Tasting Notes for cortoncharlie

(834 notes on 729 wines)

1 - 50 of 834 Sort order
Red
10/4/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
94 points
I was aware this wine has a much maligned reputation. This bottle was from an original case with slightly low fills though not inconsistent with the age. Nose was very floral with a bit of sous bois. The palate immediately took me to chambolle and 85. Soft, elegant and complex. Had the ripeness of the vintage but a cool rather than overt power which i like. Full of finesse and grace. Exceeded all expectations and many people's WOTN with the 96 Leroy RSV. Probably under-rated this slightly due to many disappointments by Vogue wines throughout the years but I look forward to try it again.
Red
6/13/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
another bad bottle of old italian wine. oxidised or cooked or probably a bit of both. only silver lining was I only had 1 bottle of this in the cellar...
Rosé - Sparkling
5/27/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
85 points
Quite cool and savoury on the nose. Bone dry. Medicinal. Decent weight. The wine really expanded with air. But overall too intellectual and not enough pleasure for me.

Let's see what happens the following day...
White
5/15/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
93 points
I made the mistake of drinking most of my 6 pack too young when it was fizzy and hard. This wine is in a great place now with a bit of aeration.
Red
5/13/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
92 points
10-yrs in bottle has definitely rounded the edges on this wine. Definitely new world. Yes it was a bit simple but I thought it was very drinkable pinot.
White
5/7/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
95 points
Another amazing bottle of dry Riesling from Keller. Nose, length, weight, balance - all here. I thought he did well taming the heat of the vintage. Drinking well now with a long life ahead.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White - Sparkling
I am not sure the disgorgement date of this bottle but could be late disgorge as the label looked different than the one pictured in Cellartracker. Just a fantastic bottle of champagne drinking at peak of its primary window. Nose like a grand cru burgundy. Incredibly rich but not heavy. Yum
7 people found this helpful Comments (1)
Red
3/24/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
It ain't an 82 Mouton but just a rock solid claret. performs with such admirable consistency.
Red
3/18/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
85 points
A friend brought this bottle over for dinner. I think this is my first experience with this domain which obviously gets pretty good reviews. First thing i noticed was the 14.5 alc on the label and recall asking myself how on earth they achieved this in a year like 2008? That said I did not really noticed the high alc on the palate as it was such a fruit bomb. Not as vulgar as some of the bombs from Australia but I really had problems drinking more than a few sips. You can argue this is well made but just not my kind of style. Definitely not a Rayas....
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/16/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Beautiful. Sweet and not cloying. Nice acidity to balance the sugar. Good weight but not too heavy. I am not normally a big sweet wine drinker but I had a few refills as this was so drinkable.
White
2008 Domaine Michel Niellon Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/30/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
flawed
Prem-oxed...Bugger!!
Red
1989 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Wow. Uncanny similarity to the Jayer 89 and it didn't necessarily lost the fight today. Drinking at peak. Really enjoyable.
Red
1983 Henri Jayer Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Fully mature example of the master. This was just a bit more evolved than the pair of 89s. Had a lot of the tertiary elements to make it interesting. Wonderful
Red
1989 Henri Jayer Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Now we are talking. Real deal. Glorious. Such unbridled purity. Nothing manipulated. If you had to nit pick maybe it finished slightly hard. At peak but with years left.
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Class in a glass. This bottle was very youthful and struck me as just entering its drinking window. What was most interesting to me was that hint of reduction and "wild animalism" that was lurking in the finish and one could clearly trace the evolution. Great wine with still years of pleasure left. Bottles of such provenance are clearly still on the upward slope.
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Consistent theme to the 95 and 96 DRC Ech but this was on another level and most complete out of the trio. DRC does such a great job in hot years probably due to their use of stems. But next to the Jayer 90 this was outclassed. Not necessarily a critique of DRC and couldn't help but feel that another DRC 90 might put up a better fight.
Red
1990 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Even though the bottle appearance and provenance were fine, the top half of the cork was completely black from oxidation. Unfortunately the bottle was oxed. A real shame as this wine should be contending for top honours based on past experiences...
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Very similar vein to the 1995 but everything just a little better. There's a long way to go in its maturity curve and the prospect should be brighter than the 1995. Still I probably preferred the Rouget 96 to this.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: The first DRC in the tasting and really stood out. The DRCs were very different next to the other wines and the stem was evident versus the completely de-stemmed style of the Jayers and Rougets. The nose was appealing but really a bit hard and short on the palate. Not one of my favourites tonight.
Red
1996 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: We ended up with 2 bottles of this wine as the person who was supposed to bring a 1995 somehow ended up bringing this. Clear bottle variation and one was much better than the other. Based on the better bottle this had a nice nose and should have enough fruit in the palate to eventually balance out the acidity.
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Huge reduction on both nose and palate. I initially thought this was so reduced it could be flawed. Luckily a very experienced taster of these wines pointed out this is what young Jayer taste like in hot vintages. This became evident when we got to the 1990 which had unmistakably similar characteristics lurking in a muted way in the background. There should be a great future for this wine.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1999 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Primary but not inaccessible. I liked the structure here but still a few years before being ready.
Red
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Quite a bit denser than the 2007 Rouget. A big wine with lots of stuffing but I found it lacked a bit of balance and freshness which is often how I find many 2006s at this point. Optimists will say this will go on to bigger better things in another decade or so.
Red
2007 Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: Very pretty and accessible as expected from an early drinking vintage like 2007. A nice way to begin the tasting like starting a round of golf with an easy par 4.
White
1992 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
1/11/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
Echezeaux Extravaganza: From an immaculate looking magnum. I found the wine pleasant but overall a bit flabby. Lots of dense yellow fruit but didn't have the cut and tension one would expect from a Montrachet in a top vintage like 1992. Others seemed to enjoy this a bit more but I tend to go for more nervy whites...
Red
1/12/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
flawed
Corked unfortunately as there seemed to be a pretty decent wine there
Red
1/9/2019 - cortoncharlie wrote:
93 points
IMHO probably the best red wine from Rhone for the vintage...out of magnum no decant
Red
12/30/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
This is a young wine so I am writing mostly about the underlying material and future potential. Popped without decanting and allowed to air for 4 hours and then slowly consumed over 2 hours. Let me just say this is a very polished and well made wine. It is not a bomb. It has the profile of cool fruit but it did not taste green or unripe. I was most impressed by the lovely balance, structure and freshness and also the round tannins. But I have to wonder is this wine too polished now that it has lost a bit of its soul? Would a young La Chapelle from the 70s or 80s taste like this? Does the wine now reflect more the image of its new Bordelais owners (in many ways they have improved the wine) than to its origin? I guess only time will tell.
3 people found this helpful Comments (2)
Red
12/28/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
We opened the remaining 5 bottles of the 6 pack for relative's 60th birthday. Including the first bottle drank last year, 3 out of 6 were drinkable with the other 3 maderised and/or corked. The best bottles were ok but whatever the price of the wine just multiply by 2.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
12/22/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
93 points
When old Niellon is not oxed, it is usually wonderful. To me this bottle was a textbook 92 Chassagne 1er. Big, ripe, bold and hedonistic but just lacked that extra oomph to be Grand Cru. Almost had a little new world feel but retained enough balance to not cross the line. Needed about 10-15 mins of air to unfurl itself and kept singing till we finished the bottle. Really pleasurable. Based on this bottle no upside in waiting if you have some please pop it.
Red
10/9/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
The nose was very strange which led most of us to conclude it was cooked. The palate however was not bad with nice texture and decent length.
White
10/8/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
94 points
outstanding needed a few hours to really unfold. textbook coche. no hurry to drink this one. i just felt the finish was slightly clipped
White - Sparkling
10/8/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
88 points
no more bubbles left and it started off being quite madeirised but actually got fresher over the next 15-30 minutes. more elegant than the Bollinger 45 next to it. a bit too old for my taste.
White
1973 Louis Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/8/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
92 points
Definitely still alive but this is getting to middle age. Quite round and elegant almost meursault like. My first taste of white burg from the acclaimed 73 vintage. expected more but then again it is a 45 year old white...wish i had this 10 years ago
Red
9/29/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
flawed
Bottle, level and cork all looked great. The colour was dark but the wine was gone. Not sure if it was oxidised or cooked but i had to pour down the drain. Cheap for a reason. I hate it when they sell you x domain stuff that is bad...
White
8/25/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
95 points
Drinking even better than the last bottle. At a great place right now. Balanced and utterly delicious. This is a riesling that can convert die hard white burg drinkers.
Red
1995 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/25/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
89 points
Decent wine for the vintage but just reminded me why I don't like 1995 red burgs. Just rather hard and charmless for me.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
8/23/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
92 points
good wine. there's a new world feel to the voluptuous red fruit and soft texture. developed in the glass over an hour. not sure if i would pay this price point again for this wine
Red
8/19/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
88 points
From half bottle. Lots of funk on the nose at first. Dark color. Dense, chewy, meaty and tannic. Did i say meaty?
White
8/17/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
94 points
Totally agree with some of the other reviews suggesting this seemed atypical for the vintage. I actually really enjoyed this combination of Roulot's razor sharp style and a hot year but those expecting a fat, generous and round 09 Meursault may be disappointed or confused here. There was plenty of bright acidity and some reduction. Absolutely not premoxed, approachable now but based on this bottle will hold and further develop.
White
6/24/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
92 points
From screwcap. Straw yellow color with a hint of green. New world apricot and peach fruit buttressed by a nice freshness and 20 second finish. Not over the hill at all and the remaining half bottle consumed the following afternoon was just as good if not better. This could be the best Australian Chardonnay I've had the pleasure of trying and I prefer it to the Leeuwin Art Series. Then again for this price point I can think of many Burgundy 1er I would rather drink but that may just be my personal taste.
White
6/20/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
89 points
deep golden color. apricot and pineapple on the nose. thought this was a VT given the sweetness but 15% alc. not really my style of wine.
White
the acid is a bit prominent for this vintage. won't be one of his best but the magic's there. needs more time to integrate. you won't be sorry to pop one now but better to lay off till 2021
White
5/4/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
95 points
Glorious, textbook Leflaive. Every bottle of the case and a half I bought from 2 different sources had been lovely over the years. Not a single bottle was prem-oxed. Sadly, just two left...
White
4/23/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
91 points
young but already drinking very well with a bit of air. i am not an expert of german wines and i normally find mosel spatleses and ausleses a bit sweet to my taste while the Kabinets just a bit light. i love these Molitor white label ausleses as it has good weight but still drinks dry with the acidity.
Red
4/23/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
88 points
I am a big fan of these guys and what they are trying to do. But this bottle was just a bit underwhelming. It was not over extracted or over oaked. it was a decent drink but just not interesting.
White
4/21/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
87 points
I cannot say this is a bad wine and for a new world chardonnay it has aged somewhat gracefully. I have not tasted this for over 10 years now and as the fruit had dried out a bit the 14% alc and the wood just bothered me to the point I had to pour out half the bottle. Great label though...
White
4/5/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
88 points
I used to love these wines. Not dead yet but it had lost most of that zippiness. All fatness, honeycomb and butterscotch. For those who like really mature white burg this may still be ok but if you are sensitive to oxidation then it really is time to drink up unless you lucked out with some very pristine bottles.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
3/31/2018 - cortoncharlie wrote:
88 points
It was quite acidic and delicate but I thought it lacked a real spine. I am generally a big fan of old vines untouched by phylloxera but these have aged somewhat disappointingly for me and I recall being more impressed with this when it was younger. Could be a bad bottle.
1 - 50 of 834
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 834 notes on 729 wines
© 2003-19 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close