For old times sake

Tasted September 26, 2020 by Zweder with 115 views

Introduction

The wines were poured one at a time. We did not know the line-up nor the wines. We only knew the wines we brought ourself. All wines were tasted blind.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

White - Sparkling
2013 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Pierrières France, Champagne
93 points
White fruits and minerals in the bouquet. On the palate minerals, full bodied and tasty. Good acidity and pleasant bitterness.
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White - Sparkling
2013 Ulysse Collin Champagne Blanc de Blancs Les Enfers France, Champagne
95 points
Beautiful bouquet with some smoke and vanilla. Same on the palate. Full bodied and beautifully round. Very tasty and complex with good acidity and grapefruit bitterness. Very beautiful.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare France, Champagne
93 points
Complex bouquet with a lot of nutty flavors. Many layers. Same on the palate. Developed bubble, good acidity and a great length.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
Caramel and apple in the bouquet. On the palate very tasty with impressions of minerals, medicine and sherry. No more notes this time.

Flight 2 (7 notes)

White
2001 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre Cuvée Paul France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Sancerre
95 points
Beautiful bouquet with a touch of honey. On the palate elegant and also a bit fat, minerals, good acidity, some oak. A mouth full of impressive and complex wine with good acidity and a slight touch of sweetness. Great length.
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White
2009 Château Pape Clément Blanc France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan
96 points
Vanilla and honey in the bouquet. On the palate a mouth full of wine with grapefruit, honey, beautiful acidity and bitterness. What a great wine!
White
2015 Lamy-Caillat Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
93 points
Floral and expressive bouquet with a lot of vanilla. On the palate a lot of citrus acidity and minerals. Pleasant bitterness and a good length. Still a bit locked.
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White
2009 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
95 points
Beautiful and smoky bouquet. Fireworks. On the palate a full bodied wine with a lot of citrus acidity, fireworks again, minerals and white fruits. Great length and overall a fantastic wine.
White
2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
96 points
In the bouquet fresh white fruits and a lot of vanilla from the oak. Same on the palate. Good acidity. Complex and luxurious and with a great length. Beautiful wine.
White
2015 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
Ripe yellow fruits and honey in the bouquet. On the palate a full bodied wine, a bit fat, bees wax, a touch of sweetness and good acidity.
White
2013 Morlet Family Vineyards Chardonnay Ma Douce USA, California, Sonoma County, Fort Ross - Seaview
Very evolved bouquet with honey and licorice. On the palate sherry and spicy impressions. Very special and probably an off bottle. No score.

Flight 3 (13 notes)

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Horse stable, leather and forest floor in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Very complex and mature. Certainly special and still lovely. May stay on this level for some more years, but will not improve anymore.
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Red
2001 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale
92 points
Chocolate, menthol and eucalyptus in the bouquet. Same on the palate, sweet licorice as well. Still very ok.
Red
2001 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
94 points
Stable smells, smoke and autumn forest in the bouquet. On the palate red and dark berries, full bodied and good acidity and tannin with still a soft bite. Lovely wine. 93 - 94
Red
2000 Château Hosanna France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
95 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark berries, vanilla, cigar box and toast. On the palate dark berries, chocolate, good acidity and bitterness. Ready now and probably the next 3+ years.
Red
2000 Château Angélus France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
97 points
Truly beautiful and mature bouquet with dark berries and stable smells. On the palate very classical, barnyard, bell pepper, good acidity and tannin with still a good bite. Great wine with a good future still.
Red
1999 Dominus Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
In the bouquet some soy and celery. Same on the palate. Chocolate. Quite tertiary. I don’t score the wine.
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Red
1994 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
92 points
Dark berries, licorice, chocolate and some barnyard in the bouquet. Same on the palate, good acidity and slightly drying tannin. Still a beautiful wine, but this bottle is past its prime. Nevertheless a score of 92 for today. Hurry!
Red
2011 Sine Qua Non Grenache Dark Blossom USA, California, Central Coast
flawed
Chemical bouquet. On the palate it was clear this was a flawed bottle.
Red
2012 Sine Qua Non Grenache Stein USA, California, Central Coast
flawed
Dark berries in the bouquet. On the palate dark berries as well. The acidity was ok, but overall the bottle was probably heat damaged. Two bad SQN bottles in one tasting. What a disappointment!
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Red
2004 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sperss Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC
94 points
In the bouquet dark berries, toast, oak and earthy impressions. On the palate smoke. oak, vanilla, dark berries and chocolate. Elegant wine and still sticky tannin in the finish. Can probably last for at least another decade.
Red
2004 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus de Valderramiro Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
94 points
Beautiful bouquet with dark berries and good vanilla. On the palate dark berries, beautifully integrated oak, good acidity and round tannin with a pleasant bite. Beautiful wine.
Red
2016 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
96 points
Red and dark berries in the bouquet plus a pleasant touch of vanilla. On the palate still a bit lactic, Juicy acidity, beautiful touch of sweetness. Complex, beautiful and juicy wine. Probably wise to wait another decade.
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Red
2007 Bernard Magrez Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
In the bouquet beautiful smoky oak. On the palate juicy dark berries, asphalt, beautiful oak, elegant acidity and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Great wine.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1970 Château d'Yquem France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
Beautiful orange zest in the bouquet and on the palate. Beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness.
White
2015 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur
92 points
Few notes only. Flint stone in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Beautifully fresh acidity.
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