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2010 Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese trocken Pfalz
Dark gold and fairly advanced for a riesling of this age. Moderate sweetness is well balanced by good acidity but not as high as other 2010s I've tried. Showing some tertiary characteristics...If I hadn't tried 4 of these to date I would drink up but I think I will sit on the last bottle to see where it goes.
  • octopussy commented:

    1/8/19, 8:52 AM - Thank you for your note. I had the same problem with two other bottles of this wine and vintage. Something must have gone wrong with this wine.

2015 Château Trotte Vieille St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/21/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
94 points
Another wine that is better from bottle than the barrel, the wine has richness, chocolate covered red fruits, licorice, and espresso. The texture is soft, polished and caressing, the fruit has ripeness, elegance and flesh. There is length in the sweet, fruity finish. This is the best vintage of Trotte Vieille I have ever tasted!
  • octopussy commented:

    5/25/18, 12:55 AM - You mean better from bottle than barrel?

2005 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers Chardonnay
Medium golden colour. In the nose, there are strong notes of oxidation - a bit of sherry, roasted hazelnuts, only here and there, there's a touch of class with yellow stone fruit notes. Smells a bit flat, too. On the palate, it's rather disjointed, the alcohol sticks out, nothing seems to fit together, it's just barely alive anymore. The 2006 opened for comparison is much better. Seems to be a victim of prem-ox.
  • octopussy commented:

    4/11/16, 1:01 AM - Unfortunately yes, over the years quite a few bottles of my 2005s and 2006s were oxidized.

  • octopussy commented:

    4/11/16, 9:15 AM - If you want to age white Burgundy, I would not take the risk with Fontaine Gagnard. The Prem-Ox track record is not good.

  • octopussy commented:

    4/12/16, 12:27 AM - Unfortunately not.

White - Off-dry
2002 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
9/13/2014 - m_arcon wrote:
89 points
Huet tasting Sec, Demi-Sec and Moelleux from different vintages (Andis Home): Colour: A much darker colour than the Clos du Bourg from the same flight.
Nose: The nose seems to be at a high maturation level. Baked apple and citrus flavours mixed with a lot of honey. You can also recognize a slightly oxidation.
Palate: The wine is nice to drink but nothing with a lot of complexity. Low acidity. Drink up.
  • octopussy commented:

    9/15/14, 3:11 AM - Sounds like it's premoxed. There are high prem-ox issues with 2002 Huet.

2010 Jean Foillard Morgon Gamay
4/8/2014 - octopussy wrote:
86 points
Fairly dark red. Sort of muted nose, not giving much, some blackberry and cherry, earthy notes. On the palate, it's a bit lean and thin and a bit alcoholic at the same time. Bad phase I'd say, but this bottle really wasn't much fun.

Much better after three days open. The nose is a tiny bit dusty, but it's much more open and the fruit is much more defined now. Also better in the mouth, likewise more open, more harmonic and with more Gamay character. I'm hopeful that three or four years cellartime will do this wine good.
  • octopussy commented:

    4/10/14, 12:54 AM - After three days open, the wine improved a lot. I'm not giving up on it.

2011 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes Pinot Noir
2011 Bertheau, two Santenays and two aged Rieslings: Light crimson. In the nose, this is charming, elegant and fragrant, slightly spicy. Good balance of light and dark notes. More substance than the 1er Cru. On the palate, it's got a good structure, some tartness, slightly rustic acidity and slightly grainy tannins. I actually prefer the 1er Cru at this point.
  • octopussy commented:

    10/20/13, 11:02 AM - Wine Searcher issues Crush in NYC as a merchant.

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