From magnum, clear, pure, precise. A pleasure to drink as an acidic, palate-cleansing white, but no depth or complexity to speak of. Briords can go through a transition from mildly juicy, almost sweet, to bone dry-powerfully pungent. I can't tell if the 05 is in the transition phase or wearing out. Good wine, in any event; drink at cool room temperature for best results. Like many Loire wines (and wines in general), shines brightest with food.
Absolutely true to form: on first opening this was reserved, austere, even wan. Two glasses passed that way, leaving a faint impression of lemon oil. Ninety minutes in the fuse on the fireworks was sizzling. Zippy aromas and flavors that called to mind citrus orchards and the seaside had begun to build. I fully expect this to be a completely different wine in a day, with all sorts of added weight and dimension. When will I learn that it really is best to open these one day before drinking? Hard to believe this is nine year old Melon de Bourgogne. This bottle has aged as slowly as great Chablis.
The nose shows some lemony and and underripe pear fruit, some milky lees influence, a whiff of white flowers, and a huge lashing of seaspray, developing a bit of a honeyed note with air. There's initially a burst of lemony fruit in the mouth, but it almost immediately gives way to a powerful oceany, rocky mineral character that drives straight through to the finish. Absolutely fantastic with a squid/bottarga dish, where the pairing sets off a mineral firecracker. Wonderful Muscadet.
Wow, I haven't had a sound bottle of this in 6 years. Still light yellow. Seashell and some lemon. Definitely has an extra level of gloss and sheen for a Muscadet with enough glycerine that it deceives you into thinking that it has some residual sugar, which it does not. Rich and fresh, going strong at age 9.
Opened for the family July 4th celebration, from magnum. Hard to judge: a little too dry and feature-less for my taste out of the bottle, but smooths and rounds with time to become texturally subtle and interesting, with sufficient fruit and viscosity to balance. Leftovers the following day were quite tired. May be best to keep drinking these bit bottles at group events over the next year or so, rather than keeping them.
Fitzi's note got me concerned. Kind of forgot about these in the cellar so opened one tonight. Color is light yellow, no deepening of the color to suggest age. The nose is faint, maybe some hay and the palate is more structure than fruit. There is a nice mineral-y after taste. I like
Finished our 750s of this wine. At first, it tasted slightly madeirized, but, with extended air time, it bounced back very nicely to give a mid-weight white of no great flavor or aromatic complexity, but very good purity, intensity and depth. I obviously don't understand how this wine develops over long periods in the cellar.
I've been racing through my 750s recently, because of an oxidized-ish one we opened a couple of months ago. My last bottle was very good, though, and this one pretty much kicked ass: appealingly smooth texture, undergirded by a surprisingly stiff spine of sneaky acidity. Hard not to glug. The acidity made it a good pair with home-baked sourdough bread, toasted with melted mozarella and spicy tomato sauce.
From magnum at Thanksgiving: this wine from large format is in a very nice place now, the slight roundness of the vintage and prominent Muscadet acidity in harmonious counterpoint. Medium-light bodied, it's intensity nevertheless makes it a good pairing for the TG table. Will these bottles continue to improve? Can't say. But there's no reason not to dig into them now. Will try an 05 Clisson magnum at the next family gathering.
This wine showed an off note upon opening, hinting at oxidation. It passed, and the wine showed pleasantly enough on its own and at the outset of dinner, rather light, decent acidity, but lacking the interest and goodness you tend to look for in a Briords. The off-note re-emerged in the leftovers the following day.
Will open another soon to test, and if similar, finish off my remaining bottles. Luneau-Papain L d'Or 2005, by contrast, is just blooming.
Mucho vino at the 15th annual birthday jeebus. (Joe's.): Ripe and a bit more plump than other less hot vintages, but absolutely delightful. The citrus is more orange than in other vintages and there's a bit of stone fruits making an appearance, but the usual salinity and oyster shell is there too. Nicely intense, if a bit less crisp than usual. A-/B+.
I guess this wine has become an annual bottle. The wine continues to get dryer-tasting and, as it does, it seems to wield a kind of reverberating power in the mouth. This is my recollection of how the basic Pepiere develops if allowed enough time. Residual overt, llightly rough-textured acidity dissipates after the first day, leaving a smooth, still tight-ish feeling package for the second day. Nice salty minerality, medium-light body. At 12%, an easy wine to drink in quantity.
Served from magnum with appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. Incredibly youthful, showing no signs of age. Lemon zest, ocean water, minerals. At least in the magnum format, this really needs more time, as it still had plenty of youthful cut (even for an '05) and I'd imagine this will gain in complexity and richness with time.
Time has clarified the aromas and flavors here, and the edges are rounded now. Especially on day two, there are lovely seashell aromas and citrus oils, like grapefruit. The palate is balanced and has a bit of grain in the texture. A bit broad perhaps, not as focused I imagine as some other recent vintages will be as they age, but this is lovely wine.
This wine is really firing on all cylinders...While it may be a bit ripe and tropical per 05, it also has great balance, surprisingly acceptable acidity, and good minerality. I'm happy to have a few more of these. Super enjoyable.
Since 5 years ago this has settled down a bit, but still has plenty of mineral acidity. Fruit has no green notes as was evident in '07 and there's more weight and a rounder tropical-leaning profile. While the open light saline texture has receded, this remains a gorgeous food friendly (grilled shrimp/aioli and a burrata/tomato salad) wine.
A unique sweet pungent nose, containing aromas of lemon, brine, nuttiness and melon. The wine has developed much in depth and concentration from my last tasting about 14 or so months ago. Velvety in the mouth. A nice finish, with the same nuances as the nose. Pairs very nicely with scallops. Score 91-92.
This bottle was pleasantly open, showing considerable depth and dry intensity, nested in a matrix of freshening, almost sweetish acidity reminiscent of the young 2009 Briords. Will be interesting to observe where these bottles go from here.
WOW. This wine has gained so much depth and complexity it marvels. Soaring aromas of lemon marmalade, nutty and floral. The palate is deep and penetrating. A wine that simply blows me away. Most thought this was 1er Cru Chablis.
Youthfully light and clear. A vigorous acid-mineral thrust gives way to a broad and floral Muscadet with cantaloupe fruit and faint manure in the background. This is classic enough to satisfy a fix, while being lush enough to perhaps convert a few Melon-haters. Complete, ageworthy wine, something almost impossible to find under $15.
This has developed into a subtly complex wine that rewards close attention. It no longer has the brash acidity of young Muscadet (even in '05), instead it unfolds its green fruits and stonyness on a harmonious and creamy palate. Delicious.
Brimming with up-front melon and floral aromas. Nothing demure or reticent about this. Big and long on the palate, too, a whoosh of flavor. I think I can tell that it's the '05, primarily due to a bit less acidity than I'm used to, though I certainly wouldn't call it deficient. I'm really amazed at how robust this is in just about every dimension.
A gift that really paid. We were supposed to drink it with dinner, but it went too fast. Four muscadet virgins, all agreed it was terrific. Good acidity, enough to balance the richness. Lots of depth. Briny, but floral, citrusy, wow. Wish I had some to age.
This is kind of fascinating. There's that briny rainwater thing going on, but there's also something of an old vine sappiness now that the wine has been open ~5 hours. It's an interesting juxtaposition that a few years in the cellar has brought out. Really nice; serves as a great reminder to drink more Muscadet- young, old, and in between.
This is really showing beautifully right now. Still extremely fresh, there are no signs of age on this at all. However, it is softer, showing some rainwater notes versus the chiseled saline minerality of some vintages. It was sublime with ahi tuna in a lime and soy based sauce, but pretty damn delicious when we polished off the bottle later on by itself. I have one more bottle, which I'll hold for curiosity, but it will be difficult to not pull the cork in the short term.
(mag)Rounder/softer acids than the ’04, but still enough to keep it energized. Enough Muscadet minerals to please rockheads, but enough fruit to please the more mainstream (some found the ’04 too austere). B+/A-
This remains delicious. I think the acid is less evident, not because of any deficiency (hardly) but because the fruit has become rounder. Still liquid rocks. Nice match for grilled halibut steaks, and for many things.
What a lovely wine. Crisp, clean lemony sea-breeze mist with limestone minerality galore. Showing some development in that it only takes 30min or so to open up instead of the 3 hours of austerity of my last bottle. Still quite youthful in vivacity. Drink and hold.
This bottle did not give up much on the nose, even after decanting. But what was there had nothing whatsoever to do with fruit, and I mean that in the best possible way: shells and quinine. The palate has softened considerably in the last year, fleshing out and putting on weight, but there's still plenty of cut. Nevertheless, I think the best days are yet to come for this wine.
Drinking beautifully right now, and went perfectly with sauteed sole; crisp, minerally, still some lemon zing going on, slight heft on the mid-palate -- all that for $11? Best bottle of the case, with half a case to go... Will hold one to check out at the 10 year mark... Terrific QPR, terrific wine, vintage after vintage
bright, racy, and just delicious on day 1, with good acidity and balance. very briny, but also good fruit. developed nice herbal flavors on day two, but also became somewhat disjointed. part of normal evolution?
Really good with pasta and white clam sauce. Tonic water and lime, salty mineral nose. In the mouth pretty round and ripe like the 2003, but with air the acidity comes out. Very good now, lots of material and weight for a Muscadet. Finishes with a malty leesy warmth.
Nose of lemon-lime, salt spray, a bit lactic. Atypically round and textured for Briords, but no shortage of freshness or acid. Delicious as always, showing more weight and concentration than previously. While I may have preferred this wine young, bracing and penetrating, it's a bit of a toss-up really. This really goes down easy. Drink or hold.
couldn't resist checking in on this one, especially since dinner was viet-style clams and heirloom tomatoes. the nose burst out of the gate with ripe creamy citrus fruit, and settled in with seashells and pure water. nose shut down a bit after a few hours open. ripe and expressive on the palate with good acidity. Maybe not completely typical as a Muscadet, but lovely wine nonetheless, and worth holding some for the future.
I didn't post a new TN for this when I posted the score, but here's an "update" -- this was drinking pretty well a full week after it was first opened, stored corked in the fridge. Impressive, and a very versatile wine to have open during a busy workweek.
Oyster shells and brine, definitely an "ocean" quality. Palate has mellowed and become more rounded since this was first released, but -- mirroring the nose -- has a oyster brine quality on the finish that is very refreshing.
With grilled oysters at Ft Flagler. A fantastic bottle that was very open and expressive. Transparent, rocky, briny, citrusy fruit. So much material and dry extract that the high acidity is almost buried and unnoticeable. Just terrific wine, in a very good drinking place at the moment.
Lovely pungent nose of quince, gooseberry, kaffir lime and cilantro. Rounder in the mouth than my experience with another Pepiere/Ollivier cuvee last summer and better for it. Extensively decanted on day 1, but didn't hold up so well after that; I'd guess you'd get 3-4 days out of it corked in the fridge after a pop and pour.
Second consecutive bottle of this that's been corked. But at least this time is was somewhat mild. The minerality and bracing quality of the wine still managed to come through a bit -- but still marred by the damned TCA!
A Lazy Summer Afternoon (Hillsborough, CA): Pale yellow. Crisp, salty, sea breeze on the nose. Light, precise, and also saline on the palate. This suffered from being served after the rounder Muller Catoir. I liked it more than the group did, finding it to be a lively, refreshing summer drink (not to mention tremendous value as always).
Not a whole lot to add to recent notes, but while this drinks well now, I really feel it needs some more time to unwind. After two days in the fridge, the remaining half bottle had fleshed out and the acidity was somewhat less aggressive.
Holiday Dinner to welcome Tobias (Denver): Another terrific showing. Brilliant focus with greenish white fruit, saline, minerals and charismatic acidity. Everyone felt this was a perfect match with the mussels.
Enjoyed this in magnum alongside a magnum of 05 Cuvee Eden and regular bottle of 05 Clisson, both from Marc Ollivier, over a table-full of every seafood course offered by the restaurant. Didn't show as well as a magnum consumed a month prior, still possessed the captivating aromatics, but this time seemed slightly flawed. Still young, will try to forget about the remaining 4 magnums.
A subtle and truly elegant wine. The beeswax/honey/clover chord is a soft, pulsing drone atop a wash of saline breeze. It's well balanced and my mouth keeps watering long after I swallow, even though there's nothing remotely tart about this wine. Honey, hazlenut, and lemon play in a rock garden on the finish. Terrific with tilapia draped in a dry rub.
I don't have much to add to the notes already here, but this was just fantastic. At the same time, both drinking brilliantly with superb elegance (best description I can come up with) and obviously tightly wound and in need of time in the cellar. A steal at $13 give or take.
Very dry, bordering on austere, with terrific minerality; opens up to reveal a lovely briny quality. Finish is brisk, loaded with minerals and chalk. What a great value. I've saved some to try tomorrow or in a couple of days.
I know this is infanticide, but I really enjoyed this over 3 nights. Sizzling acidity, mineral and saline notes dominate, but there actually is a surprising ripeness to the fruit underneath. Just lovely
I feel like a sycophant for piling on here, but this is easily the best Muscadet i've ever tasted. Pretty unmemorable the first day, so i recorked and didn't get back to it for awhile. I pulled it out of the fridge three or four days later, and it's just spectacular -- and more than a little reminiscent of a lean, dry chenin blanc. Waxy nose with some honey, citrus and white fruits. Lots of juicy, nearly bracing acidity on the palate with gentle, salty citric fruit, thinning out a bit on the midpalate with lots of mineral. Then a surprisingly full, honeyed finish takes over, with focused acidity cutting through the dense (for a muscadet) extract. This wine needs serious time to unwind, and if you pop and pour right now you will miss most of the show.
the wine had been in a decanter in my fridge for 12+hours before returning it to the bottle. It opened up somewhat at the restaurant. For me this wine is stellar and has wonderful structure and minerality, flavors of lemon peel and essence of the sea.
Perhaps a little lighter on the palate that I've experienced with other vintages, but good refreshing Muscadet nonetheless. My discrete CT scale: 95-extraordinary; 90-very good; 85-good; 80-fair; 75-poor
really great stuff! this wine is more immediately flavorful and satisfying than in previous vintages. nice lemon and wet stone nose, bright, cleansing, citrus and mineral palate. great seafood wine, and it was much better the second day. this is an incredible value, and it might do really well in the cellar too.
A very lean, transparent Clos des Briords, intensely mineral with its characteristic flint and schist, but a little mustiness in the background from something other than cork. Other than that the purity of this wine is an instant palate cleanser, like one of those chewing gum commercials where one taste of it instantly paints your mouth with stalactites and icicles.
Pale straw yellow hue and unfiltered. Aromas that reminded me of toned down Reislings - Pear, apple, petrol. But then the the wine also shows hints of grass and grapefuit. The taste of the wine is distinctly less fruity. The emphasis is now on less ripe fruit, more grapefruit, grass, slate, petrol and mineral. Superb acidity that gives brightness and direction to the wine that continues quite a ways down the palette. I would recommend this wine by itself after 20-30 mins of chilling in the fridge, or with some light salad with feta cheese.
polaner fall 06: i must say that 2005 may be the wrong year for these wines... nice nose of minerals and grass, but the palatte is a bit too rich, lacking the focus and acidity and the alc sticks out...looking at other people's nots i may be off...but i was hoping for more focus
Fresh and clean on the nose, with aromas of minerals, rainwater and faint citrus. Lots of minerality on the palate, with chiseled citrus and stoney flavors. Nicely balanced, though made in a very traditional, rather tense style. Firm acidity. Impressive Muscadet.