Search Results - Save This Search

Wine Type Vintage Name Variety Locale Date Posted Score Helpful Comments Comment Date Community Score More...
White

2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

Chenin Blanc more

1/30/2016 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Lean as expected with an incisive, pear skin drying finish. Will require more.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    1/30/2016 7:26:00 PM - Ha! Just now seeing this is neatly identical to the previous taster's note.

White

2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

Chenin Blanc more

1/20/2016 - Andrew Christiansen Likes this wine: NR

Lean and bright yet with depth and structure. Wife asked for more after we had downed the bottle, which is a strong endorsement and a suggestion that purchases of additional bottles may not be heavily scrutinized.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    1/21/2016 10:10:00 AM - Frank--it is indeed, the 2014 Choisilles is much leaner and drier than the 2013, which I'm tempted to hoard.

White

2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Chenin Blanc more

11/25/2015 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Can't say I'm a fan of the new kiwi Sauv Blanc-style label, but Chidaine can't go wrong. Much drier than 2013, leaner but precise and pretty. Dry, fresh stone fruit, apricot, and malic apple. The density of the fruit seems to expand with air.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    12/23/2015 8:09:00 AM - The juice is still impeccabble.

Red

2010 Domaine Duseigneur Lirac l’Astrolabe

Syrah more

12/7/2015 - Ideasthatstick wrote: NR

Shiaxonna. (Great handle, btw) summed this up well a lot of fruit, but a little thin. That hits it perfectly.. I have the siblings, Antares and Odyssee too.

I have a combined case of these too. Doesn't it really suck when you make an odd decision? Maybe I am looking for company, bc, misery loves company. These. So far, are the three stooges (ok the three blind mice) of wine. Exceedingly average, uninspired and seemingly, without thought.

Yes there was some fruit, leaning blueberry, there was some acid, there was no backbone.

Really just unexpressive or a chemical train wreck. What do I do with remaining bottles? All suggestions honored...

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    12/8/2015 7:39:00 AM - I've been disappointed with these Duseigneurs as well (all via Rimmerman); not necessarily bad, just uninspiring.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    12/8/2015 7:49:00 AM - Globally, I'm on board with Rimmerman. If I'm to be honest, his hit to miss ratio is absurdly good vs my own palate. Occasionally though, there's something like this.

Red

2012 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

2/12/2014 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Wildman 2012 Burgundy Preview and Barrel Tastings (New York, NY): Tasting pour. Holy mother of God this was the wine of the whole tasting. Effing gorgeous mineral nose almost reminiscent of Styrofoam, spice out the wazoo, stems adding complexity, take me now Lord. Wooow. Need a cry and a nap after this. Debated about trying to purchase a bottle.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    10/24/2015 11:20:00 AM - I was chatting with a caviste in Beaune, and he was trash-talking Rousseau (deriding manipulation, filtration, some other shit) and when I said, "Yeah...I don't know...the Ruchottes Chambertin was pretty godly", he immediately smiled and replied, "Ah, well, that makes me happy that you bring up the Ruchottes; that's one of their best wines". Really marked me.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    10/25/2015 8:19:00 AM - Would love to test that assertion, but sadly those wines are alien to me given price and availability (outside of industry tastings).

White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Initial

Chardonnay more

8/8/2015 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Disg: May 2014. Bruised red delicious apple, oxidative cider-like character on nose, soy sauce; palate follows with granny smith apple intense acid. Very impressive; my very first Selosse. Feels a bit broad and unfocused but ravishing and rich--as the back label affirms, "radiant and jovial". But somehow quite serious.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    8/9/2015 7:52:00 AM - Indeed (just added the disgorgement date). We opened this early to mark a birthday...and to peek in to what Selosse had to offer. Some other wine professionals noted that it was worth drinking young as it was intended to be by Selosse, that it was worth trying to see if one appreciated the slightly oxidative style. I did indeed like it. But as is clear to see via other CT notes, you can age this and get a great return on your patient investment : ) Geez I'd've loved to try your 10y aged Initiale. We found this bottle for sale in FR for only 70EU and jumped.

White

2010 Caves Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Vaugiraut

Chardonnay more

5/2/2015 - Shiaxonna wrote: 88 points

Must say, I noticed tonight this wine is over-oaked. Really good and full of depth and wonderful fruit, but actually a bit much oak. I have a singular last bottle in the cellar but it really needs time to integrate the oaky notes before I will try it again. Too much. Really..

50+5+11+14+8 (88p)

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    7/29/2015 11:00:00 AM - Actually this wine is the only unoaked 1er cru Chablis in the Duplessis lineup--their youngest vines, recent acquisition.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    7/29/2015 5:24:00 PM - Isn't Duplessis great? Love their 2010s and 2012s.

Red

2010 Domaine Rimbert Saint-Chinian Le Mas au Schiste

Red Blend more

7/24/2015 - Milliontown wrote: 93 points

Takes some time to open up... Initially a bit musty but that blew off.
When it opens up... wow. Blackberry, raspberry, liquorice, dark chocolate, black olive, also very herbal and quite floral. The palate is full bodied, with some chalky tannins, but they're well integrated. Has that kirsch-y raspberry compote/toffee apple thing going on at the back palate, suggesting to me a significant % of Grenache is in the blend.
Has a great savoury edge to the aftertaste which I found very appealing. Made for a great food match with sticky balsamic mushrooms. Really great QPR. Bought this after reading Gargantua's review/blog. Cheers.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    7/24/2015 9:25:00 AM - Thanks for reading! I'm so glad it showed properly. I just love these wines.

White

2011 Casal de Santa Maria Malvasia Bianca

Vinho Regional Lisboa more

7/6/2015 - Gargantua Likes this wine: NR

Creamed corn and latex and a huge midpalate weight perfectly offset by just enough acid. Buy all you can. Menthol allusions on finish, but no heat at all. Daaaamn

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    7/17/2015 11:18:00 AM - Naama Laufer from NLC Imports is bringing it in to the East Coast markets soon. Meanwhile, you need to fly to Lisbon to hoard this stuff: http://gargantuanwine.com/2015/07/magical-decaying-portugal/

White

2011 Adega Regional de Colares Colares Arenæ

Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia more

3/3/2015 - Flávio Sousa wrote: 76 points

Polished and soulful, this Colares shows typicality in its slight salinity amidst pine and tilia aromatics. On the mouth its buttery and textured with a pleasant dry finish.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    7/12/2015 12:38:00 PM - I think you made a mistake awarding 76/100 points? This means the wine was terrible.

White

2013 Smith-Madrone Riesling

Spring Mountain District more

3/29/2015 - Gargantua wrote: NR

What a perfectly boring chunky lime and violet monster Riesling. Feels like a waste of time when I could be drinking a Mosel Riesling for even less money.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    6/14/2015 7:21:00 PM - To my surprise, somehow, months after being opened and corked in my fridge to be used for cooking wine, for shits and giggles I taste this, and it's somehow still fresh. Remarkable. Still not that delicious, but to the wine's credit, this is relisilient stuff! Lots of bergamot/lemon rind aromatcically.

White

2010 Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot

Chardonnay more

6/7/2013 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Dark gold color. Plush and ripe, caramel a touch, gets brighter and brighter with air. Only hinting at what's to come. Gets more tart, chalky, and acid in 2hrs airtime in a wide decanter.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    5/26/2015 9:25:00 AM - Wow not even two years time pushed it forward!

Red

2010 Domaine Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

5/15/2015 - Diane (LI) wrote: NR

Drinking a 2010 is hit or miss, and this was a huge hit. The aromatics were super fragrant and there was good balance. A delicious wine.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    5/15/2015 6:44:00 PM - What disappointing 2010s have you sampled? Curious, as I am hopelessly taken with the vintage.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    5/17/2015 8:19:00 AM - Ohhhh, right. Yeah some of the 2010 Gevrey I'd tasted a while back had clamped down too--some of the first to close down that I'd witnessed.

Red

2013 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Buntsandstein

Baden more

5/12/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 97 points

My oh my oh my. Let me first try to describe this as objectively as I can before I start babbling in tongues about why it's awesome. So, okay, we'll start with the color, which is somewhere between a rosé and a pale red. That's as good a portent as any for what you get when you taste it, which is this ethereal, gossamer, lacy thing that would probably flutter to the earth even slower than a feather if it were a solid object. It has a sense of freshness and light without being overtly fruity, i.e. it features the freshness and essential perfume of the fruit without the sweetness or fat. It has a minerally element too, subtle (though everything about this is subtle) but clearly reminiscent of gravelly rock pulverized to an ultrafine powder (everything about this is ultrafine). The word "finesse" is a cliché, ditto for "ethereal," but ultimately that's what's so awesome about this. I have had a lot of disappointing German pinot noir, even from highly regarded producers, and they never turn out to be what you think German pinot noir ought to be (i.e., as clear and pure and transparent as riesling, with all that cool-climate lightness). Somehow some of them turn out to be big fat Sonoma pinot lookalikes, which I will never understand. This is not like that. I am really at a loss to think of anything from anywhere to compare this to that so effortlessly pulls off such a vivid personality out of material so fine it only barely seems to have a corporeal existence, and not a flaw or seam to be seen in the way it is all put together. I can think of a Jura that was in the ballpark (the '08 Chais des Vieux Bourg) and the weight and physical presence bring to mind something like Coteaux Champenois or the Dirty & Rowdy reds, but as far as I am concerned this is sui generis. There are aspects that bring to mind all sorts of things but it really needs its own frame of reference. It is profound but not in the same way that grand cru Burgundy is profound; it's a brilliant soloist, not a symphony, almost minimalist in its simplicity and tranquility, best paired with your favorite easy chair and some quiet moments.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    5/12/2015 10:18:00 AM - Sing it, brother. One of my favorite producers of all time...

White

2010 Château Bois Martin

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/31/2012 - nytiger wrote: flawed

very nice, fine citrus nose, excellent flavors and finish

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    4/13/2015 6:33:00 AM - Your description does not sound like a flawed bottle?

White

2011 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault

Chardonnay more

6/13/2014 - Gargantua wrote: NR

Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2014 Day 5: Volnay and Meursault, Corton 3-21-14: Nose shows just the tiniest slightly dirty washrag; palate has honey and "gras", nice acid, would be very good if not for the oxidative finish that marred it to my palate

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    2/6/2015 7:14:00 AM - Entirely possible, these massive tastings are a tough race. Or it could have been a slightly off bottle he was pouring from.

Red

2013 Domaine Auguste Clape Le Vin des Amis

Vin de Table Français Syrah more

1/15/2015 - danstrings Likes this wine: 91 points

Great Amis. Sleek and deep/earthy, less flamboyantly fruity/blueberry than the last few vintages. But wonderfully dense fruit that is more subdued. Luckily I didn't get any of the porky funkiness that the other taster below here did.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    1/17/2015 1:14:00 PM - I'm praying I had an off bottle. Stunned to see anything short of brilliant chez Clape.

White - Sparkling

NV Lilbert-Fils Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Cramant

Chardonnay more

11/27/2014 - Siebs Cellar Likes this wine: 95 points

Delicious. Elegant and enhanced with food. Mild acidity, wonderful structure and refined fruit.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    11/29/2014 8:09:00 AM - Do you perchance know lot number you had of this NV, visible as an imprint in the lower left hand corner of the front label? Curious where my L 12 01 is now, as it was closed down tight as of 11/13

Red

2008 G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba

more

1/8/2012 - Gargantua wrote: 85 points

Perhaps this wine has evolved from its showing for previous tasters, or perhaps it's just a function of my personal palate, but: oh Lord...from the first sip, I can feel the alcoholic, slight vodka shot-like heat on the attack, and thankfully leaves only the slightest numbing warmth in the back of the throat on the finish. Still: the alcohol announces its presence and warns from the get-go. An okay wine lying in wait behind that alcoholic offensive: some sweet tobacco syrup, some smokey prunes...but nothing too remarkable or impressive to my palate. Given the heat on the attack, it's a bit like trying to listen to a symphony after a sonic boom. Gets me prett-ay, prett-ay (as Larry David would say) buzzed after only a couple glasses, as this is far higher octane than the vast majority of red wines I generally drink, so: for what it's worth. If you're a high-octane, New World wine drinker, you may find a lot more here to like.

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    10/30/2014 2:37:00 PM - Then I regret I had but an evening to spend with it...did you sense the heat or find it in any way off-putting?

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    11/2/2014 6:05:00 PM - Don't flagellate yourself like that. Your viewpoint is valid as well. It is quite telling though that you've never sensed "heat" in a wine. That suggests our palates are different.

Red

2010 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Pinot Noir more

10/11/2014 - short and confused wrote: 93 points

Drank in April 2014 (not 2004 as I initially recalled- it did seem like a while ago) at Zuni Cafe. From memory but I was just thinking about how much I enjoyed it and wanted to leave a note. Medium red. Lovely array of Burgundian red fruit with wilder earthy and gamey notes. Very juicy on the palate. Good mineral spine. The people at the table were surprised at how good it was. I remember them asking with delight, "What is this!?"

  • Comment posted by Gargantua:

    10/11/2014 7:46:00 AM - How did you manage to drink a 2010 Burgundy in 2004? Gotta share that secret with me ;)

Loading wine details...
loading

×
×