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Red
1982 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/28/2023 - Purple Tooth wrote:
97 points
Ah yess...I remember this. That cold clay filled Bordeaux nose of wet pungent earth, potpourri of cedar laden flowers, and that flower shop scent that filled my empty glass after it was all gone, but still lingering the next morning. This is classy, old school Bordeaux, taking me back to my very first mind bending experiences. The wine still gains weight in the glass and shows health and power with a one minute finish. Really wished I would have held onto the other bottles. But then again, I would not have those memories. Drink
  • dchain commented:

    1/29/23, 1:59 AM - This is really one of the great wines from 1982 and usual kills Petrus 1982. Still a relative bargain for these rare mind bending, ethereal wine moments!

Red
2010 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Nebbiolo
1/7/2019 - BradE wrote:
A quartet of Monfortino tonight (1971, 1997, 2001, 2010). All were in great shape, and all were very, very good. For me the surprising standout, given it's youth, was the young 2010 (decanted seven hours). Just a baby but it's drinking amazingly well. A fantastic nose on opening, and a sweetness on the palate that belied it's power. Simply outstanding. One of our group of four literally fell in love with the 2001 (decanted five hours), and I understood why. It was beguiling, and improved the most over the three hour dinner. I've been less excited about 1997 Barolos over time than others. And this perfect provenance magnum of 1997 Monfortino was very good, but for me just not as exciting as the other three. The 1971 was terrific, and easily could be called too young. A fine representation of Monfortinos, and a very enjoyable flight.
  • dchain commented:

    10/19/22, 1:56 AM - I just had the 1971 Monfortino last week and I definitely thought it wasn't ready which is hard to comprehend after 51 years! Still lots of fruit and life in the wine but the tannins were still there and holding it all together like a straightjacket!

Red
2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2020 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Dark and brooding. See my earlier rant about the 2000 vintage (GPL 2000 tasting note from the same night). So little pleasure to be had. Some ripe cassis fruit but all locked up in a straight jacket of not fully ripe phenolic tannins. This has not been pleasurable since tasting it en primeur and it is still hard to get much pleasure. I will sell my 2 cases bought en primeur bought at $45/bt as I cannot be bothered to wait to see how it finally turns out. Unlikely to set your world on fire however long you wait, it is simply the style of Montrose back when it was made. Again, other than the fluke, flawed, Bret laden 89 and 90 who has had a pleasurable, fruit driven, perfumed Montrose? Wines are for enjoyment right, rather than to be worn as a sackcloth like some endurance badge of honour...
  • dchain commented:

    12/16/20, 12:45 AM - William, I agree with you on the old, great vintages of Montrose. I love the Montrose terroir but if you really want the next generation of wine drinker to appreciate Montrose advocating how delicious the 1929 and 1961 is (and I have had them) is hardly the way to go about it. "If you buy a great Montrose and keep it for 91 years, it will start to be delicious drinking..."

    Also, Montrose should have had more than just 6 or 7 great vintages in the 20th century given its great terroir. I think the change in ownership in 2006 was a good thing and with Herve Berland joining from Mouton in 2011 there was a clear acknowledgement that Montrose needed to pick riper and more forward (a very relative term for this property).

    No one wants a Bordeaux fruit bomb but surely a bit more elegance, better tannin management and quite frankly a bit more fun would hardly go amiss. Just look at the evolution of Cos (2016 being first growth quality) and the evolution of Calon Segur over the last 10 vintages. These are two of the most exciting properties in St. Estephe.

    I don't want to see Montrose relegated to a chateau that made amazing relics of the 20th century but to go from strength to strength in the 21st. I have a feeling they will!

  • dchain commented:

    12/17/20, 12:26 AM - Really appreciate the good and civilized discussion here! Long may it continue. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and to many good bottles shared with family and friends (in a socially distant and responsible way) over the holiday period.

White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/30/2020 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank side by side with the Salon 96 this was amber gold and a lot more advanced looking. Not as fresh as previous bottles and was a bit too oxidative and too much bruised golden apples without the freshness and balance I associate with Krug. Maybe an off bottle? Need to watch this as I have 44 bottles still and with auction prices getting to $475/bt might be time to trade some of these for the 2002!
  • dchain commented:

    8/3/20, 3:30 AM - 164 edition of the GC is indeed fantastic but needing more time in the cellar to really show its pedigree. However, vintage Krug in the top years is really hard to beat. It also is a much better investment with the 96 Krug I bought on release at US$220/bt now trading at US$400 (net to seller at auction). I don't think you can get this type of return on many wines which you can buy in significant quantity. It allows me to grow my Krug collection! Buy three cases, sell 1 case and recycle the cash into other Krug. Use to be able to that with Bordeaux but now the pricing is completely wrong with owners demanding the same price as older vintages with the same points!

Red
2006 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2014 - Reiff Does not like this wine:
82 points
Honestly, I fail to see why people go on about this stuff. And maybe about St. Emilions in general. We had a glass of this at the chateau’s restaurant, with lunch. We tried hard to appreciate it. But all we could get off the nose, for at least an hour, was paint, paint thinner, acetone, and other solvent/insect-repellant aromas. The taste was concentrated but not nice--tight, acrid. After an hour, down to the last sips, it maybe relaxed a little and let out some very sour red berry tastes and smells, like under-ripe red currents. OK, it’s a few years too young for a serious Bordeaux and maybe hadn’t breathed enough. But this was at the domain’s own restaurant, so whose fault is that? (Plus, the bloody glassful cost 22 euros, so I'm giving them no break at all.) I’ll give it an 82 for the concentration, and because some wine aficionados are masochists. Trop long, indeed – if you’re stuck with some of this stuff, you’ll be waiting way too long. Try going up the right bank to Chateau Falfas in Bourg, a very nice organic operation, whose top label is rich, complex but doesn’t forget to be genial, at a fraction of the price.
  • dchain commented:

    6/27/20, 9:24 AM - Sadly the wine has not improved since you have tasted it. See my recent tasting note.

Red
2008 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2020 - dchain Likes this wine:
90 points
From magnum. Tasted side by side with Montrose 08 in same format and I didn’t like this as much this time. More closed and showing more obvious tannins. Just a little rough around the edges. Fruit locked back into the muscular structure of the wine. Maybe sleeping stage for the wine. Not the same brightness, fruit or depth compared with the Montrose. Felt a lot shorter too. I feel Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton could be so much better than they currently are with just a little bit more effort, discipline in the vineyard and to harvest with slightly better ripeness and manage the tannic extraction better. Sounds easy then...

Still nice to drink but almost the same price as Montrose in this vintage and currently I would have the Montrose over the Barton any day.
  • dchain commented:

    3/22/20, 8:50 PM - I like Pichon Baron a lot in 08- slightly more approachable than in the “great” vintages. At the end, wine is a beverage and it is for drinking! Need to drink more right now to get through this virus madness! Stay well everyone.

Red
1967 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva Nebbiolo
Distressingly brown around the edges but drank well after a 10 hour decant. Bottle had been upright for about a month and there was about a quarter bottle of hazy sediment. Autumnal, slightly maderized notes but plenty of sweet fruit underneath and a nice medicinal twang. A good bottle all in all.
  • dchain commented:

    3/10/20, 5:46 AM - Why would you give a 53 year old wine a 10 hour decant or was that a typo in your note? 1 hour or straight PnP would surely be more than enough for such an old and delicate Barolo...

  • dchain commented:

    3/14/20, 8:28 AM - Very interesting to hear this and appreciate the tip! My drinking experience is more with older Bordeaux and Burgundy.

White
2008 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
1/1/2020 - Ajnate wrote:
flawed
Badly oxidized and undrinkable. purchased direct and stored well. so disappointing.
  • dchain commented:

    1/4/20, 2:10 AM - I have stopped buying Leflaive wines as I have flushed too many $300+ bottles down the drain due to their systematic problems with premox. Totally unacceptable and the Domaine won’t recognize what so many of us have experienced. Feel bad for you but suggest you try other producers who are using better winemaking skills to give you a clean and fresh bottle of wine! I have warned many of my friends off Leflaive and it is the only way to get the message through to them- stop selling and we should stop buying defective wine!

Red
1996 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Pinot Noir
11/16/2019 - felixp Does not like this wine:
85 points
no fruit, just acid. Perfectly cellared since release. The antithesis of a lovely, mature generous Volnay. Surely the tale of the Emperor with no clothes derived it's inspiration from this producer.
  • dchain commented:

    11/18/19, 7:26 AM - At last someone calling this winemaker out. His wines all trend towards the acidic, lean and dilute. Apologists call it traditional and ultra vibrant but that is just being diplomatic. His Jura wines are just unprintable!

Red
1966 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
7/17/2019 - pclin wrote:
97 points
Lunch at Wah Lok. The case came in from London last month, finally got an opportunity to open one today. Heavy tobaccos on the nose so typical of a matured HB. Very clean on the nose. Sweet and smooth on the entry. Fine tannins. Previous taster was correct, this tasted so young. In blind tasting I would have guessed as a ‘89 or ‘90 HB. Vibrant acidity and no sign of fading over 2 hours lunch. This is going to last forever. Long may you run! Marvelous wine, so pure and elegant.
  • dchain commented:

    7/18/19, 10:59 PM - I bought an OWC case from a NY collection and it has been an amazing buy and delicious drinking. Great levels and provenance are important as always!

White
2008 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
5/11/2019 - burgcamel wrote:
94 points
Happy it wasn't premoxed! This was an excellent bottle. The nose was a little reserved in the beginning but opened up nicely in 15 minutes. A nice floral and lemon finish that lingered.
  • dchain commented:

    5/12/19, 8:37 AM - It is a bit depressing that your first thought when opening a $500 bottle of wine is that it is actually drinkable! Have been so annoyed with ruined/premoxed Leflaive wines that I have stopped buying them after more than 20 years of buying on release.

White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
10/13/2018 - DonDon wrote:
89 points
Struggling to score this to be honest. I had my last bottle of this in 2012 and left a tasting a note at that time which said the wine was disappointing and possibly in a bad phase of the wine and to leave it for at least 5 years. So a big tick to me for managing to wait actually 6 years! Well sadly not much has changed. My wife and I love champagne but this wine was honestly hard to love. The key problem for me was the end palate and length which, although very long, was slightly unbalanced and unpleasant. Perhaps a little too much acidity and a touch of bitterness. There is complexity here and very fine bubbles and a lovey first taste but as a drinking experience I’m really sorry but it’s just OK. You kid of find yourself trying to like it because you know it’s a Krug 96. It is possible I have a bad batch or bad storage before I got these but I’ve owned these (I have 2 more) for over 14 years. I’m really not sure if this is a bad batch or just me being inexperienced with aged expensive champagne? Should I give this more time before opening another bottle? Should I drink them soon if they are in bad condition? Should I sell them?? Comments and ideas welcome! Thanks
  • dchain commented:

    10/17/18, 2:05 AM - I have 4 cases of this bought on release and the 8 bottles I have drunk so far have been out of this world. This is one of the great vintages of Krug so I think you might have some bad bottles as this wine attracts one of the highest average community scores with 394 comments! I am sorry you aren’t experiencing what we all have been.

Red
1928 Château Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
8/30/2018 - DonDon wrote:
93 points
Drunk at 67PM as part of a totally insane line up. Can’t believe I’ve drunk a wine from 1928!! And that I loved it. It sounds ridiculous to say but this has life left in it. Obviously this is all now about the tertiary flavours but has a great backbone of acidity. Must have got very lucky with bottle condition. What a treat.
  • dchain commented:

    9/9/18, 4:00 AM - You do realize that the best plots of Petrus were acquired from Gazinin the late 60s so any Gazin before then is like a mini Petrus. I have had the 1928 Gazin and it is stunningly good. A very privileged experience indeed! Glad you had a good bottle!

Red
1966 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/31/2018 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Coche-Dury Lunch with a La Tâche Kicker, Then More Après Lunch Wines (Elements Restaurant at the Sanctuary - Paradise Valley, AZ): Almost everybody expected this was fake, given the number of questionable elements with the label, bottle and their respective conditions. Those expectations were correct. And the wine, while most likely from Vosne in a lesser vintage, was not particularly enjoyable. I would want to upload a photo of the label, but there is no way to indicate it as fake.
  • dchain commented:

    9/3/18, 4:54 AM - The bottle and label might indeed be real and it has instead been refilled with an imitation blend of Vosne wines from a similar era. Might be worth posting the label to see if anyone in the community has come across the bottle or it can be identified who sold it.

Red
1996 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/16/2018 - brigcampbell wrote:
Last of the DRC I purchased for $20 per bottle. Glad the crew was able share in a legendary wine experience.

Blind: But I knew what it was because I gave it to FMIII to share with Nordhoff. Well, all three of us were sitting at the table so I suspected it might show up in the blind bag. Love the feminine, lightly ripened strawberry flavor with sandlewood. I love sandlewood in Pinot, Grenache, and I guess everything else. Still alive and kicking with a nice tannin foundation in support. Nordhoff thought it was Rhy Swan Terrace. Ha ha!!! Good for Kevin Harvey I guess because it did show like a Rhy but with more age on it.
  • dchain commented:

    8/18/18, 7:24 AM - Even when bought on release this wine was never $20/ bt! What was the source? Closing down sale of a wine merchant or a friend liquidating his stock? I bought a six pack on release from Corney and Barrow, the exclusive UK distributor in March 1999 at $200/ bt so maybe a typo in your note?

  • dchain commented:

    8/19/18, 9:48 PM - I wonderful wine story and great way to enjoy the wine!

Red
2000 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2018 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for about 45 min. Slightly disappointing as this bottle lacked a bit of stuffing for a second Growth from the 2000 vintage. More red than dark fruit, elevated acidity, medium (-) body. Very good yes but does not justify the reputation and premium price of 2000
  • dchain commented:

    7/29/18, 11:06 PM - Most 2000 are overrated and you will get more bang for your buck from the 2001s which are excellent.

White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/30/2018 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
A lazy Sunday afternoon gathering - Champagne and DRC (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Beautiful mature nose displaying decadent sweet yellow fruit, apricot, cinnamon baked apple, a hint of delicate red fruit, honey, sweet spices and mineral. Fully mature palate, very fine but slightly shy mousse, beautifully layered decadent yellow fruit, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and a long decadent yellow fruit and honey driven finish with smoke at the end. The ripe expression reminds me the 90 a bit. Based on my experiences, most bottles of the 96 Krug have completely transformed from having incredible precision and structure to being very generous and round in the past five years. This is a divisive wine as for me, it is drinking beautifully and correct where Bryan and RJ think too advanced.
  • dchain commented:

    7/1/18, 7:38 PM - I am with you. Perfect drinking at the moment!

Red
2006 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée La Romanée Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/4/2018 - The Vines That Bind wrote:
89 points
Liger-Belair Dinner (Hong Kong): I far preferred the '15 La Romanee, which is in an infant baby fat stage, to this comparatively dry and mildly stewed showing. Inexpressive nose with dried cranberry and missing the detail of many of the lesser wines tonight. The '10 last week was was also far more accessible and pleasurable than this. This was however the last wine of a fairly lengthy program, but I still don't really see this one. With Louis Michel, bottles from the domaine.
  • dchain commented:

    6/12/18, 6:52 AM - We were at the same dinner and totally agree this wine was a bit harsh and over extracted and not pleasurable.

  • dchain commented:

    6/12/18, 6:52 AM - We were at the same dinner and totally agree this wine was a bit harsh and over extracted and not pleasurable.

Red
2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/7/2018 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
2006 RC and 2006 DRC Montrachet dinner - Stanley Cup Final (Proof Restaurant - Washington DC): Expressive complex nose displaying rich red fruit, raspberry jam, a hint of cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg, Vosne spices and earth. Excellent concentration, very finely layered subtle yet decadent red fruit, unctuous yet silky, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long rich sweet red fruit driven finish. It has reach the first stage of the youthful peak.
  • dchain commented:

    6/10/18, 7:44 AM - Wow, not sure a Stanley Cup final was the most relaxing evening for quiet contemplation of one of world’s greatest wines. Sorry to see the problems with the white flight. The DRC montie is also not really to my taste. Aubert served his 08 Batard when he came to HK earlier this year and it is also extremely exotic, boardering on over the top! Great notes throughout the evening!!

White - Sparkling
2004 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/6/2018 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
88 points
Krug Release Party (Zachys DC): 37% pinot noir, 39% chardonnay and 24% meunier. Very deep in tone (here the red-heavy blend is not a surprise), but there is a hollowness in the middle. This is completely beyond fruit, a little metallic, a little funky (like, quite vividly, body sweat), and a little spicy (like coriander). The winery notes characterize the year as "Luminous Freshness," which is not quite the experience I'm getting out of this bottle. Fair to call this interesting but it doesn't ding very high on my pleasure meter.
  • dchain commented:

    6/9/18, 12:53 AM - Agree with you if is a bit of an acid mouthwash at the moment. Needs 5 years to integrate?

White - Sparkling
2004 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/7/2018 - UFGators Likes this wine:
92 points
Not sure if I drank his too young but definitely not my favorite champagne. Loads of grapefruit notes and smoky finish. If you have some bottles of this hold.
  • dchain commented:

    6/9/18, 12:44 AM - I agree that the 04 vintage is a little too acidic and aggressive at this stage but the experts are saying it is a modern day 88 so wait 5 years and instead drink the 98 or 00 Krug which is drinking fantastically.

Red
2004 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/1/2018 - wlayne Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened about an hour before serving, let it breathe out of the bottle for 20 minutes then replaced the cork per some of the previous suggestions about this wine losing its fruit after a few hours. Gorgeous floral bouquet and red fruits emanating out of the glass; strawberry jam, cherries, perfectly intertwined. Majestic Ponsot balance on the palate, everything intertwined just beautifully. Not a super long finish but delicious nonetheless. Another wonderful example of a very misunderstood vintage.
  • dchain commented:

    6/2/18, 8:18 AM - He is a master in the “weaker” vintages and provides relatively good QPR in this crazy world of burgundy speculation! I loved the case I have and have 5 of 12 left. Delicious stuff!

Red
1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/1/2018 - Pearls_b4Swine wrote:
85 points
Formerly one of the best bordeaux i had ever had; it's now too old, alas, for any great notes.
  • dchain commented:

    6/2/18, 6:31 AM - I think you sadly had an affected bottle as my experience of this wine is that it is exceptionally young and one of the top left bank wines of 1989. Try again soon!

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/28/2018 - Rollerball wrote:
94 points
Exquisitely and reservedly complementary. Like a swoosh or vacuum with tri tip and chimmichurri, this cleansed and balanced everything. Dense, plush, gently fruit forward, and mildly tart, with no hard edges. Understated for the vintage but purring like a race car.
  • dchain commented:

    6/1/18, 6:04 AM - Glad you are also having a great time with this wine. Thankfully you are also in agreement!!

White - Sparkling
1995 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
5/31/2018 - kakpoo Likes this wine:
95 points
This '95 Krug is open and more intense than the 2002 vintage that I drank last fall. There is some oxidation and many elements of freshness (butterscotch, brioche, nuttiness combined with tart to ripe apples and citrus.) The acidity is prominent but not sharp or overwhelming. At this time, the 95 Krug excels at balance, and still feels more youthful than I would expect for its age. This bottle was shared among 5 other people, so it only lasted about 1hr before the bottle was emptied. Its possible that additional time in the glass would have brought out more developed and complex notes. Although the Krug '95 is very enjoyable at this time, it doesn't seem exceptional. I would only open another bottle now if I was going to consume it by myself and retaste the wine over 2 days. Based on the freshness and acidity present in this bottle, I won't open my next bottle until about 2023-2025.
  • dchain commented:

    6/1/18, 5:59 AM - I think it is sad to wait so long to drink a champagne that is already 23 years old. At least one or two bottles every year is surely the way to go!

Red
2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/26/2018 - fcxj wrote:
96 points
From 3L. Floral, stem, expressive aromatics. Loved the silky, red fruit palate. (00001/18271)
  • dchain commented:

    5/27/18, 7:33 AM - Thought they only bottled in magnums from 2008 onwards?

  • dchain commented:

    5/27/18, 8:20 PM - Good to know and hope he is doing well. Saw him in HK in February for a wonderful, intimate lunch where we went through 6 of the range finishing off with a sublime RC 1996. I know soon after 2009 he went to bottling only in mags for commercial sale but perhaps he keeps some larger formats for entertaining and business use! Will ask him and get back to you.

  • dchain commented:

    6/1/18, 5:50 AM - Yep, no bottles bigger than magnum available for sale from 2008 onwards. The 2009 must have come directly from the Domaine’s reserves. Nice one!

Red
1989 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/25/2018 - ccn wrote:
92 points
(from magnum). In the early stages of a great drinking window, but with a lot of room to develop further. Aromatically complex, good length and depth, very classic, restrained St Julien. Boy, do I prefer this to hot-vintage bordeaux!
  • dchain commented:

    5/27/18, 7:50 AM - 89 was the hottest year of that decade! Perhaps not like 2009 but somehow they managed to tame the heat and alcohol a bit better than in say 2003 and 2009.

White - Sparkling
2006 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
5/23/2018 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Brother Jeff's visit to DC - Mostly Bordeaux (The Grill Room at the Rosewood DC): Surprisingly elegant nose displaying subtle fresh white fruit, pear, white peach, lemon, rose, rain water and crushed rock. Very elegant, fresh and precise palate, very finely layered white fruit, bright acidity, strong mineral presence and a long seamless fresh white fruit driven finish. I was expecting very focused and tight showing but surprisingly elegant and approachable. I believe I am the only one who prefers over the 96.
  • dchain commented:

    5/27/18, 7:39 AM - I agree that the 06 Salon is surprisingly open for business and much more approachable than the 96. Almost a differ style of wine making now, less austere!

Red
2008 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
5/4/2018 - dchain Does not like this wine:
86 points
Dark purple. Blackberry, tar, earth and charcoal on the nose. Tannic beast, monolithic graphite framed palate which locks away all the fruit. Over extracted and trying way to hard. Totally lacking in any pleasure. I have been trying a lot of 08s most of which are surprisingly accessible. This is not and I don’t think this will come into balance due to the over extraction resulting in bitterness and grainy tannins. Extremely disappointing and avoid this unless you are a lover of point scores over flavor, elegance and drinkability!
  • dchain commented:

    5/5/18, 4:51 AM - I don’t know if time will help. My worry is the wine is slightly forced and over extracted and this is not something that improves over time although it will be less obvious. For me Pomerol is about silkyness, great plum, dark fruit, spice and soil notes. The Clinet now made by Ronan is trying to do too much. I have mentioned this to him and he acknowledges that he was perhaps pushing things a bit too much partly to show his father what he could do and ‘elevate’ the wine to the next level. I think he has dialed back the extraction in his later vintages and I want to like his wines. Classic young gun trying to do too much and then realizing the old man wasn’t doing such a bad job after all! Definitely a property to keep an eye on!

Red
2009 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/1/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
This is a monumental wine. The surreal texture is off the hook. The wine coats and stains your palate. This is decadence with a backbone. Pure velvet with countless waves of perfectly ripe fruit, that expresses a wonderful purity. Inky, dark in color, this is only getting started. 2 hours in the decanted allowed the blackberry, plum, espresso, smoke, licorice, extremely dark chocolate and earthy notes to appear. Make no mistake, this is all about the incredible levels of density and decadent mouthfeel. Prices have not moved much. In time, my bet is, this will be considered one of the stars of the legendary 2009 vintage!
  • dchain commented:

    3/4/18, 2:42 AM - Have to agree with you. Was a standout a en primeur and it is a distinct wine but of the highest quality. Many professional critics seemed unhappy with this wine which seemed to be about it being untypical or lacking in terroir or some other subjective moan but there is no doubting the unforgettable nature of a balanced, delicious and monumental Cos! Rarely seen you rate a 100 so that is saying something!!

Red
1986 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
I would like to drink this beside some other "great" 86s. I am still not sold on the 86 being the legendary vintage it has been hyped to be. Yet another letdown in 1986 but this time from a Chateau I love and find to be so consistent. Looking for bottles that will change my opinion of 1986 left banks.
  • dchain commented:

    1/23/18, 4:57 PM - Generally agree with you on the 86s which have really never given any pleasure unlike the 85s! I have two 86s to recommend- Lynch Bages and Pichon Lalande. These are about the only 86s I have in my cellar and they are finally coming around! I think the 86 Cos will eventually soften. Perhaps the 86s will be seen as a modern day 1929 which were undrinkable for about 40 years! I have 48 bottles of Cos 86 in the cellar so I hope I am right!,

White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
12/22/2017 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
A lost Friday afternoon gathering – 96 Krug mag, 99 Fourrier CSJ, blind CDB flight and etc. (Blacksalt, Washington DC): En magnum, absolutely perfect vinous nose displaying exquisite sweet yellow fruit, also subtle fresh red fruit, tarte tatin, apricot, diluted pomegranate, red currant, fresh cep, honey, brioche, smoke, subtle floral perfume, sweet spices and limestone. There is a clear white truffle note which I have never gotten before which is fascinating. Absolutely gorgeous noble palate, the palate of a great Chevalier, pure, harmonious, fresh and weightless, beautiful interplay of decadent yellow fruit and subtle yet vibrant red fruit, incredibly fine endless beads, perfect amount of acidity, strong chalky mineral and a beguiling symphonic finish that subtly resonates. At the similar stage of development as the fifth which is a bit surprising, however noticeably more complex and purer, also finer and more generous mousse. Absolutely perfect showing, retaining incredible purity and freshness yet so decadent and complex.
  • dchain commented:

    12/27/17, 9:20 PM - The 96 Krug is in an amazing place at the moment. Great note and I also noted the red currant and pomegranate notes which is quite mind boggling for a white wine!

Red
2006 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2017 - VoteferPedro wrote:
seems correct in terms of a Ducru which tends to make me think of raspberry in some way or another but the tannins on this were too thick to enjoy the wine. Two days in the cellar later it is about the same. Not sure how others were able to enjoy it. it is not flawed just tannic. Not sure if the fruit will hang past the tannin..

I bought this on release and stored relatively cold cellar so it is drinking young...too young to rate at this point
  • dchain commented:

    12/20/17, 10:52 PM - Agree that the 06s are proving very hard and tannic. Modern day 86?

Red
1997 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2017 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped and poured. Deep ruby showing little signs of ageing. Amazing explosion of plum, kinky spice with that Cabernet Franc given it that forest, leather, peppery undergrowth element. Absolutely seductive and ripe and exotic, the nose is really something to marvel in. It did drop off in intensity after about an hour in the glass so please don’t decant this and enjoy it immediately upon pouring.

On the palate there is no harshness and impressively ripe balanced fruit. I much prefer Angelus in the less ripe less blockbuster years as they cannot go over the top and it is such a better drinking experience. Who wants to be smashed in the mouth with a wine screaming “look at me, I am the ripest and most extracted grape in the world and I am going to destroy your palate with my superpowers...”. I am glad to see the Chateau starting to mellow up again now it has attained first growth status and bring some subtlety and elegance back to its wine making.

Enjoy this now and look out for other cooler vintages of this wine for a more pleasurable experience!
  • dchain commented:

    12/18/17, 10:15 PM - Also love the 01 (particularly the right bank) and 04s. Even the 07 is like a more modern 97. Balance and elegance is the essence of Bordeaux. If I wanted an exaggerated wine, I know where to find them but I don't enjoy drinking them!

Red
2014 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2017 - fcxj wrote:
90 points
Quite enjoyed this, nice fruit and balance.
  • dchain commented:

    12/2/17, 3:09 AM - So not overly impressed with PC! I had the 2006 last night and it was very strange, it had a grainy texture as if there was super fine extract still in the wine and it was also so tannic as to be undrinkable!

  • dchain commented:

    12/2/17, 8:53 AM - Let's catch up in the new year! Look forward to a proper catch up!

White - Sparkling
2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
12/1/2017 - galewskj wrote:
88 points
Going Big at Dan's (Dan's House): Everyone seemed to love this champagne, except me. And I brought it. The nose has power and depth. The palate is lean, tight and high-toned. For my taste, this is not ready to drink. I've enjoyed NV Krug much more than this bottle. I was shocked to hear other people talk about how much they loved this. Style preference? Still, it doesn't suck.
  • dchain commented:

    12/2/17, 3:06 AM - I think it is a good 5 years away from first drinking window given its acidity and tightness. Try the 2000 Krug which is very open and hendonistic right now and far more approachable. If you really want to splash out then the 1996 is one of the best champagnes of the lot!

White - Sparkling
2004 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
10/11/2017 - acyso wrote:
95 points
Chicago 2004 Krug Release (Chicago, IL): 116006. This is good, but simply too young. It's a tight and dense coil of energy right now. Lots of citrus extract on the palate, this almost veers towards some lemons or limes. It's got power for sure, as well as some of that characteristic Krug richness. Air tames the acids a little. This is much too young; time is needed to round out the palate and let the acids cool down a little. No denying the quality of this wine though; it is certainly head and shoulders above the 2003, but eclipsed by the monumental 2002.
  • dchain commented:

    10/13/17, 1:34 AM - Agree with you. I think your score is too generous given you state it is eclipsed by the 2002 and yet you score it the same! The 2004 is a bit of an acid bomb right now which is what I assume you are diplomatically hinting at...

Red
2001 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2017 - Ecbatana wrote:
91 points
Glass pour from Coravin. Now in the winter of its life. The fruit has faded, shows layers of mineral, earth, wet stone and some green forest leaves. Soft, feminine and elegant. Consume remaining bottles within a year.
  • dchain commented:

    8/21/17, 5:58 AM - I doubt a wine from this great estate in a great year for right bank wines is coming to the end of its drinking window after 16 years! It is more likely to be sleeping or you have a bad bottle as Trotanoy is one of the longest lasting of the wines from Pomerol. Try the 75, 78, 82 or 85 to get an ideal of the longevity of Trotanoy.

  • dchain commented:

    8/24/17, 8:21 PM - Fingers crossed for all of us. I am quiet a fan of 2001 and in particular the right bank. I often find them out performing many 2000s which I feel was over-hyped by the owners and over-priced for the underlying quality. So many 2000s are still quite unyielding and lacking in pleasure even after all these years! Happy drinking to all!!

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
7/30/2017 - tsde123 Likes this wine:
94 points
treat yo self. not overly experienced with vintage champagnes but this was fantastic. did not pick up the lemon flavors or vanilla mentioned in other reviews. pale citrine in color fine bubbles that lasted forever in the glass. I picked up pear on the nose and on the palette it was very dry, minerally, and crisp/tart like an under ripe green apple. nice acidity long long finish. I am sure this will age well but today was a day to treat yo self and someone special.
  • dchain commented:

    8/5/17, 8:04 PM - Stunning stuff and reasonable pricing upon release. Sure to appreciate and drink well as time goes on. Bought a lot of this vintage!

Red
2006 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/27/2017 - fcxj wrote:
94 points
Santenay. Ruddy brown, heavily bricked. Earthy aromas and tart cherry palate. Deep, ripe palate. (19050/22140)
  • dchain commented:

    7/4/17, 8:35 PM - Sounds like a strange bottle? Shouldn't be bricking at 11 years. Did you shake it around like a F1 driver to celebrate something?!

Red
1970 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/28/2017 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
At Acker HK auction. Deep ruby. Looks like a wine from the early 90s! Very interesting nose. This was probably one of the best bottles of Latour 70 I have had- cassis/cherry fruit with a nut (toasted pecan?), chocolate, leather, tobacco undertone. Quite burly and massive on the nose and almost intimidating, showing off the power of Latour. Power rather than beauty! On the palate it is still a bit tight, tannins are still present and there is that serious structure that just is a bit unforgiving. Impressive for the vintage and perhaps still needs more time! An impressive wine but I enjoyed drinking the Beychevelle 1989 more!!
  • dchain commented:

    6/1/17, 2:24 AM - It was completely correct. Just a better bottle than the 20+ times I have had this wine given it is a vintage from around my vintage. To be honest the Latour 70 has a bigger reputation than it deserves. It has always been a bit of a brute and it is not the most pleasurable of wines. However, you won't forget drinking it for its in your face tannic structure and power.

Red
2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2017 - fcxj wrote:
90 points
Liked underlying fruit and freshness.
  • dchain commented:

    3/4/17, 6:17 PM - Is that you Feng?!

  • dchain commented:

    3/5/17, 8:16 PM - Your friendly Eurasian lawyer who keeps seeing you at random tastings and dinners...

Red
1967 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/28/2017 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
50th Birthday Winefoolishness (Chicago, IL): Far preferred this to a 67 Cheval Blanc served side-by-side. The aromas in the Mouton had more depth and power -- dried plums, cedar and a killer cigar box note. The nose actually picked up depth with time. Palate is light bodied, but balanced. An interesting spice note in the finish.
  • dchain commented:

    3/4/17, 6:10 PM - Sounds like a great party! Celebrating my wife's 50th and have 4 bottles of this and hope that it is still as good as you have described it. Believe Mouton is the wine of the vintage for red Bordeaux in 67!

Red
2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Renardes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Hard to argue and of the points that dchain makes in his/her note of Sept 2016. Which is to say, this comes across as 1er material and NOT GC worthy. While there's a fair amount to enjoy (as a simple companion to food), it never really becomes exciting in any way, it never reveals any nuance or chance for hidden nuances. Agree with others, not sure there's really any reason to let this age any longer. Good, but short of very good or excellent; leans modern, with some gratuitous flab.

Served non-blind.
  • dchain commented:

    1/29/17, 11:04 PM - Do you think it is Girardin that is just not making the most of the terroir or is it this patch of Corton that is not truly great GC terroir? Got mine at about $60/bt which isn't too bad but certainly not compelling QPR. Might have to gift them to friends and clients!

Red
1975 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/5/2017 - fcxj wrote:
80 points
Mahler Besse bottle. Should sell the case I bought. Dusty nose and very dried out.
  • dchain commented:

    1/7/17, 1:19 AM - You should get your dealer to take it back. The 75 is surprisingly disappointing.

Red
1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/18/2016 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark, clear ruby. Quite restrained. Initially quite minerally and austere but with a bit of coaxing you can sense a lovely raspberry, summer pudding undertone of red summer berry fruit. Still tastes very young but multi layered and complex and quite a lot to contemplate. Still needs more time but delicious. However at current prices you would expect more excitement and passion coming from the glass. Check again in a few years time!
  • dchain commented:

    1/7/17, 12:25 AM - Hope you enjoyed it!

White
2015 Domaine du Pélican Chardonnay Arbois
12/9/2016 - dchain Does not like this wine:
85 points
Light gold. Quiet closed. No sense of the grape or underlying fruit. Very austere on the palate and light. Painfully acidic. Poor value for money. Avoid unless you love drinking acid...
  • dchain commented:

    12/11/16, 3:18 AM - I have tasted wine from barrels and en primeur for 25 years. My concern is the lack of underlying fruit and the resulting lack of balance. Certainly can leave it longer and then have well aged acid to drink. 15 was a wonder year in Burgundy and the Jura and if this is as good as it gets then it is a bit worrying. Still early days for the owner to master the tricky terroir and will be rooting for him to make a tougher selection, improve the quality and depth of the fruit. Then the acidic uplift will have something to meld around . There is a reason why Jura is not (yet) famous for its non vin jaune wines.

Red
1990 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/28/2016 - TheUsualSuspects Likes this wine:
100 points
Wow. What a wine. Tasted alongside Cheval Blanc 1990, which I initially favoured due to its more sexy luxurious nature, the Haut Brion however kept on getting better and better. Fresh, vibrant, perfectly balanced, beautiful aromatics, superb mouthfeel, coats the mouth with sweet dark fruits and touches of spice. an incredibly long finish. New notes and aromas hit you well after the last drop in your glass has gone. Sensational experience, this is what it's all about. It's in a perfect place right now but as previous posters have elaborated, it's got plenty of life left!

I love 1990 Bordeaux, and this might now sit atop a quite wonderful tree.
  • dchain commented:

    10/10/16, 3:34 AM - The 1990 Cheval just has that exoticness and wildness which is so seductive. Hard night of drinking choosing between these two wines!

Red
1986 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/31/2016 - Ramberg wrote:
95 points
No formal notes.
PnP.
Ouuf!
This is Pauillac as it should be, indeed.
This bottle behaved great tonight.
Nose is marvelous & very classical, lively blackcurrant and blackberries with graphite and gravel dust, lead pencil, leather, cigar box cedar wood, touch of dusty herbs & mint , tobacco, stable/barn yard.
Palate shows a semi mature spiffing Left Bank profile, with a good amount of life left in it, fresh red berries & black currant, dusty gravel, herbs and tobacco.
Good length and very balanced.
Classic stuff in all aspects, bring it on!
(95 – 96+)
  • dchain commented:

    10/10/16, 3:31 AM - Agreed. Just found the 86LB is just starting to open up and be enjoyable! Classic Paulliac and classic LB. Enjoy!

Red
2006 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
These were never received...Premier Cru fiasco!
  • dchain commented:

    8/28/16, 3:55 AM - What price did they offer them to you?

  • dchain commented:

    8/28/16, 7:07 AM - Sorry to hear that and certainly not being offered at too good to be true prices.

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