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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Exquise Sec Chardonnay
9/26/2021 - acyso wrote:
90 points
Sunday hangout (Chicago, IL): Disgorged April 17, 2012. I've been of the mindset that I just like my Selosse fresher. This was a really weird wine. Definitely sweeter than the fresher bottles of this that I had maybe two years ago (with essentially the same crowd), but with more of a vinous, sappy, and almost slightly cloying quality (though there was certainly plenty of acidity here). No one really wanted a second pour of this, though apparently it went quite well with some Nashville hot. A final sip from the bottle maybe five hours later tasted more like Martinelli's than champagne. Go figure.
  • nphase commented:

    9/27/21, 5:43 AM - ouch on the return!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme Champagne Blend
4/17/2020 - nphase Likes this wine:
92 points
Krug vertical with 160/163/166/167/168.

Freshest, enjoyable, not as much stuffing as the rest
  • nphase commented:

    5/26/20, 12:58 PM - @LiteItOnFire It has less stuffing than 167, and was in a different entire style than 163. I don't mind the searing acidity, but am glad I went longer on 167.

  • nphase commented:

    5/27/20, 8:39 AM - It will integrate, just maybe not to the extent a 163 or 160 would.

White
2011 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Wachau
3/9/2018 - tooch wrote:
Lots of waxy citrus notes, and vanilla. Continues to be a strange wine looking for direction.
  • nphase commented:

    4/1/19, 4:49 AM - was just looking through notes, realizing other 2011 pichler's riesling's are very off. Full vintage issues?

White - Sparkling
2009 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Les Barres Pinot Meunier
12/21/2018 - acyso wrote:
95 points
Les Barres vertical for 冬至 (Chicago, IL): In a word, awesome. I've really loved how all the grower 2009s have turned out. The riper vintage really gives lots of balance to a style that I think is generally too lean (Chartogne-Taillet is an exception to that though). There's tons of intensity to this wine -- lots of delicious sweet fruit that is nicely balanced by the acids. Great complexity, and with air, this actually picked up some really delicious autolytic biscuity notes. Fantastic champagne -- I'm so glad I went deep on this vintage.
  • nphase commented:

    12/23/18, 3:12 PM - Definitely WOTN for me.

White
2016 Weingut Keller Niersteiner Pettenthal Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen
7/28/2018 - acyso wrote:
95 points
More wines with Salil (Chicago, IL): #20-17, 9% abv. The problem, so to speak, with this wine is that it's not exactly a standard riesling kabinett. The nose is more white Burgundy than it is riesling, with that flinty, Roulot-like matchstick aroma. Beside that, however, is an exotic mix of citrus peel, tart tropical fruit, lemongrass, and some other less distinctly identifiable green herbs. The palate certainly feels a lot more like riesling, with just a hint of sweetness. My initial impression from this was one of prädikat creep, but that was just misdirection caused by the sheer amount of fruit in this wine (in fact, the Keller wines are dryer than they seem, mostly because of all that sneaky fruit). Heaps of intense minerality and acidity with incredible laser-like focus. This is fantastic riesling, if slightly atypical.
  • nphase commented:

    7/28/18, 3:38 PM - Where'd you pick this up? I want this wine.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. René-Henri Coutier Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
5/22/2018 - Nanda Likes this wine:
92 points
A serious candidate for house Rosé here. Disgorged 10/16. 8 g/l dosage. 50/50 Pinot and Chard. Pretty strawberry short cake, floral and earth nose. Excellent stuffing with rich fruit and driving energy. Tasty and full of flavor, if a tad straight forward and obvious.
  • nphase commented:

    5/22/18, 10:38 PM - have you tried pierre moncuit's rose?

White - Sparkling
1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires Chardonnay
1/22/2018 - psmith wrote:
94 points
I love this wine. It's very clean and mineral-driven, and this bottle has just a trace of darker, more orange liqueur tones. The mousse is still a bit aggressive, but it's young and full of energy. Stock up.
  • nphase commented:

    4/23/18, 2:21 PM - Where did you get this and how do I get some?

Red
2015 Jean-Marie Fourrier Bourgogne Pinot Noir
1/12/2018 - acyso wrote:
83 points
2015 Bourgogne AC blind (Chicago, IL): Served single blind. You know that hip term "ghosting" that all the cool kids are saying these days? That's what this wine does. The nose and attack are promising enough, with a red fruit profile (though sweeter and candied in comparison to the Guillemot). But then the palate is just empty and hollow. There's just a wateriness here, followed by some alcoholic heat. The more young Fourrier I try, the less I like it.
  • nphase commented:

    1/13/18, 5:38 AM - This wine definitely is definitely a ghoster.

White - Sparkling
N.V. André Jacquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Experience Chardonnay
12/29/2017 - Bruce 1er wrote:
95 points
Third bottle tasted. Terrific fruit (Queen Ann cherries, pears, etc.), with good acidity, fine bubbles, and very smooth finish. Exceptional.
  • nphase commented:

    12/30/17, 11:44 AM - Bruce - where'd you pick this up, if you dont mind me asking?

  • nphase commented:

    12/30/17, 1:40 PM - 12! Some age on this NV then. Thanks!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
10/27/2017 - acyso wrote:
90 points
Nebbiolos, white truffles, Volume II (Chicago, IL): 314052. Not the most convincing showing of the GC in this bottle. It's got the classic Krug profile, but it has a bit of white grape flavour that doesn't quite work too well. Not as rich and powerful as I would have expected it to be, either. A good showing, but not particularly convincing.
  • nphase commented:

    10/28/17, 12:02 PM - I don't find the 06 base krug's the best showing GC. Have you had great bottles of it?

Red
2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Nebbiolo
10/20/2017 - psmith wrote:
90 points
It's young, but I already knew that and thought "well, at least I can replace this one if I decide to." What I wasn't expecting was a darker, riper fruit profile than I normally see in Burlotto. There's some floral and menthol undertones, and it manages to straddle more elegant and robust profiles pretty well, in a 'not allowed in an NC bathroom' sort of way. It's a lighter-medium bodied wine overall, but with firm grape tannins showing through on the finish. A nice wine.
  • nphase commented:

    10/20/17, 3:45 PM - The 13s are in?

Red
1988 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
  • nphase commented:

    10/15/17, 1:32 PM - Noooooooooo

White - Sparkling
2000 Krug Champagne Clos d'Ambonnay Pinot Noir
10/11/2017 - acyso wrote:
95 points
Chicago 2004 Krug Release (Chicago, IL): 413063. I think it's quite weird to stick your nose in the glass, smell the mushrooms and earth of pinot alongside the characteristic broad-shouldered Krug signature. The palate was where this got interesting. I found the midpalate a bit softer and less powerful than the other wines tonight, but the finish was extremely persistent. In fact, that the wine just kept going on and on, despite the relatively lighter midpalate, was the most compelling thing about this.
  • nphase commented:

    10/12/17, 10:56 AM - so cool!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme Champagne Blend
9/22/2017 - acyso wrote:
93 points
216016. The idea that the entry level wine of a champagne house should be consistent year-in year-out goes out the window once each individual release is numbered distinctly. In any case, this is a brilliant bottle of young Grande Cuvee (and I've had my fair share of them). Interestingly enough, this is not particularly bready or oxidative -- in fact, I would say this doesn't show particularly Kruggy. The white-hot acidity, while delicious, seems a bit out of place for Krug. Great stuffing and power, but as far as Krug signature is concerned, this might be in want of more time for that to express itself.
  • nphase commented:

    10/6/17, 10:11 AM - Funny - I really agree with this review. I love 164 more so than the usual, and feel a bit bad about it given how much more bright and acidic it is than the usual!

White
2000 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Wachau
5/13/2017 - acyso wrote:
93 points
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Ok, wow, nphase worried I'd hate this but I think everyone was pleased that I was wrong. This is incredibly good. Sappy and thick, with heaps of botrytis and sweet yellow fruit. Very powerful, but incredibly good cut at the same time. This makes me think a little bit of G-Max...
  • nphase commented:

    5/14/17, 3:37 PM - "acyso likes dry austrian riesling???" one of my proudest wine moments.

White - Sparkling
2006 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons Chardonnay
12/27/2015 - KenK Likes this wine:
93 points
Clean bright fresh, nice stony whitle fruits. Quite pretty and overall impressive.
  • nphase commented:

    4/18/17, 9:03 AM - How's it compare to the other vintages?

White - Sparkling
2008 Raphaël & Vincent Bérêche Champagne Premier Cru Côte Chardonnay
3/22/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Bérèche at The Bristol (Chicago, IL): 4.5 g/L dosage, December 2014 disgorgement. Easily the lightest wine of the evening, in terms of body, but that doesn't mean this isn't a serious wine. Crazy white hot acidity. I felt the acid reflux kicking up after drinking this. At the same time, there's a nice subtle ripeness to it, that you can find in the white peach and sweet pineapple notes. But again, the real star of the show here is the death-ray of white hot acidity. Powerfully structured now, this is a very convincing example of 2008 champagne.
  • nphase commented:

    3/18/17, 2:06 PM - Where did you get this? I had it for the first time in London a few days ago, and really enjoyed it. Trying to find a few bottles!

  • nphase commented:

    3/22/17, 4:01 PM - Cool, thanks! If you have a chance to find out, I'd appreciate it! If not, no worries!

White
2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Combes Chardonnay
2/5/2017 - nphase wrote:
92 points
Give it an hour to open up.
  • nphase commented:

    2/5/17, 6:33 PM - @MemorialWineFan same year?

Rosé
2015 Weingut Knoll Blauer Burgunder Federspiel Loibner Wachau
9/15/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
2008 Champagne at Oyster Bah (Chicago, IL): This is a serious rose. At first, when you smell it, you think it's just going to be one of those tasty and slightly sweet summer quaffers. Well, the truth of the matter is that it is one of those wines, if you choose to enjoy it as such. But there's just so much more stuffing on the palate -- there's some serious minerality to be found underneath all that cheerful and tasty strawberry and sweet red cherry.
  • nphase commented:

    9/16/16, 9:16 AM - Did not know Knoll made a rose! Will have to check this out. Where did you pick it up? restaurant purchase?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
9/3/2016 - acyso wrote:
93 points
Dinner at Ruxbin (Chicago, IL): Disgorged October 29, 2014. What can I say, Selosse is Selosse. This has always been one of my champagne benchmarks for the style. Immensely powerful and broad, this has almost sold its racy chardonnay soul for some serious pinot noir power. The nose has all the hallmarks of a heavily oxidative-style champagne; brioche, nuts, and baked apples. The palate does carry the chardonnay acidity, but at the same time, all the weight of this old solera. It's not a crisp champagne to have with seafood -- this is the sort of white wine you serve with red meat.
  • nphase commented:

    9/5/16, 7:23 PM - How does the Substance compare to initial or Les Carelles?

Red
2011 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/27/2016 - Bruce 1er wrote:
90 points
Still too young to really appreciate. It is showing bright red fruit, especially cherries, along with leather and earth. It is accessible now, however, there are considerable dusty tannins in the finish that at this stage detract from the fruit.
  • nphase commented:

    8/13/16, 1:40 PM - Have you had the '10? How does it compare?

White
2011 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Wachau
2/8/2014 - LIE-user wrote:
92 points
Way too young of course, but opened this one because right now there is a ridiculous discussion going on in Austria about the FX Pichler 2011.

There is a small shitstorm in social media about several FX Pichler 2011. The story is that they have an error (taste of medicine and so on).

To see if I really have to worry about the FX Pichler 2011 in my cellar, I opened this one. I just can judge this one bottle - but this one definitely does not show any signs of false tones.

So in my eyes the shitstorm simply is bullshit. Or in the end just a satellite war of different opinions about wine making in the Wachau region.

Just make sure: Do not open these wines now - they are waaaay toooo young! When opening this wine this young, either you have a reason as I had, or you are a fool.

The Pichler 2011 is a good wine, nonetheless I stopped buying FX Pichler. Don't like the direction they are heading to. There are several other options of similar quality with a better price.
  • nphase commented:

    2/29/16, 2:19 AM - Can you say more about the direction they are heading to? I have always liked the mid 2000's Pichler and am now curious to hear the path they're taking..

White
2007 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Hollerin Wachau
6/27/2010 - tooch wrote:
94 points
F.X. Pichler Tasting (my apartment): Fresh nose of apricot, peach, star fruit, and smoky minerals. Wonderfully exotic nose overall. Dense mouthfeel, with scary balance. Such an interesting wine....gobs of honeycomb and sweet pineapple with great acidity and underlying minerality.
  • nphase commented:

    3/21/15, 6:28 PM - You seem to drink all of these very young. Do you ever hold onto the Pichler's for longer?

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