Tasting Notes for elevageandco

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Red
Obviously high quality and pedigreed, although a bit upright and unyielding. However, the beauty kept poking through. I was disappointed that I opened this far too early, although it was still enjoyable in an austere, lip smacking way. This should be excellent in about 8-12 years. Hold.
Red
Delicious and suave, although I found myself wishing it was a bit more engaging. Perhaps more forward enjoyment as opposed to interest from nuance and and a subtle unfurling. Hold, although this will not disappoint now.
Red
I haven't written a lot of tasting notes lately but felt compelled to after enjoying this bottle. A wine of pedigree, character and an unforced nature that evolved slowly and gracefully over the course of a few hours; picking up balance. I can barely remember the last time I simply enjoyed a bottle so much.

The highlight was the aromatic profile. I couldn't stop smelling it. A truly beautiful and unforced expression. The palate was a little more unforgiving and took a solid hour to open. Decant for 1-2 hours if enjoying now; otherwise hold for 4-6 more years.
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Red
11/11/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
No sulfur bottle from the Domaine - I haven't tasted the regular bottling yet.

True to other particularly natural wines I've had, these undergo the largest transformations upon opening. What a world of difference only 20-30 minutes made. The wine made a transformation of sorts from being muddled and disjointed to a subtle yet persistent wine of finesse. The nose came together with typical Briailles aromas of briary stems, fresh red/dark fruits and an earthiness framing the whole thing.

The palette developed a long and persistent finish. I liked how cohesive all the elements of this wine came together; particularly how well integrated and sneaky the tannin and acid profile was. My wife commented how it was almost "like drinking water" yet had structure - this is a compliment.

I'm curious to see where this goes in the next 5 years. The wine is even more sure of itself after sitting out all night. As I understand it, Briailles is using less and less sulfur in general, and based on this bottle, it seems like a great direction for them.

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White
11/11/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Sadly, super developed and flat on the palette; pre-moxed

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White
10/31/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Very characterful wine; not afraid to show its earthy side and structure driven side. A really harmonious aroma that isn't overly precise or clean in terms of fruit only (this is a compliment). In short, not a crowd pleasing style and a little more demanding, yet everyone at the table couldn't get enough of it...

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White
10/31/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Pretty refined and elegant for what it is. Light, airy structure that's perfectly refreshing and lets the food take the stage. Highly recommended for solid Chablis character and a really drinkable elegance that shouldn't be confused with being too easy or crowd pleasing. Chill down and let it warm up slowly in the glass.

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Red
1967 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Very similar in style to the Beychevelle of the same year enjoyed as well. Perhaps a touch more intensity and body, but really along the same lines in terms of elegant structure and harmony. Again, this wine didn't feel tired and had turned into a very balanced and harmonious wine that was a pleasure to drink. I could see this going for at least 5-10 more years. Great to see a set of wines go the distance without blockbuster vintage association and the alcohol and body that goes along with it.

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Red
1967 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Whats not to like? Light bodied and elegant structure yet not lacking presence. Brackish color and fading fruit intertwined with tobacco and earth to make a complete and harmonious unified aroma as opposed to many independently complex components. This didn't feel too old and was exactly what I expect a very old bottle to be like with proper storage. Glad I was able to enjoy this.

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Red
10/31/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Medium weight and not quite as round or sweet as others have described - perhaps a different bottling as has been pointed out. This held a nice line between being austere and slightly hard in terms of tannin and structure, but gave just a touch back in terms of buffering RS and plushness. With a few hours it developed a really nice mushroom, earthy note. Less sheen to the fruit and less of a crowd pleasing style than anticipated; showing some pedigree as a result. I'll hold my other bottle for awhile but this can also be generally enjoyed young.

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Red
9/10/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Delicate and subtle wine with a well integrated backbone of acid and tannin that barely peeks through at the end, at this point in time. It sneaks up on you a bit and you might miss it if not paying attention. Aromatics were a bit muted and needed coaxing, but some mixed berries and floral elements became a bit more prominent after 20 minutes in a decanter. This struck me as precise and clean where the style and integration of components was not forced in any way. However, I was expecting a bit more herbal or briary component and this was perhaps a touch more "cleaner" and pure than expected. Not necessarily negative at all, but this will surely become even more interesting as some secondary flavors develop and the wine becomes come out of its young phase. Worth trying now but best held for at least 5 more years.

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Red
2014 Frank Cornelissen Munjebel VA Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
7/28/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Really nice bottle; in great condition. Light and airy with wild berry and earth hints. Nicely integrated tannins and acidity. Not very serious and contemplative at this stage, but not too easy either. A very delicious wine that demands another sip. Very Burgundian in style.

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Red
7/28/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Excellent quality with apparent pedigree and noble character. Precise and defined finish that was not muddled in any way. However, a bit closed down and muddled aromatically without the delineation and detail I was expecting. HOLD, but definitely enjoyable if you decide to drink it. This will only get better with age.

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Red
7/20/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
At grill 23 in Boston. Exellent condition; really well stored and full of life. Grace through structure - medium bodied with persistent tannins yet good refinement and not very rustic. This opened up nicely to display classic nebbiolo aromas of plum, earth, violets and light tar. Over time the violet hints became a little more prominent. Very enjoyable but I couldn't help but think it would be better and more ethereal with at least another 5 years. Hold, if possible.

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Red
7/11/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Really refined and pretty. Red toned and floral with medium body and classic structure. Feels a little more easy going than the 13' Monfortino but should age really well. Not a lot of tar or earth at this point; real focus on transparency and subtlety of red fruit.

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Red
7/11/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Tasted from barrel. Amazing quality; high toned with aromas leaping out of the glass. Very vivid and balanced with medium body and penetrating tannins that leave a lasting sensation for minutes after the wine has been tasted. At this point in time I was more in awe of the absolute quality than truly engaged with the wine. Then again, barrel tasting is fairly quick and doesn't afford the time to really get to know the wine. I will absolutely be purchasing for myself.

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Red
6/4/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Nice, easy going wine. More structure driven than many more modern Bordeaux bottles, but this is still enjoyable now and isn't closed down. Good lift and freshness and fairly clean dark berries and red berries. Light Bordeaux earthy/pungent character in the background but not too pronounced. This could easily cruise for another 5+ years but is very enjoyable now. Good food wine; not super exciting but nice. An honest bottle.

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Red
5/14/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
The essence of food friendly wine. Don't expect a blockbuster from this. Vibrant structure and aromatics of wild fruit, forest floor and light truffle. So drinkable but not an easy or simple wine. This really stands out for its lighter, red berry style compared to many Langhe nebbiolo examples. With time I ended up wishing there was a touch more depth, but don't run with that comment too much and let it detract from the awesome wine that this is. Drink or hold for 10+ years if stored well. This had a lot left in the tank.

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White - Off-dry
5/13/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Light and refreshing; featherweight and delicate but with definite presence. I really enjoy this producer for the delicacy and balance brought to each wine. Such vibrant aromas and crunchy acidity. Not on the tropical end of the spectrum. I thought I picked up a slight metallic taste but this may have been due to some food I was eating with it. Hold; this should age gracefully.

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Red
5/13/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
A really well done village wine. Very composed and elegant with a long, tapering finish. The regal nature of the appellation is on full display. A certain polished nature to the wine while still being subtle and delicate. Walks the line well. Plum, Asian spice and menthol are easily apparent. Drink now or within 8 years.

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Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
5/13/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
Richer than expected per the vintage. Not overdone at all though, fairly sleek frame with freshness and a hint of green character mixed with wild berry aromas. A great introduction to this producer in a style that's a cross between Burgundy and Valtellina. A slightly bitter note on the finish that dissipates with air. Decant for 1 hour.

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Red
5/13/2017 - elevageandco wrote:
This wine is really enjoyable and is in a great place. Subtle earth and game notes framed by juicy plum and dark fruits. The heat of the vintage was well managed and this wine delivers a lot of pleasure. Drink or hold for another 10 years. Long finish.

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Red
12/21/2015 - elevageandco wrote:
Very nice but could use 5 years or so. A little rough at first and slightly hot but came around nicely after an hour or so. Fairly compact and very long finish with nice dry cherry and menthol notes. Sleek but muscular. Really nice overall.

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White
11/27/2015 - elevageandco wrote:
NR - Very surprising experience with this wine given other recent user notes. The wine was way to young and primary and was dominated by oak and matchstick aromas. The faintest bit of orchard fruit peaked out but was barely there. The wine was very smooth and energetic on the palette, but was overall a bit blockish. There is great potential here, but this wine was so not ready that it was really not enjoyable and was almost as disappointing as opening a premoxed bottle…

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White - Off-dry
9/8/2015 - elevageandco wrote:
Very good; although it has closed down a bit since the last bottle I had 6 months ago. Not quite as expressive. However, this should be excellent again in 2-5 years as everything is there.

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White
8/30/2015 - elevageandco wrote:
flawed
Very premoxed! Had 2 bottles earlier this year that were perfect though. Surprising for such a young wine made in a traditional style.

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Red
8/18/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
Consistent with previous notes regarding ageability - fairly burnished now and more developed than I would expect for a 2006 brunello. However, its in an excellent place now. Midweight and very balanced. Classic Brunello feel and aromatics. Leather, cherry, tobacco, licorice, mushroom. Really excellent wine and screams traditional Brunello which is an excellent compliment in the face of so many Brunello's with more modern or non-typical styles. Cannot feel the hand of the winemaker here.

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Red
7/6/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
Library offer directly from producer so wine has been impeccably stored for last 40 years. Very high shoulder fill; cork was soft but did not break upon opening. Aromas of plum, cassis, leather, tobacco and earthiness. At this point, the leather and earthiness were most pronounced aromas, but the fruit was still there. For its age, this wine did not lose steam after opening. Kept getting better and more vibrant for hours after opening. In the mouth, acid was still med+ and the wine was silky with a medium body. There was almost a sweet quality to it. Everything was in perfect harmony; I did not want to put this wine down. Amazing for the money.

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Red
3/7/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
A surprise given the vintage and low critical reviews. Wine was stored in a temp controlled room since release. Not overripe or heavy, but still with broad shoulders and structure. Somewhat Burgundian with a medium color density and luminous color. Bright cherry aromatics with hints of mushroom, tar, earth, licorice, and cherry. Sometimes the fruit was very bright, focused and pronounced, and other times the earthiness seemed to stand out. This wine evolved aromatically a lot over the course of 1 hour. An excellent wine for the money (much cheaper than better vintages). The wine seemed like it could age longer, but is in a great place now.

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Red
1982 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
From a bottle with a low shoulder fill. A powerful wine with strong aromas of earth, leather, cedar, iron, cigar, and blackcurrants. A wonderful nose that got better and better over the course of about an hour. Harmonious mouthfeel with good tannins and balance. Soft and structured at the same time. However, the nose was the standout for this wine for me.

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Red
5/17/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
From a bottle with a low shoulder fill and bulging cork... However, the wine was in much better shape than expected. Seemed to be fading somewhat, although still an excellent nose of earth, leather, cigar, and faded blackcurrants. Silky mouthfeel with luminous color and little sediment. Well integrated tannins and an overall pleasurable wine. Not powerful, but harmonious and a great food wine in it's present state.

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White
6/6/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
An excellent Chablis. Fairly hard, austere and acidic upon opening. However with a little bit of air and warming up (served chilled), the wine comes together beautifully with great energy. A solid base of minerality is complemented by lemon and floral accents. Excellent length - the wine seemed to keep going long after each sip was swallowed. A pleasure to drink now, although I have no doubt this wine will continue to develop for the next decade.

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Red
6/22/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
90 points
Old world style. Not as fragrant as expected for cab franc, but very pleasant with smoke, leather, dark cherry, and blackcurrant. Silky mouthfeel with well integrated tannins. Acid could be a bit higher, although still a great food wine. Enjoyed over the course of an evening with the wine getting better, more harmonious and more interesting as the night went on.

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Red
6/22/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
Nice nose upon opening; dark cherry, earth, mushroom. Not very complex yet still relatively aromatic. Light body with good acidity, prominent tannins. Not shut down and drinking well. After about 20 minutes, wine became bitter and less aromatic. After another 20, wine became more pleasing and approachable again. Would drink again, but prefer other vintages/producers from this appellation.

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Red
6/22/2014 - elevageandco wrote:
Very harmonious wine. Aromas of fresh strawberry and cherry; not overripe. Also earthy, stem, and coffee aromas in background. Good acidity and body. Drinking relatively well, although could use more time in bottle.

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