Tasting Notes for fclarity

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White
1990 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/6/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a nice looking bottle with a 3 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose showed creme brulee, lemon, apple, and white stone.

In the mouth, This wine was light and crisp with great length. It developed extremely well over the course of 3-4 hours. Interestingly, this bottle started to lose punch after 6 hours of air.

This wine appears to be fully in its drinking zone. It had awesome mineral flavors and more than just a passing resemblance to a Grand Cru Chablis. This wine is at its peak and should be consumed after a couple hours in a decanter.
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Red
10/6/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From a pristine bottle, this wine had a very deep red center with just a touch of orange at the rim. The high- intensity nose offered up sour cherries, anise, clove, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was a bit primary and unresolved with crisp acid and rounded tannin. It left a "tart" impression and had excellent length. After 5+ hours of air it rounded out and became richer with notable, rounded tannin and crisp acidity.

Clearly, this wine was not quite ready for prime time. I would suggest 8+ hour decant if you must drink it now. It certainly appears to have the material for excellence if the acids mellow out and the fruit assends. I would bet on the upside and would guess in might gain 1-3 points.
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Red
10/6/2019 - fclarity wrote:
flawed
This bottle looked great, until I shipped it. That is when the cork fell in! Not surprisingly, the black cherry and mineral nose had a significant overlay of oxidation.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe and would probably have tasted great except for some extra acidity and oxidation. It certainly improved in the glass but not enough to escape the dreaded "flawed" designation. I am attributing all the negative elements to the cork problem.
White
10/5/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
This wine had a yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose put forth custard, vanilla oak, lime, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine rich and ripe with firm acids and a lovely thick texture. It had excellent length.

While I find this wine, as well as many Coche wines, to have a bit too much oak influence, it is hard to deny the sheer drama of the flavors. This wine will remain drinkable for at least a decade. However, I doubt it will score higher in my eyes.
Red
9/28/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
This wine had a deep red center and light red rims. The medium+ intensity nose was a bit reduced at first but after a few hours of air it showed cola, cherry rhubarb, plum, and some black spices.

In the mouth, this wine quite sour at first. With time the fruit developed to balance out the acidity but it remained quite serious. It had rounded tannin and very good length.

I would guess this will improve with age to some degree. How much so was hard to predict. It would benefit from being less primary and having the edges rounded off the acidity. It may have enough fruit to last through this process or not. I did taste a bit of extra alcohol from time to time. Other sips were beautifully balanced.

Age if you dare or drink....
White
9/28/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
This nice looking bottle showed just "Jean Dauvissat" listed as proprietor. It had a 3.5 cm fill and the cork was in excellent shape. The wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth popcorn, white stone, green apples, and celery.

In the mouth, this wine was unique. It featured the flavors noted above with a distinct coconut note. It was very crisp with a long finish.

I have never tasted a wine quite like this one so it was hard to rate. It was quite serious and intense. It certainly had Chablis elements such as the strong acidity. Yet, one would be hard pressed to identify this wine blind.

This bottle was in incredible shape and its longevity was certainly prolonged but the acidity. However, I would be inclined to drink it ASAP.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/22/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a light brown center and yellow/clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed tan spices, tangy lemon, tobacco, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine had good richness and firm but resolved acidity. It had good length.

This was nice but not top notch. Drink up!
Red
9/19/2019 - fclarity wrote:
91 points
Tasted at a restaurant, this wine had a deep red center with orange rims. The medium+ intensity nose of blackberry, plum, smoked meat, minerals, and a hint of pepper.

In the mouth, this wine was smooth and round with light tannin and some length.

Overall, this was a solid wine given I did not have high expectations. It Needed 1+ hour in a decanter to develop.
White
9/19/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted at Lautrec in the wilds of Pennsylvania. It had a light yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose showed pear, citrus, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with great crispness and good length. While not wildly complex, it was attractive right out of the gate.

This was a nice Chablis that will continue drinking well for at least a decade.
Red
9/14/2019 - fclarity wrote:
98 points
This wine had a deep red/purple center with oranging rims. The high intensity nose showed black cherries, cola, roasted meat, tan spices, and Cuban cigar.

In the mouth, this wine had incredible balance with awesome richness, acidity, and length. The tannins were light and round. It featured flavor intensity without weight. The tannins were barely noticeable and yet the wine was so rich it was almost "chewy".

This is drinking well now after 5+ hours in a decanter. However, there is still a slightly primary edge on top of all that flavor complexity. The only thing that holds it back from a perfect score for me is the slightly rustic nature of the flavors.

This will easily last 10+ years. Wow!
White - Sparkling
9/14/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
This wine had a deep yellow/light gold center with clear rims. It had a medium intensity mousse.

The medium+ intensity nose offered up lemons, dried white raisins, apples, white stone. It showed an overripe/slightly oxidized note but it got fresher as it aired.

In the mouth, this wine was crisp & dry with great acidity and length.
It became more stoney with 2+ hours of air.

This should be consumed ASAP as it is very ripe and ready. While it had the intensity and complexity to merit a higher score, the over-ripe element held me back.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From a perfect bottle with a fill into the neck, this wine had a bright gold center and clear rims. The high intensity nose offered up honey, lemons, macaroons, and white soil.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with great acidity and awesome length.

While there is a touch of excess alcohol here, this is a ton of fun.
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Red
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
99 points
From a so-so looking bottle with a mid shoulder fill, this wine had a deep red/purple center and light red rims (I bought it because the color was great). The medium+ intensity nose displayed black cherries, plums, walnuts, anise, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with huge fruit and substantial round tannin. It had crisp acidity and stunning length. Amazingly enough, this wine was still a touch closed even after 5+ hours in a decanter.

Fortunately, this bottle showed extremely well. It is hard to imagine a classier, more complete wine. It really needs another 10-20 years in the cellar or about 8 hours in a decanter. I have given it an extra point here for seemingly guaranteed potential.
Red
1959 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
99 points
This nice looking bottle with a 4 cm fill did have a somewhat sunken cork. the red/purple center and slightly tawny rims suggested an 82 Bordeaux. However, the complexity of the high intensity nose left no doubt that this was a much older wine. It showed black cherries, wet stones, cuban cigar, plum, honey, and minerals. Not surprisingly, it took several hours of air for this wine to really show its best.

In the mouth, this wine was classic with a light refined texture and an absolute ton of flavor! The tannins were very light and round and the fruit was juicy in a very mature, complex way.

This wine is probably not for everyone as its cuban cigar and stones are so pronounced that it could put off people that love bright, primary fruit. However, it you love terrior, you will have a tough time besting this wine. At peak but will last at least a decade!
Red
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From an amazing looking bottle with a fill into the neck, this wine had a deep red center and puce rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth black spices, roses, fennel, black cherries, and minerals. It developed some honey notes.

In the mouth, this wine was structured with rounded tannin and crisp acidity underneath ripe fruit. As this wine aired it first became more tannic and then less tannin. Finally, after 5 hours it came into an attractive balance. It had a ton of fruit hiding the structure and one could be easily fooled into guessing a high-end (masculine) Burgundy.

This wine is at its peak. However, it will certainly last 10 or 20 years. Worth a special search.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
From a virtually perfect bottle, this wine had a deep gold center and yellow rims. The high intensity nose was a "no miss" German nose that showed pear, petroleum jelly, honey, tea, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was refined with resolved, fine-grained acidity, excellent integration, and great length. It had a lovely juiciness in the mouth and flavors that lasted forever but in an ethereal way.

This was the real deal. It was not particularly sweet or super rich, just extremely balanced, complex, and tasty. Awesome!
Red
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an excellent looking bottle with a red center and light orange/tan rims, this wine emanated black cherries, plum, light menthol, and tan spices. The menthol died down with air and the spices ascended.

In the mouth, this wine was gorgeous with it refined texture, ripe fruit, and notable integrated tannin. It had plenty of fruit to support its attractive structure. It got more and more tannic with air and then the tannin receded such that it came back into balance. However, it was clearly a Piedmont product tasted blind.

This wine was solidly in its drinking zone. However, it will easily last for 20 years. Enjoy!
Red
1969 Maison Leroy Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a medium red center and puce rims. The capsule was loose but the cork had the Leroy brand. The medium+ intensity nose offered up roasted meat, dried black cherries, volatile acidity, tan spices, and minerals. To my surprise, the volatile acidity blew off as the wine aired. It became a bit wild and "brambly" but still had an oxidative quality.

In the mouth, this wine was nicely balanced with a refined weight and great presence. It was firm and dark with substantial Chambertin style structure. Unfortunately, the fruit did not lose that too old, somewhat oxidized character.

This wine recovered nicely after 4+ hours of air. It was clear it had some very cool complexity. However, it was a bit over the hill (oxidized) and could have used a bit more fruit. This wine should be drunk ASAP and is almost certainly not worth the price if you haven't purchased it yet.
White
1999 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose put forth apricot, pear, cider (not volatile), lemon juice, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was super rich and ripe with amazing flavor intensity and fantastic length. It had that old vine super ripeness. As it aired it developed stoney flavors in the finish. The acidity was firm but the fruit was also a touch too ripe (withered apricots).

This wine was controversial in that several tasters thought the wine was too advanced and slightly oxidized. Indeed, sometimes over-ripe grapes and oxidation have similarities. This bottle may have had some of both.

I enjoyed this wine but it was clearly of a certain style. I would be looking for excuses to open a bottle (or sell) if the color looks even just a bit dark.
White
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a pristine looking bottle with a 2 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose showed lemon, toasted almond, apples, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe but distinctly on the refined and racy side. It had the edge of ripe fruit, the Niellon often has, but with firm acidity and minerals backing it up.

This wine was lip smacking good. However, it had just a touch too much oak for my taste. I have found that this seems to vary by the bottle. Tasters that don't mind some oak might give it a couple extra points.

While drinking, this will easily last for 10+ years.
White
9/7/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a perfect bottle, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose offered up lemon zest, pear, ripe apple, white stone, and just a touch of petroleum jelly.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe with strong fine-grained acidity and stunning length. The intense ripeness was so well integrated into the acidity it was awesome.

This bottle was amazing. It seemed like it was just entering its drinking zone. It will last 10-20 years. It might even get better. Wow!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
9/2/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a pristine half bottle, this wine had a deep gold center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose put forth pear, lemon, apple, kiwi, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine had a 3 dimensional texture, opulent fruit, and great, crisp acidity. The length was stunning.

This bottle had more than a little resemblance to a Sauterne, yet it was clearly German. While this is drinking now, it will easily remain great for 20+ years and may even get more complex.
Red
9/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an excellent looking bottle with a fill just into the neck, this wine had a deep red center and oranging rims. The high- intensity nose of black cherries, plums, pine, tan spices, violets, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was quite firm and structured at first with great length and acidity. It became juicier and more attractive after hours in the decanter. However, it remained somewhat tannic unless consumed with food. The rich texture and firm tannin gave the wine a 3 dimensional texture in your mouth.

I made a mistake with this wine. I should have opened it at breakfast instead of 1 PM. It was still stunning. This will only improve with time in the cellar. Do not hesitate to give it 12 hours of air before you start drinking it. My guess is the tannins with increase for the first 6-7 hours and then slowly decrease. I believe there are a couple points of upside either with cellar aging or proper decanting.
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Red
9/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red/purple center with light red rims. The medium+ intensity nose emantated cola, kirsch, spices, bacon, and some violets.

In the mouth, this wine had great richness and fruit density. Yet, it was also well balanced. Every element of this wine was full throttle but it was still drinking well.

While drinking nicely, this wine isn't close to showing its best. I would target another 10 years in the cellar. Technically I would have graded it a 94 right now. I will mark it a 95 now because I believe the evolution is guaranteed. However, in 10 I would expect my score to rise a couple points.
Red
1959 Camille Giroud Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From my last (best fill) bottle, this wine had a medium red center with orange/tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose of cola, cherries, minerals, and some tapenade.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with light tannin and very good length.

I believe this wine is on the downhill slope as there was some spikey acidity in the mid-palate. However, there were moments where it disappeared. In any event, this should be consumed ASAP.
White - Off-dry
9/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center and clear rims. It had a lovely brilliance to it. The medium+ intensity nose blasted limes at first. It moved around quite a bit over the first couple hours. It was so crisp at first, it seemed like it might be an exotic white Burgundy. Afterward, it put forth lime zest, kiwi, apple, petroleum jelly, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was very light bodied with resolved acidity. However, it developed immensely with several hours of air. In the end, it was gorgeously balanced with great length.

This wine was subtle and yet quite impressive. If you 1) are looking for the typical sweetness of a heavy Auslese and 2) do not give it 3 hours in a decanter before drinking, you will miss the magic of this wine. It was relative dry, subtle, and nuanced. Drink this lovely wine over the next 5-10 years (perfectly stored).
White - Sparkling
9/1/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center and yellow/clear rims. The mousse was quite persistent. The nose started of as low+ intensity but later increased to medium-. It offered up orange rind, apple, butterscotch, and white stone. Unfortunately, there was an oxidative element to this bottle that detracted from the impressive intensity of the fruit.

In the mouth, this wine echoed the nose but with noticeably greater intensity. It was nicely balanced other than the slight oxidative quality.

Clearly, there is some bottle variation with this wine. However, I am sure they should all be consumed ASAP.
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White
1989 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/24/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From a nice looking bottle with a 2.5 cm fill, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose featured lemon tart, apples, minerals, and a hint of sweet butterscotch.

In the mouth, this wine was rich and ripe pretty much right off the bat. It had lots of flavor, huge acidity, and awesome length.

My recollection is this bottle was more advanced than others I have had. It was certainly not going to be getting any better. However, even this bottle was excellent!
White - Sparkling
8/18/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
I was trying to come up with a creative way to describe this Champagne which, I am pleased to say, I tried again.

It is so seamless and so refined and yet so flavorful. Think of the smallest possible layer of custard cream on top of the smallest possible layer of ripe pears on top of the smallest possible layer of stone ground brioche.

OK, it is not great but getting close. Have some yourself after leaving the bottle open (minus one glass) for at least 30 minutes BEFORE your start drinking the rest. This is at its peak.
White
8/13/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
From a bottle purchased on release, this wine had a deep yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose blasted honey suckle, marzipan, white stone, and lemon.

In the mouth, this was rich and ripe with huge acidity and outstanding length.

This was clearly of Grand Cru quality. While arguably 95 points, this was perfectly ready and so good, I am going to go 96. There are not a lot of wines more pleasurable than a perfectly stored bottle of this 1990. Enjoy!
Red
8/13/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
This wine had a deep red center with tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed blackberries, forest floor, cherries, and iron.

In the mouth, this wine showed light rounded tannin, solid acidity, and very good length.

While this wine seems to be a bit more soil oriented and less fruit driven than in the past, it is still an excellent wine. I see no reason to wait. Enjoy!
Red
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
flawed
Oxidized and feeble despite a low neck fill. It looks like there can be huge bottle variation with this wine.
Red
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
97 points
Tasted blind, this bottle supposedly had a mid-to-high shoulder fill. It had a red/purple center and light red rims and looked like a 1990 Bordeaux! The medium+ intensity nose displayed black cherries, roses, iodine, plums, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was rich but in an extremely balanced and refined way. It had light, rounded tannin, solid acidity, and excellent length.

This wine had a great majesty and refined power but it wasn't quite as concentrated as past bottles. Was it storage conditions, air time, or bottle variation? It is hard to say. However, in any event, this is a great, great bottle of wine that, while drinking, will last 20-30 more years without a problem. A legend even at reduced strength!
Red
1972 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a light red center and tawny/clear rims. The high- intensity nose showed cherries, molasses, roses, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was light and refined but it was full of flavor, had light tannins, and crisp acidity. It had a lovely long finish.

While this wine was not quite as good as a couple of the other big names on the table, who would have guessed it would have shown so well? The bottle was supposedly in perfect condition. Another milestone in the legend of Dujac!
Red
1990 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
This wine had a medium red center with tawny/clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth sour cherries, plum, tan spices, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe but refined with light, rounded tannin and very good acidity. It had great balance and excellent length.

I would say this wine was right at its peak. While it will probably perform at this level for 5-10 years, I see no reason to wait. Having the 90 Roumier BM and this head to head was quite a shoot out! In the end it was a tie. I hope Mike wants to experience this battle again!
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Red
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
This wine had a deep red center and light tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose displayed plums, minerals, cherries, and cola.

While ripe and rich, the overall impression of this wine in the mouth was one of refinement and class. It had beautifully structured fine-grained acidity and light, rounded tannin. The haunting finish was endless.

While this bottle was clearly in the drinking zone, it will also last for 10-20 years without a problem. I would say it was a bit deeper and had the potential to get better as opposed to the 90 Dujac CdlR which was a touch more dramatic but full mature. Enjoy!
White
1992 Etienne Sauzet Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a medium yellow center with clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed lemons, white stone, green apple, and baguette.

In the mouth, this wine was rich with great balancing acidity and excellent length. The acidity was fine-grained and the flavors complex.

This bottle was shockingly good. It was as good as a pretty high level Le Montrachet. It needed a ton of air which suggests it may even improve! However, given the variability I have experienced with this bottle, I would be inclined to drink additional stock sooner rather than later.
White
1992 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
96 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center with clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose emanated pear, apple, marzipan, minerals, and some brioche.

In the mouth, this wine showed fantastic richness and ripeness. The acidity was buried under all this fruit for a while but air time brought the wine balance as firm acidity emerged. Consequently, this wine had great length. I am not sure if my score would have improved with additional aeration or not.

This wine developed extremely well in the glass. It had such a deep color that it would be easy to think this wine wouldn't need extended air to show its best. But it certainly improved substantially in the glass at this sitting. Based on my experience, I believe this would be true of most well stored bottles. This is an awesome White Burg!
White
1985 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a light yellow center and clear rims. It looked shockingly young. The medium- intensity nose showed lemon/lime, brioche, marzipan and apples.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with firm acidity and excellent length. It was refined and beautifully balanced rather than dramatic.

I would argue for a minimum of 5 hours in a decanter before you drink this one to bring out its flavors. Who know how long this will age? It will easily last 10-15 years from here (assuming good storage). However, I doubt there is a lot of upside.
White
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a medium yellow center and clear rims. The medium intensity nose put forth almond paste, honey suckle, white stone, and quince.

In the mouth, this wine was ripe with firm acidity and very good length. It certainly seemed young and tight at first but improved nicely in the glass.

Given the great condition of this bottle, I would have argued for 4-5 hours of air time before the tasting starts as I don't think this quite reached its apogee during this tasting. However, it was certainly a great bottle that will last at least 10 years in the cellar.
White
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center. The high- intensity nose that blasted citrus, acacia flower, toast, marzipan and white stone.

In the mouth, this was quite ripe with great acidity and length. While this was a bit exotic relative to a traditional Chablis, I found it quite appealing.

While this wine is clearly drinking, it also will last at least 10 years in the bottle. Who knows, it may even get better in a few years. Too bad more recent Dauvissat vintages don't perform like this!
White - Sparkling
8/4/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind from a magnum, this wine had a deep yellow/light gold center and medium intensity mousse. The medium+ intensity nose showed green apple, brioche, marzipan, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was medium bodied with excellent balance and good length.

While not wildly complex, this was a very nice Champagne. I am sure it will last at this level for 5-10 years.
White - Sparkling
8/2/2019 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
from an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a medium yellow center and a persistent mousse. The medium intensity nose took a while to develop. It featured white stone, green apples, and lemons.

In the mouth, this was light at first but developed a nice stoney finish. It still seems like it could round out a bit. Will it improve with a few years in the cellar?

While not a great Champagne, this was a nice wine and a good value. Enjoy!
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Red
7/27/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
A bit strong on the acidity but still excellent
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White - Sparkling
7/21/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
From an excellent looking bottle, this wine had a light mousse and a medium yellow center. The nose was relatively subdued for a couple hours. After 3 hours it showed attractive white stone, apples, lemon, and some baking spices.

In the mouth, this wine was nice at first but certainly did not knock me out. It is not for those that like a lot of effervescence. However, after several hours it developed excellent fruit and white stone flavors and excellent length.

This wine has a huge name and it is very good. However, I wonder if it is really worth the money given the performance of other Champagnes.
Red
1947 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/20/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an excellent looking bottle with a 3.5 cm fill, this wine had a deep red center and tawny rims. One might think it was a 78 from the color. The medium+ intensity nose displayed sautéed cherries, plum, brown sugar, and soil.

In the mouth, this wine was much less dramatic than the 1945. It was refined with firm acidity and light rounded tannin. In the mouth, the flavors leaned toward black cherry and minerals.

This was an excellent wine that needed several hours of air to show its best. It was certainly best served with food given the firm acidity. Enjoy!
White
1989 Rene Lamy Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/20/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From a virtually perfect bottle, this wine had a deep yellow center with clear rims. The high- intensity nose offered up lemon, marzipan, apples, and white stone.

In the mouth, this wine was medium+ bodied with solid but rounded acidity and excellent but subtle length. This wine was relatively rich but it also had so much acidity that it seemed medium bodied. There was an old vine intensity to it that that was impressive.

This was a nice bottle. While not in the elite levels of Montrachet, was certainly a lovely drink. While this will last for years, I see no reason to wait!
White - Off-dry
7/20/2019 - fclarity wrote:
95 points
From an outstanding looking bottle, this wine had a light gold center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose put showed apples, lemons, petroleum jelly, quince, and minerals.

In the mouth, this wine was light bodied with lovely rounded acidity. It was a bit quiet and short at first but developed very well in the glass. It ended up being quite long and complex but in a refined way.

This wine had absolutely gorgeous complexity and balance. It was certainly appropriately labeled Auslese and not Beerenauslese. Despite its excellence, I would have liked to see a bit more intensity to merit a higher score.
Red
7/19/2019 - fclarity wrote:
93 points
From a nice looking bottle with a bottom neck fill, this wine had a red center and amber rims. The medium+ intensity nose put forth roses, roasted meat, prunes, and a hint of green pine needles.

In the mouth, this wine was attractive with notable but rounded tannin (after 7 hours of air) good fruit, and nice length.

This was not as integrated or as complex as Bruno's best but it was fun to drink. Drink up!
White - Sparkling
7/14/2019 - fclarity wrote:
94 points
Purchased at the Domaine, this wine had a deep yellow center, clear rims, and strong small bubbles. The medium intensity nose of lemon, minerals, brioche, and apples.

In the mouth, this wine had a nice juicy mouthfeel with a long stoney finish. This is pretty wine with lovely flavors.

This was an excellent wine that is ready to go and, probably, at its peak.
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