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White
2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
I think I've tasted this three or four times since release, and so I'm surprised (ok, not really) to see I've no note yet. I was able to sample this over three nights; was a PnP on night one. That said, for my tastes, this was showing its best on night #2 - more complete, more in harmony. White fleshed fruit, with a vibrant mineral/soil core that resonates vibrantly across, and within the wine. I've only one left in the cellar, and I'm planning to open that one (in part based on this tasting) beginning in 2024, at the earliest. In my experience, this will fall short of the most excellent 2001; lucky to have several in the cellar. Teases very good, but ultimately not quite there yet; 13,0% abv. HOLD. For its full potential, it's highly recommended
  • drwine2001 commented:

    8/11/20, 7:58 PM - Tim-Your reference to the 2001 is apt. For me, the 2008 is the best CFE since that vintage. Will it surpass that wine? I don't know, but I've laid away enough bottles to formulate an opinion over the coming years.

White - Sparkling
2013 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Pierrières Chardonnay
Showing ultra pure, bright lemon zest on the nose, true on the palate as well with just enough cream underneath to buffer and give drinkability without food. Very crisp with lively freshness and strong mineral impressions with a little chalkiness underneath. Excellent, cracking champagne.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    8/5/20, 10:23 AM - Robert-I had a very similar positive impression when I had this almost exactly a year ago. Great choice for the middle of the summer!

White
2014 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière Chez Edouard Chardonnay
8/4/2020 - jrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow this is a really great Saint-Aubin by my standards. Taste is like limecurd, white flowers, almond, stone and minerality but the kicker is how the texture is like both crunchy and sticky and it is really persistent. This is only young still and has a long way to go, but it is already a real joy to drink. Really impressive for a first try of Hubert Lamy on my part.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    8/4/20, 3:11 PM - JRICK-I share your enthusiasm for this wine and for Lamy in general, especially from a classic white Burgundy vintage such as 2014. Although prices have increased substantially, their St. Aubins remain one of the great values in Côte de Beaune whites given the quality. Colin-Morey seems to get more press for his wines from this "minor" appellation, but I would drink Lamy any day for the cut and minerality that you describe.

Red
2005 Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Les Brouillards Pinot Noir
6/17/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Starting to become an enjoyable wine, especially on the nose with the mineral laden, red fruit sweetart type thing with some bark/earth and a bit of flowers on the brighter side. The wine still conveys a sense of density and you can feel the proximity to Pommard, though it is less dense and chewy. I think that a few more years will soften the palate though the tannins aren't as imposing as they were. I think this will likely make old bones and be one of those wines that really surprises down the line. I'll probably hold off for another 5 years before my next bottle.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/30/20, 12:51 PM - Thank you for this note. Yes, it seems as though every time I open a bottle of 2005 (even mere village wines), my own drinking window keeps getting pushed back. If only I could do the same mental gymnastics and magically reduce my actuarial risk of death, I'd stand a better chance in this race!

Red
2009 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains Pinot Noir
7/25/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened 2 hours earlier. Even ruby without lightening. Spice and blueberry nose. Fabulously round, middle weight, gentle soil base. Very suave for this cru. Incredible depth of blue>dark red fruit consistent with the aromatics and just a touch of green that comes out with more air. Here the richness of the vintage is shown by the volume and depth of fruit drowning out the soil notes rather than by any overripeness or heat. Average acidity. This is great stuff which only suffers from being very young and less complex than it will be in another 5 or 10 years. I have no regrets about trying one now since its balance permits enjoyment at this stage.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/30/20, 10:44 AM - Yes, I just keep hearing all the naysayers and enjoying these bottles while waiting for more structured ones to come around. I am not one of those Burgundy aficionados who is allergic to a delicious mouthful of fruit every now and again. The 2009's have been open from the get go, and despite my own skepticism, many of them are better than conventional wisdom would suggest.

Red
2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
7/15/2020 - slanum wrote:
An N bottle, I waited too long -- the fruit has faded but not really been replaced by anything better. Not bad, just tired.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/15/20, 6:04 PM - Slanum-Interesting and I can understand your bottle seeming a bit tired. Years ago, we were lucky enough to have Mathieu Lapierre pour multiple vintages of the sulfured and unsulfured Morgon cuvées side by side. As I recall, at around the 6 or 7 year aging mark, the preservative effects of the sulfur really became apparent, with the S bottles noticeably fresher than the N bottles from the same vintage. I've had good fortune with the 2009 out of both bottle and magnum as recently as last year, and I'm pretty sure they were sulfured.

White
2004 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
7/13/2020 - jvphoto wrote:
89 points
Sadly not as fresh as I had hoped. A little bit of apple sauce varnish nose. Decent acidity and a little unctuous.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/13/20, 8:11 PM - "Decent acidity and a little unctuous." Not remotely close to how this wine has shown on multiple occasions. It is still crisp (well, at least as of last year) and has consistently been on the lighter weight, more elegant side for Frédéric Emile. Sounds as though your bottle was oxidized.

Red
1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Syrah
7/7/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Garnet with gentle fading. VA dominates the nose. Medium, elegant weight. Mixture of red fruit which never really sweetens, herb, and earth. Rather tart and sharp. It leaves one with the impression that the fruit has begun to drop and thin. Disappointing and not nearly as good as several years ago.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/9/20, 9:14 AM - Maybe. Or just early demise.

Red
2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
Popped this but didn't spend much time with it. I think I ate something sweet soon after and for me that often messed with my palate - but I did come back to it the next day or two - found it sour and funky with not much going for it. I've had very mixed experiences with Foillard.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/9/20, 8:34 AM - Seth-The "funky" part resonates with me as you definitely get that from Foillard at times over the range of bottlings, but not "sour". Even in higher acidity vintages such as 2014, I have found the wines to be remarkably textural for Gamay and not overly tart. Just my $0.02.

White
2010 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc
7/3/2020 - Bob H wrote:
My first time trying this wine where I actually felt that it was ready to drink - finally, 10 years after the vintage.

This is a medium-bodied wine ( so perhaps best considered full-bodied for a Sancerre), and has an expansive feel on the palate. There is almost a honeyed note on the nose, with an underlying grassiness. Really lovely - too bad it took so long to round into shape, as I unfortunately drank most of my bottles while the wine was still “too young”.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/3/20, 2:03 PM - Bob-My experience mirrors yours. The 2010 Boulay wines are incredibly structured, unusually age worthy Sancerres. I feel fortunate to have a few bottles left and am in no rush to try them.

White
2018 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
6/1/2020 - andreaskoeberl Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted blind. White flowers, some orchard fruit, almonds, and citrus on the nose. Medium acidity and slightly viscous on the palate with flavors of meyer lemon and apples. There is a richness on the palate, but I didn't find it to be sweet. Nice, long finish.

Generally, this wine was a bit weird and changed a bunch in the glass... At first it reminded me of a Terlan Vorberg Pinot Bianco and others also didn't get much Chardonnay character. With lots of air, this changed, but I wouldn't have thought Chablis. The warm vintage is clearly showing, but there is very good quality underneath. I wonder how this will taste in 5+ years. 92+
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/2/20, 12:55 PM - Andreas-I don't think I would have been too happy with the wine if it showed the way you described it, but the good news is that Dauvissat wines from riper vintages often start out a bit fat but somehow transform into leaner, more typical Chablis with time in the bottle. At least that's been my experience with vintages like 2005, 2006, and 2009. So, if you have more, keep the faith!

White
2016 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Chardonnay
5/31/2020 - Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine:
92 points
My second time with this producer after having the 2015 Les Frionnes a few weeks ago. I find the two to be quite different and definitely preferred the En Remilly.

Aromatically, it shows caramel dipped Granny Smith apple, melon, pineapple, honeysuckle and a kiss of oak. Where it really differs from the Les Frionnes is the profile on the palate...much more texture and richness here. Classical chalk and limestone alongside more melon, underripe white peach, and the very end of the finish has a note of granulated brown sugar which is really unique (and enjoyable). It’s all wrapped in a nicely dense but quite lifted profile. The warmer it gets, the more honeyed it gets. I thought this was best just a tad warmer than cellar temp, and feel this would be a good bridge to white burgundy for those who enjoy quality US chards.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/31/20, 6:00 PM - Shay-I have not tasted the 2016 Remilly, but this description doesn't really square with my experience with Lamy St. Aubins, which I generally find to be lean, lemony, and stony. These are not qualities that would immediately appeal to drinkers who prefer rounder, less overtly mineral styles of Chardonnay. 2016 was definitely a looser white Burgundy vintage, but "honeyed" is not a descriptor I've used for Lamy wines, even when they've come from riper vintages.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/31/20, 9:51 PM - Looking through other recent notes on this wine, you are not the only person to comment on a rich, tropical, or sweet component. I wonder whether some botrytized grapes made it into this cuvée-not something I consider too often with white Burgundy, but it happens. Thanks for the note. I always look forward to opening bottles of Lamy, but this adds extra intrigue!

Red
2014 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
5/30/2020 - melzar wrote:
89 points
Nice Cru Bojo, but I miss the fruit of youth. First had the cote du Py in the 2009 vintage and was blown away. This misses that benchmark.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/30/20, 2:50 PM - Melzar-If 2009 is your reference point, you may need to reset your expectations since it was such an atypically rich vintage. For better or for worse (depending upon your tastes), 2014 is a much more classic vintage for the region, as were 2010, 2011, 2016, and 2017 over the years since 2009. You might want to look into 2015 and 2018, though, for bigger, riper wines that are more akin to 2009.

White
2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Chardonnay
3/12/2020 - alanr wrote:
93 points
Plucked off the list for lunch at the Post Ranch Inn at a pretty fair price, actually a steal for the quality of the wine. Sitting high on the cliffs, overlooking the Pacific.

Fabulous fresh sea nose, clean tide pool, is it really the wine, or the ocean below? Lovely medium intensity, strong mineral/sea notes, saline umami, nice complexity, great steely/mineral acidity, still quite youthful and probably getting even better with age, punches way over Appellation Chablis. Perhaps enhanced by the fantastic lunch and amazing environment, but just fantastic.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/23/20, 6:23 PM - Completely concur based upon a bottle we had last month. The 2010 Dauvissats are stunning from top to bottom, but this exceeds the expectations of any AC Chablis by a ridiculous margin.

White
2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Séchet Chardonnay
5/20/2020 - honest bob wrote:
flawed
From 75cl. Premox. Exactly as recorded on 13.04.2018. That makes 3 premoxed bottles in a row out of 6 purchased, 3 remaining in the cellar. Going by other CT TNs for this wine its incidence of premox seems relatively low by the miserable standards of 2008 Chablis. What to do? Hope things look up? Or maybe just sell on my remaining bottles to unsuspecting purchasers? Would that be cynically dishonest (given my 100% failure rate so far), generous (given the statistical probability that my remaining bottles really ought to be OK) or therapeutic (given that the current auction price is – astonishingly – three times what I paid)? Any moral philosophers out there who can offer me guidance?
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/20/20, 8:38 PM - Well, definitely choice C from the sound of it. My own recent experience and that of others appears to be at odds with yours, and such is the frustratingly unpredictable nature of oxidation issues. I am not a defender of Dauvissat's record from this period with regard to oxidation, but I would not say that the 2008 Séchet has called attention to itself as a particularly egregious offender.

White
2010 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
3/24/2020 - carlwhat wrote:
man, this wine was singing 3 years ago. now, it's really lacking vibrancy and attention. it was borderline on getting that caramelly, butterscotch notes on the nose, but just barely. the finish had good intensity and length.... certainly not a bad wine, but i truly preferred it younger when the acidity was refreshing and cleansing, and the flavors were more delineated.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/20/20, 7:59 PM - Carl-It sounds as though you ran into an advanced, oxidized example. The bottle we drank tonight was every bit as alive and exciting as one we had two years ago, so I'm still confident about the trajectory of this wine.

White
2009 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
1/31/2020 - chablis28 wrote:
94 points
PnP in my 3/4 size, Riedel Montrachet like glasses. I love these cheapo, shallow but wide, hand blown glasses I found for Chablis. Healthy 10yr old, lighter gold color. Completely sound unlike my previous btl 13 months ago. Yea! Whew, my last 2009 Preuses. Now just one more '09 Clos. PnP This came on strong with just 20 minutes of air from my first sip. Very elegant with plenty of lift. Estuary aromas coupled with mineral - citrus scents on the nose. All carries over to the palate with more citrus, touch of pear, mineral, salinity and other tertiary notes difficult to describe. Best of all, even in a so so year, that unmistakable Dauvissat purity and class. 13% Alc. A very happy ending to my 2009 Dauvassat Preuses and terrific with grab legs tonight.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/14/20, 8:04 PM - Chablis-I just noticed the shocking finale of this note ("terrific with grab legs tonight") but then was relieved to see that your bottle was consumed way back in January before social distancing effectively put an end to this sort of behavior at tastings and other social gatherings :)

  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/15/20, 8:00 AM - Drink well and stay safe during confinement or deconfinement.

White
2004 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
5/12/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
87 points
Pnp. Golden liquid showed floral nose and vanila hint. The palate was quite complex with high acidity. Botyris scent was there as well. Old but still solid. Anyways, it is going downhill.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/12/20, 8:38 PM - It sounds as though this was quite advanced, very different than the fresh examples I had in late 2018 and mid-2019. Bottles of this vintage of Frederic Emile should still have a lot of energy.

Red
2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/23/2020 - camben wrote:
Completely backwards
Tannin
Boom
Bit of fruit
Not sure
  • drwine2001 commented:

    5/1/20, 6:19 PM - Camben-From a bottle tonight and several others over the past several years, I'm sure. The fruit is definitely on the wane.

White
2012 Dauvissat-Camus Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
4/28/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Perfect pale yellow/greenish color. Some transient reductive stink, white flowers, and tide pool. Classic lemon attack, herb, and guava jelly with outstanding mid-palate density and texture followed by an explosive, powerful finish laced with acidity and gravelly soil. Wow! This was fantastic and not what I had expected from previous tastings in 2016 and 2019 when the wine seemed fatter and less classic. All I can say is do not be fooled by the early richness Dauvissat wines can show in riper vintages. I have made this mistake multiple times when tasting young wines from vintages such as 2009 and 2006 (even 2003), and invariably, the wines become leaner over time. Such is the case here, and the 2012 Forest has morphed into a compelling wine.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    4/29/20, 12:56 PM - WEB-I looked back at my notes on 2012 Chablis from the past few years. A smattering of producers is represented. I must say that lowish acidity and a character of pear rather than citrus fruit come up pretty consistently. Since these are not qualities that I'm seeking in Chablis, my view is still that more tense, classically rendered wines such as this La Forest are the exception for this particular vintage.

White
2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
Smells, well, kinda old and maybe a bit tired? And vibrant fleshiness on the palate.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    4/17/20, 9:34 AM - Ben-I can't help but wonder whether you ran into a defective/oxidized bottle since this should show a lot younger and fresher than you describe.

White
2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
3/16/2020 - mpdonnel Likes this wine:
92 points
Stone fruits, petrol, good minerality. I've had a number of these over the past few years and to me it's in an in-between phase, not primary, but not quite enough tertiary notes to be really interesting as these can get. Still very good, but I'm going to give the next one some more time. 92 today, 94 potential.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/16/20, 8:08 AM - mpdonnel-Thank you for the note. This completely makes sense to me based upon my last bottle in late 2018. At that time, it seemed to be closing down, and that mute phase can last for some time with Frédéric Émiles. For example, to my taste, the 2001 only began to emerge from a good 10 year slumber in 2018. Accordingly, I am trying to keep myself from opening bottles of the 2008 for the next few years anyway.

Red
2012 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
3/14/2020 - vagrantone wrote:
86 points
i have to disagree with previous notes.
This wine is years past its peak and practically outside its drinking window.
it lacks the juice quality, the brightness and even the hue that make young wines from Marcel Lapierre so compelling.
What this does show are the limitations of "natural winemaking". Even from an outstanding producer, the wines has very limited aging potential.
Ultimately, this is disappointing as - at least in my book- this is how most wines are evaluated.
I will continue to drink wines from Marcel Lapierre but earlier and with lower expectations.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/14/20, 1:07 PM - Vagrantone-I agree with you that the 2012 Lapierre is a mediocre example from this wonderful producer and has very limited additional aging potential. However, is the cause attributable to natural winemaking, per se, or rather the poor vintage for Beaujolais crus in general? Over the past year, I have had excellent, fresh bottles of both the 2009 regular cuvée and the Cuvée Marcel, as well as the 2007 Cuvée Marcel (and it is worth mentioning that some of the regular bottles and all of the special cuvée are lightly sulfured; I can't tell whether yours was or was not). I am not generally a defender of natural winemaking techniques nor the ageworthiness of such bottles, but I do think it is important to account for the differing structure and potential of vintages in considering the performance of bottles over time. 2012 was never a year that was bound to produce Gamay that would benefit from significant aging.

Red
2008 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia Nebbiolo
3/11/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened 4 hours before drinking. Ruby core with slightly brown tint. Sinuous aromas of mostly savory elements at first-licorice, wet earth, bark, and tobacco. Then, with more air, the fruit begins to emerge in the form of cherry and orange peel. Soft, subtle, and earthy in the mouth with faded tannins and moderate acidity. Lovely feel and gentle sweetness that comes with time. Seductive in every way. It's funny to see that I've tasted this every 4 years, and that in both 2012 and 2016 I marveled at how open and relatively evolved it seemed. Thankfully, any concerns I had about its early demise were misplaced. It continues to be gorgeous, and if anything has fleshed out and deepened over the years. Is this undergoing some sort of mysterious reverse aging process?
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/12/20, 9:32 PM - Craig-Over the past 2 years, I have found a lot of variability in the maturity of 2008 Piemontese wines. Curiously, some of the Produttori Barbarescos have been amongst the most backward and least ready bottles. I have a strong preference for older, more mellow Nebbiolo, and this Conterno provided me with as much pleasure as most 20-25 year old Barolos. Strange but true, and as I said in the note, it's been that way for quite some time. I'm glad I still have a couple of bottles left to follow, but the 2008 Cascina Francia seems close to peak now.

White
2017 Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie Chardonnay
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/9/20, 10:28 AM - Rallerboy-Although there would be no problem giving this a few years of age, it is delicious and fun to drink now. In contrast, the structure of the Morgeot demands more time.

White
2017 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
3/7/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
La Paulée 2020 Grand Tasting of 2017 Burgundy (Pier 60, New York): Elegant yellow apple scents and flavors. Sappier, but less acidity and soil than the Butteaux. Attractive but less than I desired from this cru.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/8/20, 7:17 PM - I thought that the Butteaux VV and the Grenouilles were very close in quality, with the former slightly more impressive at its level.

Red
2013 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes Pinot Noir
3/6/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
The Verticals Tasting at 2020 La Paulée de New York (Eventi Hotel, New York): Closer to the rich style of the 2015 than the 2016, but more uplifting citrus. Qualitatively, not far off either. Wonderful wine and another very pleasant, positive surprise. This triad of wines only added to my belief that this property is still underrated for the level of quality it produces.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/8/20, 4:19 PM - gsiokis-Yes, I think this domain is one of Daniel Johnnes' best finds. I have really enjoyed the wines since being introduced to them at La Paulée about 6 years ago, but they still seem to be somewhat under the radar, at least in most of the U.S.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/8/20, 5:55 PM - Yes, slogging through entering the notes for that event now

Red
2009 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne Pinot Noir
3/6/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
The Verticals Tasting at 2020 La Paulée de New York (Eventi Hotel, New York): Some browning at the edge-strange. Quite a bit of stalky green. Lighter than the 2013. Very good acidity, not very silky feel, and dry finish. Wow, if this is indicative of where this wine is, it has fallen apart precipitously and much too early. So unexpected that I retasted a second bottle which was sweeter and had more sap, but I'm not entirely reassured. Maybe the first bottle was a dud-one can only hope.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/8/20, 7:40 AM - WEB-This is an ominous observation, but one that makes sense to me. Completely unacceptable situation if one is paying upwards of $400 for a Clos St. Jacques (I am not!), but the premium for early pleasure may make more sense at the price point for the AC Gevrey VV if you enjoy this style.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Egly-Ouriet Champagne Premier Cru Brut "Les Vignes de Vrigny" Pinot Meunier
11/29/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
100% Pinot Meunier. Odd, funky, herbal aromas. Medium weight, difficult to describe flavors other than to say that they not pleasing. I generally have a difficult time understanding and appreciating Meunier-based Champagnes, and unfortunately, this was no exception.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    3/4/20, 2:07 PM - chambolle-Absolutely possible that this bottle was off, although I see that I had a similarly weird experience with this cuvée 2 years earlier. At any rate, not a bit like the wine you describe. As for provenance/disgorgement, this was served at a wine shop tasting of newly arrived Champagnes, so I strongly suspect this was a 2019 disgorgement.

White
2011 Gérard Boulay Sancerre La Comtesse Sauvignon Blanc
2/21/2020 - portman63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Came off almost like a reserve of a Sancerre if such a thing existed. A bit richer in the mid-palate, yet still with the chalky minerality one expects. Has lemon-grapefruit in the finish as well. Not quite as luscious as a Dagueneau, but close enough for me to mention it. A really solid find from a producer I already enjoy.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    2/25/20, 8:15 AM - I had a very similar impression of the 2011 Comtesse the other night. Definitely more toward the François Cotat/Dagueneau rich end of the Loire Sauvignon spectrum.

Red
2005 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal Cabernet Franc
Pulled the cork a half hour before drinking. It was an angry, angry wine at first. Raspy tannins, disjointed acidity, just unpleasant. But the wine blossomed after another half hour and really is beautiful. The nose takes on a vibrant floral complexity. Lush black and red fruits, dense and almost viscous bloody aspect, some mineral underpinning. A powerful and ripe wine but with very nice detail and grace. This is great wine and probably should be left alone for a decade to show its best. I caught pieces of why it’s going to be great. If you have a few, crack one. Otherwise I’d wait and I imagine this will be quite rewarding.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    2/24/20, 11:49 AM - "Angry wine"! I love that description and completely understand it given my early experiences with this bottling. I haven't opened one since 2014 and am inclined to agree with your suggested drinking window should I be fortunate enough to live that long...

Red
1996 Domaine Leroy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts Pinot Noir
2/7/2020 - Burgundy Al wrote:
92 points
Wines for the Acker Merrall Bicentennial Auction (The Pool - New York NY): Small glass, brief note. Double blind. Clearly Leroy Vosne, I thought it charming with great red fruit, baking spice and balance, but not quite as dense as her Beaux Monts typically shows (so I thought this Genaivrières). Still, so wonderful now.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    2/7/20, 7:06 PM - I'm confused. Were you noting the Beaux Monts and comparing it to another Leroy Vosne 1er Cru (Brulées, I guess), or was this another wine mistakenly entered and then compared to the Beaux Monts? Thanks for clarifying.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    2/8/20, 12:04 PM - I've done much worse in the rush to get "pen to paper". Thanks for the clarification. Enjoy La Paulée!

White - Off-dry
2004 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe
2/4/2020 - maxima wrote:
90 points
Le seul blanc de l'alignement pour aller avec notre traditionnel festin pour le SUPER-BOWL avec
les Fouduvin DE l’ESTRIE, Bulle, Headless, FrançoisD, MikeLM et Meursault.
Le Blanc, les Champagne et les rouges pour accompagner l’orgie de
bouffe….mousses au homard, crabe et truite, craquelins divers,
canapé, des terrines de canard, lapin , gibier, les jambons, brisket,
viande fumée, Prosciutto, canard fumée, saucissons et sans oublier les
fromages Québéquois dont, le Bleu d’Élizabeth, Le pionnier, Louis d’or,
Le Champayeur et la Religieuse de la Fromagerie du Presbytère, Alfred
le Fermier, Comtomme et Chemin Hatley de la Fromagerie La Station
ainsi que 2 importations, le Comté 12 mois et le Gouda 24 mois. Pour
aller avec les liquoreux, des blocs de foie gras et les crêmes brulées au
chocolat et safran d’Iran!!!
Nez sur le caramel et le miel avec un peu de citronelle ou
huile à lampe.
En bouche, acidité basse avec un sucre encore perceptible.
Assez léger et sur le miel avec un peu d'abricots et de pommes.
Finale pas très longue mais sans accroc.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    2/4/20, 3:19 PM - Quelle fête impressionnante, et tout cela pour célébrer le football américain. Chapeau!

Red
2017 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes Pinot Noir
10/2/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
2017 Whites and Reds from Domain Dujac (Dig Wines, San Francisco): A lovely, delicate wine that is suffused with soil through and through. Of the 3 reds, the one that shows most green, albeit in low and enjoyable amounts. Subtle mixed black and red fruit. In a way, the most impressive for what it is.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    1/25/20, 5:07 PM - LDeziel-This is definitely for the Gevrey Combottes. I mistakenly said "Of the 3 whites" whereas I meant to say "3 reds" and have gone back and corrected that in the note. How embarrassing not to be able to tell white from red!

Red
2005 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Pinot Noir
11/3/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Another Wine Slog Across France; 11/2/2019-11/13/2019 (Paris, Alsace, Burgundy, Encore Paris): Even ruby without much development. Right out of the bottle, very floral with tart cherry. As it aerated, more cool green tones. Quintessential stony Volnay. Compared to the Rossignol Santenots we had earlier today, much more traditional and mineral, and markedly less fruity. Even upon first pour, it had substantial tannins; these gained grip and intensity with time in the decanter. A great Clos des Ducs, but beware, it will surely go through surly phases given its structure. I’d estimate that it needs another 10 to 15 years to achieve full maturity. It is not as open as it teasingly seems at first.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    1/25/20, 2:50 PM - chablis-I rarely have strong feelings about this question since it seems as though whatever approach you take always has the potential to be the wrong one :)
    That said, based upon our experience with this bottle, I think that decanting was the wrong way to go at this stage, only accentuating the tannin and accelerating the wine's process of shutting down in the glass. That's my $0.02. Good luck and I hope that your bottle shows well.

Red
2005 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/25/2019 - winelover1808 Likes this wine:
91 points
decanted and drank after a 30 minutes of opening up.
very masculine; the nose is dark fruit; the mouthful is quite powerful with dark berries, some asian spices; acidity is still there and tannic finish for a red burgundy. this is very good but i would have preferred a more elegant sophisticated feminine wine as this was a bit more blunt to score higher.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/25/19, 8:43 PM - I would be looking at appellations other than Clos Vougeot for "elegant" and "feminine", especially from a strapping, relatively structured vintage such as 2005 that has required a long wait for even lower tiered wines to begin to unfold.

White
2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 375ème Anniversaire Alsace
12/22/2019 - acidqueen wrote:
91 points
I tasted this side by side with the regular 2001, although I am saving the full bottle of the regular for dinner tonight. An interesting comparison. Very similar, of course, but the 375ème version is deeper in color, richer, and more honeyed. It seems apparently sweeter, but at the same time it is bone dry. Medium acid. The regular bottling is brighter, seems a bit more acidic but also less depth. Both have wonderful honey, apricot, diesel notes.
I wish I could pour them together in one glass because each has a quality I would like to see more of in the other. I slightly prefer the regular version.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/22/19, 10:36 AM - While I haven't tasted the 375ème and the regular '01 side by side in 10 years (at a retrospective that I believe you also attended), I too have always had a soft spot for the normale, which for me remains one of the great classic Frédéric Emiles. That said, I really like the way the 375ème has become sleeker and more structured over the years, I suppose one could say "expressing its inner Trimbach"!

  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/22/19, 12:58 PM - Ah, we've been fortunate enough to have that 1990 twice in the past 4 months, once domestically and once in France, and it is still great. Cheers!

Red
1996 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/8/2019 - BradE wrote:
A very good bottle of a wine that’s not near it’s apogee. I suspect this will always be in “95” point range rather than “100” but it was a great drink.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/8/19, 12:12 PM - "Very good" equates to 95 points? I don't get it, but then again, I don't understand numerical ratings of wine in general. At any rate, your descriptor sounds pretty lukewarm for a wine that is closing in on $2000 per bottle at auction.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/8/19, 2:50 PM - Thanks for taking the time to clarify!

Red
2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/5/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium ruby. Whereas the last bottle I tried was bursting with fruit, here the cherry was tucked away behind a strong blast of piney, resiny American oak which dominated the palate as well. Hey, I thought this was supposed to be Lopez de Heredia, not La Rioja Alta. Not very pleasing. Since this was poured by the glass at a restaurant, I cannot say how long the bottle had been open.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/6/19, 7:09 AM - sleepyhaus-That is what I thought the first time when the material was in better balance with the wood, but after this bottle I'm not so sure.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    12/6/19, 7:17 AM - Maybe so. I completely agree with you about the consistency across vintages.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Ay La Côte Faron Pinot Noir
11/23/2019 - Nanda wrote:
Blind Pinots (Prairie Grass Cafe): Blind. Boy, I just don't like the Selosse wines. Aromas here were advanced with bruised apple and cider notes. Earthy elements add some complexity on the palate. A bit flat and lacking freshness. Was guessing an older vintage Champagne past its prime. Not my cup of tea, clearly. 83-85 points.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    11/24/19, 4:40 PM - Disgorgement date?

Red
2017 Domaine Hervé Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
8/30/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
2017 Domaine Sigaut Chambolle Musigny (Dig Wines, San Francisco): Clear purple. Killer aromatics that combine succulent berries and gorgeous soil. The ripest of all these wines, and the only one showing any wood, but still essentially elegant in the Chambolle mold. Outstanding mixed red and black fruit, anise, and round tannins. Terrific mouthful now, but it has the structure to last well and gain a great deal of complexity.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    11/16/19, 7:45 AM - This was served at a wine shop tasting. The owner's usual modus operandi is to open and taste (but not decant) bottles the evening before the formal tasting. I assume that this was done here; if so, it would have been aerated for almost 24 hours before I tried it.

Red
2003 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
9/24/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Eclectic Older Wines from the Rare Wine Company with Mannie Berk (The Morris, San Francisco): Lighter red with a brownish tint. Forward licorice drop. Much bigger than the Accomasso. Ripe but not overly so. Lively, roundly tannic, and young. Impressive if not quintessentially elegant Nebbiolo. It has the guts to go another decade plus.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    9/25/19, 11:29 PM - I don't know how much sediment it had-sorry. Given its size and structure, I think it could certainly stand and benefit from a decant on the morning of.

White
2007 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
9/3/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Stern to the point of severity - this is currently for those who prefer their Riesling with a side of sharpened steel. It opened up a bit after 24 hours, but never developed any palate richness - it remained as focused as a cat on a fishtank. Give it time. Lots of time.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    9/4/19, 3:04 PM - Rieslingfan-I pretty much shared this impression when I tasted the 2007 within the past year. Although it is more delicate and has less stuffing than the 2001, the 2 vintages are similar in some ways. I'm beginning to think that like its elder sibling, the 2007 will need a full 15 or 16 years before it really takes off, although it may not have the requisite depth of fruit to reach the heights of the older vintage, which remains among my top 2 Frédéric Emiles of the decade.

White
2011 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
7/22/2019 - rlove wrote:
93 points
Preuses is Dauvissat's most overperforming cru—usually surpassing Clos in my opinion—and that holds here as the 2011 simply overflows with savory seaside aromas including iodine and oyster shell. The palate is racey and crisp with a savory algae quality I often see from this cuvée. In a word: Excellent.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/22/19, 9:33 PM - RLOVE-I couldn't agree more. We also were fortunate enough to have a great bottle of this within the last month. Essence of Chablis!

Red
2015 Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto d'Alba
Wow, this bottle is in the zone. Dark fruits, black pepper, and strong acidity all presented in style so elegant that you have to remind yourself this is "just" a Dolcetto.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    7/1/19, 12:20 PM - Michael Zoppo-I couldn't agree more. Far and away the best Dolcetto that has ever crossed my lips.

White
2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Chardonnay
6/25/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow/green. Wonderful essence of Chablis nose-herb, green fruit, and saline tones. Medium weight, good brothy intensity although it didn't have quite the acidity I expected of a 2014. Lime and mineral extract, terrific length and persistence.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/27/19, 3:44 PM - WEB-For me, in most vintages, the Raveneau version has been the most compelling example of Montée de Tonnerre, but of course, it commands 3 to 4 times as much as the Billaud-Simon and is much harder to source. Louis Michel's bottling offers great value even if it is not at the very pinnacle of what this cru can produce.

  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/27/19, 4:39 PM - You are absolutely right. Forgive my inattention!

Red
2005 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas Hominis Fides Red Rhone Blend
6/30/2018 - drwine2001 wrote:
flawed
Yikes, browning and all prunes and VA. Awful.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/17/19, 9:41 PM - Volatile acidity aka vinegar

White
2012 Alphonse Mellot Sancerre Edmond Sauvignon Blanc
5/28/2019 - Cailles wrote:
93 points
Clearly the best Sancerre I've had so far. This opened my eyes. There is more than the Reds from Clos Rougeard and some sweet wines (mainly from Huet) in the Loire Valley. This was quite singular. Cleary different from white Bordeaux's, Napa SB's or NZ SBs. I wouldn't be surprised if one or the other blind taster would have guessed BdB Champagne with some age. I'm a sucker for special, singular expressions in wine and hence, I was quite excited to taste this. World's apart from a highly mediocre bottle of the same wine 3 years ago.

TN: Almost sparkling nose, like a blanc de blanc Champagne with a few years on the hips, marked by some baking spices. Broader on the palate with citrus, sweet apple, baking spices. Very soft structure with an excellent cut of the very well-integrated acidity. Not really the most complex wine but a Sancerre you can drink without burning your throat with too much acid.

Decanting: No decant needed.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/11/19, 4:16 PM - Cailles-Thank you for your note on this wine. I agree that if you are not put off by wood in a Sancerre, the Edmond can certainly be a special wine, if atypical for the appellation in the same way that Guiberteau is an outlier in Saumur. The problem is the unpredictability of this cuvée; I've tried over a dozen different vintages of the Edmond with wildly variable results. About a third of the bottles have been really good. I'm sorry, but you must do much better than that as the highest priced Sancerre on the market. Sadly, consistent with your prior experience, the 2 bottles of the 2012 I drank in 2016 were dull and woody. Your note is a reminder to track down my remaining bottles in the hope of finally finding the magic!

Red
2014 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) Nebbiolo
6/6/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Light ruby. Wonderful tobacco and licorice. Light and elegant, citrus, soil, and herbs with a good punch of tannin at the end. Precise acidity. Excellent complexity already. For the intermediate term.
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/7/19, 6:12 AM - Although it will surely last longer than this, it is so approachable and delicate now that I think this vintage may turn out to be fully expressed by the 8 to 13 year post-vintage window. Yes, surprising in the context of Cappellano, and maybe I should have said "short term" given the typical aging curve for this particular producer.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
6/2/2019 - ovenmitt wrote:
88 points
This bottle from the 2017 disgorgement seemed off. A pervasive piney-ness and strange mouthfeel. It wasn’t corked, but seemed strangely oxidized - not in the normal Selosse sense. I mention 2017 because Christina said she had a similar problem on a 17. I hope my other bottles aren’t suffering the same fate - maybe bottle time would resolve this?
  • drwine2001 commented:

    6/2/19, 1:59 PM - I'm sorry to hear this and wonder if the problem might be the 2011 juice in this disgorgement. That vintage suffered from some greenness, which sounds like the flavors you encountered in this bottle.

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