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White
2001 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
5/20/2020 - sdr Does not like this wine:
86 points
There’s some interesting flavors but the total absence of any freshness is discouraging. The predominant aroma is petrol and maybe some oxidation too. Every bottle from this case, purchased on release, has been disappointing. I’ve had Dom de Chev white from the eighties that were much more lively and interesting.
  • sdr commented:

    8/20/20, 12:32 PM - Well, impossible to know for sure. I hope you’re right since DdeCB is usually reliably good.

Red
1990 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2020 - sdr Likes this wine:
94 points
“Grapey” is usually a derogative term when applied to wine. But how else to describe a wine which plumbs the depth of the essence of perfectly ripe sweet blackberry and raspberries? The texture is almost too silky, the tannins subdued, the acid and oak well integrated, the alcohol almost invisible in the background. The feminine soft side of Château Margaux. I wish for a bit more grip though. At peak for sure and probably not for the very long term.
  • sdr commented:

    5/28/20, 5:53 PM - Hi, f., I know you’re a believer in long decanting. This one saw only a brief time since it was double decanted shortly before service. Usually an older wine softens in air, do you find it can firm up too? Note that I drank it slowly over several hours and it did not change.

White
2014 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
Lovely again, a bit less expressive than previous bottle, enjoyed by the novices.
  • sdr commented:

    5/27/20, 10:05 AM - I bet you will like it even if the relatives don’t notice.

Red
1996 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots Pinot Noir
2/6/2020 - sdr wrote:
89 points
Barry appreciated it for its decent finish. I enjoyed the very mature aroma for the first half hour until it faded. Medium weight and texture. The fruit has faded and it’s full on tertiary. True to the vintage the acidity is somewhat high but not obtrusive. Nothing to suggest Vosne to me. Another in a long run of disappointing Burgundies. They are always too young or too old.
  • sdr commented:

    2/8/20, 8:33 PM - Ha, Jd, you read my mind. I’m selling off practically all my Burgundy in order to buy good wine, AKA, old Bordeaux.

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Legacy Edition Label Champagne Blend
1/7/2020 - sdr Likes this wine:
93 points
DP, DPR, DPO, DPP2 (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): Very pale, very delicate, very beautiful. Lilac aroma. No toast, no yeast, just crystalline expression of flowers. Beautiful balance, not too acidic and already a treat to drink.
  • sdr commented:

    1/30/20, 7:35 PM - The Dom is much more backward than the Cristal in 2008 although ultimately maybe as good in the more delicate citric profile of DP. Ideally I’d give the Dom at least 10 more years, 15 even better although of course you can enjoy it now for its youthful charm.

White - Sparkling
2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
1/28/2020 - sdr Likes this wine:
92 points
The ‘08 Cristal is arguably the best vintage of the 21st century for drinking today. Luxurious, ripe but not sweet, fruity and elegant. More complex and interesting than the others this century which remain surprisingly backward in Cristal terms. Plenty of room to grow and already delicious.
  • sdr commented:

    1/30/20, 5:58 PM - Hi Lite, yes the ‘08 is of course still very young in taste. For my palate, probably 6-8 years from early peak at which time I will guess I would rate it in the mid nineties. But who knows, it could even go higher and become a masterpiece since it’s so promising.

Red
2004 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
1/11/2020 - sdr Likes this wine:
90 points
Clearly in the modern style but not overdone, there’s plenty of dark cherry and berry fruit. A pretty wine. Easy to drink but not much Nebbiolo character.
  • sdr commented:

    1/13/20, 2:16 PM - Thanks for the information. I have limited experience with Barolo but this is how the Mascarello appeared to me. I was also surprised. On the other hand the ‘01 Giacosa Falleto next to it was stern, earthy and acidic, a marked contrast, as was the ‘85 Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprano, very old fashioned indeed.

Red
1983 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2019 - sdr Likes this wine:
96 points
Simply superb Margaux at it’s very peak. Gorgeous fragrance of sweet blackberry, cassis and clove. Perfect harmony of fruit, acid and tannin. Silky. Sensual and deeply satisfying. Stunning and exquisite. Great Bordeaux has no equal in the world of wine, at least to me. From a very top shoulder ullage bottle via WineBid.
  • sdr commented:

    1/8/20, 12:44 PM - Sorry, I can’t remember the importer. I agree there is quite a bit of bottle variation of ‘83 Margaux, this was one of the best ones.

Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/6/2019 - sdr Does not like this wine:
90 points
Just slightly roasted. Concentrated. But inelegant for Bordeaux and a bit of horse. Not for me, others might like it better.
  • sdr commented:

    12/23/19, 2:41 PM - Hi, I am told the wines were decanted 3 hours. (This was a store tasting.)

Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/16/2019 - sdr Likes this wine:
93 points
Apparently there’s quite a bit of bottle variation regarding the state of maturity of the ‘89 Lynch Bages. This one is fully mature, even late mature. There’s an alarming brown note on the rim when decanting but it quickly merged with the healthy maroon color of the center when it’s in the glass. Amazingly beautiful fragrance of mature Bordeaux with very complex notes of blackberry, graphite, mineral, smoke and tobacco - very Pauillac indeed. Medium to full weight, excellent intensity, long finish. I would rate it even higher except it faded quite a bit after a hour. But marvelous during that golden hour.
  • sdr commented:

    11/18/19, 7:58 AM - Hello g-man, this bottle was a fairly recent auction purchase. It looked pristine from the outside. Unfortunately, I foolishly neglected to buy any on release, never expecting it to be this good. Interesting you find such an extremely long decant to be helpful.

Red
1970 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/11/2019 - sdr Likes this wine:
96 points
Sensational. Old Montrose must be the most unreliable wine of the Gironde. This bottle purchased 12 years ago from the same source as the previous mediocre one. Remarkable deep ruby color, like something from the eighties. You can tell its St. Estèphe heritage from the gravelly texture but the depth of black fruit, black licorice and cassis is astounding as it closes in on half a century. Tremendous depth and complexity. The core of fruit seems to be that of a great vintage such as nineteen sixty-one. Perfect acidity, no volatile acidity tonight. It must be better than Latour at this point. It’s hard to imagine a better Montrose in any vintage although ‘89/‘90 can also be superb and we will have to see how the 21st century versions evolve.
  • sdr commented:

    10/18/19, 3:44 PM - I’m suggesting bottle to bottle. This ‘70 was great, most are not. Similar problems with ‘61 and ‘66 vintages for Montrose, though.

White
2016 Sine Qua Non Deux Grenouilles Central Coast White Blend
8/6/2019 - sdr Likes this wine:
92 points
For some wines younger is better and this is one. Bright, clean, bold and fresh. The Roussane (40%) dominates the Chardonnay (44%), there’s plenty of that oily iodine note. The Petit Manseng (8%) and Viognier (8%) add to the exoticism. It’s a bit of a shock on first sip but after a while you get accustomed to it and grow to like it more. Still, it’s better as an occasional change of scenery than a daily tipple.
  • sdr commented:

    8/7/19, 12:17 PM - Hi, MrBuzz, I can’t find the information on the Sine Qua Non website so I used the numbers in the Wine Advocate.

Red
1966 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/1/2018 - sdr Likes this wine:
90 points
Could the great ‘66 Latour be fading into the good night or is it just this bottle? From WineBid, it certainly looked excellent, sporting a top shoulder ullage and the cork was moist and firm, just as it should be. The color too was excellent. Vague unformed nose though, just barely detectable. Exceptionally soft in the mouth with no detectable tannins. The acidity was good but the finish was short. Not defective but not memorable.
  • sdr commented:

    7/19/19, 9:29 AM - Thanks, f. With old wines such as this, I do not give them decanter time and just let them breathe in the glass and bottle after double decanting. I probably am missing some instances of miraculous resurrection.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Henri Giraud Champagne Grand Cru Aÿ Fût De Chêne Brut Champagne Blend
5/28/2019 - sdr wrote:
89 points
Not bad but marginally disappointing for its price point among non-vintage champagnes ($191) and not as impressive as Giraud Code Noir in the past. It did improve over time and developed some interesting characteristics but I expected more.
  • sdr commented:

    6/1/19, 9:09 AM - It’s 2005 base vintage but I did not note the disgorgement date. It was a very recent purchase so probably the latest disgorgement date.

  • sdr commented:

    6/4/19, 1:32 PM - You’re probably right, thanks for info.

Red
2002 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch Napa Valley
1/13/2018 - sdr Likes this wine:
91 points
It seems mature to me, although still linear in the California Cult style. Excellent fruit, bold, somewhat oaky, tart. Very good with the strong flavored food at 3030 Ocean. Excellent to be sure, but not exciting.
  • sdr commented:

    4/2/19, 11:32 AM - Bordeaux_Jon, if you, like me, tend to strongly prefer Bordeaux to California, then Abreu (and other cults) will never be thrilling. I try to understand them in a California context. Abreu is one of the better ones but probably not worth the price.

Red
1964 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2019 - sdr Likes this wine:
95 points
47CB and Friends (3030 Ocean, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): A stunning bottle of ‘64 Cheval Blanc, but since it was recorked in 1996, it’s impossible to tell how much of its amazingly youthful exuberance might be due to topping up with a younger version. Of course it’s possible it was topped off with more ‘64, but impossible to tell. Once I put my skepticism aside, I enjoyed it immensely for its gorgeous plum and black cherry fruit and fabulous natural sweetness. Super fruity yet the structure is there to support it. Whatever they did in 1996, it worked. Still, I’d like to taste a non-recorked version to compare to it.
  • sdr commented:

    2/20/19, 4:07 PM - Replevin - the practice you describe is ideal and is, or was, exactly how they do it at Lafite. I do not know what they do at Cheval Blanc, or even if this bottle was recorked at Cheval Blanc. Consistent with previous bottles from the same lot, it seemed remarkably fresh, so I am unsure. In any case, it was terrific.

Red
1985 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/1/1990 - sdr Does not like this wine:
82 points
Shy nose but a little sweet already. On the palate, rather light and short. Just okay.
  • sdr commented:

    7/25/18, 2:44 PM - Fixed it. Posted previously incorrectly as vintage 1994.

Red
1985 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/1995 - sdr Does not like this wine:
82 points
Very dark, no sign of age. Unidimensional cedary nose. Strong on the attack. Too extracted. Very coarse bitter finish.
  • sdr commented:

    7/25/18, 2:43 PM - Fixed it. Previously posted incorrectly as vintage 1994.

Red
1970 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/1/1989 - sdr Likes this wine:
89 points
From Burdine’s again. Deep red, no purple. Fresh very youthful nose of cedar and oak. Quite spicy. Plenty of tannin. Concentrated . Nicely balanced. A big Ducru with a long future.
  • sdr commented:

    7/23/18, 4:43 PM - Thanks for reading my notes, markcic.
    According to CT, I have 27 notes on ‘70 Ducru, all from standard bottles. The most recent one was two days ago and was outstanding. If well stored, your DMag should be great. Even in this format, there is no more to gain from additional bottle age, so look for an excuse to pop the cork. I hope you decide to post your note on CT so I can read it.

White
1999 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc To-Kalon I Block Napa Valley
4/14/2018 - sdr Does not like this wine:
82 points
Unfortunately this was a tired bottle well past its best despite good color for age. Just a hint of honeyed Sauvignon Blanc character.
  • sdr commented:

    4/15/18, 6:59 AM - This bottle was from the WineBid stash, as was the outstanding bottle I tasted last year. I can’t believe one year of age made so much difference, so it’s probably bottle variation.

Red
1982 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/12/2017 - sdr Does not like this wine:
86 points
Château Palmer Vertical: Thanks to DrinkBordeaux for adding this vintage of Palmer for the vertical since I don't have any and haven't tasted it in years, frightened by its mediocre reputation. If this bottle is representative, it is deserved. Shockingly austere and charmless for an '82, a vintage which has produced many voluptuous examples which have evolved very well. Even though our sample of the '83 was not pristine it was clear that the younger of the pair was more successful. The '82 seems unripe and even a touch green.
  • sdr commented:

    8/18/17, 3:52 PM - This bottle was brought to th e tasting unopened since we were not sure we would get to it. But it never improved over the couple of hours we were able to follow it. My experience is that time does not miraculously wake up ornery wines like this. Clearly we had a less successful bottle. Thanks for the input.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/28/2017 - sdr Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent mature Rieussec. Caramel, toast, bitter orange. Good acidity so not at all top heavy. A bit simple though.
  • sdr commented:

    6/30/17, 1:07 PM - Hi John, this was a 750ml bottle.

White - Sparkling
1990 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
4/12/2017 - sdr wrote:
87 points
Has the '90 Cristal faded or is it just this bottle? Modest mousse, shy bouquet, faint flavors of lemon pith and summer squash. No more peach or other orchard fruit. Correct but far from exciting.
  • sdr commented:

    4/13/17, 2:05 PM - Neecies, thanks for your comment. I was wondering what to do with my remaining bottles.

Red
1982 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/4/2017 - sdr Likes this wine:
92 points
Another bottle in excellent condition courtesy of WineBid. The color is starting to advance since there is definite browning at the rim. Lovely fragrant ripe berry aroma that took a while to come out and then faded after an hour, which makes me question the longevity of this wine. (Based on my experiences with the '53, '59 and '61, I do not think Margaux ages as well as other First Growths.) Excellent sweetness on the palate at first which also dried out somewhat after an hour. Harmonious and very fine with no further upside.
  • sdr commented:

    4/3/17, 4:17 PM - Congratulations on having a bottle of '82 Margaux, a variable but potentially great wine.
    I do not give any Bordeaux of this age time in a carafe although I do decant off the sediment.
    As for longevity, bottles of '82 Margaux like this one should be drunk within the next 5 years but I have had more youthful ones that could last 10 - 15 more years but not improve. If you have one, do not hesitate to open it soon. Happy drinking.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1986 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/11/2017 - sdr wrote:
87 points
This is decent Sauternes but very disappointing for Yquem. Orange peel, peach and lemon are enjoyable but where is the botrytis? Modest length, good acidity. Maybe just an off (half) bottle.
  • sdr commented:

    2/12/17, 7:11 PM - Hi, this was a bottle I purchased on release. I opened it at the restaurant and we drank it over about an hour but it did not change. This was the first bottle from the parcel that I opened.

White
2002 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
9/10/2016 - sdr Likes this wine:
87 points
Well, I do "like" it, but for what it should be, it's very disappointing. Inexcusably simple, citric although pleasant, decent, reasonable length - but eminently forgettable and far from the majesty a Chevalier Montrachet can and should display. Not oxidized or spoiled in any way, which would have been an excuse for its meager performance.
  • sdr commented:

    1/23/17, 6:18 AM - I wish I knew what went wrong. Perhaps slightly corked but below the level where I could smell TCA.

Red
2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
10/8/2016 - sdr Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a good wine. But it's at its best right after opening when it shows a burst of spicy Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Then it settles down, losing exuberance and interest. An hour later it is exactly the same - fruity enough and juicy but very one dimensional. Not too tannic or hot, so good balance, but almost boring. Maybe it's just this bottle, I sure hope so.
  • sdr commented:

    10/12/16, 7:38 PM - Thanks for your advice, oldwines. I am encouraged and will try to be more patient next time.

Red
1982 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2014 - sdr wrote:
94 points
Consistently excellent to outstanding, this bottle, purchased on release from The Chicago Wine Company, was not disappointing. Gorgeous, Burgundian-like aroma of soft red fruit, strawberry and red cherry. It's clear that this vintage of L'Evangile is at its peak. Medium full delicious fruity flavors backed by just the right amount of tannin and acidity for backbone. Consistently the 3rd best of '82 Pomerols (after Petrus and Lafleur), and that is saying a lot.
  • sdr commented:

    11/2/14, 3:15 PM - dchain - agree, i've rated '82 Trotanoy 6 times on CT, anywhere between 87 and 94. It's so variable I don't know what to make of it.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
9/20/2014 - sdr wrote:
Opened by mistake at Cafe Maxx to start drinking wine instead the rosé I intended, so we didn't drink it.
  • sdr commented:

    9/29/14, 10:13 AM - I can see how this note could be confusing. This bottle was a 375 ml. I was having tuna for dinner that night and wanted to drink the rosé instead. Since I was limited to a half bottle that night and have a lot of Krug white MV 375s, I have this one to the chef and drank the rosé instead.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
2/25/2014 - sdr wrote:
93 points
This shows just how good a well made NV from a huge producer in half bottle can be. From the explosive mousse of tiny bubbles to the emphatic broad finish, this is nothing less than outstanding. Meaty and full yet not too heavy, yeasty or malty. Right now as good as it can be so no reason to wait.
  • sdr commented:

    2/27/14, 6:20 PM - Gee, SLIMES, I didn't know the half bottles came in 2 different shapes. If you can describe the difference, I can tell you.

  • sdr commented:

    2/28/14, 2:02 PM - Thanks for the info. My half bottles are the old style shape even though I bought them just a couple of months ago.

White
2005 Château Pape Clément Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
3/31/2013 - ggj wrote:
95 points
Tight initially but really developed over a few hours. Classic and fantastic
  • sdr commented:

    9/22/13, 11:34 AM - So now you like white Pessac other than Haut-Brion? Too bad it oxidizes just as poorly as white Burg. Andrew has my former collection now.

White
2009 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Charmes Chardonnay
5/11/2013 - ggj wrote:
95 points
Served blind with the boys at Atlas. I though this was Coche-Dury from the first sniff to the reveal a few hours later. Fabulous kernel, buttered popcorn, smoke, and a bit of petrol aromas. Young of course but generous on the palate and fine balanced acidity. I'll take Coche imposters like this any day.
  • sdr commented:

    9/22/13, 11:32 AM - No, Not your hyer-luscious C-D. But pretty damn good all the same.

White
2009 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros
8/11/2013 - sdr Likes this wine:
90 points
Yes, I do like it, but it's not the usual Hyde that I prefer; more like the fatter, oakier Richie. Still, there's no denying the immensity of the pineapple fruit and just enough acid on the finish to keep it from being flabby. This clearly needs drinking up ASAP.
  • sdr commented:

    8/23/13, 12:27 PM - Thank you for your comment, David. I still have 2005 and 2007 Hyde left, so I'm eager to try them again.

White
2009 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières Chardonnay
4/13/2013 - sdr wrote:
82 points
This is frankly weak. The fruit seems to be dropping out, leaving a simple one-note lemon flavor. Drinkable but one glass gives you all there is.
  • sdr commented:

    4/15/13, 10:27 AM - Phil, I was thinking the same thing after I saw my previous 2 TNs. I'll try another one to find out.

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