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White
2017 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
11/30/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 7 *shared* bottles] from 11/29/19 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): "The original Huët vineyard is nearly 9 hA. It has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus—a deep limestone-clay—and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu." Apparently, 13% ABV, 6 g/l R.S., 4.6 g/l T.A., & 3.19 pH

N: Pears with notes of minerals, poss lemons

P: Med, poss LM, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) BEAUTIFULLY offset by an acidity which SEAMLESSLY transitions into a quite LONG, impeccably balanced finish with HINTS of a very, VERY slight bitterness that's a + with food. MARVELOUS for now, & making its 10th? [The "pros" are ALL over the landscape on the ageability of this, & as I have no PERSONAL experience...] 13% ABV; My EXC+. 93+ pts ea John Gilman (Jul/Aug '18) & WA (Stephan Reinhardt, Mar '19), 91 pts Decanter (Gelle, 6/18/18), and 16/20 Jancis Robinson (Hemming, 6/19/18). [This vendor's $29.95 is now as good as anyone of wine-searcher.]
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/4/19, 8:56 PM - I have have been buying these for several years. They tend to lose acidity quite quickly and oxidise if you wait too long, even in the cooler vintages like 2014. Enjoy them in their youth l, they are delicious!

  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/5/19, 5:50 PM - Just to clarify: I was referring to the “Sec” wines - from what I understand you can cellar the “Demi-Sec” ones a lot longer to enjoy the nuances of ageing as the sugar content preserves the wine.

White
2014 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Excelsior Clos des Noelles Melon de Bourgogne
11/10/2019 - casoe wrote:
89 points
Too expensive for what it is. I like the cheaper and more fresh styles from there better.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    11/14/19, 2:11 AM - I still have one of these - what did it taste like?

White
2014 Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein Winninger Röttgen Riesling Großes Gewächs Mosel Saar Ruwer
12/4/2017 - Capt Cutlass Likes this wine:
91 points
no formal notes taken. Ready to drink but could also be kept another couple of years - not too long though. Tropical but restrained. Generous with some RS yet refershing acidity and bitter passion fruit notes. Hard to put down, its that tasty. However, I have a problem with screw caps and won't buy from this winery again as I would prefer to not store my wines with plastic contact (inside of the screw cap). Since purchase I stored the bottle upright. It surprises me how you can be biodynamic and bottle your wines with plastic contact when there is a natural, renewable alternative......
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    5/19/19, 5:12 AM - I understand the last comment posted about my tasting note and I also hate having a corked wine but I would rather take that chance than not know what sort of reaction the plastic or metal part of the inside of the screwcap is having on my wine, not to mention the potential for toxic ingression. Every time I have had a corked wine I have sent it back to the producer who has replaced the bottle usually with a current vintage every single time. And if you cannot send it to the producer take it back to the shop where you bought it and let them figure it out - they can get a replacement from their supplier just as easy, if not easier. God bless cork and glass, you cannot get more natural than that!!!

White
2013 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée E. J. Thevenet Chardonnay
3/6/2019 - Capt Cutlass Likes this wine:
89 points
Sweet nose of honeysuckle flowers and honey gives the impression of a sweet wine. In fact there is a fair amount of residual sugar apparent. Big oak flavours intially dominate the palate with its citrus and honeysuckle notes. This is rich and the alcohol burns on the finish (14%). I get a sense that it is trying to be mineral and lean but gets held back by its weight and alcohol. Much less successful at this balance than the recently tasted Labet Chardonnay from the Jura which had even more alcohol yet more grip (14.5%).
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    3/6/19, 6:38 AM - Wow, I am surprised to read William Kelly's comment about there being no oak in this wine but I trust his word as someone who has been to the domaine. I blind tasted it for another experienced taster who commented on the oak which I also thought present. I would be interested to hear how such similar flavour impressions could come about?? Interesting to hear about the epoxy tanks - I wonder when organic wine producers will question the logic of allowing such a potentially toxic product to come into contact with their wines....

  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    3/6/19, 6:53 AM - Appreciate the tip - I'll keep my eye out for an older Quintaine although the epoxy thing will niggle me. Luckily, I haven't had any premox issues with Labet wines since I cannot keep my hands off them! However, I was sad to discover this issue with Francois Chidaine's 2014 Chenin Blancs (Les Choisilles specifically) after having had a great run with his 2008's which were stunning.

Red
2015 François Villard Crozes-Hermitage Comme Une Evidence Syrah
Nez très floral en partant sur la violette. De la fumée survole ce champ de fleurs, et par moments on peut y sentir aussi du café.
une bouche à l'attaque là aussi très florale, c'est fou j'ai l'impression de brouter un champ de pivoine ou de rose. Il y a du cassis qui vient ensuite, les tanins accrochent un peu mais il reste frais et long avec un finale sur le goudron et l'humus.
Il aurait pu être piémontais, il a une belle structure pour un vin de cette gamme.
Encore ? 2-3 pour la cave.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    10/1/17, 2:35 AM - Jaime beuacoup votre note de degustatio mais est-ce-que vous etes sure que c'etait 2015? Jai l'impression que cette cuvee a change de nom: "Certitude". Votre description semble de decrire le 2015 Certitude que jai goute qui est excellent...

Red
2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc
This is undrinkable! Very disappointing as I bought this after really enjoying the exuberant 2009 vintage. Tight and totally shut down, not showing any fruit except unripe plums.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    9/4/17, 5:07 AM - Obviously its too early! What I am interested in is has there been a change in winemaking at the winery: the 2009, also a sun-filled vintage, was delicious and very approachable in its youth. Something has changed...

White
2012 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
8/28/2017 - maxima wrote:
87 points
Bof...encore une fois assez ordinaire, depuis l`affaire Pinguet Huet n`a plus le même cachais...surtout sur 2012 et 2013.
Rancio et sans émotions, pas de défaut mais il y a des choix moins couteux et que j`aime mieux en chenin.
ON PASSE!
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    8/31/17, 3:22 AM - Je suis intéressé par votre choix de vins alternatives aux prix plus abordables!

Red
2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
12/19/2016 - Steve Brickley Likes this wine:
96 points
Barnyard funk on the nose just beautiful and borrows from a red burgundy. Can I describe a beaujolais as a long finish? The initial attack is light, but mid and lasting long palate just keeps bringing back unsweetened black cherry. This gamay has it all and is just singing and light on its feet. Acids in check and could give this years and years of life. Lovely.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/23/16, 11:25 PM - If I am not mistaken, the barnyard funk which you noticed is a clear sign of Brettanomyces in a wine. Personally, I love this wine and the brett doesn't offend me, in fact when there is so much fruit and complexity it can even add to my enjoyment of the wine. This article explains it well: http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/42258

White
2014 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
11/29/2016 - dead puddle wrote:
89 points
Nose of pomelo, hint of tilleul, and very discrete honey. Easy mistake with chardonnay. Mouth is more obvious, saline, lime tree, light and mineral, good length. That's fine pure : very good.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/2/16, 3:26 AM - Is it ready to drink or would you advise more bottle ageing?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut Champagne Blend
7/31/2016 - weiny Likes this wine:
96 points
Mein Favorit
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    7/31/16, 3:37 AM - 96 points! Try some other basic non-vintage house blends to compare...

White
2011 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis 1er Cru Côtes de Jouan Chardonnay
6/3/2016 - Capt Cutlass wrote:
87 points
Still very good but this is fading from only a year ago. Maybe they are not meant to age afterall.... Next time I will enjoy my Tomas Pico wines young on the fruit.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    6/4/16, 3:11 AM - I think the mention of decanting is just to separate any sediment in the bottle which may form since it is borderline natural wine. I have enjoyed several Pattes Loup wines when young but have never seen any sediment so this may be irrelevant advice.

Red
2011 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2015 - dead puddle wrote:
Nice nose of leather, blackcurrant dust, and tobacco. Mouth green, rustic, superstructured. Far to early to taste it. Made for a long cellar. Unable to rate it. Unable to drink it.
Can't remeber I've drunk the same vintage. Is there any bottle variation or had I a stroke attack ?
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    10/3/15, 5:38 AM - I opened one last night and it was great with lamb chops. However, it spent at least two hours in the decanter - I think at this stage of the wine's life it needs lots of air not a Nitrogen extraction tasting...

Red
2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/16/2015 - Redteeth wrote:
Once again this wine came through. I was losing faith in CDPs with more than a few years of age. This one was very enjoyable.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    9/17/15, 1:24 AM - I agree wholeheartedly as I have had the same disappointing experience after buying wines which I enjoyed tasting in their youth and mistakenly heeded other tasters' advice to lay them down and enjoy later. Now I can safely advise newcomers to CDP to enjoy them very young while there are primary fruit and in some cases oak flavors, unless you like oxidized Grenache and tobacco notes....

Red
2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
5/4/2015 - chbeaumont wrote:
92 points
Initial brettiness; very impressive next day, this was a lovely to drink. Fulsome, real depth; clearly has loads of time in hand.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    5/4/15, 1:23 PM - I am interested in your tasting note but would like to know whether you left it open overnight to air when you talk about "impressive next day". Generally, I find that however strong and complex the wine it will lose grip if open too long but I am willing to be corrected.

White
2011 Best's Great Western Riesling
11/15/2014 - Capt Cutlass Likes this wine:
92 points
Blind tasted and guessed an Alsace Riesling with pedigree which it beat by a pip. Just goes to show how much we are often influenced by the label....

I found this succulent and lipsmackingly good. It goes on and on and tempts you back with its freshness (11.5%) and a dab of RS. Classic riesling characteristic though clean, fresh and light on its feet without the petrol notes. Lots of citrus (limes), crunchy yet ripe apples, a dash of CO2 which dissipates. Long citrus-infused aftertaste.

Is this an example of good terroir or excellent winemaking techniques? I am intrigued but I have to admit not crazy about buying purely because of the screw cap - are you happy to have your wine in contact with the plastic on the inside of the screw cap? I guess if you store it upright it is less of an issue but it did spend a long time in contact on the boat over and during storage....
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    1/11/15, 7:24 AM - I have a question regarding Morno Wine's comment about screw caps: the logic of screw caps is evident but has anyone tested the leeching of plastic compounds into the wine from the plastic inside of the screw cap? Given that there is alcohol in wine which is a solvent I imagine that plastic leeching is possible even though you may not be able to taste it. If there is leeching then I am sure it is not in the interests of the screw cap manufacturers to test it nor the possible adverse health effects of the leeching. After all, mobile phone emissions on the brain and body were not deemed dangerous at the beginning either...

Red
2012 Shaw and Smith Shiraz Adelaide Hills
Blind tasted but I suspect it did not have enough air time for it to show to its advantage. Oaky, creamy nose. Very jammy on the palate with heaps of vanilla oak which was a shame because there was great acidity buried underneath all the makeup which obliterated any elegance which came from the vineyards. Classic case of Autralian over the top winemaking!
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    11/21/14, 10:19 AM - Sorry redredwineaussie I hope I did not upset the applecart! It was a blind tasting with 9 tasters and we were comparing Australian wines with French ones of the same grape varietal and on this particular wine the average score out of 20 was 11.4 which was the lowest of 14 wines split between the two countries, in other words everyone was unanimous that it was not great. However, as I mentioned I think it should have been decanted for at least half a day and as you suggest it should lay in the cellar for many years before it softens up. In the same tasting there was a Grosset Pinot Noir which squarely beat a Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin so this was not a snide remark against Australian wines whose whites beat their French counterparts on that night.

Red
2007 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier Red Rhone Blend
11/18/2014 - isbjoern wrote:
87 points
Despite almost everyone loving this wine on CT, I have to say this is absolutely not my style of wine nor is it a classic Chateuneuf-du-Pape as I understand it. Blatantly sweet, stewed overripe fruit, candy like taste, cherry liqueur, smoke flavors, the alcohol way over the top of what I can bear. This is not a wine I would want to pair with food. Maybe one could pair this with a cigar on a cold winter evening. Not a wine style I can fully enjoy drinking. - 87 points
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    11/19/14, 11:49 AM - Three cheers for isbjoern! I like a taster who calls it like he sees it and identifies alcohol as a key part of the balance in a wine. I don't care if there is 15% as long as it is balanced but if I can taste even 12.5% then something is wrong and as isbjoern correctly remarks why should an expensive wine get high scores from the cellartracker community if it is blatantly out of balance?? Based on this tasting note I think I am going to sell my only bottle rather than have an alcohol bomb experience. Thanks to your objective journalism!

White
2013 Matetic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc EQ Coastal Casablanca Valley
10/13/2014 - sellerscellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Just a great wine overall. Perfect for drinking on its own or with food. This is a no-brainer case buy.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    11/15/14, 5:52 AM - Hi Sellerscellar, four 93 point scores in the space of a month or so for a wine which you do not even describe in detail seems a bit strange! Give us some tasting notes to back up such an amazing score for a humble Chilean wine. You mention it is a grest qpr - which wines are you comparing it to? I am sure you are right but give us some useful info so the public at large can follow your advice.
    Don't mind me, I'm Cutlass and I like to see cut to the chase...

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence Red Rhone Blend
11/22/2013 - Capt Cutlass Likes this wine:
89 points
Initial bretty nose blew off and was no longer present after 9 hours in the decanter when it became smooth, oaky and cherry-laden with kirsch in the background. The thinnish texture and chalky tannins also improved to become smooth and quite balanced for a southern red. This is surprisingly mineral for a CDP and has good acidity but unfortunately the alcoholic kirsch element remaining and detracted from the overall pleasure.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    3/18/14, 12:04 PM - Are you sure the foudre it was aged in is not new oak? It has to be at some point unless they are buying second hand foudres which I highly doubt. Sure the flavor impact of a foudre versus a barrique will be much less but it can still impart okay flavors which can certainly enhance the wine. Be that as it may, as I am sure you know tasting wine is very subjective and what I taste as new oak could be just a taste in the wine which resembles that...

  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    3/28/14, 2:19 AM - Very interesting explanation by William Kelley which shows how a wine aged in used oak can give the impression of new oak flavors. I would be interested to know what it is in red CDPs which give this oaky impression - is it the Grenache as it oxidizes or the blackened interiors and sometimes too warm temperatures in CDP cellars which can encourage brett etc.???
    I have visited Pegau before but did not pay attention as to how the wines were aged. I found the aging regime on the winery's website (http://www.pegau.com/crbst_8.html) where on the French tasting page for this wine it clearly states "Un seul foudre de 30 ou 50hl élèvera la Cuvée réservée pour devenir une Cuvée Laurence." The website obviously needs work, especially the English translations, so the error may be there. William, please let us know so we can close this blog.

Red
2005 Domaine Lous Grezes Cévennes Cuvée Alibi Duché D'Uzès Grenache Blend, Grenache
5/29/2013 - dead puddle wrote:
81 points
Pop up and taste. Dark hue. Nose shy of grenadine. Mouth fresh, vidid, turning to the green side, because of the company of rough tannins. Still some blackberries behind but not enough sweat and round. Unbalance wine, rustic. But not uninteresting. Quite good, according to the CT rating scale.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    1/23/14, 3:14 AM - I have one bottle of Alibi - should I wait longer or drink now? Have a look at my comment on the 2005 Lous Grezes Cuvee Tresor which was very good and getting better.

Red
1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
9/14/2013 - dead puddle Likes this wine:
96 points
M. Coulon's five stars resort (Lascours, Provence, France): Blind tasting. Decanted one hour, served at 18'C. Dark hue with brownish borders. Suberb mature nose : leather, black peper, tobacco, little strawberries of the forest. Extraordinary complex mouth, with differents waves, leather, strawberry's flavour yogurt, ink, then comes tertiary notes as old wood chest, black tulip petals... The fruit is always dominating, carrying on with sap and some shy menthol notes, then some smoke come back. The structure (tannins, bitterness, acidity) is not noticeable, it components are melted behind. Very long after taste. For a blind palate the syrrah is obvious but what an association of lively fruit, surprising freshness in a noble finish ! An other world, I'm loosing my marks. Extraordinary 96.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    9/22/13, 2:19 AM - Very interesting - next time you have some black tulip petals save me some to smell....

Red
2006 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie Sangiovese
9/7/2013 - dead puddle wrote:
Pop up and pour. Ruby hue. Feminin nose of fresh rose petals, old cherry fruit, liccorice, a bit of tar. The mouth is more masculin with franc tannins, black peper, high freshness on almond and cherry stones. Full bodied, medium lenght , without heavyness, nor extraction . To young. Keep it : 88-90
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    9/15/13, 4:19 AM - You should know that 2006 in Tuscany is like 2005 in Burgundy; great years but not ready by a long way!!

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/19/2013 - sooper65 wrote:
90 points
sweetness
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    6/27/13, 12:34 PM - That this is a sweet wine goes without saying - you must have accidentally deleted your tasting note...

White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/9/2013 - Hazevedo wrote:
92 points
- Yellow color.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    4/9/13, 12:57 AM - Please check your tasting note - you probably saved your note incorrectly since all we can see is "Yellow Color". Mine are more amber golden toffee in color. You might want to edit your note; how did it taste?

Red
2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2012 - richsd Likes this wine:
94 points
Insignia is one of my and possibly my favorite wine. Always amazing and I have not had a vintage that I haven't loved. This 2006 is drinking great. Decanted about an hour but it was very nice even just after decanting. Not sure what it would have been like after the hour because it was ll gone by then but I assume it would have continued to improve. This 2006 is definitely ready to enjoy now and I think it will hold up for many more years with proper cellaring.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/2/12, 7:15 AM - If you are giving a high note, at least explain why...

  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    1/1/13, 3:13 AM - No worries, understood. Since it was a wine I had in inventory I was just trying to encourage the taster to give a description to better help evaluate when it is time to drink. Of course, nothing personal! Cheers & Happy New Year!

  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    1/5/13, 9:35 AM - Many thanks, very helpful!

Red
2007 Pelissero Pasquale Barbaresco Bricco San Giuliano Nebbiolo
12/1/2012 - vtwinelover wrote:
90 points
Drank with a bolognese. Tannins have leveled out a bit, but could still age for 3-4 more years and potentially improve. Wine is well integrated now. Rich, deep fruit, not as much minerality as some Nebbiolo's, but great wine. Given the lower level of acid, might drink with grilled/roasted meat instead of a tomato based sauce.
  • Capt Cutlass commented:

    12/2/12, 7:17 AM - No comments?? I have some in my cellar and would like to know how it tastes, is it ready to drink, does it need carafing, what did you eat with it etc etc...

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