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2008 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons Chardonnay
Seriously good. A pure and fresh nose of green apples, chalk, lemon and bread. In the mouth it has awesome clarity and definition. It is so fine yet is a Champagne of authority. It has the build, complexity and length of top-shelf white Burgundy.
  • wjs commented:

    4/12/19, 7:04 PM - If you only had one btl, when you would start to think about opening it?

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
pale champagne color, magnificent nose of roasted nuts, mousse and hints of rose petal, tart apples and almost zesty citrus, the sort of marshmallow feel and scent to which I am accustomed is there- but compressed and reserved despite its intensity, on the palate this behaves like no Dom Perignon I have ever tasted at release- a massive impact that lands with a certain grace, a tidal wave of lime acids cushioned by layer upon layer of bright and as yet undeveloped cream, tightly wound and tense with evident fruit- but for now the smoky and nutty textures are in command, persistent, intense, lavishly layered, after two hours the "lemon wall" (as I have come to call it when speaking of this vintage) comes on with blistering intensity as this shuts down harder than any other 2008 I have tried to date, comparisons are very difficult as there are none for the vintages I have sampled in their youth, looking back further the best comparison I see at present is the 1966, but however the details fall into place in the years to come- it is clear this is going to be a truly legendary vintage for Dom Perignon and a singular one as well. The only downside is that for we who love Dom in its full creamy maturity there is a very, very long wait ahead.

(*****)+! 2035++

(Note- the exclamation point is for the fact I have- for now- given this 5+ stars. The scale goes to 5, but as does Broadbent in his use of the 5 star scale, I permit myself the very occasional 6th star or potential for such. In nearly 25 years of tasting and thousands of tasting notes, this is perhaps the 4th or 5th time I have taken the liberty.)
  • wjs commented:

    4/1/19, 5:17 AM - I was already planning to buy this one, now I’m planning on buying more. Thanks Tom, really appreciate this

Red
2013 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/21/2017 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
Wow. This bottle is singing with just a bit of air (maybe an hour). Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some anise and spice. On the palate, what a lovely juicy texture. Firm but manageable tannins. Deep layers of cassis with a bit of earth. Clean. Long finish. Drinkable and easy to gulp down but then one pays attention and notices nuance after nuance. Needs five years min to peak and probably longer. Don't be fooled by the lack of vineyard designation.
  • wjs commented:

    3/21/17, 7:51 PM - this is half Panek, half Pellet (or is it Krill?) - either way, two great sites in a great vintage.

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