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2005 Domaine du Ch√Ęteau de Chorey (Germain) Beaune 1er Cru Les Cras Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
4/1/2016 - Sycamore wrote:
80 points
Oh, my -- the distress right now. Have 10 more these (bought a case blind years ago after loving the '01), but this, tonight, sucks. It sucks. Its as if the '01 of the mind's eye was turned into stewed prunes. That's what this is: over-wrought, overdone, fruity badness. Plain and simple. A great vintage handled wrongly, maybe. All of that said, this note seems to go against the grain here, so maybe the bottle is off (or the taster is); will come back in 6 months and try again....
  • Sycamore commented:

    3/13/17, 6:27 PM - I haven't -- will do so soon in the name of science and report back!

Red
2008 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir
3/28/2016 - Sycamore wrote:
85 points
Best aromatically. Very lean, tart and acidic on the palate. Not sure when, if ever, this will provide a better drinking experience; certainly not much to get excited about today....
  • Sycamore commented:

    4/5/16, 10:25 PM - Thanks for the comment, MemorialWineFan. Those seem like the only two options for this -- though I'm not sure its going to improve much; wines don't typically "put on weight" over time. So, it seems unlikely to improve in the textural or substance departments. Maybe some secondary components will come online and make it more compelling. Or undrinkable... :-)

Red
2013 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echezeaux Vieille Vigne Pinot Noir
9/29/2015 - Sycamore wrote:
Took this a while to start to taste like a Burgundy. A while longer to start to show itself as a Fourrier. Started out as a dead-ringer for a young OR pinot. A little bit of white pepper, and some noticeable tannins initially. Eventually rounds out to a quite fruity and delicious Burgundy of decent complexity. This one was opened in the name of science; wait at least three years before diving in again.
  • Sycamore commented:

    10/4/15, 9:36 PM - Agree! I always try to buy a few extra Fourriers to enable early tasting. Getting harder each year, of course.....

  • Sycamore commented:

    10/6/15, 1:29 PM - I agree with you -- I prefer the GC VV myself. Will have to find some Jouan!

Red
2007 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne Pinot Noir
10/2/2015 - Sycamore Likes this wine:
97 points
Incredible wine here. Dark, brooding, earthy. Nothing to suggest 2007. Or maybe it does -- just at the vintage's pinnacle. Fabulous and near-perfect at this juncture.
  • Sycamore commented:

    10/6/15, 1:28 PM - Yeah -- we know all about the potential lurking hazards of bottle variation, but based on the showing of the bottle that we opened the other night, this is worth seeking out!

Red
2007 Coche-Dury Auxey-Duresses Pinot Noir
12/12/2013 - Sycamore wrote:
88 points
One of the best wines, aromatically, of the year. Palate doesn't quite keep up, but does indeed get better and more well-rounded as the bottle warms and opens up. Very much like a Thomas OR pinot at first, then gains complexity. Tannins alive and well, but not obtrusive. Should be better yet 2015+.
  • Sycamore commented:

    12/18/13, 8:49 PM - 2019 would suit this wine just fine, methinks........

Red
2006 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir
5/7/2013 - Sycamore wrote:
88 points
Noticeable improvement over the 2011 tasting. Double-decanted. Lovely medium-red color. Aromatics gorgeous throughout -- fruit and flowers. Starts out a bit tight on the palate, with a pronounced tannic bite on the finish. Fleshes out over the course of the bottle. Nice mouthfeel, decent balance; tannins round out with air. A little Gevrey earthiness. Good wine. Probably better still 2014+.
  • Sycamore commented:

    5/9/13, 8:54 AM - Yeah -- this will definitely live on for a good while. We have 5 left, fortunately, so plan to have at least 3 on hand in the 2020+ timeframe......

  • Sycamore commented:

    5/9/13, 8:45 PM - Agree -- really like the vintage on the overall. Some variability, of course, but wines have generally been good along the curve up to now, and many show the potential for serious cellar-worthiness. Particularly am enamored of their transparency of place. Plus they seem like a value, cost-wise, at this point...........

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