Manresa

Los Gatos, Ca.

Tasted May 24, 2018 by Mrbuzz with 122 views

Flight 1 - Pre-dinner at Paul B's house (8 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
93 points
Intense 2002 citrus acidity, very fresh and just the slightest of ox notes...creamed up better as it opened, but seems to need some serious time. Nice florals and smoky minerality, honey ginger mousse...in need of some aged polish. +pts
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White
2010 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne-Aligoté France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Aligoté
89 points
HUGE stank sulphur nose, more so then the last couple bottles I've had... really need to air out. Under the stank, there is some nice freshness of lemon, pitted orchard fruits, grapefruit...chalky saline minerals, caramel cream...yet doesn't have the well roundedness like Chardonnay...more sharp edges. Get past the stank nose, and it an ok for Aligote.
White
2007 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Vireuils France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
95 points
Wonderful Roulot...creamy with lemon/lime blossom florals, crushed limestone, slight match strike, orange peel, precise and focused fresh acidity...loved this!
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White
1993 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Still holding on! Ripe yellow fruits, bruised apple, honeycomb spice, smoked vanilla bean reduction...little vein of lemon acidity holding on...aged ox notes and dried honey showing. The oldest Marcassin I've had...seen better days, but still a fun drink.
Red
1978 Inglenook Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
Great bottle...still alive and fresh with well integrated plum, cassis, cherry fruits...dusty old cellar cedar, tobacco, licorice, mint/euc ala Martha's...smooth polished tannins, still with some kick left.
Red
1988 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
96 points
What a treat! Perfectly stored bottle...silky and pure dark berry fruits, cherry skin freshness, seamless, haunting aromas of dried flowers, tilled herb garden, cigar wrapper, sous bois...deep and engaging wine.
Red
2013 Xavier Gerard Côte-Rôtie La Landonne France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
95 points
100% Syrah, big beast of a wine, yet still posses that seamless purity like the 15 reg just had. Not as floral as the 15, as there is no viognier here...darker liqueured berries, meatier with deep black pepper, earth spices, licorice, tobacco, smoked cherry, olive...dusty tannic grip, iron and minerals, yet still allows you to enjoy now, but with better things to come!
Red
1978 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
80 points
Seen better days...oxidative plum, earth dust, leather, dried roses, no pretty spices or freshness left in the old dude.

Flight 2 - Coche flight at Manresa (3 notes)

White
2004 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
98 points
Had with the 10...HUGE sulfur reduction on the nose, needed a good decant and air to integrate...and it integrated like a champ! Amazing richness. power yet so precise and focused...LOVE the smoked reduction and subtle wood spice that is so Coche...and pureness of the orchard fruit, crushed stones, floral pretties...so much cream, yet so energized. Flat out amazing!
White
2010 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
100 points
Awe inspiring wine! Had with the 04...started out pretty coiled and subtle, no reduction like the 04 had...but BOY did this wine snowball into and avalanche with some air and time! Amazing subtle power and elegance...the purest of pure fruits, seamless and perfectly ripe and creamy, yet energized with the very florals citrus acidity. Tons of chiseled minerals, kaleidoscope of spices, truffle, white flowers...just gigantic in every which way by the end of the night. As good as white Burgundy gets, and should only get better! Can't help but give this a perfect score now, yet will deserve even higher.
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White
2013 Coche-Dury Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
94 points
This wine fascinated me...had with the 04/10 CC...it was definitely the more exotic and riper of the 3 Coche wines...creamy with tropical fruits, and a cool orange streak in it, that actually gained in lift, and peacocked out with an array of citrus oil perfume. Again, still had great energy and crushed minerals to go with the riper fruits...not a "Perrieres" as I've had with the intense minerality from the vineyard...well integrated sweetness and subtle dusty wood spice...was at peak at end of the night.
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Flight 3 (3 notes)

White
2013 Weingut Keller Riesling G-Max Germany, Rheinhessen
94 points
Beautifully concentrated, yet with a lightness and tingle of acidity, to go along with the petrol and perceived sweetness, that's totally dry. Not as massively exotic as the 09...nice array of nectarine and peach, green tea, smoked herbs, citrus oils. Fresh acidity that seems a little mellow, yet still possessing great balance and tasty Riesling flavors. Not the epiphany as the 09 was for me though.
White
2014 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
98 points
This will be MONUMENTAL in 10+years! Tight and chiseled with penetrating fresh lemon/lime acidity and crushed geology. Amazing how soft, yet massive this wine can be? Air and a little warmer temp opened it up, showing the classic waxiness, creamy pear and grapefruit tartness...subtle salty sea air, cold steel, herbs...amazing cut and clarity. LOVE LOVE this wine!+pts
White
2005 Jean-François Ganevat Côtes du Jura Les Vignes de Mon Père France, Jura, Côtes du Jura
94 points
Clean and extremely fresh with vibrant citrus, quince, candid pineapple...good dose of crushed minerals, slight petrol(clean), sea air salinity. Creamy texture, little wax, fresh flowers...and just a hint of that slight sherry ox you get in the Jura. Really tasty wine!

Flight 4 - Lone red at Manresa (1 note)

Red
2005 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
99 points
Had the 88 earlier in the day, which was amazing...but blown away by this 05! The most amazing liqueured red berry fruits, exotic potpourri of spices(Vosne spice and red Chambolle perfume)...SO silky smooth and elegant, yet with a sneaky powerful youthfulness that will continue to help this age effortlessly. Deep and mesmorizing flavors of red licorice, exotic smoked woods, dusty white pepper, charcuterie...all balanced and plush to perfection. I have to have some of this in the cellar!
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