Regular dinner group. Many wines based on the book “1001 wines you must try before you die”.

By EM @ Bottles

Tasted November 2, 2019 by Zweder with 319 views

Introduction

The first three flights were poured blind.
Flight 4 was a leftover of a small tasting done by others in the afternoon and I took the opportunity to have a quick taste.

Flight 1 (1 note)

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
96 points
Elegant white fruits in the bouquet. On the palate beautiful and mild acidity. Some pleasant vanilla and really delicious.
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Flight 2 (12 notes)

White
1998 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
Nutty and tertiary with oxidized impressions. Ok acidity. No score.
White
2013 Rapet Père et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Les Combottes Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses
90 points
Flowers, apple and pear in the bouquet. On the palate white fruits, elegant oak, minerals, beautiful acidity and a good length.
White
2016 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay South Africa, Cape South Coast, Walker Bay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
91 points
Minerals, vanilla and white fruits in the bouquet. Same on the palate, citrus, bitterness and a good length.
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White
2015 A. et P. de Villaine Aligoté Bouzeron France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Bouzeron
90 points
Some candy impressions in the bouquet and on the palate, good acidity, some minerals, sweetness and pleasant bitterness in the finish. 89 – 90
White
2010 Domaine de Montcalmes Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Coteaux du Languedoc
90 points
In the bouquet rustic impressions and minerals. On the palate minerals, good acidity and length and a bit drying. Vanilla and some fat. Ok wine.
White
2015 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Vaucluse Blanc France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Vaucluse
88 points
In the bouquet caramel and marzipan. Same on the palate. Very tasty and a great concentration. A lot of sweetness and there is clear heat from the alcohol, but not everyone seemed to bother. Good acidity as well. I can live with the heat ;-)
White
2014 Domaine de la Grange des Pères Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Blanc France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
93 points
Beautiful and tropical bouquet with grasses and pleasant vanilla. On the palate the same impressions, some sweetness, good acidity and flint stone minerals. Very beautiful wine.
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White
2003 Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Colleción 125 Spain, Navarra
flawed
Corked unfortunately.
White
2013 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Blanc France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
92 points
Beautiful bouquet with citrus and pleasant vanilla from the oak. On the palate ripe fruits, good citrus acidity, length and some pleasant bitterness.
White
2015 DuMOL Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie-Lorenzo Old Vines USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
95 points
Beautiful and complex bouquet with vanilla, flint stone and fresh apple. Same on the palate, elegant, beautiful acidity and minerals, a touch of pleasant sweetness, a bit fat and a good length. Great white wine.
White
2009 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
94 points
Beautiful, focused and refined wine with citrus, minerals, good oak and bitterness and a good length.
White
2013 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
94 points
Beautiful, complex and elegant bouquet. On the palate butter, minerals, a touch of pleasant sweetness and beautiful acidity. Great wine.

Flight 3 (16 notes)

Red
2007 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia Spain, Castilla y León, Toro
92 points
Beautiful bouquet with smoke, dark and some red berries. On the palate red and dark berries, sweet spices, some autumn impressions and good, fresh acidity.
Red
2011 Dominus Napanook Red USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
In the bouquet dark berries and sweet spices like cinnamon. On the palate creamy dark berries and chocolate, vanilla, some earth and autumn impressions, good acidity and full bodied.
Red
2010 Chateau Musar Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
In the bouquet smoke and toast. On the palate dark berries, tar, asphalt, toast and bitterness. Good acidity. Definitely a good wine, but not really my taste. No score.
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Red
2002 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah South Africa, Coastal Region, Franschhoek Valley
91 points
Smoke and chocolate in the bouquet. On the palate juicy dark berries, sweet spices, firm acidity and tannin with still some bite, Some sweetness. Overall a full bodied and tasty wine. Mature and not too old yet.
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Red
1999 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
flawed
Corked unfortunately
Red
2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
96 points
Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with dark berries and good oak. On the palate dark berries, dark chocolate, beautiful acidity, powerful and round tannin. Overall a very luxurious wine which is still hiding all its beauty. On the other hand you can imagine all the potential. For tonight 96 and with an upward potential of several points over the next decade (or more). Wish I had a case…. 96++
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Red
2016 Mas de Daumas Gassac France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
91 points
Creamy bouquet with dark and red berries, leather and blood. Same on the palate, Firm acidity and good tannin. Will improve over the next 4 - 6+ years. 91++
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Red
2009 Château La Mission Haut-Brion France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
flawed
What an extremely sad story this is. Dark berries and celery in the bouquet. On the palate the same impressions, soy and chocolate. The only explanation I have is that must be a very seriously mistreated bottle. E.g. In the shop window with direct sunlight for a long time. What an extreme pity for this outrageous expensive bottle.
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Red
2015 Domaine de l'A France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
90 points
Still a lactic and primary wine with creamy dark berries like blackberries and black currants. On the palate beautifully round tannin, some coffee, chocolate, good acidity and still sticky tannin. Too young now. Try around 2024. For now 90+.
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Red
2009 Château Montrose France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe
97 points
Concentrated bouquet with dark berries, coffee, chocolate, toast and cedar. On the palate a mouth full of youthful and concentrated wine with a lot of dark berries, chocolate and sticky tannin. Still much too young, but a great future ahead. I will probably open my first bottle not before 2025. For tonight 97++
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Red
2008 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Odyssey Australia, South Australia, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra
93 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark berries and well dosed oak. On the palate beautiful juice, pleasant acidity, a firm dose of sweetness and round tannin. Beautiful wine which still has a future of 5+ years.
Red
1998 Hardys Shiraz Eileen Hardy Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
flawed
Corked
Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Ripe red and dark berry fruits in the bouquet. On the palate red and dark berries, a lot of sweetness, mild tannin, sweet soy and mild tannin. Although this bottle was quite mature, imho the wine was still a pleasure and very drinkable.
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Red
1997 Yalumba Shiraz The Octavius Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley
91 points
The bouquet is quite mature and shows good garrigue. On the palate red berries, good acidity, some broth (in the positive sense) and juicy and round tannin. Completely ready now and drink soon.
Red
1985 Château Léoville Poyferré France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
flawed
Corked
Red
2004 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Australia, Western Australia, South West Australia, Margaret River
93 points
Mature bouquet with dark and red berries, some autumn and rustic impressions. On the palate overall a juicy wine with the same impressions as in the bouquet, a firm amount of sweet licorice and pleasant acidity. Beautiful drinking stage now.
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Flight 4 (6 notes)

Red
2012 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes La Louisiane France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas
92 points
Good garrigue and red berries in the bouquet. On the palate garrigue as well, a lot of sweetness and good acidity. Very good wine in its young maturity stage.
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Red
2012 Knipser Dirmsteiner Mandelpfad Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Pfalz
90 points
Beautiful bouquet with red berries. On the palate coffee, chocolate, red berries, good acidity and some pleasant bitterness.
Red
2014 Marimar Estate Pinot Noir Mas Cavalls Doña Margarita Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
In the bouquet red berries and some autumn impressions. On the palate red and dark berries, firm acidity and tannin with a firm bite. 88 - 89
Red
2013 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Not many notes; Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet spices, red berries, beautiful acidity and good tannin with still a pleasant bite. Beautiful wine. 91 - 92
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Red
2015 Domaine Louis Cheze St. Joseph Cuvée Ro-Rée France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
89 points
In the bouquet red berries and garrigue. On the palate red berries, juicy acidity, spices, blood and iron. Will probably improve a bit over the next 2 – 3 years. 89 for tonight.
Red
2016 Vignamaggio Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG
87 points
Juicy red berries and good acidity. No more notes, but an ok wine.

Closing

Beautiful evening Eric. Thank you very much!

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