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Red
2001 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Syrah
1/15/2023 - Nanda wrote:
90 points
Just an okay bottle that had flashes of Northern Rhone nuance and complexity but seemed to close up and become stern. Hold.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/21/23, 1:57 PM - Essentially no new oak here. What you are picking up as oak is probably reduction, but it could also be from use of whole clusters.

  • cfk49 commented:

    1/22/23, 1:06 PM - My apologies. I am somewhat dyslexic, and so you can easily see what my mistake was.

    Did you happen to catch who the importer was?

Red
1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/31/2022 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened an hour before pouring. Garnet to light red. At first, all stems, which receded somewhat. Surprisingly lighter weight, almost like a Gevrey Grand Cru rather than Vosne-Romanée. Light strawberry fruit and soil, real pepperiness from the stem inclusion, and it became more chocolaty over time. Great acidity for a 1990. I kept waiting over 2-3 hours for more texture and fruit, but they never arrived. Excellent but far short of amazing or exciting, which, of course, is what you want with DRC.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/21/23, 12:41 AM - In 1990, the Domaine had only just recently purchased the vineyard. Aubert de Villaine said that when they were renting, they could not make all the changes necessary for top quality, but after purchase, they could do so. So this is a changes-in-progress wine, significantly better than previous versions (when RSV was a weak sister in the lineup) but not yet at the glorious level that would come in subsequent vintages.

Red
1969 André Passat Cornas Syrah
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - Spring 2023 Kick-off (Gabriel Kruether): Bought this a few years ago sadly not for the auction price that CT lists and I've been interested to try it. Good fill and great color and surprisingly just wonderful. First impression was a bit too much acid and slightly over the hill but given a few minutes in the glass it gained a bit more body to it and was really lovely and lively. Because of the format all small pours so didn't get to follow for any signficant amount of time although I did leave a bit of my pour till towards the end and found it was even more delicious then. Opened and decanted for sediment before rebottling and then bringing to the dinner.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/19/23, 12:14 AM - I don't know if you are aware of it, but André Passat was a dba that Jaboulet used. It's exactly the same as the Jaboulet Cornas.

  • cfk49 commented:

    1/19/23, 1:58 AM - I'm not sure what you mean by "he didn't produce anymore". Who is "he"?

    Jaboulet Cornas was a négociant wine until 1993 when they bought the Domaine St-Pierre.

    André Passat was not a producer in Cornas, but instead is an alternate label that Jaboulet used to sell wines (from all of Jaboulet's appellations) in markets that already had an established Jaboulet importer. The Passat wines generally sold at lower prices than the Jaboulet-label wines, but they were identical. (I think that at one time Passat was a separate negociant and that Jaboulet purchased Passat, but that's going way, way back.)

Red
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
Commanderie des Costes du Rhone - Spring 2023 Kick-off (Gabriel Kruether): I've often said that this is a wine that never quite shows as well as I expect it to. This though was probably the best bottle I've had of it. Again very vibrant and bright and a bit more depth of character than the '83 or the '88 and darker fruits and a hint of the sanguine and just drinking very nicely.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/19/23, 12:17 AM - Back in the day, Jaboulet would have more than one bottling of La Chapelle. My experience with the 1990 is similar to yours -- mostly ok, nothing exceptional. I did have one exceptional bottle though, 15+/- years or so ago.

White
2020 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes Briords Melon de Bourgogne
12/17/2022 - Cote d'Or wrote:
Tasted over 2 hrs
-translucent pale yellow grey
-waxy subtle yellow fruit
-gentle med/med+ acidity, med-/light weight somewhat diffuse citrus melon
-very pleasant if a bit less intense/interesting than usual
  • cfk49 commented:

    12/17/22, 6:12 PM - By "usual" do you mean other vintages or other occasions when you have tried this vintage of the wine?

Red
2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Aigrots Pinot Noir
11/25/2022 - Dale M wrote:
Decanted 6hrs. While there is a lot to like here, this is shut down pretty hard, and took some real work to coax out some enjoyment last night. Not hard to feel this comes from a solar vintage, it simply has that density. While the acidity is perceived as on the lower end, I bet its simply buried beneath the wines semi imposing structure. I’m betting this is going to be really good, simply needs at least 5 years at a minimum. Oh, it was very fresh with some real depth on the finish.
  • cfk49 commented:

    11/25/22, 12:03 PM - Maybe the six hour-decant wasn't so wise. I had this wine about 2 weeks ago straight from the bottle and it was showing very well. Why such a long decant?

  • cfk49 commented:

    11/25/22, 1:11 PM - !!!

White
1996 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc White Rhone Blend
11/25/2022 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
This looks a bit like the emperor's new clothes...
This wine is clearly well past its peak and comes across tired with limited interest at this point.
It showed better a few years ago when I last tried it, but was disappointing today. Yes, the texture was rich but the aromatic complexity and length were absent. It cannot be considered a great wine at this point.
  • cfk49 commented:

    11/25/22, 9:33 AM - You write as though your judgment on this one bottle is definitive for the state of the wine (i.e., it wasn't just an off bottle). Given that others on CT have been most enthusiastic about this wine as recently as this past September, do you think they are wrong or that the wine has just fallen off a cliff in the past two months?

  • cfk49 commented:

    11/25/22, 11:22 AM - So you categorically rule out the possibility that it was a substandard bottle.

Red
1989 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
10/12/2022 - The Vines That Bind wrote:
flawed
Affected.
  • cfk49 commented:

    10/14/22, 9:41 AM - Not sure what you mean by "affected", but I've had major cork problems over the years with this wine.

Red
2001 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
9/24/2022 - melvinyeowq wrote:
Felix's birthday celebration: My contribution. Not the best cork, some seepage so was expecting the worst given that it showed a little advanced and oxidised at the beginning. Had a haunting, deep floral nose but on the palate it was a little light without the structure I expected from Chave. Mostly acid on the palate, not as dark-fruited and meaty as a typical northern Rhone but according to others it improved later on in the night.
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/25/22, 10:45 PM - Sounds like your idea of Chave Hermitage is formed on post-2004 (or 2002) examples, when there was a decided style shift. The wines that the reputation originally was built on were always lighter, nervier, and more Burgundian than other Northern Rhônes. Indeed, when Robert Parker first encountered them, he complained that despite the reputation, he found them too light (although he soon thereafter changed his opinion).

Red
1988 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
9/18/2022 - drwine2001 wrote:
Sunday Lunch with Raveneau Chablis and Chave Hermitage (Piccino Restaurant, San Francisco): Light ruby, watery rim. Fragrant herbs and light fruit. Light weight. Supple entry with faded red fruit and orange rind. Then it turns more peppery and ends with soil and little remaining tannin. As was another bottle last year, subtle, lovely, complex, and emblematic of the Chave style. Not a "wow" wine and probably never at the qualitative level of either the 2010 or 2005 which preceded it, this is more old style and was deeply satisfying. A great way to end the skein of Chave vintages we were fortunate enough to taste today.
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/20/22, 8:22 AM - Interesting set of notes. I'm curious about (A) who the importers of each bottle were (Chave, at least at one time, had different cuvées for different importers) and (B) what the provenance of these wines was.

Red
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
9/6/2022 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
92 points
A private dinner (Restaurant De Lage Vuursche, Lage Vuursche, NL): A bemusing experience. In itself a perfectly acceptable wine, but completely different from what I was expecting. There appears to be a hint of unresolved carbon dioxide in the wine, which gives a litte prickle that does not dissipate completely in the decanter. The wine is very fresh and youthful, with flowers and creamy red cherries and berries, but with little tannic structure to speak of. The alcoholic weight (15% ABV) would suggest a powerhouse of a wine, but the character is the opposite. It feels like a young (2019 or 2020) natural Pinot Noir from Burgundy or the Jura. Two bottles with identical notes, pleasant in themselves, but was this what the vigneron intended, or were both bottles suffering from the same fault? Completely fresh and intact on the second day. A puzzle.
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/16/22, 2:41 PM - Hmm, the bottles I have in my cellar (Lot LR 16 03 say 11-14% alcohol and I do not recall the wine as being alcoholic when I tasted it at the estate (and I usually am quite resistant to 15% alcohol wines).

Red
2009 Domaine Rossignol Trapet Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/16/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
92 points
From a vintage that I've never really liked because of its low acidity (this is my only bottle from the vintage), this wine already shows quite a bit of browning, but it has plenty of red fruits and is enjoyable to drink. Tasted blind, I would have guessed a very good (not great) Oregon Pinot Noir and never would have thought Chambertin. I'd drink sooner rather than later.
  • cfk49 commented:

    8/20/22, 12:06 AM - Perhaps , but having also tasted this wine from barrel, I’m not surprised . It’s very good, but not at the same level as Rousseau , Trapet , Dujac, Leroy.

Red
1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
7/26/2022 - joshabramson wrote:
90 points
Not a great vintage for Chave, this bottle was showing a bit of old socks and green bell pepper. Perhaps if it wasn't served next to a few other world class wines that were super fresh (e.g., 05' Rayas, 05' Rousseau CSJ) I could have enjoyed it a bit more, but as it was I didn't find myself wanting to drink more of this after having a few sips to taste. Interesting, but not particularly delicious.
  • cfk49 commented:

    7/26/22, 5:48 PM - Which cuvée/importer? Provenance?

  • cfk49 commented:

    7/26/22, 6:57 PM - I bought a case of the 1985 (as futures) from Kermit. As you can see from my note since I joined CT, it was disappointing for a long time, then turned out to be very, very good, but the most recent bottle (wow! 9 years ago!) had reverted to disappointing. I still have three bottles, but am not sure when I'll get around to searching them out.

Red
2018 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge Red Blend
7/16/2022 - Omas list Does not like this wine:
50 points
Very funky. Im not even sure if the bottle is off. Very strong barn yard, off mushrooms, and not nice mushrooms cooked in butter. I also tried another another Jura wine at the same time, Arbois, which was very nice. Considering this was $30 not a good value if this is really the way it should taste.
  • cfk49 commented:

    7/17/22, 4:27 PM - The back label says that the wine needs to aerated for 3-4 hours prior to drinking. I'll bet you didn't do that, because the wine indeed is funky when it originally is opened. Sorry that you wasted your money on a very nice wine that you didn't take the time to appreciate.

  • cfk49 commented:

    7/17/22, 6:45 PM - OK, in the case of a bad bottle, it may be better to just mark the bottle as flawed and not give a rating. I apologize for my snarkiness.

Red
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
7/9/2022 - Decanting Queen Likes this wine:
90 points
Started out very disappointing, and I was ready to dump the bottle (score low 80’s). After 30 min the glass this had a nose of stewed fruit and sherry and the palate was bitter and acidic. As well as some barnyard funk which usually doesn’t bother me, but when there is nothing else pleasant it is definitely a detractor. I thought this was surely a bad bottle and past it’s prime.
Went back to the slow oxing bottle a few hours later and it was really really nice, Glad I didn’t dump.
Still a bit of barnyard on the nose (that rusticity some have mentioned) but now the fruit has come out in full force and it is much fruitier, juicier, rounded in the mouth and generally just more interesting. The bitter and acidic tastes are gone and now just a lingering fruity finish.

(Especially glad this wine came around because it wasn’t whAt I intended to pull. However, in my overflowing cellar I couldn’t reach the 2002 which surely would have been better. Oh well, it all worked out)
  • cfk49 commented:

    7/10/22, 7:10 AM - Provenance?

Red
1996 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/24/2022 - WIBA Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit thin. Juicy. Red fruit. In context 90
  • cfk49 commented:

    7/1/22, 10:04 AM - Provenance?

Red
1993 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir
The 93 Rousseau CSJ was not good. My friend opened 2 bottles and left one that was undrinkable at home. The 2nd one wasn’t much better. Just tired and over the hill. Bottle wasn’t heat damaged that we could tell. The 2nd bottle was drinkable, but just very little fruit and not a moving wine. 85 points
  • cfk49 commented:

    5/10/22, 10:24 PM - Provenance?

  • cfk49 commented:

    5/12/22, 10:42 AM - Fill and cork don't mean that much to me; I've had many a great wine from ullaged bottles.

    But you're saying you don't know how many times these wines have been resold and how they've been stored. Maybe it's just me, but I think the market should discount heavily in such a situation, but obviously it doesn't.

Red
1998 Noël Verset Cornas Syrah
2/20/2022 - cfk49 wrote:
94 points
A very different animal from the 1998 Clape, as always, with its wild dark plum fruits. The texture is smooth, but still harder and less sensual than the Clape -- this is the more typical Cornas. Cellared since original release.
  • cfk49 commented:

    5/10/22, 9:04 AM - Thanks, Mark. I indeed remember that event well. I hope all's well with you. I'd invite you down to share some wine, but I'm still in Paris for the next 6-7 weeks. Maybe we can get together some time in July or August. BTW, you can contact me directly at finewinereview@gmail.com.

    Best,
    Claude

Red
1990 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs Pinot Noir
4/29/2022 - joshabramson Likes this wine:
92 points
First seemed a bit off, but two knowledgable sommeliers tasted and confirmed that the wine was correct, just had a bit of funk that was typical for old Lafarge. This was good and fun to drink, but didn't leave much of an impression on me and was overshadowed by many other wines this evening.
  • cfk49 commented:

    4/30/22, 10:23 AM - Notwithstanding what the sommelier said, I've had TCA issues with this wine through the years, so consider that a possibility.

Red
2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
4/9/2022 - jlhkiss Likes this wine:
91 points
Notes from memory. Still very much wound up and primary even after a few hours of air in the bottle. Super juicy/nervy core of acidity and thick tannins. Will be best 2025+. Technical score: 92. Enjoyment score: 90.
  • cfk49 commented:

    4/14/22, 2:11 PM - Paraphrasing and echoing what one of my mentors, Richard Olney, wrote more than 30 years ago: you can enjoy Tempier at any age.

Red
2001 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Syrah
4/5/2022 - KenK wrote:
flawed
Dried out and dead in terms of flavors. Over the hill or hurt?
  • cfk49 commented:

    4/5/22, 11:33 AM - Provenance?

  • cfk49 commented:

    4/5/22, 11:47 AM - All I can say is that I've had a few (most recently on 10/4/20) from my own cellar, cellared since original release, and for me it's been stupendous.

Red
2013 Domaine Marchand-Grillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perrière Pinot Noir
5/2/2021 - vide wrote:
89 points
I am drinking the Marchand Tawse version of this wine. Pathetic = no structure, no fruit, nawt, in fact, Lolly pop juice. When red Burgundy gets it wrong, it does so in spades (but unfortunately in expensive spades).

Chateau Neuf de Pape lacks the subtlety of Burgundy, but at least you can depend on a decent drink.
  • cfk49 commented:

    3/28/22, 2:48 AM - 1. Eight years-old is generally not a great time to drink red Burgundy -- you risk the wine being shut down, which may be what happened to you.

    2. Is the Marchand-Tawse this wine under a different label? I think not -- Marchand-Tawse is a totally different producer. So why did you put it under Marchand-Grillot?

    3. If Châteauneuf-du-Pape is your thing, then yes, I'm not surprised that you didn't like the La Perrière.

    3.

Red
1996 Noël Verset Cornas Syrah
3/25/2022 - wilkinsmd wrote:
flawed
Glad everyone got to enjoy theirs because this bottle was borderline undrinkable. Impenetrable funk on the nose that blew off after 30 minutes to reveal a generally unappealing, sharp nose. On the palate it was…oh nevermind.
  • cfk49 commented:

    3/26/22, 11:07 AM - Provenance?

  • cfk49 commented:

    3/27/22, 9:53 PM - Sounds like it might have been brett. Unfortunately, that can be a problem with Verset wines.

Red
1982 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/18/2022 - grub94 wrote:
flawed
Birthday opening that really disappointed. Have enjoyed this many times but this bottle. Wasn't corked or cooked. Tasted like a lesser 1975 Cali cab that was well past its drinking window.....mono-dimensional.
  • cfk49 commented:

    3/26/22, 11:07 AM - Provenance?

Red
2002 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Pinot Noir
1/22/2022 - brooklynguy wrote:
A disappointing showing. Perfectly good wine, but the producer style trumped anything that the wine might have had to say about soil. Served alongside a 2002 Drouhin Griottes, single blind, and experienced tasters were not even close to certain about which was which. That's a problem, as these terroirs make wines that should be easy to distinguish. This was the larger in amplitude of the two wines, with a richness in body, a fatness almost. But without the acid cut, the definition of aroma or flavor to make it interesting, never mid beguiling, as a good Amoureuses should be. Perhaps Drouhin Amoureuses is finer in a lighter vintage - I had the 07 two years ago and very much preferred it to this wine. And then when I think about the money we paid...very sad.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/30/22, 4:33 PM - Looking at my experience with this wine and those of others, it sounds as though you had an off bottle -- whether due to variability of cork, a closed phase of the wine, or bad provenance (you mention what was paid for the bottle, implying that the wine had been recently purchased). I still have a very nice stash of this wine purchased on original release and I'm not worrying.

Red
2011 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
1/7/2022 - vanderpee Likes this wine:
92 points
Really solid, more so for ‘11. Decanted for an hour which should have been longer. Again a treat.
  • cfk49 commented:

    1/8/22, 5:32 PM - I guess you think 2011 isn't a very good vintage in Bandol? I think it's the best 21st century vintage in Bandol so far, with the possible exception of 2016. (I haven't yet tasted any post-2018 vintages.)

Red
2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds Pinot Noir
12/16/2021 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Lafarge and d'Angerville study (Chicago, IL): I don't know if it was a contrast of this bottle next to the 2005, or if it's some sort of bottle variation thing, but I found this bottle to be very pleasant and giving (in contrast to a very stern bottle opened at the end of the before-times). The nose shows lovely red fruit, with cherry a dominant profile. The palate is quite sweet and shows a silkiness that is just so pleasing in comparison to the coarse 2005. This is charming, even. This was a lovely bottle, but it's hard to reconcile with my previous experience with this wine.
  • cfk49 commented:

    12/17/21, 11:08 AM - Taillepieds is a terroir that gives very slow-developing wines, and when you add d'Angerville to the equation, you've squared or maybe even cubed the situation. Many 2005s are coming around now, but it's no surprise that d'Angerville's 2005 Taillepieds needs more time, and it's only a modest surprise that this 2002 is only beginning to open up (at 19 years) -- I've got six in reserve so maybe I'll try one in the near future.

Red
1993 Maison Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées Pinot Noir
12/15/2021 - B Paul wrote:
Birthday Wine Dinner: Beautiful nose of dark and red fruit, spice and a touch of vanilla. Tannins are integrated and this is so silky and complex. Flat out fantastic.
  • cfk49 commented:

    12/15/21, 3:17 PM - If I recall correctly, some of the 1990 (or was it 1991?) Domaine Leroy wines leaked (because the wines were filled so high and bottled in a very cold cellar), and to try to combat that, Leroy for a while did bottle its Domaine wines (at least for the US market) with capsules instead of wax -- red; white capsules for the Maison wines. So, if I am correct, you had the Domaine version (and in fact, I don't think there was a Maison version). Either way, happy birthday, sounds like quite a good celebration.

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/4/2021 - djhammond Likes this wine:
99 points
I am surprised at some of the underwhelming reviews recently of this wine and I can only assume it is down to storage or bottle variance. Unmistakably Paulliac, the nose is other worldly and it is a big old school wine with a deep aromatic nose of berry fruits with subtle rose hints and the best 1982 tasted to date. The nose is out of this world and the depth and balance are impeccable with multi layers of complexity. The finish is 60+ seconds, but another couple of years to settle the tannin will give it that extra half point. I think that a couple of hours in the decanter is still beneficial. A post note; I saved a glass in a closed decanter until the next evening and it warranted a perfect score. I will give this extended decanting next time out. 99+
  • cfk49 commented:

    12/5/21, 8:53 AM - Production of many of the Médoc estates, including Mouton, is so large that there are perforce multiple lots of the wine in any given year, especially back in 1982, at the time an historically large vintage and no second wine was being made.Thus there is often unevenness among bottlings. I, for one, have never had a great bottle of this wine, and I tasted it many times in the mid-1980s after it arrived in the US.

Red
2005 Nicolas Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
blind tasting chez David: Burgundy mishmash: Volnay, Chambolle, Puligny, Rully and Pouilly Fuisse

red with some bricking at the rim

aromas of beef broth, mushrooms, soy sauce, licorice, violets

very savory, roasted and meaty,has a green side, rough tannin and a bit rustic overall

a little pepper and cherry liqueur on finish, but kinda short, nice enough though

guess: 2011 Volnay
  • cfk49 commented:

    10/27/21, 10:41 AM - Hope you didn't confuse the Volnay or Chambolle with the Pouilly-Fuissé. ;-)

Red
2002 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras Pinot Noir
10/27/2021 - olemski wrote:
88 points
Double decanted about 100 minutes before tasting. Smell of strawberries and liquer. A bit of furniture polish, with good grip and fine fruit with plenty of refinement. The precision is the outstanding feature of this wine, but the notes of oak (or something oak-like) on the aftertaste and the lack of any full integration of the alcohol detract from what would have been an outstanding wine, but which is now excellent. (Note that I now use the scale as it was intended, rather than as the inflated scale it has become. This wine is excellent, so should have something like 88-89 "Very Good to Excellent (85-89)").
  • cfk49 commented:

    10/27/21, 10:39 AM - Not much new oak used at Barthod -- about 30+/-%. After 19 years, I'd be surprised if what you think is perceptible oak is really that. Perhaps reduction, if the wine had not breathed long enough.

Red
2018 Domaine Bernard Gripa St. Joseph Syrah
9/28/2021 - forceberry wrote:
87 points
The fruit is mainly from vineyards in Tournon. 70% destemmed, 30% in whole bunches. The foot-trodden grapes get a few days of cold soak before fermentation. Aged in 600-liter demi-muids (60%) and smaller barrels, ranging from new to very old (10 yo). 14,5% alcohol.

Deep and dark, almost fully opaque blood-red color. At first the nose feels quite restrained and closed, but opens up beautifully into an alluring, fragrant and rather sweet-toned bouquet of dark plums and bilberries, some meaty tones, light perfumed floral nuances, a little bit of peppery spice and a roasted hint of something smoky. The wine feels rich, very juicy and even slightly soupy on the palate with a full body and sunny, ripe flavors of blackberry jam, some cherry marmalade, some roasted gamey tones, a little bit of peppery spice, light savory woody tones, a hint of inky character and a touch of toasty oak spice. The overall feel is rather warm and a bit on the soft side, thanks to the high alcohol and medium acidity. Fortunately the quite ample and moderately grippy tannins bring in some welcome firmness. The finish is very rich, juicy and moderately grippy with somewhat sweet-toned flavors of plum compote and blackberry marmalade, some black cherry tones, a little bit of peppery spice, light meaty notes of umami and a slightly smoky hint of bacon.

A very ripe and surprisingly weighty Saint Joseph with a noticeably solar overall character. Although not yet "Shiraz" in style, the wine feels noticeably bold in fruit and big in body for a Saint Joseph, not really showing the freshness and high acidity the appellation is better known for. Although quite enjoyable in its own right, the wine feels just too "2018" for my taste - meaning the wine is just too sweet, too high in alcohol and too low in acidity for my preference. Although the wine might get better as it ages and drops some of its lush, sweetish fruit, I doubt it will ever attain much finesse. This is born quite clumsy for a St. Joe, and clumsy it will be.
  • cfk49 commented:

    10/8/21, 1:50 AM - Your notes are spot-on. A relatively disappointing effort from a favorite producer, reflecting the problems of the vintage. I found the wine did improve some the second day, enough for me to put out 23€ to buy a second bottle to follow how it has evolved in five years or so.

Red
2005 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Bressandes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/8/2021 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
93 points
very nice with red / dark red fruit and some nice spice, had more lift than a bunch of my '05's have been showing, hope this means the vintage is turning the corner (but one btl doesn't make a trend), this had nice acidity and wasn't at all brutish like some have been... liked this a lot
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 9:32 AM - I've had little problem with 2005s, but I think one has to choose climats and producers judiciously -- they don't all come around at the same time. As you can see from my notes on this wine, it is one of the ones that I was willing to drink already.

Red
2000 Château Gombaude-Guillot Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
9/7/2021 - Jeff Leve wrote:
80 points
Well past its prime, tart, lean and with a distinctive olive and herb character to the overly crisp, peppery cranberry and strawberry on the nose and palate.
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 12:18 AM - Given that your experience was so different from those of others who have tasted the wine recently and posted here, it sounds as though you had a bad bottle. What was its provenance?

  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 8:44 AM - So, then, if you refuse to recognize the possibility of bottle variation, which of the following do you think is true:

    1. Those other three people who have tasted the wine in the past year didn't know how to recognize a wine well past its prime;

    2. The wine has declined precipitously since they posted their notes.

  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 8:54 AM - I was not challenging your judgment of the wine in the glass before you -- I suggested it was not a representative bottle. But you rejected that possibility. Accordingly, your judgment of the wine is radically different from that of three other people who have tasted the wine in the past year and posted on cellartracker. If you reject the bottle variation possibility, which you do, there must be some other explanation. What is it?

  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 9:06 AM - I did not post a note. I have the wine in my cellar, so I am interested in what people think and when I should drink the wine. My question was innocent and not accusatory. But your answer makes clear that of the two choices I presented above, you think it is number 2, i.e., the other drinkers did not know how to recognize a wine that in your opinion is well past its prime.

    So that raises the question again, going back to my original comment in this thread, how are you able to be sure that the bottle you tasted was a representative bottle and not a bad bottle?

  • cfk49 commented:

    9/8/21, 9:30 AM - I will pop the cork and post a note -- but that will be several months until I'm again near the cellar where the wine is.

Red
1996 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/4/2021 - fcxj wrote:
80 points
Faint whiff of cardboard and short finish.
  • cfk49 commented:

    9/5/21, 6:45 AM - This is clearly a corked wine. You ought to mark it as flawed and not give it a rating.

Red
1990 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
8/14/2021 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
This is thrilling to swirl, sniff and sip from the moment the wine hits your glass. Elegant, concentrated, long, rich and refined, the smoky, earthy, rock-strewn fruits grace your palate and linger for at least 60 seconds! Prices for this gem have really shot up over the past few years. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle or two, or you have the disposable income, this is a heart-stopping tasting experience.
  • cfk49 commented:

    8/17/21, 8:01 PM - Who was the importer of this wine?

  • cfk49 commented:

    8/18/21, 12:57 PM - There are various cuvées. Presumably yours is from Yapp?

  • cfk49 commented:

    8/18/21, 1:46 PM - Look for the lot numbers. They are suppressed generally in the US but were required in EU. Your statement about different bottling times being the only difference does not jibe with my experience and I tasted every year in the cellar at that time. Cf. Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route.

    PS— Only one cuvée of the white, AFIK.

  • cfk49 commented:

    8/19/21, 8:47 AM - Some wines pre-blending stay in wood longer than others, that is true. Not sure about post-blending, especially 30 years ago.

    A domaine’s official position is not always reflective of reality, and I’ve seen that in particular at Chave.

    Remember also that this was Gérard’s wine; Jean-Louis was living in California at the time.

Red
1985 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
6/26/2021 - bill00 wrote:
96 points
Pristine bottle. Perfectly mature and very expressive. Great aromatics of iron and earth. Nitpicking, there's a bit of minor rusticity I tend to find with Bonnes Mares here but regardless this is a great wine.
  • cfk49 commented:

    6/29/21, 10:50 PM - At the time, Roumier did not blend the wine from the terre rouge with that from the terre blanche. In general, the terre rouge was sold to the US (Chateau & Estate label), the terre blanche to the other markets. Do you know which bottling you had? Sounds like what I would expect from the terre rouge.

Red
1982 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2021 - awolffjr Does not like this wine:
88 points
Nothing wrong with it. Nothing right with it. Muted nose, dull middle fruit, short finish. I’ve always said that the best Lafitte to drink is somebody else’s. This proves my point. About a week ago I had a 96 Lafitte and it killed. Maybe one of the best ones I’ve ever had. I would say for the 82 sell to a sucker that will pay you over $1000 for it.
  • cfk49 commented:

    6/26/21, 12:38 AM - Sounds like low-level TCA -- just enough to kill the fruit, not enough to show the cardboard signs.

Red
1982 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2021 - HFLED wrote:
flawed
Strong wet dog odor at the beginning. Mellowed a bit after 30 mins, but never really went away and the fruit never really came out. TCA likely. Sad.
  • cfk49 commented:

    6/26/21, 12:36 AM - Alas, TCA was a problem at GPL in 1982. When it's not there, the bottles are great.

Red
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
6/12/2021 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Greg's Backyard - June 2021: This wine has a fairly youthful appearance in the glass, medium ruby with no bricking. The nose is youthful and somewhat modern with a focus on the fruit and some oak showing nutty oak, plum, dark cherry, sawdust, violet and sassafras. The palate comes across as fairly tight, unyielding, and young. This doesn't really come across as burgundy to me, and isn't exactly the style of Pinot I pursue, feeling somewhat too young for it's 20 years of age with fairly bombastic fruit and some oak that is not totally integrated. Of course if I get the chance to try this again with further age I could be proven wrong and enjoy it more but for now I will withhold a rating.
  • cfk49 commented:

    6/18/21, 11:28 PM - Clavelier does not use much new oak and his toast level is modest. What you are calling oak is, I suspect, reduction.

White - Off-dry
2003 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
PNP. Color straw. Nose shows TdN and light white peach. Swishing this shows it’s ripeness and it has significant RS. Still there is acid there which keeps this much lighter than I would expect. Would not have guessed this as an 03 if tasted blind. Silly for zilli. Thanks David!
  • cfk49 commented:

    5/23/21, 8:31 PM - Did you mean to mark this wine as flawed? If so, how was it flawed -- it's not evident from your description.

Red
1993 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots Pinot Noir
5/7/2021 - Eric G wrote:
82 points
Past prime
  • cfk49 commented:

    5/7/21, 4:54 PM - What was the provenance?

Red
1999 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
4/30/2021 - logos Likes this wine:
63 points
just a touch browning at edge. complex, herbal notes in a velvety, restrained background of delicate fruitiness. bit weak, awkward, and unbalanced; somewhat past prime, but good long finish
  • cfk49 commented:

    4/30/21, 4:49 PM - What was the provenance for this bottle?

Red
2005 Nicolas Potel Volnay 1er Cru Champans Pinot Noir
4/15/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened 2 hours earlier. Beautiful deep ruby core without much lightening. Deflating green, resiny aromas. Medium weight, black cherry/blackberry fruit, excellent acidity, but the wine is defined by astringent wood tannins. It appears to have good underlying material, but I always have a strong negative visceral reaction when Volnay is vinified in this manner, which renders it neither delicate nor delicious. If I wanted this much pine, I would have opened a bottle of La Rioja Alta.

To be fair, by the second night, the wood had receded and the sappy dark red fruit had taken a step forward so that the balance between the two was better. It was still a big, bold wine, which for me is weird for Volnay.
  • cfk49 commented:

    4/17/21, 7:44 PM - The Champans terroir (and also the Santenots terroir) is quite different from what most people think of as Volnay (a village that has extraordinary diversity of terroir). I frequently see people criticizing Champans for the winemaking when, in fact, they're describing Champans exactly as it is. Unlike theirs, your description is not picture-perfect Champans, but having tasted this wine from barrel (in this, preceding vintages, and the final two after it that were still under Nic Potel), I don't think it's as much a winemaking issue as you make it out to be, and your second night observations sound a lot more like Champans -- it's a big, fleshy wine.

  • cfk49 commented:

    4/17/21, 7:44 PM - The Champans terroir (and also the Santenots terroir) is quite different from what most people think of as Volnay (a village that has extraordinary diversity of terroir). I frequently see people criticizing Champans for the winemaking when, in fact, they're describing Champans exactly as it is. Unlike theirs, your description is not picture-perfect Champans, but having tasted this wine from barrel (in this, preceding vintages, and the final two after it that were still under Nic Potel), I don't think it's as much a winemaking issue as you make it out to be, and your second night observations sound a lot more like Champans -- it's a big, fleshy wine.

  • cfk49 commented:

    4/17/21, 10:03 PM - I wonder if it's oak. Sometimes stems or reduction can be confused with oak. Sometimes corks give off oak elements, too. I'd have to check my notes (which are nowhere easy to reach), but I don't think Potel used a lot of new oak on the Volnays.

Red
1990 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/21/2021 - bill00 wrote:
93 points
Initially muted and took about 90 minutes for it to open up. Mostly light spice and earth with a bit of dried dark cherry. Very good but not as exciting as hoped for.
  • cfk49 commented:

    3/22/21, 11:17 AM - What was the provenance of the bottle?

  • cfk49 commented:

    3/22/21, 1:24 PM - Thanks for the reply. I haven't drunk a bottle in a while, will have to get one out to check on how it's doing. I've always thought it was one of the top wines of the vintage.

Red
2002 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/21/2021 - asparagus wrote:
92 points
This was good - great fruit and nice length. Big quibble - way too advanced (far too much soy and tea). Probably a provenance issue, not uncommon with that particular merchant.
  • cfk49 commented:

    3/22/21, 8:04 AM - I think the advanced stage is a winemaking issue.

Red
1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/22/2021 - onboisduvin Likes this wine:
92 points
The characteristic aroma of this wine did not show tonight. The taste was also plain. A bit late for this vintage.
  • cfk49 commented:

    2/22/21, 1:24 PM - What was the provenance of the bottle?

Red
1993 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-Du-Milieu Pinot Noir
2/14/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Still even medium ruby. Dark cherry aromas, some spice, and increasing resin as it goes. As I noted 9 years ago, while the depth and preservation of fruit are impressive, this is big and bold for Volnay. That scale comes from a significant dose of oak, which becomes more and more apparent with air. I admire the material, the ripe/tart interplay without undue sweetness, and the citric twist, but the wood is bothersome, detracting from the typicity.

I must say that the perfectly ripe cherry fruit was really projecting itself on the second night, so much so that it managed to push the wood back. Who knows, maybe I just opened it too early and it will eventually come into balance. It ultimately surprised me by showing none of the cooler vintage wintergreen that I've found in many 1993's.
  • cfk49 commented:

    2/18/21, 7:45 PM - Might I suggest that what you thought was wood was reduction? It's a frequent confusion. Lafon's use of new wood is (and was back then) quite judicious.

Red
2015 Domaine Hervé Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussieres Pinot Noir
2/5/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Given 3 hours of air. Deep red. Pretty burly. Ripe earthy cherry. More Morey than Chambolle tonight.
  • cfk49 commented:

    2/13/21, 5:06 PM - Bussières, of course, is on the border of Morey, adjoining Roumier's Clos de la Bussière. Northern Chambolle is different from popular conceptions of what Chambolle-Musigny "is".

Red
2004 Nicolas Potel Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Gaudichots Pinot Noir
2/8/2021 - hprphf wrote:
93 points
Rumor is DRC sold its Gaudichots juice to Potel. Certainly the most structured and boldest wine today, reminiscent of La Tache on the palate. The nose is green, stony, grassy, very characteristic of the vintage and less so of LT. Still, very very good. 93
  • cfk49 commented:

    2/8/21, 7:01 AM - It wasn't DRC -- the grapes came from Thomas (since sold the plot to Forey). But a really good wine.

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