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Tasting Notes for M.Batard

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White
1/14/2023 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Rich yellow color. Stone fruit, with some complexity from secondary notes I couldn’t put a name to. Delightful.
White - Fortified
1/15/2023 - M.Batard wrote:
99 points
Salted caramel or maple syrup sap, with bright cooking apples and toasted almonds. Unbelievably smooth. Long finish. Paired with Stilton but also dark chocolate almond Krispy treats. Marvelous! Inspired historic conversations and recitations of the Gettysburg Address (given a year earlier!)
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Red
1/15/2023 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Red fruity with peppery and leather notes. Tannins fully integrated, which was important as we paired it with cevapi (Balkan) finger sausages and gingery chicken, so generally spicy dinner. Marvelous.
Red
1/8/2023 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Very dark ruby color. Decanted just before dinner. Cassis and plum, along with a hint of graphite. Main difference with the ‘06 opened first was that the tannis seemed fully integrated here, vs not quite for the younger one. Beautiful wine. Excellent paired with the pan-seared bison ribeye and roasted potatoes and squash.
Red
1/7/2023 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Very dark ruby color, with no sign of aging. Decanted just before drinking. Full bodied. Cassis and plum fruit, with a hint of graphite pencil. Was hoping for other Bordeaux-like secondary notes, but never came. Velvety on the palate, but still some fine tannins left, so I’m imagining it could last a couple more years easily, so will hold onto my remaining bottle.
Red
12/30/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Just magnificent. Opened one hour ahead of pizza night, then poured (from magnum) through Venturi. Herbs and smoke on the nose, black fruit on the palate. Long finish. Well integrated. Happy New Year!
Red
12/23/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby color; little sign of aging. Blackberry nose. Integrated tannis, very smooth. Little in the way of secondary notes.
Red
12/7/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
HL Chilean wine night. Three Neyens, two Clos Apaltas, and one Sena vintage. Last bottle of the case. Decanted due to broken cork. Classic cassis with earthy loam and cocoa notes. Tannins completely integrated. Long finish. This has developed into a magnificent wine, and seems at its peak right now (wouldn’t hold longer.) WOTN vs ‘06 and ‘15 Neyen, or ‘06 and ‘16 Clos Apalta. Paired with braised short ribs.
Red
11/26/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Decanted 45 minutes ahead. Light ruby color, slightly cloudy, and clear at the edge. Black cherry nose, but more cranberry on the palate, with a note of spice (but not the rose we got two nights ago. Mouth-coating, with a long finish. Dusty tannins still in evidence. Paired with porcini and chanterelle tart (again!), but didn’t seem as magical as when we paired the 2010 with it. Wine really fell apart after four hours in the decanter: last glass not such a happy one.
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Red
11/24/2022 - M.Batard Likes this wine:
94 points
From a vertical 2010, 2011, 2012 library release. Opened all three bottles an hour before dinner. Served after the 2010 and 2011. Dark ruby and full-bodied. Complex bright raspberry, cherry, and black fruit (even blueberry?), with rose petal and savory spice. Front of palate attack, but then long finish. Paired with the usual roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry-orange chutney, (savory) sweet potato tart.
Red
11/24/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
From a vertical 2010, 2011, 2012 library release. Opened all three bottles an hour before dinner. Ruby color, medium-light bodied. Black raspberry and cherry again, like the 2010, with spice and rose notes. Paired with the usual roast Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry-orange chutney, (savory) sweet potato tart. Less acclaim than the other two.
Red
11/24/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
94 points
From a vertical 2010, 2011, 2012 library release. Opened all three bottles an hour before dinner. Started with the 2010. Deep ruby-violet color. Black raspberry and cherry fruit, with earth and mushroom notes, coating back of palate. Long finish. Serendipitous pairing: porcini and chanterelle savory tart first course. This was the favorite of the night for most. Had to open second bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1988 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/24/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Orange/gold color. Pleasant and correct, but it noticeably complex. Paired with apple crumble with Cointreau-laced whipped cream, which might have been magical, given others’ mentions of orange/apricot marmalade…
Red
11/22/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Last bottle Decanted for an hour. Cassis, dried cherry, rose, and spice. A touch more tannic still, especially after the ‘99 Dominus we started with, against our grilled steaks. But better than my memory of the earlier bottles.
Red
1999 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Luscious and complete, but not stunning. Paired with steak off the grill, sautéed mushrooms, and polenta.
Red
11/15/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
From second half of bottle, stored in half decanter for three days. Deep ruby with clear edge. Smoked meat on nose. Same cranberry, rose, and ripe cherry notes as previous note 18 months ago. Only medium finish. Much better than first glass, which underwhelmed; lesson: must decant and let breathe (or just keep waiting!)
Red
11/9/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
This was excellent, off the wine list at King, NYC. We drank while we ordered and with the panisse and finocchietta appetisers. Baby Barolo, but honestly almost as wonderful as the (too young!) 2016 Conterno Barolo Francia we had with our mains. (And less outrageously priced, by a mile.)
Red
11/9/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Off the wine list at King, NYC. Decanted, then served immediately. Rose petals and cherry, with a savory character. Strong acidity, but not too tannic. Genocide. Paired with their ‘onglet’ (steak cutlet): fine, but not inspired.
Red
11/9/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
First bottle of the case; such self restraint! Ruby color, clear at the edge. Medium bodied. Rose and black cherry on the nose, with bit of dirt. Palate is again black cherry, raspberry, with spice and stemmy notes—a slight bit savory. Tannins lingering lightly, even after a decade. Medium finish.
Red
10/26/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Ruby color and cloudy again. Pomegranate and spice still seems the right description. Certainly not improving from last year.
Red
10/14/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
89 points
"Pleasant but not much going on…" That was last time; still true. This is me, drinking up.
Red
10/16/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Poured through Venturi. Cranberry coming through more than black cherry, on a savory and acidic palate. Surprisingly long finish that I hadn't noticed in earlier bottles. Paired very well with baked chicken on a bed of Mediterranean-ish veg (tomato, onion, beans, fennel) along with baked squash. Great news is that I discovered another six bottles...(so much for my record-keeping.)
Red
10/3/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Smooth as silk, good dark fruit, but not terribly complex. Paired well with unadorned filet mignon.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/2/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Turning dark gold now. Honey, caramel, and citrus peel. Paired poorly with apple-caramel sauce over ice cream, because the citrus peel offered a bitter finish.
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Red
9/26/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Bitter cherry, with a hint of raspberry, although first taste was lacking in fruit. Quite savory and stemmy, so kind of Burgundian in character. Coated the roof of one’s mouth, rather coating the lower palate, a slightly odd sensation.
Paired well with Petit Basque and Brie.
White
8/9/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Complex intersection of nectarines and melon, preceded by chalky minerality with just a hint of waxiness. Very good acidity. Fascinating. Medium long finish.
Red
8/8/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Deep ruby color; medium bodied. Raspberry and blueberry, with spice and vanilla secondary notes. Paired beautifully with pesto ravioli.
White
8/6/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Citrus /lime nose. Fuji apple and citrus (lime and grapefruit) on the palate. Will correct myself from earlier note: I think the finish is a touch saline rather than bitter.—but at any rate, not sweet, despite a pleasing rich mouthfeel. Good acidity.
White
8/2/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Pale copper color (the label says “white wine with maceration”—so, an orange wine.) Notes of peach, rhubarb and guava on a chalky, almost furry, mineral base. Good acidity and not sweet. Medium long finish. Note that the wine is actually Ribolla blended with Sauvignonasse (Friulano) rather than with Sauvignon Blanc (as implied by the CT naming.) Paired nicely with poached sable fish over sauteed onons and other veg. VGV.
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Red
7/27/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby color. Blackcurrant and black cherry, with hints of spice. Not terribly complex but drinking very well. Popped and decanted after the 2004 Torre Muga ran dry, and was very surprised how this didn't seem like a huge step down. By definition, that make this GV!
Red
7/26/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Opened 30minutes ahead, and decanted just before serving. Consistent with earlier Jan22 note. Very dark ruby-purple, dense. Blackberry and plum fruit, with a hint of spiciness. Tannins not noticeable this time, quite well-integrated: very smooth. Paired very nicely with lamb kebabs and spicy harissa roasted carrots.
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Red
1990 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Decanted just 30 minutes before dinner. First half glass additionally poured through Venturi; that taste had me worried: all tannins and little fruit. As the wine opened, though, it was just fine. Deep ruby color, clear at the edge. Not overly expressive nose. Plum and blackberry on the palate, and although savory, it was hard to identify secondary notes. Finish not terribly long. Paired with grilled ribeye and broccolini; think it deserves pairing with a richer dish.
Red
2007 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
93 points
Decanted 30-45 minutes ahead. Deep ruby color. Cassis and mocha. Very enjoyable but not as complex and fascinating as the 1997 Dominus we compared it against, so perhaps wait a couple more years for the next bottle? Paired with steak off the grill.
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Red - Fortified
7/3/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Delicious plum and cassis. Paired with cheese board, but kept going all night.
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Red
1997 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
94 points
Garnet color. Cassis, leather, and cigar box. Tannins fully integrated. Long finish. Just lovely. Paired with steak off the grill.
Red
7/1/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Ruby color, fairly translucent. Black cherry, orange blossom, licorice and leather on the nose. Sour cherry with chewy tannins. Long finish on the back of the palate.
Rosé
6/29/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
89 points
Shocking light ruby color. (How is this an orange wine?) Wet hay and grass and jolly rancher candy on the nose. Cranberry and Earl Grey tea on the quite tannic palate. Very divided opinions on this Round the table.
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White
6/21/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
First tasted at Cree Wine Co in Clinton by the glass ten days ago; came home with a case. Bright straw-yellow. Nose of orange blossoms and citrus. Orange pith and lemons on the palate, with stony understory and a slight saline touch. Good acid; long finish that coats the back of your mouth. The saline touch made it a great pairing with prosciutto.
Rosé
6/16/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Red fruits and a bit of saline quality, with a long finish. Paired very well with poached salmon over a bed of sauteed summer vegetables.
White
6/14/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Classic NZ sauvignon blanc: citrus and gooseberries with a hint of tropical fruit (I’d stock with guava), but this vintage has unbelievable length…it goes on and on! Marvellous companion to cheese from Forchette (Clinton NJ): Vacherousse and Beecher’s Cheddar.
Red
6/1/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Very consistent with previous note. Paired with poached salmon and roast potatoes. If I’m not careful, I’ll run through the whole case and ruin my vertical!
White
5/30/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
88 points
Apple, citrus, and chalk. Very fresh. Perfect with spicy shrimp & vegetable salad in a hot Memorial Day picnic.
Rosé
5/28/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
89 points
Strawberries and grass, slightly bitter finish. Normally, I would love those features, but this doesn’t thrill.
White
5/27/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Apple peel, lemons, and chalk. A grown-up wine.
Paired with sushi from Ryujin, which wasn’t as good a match as the earlier Greywacke s.b. we started with.
Red
2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/16/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
Dark crimson; little fading. Cassis and a hint of tobacco on the nose. (JP says the key note was the smell of SHCC locker room before they gutted it for renovation— so fits with “cigar leaf funk” or “barnyard funk “ that others have noted, or Jancis’ ‘bit of brettomyces’ ) Correct palate of blackberry, but with little complexity. Wonderful with our andouille sausage and our cheese course.
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Red
5/16/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
91 points
I’ve had a couple of bottles that were cloudy over the past few months, but this one was clear for the early glass, but has clouded up in the last glass of the bottle (half the bottle is in a half decanter for tomorrow.) But aroma and palate not impaired: Damson plum and cherry nose, with a touch of spice. Sense the plum coming through to the palate, and the cherry becoming more of a sour cherry, I think, with the iron filings that I saw another taster note. Medium long finish.
Red
5/4/2022 - M.Batard Likes this wine:
91 points
Bitter cherries on the nose and the palate, but secondary zings of sweeter Bing cherry. A serious rose’…very good paired with Leonore goat cheese from Fourchette.
White
4/25/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
90 points
Wonderful paired with Jamie Oliver’s fish tacos (mango, red onion, and cilantro.)
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Red
4/24/2022 - M.Batard wrote:
92 points
Incredibly, my first bottle from the case. Lovely translucent ruby color. Raspberry, cherry, and rose, but a savory undercurrent, slightly stemmy, with light, dusty tannins. Medium-long finish. A ‘feminine’ wine, and a serious one at that. Delightful. Paired with rib-eye steak and roasted potatoes.
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