Drinks at Chez Simo

Chez Simo Bistro - Chicago, IL

Tasted April 1, 2015 by tooch with 294 views


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Flight 1 (8 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Emmanuel Brochet Champagne Le Mont Benoit Extra Brut France, Champagne
91 points
A really nice combination of pears, apples and acidity. Loved the acidity on the palate and the richness of the fruit. Great combination, and I thought this was quite nice.
2014 Liquid Farm Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
89 points
I wasn't down on this wine as much as my friends were. The color was nearly clear (a lot different than other vintages I've tried) but it still had a nice, funky, aromatic profile. The palate was ripe with a hair less acidity than past years. Despite its ripeness, it still had really nice balance.
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Red - Sparkling
2013 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Rosso Viola Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC
90 points
Strawberries, cranberries, and cherries on the nose. The palate was super exciting to me. The red fruits were joined by some light plum and lots of acidity. Would be perfect with burgers in the summer.
2000 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits St. Georges Les Poisets France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
2007 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges Clos des Fourches France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
90 points
A lot of 2007s of late have been in a good drinking spot, but I think this needs more time to open up. You could tell that there's really nice material here and that with 2-3 years it'll become quite nice. Right now, there's some nice berry and floral notes but not a ton more. 90 pts on potential.
2012 Coche-Dury Auxey-Duresses France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Auxey-Duresses
93 points
Brought this blind to a small dinner after decanting it for 2.5 hours. Great combination of berries, spice, florals, and earth. At this point in its evolution, it was a bit of the sweet side but I think that with some more time, there's nothing holding this back from becoming even better. But the price...
1998 Guy Bernard Côte-Rôtie France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
This is why I collect Northern Rhone syrah. The combination of rustic, earthy notes with concentrated fruit and great acidity. This was just about the total package in my opinion. Lots of meaty notes on the nose with exotic floral and earth tones mixed in. The palate was rich, concentrated and perfectly balanced. Lovely stuff.
1982 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
91 points
Liked this quite a bit. Nice nutty, earthy, red-fruited aromas with airy but powerful. The palate was in a great place. Still retains a nice structure, with great spice notes, smokey nuts, cherries, plum, and earth. Can probably go many years.
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