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White
2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords Melon de Bourgogne
Man, ’15 is just not the vintage for me (in Muscadet or Beaujolais). Ripe. This is always a great value and is still a very good wine, but ripe, damn ripe.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    11/5/18, 7:06 PM - Right? It’s still a lovely wine for the money, but the wow factor isn’t there. It is totally lacking that intensity and steely razor edge of other vintages like ‘14 and especially ‘12.

Red
2013 Rogue Vine Super Itata Itata Valley Red Blend
A revelation. Excellent stuff. As Billigan noted, and I suspect we have the same salesperson, like a cru beaujolais but with a bit of new world heft. It's clean, almost too clean for my taste in this level of wine, where I tend toward a bit of sauvage (of course). Still, this is a wine I will be returning to. As some Chilenos would say, y volveré, a tus brazos caeré. Las estrellas brillarán, nuestro amor renacerá.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    9/13/16, 12:53 PM - Definitely up for some drinking sometime. As for our mutual friend, I seem recall that he quoted me the Barral bit as well! I responded that the only Chilean wine I really liked was the stuff from Luyt, to which he replied, "It's like that! Only cleaner!" Well, I don't really see the Luyt resemblance, but that's okay, it's good wine, and our friend does not gush like that very often, so when he does, how can you resist?

Red
2014 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Gamay
This is not the best wine ever under $20.

(apologies to Chomsky)
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    1/15/16, 8:52 AM - Ah, the treachery of tasting notes...

    I'd be happy to, especially if Coudert and nerdy references are involved.

  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    1/17/16, 7:30 PM - Your dad isn't Robert Parker, is he? I'm a NorCal transplant but been in DC more than 15 years now, so I suppose it's home.

Red
2014 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Gamay
1/14/2016 - Chomsky wrote:
Another night, another bottle. This wine is so airy and finessed that (apologies to Debussy, Cage, L'Enfant, Seth, and anyone else reading this purpledrank prose) it's like drinking the space between the notes in 4'33".
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    1/15/16, 8:22 AM - Hey, it's better than drinking at dawn. Unless you're by the sea or on the joyful island, then bacchanales are justified at any hour.

Red
2005 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige Red Rhone Blend
Decided to open this sooner rather than later and for a largish group of philistines based on recent mediocre reviews here. Decanted for 2 hours, and I stuck to my Puffeney and didn't get to this until there was only one small glass left. To my surprise, I found it to be excellent. Sweet/ripe? Yes. But also complex, clean, not overly heavy. Lovely red fruit, a bit of spice and herbs. Overall, a very pleasant wine that I wish I'd drunk more of instead of leaving it to the folks who brought over the Chloe pinot noir... I don't regret the Puffeney for a second, but I was led astray (just a bit) by CT for once. Gah.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    10/7/15, 6:43 PM - Thanks. Everyone here is so focused on finding a wine that's good enough for occasion x, but every so often we err the other way and serve a wine that's far too good for the occasion. I find that amusing.

Red
2012 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine Cabernet Franc
9/10/2015 - sleepyhaus wrote:
2012 was a really poor vintage for Loire cab franc, as is evident from this bottle. I'm not saying that it is bad, but it is a very average Baudry Domaine. Just doesn't bring a ton of anything, nor does it have the effortless class that better vintages can show. I found it to be fine but unexciting, confirming most of my other findings from this region in this vintage.

On a more worrying note I have had a concern lately about my tastes and Baudry's wines. I'm finding them to be an almost international take on the region, somehow a bit stripped. I need to dig into my cellar and find a better wine from a better vintage and see if that seems to be true. If so, there is always Joguet and Guion.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    9/10/15, 12:54 PM - I'm interested that you find Joguet less internationalized that Baudry, I've always tended to find the opposite (not having known Joguet when it was really Joguet). Guion is great too, but he takes rustic to a whole other level. Any Joguet recommendations that are still available and that you would consider more representative of place than Baudry?

White
2013 Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume Chardonnay
I actually really enjoyed this. It's not a deep wine, nor the most prototypical Chablis, but for $20 it's very good. As some have noted, the nose is a touch on the tropical side for Chablis, but the palate is well within the acceptable range for the region. Not the most tense, edgy Chablis you'll ever have but far from flabby or New World either. A really nice everyday wine.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    8/20/15, 8:14 AM - Thanks. It seems quite a few of us agree about this wine, for once. Looking forward to my last bottle.

Red
2007 Copain Syrah Harrison Clarke Santa Ynez Valley
Ok. Not sure what the fuss is about, other than that this is much less offensive than most California syrahs/Aussie shirazes. Very thick and dark. Dark blue fruit, iodine, but, for me, lacking any of the elegance or nuance of a good N. Rhone.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    11/10/14, 6:23 AM - Actually, you bad-mouthed a whole region. I bad-mouthed two.

Red
2011 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige Cabernet Franc
Unmistakable cab franc profile, albeit a very herbaceous one. Sage, moss, some mild tobacco, plus a good dose of rock and earth, layered over nice red fruit and the expected bell pepper.

While this isn’t going to blow anyone away, it is an absolute steal at $12.
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    5/30/14, 8:09 AM - It was a garagiste offer last year, so $12 doesn't include the shipping. Not sure where to get it now.

Red
2001 Calabretta Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese
Wow. Just about the best way I can imagine to spend $25 (maybe along with Baudry Grezeaux). This was beautiful after about 30 minutes of air. Funky, acidic, and lithe with cherries, leather, tobacco, aged hard cheese (let's say parmigiano reggiano since this is Italian wine and absurd specificity is the key to any great tasting note). Rebuy. And rebuy, and rebuy...
  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    2/12/14, 11:21 AM - This was more like the smell of your 20-year old motorcycle jacket at the exact moment that you step into the local bar for a caffe and a shot of grappa after riding through the Sicilian countryside on a rainy autumn day. You know what I'm talking about.

  • L'enfant sauvage commented:

    2/12/14, 11:21 AM - Hey, tell that to Eric Asimov.

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