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Red
2009 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/23/2020 - IvanLi Does not like this wine:
87 points
The wine tastes thin, watery with some weird note resembling thermovinification. An unimpressive showing especially for the vintage.
  • Sven D commented:

    12/1/20, 12:24 PM - You do not rate a thin wine that high

White
2013 Château-Grillet (Pinault) Côtes du Rhône Pontcin Viognier
1/1/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
92 points
Third vintage of this 'second wine' of Grillet as a result of a stricter selection of Grillet itself. Tremendous structure, excellent fruit/ Serious wine.
  • Sven D commented:

    5/23/20, 1:31 PM - Wrong. This is not a selection of Grillet. Chateau Grillet also produces an entry level wine made from 100% Viognier, Pontcin, which comes from vines they own that even though they are contiguous with the property, because they are not considered part of their tiny appellation, they are considered part of the Cotes du Rhone appellation, which is of course how they are sold...
    Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/rhone-wines-cote-rotie-hermitage-chateauneuf-du-pape/chateau-grillet-rhone-valley-wine/

White
2014 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère Chardonnay
5/8/2020 - The Guzz wrote:
flawed
POXED AHHHH! Why no Diam?? Whyyyyy???
375 bottle
  • Sven D commented:

    5/10/20, 3:43 PM - Why no Diam indeed! They should take an example on Hugel. I recently tasted a 15 year old Riesling Vendange Tardive from them with a Diam cork and the cork was like a brand new one. Diam is the best!

Red
2009 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin-à-Vent Les Trois Roches Gamay
9/18/2018 - MQuentel Likes this wine:
93 points
This wonderful 2009 Moulin a Vent shows what Beaujolais Grand Cru really can do. Bright ruby with a touch of purple, with medium transparency. In the nose unfolds a fine smell of cherries, yellow plums, wet granite rock. In complete harmony on the palate - silky, fine and quite melted tannins; fine juiciness and freshness; wonderfully integrated, fresh acidity and a beguiling fruit of red and blue fruits (cherry, pomegranate and a touch of blueberries), with a fine, powdery minerality. Fresh and fine juicy length. All this is not heavyweight, but light and vibrant, yet full of character and depth.
  • Sven D commented:

    5/6/20, 1:25 PM - Moulin à Vent, Morgon and so on are Beaujolais Crus , not Grand Crus. The term is reserved for Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits Grand Crus and is completely different. Vissoux makes indeed a great example!

White
2009 Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer Alsace
5/28/2018 - Mascarello59 Likes this wine:
93 points
At the winery. Sparse notes but this vintage is much riper and open and holds more of Riesling markers than 2008. Great acidity levels to pare the richer and fatter body than 2008. Maybe in the long run 2008 may end up the better wine but for now I prefer the bigger fruitier but still very complex and superb 2009.
  • Sven D commented:

    12/6/19, 12:44 PM - Try the better year 2007. More balanced and more typical Riesling. I was impressed by Marc André Hugel when I tasted the just released and first "Schoelhammer" (first label, the vineyards is centuries). The round bigger fruit style since the warmer years is in fact not the classic Alsace "sec" style wich combines fruit and acidity for more complex wines.
    I do like the return to the "old school" (now the "new" school is an old one...)pre 1990 classic Hugel style without residual sugars, bone dry Rieslings and dry Gewurztraminer (rather hard to find today but comming back to mainstream).
    Most but not all Alsace turned to the more commercial atypical sweet global style but Hugel returned :-)

Red
2014 Domaine des Tours Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend
8/9/2019 - acyso wrote:
90 points
Dinner at Table, Donkey and Stick (Chicago, IL): It's what all the natural wine folks are drinking these days, but good. Super intense strawberry and white pepper, with a slight hint of florals as well. The palate is juicy but there's a bit of backwards grainy tannin. Pleasant to drink now, and certainly not one for aging.
  • Sven D commented:

    11/29/19, 3:20 PM - It ages very well, try it :-)

White
2014 Domaine Pierre Adam Riesling Schlossberg Alsace Grand Cru
10/2/2018 - dadizele Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale yellow, no signs of age whatsoever.
Fresh lime and citrus flavors in the nose. Oef, none of these petrol flavors you sometimes get from Alsace riesling.
Citrus back in the mouth with a fine pure acidity in the finish, yet covered by enough stuffing to make it very agreeable. Some bitterness in the finish.
Very nice wine. Like it a lot.
A bit in doubt on how to drink. A bit bitter in the end to drink as aperitif, yet very citrussy to drink with food. Don't see a warm fish dish work with this. Rather a salad with cold sea food.
  • Sven D commented:

    9/19/19, 2:08 PM - No petrol means no finesse and new world style. The real thing has the great finesse je ne sais quoi of petrol combined with minerality and fruit.
    The best and rare part of the best Riesling Grand cru, the few hundreds bottles of the Schoelhammer part of the Schoenebourg Grand Cru are worlds best example of what it can show. Petrol is only good here, count 80-90 EUR for a bottle but it dam beats every clos Saint Hune or Weinbach Faller wine

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
Not my preferred varietiel. Barnyard is a great descriptor for the nose. Even after long exposure to air, still funky. I may try again in 5-10 years.
  • Sven D commented:

    9/20/18, 5:53 PM - Barnyard is only typical for this Chateauneuf du Pape, Pegau, not for the others. Trust me, and read my posts about my case.
    Beaucastel and Rayas are the oposite and fine without the Pegau stink.

Red
2010 Hugel Pinot Noir Grossi Laüe Alsace
6/19/2018 - jenmermaidia wrote:
flawed
Corked. So disappointed. I checked a bag so that I could take this home from visiting the winery in Alsace. It cost me an hour of sleep because it took so long to get my bag last night. And so looking forward to drinking tonight but it was corked. Bad luck.
  • Sven D commented:

    8/24/18, 1:08 PM - Strange that it is corcked. You should contact Hugel because technicaly, corcked wines are impossible since Hugel uses the 100% guaranteed safe DIAM corcks. They will be very interested to receive the corck and surely replace the bottle if it is the case.
    I am often there and the house will do that for you.

Red
2014 Domaine des Tours Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend
7/8/2018 - Burgnick Likes this wine:
91 points
Rayas lychee nose, strawberry field and herbs. Palate had precise mixed berries. Very elegant. Incredible value at 20 euros.
  • Sven D commented:

    8/13/18, 3:40 PM - I pay 14 EUR as a value. The 2013 was 13 EUR last year. 20 EUR is not that good value in France/Belgium/Germany for this great wine.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
4/23/2017 - Caruso Likes this wine:
96 points
Golden with orange hue. Nose of Quince, honey, black tea, greengage, brown sugar, apple. The palate shows well integrated sweetness and enough acid for balance. In the aftertaste there is a slightly bitter note, but not unpleasant. This bottle shows more vigor and intensity of flavors than my last bottle in december. It was cellared since the early nineties in a wine-fridge at 11°C and the cork was still in perfect condition. If well stored this has some decades ahead of it. But have a look at the cork, since they should be replaced after 20-30 years depending on the storage conditions.
  • Sven D commented:

    7/13/18, 12:44 AM - The bitte note in the aftertaste is normal and typical for Loire Chenin. Wines that lack this bitter note are in fact seen as atypical.

Red
2005 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne Pinot Noir
11/17/2017 - Tim2 wrote:
93 points
With Maureen, after Three Billboards.
  • Sven D commented:

    6/21/18, 1:30 AM - Better not post here ;-)

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
4/1/2018 - tautlinehitch Likes this wine:
93 points
Easter dinner with olive-stuffed chicken. Decanted an hour ahead - was not enough. Huge brett / chemical / green olive nose, with berry fruit in the background. On the palate, broad-spectrum tannins, lovely berry fruit hiding in the background. The olive is definitely part of the mix. Saving the rest to try again tomorrow. Spectacular, hoping for better after a night in decanter.
  • Sven D commented:

    4/2/18, 11:37 AM - We openen bottle 6 of 12 yesterday and I always have this experience with this wine. Brett, green olives, horse stable. There is a problem at the estate since daughter Lauren took over some years ago. Her fathers wines did not have this. Guess they work lessen clean in the cellar then before.

Red
2007 Château des Fines Roches Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/19/2017 - zinnut wrote:
91 points
Surprised at the negativity on this wine. Very bright and alive with a big, complex fruit profile. Dark blackberry, cassis, cherry. Delicious. Bought this in the village and maybe some bottle variation on the imported bottles. Delicious. Best with food. Could even go another five to ten years.
  • Sven D commented:

    2/2/18, 2:49 PM - No bottle variation but they sell a special, cheap blend under the same name to supermarkets. Price is 12-14€ here. It is the one with the red brown label.
    Different then the bottling one buys at the estate or local

Red
2010 Château Beauséjour Montagne-St. Émilion Pentimento Red Bordeaux Blend
10/16/2014 - g & t wrote:
88 points
unremarkable bordeaux - neither good nor bad - a moderate amount of everything: fruit, length, acid, tannin; but nothing to really grab your attention.
  • Sven D commented:

    1/23/18, 1:11 AM - Why do you score the wine that high regarding your comment?
    Scoring a wine 88 does not match with "neither good- neither bad", 75-80 is ;-)

Red
2012 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Cipressi della Court
11/28/2014 - poste244 Likes this wine:
91 points
Franchement, rien de négatif à dire sur ce très beau rouge qui sent et goûte la griotte et la réglisse. Si on aime la Barbera et son côté un peu acidulé, on ne peut qu'aimer ce vin. À 20$, impeccable. Superbe avec des plats tomatés comme l'escalope de veau Parmigiana.
Encore meilleur après un bon 30 minutes de carafe.
  • Sven D commented:

    10/26/17, 6:11 AM - Bonjour,

    A 12,75€ dans le catalogue "Grands Vins" chez Colruyt maintenant.
    Bonne continuation

Red
2013 Couly-Dutheil Chinon Clos de l'Echo Cabernet Franc
5/27/2017 - RoryMcI Likes this wine:
91 points
Bing chaat party
  • Sven D commented:

    10/17/17, 7:21 AM - ???

Red
2016 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
Sappy dark fruit, a bit of over extraction. Mid palate sap. Starts out fine but then you have extracted oak tannin. 100% new oak - but only en primeur. The final blend will have only 30 percent new oak. But why present en primeur with 100% new oak? Strange.
  • Sven D commented:

    10/16/17, 11:11 PM - Because it is not the final blend with the wine in used barrels I guess.

Red
2011 Domaine des Tours Vaucluse Red Rhone Blend
5/22/2016 - henryd1 Likes this wine:
91 points
100% grenache, from warm terroir, picked late, with a significant percentage of stems retained, and litte extraction. This is a stunning expression of grenache. Better, I'd say, than a Janasse Chaupin 2010 I had the other day, and at a fraction of the price. Very sexy, perfumed red fruit flavours, with decent complexity. This is a great wine and a fantastic bargain too. 90-91
  • Sven D commented:

    8/1/17, 12:32 AM - Your correct that des Tours is a bargain but that the rest of your comment is not so.
    The Tours is not made of 100% Grenache, that is why you find the strawberry, fine fruit and everything else that makes des Tours. FYI: Grenache, Counoise (great touch!), Syrah, Cinsault, Merlot (yes, used here) and 5% other grapes make des Tours. The terroir also is not one of the warmest you can find here but one that has less problems with climate challenges.

White
2006 Domaine Frédéric Mochel Riesling Altenberg de Bergbieten Alsace Grand Cru
10/24/2014 - Lilja Likes this wine:
90 points
FW-BYOB-HT#2: ¤FW - Didn't taste blind, and I thought the Riesling aromas where quite obvious, but the others weren't that sure. But it is burnt rubber and matchsticks rather than the German petroleum. There is also lots of sweet lemon, grapes, and ripe apples. On top of this there is some botrytis and candle-wax. High, quite tart acidity, fruit is less pronounced but with a good intensity and a slightly bitter finish. Not for the fruit lowers, but for the ones hooked on acidity!
  • Sven D commented:

    7/7/17, 4:58 PM - Herman Riesling has not the petrol. Alsace is that style ;-)

White - Sweet/Dessert
1921 Marc Brédif Vouvray Moelleux Chenin Blanc
10/31/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
92 points
A private dinner (Restaurant im Schiffchen **, Düsseldorf, Germany): Thick plastic capsule (almost impossible to cut through) suggests this was recorked and released in the 1970's. Pale golden colour shot with amber, very bright and lively for age; distinctly Chenin on the nose, linen and chamomile, incredibly fresh and lightly sweet, hints of honey, flowers, orange and spice, touch of old botrytis; the palate is delicately sweet, rounded and juicy, subtle waxy bottle-age, harmonious and completely together, again with good Chenin typicity, energetic, balanced and fresh, bitters in check; notes of yellow apple on the finish, honey, good length. Simply incredible quality for a 94 year old medium-sweet wine.
  • Sven D commented:

    3/21/17, 6:13 AM - I bought 6 bottles at Sylvies few some years ago and they have the same think plastic capsule. Corcked were al in prime shape so they must have been recorcked. At the auction were 100 years of Vouvray present (1911-) from a Belgian Collection that was sold. I bought these and some 1976 (Allas). Great value.

Red
2013 Clos Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
9/7/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
91 points
Spicy, black raspberry and pepper, with a forward, medium bodied, open, peppery, black raspberry quality in the soft, and spicy finish. The wine was produced from a 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre.
  • Sven D commented:

    12/5/16, 12:34 AM - The blend was 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Mourvèdre in 2013.

  • Sven D commented:

    12/5/16, 11:11 PM - Hi Jeff, I bought 6 bottles on sale here last weekend and saw your comment, temporay only 22 EUR. Best regards, am still enjoying your comments.

Red
2011 Clos Troteligotte Malbec K-or Cahors
8/2/2014 - jmcmchi wrote:
89 points
Smoke on nose. Smooth on palate with a tar finish. Intense fruit, firm tannins and a good structure. New style Cahors, learning from Argentina and washington, with that extra earthiness nicely tamed and integrated. Maybe a 90
  • Sven D commented:

    10/26/16, 5:08 AM - It is Washington and Argentina that are learning a lot from Cahors to get better, not vice versa. Best examples are made from the Frenchies and Spanish who consult the Argentinians and learn them that Mallbec is more then oak and alcohol. Unless you don't like Charors and prefer the industrial neutral wines of the once callled new, now old world.

Red
2007 Domaine de L'Arnesque Châteauneuf-du-Pape Capelane Grenache Blend, Grenache
It's got that classic 2007 vibrant plum color. Aromatically, I can smell this from a few feet away. Really extracted and saucy on the nose, with raspberry and cherry jam, also some leaves. On the palate this wine is all over the place. It doesn't have much as far as acid and tannins go, and it's really astringent. Lots of grape stems, dirty red fruit and bitter coffee flavors. There's a real bitterness to this wine, like sucking on a magic marker, similar to what I've found in some Eastern European cabernets. It's not particularly faulted, it's just not very good. Maybe 2007 vintage CdPs are in a strange spot these days? Or maybe this is just a poorly made wine. Or a combination of both. Whatever the case, this wasn't the most pleasant experience, and I ended up leaving the bottle at a neighbors' place.
  • Sven D commented:

    10/4/16, 12:52 AM - Better try Aussie and Cali wine. What you call bitterness is the acidity (tannins) that counterbalance the ripeness. In the US you will find wines that lack's this balance and will be more your thingy. Even Beaucastel or my beloved La Turque, La Landonne from Guigal have this bitterness. I know the wine and it is a classic CNP.

White
2014 Marcel Deiss Riesling Alsace
7/27/2016 - Sven D Likes this wine:
88 points
Mooie en atypische Deiss. Geen residuele suikers dit maal maar mineraliteit en zeste van citroen ipv citroen. Zeer fijn besnaard. Zal petroleum toets ontwikkelen. Ter plaatse 21€. Het gamma doorlopen en niet elke blend in het midden gamma (noemt hij premier Crus) boeide me als deze. Langenberg en Engelgarten zijn de blends die me in dat gamma meest overtuigden. Bij de Grand Crus viel op dat hij nog oude jaren Altenberg verkoopt. Paar 2007 mee ondanks het demi sec gehalte maar dat zal de wijn met de tijd wel opeten, verteren en naar finesse omzetten.
  • Sven D commented:

    8/1/16, 9:57 AM - 6 flessen gekocht van de Riesling 2014 die ik er proefde, bij thuiskomst bleek de bediende er 2013 de doos gestoken te hebben, helemaal anders en vooral minder :-(

White
2009 Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc Bergheim Alsace
3/12/2015 - Charlie Pendejo wrote:
flawed
Huh, premoxed. Darker than it should've been, and scents and flavors were all about bruised apple. I don't (yet) have more than a few white Burgs with any age, and haven't encountered a premoxed one; but in the last year I've opened premoxed bottles of Albarino (two), Champagne, and now this Alsatian Pinot Blanc.
  • Sven D commented:

    7/27/16, 3:08 PM - You drank it to late. Pinot Blanc is with Sylvaner the Alsatian wine you drink in its youth on is fruit. I was at Deiss and tasted the range just like I did yesterday there. Drink those Young. Regards

White
2012 Domaine Ostertag Riesling Muenchberg Alsace Grand Cru
12/28/2015 - phil the agony wrote:
91 points
Très bien fait et je me dit que le Riesling est pas mauvais du tout.
Non Jean-Guy, cela n'est pas du sirop simple (eau et sucre !!).
Tout en finesse avec son allure de trucker , il semble avoir pkus de sucre que son ami mentionné ci-haut.
Il est beau maintenant et se boit facilement en apéro.
Pas le plus complexe par contre.
  • Sven D commented:

    4/18/16, 6:37 AM - "Pas le plus complexe par contre." Faut juste attendre la complexité, trop jeune maintenant.

White
2007 Hugel Riesling Schoelhammer Alsace
7/27/2015 - Sven D wrote:
98 points
Beste Hugel Riesling ever tasted, overklast zelfs de Jubilee. Geproefd en eentje van gekocht bij Hugel zelf, slechts 4700 flessen en 350 halfjes werden van dit beste stuk uit de Schoenenbourg geproduceerd, de eerste keer dat Hugel een terroir afficheert. Mineraliteit ten top, geen nieuwerwets gezwets met residuele suikers zoals vaak de mode in de Elzas. Moet zeker nog tot volle ontwikkeling komen maar werd nu net op de markt gebracht uit de kelders na 8 jaar, niet vroeger, zoals we van Hugel gewend zijn dus. Overklast voor mij de Muenchebergs van Ostertag, Cuvees van Hugel zelf en andere Trimbachs Clos St Hunnes, Zind Humbrechts, Weinbach Fallers en andere toppers die ik kon proeven in 25 jaar. Een nieuwe standaard is gezet in Riesling. Potentieel 100, maar dat geef ik nooit, zelfs niet aan DRC
  • Sven D commented:

    9/18/15, 5:26 PM - Je hebt wel een paar flessen Jubilee voor de prijs van deze wijn, de Romanée Conti van de Elzas, zeldzaam.

  • Sven D commented:

    4/18/16, 6:32 AM - Juist, volg Hugel sinds late jaren 80 toen dronken we hun zeventigers. Voor mij het mooiste in decennia Riesling daar, overklast de rest die ik aangaf en volg (persoonlijk natuurlijk), ook meerdere Clos Saint Hune van Trimbach in wat ik mooi vind.

Red
2009 Gros Frère et Sœur Clos Vougeot Musigni Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
10/17/2015 - Julia7ich wrote:
87 points
Dark garnet, transparent. Porcini, very intense notes of smoked bacon, and oleander. Medium high acidity highlights the black cherry fruit. Abundant tannins are medium-fine grained and slightly astringent. There is a very slight green tinge on the finish – an attribute of the difficult vintage.
  • Sven D commented:

    11/2/15, 2:21 AM - 2009 was not a difficult vintage here, it was a great one ;-)

Red
1989 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
Tasted at the same lunch as the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion, which I scored 100 Pts, this was even better. The nose, with its smoke, fire, burning embers, barbecue, cassis, tar and tobacco notes was clearly off the charts. But the palate, with its unparalleled levels of concentration allowed the tasted to feel voluptuous textures paired with rich, layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh, silky berries. The finish lasted over 60 seconds. If you're lucky enough to own a bottle of this liquid gold, pop a bottle now, or give it to your grand children. Either way, you'll come out a winner!!!
  • Sven D commented:

    10/22/15, 7:50 PM - I bought in 1990 2 bottles of the 1986, one opened to early in 2000 and another one that was in good shape in 2005. Going to an auction tomorrow and saturday alongside other great wines (DRC, Rousseau, Le Pin the LaLaLa's etc. i saw an opportunity with 2 bottles of the 1990 (I know the 1989 is more legendary but my focus is on this). Some cases have the prices like we know (I folow idealwine) but I have an opportunity, 2 bottles with a label that is damaged by the moisture the seller has in his classic cellar in old Western Europe here. Think I can buy them at 250-350 EUR/bottle, most people on the auction will go for the cases in both years with perfect labels. They will resell the bottles again... I only resel old DRC that came to me by my late fater (2x 1972) but I drik what I buy so a very dameged label from a good cellar is my thing (good level, no leaks of course). I think that this is a good price, what do you think Jeff? Will sell my La Turque 1996 next month because I read your review, "not showing the Oriental character of the LaLaLa's". Never tasted one but will buy Jamet instead or a better millésime. I am 44 now and when my father died I started to read Hugh Johnsons atlas at 15 years and bought the revue de vin de France (good for my French) and went on (picking as a student at Hugel and Lalou Bize often ;-). A pitty that Rousseau is now so expensive, I buy other Chambertins now, one 2001 is in my budget tomorrow, will see how the price will go. Keep posting, I've checked your posts again for days before this auction. Respect and regards from this side of the Atlantic. Sorry for my English. Edit: some magnums Mission HB 2005 are also there tommorow (650-850 EUR setting). Great wine I see in your comments.

White
2012 Château Ferrande Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
This is a New Zealand Sauv Blanc in a French Graves bottle. We love NZSB, but we also love Graves, and we want our Graves to taste like a Graves.
  • Sven D commented:

    10/13/15, 7:31 PM - Can not agree more. Just bought 2 bottles 2012 at the low price of 11 EUR/bottle (Foire de vin Cora) and it tasted like a NZ sauvignon blanc. We cleaned our papilles with a classic château Latour Martillac from the same vintage. Nice wine for the ones Who like the style but it is not my style.

White
1998 Hugel Riesling Hommage a Jean Hugel Alsace
10/31/2010 - David Strange wrote:
This was a gift from someone who clearly didn’t know I feel Hugel are over-rated producers of vapid swill. In theory, one should be expecting this to compel with complex characters of classy calibre, being made from a selection of the best late-harvest fruit grown on the outstanding Schoenenbourg Grand Cru in what was a super vintage for Alsace Riesling. But then, alas, it was Hugel who picked and vinified it. It has merrily meandered a decent distance down oxidised street and reeks of an alarming array of organic solvent compounds so colourfully carcinogenic in character that even the Russians would consider them excessive to use when poisoning political protesters. I’d guess such a terribly toxic combination of chemicals tastes not nearly so noisome. A despicably, detestably distasteful drink.
I’ve long held Hugel efforts in execrable esteem and, whilst having one’s views validated may engender a warm glow of self-congratulatory smugness, there is no joy in drinking egregious wines made by the oenologically challenged. It is a reprehensible misuse of a prime Riesling vineyard to make such an abominable, atrocious wine. I get deeply depressed when encountering wines grown on valued vineyards made by people who piss away their potential. When enlightenment prevails such wines will be sent for industrial distillation and the ownership of the vineyards assigned to the aesthetically adept.
  • Sven D commented:

    8/8/15, 5:27 AM - You clearly don't understand how those great Riesling age and which oily and mineral character they develop. Hugel and Trimbach are the greatest producers, followed from a distance by Weinbach-Faller and Ostertag.

Red
2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/23/2015 - Ombibulous wrote:
What is the correct drinking window for this wine? Does it really close in 2015? Average window of prior vintages puts it at 2020. Please comment. Thanks, and cheers!
  • Sven D commented:

    7/5/15, 9:24 AM - Best enjoyed young 2012-2016/17

Red
2010 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec
9/8/2014 - Sven D wrote:
85 points
A wine for Americans, not for people who understand what Malbec can give. Powerfull modern industrial style, technicaly correct but lacking finesse and dominated by the industrial yeasts. Boring, not worth the price, there is are better and more Original wines in Cahors for half the price.
  • Sven D commented:

    11/11/14, 11:37 PM - MarsdenPup just proved with his contribution why drunks dont belong here.

White
1997 Hugel "S" de Hugel Alsace Riesling Blend, Riesling
Medium golden colour.
Nose: Opens quite muted, with some notes of mature riesling (petroleum / "firne"), wet, minerally stone and a distant hint of rose petals.
Taste: Rich taste and texture. Dry but slightly oily. Obviously mature but still quite a bit of fruit. Fruit stone and lots of minerals. Structured and well balanced. Long and minerally aftertaste. Mature and drinking wonderfully now but will probably keep even past its 20th birthday.
A great testament to the Hugel family's wine making skills and traditions and to the traditional Alsacian way of blending wines (grapes)!
This wine is the ancestor (or predecessor) of Hugel's basic wine "Gentil". It's a blend of the four noble varieties (Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat) much of it grown in the famous "Sporen" Grand Cru vineyard in Riquewihr, hence the "S". This is the way many Alsace wines traditionally were made, blending several or all of the grape varieties.
  • Sven D commented:

    10/5/14, 3:36 PM - A small correction because you made a small mistake here. I am comming to Hugel since the late 80ies, Hugel where I harvested that time as a student and which cuvees still form together with Trimbach the base of the Alsatian part of my cellar. The S only refers to Sporen but the 4 different grapes come from different vineyards (good ones) in the Alsace as a blend. In the Sporen only Gewürztraminer (6 hectares) Riesling (4 hectares) and Pinot Gris (1 hectare) are grown, muscat is very rare there. It was more rare then the basic wine now that indeed is named " Gentil".
    Nice you tasted one from 1997 and that it is still "en bonne forme" ;-) Sorry for my English which is not my mother tongue.

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2008 Domaine François Legros Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Bousselots Pinot Noir
1/5/2014 - moxielady wrote:
flawed
Bottle was corked; no score.
  • Sven D commented:

    1/15/14, 11:25 PM - Please don't post again on this site as you did. Don't rate such bottles.

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