Onklers Grand Cru Tasting Spring 2018

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Tasted April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018 by Torchy with 254 views

Introduction

The theme of the tasing was Chardonnay! To round it of four red, blinds and a sweet wine was presented.

Flight 1 - Champagne opening (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
2012 Leclerc Briant Champagne Grand Cru Pure Cramant Blanc de Blancs Brut Zero France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
88 points
Biodynamic. Golden. Small bubbles. Nose with hints of yellow fruit, spices and freshly cut grass. Palate has green apples, one dimensional. Long and sour exit. Sub optimal bottle?
White - Sparkling
N.V. Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Cote de Bechalin France, Champagne
90 points
Round and pleasant nose with some spices and anonymous fruit. The palate has sweet ripe apples and some sweet yeast. Pleasant!

Flight 2 - Chablis (3 notes)

White
2012 François Raveneau Chablis France, Burgundy, Chablis
90 points
Nose with match / flint. Mineral, with hints of salt and sea. Significant grapefruit on the palate, which becomes rounder and more balanced with air. Medium viscous. Long.
White
2009 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
91 points
A very pure and clean expression. Youthful and healthy. Clementine peel on the nose. Mineral. Medium viscous palate and medium length. Wet stone in the mouth, not that much fruit. Elegant.
White
2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
93 points
Yellow with a green shear. Yellow fruit, apple core. Developing tremendously with air, and round spice tones appear. Extremely fresh acid. Yellow fruit, freshly cut pineapple. Something tropical. Complex and balanced.

Flight 3 - Angerville (2 notes)

White
2012 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Meursault 1er Cru Santenots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
89 points
Gentle spices. Lots of fragrances without me having the ability to identify something special. Fresh, long and almost spicy. Eventually some petrol, oil and more acid. Lemon zest.
White
2015 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Meursault 1er Cru Santenots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
92 points
Nose with fresh baked buns, butter and popcorn. Round and harmonious, with spices but less spicy than '12. Long. Dense and concentrated. With air, burned popcorn and rubbery notes appear.

Flight 4 - Montrachet (2 notes)

White
2015 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
92 points
Fresh with a floral nose. White fruits and flowers. Extremely clean and balanced. A very clean and clear expression. Hints of citrus / grapefruit.
White
2010 Château de Puligny-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
92 points
Round nose with sour dairy products. Some grapefruit. Good length and round fruit on the palate. Aftertaste that lasts forever with watery thin sliced lemon.

Flight 5 - Blain Gagnard et Bonneau du Martray (3 notes)

White
2014 Blain-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet
89 points
Nice and clean. Peach, apricot and candied fruit. Medium length.
White
2014 Blain-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
91 points
Salted butter. Hints of popcorn and spices on the palate. Concentrated and sharp. With air comes more complex tones and flavors. Hint of licorice, and the wine becomes more lively. Spice.
White
2012 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
94 points
Opens with burned rubber and bicycle wheels. Hint of spruce, juniper and resin. Petro and Pinesol. All of the above on the nose. The palate is similar with additions of spices and licorice. A fascinating, complex and sumptuous wine

Flight 6 - US Chardonnay (3 notes)

White
2014 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
87 points
Round nose with hint of mint. Pinesol and fresh forest. The palate is similar, and appears to have a little too much soap. With added air comes fuel and burnt rubber. Too young?
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White
2014 Kongsgaard Chardonnay USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Clean! Cool and clear nose. Light and airy spices. Lots of and a massive taste. Spices, honey tones and flowers. Tea bag in the final.
White
2014 Kongsgaard Chardonnay The Judge USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Leather on the nose. Butter tones and popcorn. American movie theater. Extremely dense on the palate, almost sweet. Ends with butter. With air come loads of nuances, presented with concentration and precision. A pleasant wine to drink. However, does not defend the price difference from the Kongsgaard Chardonnay. This one is 100 bucks up!

Flight 7 - Blind reds (4 notes)

Red
2010 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro Italy, Sicily, Sicilia
90 points
Blind! Light red transparent. Honey tones and light juicy fruit. Sweet. Candy. Candy tones formally leaps out of the glass. The palate is similar and with sour fruit/redcurrants. At the same time a little structure that confuses a bit. Guessed Gamay and Beajoulais. Had never guessed Sicily.
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Red
2015 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
92 points
Blind! Dark red, clear. Nose with cherry and leather. Swedish General snuff (snus). The palate has cool fruit, is clear and precise with some spices. Again there is a certain structure. Guessed Tuscany, but should have gone to Burgundy.
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Red
2005 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Spain, La Rioja, Rioja
92 points
Dark black red. Looks very young. Delicious and full nose with dark fruit. Strong taste, dark fruit with hints of leather and some black currant.
Red
2013 Bonneau du Martray Corton France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
89 points
Blind. Sweet, clean and clear fruit on the nose. Sweet cherries and some leather. a bit powerful in the mouth with blood, iron and metal. A structure that dries a little.

Flight 8 - Happy ending (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
94 points
Amber. Complex nose with nuts, honey, wax, brown sugar and a ripe fruit platter. Extremely balanced palate. A dessert in itself. Raisins, nuts, light alcohol and caramel.
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Flight 9 - Closing remarks (1 note)

Red
2015 Weingut Keller Spätburgunder Trocken 'S' Germany, Rheinhessen
90 points
Good wine. Clear fruit. Precise.
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