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White
2016 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy Chardonnay
6/13/2020 - acyso wrote:
88 points
Saturday hangout (socially distanced) (Chicago, IL): Extremely floral and more fruit-driven than I would expect in Chablis (perhaps it's a function of the especially weak 2016 white Burgundy vintage). The palate is a little simple, and lacks some of the minerality I'd want here. Again on the palate though, it's this slight floral thing that catches me off guard.
  • vr.bart commented:

    6/14/20, 11:37 AM - I think the floral aspect is quite typical of Beauroy, next to limestone it has blue clay in the soil. The clay gives the floral character. If you like your Chablis more mineral and lineair cut I think you would like the premier cru sites at the other site of the river better. It is where are also the grand cru locations are, and much more chalk and less clay at that side.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Solitude (Lançon Père et Fils) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Secrète Red Rhone Blend
5/15/2018 - vr.bart Likes this wine:
97 points
Its not very often that I had a Châteauneuf du pape that shows blood characteristics in nose and palette so typical of northern Rhône. This bottle has 55% Syrah. So there you have it. Concentrated, yet not overripe as so many 2007’s tend to be. Dark red and black berries in the nose and palette. Blood. Roasted herbs and a dash of pepper. Nice acidity balancing the fruit and keeping it fresh and alive. This is drinking nicely now but it surely wil hold for another decade as well.
  • vr.bart commented:

    10/12/19, 8:45 AM - Bruno, this was an excellent wine. You are going to enjoy the 2007 vintage very much. Having 9 bottles will also mean you can nicely follow it maturing over the next decade. If you can resist popping corks that is :)

  • vr.bart commented:

    11/5/19, 11:21 AM - Hi Bruno, yes my first name is Bart :) I hope you like the wine as much as I did! Keep me posted! Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2012 Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Special Club Champagne Blend
6/2/2019 - acyso wrote:
90 points
Vinetasters: Special Clubs (Skokie, IL): Served double blind. Slightly spicy nose here, with a mildly prickly character that seems to give this a little bitterness. It's not as balanced, and there's an overall sharpness to this wine. There's a moderate mushroom thing going on here as well, so my guess is that this is a blend, as there isn't enough acidity and citrus here for a full-on blanc de blancs, nor is there enough richness for a full-on blanc de noirs. My 3rd, group's 2nd.
  • vr.bart commented:

    6/3/19, 1:45 AM - hi Acyso, thanks for this note! Quite helpful. Perhaps it needs a bit more time in bottle to loose the bitterness? I have been holding off to open one and it seems I might wait a bit longer. By the way, you assessment on it being a blend is spot on according to my notes I have on this wine: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
12/26/2017 - vr.bart Likes this wine:
94 points
Degorgement 25 July 2015. This has become so much more mature in a year. Very nice at the moment. Very mineral and fresh on the nose. On the palette, it reveals a very fine bubble that keep exploding with minerals and fruit. I got one bottle left with the same degorgement. One of the questions I stil have with Initial is if it should be opened quite young or if it ages gracefully. I tend to think it should be opened 2-3 years after degorgement.
  • vr.bart commented:

    3/20/19, 3:27 PM - Good to hear this RolfT. I am going to keep a few bottles a bit longer to see how they turn out!

Red
2011 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/3/2018 - vr.bart Likes this wine:
93 points
This has improved considerably since last time. It shows dark red berries, licorice, leather. Smooth concentrated fruit. Soft tannins. Closes with some figs and chocolate on the aftertaste. This is ready to drink now. Have one bottle left, will hold a bit longer 2019-2020.
  • vr.bart commented:

    6/22/18, 12:28 AM - Thanks for sharing! Perhaps I should not wait that long anymore to open my last bottle, do not need it to become port :)

Red
2013 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline Grenache
3/26/2017 - vr.bart Likes this wine:
93 points
On the nose it is very promising, but on the palette it disappoints: though it is quite rich when lingering in the mouth, but after drinking it quickly dissipated into oblivion.No aftertaste to speak off. Paid too much for this in comparison to what it delivers. I will not buy again even though the 2015 vintage has an higher RP score in barrel (96-99),which is probably overrated like this vintage scoring of 95.
Also don't believe the wine will still hold long in cellar: there are very few tannins left, if any, to sustain it across the coming years.
  • vr.bart commented:

    5/1/18, 12:18 AM - I think you might be right, or it was on off-bottle. I recently tasted it again ( see my other tasting note) and it showed a lot better than on the previous occasion. I have two left, so I will have more notes in the future.

White - Sparkling
2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
4/18/2018 - Otaku Oenophile Likes this wine:
94 points
9/2/16

Drank this on my birthday with a 2013 Dominus.

Still the nicest champagne I've ever had but for the price Moet should hold on to these for about 10 years more before releasing to the public as most of us aren't going to cellar these for years before tasting but I believe they already have a program where they do late releases called P2.

Would 150 bucks be better spent on Krug NV if I was planning on drinking in the near future? I'm not well versed on champagne.
  • vr.bart commented:

    4/19/18, 5:04 AM - I just want to point out that the P2 release is not the same as an aged "regular" release. P2 spends more time on its lees and as such is an entirely different animal.

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