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.
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.
2/6/2015 8:07:00 PM - Thanks you your message. My passion for wine and my early years teaching and writing allow me to have fun with the tasting notes.
I love your notes - especially the 02 Leflaive BBM, "This is crystalline minerality from Poseidon's spear luxuriating in the mouth ". I think that is the best thing I have ever read.
11/1/2013 2:28:00 AM - Took your advice Englishman's Claret and picked up a couple of the '09's. The '10's are due to arrive any day now. Interesting to hear that you found the '09 more typical in style. I will have to pop the corks on them both in the coming weeks to compare notes.
10/23/2013 4:04:00 AM - I see you have a number of different vintages of Talbot. I have a couple of bottles of the 2010 on order. I've heard good things about it. Let me know your thoughts on it when you have tasted it.
9/4/2013 2:53:00 PM - Looks like you are having a great 2013 on your mission to drink good old Bordeaux. I would like to try and put together a Boston area offline this fall/winter. Would you like to help? I have a couple of folks I can recruit but need a group of 8 or so for a proper tasting event.