Saturday hangout at Domaine

Chicago, IL

Tasted July 24, 2021 by acyso with 40 views

Flight 1 (11 notes)

White
2004 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
93 points
Wow -- one of the best bottles of Moreau Chassagne I've had. This is outstanding white Burgundy. It is very Chassagne with its texture and richness, but also has plenty of the requisite acidity. Somewhat oily with that kind of lanolin-like note, this certainly shows some age. Nonetheless there are still some stone fruit flavours out for display.
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White
2018 Weingut Keller Riesling RR Germany, Rheinhessen
88 points
#11-20, 12% abv. Obviously young. Shows the solar vintage a bit, and the slight hint of sweetness is quite pleasant even if I might have preferred even a little more. Drinks like a halb-trocken. The palate is a little disjointed, as if all the right elements are there but not playing nicely with each other. Curious to see where this ends up.
White
2019 Wittmann Westhofener Aulerde Riesling Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
93 points
#16-20, 12.5% abv. Super young and grapey right now, with a little of that Welch's grape juice on the nose, but overall, the weight and concentration of this wine seems like it is cut from the right stuff. Needs a lot more time for all the baby fat to be shed, but there is definitely something here. Raw potential at this point.
White
2015 Vincent Dancer Meursault Les Corbins France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
85 points
I admit that I just don't really like this bottling from Dancer. This bottle isn't as chronically reduced as the 2014, but at the same time, there is still too much of that reduction going on. The ripe fruit on the midpalate and finish don't really help in this department because the reduction is mostly on the attack.
White
2014 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
85 points
Oily and dilute at the same time, without the raciness and potency that you would expect from a 2014 (even considering the appellation). If I'm being generous, this is pedestrian bistro wine at best, the sort where you don't worry about tasting it or not because of the dozen escargot in garlic parsley butter in front of you. Never liked this bottling from an absolute standpoint, and even less when price is considered.
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White - Off-dry
2018 Weingut Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese Germany, Rheingau
90 points
#19-19, 9% abv. Monumentally-scaled riesling, especially for Spätlese. Lacking a bit of finesse here, this pours almost viscously. It is generously sweet and missing the requisite acidity. These days, maybe that's really what the Rheingau is like (I admit I don't have much experience with contemporary Rheingau wines). Don't get me wrong though, this is amply delicious. But it's not the old-school type of Spätlese which was very easy to drink large quantities of.
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White - Sparkling
2006 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
85 points
About as "British" as you can imagine champagne gets. Very (to a fault) autolytic and fleshy without any defining acidity or shape. Overly mushroomy and lacking any freshness to balance it. Sweet and simple. The future doesn't bode well for this.
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White - Sparkling
2014 Veuve Fourny & Fils Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Millésimé Monts de Vertus France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
88 points
Not quite my style of champagne. This comes off a little weedy and green for my taste, and lacks the oomph that I like. And though this is more driven by my own stylistic preferences, I wish that this had more breadth on the palate.
Red
2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
90 points
Never been a fan of zinfandel and I seldom drink it anymore (I had one from a tasting earlier this year, and none the year before). A generous mix of red and black fruit on the nose with some of that sweet spice that I always get from zinfandel. A pleasant coating of dustiness here, this is reasonably drinkable now, even if the tannins are still a bit chewy. I will admit to being pleasantly surprised that this wasn't as much of an alcohol/fruit bomb as I typically associate with the grape.
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Red
2016 Martine Rouchier St. Joseph Luc France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph
90 points
The whole "vin nature sans sulfites ajoutés" on the label had me worried for a minute, but of course the proof is in the bottle. At least this bottle wasn't natty; it showed a very syrah nose with lots of black fruit and meat. The palate is darker-complexioned but at the same time quite light. I love the florals and sweet fruit here; this feels like proper syrah to me. I'm certainly curious to see how this vin nature sans sulfites ajoutés stands the test of time. Or is it just a case of drink it now because it's already delicious?
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Forster Mariengarten Scheurebe Eiswein Germany, Pfalz
93 points
This still has some of the scheurebe flavours in the form of mango and passionfruit, but tastes more like old sweet German wine (that's certainly not a bad thing). If anything this might have been able to use a little more sweetness, but that tropical fruit mix really works with the high-sweetness Prädikat.
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