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Tasting Notes for don_quichotte

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Red
11/28/2022 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
93 points
Look, I know that Cornelissen’s wines are sometimes a bit weird/too funky for their own good.

But this is drinking incredibly well. Pure, clean dark fruits with melted tannins and enough acidity to keep the whole thing interesting. Probably the most interesting Sicilian wine I’ve ever drunk… great stuff and at its peak.
White
Nice and fresh. Lacks a bit of complexity compared with the Jambon Blanc consumed alongside it. Like in a lot of Ganevat wines, I find the acidity a bit too pronounced. They're really well made wines, but lack a little bit of va-va-voom?
Orange
In magnum.

Surprisingly fresh. Had a slight honeyed quality and a great texture. Complex and satisfying. Joy to drink.
White
6/23/2022 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
94 points
Hatzidakis' whites (and in particular the Mylos and Louros cuvees) have ignited my interest in Greek wines. Was therefore very much looking forward to tasting this.

Wine is 11 years old and entering its prime. It's got the sunny, full bodied nature that you'd expect from Greece but with a tremendous amount of acidity and salinity. Long, interesting, thought-provoking but without demanding your full and undivided attention. RIP, Haridimos, you are much missed.
Red
1/22/2022 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
94 points
In it’s prime drinking window. Tannins fully resolved but plenty of vigor left. Textbook giacosa Barolo. Tar, liquorice, roses. Long. Very fragrant. Last glass the best so won’t collapse overnight.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
93 points
In Mag. Killer bottle of Beguines. More acidity than usual, but provides more backbone/freshness. Could drink this all night.
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Red
12/15/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
91 points
Fully resolved and on its way down. Velvet-like in texture but starts to lack a bit of bite. Very nice aromatics.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
96 points
Exceptional bottle of wine. Thought I was taking the Ursules from the cellar but picked this one instead by mistake. Rich but not cloying and incredibly pure. Long, so precise. Could drink this all night.

The Vinous note (79/100) is almost funny.
White
10/9/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
92 points
So much energy and material in there, yet so much tension. Fabulous. Shouldn’t have served it with oysters, though - think a lot of the complexity of the wine gets lost in the pairing…
White - Sparkling
10/9/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
92 points
2014 degorgement. Very nice but waited a bit too long. Age-related Oxidative notes took away more than they added from the wine. They’re actually nicer young…
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Red
10/9/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
91 points
Not one of the great poggios. Lacks the texture that the great examples display. Sweet oak a bit too overbearing. It’s nice and showy but lacks some of that Poggio finesse that I love so much.
Red
10/4/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
88 points
I love all things gonon but this one was pretty underwhelming. It’s unmistakenly Syrah, but I misss the silky tannins and black olive fragrance that I usually associate with the domaine’s reds. Wouldn’t stand out in a blind tasting.
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White
10/3/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
94 points
Initially a bit muted but evolved in the glass over an hour to become a beautiful rendition of mature meursault. Not the tight/reductive style of coche/PYCM but not the broad shouldered style that lafon was hiterto known for…
Red
2012 Bruno Duchêne L'Anodine Collioure Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/24/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious and at peak
Red
2010 Le Casot des Mailloles Le Soulà Vin de Table Français Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/24/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
95 points
Wine of the evening, among some tough competition. Wild, floral and very refined. Not heavy at all, which is surprising given it's a strong vintage from the South of Southern France. Very fresh, despite the natural winemaking. Castex was a winemaking genius...
White
6/15/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a fantastic rendition of Butteaux by the very talented Thomas Pico. Took a bit of time to open (2 glasses from the bottle on day one where good but not Great, the rest of the bottle on day 2 was stupendous). Frankly think that Thomas makes the best wines in Chablis today, including the big 2.

The texture is fabulous and attests to the quality of the viticulture. Long, saline and chalky. Everything I love about Chablis.
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Red
5/30/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
96 points
A point. Millésime tres réussi chez les soeurs. Fruit rouge aérien, légèrement confit.
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Red
5/21/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
96 points
Fabulous wine. Perfume and palate both delightfully red-fruited and ethereal. The quintessence of the M-G style.
White
5/11/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
91 points
White flowers and white fruits. Real freshness despite the vintage.
White - Sparkling
Baroque, in a selosse kind of way. Full bodied, oxidative yet very cerebral. Would go well with foie gras or baked apples...
Red
4/22/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
92 points
Ca pinote et ca bizote!
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White - Sparkling
3/20/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
88 points
Really hard to get past the citrus like acidity. That’s almost all there is to it. Apparently domaine had stuck malos that year and it shows. Drank a couple of half glasses and left it there.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/11/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
96 points
Fabulous wine. Tends to dried leaves, savoury almost tea-like profile but with that sweet pinot fruit delicately underpinning the whole thing.
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Red
3/4/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
91 points
So fragrant, as always. Open for business. Not the most complex wine, but delicious pinot fruit. Sappy cherries & black fruits.
Red
2010 Le Casot des Mailloles El Nino Vin de Table Français Red Blend (view label images)
Classic casot goodness
White
Delish. Straight, long, beautifully textured. Citus notes with a touch of honey.
White
2/23/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
90 points
Noticeable alcohol... a bit bigger than I would have expected. Not exactly the "chrystaline" school of Riesling.
Red
2/23/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
Nice freshness to it. Some astringency but OK. Glouglou.
Red
2/23/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
90 points
From mag. Nice pinot fruit. There's a sweetness to the wine that I found a bit troubling. Prevents it from reaching the greatness one would expect from this vineyard/vintage/producer combination. May be some clumsy chaptalisation?
Red
Over the hill. From a magnum with very good levels.

Really wanted to like this.
White
2/21/2021 - don_quichotte wrote:
flawed
Oxidized
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Red
2/14/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
92 points
Starting to fade a little. Now in tertiary phase, where it's all frame/perfume & no flesh.
White
2008 Louis Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
2/14/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
96 points
Outstanding white burg firing on all cylinders.
White
2/13/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
95 points
Fabulous white wine. So much energy, so much material. Remarkable how well this held up given the lack of sulfites. What a treat.
White
2/7/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
92 points
Prototypical CFE. Bone-dry but more muscular than some of its German counterparts. Long and satisfying. Age has started to work its petrol-y magic. No hurry, but no reason to wait either.
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White - Sparkling
1/28/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
96 points
Best Rose de Jeanne I've ever had. Perfectly balanced. A study in subtle nuances: fine bubbles, fine frame and yet leaves such an impression. Wowser. Perfect match to a sushi meal...
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White - Sparkling
1/28/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
92 points
Fuller bodied kind of Marie Courtin. Retains a freshness and salinity that's reflective of the 1/3 Pinot Blanc. No sulfites. Her wines are always interesting. drinks well now but will keep.
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Red
1/28/2021 - don_quichotte Likes this wine:
93 points
Fresh, fragrant, mineral and generally fabulous. My friend thought it tasted of Prieure Roch Clos de Beze.

Another monument to Alain Castex's genius.
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