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Red
2005 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/14/2020 - dbg wrote:
Secondary market purchase 2020, perfect cork and fill. Better than the last bottle opened right after arrival. Dark red, no bricking. Nice nose of cassis, earth, tobacco. Medium body, good balance, some tertiary complexity starting to show, medium-long finish, should drink well for another decade or more and may develop additional complexity. Excellent.
  • dbg commented:

    10/14/20, 7:11 AM - Hi mhbeaune, I agree on waiting a few weeks for older wines with sediment to let it settle. I just couldn’t resist! I haven’t seen or been convinced of "travel shock" in younger wines or those without sediment.

Red
2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/15/2018 - RCarlyleParker wrote:
97 points
Robert Parker
  • dbg commented:

    10/3/20, 3:58 PM - You can add a critic score by clicking "Add a Pro Review" at the bottom of the Pro Reviews column on the right and entering the info.

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
2/15/2020 - dbg wrote:
Jamming with Stu (Dune, Fort Lauderdale): This needed to warm to a little below room temp after coming out of its ice bath before it started to show well. Citrus, spice, floral notes, not as much yeast/brioche as the last bottle, good depth and power, excellent balance. This Dom had a little more going on than the 2008 Cristal but most of it was under wraps. Could it be shutting down? The Cristal was more exciting and fun to drink now, and the 1996 Krug was more in the drink now zone. Like most Doms, this needs time to really show its stuff. A decade or two.
  • dbg commented:

    2/16/20, 8:22 PM - My guess based on how Cristal and Dom usually age is that both will improve for 10-15 years, with the Dom surpassing the Cristal at some point in that time frame. I’d expect the Cristal to plateau and eventually decline at 20 to 30 years while the Dom continues to improve.

  • dbg commented:

    2/16/20, 8:33 PM - A lot is personal preference. I like aged Champagne and Dom is known for aging well and drinking much better after a long period of cellaring. There are some who would disagree, and they’re not wrong if their preferences run to fresher Champagne or to Cristal's style.

    Just keep popping corks and you’ll soon know what works best for you.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
2/14/2020 - dbg wrote:
Cellared since release in 2011, from 375: the cork isn’t very firmly inserted and there’s not much pop when it comes out. Not much mousse. Color is turning more gold/copper than rosé. The sherry and oxidation have taken over from the nice complexity present in the last bottle. Perhaps due to a less than perfect seal but happy that this was my last bottle.
  • dbg commented:

    2/16/20, 8:27 PM - A bottle 4 months ago with a tight-fitting cork was fine. And these were purchased 11 years ago. Could be a totally different story for more recent bottles.

Red
2002 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2019 - dbg wrote:
Pichon Baron and more (Dino's Grotto, DC): The weak sister in the 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 collection of Pichon Barons. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour, drunk over 4 hours. Dark red core. Somewhat shy nose, medium body, a bit too green and acidic for the amount of fruit but maybe in the wheelhouse of the hard-core AFWE crowd. Medium finish. It didn’t round out with time like the 2001 did. Very good.
  • dbg commented:

    5/8/19, 6:08 AM - CIH, I bought very few 2003s but Pontet Canet was one of them. I've had it several times with variable results depending on how shut down it’s been/where it has been in the drinking window. I think it’s a winner and recently has begun to re-open. I’m giving my bottles a few more years to start showing more complexity.

    Agree that the 2005 classed growths still need more time.

Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/14/2016 - dbg wrote:
Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Oaky nose on opening but nice fruit, flowers and smoky earth complexity come forward in about an hour. Medium body, good balance, noticeable oak but not intrusive. Medium long finish. Just starting to hit its stride and should drink well for another decade or more. Excellent.
  • dbg commented:

    4/14/16, 9:27 PM - I was a little late to the game and paid more, but definitely worth it. Still have 3 left and figure on opening the next one in 3-5 years. Like watching these develop over time.

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