Tasting Notes for EirikM

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White
11/9/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
A sensory over delivery for the level, the 2014 intensity is there, but also a bit rough around the edges/lacking in elegance.
Red
10/24/2017 - EirikM wrote:
Detailed and not without elegance, but too green/stemmy to be really enjoyable for me.
White - Sparkling
8/19/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Rich, generous, complex. And also fresh, sophisticated and elegant. Krugish in a way. A bit of air was good for the wine. 94-95
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Red
2008 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/19/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Solid with food. Lacks a bit of elegance and personality for being truly interesting on its own.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/11/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Disgorged May 13. Consistent with previous note. Vinous, complex, good depth and power, good precision and fresh acidity. Needs air.
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Red
8/11/2017 - EirikM wrote:
Green and hard. Disappointing.
Red
7/28/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Fruit is a bit raw and in your face for now, but there's a lot to appreciate here. Like the overall feel of balance and the more sophisticated mineral backbone that also other notes mention.
Red
1985 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/22/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Base of neck fill with a partly soaked cork, which came out nicely in one piece. This was in very good shape indeed. Held up well on the second day too. Fully resolved tannins and a silky and full mouthfeel. Cigar box, leather and a bit of mint. Sweet, ripe dark fruit on the palate with elegant freshness from the acidity. The finish is also elegant, but perhaps not quite as long as I would've hoped for in light of the other qualities of the wine. A very fine St. Julien from a vintage that continues to impress.
Red
7/21/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Nicely mature, with good acidity and a quite smooth mouthfeel, although a slightly grainy and drying tannins makes for a rather rustic finish. Complex with meaty morello fruit, earth, iron, mushroom and a bit of sous bois. Showing a tiny bit of oxidation on day two, but still delivers much of what I look for in a twenty year old burg.
White
7/10/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Almost Mosel-esque, which is perhaps not a bad thing, but I would've expected a bit more weight and power. Not flabby, but lacks a bit of drive. That being said, quite complex and very enjoyable/delicious.
White
7/8/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Interesting to see the variation of notes on this wine. Our restaurant bottle tonight was pristine. Youthful and fresh, perhaps even a bit reserved on the nose initially. However as it warmed a bit in the glass and accompanied a seafood based menu, it opened up and impressed with precision, real depth and reserves of power. Waves of refined intensity on the finish. Pure and elegant throughout, with an uncanny ability to pick up on nuanced notes in the dishes and lift the combination into new levels of complexity.

In other words, perhaps more subtle than say a grand cru Raveneau, but very impressive and far from the experience of the more reserved notes here.
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Red
2008 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Still a solid tannic grip, but there's some development on the nose, softer edges of blue and black fruit against gravel, warm herbs, and tobacco. Nicely balanced, fresh. Fairly supple and rounded on the finish. Not very concentrated, but in no way thin or lean. Great with food now, for drinking alone I'd prefer to leave it for another five to ten years.
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White
7/2/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Excellent qpr. Very good energy/intensity, admirable cut and a lingering finish.
Red
7/2/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Quite meaty and spicy, this appears to be on an early stage of maturity. More towards rustic than elegant, but good overall balance.
Red
7/2/2017 - EirikM wrote:
93 points
Transparent and weightless, yet packed with delicious high-toned pinot fruit. Drinking very nicely at present. Complex with outstanding purity and balance. Highly recommend for those interested in a singular cold climate expression of pinot noir.
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Red
1982 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/25/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
In neck fill. Very ripe, sweet dark fruit. A bit of chocolate on the finish. But also good freshness from acidity. Tannins have been polished down. Smoked meat and leather, earthy. A bit too ripe for my liking, but worked very well with food. Fully mature and probably on a slow decline.
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Red
2010 Cecile Tremblay Chapelle-Chambertin Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/24/2017 - EirikM wrote:
95 points
Ten or twenty years too soon? Probably yes. Impressive and hugely enjoyable from a restaurant list now? Absolutely! Power without weight. The first criterion of gc met.

It picked up on and carried every challenge from the food pairings. Forest fruit, with darker fruits taking over as it warmed and opened in the glas. A lovely persistent wild strawberry note remained a signature throughout the evening. As an undercurrent to the fruit there's pine sap, smoked meats and a bit of iron. Fairly firm tannins and a sold spine of acidity.

In other words, elegance, perhaps without outright charm, but with huge personality and without flaws. Another testament to why burgundy is the greatest wine on the planet. 95-96
Red
6/17/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
My first 2015 red burg and this was pretty convincing. Consumed over two days. Fine, but slightly grainy tannins on day one. Mellowed out over night, but there's structure here. Ripe fruit, a bit spicy, but balanced. The Burgundian transparency is there, but there's also enough baby fat to suppress details at the moment. More yummy than elegant. Overall it's very good and, as one would expect, punching far above its appellation. 90-91
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Red
5/30/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Deep purple on colour. Saved most of the bottle for day two. Something of a super-charged bojo, but not overripe. Earthy and grippy, with enough lift to retain freshness. Open, but structure for development. My guess is that this will be really interesting in five to ten years.
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White - Sparkling
5/26/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Almost peach on colour, and peachy also on the palate. Dried apricots, strawberries too. Almost the mouthfeel of a sorbet, no pun intended, but sans sucre as this is bone dry. (Really good comment by another taster here on the wine "exploding in dust on the finish".) Good freshness. Tiny, concentrated bubbles. Very good! 91-92. (Disgorged 11/16)
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Red
5/24/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Utterly beautiful. Delicate and sensual pinot nose. Gorgeous purity, like a scented mountain stream. But not thin, it builds on the palate and finishes long and almost grippy. Perfect balance. The wines from Henrik Möbitz are among the true gems of the wine world. 1000 bottles produced of the Kanzel in 2014.
Red
5/17/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Silky smooth, full-bodied, concentrated and with great depth. Long finish, with a bit of heat even though the alcohol is well integrated overall. I like the relative freshness of the very generous fruit. Ripe, but not pruney.

Would've liked to see more complexity and detail though. Although impressive, the wine is a bit tiring to drink already halfway into the second glass.
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Red
5/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
After a three hour decant this did answer the call for a juicy quality wine. Fruit forward, of course, but there's already herbal and meaty tones peaking through, adding complexity and depth. Very well balanced, fresh, and although obviously painfully young, showing enough to conclude that this is a very good Renaissance.
White
5/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
An interesting natural wine expression of Chablis. Quite lactic on the nose, but very minerally chablisesque on the palate. Excellent cheese wine.
White
5/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Elegant and poised MdT with good intensity. Not quite as good as the 2014, but quite classically classy.
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White
5/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
94 points
Excellent citrus-driven intensity. More white- than yellowfruited. Stony, with electric acidity and a long persistent finish.
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White - Off-dry
4/29/2017 - EirikM wrote:
95 points
Fantastic spatlese. Not too sweet and while honeyed, it has superb energy from the lively acidity. Fabulous length and drive. Complex depth from the aromatic development, but so fresh and balanced that it still seems youthful.
Red
1990 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/29/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Excellent fill and sound cork. Very nice, complex mature bordeaux nose, though it's rather towards the end of the maturity plateau. Soft and medium bodied in the mouth, a bit on the tired side and slightly drying on the finish. Still enjoyable, but my guess is that this was better ten years ago.
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Red
4/23/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
From half bottle. Still fairly tight when opened and I left most of it for the next evening. On day two it showed really well, with the most tropical nose I've encountered in a red burg. Mango, litchi and melon, but with the purity and detail of quality pinot. Surprising, slightly odd, but delicious.
Red
4/14/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Concentrated, dense and tight. Needs time. But undeniable fruit quality here. Playful acidity provides much needed freshness. Balanced in a sense, but very big for a barbera.
Red
1999 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/13/2017 - EirikM wrote:
88 points
Not the most charming vintage of Lanessan, but offers up good typicity at excellent value also in 99. Better on the nose than on the palate, where it's drying out a bit by now. 87-88
White
4/8/2017 - EirikM wrote:
88 points
Nice value. Uncomplicated, but balanced and fresh
with sufficient detail to keep it interesting.
Red
4/8/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Coats the mouth while remaining super fresh, clean and energetic. Really pretty fruit. Drank best on day two. There's a sense of underlying power here, which makes me trust that it'll develop nicely over several years. Delicious.
White
4/8/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Starting to show maturity. Generous on the nose, with good drive and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Von der Fels is such a predictably solid wine and always great value.
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White
4/8/2017 - EirikM wrote:
88 points
Certainly complex and a useful food wine, but I can't really say that it appealed all that much to me. Despite good acidity, I miss a bit of freshness. But interesting for sure.
White
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Very clean and fresh. Precise and pretty, but not very complex. A delicious spring/summer wine, which defends it's 17 euro price tag (in France) without any problems. Wish I had a case of this!
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Still not fully mature, but drinking very well now. Double decanted. Complex fresh fruit with a touch warmth, but without heat on the long finish. Spices, but fairly subtle. Integrated and harmonious, with only a touch of v.a. adding complexity rather than marring the wine.
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Red
1998 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Fully mature. Dark fruited, leathery, gravelly, earthy and smoky. But also with a sense of freshness from a nice balance. Decent, but not hugely impressive finish. Struggled to keep up with the, much more youthful 1999 Musar in the same flight.
Red
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Very good fill. Lots of tea on the nose, making me a bit suspicious of what would follow. However, this was an absolute delight on the palate. Elegant, fresh and detailed, with a classic sweet and sour play. Light bodied, but with a surprisingly drying, yet elegant finish. A wine of great interest and a polar opposite to the 1970 barbaresco from fiorina drunk alongside.
Red
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
Needed some air, but it grew to show really well, particularly together with our pigeon with morel risotto. Old school in style, fairly rustic, but good concentration, proper vosnee nose and 2010-balance makes for a very good wine.
Red
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
Always pretty, this combines crunchy red fruit with a clear sense of gevrey also in 2013. Fresh acidity. That being said, I'm fairly convinced that this would benefit from cellar time.
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Red
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
In very good shape. Not as good as the 71 and not an elegant wine, it's a bit too four square for that, but a testament to the producer's reputation for making age worthy nebbiolo. Grippy tannins. Coffee, leather and tar makes for a darker profile than many aged nebbiolos.
White
4/3/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
A real treat to try pre-phylloxera Chablis. Nothing petit about the intensity here. Lip smacking saline minerality. Made me think of pepiere briords, but better. Tight and driven, with high acidity.
White
4/2/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
From magnum, ex domaine. Great intensity and very nice length. Elegant rather than a powerhouse, there's good detail and sense of finesse here. 92-93.
White - Sparkling
4/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
90 points
BA 2013/14, disgorged 9/16. 7grams dosage. Very inviting, no rough edges here. But not boring, rather a well designed "business card" cuvée, that should please most without compromising on quality. Nothing oxidative here, but a pretty nose with marzipan and red and green apples. Good nerve and persistence, where fresh acidity lifts the wine at the very moment I caught myself thinking that they could have held back a gram or two on the dosage.
Red
4/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
91 points
A very serious village. Lots of vosne spice and ripe fruit on the nose. Good concentration and a nice, quite grippy finish. Should develop nicely, there's sufficient depth here. But it doesn't have the effortless power without weight elegance and seamless development on the palate that sets great and good burgundy apart. 90-91
Red
4/1/2017 - EirikM wrote:
89 points
Nice clean pinot fruit on the spicy side. Cardamom and a bit of green, but not in a stemmy or underripe sense. Fairly complex, actually. Refreshing and not bad at all.
Red
2010 Lucien Le Moine Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/24/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
Almost surprisingly fruit forward, but built for the long haul. A bit heavy on the oak, although I have no doubt it'll integrate with time. grand cru pedigree, though with a slight lack of finesse at this point. Restaurant buy.
Red
2010 Lucien Le Moine Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/24/2017 - EirikM wrote:
93 points
Restaurant buy. Deep, brooding and young, but also revealing an exquisite, slightly unruly morey nose and a balanced and powerful impression on the palate. great length on the finish. The oak is more dominant here compared to the clos vougeot, but still elegant.10+ years for real potential to show.
White
3/19/2017 - EirikM wrote:
92 points
A baby GG and very much in its infancy in terms of drinking as well. Shows a bit more on day two, but still tight. Clearly a very good von der Fels, as expected given the vintage. There's a sense of clever restraint to this wine. Instead of pushing the great material to the limit we're presented with a wine that is crystalline in its purity and with harmonious balance. Mineral driven with white floral top notes, citrus and some pink grapefruit. The grapefruit comes back on the finish with a hint of bitterness, which works well. I'm convinced that this will develop very nicely, but as always it's going to be a challenge to leave these bottles in peace in the cellar.
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