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Red
2018 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Syrah
9/15/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
99 points
Guigal La La New Release (2018) Dinner with Brett Crittenden (Prince Wine Store South Melbourne): Refined, feminine, powerful, long, ripe. Opened up over an hour. Possibly the first of the La Las to reach its drinking window. Wonderful.
  • richard.presser commented:

    12/3/22, 9:13 PM - Firstly, these deserve a decade or two in the cellar. My tasting zone for this is 2030-2045. With aged wines, I tend to open them just before drinking and then watch them evolve in the glass, so you can assess their future life. As Mouline is, IMO, the most feminine of the 3 LaLas, it will usually require less time to express itself after opening. But don't think I am some LaLa expert. I'm not. I'm just reading the next page of the manual ahead of you...

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/3/22, 9:18 PM - La Turque and La Landonne

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/3/22, 9:29 PM - Depends on the year and your perspective. They are all powerful long living wines.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/6/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
94 points
Aromas are orange marmalade with elegance. Beautifully fine and elegant richness.
Wonderful complex orange marmalade richness with refined, feminine uplift and complexity. Wonderful balance. Beginning to drink. Great length. Good for 20 years.
25/12 same bottle held in wine fridge under the original cork.
Still as it showed when I first opened it. A beautiful Sauternes.
  • richard.presser commented:

    11/7/22, 11:13 AM - They certainly do. A wonderful wine.

White
2019 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
3/24/2022 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
94 points
PWS Burgundy Dinner
Rich, powerful, complex. Spectacular. The best of three 2019 Corton Charlemagnes served.
  • richard.presser commented:

    4/4/22, 7:53 PM - Alan Meadows (Burghound) says begin drinking 2027. This still has youthful freshness, but the 2019 whites seem to be approachable young, though this does not mean they will not be with us for long, I expect.

Red
2019 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy Pinot Noir
Ripe and brambly, with some ginger spice. Plush and deep, but lively too. There's underlying minerality and sweet tannins. Complex, delicious and long.
  • richard.presser commented:

    2/16/22, 6:10 PM - I have come to value your comments, Jeremy. I find them to be more detailed than my own but looking from a similar viewpoint.

White
2011 Brokenwood Sémillon ILR Reserve Hunter Valley
5/21/2017 - richard.presser wrote:
96 points
A beautiful example of an ageing Hunter semillon. Beginning to display some honeyed characters. A very fine, long,, tight semillon. Will age beautifully for many years to come. An absolute classic.
  • richard.presser commented:

    2/7/22, 4:30 AM - Thank you. Sadly my order for this wine got lost... Your comment had me make a note to keep an eye out for it.

Red
2015 Jasper Hill Shiraz Georgia's Paddock Heathcote
3/18/2020 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautiful, rich, superbly made shiraz. Beginning to show some devt. Wonderful balance. Ron Laughton is a master. The half is opening up, but will be around for a long time.
  • richard.presser commented:

    12/19/21, 7:57 PM - She is now, but I do not believe so in 2015. And having tasted the lineup at the winery last year, she is but a shadow of her father as a winemaker. From that tasting, I only bought one wine.

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/19/21, 8:03 PM - They may benefit from 20 years of cellaring.

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/19/21, 8:20 PM - Wonderful. I have known their wines since about 1980. My life journey took me away from wine for 20 years or so, and I'm glad to be reconnected with Jasper Hill. May my experience that day be an aberration.
    Did you happen to make it to Beechworth and wonderful wines of Giaconda?

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/19/21, 8:28 PM - You have quite a cellar. Some similar interests to my own. I was also in IT for many years, though never a developer. Sales, marketing and general management. Today I run 2 globally growing businesses - www.thenanosoma.com and dpe100.com.

  • richard.presser commented:

    12/23/21, 4:03 PM - Beechworth is a town (like Heathcote) and Giaconda is a winery https://www.giaconda.com.au/ , run by my friend Rick Kinzbruner. Rick is a wonderful winemaker and many consider he makes the greatest Aussie chardonnay and his wines have a very European character. No longer making cabernet wines, he makes chardonnay, pinot, shiraz with a touch of Viognier and more recently Nebbiolo in foudres. I made this video https://youtu.be/4EAq3rcOHG4 after a visit there in 2018.
    I expect a significant fall in wine prices in a year or two and I plan to buy the GC Burgundies in the US. I will need to find someone to buy for me, given where I am.

Red
2011 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis Syrah
12/3/2021 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful aromatic, herbaceous, spicy, red fruited, mature aromas.
Ditto palate. Fully mature. Now-2 years based on this bottle. Wonderful, gentle power and mature complexity. It’s why we age wine.
  • richard.presser commented:

    12/5/21, 2:48 PM - I didn't. With older wines, I decant them and I watch them unfold in the glass. The most complex aromatics are highly volatile compounds and if the wine is low in acid, primarily, these can disappear quickly and you have missed much of the beauty. This drank well from the first moment and developed complexity as it went. I recommend you do the same. I shall be interested to read your notes on it.

Red
2005 E. Guigal Hermitage Syrah
12/25/2020 - richard.presser wrote:
89 points
A strongly flavoured shiraz. Intense. Lacked great complexity on opening. Showed signs of violet perfume after an hour, both on the nose and palate. This had faded after 8 hours. Disappointing. Did not show the benefit of 15 years of age. There are far better examples of Aussie shiraz than this for much less money.
  • richard.presser commented:

    11/29/21, 3:44 PM - Yes, mate...

Red
2019 John Duval Wines Shiraz Entity Barossa Valley
3/1/2021 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid, intense, dark fruited, lifted with judicious oak.
Needs a chunk of time and should look wonderful with age.
  • richard.presser commented:

    10/27/21, 3:50 PM - Thank you. I also have those notes in "My Private Notes".
    Richard

Red
2015 Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa
3/3/2021 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
A lovely Barossa shiaraz showing some bottle development.
  • richard.presser commented:

    3/4/21, 10:59 PM - You caught me out. I realised I hadn't made a note on this, though I drank it recently. I have another I have taken out of my cellar and I will make more complete and informative notes on it shortly. You prompt me to drink it in the next week or so.

White
1995 Bannockburn Chardonnay Geelong
1/1/2021 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep straw/honeyed colour.
Very devt. aromas and flavours. Fruit flavours again restrained. Relies on bottle age complexity. Acid still obvious. Not good PQR.
  • richard.presser commented:

    1/1/21, 1:17 AM - $55 in 2017.

White
2017 Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay Coal River
8/21/2018 - richard.presser wrote:
93 points
At tasting of current release Shaw & Smith and Tolpuddle with Adam Wadewitz. Intense, almost chalky nose, powerful palate. good length. Very fine. Beautifully structured. Flavours will explode in 5 years. Leave till 2025.
Has been through 100% malolactic.
  • richard.presser commented:

    8/9/20, 4:35 PM - SRH, as per the comments, I tasted this with the winemaker, Adam Wadewitz. He said it was 100% malo. He probably should know... It was a marvelous tasting. Sadly, not possible inside the current COVID-19 psyop - for which I have a simple, proven treatment, for this and many other things that I will launch in the US next month.

  • richard.presser commented:

    8/9/20, 6:56 PM - Thank you, srh. I had never looked at that aspect of CellarTracker. Thank you for prompting me. You are clearly a very detailed man. If you are interested, you can find my (not my invention) piece of natural magic at www.thenanosoma.com

Red
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano Sangiovese
For a AUD380 wine, I find it underwhelming. If I want to drink a mouthful of tannin and little of the feminine characters I love in red wine, notably pinot but also the wines of the Rhone and even Italian Sangiovese and Primitivo, I could buy a Bordeaux and I gave those up 25 years ago. Not for me. They are in the cabernet style, not the pinot and shiraz one. I will try the other bottle I have in a decade and see what I think. Brunello is meant to be the feminine wine of the region. Spare me... For the record, this was decanted an hour before drinking over another hour at least.
  • richard.presser commented:

    4/17/20, 2:46 PM - Yes, Tuscany. My bad.

  • richard.presser commented:

    4/30/20, 4:56 PM - Thank you for your feedback. I am not familiar with these wines and I can accept they could take a long time for them to come around. In my opinion, this emerging time will provide, for those who are able, the opportunity to buy the world's great wines with plenty of age on them for very little money. Prices will return to the equivalent of the 40s and 50s, albeit with the quality we see from modern winemaking. IMO, we are 3 or so years away from that. The data I see indicates we are entering a time that will be worse than the 1930s. Neither events were an accident, but that is another conversation for another place... Meanwhile, I am planning the layout of another bay in my cellar...

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. André Clouet Champagne Rose No. 3 Pinot Noir
9/23/2019 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank at our wedding on August 23, 2019. A wonderful, fine grand cru, high pinot rose.
  • richard.presser commented:

    1/17/20, 9:37 AM - All of Clouet's fruit comes from Grand Cru vineyards. It is Grand Cru but not Grand Marque...

  • richard.presser commented:

    1/17/20, 10:06 AM - There are many grand cru Champagne vineyards. See this map https://fernandobeteta.com/maps/2018/11/27/interactive-map-of-champagne-grand-cru-and-premier-cru-communes

  • richard.presser commented:

    1/17/20, 10:28 AM - Champagne does not label like Burgundy does. You have to do more homework. However, I think I have demonstrated your premise that Le Clos is the only Grand Cru champers is fallacious.
    Read up on Andre Clouet and his family history. You will not doubt he is making Grand Cru fizz.
    This I my last comment back to you.

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