Tasting Notes for Cj802

(148 notes on 133 wines)

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Red
11/19/2018 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
Wow! I was quite skeptical of this producer because of the price point. Served blind, I'd have almost certainly called Premier Cru Gevrey. Rich, intense fruit, serious complexity and a long finish. One of the best red Burgundies I've had all year. Glad to have discovered a new producer of this caliber.
Red
4/4 bottles I've drunk of this have had very leaky corks. That said, none were oxidized.

A big, ripe Marsannay that is night and day in comparison to the same producer's 2015 Bourgogne 'En Montre Cul'. Not oaky, but quite dark, ripe and almost tannic. Notes of black tea, citrus, and dark fruits. This is quite good honestly for the price, and I enjoyed it. But, with the cork problem, I wouldn't want to wait very long to drink this one.

Still, a good Burgundy for the price.
Red
Exciting to see Kermit Lynch expanding his Sicily portfolio.

At first taste was underwhelmed by its timid, light fruit. Brought a bottle home to give it its due and glad I did.

Gorgeous soaring berry fruit on the nose, with ample freshness and only moderate tannic grip. Just a bit of spicy minerals on the finish. This is one of the most enjoyable Sicilian reds I've come across, and its not far from quality in my eyes from Occhipinti's wines. An estate to watch.
Red
12/14/2017 - Cj802 wrote:
In a great place despite its youth. Pretty, slightly-macerated cherries, a bit of smoke and an earthy edge. Will surely age, but no shame to drink young, either. Great value.
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White
Superb value in white Burgundy. Zingy citrus, searing minerals, and just a hint of richness on the end. For $30, I don't think you can do much better.
Red
Stupendous vintage for Breton. Bright, lively, high-toned, and mineral. Delicious.
Red
8/3/2017 - Cj802 wrote:
Dark purple color. Vibrant, blood orange-heavy nose with a bit of spice. Almost reminded me of Syrah on the palate with more spicy, dark notes. A bit tangy, and in need of 6-12 months I think, but with great potential.
Red
Very good–this vintage benefits from some extra depth and concentration, yet with more freshness than the Morgon. With a little more, or a different type, of funk than usual, this has reliably shown incredibly well on day 2 bottle after bottle.
Red
Indeed, the acidity was fairly prominent in front of the fruit immediately upon opening here. Still tasty, just a bit out of balance.

With just a half an our of air or so, drunk at cellar temp, everything comes together for a slightly mature, lighter expression with secondary notes along with bright red fruits. Really delicious and classic. I wouldn't pay the current release price around $90, but for $60 this is a winner.
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Red
4/17/2017 - Cj802 wrote:
Quite tight and true to the bold 2015 vintage. Basically red and blackberry herbal tea. Not my ideal vintage but delicious with air.
Red
12/25/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Crazy tight upon opening. After an hour or so open, a beautiful nose of dark plum, sweet red cherry, and a bit of leather emerged. Still a bit tart on the palate, but really true and delicious. Light owing to the vintage, but quite pure. I'd definitely wait on this for a while.
Red
12/20/2016 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
My first JP Thévenet experience. For me, based on this bottling, this domaine is somewhere between Guy Breton and Foillard–all good!

Light, funky peppery nose with tart and sweet red raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose. Quite light on the palate, which I love about '13s, with the nose pretty accurately reflected. Slightly sweet, slightly tart finish with medium plus acid. This was a bit more tart on day 2, so I wouldn't be inclined to hold this, but it's so drinkable and delicious, it provides a welcome contrast to the meaty '15s.
Spirits
12/12/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
This is an epic bottle of Calvados for $60. Caramel, ripe apple notes with spice and a bit of vanilla. Ridiculous value for the price.
Red
11/25/2016 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
Was pumped to see this on a wine list at a restaurant and for a reasonable price!

Beautifully Burgundian nose of restrained fruit and quite a bit of earth. On the lighter side and true to the vintage but with everything nicely balanced. Really lovely.
Red
10/29/2016 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
Intensely aromatic, spicy nose. Full, silky and remarkably open on the palate. Plenty of earth, spice, and whole-cluster character. Absolutely beautiful. If I had more, I don't know how I'd keep my hands off it.
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Red
10/29/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
I normally love this wine for its lightness and funkiness. And this is both light and funky, but the finish is a bit weird. It could have been a bad bottle and I love Breton, but I prefer Lapierre's Raisins Gaulois to this in 2015.
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Red
10/29/2016 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
Incredibly earthy nose with underbrush and very dark fruit. Similar on the palate with earthy dark cherry and black currant. Very slightly tart on the finish but really drinking great now. I was suspicious of this domaine but no more. Incredible value at $35.

As an aside I drank a bottle of this after tasting an amazing bottle of '14 Domaine Dujac Morey villages and was concerned this would be forgotten but not so! Highly recommended.
Red
10/14/2016 - Cj802 Likes this wine:
Found this, I think because of someone's mistake, for $25.

Quite a bit of volatile acidity in my bottles. Otherwise, a bit more expressive than the straight '14 Morgon. Cedar, wild fruits, super juicy here. Really well balanced and delicious. Would I pay $50 for a bottle over the regular Morgon? No, but this is delicious as expected.
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Red
10/7/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Gorgeous, expressive nose. Spicy, earthy, pinot notes on the nose. On the palate, sweet cherry, cassis, earth, and spice. My first experience with this producer but, man, for under $30 this is the best red Burgundy I've had in a long while. Deep, complex, and juicy.
Red
Gorgeous as usual. Ethereal tart cherry, raspberry, rose petal, and earth. The epitome of light, transparent Burgundy. Delicious and under appreciated.
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Red
Bright, ripe, earthy nose. Followed with dark cherries, forest floor and a tart finish. Drinking well now. If you're sensitive to the "bitterness" of '11 this may bother you but otherwise it's quite tasty.
Red
9/10/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
There is definitely quite a bit of bottle variation with this wine. Luckily it's all been good. Last bottle had a ton of green pepper, most recent had roses on roses. Delicious.
Red
First tasted a bottle at room temperature that had been open for at least 24 hours and the wine was showing a powerful herbaceous quality that was reminiscent of either tomato leaf or dill. This is definitely lighter than the Py as well.

Next tasted chilled at around 52 degrees on a hot day, and the dill character was not as prominent, instead seeming more like the traditional peppery character I find in most Foillard. Like the '13 Py, this is much more reserved than the '14s. True to the vintage for sure and really very delicious.
Red
Lush, ripe, velvety, and sexy. Much, much, much more appealing than the 2014 at this stage anyway--and I love the '14. This is just pure delicious gamay. And, despite the relatively high alcohol (13.5), this is just as great as ever. Fantastic.
Red
Insanely sweet, cherry liqueur on the nose. Crazy expressive. Almost overwhelming. Similar on the nose with orange, cherry, leather, and tobacco. Fantastic, showing great, and just stunning.
Red
Very earthy nose with dark berries and cedar. Same on the palate with a tart finish. Really nice stuff showing a ton of finesse for the price. True to the vintage and no shame in drinking now. $30 for deliciously rustic Burgundy? I'm in.
White
7/25/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
All screaming, zingy green apple. Very intense, great acidity. Not terribly complex but not really meant to be. Tasty.
Red
Insanely funky, poopy nose. Underneath some explosive blueberry and earth. Well balanced and delicious. I'd probably recommend decanting if stinky wines aren't your thing, however.
Red
7/15/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Spicy and velvety. Insanely lively and fresh at 12 years old. Crazy stuff.
Red
Drank at Nora Gray in Montréal.

Tart, earthy cranberries all the way through. Medium bodied and absolutely delicious.
Red
7/3/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Sweet, earthy cherries on the nose followed by tart cherries on the palate. Classic Guillemot, this will be fantastic with some age--both near and long term. It's amazing how delicious this wine always is so young. Will wait 6 months to try again.
Red
7/3/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Got to love a Bourgogne rouge from a vineyard with a great story like this.

I haven't been a big fan of Bouvier's wines for some reason, although many people I trust love them. This one has a ton of pure, juicy fruit and is delicious and refreshing with a chill. I would have almost certainly called Beaujolais blind, though, so it doesn't scratch the itch for Burgundy pinot for me. It is, however, delicious so maybe that doesn't matter.
White - Sparkling
7/3/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
The benchmark in NV champagne as far as I'm concerned. So complex, deep, and delicious.
Red
Probably my favorite of the lighter Breton reds. Super funky on the nose with tons of black tea and tart cranberry on the palate. Extremely delicious and refreshing chilled, and the fruit here is really pure and balanced. Great stuff.
White
Man oh man this is the real deal. This may be the most downright delicious, fantastic white wine I've ever had. Bright orchard fruits with melon and white flowers paired with crazy lively acidity and just a suggestion of sweetness on the finish make this wine perfect for anything spicy---but really it would go well with just about anything you might drink white wine with. So refreshing and so delicious and for $25 an unbelievable bargain in Riesling.
Red
Still has some pretty dominant acidity a year later, hasn't smoothed out like the '13 at this stage. Still fresh and delicious nonetheless.
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Red
Still delicious and open with tart cherries, rose petals, orange rind, and earth.
Red
6/10/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
Dominated by an intense floral character on the nose & palate, almost to the point where it becomes too much. Has a lot of nice cab franc character to redeem it, but the perfume note is quite persistent. Good, but weird.
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Rosé
6/7/2016 - Cj802 wrote:
I've got to say, I was a bit disappointed by this one. Perhaps there's something I'm missing here but after all the hype, this just strikes me as a solid, fresh rosé. But, for 40 bucks, I'm just not getting it. There are plenty similarly tasty Provençal rosés for a fraction of the price.
Red
Finally a no-nonsense red Burgundy that one can chill and gulp happily without feeling guilty about it. Plenty of juicy, red fruits without much earthiness or complexity. Yet it has that identifiable Burgundian character that many (more expensive) simple Bourgognes often lack. Great for $16.
Rosé
Fantastic crisp, fresh rosé. Can't believe the value here. Lovely acidity with some great light fruit.
Red
Was generously given a taste of the 2013 iteration of this wine and thought it a remarkably pure, elegant, even Burgundian Pinot Noir. The 2014 to me is actually quite different--for now anyway. This is endlessly juicy and up front and there is an intense spiciness that reminds me of Cab Franc more than Pinot Noir. There is still that purity there too of course. I was extremely skeptical about this wine but I must say that I am a believer. Absolutely delicious with a slight chill on a warm day.

Not cheap for sure, but I can't recall many similarly-priced Burgs that were this intriguing.
Red
Funky, reductive nose with tons of cranberry. Super light like the best Beaujolais. Crisp and fresh, and at 10.5% gulpable.
Red
Leathery, cherry heavy nose. Tons of earth and meaty characteristics. Light body, with the same cherry and earth character on the palate, with some serious, almost Nebbiolo-like, tannins on the finish. Delicious.
Red
Super fresh, concentrated fruit here. Pretty, more evolved nose with candied fruit on the palate. Much more approachable this young than the Clos des Ducs. Would give this 6-8 years at least.
Red
This is one of the few serious red Burgs to me that gives pleasure basically as soon as it is released. What more could you want, a wine that is awesome now and will certainly be better with age. Super ethereal, light on its feet, intense pinot here as always. The benchmark for me.

Has put on some serious weight since last tasted roughly a year ago. Even more tempting for early drinking now.
Red
Thrilling nose with beautiful fruit and earth. On the palate this is light and refreshing with a ton of Pinot purity, cassis, and a bit of stem character--in a good way. Delicious with a slight chill.
Red
Wicked funky, wild fruit nose. Same on the palate, with some garrigue in there. Well balanced at 13.5%, and really screams Southern France. Significant tannic backbone as well. This producer deserves his reputation. And at $27 for a wine that it seems does not have any lack of devotées, this has to be a real sweet-spot red.
Red
Popped and poured and this was quite reserved and closed, but again with some air it opened up into an explosive Nuits. There's a firm tannic backbone here that I hadn't noticed before, but it doesn't preclude enjoyment whatsoever. Delicious now with a some air, but will certainly reward some more aging.
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