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White

2008 Domaine Sébastien Magnien Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

Chardonnay more

3/10/2015 - Matsutake wrote: 90 points

Drinking beautifully now. Good acid edge around a little weight.

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Red

2008 La Pialade de Rayas Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

1/22/2015 - Matsutake wrote: 82 points

For once pialade disappoints. Decent nose but thin and pallid on the palate. Oh well. There's 2008 for ya.

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White

2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

12/27/2014 - Matsutake wrote: flawed

Corked.

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White

1997 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Blanc Château de Fonsalette Reserve

White Rhone Blend more

10/21/2014 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 94 points

Bottle purchased as part of an aged lot of Rayas, Pignan and Fonsalette. Provenance was direct from Fonsalette (Rayas); could not possibly be better.

We were quite worried this '97 Fonsalette blanc would tired and old, but not at all. The first sip was a shock (in a good way).

Stone fruit and citrus, possibly meyer lemon or citron, was still present on open and for a good hour+. Nice acidity backed up a bold nose. Past the hour and a half mark in the glass, more secondary characteristics showed, apple and barely there oxidation, but with zero loss of length.

The wine remained full bodied and incredibly long throughout.
I have no doubt provenance had something to do with this exceptional showing, but it reinforces my suspicions that Rayas's non-CDP wines are more worthy of aging than is commonly recommended.

Having said this, we will be drinking my other 2 bottles in the next 12 months.

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Red

2009 Celler la Muntanya Alicante Almoroig Muro Negre

Red Blend more

9/8/2014 - Matsutake Does not like this wine: 79 points

Cough syrup.
Bleh.
Didn't dare put it in the vinegar jar.
Poured down drain.

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Red

2000 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Merlot

Friuli Isonzo more

9/5/2014 - Matsutake wrote: 88 points

We opened our first bottle within a month of arrival from Garagiste and universally hated it. The better half refused it after a single sip. It was muted and dull, cloudy and short. I hoped for post-travel settling, but after a year of going through 3 more of the six pack, we were just happy our mistake had not been a very expensive one.

The last couple bottles have been sitting.
Some you have written that you forgot about them.
No such luck, I knew they were there, lurking.

We gave in last night and opened the second to last bottle. And, surprise, it really wasn't that bad. We drank it over the course of 2 days, and it stayed, pretty decent. Nice earthy tones, with a bare little bit of fruit peeking underneath.

Actually, on second thought, this was pretty good for sub-$14. The better half gave it thumbs up, and asked for more. Huh.

Some folks are saying drink up. I say, given how well it held up on day 2 (in fridge, no cork overnight), it can hold for another year, maybe.

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White

2008 Domaine Georges Vernay Condrieu Coteau de Vernon

Viognier more

9/3/2014 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 94 points

Condrieu in off years is on. This 2008 is still fresh and crisp, all the while holding onto classic Condrieu notes. Great for eats. One of my favorite wines of the year; and easily my favorite 2008 from the Rhone. Am revising the drink by date forward as this shows no sign of giving up the ghost.

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Rosť

2011 Château Mourgues du Gres Costières-de-Nîmes Les Galets Rosés

Red Rhone Blend more

6/3/2014 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 88 points

Mourgues du Gres makes our favorite roses. Certainly not austere, as seems to be the fashion with some roses(basically rendering them cheap white wine colored pink). These clearly have a good fruitiness to them, typical red berry flavors (straw, rasp, etc.) that we expect from a rose, balanced with nice acid. Terrific summer sipping that also pairs well with a summer meal. This one drank well in summer 2014, but I would not have kept it for another year.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Terre de Vertus Premier Cru

Chardonnay more

1/9/2014 - Matsutake wrote: 87 points

Too austere even for me, a fan of austere. Almost bitter on the finish. Maybe just needs a little more time to settle down?Possibly would be better as an apero, not with food.

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Red

2007 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Floureto

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1/9/2014 - Matsutake wrote: 91 points

Yes, it is a bit bretty on first open. However, after decanting and given enough air this wine shines: nice on the palate, typical southern rhone happily lacking over the top fruity/jammy-nesses. It really just needs a couple hours to blow off the brett.

Kept 1/2 bottle in decanter open in the fridge.
It was best on day 2 and 3.
I wish I had bought more.

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Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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12/4/2013 - Matsutake wrote: flawed

Port. After several consecutive flawed examples, this is clearly a buyer beware wine/vintage mix. Our first bottle was incredible (sourced from a retailer in the Rhone whose source is the Chateau). Yet all the subsequent acquisitions purchased in the US have been flawed.

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White - Sparkling

1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

11/28/2013 - Matsutake wrote: 94 points

Opened too cold. Improved after 30 minutes of air and heat. Deep golden color as expected at this maturity. Nose was a bit restrained (served in Zalto white glasses not flutes). Palate was a bit oxidative when cold, but with some heat it turned plump and long, complicated by some remaining acid. Tiny, tiny bubbles alive and well and piquant. And a little bitterness hidden in the finish of the last glass.

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White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Lieux Dits Le Bout du Clos

Champagne Blend more

11/27/2013 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 96 points

Pinot dominance clearly stood out. Full, rich, long, powerful as other have noted. Also as others have noted the nose does not do justice to the palate. Possibly we should have let it open up a bit instead of just pop-n-inhale? Quite unique and most certainly worth the neurons.

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Red

2001 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/1/2013 - Matsutake wrote: flawed

Vinegar.

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White

2010 Pierre Gaillard Condrieu

Viognier more

6/12/2013 - Matsutake wrote: 90 points

ach! Too cold and disjointed when I opened it. But when it warms to just barely chilled (maybe 63 degrees?) there you go. Nose of sweet almond, palate of flowery orange. I think this may be one of the more underrated Condrieus out there and so ready to drink. I want to give it more than 90, but I know that it gets better with the octroi cuvee....

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Red

2006 Domaine Le Soula Le Soula Rouge

Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Red Blend more

5/11/2013 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 89 points

Needed a few hours for the brett to blow off. Once it did, plenty of fruit and soil, balanced by acid/tannin, aging nicely and with still plenty of upside potential. I found the restraint admirable, must be a Gauby thing.

The second day saw a marked improvement. I kept the bottle open in the fridge. Second time brett hid a terrific wine, and patience won out: had the same experience with some Sang de Cailloux Vaqueyras, took 24 hours for the stink to blow off. Then, wow.

Definitely on my buy list.

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White

2010 Château de la Bourdiniere Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie "Tradition"

Melon de Bourgogne more

5/11/2013 - Matsutake wrote: 87 points

First, I count myself lucky a drinkable, sub-10 USD, wine exists. This typical Muscadet is clearly a step above drinkable, let's go with conditionally quaffable. In my experience, drinking this too cold will kill the fruit, and make this wine austere in a bad way. Kind of like shrinkage. In a wine.

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Red

2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses

Pinot Noir more

1/23/2013 - Matsutake wrote: 85 points

Meh. This won't go much longer. Fresh and food friendly on day one, tired and dying on day 2.

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Red

2003 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde

Syrah more

1/7/2013 - Matsutake Likes this wine: 95 points

Dark red, garnet, almost purple; no visual sign of age at all.

Needed decant. Decanted 3 hours. Should have decanted longer. Drank over 2 hours following decant. Did not show hot to us, nicely balanced actually. Definitely got strawberry and garrigue. Medium long finish.

Second day not as impressive as first (40% left: poured back in bottle, stored in fridge), started to get hot/oxidative/stewy.

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Red

2010 Domaine Tour Trencavel Minervois Cuvée Plecandou

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1/4/2013 - Matsutake wrote: 88 points

Really interesting, unique. Dark berries, smoke and earth. Drank better on second day, but good to go now.

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White

2009 André Perret Condrieu Chery

Viognier more

9/27/2012 - Matsutake wrote: 90 points

Ridiculous alcohol, but you can't tell. Perfectly nice and tasty typical Condrieu (have to like Condrieu). Needs food (me twas smoked chicken).

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Red

2007 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Cabernet Franc more

9/26/2012 - Matsutake wrote: 90 points

Great nose, notes as described by others (earth/bright berries/flint) and with plenty of acid on palate, lengthens with food.Tannins still very present. Should have kept my last bottle longer. A very good food wine.

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White

1990 Château-Grillet (Neyret-Gachet) Château-Grillet

Viognier more

9/21/2012 - Matsutake wrote: 95 points

No hint of oxidation. Incredibly still has fruit but secondary characteristics (paraffin, waxy, iodine-y) are most pronounced. Very unique and a real treat. Ready to go now, doubt it will get better.

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Red

2008 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

5/13/2012 - Matsutake wrote: 91 points

Ready to drink, fantastic despite off year.

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White

2010 Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Lou Coucardie Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

5/11/2012 - Matsutake wrote: 90 points

I really don't know why this isn't more widely admired as the great QPR it is. Easily competes with good white (southern) rhone.

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