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2009 Château Talbot

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/29/2016 - Kevindo wrote: 89 points

We had a strange experience with this wine.
Brought this bottle to dinner at a friend's place. Poured straight from the bottle, the wine quickly opened up to a heady bouquet of dark fruits and some herbs. On the palate, pretty much similar to the nose, medium finish and tannins not noticeable.
From here it went downhill. The wine inexplicably loses its bouquet and length after another 15-30 mins, although it does not turn flabby. It came as a shock to us as my friend enjoyed it previously (about a year ago) and I wasn't expecting this from a S$160+ (US$120) retail wine. Needless to say I am disappointed and extremely annoyed. Did anyone else experience this?

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/30/2016 8:57:00 PM - Its shutting down. This is normal in classified Bordeaux. In years like 2008 and 2009, but one never knows how long a wine will stay intact for initial consumption. Bummer for that but most wines awake doing the exact same thing. I recall a 2004 Clerc-Milon that was drinkable for about 60 minutes then it fell apart becoming undrinkable. The 2004 CM has fully woken up.

    Sorry you feel as if your money was wasted. The price you paid is pretty exorbitant, about double what i paid. I bought Talbot in 2009 and 2010 and will buy a few from 2012 and 2014 because they rebuilt much of the wine processing after the 2009 vintage. In less than perfect vintages these will be much more noticeable. Talbot has a decent following and somewhat cult like buyers, but this will soon show much better that a 4th growth as it has one of the biggest vineyards in all of the Medoc and some prime terroir close up to Pauillac but West of the Leovilles estates. Hopefully we can see some real progress here on what has been a value wine.

    Again sorry you weren't warned about red wine shut down. i remember trying to drink a completely dead 2006 and even with over a week of air no fruit, nothing but wow and a wall of acidic tannins. Very upsetting. I now try and give Classified wines a minimum of 10+ years after bottling. Buying smaller chateau wines that are better for drinking early is probably the best course of action if you can't buy as futures or upon release and store for the full length of time. I just have been disappointed in the past and rarely if I cellar and have patience. Best of luck.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    2/5/2016 4:28:00 PM - Yep this was a wine to be bought in futures only. Now that Denis Bubordeue, had the estate change to better practices along with equipment, it one to buy on futures like 2014-2015. No way I would pay $120US per bottle. It's a 4er class wine, but should be closer to a second growth in these years where you will see the terroir and new equipment and practices pay off. Kinky bought one set of 2014 futures because of my life expectancy and that was Leoville Pouferr but Umayyads this and if 2015 is sub $80USthen a few of these will be bought but we won't seedy three pricing for a while. Just chalk that bottle up to a learning experience. Itotallydemolidheda great Cantermerle but know that it a La Lagune have upped their game in the Medic but geographically near Margaux. Margaux is the most difficult to judge so both are good bets along with Talboy and as always Gruaud-Larose, which is a long-lived but beautiful St. Julien 2er growth. If you can get it under $90 in 2014 or $100US in 2015 then I would grab a couple of bottles. G-R is a 20-30 year wine. Let them rest.

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1996 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/29/2016 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

Beautiful and classical bouquet with cassis and other dark forest fruits, cedar, cigar box and beautifully dosed oak which is perfectly integrated in the wine. All impressions come back on the palate, beautiful acidity and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. Overall a really very beautiful and complex and mature wine which still has plenty of bite for the future. Until 2020+ should not be a problem. Have a few, so there will be follow ups.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/31/2016 7:12:00 PM - Hi Z. I was just reading this tasting note and saw that you used the description of "exclusive oak," and was wondering if that was a typographical error or an error in translation? "Exclusive" would suggest that it is a rare oak, or hard to obtain oak was used in the barrel cooperage.

    Reading the note, I thought you might have meant excessive oak, similar to use of brand new oak barrels for every single drop of wine. You might see excessive oak in Burgundy by winemakers like Dominique Laurent, who used 200% new oak in older vintages and that was excessive. I know you like feedback on translation so I thought I would ask?

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    2/1/2016 7:45:00 AM - I think that it could be said that the oaking was fully integrated with the wine and was in complete harmony with everything else to make the wine as complete as can be. I know harmony is usually used most with musical references like melody, but when something matches perfectly using the term in perfect harmony seems to be appropriate. In Paul McCartney's song with Michael Jackson. Ebony and Ivory, the next say "fits together in perfect harmony, side by side on a piano keyboard.."

    That or perfectly integrated with the wine, is the best I can think of this morning here. Thanks for the reply.

White - Sparkling

1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

1/29/2016 - EhrlichDY wrote: 95 points

Lunch with 2012 and 2013 Fourrier CSJ and Griotte, 95 Raveneau Blanchot, 05 Leflaive Chevalier and more (Black Salt, Washington DC): This wine was incredibly fresh and youthful for a 20 year old champagne. The color was only slightly darker than that of the 2007 Cristal it was served behind but it offered more depth and complexity. This is a generous wine in all respects offering an abundance of fruit and acid.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/30/2016 8:47:00 PM - This is a keeper wine if cellared well, it should olive the Krug and hang with or longer than LGD. Its best years are still to come. I am holding eight bottles and will keep them as long as possible. I think it has eclipsed 1990 and may be one of the best DPs available though for a PN heavy year chardonnay seems to be the player in this wine.

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2003 Château Pavie

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/13/2013 - KenK wrote: 97 points

Nice sweet sour black cherry nose.
Great density with wonderful structure, showy black cherry fruits. Toasty, vanilla finish. Packed and creamy dark sweet fruits with impressive balance.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/13/2013 1:27:00 PM - I am planning on holding my one bottle for at least 5 years, but it sounds as if this is drinking quite well now.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/30/2016 8:40:00 PM - Thanks Ken, I think it will last the full life that Parker originally stated saying it was a 30 year wine. I think Leoville Barton will as well, as it really isn't drinking near its potential I have a few that I think will hold and they include Pontet-Canet, Lafite, which I sold, Montrose, which I stupidly sold, though bought 2010. From the right bank I have a Pavie-Macquin left and few more. I bought more right bank in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009. I think 2012 Pomerol might be a decent buy considering the strength of the dollar vs. euro as well as 2015. I bought a bit of RB beauties and daily drinkers from 2010 but that was my last vintage other than just a couple futures and daily smaller chateaux in 2012.

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2010 La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

4/8/2015 - wine & laughs Likes this wine: 85 points

This was a great Brunello for the price! Wine enthusiasts seeking the Holy Grail of a lower end Brunello, look no further... At $35 it doesn't get any better than this. 2010 is proving to be an amazing vintage, in fact I haven't tasted anything I haven't liked yet. It tastes very much like the 2007 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello, in fact it could be her younger sister, but without the wait. Enjoy (:

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/10/2015 4:44:00 PM - I actually love Leccaia, as through the years its a very enjoyable and easy to like version of old school brunello.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/12/2016 11:38:00 AM - Carpazo Brunello di Montalcino as well as La Laccaia BdB and its reserve are in that price range and are solid wines. The non riserva can drink young or age for 5+ years. I have some from 2007 vintage in the cellar but I buy them most years under $30. Caparzo is the little green label that could. Decent initially and gets much better with age. Can be found at most East Coast wine retailers and shipped from Gary's (NJ). They have had a few really well priced 2010 BdMs opposed to the stuff coming out from earlier vintages now have higher prices because wineries held back to allow bottle age and are trying to get a bit more cash even while the euro is down. Best of luck finding gems.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/12/2016 11:40:00 AM - Haven't had the 2010 Leccaia only do to a packed cellar. It's still available locally but I like the label. It's drinkable early and not as heavy as some of the pricier stuff gets. La Tasina for about $35 is also extremely good.

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2010 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

1/9/2016 - PSPatrick wrote: 90 points

We poured the wine into a decanter, poured the first glasses immediately and followed the wine’s development over a period of three hours. It was medium ruby in colour and offered rose petals, red fruit, cherry, berries, leather, tobacco, spices, clove and earthy notes on the nose. On the palate the medium-bodied, medium-concentrated wine showed red fruit, cherry, coffee, tobacco, clove and earthy notes, with medium-plus acidity, ripe, medium to medium-plus tannin and very good length. I liked the neat and clean wine for its precision and balance. It drank well.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/11/2016 8:43:00 PM - solid wine year after year. The title green label that could, for a really low price year after year.

White - Sparkling

2002 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée

Champagne Blend more

1/9/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine: 94 points

Drank from magnum and no formal notes. It is a beautiful and smooth Champagne. No aggressive carbon dioxide or acidity. Beautifully dry, but not bone dry. Everything in perfect harmony. This bottle seemed to be completely ready for drinking.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 5:52:00 PM - Hi Z. I had a bottle of this earlier this year, in April. It was very nice with sturdy mineral with some crisp acidity, but I remembered the most was apple notes and tangerine oil in the acids. I have 3-4 bottles left of this. i should probably check, but this was one of my best value picks for top cuvee in reliable smaller houses. I wish we had better access in the states, to more than the basic cuvee, or just the GS, which can be hard to find. Luckily wine-searcher helps though. I need to pick up a few 2004 vintage, as I have really enjoyed the wines I have tried from 2004 as well.

    Nice note.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 6:23:00 PM - Thanks Z, same to you. I have a very similar surname to drappier, Draper, in English, but we have traced much of the family through burgundy before the conquest of the British Isles in 1066. Champagne was an important crossroads on trade routes, so swollen textile were the big part of those from the champagne area, who either had goats and sheep to make into wool, or the made the textiles, by weaving and selling at the crossroads or actually stayed in the business and dressed the people that could afford custom clothing, back then. On the tapestry that described the battle of Hastings in 1066, and a list of Franco/Norman knights, there is one listed as from being from champagne. Thats our link and I believe that drappier has the same roots from a millennium ago.

    I would love to get the Charles de Gaulle cuvee. One day, perhaps I will get around to visiting the winery. For the best wines, I can have shipped worldwide, the price is almost $65US for importing/shippiing, but some things are worth this. I am trying to get ahold of the Z-H Clos Jebsal Trie Special from 2008. Not available in North America, but I have found a store in your area, that will ship me a bottle across the Atlantic.

    Enjoy your New Year as well and be well.

White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut

Champagne Blend more

1/6/2016 - rocknroller wrote: 92 points

Pale gold color. Drank 2 glasses over 90 minutes. Showing wonderful purity and elegance, almost weightless with pear, pear glace, lemon chiffon, white flowers, subtle yeast. The palate is again very clean and fresh, elegant, light with great focus, pear, lemon, light apple skin, long, fine minerality. Disgorged 07/13.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 5:18:00 PM - What was the disgorge date? Located in red on the front label, rather than its designated spot on the rear label.

    I have one getting opened tonight with 12/12 on the disgorge. Peter Liem say that 3 years under cork makes these wines wonderful. I guess I will see for myself!!

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 6:14:00 PM - Its hard to remember to check this, as so many are trying to include the information some where for the consumer. Some still just put the date on the cork and that is pretty worthless, unless you purchased a large quantity of the NV wine from the same case.

    I didn't pop my cork Saturday, as I had planned, but now that 3 years have passed I am anxious to see how this has progressed. Vilmart is getting more and more expensive and my enjoyment is wearing off. I guess that true of most unheard of wonders, but I am happy for their success as well.

White - Sparkling

2002 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve

Champagne Blend more

9/9/2012 - BillyT wrote: 88 points

Just OK, not sure but just not what I expected. I have had this before but it is lacking character, fruit and tastes past its prime.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 5:30:00 PM - just too young in an overrated vintage. no Krug, LGD, for a reason.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 6:10:00 PM - I'm no expert, but have focused on champagne for quite a while. Some 2002 are monsters, but a very different vintage than the likes of 1995.1996 or even 2004.

    Many prefer the citrus and biscuits of this type of vintage, but I didn't buy tons and have been a bit disappointed opening up most of the wines I have. I am glad I didn't buy tons from 2002, but really looking forward to the 2006 and 2008. I hope they release LGD in these vintages, and the gold label, as its such a good value in most vintages it is released.

    Hopefully your burgundy quest is going well. I have finished up stocking as much as I can afford to hold for 10-20 years. Hopefully those in the know, have guided me well. Like the best of Champagne and the 1-2 growths in best vintages of Bordeaux, its easy to go broke chasing these wines.

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2011 Orma Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/9/2016 - phynes wrote: 90 points

Drank alongside the Leoville Barton 2003. The latter was preferred by most at the table but not really a fair competition as this just felt too young, even though it had a two hour decant. Feels like there is a lot to like about this but will leave the rest of the case for a few years.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 6:05:00 PM - I would hold this wine confidently as long as you would hold the pricier Sassicaia as this winery is really just a stones through from Sassicaia. This like Ornellaia is so good when held for much more than a decade.

    Orma is the real deal and case worthy, if you can afford it in almost every vintage since 2006. I can only afford a bottle or 3, but when I can get this wine, I buy it every time. Hang on to the wines, you will not regret it.

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2009 Château Le Thil Comte Clary

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/9/2016 - winoman1 Likes this wine: 89 points

A tad disappointed at first - but an hour or so in and some decent lambchops and this wine becomes more rewarding!

Powerful nose of overripe black fruit and distant violet. Noted acidic and tannic qualities - this eventually drinks a bit heavy on the mid palate...and then finally becomes the more complex collection of dark berries others refer to.

RICH - Crème de cassis and Kirsch - not to mention sweet smoky coffee.

This wine drinks heavy and sweet in a short period of time and like others I am not that confident in long term storage. Normally not my style (Merlot) but holy cow does this stuff keep unfolding!

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 6:00:00 PM - It will hold for the long term. Smith-Haut-Lafitte had their eyes on this neighboring property for years, and finally acquired after the 2010 vintage. SHL knew the terroir was solid and they didn't buy for nothing. The whites from this property are great as well, but now reds and whites will be in the Gran Vin of SHL and cost you 4-5 times as much. I bought a 6 pack of these and will have no problem hanging on to them for a decade or more. Just like I do with almost all the classified growth LB wines.

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2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

1/10/2016 - richshoes Likes this wine: 90 points

disappointing for this caliber of wine...some nice balance and got better the more it opened up...but not much flavor complexity and quite flat...typical italian sour cherry and cotton/tannin flavors.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 5:55:00 PM - These drink best after about 15 years in the cellar. I have one other bottle from 2006, only because the time needed to show its best. I you have more, just bury it in the cellar and forget about it for a decade or so.

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2000 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2016 - Nutty08 wrote: 91 points

Needed 2hrs of air to integrate and show well. Moderately expressive nose of cigar box, funk, and dark fruit. Palate has medium concentration with black currants and a little cedar spice. Finish adds a little ash. Fruit is still youthful, and nose isn't quite as expressive as you'd expect from a mature example. A year or 2 away from its mature plateau but still enjoyable in a primary sense now. Tannins in check.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/10/2016 5:44:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I have one bottle left in the mass of bordeaux, that I can't seem to locate. Glad its not going anywhere for a bit, as now I can wait to tear down the section hunting for this bottle. eventually I will need to rearrange everything when the last 2010, and a couple of 2012 finally show up.

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2002 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve

Champagne Blend more

1/9/2016 - empire80 Likes this wine: 92 points

Perfectly mature, bready and yeasty notes, quite rich. Very enjoyable now but I don't think it's for the long haul.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 5:28:00 PM - I agree. 2002 seems much less than a vintage that is very impressive. Many falling apart. Im glad I didn't go deep on this vintage. 2004 and 2006 probably better to hold.

White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut

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4/12/2015 - chablis28 wrote: 90 points

I was, in love with this producer for a while. Now I'm less infatuated. Close to worth the $60 I paid but I don't think Ill restock.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 5:26:00 PM - Me too. For this price I can buy Veuve Clicquot gold label vintage, which can age and be enjoyed any day.

White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut

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7/3/2015 - dpolivy Likes this wine: 91 points

Disgorged in 2012 I think, based on purchase date. Lovely nose; brioche, citrus, green apple. Fine mousse, with leaner lemon and green apple fruit followed by a backbone of excellent acidity. Fresh, clean, and lively.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 5:24:00 PM - Dan, was the disgorge date in red on the front label, instead of the designated spot on the back babe? That seems to be their standard. silly as the spot in back goes unused. Peter Liem, said these are best with 3 years under cork. Im opening my 12/12 disgorgement NV tonight. I will save a bit for evaluation tomorrow as well. Prevention liver damage is in my best interest too!

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2010 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia

Tempranillo more

1/6/2016 - JonnyG Does not like this wine: 87 points

Loads of oak and loads of heat. It is as if the winemaker was expecting massive fruit, whereas this instead came off as tart and unbalanced, with syrupy and acrid notes alongside some stewed raspberry and tar. Not my style, or simply bad?

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    1/9/2016 2:36:00 PM - simply drank 10-15 years too young. the spaniards need to be held for a long time if rioja or tempranillo is a major component of the wine.

    Chalk it up to a tasting experience. No biggie and a nice note for early consumption.

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