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Tasting Notes for dchain

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Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2023 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Great bottle. Ruby colour, lovely spicy fruit from the first pour, leather and tobacco and complementary cedar notes without it feeling too overwhelming or that drying out sensation you occasional get from over extraction or when a wine is past its best. Everything in harmony, mid-weight but in a good way. So easy to drink and savour. Really enjoyable after the Evangile and let so different. A touch of green pepper (again in a good way) that compliments the light cassis fruit together with leather and forest floor notes. Great on the palate, balanced ripeness and good length. Perfect drinking right now. Aren’t these 1990 wines in such a good place right now!
Red
2005 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2023 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Still ruby purple and looking very young. The nose is a bit more open. Lots of rich, ripe plum and dark cherry fruit, just about at the first stages of decent drinking. So much substance and structure behind the baby fat/young lush fruit notes. Coffee, leather, touch of truffle, black tea, dark chocolate. Very exotic, ripe and healthy and balanced. Great mouthfeel, exceptional length and freshness. Not heavy, just wonderful heathy fruit. Lovely to see a 2005 finally show the great potential of the vintage. Has taken long enough! Can definitely be enjoyed from now on out and for the next 30 years+! Brilliant.
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Red
1985 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2023 - dchain Likes this wine:
95 points
Just beautiful. Mid glossy and translucent ruby. Looks like a very good Burgundian wine. Immediately open from the first pour. Plum, delicate black cherry lily, touch of tobacco and forest floor. Also that milk chocolate and leather touch that you get with mature wine at its apogee. Everything can be distinguished yet everything is in harmony. Just glorious on the nose. Equally satisfying on the palate. Mid-weigh but still so much substance and flavour. No noticeable tannins but still fresh and uplifting, citrus zestyness and balance. Won’t get any better than this right now. A tribute to great terroir, great Pomerol and a world without extreme temperatures and climate events. 12.2% alcohol on the label so really drinking a time capsule of a wine. Fabulous and ethereal.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Still very young and fresh. Lots of apple, ripe pear notes, a touch sweet but decent acidity to bring it back into balance and freshness. I think this is the type Dom started moving to a fresher, less heavy style and it is a purer expression of the healthy ripe fruit. Light biscuit and brioche notes that do not overwhelm. Lovely length and energy. Close to the peak right now. Enjoy with confidence. I would drink these rather than sell them if you have them in your cellar!
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Red
1966 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2022 - dchain wrote:
93 points
With Jamey. Deep red. Looks like a wine from the 80s! Amazing drink, black cherry, tobacco, super fresh. Delicious and amazing!
Red
1969 Maison Leroy Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/25/2022 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Brick red with some brown. Quite savoury/meaty on the nose with gentle Pinot fruit notes coming through as well as soil, forest floor and leather. Still fresh and tasty, however it is not quite tertiary but i think it would have been better drunk 10+ years earlier. Still a fun experience and enjoyable and a nice way to celebrate another Christmas with the family!
Red
12/25/2022 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Stored from release. Light ruby, very cedary, lots of mineral, iron and rust. Fruit is faded and weak. Drying up, a challenge to enjoy this despite all the pedigree. Definitely would have been better 10 years ago. Never been particularly impressed with 82 Lafite.
Red
2009 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2022 - dchain wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby. Ripe fruity nose, no sense of Margaux commune or perfume/lily notes. Big and brash and showing a one dimensional fruit driven personality, Napa like but not as good as a top Napa! Too ripe, touch of heat but a decent mouthful. Nothing objectionable but hardly inspiring Bordeaux.
Red
12/24/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice, smooth, sweet cherry, coffee, vanilla laced fruit. Ripe and fruity but balanced with no hint of tannins from when i first tried thus on release. Decent QPR!
Red
1991 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
CdB Annual Dinner- wow what a surprise! This is delicious. Plenty of tobacco and cherry infused fruit, medium plus bodied, fresh and uplifting with a rich ripe and richness to it. This is so good! James said it contains up to 25% of 1990 which is why it might be a bump up as the 1991 vintage was badly affected by frost.
Red
12/17/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
From magnum. Still quite dark, young looking. Dark plum and cherry notes, leather, chocolate, truffle and earth notes. Medium plus bodied, feels a bit tight still. Not fully revealing itself tonight. Very health, ripe but balanced fruit. Great length. Needs more time!
Red
12/15/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
From d-mg. Light ruby. So fragrant, lots of red cherry, black tea, forest floor, touch of leather and also white lily. No tertiary notes at all. On the palate it is medium bodied (in a good way!) and everything in harmony and balance and lovely freshness still. Wonderful and in this format plenty of life left in it!
Red
12/13/2022 - dchain wrote:
92 points
Right bank 1950 is one of the miracles of the vintage as they were picked early with the fruit on perfect health. Rarely seen now as they have all been drunk! Light ruby, Burgundian looking colour but the nose is off the charts with plum notes and tangy, citrus zest. Black tea notes and just so tangy and refreshing still. Hardly to believe such a modest property has produced something so long lasting and enjoyable to drink. No tertiary notes at all, just lovely mellow ripe fruit with fresh uplifting acidity with no tannins left at all.

Plenty of life left in this wine, light to medium bodied only now but so much crunchy fruit- cranberry and Xmas spice. My first time with a 1950 vintage and it was a real delight!

Shared by Jeff at home after a 3 year absence away from our home town and enjoyed with home roast chicken, green beans and baby roast potatoes. Perfect Tuesday evening!
Red
12/1/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Well this is a rare bottle and almost as rare as the sighting of JK in HK! After a three year absence we finally had a chance to catch up in person. Super casual catch up but what a bottle, popped and poured with lovely broth and savoury nose notes mixed with raspberry, cranberry crunchy fruit palate notes. Remained very consistent over the hour it was opened. Delicate but still holding up very well, no tertiary/barnyard notes just showing how well made these older Dujac wines are. Lovely to see how they have become more precise over the years but that doesn’t mean the older bottles aren’t brilliant in their own way.

More importantly, was lovely to see an old friend and we made each other laugh and smile which perhaps is the rarest and most precious commodity of all!
Red
11/5/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow- still very young looking. Ripe fruit, lots of Cabernet on the nose, cassis, mint, touch of eucalyptus, black tea. Very well balanced. Guess California 94/97 vintage as it was so high quality, approachable and fresh still and was shocked when the reveal was 86! Very impressive palate but still fruit driven, none of the old world undergrowth or leather notes. Medium to full bodied still with moderate alcohol (only 13.5% and sadly hard to see that every being the norm now). With RP at the Chairman. So generous and a wonderful experience.
Red
10/19/2022 - dchain wrote:
94 points
Wow again, three 1971 wines in one night and really some of the best wines from my vintage I have tried. More strawberry notes here with a touch of wood on the palate. Lighter than the Giacosa but great length and elegance. Quite a wine!
Red
10/19/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Crystaline ruby red, so vibrant and vigourous! Is it possible that this wine is still not ready! Less playful and open than the "regular" 1971 Barolo. Still tannic on the palate. Deeper flavours but not better for it. Herbal sage notes but the fruit is there but not really able to express at this time as it is still wrapped up in a massive frame. The wine opened up a tiny bit over the course of 90+ minutes but not by much. Maybe better in 5-10 years. Try again in 2031 for my 60th birthday!!
Red
10/19/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow- so young looking (guess late 80s vintage), very floral immediately on the nose with a heady strawberry and rose perfumed nose with a touch of uplifting dry herbs. Wonderful acidic lift making it so fresh and energising. Dry red fruits, cranberry with a kiss of balsamic vigour but it is all is such wonderful balance. Orange peel on the finish. It didn't get better in the glass and did start fading a bit after 60 minutes but why wait so long to drink this aging beauty! Fantastic and WOTN beating the Monfortino Reserva Speciale 1971 by quite some margin...

With G&R at Castellana. Wow wine!!
Red
10/2/2022 - dchain wrote:
91 points
2 hour decant. Very dark. If this was tasted blind you would guess Napa. Rich and ripe and monolithic on the nose. A lot of Ribena and fruit gums and almost no sense of terroir, lily perfume or earth that you get with the great Pichon Lalande’s of the past. It is medium to full bodied (and not in a great way). The palate is again quite one dimensional. The finish is thankfully a bit more elegant and Bordeaux like but there is a worrying dryness and oakiness which is not making me feel very confident about the long term development of this wine. I feel the heat got too much over the summer and the grapes and vines shut down and there is a lack of stem and phenolic ripeness which is partially covered up with the overt ripe fruit. This unripe stem and woody note will only become more dominant over time as the fruit and baby fat fades away.

I really wanted to like this wine more but the more I drank it, the more I worried about it. I wouldn’t buy this back in the secondary market and i think the lack of any meaning increase in price demonstrates the lack of urgent buying demand for this wine.

I think I need to open more 2009s as this ripeness without freshness of say 2016 or even 2018 is worrying streak for 2009. Let another over-hyped and over-sold vintage?
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Red
1998 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2022 - dchain wrote:
92 points
I really don’t think this is one of the great vintages for Cheval. There are still unresolved tannins after 24 years which is just not a great sign and they are the rough, steamy, tea like tannins which are starting to give a drying finish. The nose however is much better than the palate but it is still dominated by black tea, soil and leaf notes with some underlying black fruit notes. Also a touch of rose at the end which is beautiful. Just not convinced this is the best $1000 bottle of wine you can have by a long way…
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White - Sparkling
5/6/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Excited to publish the first community tasting note for this wine! Wow this is really excellent for young Cristal! Very elegant mousse as always and bright, light gold in colour. Lovely nectarine and other white fruit notes (Comice pear, touch of apple) as well as a kiss of honeycomb. All combined with beautiful balancing acidity that gives it such great balance and mouthfeel. Great length and energy and excitement when drinking this. A glass goes very quickly and so did the second. Clearly a good sign!

I think this will easily improve 2-3 points with additional bottle age. I am really impressed with how well it is already drinking but have no concerns about aging this given the fantastic structure and balancing acidity. A real beauty and do not hesitate adding this to your cellar. Remains (just about) an affordable but really indulgent luxury that will bring joy and smiles to those you share it with!
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Red
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2022 - dchain wrote:
95 points
Wow- don’t recall having this in last 5 years and this was from en premeur stock. Fabulous bring dark ruby, glossy and healthy. Great exotic Cos nose of cassis, spice, leather and some plum and floral notes. Excellent palate medium/full bodied with no hint of heat or alcohol or overripeness. Just healthy ripe fruit with shockingly good balance and a no holes in the palate that you get from many right back 2003s. This along with Mouton must be in the top 5 of the vintage. Delicious and plenty of life in it. Had it at home with rib eyes and opened it for my son to try given it is his birth year. Plenty of good wine for him to enjoy over the years and just hope I can enjoy it with him too!
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White
1/10/2022 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful clean, crisp, bright expression of Southern hemisphere chardonnay. Great tension, substance and length. Elegant and at the same time exciting drinking. Good premier cru level and at a fraction of the price. Exciting times to be drinking chardonnay again!
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Red
11/19/2021 - dchain wrote:
92 points
Still very deep and extracted looking in colour. Nose has a caramel, touch overripe fruit nose. Exotic but lacks definition and finesse. Really big on the palate, massive dark fruits, bell pepper, tobacco, leafy, all black fruit spectrum on the palate. Very large framed wine and framed by quite a lot of oak. I am not sure the poor wine maker at the time knew what to do with this and turned this into a bit of a beast. Very dense and chewy. Perhaps it still needs more time to decompress. Impressive superficially but don’t open this looking for floral, scented lily and the elegant expressions of Paulliac that Pichon Lalande of the 80s use to show. I think the first of the solar vintages in Bordeaux took too many winemakers by surprise and outside of their comfort zone for making Bordeaux!
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Red
11/1/2021 - dchain Does not like this wine:
90 points
Bright ruby. All acid, cranberry and minerals on the nose. I thought it was one of the new wines from Etna. With all that streaky acidity and minerals. Very, very young looking and tasting. Will this ever come around? Not a lot of fruit so worried it will be for lovers of acidity. Not a generous or flattering wine after 20 years… you decide if you want to keep this or trade it for something delicious to drink!
White
10/10/2021 - dchain Does not like this wine:
87 points
Light gold, light mineral notes on the nose, hardly any fruit, body and length on the palate. Well made but really nothing to talk about. Not sure what all this recent “excitement” about Aligote is about. It is a light flavoured grape with little ripeness or roundness and expresses itself as a lightly mineral tinged acidic wine. Slightly better with food but not by much.
Red
10/8/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful ruby. Young and vibrant looking. Lovely nose of light cassis, black cherry and lily. More peppery and spice notes emerge later. Totally ready and all in balance and integrated. Wonderful cedar and tobacco on the palate, balanced and uplifting acidity with generous rounded fruit. So we’ll made, mid-weight but in a good way making it so enjoyable but with so much going on. Delicious stuff!
White
10/8/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Oh Leflaive, so many disappointments normally but this bottle was fantastic! Mid to pale gold still. Was initially tight when first poured but got better and better in the glass. Classic popcorn Leflaive nose with layers of white peach and nectarine notes, ripe but not over the top and wonderful structure and balance. No hint of pre-mox, almost shockingly young at 22 years old. I still think it is too much of gamble at these prices and a majority of times it has to be poured straight down the sink but hats off this time it was magnificent! I am told after 2015/16 the pre-mod is a thing of the past but I am afraid they have lost me as a long-term buyer after too many thousands of dollars down the drain.
Red
2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2021 - dchain Does not like this wine:
88 points
Bought on release. Inky, ruby and alcoholic looking. Quite a lot of barrel toast, charcoal on the nose and not a lot of clean, healthy fruit notes. Palate was a bit too savory, meat notes for me and makes me think Cornas and not Bordeaux. Very strange mid-palate which feels over-extracted and forced. Lots of phenolic stem unripeness coming through. It is long in the mouth if you like the feeling of dry astringent oak/wood/ furniture in your mouth. For lovers of oak barrels…

This is a clear sell given the market price is well supported by a RP 100 point score but if you actually want to enjoy a vinous beverage I would sell this and enjoy twice as many $100 bottles of wine which are far superior to this. JG tasting note and score is pretty spot on! Even NM diplomatically guides readers towards the 2016 rather than this extraction bomb. Frightening stuff and a complete disconnect between RP fantasy score and reality.
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Red
1985 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/7/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
Light ruby, spicy plum fruit from the first pour, layers of milk chocolate, earth, forest floor notes. Really very impressive. Everything is full integrated now, mid to light weight Burgundian mouthfeel but so much underlying power and length still. Just fabulous and all for the price a premium cru burgundy from a half decent producer. Talk about price disassociation! From a 6bt lot from Sotheby’s NY, fantastic levels and storage. Excellent QPR if you can find it!
Red
7/18/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
From Imperial! Opened without problem with a well used and flexible Durrand opener. Cork fully saturated but still in good shape. Lovely ruby, velvety look to the wine on first pour. Totally open, Merlot plum pie flying out of the glass. Poured 2 bt equivalent into decanter and left the rest in the big boy as I don’t think it needed much air and instead needed to relax given it was been locked up in the bottle for 26 years.

Really delicious, mid-weight classic Bordeaux. Not a blockbuster and before the days of excess heat and ripeness. Couldn’t be a wine other than from Bordeaux. Great subtle leather, chocolate, truffle, soil and undergrowth notes to the just about ripe and healthy fruit. Acidity is present so keeping it fresh but I think this is at or past its peak so drink them up before the acidity overwhelms the remaining fruit. Really does bring a smile to your face and lovers of Burgundy will like this wine even more as it has a lot of power without too much substance, so much flavor and is really thought provoking on the nose and palate as there is so much there and it is open enough to work it all out! Happy birthday Roy and for such generosity, friendship and kindness for all the time we have known each other!
Red
7/17/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
From Magnum. Very deep ruby. Helped to open these mags so it could have a couple hours in the decanter as it is a massive wine. Was very closed when first opened. Very hard to get much off the nose in the first couple of hours and couldn’t stay for dinner so hoping the bday boy and his guests benefited from further time in the decanter. Ripe, blue and black fruits, clearly ripe but balanced but just monolithic and a bit uncharming. Palate is beautifully balanced, lots of substance but again, impossible to discern and separate any complexity from the material. Great length of ripe and healthy fruit.

Clearly not close to ready in this format so better to drink the 08, 07, 06 and 04s before this monster. Feels like it years away from being ready for business. Will be interesting to follow but those with bottles in cool cellars should not approach the wine at the moment as it will be disappointing in the context if you are looking for a magical bottle for immediate enjoyment and consumption.
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Red
7/10/2021 - dchain wrote:
95 points
Wow, this is back in the zone! So expressive and perfumed. Initially more tobacco, leather, earth and then after another 15 mins in the glass an explosion of lily “Margaux” perfume that just takes your breath away. Softer and seductive on the palate, yes not a blockbuster or as powerful as the 96 but i wanted to drink more of the 95 so that makes it the better wine tonight. Great length, balance and integration on the finish and lasts 45+ seconds. 3 bottles over dinner for 12 with old family friends. Very special and worth seeking out.
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White
7/10/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
91 points
Precise, balanced and elegant chassagne with characteristic flint, struck match reduction but plenty of ripe white orchard fruits coming through. Agree with most tasters that the lack of zip and uplift from acidity means this should be enjoyed now as it won’t get better but should be at this level for quiet a few years yet.
Red
1971 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/29/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
96 points
2nd bottle of a 4 bottle lot sourced from a Dutch cellar by a very good friend who has sadly passed away far too young. I always think of you my friend and opening this bottle on my 50th is particularly poignant as you will be forever young.

Beautiful deep ruby, no brick or browning. Looks way you der than it is (like me!). Very floral on the first pour with rose, lily and black cherry notes. After 30 mins the chocolate, leather, soil, truffle, beef, iron and mineral notes start appearing and this is when you have the full complexity of Petrus. So many different yet complimentary notes. So complex. Palate is so welcoming, in total balance, medium bodied but so tasty, fresh and balanced. Impossible to guess 71 blind as it is just such a great wine. Easily the best 71 Bordeaux I have ever had (closely followed by a 71 Trotanoy in magnum- thank you RT!). Medium to full length full of subtle yet complex flavors, almost Burgundian Bonnes Mares like with more fruit and body of a Bordeaux. This wine needs some quite contemplation and a quiet dinner at home with my family and my parents was the right setting for it paired with a great rib eye. Next bottle at my 60th?!
Red
6/3/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
93 points
93++. Translucent ruby. Very pure but still quite tightly wound with great structure holding the red currant and crunchy red fruits firmly in place. Still feels very young but what purity and precision on both nose and palate. The wine gets better with more and more air and there is an ethereal and haunting pinot nose of the highest class. Not such soil/spice/undergrowth notes at this "young" stage in its development! I think there is quite some upside to this great vintage and would love to revisit this in a few years time.
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Red
6/3/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
A surprise gentleman's dinner and a first for me from this producer. A chance to sit down with 2 other knowledgeable chaps and enjoy some great wines. Really open from the first pour, surprisingly lush and feminine with a lot of rose perfume notes, lots of macerated red raspberries and a subtle soil/spice note. Equally impressive on the palate with an openness and approachability I don't normally associate with Bonnes Mares or the 1999 vintage. Totally ready to drink and must be at its peak but no rush to drink them quickly if you are lucky enough to have them in your cellar. Delicious, seductive and intriguing!
Red
5/19/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
My favourite just from Hudelot Noellat Richebourg 2000 and Rene Engel Clos Vougeot 2002. Still quite deep ruby. Colour of a wine much younger! Lots of dark fruit and substance on the palate. Nose is deep forest, truffle, black cherry, leather and some soil/spice notes. Bigger and bolder than the other 2 wines, maybe less pure but more savage and powerful. Great with a 28ox rib eye (between 2 of us!) Fabulous and lots of life in this wine. Sadly only 2 left from an OCB...
Red
5/19/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
A very good bottle indeed! Deep Ruby and immediately alluring on the news from the first pour.Very complex news of dark cherry, space, soil, touch of leather and truffle. The palate is not quite as lengthy as the nose but it is completely in harmony and wonderfully balanced. Not quite the example of a powerful, masculine Richebourg but still very good and delicious. Drink these soon if you have them in your cellar.
Red
5/19/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright Ruby.Quite sweet candied red fruits on the palate with a similar nose. Not a lot of soil or spice notes and was very much in the red fruit spectrum of cranberry and wild strawberries. Still a touch of tannin and structure at the end so plenty of life left in it! Just a touch sweet compared to the Richebourg and Chambertin that we had with it.
Red
2000 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow- this was singing from magnum. Decanted 2 hours before serving, this had lashings of heathy ripe and balanced fruit bursting out of the glass in a blackberry, plum and kirsch explosion! Powerful but balanced on the palate this was a real crowd pleaser and was the wine of the night with 4 votes. Put the Ausone 2000 into the shade big time! Merlot driven exceptionalism!
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Red
2000 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Guessed this semi-blind again given its very mineral/limestone/concrete notes. Fruit profile is way better than the 1990 we had earlier in the evening but next to Cheval Blanc, this wine is a large and clear step below it. One of the most overrated and overpriced wines in the entire Bordeaux region. Don’t believe the hype.
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Red
1990 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain Does not like this wine:
88 points
I don’t know what people have been drinking but Ausone was in a terrible state in the 90s as the family was fighting and this wine is basically like licking a block of concrete with hardly any fruit left and no life or energy left in it. Have had this before and with a very similar outcome. Easy to guess semi-blind as I suspected the worst wine of the night would be this one and I picked it without difficulty. Yes, it was that bad amongst all the other top first growths from 90/00 tasting we had this evening. Sadly the 2000 Ausone was only a bit better.
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Red
5/2/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
99 points
Wow. This is really quite a wine at the moment. Such an open and welcoming Latour and not all at the brooding giant like so many other vintages. Immediately hit with a wall of tobacco, cedar, blackberry, leather and sweet candied pecans. But underneath that is a very subtle white lilly/jasmine scent which I often associate with its neighbour Pichon Lalande. There is just so much going on. So complex and long and totally at its apogee at the moment. This is epic Bordeaux and if you are lucky enough to have this in your cellar I really suggest you pull a bottle to enjoy its grandeur and magnificence! Best wine of the year so far.
Red
1990 Mommessin Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Showing some age in the rim, there was a touch of multi-vitamin and stem on the nose but this again seem a bit tired and/ or closed down. It was not the blockbuster described by others on CT so again not entirely sure if this was an odd bottle or a wine on the way down. I suspect the latter. I like the subtle savory fruit and lightly spiced elements but it was a wine you needed to really concentrate on in order to catch what was going on. Balanced but not of great length or interest.
Red
2000 Michel Bonnefond Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain wrote:
89 points
This was surprisingly flat and showing more age than the Dugan Py Charmes Chambertin 2000. Not a lot going on on the nose or the palate and was a real let down. Don’t know what to say but it appeared well stored and had a good level. Certainly not worth the price of admission! Sell it if you have it in your cellar.
Red
2000 Bernard Dugat-Py Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/2/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
95 points
Mid ruby, still looking quite youthful. Sensational black cherry, soil, stem notes. Absolutely screams grand cru nose. Powerful, good ripeness with still a hint of tannic structure even after 21 years. Great balance with perhaps a touch of dryness on the finish but this is just nitpicking as it was by far my favorite in the flight of Clos du Tart 1990 and Bonnefond (Roumier) Ruchotte Chambertin 2000!
White - Sparkling
4/20/2021 - dchain wrote:
93 points
Tasted together with the 2004 s came across showing more ripe apple and white orchard fruit notes than the 04. Definitely more approachable and initially more friendly than the 04. Great to drink right now whilst the 04 comes around. Buy 06 for immediate indulgence and enjoyment and buy the 04 for more long term cellaring and investment as I ultimately feel that the 04 will be more long lasting and has all those 88 Krug elements which will make it one of the all time hits for Krug.
White - Sparkling
4/18/2021 - dchain Likes this wine:
94 points
Bright light gold, looks energetic! Lovely mousse, great freshness, loving this fresher more uplifting and citrus style of Dom since the “handover”. The acidity is now more integrated than before is framing the fruit better which is allowed to shine. So energetic and fun and lively. Delicious on the palate, lemon, melon, some light biscuit, wonderful length. Want to drink more of this!
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Red
4/13/2021 - dchain Does not like this wine:
88 points
Decanted an hour before as I found my last bottle was quite austere. Bright ruby, almost no development over all these years. The decanting helped open up the nose a bit but overall this is just a bit too much hard work for me.

I have met the owner a number of times and I do appreciate all the hard work he puts into his vineyard but the the acidic, austere and not fully phenolic ripe stems and skins just makes this beverage something you don't want to have another glass of.

The nose is actually quite delicate and uplifting with cranberry, leather and soil notes (92). However, the palate just strips your mouth in a tidal wave of acidity and sourness, with poor tannin control/extraction leaving a furry/woody/unripe stem aftertaste. Surely in a solar vintage like 2005, even Volnay should have a bit more lushness and fullness on the palate.

This is all about the minerality, immortal nature of the terroir and crystalline and austere fruit structure. A pure but unpleasable expression of Pinot Noir and of burgundy. Current market prices would be a good opportunity to sell as this is going to get nicer...
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