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White
2015 Laurent Tribut Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy Chardonnay
Not sure what to make of this bottle. Not prematurely oxidised as the colour was a typically chablis pale yellow with a green tinge. Nonetheless the wine lacked tension and the aromatics were dull (some earthiness, nothing else). Is this only in a transition phase or is 2015 already heading downhill?
  • Eric Becker commented:

    11/28/19, 12:30 PM - Rallerboy, that is good to know. The next bottle I will give more time.

Red
2016 Château Fonroque St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/27/2019 - swestpha Likes this wine:
95 points
I have had previous vintages of this wine and although they were well structured with refined tannins they were for the most part not memorable. The 2016 vintage is by far the best I have ever had from Fonroque. I served it at a large wine gathering that was attended by knowlegeable wine people and it got rave reviews.

Well structured wine with blackberry/raspberry notes and a great mineral laced finish.
  • Eric Becker commented:

    9/28/19, 9:06 AM - Hi Swestpha, completely agree with you, in particular on the mineral laced finish and the good structure of this Fonroque. I also found it to be remarkably fresh for a right-banker.

Red
2016 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2018 - Eric Becker Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, what a stunner of a wine! I have attended a tasting of several 2016 cru classé lately and this Chateau Meyney can compete with the better and maybe even the best.
Impenetrable, glossy purple colour.
In the nose initially quite some oak, which disappeared after a double-decant and one hour of breathing. Lots of sweet dark fruit, but also notes of iron and salt. Depth and a sense of terroir!
In the mouth the wine has it all! Medium to full body with a rich, but precise taste. A wealth of fine grained tannins, great acidity, but also a luxurious texture. True class and obviously build to last.
For me this is better than the 2010 Meyney, which is a behemoth, but probably not as balanced and complex. The only caveat is the generous oak-treatment, which hopefully stays in the back-seat.
  • Eric Becker commented:

    5/11/19, 2:04 AM - Hi wineotim, thanks for commenting! I always enjoy to read your notes. I am curious to retry the 2010. My last bottle, 1 1/2 year ago, was a bit oaky. The 2016 seems to have more poise and nuance, it felt even more like a cru classé than a (very good) cru bourgeois.

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