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2017 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/16/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
89 points
Oh dear, what has gone wrong here. The great Thierry Brouin retired last year after almost 40 years at the helm to be replaced by Boris Champy of Louis Latour and if this particular bottle sample is typical then a serious inquest needs to take place. In colour it's medium light in colour, we're talking strawberry juice tones here (not a bad thing) and on the nose there are pleasant spicy red fruit notes, but then it all goes seriously downhill. On the palate it's medium-light and dilute while the finish is, well, there isn't one! Not sure if it was me I handed a sample blind to a respected vigneron who confirmed my impressions, stating he thought is was "feeble" and was shocked to learn the origin. We're talking £250 a bottle here and it was the worst wine out of 72 red Burgs on offer. The doubt that is in my mind is that the cask sample notes from some top professional tasters view this wine completely differently, but I can only state it as I see it. If you're thinking of buying this I would urge you to taste first because on this showing there were basic Bourgogne Rouge wines at 1/10th the price that were more satisfying. Estimated maturity: Irrelevant on this showing and I gave it 89 because I lost my nerve looking at the name on the label
  • nskelsey commented:

    4/25/20, 10:21 AM - Hello Snowey, I too have seen all the other reviews and can only assume that this bottle was faulty in some way, but precisely in what way I cannot fathom. It didn’t have the usual characteristics of a faulty wine. I have tasted this wine every year since 2002 and have some samples in my cellar (2002, 2003, 2005), but needless to say my experience is well and truly out voted by others (not to mention the great Allen Meadows) so I shall put this in the folder marked “one of life’s great mysteries”. For the record the 2018 is terrific.

2017 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Pinot Noir
7/4/2018 - Burgundy Al wrote:
Comte Armand Cellar Visit and Tasting (Day 11, Visit 2) (Pommard): Barrel tasting at the domaine. We tasted each of the four blocks separately, then an assemblage of the four together.

Assemblage: Black cherry with faint red cherry hints. Complete and already well composed. Long finish in on the firm for now, to be expected of course from Clos des Epeneaux, but I expect this will drink well on the young side for this wine, probably as early as 2025. 92-93 point potential.

Block 2 (~35 yo vines with little topsoil, lots of limestone): Big, rich and lots of black berries and some boysenberry jam. Very tannic, medium weight, slightly awkward on its own.

Block 1 (55-60 yo vines, more soil, more clay): So much depth and weight with layers and layers, but a bit of a tannic beast. This texturally coats the whole mouth and demands your attention.

Block 3 (85 yo vines, varied soil depths): Easily the most complete of the four blacks and the most interesting. Dense and powerful with roasted meat. Good array of dark fruits on finish, almost good already. Still a very firm finish.

Block 4 (88-98 yo vines, varied soil depths): Lighter and more minerally than any of the others with a sneaky density I like a lot. Incredibly elegant with an enticing floral/ spice charm.
  • nskelsey commented:

    1/14/19, 8:07 AM - I have been buying Clos des Epeneaux every year since 2001 and have never read a tasting note on each block; fascinating. Thank you.

2003 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Pinot Noir
4/8/2011 - cooberp wrote:
91 points
Light ruby. Quite ripe, indicative of the vintage. Great, perfumed nose of rich, sweet strawberry and raspberry and a lot of cinnamon. Sweet, warm. Not particularly long, with most of the flavor coming on the attack. Another taster said marzipan which I picked up. Could use some more acidity. No heat, not much tannin. Savory/creamy texture comes out with air.
  • nskelsey commented:

    6/1/13, 2:02 AM - Spot on. I agree with this review which tallies with a bottle I have just opened up.

White - Off-dry
2005 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive Alsace Gewürztraminer
5/5/2012 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
This is a beauty. Utterly gorgeous nose with notes of peach, passion fruit and a hint of lime. The palate is honeyed, but in no way cloying or heavy. The flavours are vibrant and juicy with a delicate spiciness at its core. This is Gewurztraminer at its elegant best. Despite its youth this is drinking really well now and should age beautifully. Sheer class. Estimated maturity: 2012-2020+
  • nskelsey commented:

    3/19/13, 8:06 AM - I can only give my personal preference and say that for me this wine is either a dessert on its own or alongside some simple fresh fruit and your favourite cheeses. Might work with a creme brulee or something else fairly mild mannered, but most things would, in my opinion, detract. I certainly wouldn't drink with any kind of main course or any puddings containing chocolate. This wine needs to be enjoyed for what it is with as few competing flavours as possible. Hope this helps and that the wine lives up to my review!. Regards, Nigel

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