Tasting Notes for nskelsey

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Red
9/18/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
A striking, translucent ruby red in the glass followed by a typically aromatic Pez nose. On the palate it is medium weight with enticing freshness and an array of complex flavours that leave you wanting to drink more than your doctor says you should. I would describe this wine as having real energy in the same way as a top Volnay has albeit without quite the power and complexity of something like de Montille's Taillepieds. I drank this alongside a de Montille 2006 Rugiens, which just about edged it, but not by much. I would say this sample is at it's peak and although there was no sign that it was on the downward slope I would be inclined to consume it over the next 2-3 years. Since freshness and energy are its hallmark and greatest attributes it would be a shame to miss out on them. Estimated maturity: Now - 2022
Red
9/18/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
I need to change my evaluation of this wine having opened another bottle. This is an exceedingly good wine from what was quite a challenging year. The result is a medium-bodied wine with brick red colour and a ripe, spicy, red-fruit pinot nose full of complex aromas. On the palate there are all sorts of flavours swirling around and the finish has some real oomph and energy with a length of around 30 seconds. Like many 2006s there is plenty of seductive ripeness, but whereas some are not overly exciting this Caillerets at the hands of a Master really delivers. The tannins are still evident, but these should begin to smooth out over the next couple of years. There is a huge amount of concentrated raw material vying for attention and in many ways it is all a bit of a jumble. Nothing is quite in balance and it really does need much more time to pull itself together, which it will undoubtedly do. When it does this is a wine that will last the course. Class in a glass, but patience is required. On this showing it needs another 3-5 years before I open another. Estimated maturity: 2022-2030+
Red
9/18/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
The second bottle from the case and I need to update my original evaluation slightly. Light in colour for a Rugiens, a medium hue of strawberry juice. Elegant, pure nose, typically fresh pinot with hints of raspberry, cranberry and redcurrant. Medium weight on the palate and once again shouts elegance, purity and freshness. Good finish. I really like this owing much to its wonderfully transparent structure. Not the greatest Rugiens, but a pretty damn good one. Estimated maturity: Now to 2022+
White
9/11/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
Unlike the 2005, which I found consistently and mildly underwhelming, this is stunningly good and very much has the wow factor. Fantastically complex nose, wonderful mineral purity on the palate and one hell of a finish that goes on for a very long time. It's an invigorating mix of being rich and powerful on the one hand and fantastically fresh and focussed on the other. Brilliant winemaking.
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White
9/11/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
Unlike the 2005, which I found consistently and mildly underwhelming, this is stunningly good and very much has the wow factor. Fantastically complex nose, wonderful mineral purity on the palate and one hell of a finish that goes on for a very long time. It's an invigorating mix of being rich and powerful on the one hand and fantastically fresh and focussed on the other. Brilliant winemaking.
White
9/11/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
This was the last of the case and, as in my other notes on this wine I remained mildly disappointed to the end. It's a lovely wine, but not the powerhouse one would imagine from this grower, vineyard and year. Light gold in colour this sample of Les Clos has an open nose of white flowers and soft orchard fruits coming through. On the palate it is a wine of medium weight with pure flavours and good precision. It is unquestionably classy, but just lacks that 'wow' factor. Everything is in harmony, but it just doesn't excite. Elegant with a long finish, but never managed to press my button. This sample was also coming to the end of its drinking window so if typical then it needs drinking up soon. Estimated maturity: 2012-2020
Red
1986 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
WOW! I cannot believe it; it's actually arrived in its drinking window. I thought I'd never live to see the day and what a lovely day it is. Leoville Barton is well known for producing classic, old-style Claret and it doesn't get much more classic and old style than this. I've tried this off and on over the years and couldn't believe how stubborn it was in getting to the drinking stage, but the wait has been worth it. Medium to full-bodied it has terrific concentration and, believe it or not, unbelievable freshness. It hits your taste buds like a three year old wine rather than a 33-year-old one. It has become a wine of elegance and it goes without saying that it is not going to fade any time soon.
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Red
1990 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
The 1990 Barton is a gorgeously concentrated claret with well-rounded tannins, a strong note of blackcurrant plus all the usual aromas and flavours one has come to expect from this classic estate - hints of chocolate, tobacco, cedar and spice. All in all a complete wine with no signs of ageing. Thirty years behind it and surely at least another twenty ahead.
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Red
6/17/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
90 points
Light in colour for a Rugiens, medium-coloured strawberry juice. Elegant, pure nose, typically fresh pinot with hints of raspberry, cranberry and redcurrant. Medium weight on the palate and once again shouts elegance, purity and freshness. Good finish, but just a touch spirity. I really like this even though it doesn't have the depth and substance of a top year, but it's structure is wonderfully transparent. It reminds me of those Hubert wines of old, which also tended to come in at just 12% like this one; austere, but oh so refreshing. I'm really looking forward to having this again, which yet again shows that scores aren't the be all and end all in our enjoyment of wine. Given its lightness and 'delicacy' I suspect these bottles will need consuming by 2022+
Red
4/22/2019 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
93 points
This is an exceedingly good wine from what was quite a challenging year. The Lafarges farm biodynamically, which according to them helped with the stress caused by some rather extreme weather conditions. The result is a medium-bodied wine with brick red colour and a ripe, spicy, red-fruit pinot nose full of complex aromas. On the palate there are all sorts of complex flavours swirling around and the finish has some real oomph and energy with a length of around 30 seconds. Like many 2006s there is plenty of seductive ripeness, but whereas some are not overly exciting this Caillerets at the hands of a Master really delivers. The tannins are still evident, but these should smooth out over the next couple of years. On this showing it's ready for drinking now, but you could still hold on for a couple of more years to let those tannins dissipate. This is a wine that will last the course. Class in a glass. Estimated maturity: Now-2026 and beyond.
Red
4/16/2019 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
92 points
Red Burgundy tends to fall into either the 'Elegant' category or 'Power' category (occasionally both) and this was definitely in the latter the last time I tasted it a couple of years ago; however elegance now seems to be taking over. Poured straight from the bottle one is immediately hit with a simply wonderful bouquet, and on the palate there is the characteristic Pommard earth, iron and minerals, but with some lovely red fruit flavours coming to the fore too. Two years ago it was still rather spirity on the tongue, but that has all calmed down now and one is left with a delightfully balanced, rather feminine Clos des Epeneaux. This is now in its drinking window, but should still be happily chugging along over the next 5-10 years. A beautiful Pommard. Estimated maturity: Now-2025+
Red
3/4/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
Medium to light in colour with a lovely floral nose. Medium weight and frisky on the palate with crunchy red fruit flavours. Lots of mineral notes too. Fairly racy for a Nuits-St-Georges and if I had been tasting this blind I really don't think I would have placed this as a 2005 and certainly not a NSG. The characteristics of 2005 in general are rich and full reds, whereas this example is more about freshness and purity and even after 14 years it is full of youthful exuberance and energy. A very good wine and there's no hurry to drink up. Estimated maturity Now-2025+
Red
2017 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
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
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White
1/16/2019 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
This is a very smooth and elegant Les Clos. Lovely floral nose and on the palate it's rich and seamless whilst not being overtly powerful. Good minerality and impressive length. Classy and should age well. Estimated maturity: Try from 2023.
Red
12/18/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
What a fabulous wine this is. I've never had a Ducs before as most reviews rate it just a tiny bit below the Chenes and Caillerets that I am much more familiar with; mind you that is a very high bar indeed. In a nutshell though this is the best Lafarge I've ever had. Medium to dark ruby in colour the nose is wonderfully seductive and perfumed at the red cherry end of the spectrum with hints of rose, violet and plum swirling around underneath; a real beauty. On the palate it is medium to full bodied with a perfect balance of power, elegance, concentration and wonderful complexity. The tannins are supple and sweet and the finish is long. Many reviews predicted that this would be at it's peak around 2006/7, but this example is a point now with no hint of fading any time soon. I suspect a good number of bottles have been drunk way too soon so if you have any in your cellar on this showing there is no hurry whatsoever to drink up. What a memorable bottle of wine and I only had the one; damn! Estimated maturity: Now-2025+
Red
11/13/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Probably the flagship Corton from the Senard stable, up there with the Bressandes competing for top honours. A lovely spicy aromatic nose in the dark fruit spectrum. On the palate it's earthy and 'robust' like most Corton, but it is in no way rugged, instead displaying nicely rounded, complex flavours in the mid-palate. Long finish. Very good indeed and drinking well now. Estimated maturity: 2016 - 2022
White
11/13/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Chassagne tends to be looked upon as the slightly poorer cousin of Meursault and Puligny, but in the right hands it is as good as both of these (if not better) and in profile seems to combine the richer, buttery components of a fine Meursault with the flinty, mineral characteristics of a Puligny. This Paul Pillot offering is everything that's best about a fine Chassagne - refinement, elegance and purity. The terroir in this example is crystal clear like a mountain stream. There are the minerally, lemony, zesty bones of a Puligny and the richness of a Meursault, but somehow retaining the clarity and delineation of all that's great about the best Chassagne. Caillerets is probably the best of all Chassagne's vineyards and this is one of the finest I've tasted. Not quite as powerful as the Jean-Marc Pillot offering, but oozing class. Excellent. Estimated maturity: 2016 - 2020.
Red
6/24/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 20 minutes. Quite dark in colour for a Volnay and the hues rightly suggest this still has some life in it. The aromas are of black, ripe fruit and this combines with mellow flavours and fine, silky tannins. When I last had this a few years ago there was a spirity heat to it that reminded me of a Languedoc rather than a Burg, but a few years on this has mellowed into a very smooth Pinot Noir indeed. If I was tasting this blind I would have judged this to be a 2006. 2003 is clearly an atypical vintage, but I have to say I enjoyed this a lot. Everything in this wine is uber-ripe, but it manages to avoid being stewed. This wine gives a lot of pleasure now, but it will never have that transparent, focused elegance that top Volnay does so well. Estimated maturity: Now - 2020+
Red
6/24/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
88 points
Very disappointing indeed. Michel Lafarge is one of the greats of all time, but this is not one of his finest on this showing. I know for some secondary aromas and farmyard smells are like some holy grail to seek out, but I really don't see the attraction of cow sh*t and silage in a glass. Maybe this was just a bad bottle. Still have a couple so we shall see - onwards and upwards.
White
6/24/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
95 points
Made from vines in excess of 100-years-old, this is a 1er Cru that consistently competes at Grand Cru level, outshining a number of Batard Montrachets I've had the pleasure of drinking. Gloriously golden in colour, the nose is extremely complex with all the usual pear, peach, white blossom adjectives and on the palate it's rich with bags of stuffing, but like all Pillot wines has at its core that acidic backbone running through it that reminds me of a great Grand Cru Chablis. The finish is huge and long. It is relatively rare to find a wine where everything seems to be in perfect balance, but this is one of those wines. Power and harmony is its hallmark. Of the last 16 vintages I've tasted, this is the one that probably just about nails it for me and given how consistently great this wine is that's saying something. Estimated maturity: Now - 2023+
White - Off-dry
6/24/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
95 points
What a brilliant wine! Fantastic nose of lychees, peach and passionfruit combining with a hint of citrus. What wonderful richness on the palate and despite being a sweet, botrytis-infused dessert wine, like all Zind-Humbrecht wines it retains freshness and is made with a deft hand and lightness of touch. It is in no way cloying despite the high sugar levels and displays terrific clarity of flavours. Some VT wines are dense, but this is transparent and its terroir is clear for all to see. Perfect with cheese, but I would have also been happy to smell and sip this all night as a dessert in a glass. Estimated maturity: Now - 2030+
Rosé - Sparkling
6/24/2018 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
92 points
At first I thought this wine was dead. Gripped the bottle, turned the cork and not even the slightest sound of a 'phut'. Poured and it exploded with an effervescent mousse before settling down to a very gentle stream of tiny bubbles. The colour is a deep golden hue with only the faintest tinge of pink. On sight you wouldn't really know this is a rose; nose of strawberry and bread; medium body, full flavour, concentrated, rich and mellow. Good length. Clearly feeling it's age, but at 20 that's hardly surprising. My favourite Roederer wine of the range. I personally think this has more class even than Cristal. It's now past it's peak, but rather a grand old dame; wrinkled around the edges, but still exuding class.
Red
4/5/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
89 points
I wasn't expecting great things of this wine from this particular year and suspected that at 26 years of age it had seen better days. Far from it. The nose is delicate, but expressive and on the medium palate there is an enticing Vosne spiciness with complexity harnessed to some very attractive juicy acidity. High-toned and silky. Lovely fruit, good focus, and reasonable length too that I wasn't particularly expecting. All in all a rather delicious wine that has retained a degree of freshness and shows that scores aren't everything. I will remember this wine for a long time as at the price this weighs in at I suspect I won't ever be having it again! This is not going to be gaining much by being kept and would suggest drinking up sooner rather than later.
Red
1995 Joseph Drouhin Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/5/2018 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
91 points
There's nothing 'big' about this Chambertin, but it is beautifully balanced, moderately concentrated with a rather beguiling suppleness and finesse. There's no tannin of note, but there is a hint of dryness on the palate that may suggest the fruit is beginning to dry out. Not a great Chambertin, but an exceedingly nice one all the same. It's not going to get any better so I would suggest drinking up over the next couple of years. I enjoyed this a lot.
Red
2/26/2018 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
93 points
I first tasted this wine in 2009 and it was an absolute monster of power and concentration. Not a style I particularly like, but enormously impressive all the same. 9 years on it's beginning to come together, but still has a long way to go. This Domaine tends to pick much later than its neighbours and harvesting here didn't take place until October and this is quite evident in the ripeness of the fruit. In colour this sample is tending towards amber, but on the nose it is gloriously ripe and densely perfumed tending towards the dark fruit end of the spectrum. On the palate there's earth, mineral and game notes with a slight medicinal undercurrent of menthol. I know that doesn't sound overly appetising, but I find it a distinctive characteristic of this wine and gives it an impressive austerity in the same way as a Clos de Vougeot; you certainly wouldn't mistake this for a Chambolle! The finish is firm and of good length too. What is noticeable is the tannin! This sample is 11 years old and tastes like it was bottled yesterday. I decanted it for two hours and everything began to come together a little, but at the moment it is very much a food wine. This is going to take years to come around, which gives me slight cause for concern as one doesn't want the fruit drying out before the tannins integrate, but given the ripe concentration of fruit here it should have the substance to beautifully mellow in time. If you have a few bottles cellared then there's not an argument for not opening up a bottle now to see how things are developing, but if you only have one or two then I really wouldn't broach them for another 5 years at least, and probably more. Impressive winemaking. Estimated maturity: 2020-2030+
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Red
1/11/2018 - nskelsey wrote:
89 points
I’ve been buying Clos des Epeneaux every year since 2001 and I have to say this is the weirdest one to date and don’t quite know where to begin (it was a barrel sample so it is possible the finished article may be slightly different). Throughout the tasting I kept going back to it and, to be frank, got more baffled with every glug. 2016 was the vintage from hell for many throughout the Cote d’Or (frost, hail, mildew, frogs and locusts - not the last two!) and anyone farming biodynamically was really up against it and for the fourth year running Clos des Epeneaux lost around 80% of its crop, although to be honest its testament to Paul Zinetti’s skills they actually made anything at all. On the nose it’s wonderfully fragrant and then onto the palate where the dark red fruits are oh so smooth and supple and it all slips down so easily. But wait; where is the crunch? Where are the minerally, earthy layers? Where the hell is the tannin! You could be fooled into thinking Comte Armand had developed a new line of Pommard Nouveau. 75% of what should be there is there, but the other 25% has gone missing; it’s like your car has just lost a cylinder and you haven’t really noticed until you try and accelerate and not a lot happens. It’s one thing to say that complexity will come with bottle age, but you need the underlying raw material for that to happen and I simply don’t think this wine has got that. There is a standing joke in our family when it comes around to en primeur time that questions whether I will actually still be around to drink what I’m buying (it’s a serious point), but my son’s immediate comment on first tasting this was, “Well, you won’t be dead by the time this is ready”! Clos des Epeneaux traditionally needs a good 10-15 years before it hits it’s drinking window (the 2002 still isn’t ready), but the 2016 I could literally have taken home, drunk it and enjoyed it. Dare I say it, but I reckon this will be ready within 6 years, maybe even earlier. As always I’ve bought a case, but if I’m honest I feel it’s the most insubstantial Clos since the 2003, which also was rather one-dimensional; by no means bad wines, just not hitting the heights they usually do. The various importers of this wine certainly sing it’s praises so maybe I’m wrong (mind you they want to sell it); the good thing is I’m not going to have to wait too long before I see whether I’m right or not! Estimated maturity: 2022+
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Red
2003 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/31/2017 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
93 points
What a beauty this is. I've been totally surprised by all the 2003s I've tasted as given the hot year and the early vendange I have expected the wines to be pretty robust, stewed and somewhat 'simple', but this has not been the case and this a perfect example. An utterly gorgeous nose is followed on the palate by a juice that is rich, supple, complex and finely structured. There's good length too on the finish. This is a feminine beauty and despite being 14 years old is remarkably fresh. This particular sample is absolutely perfect at the moment and probably will be at it's best for the next five years, but I don't think there's anything to be gained by waiting. Estimated maturity: Now to 2023
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White
12/9/2017 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
The secret to enjoying this wine at the moment is too give it plenty of air. On popping and pouring it doesn't do a lot, but 20-30 mins later it transforms. Bags of freshness and purity with hints of lemony citrus and white flower. On the finish it's a complex mix of minerals and stone flavours and in many ways is Chablis-like in character. In no way is this a blockbuster, but it is so cool and elegant. There is little point in extending the cellar time as it's on the money now. Estimated maturity: 2014-2018
White
11/9/2017 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
91 points
A previous bottle I opened in August 2017 was dull and flat, and suffering from the first stages of premox. It was way over the hill and clearly time to drink up and move on asap. So I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this latest bottle. Bags of freshness and purity with hints of lemony citrus and white flower. On the finish it's a complex mix of minerals and stone flavours and in many ways is Chablis-like in character. In no way is this a blockbuster, but it is so cool and elegant. The previous bottle was one to forget, whereas this sample is one to remember. It will be interesting to see which camp the next bottle falls in. Either way, there is no point in extending the cellar time as it's on the money now.
Red
7/28/2017 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, what a monster! This has really put on weight since I first tasted it 10 years ago. Red Burgundy tends to fall into either the 'Elegant' category or 'Power' category (occasionally both) and this is definitely the latter. Poured straight from the bottle one is immediately hit with a simply wonderful bouquet, and on the palate it's all earth, iron, blood and a hint of the farmyard too. On the tongue it's still rather spirity suggesting it needs a little more time to calm down. Some describe Pommard as being 'rustic', but that infers something rather simple and crude, whereas this wine is complex albeit from the mineral-driven end of the spectrum rather than the fruit-driven end. If you like the lighter floral elegance of Chambolle, Vosne or Volnay wines this may not be for you, but if you are more into the likes of Corton or the more burly NSGs then this wine is a brooding belter. In a way it's a Burgundy for Bordeaux lovers. In some ways this 2006 reminds me of the 2001 only with heaps more 'attitude'. This is just in it's drinking window, but will still be happily chugging along in 10 years time. Wonderful stuff! Estimated maturity: 2017-2030
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Red
1/13/2017 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
Another difficult year for the Domaine for the 4th year in a row. 2012, 2013 and 2014 saw the crop decimated by hail and then in this wonderful year the vines simply haven't recovered from the battering they took in the three previous years. Just to make matters worse 2016 is looking like a bit of a car crash too; I was in the vineyard at the beginning of August and it really was a case of 'spot the grape', but that's another story. In 2015 just 15 hl/ha have been produced, somewhere in the region of 50% of a normal crop so once again Paul Zinetti has been forced to vinify all the grapes together rather than in the normal three batches of different aged vines that are then blended at a later stage. The result though is a wonderful wine. The bouquet explodes from the glass and on the palate there is an enticing compote of raspberry and cherry flavours. It's beautifully ripe and fresh and has a lingering finish. What it doesn't have is the usual blood and mineral flavours so in that sense this is a somewhat unusual offering. What is a bit bewildering as well is the seemingly total lack of tannin; this wine is drinkable now! Clos des Epeneaux is a long lived wine that often goes into hibernation a couple of years after bottling before slowly re-emerging after around 10 years. I may be wrong, but I suspect this won't happen in this case and I'll stick my neck out and say this will be drinking superbly after only 6-8 years. We shall see. This is a beautifully seductive wine if once again somewhat atypical. It reminds me somewhat of the 2009 only more ripe and luscious albeit less minerally complex. Estimated maturity: 2021-2030?
White
10/10/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
This is a belter of a wine! Although not officially a Grand Cru vineyard this is unquestionably of Grand Cru quality. In every department this is a big wine; on the nose there's exotic fruit aromas and on the palate there's melon, yellow fruits and a dollop of spiciness thrown in. Enormously rich, complex, concentrated, medium sweet and almost oily in texture this is not an Alsace for the faint hearted. It's also big on the alcohol content, weighing in at a weighty 14.5% with 22g/l residual sugar. Estimated maturity: 2016 to who can tell? This could chug along nicely for years.
White
9/20/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
flawed
Wine was oxidised. Drinkable, quite pleasant, but not in peak condition.
Red
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
97 points
I'm rather embarrassed about giving this wine this score as I'm usually rather reserved in my assessments, but no matter how hard I try to revise my score down this is an exceptional bottle that has everything in spades. I was going to award it 98, but thought that was just too silly so have knocked a point off for the hell of it. The nose is intense and oozes out of the glass, the colour is inky black and on the palate the concentration of blackcurrants is palate stainingingly rich and complex and quite extraordinary. The only thing more blackcurranty would be a blackcurrant itself. And the length! It rumbles on for a good 60 seconds. Of all the wines I've had over the last 40 years there is only one that sticks in the mind more and that was a 1970 Ch Petrus. I am a Burgundy person and emphatically not really into Aussie wines as I find them a little too full on and alcoholic, but for God's sake this was so elegant too! I might just have been converted. Estimated maturity: Irrelevant as I will be long dead before this one gives up the ghost.
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Red
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
90 points
I was a little disappointed with this wine although only because the reviews have been pretty full throttle by any standards. Allen Meadows describes it as, "A great Rugiens", whereas Tanzer describes it as, an "extraordinarily rich wine that will need at least a decade of ageing to reveal its full potential", so I was expecting something rather memorable. Don't get me wrong, this is a lovely wine that provides enormous enjoyment, but it's somewhat liltingly soft and gentle rather than a powerhouse. Yes it's velvety and round and slips down remarkable easily, but I wouldn't say there is the power, complexity or concentration that's required for a truly great Rugiens. Maybe it was me on the night and the next bottle will prove me wrong. Estimated maturity: 2014-2022
Red
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
I've been consistently surprised by the 2003 Burgs. Because of the abnormally hot dry year I'm always expecting something pretty stewed and rustic, but it's quite the reverse. The wines in general are soft and ripe and this one is no exception with a medium weight body that's concentrated with lovely velvety textures. What this wine does not have, when compared to other Epeneaux, are those focussed, minerally complex layers combined with an elegant high-toned acidity that make it such a powerful elegant and long-lived wine. Not typical, but none the worse for that. Surprisingly the tannins are very smooth and barely noticeable. This wine is well and truly ready and in my opinion is for drinking in the short term. Unlike other Epeneaux, which are barely ready at 10 years of age, this one is raring to go. Estimated maturity: Now to 2020
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Red
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Haven't had this for a couple of years, but still it chugs merrily along. Popped and poured (not always the best way forward with this Domain, but I didn't have a decanter to hand) and it's still deliciously impressive as it's always been. Firmly in its drinking window it's medium in colour with the most gorgeously fragrant, rich, mineral driven fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied with powerful, concentrated flavours of truffles, earth and iron, and the lasting impression is one of a distinguished, elegant, rather grand, fully mature Clos des Epeneaux. I would say this still has a few years left in it although sadly I'm down to my last two bottles. Consistent notes. Estimated maturity: 2012-2020
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White
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
Another superb Clos Saint-Marc from Pillot. Zesty, pure and linear with some real whoomph and complexity on the palate and a long finish; who can ask for more than that? This wine comes from a small Clos of ancient vines at the top of Les Vergers (100+ years old) and it shows in the richness, minerality, mouth feel and length. What sets Pillot's wines apart from other Chassagnes is the lemony backbone and this does require some time to integrate and harmonise, but with 8 years under it's belt this wine really does begin to sing. I've had a lot of Clos Saint-Marc's over the years and have never had an issue with premox either. Maybe I have just been lucky (although having written this you can guarantee the next one will be duff!). Estimated maturity: 2015-2022
White
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Lovely expressive nose with hints of white flowers and apple. As usual with Pillot's wines this is elegant, fresh and chiselled on the palate with an impressive finish. Many growers 1er Cru Burgs can be drunk at 5+ years, but Pillot's tend to need more than this as they are too acidic at that age. Give them 8 years and the result is a memorable wine. Estimated maturity: 2015-2020
White
8/2/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
As usual, another class act from Jean-Marc Pillot. The bouquet is a gently effusive mix of yellow fruit and orange peel without turning into the tropical notes that can sometimes be evident in a fine white Burg. On the palate it's medium weight with the usual acidic backbone that I love from this particular grower and which is a little reminiscent of a top Chablis. There's nothing flabby about Pillot's wines. There's lovely freshness too although possibly a little less minerality than this wine usually displays. It doesn't quite have the power of the 2005 or the 2007, but it's still a gorgeous Chassagne, which in my opinion may occasionally be equalled by other growers, but never bettered. Estimated maturity: 2014-2020
Red
8/2/2016 - nskelsey Likes this wine:
90 points
The last time I had a '76 Claret must have been 30 years ago when it felt like they were nearing their peak, so to come across one 40 years on I really wasn't expecting that much, but then Las Cases is no ordinary Bordeaux. I didn't have a decanter to hand so it was simply popped and poured. The wine is still a good ruby with hints of bricking at the edge and the bouquet has all the usual notes of blackcurrant, tobacco et al that one has come to expect. On the palate it's medium weight, and on the light side for a Las Cases, but so delicious. The wine is still well balanced with no noticeable tannin and surprisingly the freshness of the fruit is holding up well. I would even say that this particular example still has some life ahead of it although if I had any more I wouldn't push my luck. Not a great Las Cases, but a delightful one all the same.
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White - Sparkling
3/29/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
His website certainly talks the talk. He's only 30-years-old and made his first Champagne in 2008. He's clearly passionate and a perfectionist. Suenen's vines have an average age of 38 years and are planted in the grand cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry. He ploughs all his vines and adopts an organic approach having engaged the legendary soil experts Claude and Lydia Bourguignon who have had such an impact on some of the greatest Domaines in the world (Harlan Estate and Bonny Doon in California, Vega Sicilia in Spain, Troplong Mondot and Canon-la-Gaffelière in Bordeaux, Lafon, Leflaive and the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy). For me Aurelien Suenen is a rising star. His NV, using a 2010 base was terrific, but in 2011, a notoriously difficult vintage, he is humble enough to admit that it wasn't as good as he had hoped, the result being he ditched the lot. That's what makes a great winemaker, someone who is prepared to accept great personal cost rather than sell a wine that they believe is simply not good enough. The latest NV is made from the 2012 base and is a gem. It has a lovely nose, on the palate is delicate yet structured, has good complexity and lovely lingering notes on the finish. It also has a good weight and concentration. Puts most Grande Marque NVs to shame. Estimated maturity: 2016-2019+
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White
2/8/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
What a gorgeous bottle of Burgundy this is. On the nose there are exotic hints of white fruit and blossom, whilst on the palate it is rich and full, but with an enticing lightness of touch and a minerality that could fool you into thinking that this came from down the road in Puligny. Then comes the finish; wow! Elegant and exquisite wine making. Estimated maturity: 2014-2020
Red
2014 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/18/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
And still the price keeps going up! As part of LVMH's luxury portfolio at a cost reported to be in the region of 100m Euros I suppose that's not surprising, but somewhat disappointing when prices tend to be a little more favourable due to the weakness of the Euro. That aside, the 2014 is a cracking good wine. 100% whole bunch fermentation has produced intense red fruit flavours, complex mineral notes combined with a beautiful balance. The trademark sweet core is there too. An utterly gorgeous wine. Estimated maturity: 2022+
Red
1/18/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
94 points
This wine was the darkest of the tasting by a considerable margin. 100% whole bunch fermentation produces a wine full of dark red fruits harnessed with considerable power. Despite this the wine is very accessible even at this stage of its development and it finishes on a tremendous length. Wonderfully and impressively elegant. One for the long term. Estimated maturity: 2025+
Red
2014 Faiveley Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/18/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
93 points
A beauty. Elegant and rich with layers of dark fruit and firm tannins. Very smooth for a wine of such structure. Estimated maturity: 2022+
Red
1/18/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
92 points
Medium colour and weight, very fine, elegant and composed and satisfyingly balanced. An enormously attractive and complete Gevrey. Estimated maturity: 2022+
Red
1/15/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
90 points
Never come across this grower before, but given the minor holdings he works with Guillaume Guiton is an outstanding winemaker. This is the kind of wine one can pop and pour and keep coming back for more. Black cherry fruit is to the fore, there's good minerality and so much joie de vivre. And all for barely more than the cost of a basic Bourgogne! I love this. Who said there is no such thing as a cheap Burg? Tremendous value. Estimated maturity: 2019+
Red
1/15/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
90 points
Never come across this grower before, but given the minor holdings he works with Guillaume Guiton is an outstanding winemaker. This Ladoix has plenty of vibrant energy, the fruit is from the black end of the spectrum, the tannins are fine and there are satisfying earthy notes too. And it costs barely more than a basic Bourgogne. Unbelievable! Estimated maturity: 2019+
Red
1/15/2016 - nskelsey wrote:
91 points
What a pretty wine this is. Raspberry fruit with delicate fine tannins and lovely focus created by the lively acidity. Good finish too. This should be ready in the short to medium term. Estimated maturity: 2020+
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