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Red

1997 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

7/12/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 93 points

Deep and brooding with a smoky, peppery and red fruited nose. The palate was just a touch austere but offered up more smoky red fruit, black olives, spices, iron, and leather. Very layered and complex, this kept developing in the glass over several hours.

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White - Sparkling

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

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7/11/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 92 points

From magnum. Nicely developed, lightly yeasted nose. Elegant and still quite youthful palate with tart lemons, honey, cinnamon and yeast/bread. Showing good balance and a long finish. Drinking well from this format.

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Red

1982 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/10/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

Popped the cork and it was singing right out of the gate. Super fragrant and expressive nose. Left it in the decanter for a few hours, came back and f*!@ me it's corked! No noticeable TCA on opening.

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White

2008 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes

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7/10/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 88 points

Very bright nose that is all lemony citrus and salt. Great acidity with more citrus, some saline and honeyed on the palate. Light to med body, fresh and young, with a long, dry finish.

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Red

1978 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/27/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

Corked

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Red

1978 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

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6/17/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Riper and richer than the '77 Montelena Napa tasted alongside. More brooding and black fruited. Great structure, at peak and holding up very well.

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Red

1977 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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6/17/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Vibrant dark fruit aromas. Medium to full bodied with supple dark fruits, tobacco, earth, rust/blood and a touch of mint. Holding up well.

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White

2004 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet

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6/14/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

Oxidised, sadly.

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Red

2005 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes

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5/3/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Opening this bottle was a mistake. Tight as nails and completely shut down, it needs several more years.

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Red

1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

4/25/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Wow, what a nose! Complex and meaty aromas of iron, red/dark fruits, and smoke were jumping from the glass. Medium bodied, with a suave, silky texture. This wine kept evolving and and got more layered as it sat in the glass. Combining power and grace, this is fully mature and should cruise for many more years.

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Red

2011 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

5/22/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Bright and fresh. Red fruited on the nose, and red/darker fruits on the palate. Great acidity. Drinking well now, with some upside. No GMs in this bottle.

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Red

2008 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

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5/10/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Slaton below nails it. Drinking very well now, and should even improve slightly over the next few years.

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Red

1983 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/8/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 91 points

Dark fruits, tobacco, and a savoury earthiness. Fully mature and drinking well with supple, medium weight flavours. Margaux wines turned out very well in '83, and this property is very close to Margaux.

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Red

1999 Maison Leroy Bourgogne

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5/10/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

Corked, sadly.

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Rosť - Sparkling

1997 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut

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5/5/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 92 points

Pale salmon coloured. Vibrant nose of strawberries, yeast and walnuts. Mouth filling and medium bodied with crisp acidity. Nice balance, and a long finish.

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White

2004 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet

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2/28/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

My brief note on this reads lemon citrus, drizzle of honey, saline and crushed rocks. This is drinking very well, but maybe not quite at peak.

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Red

2008 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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3/29/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Given the vintage and traditionally-minded producer, this showed just as I was hoping it would be. Red fruited, lower alcohol, a bit funky and spicy. Very silky and savoury, this is drinking very well now.

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Red

2001 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/27/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Dark colour. This started out a little funky but that quickly blew off to reveal an expressive nose of dark fruits, black olives, earth, mocha, and a little green tobacco. Still some firmer tannins but they've softened slightly since last tasted in 2010. Drinking well now, in a youthful way. Still plenty development in store.

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White

2010 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

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3/13/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: 95 points

Clean, and citrusy on the nose with the youthful Raveneau signature of lemon zest and orange blossoms. This was very tight and closed when first opened at the restaurant and hardly opened up over several hours. Medium weight on the palate, with more zesty lemons, oyster shells, and crisp acids. While this has huge structure, it was also very elegant and understated. We took home the last third of the bottle, and it had barely budged when tasted over the next few days. While this was a pleasure to drink, it obviously needs to be left along for several more years to develop.

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White - Sparkling

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

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11/22/2014 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

From magnum - corked

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Red

1973 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

Syrah more

12/16/2014 - dmalcolm wrote: 94 points

This was garnet coloured but very murky. A pop & pour, it was a little reticent upon opening but after 30 minutes really came out of it's shell. The nose was a melange of dark fruits, meats, earth, and funk. Medium weight and savoury flavours of dried fruits, plums and leather, nuts and salted caramel. Held up very well over the course of a few hours.

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White

1996 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

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12/3/2014 - dmalcolm wrote: 93 points

Tremendous Chablis. This was still very fresh and youthful and exhibited great complexity. Honeyed citrus, saline, and mineral flavours abound. Delicious stuff.

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Red

1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah more

12/17/2014 - dmalcolm wrote: flawed

Corked

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Red

1999 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/6/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

A huge wine with dark fruits, espresso, and toasty oak. High octane juice. I found this undrinkable.

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Red

1997 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis

Nebbiolo more

2/18/2015 - dmalcolm wrote: NR

Double decanted 7 hours in advance. Very aromatic nose of candied red fruits, lilacs, roses, perfume and oak. Rich on the palate. Definitely more towards the modern spectrum for barolo. Still several years away from maturity.

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