Tasting Notes for palfr2

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Red
3/17/2019 - palfr2 wrote:
Very complex and penetrating nose with a dominating scent which is quite unusual and which I could only describe as smokey or the smell of cold ashes in the fireplace. I can get the herbaceous/ freshly cut grass notes of others. Density medium.bodied+ and great persistence , complex mid palate. Lots of freshness, very aristocratic and best enjoyed with a gastro meal
Red
This is very different from all other experiences of that wine and in hindsight I went too quickly through close to a 12 case. Always to come out disappointed by scents and expressions I associate with overripe pinot and domineering varietal expression. This is starting to recede now and when there is terroir, decent plant material and skilled wine-making it ends up showing. So much for vintage generalizations. On sap and presence this would eclipse many a village wine from good producers. Tickles the mind as a good Burgundy does.
Red
Ruby colour. Great freshness and near-perfect tension imparted by as much acidity as one could reasonably aspire to (not 2008-like). Red fruit. Vibrant, very Pinot. Nice intensity on midpalate followed by reasonably long finish. Not overly complex midpalate but this drinks as well as I can remember any Village-level from the Cote de Nuits.
Red
2/23/2018 - palfr2 wrote:
There is a risk of being less objective when assessing wines of a cult producer such as Roumier. Realistically there is little probability of finding the wine anything but well-made so invariably the interrogation becomes one of quality-to-price ratio since this wine now retails for the same price as lauded premier crus. About the wine: this wine was beautiful on release, all red fruited, tingy acidity and lift. A very singular vintage in how approachable it was in youth and an extreme combination between flavor intensity and lightness of color/density. Almost 10 years on and it has morphed - darker fruit and secondary aromas emerging, everything well in place. While totally satisfying and probably as good as a Chambolle Village can get one cannot help to wonder whether it is justified not to go for the added complexity of a good 1er Cru at the same price level. The superior experience for this wine may have been earlier in its life.
Red
2/19/2018 - palfr2 wrote:
Beautiful pure fruit, no trace of new wood. A touch of heat and it i could feel the Grenache contribution more when my recollection of other vintages was more of a blend both seeamless and of great Mediterranean individuality (50% Carignan). But I know it is a very fine producer and cuvee and Pop and pour may not have done it full justice
Red
2/17/2018 - palfr2 wrote:
Old-world ripe year Merlot profile. Not very complex and the wood if there was much of it initially is not very noticeable. Difficult to see how complexity will emerge with further aging. Drinkable but a 'Meh' wine that would have you guessing neither of an illustrious vintage, well located St Emilion vines or inspired wine-making.
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Red
2001 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/14/2018 - palfr2 wrote:
Undeniably Morey in character. This has aged some since the last tasting a good 8 years ago. I am evaluating tonight's impression against 5 prior bottles. The fruit has now moved to the darker side which I cannot remember having been a characteristic of this wine or the vintage. It has the midpalate multi-layered complexity one associates with good 1er cru/grand cru. I failed however to find in the earthy flavors something truly intriguing or unique ; more like several slightly different Morey Villages juxtaposed if that makes sense. I feel this will now become an aged wine moving to full blown secondary flavors and those who value the requisite freshness / acidic lift to go with food may be better advised to start drinking up .
Red
2/11/2018 - palfr2 Likes this wine:
90 points
By way of disclaimer I am only an occasional Bordeaux drinker as my interest these days lie in more northernmost regions of France and Italy. First I am surprised this is not more evolved at 13 years of age. The tannins and wood imprint have receded but there is nothing secondary about this. This is a dark-fruited / tarry with medium+ weight not flat and building up to some pleasant if not very long finish. This is a nice drink but I still find it somewhat formulaic and not something screaming second growth or terroir. Somehow this leaves me feeling the good Medoc experience could have been delivered by a very good cru Bourgeois in a more vaunted vintage.
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Red
2/10/2018 - palfr2 wrote:
This is coming in the zone now at 13 years - it is good to drink and no need to wait - it is starting to develop secondary notes. Darker colour, dark-fruited with the cola-note I associate with Morey. Performs at the level you would expect from a Village from a good producer in a very good vintage. May be lacks either the secondary development or acidic backbone/lift to qualify as an overachieving Village.
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Red
This is quite amazing , I am gobsmacked - this drinks between good village and 1er cru. Just early signs of evolution and this is coming well together with healthy acidity on the midpalate having receded. Very fresh. I will try to understand where the viens are located, likely Brochon. It has to be some of the quality dirt which escaped the highly human and imperfect construct of AOC hierarchy.
Red
2/1/2014 - palfr2 wrote:
87 points
This is incredible how this wine has transformed in 5 years - I have a clear recollection how it tasted on release as I drank over half a case then. It was very light-bodied, just bordering on hollow mid-palate but still was coming together as a fantastic food-companion drink. Now it has put on weight / flesh and even displays a darker color. The lift is no longer here however and the alcohol feels a bit dissociated / moved to the back-end. Right now this is markedly less pleasant than on release. It feels like a generic trying to defy the odds and morph into a different though not necessarily more gratifying drink by year 10. A feat few generics pull off but I am inclined to wait and find out.
Red
2/27/2012 - palfr2 wrote:
90 points
Fairly simple on the first night and somewhat disjointed with acidity and alcohol noticeable as distinct components. Remaining half bottle surprisingly came together after 24 hours in the fridge. Drinking much better on night 2 with reasonably long aftertaste and in the same league as good examples of Côte d'Or villages.
Red
2003 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
90 points
Opulent fruit as is fitting for a 2003 but not overripe. A long decant is advisable.
Red
8/21/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
93 points
Superb - I am bit partial to Barthod wines but this is yet another excellent showing for the '01 Veroilles which has been open for business since I first tasted it in '08. Less tangy acid and less verve than my previous bottles but August tasting temperatures may explain that. Tannins are fully resolved/integrated. Intense cherry/Black-fruit liqueur that runs through the mid-palate and finish without affecting burgundyesque poise and weightlessness. Empty glass smells of wine for a long while after the last sip - always a positive indicator within my simplistic assesment framework.
Red
7/12/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
Fast-forward 2 days with extended stay in fridge of the remaining half of the bottle. Tannins have mellowed somewhat and wine has a nice mid-palate weight and lots of freshness. With the darker colour I could mistake this blind for a Loire cab. I feel this will be long-lived and not worth revisiting before 5 years.
Red
7/10/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
88 points
promising but still way too young and tannic.
Red
7/9/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
90 points
There is a nose marked by one dominating scent I associate with the steminess of whole-cluster vinification. With the would-be grand-cru status of Malconsorts expectations are high and I find the mid-palate lacking somewhat in density or complexity at this moment. Nor do I find the tension or lift I have found in my overachieving '07 villages. A satisfactory 1er cru experience tonight but nothing otherwordly and the overall impression is not vastly different from my recollection of a '01 Jadot NsG Boudots tasted last year.
Red
6/22/2011 - palfr2 wrote:
In a fantastic place right now - weigthless, airy as only Burgundy can be yet aromatically interesting with good long after-taste. Bordering on good 1er cru experience. Great village and shows that in the right hands Burgundy terroir delivers even in the less lauded years.
Red
11/5/2010 - palfr2 wrote:
85 points
Medium density and rather light color. Ripe red fruit favours. More finesse, less rusticity than otherwise associated with this cuvee in other vintages. The "sauvage" scent can be sensed in the background on the slightly hollow mid-palate. Wine seems a bit front-loaded. A premier-cru experience but an underwhelming one at this stage. May be some bottle age will help it to flesh out.
Red
10/8/2010 - palfr2 wrote:
88 points
A lot of balance and poise ; great freshness and basket of red fruits; Reasonably long after-taste for this level. No piercing acidity and all elements are nicely balanced. The only let-down is that it lacks a bit of weight. It may be due to recent bottling, serving at too cold a temperature or just lack of air. I am confident this is will flesh out with some cellar time.
Red
8/18/2010 - palfr2 wrote:
90 points
Great purity of fruit and still very much primary - nice midpalate and tangy red fruit ; It will no doubt warrant a higher score when closer to maturity. I would revisit in 2 years
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