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Red
2020 Equis Crozes-Hermitage Équinoxe Syrah
7/9/2022 - jhbrower1 wrote:
91 points
For the price, absolutely stunning. Gorgeous, varietally correct nose full of dark fruit, pork fat, olive brine, black pepper. Fresh, lively acidity, restrained alcohol and tannins -- everything a good, drink-young northern Rhone syrah should be.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    11/10/22, 11:57 PM - Totally agree - crazy value :-)

White
2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles Chardonnay
10/13/2021 - Fuel55 Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful Chablis. Does need 2-3 more years to integrate the oak fully. Creamy limestone, citrus - all the GC hallmarks in here. Amazing QPR.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    3/22/22, 2:17 PM - It’s from the Chardonnay grape 😎✌🏻 that’s all

Red
2009 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Vineyard Russian River Valley
8/2/2012 - Lord Rodney wrote:
95 points
Still an awesome wine! But more full of orange peel and apricot than a year ago. Long long finish. Still just a notch below last year
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    1/9/22, 6:08 AM - Hello Jay!
    Hope you are well! We enjoy life! Just bought a summerhouse so Its been a while since I´ve had good zin to drink while barbecuing!! We'ed love to go to New York when the world situation is better :-)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne Champagne Blend
10/1/2021 - Lord Rodney wrote:
87 points
This was a dissapointing bottle - simply no fruit to speak of. I simply can't grasp that this was so good the first time!
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    10/1/21, 8:22 AM - To be fair Im sure it wasn't. The first one was in the autumn of 2019 in London. Didn't get a chance to see the date. This bottle was the second out of a case bought in france in july this year - the newest disgorgement. the difference is shocking. It's rare I think champagne is downright austere and backward but this batch is right now

Red
2019 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots Pinot Noir
9/11/2021 - watcheslover Likes this wine:
100 points
Incredible, I just saw that Jasper Morris gave his best Burgundy score of 2019 to these Reignots, even ahead of Romanée Conti !!! Finally someone who recognizes the true genius of this winegrower. And more, I am very proud of my palate. If I had a bottle, I would uncork it to celebrate.
Buy everything, even villages, before prices explode
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    9/11/21, 4:05 AM - Is this a tasting note??

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/5/2021 - Burgundy Al wrote:
90 points
La Tâche Dinner (RPM Steak - Chicago IL): Very dark color, darker than I recall from most previous bottles. Ripe fruit, showing both mature and dried apricot, along with burnt caramel sauce. Good concentration, slightly lacking acidity and lift for d'Yquem.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    8/21/21, 2:18 AM - Insane bottle variation on 1990 Yquem. I've had very similar bottles. An this problem only seems to get more pronounced over the years. I don´t think this Yquem is no way near as good as it's reputation or should I say old reputation. When it was young it was glorious :- )

Rosé
2019 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Red Rhone Blend
7/18/2021 - Lord Rodney wrote:
87 points
I have tried these wines before and would really like to love them but simply I don’t. Drinkable with spicy dishes but really too crude and cordial for me
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    7/24/21, 3:04 AM - That's quite interesting - I like the idea of ageing rosé. I had the 2017 not too long ago and that felt the same so two years definetly wasen't enough

Rosé
2018 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Côtes de Provence Cuvée Tradition Rosé Cru Classé
5/29/2021 - chbeaumont wrote:
89 points
Salmon pink; dried Provençal herbs, lavender oil; dry, quite rich, weighty, low acidity, finishes positively. Very long. ‘It’s no Tempier’.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    6/11/21, 5:27 AM - What do you mean "It's no Tempier"? It's not as good as Tempier or that it's very different from Tempier. I have case waiting for the holiday and not tasted yet.

Red
2018 Envinate Taganan Tinto Canary Islands Red Blend
First slight disappointment with a Taganan. Mostly peppery on both nose and palate. Lacks the wonderful juicy element that these wines usually have. Too one dimensional this bottle.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    5/26/21, 4:54 AM - Sounds much like my note from 26-03. No charm here

Red
2017 Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir Highliner Santa Barbara County
7/10/2020 - pren wrote:
89 points
还不错,水果尚可。
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    4/17/21, 2:37 AM - I know what you mean ;-)

Red
2016 Domaine Coquard Loison-Fleurot Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir
4/17/2021 - LB88 wrote:
89 points
At this stage so primary and also disappointing green. Not sure if this will improve
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    4/17/21, 2:24 AM - You better believe it will ;-)

White
2010 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon Chardonnay
3/26/2021 - Guillaume-en-égypte wrote:
flawed
Oxidised :( ....I have had plenty of 2010 white Burgs / Chablis recently that have been drinking beautifully, even at village level, but this was shot. Poured a deep golden yellow, had distinct oxidative notes & was completely dead on the palette.
I suggest the 69% of community holdings still in cellar be approached asap & would love to know if this is across the board or just a bad bottle?
(Removed from bonded storage last week, so provenance should not be an issue) EDIT: next bottle was perfect & seems to have plenty of life left in it
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    3/27/21, 3:05 AM - Im a big lover of white Burgundy and have also had my share of premox. That said I have had perhaps 10 bottles of 2010 Alain Chavy mixed premeir crus and one Chevalier-Montrachet. They have all been stellar and starting to show healthy maturity. I still have around 10 bottles. Will I save them much longer? I dont think I dare - still afraid of premox knock on wood!

  • Lord Rodney commented:

    3/27/21, 6:10 AM - Please do :- )

  • Lord Rodney commented:

    4/9/21, 1:25 PM - That’s wonderful to hear!! :-) enjoy!!

White - Sparkling
2004 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé Chardonnay
4/8/2021 - the player Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding finesse this gorgeous golden yellow colored vivacious champagne never ceases to amaze me. Fine bubbles, very refined nose of marzipan, pineapples, golden apples, citrus, chalk, brioche, you name it and its there! Mineral, fat and buttery entry on the palate, crisp mid palate and a Montrachet style finish. Definitely my kind of champagne. Would love to try to 2002 BdB if I can find it.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    4/9/21, 1:52 AM - That sounds lovely but also quite developed from my own exprerience with this 2004. The bottles I have drunk have been typically astringent/backward and underplayed in the typical 2004 style. Screaming for more ageing. LAt one tried a little less than a year ago. Did you cellar it yourself?

White
2014 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
2/12/2021 - rcg62 wrote:
flawed
Premox. This was well stored and bought on release. Sometimes I ask myself why I buy white burg at all. Feels like premox is 1 out of 3.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    3/13/21, 2:55 AM - Nooooo!! :-( I have 12 bottles of this in the cellar waiting!

White
2014 Sylvain Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets Chardonnay
2/21/2021 - Lord Rodney wrote:
89 points
Hmmm difficult wine - we are talking pre-premox stage. But still rich lovely fruits!! I love white burgundy but this is the downside.probably/hopefully there are more fresh bottles but do you dare to wait further?
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    2/26/21, 2:23 AM - Ja - bekymrende udvikling.

Red
2014 Calera Pinot Noir Central Coast
2/2/2021 - Reblin Likes this wine:
90 points
I like this wine now more than I did 4 years ago. It has mellowed and come together with age. Ample fruit, moderate acidity, light earthiness. Drinks well and held up on the second day.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    2/3/21, 2:11 AM - Im guessing 56 points wasen't what you meant to give it :-)

White
2010 Domaine Macle Château-Chalon Savagnin
12/9/2020 - chbeaumont wrote:
75 points
Bonza nose;, butterscotch, sherried, powerful; dank feel to plate, 'oxidised'. Brutal. Quite long, regretfully. not my thing,
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    12/18/20, 6:20 AM - Wonderful! Sounds like a classic vintage for Macle! Will be looking forward to open one of mine in a few years :-)

Red
2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2020 - dchain wrote:
91 points
Dark and brooding. See my earlier rant about the 2000 vintage (GPL 2000 tasting note from the same night). So little pleasure to be had. Some ripe cassis fruit but all locked up in a straight jacket of not fully ripe phenolic tannins. This has not been pleasurable since tasting it en primeur and it is still hard to get much pleasure. I will sell my 2 cases bought en primeur bought at $45/bt as I cannot be bothered to wait to see how it finally turns out. Unlikely to set your world on fire however long you wait, it is simply the style of Montrose back when it was made. Again, other than the fluke, flawed, Bret laden 89 and 90 who has had a pleasurable, fruit driven, perfumed Montrose? Wines are for enjoyment right, rather than to be worn as a sackcloth like some endurance badge of honour...
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    12/15/20, 5:14 AM - How very honest and well written! I bought 3 bottles en primeur (all I could afford at the time) and is down to my last bottle now. I belive its been about 5 years since the last. It was like drinking cold tannic coffee and left me cold as well at the time.
    And I so agree, I mean 20 years? Perhaps I should just open the last one at New Years and see.

White
2011 Domaine Macle Château-Chalon Savagnin
4/1/2020 - Egatniv wrote:
80 points
This bottle tasted oxidized. Drank with fried chicken, which it worked with pretty well, but as an aperitif, wasn't enjoyable.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    5/24/20, 4:19 AM - Are you kidding? ;-) It was oxidized - what did you expect?

White
2014 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
Starts slightly citric, but begins rounding out fairly quickly. Shows many good components, with good savory, mineral accents, and well judged butter/cream impressions underneath. Has light to medium fruit weight, with a mix of fresh lemon and lemon meringue flavor. It does miss a bit on depth and doesn’t quite have that finishing kick of complexity you hope for with a Grand Cru. An enjoyable, classy drink nonetheless, and one to drink over the next few years, judging by how quickly it opened. Would not really recommend decanting as I did. Followed over most of the day, and became simpler as it opened.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    8/27/19, 10:51 AM - Judging by both a 2008 and a 2004 drunk last year this wine can really age a long time. The 2004 was mature but not fully mature. The 2008 was divine but still very young. 2014 is an even better vintage

Red
2017 Paul Pillot Bourgogne Pinot Noir
1/20/2019 - JefCon wrote:
84 points
Used for cooking but saved a glass. Ripe berries and very juicy. Tannic. A young burgundy.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    8/19/19, 7:13 AM - was this really Paul Pillot? there was a picture of another Pillot producer

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée Rubis Champagne Blend
8/10/2019 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Smokin Meat and Serious Syrah 2.0 (Westport, CT): Interesting as I had a very different experience from the person before me. These are always some of my favorite pink bubbles. Drank this with a large group of friends and this was the first bottle that was finished even though it was one of the later champagne/whites that was opened. It's fresh and easy and bits of red fruit and unlike some of the other champagnes that seemed to need food to be as compelling this is a wine that stands quite comfortably on its own.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    8/12/19, 10:51 AM - Agreed this is really good! Perhaps not your "Classic" Rosé but full of personality

White
2014 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
1/10/2019 - guitarguy wrote:
78 points
This wine has some type of nasty, skunky, musk nose and taste that has persisted from bottle one to 5. It just trashed the wine. I’m just abhorred, as a long-time MB collector to see Ridge add that name to this trash. What is going on with Chardonnay up on the hilltop and what did the critics taste, certainly not this garbage. I should probably call the MB collector club and complain. Is it Brett?, some other nasty organism? Anyhow, hard pass from now on.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    1/13/19, 7:16 AM - no doubt it was an off bottle - I've had this 4 or 5 times with no problems. Fresh classic Cali Chardonnay. Still have 3 bottles and have no worries :-)

Red
2016 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Liaison Baden
11/10/2018 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle back on track. Lovely stuff! See previous notes.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    11/14/18, 9:05 AM - I had one about two months ago - it was all over the place. So you say there are improving?? I Still have two 2016 and one 2015 :-)

White
2013 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière Blanc Chardonnay
11/1/2018 - esh44 wrote:
Still pretty darn reductive. This was better on day two where the citrus fruit meshed well with all the chiseled stone-y tones. Love these.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    11/2/18, 6:49 AM - And for this reason I simply stopped buying PYCM - its sad in a way. But I just want white Burgundy with a broader drinking window. Just had some 2011 and it was still reductive with that sulphide smell covering all fruit

Red
2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14 Gamay
6/29/2018 - Milliontown wrote:
flawed
Bitterly disappointing. Really funky. Smelled bretty so I decanted it. It didn’t blow off. In fact, it gained more funkiness and developed intense VA. Full on nailpolish. Not that enjoyable to drink. One of the few times I have felt duped by the price of a wine. So disappointed by this. Sad.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    6/29/18, 10:42 AM - Must have been an off bottle - I've had this Cuvée several times in different vintages - it can be tight and a bit shut when young but always bright fruit. When old it is like mature Burgundy!

White
2011 Emmanuel Houillon (Maison Pierre Overnoy) Chardonnay Arbois Pupillin
2/24/2015 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Dinner at RPM Steak (Chicago, IL): So, this is a fantastic wine at $25. Add a zero to that? Nah, not so much. The nose has tons of fresh green apple, and as Alan mentioned, sour beer. Lovely fresh acidity that just keeps going. There is a certain funk (I think it's a very minor oxidative element) that makes it clear that this isn't Burgundy (premox jokes aside), but this is excellent chardonnay in its own right. This would be a delightful wine to drink with some roast chicken on a lazy weekend afternoon, and while this is delicious, there's no way it has the complexity of a $250 bottle.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    2/25/15, 10:03 AM - 250 Dollars!!!?? What planet did you buy it on?? This retails for 34 Dollars in Europe and Restaurants prices are around twice that

Red
2010 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard Mount Harlan
11/16/2014 - Iceman611 wrote:
Expensive but definitely a flawless Cali cab. One of the best I've tried.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    11/19/14, 9:55 PM - Wrong tasting note

Red
2004 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
12/17/2013 - Lord Rodney wrote:
85 points
overripe and oaked
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    12/17/13, 8:17 AM - Yeah it's a short note but it pretty much nails it!! :-)

Red
2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
9/25/2013 - budh wrote:
I'll wait on rating this wine until I've tried it again. Did a Coravin 3 oz pour and let it sit in the glass for two hours. 16.2% abv, and it seems like more. I switched from a Syrah glass to a Bordeaux to let the alcohol blow off a bit more, but it still overpowers. Very full bodied and massive fruit. Silky texture. After a a few sips, you can get past the alcohol (maybe the senses are just numb by then), but I don't see the typical syrah earth, leather, tobacco, funk characteristics - just syrupy dark fruit. For me, it's much ado about nothing....
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    9/26/13, 5:30 AM - Agreed. You have to wonder why it was made

Red
2004 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/3/2013 - Lord Rodney wrote:
93 points
A very good Spanish indeed. And even though it had a bit of prunes to it I think it should age further.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    7/3/13, 5:28 AM - Thanx, at least I hope so since I have a case :-)

Red
2007 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
8/28/2011 - MayValley wrote:
Black blockbuster. Some sweetness, ripe but be aware af the alkohol.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    10/18/11, 12:30 PM - Alcohol? Just 16,8%vol :-) hahah!

Rosé
2010 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Red Rhone Blend
7/31/2011 - Terkel wrote:
92 points
Brilliant rose color. Very aromatic, perfume, rose petals, strawberry and minerals. Exciting and fresh on the palate with intensity and grip, loads of red raspberry and strawberry fruit. Great length with minerals and flower perfume.
  • Lord Rodney commented:

    8/12/11, 8:00 AM - This is one of the best rosé wines I have ever had! Just awesome!

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