sweet/Dessert

1990 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

12/23/2012 - bon vivant wrote: NR

A couple of nights before X-mass and we had to finish the evening on something special, so out came a 375. It's been almost 2 years since a rather shy bottle and looking back at my former notes, this time around the wine was a little more open for business. I really like this vintage for it's rich roundness while it manages to stay light on it's feet. The nose was beautiful and the texture great, but the wine is still almost primary (crazy at this age). I wish it showed more complexity which it gave hints of towards the end. it's going to be really hard to give this another 20 years. Patience is highly recommended....

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    1/3/2013 4:06:00 PM - Sounds right based on my experience last year.

White - Fortified

NV Valdespino Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Palo Cortado Viejo C.P.

Palomino Fino more

12/18/2012 - Keith Levenberg Does not like this wine: NR

I don't think I've managed to grok Palo Cortado yet as a general category, but I've had others I've liked more than this. This is very brown and while it has some crispness and a saltwater taffee thing going on, I just don't find this dark, muddled style as appealing as a fino; admittedly this doesn't have an oxidative taste but the oxidative *effect* seems to have muted or muddled a lot of what I like to see without bringing out anything else to show for it except the browning. It also feels somewhat stiff which makes it a slow sipper.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/18/2012 9:32:00 AM - How long did you nurse the bottle?

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/18/2012 9:40:00 AM - Bummer - sorry to hear it. I've got one and will report back after the holidays.

Red

2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

12/2/2012 - jcoleman wrote: 85 points

as before this wine really lacks stuffing for a grand cru from a great vintage. really disappointing!

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/2/2012 9:05:00 AM - Haven't tried one for awhile, but I am confident the tannin is masking considerable stuffing. Patience.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/18/2012 7:14:00 AM - Well, that's just because the old Marquis didn't want to pay the extra tax, now isn't it?

Red

2010 Louis Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernières Les Impenitents

Gamay more

12/16/2012 - mdavis wrote: NR

Brilliant.

  • Comment posted by 14Frimaire:

    12/17/2012 7:53:00 AM - Is this really showing well at this point? I buried mine.

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