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Red
1999 Domaine Charles Thomas Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Pinot Noir
6/26/2017 - Vintomas wrote:
87 points
Fine maturity, medium(+) body, good balance, some tannin. Comes across as more-or-less fully developed, 87 p.

A quite OK Burgundy, but quite frankly, neither the concentration, minerality or elegance you'd expect from a Vosne-Romanée 1er cru from a top vintage (not even by the standard of those days).
  • Vintomas commented:

    7/11/17, 12:22 PM - Well, as I remember it, CT frowns at price and price/quality comments in the tasting notes, but in this case I really have to comment, given your comment about "the [likely] value of a bottle such as this". This bottle was in fact an eBay purchase for €22 each in 2008 (definitely cheaper than the retail price for a nondescript village Vosne-Romanée at the time...), on pure chance, since comments about this producer around the time of this vintage indicated that the quality was mixed and could be quite poor. Since '99 is an excellent Burgundy vintage, this is far from OK from any producer. Obviously this producer was late to improve - the 90s was definitely a decade of improvements in Burgundy. It would probably be very difficult to find Côte de Nuits premier cru wines this mediocre 10 vintages or so later. It would also be very difficult to find a Vosne-Romanée 1er cru at the same price + inflation... :-)

    I had tasted this twice wine before (the first time in 2008), and it felt like a good time to open a new bottle to see if more mature notes had made it improve. It hadn't really. But I thought I should assure you that my wallet suffered to much, dear friend. :-)

Red
1999 Camus Pere & Fils Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/30/2014 - LeChapeau wrote:
flawed
Another bottle that turned out a little cloudy and below par. Still, good nose and enjoyable, but not the same wine as when tasted before.
  • Vintomas commented:

    1/4/15, 2:38 PM - You have marked two bottles flawed simply because they did not behave like those two bottles you scored 95-96 (which to me seems quite high for a Camus wine, even in a top vintage, since Mazoyères isn't one of their top two vineyards). Isn't this rather a sign of bottle variation? In that case, it would seem to be more correct to give the different bottles varying scores, rather than to stick to the original high scores.

Red
2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis Syrah
3/3/2014 - Vintomas wrote:
95 points
Powerful and very elegant nose with ripe dark cherries, blackberries, some lemon liquorice and mint liquorice, some freshly ground pepper, some mineral and a pronouced perfume note. Berry-dominated and powerful palate with blackberries, blueberries and dark cherries, noticeably tart berry notes, some tar and quite a bit of pepper, well integrated medium plus tannins, as well as a long and tart aftertaste with blackberries, dark cherries, tannins and some pepper. Powerful concentration, fabulously elegant and fine balance, young but rather approachable now, can be cellared for quite a long time and improve further. 95(+) p.
I found this wine to show a litte darker notes on the palate and even a little more concentration than the 2010 Vignes de l'Hospice. This may very well be the best Château d'Ampuis produced so far.
  • Vintomas commented:

    5/31/14, 11:42 AM - While I definitely like 2009, I usually prefer 2010 in northern Rhône due to the greater freshness and more acidity. Coffee notes? Well, I suppose the oak treatment is the same for Guigal wines in 2009 and 2010, so there shouldn't be that much difference in that respect.

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/24/2014 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Deep red colour. Nose with ripe blackcurrants and other dark berries (blackberries and black cherries), animal notes including meat juices, and some herbaceous notes with some developed notes in evidence. Medium+ body with good concentration of dark berries with some tart berry character, mineral, spice, and well integrated tannins. Still rather youthful but the palate is fully approachable (which is usually not the case with a young Sociando-Mallet), 91 p.
  • Vintomas commented:

    5/25/14, 4:36 PM - Not really, at least not very noticeable. (If you're oversensitive to those notes you could probably find them, since I found some dried herbs in the nose.) I'd say it display fairly typical 2000 Bordeaux vintage character with rather ripe and juicy fruit, but not at all any sweetness of fruit. (When I served it blind, the first guess was Syrah.)

Red - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Beerenauslese Rheingau
3/2/2013 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
2013 spring auction in Kloster Eberbach/Eberbach Abbey (Kloster Eberbach, Rheingau): Nose with dried red berries including raspberries and cherries, mineral, flowery and perfumed, spice, some fortified wine nose, and elegance. Sweet on the palate (typical Beerenauslese level), noticeably spicy, dried red berries, medium tannins, some bitterness. Slightly fiery, some fortified wine feeling. Slightly odd, but shows good vigour. 89 p
As far as I understand it was produced from grapes that got sun-dried (“raisined”) in the vineyard, as opposed to being affected by noble rot as is usually the case with white Beerenauslese. This makes it an unusual style of wine for Rheingau.
Tasted from half bottle.
  • Vintomas commented:

    1/28/14, 2:48 PM - I actually had tasted it some years before at an earlier auction tasting, when it was youngish, although I didn't remember it as "fortified wine-like". They haven't made it very often, and their sweet Spätburgunder wines are usually rosé (Weißherbst). However, they were far from the only German producer to make this type of wine in 2003.

White - Off-dry
2007 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling Spätlese Rheingau
3/1/2013 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
91 points
Dinner by Sebastian Lühr * with "Versteigerungsspitzen & Schatzkammerweine" (Rheingau Gourmet & Wein Festival, Kloster Eberbach): Elegant, bright, lovely acidity and minerality, citrus, apple, sweetness still masked by the acidity, lovely tension, slightly reductive on the nose, nice juicy flesh.
  • Vintomas commented:

    1/13/14, 2:06 PM - I was at the same tasting and only now got around to transferring the notes. Wasn't the 2007 a Spätlese Goldkapsel rather than a regular Spätlese?

  • Vintomas commented:

    1/14/14, 11:54 AM - You're absolutely right about the printed menu, which does not mention this. I didn't take pictures of the bottles but I had penciled down the addition "GK" for the 2007 and "Cabinet" for the 1967 of this flight on my menu, so either I took that information from the bottles as they passed by, or it was mentioned in the comments on the wines. (I don't really remember which.) My comment on your note was purely because I thought it would be fun to have our notes side-by-side since they came from the same event.

White - Off-dry
1959 Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling Spätlese Rheingau
3/1/2013 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
92 points
Dinner by Sebastian Lühr * with "Versteigerungsspitzen & Schatzkammerweine" (Rheingau Gourmet & Wein Festival, Kloster Eberbach): The merest hint of TCA on the nose; on the palate wonderfully rich, rounded and creamy, low acidity but perfectly lively, relatively light colour in this 1959 again, minerality shows on the nose, excellent length, slightly lactic.
  • Vintomas commented:

    1/13/14, 2:13 PM - Fascinating that you seemed to detect a trace of TCA as well, although you were less disturbed by it than I was! We must have been close enough to be served from the same bottle (or it was a note found in all bottles and not a cork taint).

White
1993 Château D'Arlay Côtes du Jura Blanc Tradition Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
10/31/2013 - thunberg wrote:
@Château D'Arlay tasting.
  • Vintomas commented:

    12/29/13, 5:30 AM - Since I was at the same tasting, this note must refer to the 1989. (The invitation said 1993, but it was 1989 that was actually served.)

Red
2010 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/10/2011 - amateurwino wrote:
84 points
Reticent on the nose – so flat I wondered whether this was corked but there’s no TCA aroma. On the palate, this has the most pronounced acidity of the wines presented today – tart and almost picklish. Not quite a flaw, but not an appealing wine nonetheless. 84
  • Vintomas commented:

    12/21/13, 8:39 AM - Was this a barrel sample? This wine sees about one year in oak barrel and this note is written a few months after harvest.

  • Vintomas commented:

    12/21/13, 1:29 PM - OK, that explains how it could possibly have been corked despite being so young! Or perhaps it was just behaving weird, barrel samples + intercontinental transport may not be an ideal combination.

Red
2009 Abbaye de Lérins Mediterranée Vieilles Syrah Saint Sauveur
11/27/2013 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Abbaye de Lérins wines tasted from WIT glass tubes (Stockholm): Dark red colour, rather deep hue. Deep and powerful nose with ripe dark cherries, some liquorice, some tar and smoke, a hint of animal notes and toasted oak with some vanilla and brown butter. Full-bodied, palate with very dark cherries and blackberries, powerful concentration of fruit, rather good acidity, medium+ tannins that show some polished style, aftertaste with rather tart berries and a lot of tannin. Young, 91(+) p.
Definitely a serious wine! The slightly peculiar oak barrel note (I assume that's the origin of the vanilla and brown butter aromas) is the same as in the 2009 Saint Honorat, and the impression of brown butter really stuck once I had started to associate to that aroma. The palate actually reminded me rather much of a Hermitage (possibly laced with some Mourvèdre). Cellaring is definitely to recommend, but possibly this wine will mature faster than Syrah usually does. Given its concentration, I expect it to keep for a really long time, though.
  • Vintomas commented:

    12/9/13, 10:29 AM - Well, it definitely is a serious wine (and frankly better than I expected), but the spectacular location of the monastery is probably an important factor in getting the wine sold at its price.

Red
2009 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Syrah
11/28/2013 - Ramberg wrote:
93 points
What a fully packed wine this is!
Almost like black ink!
Smoke, smoked meat, dust, herbs, vanilla, wood, tar, charcoal, dark cherries and plums.
On the palate this is dark, dark, deep with almost black sweet and jammy ripe fruit and oak.
Black pepper, and all kind of dark berries I can think of, in a big jam mash.
So packed, dense and powerful, it’s almost overwhelming.
It has a certain silkiness to it, despite tannins and acidity.
I don’t really know what to say about this wine, except for that is has everything in it, and allot of it, and that this is a young fruit bomb at this time.
This will need serious amounts of time to come together.
A real “Parker” wine, sort of.
Where will this go?
I for sure can’t tell or even guess…
Well made it is, that much is sure, but not my kind of wine at this stage.
It might clock in at 100 points, or end up as something more suitable for a good (and expensive) redwine sauce?
Still, knowing what Guigal always delivers, I guess rather the sooner of above?
Very different from any other La Mouline (or any other La,La) I have ever had.
Hard to judge and score, but for tonight’s performance I would give it 93 – 94 for points, mainly for being such a well made wine, but still it has far too much of everything to really suite my taste.
  • Vintomas commented:

    12/3/13, 11:17 AM - It feels good to be the one with the more generous score, for once. While I found it enjoyable, I understand how you can wish to reserve judgment. To me, it felt less accessible and developed for a longer time in the glass than the 2007 La Mouline did a little over a year ago.

White - Sparkling
2009 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Roises Chardonnay
10/14/2013 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Small grower Champagne tasting with Munskänkarna, featuring some of the new generation of growers (Stockholm): Powerful nose with citrus, zest, yellow apples, some apple compote, a hint of beeswax and perfume. Very powerful on the palate, with citrus, powerful mineral notes, spice, and good acidity. Rather young, 91+ p.
Disgorged 7 March 2013.
More power than 2009 Les Pierrières, and a more powerful nose. The reason that I still score it the same as Les Pierrières is that it is somewhat shorter on the palate. For the 2008s, Les Roises came across as more mineral-dominated while 2008 Les Pierrières was the fruity one, so in 2009 the stylistic difference is inverted (and smaller than in 2008).
  • Vintomas commented:

    12/3/13, 10:32 AM - Less mineral-dominated and more characterised by ripe and concentrated fruit (which to me is a bit of the overall style of Ulysse Collin, which I truly enjoy). I don't mean that at all as something negative but rather as a characterisation, and it does not mean that it is "fruity" as in "simple, not very complex". But of course, for those who prefer very lean, purely acid-driven and mineral-dominated blanc de blancs may not enjoy the style. Out of the 2009s, Les Pierrières is perhaps closest (but not really close) to some sort of mainstream, while Les Roises and Les Maillons (the BdN) are both a bit more extreme.

White
2010 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Chardonnay
2/25/2013 - Per-Harald wrote:
93 points
WOW !! Already a wonderful wine to drink, but with a large storage potential. Complex, here there is a lot of everything. A bit warm but also flower, honey aromas, fat, ripe apple, and a beautiful long-lasting tast. This I will buy more of !!
  • Vintomas commented:

    9/28/13, 2:31 AM - If it was a 1er Cru Morgeot from Fontaine-Gagnard, this comment must refer to the Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot, since the terms Bourgogne Blanc (regional appellation) and 1er Cru are mutually exclusive.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/23/2013 - yofog wrote:
88 points
Great citrussy freshness on the palate but the finish is a bit too sugary/fat for me.
  • Vintomas commented:

    8/24/13, 5:49 AM - I hope you're not blaming a Sauternes for being sweet, because that's what it's supposed to be!

White
2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
8/1/2013 - Mr T wrote:
My first of these and a bit of a surprise. Fair bit of petrol as noted below and as I might have expected. The wine was quite a bit drier than I anticipated and so clearly needed air to open and broaden. No RS here like so many Alsatian rieslings and I wish I had had more time to let this fill out in my glass and follow more carefully. I will be sure to do so with the one remaining bottle
  • Vintomas commented:

    8/10/13, 2:59 PM - Trimbach is one of those few Alsace producers (along with e.g. Hugel and Leon Beyer) whose wines are always completely dry unless they specifically belong to a off-dry/sweet category. I'd say that producers in this category provide fewer surprises than those where some wines and some vintages may be off-dry and others dry. In essence: never be surprised that a Trimbach wine is completely dry!

White
2011 Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Melon de Bourgogne
11/20/2012 - Vintomas wrote:
87 points
Sauvion wines with the importer and Pierre-Jean Sauvion (Stockholm): Nose: cool impression of green and yellow fruit, including apple, and a slightly flowery note.
Palate: very dry, very mineral with a salty note, high acidity, fruit notes including green apple, slender style.
Summary: firm and classical, young but shouldn't necessarily be cellared. 87 p.
A bargain!
  • Vintomas commented:

    8/7/13, 3:41 PM - At this tasting, Cardinal Richard 2011 (also from Sauvion) struck me as much more of a style suited for cellaring, compared to Château du Cléray 2011, which is less concentrated and has a bit less weight. So it is more of a relative judgment on Sauvion's Muscadets. Cellaring might work well with Château du Cléray, but I feel less sure here.

White
2011 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
7/3/2013 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Visit to William Fèvre in Chablis (Chablis): Nose: mineral, slightly smoky, some green apple, some spice. More mineral-dominated that the other grand crus.
Palate: mineral, citrus, spice, high acidity, long and mineral-dominated aftertaste.
Summary: young, not very accessible, 91+ p?
  • Vintomas commented:

    7/27/13, 10:21 AM - Well, it was a couple of weeks ago so I don't have that much more than my notes (already posted...) to say as to the "specific character" of the minerality of this wine. The William Fèvre 2011s all had good and pronounced mineral character, and I'd say I scored this higher due to it being a "bigger wine" with elegance and minerality intact rather than for being a wine with much more mineral than the premier crus or other grand crus. If you usually like Fèvre's Les Clos this will not disappoint, but I can imagine that the even more classical vintages such as 2008 and 2010 will be superior.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Savart Champagne Premier Cru Bulle de Rosé Brut Champagne Blend
12/25/2012 - Shorepower wrote:
Så varför öppnade jag den här flaskan, en mindre i källaren och det är ett vin som kommer att utvecklas mycket de närmaste åren. Riktigt gott, bärig champagne med mycket söta pinotdruvor. Vore intressant att veta hur han skördade det då det är så pass söt frukt i vinet. Bra syra som balanserar upp sötman. En vin som jag tror passar både forumets publik men även mindre vinintresserade. Av etiketten att döma så är vinet från 2010 vilket väl var ett år med ganska sen skörd om jag inte missminner mig.
  • Vintomas commented:

    7/27/13, 10:03 AM - Om det står "Tirage du 2010" så är det den batchen som innehåller basvin från 2009 och 2008, och som alltså påbörjade sin andra jäsning 2010.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
7/5/2013 - rjonwine@gmail.com wrote:
97 points
From magnum - light lemon yellow color with abundant, fairly speedy tiny bubbles; wonderful, hazelnut, coriander, dried lemon, almond nose; delicious, hazelnut, tart lemon, preserved lemon, mineral palate; long finish 97+ points (bottle had a code of 5104830 on the back, but not one of the official Krug IDs that have been issued with bottlings since Sept. 2011)
  • Vintomas commented:

    7/8/13, 5:31 AM - You need to check the label design and any codes on the cork in order to identify the age on pre-ID-code Krugs. (See http://winetomas.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/how-to-identify-the-age-of-a-krug-grande-cuvee/ ) I know of no producer where the long serial number in itself contains any useful information.

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