Tasting Notes for bon vivant

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Red
2/13/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
opened at a party and got a short (aggressive) decant, well balanced and clean and softer then I recalled previous bottles, seem to be at a good place and drinking nicely although there is no rush did not get to try it again as it was drained quickly. Could not form an objective score but a nice drink nonetheless.
White
2005 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
2/15/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
Premox-dark color no nose just acid.... :o(
White - Sparkling
2/14/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
93 points
Busted out for a V day celebration. From a 2006 Disgorgement. In the cellar since 2008. TT suggested to me that this was going to age well and I am glad I stashed a few bottles to age, This came across beautifully soft and lacy. Low pressure and extremely tiny delicate bubbles but very much alive. The color is light golden and an initial yeast aroma cleans up withing minutes to reveal a melange of tropical fruit with just a hint of chalk tinge. This appears to have much less sweet notes then on release as the dosage has been well absorbed and the flavors are more about richness without any cloying thanks to beautifully balancing acidity. I am guessing that this is a superb example of how traditional Champagne was made generations ago before the preference to Brut came along and a testament about age worthiness of dosage. As Stickman commented -how can you not love this? Although this was great on it's own which was my preference, it also went well with Carol's home made Tiramisu which was not very sweet.
Red
2/8/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
94 points
After several disappointments finally hit a good one with the last bottle. PnP and right away greeted with mature fruit and herbs on wide open aromatics. Smooth and silky with good grip focus and a lingering finish. Very enjoyable bottle of mature CNDP that was just super tasty.
Red
12/5/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
I have always admired the quality of this wine and it's ability to age. I drank several cases of various vintages from the late 90's to early 2000's and kept a few bottles in the cellar to see how long we can streatch the envelope with such a reasonably priced wine. have not had this vintage in a good 5 years and found the last bottle so pulled the cork. Still serviceable with faded fruit and now mostly dominates by tertiary herbs. The 2000 was not as good an aging wine as the bookend vintages around it but hey not a bad little number. Good vintages can obviously drink nicely for a decade or a little more which is a nice testament to the quality.
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White
12/28/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
90 points
A well balanced white that was very enjoyable and offered surprisingly good structure for it's modest price. I really liked this on release a little over 2 years ago and it seems to have maintained it's freshness and poise, although i would think that this is a wine that should be consumed in the near future to enjoy the freshness and aromatics. Seems to offer excellent value in the Graetz lineup. Obviously a great vintage in Tuscany but will look to try more recent vintages as well to see it they are as good.
White
1/18/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
93 points
When this wine was released a little over 7 years ago I suspected this will be a decent bottle to age for a while in spite of it's modest price range and i should have headed my own advise and kept more of it as it now way over delivers. The characteristics of youth have intensified and softened and this has put on more textural intensity and complexity. note to self -i need to age more GV. Very well done
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/17/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
Ageing at a snail's pace but has put on some weight since it's younger days. No rush here. Solid
White
2007 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/21/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
A sound bottle without the dreaded Pox, although I would have pegged it as a little older (+6/7 yrs) - this would have come across younger if it had more acidity, Aromatics were the best part with mature yellow orchard fruit and some fruit preserve. The front and mid palate were civilized and pleasant but the wine seem to lack focus and precision on the back end. Probably best at about 30 minutes to an hr from opening. Others liked it better then me and I suspect it was in admiration of the label. For me it was good but not justifying the price of admission, just another over rated bottle from this producer in the mid 2000's . For collectors rather then drinkers.
Red
1/20/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
95 points
Definitely getting into the magical zone of aged Barolo, a bottle that went into the cellar around 15 years ago at release did not disappoint. Classic aromatics supported by silky mouth feel and changing flavors as the bottle got consumed over several hours after a solid decant. Great balance and solid acidity gave me the confidence that remaining bottles should drink well for a decade if not more. Definitely my favorite bottling from this producer.
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Red
1/5/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
93 points
Really glad I held off on this one as it seems to just be entering a really nice evolutionary phase. Lots of dark fruit that has softened and offers a silky texture and a long and wide flavor profile and finish. Decanted for sediment and this continued to improve with air over the evening promising further upside with more age so my score may prove conservative.
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Red
1/25/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
Reviewing my previous notes I am starting to sound like a broken record as every bottle seems to be perhaps the best ever to date. ts becoing evident that the 1995 hot & dry vintage resulted in a classic Bo that is built for the long haul. There is no over ripeness, or headiness, just nice clean aged fruit with elegant spice & Garrigue notes and no funk or bret. At a great place for lovers of classic CNDP
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White - Sparkling
1/25/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
A bottle that was purchased in 2013 based on the 2008 vintage that was fresh and delicate, the attack was lemony and light but within a few minutes the wine adds complexity and backed goods yeasty roundness. There is excellent precision and length and this could easily run with good vintage BdB from mostt producers. This should continue drinking great for another 3-4 years if not longer. Launois NV Reserve maintains it's position as a top value go to bottle in my collection
White - Off-dry
1/13/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
Nice bottle and a fine example of a 30 plus year old bottle which appears to be ageless. Not as distinct and complex as some other ZH Gewurtz from other vineyards but elevated in flavor due to the great vintage so hard to be complaining. I pulled it out to pair with grilled lobster tails but it paired even better with scallops with a Foie Gras & port reduction. A nice VT to enjoy with food.
White - Sparkling
1/13/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
Creamy, soft, delicate, with fine mousse, still fairly fresh but at a good and enjoyable place. Nice apple and small pit fruit cloaked in light yeast brioche and hint of hazelnut. Warm and giving but maintains a lite touch and easy to drink. Not as focused as a bit more acidity would have given it better structure which I am finding to be the case with some of the 2002's we tasted recently. Made for a lovely start of an epic food and wine evening. Additional bottles will be put into more immediate rotation as i would expect them to be fun to drink over the next few years but this is not one to keep for old bones. A great daytime Champagne when you want to keep it lite & easy but don't let that disposition fool you as the quality is evident.
Red
1/14/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
Even better then last bottle, tons of sediment so gave it a good double decant and took out to dinner. Very dark almost black but beautifully resolved and smooth. Lots of herbs, leather, dark meat and old world funk which was on the earthy side but not intrusive. Flavors where more deep then you would expect as the wine was mote towards an elegant body then rich and it went great with many dishes around the table. Ready to drink suspect it will be good for few more years at this level but not much upside in ageing.
Red
1998 Château Picque Caillou Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2020 - bon vivant wrote:
90 points
Color is slightly translucent ruby with a 3 mm meniscus, really nice lead pencil notes upon opening and hints of cedar. Cranberry and a little plum with notes of herb show a well developed wine at a great place in it's evolution. The only knock was that the texture was a little light at the onset but there was enough tannin back bone to allow for opening with about a half an hr of decant. Overall a very nice showing and the most enjoyable bottle to date.
White
12/25/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
I had several bottles of this when it was young and within several years of release. Every time i tasted this wine I thought it was rather austere and tart without enough ripeness in the fruit. There was a chance that with ample acidity this may soften with age which it did a little and showed best round 5 -6 years ago at which point i would give it a score of around 86-88. This last bottle from my original purchase stored in optimal conditions did not continue to improve, if anything some deterioration due to slight oxidation and rather simple and monolithic. Overall a disappointment
Red
11/30/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
88 points
Dark & Shut down, rather simple and uninspiring, no apparent flaws but just a meh bottle. Did not improve on day 2 only got worse. A true disappointment considering how great the 98 Chaupin was tonight as well as all the other bottles so my score is probably a bit harsh. Got a bit more open after 3 days but still rather simple for a VV
Red
11/30/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
97 points
Slow ox 6 hrs and removed lots of sediment in double decant. Another mature beautiful rendition and everything you could wish for in an old bottle of CNDP, a melange of fruits dry flowers garigue and complex nuances in a delicate and silky package where the wine keeps revealing its fascinating layers over time. Excellent
White
11/20/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
Tasted this originally with Laura Diaz -Munoz in Nape about 3-4 years back and kept a bottle to see what will happen. This is a high energy focused SB with strong upper register zingy disposition, yet there is a softness that works it's way into the mid palate that makes it work well with spicy Asian style dishes. A SB that can be enjoyed by Sancerrre lovers. Sampled over several days on gas and it held out very well. Nice effort here & obviously well made, but a bit pricey- then again Napa is not generally my go to region for SB
Red
11/17/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
94 points
A great bottle at a fine point along the evo curve, i was surprised and happy how well balanced and pretty this was. drank well on opening and just continued to improve over the evening. Paul Drapper called it a great vintage & recommandation on the back label was to age 5-7 years from release, and that was way too conservative a drinking window. Fun & very fine bottle
Red - Fortified
11/16/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
Hard to believe that it has been 8 years since i tasted this and it had lovely red fruit and good balance. luckily a clean bottle without TCA as things were starting to improve with this vintage after the dreaded run of 77's. I wish this would have been decanted as it was still a bit hot but a very nice showing tonight and better then I recall from earlier days.
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Red
11/16/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
PNP Blind with Ft C wine crew. First impression old french Burg from fairly ripe vintage, A little funk/stink with a cross between Chambolle and Granache like aromas of sweet strawberry fruit, silky but a bit mono. Interestingly this moved more towards the N Cali Sonoma like disposition as it aired out and put on more substance, although the profile stayed fairly simple. Just wish it had a bit more complexity but enjoyable nontheless and could justify a 92-93 score
Red
11/16/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
94 points
PNP Blind, came across as well made and fairly young with coco notes and still some wood present, kept improving over the evening and was the most improved wine of the night the longer it was open. Well balanced with fine finish. Enjoy now with good 2-3 hr decant and should continue to drink well at prime for 3-5 probably longer.
White - Sparkling
10/20/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
My last bottle based on the 1998 vintage disgorged in 2005 and it was full of rich yellow fruit, mature and golden with lots of apple and baked goods. Lovely bubbles fine and creamy but nice acidity to put it all together. Upon release this was a bit rough and disjointed but I expected this bottling to age well and it did not disappoint. A good testament for the quality this small grower
Red
11/7/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
Fully integrated, Spectacular, polished and elegant, one of the finest older Cali CF's I have had. Tasty stuff
Red
10/10/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
When I had a bottle of this fall down in the cellar and explode last year i was crushed but rummaging though the cellar the other day I found this bottle that wasn't in CT and it was a great surprise. It held out beautifully and was a nice indication of the quality fruit that went into it. Ripe but mature notes, pretty much what you would expect form a Central Coast Pinot. Not as velvety and big as in it's youth but smooth and a little linear with nice acidity to keep it all well rounded. A treat to see it in souch good condition and enjoyed by all.
White
10/26/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
A very similar bottle to the one from mar 2018. Drinks well.
White - Sparkling
9/9/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
98 points
I was happy to find 2 bottles of this about a year ago and we had one at that point (No official TN at time but it was WOTN against some very famous TDC's ) so I had pretty high expectations and hope for this (took to RT for open house in his new digs with Mitch Chris & Terri & the crew ) and it didn't disappoint, a Wow bottle still super fresh and focused and going back to my last notes just as expected. Even better after a half hr when it was on fire if you are fortunate enough to have well cellar'd bottle you can give 96 Salon a good run as IMO this is a better wine. Yes please.
White
8/27/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
94 points
much more in the zone then a bottle 10 years ago, this has evolved very nicely and drinking very well. No premox or flaws color bright and light could have easily gone another decade
Red
8/15/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
95 points
No official TN but a wonderful bottle at an excellent place
White
7/27/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
A little more heft and texture here then an excellent 05 Dampt Chablis that preceded it. This is all about yellow apples and a fairly rich and round texture true to the 02 vintage. Tasty
White
7/26/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
This time a fresher bottle then 3 months ago (from same batch). This one is spot on with proper disposition given its age.c and continues to evolve with air. tasted over two nights and better on day two as the wine got Fresher and more focused. Lemon drops accompanied by nice briny back end notes are the dominant flavors with some exotic tropical yellow fruits as secondary with a whiff of almond. While at it's youth this struck me as modern style but with age the wine evolved in a very classic Chablis style -i was very happy with this bottle.
Red
5/15/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
This was quite tannic at it's youth and while I thought it would improve with age i always wondered if the wine would be balanced when mature -the simple answer is yes. A very nice showing and this exceeded expectations with a nice layering of flavors and spicy smokey touches beyond the dark fruit core. I still prefer the 1999 but the difference now seems less as this has come through nicely with age
Red
5/28/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
90 points
A testament to the quality when the basic blended Malbec ages so well and exceeds all expectations. Punches way above it's modest release price -crazy quality here for the $
Red
6/1/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
Getting more delightful with every passing year, this is why we cellar wine. A wine that continues to over deliver and leaves me very happy that I committed to a nice stash. No need to pre decant but nice to follow the improvement with air time.
White
5/18/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
95 points
Oh my what a great bottle bursting with tropical fruit, salinity and complex texture. It does show the rich vintage in full color and while recent bottles of Clos & Valmur have also been superb this reinforces my opinion that this is the finest selection in fevre's portfolio-sublime.
White - Sparkling
6/2/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
Another of the Aug 2009 Disg. which have proven to be outstanding as every bottle has been spot on. I keep pushing out the drinking window on the 750's and this last bottle was not showing any signs of fading or ox. The NV silver labels from this time period have definitly proven to be more age worthy then the Gold (Vintage ) labels.
Red
6/16/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
I keep finding more of this and what a fun problem to have as this continues to show great. Pretty much in line with my last tasting note, great aromatics fro the get go but started to fade in the decanter about an hr and a half into it but by then it was almost gone. At 20 years of age this is definitly holding it's own
Red
6/1/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
I followed my own advice in a previous TN and had this with Lamb shoulder and it performed to expectation. Based on the wonderful integration and quality this is a huge over achieving bottle and now I wish i had purchased more of this crazy value.
Red
6/1/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
it's been a long time since I have had a bottle of Luce and this served by friends was a reminder that this is not really my style. The wine is dark and big, very extracted and with a heavy dose of new oak which is still unresolved. Fruit up front and very tannic finish which subsided a bit after some time in the decanter and once we added some lamb into the experience. This wine will definitely have it's fans. You can call it Modern but then again so is Valdicava and I would not put this into the same class. If you think of the style of La Spinetta Barbaresco compare to it's more traditional neighbors you get a good idea of the type of BdM this is. In any case i would think that this has enough stuff going on to improve with another 3-5 years but you have to like the style to warrant the investment of time and $.
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Red
6/1/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
91 points
PnP as this was a backup and it showed old world garigue aromatics accompanying mature dark fruits. This showed very well an i thought it was better balanced then a recent bottle of the fleur i had recently. This really hit stride after a short decant, not overly complex but a nice mature CDR which was at a very nice place along it's evolution. I don't see much upside from here -time to drink
White - Fortified
6/1/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
I forgot of what a fun little bottle this is -went great with home made apple pie and ice cream. Lots of caramel and apple flavors and good acidity to balance it out. A real charmer and insane value considering the drinking quality.
White
6/4/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
92 points
Fairly dark and extracted, at first glance this seems advanced but there is minimal oxidation. This is more in line of a ripe Spat then a Kabinett and its all about ripe rich unctuous flavor. It comes across a bit heavy but lip smacking tasty and it held great overnight in the fridge for day 2. A bit of a head scratcher as blind i would have pegged it as a 25 year old Auslese that has dried out the sweetness of it's youth. I would recommend putting this into drinking rotation if you happen to have some.
Red
4/17/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
At WSOD quick double decant and this was sweet and beautifully balanced. A great combination of fruit and secondary flavors -this way over performed and ended up to be one of the finest wines of the tasting. A nice surprise
Red
4/3/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
95 points
Decant fro sediment and served in 20min. A very fine bottle and looking at my notes probably the finest to date. This was definitely built to last and it rewarded the patience with a lovely mix of dried flower scents and light herbs adding to the dark red mature cherry fruit flavors. Smooth fairly lite and elegant, a true pleasure.
White
4/2/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
Nice bottle with some tropical notes to the fruit and good full mouth. Some oxidative hints that didn't detract but this one as well is advancing at a rapid speed compare to bottles from the older days. Time to drink if you have em.
Red
2002 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - bon vivant wrote:
93 points
Wow a 20 year old Barossa that is still full of lovely red berry fruit & cherry as it's primary signature of aromas and flavors. A testament to the quality level in David Powell's older wines. The age has mellowed it into a silky robe with nice nuances and spice notes on the finish. Clean but with nice layers, this way over delivered. Amazing QPR
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