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2005 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

6/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

This took hours to open up and is just starting to drink. Decanted for a couple hours and then put back into the bottle to bring back to cellar temperature. At its most expressive, strawberry, dark berries, gingery oak, raw game notes. More 2005 than Chambolle in a way; more muscle than elegance here. Despite its proximity to Musigny, I'm afraid this doesn't reach too high. The QPR on this - at $175 a bottle - is terrible although I admire Bruno Clavelier's style and what he's doing here. I'm curious to look at the 2007 rendition; I bet that could really work here if the price is right.

By the way - this was very temperature sensitive. Absolutely need to treat this right and serve it at proper Burgundy temperatures; too warm and this takes on some hot garrigue notes and the 13,5% alcohol shows.

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2002 Château Montfollet

Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/21/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 91 points

Similar to last time, less biscuit flavor. Holding its own but wouldn't hang onto them.

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Red

2009 Sineann Pinot Noir Schindler

Willamette Valley more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

I liked this - more New Worldish in disposition than the wines I choose myself but coming from Williamette it wasn't overblown. An interesting wine to compare to the Mugneret-Gibourg. Coolish climate tasting wine, the 13.8% alcohol noticeable but not obtrusive. Riper tasting than the Mugneret though I preferred that wine.

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White

2009 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Baudines

Chardonnay more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Plump and rumbustious with air. Fleshy white and yellow fruit, pastry cream and lemon. Delicious; perfect with fruit tart. This is starting to come around.

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2006 Domaine Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Pinot Noir more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Super. Young wine still, just starting to come around - ideally needs a few more years. Plush, powdery dark cherry, mineral earth, faintly animale, touch of blue floral notes. Beautifully integrated and polished; I think this is probably the most well-mannered Nuits St Georges I've ever had.

This was also the subject of an experiment; the Zalto Burgundy glass vs the Riedel Vinum Burgundy. The Zalto was the clear winner. In the Riedel, this was tight and coquettish... but not in the Zalto where the wine was opened up with the details on its constituent parts easily seen.

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Red

1989 Château Léoville Las Cases

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/9/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: NR

I keep looking for a mature Leoville Las Cases that's drinking well. I keep looking... and looking... and looking. The 1970 a few years back was not aging terribly well. The 99 from half bottle in early adolescence was drinking pretty well but I don't think it offers the top potential of Las Cases. The 2003 was open but was such a horrific wine I wish it weren't. But my 1982, 1985, 1986, 1995, and now 1989 have all been locked tight!

From the other cellartracker notes, it looks like some of these 89s are drinking. But this one kept poking its head up before retreating into its shell, offering something slightly different each time. A classy, aristocratic nose smelling faintly of blackcurrant and sandalwood - from time to time, it also showed floral notes, minerals, or smoke. Bottles from this case could be great with a few years - read Rupert's note for a preview!

Anyway, I give up. I'll plan on swinging back to re-visit LLC of the 80s in another 5 or 10 years; if one thing is for sure, it's that they're not going anywhere.

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1995 Domaine Prieuré Roch Vosne-Romanée Le Clos Goillotte

Pinot Noir more

6/7/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 96 points

I had heard that Clos Goillotte boasts a nose which outstrips the palate and although that was true here, what a nose it is! When the cork was first pulled, this had a pure and complex Vosne nose of red fruits, Vosne spice (with a little of Chambolle cinnamon), sous-bois/autumn leaf, game, a touch of geranium. Coming back to the glass half an hour, it was as if someone turned the volume up - a blast of Vosne spice surging from the glass. This waxed and waned a bit over the next couple of hours but at its best offered what seemed like a Grand Cru nose. Simpler on the palate with a lot of the same constituent notes, smokier with time. The tannins are entirely resolved here and this is certainly in its twilight years - but a fascinating and really gratifying experience.

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White

2011 Hubert Veneau Pouilly-Fumé

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: This was very Pouilly Fume. Smoke, gunpowder, stone fruits, lemon-lime accents. A ripe and full wine with good length. Very much enjoyed.

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2010 de Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 89 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: The biggest problem with this wine - and it is not necessarily a small one - is that it tastes more of Pouilly Fuisse than Pouilly Fume! Quite honeyed; peach. Round and polished but one-dimensional. Ultimately I'm not that taken.

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White

2013 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Bonnes Bouches

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: Beautiful in its way; lots of melon. Honeysuckle, citrus. Fresh, beautifully bracing acidity. Very sauvignon blanc; unlike the Boulay this was on the high fruit and low mineral end of the spectrum. Drinking well.

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White

2013 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/30/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume Blind Tasting: This is on the mineral, fine-boned end of the Sancerre spectrum. The most striking aspects of the wine are its salinity and stone. Some of the classic grass is there and those little white French stone fruits - I don't recall the name but I've drunk the liqueur a couple times in Alsace and at the Taillevent. I like the personality here; there's a lot of nervosity - it's not laid back. Still a little young, may get better.

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Red

2007 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Haut Bailly always seems to get low scores when it's drunk young and that's fine by me because I like it and it's one of those Graves that simply never got expensive. From 375 this still isn't quite mature but it's getting there and with an hour of air, shows expressive dark cherry, creosote (more than pipe tobacco at this stage), mineral, and loamy earth. It's light on its feet; I like that. I don't like ponderous, over-oaked Graves (I'm talking to you, Magrez-era Pape Clement). This is still 5 years away from maturity in full bottle and I think it'll pick up some nice added complexity with age.

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2003 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: NR

Disgustingly cooked - surely exposed to high heat at some point in its life. A shame since I have had so many good experiences with Hart Davis Hart.

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Red

2005 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts

Pinot Noir more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Open, mature, resolved with a classic, spicy Vosne nose. Unfortunately this had a bit of cardboard so I wondered if it was corked. But the note didn't grow with more air so I'm not sure. It did seem more advanced than I would expect from an 05. Regardless, it was very good on the nose; the palate was a bit roughly-hewn which knocked it down a peg. 92-93.

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Red

2002 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

Maybe it's a freak bottle or maybe I just love Haut Bailly. The cherry pipe tobacco, stone nose is like Haut Brion in miniature. Well balanced on the palate. The only thing is that the oak hasn't fully resolved yet and in a few years, this will really be sitting in a nice place.

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Red

2001 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Beautiful Pessac; gravel, smoke, dark berries, flint - grew brettier in the glass which was just strong enough to detract rather than add. Medium build; has opened out, loose-knit. I'm sure other bottles are better; I still enjoyed this very much.

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Red

2007 Bouchard Père et Fils Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

Pinot Noir more

5/24/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

This is JUST inching into maturity; it's still a few years too young to get a definitive bead on. That said, it's got great potential. Tart cherry nose, roses, soil; just starting to cultivate Vosne spice. Well balanced. Would wait 2-3 years longer at the minimum.

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Red

2005 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

5/16/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

I like Dominique's wines and this was no exception. Bordering gevrey and chambolle, this seemed like it had more of the latter. Beautiful cinnamon, black and red fruit nose with earth tones and just a hint of cured meat. This developed even more mineral notes in the glass and ultimately was a smooth, suave burgundy with splendid length in the mouth. Finish lasts for ages. Universally loved. Though he used a lot of new oak, I never find these wines overtly oaky. Early maturity now; 94 at the moment with room for improvement.

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1996 Vieux Château Certan

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

At la casa del sol. Early maturity now but still showing beautifully; plummy cedar with earth and violet notes. Plush and powdery on the nose, supple on the palate. Excellent pomerol; 94 now with room for improvement.

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2011 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Syrah more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

At Bistro(y) les Papilles. When this first hit the decanter, it was simply a bunch of constituent parts. Bright strawberry, raspberry, flint/mineral, smoke, meat. But with an hour of air, the gaps between these discrete elements vanished and not only did it end with finer seams, it got prune and some more dark fruit also. A few years yet.

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1999 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 94 points

At Pavillon Ledoyen. Stunning how young this wine is showing at 16 years old, but from the other notes here it looks like this is the rule rather than the exception. Edging into early maturity, this has got a beautiful Volnay nose of raspberry, mineral, and floral perfume. The really interesting part of this is that when you take a deep whiff, it's almost as though there's an early/mid/late nose. So plush and seamless on the palate with a long, long finish. Just excellent. Looking forward to re-visiting this over the coming years but wouldn't bother checking in again for another 5 or so - very good and very slowly evolving.

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1989 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 89 points

Disappointing experience with David Ridgway. We were set up for a great experience at La Tour d'Argent. The window seat where Elizabeth and Philip sat before the coronation, a tour of the cellar arranged. I explained what I wanted to David Ridgway; a great Burgundian Classic - the 01 roumier bonnes mares, 01 rousseau CSJ, or 93 vogue musigny. But he suggested we go back to 1989, a vintage I've never been lucky with... but when you're in that situation with a guy like Ridgway, why not take his advice.

And then I spent the next 3.5 hours trying to aerate the wine or dupe myself into believing that the wine in the glass legitimately tasted better than a declining middle of the road premier cru. When I had asked him how these wines are showing (before ordering), he described expressive, classic, mature burgundy. But when the bottle came and was so mediocre (certainly not as described) he back pedaled and said that was how he expected it to show (I did not point out the discrepancy). he said "hmm, it's austere and a bit monolithic." I mentioned that I had had better bonnes mares (and ones Far more typical) and he met that with a number of stories involving Christophe missing his own wines in blind tastings etc etc. but the problem was that I told him what I wanted and when we got a really mediocre bottle (and it seems there are excellent bottles of 89 roumier BM out there), he just fobbed it off as if that were the stuff that makes burgundy famous. I call foul (or fowl given La Tour d'Argent?). Worshipping the label? Trying to save face? Doesn't matter. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth and if don't think I'm likely to repeat the experience. Luckily I had yesterday's haut brion to look back on fondly ;)

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1999 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 97 points

This is just coming into maturity and what a joy to linger over this at Le Taillevent. This evolved from a nutty, rich wine into so much more. After half an hour in the glass it had burst free; still hazelnuts and smoke, but then an array of minerals, stone fruits, flowers carried by a rich, assertive - yet sleek - frame. Wow; I bet I would have had a hard time getting a bead on this a few years ago but today (and with air) this was simply the best white wine I have ever drunk.

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1998 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 97 points

Voici le roi. Such a winning bouquet as this comes out of its adolescence. Delivers all of the pessac hallmarks but with such an aristocratic flair. Black cherries, pipe tobacco, terra cotta - you know how it goes. Complex, suave, complete, and very, very long on the palate.

We had this by the glass at Le Taillevent (coravin from fresh bottle) and the sommelier was, let's say, amicable. Ah, Monsieur enjoys Haut Brion? (Pour gets larger) and Monsieur has visited the chateau (pour gets larger). The 1989 is one of your favorites (very large glass of haut brion now) - well, enjoy the 1998. And I did.

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Red

1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/14/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 95 points

A victim of it's own success, I think - backwards and still reticent probably because it has been so well kept (the fill is up to the foil). Opens over 4 hours to show beautiful powdery black currant, cedar, violets, and with more air, pure white flowers. Very much like a younger version of the 89 with not only the aromatic profile but the silky smooth texture and perfect balance. I think Clive Coates wrote about this wine, "O joy to come!" - how I agree. Needs 5 years at least from a bottle like this.

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