Loser Pays for Dinner - 1999 - 2012 N. Rhone Blind Tasting


Tasted February 21, 2019 by TheLittleHorse with 90 views


The theme of this tasting was centered on N. Rhone, with 7 wines from 1999 to 2012, all tasted blind and ranked accordingly. The person who's bottle comes last pays for dinner, while if anyone ranks their own wine last, must bring a champagne to the next event. The somm at Giando's did a great job serving all wines from decanter thus eliminating the possibility of guessing wines from bottle shape and any exposed capsules.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

2003 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
70 points
Tasted blind. My last, group's 3rd. Incredibly oaky, modern and polished on the nose. Very dry and sweet palate. This is less about syrah and more about how Guigal was unable to coax any balance from this vintage and in general, their heavy handed approach ruins the varietal expressions.
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2012 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
92 points
Tasted blind, my 1st, group's 6th. I am not a good blind taster but right off the bat I was able to identify this as Allemand because of the lovely silky core concentration on the palate, pure dark red fruits and oh so smooth finish. The nose had olives and spices but just a touch of heat that sometimes can emerge from Allemand's wines in warmer vintages which I think, controversially, can mean that the Chaillots are the better wines than the Reynard's in these types of conditions.
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2010 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas
90 points
Tasted blind, my 4th, group's last. There is really no point in opening most 2010 Northern Rhones now and this especially. I did get promising notes of spice, mint, menthol, dark fruit and olives but it felt so shut and unexpressive at this point.
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2011 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
93 points
Tasted blind, my 2nd, group's 2nd! Now we are getting somewhere! The nose had a lovely red fruit and mint sensation with some spices that was fairly expressive. Medium body, red fruit, super elegant palate, spice. Although the Allemand concentration sucked me in to give that wine top spot, I think this ultimately showed better balance so I give it one higher point. Also I'm biased because this was my contribution to the tasting.
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2003 Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
51 points
Tasted blind, my 6th, group's 3rd! As I tasted through the wines, it was very obvious that wine number 1 (what turned out to be the 03 Guigal) and this, number 7, were by far the worst wines and for me, basically undrinkable and it was difficult to decide which was worse. Nose showed heat, was dry and alcoholic. Now since the wine was relatively popular, I think it shows how subjective tastes can be and if you like these 'bigger' and more 'manufactured' types of wines, then it might be for you.
White - Sparkling
2003 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses France, Champagne
91 points
From magnum. Disgorged August 2012. Probably the best 2003 champagne I have tasted - honey biscuit, nuts, good acidity (pretty surprising), warm yellow fruit. Thanks to the loser of the last blind tasting for bringing this.
2001 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
88 points
Tasted blind, my 3rd, group's 1st. Nose had olives, dark fruits, not bad and no sense of heat or oak. Palate showed decent balance with acidity, sharp focus and game. I was really surprised this was a Guigal and possibly because the wine was opened the day before, aided in its better showing.
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2000 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
83 points
Tasted blind, my 5th, group's 5th! The nose had a decent menthol and mint expression but not much else, with some funk, mint and medium bodied red fruit style but didn't really show a lot of 'syrah' characteristics but at the same time wasn't imbalanced. Was ok.
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