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White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
Magnum,

2002 tillhör, enligt mig, de större DPs som producerats de senaste 20 åren. Sötman från mogna druvor känns redan i doften och följs upp i ett , nästan oljigt, komplext vin som hänger kvar länge i munnen. Det här vinet känns fortsatt ungt och för de av er som har magnums i källaren så kan tålamod rekommenderas (även om mycket gott redan idag)
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/11/20, 3:26 PM - Tillbaka på CT? Tack för det!

Red
2003 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/15/2018 - Sundbyberg wrote:
92 points
More traditional than modern and better than the 2006 and the 2008, even if the charachter of the wine is a bit weak.
Good fruit, a bit old world charm, but not as good Cabernet franc as the 2006, but also a lot less oak.
92-93 pts. Third vintage from this producer and so far I'm not very convinced.
Decanted 30-60 minutes before dinner and then consumed the wine over 2-3 hours.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/16/18, 12:40 AM - Added a comment about decanting.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/16/18, 12:40 AM - Added a comment about decanting.

Red
2003 Château Hosanna Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2017 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
Weekly tasting group RWP #270: "Classical" wines (@ BS): Expressive bouquet with red and dark berries. On the palate ripe red and dark berries, chocolate, beautiful acidity, round tannin and soft bitterness in the finish. A beautiful and refined wine which is ready now and there is no hurry.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/28/17, 6:57 AM - Hello,
    Just had the 2004, and found it quite sweet. This was by the way my first Hosanna.
    Do you also find Hosanna sweet, or was it just a vintage thing?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/28/17, 8:29 AM - Willing to travel? Found an unreal winelist with prices to die for, in a small town in Norway. I could e-mail you the list.
    Nothing else in this village than a hotel with an extensive winelist at very good prices.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/28/17, 2:33 PM - I know where you are from, you told me once.
    1 Norwegian krona = ca 0,1 euro. The krona has dropped considerably, since the oilprice started falling.

    I can give you a few examples from the list (I received it in February, and then it was from 2016). The list is 142 pages long:
    -Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blancs Brut 1996, 1250 nok (125 euro)
    -Piper-Heidsieck Brut 1995, 650 nok (65 euro)
    -Veuve Cliquot Vintage Reserve 1995, 750 nok (75 euro)
    -Chateau Palmer 1995, 1 800 nok (180 euro)
    -Gruaud Larose, 1995, 1 400 nok (140 euro)
    -Leoville Barton 1990, 1 675 nok (167 euro)
    -Lafite-Rothschild 2001, 3 500 nok (350 euro)
    -Pichon-Longueville-Lalande 2001, 1 375 nok
    -Haut Brion 2001, 2 525 nok
    -Calon segur 1990, 750 nok
    -Montrose 2005, 1050 nok
    -Clos St.-Jacques, Armand Rousseau 2005, 2 150 nok
    -Beaux-Monts, Dom. Jean-J. Confuron, 2005, 775 nok
    -Les Suchots, Hudelot-Noellat, 2006, 995 nok
    -Bonnes Mares, Robert Groffier, 1 500 nok
    -Chambertin, Armand Rousseau, 2005, 3 000 nok
    -Musigny, Dom. Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, 2005, 2 800 nok
    -Romanée-St.-Vivant, Hudelot-Noellat, 2006, 2 100 nok

    Just a few examples, from the list.

    But I think you and your friends, if you go, have to invite me as well.

Red
2012 Gros Frère et Sœur Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/20/2017 - Tavastgatan wrote:
94 points
Very good, of course. Lovley complex fruit and Vosne GC elegance. Some un integrated wood still is the only drawback. 94+
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/5/17, 10:21 AM - Glöm inte maila listan!

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/22/17, 1:39 PM - Japp, mycket gott.
    Inte läge just nu bara. Återkommer.

Red
2010 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/17/2017 - Sundbyberg wrote:
97 points
Tasting: Perfumed and modern styled. Quite different from the 2010 Echezeaux, which I had early this year. In a very nice place now.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/17/17, 3:08 PM - No, on the contrary. Seemed perfect to drink now.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/17/17, 3:21 PM - Nej, en kompis köpte det på vinauktion på Eriks vinbar i Stockholm. Jag kan maila och höra mig för, om du är väldigt intresserad.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru VP Champagne Blend
1/1/2017 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
Disgorged may 2016.
Quite a lot of red apples, and very good, but I bought this in the hope of getting a very oxidative champagne, but no oxidation was detected. I did actually not sense any oak at all.
Too young?
If anyone knows this producer and this wine, and if it should be oxidized or not, please let me know.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/1/17, 1:34 PM - Thanks! As I have started to seek out oxidative champagnes, I now know that I need to look somewhere else.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    10/12/17, 10:25 AM - I'm not the right person to ask, but my impression is that when one senses oxidation in a rather fresh champagne (i.e not old) it has usually been oaked, for example Selosse Initial. The same note of oxidation can also the true for a champagne that is very old.
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Red
2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/20/2017 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
My second time with the 2005.
Decanted 4 hours, and then also had a double decant just before dinner.
An old school Paulliac, which shows more fruit than other 2005s from Paulliac I have had, but also less elegance.
Not as elegant as Lynch Bages or Clerc Milon from the same vintage. Not as nice fruit as the 2005 Pontet Canet.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/22/17, 6:48 AM - I missed the elegance, which Lynch and Clerc showed, after lots of air. Maybe it would have showed with a longer decant?

Red
2006 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sperss Langhe DOC
6/7/2016 - FamilyLarsson wrote:
96 points
Sperss levererar som vanligt. Underbar mogen frukt, rosor, viol, lakrits och lite piemonteaceton. Otroligt fin struktur med denna syra och tanniner som möter upp frukten. Inga tendenser till mognadstoner utan detta är ett vin som kommer att kunna lagras i evigheter
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/6/17, 12:27 PM - Hallå Larsson,
    Ska eventuellt till Piemonte med ett gäng vänner. Tänkte först tillbringa en natt i Turin och därefter åka upp till ett hotell med bra restaurang och viner. Kan du rekommendera något, som har en bra vinlista till rimliga priser?
    /Sundbyberg

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/7/17, 1:53 AM - Nja, mest jag som är intresserad av viner, men de andra tycker det är kul med mat och vin.
    Kan ett gäng (vuxna) män ha roligt i Alba, en fredagskväll? Jag kan tänka mig att byta Turin mot Alba, bara det erbjuds lite kvällsliv, typ några trevliga barer som har öppet sent och som bjuder på trevlig stämning.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/7/17, 9:19 AM - Tack för tipset. Hotellet ser ju jättefint ut och läget tycks ju vara kanon, och rumspriserna högst rimliga, med tanke på hotellets standard.
    Vi får se hur det blir. Mina vänner äter och dricker gärna gott, men de håller sig tyvärr till viner som ligger runt 50 euro (och neråt) och då kanske en resa till detta hotell (och vindistriktet i Piemonte) lite överkurs. Vi får se vad de säger.

Red
1995 Château Ferrière Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a very satisfying bottle, perhaps even out of proportion to where it stands as a matter of raw "quality" or however you want to put it. It's a firmly old-style Bordeaux, with a profile of red orchard fruits, old wood and spicebox, and unapologetically astringent tannins that don't really relax until it gets a chance to warm up from cellar temperature. It is still young, probably a decade from its zone, but there is something about it that reaches really far back and reminds me of some of the antique early 20C Bordeaux I've had. It's not that it tastes advanced, but it's in the style, like a young man wearing a vintage wardrobe, and I can easily imagine it getting to a similar state one of these days. It's still got plenty of density and seve at the core so I see a firm constitution here. The chateau's reputation was in the doldrums in this period although this wine was reasonably well-reviewed. At this point it's an unqualified success. I paid $25 for this, this year!
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/5/17, 1:50 PM - Thanks for a nice, respectful review. Had this wine many years ago and was not very impressed, but reading the most recent reviews, I get the impression I should buy another bottle.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
2/3/2017 - Zweder wrote:
95 points
Game dinner with friends Champagne and Northern Rhône: Great to taste this again. Good freshness, focused, minerals, slightly oxidized impressions. A mouth full of good wine with good acidity. Very rich and full bodied Even some red fruits, nuts and a good length. 95+
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/4/17, 2:42 PM - Thanks for all your notes. Did you get the disgorgement date?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/4/17, 3:00 PM - If possible, Initial and Substance. Thanks for taking your time.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/4/17, 3:09 PM - Stockholm,
    Let med know when you are in town next time, and I will identify a nice bottle!

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/4/17, 3:21 PM - 2004 I lived in Borås and I'm from the area of Jönköping (just south of Jönköping). It's a small world.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
2/3/2017 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
Game dinner with friends Champagne and Northern Rhône: Just some short notes; minerals in the bouquet. On the palate good acidity, pleasant oxidized style and some ok bitterness in the finish. Beautiful wine, but this bottle impressed a bit less compared to the previous ones.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/4/17, 2:42 PM - Thanks for all your notes. Did you get the disgorgement date?

Red
2006 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2016 - Sundbyberg wrote:
98 points
Gently modernized, yet made with great respect for the Bordaux heritage. Great oak and some early complexity. A bit sweet. Long.
Enjoyable straight out the bottle, but improves with a very long slowox, over several days.
97-99 for now, but could potentially reach a 100.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/2/17, 2:59 PM - Thank you for your comment.

Red
2010 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Adrianna Vineyard Gualtallary
1/17/2017 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
Needed 5 days of slowox to shed its oak, but by then you will have a very balanced and focused wine, with beautiful cool, smooth fruit, slightly sweet, but not extracted.
If less oak, I would have scored this higher.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/19/17, 2:03 AM - Jag ger vinet några dagar och återkommer med uppdateringar. Inledningsvis för mycket ek, men det finns tecken på att det kan sluta bra. Vi får se. Det lär dock inte bli så bra som 2007.

White - Sparkling
2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
12/18/2016 - Sundbyberg wrote:
95 points
A very good champagne, which has a lot more in store. The fruit is somehow lurking underneath, waiting to really show itself. Everything in balance and a bit smoke and gravel. A lot better than the 1996.
Wait a couple of years with this champagne and drink the NV instead. As of now the NV is just as good.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/29/16, 8:35 AM - Do not have enough experience from Krug vintage to give a prediction.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
12/4/2016 - appel54 Likes this wine:
92 points
Mörkgul och mogen färg

Mycket sherry, smörig och fet som bara den. Krutig vilket jag uppskattar.

Oerhört fylligt med bra längd, intensiv syra.

Totalt sett en jäkligt maffig champagne med både komplexitet, smörighet och en hel del fetma. Jag gillar verkligen den oxiderade stilen.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/10/16, 4:35 AM - När disgorgerad?

Red
2007 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
8/21/2016 - Collector1855 wrote:
95 points
Medium garnet brick rim. Expressive nose of red fruit, tobacco, flowers, greatly perfumed, autumn leaves, an animalistic touch. A wonderful nose of aged Burgundy. Medium-light bodied palate, very elegant, reminds me of the Hudelot Noellat RSV 1989, great quality burg and 07 is not even a stellar vintage. A superb showing. I continue to say, Robert Chevillon may "only" have Premier Crus but his wines are Grand Cru. What a positive surprise this 2007 bottle was.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/21/16, 9:19 AM - I agree with the comment on Grand Cru. I have had the 2012 och 2103 vintages of this wine, and I thought they were superb, especially if considering the price.

White - Sparkling
2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
7/17/2016 - Sundbyberg wrote:
94 points
Very fresh, tasty, with pronounced citrus and some toastiness and with great tension. Not as complex as the 2002 and the 2004, yet great on its own merits, especially for me, not being too fond of very toasty champagnes. Previously I thought the 2006 was not as good as the 2002 and the 2004, but after this glass I'm not so sure. Drank from a whitewine glass.
My fifth vintage of DP, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    7/22/16, 1:23 AM - If you have multiple bottles, maybe you should try one?

Red
2004 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/16/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
It is hard to believe that with only 11 years of age, this is already delivering the goods. Splash decanted, it took only 20 minutes for the truffle, chocolate, plum, black cherry and floral personality to emerge. Silky, rich and fresh on the palate, the wine feels as good as it tastes. If you are not yet familiar with the wines being produced here, and the ever increasing cost of young vintages has made it difficult to buy, grab a bottle of this beauty and pop the cork.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    4/16/16, 10:54 AM - Hats off for all your reviews. You, and some other writers, certainly offer the members of this community a great service. I'm also surprised of the quality of your reviews.; they are always well written. Where do you find the energy?
    Thank you!

White - Sparkling
1996 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne Champagne Blend
7/18/2015 - thewiz Likes this wine:
94 points
(Disgorged fall of 2008) Yellow colour with an amazing amount of fine and tiny bubbles. This is very good 1996 cuvée not showing the typical oxidation already dominating so many other. Still a youthful touch of citrus and minerals opening up for some bread and butter. Soft and creamy palate with a buttery taste and with a nice long lemon peel bitter finish. No reductive or oxidative notes so far. This cuvée will continue to evolve for a very long time in a good cellar.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/17/15, 3:17 PM - Hej The Wiz,
    Provade Krug 96, och den framstod som väldigt oxidativ, tycker jag. Är det ett tecken på att en champagne börjar bli gammal? Eller är det bara en fas?

Red
2011 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2015 - Sundbyberg wrote:
90 points
Tasting: Not my type of wine. To me this tastes extracted and perfumed. Not jammy, though. 4 hr decant.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    9/30/15, 12:49 AM - One can personally dislike something, yet see that it has certain qualities.

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/25/2015 - Sundbyberg wrote:
95 points
This makes me very puzzled. Had the 2006 some years ago and thought it had almost burgundian charachter, while this is more like a good portwine dominated by raisins and with some heat in the ending. Two very different, but also very good, wines.
From a small bottle.
Seems open to me.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/26/15, 1:47 AM - Thanks for the information Chatters. Really liked the 2007 as well, but not so sure I will continue to buy this wine, as I with time have come to prefer red burgundy, which is quite the opposite to a "beast".

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/26/15, 7:31 AM - Hello Lemmy.
    Thanks for your comment.
    Imported this bottle from Fine & Rare in London, just recently. This bottle came from their own warehouse/cellar. Could be a case om bad storage, who knows. I'm neither experienced with this wine nor the producer, to really make such a judgement.
    Guess I need to try this wine again ;-)

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/31/15, 10:24 AM - Hey Chatters,
    Just hade the chance to read the articles you provided and they were informative. Now I understand that the 07 vintage is unique and very sweet. Normally that is not what I prefer, but Beucastel does it really well, so I even if I will not buy this vintage of Beucastel again, I must admit that it is a very well made wine. Now I also realise that I need to try another vintage of this wine, as I really liked the 06.
    The 2011 is available at my local monopoly store (in Sweden sale of alcohol is limited to one, large, chain of public stores), so maybe I will give this vintage a try.

Red
2009 Château Trianon St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
8/1/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
85 points
Pleasant, easy drinking, soft textured, medium bodied, cherry dominated quaffer with a hint of earth and herbs in the aromatics. Drink this on the young side.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/1/15, 2:40 PM - Thank you Jeff for your endless work with publishing reviews on cellartracker. I might not always agree, but your work is very much appreciated.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    8/1/15, 4:11 PM - I have been to your site. Very valuable information, especially the information on when the chateus made changes in managment and produciton methods, and also on various grapeblends. This information is not easy to find elsewhere.
    For example: Your review on Pontet Canet 2012 is quite important, as you mention the changes made in production that year.

    Another thank you: You write very informative, but also a bit witty. Writing, short, informative and in a fun way is not easy, so I really appreciate your work.

Red
2010 Jean-Michel Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets Pinot Noir
7/3/2015 - Sundbyberg wrote:
87 points
Light, elegant and with strawberries. The problem is the oak, which never quite integrates. After two days this was not good anymore.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    7/29/15, 7:54 AM - Jag trodde att eken snart skulle ge med sig, men när vinet snabbt blev så mycket sämre så fick jag intrycket av att det inte är lagringsdugligt. Chevillon ligger bara något högre i prisklass för en 08 1:er cru hos Systembolaget, och jag skulle rekommendera att du väljer det istället. Lika bra som en del grand cru, tycker jag.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    7/29/15, 8:53 AM - Nja, det är ju lite av tycke och smak och jag kan ju också ha fått en dålig flaska. Men tror inte att jag hade gett vinet mer än 91, kanske 92, under alla omständigheter.
    Min erfarenhet är att det allt som oftast är en väsentlig skillnad mellan 1:er cru och grand cru i Bourgogne, dock med förbehållet att många 1:er cru i Vosne Romanee har en kvalitet som motsvarar grand cru i övriga delar av bourgogne.
    Även Chevillon har rykte om sig att defacto hålla grand cru klass, trots att ägorna ligger i Nuits Saint George.
    Jag tycker att Bourgognes klassificering känns mer logisk och rimlig än den i Bordeaux. Huruvida en bordeaux är 3:e eller 2:a cru är, oftast, ganska oväsentligt, tycker jag.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    7/29/15, 9:27 AM - Vad beträffar Volnay håller jag med. Det tycks vara mest vin för pengarna i Bourgogne, även om jag föredrar andra distrikt. Det byvin du nämner känner jag inte till.
    En sommelier jag träffar på ibland sa någon gång att producenten är viktigare än distriktet. Det skulle då tala emot klassificeringen, som den viktigaste faktorn. Priserna för Leroy, Cathiard mfl stödjer ju också hans påstående. Leroy blir ju aldrig billigt, även om det så bara är ett byvin.

    Jag tycker mig dock ha sett en ganska tydlig röd tråd att i Gevrey Chambertin är klassficieringen relevant och likaså i Vosne. Dock, som jag skrev tidigare, tycker jag att 1:er cru i Vosne kvalitetsmässigt motsvarar Grand Cru i Gevrey Chambertin. Beune med omnejd är inte riktigt min grej, men kanske får jag anledning att tänka om.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    7/29/15, 11:33 AM - Prova några grand cruer från Chablis, eller möjligtvis en väl vald 1:er cru. Väldigt mycket vin för pengarna, jämfört med röd bourgogne, tycker jag. Man får ju riktigt bra grejer för 300 - 400 kronor. Eller ännu hellre: En dyr Riesling från Rheingau eller Österrike, men då räcker det nog med 250 kr eller så. Världsklassviner till en billig penning, tycker jag. Tyvärr har jag dock tröttnat på vitt vin.

Red
2001 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/11/2015 - Zweder wrote:
90 points
Weekly tasting group #166; A mixed set of red wines. (@ WW): Bouquet with cherries, spiciness and rustic impressions. On the palate red berries like raspberries, cherries, some oak. Chocolate, juicy acidity, round tannin with still a pleasant bite and soft bitterness. Just in the glass the wine was a bit musty, but that disappeared quickly. Beautiful wine, ready now and the next 4 – 5+ years.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/24/15, 4:14 AM - I notice that you review everything, high and low (expensive and cheap), which is very much appreciated. A true bargain should never be underestimated.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/24/15, 6:12 AM - I live in Stockholm.
    Yes, when it comes to recent releases Systembolaget is excellent, as everything is sold nationwide, even the most exclusive wines (a democratic online system allows anyone to buy for example DRC releases). Prices are mostly fair and sometimes very low, due to large volumes.
    However, older vintages is tricky, and one has to look abroad or visit winebars or restaurants. Once in a while importers also sell older vintages through Systembolaget, but this part of the market could certainly improve.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/24/15, 3:05 PM - I do not have any knowledge of how they sell wine in Norway, but my assumption was that we do it the same way. Do you know how it works there? I guess they have their own Systembolaget, and that they sell both online and in stores. Or?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/24/15, 3:19 PM - Ok, let me know if you come to Stockholm, and I will take you to my local winebar and offer you something nice, preferably a good, red, burgundy, I'm just getting to know Vosne Romanee.
    Or why not an old (or new) bordeaux? Maybe something from 2005.

Red
1995 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Castets Pinot Noir
2/16/2013 - Sundbyberg wrote:
60 points
Questionable if this ever was a good wine.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/3/15, 1:23 AM - Unfortunately that is not the case.

Red
2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/28/2015 - Burgundy Al wrote:
93 points
Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago IL): Popped and poured, this came across as more mature than I expected based on when I've had this wine before, although I haven't tasted this in ~4 years. The maturing fruit aromas and flavors made the wine's spice and whole cluster character quite pronounced. Less exciting overall than I recall from the past, I am confident this will emerge in another 5+ years as something really exciting.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    3/29/15, 2:49 PM - What is very rewarding with your reviews is that you do not seem to give bonuspoints to exclusive producers.
    Most people will only drink DRC once or twice in their lives and when doing so 9 out of 10 will score this experience very high, just because that is expected of them.
    I judge you as one of the most neutral reviewers on this forum, and that is very valuable, when I decide on what to buy.
    Or in short: Many thanks for your reviews!

Red
2012 Piedrasassi Syrah PS Central Coast
7/17/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote:
75 points
Tastes like modern chemistry with a touch of perfumed mint. Awful.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    11/18/14, 6:35 AM - Hello & thanks for sharing your views,
    I do not have extensive experience of drinking syrah, so I would not take my note too seriously. However, there are some other producers out there that do it much better, according to my view. In Sweden, where I come from, we can buy a syrah by Pasterick (a small producer in California), which I find much more rewarding, and for a fair price.

Red
2010 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/13/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote:
90 points
Neither with an abundance of fruit nor overly sweet. Balanced and harmoneus with nice fruit. Ready to drink. Actually rather european and an excellent altrrnative to a bordeaux, considering the price (32 usd).
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    10/14/14, 10:22 AM - I have lately had some modern wines from margaux, which I rated around 90 and to which I would prefer the mondavi cabernet sauvignon, as it sells at half the price.
    This wine also can be compared to cabernet wines from tuscany, as tuscany is warmer than bordeaux.

Red
2003 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Nebbiolo
6/15/2010 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
95 points
Nose of warm, ripe fruit, charcuteries, cinnamon, cocoa and oak. On the palate initially smooth but with dark fruit grumbling underneath the surface. Well integrated, quite intense tannins. Lovely with lots of potential.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/15/14, 3:01 PM - Did you write the right date? 2010?

Red
2010 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan Red Rhone Blend
3/19/2014 - Decanting fool wrote:
95 points
W H O A ! This stuff is the shit, as they say. More than wonderful, it has every aspect of a great 2010 CdP in perfect harmony blazing right out of the bottle. Fantastic! An earlier commentator compared this to an American Syrah... please! I live in Sonoma and if there's a winery in CA producing anything remotely like this please let me know because I'll claw my way into the cellar. This is a dramatic wine, deeply flavored, bretty, terrestrial and celestial, animal, mineral and vegetable rich, gravely, seamless already and with a decade plus of primo evolution ahead of it.

Revisited this wine a month later: wow! have to add a point. The fruit is so rich and spectaclur, spectacular!, but the terroir is so profound it keeps it well on this side of fruit bomb. Sorry, but we're not in California anymore Toto. And this is not syrah. I don't know what the blend is, but this sings of Grenache.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    3/21/14, 4:31 AM - From the one who compared this wine to a ligther version of an American syrah ;-)
    Try Denner, the dirt worshipper. Lillian syrah is also good (special is maybe the right word), but Lillian is certainly a lot fuller than La Ferme.
    Drink them young.

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
3/3/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
My third time trying this vintage.
By now quite toasty with a touch of apples and supported by an elegant mousse and a nice citrus. Toasty champagnes is not what I prefer, however this is of such high quality that I still score it 93.
If you, like me, prefer non toasty champagnes, I recommend you to wait a couple of years.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    3/5/14, 11:53 PM - Ok, no chance this turns into (red) apples after a couple of years?

White - Sparkling
2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
2/6/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote:
92 points
Pnp. My third time drinking this vintage.
More mature than the 2002 and seems to be ready for drinking. Probably not for the long term. Brioche and nuttiness, that may show better with some more bottle age. Reminds me of Krug, but does not have quite the same complexity and elegance. 92+.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/6/14, 11:39 PM - Hello,
    I did not drink the 2002 and the 2004 at the same time, but they have been very different. While the 2002 obviously had a lot in store, the 2004 seemed quite open.
    Also, I have now tried the 2004 three times, so I base my judgement on that.
    No discorgement day. Drank them in a bar that sells them for 20 usd by the glass.

Red
2008 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
1/28/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote:
89 points
No way I would have guessed syrah.
Typical new world, which means a wine that provides an anonymous drinking experience.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/28/14, 12:20 PM - Yes, I agree.
    But I did not find this wine to be anything special or stand out in any way. It was easy drinking and it tasted fine, but nothing more. And there was no way I could have guessed wich grape.
    I do not know the pricetag, but for me this was a 20 euro wine (~25 dollars).

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/29/14, 3:37 AM - Thanks for your post.
    My favourite red bourdauxblend all times is actually the American Gallica cab sauvignon 2008, a wine that combines the old- and new world. America, and the new world, at its best, according to me.
    This wine from shafer did, however, not do anything for me. Seemed average.
    Hope you enjoy the Relentless more than I did.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/29/14, 6:43 AM - Yes, I can see your point.
    There are some great wines from the new world, but to me many of these wines, including the Relentless, are quite fine, some even close to perfection, but they can lack personality, and sometimes also refinement and finess.
    It's a little bit as they came out of a factory.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/29/14, 6:54 AM - Ok,
    My intention was not to offend anyone. Sometimes I do not have the energy to write anything "thorougly thought through", especially for a wine I find average, and this was one of those occassions.
    Of course I could just have put a number on my review, but I like to clarify my score, and maybe more importantly, help myself remember why I scored this wine as I did.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/29/14, 7:25 AM - Ok,
    Thanks for informing me on your views on my note.

Rosé - Sparkling
2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Rosé Champagne Blend
11/16/2013 - Sundbyberg wrote:
91 points
Much more mature than the 2004 Bollinger LGA non rosé.
A very nice mix of citrus and red berries, especially the citrus stand out for being a rosé, but 140 euro!? One gets a DP 2004 for that money.
Lacks the lightness and elegance that the rosés from Deutz and Billecart-Salmon have. No complexity to speak of.
Will improve, but will never reach the very highest level, is my guess.
91+.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    11/17/13, 12:30 AM - Thanks for posting.
    While I think the 2002 LGA can be outstanding in a few years time, I have not been very impressed by the 2004, rosé or non rosé.
    On the other hand, I´m fairly new to this, so it is just a humble opinion.
    The DP 2004 really impressed me, though. That is something I need to dig deeper into.

    And yes. Sometimes the prices are hard to grip.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    11/18/13, 10:41 AM - Hello again,
    I'm sure you are right, I do not have sufficient experience to say something else.
    However, especially when it comes to DP 2004 I could already now sense that that was a truly special wine (and champagne). This was also true for the Fleur de passion 04 (Diebolt Vallois) and some other champagnes from 2004 I have had.
    Unfortuneately I have not had the same impression with the Bollinger LGA 2004 champagnes, but maybe Bollinger is not my preferred brand or maybe they just require more time to show what they truly offer. I do not know yet - I'm still learning.

White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Champagne Blend
10/16/2013 - Sundbyberg wrote:
89 points
Maybe this bottle was a little bit off, but there was something not quite fresh about this champagne, it was slightly bitter, still alright, with lots of bread, a bit lighter maybe. Short on mousse and bubbles.
Had a mature NV the other week, and thought it was better.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    10/16/13, 2:52 PM - Bought this by the glass in a bar and the young girl who served did not know for how long the bottle had been open, so do not take my note too seriously.
    (Realised that all highend hotels serve champagne by the glass, so I took a short tour tonight, and bumped into some really nice champagnes, like Dom Perignon 2003, and MC 2004).

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    10/17/13, 2:31 AM - Thanks for the information.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Bouzy Champagne Blend
9/30/2013 - Krugman wrote:
91 points
This was a recently purchased bottle of the Saves Rose and was still very young and tightly coiled with bright citrus, green and red apples, strawberries, minerals, chalk, pencil shavings, touch of yeast, and a wisp of cream starting form on the finish. One of the best aspects of this rose is how light it is on the palate, but still packed with flavor. This is one of my favorite NV roses on the market and can even rival some vintage roses selling for almost twice the price.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    10/1/13, 12:48 PM - Thanks for posting,
    Tried the CS rosé based on your and other members reviews, and I agree. The best rosé I have had actually, but I think my bottle had benefited from storing, when I bought it. And I have not had that many rosés.

    Anyway, was wondering whether you have tried 2004 Champagne Collet Champagne Brut Millésimé? In Sweden it only costs circa 40 usd.
    I do not know anything about Collet, but I assume it is a small producer.
    The 2004 was great, especially the minerals, but it would be good to hear from someone with more experience with champagne, how they view this producer.

Red
2003 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2013 - Sundbyberg wrote:
94 points
Fairly open to begin with, but by day 6 this wine combines lightness with finesse & elegance. Reminds me of the ligther 98s from Pomerol that I have had.
Even better day 7, as the merlot has mellowed even further. 94 pts.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    9/6/13, 6:14 AM - After opening I almost always just keep my wines in the kitchen, rarely in the fridge. And I put the cork back on. Most wines, although 10 years or older, gain from 24 hour of air or more. I have bumped into a wine that is at its peak day 1, but that is very rare, is my perception.
    My guess is store this wine for another 5 years or so, maybe longer.

    I once noticed that someone wrote that 24 hours of air is like 1 year in the cellar, and maybe that is true. That would then indicate 6-8 years of storage.

White - Sparkling
2004 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
6/25/2013 - Krugman wrote:
94 points
This was my first experience with the 2004 Comtes. As usual, I was not disappointed. The nose shows ripe citrus and white flowers, while the palate is very dry with flavors of bright citrus, oranges, light cream, stony minerality, flint, and some spices. This is still extremely young and tight, especially when compared to the 2002, which is much more oppulent today. However, despite its youth, this can still be appreciated today, but is set to take a tremendous leap forward over the next 10 years. This will certainly rival the 2002 in the long run. Great effort by Taittinger. If you can find this in the $100 to $110 range it is a screaming buy (and there are a couple of sources that have the 04 Comtes in this price range).
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/27/13, 5:27 AM - Krugman,
    Many thanks once again for your review. Have the 2002, but will likely wait a few years.
    Previously I have indicated that prices on some champagnes are favourable in Sweden (Camille Soave etc), but that is certainly not true for the Comtes, I understand from what you write.
    I paid 180 usd or so for the 2002. Obviously in the high pricerange.

White - Sparkling
2002 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée Champagne Blend
6/7/2013 - Krugman wrote:
94 points
While this was just a slight notch below the 2004 Coeur overall, it was much more mature and ready for drinking. In fact, this was a wonderful champagne and a completely different experience from the last time I had a bottle of 2002 Coeur de Cuvee a little bit over 2 years ago (that bottle was a bit un-balanced with strong oak flavors). This was deep, rich, and very well balanced. The flavors included orange, tangerine, pear, peach, honey, cream, butter, tarragon spice, bread, and lemon oil. Just a fantastic bottle and one of the best Vilmart champagnes that I have ever tasted. Highly recommended.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    6/11/13, 2:37 PM - Thanks once again for helping me discover a new producer with your reviews. Our Swedish monopoly retailer actually sells the 2004 for 75 usd (weak usd since Lehman), so maybe I will give it a try.
    Discovered Camille Soave through your reviews. Had the 2002. Just waiting to open the CS rose. CS is 40 usd over here.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
5/7/2013 - Krugman wrote:
91 points
You have to give Billecart credit, each bottle of rose I have consumed over the past couple of years has been incredibly consistent. The style is also wonderful with light strawberry and cream flavors and extremely elegant minerality. While the price of this champagne has gone up in recent years and many grower champagnes now exceed it from a quality perspective, it is still a wonderful drink that is perfect as an aperitif outdoors on a warm spring afternoon.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/9/13, 1:34 PM - Thanks for posting.
    Which rosé that has a fair pricetag and is easy to find would you recommend?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/10/13, 12:35 PM - Thanks for replies.
    Over here, in Sweden, the BC-S Rosé NV is 65 usd and the LR 2007 Rosé is circa 62.

    Which one is to prefer?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/11/13, 6:45 AM - Many thanks for the tip.
    Amazingly good reviews here on CT for LR Vintage rosé.

Red
2004 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
5/8/2013 - Dave Canada wrote:
94 points
No formal notes taken but it drank quite well.....still quite a bit of new oak but nice.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    5/9/13, 4:08 AM - Thanks for posting.
    How many years would you say one should wait?

White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
2/20/2013 - Krugman wrote:
92 points
This was my second time with the 2002 Pol Roger and for some reason this bottle was a step up from the first one. It was more open and inviting with a bit more cream, mint, and orange flavors than the first bottle - which seemed much more primary. Additional flavors included sharp citrus, bitter grapefruit, lemon sherbet, nuts, minerals, and some mild spices. I still believe that this bottle will take a big step up with an additional 5-10 years of bottle aging, but it is already drinking very well. Given how well this 2002 vintage Pol Roger is drinking, I am starting to get more and more excited about trying the 2002 Winston Churchill when it is released.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/21/13, 2:26 PM - Hello,
    Are there similarities between the Brut Vintage and the Sir Winston?

White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame Champagne Blend
10/21/2012 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
94 points
K and L Champagne Event. Nose of rich brioche, orange zest, citrus, and smoked almonds with a touch of grapefruit, more of the same on the palate, with lovely richness and subtle complexity, long finish.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/19/13, 5:57 AM - Hello,
    Would you consider the La Grand Dame 2004 ready to drink or will it benefit from further cellaring?

Red
1982 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/8/2013 - Bernt Olav wrote:
89 points
Flott vin til fredagsbiffen(entrecote av kalv.) Kan tenke meg at denne er på topp nå, men har nok endel gode år foran seg. God vin, men igjen så savner jeg kompleksitet. Er vel som man kan forvente seg på dette nivået, men for all del en god vin! Flaske nr 3 av 4 kjøpt på auksjon..
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    2/8/13, 2:46 PM - Hej Bernt Olav,
    Var köper du dina äldre viner? Några bra tips att ge till en svensk som också gärna dricker moget?

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
1/14/2013 - Krugman wrote:
94 points
After recently drinking a bottle of the 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, I figured I would open a bottle of the 2002 Bollinger Grande Annee to see how these two heavyweight tete de cuvee's stacked up.

As usual, the Bollinger was extremely rich and powerful, but also held in check by its acidity and razor sharp precision. The nose showed aroma's of yellow fruits and honey, while the palate displayed flavors of creamy red apples, caramel, cinnamon, honey, nutmeg, allspice, raisins, biscuits, bright citrus, chalk, and a touch of yeast. For some reason this bottle also tasted a bit more mature than previous bottles of the 2002 Grande Annee, but I still believe that this champagne has a long future ahead of it.

While this Bollinger is stunning, I do not believe that it quite reaches the same level as the 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. What separates these two wonderful champagnes today is the fact that the 2002 Comtes is able to maintain a feeling of true weightlessness, despite being rich. However, both champagnes are extremely good.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/15/13, 11:42 AM - Thanks for you comment. I have both these champagnes, however only singular bottles.

    A question: I had the 1999 PR Sir Winston Churchill and thought it was very complex, smokey, with depth etc. Not at all fruity and with no or very little citrus. Quite different from how one expects a champagne to taste.
    Taittinger Millesime 2004 had a somewhat similar taste, I thought.

    Can you recommend any champagne that is similar in taste, preferably cheaper than Sir Winston?

    Br/Rickard

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/15/13, 3:21 PM - Many thanks to both of you for the recommendations.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/16/13, 1:06 AM - Many thanks again.
    Bought a small bottle of Krug NV and according to their website, using the bottle number, this bottle was released in 2011 (spring?).
    How long should I wait in order for this bottle to develop a more interesting nose and palate?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/16/13, 8:22 AM - Many thanks yet again.
    Has just recently discovered that champagne is a very diverse type of wine.
    You recommend Roederer bdb 2006.
    It is it so that bdb champagnes in general develelop an intereresting nose and palate or is it just the bdb champagne from Roederer?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/16/13, 10:41 AM - Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions.
    Another question:
    I got the impression that the NV Bollinger would respond favourably to cellaring, as it was much better when I had it day two.
    Have you ever stored a more normal NV (Not Krug)? If so, what happened?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/16/13, 11:50 AM - Hello once again,
    Champagneinhand, you write that the PR NV can be stored.
    I was once served a NV PR which was totally different from the NV I had had previously.
    This was more like the aged Sir Winston 99, but without the heavy mousse.

    Can that be the case, that also the PR NV develops the same flavours, i.e smoke etc, or does my memory fail me?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/16/13, 12:33 PM - Once again, thank you for taking time to answer my questions.
    Champagne certainly is a very interesting winedistrict.

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/17/13, 7:42 AM - Hello once again.
    I have singular bottles of the following champagnes. What should I expect will happen if I store them long enough, compared to where they stand today:
    *Bollinger La Grand Anné 2002
    *Taittinger Comtes 2002
    *La Grand Dame 2004
    *Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2002
    *Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion 2004

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/19/13, 5:53 AM - Hello,
    Followed your advice and opened my half bottle of Krug.
    Quite complex and with a lot of potential, I would say.

    Now I need to follow up with a more mature Krug. Is it wise then to buy the 2000 and store it for 2-4 years? That way I should save some years of storage? Right or wrong?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    1/19/13, 3:47 PM - Thanks again.
    Still drinking on this small bottle late day 2 and it just keeps improving. This was quality stuff. I upgraded it to 95 today, the same as for Sir Winston 99, but maybe this is even better.
    As I'm European its fairly easy to import from France, I do that with Bordauxs and bourgognes, but aucitons was a good idea. We have some in the country I live in (Sweden) and they are actually controlled and run by the government (it is a long story...), so auctins should be a fairly relaible option.
    A trip to Champagne is maybe the best option. Only 2 hours away for me.

    Once again, many thanks to both of you. Champagne certainly requires both my respect and attention.

White - Sparkling
2004 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Grand Cru Fleur de Passion Brut Chardonnay
5/13/2012 - Shorepower wrote:
Drack denna för en 6-7 månader senast. Där den flaskan var sluten så var denna helt annorlunda. Bra mineralig, brödig samt en fin sötmna i doften. Smaken är som flytande honung, söt med fina blommor. Fin cramantmousse som är mjukt krämig. Väldigt bra.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/23/12, 11:15 AM - Noterar att vinhuset rekommenderar dekantering av denna champagne, 15 minuter före servering.
    Vad tror du om det?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/25/12, 2:40 PM - Hej igen,
    Jag drack 2004 Taittinger Champagne Brut Millésimé och PR sir WC 1999 för några månader sedan och blev riktig tagen av rökigheten, djupet och syran/moussen.
    Frinns det några andra champagner i den stilen som du kan rekommendera, gärna i hyggligt prisläga (Taittinger är i hyggligt prisläge).

    Fråga nr 2: Drack dessutom vid samma tillfälle en PR NV som var väldigt rökig och påminde om Sir WC, men som inte hade samma mousse. Hur kan det komma sig att den var så rökig och hade ett sådant djup? Var den lagrad? Är det så en NV blir om den lagras några år?

    Tacksam för svar.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
12/14/2012 - Finare Vinare wrote:
94 points
Disgorged September 2012. Twenty minutes in the decanter (won't do next time, quickly lost too much of its mousse) Ripe fruits, orange and lemon rind, apple soda, hyacinths, walnut, chalky manzanilla, white burgundy. Rich taste, high ripe acidity, friendly mousse. Multi-layered and harmonious - an exceptional version of Initial, still very young. A mix of vintages 05, 06, 07.
  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/15/12, 2:29 AM - What was negative with decanting?

  • Sundbyberg commented:

    12/15/12, 4:07 AM - Thanks for clarifyring on the negative aspects of decanting.

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