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White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/5/2023 - Topper wrote:
93 points
At a vertical of Yquem, this was one of the lighter vintages. Pretty wine on its own. Can drink now with a light dessert.
Red
2/2/2023 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Can't add anything to the excellent tasting note by SB5784, just to say the this wine is showing very nicely and represents a real value in Burgundy for this vintage. Wish I had some in my cellar.
Red
2/2/2023 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Well made wine but coming along very slowly and the richness is very apparent and not totally classic burgundy. That said, I'll try again in 5 years and see what I find. Was trumped by the 06 in the next glass.
Red
2/2/2023 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Excellent as always. Not sure I agree with those who say it won't improve. I think it can become a bit more harmonious with age.
Red
2/2/2023 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Still drinking well. Still over the top. Will never become anything other than what it is, but if you like big jammy wines made with care, then this is your bottle.
Red
2/1/2023 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Delicious right now with lots of presence in the mid palate and moderate depth. This wine is pretty and accessible with maybe another point of upside in a couple of years
Red
2001 Vérité La Muse Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2023 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Excellent Cal Cab at 22 yrs old. Very composed and tasty with no rough edges and lots of fruit and some gentle tannins. Now would be a good time to finish these up as they can still be delicious.
White
2014 Louis Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/22/2023 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Mix Batard with 2014 and you get something at the top of its form. Agree with the tasting notes of The Guzz. This might get a hair better with time, but why wait.
White - Sparkling
1/20/2023 - Topper wrote:
Won’t rate because this wine just doesn’t fall in my sweet spot. I find it too acidic and somehow too focused, almost painful in the mouth. Have had the same issue with other vintages. Others love it so maybe I just drink these too early.
Red
1/16/2023 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Drinking beautifully after 32 years in the bottle I last had this in 2010 and it was nowhere near ready. Now it is sweet and pretty with nicely emerging earth notes and a hint of oatmeal. Some cool notes add to a very smooth profile. This will have you smiling
Red
1/9/2023 - Topper wrote:
95 points
This bottle was a bit on the mature side. There was a bit of funk on the nose which eventually blew off. Had broad , rich flavors with quite a bit of secondary flavors. Lots of earth and spice in this bottle. excellent, but not as good as this wine could be.
Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2/2023 - Topper wrote:
96 points
My 5 th time with this vintage and always sublime. Power, flavor and finesse. I think if you be told me that I could only drink one bottle of California red wine for the rest of my life, I would choose 02 Insignia.
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Red
12/28/2022 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Saddle leather and cherry with a bit of saddle soap on the nose. Drinking nicely now.
Red
2007 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
12/26/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Better than I expected. Very smooth and completely ready to drink while maintaining a lot of structure and a very nice texture with a high velvet quotient. Tasting like a serious wine at the top of its game.
Red
12/26/2022 - Topper wrote:
96 points
My third and last bottle of this and they were remarkably consistent over a ten year period. This one was just starting to have some secondary notes to balance out the cherry, currant and chestnut. Exceedingly complex and still quite powerful. I don't know if it will get better, in fact I suspect not as the fruit is what powers this wine. Kaleidoscopic and with a glorious finish that goes on and on. Pure Leroy magic.
Red
12/18/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
The nose was the best part of this wine. Brilliant notes Asian slice, clove and black raspberry. Just captivating. The palate was less good with a sour quality underlying the fruit. I’d say a 97 on the nose and a 92 for the palate. Not a complete success.
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Red
12/15/2022 - Topper wrote:
99 points
Powerful, black fruited wine but the power is blended with harmony and grace. My kind of burgundy. Really defies description. I last had this 5 years ago and it is drinking better now. Can last a lot longer and glad I have one left but don’t know how long I can keep my hands off it.
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Red
12/15/2022 - Topper wrote:
93 points
I am a huge Richebourg fan but I confess to liking the more powerful examples and this bottle was just a touch more reticent and austere than I prefer. This could just be about me, because many cellar trackers adore this wine. I’ve just not generally been as enamored with the 01s relative to the big boy vintages like 99 and 05.
Red
12/15/2022 - Topper wrote:
I won’t score this because it was clearly an off bottle - astringent and reduced, with a nose of rotten egg. However, if you look carefully at the CT notes on this wine, you’ll see that there are a lot of off bottles in this vintage’s bottling suggesting that something might have been off kilter here. I certainly wouldn’t chase this wine having smelled what I smelled, tasted what I tasted, and read what I read.
Red
12/15/2022 - Topper Likes this wine:
96 points
One of the best reds at an over-the-top DRC dinner. I last had this 8 yrs ago and the improvement is staggering. This wine has fruit, depth, grip and a hundred other qualities. Lots of acidity, floral notes and some emerging souls bois. This just came together perfectly and it’s hard to imagine a better RSV outside of Leroy. Should grow gracefully for a long time.
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Red
11/27/2022 - Topper wrote:
91 points
Last one of these and age is starting to catch up to it, leaving it still grand but slightly austere. Def finish these up.
White
11/27/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Should have bought more of this one. Nicely mature with no sign of oxidation. Beautiful mid-weight structure and harmonious flavors of lemon, vanilla and light mineral. Approaching grand cru level here.
White
2008 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
11/19/2022 - Topper wrote:
98 points
Showing youthful but spectacular. Not a hint of premox and it stayed fresh and clean and delicious over the course of the evening. Others have described the flavor profile but this one had the precision and magic that make a great Montrachet quite amazing. I hope others get to experience a perfect bottle of this at peak.
Red
11/19/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Others have complained of a lack of freshness in this wine these days but this one was very fresh and pretty with just a hint of secondary notes coming in. Still has some power but great balance and harmony. A really great example of this wine.
Red
11/19/2022 - Topper wrote:
Maybe not the freshest bottle of this. Very secondary and while there was plenty of flavor, it wasn't all good. I'll chalk this one up to experience. Was expecting much more.
Red
11/16/2022 - Topper wrote:
97 points
Mature but not past prime. Showed with beauty and intensity. This wine makes a statement with tons of earth, mushroom and gravel overlaying the fruit. A very distinct style that won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you don’t mind a little dirt and barnyard inside a very good wine make with skill and passion, then this might be for you.
Red
11/16/2022 - Topper wrote:
97 points
Always a favorite of mine, the 04 Erasmus soldiers on with no signs of fading. Bright and pretty but with plenty of substance and gravity, the wine shows bright red cherry and currant fruit with still bracing tannins. This wine has personality to spare.
Red
11/15/2022 - Topper wrote:
96 points
terrific wine, at its peak. Sweet fruit and tannins, all in balance very creamy, velvety texture. aa big hit around the poker table.
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White
11/13/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Bold and creamy with citrus and mineral and a touch of mint. Broad notes here along with a touch of mint. Lots of flavor and maybe more than some lovers of white burg would prefer but overall an enjoyable wine.
Red
11/13/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Full of fruit, power and grip. More of a body builder than a ballet dancer but just chock full of flavor. Still has room to improve.
White - Sparkling
11/13/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Plenty of apple and citrus. Still fresh and buoyant with a slight creaminess to the texture. Very fun to drink now.
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Red
11/9/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Very nice, well made wine. Still a big fella but definitely in its sweet spot. Reminds me a bit of an Alban Syrah. This would be a great time to drink these.
Red
11/7/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Gaining tin drinkability with time. This is a deep wine with some gravitas. Gets a bit better each time I have it and still shows promise for the future. Paired nicely with a rack of lamb.
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Red
2009 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/29/2022 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Good solid cab. Drinking well now. Opened for Poker group
Red
10/16/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
3rd time with this wine and it is just terrific, again. Textbook CNP. Beautiful cherry fruit, sweet tannins, a touch of spice and tobacco. Just great wine.
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Red
2003 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/14/2022 - Topper wrote:
92 points
This wine is deep and rich as one would expect from a Richebourg. It does not have any roasted qualities that might be expected in a 2003. However, it is also missing much in the way of secondary flavors and I worry that the fruit might be diminished by the time the secondary notes emerge. Let's see what happens.
Red
10/13/2022 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Very nice wine. Medium body but lots of nice earth undertones and sweet tannins. A nice showing.
Red
10/7/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Extremely tasty. Classic Cal Cab. Still in the way up.
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Red
1996 Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Side by side Griotte. I brought the 96 Dugat and a friend brought the 96 Fourrier with neither of us knowing what the other was going to bring. Amazingly, they were nearly identical with both showing delicious red fruit (cherries, raspberry and currant) with a touch of sous bois and a brightness of flavor that was very appealing. Wouldn't call these blockbusters but really classic, red fruited burgundies that would please almost anyone.
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Red
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Side by side Griotte. I brought the 96 Dugat and a friend brought the 96 Fourrier with neither of us knowing what the other was going to bring. Amazingly, they were nearly identical with both showing delicious red fruit (cherries, raspberry and currant) with a touch of sous bois and a brightness of flavor that was very appealing. Wouldn't call these blockbusters but really classic, red fruited burgundies that would please almost anyone.
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Red
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
94 points
A very rare wine, and a privilege to taste this one. Brilliant Brunello that threatened to steal the night away from some grand cru Burgundies. This had dark cherry fruit, salt, leather and about a dozen other flavors with substantial structure and lift. Not sure I would place it above or even with Soldera but it's at least in the conversation.
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White
2015 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Agree with Alex G's description of this wine as 'opulent'. It's very good but also very dense and creamy, almost heavy to me. A '14 Montille Puligny Cailleret served alongside showed more clarity and precision and was better wine for me, but the vintage may have had something to do with that.
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White
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Crisp, clear, clean and very focused but full of flavors of citrus, pear, nutmeg and nuts. It's the clarity and purity of this wine that really impresses, probably aided by the great year. This is one worth searching out.
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White - Sparkling
9/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Tasted alongside the Cristal 08 as this Krug has a base of 08 Vintage and both were excellent, but different. The Cristal was pure, elegant and crisp whereas the Krug had more power, structure and a touch of purposeful oxidation. I loved them both but would give the very slight nod to the cleaner and more elegant Cristal. The group was pretty evenly djivided as to preference but both wines were appreciated by everyone.
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White - Sparkling
9/27/2022 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Tasted alongside the Krug 164 which has a base of 08 Vintage and both were excellent, but different. The Cristal was pure, elegant and crisp whereas the Krug had more power, structure and a touch of purposeful oxidation. I loved them both but would give the very slight nod to the cleaner and more elegant Cristal. The group was pretty evenly djivided as to preference but both wines were appreciated by everyone.
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Red
8/30/2022 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Thia is a very pretty Beaune 1er cru with bright and dark cherry flavor and a hint of earth poking through. Better on the second day which bodes well for ageing.
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Red
8/27/2022 - Topper wrote:
89 points
Didn’t love this. Found it solid but overly ripe, tannic and alcoholic. Wouldn’t buy this again.
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Red
8/27/2022 - Topper wrote:
91 points
Reasonably good res burg. Nice with chicken. A rare 05 that might already be on the way down hill. Drink now if you have this.
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Red
8/22/2022 - Topper wrote:
91 points
Like this wine, but don’t love it. Doesn’t seem to be improving. Cherries getting a touch more tart and the tannins are pretty grippy. Hold for another couple of years
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