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White
2014 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
12/13/2021 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
92 points
Straw to light gold color; This is super nice with citrus,tart apple and slate on the nose; great saline minerality joins those qualities on the palate. This was fantastic with an “everything” bagel smothered in cream cheese and smoked salmon. Joins Champagne as a breakfast drink of champions. 92+
  • Xavier94 commented:

    12/14/21, 2:15 PM - My Wildman rep was just talking about this very wine and vintage. Glad to hear it is holding up well! Cheers.

Red
1989 Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/17/2021 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
93 points
Taken to dinner out; deeply colored; delicious dark and solidly secondary fruit qualities with attractive underbrush and maturing burgundy character; soft and fat mouthfeel while still retaining nice subtle acidity which carries through a long finish. In a great place but it will still age further for 15+. 93+
  • Xavier94 commented:

    12/2/21, 6:43 AM - I recall this being great! Tons of beefy/bacon fat richness with Mazis power.

Red
2016 Domaine de Montille Bourgogne Pinot Noir
5/21/2021 - Xavier94 Likes this wine:
88 points
Consistent notes; hedgerow, rose petal, tons of minerality and red cherry/raspberry type fruits that show good freshness coupled with good ripeness. Continues to age very well. This particular bottle seemed a bit more primary and took 20-30 minutes to open out. No rush, once again. Good mineral tension and energy. Hold for a bit, yet.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    6/22/21, 6:16 AM - Thank you very much for the information! There is a tension/freshness about the vintage( though, obviously quite young) that is compelling. Absolutely no rush on the de Montille but it is very tasty!!

Red
1971 Domaine Chanson Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Fèves Pinot Noir
2/13/2021 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clearly its age shown in capsule and cork; cork wet through and slid out pretty easily; brownish orange, mahogany color; initially the nose is very shy, a feint hint of older fruit with tertiary qualities, very similar to a ‘78 Chanson Pernand Vergeles consumed day prior. Similarly, this wine shares a marvelous soft but viscous texture which helps carry the finish. The ‘78 Pernand didn’t really open up into something impressive and at first anyway, this ‘71 Beaune (monopole) wasn’t very special either. Stoppered up and revisited 12 hours later: the nose gives up richer fruit, savory dried meats, Earl Grey tea and some autumn leaves. Amazing what some “air time” can do for a nice aged burg. We’re often too timid about this but you can generally tell whether a wine is too frail to handle it. And this had been decanted off significant sediment. Actually, the first Chanson burg to impress me.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    2/16/21, 1:01 PM - As I am recently reminded that "sound" bottles LOVE air.

White - Sparkling
2005 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
11/23/2020 - Xavier94 Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind; immediately shows some of the class and ripeness of the 2006 vintage. Lots of very pure, mineral laden scents of yellow orchard fruits, lemon, biscuity aromas that give way to more defined floral notes that only add elegance. Great long, fresh finish with lifted acidity and chalky minerals. Unfolds to more brown spices with air time; incredibly layered. 94+ today.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    1/20/21, 4:29 PM - Yes, reminded me of the 2006 version. I had tried the ‘06 a few times before.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jérôme Prévost Champagne La Closerie Extra Brut Les Beguines Pinot Meunier
1/17/2021 - Xavier94 Likes this wine:
93 points
Phenomenal showing, tons of expression and complexity at once of Vanilla creme, white chocolate, toasty complexity with baked apple scents, maple syrup and brown spices. Rich and wide in the mouth but with plenty of energy (the low dosage provides plenty of acidic lift). A very ripe, stylish Meunier with authoritative body and complexity. Should continue to age a bit yet too. 93+
  • Xavier94 commented:

    1/18/21, 10:14 AM - ugh, I recycled it this morning :(. Sorry.

Red
1969 Chanson Père & Fils Beaune 1er Cru Les Champs Pimont Pinot Noir
1/3/2021 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bottle seemed fairly prime other than being dusty and vintage label off kilter; color as expected ruby with orange cast and substantial clear rim; cork was pristine with no mold or seepage. In fact it was immovable, especially with my ah-so device a thousand miles from here and nearly impossible to find in this Third World locality known as Florida. (Will use my Amazon Christmas gift card to procure one right quick!). After removing the cork in a thousand pieces (much of it landing in the wine) I ran it through a coffee filter. Nose and palate were nice mature fruit, spices, classic funk and underbrush. But missing the wonderful autumnal and savory stuff I crave. “Merely excellent”.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    1/7/21, 6:15 AM - Do you think reconditioned?

Red
1969 Remoissenet Père et Fils Morey St. Denis Les Charmes Pinot Noir
8/23/2020 - Xavier94 Likes this wine:
94 points
I have been lucky to have tried this a handful of times and this bottle was quite on point; marvelous smoky sous bois complexity with Worcestershire sauce, tobacco smoke, caramel, a note of espresso over hallmark soil tones, aging red fruit and beetroot highlights. Supple, fat but defined. In a marvelous place and this is one of the reconditioned bottles that has shown so well (consistently) over the last few years. Delicious umami/blood/beef stock texture and complexity. Rich, well-structured and intense yet well defined!
  • Xavier94 commented:

    12/27/20, 2:57 PM - Sorry for the late reply; I always try to serve older wines on the warmer side so the aromas can be released that much more readily, but that's just me. I have had the '69 MSD Les Charmes multiple times and it has been very consistent. I hope you enjoyed it!

  • Xavier94 commented:

    12/29/20, 7:54 AM - I generally do a slow oxidation over an hour+ with only passive breathing. I like the wines to come out slowly, on their own terms. Others would decant and see what's what. I am very cautious about older stuff.

Red
2017 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons Pinot Noir
11/4/2020 - Xavier94 Likes this wine:
90 points
Reminds me of the gorgeous 2009 rendition; this is like violet water with a lithe impression of pomegranate, raspberry fruit that conveys a powdery, airy character. Mineral, red licorice, violet perfume on the nose and in the mouth and a whiff of juniper berry. Spicy texture with fine tannins. Like drinking a Chambolle at much less money!
  • Xavier94 commented:

    11/5/20, 8:26 AM - I find most of the Barthod wines to be cranky when young and can remain that way for quite a while. The Bons Batons, I find, can be relatively forward in their youth. Every bottle is different, who knows.

Red
1971 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/19/2020 - jmoore431 Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind: Classic aged red burg color; pure sweet brown sugar on first nosing was a slightly awkward start, quickly opened up to the classic autumnal and forest floor goodness I adore. Underlying beet root, cola and celery salt. Steady Eddie over an hour of pure pleasure. My WOTD. 94+
  • Xavier94 commented:

    7/27/20, 2:56 PM - sounds delicious!

Red
2013 Domaine Francois Lamarche Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir
7/5/2019 - Kriz wrote:
89 points
Disappointing. Shut down on the nose. The palate is okay but nothing special. There is a lot of acidity, some bitterness and some red fruit. It's fragments, not a whole. Maybe time will tell but now it's grand cru unworthy.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    7/7/19, 1:32 PM - Yeah, just tried the '13 VR Suchots and it was pretty tight! There is a freshness to the '13s that, I suppose, if I had to have with food, I wouldn't be quite as frustrated. Either way, way too young.

Red
2012 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Pinot Noir
2/12/2014 - Gargantua wrote:
Wildman 2012 Burgundy Preview and Barrel Tastings (New York, NY): Tasting pour. Slight reduction here too. Obvious long term winner of the lineup. So very impressed with these wines, and Sylvain (edit: Sebastian!) is still so young.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    3/2/14, 12:09 PM - Jonathan, I was at this tasting also; the Cathiard wines showed really well. Notice any changes since Sebastian has taken over the winemaking (2011)?

  • Xavier94 commented:

    3/5/14, 10:37 AM - Anything post '99 is pretty solid stuff....Many times, absolutely gorgeous!!! Any other favorites from the tasting?

  • Xavier94 commented:

    3/5/14, 1:47 PM - They are always so perfect; everything in place!

Red
2009 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts Pinot Noir
9/9/2010 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Domaine Leroy Cellar Visit and Tasting (Vosne-Romanee): Barrel tasting at Domaine Leroy. Aromas started with great floral and perfumed charm along with big red fruit. Palate is very spice driven with great black and red fruit. Incredible density, powerful fruit with an exceptional finish. Always a personal favorite, this 2009 jumps near the top of my list of great vintages of Leroy V-R Beaux Monts, with 98, 99 and 93.
  • Xavier94 commented:

    8/18/13, 12:35 PM - Burgundy Al, always been impressed with your notes on Leroy Beaux Monts and splurged on a couple bottle of this. Would you recommend the 2001? Have you tasted either the 2010 or 2011 out of barrel? Thanks!

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