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White - Sparkling
N.V. Fallet-Gourron Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut Chardonnay
1/10/2019 - forceberry wrote:
89 points
Apparently this producer in Avize makes mainly two bottlings of Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs: one Brut with dosage and without dosage, which might be labeled as "Extra Brut", "Brut Nature" or "Non-Dosé". Furthermore, the wines are labeled either as "Fallet-Gourron", "Fallet-M", "Fallet-Crouzat" or "Fallet-Prevostat". Apparently the wines do not have any differences, but are just bottles labeled differently for each of the winemaker's daughters. This particular wine was "Fallet-Gourron Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut" with 12% alcohol and 0 g/l dosage. Tasted blind.

Medium-deep, luminous golden yellow color. Big, complex and rather sweet-toned nose with somewhat atypical aromas of peach, caramel, some golden raisins, a little bit of kumquat, light cooked cream tones and even a hint of liver pâté. Very distinctive nose, to say the least. The wine is moderately full-bodied, vinous and toasty on the palate with bone-dry yet deceptively sweet-toned flavors of cremy panna cotta, autolytic toast, some peach candy, a little bit of butter, light banana tones and a hint of apple jam. The high acidity lends good sense of freshness and structure to the wine while keeping the sweeter tones in check with the very robust, fizzy and persistent mousse. The finish is long, lively and complex with ripe flavors of chalky minerality, apple purée, some creamy richness, a little bit of peachy stone fruit, light leesy notes of yeast and a hint of apple peel bitterness.

A very weird, fun and tasty Blanc de Blancs that was something one was really not expecting from the style. Remarkably vinous, rich and sweet-toned even at 0 g/l dosage, I can imagine this wine can get just too rich and candied as a Brut version. Really atypical aromatics and flavors, one really needs to know what this bottle is going to offer or it will certainly take the drinker by surprise. Tasting this blind, I had no idea that this wine could be a) Blanc de Blancs; b) non-dosage wine. Weird and atypical, but enjoyable all the same - if perhaps not that serious. Complex, yes, but not in the traditional sense of Champagne. Priced somewhat according to its quality at 45-50€.
  • txangu commented:

    9/27/19, 1:06 AM - I visit them very often to buy directly. I have all the names but Fallet-M on the label. They are doing three different BdB: Brut (not buying it anymore), Extra-Brut (my favourite) and Zero Dosage (wife's favourite). Exactly the same base wine in all labels. I don't remind the exact dosage but the extra-brut is not a Zero. The daughters are doctors, so the different labelling comes from the name they took when marrying. Apparently now they have hopes on one of the granddaughters who is studying agronomy to continue the family business

  • txangu commented:

    9/28/19, 4:07 AM - In my twitter feed you can check all three types: Brut, Extra-Brut and Non-Dosé.
    All three bottlings and all labels, believe me, are based on the same base wine. Only difference is the dosage

2011 Domaine Berthet Bondet Château-Chalon Savagnin
8/21/2014 - Rollerball wrote:
A luxurious palate cleanser.
Removed my 87pt score when txangu noted that I must have the wrong vintage.
  • txangu commented:

    9/18/19, 2:37 AM - Probably a wrong vintage, as it cannot be released before at least 6 year after the harvest

White - Sparkling
N.V. Vranken Champagne Premier Cru Brut Champagne Blend
9/2/2019 - benny-g Likes this wine:
87 points
Amazingly neutral. Very gentle and cautious in its taste. Not a lot to like, but certainly nothing to dislike. Is this the style of the house? Where is the brioche/caramel/vanilla? Too much of those, like in some champagnes I tasted recently, I do dislike, but something should be there, right? Moreover, also the fruit is modest and limited to white/yellow, nothing more. Acidity? Hardly any. Maybe "neat" is the right word here.
  • txangu commented:

    9/3/19, 1:59 AM - Better wait for the recurrent Delhaize discount at 50%

2017 Maison Harbour Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode Pinot Noir
5/2/2019 - Margaux Bro Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted through a large amount of Maison Harbour's lineup at a private tasting. This one was very impressive to me and was one of my favorites from his lineup. It had nice fruit and a medium body and very refreshing acidity. The delicate structure has me thinking about drinking with or without food and maybe even served slightly cooler than cellar temps in the summer. Approachable now
  • txangu commented:

    5/2/19, 6:56 AM - I've been in the winery with him a couple of months ago, while collecting my annual case. Nice wine, nice people, nice place, brilliant future

2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Decant 1hour before dinner, about right since it was aromatic and fine. Still good a day later. Drink or keep.
  • txangu commented:

    3/29/19, 10:52 AM - Flawed??

2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia White Blend
2/19/2019 - DavilaDC Likes this wine:
92 points
Ordered at a Michelin Star restaurant in Bilbao and the sommelier "warned us" against it saying it's not your typical white wine. Having ordered it anyway, the chef came out to see the bottle and tweak a few things we ordered. For example, he replaced the lemon that accompanied the oysters with lime and did that set off this wine!

Almost amber in color and a body to match the hue. The nose was full of almonds, herbs and honey but with a fresh acidity.

If it wasn't for the food, I could understand the reviews here that are not so positive when this bottle is asked to stand alone. But, when paired correctly this wine is like nothing else.
  • txangu commented:

    2/19/19, 5:38 AM - Which restaurant in Bilbao?

  • txangu commented:

    2/19/19, 6:46 AM - Thank you!

    I should visit them at their new location soon!

    I put 2 of my bottles of the the white reserva 1996 on a tasting last Saint Valentine's and it was WOTN

2006 Artadi Rioja Pagos Viejos Tempranillo
4/25/2018 - belfast taxman wrote:
90 points
Has softened up/matured significantly since I last tasted and now becoming a most attractive wine, very Spanish if that makes sense.
  • txangu commented:

    4/25/18, 2:48 AM - Totally agree. I hated it 5 years ago

2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/4/2015 - Rollerball wrote:
Traditional, this is already tastes and feels like a beautiful old Rioja but I'll wait until 2018 to try the next one. Could be a classic.

48 hour update fruit significantly faded. Revising my next bottle: 2017.
  • txangu commented:

    5/6/15, 7:59 AM - Air is not good for this wine. You can decant it but don't leave it open for the next day

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