Tasting Notes for BenBlu

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Red
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Drop dead gorgeous bottle of pinot. Better than the first bottle had a few month ago. This was great on pnp (last one decanted). So delicate, fragrant, cool but slightly sweet fruit. Amazing for the level and price tag!
Red
3/28/2020 - BenBlu wrote:
88 points
From a perfect conditioned bottle. Nah - this isn't worth today's price tag. Bit hard, smelly on the nose, tad of red fruit, rustic with acidic cut but just not pleasant aromatically. Followed over two days.
White - Sparkling
4/2/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
Just love how this is showing. After a lot of bottles in "isolation" (too busy to post) this is clearly the stand out. From first pop the nose and palate deliver and remind you what a great wine should be about. Richness galore - macadamia nuts pan fried in butter - but then so much acidic cut and this toast on the nose lingering. Yeah - it all works and to me a very complete experience today. Really in love with this today. Drink now (at beginning of its long peak) until 2040. Glad I popped this for my second son's first birthday. Delivers big time A great great Dom.
Red
1986 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Served blind. Visually developed and a fully mature wine on the nose and palate without being over the hill in any way. I thought possibly a 85. Terrific wine in my opinion which was the kind of glass you want to sink into an armchair with in front of the open fire. Nice balanced acidity, fruit, secondary/tertiary and a vivid nose of some stink, dirt, roast meat. Probably Burgundy WOTN.
Red
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
91 points
Served blind - funnily second time in about a month I had this in the glass blind. I felt this time the wine was fresher and fleshier still. The Sommelier served this in the narrower Zalto Universal which made sense after knowing what it was. I made sure the wine showed some good concentration and not coming across as diluted. Wouldn't have guessed 04 vintage here, it's quite remarkable for the level and vintage for sure.
Red
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Served blind. I thought this to be quite young and Vosne and guessed this as Cathiard Malconsorts (14?). Super delicious and quite modern - apologetically sexy juice, if a bit simple at this early stage. However I am sure this will be a great wine in ten years. Strong showing.
Red
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Served blind. I was quite off here and though this to be Morey and possibly Clos Tart. It seemed quite bold and smokey. Quite masculine. Little surprised when revealed. Nice wine still but would hold off on these for 5 years +
White
2002 Pierre Morey Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
89 points
Served blind. After some younger white Burgs clearly a mature sample just visually. Quite golden / oily / unctuous. The nose to me was a bit off - too stinky cheesy. Others thought it to be clean bottle I had my doubts. I thought a wine with a slight fault. Not premox though. Still somewhat enjoyable on the palate but the nose just spoiled it for me.
White
2013 Etienne Sauzet Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Served blind. Following a Leflaive Bienvenue Batard 13 the Sauzet had markedly more reduction on the nose. It felt quite crisp, smokey and concentrated. Thought it on the nose to be a Meursault possibly. Again not really what I typically would have associated with a 13 as it had a bit of volume to it also. Quite a strong showing I felt and bought a case on the back of that.
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White
2013 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Served blind. Felt like this was a bit more weighty and deep and intense compared to the outstanding Raveneau Montee Tonnerre 11 preceding it. In fact quite charming and ripe for the vintage. Didn't have 13 written all over it. Thought blind it could have been a 15. Some thought this was a bit dull/short in the end but I personally rather enjoyed this wine. And importantly no sign of premox! 93-94
White
3/6/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Served blind - no notes taken. Good way to kick off the white Burgundy part of the dinner. Raveneau pretty much always delivers. And Montee Tonnerre is probably my favourite 1er Cru here. Rather outstanding balance and depth and thankfully in magnum which meant that there were a few small glasses to go around for each.
Red
2/18/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
90 points
First time with this producer. Very crude and organic. A bit of greenness from the vintage, stems, sour on the palate like chewing on a rhubarb stick. For me missing some sweetness. Interesting wine but not 100% my cup of tea.
White
2/18/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Came out late at night but showed its remarkable qualities when served at ~12 degrees immediately. In a lovely twilight of being fresh and young and showing some bottle age. Second time with this wine and consistent showing. A superb Chablis 1er Cru and Raveneau just does the trick all the time, simple as that.
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Red
3/4/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Surprised by how airy this wine was, blind could have 100% mistaken for red Burgundy. Bit of a Vosne nose. The star of this wine for me was the texture here, satin on the palate. No hard edge. Very very supple. The palate was maybe missing a bit of depth for a higher rating which might come with more bottle age?
White - Off-dry
3/4/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
A very lovely harmonious Riesling with some age on it, however still showing quite young with only hints of petrol aromas emerging. Some white peach. At 8.5% alcohol a light delight and good companion over spicy Chinese dishes at Hunan.
White - Sparkling
2/18/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good showing of this cuvee. Much more open and generous than Ursules 14 week prior (which was promising and tightly coiled). Quite giving, some white and yellow fruit, great nose, a very good start to our dinner indeed!
White
2/15/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
A superb wine for the money. No harm hitting those early. Very creamy in the mouth, some well integrated but noticeable oak influence, good fruit. A delicious glass and with a nice melt in the mouth I think this is drinking now already. Two bottles with consistent result.
Red
2/14/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
My first time with this wine and what day to have it than on Valentine’s Day to share with my wife at one of our favourite restaurants. Having had the benefit of an interesting Roumier Bonnes Mares evening the night before it turned out to be my 11th bottle of Roumier within 24 hours which is a nice thing of course. Back to the Amoureuses - had the bottle opened as we started dinner and it was immediately clear that this was going to be a good bottle that was in a young but still decent spot to broach, we then decanted the bottle and followed its evolution for 2.5 hours. My first question was how would it stylistically sit compared to all the Bonnes Mares I had the night before. Well for me Amoureuses based on this example was my preferred style for sure - while Bonnes Mares to me wasn’t clearly Chambolle and had more Morey handwriting and being quite grippy and borderline dusty the Amoureuses was bullseye Chambolle. Elegance personified. The wine was powerful but weightless - like a honed athlete performing a difficult excercise but making it look easy. No spare ounce of flesh. In the black fruit spectrum. A long mineral surge on the palate that doesn’t quit. The mouthfeel is impeccable with no hard edges or rusticity whatsoever. A hint of earls grey and core sweetness peaking through with more air. A great experience for sure and a terrific wine. Then you pause and frame it given the silly market prices. As outstanding as this wine is it doesn’t grab me as much as say Comte Liger Belair or DRC experiences that I have had. But then neither of them make Amoureuses and it was Valentine’s Day after all.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): This came out late in the evening as generous "bonus" bottle. I very much enjoyed it. Powerful for a 2007, earthy, some herbs and tea. Not the most refined but I quite enjoyed the edges. Should probably be better with a few more years in bottle yet or could have benefited from a decant I think.
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White - Off-dry
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): A lovely sweet wine! Balanced (not too sweet, not too acidic), weightless yet intense.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): A wine of broad shoulders, yet still managing to retain elegance. Must have been a very structured wine in its youth that has now loosened up and was giving very good drinking pleasure at 20 years of age with brooding black fruit, a good core sweetness and tiny bit of rough dusty edges. The glass I decided to simply enjoy with my deer ragout pasta. And it went very well.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): This was one of the three vintages in its drinking window. A sexy wine (the sexiest BM in the line-up for me), lush, sweet core of macerated cherries, bit of game and earth. Felt though that with more air it got a bit less interesting.
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Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Decidedly pleasure giving, this was together with 00 and 07 the only vintage I would consider in its (early) actual drinking window. Soft, with alluring dark cherry caressing on the palate. A very enjoyable glass indeed.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Probably WOTN tied with the Corton 07 for me on the evening. The wine has stuffing but is not hot, a lot of red fruit still a bit buried in the structure which should come out to play over the years / decades and offer up superb long-drinking pleasure. Having had the Cras 09 a few months ago I feel the Cras is in a nice spot and should/could be broached now whereas the BM needs minimum 5 years - but no "crime" to drink today either.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): In similar vein as the 2011 but with more of everything but also on the evening taciturn and not offering drinking pleasure on the night. There is a lot of promise however, a muscular wine, and this wine is unfairly judged possibly by myself at this early juncture. So I wouldn't be surprised if in 5 years this could be a 95 pointer. Patience!
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Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): To me the 2011 & 13 pair was behind the pair of 2012 & 2014. Also with the 2011 we had the interesting context of a quite sexy (for the vintage) Cras 2011. I hate to say it but for me the BM was a lot less enjoyable than the Cras. I could have drunk a bottle of Cras but hardly much more than 1-2 glasses of the BM11. The Bonnes Mares was quite chalky and tight. Not green but there was no lushness or sexiness about it whatsoever. It was fairly unyielding and also a bit short.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu wrote:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Side by side the more floral and airy 2014 this was more structured, firm and tad more reduced with black fruit spectrum prominent. A more masculine style wine and for me the best wine out of 11-14. Should be very good in ten years with potential to add a point or two.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): This was interestingly drinking better and drinking well on immediate pop when I tried it to ensure it was a sound bottle. The bottle was then left open (no decant) for 2 hours. In the glass then the nose was quite engaging with lavender notes but it had shut down somewhat on the palate. I would say it was a 94 on immediate pnp and later on more like a 92. This is obviously (too) young but it should have fine potential for a 2014.
White
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Decanted for 2 hours. The wine had a nice oily texture, very unctuous in the glass. A lot there on the nose and kept changing - meyer lemon, chalk, touch of smoke, positively fat on nose and palate. Good point of maturity but can go for 10-15 years and develop more. A treat to have this unicorn wine. (Surprising) contender of WOTN for me actually.
Red
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Second time with this wine and it continues to impress. Cherry cola on the nose. Quite sexy and voluptuous in the context of the generally lean vintage. Dare I suggest that here compared to the 2011 Bonnes Mares I would actually prefer to drink the Cras now and I am not 100% convinced the BM will catch it.
White - Sparkling
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Quite organic, on the nose fresh must like in a winery during pressing. Visually bit copper colour but less so than other vintages. Also feels a bit racier than the usually slightly softer style Ursules.
White - Sparkling
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Comtes is always a good idea and as mentioned many times my personal no brainer best value top champagne. Very good for a 2006. Typical Comtes. For me though the 06 continues to be a notch or two below 04 (but above 05 and probably on a par with 07). Should have a nice future for the next 20 years.
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White
2/13/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Roumier Bonnes Mares vertical (67 Pall Mall London): Great way to kick off a beautiful evening. Lovely village Puligny - 2014 is just such a great vintage and this was a rockstar of a village wine. 12% alcohol. Balanced, racy, nice melt and fruit. Impressive.
Red
2/9/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
88 points
En primeur this was delicious. So I thought let’s take those on early and have then delivered once physical to get a peak on the vintage. My score only tells a bit of the story. This wine is unbelievably DELICIOUS! So perfumes on the nose. Yes it is guilty of lacking complexity of course and the finish is not long. But from a Bourgogne what I love is to get drinkablily, this is so easy, clocks in at 12 pct alc flat. Just lovely if you want to reach for an easy glass and not intellectualise over it. BTW interesting to see even the Bourgogne level featuring some anti counterfeit tags.
Red
2/8/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Coravined a third of a bottle into a decanter to go with my beef. Gave it an hour of air, was in a very nice spot. Beef blood, iodine, game. I’d say headed in the same direction as the lovely 2011. I always like a glass of Jamet.
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White - Sparkling
2/7/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
I love Dom P1 with some bottle age on it. From a great looking bottle, label fresh as a daisy, high fill. Visually age shows, limited bubbles (which I don’t mind in aged champagnes), immediately lovely served moderately cold which is important for those wines to show, coffee bean, toffee, biscuit, bit of nutty and brioche as well. Not very sweet, very balanced and going very steady with more air and time. This was peak drinking for sure but this particular bottle I could see age another 10-15 without harm.

Really nice and I consistently come to the conclusion that good bottles of Dom P1 with age absolutely rock and deliver big time. It’s such a large production wine and it is really remarkable what pleasure it gives. In the context of fine wine also superb value. Of course the trade is to buy good younger vintages (02, 04, 08 right now) and let them age but even back vintages are “affordable” and can be found relatively easily. In recent years many eighties (82, 83, 85, 88) and nineties (90, 93 (!), 95, 96) from standard bottle made for memorable experiences. As a wine collector inevitably one can get carried away by trying to unearth scarce wines but then those great bottles of Dom remind me that one can get real pleasure from much larger production wines too. And at much cheaper prices.
White
2/7/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Citrus, lemon peel, apricot, marzipan, so floral, chalky, nice melt on the palate, makes you salivate. Confirms my prior positive experience. Lovely and I am looking forward to trying this again in 5-10 years, it might become a true belter with time.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2/5/2020 - BenBlu wrote:
88 points
If I were after a port alternative this would be a good one. For me too heady.
Red
2/5/2020 - BenBlu wrote:
88 points
This is not my style of wine. Simply too alcoholic, intense, a bit of sweetness, borderline port style.
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Red
2/5/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Initially a bit sharp on the nose with detracting aromas of glue. That settled with some time in the glass though. On the palate this was a very good wine, nice acidity, balance, sweet cherry core. Could see this being a very good wine with another 5-10 years of ageing.
Red
2/5/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
A nice wine - very interesting nose of tar, sweet vanilla, and balanced on the palate not too hot with good structure and length.
White
2/5/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
89 points
I am not a big fan of Sauvignon blanc, so this is biased of course. Atypically some viscosity, gooseberry, cut hay, nice acidity. Can see this work well as part of a food pairing but not a bottle I would be able to drink through.
White
2/5/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice wine and more depth than one would usually associate with a Soave. Comes across as if it has seen some oak and a bit reduced.
White
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): This came out late in the evening after the reds and dessert as night cap. A treat to have this rare Ente Meursault, a bit more steely and linear compared to various Coche Meursault's earlier in the evening (probably stylistically I prefer Coche). Very precise and upside from here with further ageing.
Red
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): A very nice performance for the vintage. I had 03 Chambertin from Rousseau once and felt it was too hot. This Gevrey still had nice enough balance and thought more 09 vintage here. A very good showing and drinking well.
Red
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): Quite glossy, nice bags of dark fruit, wouldn't have thought this as 07 (but rather 09). I really liked this and was probably edging Bizot Vosne 12 and Rousseau Gevrey 03 for me as red wine of the night.
Red
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
88 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): Perfectly pleasant wine but clearly lost for me blind in a flight with Rousseau Gevrey 03 and Roumier Chambolle 07. Didn't have it down as Nuits as it wasn't rustic in any way but it was a bit disjoint in my view.
Red
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
90 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): Crunchy and noticeable mature, in a good spot and a very positive surprise for the vintage as it had decent fruit and sweetness to it. Of course no blockbuster.
Red
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): Lovely wine and initially I thought Vosne from a great/glossy producer but what threw me off was who this went quite thin with the truffle linguine weirdly. Probably would have thought this more mature than 2012. Some nice sweetness to the fruit and quite dark in appearance.
White
1/31/2020 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
Burgundy best of village blind (La Trompette (London)): More nutty and mature compared to the 12 & 13. This didn't get so much love with the group but I found it wonderful. Guessed Meursault blind (maybe Comte Lafon Clos Barre 2002?). Nicely mature and would be pulling corks.
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