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Red
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
flawed
Corked, but even so the beautiful fruit shone through. Hope my next bottle in unflawed.
Red
2001 Domaine Leroy Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
97 points
A rare opportunity to taste Leroy Richebourg and RSV from the same vintage side by side over the course of a long dinner. This vintage allowed the wines to show the Leroy house style but also the distinctive terroir of the two vineyards. The RSV was captivating and continued to open over the whole length of the meal. I found gorgeous red fruit with fullness but also a cool swath of menthol, provencal herbs and flowers. Some think that Bize Leroy does some of her best work with this vineyard and tonight bears this out. Both wines were amazing and it was really a privilege to taste them together. Everyone loved both wines. At the end of the night, it was so hard to choose between the two (if one really needs to choose). The RSV got 4 of 7 votes from the group and the Richebourg the other three.
Red
2001 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
A rare opportunity to taste Leroy Richebourg and RSV from the same vintage side by side over the course of a long dinner. This vintage allowed the wines to show the Leroy house style but also the distinctive terroir of the two vineyards. The Richebourg was rich, round and robust. Has so much going on that you just want to sip it over and over. Not as powerful as some other vintages of Lalou's Richebourg. Both wines were amazing and it was really a privilege to taste them together. Everyone loved both wines. At the end of the night, it was so hard to choose between the two (if one really needs to choose). The RSV got 4 of 7 votes from the group and the Richebourg the other three.
Red
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Very glad to have a chance to taste another wine from this great producer. This was full and rich but slightly closed in on itself. Textbook clos vougeot with an added punch of fruit and concentration.
White
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Some of the best wines that I've ever had have been from this producer but this one was just good. Showed some subtle herbal and floral flavors in a medium bodied package. Restrained and quite calm, not showy in any way.
White
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Tasted next to the '10 Lafon Charmes, this one was more restrained and less giving. Some nice subtle flavors but was a bit overpowered by the Charmes.
White
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
I buy this wine every year and this is my favorite vintage of the 00s. Terrifically full and warm. Developed continuously over a 3 hour dinner and never lost its power and brilliance. Showing perfectly now.
White
10/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Very pretty wine with focus and nice concentration for chablis. Perfect with oysters and shell fish.
Red
2001 Vérité La Joie Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/29/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Pretty satisfying. Holding steady with lots of pretty flavors and no roughness.
Red
9/29/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Very pretty wine. The inteensity is starting to subside (at nearly 15 years) but there is plenty of bright fruit with almost kaleidoscopic flavors. A real pleasure now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/29/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Really wonderful tonight. everything you could want in an Yquem at this point of maturity. Full of apricot, honeysuckle, marzipan and other wonderful things plus tons of grip and bracing acidity. A really wonderful wine.
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Red
9/7/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Best of the bunch in a tangle of 04 big Cal cabs (Shafer, Pride, Bressler, Dunn). This one showed more harmony and balance, less heat, and very pretty fruit. Not over the top, at least in this company.
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Red
8/25/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Softer than expected. Pretty fruits and definitely some Bonneau magic woven in, but may be just starting it's long decline
Red
8/20/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
A pretty wine that started off asleep, then developed nicely over about 90 min, and then started to fade. Almost entirely secondary now but quite nice at its peak In the glass. More remarkable for its longevity than for its flavor. Kind of like kissing your grandmother on the cheek.
White
8/19/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Light, sweet and quite pleasant. Nice summer wine
Red
8/19/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Drinking particularly well now, at or just slipping off peak. Soft and velvety in the mouth with pretty cherry and licorice. No longer too big or alcoholic. A great crowd pleaser
White
2005 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
My fourth time with this vintage. One btl was spoiled, the rest terrific. Maybe my favorite CC, if you don't count Coche Dury at 10 times the price. I wrote about this earlier this year so won't include tasting notes but this was just about a perfect version of this wine. Wasn't a dry eye in the house. One left for a year or two from now.
Red
8/11/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
I was looking forward to this one, but it didn't measure up to other son's. Started out with good concentration but too much heat. settled down after a few hours and shed some of the heat but never completely resolved to deliciousness. Just a little bit of a grouchy wine, even the second day. Not sure what will become of this.
White
8/11/2019 - Topper wrote:
88 points
Buy this every year and this is my least favorite vintage. Just doesn't come together as a full package, too many jarring notes, no finesse. Quite disappointed.
Red
8/4/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
This was one wine that was opened at the perfect time. Perfect balance of fruit, secondary flavors, smooth tannin and fabulous mouthfeel. Primary notes were of ripe red berries, caramel, bee pollen, tarragon and a hint of tar. Just fabulous on this tasting.
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Red
7/16/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Pleasant wine. Fruit forward with minor secondary flavors. Maybe a bit lightweight for a 1er cru but fine for what it wants to be. No flaws and not fading yet, but unlikely to improve.
Red
2005 Levy & McClellan Red Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
7/12/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Best ever score from me for this wine. Rich, deep and chocolatey. There are dark, rich undertones that sit beneath the fruit. None of the blue tones that you commonly find in a Shafer HSS. It might get less interesting as the fruit recedes so now is a good time to drink these.
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Red
6/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Really liked this wine. So smooth and pretty. Others have described the flavors well so I'll just say that this was about as good as it gets from a dozen year old cal cab. I'm not a fan of the over the over-the-top cult cabs that knock you over with monolithic flavors and high alcohol. This one held much more in balance and let the gorgeous fruit come forward. Need an hour in the decanter to show at its best.
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Red
6/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Very good wine with forward red fruit, good structure and sweet tannins, just missing those qualities that would push it into the top tier of piedmont wines. Likely at peak now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
I enjoyed this much more than in the past. It is more resolved and not as overwhelmed by the sugar. A very pleasant drinking experience.
Red
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Always among my favorite Brunellos. The 2010 is terrific now with a good decant and will only get better with time. If you just have one or two, I'd hold onto them. With more, you might want to try one now and think about how its going to develop over time.
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White
5/3/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
Very pretty wine. Drinking well right now. Quite light on its feet with nice fruit, acidity and some citrus flavors. Nice match with light appetizers.
Red
4/28/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
This is an extraordinary wine with depth, fullness and super complexity while staying light on its feet. I last had this in 2010 and it has lost just a drop of power since then, suggesting that at 39 years, it may be time to start drinking these before they fade. Had along side the 2000 version and the similarities were striking. There was no doubt that they were the same wine, made in the same way. I'd give that 2000 another 10 years.
Red
4/27/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Not light - but in a tasting of 05 grand crus, this was the lightest of the bunch and perhaps had the least complexity of flavor with more singular red fruit notes and a finish to the horizon. Still young and improving. Give this one some time.
Red
4/27/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Two bottles opened, from separate sources, yet very consistent notes. Deep, dark and full of flavor but not at all heavy. Very precise and focused fruit, tannins not overwhelming. You can taste the care that went into this wine. Drinks nicely now, but will certainly irove and be a 97 pt wine some day.
Red
1986 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
No need to describe this wine which has more than 200 tasting notes. Just to say that it was totally rocking on this evening, showing no signs of age and only signs of glory at 33 years of age. Spectacular showing.
Red
4/21/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Opened 2 bottles for one dinner and both were great. Full of fruit, sweet tannin, deep secondary flavors and tons of life. Really great showing for 30 plus year old wines.
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Red
1983 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
This is a pretty wine, but at this age I think there is some bottle variation showing up and they are not all holding up equally well. Recent CT ratings are all over the place. This one was still pretty but maybe just starting to slip. Probably not doing it any favor to pair with an 86 Margaux as well. I would tend to drink these up now.
Red
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed this greatly with a pork tenderloin. Drinking well now and with just the right amount of stuffing to go perfectly with this meal.
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White - Sparkling
4/18/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
I'm very positive about this wine, especially as a food accompaniment. Had it with an omakase at a fine Japanese restaurant in NYC and it was the perfect complement to the meal, with fine mousse, great acidity and plenty of flavor without being at all to yeasty or over the top. Well done.
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White
2005 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
4/15/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
I've always loved this wine. Even have a couple still left and have no worry that they won't be great fro a few more years. Citrus, a hint of strawberry, a touch of butterscotch, great volume in the mouth, long laser-like finish. What's not to like here. For me, a great Corton Charlie is a thing of beauty and this one seldom disappoints.
White
4/15/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
People have talked about some of these being spoiled or premoxed with others being fabulous. Tonight we opened two bottles for a large group and guess what. One was spoiled and the other was fabulous. of course this does not make for a good qpr if you have to open two bottles to get one good one but the good one was awesome. Full and fat but with enough restraint to balance the opulence. Great on the attack, fulsome in the mid-palate and danced on the tongue for a minute or more. Really special stuff - but these over-advanced bottles are getting annoying.
White - Sparkling
4/13/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
My 4th time with this wine since 2010 and it is always the same level score. Really good champagne that has actually been mature for a few years now. Very elegant and pretty with the elegance of blanc de blancs accompanied by a little fullness and some secondary smoke and minerals. Just very good wine.
White - Sparkling
4/13/2019 - Topper wrote:
92 points
Very nice wine, precise and linear with a good future but I would say that it isn't quite ready and didn't have the volume or depth of the 02 consumed alongside. This one to put away for another 8-10 years before enjoying it. Score is for present drinking.
Red
4/11/2019 - Topper wrote:
98 points
Brad E wrote about this crazy tasting where we had the Rousseau Chambertin and Close de Beze from 90 and 91. I think we agree that all of the wines were extraordinary and that if you want a reliable epiphany experience with Burgundy, stick with Rousseau from great years with nearly 30 years of bottle age. Beyond that, choosing a favorite is really just splitting hairs. This one was my fave. In fact, on other occasions when I was fortunate enough to have a Beze and Chambertin from this producer side by side, my preference always lies with the richer, more voluminous Chambertin; others side with the elegance of the Beze. Both fabulous wines with just a slight terror difference. If you prefer the Clos de Beze and want to give me your Chambertin, I'll gladly oblige, but either one is fine by me.
Red
4/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
ON an amazing night with 90 and 91 Rousseau Beze and Chambertin, the Beze's both showed precision and elegance that belied the structure underneath. There is no doubt that this is brilliant wine and the crowd slightly preferred the 91s to the 90s. If your idea of perfection is compelling elegance on top of awesome flavor, this is your wine.
Red
4/9/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Terrific wine. Full and lush with earth, leather, sandalwood and other savory delights. Now is a good time to drink this. Put it just ahead of the 90 Beze and behind the 91 but one would never know unless drinking them side by side. It's very rare to have a bad bottle of Rousseau, they are remarkably reliable.
Red
4/8/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Very pretty wine. Elegant and pure yet with some leather and tobacco notes. It would lend grace to any table. It was only when had next to the Chambertin from the same year that it seemed less than perfect. As always, one should review these on their own stellar merits and not in comparison to other great wines. Great wine is great wine.
Red
2001 Domaine Leroy Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/31/2019 - Topper wrote:
95 points
Very Leroy in style with maybe slightly less power than some of her even bigger crus. Dark red fruits with expansive flavors holding just a little bit back. Not sure if the extra dimension that can kick a wine past 95 pts will ever show up here but this is a terrific wine that will make a lot of people happy.
Red
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
93 points
I mostly stopped buying Cal Cabs around ten years ago when my taste turned more decidedly to more aromatic wines such as barolo and red burgundy. I might have been too hasty. The cabs that I bought in the 01 and 02 vintages are really singing as the tannins have resolved and the buoyant fruit flavors remained. This one was at its pretty best while retaining enough body to stand up to flavorful food.
White
2005 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
98 points
I have been privileged to taste some of the most famous white burgs, including the top Montrachets, but on the few occasions that generous friends have shared their Coche CCs, it always turns out to be my very favorite white wine. Something about the precision, focus and linearity that contains an enormous depth of flavor really grabs my attention. This was likely my second favorite all-time, next to the other worldly 96. Served next to two incredible Ramonet Montrachet, this came out on top for me - though I won't argue if you prefer the richness of those to the focus of the CC. Penelope Cruz vs Keira Knightly. Vive la difference.
White
2010 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
96 points
Rich, full, complex and dense. Doesn't make sense to pick apart the flavors in this integrated whole of a wine. Just sit back and enjoy. May improve from here.
Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
90 points
This is a pleasant old wine that has seen better days but still shows glimmers of its former self. Classic old bordeaux flavors but with a hint of fading flower. Note to self, 20 years is just about right for this chateau.
Red
3/23/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Deep, savory, rich and seductive. A full and serious wine that could warm you on a cold, damp night. If you like serious wine where the dark and complex flavors slightly overshadow the fruit, this is one for you.
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White
2013 Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/21/2019 - Topper wrote:
94 points
Very pretty wine. Round flavors in the mouth while retaining grace and freshness. Lots of peach, pear and a hint of butter. Less rich, if perhaps more fresh, than the 2010 served alongside it. Very ready for current drinking yet should go 5-10 more years.
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