Tasting Notes for Mark81

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White
3/21/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Dinner at Iggys. Served towards the end of the evening. Bright gold, very primary. Nice fresh fruit - lemon, lime, yellow watermelon, pear, but with a touch of oak and cream. Good acidity on the palate, nice fresh fruits, but this was definitely young and would need a good decade or so in the cellar.
Red
3/21/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Dinner at Iggys. Drank alongside the Chevillon Pruliers 1970. This was a really stunningly young wine, and from a vintage like 1986, this really punched well above its weight and vintage reputation. Dark red, with hardly any bricking at the rim. A really copious amount of dark ripe fruit on the nose - cassis, juicy blueberries, and plums. Some smoke, wet rocks, leather emerged after the 2 hour mark. On the palate, a little rough on the edges, but still displaying that juicy dark fruit profile, ripe and opulent and showing incredibly young (most of us guessed 1999!) Hardly any secondary characteristics as yet, there was a firm amount of acid and tannin. I've no doubt this will improve further, unfortunately that was my last bottle. My only gripe was that it didn't seem to evolve much (it cant be closed surely) and appeared slightly boring.
Red
3/21/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
89 points
Dinner at Iggys. Drank alongside the Chevillon Vaucrains 1986. This was made by Maurice. Cloudy, and almost pink in appearance. There was a touch of oxidation on the nose, but more port like rather than the sherry, soy notes. Palate was definitely showing well - with resolved sweet tannins (yes there were some remaining), cherries, raisins, rose syrup. Some earth, sandalwood and tea leaf with extended time. I'm surprised that this could hold well in the glass, but a pity the nose was not too agreeable.
White
3/21/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
Dinner at Iggys. Drank alongside the Ente Meursault 2009. This was a step up from the straight village. Very exotic and wild nose of smoke, flint, gunpowder, popcorn. Lots of fresh fruit - lemon, lime, Chinese pear and pineapple. On the palate, like the 2009, there was a really perfect balance of good fruit and acid. A touch more complex, this was drinking really well.
White
3/21/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Dinner at Iggys. Drank alongside the Ente La Seve du Clos 2008. This was a very good wine, certainly none of the ripe, low acid character of 2009. Bright gold. Flinty nose, with a touch of matchstick, lemon lime, peach, pineapple and almond. Great balance of fruit and acid on the palate, with the wine improving steadily over a couple of hours. This should gain more complexity and weight with an additional few years.
Red
3/5/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Dinner at Shelter in the Woods. Ruby red, bricking at the rim. A rather sweet spicy nose with pomegranate, sour cherries and forest floor. On the palate, pleasant with resolved tannins. Good amount of fruit still present but rather one dimensional and simplistic.
Red
2001 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 2 with the Truchot Charmes 2001 and Engel GE 1998. Deep red, with a much more familiar Engel character! Intense and rich nose of white pepper, scorched earth, cigar box, chocolate, wild strawberries, blueberries and cherry cola. On the palate, good acidity and very opulent and rich. Lots of red and blue fruit, along with smoke, truffle, spice, smoked meat and bonfire. Definitely close to the Truchot in terms of drinking pleasure, but very different in style. This was a really marvelous wine and finally, an Engel which was in near perfect condition on the night.
Red
1998 Domaine René Engel Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
flawed
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 2 with the Truchot Charmes 2001 and Engel GE 2001. This was unfortunately mildly oxidized and hence, hard to rate or review. Heated, with heavy soy and black tea notes. What a disappointment, and this was expected to be WOTN.
Red
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
93 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 2 with the pair of Engel GEs, 1998 and 2001. This was simply outstanding, and lived up to the hype before this dinner. Again, a perfect ruby red in colour. The aromatics were insane. Like the Truchot MSD 99 drank moments before, this was simply fireworks on the nose. Such a perfect Pinot bouquet of white pepper, spice, cigarbox, new leather, incense, sandwalwood, mikan, fresh strawberries, caramelized apples, along with a distinctive Gevrey character. The palate was marvelous, living up to expectations as well. There was again the sweetness, the perfect tannins, the good acidity with a mixture of fresh and slightly matured red fruit. With extended time, this had beef broth notes, black truffle, roasted tomatoes, truffle and white chocolate. Definitely has a long way to go, and this is another Truchot masterpiece. Brilliant!
Red
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 1 with the Serafin Gevrey 99, Engel Vosne 99, Engel Brulees 98. This was the unanimous vote for wine of the flight. A beautiful ruby red, alluring and seductive. A sexy nose of spice, roses, incense, lavender, roasted apples, beef broth, dried orange peel and black truffle. On the palate, perfectly matured red fruit along with good acidity and a perfect amount of elegance and seductiveness. There was the lovely dried orange peel and subtle sweetness that just made this wine so so alluring. The aromatics were amazing for a village, but this is Truchot, and this is an example of what a superb vigneron Jacky Truchot is. This would easily put some of the Grand Crus I have drunk to shame.
Red
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 1 with the Truchot MSD VV 99, Serafin Gevrey 99, Engel Brulees 98. I must have had this wine thrice in the last year, and every bottle was so different. Deep red in appearance. This was actually typical Gevrey - minerals, soil, beef broth with lots of dark fruit. (The group guessed this was the Serafin). Again, a lack of the typical Engel exotic-ness and spice. On the palate, this seemed rich and powerful with the first sip, but lacked the complexity and opulence in the mid/back palate. Good acidity however and good core of red and black fruit.
Red
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 1 with the Truchot MSD VV 99, Engel Vosne 99, Serafin Gevrey 99. This was actually quite disappointing. Tawny orange, a little too evolved for a 1er from Engel. A rather feminine nose of dried roses, pomegranate, cherries, strawberries and incense. This was really more Chambolle like than the exotic, wild character of a Vosne from Engel. On the palate, this was initially quite silky, with matured red fruit, along with cherry cola, leather, earth and herbs. Over time, there was a disturbing tea leaf element, and it seemed to fall off quite quickly. Probably not a representative bottle.
Red
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Flight 1 with the Truchot MSD VV 99, Engel Vosne 99, Engel Brulees 98. Dark inky color, heavy extraction on the nose with dark currants, soy, cedar, black tea and a heavily roasted character. On the palate, the extraction followed through. Overripe, dark fruited, wood, tar and burnt meat. Not my type of Burgundy, but this has the depth and power of a 1er. (Most of us guessed this was the Brulees).
White
2000 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. The sole white of the evening, and goodness, this was a superb wine. Tremendously aromatic nose of white flowers, ice cream soda, matchstick, flint, peaches, Indian mango and roasted pineapples. Intense on the palate (I guessed Leflaive Batard), with a fat, rich and opulent mouthfeel of ripe fruits, crushed rocks, meringue, white truffle, vanilla cream and salted popocorn. With extended time, touch of mint, smoke and white chocolate. Another Leflaive masterpiece!
White - Sparkling
3/2/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Engel and Truchot dinner at Jade Palace. Lovely start to the evening. Bright gold. Lovely nose of lemon, Chinese pear, green apples, flint, wet grass. Laser like precision on the palate, fantastic balance of young yellow fruit and searing acidity. Definitely got better as the wine warmed up in the glass. Good concentration and length. Impressive!
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Red
2/19/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Dinner at Kai Garden. Very deep dark red, slightly purplish. A little muted and subdued initially but with some aeration, there were violets, currants, blueberries and pomegranate. A little smoky and charred, but not obtrusive. Good acidity on the palate, with nice silky tannins and a good amount of blue fruit. A little short, but that would obviously be corrected with extended cellaring. A nice enjoyable floral and elegant Chambolle, perfect with duck.
Red
2/14/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Valentine's day at Nicolas. Ruby red, no bricking but limpid. An over performing Bourgogne (certainly not at the current prices though!). Lovely floral nose, rose syrup, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit and earth. On the palate, loads of acidity, but with enough fruit to ensure the wine maintained good balance. There was a lovely tangerine like mouthfeel - soft, sweet, elegant and clean. The amazing part about this wine was that it put on more weight with extended air. The last glass had beef broth, meat, soil and smoke. Definitely showing brilliantly right now, no reason to keep, but not on the downward slope. Fitting wine for a quiet Valentines.
Red
2/4/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Vosne lunch at Garibaldi. Dark red, definitely the deepest apperance of the 3 Vosne wines on show. A rather muted nose, certainly not as exotic and opulent as the 96 Richebourg and the 96 Echezeaux, but portrayed a different sort of attraction. This was a little brooding and tight, with darker fruit - plums, blackcurrants, berries and grapefruit. There was also black pepper, earth, dark chocolate, mocha and black truffle. Very firm structure on the palate, with lots of tannin and acid, along with the mentioned dark fruit. A great contrast to the 96 Richebourg which appeared more open for business. This definitely needs more time as it has lots of potential, but on the afternoon, just not opening up. I would love to try this again in 5-10 years.
Red
2/4/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
96 points
Vosne lunch at Garibaldi. En Magnum. Deep ruby red, just a touch of bricking at the rim. This was a truly spectacular bottle of Burgundy. Absolute fireworks on the nose with a melange of wild, rich, opulent and balanced characteristics. The nose was just ridiculously good, better than any other wine I've had in the past year. It was exotic, wild, rich, fresh and complex with wild cherries, wild blueberries, arabic spice, ginger spice, pepper, cigar box, incense, smoke, woodspice, vanilla, pomegranate and candy floss. Basically each time I visited this wine, it evolved, changed and took on different characteristics, but all were spectacular. I would have loved to score this closer to 98 (which is the highest I've ever rated), but the palate struggled slightly to meet the perfect standards from the bouquet. There was great balance, good acidity with copious amounts of red and blue fruit, very fresh and rich, the secondary characteristics - truffle, smoke, incense, leather took some coaxing, but appeared with more time. Just seemed to lack the complexity, length and mouthfeel of a top top Richebourg (DRC, Leroy), but no doubting this was the best wine I've ever had from Hudelot Noellat. The question is would it be better with an additional 10 years? It certainly will be different, but might not necessarily be better. I'm glad to have caught this wine at a perfect stage of its life.
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Red
1996 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/4/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
93 points
Vosne lunch at Garibaldi. Deep ruby red, lovely appearance. This was quite sensational on the nose, with a really exotic and wild bouquet of white pepper, ginger, smoke, grilled meat, red cherries, wild blueberries and new leather. After being so impressed with Dujac Echezeauxs, I'm beginning to feel this is the real underrated wine in their portfolio. In fact, I've enjoyed their Echezeauxs more than the CDLR or CSD. Brilliant on the palate as well, with the signature sweet and silky tannins, along with a dash of good acidity, this was a really balanced wine. Lots of red fruit - pomegranate, red kiwi, cherries, strawberries and a touch of secondary characteristics like forest floor, smoke, black tea, leather, truffle and cigar box. A really complex wine, very engaging and expressive and certainly the best Dujac Echezeaux I've had.
White
2/4/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Vosne lunch at Garibaldi. Ex domaine from 375ml. Decanted for an hour prior to serving. This was a significant step up from the 2008 Mouchere I drank a month ago. Bright gold in appearance, very primary. Expressive nose of toast, olive oil, lemon juice, white flowers, matchstick and crushed rocks. Balanced on the palate, with a good amount of sweet ripe fruit, along with good acidity levels and a very good Puligny profile. This put on more weight with time, and drank really well after 2-3 hours. The finish was slightly short, but in a few years, this will be a fantastic wine.
White
2/4/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Vosne lunch at Garibaldi. Deep gold, quite aged in appearance. Rather muted on the nose initially, but with time, and as this warmed in the glass, it was definitive Puligny. Minerals, stone, dried grass and leaf. This was a rather lean wine, and lacked fruit both on the nose and the palate. It was also rather one dimensional and for my palate, this was past its drinking window. Would have been better 5-8 years ago.
White
1/20/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Found this off the winelist at Hotel Royal in Beitou, Taipei. Medium to dark yellow, probably looking slightly matured for its 5 years. Clean and floral nose of white flowers, peach, yellow cherries, minerals, stone and soya bean. A little disappointing on the palate, with some yellow fruit, but quite lacking in length and complexity. The wine showed quite similar characteristics on the second day. I can't really see this improving a great deal. Decent food wine I would say.
White
1/14/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Ex domaine from 375ml. Deep yellow gold. This was a rather mainstream wine, either in a closed phase or just not made that well. Muted on the nose, with just the faintest aromas of Chinese pear, lime, minerals, stone and wet grass. Very linear and thin on the palate, one dimensional, fruits were almost non existent. Considering the number of positive reviews this wine has had, I probably caught this on the wrong day.
White
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. Final white of the evening, a lovely way to freshen up the palate before the journey home. I'm almost a little embarassed to say this is my first PYCM (where was I earlier?!) considering the hype, the publicity and the good reviews this domaine has been receiving. This was a lovely young wine. Very bright gold, almost slightly green. An attractive bouquet of limestone, flint, chalk, minerals along with a touch of buttered toast, meringue, kiwis, pineapples and green apple. Good acidity and yellow fruit on the palate, with a touch of oak, cream, seasalt and ice cream soda. Definitely needs a good 10-15 years to be at its best.
Red
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. Final Musigny in a flight of 3. Ruby red, touch of bricking at the rim. This looked the oldest and it was quite clear this was the 2000, and very very different to a bottle I had about 18 months ago. There was a really lovely exotic nose of rose petals, bandung (rose syrup with milk), pine, fresh leather, Arabic spice, cherries and red kiwis. The palate really struggled to keep up with the awesome bouquet. To the others, there was the typical Mugnier elegance and softness, but I felt the wine was somewhat tired. There were some sour cherries, wet earth, tobacco and tea leaf, and with extended time, the latter 2 characteristics were quite prominent. This is consistent with my thoughts that Mugnier wines show brilliantly in the beginning with a really lovely exotic and ethereal bouquet but by the end of a 3 hour dinner, the wines somewhat fade away slowly. A good wine, but really not as good as the previous bottle I consumed.
Red
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. This was the sole Vogue Musigny in a flight of 3 and to me, it was the wine of the evening. Typical Vogue. Dark red, very primary in appearance. On the nose - incense, roses, violets, cranberries, wild blueberries, earth and a touch of chocolate. This was a lovely wine, admittedly a little closed and brooding, but with gentle coaxing and frequent re visits, this was a really wonderful Musigny. On the palate, brilliant balance of structure, fruit, acid and layered tannins. Still very primary, with layers of dark red and blue fruit, but hints of secondary characteristics - earth, smoke, sandalwood and incense with time. The balance and length on this wine was very impressive and this certainly outshone the Mugniers. Lovely wine!
Red
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. First red in a flight of 3 Musigny. I actually though this was a Vogue 1998. Deep red, touch of bricking right at the rim. This was the most closed and backward wine of the flight. There was a really intense nose of violets, cassis, blueberries, cocoa powder and earth. Good structure on the palate, with some Arabic spice, blueberries and cherry cola, dried figs, pomegranate and lavender. There seemed to be a lack of complexity and length on the finish, and while this was good, it seemed to lack the sensuality and seductiveness of a good Musigny. Maybe an additional 10 years would do it a world of good.
White
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
89 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. Couldn't have been a greater contrast to the Remoissenet Monty 99. Vintage aside, the style was perfectly opposite. Yellow gold, with some maturity. A little cheese, funk and barnyard on the initial bouquet, which blew off with extended time to produce more minerality, stone and bright yellow fruit. On the palate, this drank like a Chevalier - elegant, clean with lots of flint, mineral and stone. Light yellow fruits were present, with some earth, spice, lavender and yuzu. For some reason, I couldn't associate this with a Montrachet. Good without being outstanding.
White
1/12/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
M&M (Montrachet & Musigny) at Nicolas. Deep yellow, a lovely matured appearance. The initial bouquet was huge and ripe - toast, heavy oak, honey, caramel, sweetened pineapples and Indian mango. With extended time, this softened and showed nice secondary characteristics - wet stone, gravel, light cream, gingerbread, salted popcorn and marzipan along with a good amount of yellow fruit. On the palate, acidity was present, there was certainly enough fruit and the wine showed best after a couple of hours with a lovely mix of flavours. A good Montrachet, and in a quite perfect drinking window. Lovely beginning to the evening.
Red
1/1/2017 - Mark81 wrote:
89 points
Birthday dinner at Fat Cow with my wife. An ex domaine bottling. Ruby red, very clear and vibrant, with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Lovely matured nose of dried roses, figs, lavender, sandalwood and red tea. A little simple on the palate, with sour cherries and grapefruit, along with soil, minerals, earth and red tea. This was textbook aged Gevrey, with lots of acids and minerals. Although simple and a little one dimensional (the wine wouldn't change/evolve at all with time), this was an enjoyable drink.
Red
1994 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Second red in a flight of 4. Drank alongside the Mugneret Gibourg Ruchottes. Bricking throughout, like the MG, this looked aged. Aromatics on this was aged Chambolle like with dried roses, sweetened strawberries and cherries. There was some barnyard and dirt on the nose with extended time. This was actually the exact opposite of the MG. I'm beginning to agree Roumiers really need a minimum of 25-30 years. The palate was showing fine as well, with just about enough fruit - sour cherries, plums and raspberry jam, but there were certainly more secondary characteristics like herbs, earth, wood, smoked meat and tree bark. The finish just seemed a little hollow, and lacked the complexity and length. Nevertheless, one of the more impressive Roumiers I've had and certainly in a perfect (if slightly slightly over) drinking window.
Red
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. First red in a flight of 4. Drank alongside the Roumier Ruchottes. This was a classic old school Burgundy at its best. This is a real perfect example of why I would want my aged Burgundies to sit in the glass to evolve rather than accelerate its development by dumping the entire bottle in a decanter. Bricking throughout, definitely showing its age. Initial nose was extremely funky, lots of barnyard, sweat and dirt. With extended time, it became absolutely beautiful. Dried roses, black tea, sandalwood, incense and a really really lovely smokey element was present after 2 hours. There was just enough fruit - sour cherries, grapefruit and red plums to keep the wine going. Similarly, the palate was much more impressive with extended time. Soil, minerals, earth, truffle, incense and lots of smoke. Again, the fruits and acids ensured a good balance to this wine. I was really impressed that this could have been produced from the 94 vintage. Excellent!
Red
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Third red in a flight of 4. Deep red, no bricking. This had a lovely glowing look, just the kind of wine you would think has entered its perfect drinking window - and so it showed. Deep and intense nose of dark cherries, violets, roasted strawberries and juicy plums. Very primary actually, but with extended time, there was earth, campfire, leather and sandalwood. Impressive on the palate, with good length and decent complexity. Lots of fruits present, and showing nice secondary characteristics - earth, leather, roast meats and black tea. A little ripe, and somewhat lacking in acidity, but that's being really picky. Overall, a really enjoyable wine in a perfect drinking window.
Red
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Fourth red in a flight of 4. Very deep browning throughout. This wine was very aged. Dried rose petals, herbs, decaying leaf, damp earth on the nose. Skinny on the palate, with thinning fruit, some sour cherries and pomegranate. Old leather, mushroom, black tea and damp earth. This wine is somewhat pass its prime and would have been a treat around 5-8 years back.
White
2005 Henri Boillot Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Final white in a flight of 4. Medium gold, this was a really powerful wine, probably because of a combination of maker, plot and vintage. Rich, ripe, dense on the nose with vanilla, wood, hazelnuts, mango cream, pineapple and manuka honey. The palate was similar in terms of sheer intensity and power, but with a hint of burnt caramel and sulphur with extended time. This is definitely a wine to age, and at this moment, unless you like the rich California Chardonnays with lots of oak and vanilla, best to rest your bottles and I'm pretty sure this will take on more elegance and balance with a further 15-20 years.
White
2007 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
93 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Third white in a flight of 4. This is one of the most awesome young Burgundy wines I've had. Light gold, this probably didn't have the exotic character and opulence of really aged Leflaives, but this was fantastic in its own right. White flowers, ginger spice, matchstick, stone, quite a bit of minerals and acid, but lots of fruit to provide balance and pleasure. Even better on the palate, with peach, honeydew, lemon, limestone, ginger, crushed rocks, matchstick, mint, truffle. This was a very elegant Batard, and one that was incredibly great to drink at such a young age. Fantastic wine!
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White
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
90 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Second white in a flight of 4. Deep yellow gold, similar in color to the Amiot Guy. Rich and powerful bouquet of sweetened pineapples, peaches, cream, incense and lemongrass. This also seemed to drink slightly older than its actual age. Good density and length on the palate, but just seemed to lack that bit of acidity. Fruits were showing nicely, opulent and rich. A good food wine.
White
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. First white in a flight of 4. Deep yellowish gold. This looked aged, but was younger than what I felt it was. Very interesting nose of freshly cut grass, wheat, ice cream soda, pineapple and caramelized applies. A little weak on the palate, some matured yellow fruit, barley, grass, leaf with a touch of mint.
White - Sparkling
12/29/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
Year end dinner at Jade Palace. Deep yellow gold. Very fine bubbles, and well matured. Buttered toast, roasted nuts, olive oil, peach and vanilla cream. Lots of freshness and acidity on the nose and palate. Layered, elegant (for a Krug?!) and very opulent with lots of yellow fruit, yeast, buttered toast, hazelnuts and cashews. Impressive length and good complexity. Excellent start to the evening!
Red
12/24/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
88 points
Christmas eve dinner at La Taperia. This was a tough one to call, I felt it was very mildly heated. (or maybe it was just the vintage characteristic showing strongly?). Deep red, rather reductive on the nose with sour plums, cranberries, sour cherries and scorched earth. Very ripe, but not with the richness and opulence, but rather a more roasted character. Palate certainly was showing fine, with ripe red fruit, earth, forest floor, tomato and burnt meat. Certainly not a typical Engel, none of that exotic spice, wildness and terroir, and while certainly drinkable, probably not the most representative bottle.
Red
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
94 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis. Drank alongside the Beze 82 and Chambertin 73. This was the real deal. I was surprised that I was the only one who voted it as wine of the evening. To me, this showed 15 years younger with amazing freshness and vibrancy. Dark red, touch of bricking at the rim. This was undoubtedly the most powerful wine of the evening. Rich and intense nose of violets, wild strawberries, cranberry juice, roses, chocolate, campfire, chili spices and smoked meat. Lots of acidity on the palate, but with copious amounts of rich, silky red and blue fruit, along with incense, truffle, meat, smoke, and coffee cream. A really powerful and intense Beze, yet with the expressiveness and terroir of a truly wonderful Burgundy. Rousseau at its best!
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Red
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
93 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis. Drank alongside the Beze 81 and Chambertin 73. Medium to dark red, with just a touch of bricking at the rim. Another quite sensational nose of violets, dried roses, olives, smoked meat and damp earth along with raspberries, grapefruit and pomegranate. There was a good amount of minerals, acidity and red fruit on the palate. Very impeccably balanced, this wine lasted extremely well for 3 hours and like the Chambertin 73, showed differing characteristics at differing moments, although there was a strong sense of earth, braised and smoked meat, incense, sandalwood and black tea. With extended time, perfect mouthfeel of dark chocolate and coffee powder. Another brilliantly aged Rousseau!
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Red
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
93 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis and off the wine list. Drank alongside the Beze 81 and Beze 82. What a fabulous treat, to drink a Rousseau Chambertin with 43 years of age. Bright red and limpid. Hardly any bricking which was quite amazing really. The nose was sensational - wild berries, new car leather, ginger spice, incense and white truffle. There was still a good deal of red fruit on the palate - grapefruit, cherries, sweetened strawberries. With extended time, the wine constantly changed in the glass, but at each moment, there was good fruit, acidity and differing notes of truffle, lavender, sandalwood, spice, earth, mocha and coffee cream. The elegance and subtleness of this wine was really something else and you had to really appreciate this timeless beauty quietly. Fantastic!
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White
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
92 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis. A marvelous aged white Burg. Deep gold, bordering amber in color. Such an intense nose of spice, ginger, wet stone, vanilla cream and truffle. This was undoubtedly mature, with a hint of peach and mango, but generally the profile was secondary. Good acidity on the palate, and this wine held up brilliantly over 3 hours. Spiced ginger, cinnamon, coconut, crème brulee, toffee, cashews. Right at the end, a subtle touch of chocolate mint. This was such an impressive wine!
White - Sparkling
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
87 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis. From 500ml in a rather interesting bottle shape. This has definitely seen better days. Dark gold with an extremely oxidative nose. Lots of hazelnuts, heavily buttered brioche, pineapple syrup, toffee and manuka honey. Almost everyone was thinking 70s-80s. It was good if you could ignore the actual age. Weaker on the palate, with a complete lack of acidity (for a 96?!). Hardly any fruits left, no bubbles. Caramel, toffee, mushrooms.
White - Sparkling
12/15/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
86 points
Aged Rousseau dinner at Les Amis. Bright gold, almost slightly greenish. A very simple champagne - lemon, lime, green apple. Light on the palate, lacking in body and complexity. Probably best drunk as an aperitif.
Red
12/10/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
86 points
Ruby red, bricking slight at rim. Decent nose with tart cherry, raspberries and grapefruit, along with leather, earth and red tea. Very weak on the palate, almost all acid, with hardly any fruit left, this definitely has seen better days.
Red
12/9/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
89 points
SS's birthday lunch at Les Amis. Deep and dark red, very primary in appearance. Again, a typical Roumier wine which is extremely dark fruited - currants, cranberry, plums. The nose took some time to get going, but even when it did, it struggled to produce the finer elements of Chambolle. Seemed to have a huge amount of acidity and tannin. The wine was robust, powerful and meaty, but brooding and not very expressive. There was a similar amount of elevated acidity on the palate, and I personally felt there was a lack of rich and good fruit to balance out this acidity. Pomegranate, cranberry and sour plum, along with old leather, barnyard, roast meat, tar. I see this wine has lots of good reviews, but personally, this didn't really shine through. Maybe more time would be beneficial, but at $2,000 a bottle (in current market), no go.
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1991 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/8/2016 - Mark81 wrote:
91 points
SS's birthday lunch at Les Amis. Second bottle in a year. Ruby red, rather bright and clean. Lovely feminine nose of red roses, lavender, fresh strawberries and pomegranate, with extended time more forest floor, truffle, leather and smoke. Good minerality and acidity on the palate, but definitely "soft" and nicely mellowed with age. Like the nose, there was fresh red fruit initially, but with an hour or so in the Zalto, more secondary characteristics - leather, braised meat, smoke, black tea and forest floor. Very similar to the first bottle I had earlier in the year, but this was drunk a little too quickly to appreciate any notes the wine might have provided with even more time. That said, this held up extremely well in the glass. Very enjoyable bottle of aged Burgundy.
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