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White - Sparkling
2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
8/21/2021 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
95 points
Les Trois garcons chez Lukas: Initially a little bit closed but with time a broad and complex nose with lemon, orange, a touch of red berries, cantaloupe melon, straw and fresh bread. With additional time coffee, fudge and candied orange peel. On the palate fine mousse, at first a bit angular with some bitterness but gradually gaining balance and complexity. Similar impressions as for the nose. Good acidity, iron and chalk minerality, very good lenght. A clear step up from last bottle, probably ’cause we gave it more time and attention. Best young Comtes I’ve had and good upside as well. With luck, this could approach perfection in 8-10 years time.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/30/21, 4:55 AM - I can’t say your wrong as I have no experience of Comtes that old and indeed limited experience of any champagne older than 20 years post vintage. But I’ve had the ’99 Comtes several times over the past 8 years and for my taste it’s ready now and has been for the past 3-4 years. I like some fizz and at least some semblance of primary fruit in my champagne.

Red
2017 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Malleolus Tempranillo
10/23/2020 - Puteljen! wrote:
87 points
Too much vanilla. Lots of fruit upfront but Lacking on the midpalate. Somewhat short.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    10/25/20, 1:50 AM - Man kan ju hoppas att den värsta vaniljen lägger sig men lite tvek på om frukten håller för ordentligt lång lagring. Gissar ändå att den är bättre om 5-10 år men kanske går utför efter det. Dock tror jag inte det kommer ske underverk. Kommer alltid vara mediokert.

Red
2017 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Liaison Baden
10/12/2020 - Latache01 Does not like this wine:
83 points
I've been monitoring E&M for several years now: Sometimes stunning wines, lacking some consistency though.

This one (Liaison 2017) has to be the most troublesome wine I've ever tasted from this eastate: Edgy acidity, strong notes of dried herbs and absolutely NO fruit or charme.
Maybe a flawed bottle, maybe another example of E&M being heavily dependent of the vintage. Almost undrinkable.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    10/13/20, 1:52 AM - Agree this is one of the weaker vintages of Liaison, but far from undrinkable in my book. I've always found Liaison to be their most reliable wine. Sure, there is some vintage variation, but that is to be expected for most wines. Why else are we paying a premium for good back vintages, while lesser ones has to be put on sale? (ie. Bourgogne 2009/2010 vs 2011/2013)

White
2011 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Chardonnay
10/1/2020 - AJ72 wrote:
92 points
Salty, very salty. Initial impression is of brine but seawater instead of shell has me worried. Colour good, nose good if a little bit subdued. Tastes too bitter to be correct. Giving it time. The nose is flinty and ethereal but I'm not sold on the palate. The nose suggests it's going to be fantastic! I'm still waiting for this thing to takeoff. A third of the way in to this bottle and the palate is starting to come around, slowly. This has been the longest I've ever waited to see what I thought would materialise initially but it's now starting to open up. Decanter would help a lot with this wine. Been open about an hour and now it's coming together. Very salty/brine character is now giving way to that more classic textural quality that makes Chablis so good. This is so weird this bottle but now it's building complexity in the glass. I don't think I've ever seen such a transformation in a wine from almost unpleasant to almost sublime. It's definitely defined by a salty/acidic spine and is leaner than other vintages I've had but you can still see the Raveneau greatness in what looks to be a difficult vintage. Probably not the best Butteaux I've ever had but a wine of great character and personality. Keeps getting better as the edginess melts away. Really good now. So backward to begin now the purity coming through, wet stone, calcare. I could have overlooked/dismissed this rough diamond on other nights you need patience with this wine.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    10/2/20, 5:38 AM - Had a very similar experience with the 2011 Monte de Tonnerre. Needed at least an hour in the glass to shine.

White
2017 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
8/22/2020 - Puteljen! wrote:
87 points
Perfumed nose of tropical fruit, wet wool and green herbs. On the palate a bit less fruit, medium+ acids and a distinctly herbal character. Slightly bitter and gets more so towards the finish. Also again that feeling of wet wool.

Nah, not bad per se but not my cup. To bitter and lacking a bit of freshness. Will cellar the remaining 2 bottles and hope for the best.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/23/20, 11:00 PM - It's not a bad wine, just don't like the style. Too bitter, lacking freshness.

White
2015 Weingut Keller Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
7/31/2020 - RyanJames wrote:
92 points
Solid wine. Let there be no doubt, and let me be declarative, this wine is not worth anywhere close to its currently mental, bubble-ridden price tag. It's a very good wine, but the combination of cult appeal, stupid 0.01%-ers hiring "cellar consultants" and the word of mouth have now put a $50-80 Riesling into the stratosphere. Even my wife, a non-ITB person, who has a terrific palate, is laughing at the $200 price tag here and those that dabble. firm pass. For those that aren't, well, the definition of a fool, is one who is quickly parted with their $.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/9/20, 2:52 PM - It's crazy! Back in 2016 I paid less than $50 per bottle.

Red
2018 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Muschelkalk Baden
8/3/2020 - Burgfan1 wrote:
flawed
This wine is quite Burgundian in spirit (although with some differences obviously) and offers good value relative to Burgundy.
Acidity is really high, it’s mineraly yet quite fruity (primarily plum notes), almost rich which is an unusual combo for Pinot. Not big but good persistence and length. My guess is that the viticulture is really high quality. It’s very well made. To compare it to a hypothetical Burg, it’s like a Chambolle on a really high slope in a warmish vintage.
However there are big condition issues (brett). I had six bottles all perfectly stored between March and August 2020. The first 3 bottles were great.
The last 3 bottles all had brett issues. This is 50% which I think is unacceptable. The barnyard smell was noticeable on all 3 bottles but the extent of the brett was quite different. Bottle 4 was completely gone, bottle 5 had much lower brett but it completely muffled the fruit notes and bottle 6 was the most unstable (balance between acidity, brett and fruit kept on changing in the glass) with the brett always dominating. I won't buy this producer again.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/9/20, 2:38 PM - Ouch! 3 out of 6 bottles is not good! I have not yet had any of the 2018 Muschelkalk, only the 2017, but have experience of 30+ bottles over several vintages (2013-2018) of their mid-level cuvee Liaison and so far no issue with brett (I would consider myself mid-sensitive). Just one corked bottle.

Red
2010 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/8/2020 - duchamp wrote:
92 points
Clearly the odd man out here but thought this Corton was rather lean and one-dimensional and although still tight, the cherry fruit is pretty straightforward, did not pick up on any of the "broad-shouldered flavors," "breathtaking power" or "mouth coating finish" Meadows did, maybe it's just too young but I doubt it, I think J. Robinson's review was the closest to my experience, don't get me wrong, it's not a bad wine it's just not a 95 pointer
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/9/20, 2:28 PM - Well, I can't give any real input as I have yet to open my case, but I would guess it's at least 5 but more likely 10 years to early to start drinking these. Corton is always backward and this particular cuvee more than most. Then again, many 2010 Burgs have been and continue to be surprisingly accesible from day one so might be that this doesn't live up to its reputation.

Red
2015 Joseph Drouhin Santenay Pinot Noir
7/24/2020 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
89 points
Found a couple of bottles of this that I had forgotten. No sign of them in my CT inventory. Good nose of red berries, clove, sandalwood and white clay. Well balanced with fairly high acidity but good concentration and substance. Very light tannins, medium+ lenght. Some upside with a few more years.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/2/20, 1:11 AM - Visst är det!

White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
7/12/2020 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely nose of golden fruit with apples, ripe peach and lemon. Also hints of orange zest and marzipan. On the palate fresh acidity and more of the golden fruit. Some chalk and smoke. Elegant and well balanced. Long, fresh and lovely.

Like last bottle (2018) this is fresh, elegant and shows no real signs of age. Based on this no hurry to drink up.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    7/13/20, 5:52 AM - More likely 2022, but will try to save at least one btl till '26 ;)

  • Puteljen! commented:

    7/13/20, 8:12 AM - Sounds lika a plan! Last had the 2002 Winston in december 2018 and it was still quite the youngster.

Red
2006 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/19/2020 - AJ72 wrote:
84 points
Not sure if there were some changes between 06 and 13 vintages because this is a lot more old school in style than more recent vintages suggest. Very tannic even now suggesting to me this will always be a feature and more time in the bottle won't soften the stance. Too much for my liking. This wine and the Clos St Jacques from the same vintage and producer next to it were dark and brooding, lacking subtlety and finesse especially considering the pedigree. Strikes me as a cold soak pre ferment maceration in terms of style giving rise to darker colour and meaty profile. If you like that style (think Jean Grivot) then this will be your cup of tea. I prefer the silk and lace which I have encountered in more recent Bruno Clair vintages (2013) and the wines have such great charm and class. I bought these hoping they would be of a similar nature but sadly not. Maybe more recent examples of these great vineyards are but the 06's are missing those qualities that make those vineyards truly great.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/20/20, 4:39 AM - To my knowlede there has been no great change in style or winemaking practice chez Bruno Clair, even if his son Edouard has been involved since some years back (6 or 7 I think). I've not had the most recent vintages, but their style has always been quite old school with a good portion of oak and structure/power more than soft, silky fruit. The 2006 vintage was always a bit austere and stringent stylewise with lots of structure and not much fruit, so that may be a factor here as well.

White
2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots Chardonnay
5/14/2020 - markydb Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine drives me nuts. I bought a case on release and of the 6 I’ve had, 3 were pre-moxed to the max and 2 were very good but not great. I forgot about it but saw it at the back of a bin in the vault, so I decided to try again and pray I’d get a good example of the wine at 12. Out of the bottle, the color was a pale yellow and my spirits brightened. The nose was as fresh as a recent Fevre 2014 so I got really excited. The pay off was brilliant grand cru Chablis that we all seek but too often eludes us. Oyster shells & iodine; finish that lasts forever without even a hint of heat despite the 13% alcohol. Every bit as good as Raveneau or Dauvissat. Sad that you probably have to buy a case to get a couple of these (I hope) but my goodness, thiss is really great wine.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/15/20, 5:26 AM - Great note! Too bad it’s so much hit and miss with Fevre. I’ve heard more recent vintages has less problems with premox but then again, I guess we won’t know fore sure till they’ve had proper cellar time.

Red
2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/12/2018 - Kriz wrote:
91 points
Deep, sweet nose, some smokiness and violets. Big tasty palate, a little heavy. But Corton of course showing it's terroir. Will live for the next 20 years.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/13/20, 4:59 AM - Thanks for the note. Was it open or still closed? Decanted?

    Best
    Lukas

Red
2015 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Les Sept Vignes Gamay
5/3/2020 - jamesdoeser wrote:
Note to self: buy a case of this next time you idiot.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/3/20, 3:33 PM - Ha! I’m very glad I did! Great wine!

Red
2012 Ferdinando Principiano Barolo del Commune di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
4/19/2020 - Elvis1969 wrote:
89 points
Jag har temporärt tappat luktsinnet pga Covid-19 och har egentligen ingen aning om hur bra det här vinet var, så jag sätter samma poäng som senast.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/21/20, 4:25 AM - Krya på dig!

Red
2013 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Villero Nebbiolo
4/11/2020 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
92 points
Intense boquet with lots of sweet fruit (cherries, boysenberries, lingonberries) hints of mint, sage, nailpolish and iron. On the palate a bit sterner with a fair amount of tannins providing structure. No bitterness though, and again beautiful fruit. Elegant, well balanced. Medium+ lenght with warm herbs, fruit and iron. Very good!
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/15/20, 2:29 AM - Decanted for about 1 hour. Drank over dinner (braised cheek of ox in a red wine sauce with a puré of jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and potatoes) for the next hour. No dramatic development over dinner. Was better with food.

Red
2010 Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Fournaux Pinot Noir
4/10/2020 - coremill wrote:
86 points
DON'T OPEN 2010s!!!! Every time I have tried a 2010 red burg in the last couple years it has been shut down. This certainly is, very tight, hardly showing any fruit, all acid structure. It's not even extremely tannic, just not showing much at all. 3-4 hours of air barely makes any difference. Pairing it with food didn't help either.

If I'd never had any experience with burgs turning into swans on the other side I'd think this was past peak and should be drunk up. I have one other bottle of 2010 Bize and I'll be holding it several more years.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/13/20, 3:26 PM - I have the exact opposite experience. Almost every 2010 I’ve opened, since release up untill now, has been quite open. Not at all like the ’05 and ’09 that are both shut down hard, even if some ’05 are starting to show well. 2010 is a fantastic vintage and I’m sure the wines will see old bones, but I don’t see the harm in opening some bottles early.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
4/12/2020 - Krugalex wrote:
89 points
Light gold color. Medium-sized bubbles. Sea breeze on the first nose, then yellow apples and a lot of pear notes after a couple swirls in the Zalto sweet wine glass (a bit too much "orchard juice" for me). Also, by comparison, much less toasted bread notes than the NV Brut impérial from Moët. Sharp acidity and nice creamy texture. No great complexity or length here, but it's an honest champagne for the price. I usually prefer a toastier style of champagne, so I'd rather pay a few bucks more to have something else, like a NV Bollinger or even a regular Moët or Veuve.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/13/20, 3:21 PM - In my personal experience the regular Moet NV doesn’t hold a candle to the Pol Roger NV

Red
2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole Nebbiolo
3/29/2020 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
91 points
Drank from a magnum that was decanted 3 plus hours. Slight harshness persisted in every glass. High quality but not as complex or special as the 13. I think I even like the 14 over this. Likely needs more time but not really sure the deal here.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/1/20, 12:00 AM - In my experience middel-age Barolo is almost always boring. Drink them young or wait for at least 15 years, prefearably 20, post vintage, at least in good years. Some might drink younger, like 2007 for example. (And this was a mag to boot!)

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
1/10/2016 - Markus IWC wrote:
96 points
Precis lika bra som 2010, mörk frukt med dominans av körsbär, härliga rökiga fattoner, tobak, läder, jord, charkuterier och kryddor. Blir inte bättre än så här, underbart komplext vin som man kunde suttit och myst med i timmar om inte det stod en rad med viner och väntade.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    3/27/20, 3:51 AM - Tror det förekommer en hel del flaskvariation hos Pegau. Druckit både 2009 och 2010 relativt nyligen och gillade inte alls 09 men tyckte 10 var riktigt bra. Min kompis som drack 10 för andra gången på kort tid tyckte den sista flaskan (den jag också drack) levererade betydligt bättre än den första.

  • Puteljen! commented:

    3/27/20, 5:26 AM - Visst, men det här är ju fortfarande relativt unga viner. Mer uttalad variation än vanligt skulle jag säga.

  • Puteljen! commented:

    3/27/20, 7:18 AM - Kan mycket väl bero på korkarna, allt annat lika (samma låda vin) är det svårt att se någon annan förklaring. Samtidig finns det producenter där man inte ser alls samma grad av flaskvariation förrän efter 20+ år. Olika kvalité på hos korkleverantörerna? Jag kan inte säga att jag har jättemycket erfarenhet av just Pegau men även i tidigare årgångar tycker jag det varit mycket flaskvariation vilket också skulle kunna förklara de rätt spretiga omdömena här på CT och annorstädes. Kul i alla fall att din flaska levererade!

White - Sparkling
2012 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
12/31/2019 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
92 points
New years eve at Lilla Hjällö

Very elegant, almost shy nose of candy, lemon, lime, peach and a slight touch of red berries. Fresh dough, chalk, iodine. Distincly marine in its expression. On the palate elegant and restrained but with nice substance to the slightly sweet fruit. Again marine impressions with chalk, oysters and iodine. Long finish, dry but still with a touch of sweet fruit. Good stuff but slightly prefered the 2012 Pol Roger tonight.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    1/4/20, 1:29 AM - Both enjoyable now but good aging potential as well. Depends on what style you prefer. Drink now for freshness, cellar for complexity.

Red
2006 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/29/2019 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
92 points
very very nice palate with deeply textured / nuanced mouthfeel, slight umami alongside some very smooth purple fruit, kinda '06 as it was foursquare and not particularly unique... very nice but for this bottling not what one is typically looking for... then again it is an '06
  • Puteljen! commented:

    12/4/19, 8:27 AM - Also probably still too young I would say

Red
1971 Barisone Barolo Nebbiolo
A friend turns 50: I'd never heard of this producer, but I am a fan of old barolo and this one was nice. I think the bottle might have been opened earlier and prob should have had a decant for sediment (I had some chunks at the bottom of the glass) but overall it was drinking nicely. Bit more metallic in nature and that crisper structure.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    11/25/19, 3:20 AM - Barisone is/was a sort of Barolo negociant, not an acctual producer. The 1971 Osvaldo Barisone Barolo was acctually made by Francesco Rinaldi. You can read more about it here: https://www.rarewineco.com/articles/osvaldo-barisone-barolo/

  • Puteljen! commented:

    11/25/19, 11:40 AM - Well, I guess Rinaldi didn't sell his very best wine. I have also had the 1961. Nice as well, on par or perhaps slightly better than the '71. Considering that these can be found for about 60-70 euro I think they deliver, but agree that they are not up there with the real legends.

Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
11/20/2019 - Lahontan Likes this wine:
95 points
A powerful, original experience. Myriad flavours: sous-bois, black truffle, mushroom, but also pates de fruits (cassis, framboise), pipe tobacco (an English blend from GLP or Dunhill), the whole is supple, subtle and evolves in the glass very quickly. Strong flavours yet a delicate wine at this stage. No need to decant, just stand it up for a few hours before opening. Great with lamb and white beans.
QPR of the century. WOTY for this lad. (Getting the 2001 and 2006 to try as well). So much more nuanced and complex than most Cali wines I own, it makes me want to wail ;)
Chapeau bas to the brilliant folks who make this wine. This is what it is all about.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    11/21/19, 1:14 AM - Yeah, this is really far from the smooth cali style. One of my fav producers as well. The '99 is one of the best vintages but try the '05. Really good!

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
11/2/2019 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
94 points
First Cristal ever. I know this is probably too young but having read all the rave reviews I had to see what all the fuss is about. Drank over 4-5 hours during and after dinner.

Nose is initially closed with mostly steel and generic yellow fruit. Opens up eventually with better definition: apples, yellow plum, almost ripe lemons, hints of vanilla. Also yeast and quite a lot of minerals. Iron mingle with salt, chalk and iodine. Fine mousse. Sleek and elegant. Very good complexity. Very, very long. Just needs a few years to harmonize and soften slightly. Score is for now, guessing 1-4 points upside.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    11/5/19, 1:30 AM - Thanks!

White
2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots Chardonnay
10/24/2019 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
93 points
wow... the first of six bottles, and this thing is WOW!!... super young, with massive lift and tension... saw a note mentioning butterscotch (which makes me think premox) but this one was high and tight with loads of acidity, minerals and lemons... just what we like... perhaps time to buy another 6 or 12... I've been pleasantly surprised at the zero premox rate on W. Fevre I've had recently (tho truth be told, I don't let them get past 8 years or so)
  • Puteljen! commented:

    10/25/19, 3:24 AM - Hi! Great note. Look forward to drinking this.

    Smoke is not what I associate with premox. Many white burgs, including Chablis, have a smoky, gunmetal note, that I absolutely adore. I recently had two bottles of this wine, 2008 vintage, side by side. one was fresh as a Daisy, the other celarly poxed. The big difference was the intensity of the fruit (in the good bottle) and the notes of old, spoiled nuts, bruised winter apples and the overall sherry character (bad sherry!) of the poxed one.

Red
2005 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/10/2019 - chablis28 wrote:
95 points
Siggy's btl. Thanks Steve! This showed up with the cork in, not very cool temp wise to start and further warmed up too much in a warm restaurant during the hour plus prior to drinking. Minneapolis had just had some big swings in temp and the restaurant Hvac hadn't caught up. Surprisingly the staff did not attempt to cool things down. So, this utterly stellar wine could have ended up my WOTN under better circumstance but still fought its way enough to grab my attention & admiration. Too bad this had not received more air and the temp not been pushing 70+ when we got it in glass! Thankfully this was an amazing btl in spite of the prep and temp. The caressing, velvety texture alone, was something to behold! There was structure and lift in spades but the texture of this wine kept everything in good stead. Lush, rich but energetic; dark raspberry and cherry wrapped in spice and minerality with a hint of underbrush. Had this gotten more air and the temp been correct, who knows how much more impressive this might have been? I'm sure the restrained nose might have been bigger with more air. I loved this wine none the less. No doubting this is from one of the best sites and producers in Burgundy. Drinking amazingly well for an 05 which are often still stubborn even as age 15 approaches. I'd love to revisit this in 3-5 years.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    9/14/19, 1:56 AM - High temp for red wines is a really frequent problem, even in high end restaurants. I usually ask them to put the bottle on ice for 10-15 minutes. If it gets too cold you just let it sit in the glass and it’ll warm up soon enough.
    Thanks for a great note. I have a single bottle of this and will try to hold it till 2025 or so.

Red
1999 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
8/31/2019 - Burgundy Al wrote:
91 points
Blind "Grand Cru" with Lobster & Flannery Steak (House of Nanda - Chicago IL): Late night bottle popped-and-poured and served double blind. Lots of black fruit, very meaty, seemed very Gevrey to me. Good+ weigh and length with an expanding finish. Will reward more time/air.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    9/4/19, 3:02 PM - These LJ Pougets take forever to come round. To me the ’99 has seemed on the cusp of entering its proper drinking window for close to ten years.

Red
1996 Robert Ampeau & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Santenots Pinot Noir
7/18/2019 - _water.into.wine_ Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear garnet. Developed nose. Dirty barnyard. Oak. Damp cupboard. Possibly a bit corked.

But wow! The nose transforms with air! It becomes far more complex with fruit becoming very noticeable. But the palate remains quite lean.

Ampeau is always a treat. 23 years old!
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/3/19, 1:23 AM - 43 years old?

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Theurons Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Pinot Noir
5/26/2019 - cos82 wrote:
86 points
Funky on nose and palate when first opened. Over time the funk disappeared, but fruit never emerged. Boring, boring,
Boring ! Drinkable, barely, is the best that could be said. Very earthy
  • Puteljen! commented:

    6/3/19, 2:51 AM - A generous score for a barely drinkable wine. Might still be too young. Many '05 are. Thanks for the note!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
5/29/2019 - johneagle wrote:
90 points
Perfectly well made but seems to me to lack any character or interest. Perhaps drank it too young
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/29/19, 5:03 AM - I liked it more than you, or at least gave it a higher score, but I agree on that it lacks personality. Champagne model 1A and not very interesting. Stopped buying Dom after this vintage.

Red
2003 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/14/2019 - TheThirstyYau wrote:
92 points
From an old very cellar stained bottle. On open nose was expressive, dark red fruit. Flavors of dark chocolate, plum and spice emerged. 2003 was very hot and a lot of the bottles are extremely ripe but this was quite well balanced and seemed to have mellowed. Tannins were resolved. Don't know if this bottle is representative given bottle suggests not the best storage, but this was drinking beautifully.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/15/19, 2:40 AM - The worse the labels, the better the storage… Tnx for the note!

White
2016 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
4/17/2019 - ledocq wrote:
You ever have a party and beforehand write the words "do not drink" on the label of a bottle, then hide that bottle underneath the vegetables in the vegetable compartment of the fridge, then camouflage the compartment with a pile of good drinking whites, then three weeks later think, "Oh, yeah, I'd like to try that 1er cru Boillot I bought for a special occasion," then look everywhere and realize that someone whom you otherwise probably love probably put an ice cube in it and mixed it with seltzer and didn't even leave you a tasting note? Yeah. That.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/26/19, 2:50 AM - Why on earth put it in there with the other bottles in the first place? Recipe for disaster!

Red
2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley
3/2/2019 - chatters wrote:
Hunter Whistlestop 2019 #1 (Hunter Valley): Dense blackberry, cedar, caramel oak, plum, a little peppery spice on the nose. In the mouth it does, indeed, prove dense, chewy and savoury, black hued fruits, a little baked fig oddly enough, caramel oak, long, tannins are tight. Very much one of the long term.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/16/19, 12:19 PM - How long term would you guesstimate? My experience with aging australian Shiraz is very limited. 2024-2044? Or is 10 years not enough? Thanks for the note!

  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/16/19, 3:53 PM - Thanks!

  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/26/19, 2:45 AM - Not in person, but I believe some of them are active at finewines.se, a Swedish wine forum, so I "know" them from there.

Red
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Pinot Noir
We adore Burgundy. This was our first experience with Lafarge and it was singularly unimpressive. Have had much better Bourgogne Rouge from this vintage for much less.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/16/19, 2:58 AM - Reading your note I would acctually gues you had an off bottle. This was very impressive for a bourgogne rouge to me, even for a 2015.

Red
1999 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/13/2019 - Nanda wrote:
92 points
First bottle from an OWC 6-pack. Pristine condition. So damn young. Great concentration of black and red cherry with the beginnings of earth-led depth starting to emerge. For all the fruit concentration, this has good countering structure. All is aging in proportion. Probably 5+ years from peak drinking,
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/14/19, 2:08 PM - Great note! Has been drinking like that for the past 5 years. Beginning to wonder if it will ever come round! Great wine though!

White
2012 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée E. J. Thevenet Chardonnay
4/6/2019 - Puteljen! wrote:
89 points
On the nose sweet and honeyed with hints of botrytis. Lemon, lime, meringue pie, custard, apricots. Some light spice. On the palate concentrated but fairly fresh with good acidity. Spice and fruit intermingle. Some vanilla. Perhaps a bit clumsy or at least not in perfect harmony. In the finish evident oak, almost tannic and a bit bitter. Good, but oak a bit too heavy at present.

Edit: I’ve since heard Thevenet does not use much oak so I guess those tannins are from something else. But I could have sworn it was oak!
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/9/19, 3:32 AM - Thanks for the info. I could have sworn it was oak. So much tannin!

White
2007 Domaine Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères Chardonnay
5/29/2018 - jmoore431 wrote:
94 points
After having their Batard of this vintage which was quite more advanced than expected, I worried from seeing I had a few bottles of this "lesser" 1er. LESSON: Read not just the notes of others on your wines - read your own notes!!!! This wine is beautiful and seeming to be holding up much better. Of course, all depends on how we acquired the wines and how they've been stored. Which amuses me as this bottle has an "Acker, Merrall,.." label on it and I've never done business with them. Which makes this what I call a third person plural wine, THEM. It came from THEM, and I have no idea exactly who THEM are. Lesson 2 from CT; in addition to being able to read how you already assessed a wine previously (see above advice on reading your own notes), you should actually note in CT where you got the wine when entering it into inventory. Don't just hurriedly enter hundreds of bottles per day into inventory to get your collection entered into the program (like I did years ago) without always noting source and cost!
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/8/19, 4:04 AM - Thanks for the note. But this is a village wine, is it not?

White
2016 Domaine Amiot Guy et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets Chardonnay
In 2016
The VV. And man is that gorgeous as a bigger pour. Rich and fat but not overly so. Just tons of flavor. That gets better and better in the glass.

Lots of frost which is why it’s so rich it got very concentrated. Way more fruit and less juice. So everything is very rich but still some richness ‘15s richness is ripe and from the sun different than the concentration. The sun and soil balances the elegance. From’17s are open and reminds him of ‘11 but is riper. It will be easy and drink soon. It was perfect weather.

12 plots all in the lower part of Chassagne with average age 50 and aged 1
Year in oak and8 months in tank. Malo and alcohol ferments in barrel.

His father named this cuvée after the plots and so everybody loved it and asked for it. And the red is the same as well.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    3/20/19, 11:35 PM - Is this note really for the 2016 Caillerets 1er or is it for the VV village?

Red
2015 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long Pinot Noir
1/6/2019 - slabslovin Likes this wine:
93 points
A fascinating wine. Found myself having a hard time concentrating on what I was doing because this wine took so much of my attention. Complex and lingers. I always have a sense of trepidation when I open a pinot noir but this is a jewel. If you have even been frustrated by pinot noir and even French wines and their inconsistencies this wine nails it.

Just updating this review. This wine really deteriorates a few days after opening. Had a glass for 4 days straight.....got a bit worse every day and last was almost undrinkable with lots of off flavors. Updated rating to reflect this.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    1/6/19, 2:14 PM - Many would disagree that a bourgogne 1er cru is at its peak 3 years post vintage. These are wines made to be able to take 10-20+ years of cellaring. However, if your preference is for young fruit, you might be better of drinking them young before the fruit starts to fade. In my own experience, bourgogne is at its best soon after release or after extended cellaring. The in between, middle age years are usually quite boring. But I would not say that a 3 year old burg 1er is at peak.

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
8/9/2015 - forceberry wrote:
91 points
Pale yellow-green color. Surprisingly closed and inexpressive nose with vague autolytic aromas of toasted bread, some mocha and a hint of nuttiness. The wine is full-bodied, muscular and pretty intense on the palate, and it comes across as quite more expressive than the nose, although still not as quite is expressive as the previous bottle I had a few years ago. There are quite crisp, focused and youthful flavors of steely minerality, autolytic toast, some oxidative caramel tones, a little bit of brooding mocha character and a hint of spicy red apple. The wine is very structured with its high acidity and the soft, mellow mousse lends wonderful, creamy elegance to the mouthfeel. The finish is lively, bright and somewhat bitter with mineral flavors of tart lemony citrus fruits, chalk dust, some tangy green apples, a little bit of apple peel bitterness, a hint of oxidative nuttiness and a touch of steely minerality.

Contrasting the LGA 2002 I had three years ago, this bottle seemed leaner and much more youthful - and surprisingly closed as well. Contrasting the typically powerful, brooding and dark-toned style of LGA, this was surprisingly mute in the nose and quite lean on the palate. Sure, there were some autolytic and slightly oxidative toasty and nutty characteristics that are the hallmarks of this particular bottling, but in a surprisingly restrained fashion. I enjoyed the freshness and precision here, but I was surprised how underwhelming this wine felt compared to the typical LGA style - even with some air. I have no idea whether this was on off bottle or if the wine was undergoing a dumb phase. Nevertheless, the wine felt like it could continue to develop for a long time from here, so I'd say there is no hurry to open these bottles. Keep rather than drink.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    12/12/18, 7:21 AM - I have had a similar experience with my Pol Roger 2002:s. 3-4 years ago they where open and quite rich but the last couple of bottles have felt much more closed and more youthfull. Not bad, but muted.

Red
2016 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Liaison Baden
11/10/2018 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle back on track. Lovely stuff! See previous notes.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    11/14/18, 9:28 AM - No, but I think the bottle I had before this was somewhat sub par. Not flawed, just not the best bottle. I do believe you can cellar these if you like, my 2014s are still drinking well, but I like them so much young. I’ve heard that the top cuvees from E&M needs a few years to show well but the Liaison I’ve always loved right out the gate.

Red
2016 Luke Lambert Nebbiolo Yarra Valley
8/25/2018 - Erikjay wrote:
Undrinkable at this point. Perhaps a bit harsch, but waaay to early to score.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/26/18, 11:48 PM - What makes it undrinkable? Tannins? Closed? Several other tasters have seemed to enjoy it.

Red
2015 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato Terre Siciliane
8/16/2018 - Saxman1984 wrote:
A beautiful wine that offers everything I desire in a wine. A glorious nose of floral notes, stargazer lillies, cherries, strawberries, and a touch of leather. The,wine has a velvety texture, wonderful acidity, and a lengthy finish with just a hint of minerality. Wonderful now and surely wonderful for more years to come. Why spend a fortune on burgundy, which I love, when this wine brings similar joys at a much lower price
  • Puteljen! commented:

    8/17/18, 8:00 AM - Because you also want to drink burgundy! ;)

Red
2014 McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Wines Shiraz Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley
5/20/2018 - Jimmy_D Likes this wine:
96 points
Maurice O'Shea Experience May 2018 (Mount Pleasant, Pokolbin, NSW): Translucent purple in the glass. This looks sexy. The nose offers up a raft of bright purple fruit and red berries against some light smokey notes. So fresh to taste, this is going to live a long and distinguished life. It’s a pity the price tag now says $250 because it means I most likely won’t be finding out. 96+
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/29/18, 4:20 AM - $250 per case (6/12?)? bottle? I Paid £219 for a 6-pack in bond back in 2016.

White - Sparkling
2008 Alfred Gratien Champagne Cuvée Paradis Champagne Blend
5/4/2018 - aquacongas Likes this wine:
91 points
Still a baby, great fruitieness, but I was surprised of the 13g/l sugar. I can’t believe it. Maybe someone knows more. 91
  • Puteljen! commented:

    5/17/18, 8:45 AM - I believe the dosage is 8 grams. Seen that figure from severeal sources, among them here: http://curtismw.com/2018/02/08/champagne-alfred-gratien/

Red
2006 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/20/2018 - Finare Vinare wrote:
92 points
This bottle was shut down - needed four hours to open up. A somewhat darker, fuller and more robust impression than before. Built for the long haul. Solid and finally rewarding.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    4/26/18, 8:07 AM - And here I was thinking my last few bottles needed drinking. Thanks for letting me know otherwise. Will keep them till 2020+

White - Sparkling
2008 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
6/29/2017 - mmh wrote:
93 points
I remember having a bottle of the 2002 when it was just released. It was very tight, acidic and closed. This 2008 was open for business immediately after opening. Extremely enjoyable, long, complex, smooth and complete. Surprising for a young 2008 with such a pedigree.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    2/16/18, 3:30 AM - Interesting. I had the exact opposite experience. Found the 2002 ready to go from release but am finding the 2008 very closed.

White
2015 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs Rheinhessen
1/24/2018 - Puteljen! Likes this wine:
94 points
Riesling with friends (Näset, Göteborg): Decanted about 30 min. Initially closed with just sky high acidity and some mineral but most of the fruit and details in hiding. With time (and rising temperature) we get unripe peaches and lemon. Some minerals, but very little smoke or petrol. Very clean. Very, very long. Great stuff but needs more time in the cellar. Potential for at least 2 more points. Next bottle in 2020.
  • Puteljen! commented:

    1/29/18, 2:50 PM - Tnx

White
2015 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/25/2017 - Wine Ratings Likes this wine:
90 points
Wine from the ‘spice garden’ for $30? I’ll take that all day long. The famed Ürziger Würzgarten (Spice Garden of Ürzig, in translation) is known for producing Rieslings with notable….well, spiciness (as one might expect), as well as earthy characteristics. This Kabinett showed hints of both qualities, though left much to be discovered in the future (hopefully!). More than anything, sharp acidity set the tone – not unpleasant, mind you, but certainly eye opening. With that acidity came typical citrus (lime, grapefruit, tangerine) and spice (white pepper, citrus rind) notes, while stony minerality braced both the nose and palate. The wine showed an interesting (and at first a touch off-putting, admittedly) cocoa note; some of that earthiness, perhaps, or simply an odd flavour in the particular bottle? With a day under its belt, things settled well and further notes of pineapple, green melon, and honey showed through. Solid quality; drinkable now, and structure for aging. It certainly seems to have the potential for a good future (though I’ve heard rumblings of plenty of bottle variation), so I’ve tucked a couple away to see what may come. If you’re a Riesling fan, for $30 I’d suggest you do the same!
  • Puteljen! commented:

    1/2/18, 4:15 AM - One of my fav kabinetts. Directly from the winery this is euro 6.50. Even better ��

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