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Red

2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Vieilles Vignes

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane Likes this wine: 92 points

Out of all the Echezeauxs of the night, this had the most spicy nose and the one most identifiable as a Vosne. Beautiful red fruits and spice dominated aromas with a very well-balanced palate for this vintage. So sappy and complex. No obvious oak at all. Very defined and pleasurable. Excellent juice!

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Red

1999 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 90 points

This was huge, probably due to the vintage. Again this was similar to many '99s I had which were brimming with extract but so shut down. Dry and austere and a beast. Full-bodied and impressive but more a tasting wine than drinking wine.

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Red

2007 Domaine d'Eugénie Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Tasted blind together with the '07 Bizot Echezeaux. Like what BH says, this is indeed a big Echezeaux, especially for the '07 vintage. Austere, hard and quite shut down (probably due to the huge dry extract). This may come off as a tad oaky and modern. The majority of the table prefered this over the Bizot but I did not like this as much as I prefer a more classic expression.

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Red

2007 Domaine Bizot Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Blinded together with '07 d'Eugenie Echezeaux. This was more elegant, purer and overall more interesting aromatically with citrus notes. Very true to the vintage character too. I can see the appeal of Bizot's style now though I find that the prices is indeed too high for the inherent quality. It's a very good Echezeaux but not a great one.

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Red

2004 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

This was quite robust and tight for a 2004. Some green pepper on the nose though not overly distracting. Lots of stuffing here and this might be one of the few '04s which needs more aging. No signs of premature aging here, as this has everything in place for a beautiful future.

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Red

2008 Domaine Anne Gros Echezeaux Les Loachausses

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 90 points

I believe the light-handed style of Anne Gros often makes the oak stand out and hence many critics feel it to be too oaky. After some years, the oak typically integrates despite the lighter style of the Domaine. This had very light color, and a pure elegant body. Very pretty, aromatic, spicy and quite Vosne in character.

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White

2004 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Not oxidized, in fact this was quite restrained compared to the '04 Blain-Gagnard Criots on the night. A little oaky, this needs more time to integrate well but definitely one with huge potential.

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Red

2009 Domaine Robert Jayer-Gilles Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Minty. Big ripe fruits on the very balanced albeit full body. There's everything in place for a long lasting future but at the moment it was very clammed up, revealing almost nothing. A serious Echezeaux with a lot of potential.

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Red

2004 Domaine Robert Jayer-Gilles Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Tasted blind beside the 2009. Couldn't identify that both were the same producer, such was the vintage character. This '04 had none of the green stemminess on the nose. After it was unveiled, I did notice a touch of herbalness on the palate but nothing too intrusive. I actually guessed a 2001. Very good for the vintage.

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White

1999 Maison Leroy Meursault

Chardonnay more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Golden. Honey on the nose, saline on the palate. Good intense on the attack but rather short finish. Felt a bit oxidized but drinking well now. Quite enjoyable as an aged white Burg.

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White

2004 Blain-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet

Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Not especially monumental for a white Grand Cru but this had the presence one expects. Good finish and still rather young at this moment. No hint of pox here. Easy drinking but lightish in body.

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Red

2005 Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 87 points

Dark fruited, tannic. A beast. The vintage definitely helped as there was good freshness and structure. Quite enjoyable in the beginning but later the tannins and heft kinda overwhelmed.

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Red

2011 Jean-Marc Millot Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/25/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 86 points

Forgot I had it before. This time round, in the midst of many big names this came across rather underwhelmed. Light, pure but lacks noticeable intensity. Also a bit candyish. A little anonymous.

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White

2008 Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

Chardonnay more

5/7/2015 - Dbrane wrote: NR

Golden but not pre-moxed. Not rich. Very mineral and understated. Seems quite tight and not showing much at the moment.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2000 Château Guiraud

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 86 points

From an odd 500ml bottle. Still very young and primary. Tropical fruits, esp mangoes. A bit cloying and heavy like how Sauternes tend to be but still enjoyable at the end of a dinner. For my taste I would prefer this to have more age. Serve this very chilled.

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Red

1987 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Definitely tasted like it had some age. Not Bordeaux but I found it slightly new-world in style. If not then a Spanish blend. Quite surprise that it was a Tignanello though on retrospect I guess I shouldn't be since I barely tasted much of this winery. Peaking now and drinking optimally.

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Red

2000 Château Montviel

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Have not heard of the Chateau before, and not featured individually in Neal Martin's Pomerol. To me it was quite obvious a Right Bank, with its plummy notes and silky but noticeable tannins. Quite an enjoyable drink now though definitely not reaching the heights of Pomerol.

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Red

2000 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois

Red Rhone Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 89 points

Wow the second Rhone of the night which tasted vaguely Burgundian. Dark opaque and clearly a big and bold wine. But there's finesse and purity hence my initial thought was a Burgundy. Finish was a tad clipped though. Nonetheless quite enjoyable.

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Red

1995 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence

Red Rhone Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 90 points

Initial guess was Burgundy due to the elegance but a closer analysis made me guess a Northern Rhone. So it was quite a surprise to me that it was a CDP. Pure and fruity without the barnyardy/funky elements which I hate. Pretty good wine, at least for my taste.

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Red

2000 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà

Nebbiolo more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 91 points

Again this shows how Barolo/Barbaresco from top producers need many many years before softening. Decanted for 1-2 hours before drinking, this was tightly knit with bruising tannins. Surprise for a Barbaresco but not a surprise from Giacosa. Excellent potential here from the dry extract and a complete wine. Not so enjoyable at the moment, tt just needs time, plenty of it.

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Red

1998 Yeringberg

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 87 points

Not so expressive on the nose but definitely could pass off as a Bordeaux, perhaps St Julien? I think the only hint that this is a Aussie is the sweetness right at the finish. Other than that this is a rather accomplished Bordeaux blend and drinking well now though it would not win any prizes for complexity or depth.

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Red

2000 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 87 points

I am just a tad underwhelmed by this bottling. There's a certain stemminess and bitter finish here which led me to guess '97. Also it lacks a certain precision for this higher altitude vineyard. Nonetheless the Chambolle character was here and definitely with good mouth-filling extract. Pretty nose but lacks finesse and purity.

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Red

2004 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

Pinot Noir more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 88 points

Blinded, I guessed a '04 Grand Cru. Bricking on the rims. The green herbaceous aromas of 2004 was present though not overwhelmingly strong in the beginning. Other than that the palate was intense, structured and very clean. The intensity and overall depth led me to guess a Grand Cru though I couldn't pinpoint the exact village as the greenness did mask other aspects of the terroir. A vintage marked wine rather than terroir. Quite enjoyable drinking now though unfortunately at the end of the dinner the nose became overwhelmingly green and herbal.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne

Champagne Blend more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 90 points

From a unique 500ml bottle. I must be admit to be rather taken to this Champagne. Bright golden, not much bubbles. More like a still wine. Very good acidity but not overwhelming and a superb lasting finish. Good mid-palate intensity and quite moreish. I like that its not so toasty or too citrusy. I guess its practically impossible to make a bad Champagne in this great vintage.

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White - Off-dry

1990 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #2

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

4/30/2015 - Dbrane wrote: 90 points

Wow it was more than 2 years ago since I last had this. From my prior note, it seemed like nothing has changed. Still golden, vibrant acidity though this time it did seem sweeter than before. But still the acidity kept everything in check. I think I need 5 more years before I touch the next bottle!

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