Beat your 2016 WOTY Dinner

Tasted December 15, 2016 by CamWheeler with 477 views

Flight 1 (15 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
94 points
Apple, melon, ginger, peach and a floral lift - quite expressive and impressive already. Powerful fruit through the palate, with a good acid profile providing some lift. Good definition and depth. Lovely wine and more time will obviously serve it well.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
93 points
Graphite, pear, apple, grapefruit and lemon aromas. Pure and layered on the palate, there is a tinge of sweetness to the fruit which works really well. Great length and carry.
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White
1975 Pewsey Vale Vineyard Rhine Riesling Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Eden Valley
90 points
Sealed under both cork and screwcap ... Golden orange coloured. Floral musk, orange, earth and some light kerosene. Quite mild on the palate, there is some some acidity around. Medium length and feels to be in good condition. With air it ramped up quickly to show more interest and then slowly faded back down. Great to try.
White
2009 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
flawed
Unfortunately has gone too far down the premox path.
White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Montrachet Grand Cru
98 points
Served blind. Bursts from the glass with flint, spices, apple, peach, a crystalline lemon element and a real saline element. The palate asserts superb presence, with texture, stunning depth and a beautiful mineral shine that pervades the entirety of the wine. Supreme balance and length. The power and intensity of Montrachet and the mastery and control of Chardonnay by Ramonet presents a compelling and unforgettable package.
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White
2009 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
93 points
Popcorn, mandarin, flint and some peach. While this shows more ripeness than the 2011 that was by its side, it does have good acid balance to temper the fruit power and lovely depth. Doesn't sacrifice its character for fullness.
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White
2011 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
96 points
This shows more restraint and brightness than the 2009 it was next to. Flint, white florals, spice, lemon and minerals. Great piercing acidity lifts the fruit up a level. Serious structure, with the depth of fruit to match. Has great shape and precision, this is brilliant!
Red
2003 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
90 points
Cherry, licorice, blackcurrant and some funky earthy notes, there is a light roasted nut character but it isn't too obtrusive. The palate is a nice mix of savoury and sweet, medium length and some nice textural notes. In a good spot now and over the shorter term.
Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
93 points
Blind. Light nose of herb, some smoke, cherry and earthy spices. The palate is restrained and shows a real delicate touch, there is a high toned red fruit note that is delicious. Amazing how silky and elegant it is for a 2003, but when it is revealed as Rousseau, the magic element becomes clear.
Red
2005 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
92 points
Bottled in June 2009. Cedar, mint, redcurrant, menthol and some charcoal as well. Quite sweet fruit initially on the palate, but then a real savoury element sweeps through the mid palate. Young but feels quite open and there is plenty to like about this already.
Red
2006 Alvaro Palacios Priorat L'Ermita Spain, Catalunya, Priorat
93 points
Raspberry, redcurrant, graphite, roses and strawberry aromas - very red tinged and beautifully pure on the nose. The palate is in a similar vein, with a delicacy and finesse that shines through, even with the tannin structure also asserting some control. Fantastic length and vibrancy, this was a really pleasant encounter and one that I hope to try again sometime in the future.
Red
1982 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
flawed
Corked.
Red
2001 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
91 points
Licorice, red currant, cherry, ash and peppery notes on the nose. Quite strict on the palate, there is a coiled element to the fruit that is waiting to burst forward. I think more time here would be of great help.
Red
2008 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo
93 points
Cherry, toast, ash, roses and blackberry on the nose. The palate is rather bright, with plenty of fine tannins lining up in support. Really good length and flow, there is even an element of refreshment to it. All fits together very nicely.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Gilette Crème de Tête France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
90 points
Apricot, orange, coconut and marmalade on the nose. The palate is nicely resolved and balanced, with the sweetness taking a secondary role. Good length and while it might not have the depth of a truly great Sauternes, it was still a delight.
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