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Red
Splendid stuff. All the hallmarks and none of the faults.

Green pepper, graphite, and hay. Earthy and aromatic the whole way.

Great pair for a hearty lamb stew.
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Red
Wonderful and savory Burgundy. Tender red fruit and mossy undertones (goodness that sounds snooty but it's true).

Tremendous finish of blood and large grain salt.

Wish I had some earthy sautéed mushrooms to go with this bottle.

Was in good shape and you could keep aging but it shows primary and tertiary flavors very nicely right now.
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White
Delicate flavors but ample body. Honeysuckle, stone fruits, and creamy citrus. Great texture and length. Could age for much longer.

Wish this wasn’t so hard to find.
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Red
Really wonderful. The powerful fragrance made me smile right away. There’s youth to be had, fresh raspberries, tart red fruits. Then moves to savory: cracked pepper, smoked meat, mulling spices, and oily tannins. Lip smacking stuff.

Waited 6 years to try this wine and it didn’t disappoint.
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Red
The delicate and reserved aroma, mostly floral. The fruit was nice but the wine seemed in a transition. Will wait a few years to try this again.
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White
A chablis in odd proportions. Light fruit and oily mineral flavors. After a day the fruit shows a bit more. Very little secondary characteristics.
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Red
Tried to be patient with this but there was no great reward. Tired fruit and limp body. Some musky aromas but no great development. I can think of Bourgognes that outperform this wine.

Ah well.
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Red
Clear, savory, and delicate.

Soy, ginger, tart red berries, and sliced apples.

I'd like to see these condense over time.

Fingers crossed.
White
Creamy, soft, and a bit muted after opening. After some time there’s nice nutty flavors and butter lemon.

Tried again two days later and it was richer. Great wine to enjoy over a few days.
Red
Tightfisted and dark when you first open the bottle. This needs a long decanting.

Lots of evolving fruit flavors once it gets going. Swings from tart red fruits, silky dark fruit, all the way to black cherry cola.

Still fairly youthful after 10 years.
White - Sparkling
Creamy and vinous. Lots of whole fruit flavors. Apples, butter, pears.

This stuff is ripe for Autumn meals.

I'd have liked something a little more acidic but I'm just being difficult.
Red
From Magnum.

So much mint and tender dark fruit only after being open for 15 minutes or so.

The wine still had surprising body but the tannins were soft and unobtrusive.

More red fruit and rustic flavors (wet earth & dried leaves) as the bottle opened throughout the night.

A great bottle to have shared with friends.
Red
Decanted for two hours.

Right on point. While calling it "incredibly textbook" might sound like this wine is boring, it is not. Bursting dark fruit, meat, smoke, and violets.

Wish I had a few more bottles to have grade A example of Syrah in my back pocket.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2001 Sauternes Horizontal Tasting: While this was the last one it seemed to me to be the most youthful. The fruit was juicy and ripe, instead of dry and concentrated. The acid played more of a role and cut a lot of weight off the palate.

Orange slices, honey, vanilla, and even some black bitter tea.

On second pass the fruit had faded a bit more and the Sauternes gave into more vanilla, honey, and toffee.

A lot of dimension to this wine. I think it will gain a lot of depth with time.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2001 Sauternes Horizontal Tasting: A heady aroma, like how the aroma of Lavender seems thick. That said it was also probably the most interesting bouquet of aromas of the evening. Raw honey, air freshener, balsam, and dried stone fruits.

The palate had some healthy acid and fairly straightforward flavors. In fairness I don't think I was paying as much attention to the palate as I was enjoying the scent of the wine a lot more.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2001 Sauternes Horizontal Tasting: This was already quite graceful when we first poured it. The stone fruits were creamy and the acidity made it seem almost lean, especially when comparing it to the other Sauternes of the evening.

It is great Sauternes for a large savory meal. It had richness to stand up to bold flavors but enough acid to mingle with meat. There were also more exotic aromas like saffron and nutmeg.

Tasting it the second time around it seemed more coy, though this is relative to the other wines.

Lovely stuff I wish to have again some day.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rabaud-Promis Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2001 Sauternes Horizontal Tasting: Unrepentantly rich! Both the aroma and palate were brimming with sweets and fruits. The texture was the thickest of all the wines that evening. This is something that could scare someone from trying anymore Sauternes because it was so bold. This needed some more acidity to make it less unwieldy.

Second time around this wine showed more focus but was still very grandiose and ripe.

This was truly a dessert all on its own.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Nairac Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2001 Sauternes Horizontal Tasting: This wasn't as aromatic as I expected it to be upon the first pour. There was a powdery/pollen aroma that I associate with botrytis. A lacquered palate of toffee, honey, and semi-dry fruit.

On second pass it had sweeter aromas: sweet spices and stone fruits. The palate was also more focused and juicer in texture.
Red
Very tight upon opening. Decanted it for two hours.

After two hours the aroma was delicate but more giving. Moss, wood smoke, and dried cranberries. Hour three offers more smoke and violets. Things get more clear and intense.

The color is still quite dark and purple. Seems to be a well kept bottle.

If you wait long enough the hearty tannins seem to surrender and let you have the core flavors of this wine to yourself: Juicy dark fruits and black tea.

If you give it time it's lovely stuff.
Red
Beautiful but in a way that makes you sad.

Soft red fruit that is showing only the slightest fatigue. That mint and eucalyptus I always associate with this wine. But after being open for about an hour there's this aroma of smoldering embers, which is incredibly appropriate.

So it's sad, but you smile too.
Red
Aromatic and pretty right from the get go. Vivid cherries and candied rhubarb. Prim red fruit palate with soft texture and acidity. A lovely bottle to have opened with friends for a long evening.
White
Sweet and at peace.

An aroma of hot rocks splashed with water. I know it sounds weird but think of when you were a kid and the rain came down on a hot summer afternoon.

There are fruits on the brink of drying so they've been doctored with a touch of rich honey. The palate is mostly skin deep although its very soft and welcoming.

The aroma is more "intellectual" I suppose. While the flavors just sit you down and shove a popsicle in your mouth.
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White
A nice evolution of Riesling.

Upon opening baking spices and snappy stem aromas. As the wine sat the color become more golden and the fruits came into focus. By the end of the evening it was rich and decadent teetering on Spatlese territory.
Red
Upon opening miles of moss and wet earth. A nose full of garrigue. Delicate red fruit and saucy savory notes. Salted dripping raw red meat. The wine lost focus over the hours but kept its fruit until the end. Bottles like this are why I chase Burgundy.
White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: The high percentage of Pinot Noir in this blend shows. Though I don't think I'd guess this was a late disgorgement wine if I tasted it blind. Creamy and plush palate: Brioche, nutty, and the fruits taste more like a citrus custard or a coulee. This is quite showy now, but I'm sure it'll be even more decadent with more time in bottle.
White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: Easily the most vinous Jacquesson I've had to date. I know 2009 was quite plump in Champagne but this wine really lays it out for you. Lots of youthful characteristics, along with whole fruits, lively acidity, and fresh aromas. This has so much more life ahead of it.
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White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: A little further along in life: Nutty & lil' smokey aromas. Though there isn't as much weight or depth as you would imagine on the palate. It's nice to have some development but everything seems lighter in proportion.
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White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: This smells a bit more like a traditional champagne with a few years bottle age. The aroma shows development and more secondary fermentation characteristics. The mineral flavors that seemed far more present on the 740 have been swapped out for brine and salinity.
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White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: This was a surprising contrast to the 741. The texture was much softer and the flavors more subdued. The wine had more chalky mineral flavors like a Macon white. While the 741 was bold and showcased great fruit the 740 is more an ensemble of tiny flavors. It is perhaps worthwhile to wait a year or two on this.
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White - Sparkling
Jacquesson Vertical: Brimming with activity. Citrus fruits that begin tart but finish sweeter. While theres cream and enveloping mousse this seems to have very little baby fat for a brand new brut. There was more richness as the wine opened throughout the tasting. Really delicious and flourishing in its youth.
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White - Sparkling
Dripping with egg yolks and tender fruits. Ample acidity to keep the wine quite lively. It was overall an odd combination of sumptuous and light. A sort of "golden touch."
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White
Creamy, delicate, and down right yummy.

Light citrus peels, blossoms, and some petrol.

The palate is all quiet sweetness and acid. Green apples and pears.

I can’t stress yummy enough.
White - Sparkling
The aroma was best: Rich, creamy, and a little smoke.

The palate had clarity but lacked some depth and length.

Overall, very pretty, but not as much behind the upfront aesthetics.

Drink this now, as I don't see it gaining physique overtime.
Red
Opened two hours prior to pouring. The fruit was vivid and fresh. Still a young wine but quenching as all getup! As the night went on and on days two and three the wine showed more musk and drier fruit.

As a primary wine it is very enjoyable. If you're looking for tertiary notes there is still a lot of time between now and then.
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White
Rich and creamy. Nutty, subtle salt, and dry fruit.

It's hard to pick at this wine. It's so good as it is but you know it gets better. It's just a question of patience.
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Red
Wet earth and taut fruit.

An earthy aroma and the palate is bit a intangible in the beginning. After thirty minutes or so it becomes quite Burgundian.

It's like village level Chambolle-Musigny.
White
Drank over three hours.

Quite soft and showed very much like a middle-aged Chenin. Waxy nuts, dry stone fruit, and low acid. A soft mineral laden finish.

Enjoyable but not terribly impressive for a twenty year old Riesling.
Red
A dainty Chinon. Delicate fruit and thin earth and floral aromas. Tried this throughout 4 hours and there wasn’t much development. While it wasn’t bad it’s not a good advertisement for old Chinon. Drink this now, I fear more time in bottle will allow more of the fruit to slip through your fingers.
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Red
1990 Château La Tour Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: If you wait long enough this becomes gorgeous.

After two hours it was still a little reductive and showing lots of young fruit and green pepper notes.

After an additional hour the tertiary flavors steal the show. Menthol, fine pipe tobacco, and ground peppercorns.

This wine can really transport you. To a silver screen sleuth film or a sepia romance.
Red
2015 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: Very pretty fruit.

Bold and full of plums, and softer currant flavors.

As it develops there are more flora characteristics but it's too young for any secondary characteristics.
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Red
2009 Echo de Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: An old world aroma all over. Musty, dusty books, and some game aromas.

As the bottle opens it gets silkier but the primary fruit persists.

Pennies and nickels, and bitter flavors emerge by the end of the evening.

Very pretty, but you could age longer if you want more developed tertiary notes.
Red
1995 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: Started youthful and full of peppers.

Big green pepper note. Robust and bold as it begins.

Youthful fruit, you'd never guess this is as old as it is.

Later in the evening it is more metallic and full of bitter tea flavors.
Red
1996 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: A generous Bordeaux from start to finish.

Smokey, lanolin, black currants, and pipe tobacco.

As the evening continued more mineral and savory flavors emerged: crushed rocks, dry smoke, and coffee grounds.

If you want to understand what Bordeaux can offer get a well-aged Duhart-Milon.
Red
1999 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: Initially was full of fruits and dark flowers: Plums, currants, guava, mango, and violets. Quite soft and wonderfully textured.

As the evening went on the wine became far more savory. Roasted coffee, charred wood, and smoked tea.

Near the end of the evening it began to become metallic. Pennies and iron.

A show-stopper Bordeaux.
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Red
2007 Moulin de Duhart Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
90's Bordeaux and Their Second Labels: Very classic. Lots of pencil shavings. Bold fruit and some nice garrigue on the nose. It offers some tertiary notes without drowning out the fruit.
Red
Wish I had more of this. A solid Syrah with clarity. Violets, Olive Brine, and dark roasted fruits. Would be curious to see how it ages but it is quite enjoyable already.
White - Off-dry
Golden and gorgeous. Creamy fruit, honey, Smokey minerals, and orange rind. There’s the beginnings of petrol but it’s quite faint. Drink now for textured primary fruit or hold for a few more years for more petrol and everything that comes with it.
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White - Off-dry
Teeming with richness. Powdery unrepentant sweetness. Fruit not exactly front and center but counters the honey flavors nicely. This was enjoyable but I’d wait another 3+ years before popping another so it’s a little more in its prime.
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White - Off-dry
Lime green/Gold color

Honeycomb. Kaffir limes. Green apple skins. Pollen. Heather honey.

A rich palate with a lot of weight. Honeyed minerals. Subtle tart citrus.

Candied green apples. The finish gets some spritz as it opens up.

Lovely and giving.
White
1991 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
Enjoyed this over several hours.

Upon initial opening it was quite reductive but showed a lot better twenty minutes later. Waxed nuts, salted lemons, lean manzanilla sherry.

After a couple of hours it showed more fruit: yellow plums, tart lemons, papaya.

Near the end of the bottle it was more savory: flint, petrol, and lanolin. The acidity had fallen off quite a bit and it seemed more delicate and tired like wine this old usually shows.

This was like seeing the stages of life of Chenin Blanc.
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