Tasting of 100PP wines

Restaurant Bottles, Sas van Gent

Tasted March 14, 2014 by jkoenen with 521 views

Introduction

Peter challenged us to bring a 100PP-wine. And one other bottle that could be memorable.
All wines tasted blind, not in flights, but one after another.
Was too busy enjoying, so I confined myself to scoring the wines on a 100-point-scale and scribbling some keywords.

Flight 1 - Opening flight (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
97 points
pure, very complex, tension, full of fruit. Fantastic.
White - Sparkling
2002 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons France, Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
Classic, yeasty, oxidative style, exciting, length and focus
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White - Sparkling
1990 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut France, Champagne
93 points
Amber color, fading bubbles, vinous and round, oxidative yet interesting. Decline?

Flight 2 - White wines (10 notes)

White
2009 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
97 points
Intoxicating nose, very demanding and in your face, full of nerve, concentration and class. High alcohol is perceptible, but not troublesome at the moment. Beautiful.
Was surprised this turned out to be an SB.
White
2009 Château Pape Clément Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
94 points
High octane wine, lots of oak, generous, great detail, nose is relatively shy now. Seems very young. It's a beast.
White
2007 Domaine Gauby Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Coume Gineste France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
97 points
Mineral, elegant, remarkable balance! This is extremely good. Felt like an elegant White Rhone.
White
1992 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
98 points
Full bodied and fat, laced with wonderful minerality and feminine elegance. Top class acidity, balance and harmony. Although this wine still feels a bit young and nervous (!), it's drinking perfectly right now. Stupendous wine.
White
1986 Camille Giroud Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
90 points
Big, complex. Slightly too old IMHO, drying out. Still very nice, yet more 'interesting' than 'tasty'.
White
2006 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
92 points
Candyshop, hot finish, larger than life, slightly flabby. Great tropical fruit cocktail though, there is good definition on the palate.
White
2011 Claudy Clavien (La Cave des Champs) Fendant Switzerland, Valais
88 points
This fell out of the line-up. Strange wine, hard to denominate its nuances. Grassy and herbal like an SB. Or a GruVe. Okay wine.
White
2010 Fogdog Chardonnay Sonoma Coast USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
95 points
High alcohol, too. But it's more integrated in the wine. Great stuffing, complexity. Extremely tasty and palatable. Gorgeous chardonnay. Seems like an excellent QPR to me.
White
2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc De L'Orée France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
95 points
Shy and maybe closed at the moment. I could feel the tension and quality, though. Gorgeous bitterness in the finish. Fine acidity, really elegant, too. But it's all covered by its immense concentration and bulky stature.
White
2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
97 points
Crisp, young, nervous, oily, citrous, tropical fruit, hint of bazaar. All of this is unbelievably well judged and balanced. Rock star of a wine.

Flight 3 - Red wines (18 notes)

Red
2007 Vérité La Joie USA, California, Sonoma County
98 points
Wide open and flattering. Awesome wine that impresses by its refinement and charme. Which is quite an achievement considering its concentration and multilayered stature. Bravo.
Red
1982 Casa Ferreirinha Douro Barca Velha Portugal, Douro
96 points
Captivating. Old-fashioned style, which I adore. Especially when served in this company. Touch of brett, outdoorsy, beautiful spicy seasoning, fresh black and red fruit play a humble but important role. Great wine.
Red
2006 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
94 points
Extraction (too much?), tannines still drying. tasty oak, wonderful black fruit. Needs time. Hopefully the fruit survives.
Red
2010 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
91 points
Sweet, candied black fruit nose. Way to tannic. Clenched aromatics, muddy, cloudy, unyielding wine. All about structure now. Not experienced enough to see the promise in this.
Red
1990 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
99 points
Mindblowingly precise and complex. This stuff left me speachless. Peak drinking now, cruising through its midlife. Insane wine.
Red
2001 Greenock Creek Shiraz Apricot Block Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
95 points
Wonderfully pure in its fruit, developing some maturation depth and compexity now. Very modern, very well made, very beautiful. Great wine.
Red
2007 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Kirsch, honeycoated peanuts, big and bold. Could use some more depth, more dimensions.
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Red
2001 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
Sweetish nose, palate searching for direction. Slightly clumsy and disjointed. Finish is marked by alcohol. All the ingredients seem to be there, but it needs finetuning.
Felt disappointed when the wrap came off... Always thought that this would be up my alley. Difficult phase?
Red
1994 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
Mature, yet full of potential. Strong tannic frame, which merely accentuates the long finish. A great Napa-Cabernet with a distinguished and traditional feel.
Red
2007 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
Gorgeous, luxurious nose of black fruit, spices, oak and damp earth. Alas, in the mouth its marred by alcohol and a clumsy, disjointed mouthfeel. Trying too hard to impress.
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Red
2007 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja Spain, Aragón, Campo de Borja
96 points
Open, friendly and very compelling. Spectacular purity of nuances and lots of juiciness and fun. Liked it a lot better than the C9dP's we had tonight...
Red
2005 Colgin Cariad USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
This was wild, big and classy, but not giving all it's got... unfortunately. I think it would have done better when given more time in the decanter. Now it showed its darker, gloomy side. Brooding, tannic and backward. And a bright future.
Red
2003 E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
86 points
Murky, dirty laundry, dry ditch, disjointed. Discussion in the group whether this is an off-bottle or that this presentation is a result of the scorching vintage and its roasted fruit.
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Red
2004 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
94 points
Massive wine, but some elegance and sense of place is starting to peek through... Plum, black cherry, pepper, roasted herbs, compost. Yum.
Red
2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
99 points
Wow.. Those QC wines always take me by surprise... Didn't saw this one coming and it knocked me out of my boots. Blackberrypuree, kirsch, sandalwood, black tea, dark chocolate, dry-aged beef and fantastic tannines that give way to an everlasting succulence throughout the finish. Number one wine.
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Red
2004 Artadi Rioja Viña el Pisón Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
93 points
Interesting mixed presentation: combining old- and new world characrteristics. Generous use of oak, clear acidic presence, bright cherry and also some prune-pie nuances. Very good wine, but clearly outshined by its predecessor.
Red
2008 Bodegas Luis Cañas Rioja Reserva Selección de Familia Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alavesa, Rioja
91 points
Succulent, friendly, slightly one-dimensional, but well-crafted. Had no idea where this was from... Very good wine though.
Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac
95 points
Very intense wine, a little rough 'round the edges, probably very young. Opulent mouthfeel, sweet tannines which need to inegrate. Clearly cabernet dominated. Bordeaux or Napa...? Dunno.
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Flight 4 - Sweet wines (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
96 points
Bright gold, fat, complex, tropical swirl, waxy, vanilla, pepper, ginger, mandarin, powerful. Drinking great now.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
96 points
More elegant, more finesse. Fruit has a wonderful candied lemon-and-lime touch. Palate is very creamy and mouthfilling. More crystalline and feminine, probably more complex, but my palate is almost shot by now...
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Closing

Again, we had a fantastic evening in Restaurant Bottles, courtesy to Peter for putting it all together and to Jens and his crew for hosting and serving us a lovely diner.

Personal WOTN: Montrose 1990 and Quilceda Creek 2005 (ex aequo), followed closely by Bonneau du Martray's 1992 Corton-Charlemagne.
Other wines to look out for: Gauby Coume Gineste, Phelps Fogdog, Alto Moncayo.