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White
2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
7/18/2021 - AJ72 wrote:
86 points
Well at least under screwcap you can judge this wine without wondering whether the closure might have been the reason you didn't really like it. This started off great but it quickly became apparent there was some phenolic grip on the finish which detracted from the enjoyment of the wine. A little bit simple too for this premier cru and the better producers have better examples of this vineyard. Was still okay but a long way off the spectacular 2017 Grand cru's from this producer in the same year. Louis Michel has produced some Clos and Vaudesir from this vintage which I would recommend getting over this.
  • FDP commented:

    2/18/23, 5:28 AM - Hi, i wonder that you say its under screw cap ?
    the reason being that at least here in it is closed with cork , i guess that goes for Europe maybe you are in an other area.

White
2019 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
8/18/2022 - angelcyn wrote:
Not easy to come by as I have said before, such is the demand, just a couple of bottles as I am not carried away with my '18s, previous vintages that I managed to get hold of were good to very good.

This to me was an improved version of the '18, so I am not convinced, the style so obviously based on acid is exemplary if that is what you like, but the fruit content is virtually obliterated, those earlier vintages were to me that bit more fruit driven and again for me that worked, I will keep the other bottle and try in a couple of years.
I am obviously the odd man out on this as the majority are going with the acid trend, and that is fine.
  • FDP commented:

    11/3/22, 11:27 AM - Your not alone , as i also think earlier vintages from Keller was better balanced. At least how i see it.

Red
2018 Antoine Graillot & Raul Perez Bierzo Encinas Mencía
2/19/2021 - FDP wrote:
89 points
Well it is a nicely constructed wine.
Had it in several Zalto glasses and the best was the Universal glass.
On the nose , not a lot going on , but some minerality , leather , dark fruits , and black olive paste....the same was going on at the palate.
  • FDP commented:

    3/6/22, 12:07 AM - Dukes88 I have no idea.

White
2019 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
6/22/2020 - Bradetti wrote:
90 points
Could not imagine that I will be close to FDP's opinion but indeed, the 19 von der Fels lacks the aromatic spectrum of the 18. Its purely driven by lemon and chalk with strong acidity. Thats it.
Not enough for my expectation.
The 2018 remains the peak for me.
  • FDP commented:

    8/29/21, 3:38 AM - I also liked the 2018 much better , and i look forward to try my next bottle and see how it is compared to the first. Hopefully it will be much better , i will probably have the next bottle in spring 2022. For me the first bootle was so acidic that it didn't reveal anything. But i also think drinking glass makes a big difference.

White
2018 Weingut Keller Riesling von der Fels Rheinhessen
6/24/2021 - Invest wrote:
88 points
A lot of bite and crisp acidity.

As a reminder, 2018 was an extremely hot vintage with naturally little acidity. Sensory wise still a very well made wine, with good balance and drink animating harmony, but one-dimensional due to the dominant imo atypical acidity. It lacks depth, complexity and also a little naturalness - at least at this stage.

A day later I drank the rest of the bottle. Not drinkable for me with the one-sided, dominant and now very unharmonic acidity. I disposed the rest in the sink. Overall a disappointing 'von der Fels' in 2018!
  • FDP commented:

    8/29/21, 3:24 AM - My experience with my first bottle is exactly the same as your description. So good to know i am not the only one who had this experience .

Red
2016 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/3/2021 - FDP wrote:
88 points
Well this wine is extremely young so my rating is probably a bit off.
Had tried to pour a glass in Zalto Burgundy and also Zalto Bordeaux....after 2-3 hours in the glass there seem to be some smaller hints that something more might go on...at the same time i poured the bottle into the big Zalto decanter , and now after 5 hours not a lot has happened there still seem to be occasional very faint signs of something more beneath....not really sure how this will evolve....have one bottle left which is in my cellar and will stay there for the next 10 years before i try it.
  • FDP commented:

    7/10/21, 6:36 AM - Hi sheriff JW , i actually think that the wine was just shutdown as thats the most likely thing....so i think it will be best to have it on hold , or if you have several bottles i suggest that you try one yourself. My suspicion is that some rate wines higher because of the names on the bottle.

Red
2018 Domaine Machard de Gramont Bourgogne Vierge Romaine Pinot Noir
12/22/2020 - Achermann Likes this wine:
88 points
One year since last tasting and this time a bit more open. It sadly doesn’t hold up that great in the fridge afterwards.

The tannins are there - I think it needs a few more years in the cellar. But it’s still a bargain buy in the price range.
  • FDP commented:

    1/24/21, 9:55 AM - I completely agree on your view.

White
2012 von Winning Forster Riesling U 500 Pfalz
2/7/2017 - Puteljen! wrote:
84 points
Riesling + oak = ❤? Well, this is at least an attempt to answer that question. Riesling from the Forster Ungeheuer vineyard is fermented in oak barrels and bottled after one year without filtration or fining. Lets see - on the nose there is quite obvious butter and vanilla along with chalk, smoke and hints of rubber. Also ripe pear but the fruit is playing second fiddle here. Still quite nice. On the palate however there is considerable bitterness from the oak which completely overshadows the fruit. Also butter, vanilla and good acidity, but feels unbalanced. No apple, pear, peach or any other kind of fruit, not even lemon. Maybe lemonrind. I want that fruit compotte in my riesling, thank you very much! Nah, this shows ambition and the nose is nice, but overall still a waste of what was probably good grapes.
  • FDP commented:

    1/16/21, 10:27 AM - Heysan , well just having a bottle of this and can only say that i am also a bit disappointed about this wine not what i had expected from this producer.

Red
2017 Luigi Giordano Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
9/18/2019 - TexasBob Likes this wine:
87 points
Light to medium reflective red. Grapefruit rind and fruit on the nose. Notes Slightly less than ideally ripe strawberries; the body is lighter than expected and makes me wonder if they snuck some arneis into the final mix. Pleasantly bitter like certain limits but with an added light fruit element that’s hard to describe.
  • FDP commented:

    3/7/20, 10:54 AM - According to my local shop they are a combination of these grapes 80 % Nebbiolo og 20 % Dolcetto - but its nice a nice wine to drink.

White
2018 Weingut Keller Grüner Silvaner trocken Rheinhessen
6/4/2019 - FDP wrote:
85 points
This is a very simple wine , not much going on here and pretty uninteresting.
I tried it in both Zalto Universal and Zalto Burgundy , the universal glass does best.
On the nose i find white pepper , lemon....and on the palate i find first comes acidity which fades away and then i get something like water lemon and not much else going on.
For the price i paid i think its way too expensive for what you get.
  • FDP commented:

    6/4/19, 11:59 PM - Hi here where i live the bottle cost 13 € , and giving it 85 point to me means it is okay with no flaws , but for me a good wine it must be at least 87 points.

  • FDP commented:

    6/5/19, 1:29 AM - Thank you a lot for you recommendation and i will try to do better. But please also accept that we all do not always agree on the same things.

White
2014 Domaine Emilian Gillet (Thévenet) Viré-Clessé Quintaine Chardonnay
6/12/2018 - tanglenet wrote:
Opened not decanted and served chilled. Strong lemon and lime notes. There is an underlying layer of dark tastes not necessarily good for me. It almost tastes off, but isn't. Not sure if its just an earthiness or the profile of the wine. Medium weight in body; nice acidity; ends with a sweet and sour finish. Good.
  • FDP commented:

    11/17/18, 3:24 AM - The underlaying darkness in the wine is probably because it lays sur lie for a long period , i dont remember the time.

Red
2012 Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage Le Rouvre Syrah
12/21/2014 - Puteljen! wrote:
89 points
A good syrah in a cooler, lighter style. Elegant, well balanced with good fruit, medium+ acid and an excellent mineral feeling. Lacks complexity and depth to be truly great, but very good for its level and price-point.
  • FDP commented:

    1/14/17, 11:38 AM - Hello, i completely agree on your comment / description , can i use it for my description of the wine ?
    I will just do it, and if you come back and say no. I will cancel it.
    For the price i payed here in Denmark its too expensive.

White
2014 Le Rocher des Violettes Montlouis-sur-Loire Touche-Mitaine Chenin Blanc
9/30/2016 - FDP wrote:
86 points
For a Sauvignon Blanc from France, i guess this is a good trial....its not as good as those from New Zealand, but still very enjoyable to drink. I would recommend it to go with food that is more fatty like salmon.
  • FDP commented:

    1/6/17, 6:35 AM - wormfarmer. Thank you very much for the comment. It´s much appreciated.

Red
2010 Podere Il Carnasciale Carnasciale Toscana IGT Caberlot
2/21/2015 - FDP wrote:
89 points
This was a wine that i have looked forward to try out, but was also a bit nervous as it has high praycing.
The first evening the nose was really slamming into your face with so many different notes its impossible to tell them apart, on the tongue it was a disappointment as i mostly felt i was like tasting a Fernet-Branca that is what comes in as the closet, and tasted blind i am sure that would have been my choice.
Well next evening ( tonight saturday ) its becoming a little more layd back and there revealing itself a bit more into cherry notes-herbal notes...but i also have to say that i think it´s praised higher than whats really in there.
Dont missunderstand me, because its good and the nose and palate blend really nice together....but otherwise i am not that convinced.
Although this is my first try with this grape variety, so please take that into account.
  • FDP commented:

    2/21/15, 10:45 AM - Hi djt1956, i am happy to see that i am not alone in my view on this wine, although i haven't tasted other vintages or older ones....but i think that even in Bordeaux for the same amount of money i would get a wine i like much more....
    Although its also hard as there is no other references with this grape so hard to make any conclusions whether its the grape or the wine.

Red
2009 Querciabella Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
12/20/2013 - FDP wrote:
87 points
I think the wine at this stage is not as good as I had hoped for, it is a bit simplistic, therefor the low rating, not much goes on at the nose, neither the taste.
  • FDP commented:

    12/21/13, 6:17 AM - Of course 87 is no bad or low rating in itself, and you are right that we maybe unknowingly would like wines to have a higher rating.
    My expectations for this wine given the winery itself makes really good wines, I have also earlier tasted their Chianti from other vintages and in my memory at least they delivered better.
    Best wishes for a Happy Holliday

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