Tasting Notes for Vintomas

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Red - Fortified
5/17/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Still a compact dark red colour. Nose with blackberries, dark cherries, liquorice, some prunes, and hints of violets. Sweet on the palate with fine concentration of berries, the same berry notes as in the nose, smooth and well integrated tannins, well integrated alcohol, and a long and berry-dominated finish. Drinks reasonably well now, will mature further, 91 pts.

This port definitely exceeded my expectations based on previous notes from various sources. The excellent 2000 vintage is showing its strength also here, in a house perhaps more noted for its colheitas. I would say that this wine is now somewhere between young and mature. There aren't really any tannins left that need to be "filed down" for this port to be enjoyable, but it hasn't really acquired the character of a mature vintage port. Currently, I found it to go well with chocolate desserts (to me, a sign of youth) as well as cheeses.
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Red
3/30/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
An almost bright red, clear colour. Nose with raspberries and cherries, undergrowth and some animal notes, hints of spice and oak. Medium bodied(-) with sour cherries and cranberries, high acidity, very fresh, just some tannins. Drinks well now, should keep, 88 pts.

I guess this wine reflects its origin by the undergrowth in the nose and its high acidity.
Red
3/17/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
A berry-dominated nose with cherries, some ripe strawberries, some undergrowth, and hints of oak barrel notes. Medium body with fine concentration of berries, again ripe strawberries and cherries, some tannins and just a hints of peppery notes, sufficient acidity to provide balance, and a fine berry-dominated aftertaste. Drinks well already but will keep, 89 pts.
Red
3/3/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Nose with ripe red berries, some dried or candied berries, roses, a bit of chocolate, some warm earth and other hints of developed notes. Medium body, red berries with hints of dark berries, a bit of dried berries, some spices, a bit of alcoholic bite, fine mineral notes, still some tannins with some "dry edges" to them, aftertaste with berries and tannins. (Still) drinks well now, but unlikely to improve further and more likely to start declining. 90 pts.

This is a serious wine for a "plain" Barbaresco. I'd say that it shows some modern style, but not in an exaggerated way at this developed stage, and that the palate of this bottle showed more development (and "drying" character) than the nose. The mineral notes is one of its definite plusses.
Red
3/1/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
86 points
Nose with cherries, hints of mixed forest berries and undergrowth, some flowery notes. Medium minus body, cherries and some raspberries on the palate, good acidity that provides freshness, and barely noticeable tannins. Fine balance, good freshness, well polished, drinks well out of the gate but could of course be cellared for a while, 86 pts.

This is a quite decent négociant Bourgogne rouge, with darker fruit than sometimes seen, which I suppose could be both due to the ripe vintage and the old vines indicated on the label. This was my first encounter with an Agerter wine. I've often seen them in airport shops in the last couple of years, so I thought I should finally try a bottle now that the entry-level red was of a suitable vintage. This wine was somewhat better than I had expected.
Red
1996 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
A rather developed nose with ripe dark berries - blackcurrants and dark plums - some vanilla and moccha, hints of mint, some developed notes with barnyard aromas and leather. Medium+ body with sweetish dark berries, fine acidity, well integrated tannins, and a fresh aftertaste. Napa style but fine balanced. Fully developed but sticks together nicely, 90 pts.

This is frankly younger-styled than I had expected and if this bottle is representative, it should be able to keep for several more years.
Red
2/8/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Deep red with a medium red edge. A fine nose with ripe dark berries, a bit of animal notes - blood and abattoir - some liquorice and tar, some oak with hints of spicy notes, and slight flowery notes. Medium+ body with ripe dark fruits, good acidity providing freshness, some tannic bite but they are rather smooth and mostly integrated, and a fine aftertaste with dark berries and some tannins. Drinks well now, nowhere near "tired", 91 pts.

I remember this as approachable at least 5 years ago, and then perhaps more ready than the Brune et Blonde 2005. It seems it has stayed mostly the same since then!
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Red
2/8/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
95 points
Compact purplish colour. A young, powerful and elegant nose with ripe dark fruit including blackberries, liquorice and some tar, some flowery notes. Full-bodied but fresh, with the same dark notes as in the nose although with more presence of tar notes, fine acidity, prominent but well embedded and rather silky tannins, some "gravelly" minerality and a long aftertaste with tannins. Young but reasonably approachable, will improve with further cellaring. 95(+) pts.
From a magnum.
Red
1/13/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Rather deep colour. Nose with dark berries including blackcurrants, some violets, hints of iron/rust, barnyard notes, animal notes and vanilla. Medium+ body, palate with rather dark berries including dark cherries and blackberries, good acidity providing freshness, softened and well integrated tannins, long and fresh berry-dominated aftertaste. Drinks well now, not at all "tired", 90 pts.

This wine comes across as considerably younger in its aromas than I had expected.
Red - Fortified
1/1/2020 - Vintomas wrote:
93 points
Brown color - no reddish tint left - with a lighter edge, slightly hazy (which probably is an effect of time in bottle). Powerful nose with walnuts, caramel and burnt sugar, various dried fruits including some dried red berries, oiled mahogany wood, and a whiff of volatile acidity. Sweet with fine concentration and high acidity, caramel, dried fruit aromas including red berries (perhaps more on the palate than in the nose), some pepper and other spices, and a very long and pleasant aftertaste. 93 pts.

This was a 2010 bottling of the 1952.
White - Sparkling
12/26/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
92 points
Nose with ripe yellow fruit including yellow apple, some yellow plums and some citrus, quite a lot of toasted notes, some smoke even, some brioche, hints of pepper. Medium bodied on the palate with citrus, green and yellow apples, good acidity, fine mineral notes, and a long and fresh aftertaste. This batch drinks well now but might develop with further time in the cellar. 92 pts.

Well composed, elegant and easy to drink, rather than a concentrated Champagne. Stylistically it seems not very far from Dom Pérignon, especially with the toasty nose.

A bottle purchased in January 2019. No indication on the label as to which batch it is, but judging from published reviews it might be #23 based on 2006/2004/2002, which was the current release at least in late 2018 and early 2019. (From #24 the batch is supposed to be indicated on the label; #23 in magnum.)
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Red
12/21/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Reminds me of the 2013 tasting note, but more developed and perhaps with a bit more sweet fruit. Fully developed, unlikely to improve, but not yet old, 91 pts.
Rosé
12/21/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
87 points
Salmon coloured, just slightly hazy. Very elegant nose with raspberries, orange peel, chalky mineral, and just a hint of "funk". Medium minus bodied with raspberries, some grapefruit and green apples, mineral, quite prominent acidity and a long fresh aftertaste. The palate has a bit of a "typical natural wine" stamp on it. It showed better and gave a more food-friendly impression when served not too cold. While it has many attractive notes, it's score is held down by the palate being a bit too acid-dominated and the fruit a bit on the lean side. 87 pts.

Those who are very much into "natural wines" may very well rate this higher than I did.
White
12/20/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
A fine and quite Meursault-like nose with yellow apples and yellow plums, some smoke and hints of nuts. Medium bodied with apple and yellow fruit, good acidity, fine mineral notes, and a fresh aftertaste. Perhaps a bit lighter on the palate than the nose would have you believe, but a fine and balanced wine at the village level. Drinks well now but might improve with cellaring, 88(+) pts.
Red
12/3/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Nose with blackberries, some red berries (cherries and cranberries?), tar and liquorice, animal notes (a bit of meat, fur and abbatoir), some black pepper, and hints of mint. Medium boded with dark berries on the palate, prominent acidity, just a touch of bitterness, some tannins but not too prominent, and a balanced aftertaste. Drinks well now, 89 pts.

I find a tasting note from May 2010 which is surprisingly similar; the animal note was present already then. This makes me believe that this wine could be kept for several more years, but then, it is a 2005.
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Red
12/2/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Nose with cherries including hints of overripe fruit, some undergrowth and hints of green notes, mineral, and some pleasant animal notes. Medium bodied (or slightly less) with mineral and very fine acidity on the palate together with red berries and cherries (but the minerality dominates over the fruit), rather soft tannins, and a long, fresh and mineral-dominated aftertaste. This is a bit on the light side, and probably shows cold vintage character, but it is very finely balanced. 90 pts.

It shows well now, but I wouldn't mind cellaring this for several years longer.
Red
2004 Château Leydet-Valentin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/1/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
85 points
Much seems similar to my 2012 note, but it seems less "warm" and a bit more classic in its notes. The slight bitterness makes me keep the score at 85, otherwise it would have merited a slightly higher one. It still has tannic bite left, so it can be cellared longer.
Red - Fortified
11/9/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
92 points
Still an opaque, purplish colour. Nose with dark berries including blackberries, chocolate, some sweet notes of dried and cooked berries, hints of tar and of volatile acidity. Semi-sweet on the palate, dark berries, good concentration of fruit, very fine acidity, some spices and tannins, and a long fresh aftertaste of slightly tart berries. Very finely balanced (the 16.8% alcohol is not much in evidence) rather than a blockbuster in terms of sweetness. Doesn't show much age. 92 pts.

This not refers to the 2007 Rivesaltes Grenat
Red
11/1/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
86 points
Mostly young nose with strawberries, cherries, some dried red berries, spice and oak, hints of flowery notes, and just a hint of undergrowth and developed notes. Medium bodied minus on the palate with strawberries and raspberries, prominent acidity, and some tannic bite. A fresh aftertaste, again with acidity and tannins mixed in. Drinks well now, could develop further, 86 pts.
A fresh and balanced wine "on the lighter side", which hasn't developed any tertiary notes yet, so I definitely see this sticking around for another half a dozen years, if not much more.
Red
10/8/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Nose with ripe blackberries, dark plums, some iron/rust, and hints of liquorice and pepper. The palate shows good concentration of fruit, with the same fruit notes as found in the nose, fine acidity that provides freshness, some tannins, and a balanced aftertaste with berries, tannin and freshness. Drinks well now, will keep for many more years. 89 pts.

As usual for Guigal CdR, this is a bit like a softer, juicier interpretation of Crozes-Hermitage. They are often surprisingly long-lived, which is attested by the youngish style of this bottle. Of course, the 2010 vintage in both Rhône and France in general is made for the long haul, with good acidity. This special bottling for Danish wine merchant Philipson (and their 25th Anniversary in 2012) has a slightly higher proportion of Syrah (60%) than the regular bottling (49% in 2010) and is a very fine CdR.
White
10/2/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
Discrete nose with pear, citrus, some mineral and hints of flowery notes. "Fully" dry on the palate with apple, pear and citrus fruit, medium body, prominent acidity, some peppery notes, and a long fresh aftertaste. Young, fresh and balanced, 88 pts.

The acidity is high for a Pinot Gris, which is probably due to the vintage. The acidity and the dry profile makes it come across as quite Grüner Veltliner-like at this young stage!
Rosé
6/25/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Medium pink colour. Nose with raspberries, red currants and some grapefruit including hints of grapefruit zest and hints of spice. Good concentration of fruit, red berries and some citrus fruit, good acidity, (chalky) minerality, some spice and noticeable tannins. Fruity aftertaste. Definitely a wine for food rather than a "sipping rosé", 88-89 pts.

In a style typical of Mordorée Tavels, where I often find noticeable tannins. It seems to show good weight in this vintage, which is probably to be expected from 2018s.
Red
5/25/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Nose with cherry, ripe strawberry, some forest floor, some perfume and a bit of forest floor/undergrowth together with some dried fruit/liqueur and burnt notes. Medium(+) body, cherry and ripe strawberry, good concentration of fruit, mineral and some mid-palate viscosity, very smooth, and with just a bit of alcoholic bite which stays in the aftertaste. Drinks well now, may keep for a number of years but I don't really think it will improve, 89 pts.

Kistler Pinots are known for getting quite diverging reviews. To me, this 14.1% wine is an ambitious Pinot Noir (obviously based on very fine grapes) that is good, but unfortunately a bit overripe and a bit too alcoholic for its own good. I suppose I have given it a somewhat rare score, since reviewers often go higher or significantly lower than my 89.
Red
4/14/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Nose with ripe strawberries, some cranberries, some dried red berries, hints of truffle, and some flowery notes. Medium bodied with strawberries and cranberries including hints of bitter notes, good acidity. fine and pure berry notes, rather well integrated tannins, and a berry-dominated aftertaste. Drinks well now, will keep, 90 pts.

As is usually the case for Valmaggiore, this wine presents a rather soft and accessible version of Nebbiolo. I suppose the ripe vintage has helped this style further.
White
2/26/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
86 points
Medium yellow. Nose with ripe citrus fruit, apples, stony minerality and petrol notes - a typical developed Riesling nose. Dry but not bone dry on the palate, medium bodied, citrus fruit, some green apples, pure fruit notes but not too concentrated, some minerality, fine acidity and a fresh aftertaste. Fully developed but still fresh, 86 pts.

Federspiel is perhaps not the typical wine to save this long (the more "well-stuffed" Smaragds are more for keeping), but it has kept quite well. I'd say it comes across as less than 11.5 years, but that's likely the effect of the screw cap.
Red
1/23/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Nose with cherries, rather ripe strawberries, some undergrowth and spices. Definitely a Pinot nose. Medium bodied and juicy palate with strawberries, rather good acidity, slightly spicy and with some mineral, some tannins but not too prominent. Fresh aftertaste. Drinks well now, will keep, 89 pts.
Red
1/20/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Nose with ripe raspberries, some cherries, flowery notes, hints of truffle, undergrowth, dried fruit, and various other fine Pinot notes. Medium bodied on the palate, fine berry notes with raspberries and cherries, good acidity, fine mineral notes, well integrated tannins. Fine and long aftertaste with berries and some tart apple. Elegant and balanced, drinks well now, but will keep. 90 pts.

This note was taken from a bottle that had been kept under vacuum cork and then decanted. It seemed to only benefit from that treatment.
Red
1/3/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
84 points
A fine nose with ripe strawberries, some cherries, hints of red berry liqueur, undergrowth and damp earth. Medium bodied minus on the palate, strawberries, cherries, pure but rather light fruit, chalky minerality, quite prominent acidity, tannins that are not very heavy but stand out mid-palate, and a rather harsh finish of tannins, minerals and acidity. At current I find this wine a bit difficult to drink since it lacks fruit mid-palate, but it may improve with cellaring, 84(+) pts.

There are many positive things to say about this wine, especially given that 2013 is a difficult vintage: it avoids green notes, there is great purity and a lot of minerality. However, the problem is that there is too little fruit mid-palate to balance the tannins and the acidity. I must admit that I'm not a big fan of red 2013 Burgundies in general. Those that like their Burgs lean and firm may like this wine better than I do.
White
1/3/2019 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Bright yellow colour. Nose with ripe yellow fruit, citrus including zest, slate, some petrol notes and hints of vanilla. Just a touch of residual sugar (it comes across as just slightly above the trocken limit), fine concentration of fruit, citrus, green apples, hints of pepper and other spices, some mineral notes (both slate and chalk?), good acidity, and a long a fruity aftertaste. Drinks quite well now, but nowhere near "tired", 91 pts.

This wine is much less developed than I had expected for a 2007. Given that typical Spätlesen tend to be more long-lived than GGs, it might be the residual sugar that explains this, if this bottle is representative. If so, this wine may still drink well at 20.

The -R- is basically a fineherb (i.e. off-dry/off-dryish) wine, but not labelled so, produced from GG quality grapes. In this vintage it's 12.5% alcohol.
Red
12/18/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Young and expressive nose with ripe red berries, including cranberries and strawberries, hints of dried berries, flowery notes, some mint, and mineral notes. Medium body, fine berry notes with cranberries, very fine acidity, gravelly mineral notes, noticeable but very smooth tannins that are well integrated into the fruit, aftertaste with tart berries and some tannin. Young but approachable, will be better in a couple of years, 91(+) pts.

As usual, this is not a heavyweight, but true to the vintage it is quite good and it will benefit from aging.
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Red
12/18/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
Quite young nose with cherries and forest berries with some flowery notes and hints of undergrowth, compost and animal notes. Medium(-) bodied with tart cherries, forest berries, and some cranberries including a bit of bitterness, noticeable acidity, some minerality, and just a bit of tannins. The aftertaste shows tart berries. Young, should probably be given at least a year or two to settle but has the acidity to age, 88 p.

It is a bit light and non-tannic for a Gevrey-Chambertin, but this was also the case for the 2015, which was more accessible at a corresponding stage. It is pure and fresh, though.
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White - Off-dry
12/6/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Medium yellow colour. Nose with ripe fruit notes, including citrus and peach, some botrytis notes, and some young-Riesling-typical notes of blackcurrant buds, white flowers, and a bit of musk. Semi-sweet palate with citrus and peach, quite prominent acidity, mineral notes and a sweet and fresh aftertaste. Young, but fully approchable, 91 pts.

This wine is pure and balanced (with very fine acidity), but on the palate, the fruit notes are less concentrated than could be expected from a rather heavy Auslese. Tasted from a half bottle.

Residual sugar 154.4 g/l, so from its analytical data, this would be an Auslese Goldkapsel or a Beerenauslese for most producers. Kloster Eberbach only use Gold Caps for their auction wines, though.
White
11/25/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
Bright yellow colour. Nose with ripe yellow fruit, ripe apples, some honey, hint of blackcurrant buds, some petrol notes and a bit of mineral. The palate is off-dry, with a lot of green apples in the attack and mid-palate, citrus, hints of those ripe fruits I found in the nose, excellent acidity, and a fresh aftertaste dominated by green apples. Drinks well now, some developed notes has started to emerge in the nose, has the acidity to keep for quite some time, 88 pts.

The nose may be a bit Spätlese-styled, but on the palate this wine shows typical Kabinett style with all the freshness it should have.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
11/17/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
94 points
Amber colour. Powerful nose with botrytis, caramel and similar notes (butterscotch, burnt sugar), dried apricot, some red berries, some smoky notes, some volatile acidity. The palate is quite sweet - distinctly sweeter than a regular Sauternes - concentrated and viscous, with dried apricot, fried apples, caramel, various spice notes, and good acidity, but with some alcohol coming through. The aftertaste is sweet and spicy. Fully developed but likely to stay at this stage for quite some time, 94 p.

The palate is more impressive than the nose, but still a bit rough. Like most Suduirauts of this era, this wine has developed faster than the typical high-end Sauternes.
Red
2006 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
11/3/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Balanced and powerful nose with ripe red fruit together with some dark fruit, some pepper and garrigue (dried herbs), and some tar. Medium+ body with ripe red and some dark fruits, some sweetness of fruit and fine purity in the fruit notes, pepper and other spices, hints of alcohol and some pleasantly "rough" notes, some tannin that is well integrated in the fruit, and an aftertaste with berries and spices. Drinks well now but will develop further, 91 pts.

This vintage is very good and surprisingly "non-funky" for being a Chateau Musar. Stylistically, this could have been a good southern Rhône wine with its alcohol level in check. As this vintage was released late (out of order, after 2007-2009), I had expected it to be more closed or tannic, but in my opinion, this drinks beautifully now.
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White
10/28/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Deep golden colour, with hints of amber. Powerful nose with fried apples, stewed apricots, spice, petrol notes, and other developed notes. Medium bodied+ with fried apples and apple compote, some apricots, good acidity, pepper and other spice notes, rather noticeable alcohol, and an aftertaste with apples and spice. Fully mature, 90 pts.

At 14.5% alcohol this is a bit on the alcoholic side for a German Riesling, and it shows, which has cost this wine a point or two in my score. I assume the Botrytis-laden 2006 vintage is to blame, since this level of alcohol(ic feeling) is not always the case for wines from Rebholz. For those of us who enjoy quite mature Riesling, this is still a treat (unless the alcohol is too much for you), but for other people, this should probably have been popped some years ago.
Red
10/24/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Fine nose with blackberries, some blackcurrants, liquorice, stony minerality, and some flowery notes. Medium bodied(+), various dark berries with good concentration of flavours, fine acidity, noticeable but well integrated tannins, aftertaste with dark berries, freshness and tannic bite. Balanced and fresh, drinks well but can definitely develop further, 90 pts.

Although there are no obvious developed notes, this wine has become much more accessible and integrated compared to its young self (and basically any young Cahors). For a "mid-range wine" that I bought quite cheaply back in 2008 (this was unfortunately the last bottle), it was surprisingly good, and displays admirable freshness and balance!
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Red
10/24/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
90 points
Nose with cherries and cranberries, some candied berries, hints of tar, some flowery notes, mineral, and just hints of developed notes. Medium-bodied, palate with cranberries, some light-coloured cherries, fine acidity, fine minerality, noticeable tannins, and a somewhat firm aftertaste with berries and mineral. Perhaps a little on the light side for a Barolo from a very good vintage, and still (surprisingly) young, will develop with more time in the cellar. 90(+) p.

I was surprised that this was still so young in style. Borgogno Barolo Vigna Liste 2006 tasted earlier this year (three bottles from one batch) was considerably more developed.
Red
10/6/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Rather light red, slightly opaque, some brick colour at the edge. Nose with ripe strawberries, some cherries, some oak and spice notes, and a bit of developed notes. Medium(+) body with strawberries, cranberries, good concentration of fruit, prominent acidity, decent minerality and quite noticeable tannins with a bit of a hard feeling to them. Aftertaste with berries and tannins. Definitely good weight for a Volnay, but a but chewy and angular which makes it less charming than expected for the appellation. It could be the vintage talking. It could possibly develop and integrate the tannins better, 89(+) pts.
Red
10/1/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
92 points
Deep purplish red colour. Powerful nose with ripe dark berries (blackberries, dark cherries), some cooked fruit/fruitcake, salt liquorice, some vanilla, some slate and powdered stone, hints of animal notes and hints of other developed notes. Palate with a good concentration of dark berries, smooth and well integrated tannins (but in a sense there's a lot of them), some alcoholic feeling towards the end, and a long aftertaste with dark berries and alcohol. Overall a well polished wine that drinks well now, will keep, 92 pts.

If the alcohol (the label says 14.5%) had been better integrated this wine would have merited a higher score (94?) because the fruit and the tannins are really beautiful.
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Red
9/26/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Deep colour for a Burgundy. Nose with ripe dark cherries, some flowery notes, hints of liquorice, some spice notes and well integrated oak. Medium body, dark cherries, fine mineral notes, good acidity, mild and smooth tannins, and a berry-dominated aftertaste. Approachable already, but will surely develop, 89 p.

A fine and quite polished wine and good value for its price. However, the nose (with its dark notes) made me expect a heavier and more structured palate. But I guess I shouldn't expect a Marsannay to be a Gevrey-Chambertin, but rather enjoy that this is a very fine Marsannay!
Red
9/22/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Light red, fully clear. Nose with ripe strawberries and raspberries with hints of cranberries and cherries, some undergrowth and truffle aromas, hints of green notes, and flowery notes. Medium minus body, a light style but still good concentration of aromas, strawberry and raspberry notes, good acidity, fine chalky minerality, light tannins, and a fresh aftertaste with berries and mineral. Overall a very fresh, pure and elegant style, and complex for a "simpler" appellation. Approachable now but can definitely keep, 89 p.

This is recognisable as a 2015 (only) by being a very good wine, and where a "simpler" appellation as HCdN shines. Less dark fruit notes than most 2015s, but I guess it is true to the Lamarche style by its emphasis on the elegant side of Pinot. This is definitely a style of Burgundy that I like.
White - Sparkling
9/22/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
92 points
Medium yellow, fine and persistent mousse. Nose with brioche, toasted notes, quite a lot of citrus notes including lemon zest, some fried apples and candied fruit notes, chalk dust and other mineral notes, white flowers, some toasted hazelnuts and hints of smoke. Overall a powerful classical Champagne nose with some development. Medium+ body with lemon and other citrus notes, juicy green apples, high acidity, mineral notes including chalky notes and mineral water. It finishes with the same notes but with the minerality even more pronounced. Quite a fresh palate but at this stage I find the nose more impressive. This one will develop further and keep for quite some time, 92+ pts.
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Red
9/8/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
92 points
Compact dark red with a lighter colour at the edge. Nose with ripe blackcurrant, some herbaceous notes, tar, and hints of barnyard aromas. Medium+ body and very berry-dominated on the palate, with blackcurrants, some blackberries, a quite present acidity, well integrated and softened tannins, and a long aftertaste dominated by berries and acidity. Fully developed, a fresh palate, nowhere near tired, 92 p.

Comes across as younger than I expected, and the acidity is really quite prominent, which isn't necessarily bad.
Red
8/19/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
89 points
Deep red colour, showing a bit of purple. Expressive nose with ripe blackberries and dark cherries, some liquorice, some stony minerality, and hints of vanilla and flowery notes with violets. Medium(+) body, dark berries, rather good concentration, good acidity, some tannins that are slightly "angular". Slightly tough aftertaste, 89(+) pts.

As always a fine wine. At this stage I like the nose better, while the palate could benefit from "coming together" somewhat. No "hot vintage" character on the palate, and the alcohol is well integrated.
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White
8/19/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
Medium yellow. Nose dominated by butter and nuts (hazelnuts), some citrus and hints of white flowers. Classically developed for a white Burgundy. Medium+ body and a viscous palate, citrus notes, some green apples, some mineral notes, hints of butter and hazelnuts, good concentration of flavours, a good acidity that provides freshness. Fully developed, 88 pts.

The nose is typical of a classically developed but straightforward and uncomplicated white Burgundy. The palate comes across as younger, and shows more freshness and complexity. This wine punches above its weight, being a village wine.

Tasted from a half bottle.
Red
8/17/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
87 points
Slightly opaque with lighter colour at the edge. Rather powerful nose with cherries, hints of green notes (stems?), mint and volatile acidity, some developed notes and some impression of oak barrels and chocolate. Medium bodied, cherries and strawberries, a bit of undergrowth, good acidity, still noticeable tannins that are slightly tough in character and make themselves felt in the aftertaste. Comes across as somewhat rustic in style. May soften with further development but I doubt that it will really improve. 87 pts.
Red
8/7/2018 - Vintomas Likes this wine:
91 points
A deep purplish red colour. A powerful and elegant nose with ripe blackberries, liquorice (both salty and sweet), just a hint of smoke and cloves, some violets and other flowery notes. A very smooth and polished berry-dominated palate with blackberries, fine acidity that provides balance, some stony minerality, velvety and well-integrated tannins, a hint of alcohol, and a berry-dominated aftertaste. A Syrah-styled nose and a more Grenache-styled palate. Drinks quite well now but has a long life ahead of it. 91 pts.

While I always like the Lirac Reine des Bois and the Mordorée wines in general, this wine surprised me. It is more floral and Syrah-styled than I recall earlier vintages to be, while at the same time being more approachable as young. My recollection of earlier vintages as young, is that they tended to be more tannic (or with less velvety tannins) and in need of cellaring. This style might be an effect of the ripe 2015 vintage, but it still is very balanced. The style of this wine is almost like a Hermitage from a hot vintage, perhaps with some Grenache blended in.
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White
8/5/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
88 points
Light- to medium yellow colour with a bit of spritz. Very fine nose with citrus, some peach, hints of herbs, and some notes of slate, petrol and smoke. While this is a classical Mosel note, I'd say that just a little bit of development has started to show. Off-dry on the palate (but not very much so) with high acidity, some citrus notes in the attack and then quite a lot of tart green apple mid-palate. A long and fresh finish, again with tart green apples. I really like the nose, but I'd have to say that the palate is a bit on the lean and tart side. Should be able to develop, 88(+) p.
White - Off-dry
7/24/2018 - Vintomas wrote:
91 points
Medium golden colour. Nose with burnt butter, caramel, candied sugar, some dried apricot and hints of smoke. Sweet (but not intensely so), fine concentration of fruit with citrus and apricot compote, botrytis notes, high acidity that provides balance, and some minerality. Aftertaste with apricot, some green apple, and fresh acidity. Still youngish on the palate, 91 pts.

The nose of this wine deviates from the old rule of thumb, that Rieslaner is quite similar to Riesling. On the palate, it is closer to Riesling.
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