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White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Champagne Blanc de Blancs Les Carelles

Chardonnay more

1/15/2016 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

April '13 disgorge. Disappointing vs. prior bottles which were '11 and '12 disgorge. Nose is okay but the palate is sharp and acidic and there's some bitterness on the finish. Overall this is somewhat disjointed and not at the level you'd expect from this bottling.

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White - Sparkling

NV Jacques Selosse Substance Blanc de Blancs

Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

12/6/2015 - bill00 wrote: 95 points

Another great Substance. Lemon and almonds. Typical size and richness but kept in beautiful balance by fresh acidity. 11/20/13 disgorge

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White - Sparkling

1996 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses

Champagne Blend more

12/5/2015 - bill00 wrote: 96 points

Have had some variation with this but this is another great bottle. Toast, ginger, green pear, nuts, florals and stone. When this is on it's definitely one of my favorite '96s as the high acidity is perfectly balanced by the sheer density. It's like if either was out of whack this would feel austere or fat but thankfully it's neither and the result is a fantastic Clos des Goisses of tremendous intensity, energy and balance. Great now and a long life ahead. Loved this.

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2010 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

12/3/2015 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

Ripe black cherry fruit and blueberry. Velvet textured. Not quite as open or expressive as the '08 from a week ago as this is young and very primary and comes off as slightly simple though still quite enjoyable. Likely gets much better with time. 90+

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2008 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

11/28/2015 - bill00 wrote: 93 points

Gorgeous, expressive nose that is classic Chambolle with pure red cherry and light spice and earth. Seamless with great balance and elegance. A fantastic wine that is a joy to drink right now.

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2006 Domaine Fourrier Morey St. Denis Clos Solon Vieille Vigne

Pinot Noir more

11/28/2015 - bill00 wrote: 91 points

Red cherry hard candy and blueberries with just a hint of earthiness and spice. Really pure. Smooth tannin with a high acid finish. Very nice.

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Red

1995 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes

Pinot Noir more

11/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 91 points

Better than previous bottle. A really nice mature Combottes. Cinnamon, spice, earth and dried berry. Silky smooth with fully resolved structure.

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Red

2002 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays

Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 94 points

From magnum. Another great bottle of this. Terrific aromatics of dark earth and dark berry. Great texture and balance. Drinking really well though still a long life ahead especially from magnum.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Fac-Simile

Champagne Pinot Meunier more

11/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 94 points

Similar notes to bottle a couple of weeks ago - couldn't help opening another one. LC12, 10/14 disgorge.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Champagne Blend more

11/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 94 points

Flint and smoke. Lean and minerally in the mouth. A really nice young DP that is great to drink now and seemingly has a long life ahead.

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White - Sparkling

1982 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Oenotheque Champagne Charlie Brut

Champagne Blend more

11/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 89 points

From magnum. Fully developed. Mature notes of butterscotch and caramel. Full, rich texture in the mouth. A bit tired and past prime.

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Red

2012 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barbera d'Alba Pre-Phylloxera

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11/24/2015 - bill00 wrote: 91 points

Juicy black raspberry fruit with herbs. Nice acidity that gives freshness without sticking out. Really easy to drink. Enjoyed this.

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Red

2007 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

Pinot Noir more

11/21/2015 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

This was easy to like but hard to love. Nice spice and berry nose and great texture. Perfectly fine and enjoyable but it lacked a second level and is kind of straightforward. While in no way roasted, it's a bit on the warm side and lacks real interest or nuance. Obviously it's still young, but it's not clear to me that this will develop into something great. A nice wine but disappointing at this level/price point. I found a recent bottle of the '04 more interesting which is not what I would've expected at all.

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White - Sparkling

2008 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut

Pinot Noir more

11/21/2015 - bill00 wrote: 94 points

Fragrant red berry fruit, wet rock and a hint of orange peel. Outstanding depth. Intensely mineral. This has come together really nicely as a previous bottle drunk on release a couple of years ago was painfully young. While there is still great freshness, the acidity is much more integrated at this point. Fantastic wine - really enjoyed this.

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White - Off-dry

2007 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

11/19/2015 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

Gold. Light petrol, honeyed apricot and pear. Ripe, rich and thick - honeyed and glazed and just a touch fat and sweet for me. Like the aromatics better than the mouthfeel as this just lacks a bit of cut and vibrancy. Drank over two days and definitely better on day 2 as the aromatics opened up, but still somewhat cloying for me overall.

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White

2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs

Nahe more

11/18/2015 - bill00 wrote: 97 points

Similar notes to previous bottles. Citrus, minerals and flowers. Palate is again electric - just bursting with energy. Dense and concentrated but still restrained and really fresh. So pure and intense. Finish goes on and on. I love this wine. Drank over 2 nights - improving through to the last sip.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Andre Beaufort Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

11/16/2015 - bill00 wrote: 88 points

Gold colored. Mature nose with lots of apple and yeast. Developed but not in an oxidative way. High acidity. A bit disjointed. This didn't resonate with me, though it's certainly okay and perhaps could improve with more time to integrate post a relatively recent disgorge. Lot 96A disgorge 8/14.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Jérôme Prévost La Closerie Fac-Simile

Champagne Pinot Meunier more

11/14/2015 - bill00 wrote: 95 points

Really open and expressive nose with pure strawberry and just a bit of earthy funk. This smells so good. Incredible purity of red fruit on top of a mineral core. Palate is seamless and impeccably balanced. Drinking so well right now at such a young age. No reason to believe it won't age well but so hard not to drink now. Absolutely loved this. LC 12, disgorge Oct '14.

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Red

1985 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Riserva Brunate

Nebbiolo more

11/14/2015 - bill00 wrote: 89 points

Had high hopes for this but they were not met. I've never had this wine before so not sure if it's totally representative, but it looked great - translucent ruby with just a bit of lightening at the edge - and there are no obvious flaws. Fairly developed, mature nose that smells older than I would expect with some tar, rust and lightly stewed fruit. Overall impression is mostly of a wine that is a bit dried out and somewhat past prime. It's okay and totally drinkable but not what I'd hope for in a mature Rinaldi.

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Red

1995 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny

Cabernet Franc more

11/13/2015 - bill00 wrote: 92 points

Really nice aromatics of tobacco leaf, dark plum, dark earth and stone. Nose better than palate as this has high acid and tannin that is slightly drying on the finish. I have no experience with old Clos Rougeard but my impression of this bottle would be that by the time the palate is smoothed out the nose might be slightly past prime / heavily decayed. Right now the nose is great, just really needs to be drunk with food.

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White - Sparkling

2000 Bollinger Champagne Vieilles Vignes Françaises

Pinot Noir more

11/6/2015 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

Gold colored. Aromatics a bit reticent at first but with a little air and warmth showed ripe red apple and baked pear and mild oxidative notes. Broad and lush in the mouth. Decent acidity and while I wouldn't call this fat, it is definitely open-knit and lacking a bit of definition in the mouth. Attractive and easy to drink but hoping for a lot more from VVF. Doesn't seem like this will benefit much from further time in bottle.

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Red

2010 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

Pinot Noir more

10/26/2015 - bill00 wrote: 90 points

Forward and loaded with ripe red fruit. Plush texture. Attractive and easy to drink. Enjoyable though fairly straightforward.

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Red

1991 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas

Syrah more

10/24/2015 - bill00 wrote: 94 points

Beautiful aromatics of herbs, currant, olive and a little bit of smoke and leather. Elegant and well-balanced with great finesse. At this point in its evolution this is more mellow than intense, but that's not a knock because this is so great to drink. Decanted and drank over about 5 hours - great throughout but probably at it's best in the first couple of hours.

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Red

1995 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

10/23/2015 - bill00 wrote: 95 points

Dark red cherry, herbs, earth and a hint of woodsmoke. With several hours of air there are some forest floor notes. Still pretty structured on the back-end reminding that this is probably about 5-10 years away from peak. Regardless it's great now

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White

2010 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Excelsior Clos des Noelles

Melon de Bourgogne more

10/22/2015 - bill00 wrote: 92 points

Cool wet rocks and lemon/lime citrus. Mouthwatering acidity but nice depth of texture to match. So purely mineral. And really refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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