Tasting Notes for rc@ughey

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Red
10/4/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
86 points
Very, very light in color and presence. This is delicate and simple but also honest and very drinkable. A lovely food wine.
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White
10/3/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyable. This has the lemon cream, bright lime, and velvet texture that I find in a lot of PYCM. Not terribly complex, but impeccably balanced and very enjoyable.
Red
9/30/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Love it. This is very pure and admirably concentrated but quite restrained. I wouldn’t call this classic—the fruit is glossier than it was last time—but this is great with food and will improve.
Red
2014 Benjamin Leroux Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/25/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Leroux is making wonderful wines, and this was a bit more open than most of the other '14s I've had recently. This is concentrated but restrained, with vibrant red and dark fruits and sneaky depth. Not cheap but a decent value for a real GC.
Red
2014 Camille Giroud Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/25/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
Muscular and impressive, with pure dark fruits, but pretty closed at the moment. Hold.
Red
2014 Joseph Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/24/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Very Drouhin, this shows pretty red fruits in an airy style. More open than most '14s at this point. Charming but not particularly grand.
Red
9/24/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Very enjoyable and, in a night of '14 Grand Crus, this was among the more open examples. Perrot-Minot has seemingly become less oaky but retains a glossy texture. The fruit here is bold and delicious.
Red
2014 Simon Bize Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/24/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Impeccably put together but shut down very hard. Bize's Latricieres is like his Savigny 1ers but turned up to 11. This is concentrated and pure but still fairly restrained. This needs decades but I am confident this will be glorious.
Red
2014 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
Very serious. Very grand. And one day, very good. But today, very closed. I have no doubt a long slumber will be very rewarding with this one.
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Red
2013 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
Far more open than last time I tried this (which was about two years ago), but that’s probably because this one had about 6 hours of air before it hit my glass. Still frighteningly young but just flat-out gorgeous with concentrated dark fruit, staggering depth, and a seamless profile. Better than the ‘14 version today. Clair continues to impress. So does 2013.
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Red
9/22/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
I bought 6 of these on release and I think this is the 4th I've opened. The first three were pretty good but eons away from great. This one was different: the wood has finally begun to integrate, the mid-palate has filled out, the fruit has mellowed, and the minerals are sparkling. This is aging more like a nice Cote Charlonnaise Burg than Bojo, but it has a lovely tart cranberry note that reminds you that it's Gamay you're drinking.
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White
9/21/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
My best bottle yet (of three). This is so good—with concentrated but restrained yellow fruit, bright acids, and dry extract—and it seems to be improving. Just a hint of tropical fruit. Silly bargain.
White
9/11/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Very good--with impressively dense and electric fruit and blazing acidity--but this is tighter, less complex, and marginally less enjoyable than my previous bottles. Maybe it's shutting down a bit.
Red
9/9/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
Something off with this one. Not corked but medicinal and muddled. Hoping this is just an anomaly.
Red
9/9/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
89 points
Lovely Ridge Zin. This has characteristic concentrated dark fruit and glossy texture, but this is a touch more elegant than many of these young Ridge Zins. Great for the money.
White - Off-dry
9/8/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
95 points
Good god this is stunning. Golden in the glass, this is the complete package. Penetrating nose of smoky crushed stone fruits and faint petrol. The palate is deep and complex -- with intense, mouth-coating Riesling fruit dusted with spices and minerals -- yet pure and still surprisingly energetic. The balance is spherical. Despite the VT designation, this really isn't all that sweet and went fabulously as a dinner wine with (non-spicy) Asian food. One of the best wines I've had this year and reference-quality Riesling from any region. At peak but in no danger of fading in the near-term.
Red
9/6/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Very enjoyable wine. Restrained with pure brambly fruit and bright acids. Great with food.
Red
9/6/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Nice wine. None of the '11 pyrazine notes, although not a lot of Vosne fireworks either. Well-balanced, bright, elegant, and good with food.
Red
9/4/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Phenomenal balance here. This is a medium-bodied wine of ripe red and dark fruits with a velevety texture. This is on the precipice between young and old and has years (or decades to go). The overall impression is pretty subtle -- this is not a blockbuster -- but the whole package is extremely well put together and very vibrant and attractive.
White - Sparkling
9/4/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
This has been drinking beautifully for some time now. Bold and expressive with beautiful, pure yellow fruits and a light brioche undertone. Not quite as good as the Krug 164eme on this night, but not far off.
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White - Sparkling
9/4/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
My fourth bottle of this and nothing more needs to be said: a Grande Cuvee for the ages. Brilliant now and should be even better later. Load up while you still can.
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White
9/3/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Love this wine. It's a true Kabinett with a light touch, modestly sweet fruit, blazing acidity, and fine minerals. This is extremely precise, totally effortless, and infinitely drinkable. Super expensive for Kabinett; silly cheap for how good it is.
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White
8/30/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Very well-made and well-balanced but painfully young and quite acidic. I thought this far inferior to the '16 Coche Bourgogne Blanc opened alongside it (which was really good). And while this is a very nice wine, I far prefer many White Burg 1ers that you can buy for the same price.
White
8/30/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Brilliant Bourgogne Blanc. Dense fruit that's expansive on the palate. Serious presence and volume for the level, with impressive depth. This was far, far better than a '16 A. Ente Bourgogne Blanc opened alongside it. Is this worth the current tariff? Probably not - I'd rather have many 1ers from PYCM or Henri Germain or Vincent Dancer, among others - but it's a phenomenally impressive wine and Coche can't be blamed for the market craziness.
White - Off-dry
8/30/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Brilliant Riesling. This has a light golden color with a nose of orchard fruits and significant petrol. The palate is complex with ripe, deep fruit, slate, and a super-long finish. Impressive balance. I wish I had more.
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Red
8/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
This is a phenomenal young Burg and one of the better '09s I've had. I'm on record preferring Clair's Cazetiers to his CSJ and this is no different. This hasa soaring nose of intense brambly fruit and a concentrated dark-berry palate and remains fresh and elegant. Obviously young and structured, but the tannins are fine and the fruit is so giving that there's no harm in opening one now. For my money, Bruno Clair is making some of the best wine in Burgundy these days.
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Red
8/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
This is *really* good and more generous than expected. Gorgeous floral nose. And on the palate, this is middleweight but with concentrated fruit and real depth and intensity.
Red
8/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
Out of the gate this was closed a acidic, but with a few hours of air it fanned out, gained some weight, and became a classic (if not show-stopping) Burg. Give it another 5 years and I think the fireworks show may start. I'm confident the material is here.
White
8/25/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
This is in a phenomenal spot. Rich white peaches, intense but fine minerals, and a seamless texture. This has bright acidity but deep ripe fruit. Gulpable but complex.
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White
7/5/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
84 points
Bright and lemony but not particularly distinctive.
Red
7/3/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Tasty. Well-balanced with bold bramble fruit and a dusting of minerals and spice. Hasn’t really budged since release but the quality is here.
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White
6/29/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
More subdued than the Clos or ‘Cote de Bougerots’ but well balanced with excellent potential.
White
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
I enjoy this every vintage and this is no exception. Bright, deep, and weighty, this is very good but fairly one dimensional at this point. Impressive minerality. Just a hair behind the Clos.
White
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Best in class among the '17 Fevre GCs in a horizontal tasting, this has dense yellow and citrus fruits with grand cru weight. The texture is very nice but this will need some time to open up and show its complexity. A buy for me.
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Red
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
89 points
More restrained and less glossy than older-era Perrot-Minot, this is a quite proper and well-made village burg. Fleshy red and dark fruits with some structure and minerals. Not grand but quite good.
Red
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Young and coiled but very impressive. Concentrated, balanced, very energetic, and with huge potential, this score may be higher in 5 years. Better than a '99 Drouhin Petits Monts beside it.
Red
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Out of magnum. Brilliant nose as you'd expect from Drouhin's Petits Monts, but still a bit shy on the palate. Delicate brambly fruits and spice, with a dusting of minerals. This is not, however, at the near-GC level you'd expect for this price. Lovely, lovely wine but not yet a grand one. May get there with few more years.
Red
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
88 points
Small taste only but this is a proper and balanced NSG, if a bit simple and rustic. Room for improvement.
Red
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
WOTN among very stiff competition, this is the real deal--grand cru in all but name. Dark, bold, and cavernously deep brambly dark fruits with a dusting of spice. This is impeccably balanced and already quite drinkable, yet with room for improvement. Highly impressive.
Red
2007 Olivier Bernstein Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/28/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
The softest and most elegant Bernstein I've had. These are usually bruisers, but this was elegant and open-knit, if not quite grand cru level. Tasty wine.
White
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
91 points
This is a big, opulent Riesling with an underlying sweetness that borders on too much. But the savory herbal undertones, minerality, and striking acidity keep this drinkable. Grand cru weight on this one; may reach greater heights if it settles down with age.
White
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Way more open than last time, this shows lemon cream and fine minerals in an impeccably balanced package. Superb.
White
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
95 points
Awesome again. Opulent, mineral, highly vibrant Chablis that has grand cru weight, class, and complexity. Loads of dry extract with 2010 electricity.
Red
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
Very nice. Fleshy dark and red fruits with a mineral spine. Shutting down but should be very lovely. The structure is very fine and this should show very attractive depth.
Red
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
96 points
In a night of phenomenal wines--Leroy, Comte Liger Belair, Krug, Mugnier etc.--this was the WOTN. Just a near-perfect Northern Rhone drinking astonishingly well. This shows intense dark brambly fruit, some herbs and minerals, and silky structure. Super deep and complex, yet highly drinkable. And perhaps even room for more improvement.
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White - Sparkling
6/23/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
90 points
Oxidative but well balanced, this is quite nice and in a good spot but was trounced by a Krug MV 165 alongside it.
White - Sparkling
6/18/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Hyper-focused and fresh, this still needs some time to unfurl but it's very fine now, particularly with food.
White - Sparkling
6/18/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
93 points
*Really* good. This is typical Krug, with bold yellow fruit and some oxidative notes, but the balance here is particularly good, and the acidity keeps things fresh.
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White
6/18/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
94 points
Phenomenal white burg. Dense and opulent but also pure and focused, this is the complete package. I did not buy nearly enough.
White
6/18/2019 - rc@ughey wrote:
92 points
Terrific again. Impossible to buy enough of this stuff.
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