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Red
2019 Domaine Bart Fixin 1er Cru Hervelets Pinot Noir
12/6/2021 - shaftlet wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous aromas of rose, coffee, cola, strawberry, rosemary, earth, dried cherry. Medium plus intensity. approachable but tightly wound. This definitely needs a good decant to open up a dense, intense medium plus palate. This has the structure and flavor intensity to go another dozen years. Very impressive. I think this the same fruit as the old Patrick Lesec Selection Domaine St. Martin? St. Martin also produced a Monopole Finottes in Marsanny up until the late 2000s. Now that Monopole is produced by Domaine Bart. Overlap of many of the same Marsannay lieu-dit bottlings too which all seem to have disappeared in the last 10 years and reappeared under the Domaine Bart etiquette.
  • essconsults commented:

    1/25/23, 11:53 PM - I’m pretty sure the St. Martin wines were always made by Martin Bart-just labeled them differently.

Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/5/2022 - kr522 wrote:
99 points
When you think of the best Bordeaux of the last 50 years this has to be on the short list. This is exotic cab franc bringing another level to the wine, it has everything…fresh, exotic, layered. And it kept building over several hours saving its best for last
  • essconsults commented:

    12/25/22, 7:47 PM - Great notes on this. Maybe even the last 75 years. A unique experience because it seems lije the Cab Franc achieved full ripeness in ‘90.

  • essconsults commented:

    12/27/22, 8:29 AM - You’re welcome.

    To me, ‘61 has always been extremely overrated and the last one was the Haut Brion at the Acker BYOB about 7-8 years ago. I was non-plussed as usual with the vintage. They are the antithesis of the Cheval Blanc-too lean.

    I hardly drink Bordeaux any more and certainly not at these levels. My top picks all time: ‘59 Latour (better than the ‘61) ‘66 La Mission HB, ‘90 Cheval Blanc, ‘82 Margaux, ‘86 Lafite, a while ago the ‘76 Lafite (in a terrible vintage!) ringer ’76 BV George de la Tour. The Cheval Blanc is more rich than all these others. I wish I could afford it although in relation to today’s truly nutty prices it’s a steal.

    Of course there are a whole lot of CT folks who have tasted way more than me.

Red
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles Pinot Noir
10/19/2022 - swyang wrote:
Very beautiful and yet far from being fully ready. Really pure scents of great vintage Burgundy, initially one could smell slightly more south and guess as Beaune upon opening. However after about half an hour the spice and earthiness of N.S.G is surfacing with a vigorous and healthy manner. Still very young(surprisingly) and lots of potential. For the time being pure scents of red fruits mingling with red roses as well as other floral elements and on the palate super healthy and shiny texture delivering wonderful tannin, yet to be resolved. A great Les Cailles in the making. Cheers,
  • essconsults commented:

    10/26/22, 5:53 PM - We should have listened to you. We drank this tonight and while we generally enjoyed it, it really needs another decade at least. I’ve had a few problems with other ‘05s, and this may have been the most backward. A bottle of Bouchard’s Volnay Ancienne Carnot a few years ago was singing and seemed completely mature. So I’m guessing this is the vineyard rather than the vintage, although I know how slow ‘05s are to come around.

Red
2012 Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Pinot Noir
I found this wine to be astringent, unbalanced in terms of acid to fruit character and just generally lacking any charm. I have tried 2 over the last couple of years and frankly don't plan on trying any more. Perhaps things could come together after several more years in bottle, but I can't see that the bones are there for this to be anything special
  • essconsults commented:

    9/27/22, 9:37 AM - I have not had this wine, but your description fits my experience with other 2012s. I think it’s a problematic unbalanced vintage for many RBs. Thoughts?

White
2008 Henri Prudhon & Fils Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Blanc Chardonnay
2/23/2013 - chambolle wrote:
Out of the bottle, the wine is bright gold, rather deeply colored for a wine of this age, but not troublingly so. The nose is an exotic tropical fruit cocktail - there are hints of mango, pineapple, citrus peel, lime. On the palate, the wine is bright, but at the same time it has a sweet, oily edge that verges on unctuous. The finish carries through with this exotic, tropical character, and has an unusual sweet-tart candy character, right down to the chalky quality of that artificial confection. This artificially sweet and tart character becomes increasingly obtrusive as the wine takes in air and warms in the glass. It isn't a wine that makes me want to keep drinking. The first glass is the best there is, and it is downhill from there.

I've been called a "moron" by a certain "rarewineman" for opining that I do not enjoy the 2007 St. Aubin En Remilly bottling from this producer. Maybe I am cognitively challenged, I grant that. However, I do not particularly like this wine either. I find it to be a California chardonnay drinker's idea of white burgundy. It is fat, sweet and cloying to my taste. That said, I can understand the wine's appeal. The wine is undoubtedly rich, and in an odd, almost artificial way (is it acid adjusted?), it does have a bright acidity about it that might pass for "minerality," although this aspect strikes me as poorly integrated with the overall profile of the wine in the mouth and merely contributes to a new world, confected style.

This '08 is certainly far better wine than the '07 En Remilly is at this moment, although I also fear that given another year or two in bottle, the '08 will turn out pretty much the same way - cloying, unduly oxidative (not oxidized, and there is a difference), sweet and leesy, overdone. It simply isn't a wine with a lot of finesse or elegance. It makes me think Kendall-Jackson, or Rombauer, or Sonoma-Cutrer, not St. Aubin or Chassagne or Puligny.

If you like this style, it's not a bad example of it. There is certainly a mouthful of wine here, so if you judge value by horsepower per dollar, it's a "value" and "punches above its weight." But it's not to my taste. It's a Mustang or a Camaro, not a Boxster or an M3. My guess is this wine may have shown very well in barrel and early in its life in bottle. I can't say I like the way it shows four to five years from the harvest.

By way of an addendum: I kept this bottle in a cool place for two days after opening. On day two, the sweet, tropical character of the wine remained, but without the brightness of the first day as a counterpoint. Not particularly palatable. By day three, the wine had lost the tutti frutti tropical character, and had become almost muscadet-like, all sharp edges. I admit complete bafflement as to where this wine may be headed. But so far, it hasn't shown me anything I find especially appealing.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/17/22, 11:14 PM - Interesting note. Gilman gave the ‘14 a 94. At the time I was a subscriber of his, although no more. I bought three bottles on the recommendation, drank two and sold the third. My reaction was identical to yours. The weirdest thing was that Gilman said the fruitiness would recede and more linear minerality would emerge. My experience over 35 plus years with white burgundy was just the opposite. In any case, it’s now the exception rather than the rule, that I find white burgs that have a classic profile.

White
2012 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
I first started drinking the Dauvissat La Forest on a regular basis back in the ‘80s, when it was a genuinely ‘under the radar’ gem. Continued buying the wine by the case or two most years and drank it with abandon, although I still have stray bottles going back to 1990 lying around in the cellar.

So now this 2012 is a pricey bottle, it seems. Is it ‘worth’ it? I can’t really say; but it’s damn good wine. Ten years after the vintage, the 2012 looks young… pale greenish straw in the glass. Just opened and poured, the nose is not very forthcoming, the palate is fresh, light, a bit of lemon, a bit of salt. After about two hours and allowed to warm up in the glass, it’s a whole other wine… the nose hints at lavender, some lime leaf, a bit of blood orange. The palate is rounder, richer, leaning a bit in the direction of dried apricot and preserved lemon. Still crisp, saline, chalky at the same time as it has taken on weight. I’d be pretty confident this will be grand 5 or 10 years from now — but it’s no slouch now. As for the ‘pre-mox’ everybody likes to talk about, not a trace here, I assure you.

I seem to recall this 2012 was about $60 on release, which was more than I was accustomed to paying for La Forest, but in retrospect that appears to have been the tail end of the ‘under the radar gem, value proposition’ era for this wine. A bit sad, really. Pretty much year in, year out it’s among the very best 1er cru bottlings from Chablis and not far off from most of the grand cru Chablis you’ll find. This bottle of 2012 certainly did not disappoint.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/17/22, 11:39 AM - Quite frankly, I don’t know if you have a great palate or not, but you seem to. Your notes sre wonderfully precise and very sophisticated. I just wish you would write more of them.

White
2019 Henri Prudhon & Fils Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères Chardonnay
5/25/2022 - awever Likes this wine:
96 points
An almost perfect Chardonnay , drunk at Rutz Berlin
  • essconsults commented:

    7/20/22, 10:21 PM - How was the food? We ate there many years ago: it was spectacular and relatively affordable.

Red
1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/2/2017 - Moonie Likes this wine:
98 points
From a magnum. Perfection and the essence of what a great CDP should be in all respects. Decanted just 1 hour and really no need as it was drinking beautifully right from the start. I've never understood the need for luxury CDP cuvees, especially when a wine performs as this one did at lunch today.
  • essconsults commented:

    5/22/22, 10:18 AM - Have you had a .75 recently? For many years it was probably the single greatest value in great aged red wines. I absolutely agree with your note but I felt the wine was going over the hill the last few times I had it.

Red
2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia Nebbiolo
4/15/2022 - americanstorm Likes this wine:
96 points
One hour decant. Ethereal nose of lavender, powder and lemon zest, perhaps a hint of licorice. Tannins are almost totally integrated but still present and very fine. Great mouthfeel and long finish that goes on and on. Dark cherry, rose, a touch of tar. A little port like. Drinking fabulously. One of the finest barolos I have ever had, if not #1 definitely in the top two or 3 but the question of price point should be addressed. I paid slightly over 200 for this bottle and would gladly buy another bottle or two at that price, but no way in hell would I pay the $900+ the current market is pricing it at. I find that to be utterly ridiculous and, personally, i don't think there is a wine on the face of this earth that is worth a thousand dollars a bottle. Speculators and "investors" are destroying the market for actual wine drinkers, kind of sad IMHO. 96 --97
  • essconsults commented:

    5/9/22, 10:14 PM - I tried this wine at City Winery at a Zachy’s 2005 Barolo tasting. It clearly was the best wine of the event but was $400 bottle or so. That was five years ago so it’s shocking but not surprising that it’s $900 now. I just sold a few bottles of various wines that have gone into the stratosphere. Maybe we have all been spoiled. Today there are a lot of very very wealthy people and many of them are into wine that weren’t five to ten years ago.

White
2011 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Chardonnay
9/28/2019 - Pknut wrote:
Fantastic bottle, and could be used as evidence of the strengths in 2011 White Burgundy. Energy, vigor and acids right from the first sip, with a clear fruited palate. Loved it. Sugarman's birthday at Farida.
  • essconsults commented:

    5/1/22, 10:55 PM - Again. Despite AM’s reticence, I’ve always had good luck with ‘11 WBs, which are lighter and more elegant than many other more highly rated vintages, and no PREMOX. I find a bitterness, too much ripeness and an imbalance in too many WBs. Is it heresy to say that Meadows maybe doesn’t know what he’s talking about?

Red
2008 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Corton-Bressandes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/25/2021 - Pknut wrote:
Same as my last note, from 8/2019. Kept hoping this would open up and show some sweetness of fruit, which is lacking. It's grumpy and lean on the first night. Somewhat softer palate on the second night, rounder, hints of soy, but still lacking in charm and sweetness of fruit. Disappointing.
  • essconsults commented:

    5/1/22, 10:30 PM - You continue to use the phrase “sweetness of fruit” or the absence thereof, which is an interesting comment. I find that an issue with a lot of wines that are impressive rather than delicious. I keep wondering if it’s me-my age-or modern winemaking. It’s pretty disturbing especially at the price point of so many “fine wines” today.

Red
2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2022 - JimHow wrote:
93 points
What to make of this enigma?
When we drank it in its youth, in the early glory days of BWE, we thought it was the next coming.
Dominated by oak, yes, but with a smooth sweetness that whetted the tasted buds, literally generated a salivation that resonates to this day.
Along with the 2000 du Tertre, it eventually became a BWE wine of the year.
And then, for almost two decades, it seemed to disappear from our radar.
Some of us, Marcus and myself included, have noted its less than spectacular evolvement at BWE events.
And maybe it's just as simple as that.
Maybe it just hasn't yet fully evolved.
I gotta say, though, I know what my nearly 30 year experience with Bordeaux wines tells me.
This wine is a bit of a disappointment, a bit of an underachiever.
It still has a long way to go, don't get me wrong.
Tonight, initially, it had that almost medicinal feel that I have experienced, over and over, from the 1989 and 1990 Barons, as they have been crushed, repeatedly, up against my 89/90 Lynch Bages, the last of the great Lynches.
Sometime in the 1990s, the tide turned. Lynch declined, and Pichon Baron rose to new heights.
I'm not sure the evolution was complete by 2000. I'd rate the 2000 Lynch and 2000 Baron about at a tie...
Both 93 points, both excellent, neither anything outstanding.
After that, perhaps starting as early as 2002, everything seemed to change.
It seems like Pichon Baron began to, finally, "realize its terroir."
While Lynch, after 2000, has been one abysmal disappointment after another, continuing the failures of the 1990s, certainly post-1996.
Tonight, this wine began as medicinal, tart, acerbic, like those 89s and 90s of yore.
It evolved, smoothed out, but never rose to any great heights.
What the hell happened here?
I was in Bordeaux in September 2000, the sun was unrelenting, it was clear that this was going to be an epic vintage.
We have tasted many interesting 2000s over the years.
Disappointingly, this 2000 Pichon Baron has been good but not great.
Absolutely nothing compelling or "profound" here.
A strong effort, mind you, and perhaps the beginning of the signs of the excellence that was to come over the next two decades.
But a 93 point wine at best... Still, something to celebrate. But... Excellent, but not great. And well below its early expectations.

www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com
  • essconsults commented:

    3/17/22, 12:10 AM - I’m curious about the ‘89 and the ‘90. Frankly I don’t drink a lot of Bordeaux anymore and having had either of these in years. But when I did I was disappointed. I have great experiences with only two wines from ‘90: Cheval Blanc (of course) and La Grange). Other 90’s and ‘89s were good but not great. The wines or the vintage?

Red
2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut St. Jacques Pinot Noir
9/5/2020 - Nicephoras wrote:
What was that? There's some reasonable cherry fruit on the nose and a bit of earth, but then...... Hollow on the midpalate, the wine just disappears after the initial bit of fruit, yet it's also somehow slightly extracted and confected on the finish. I couldn't finish my glass. A massively disappointing effort for a 16, which is my favorite vintage since 2010.
  • essconsults commented:

    1/30/22, 2:57 PM - Just want to reiterate my previous comments and we may have to go for a DNA test. I was just talking to my closest friend who is also into wine big time: he got a kick out of your notes and-well-it’s scary.

    2011-great for WB-not everyone agrees. 2016 better than 2015 for RBs. Right-and not everyone agrees. Jean-Marc Pillot great producer-not everyone agrees-and still reasonable, etc.

    Here is his question: why do we keep buying them when we don’t like most of what we drink? (He’s asked me that a lot!)

White
2015 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Grands Charrons Chardonnay
1/16/2021 - Nicephoras wrote:
Double blind. Some reduction on the nose, but not obtrusive and blows away reasonably quickly. Nose is a bit tropical, and there's a hint of tropicality on the palate, but this feels correct rather than obtrusive. The palate has great acidity, mostly with white fuit and there's just wonderful tension on the mid-palate, almost grand cru quality. The finish is medium, but good, with some more hints of tropicality. The tropical notes and palate tension made me think this was a big vintage Meursault from a very good producer - a more restrained vintage of PYCM or a Roulot, from 2010 or maybe 2011? Was surprised it was a 2015, as the acidity is considerably greater than what I'm used to in 15. A terrific wine and the finish expanded when we revisited this later in the evening.
  • essconsults commented:

    1/29/22, 11:15 PM - My friend tells me I’m a curmudgeon but after reading many of your notes, which I’m enjoying immensely, I think I’ve met my match! This wine sounds great-but it’s over $350 a bottle!

    I’ve been drinking fine wine for about 40 years and I’ve come to a number of conclusions: prices are obviously insane but either I’ve lost my palate (which is possible due to age) or wines in general just aren’t as good as they used to be. To me, stylistically, especially White Burgundy, but often RB as well, they don’t have the elegance or complexity I was used to. Of course the omnipresent POX is an ongoing problem as well.

    I have become more and more disconcerted by the idea that wine prices, wine scores and hype just seem to be in a continuous upswing and the wines themselves seem to be going in the opposite direction.

    Or is it me?

Red
2018 Domaine d'Eugénie Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/28/2021 - kingkanu wrote:
The Genius of Domaine d’Eugénie (67@Home Zoom Tasting): There's 20 or so rows of vines here making a 0.5 hectare plot, 40 - 70 years of age. 6 barrels were made, 4 were new. This has a much riper and bigger nose than the other vintages tasted and more obvious ripe fruit, still just about medium body, but a little darker and more concentrated. Ripe dark cherry fruit, some chocolate, mouth filling, succulent and long. this is the only wine of the tasting where the acidity doesn't quite cut through the fruit, quite a change of pace but a stylistic rather than qualitative choice.
  • essconsults commented:

    11/13/21, 10:37 PM - That seems to be true of a lot of 2018 RBs. So far, to me very un-Burgundy like. If it’s the case with a spectacular vineyard/producer such as this I have to wonder about the vintage. What do you think?

White - Off-dry
2019 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese feinherb "Meyer Nepal" #11 Mosel Saar Ruwer
Glass: Zalto Universal
Popped and poured, drunk over 12 days. Right after opening a very dominant and not pleasant citrus note in the nose an on the palate. Left at least half of the bottle in the fridge and drank if over the next 12 days. On day twelve it started to show, why the guys from MFW rated it with 98 points:
Nose starts to get really complex with some tobacco, woodruff, fresh lime, herbs, slate.
Medium-dry, high-acidity that is still racy, but not as unbalanced as in the first days. Very fresh and young flavors of lime, herbs, stony mineral notes, woodruff and hints of green tobacco leafs. Lots of grip and tension, very dense, concentrated and with lots of extract. Quite long and lingering. Keep it for at least 5+ years to fully shine. 90-91++
  • essconsults commented:

    11/1/21, 9:54 PM - I didn’t like this at all upon first opening but after about two hours in a Universal and at room temperature I thought it was excellent. Of course it’s much more subtle than most Rieslings but also more complex. The MFW 98 is way over the top but this is still a very good wine-say 94+.

White
2012 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Baronne Chardonnay
Fantastic wine minerals wet stone pear slight touch of nuts. Very integrated so there is no dominance of any one element. Super elegant very classy. Tasted much better when less chilled. It reminded me of a Reveneau Chablis.
  • essconsults commented:

    8/24/21, 2:10 PM - I wouldn’t rate it quite this highly but it was very very nice. Drank it at Ai Fiori several years ago along with a 2012 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay. Both tasting glasses. Very similar in fact after an hour or so warmed up.

Red
2016 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
2/5/2021 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
88 points
I have very good news for anybody who really likes this kind of thing. You can buy Ch. La Vieille Cure from Fronsac and get basically the same wine for twenty-five bucks. I honestly had no idea what to expect going into this - I was of course aware it was a TWA darling back in the day, but I can probably count the number of Washington State wines I've had on one hand. Right off the bat, I find myself kind of impressed how Bordeaux-like and NOT California-like it is, complete with the gravely, lead-pencil notes - intensely concentrated fruit to be sure but not far beyond the parameters of many a fine Bordeaux from a rich vintage, and for the most part without the CA-like sucrosity. Well, at least at first. Within about 15 minutes it becomes absolutely dominated by caramelly, brown-sugary oak, really not far off Mollydooker levels, and you can practically visualize the machinery in here that was keeping the fruit sweetness within normal parameters powered by some monkey on a bicycle that's now pedaling furiously trying to keep the whole thing from snapping and it doesn't quite snap, exactly, but it's more like when something goes wrong in your car and you have a few days of, "huh, something smells kinda funny" before you realize you actually have to bring it in to the mechanic and then once you finally bring it in he's just kind of in shock asking you half in pity and half in contempt of your blithe ignorance, "And you were driving it like this for how long?"
  • essconsults commented:

    8/18/21, 10:28 PM - A close friend of mine is a collector of these and brought one to the Acker BYOB 2 years ago and I felt the same way. HOWEVER, I had bought some in the mid ‘90s, maybe the ‘96 vintage and it was very impressive, sort of Lafite like but with more Cal fruit. I think they’ve changed their style, which is a shame.

Red
1976 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/24/2017 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Have to assume this is the payoff of ex-chateau provenance from a vintage I don't think I've ever had a good bottle from. Somehow still ruby red in color and commensurately fresh on the palate albeit lighter in complexion. But it's not lean, actually quite fleshy and billowy, and still has flavors recognizably continuing the theme from the bigger vintages.
  • essconsults commented:

    8/18/21, 10:06 PM - The ‘76 Lafite was an incredibly delicious wine until the late ‘90s. But generally speaking the vintage sucked.

Red
2018 Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay 1er Cru Gravières Pinot Noir
7/10/2021 - etyc wrote:
PnP'ed - my 1st JMV red. Woah, this was inky dark-purple/black & opaque. Scents of plums & black cherries (with a slight tinge of heat towards the end) wafted from the glass effortlessly without much need for swirling. This was ripe & luscious on the palate, with notes of chocolate, more plums, black cherries & bits of spice. But wait, is this a Burg/Pinot? It certainly invoked notions of Rhone (with high acidity/freshness albeit), with the concentration that's almost palate staining. A very well-made wine no doubt, but questions abound if I would reach out for another bottle if I want to indulge in a Pinot on a given day, at least in the near term. However, with sufficient ageing, this may be another proposition altogether, which remains to be seen...
  • essconsults commented:

    8/13/21, 10:52 AM - I have only had a few ‘18 RBs. To me they all have had this quality: Rhône-like fruit. Have you had other ‘18s as well?

Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2021 - Montesquieu Likes this wine:
98 points
Wine with friends: cigar tobacco, green, earth, on upswing
  • essconsults commented:

    7/26/21, 9:57 PM - One of the greatest Bordeaux ever, if a bit untypical (the Cabernet Franc).

    BTW, great quotes from Montesquieu. Sadly I believe he was correct that Republics, in order to last, can only work in smaller homogeneous societies.

    But Virtue-as per Machiavelli’s Discorsi-is always the key.

Red
2000 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2021 - Cailles wrote:
92 points
Bordeaux 2000 - 20 Years On - 48 Reds: All tasted blind, not decanted. Observations: 1) It´s a good vintage but not on par with more recent great vintages like 09/10/15/16. Why? A smaller group of top wines reaching lower highs and in general a tad less depth, purity and finesse. 2) Right bank is ready, the left bank still needs time to integrate and open up. 3) Not much tertiary aromas yet - peak drinking window at least 10 years away for most wines. 4) 2000 is a bit a cooler vintage which is great for the right bank (not too much ripeness). 5) Winners? Pomerol with the highest ratings. Le Pin (97+ pts) leading the pack for me (narrowly beating the consensus winner Pavie (97 pts).

More information, top and worst 10 lists, appellation rankings, out- and underperformer from five participants in the story link. As always, in such tastings (lots of wines, not a lot of time per wine, not decanted) the ranking of wines/appellations might be more informative than the scores.

TN: I didn’t like the nose much or found it overly expressive and interesting but on the palate there was a nice red and dark berry-driven fruit expression combined with lots of minerality and a nice creamy texture. The structure will need a bit more time to soften further. This was one of the more open left bank wines but no comparison to the more recent vintages which boast much purer fruit expression and a touch more sexiness and finesse (but a more modern style).

Decanting: This would have certainly gained from 2h+ in the decanter.

Group average: 93.0 pts
Group rank: Shared 20th out of 48
  • essconsults commented:

    7/26/21, 9:49 PM - Interesting comment. I have a few bottles of 2000 Trotanoy, which I’m hoping will be great. But I met Anthony Barton at a Union des Grand Cru event many years ago who thought it WAS an overrated vintage including his own Leoville Barton!

Red
1990 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
2/20/2021 - wstromb404 Likes this wine:
93 points
I’ve always loved Lagrange because although it is not a Leoville, it hits all the St. Julien notes consistently, and has an incredible price point for the quality. This was the oldest vintage I’ve had of Lagrange, and it did not disappoint. The 2-plus hours decant was a necessity, but the cork came out clean and the time opening up made it improve and improve. The nose is not memorable, but the palate is gritty - dark currants, pencil shavings, black pepper - with a fairly long finish. By the time we finished the bottle 3 1/2 hours after opening, it was peaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this wine.
  • essconsults commented:

    3/5/21, 1:03 AM - Why not decant it longer? I should have. I have 2 bottles left and they have almost all disappeared from the US. I want to treat these-assuming the bottles are pristine-as carefully as possible.

Red
2005 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/24/2020 - MRG73 wrote:
93 points
A bit of advice, if you open this, fully decant it and don't touch it for 2 hours. On opening, it is bitter and tight to the point of not being enjoyable. 3 hours after opening the wine drunk well. Super intense and concentrated with a certain inky iodine and salinity to it I have not experienced before. Certainly not a feminine pinot, well and truly at the masculine end of the scale. I would have rated this 95 but for the drying tannins on the finish. Typical of some 05's I guess. I will keep my other bottles for another 5 years.
  • essconsults commented:

    12/26/20, 10:57 AM - 10 years minimum. Did you really like it or just gave it the score based on rep? See my note and I’m being generous! I have had done similar experiences with others Faiveleys from 2005 and earlier. Drying tannins-yuck!

White
2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Chardonnay
2/23/2019 - Cailles wrote:
91 points
Matter of Taste (Zurich): Chartron Masterclass with JM Chartron and Will Kelley
On the nose the weakest in the line-up with rocks, fresh cut grass and slight reductive notes. On the palate a bit more depth with white fruit, a bit of apple, citrus and some rocky minerality. Fine, soft, fresh - overall a good wine but here too: nothing exceptional.
  • essconsults commented:

    12/25/20, 2:53 PM - Just took a Coravined glass. JG is either on the take or just a lousy critic. There is no F—ing way that this resembles a top flight white burgundy let alone a 95 point score. I think I have to completely disregard him but I’m not sure AM is any better. Despite his reputation for red wine analysis. IMHO, Parker’s Real forte was whites. This wine would lose badly against many mid priced Cali Chards.

White
2009 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
6/22/2017 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Winos' excellent adventure in France; 6/22/2017-6/27/2017 (All over France): Pop and pour, coiled nose displaying ripe citrus, lemon curd, honey, white flowers, saline, strong mineral a la wet stone and a hint of honey. Excellent concentration, oily, dense and coiled. Bright acidity and a long mineral and honey driven finish. With air, it opens up, displaying generous citrus fruit and honey. The ripeness is in line with the other 09 Raveneaus; however, the wine displays a greater precision and focus. Needs minimum ten more years to reach maturity.
  • essconsults commented:

    10/30/20, 9:54 PM - We had this at lunch at Levernois in 2011 but found it very dull and disappointing with little Chablis character. I attribute that to the vintage but perhaps it was too young based on your judgement.

    Loved your note: for us heaven on earth-lunch at Taillevent, dinner at Grand Vefour. Hope we all get to do that again.

White
2009 Domaine Jean Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet Clos des Chevaliers Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
1/1/2019 - sjwshiraz wrote:
Still very young and closed. Needs another 5 years. Should be lovely
  • essconsults commented:

    10/9/20, 6:42 PM - It seems odd that given the threat of Premox it takes longer than ever for a lot GC whites to come around. I have a bottle of this but I guess I’ll wait.

Red
2011 Bouchard Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/25/2014 - korum Likes this wine:
91 points
Sweet red cherries on the nose. Some earth and sandalwood underneath the cherries. Very nice nose! Sweet / tart flavors. Some bitterness. Concentrated / needs time. Is it just a little forced? Time will tell.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/25/20, 8:58 AM - Have you had this again? This seems very reasonably priced, an obvious oxymoron today for grand cru red burgundy. What you described is the way 2011’s tasted a few years ago, but how about today?

Red
1996 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Roncières Pinot Noir
8/31/2020 - Nicephoras wrote:
Some VA, but very 96. The fruit can't possibly make up for the prominent acidity. Of our (unexpected!) 96 horizontal this night, the vintage definitely shone through.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/5/20, 11:10 PM - Many of us wonder if ‘96s will ever come around, but maybe it’s the producer. We had a ‘96 Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre at the Acker BYOB last December. It drank beautifully, with great typicite. I seem to remember drinking another ‘96 Jadot Beaune 1er cru many years ago that while immature still was a nice wine. I also drank a ‘96 Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux that was again immature but still very well made. I haven’t had too many other ‘96s, but think selectively they might still be interesting. Chevillon, like Gouge in the old style, was notorious for making tough wines that lack elegance.

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Pinot Noir
6/8/2020 - Derek Darth Taster wrote:
93 points
Drank in Grassl Cru. Given generous air-time. Re-tasted again after 2 days of air in glass container in chiller and still good!
Appearance is clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of garden soil earth, floral violet, pretty red cherries, strawberries, light red spice, touch of deeper dark red and blue fruit. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), firm chewy medium+ tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of red cherries, strawberries, tart red plum, savoury garden earth, light spice, and then a darker core of concentrated ripe fruit - emerging black cherry and blueberry. Juicy long finish.
Very good quality. Lovely Beaune. Serious stuff. Probably just about entering a window. Ageing along well.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/1/20, 10:46 PM - A friend of mine tasted the ‘59 a few years ago and said it was fabulous. I think the bottle was sourced directly from Jadot care of Jacques Lardiere. Of course it was a ‘59!!!

Red
2005 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/25/2020 - Gaudissabois Johan wrote:
94 points
GAUDISSABOIS JOHAN wrote : great wine. Up to now one of the best 2005's I have enjoyed so far. Beginning to open up completely. Not lightweight as is sometimes the trouble with this famous CLOS (the 2002 was disappointing).
  • essconsults commented:

    8/27/20, 6:29 PM - Lightweight because of the winemaker or the terroir? I have had the same experience.

Red
2010 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Renardes Vieilles Vignes Réserve Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/28/2020 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
90 points
Am I the only one that drinks this wine? Anyway, four years later and my last notes were wrong. I wanted to wait five years and yet here we are, and this bottle is a little tired. Stored in my wine fridge the whole time. It's not bad by any means but a muted version of everything I noted before. And a 2010 should be still poppin. I still have one left. Let's give it another five years just to see if it turns around.
  • essconsults commented:

    8/26/20, 11:22 PM - I have one more also but don’t think these are true GC weight and density. They are pretty and elegant though and reasonably priced if you can find them.

Red
2017 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale Pinot Noir
4/30/2020 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Provided by a friend, this is a wine I wouldn't buy. It is sweet, floral, pretty and easy to drink without much to recommend itself in terms of complexity or gravitas. I can get approximately the same amount of pleasure from a can of cherry coke for a lot less than $100. Also, some retailers will require you to buy this wine in order to get the more highly allocated Mugnier wines because they have to buy this in order to get their own allocations. I understand their plight but have trouble with the concept for my own cellar.
  • essconsults commented:

    8/10/20, 7:18 PM - I got what I thought was a super deal on .375s on these but I feel as you do. Maybe should have waited but this is very underwhelming at least at this time. It received some big scores from some knowledgeable CT people but can’t understand why.

Red
2005 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/2/2020 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Served blind. Didn’t think it was Burgundy... so firm and tannic. When told it was, then clearly 2005. So much here, but give this another decade in the cellar.
  • essconsults commented:

    8/3/20, 9:20 PM - Very interesting but disturbing. Is this the vintage, the house style, Corton or just the way wines are now being made today? I have several bottles of this wine and was thinking about trying one but now I think not. I know you are one of THE mavens, so I rely on your judgement. One of the first great RBs I recall drinking was a ‘78 Faiveley Echezeaux-drunk in 1985. Aromatic, complex but light in color. And I know that ‘78s have generally proven to be long lived. Then ‘85s which were even more delicious 7-10 years on, but I know haven’t been long lasting. I realize that ‘90 has been a disappointment but what about ‘99? I remain perplexed since RBs aren’t 1st or 2nd growth Bdx from a tannic vintage. Given the gaudy reviews from AM and others and the fact that there are many more top producers and many hitherto “lesser” appellations producing very good wine, it still seems odd that one should have to often wait 20-25 years or more for the drinking window to open for top wines. The classic books (albeit written in the early 20th or even 19th Century) often speak of Grand Crus drinking within 12 years of the vintage. Is that no longer true?

  • essconsults commented:

    8/3/20, 10:22 PM - Fair enough. Thanks I appreciate your insight.

Red
2016 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets Pinot Noir
7/23/2020 - jwsmith wrote:
91 points
Just think 16 is a one dimensional vintage big and in you face like 05
  • essconsults commented:

    8/3/20, 9:24 AM - I was very impressed with ‘16 RBs initially but they seem to have become a bit one-dimensional as you say. I admit I have been a little disappointed, but should we rush to judgement?

    Which RB vintages of the past 15 are you favorites?

White
1992 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
2/27/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
100 points
Tasted blind. Wow, WOTN and candidate for the best white I ever had, people at the table were blown away by the complexity of this. Aromas go far beyond Chard, citrus, stone fruit, herbs, flowers, dried meat. There is also a barnyardy, Rousseau-Pinot side to this nose within the off the Charts complexityof this wine. I am speechless.
  • essconsults commented:

    3/31/20, 8:44 PM - I never had this wine but ‘92 was for me one of the best and most delicious WB vintages ever. Interestingly I don’t think AM thought so. Only the ‘89 Jadot Demoiselles was better than the ‘92s I’ve had.

Red
1966 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2015 - bjlcrucrazy Likes this wine:
96 points
From half bottle. Cork total mess had to filter into decanter. Light color and elegant. Initial nose tertiary with saddle, sandlewood, game, cigar box, tar on nose and then gradually red fruits start to emerge, especially raspberry. This was still beautiful even from half bottle!!! Had it on it's own without food
  • essconsults commented:

    2/29/20, 8:39 PM - I used to drink this a lot from .75s. But that was 30 years ago! I can’t believe it’s still good-especially from a .375!

White
2014 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
12/21/2018 - Bob H wrote:
From a bottle opened last night.

Fairly neutral nose.

Good tension on the palate, decent persistence - not bad, although I would have to say that as a vintage, 2014 was better young/on release than it is today.
  • essconsults commented:

    1/7/20, 9:11 PM - Thought the same with the Barraud St Veran Pommards and the Chagnoleau Prelude and Pouilly Pastoral. I still enjoyed them but not as much as in 2015-2016.

Red
1996 Domaine Rollin Père et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses Pinot Noir
11/3/2012 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
94 points
I've been patiently waiting for this vintage to start opening up (it seems to enjoy giving hints and teases and then changing its mind), so it was a pretty neat trick to see this one open up right in the glass. At first this was lean, acidic, and even a little flat, with a little leafy/minty thing going on that wasn't unpleasant in itself but seemed to bespeak something that hadn't quite crossed the ripeness finish line. Well, it was amazing to see how much this built in depth and richness over the course of the bottle. By the end, the lean, autumnal orchard fruit had fleshed out, turning noticeably sweeter, fuller, and glossier, as well as picking up a deep blue/black complexion. Where did all this extra material come from?? It's like all the stuff the vintage was hiding so long just spilled right out. And along with the fruit came the stony minerality that this piece of Pernand does so well. Even with all this stuff going on, though, it remained slender and with a silky finesse.
  • essconsults commented:

    12/13/19, 6:54 PM - Keith: At the Acker BYOB we had a ‘96 Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre. Very impressive and should last for many years. Interesting as the vintage was hyped then forgotten.

White
2017 Château de la Crée Montagny 1er Cru Les Tourelles Chardonnay
3/29/2019 - nzinkgraf wrote:
Seems like a different wine than the previous 2 or 3 vintages. Is this the first vintage that they made all by themselves? I am told they purchased the estate in 2015, so it’s been a couple of them totally under their watch. More cream soda and not too much oak on the nose and palate. Cream soda Chardonnay. Drinks very nicely and surely my favorite vintage so far 2014-2017.
  • essconsults commented:

    11/29/19, 10:29 AM - Interesting note. I think Montagny really excelled this vintage as did much of white Burgundy. The Latour Grand Roche is great QPR. Also the Olivier Leflaive les Setilles Bourgogne (supposedly made with declassified 1er cru grapes is the best of three vintages for that wine also.

White
2005 Gilbert Picq & ses Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vosgros Chardonnay
11/17/2017 - sawira wrote:
93 points
Last bottle. Supremely delicious. Fully mature, no pox, brilliant Chablis. Super saline, hints of butterscotch (from age, not pox), bright ripe lemon fruit, super long finish. A gem.
  • essconsults commented:

    11/28/19, 11:33 AM - You’ve had better luck than me. But I just opened a bottle and it’s pristine. Not a great wine, a bit one-dimensional, but very pretty and drinkable.

Red
2001 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Romas
10/3/2014 - La Cave d'Argent wrote:
81 points
Purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this bottle was double-decanted, allowing two hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented to our tasting group in double-blind fashion. My taste was non-blind. The wine retains a youthful, deep ruby/red color. On the nose, it shows aromas of ripe boysenberries, tobacco, raisins and damp earth. There is additionally a component of volatile acidity which pushes the limit of tolerance. On the palate, it is full-bodied, massively extracted and packed with dark fruit; however, there is substantial alcoholic heat which becomes front-and-center even at a serving temperature of 55-60°F. Listed as 14.5%, I suspect that the true A.B.V. of this wine is substantially higher. Solid in the middle, it closes with impressive length, but this length (unfortunately) comes at the cost of enduring more heat. Even at this stage there will be fans of well-cellared bottles such as this one. To my palate, it is over-ripe and has become disjointed. Drink now-2015.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/7/19, 6:49 PM - Just opened a bottle. You're being generous. Swill, alcoholic RP crap. Who could possibly like this stuff?

White
1981 P. Dubreuil-Fontaine Père & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
8/1/2010 - theusualsuspect wrote:
96 points
This is not a great modern Corton Charlemagne, but it is an excellent old style Corton Charlemagne. A certain austerity - long since gone in white burgundy - coupled with a very long minerally, indeed somewhat dry, finish. Big fruit and wood are not what this wine is aboout. . Nearing pale gold in color. Nice toasty nose. A narrow, if you will, finish that just sits there for a good long time. No butter, no oak, just an intense sort of white flower note that really carries.
As they say, won't see the likes of this again. Where are the oysters? Add that since 1985 it has never seen a temperature above 53 degrees.
There was a time when Corton Charlemagne was a singular wine, and this wine really reflects that. Today, Corton Charlemagne is basically another modern style chardonnay with new oak in the lead.
Louis Latour and Coche Dury led that charge.
  • essconsults commented:

    7/9/19, 9:04 PM - Interesting comments. I have been increasingly disappointed in white burgundies. The issue for me isn't PREMOX but the style, which seems tilted to orchard and/or tropical fruit. Perhaps also too much oak, but I am disturbed by the lack of minerality and requisite acidity.

    Why did this start? Some claim climate change and lack of phenolic ripeness or is it producers looking to please critics early on and appealing to the modern palate? Is this somehow connected to the PREMOX problem?

White
2008 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Alsace Grand Cru
2/19/2012 - Fatty Cat wrote:
96 points
Mid Feb 2012 in restaurant "Schwarzwaldstube, Traube Tonbach": golden amber color; grapefruit, apple, minerals; mellow acid on the palate; medium/full body; smooth texture.

Maybe my rating is a bit too enthusiastic but the wine went perfectly with the oyster dish.
  • essconsults commented:

    4/29/19, 8:20 PM - How was the Restaurant? My wife and I stayed and ate at the Bareiss in 2006. Absolutely fabulous. Interestingly we drank a glass of the same wine '04 Vintage. Excellent.

White
2016 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets Chardonnay
Super-juicy and undeveloped on day one, has that shrillness of a wine fresh off its fermentation. Much better the next day when it fleshes out a little and picks up a layer of chalk and beach sand.
  • essconsults commented:

    4/7/19, 10:58 AM - Keith: How are you? I know you are drinking a lot more great wines than I am at this point; I am wondering about your opinion of WB in general. Apart from the POX, I have found them to be more and more tropical/orchard fruity in nature, rather than chiseled and mineral. I started drinking top wines in the early '80s and the greatest wines to me were top WBs-even more than Red Bordeaux (I have gone to Red Burgs). But WBs are driving me crazy. It may be "climate change" or the desire of the producers to please the critics early on-Mark O'Connell thinks it's partly that and a change in phenolic ripeness, which is changing the flavor profiles.

    It is interesting as well to read Don Cornwell's notes, as the Oxidized Burg tastings reveal that the wines of the last 10 vintages are simply not maturing as some critics expected. Do the critics know what they're doing?

    Any thoughts on any of this?

    Steve Essrig

White
2009 Domaine Michelot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières Chardonnay
13% alcohol. Very good long dense cork. The colour is surprisingly light for a wine of that age, but I am delighted to see it as it almost guarantees lack of oxidation. Carafed 30mn ahead; a full hour would have been better.
The nose has plenty of yellow fruit, delivered in a restrained way. Nothing showy or blousy here; no oak in evidence either, and no butter thankfully. The mouth is even better, as elegant as you will get from chardonnay, with a slightly understated quality; some (not unpleasant) slightly bitter notes in the aftertaste. Went well with prawns and black sole.
All that being said, would I be prepared to pay the current rate for this wine (I am just going by the general market trend for Meursault Perrières, rather than the prices of this particular producer, whose wines I no longer have a source for) ? The answer has to be a resounding NO. The value has gone completely from the wines of the Côte d'Or in my view. No problem, move on to the next region(s), and very good their produces are too.
  • essconsults commented:

    2/1/19, 8:56 PM - I agree but where? Chablis? California?

  • essconsults commented:

    2/2/19, 4:22 AM - Yes, thanks very much. My issue has also been about the stylistic nature of WB (including the Macon) as well as the price. I have been drinking fine WB since the early 1980s, so my range of experience includes vintages from the 1970s and on. I have had some great wines from Rully and Macon as well as from the CdB proper but they all seem to me lately to exhibit too much orchard and tropical fruit and not enough of the minerality and acidity I used to take for granted. So along with the price factor and dreaded PREMOX I simply don't find WB to be stylistically the same as it was. There may be many reasons for this and it could be my own palate has changed. My wife and I have gravitated to Riesling since the early 2000s but at that time we still enjoyed WBs (the great '97 from Thevenet) as well as many, many '92s and '95 and '96s that didn't show signs of advancement from all the best CdB areas. Those were great wines.

    I did enjoy wines from the Macon from 2014 including from Lafon, Barraud and Chagnoleau. Just not to that same degree.

    Any thoughts?

Red
2004 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2018 - TashNYC wrote:
90 points
Improved from last time we had it. Good red fruit -- cherries and currants -- with smoke, tobacco and a little earth. I don't find this as mature as some do. Perhaps it will drink a little better with some more time?
  • essconsults commented:

    11/22/18, 11:11 AM - Yes-somehow better, sturdier than a year ago. Not great but pleasant and interesting if not complex.

White
2009 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
9/28/2018 - Enfantterrible wrote:
92 points
The sulphur still remains. Behind that, there’s an amazing mix of lemon lime, peach, cream, and mineral. Beautiful stuff

Ok this is ridiculous. Accidentally left the bottle open for 24 hours. Now it’s drinking perfectly. Have never experienced this with any white wine. Keep remaining bottles for at least 3 more years
  • essconsults commented:

    10/25/18, 5:20 PM - It is ridiculous. I have two left. Still young because of the sulphur? Or just too young-at 9? Since when (other than sulphur) did WBs need so much time to drink well? I'm finding the same thing, which given recent vintages more fruit forward character and the PM problem makes it almost impossible to figure out when to drink them. Any thoughts?

Red
2005 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/12/2016 - mattyboy_ wrote:
I didn't like this as much as the rest of the group. Seemed rather simple and fruit forward. I must say I don't drink much California wine but I do appreciate an old school Napa cab/bordeaux blend. This was too modern/new school for me. Rich, round, supple and soft, highly polished. No charm or character. (***)
  • essconsults commented:

    10/17/18, 8:00 PM - I tasted either this or the '07 at a WS Wine Experience and felt exactly the same way. However there were other big, "important" wines that evening that also didn't show very well. Perhaps it's the venue, but as you say, these big cult wines do nothing for me either.

Red
2010 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/5/2014 - Wine Fool Likes this wine:
95 points
(Decanted for three hours and consumed over two days.) I have tasted most of the Bouchard Le Cortons going back to the 1998 vintage and been impressed. (This is especially true of the great 2005, which is currently in a sullen phase and may remain there for some time.) But the 2010 Le Corton is in a class by itself. It has a dark but limpid cherry color. With much swirling, candied red fruit, smoke, violet and animal scents rise from the bowl. Impressively deep, sweet and sappy flavors of raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, licorice, minerals and earth coat the mid-palate and follow through on the long, tangy finish. The flavors are big and vibrant yet remain very stylish and precise. This creates a wonderful tension on the palate. The tannins are pronounced but very suave. (By the way, though much too early to consider food parings, this wine's earthiness kept putting me in mind of unembellished roasted squab.) Is it as good as, say, the 2010 Domaine Faiveley Corton “Clos des Cortons” Faiveley? Perhaps not but it is certainly nipping at its heels, and at half the price! This is a wonderful red Burgundy that needs at least a dozen years to really bloom. I cannot wait. 95+ points for now.
  • essconsults commented:

    9/29/18, 8:45 PM - So generally speaking, (not just this wine) do you feel '10 is better than '05? I'm curious what people think at this point. I have fewer '05s and they are way more expensive to buy at this point.

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