Tasting Notes for swyang

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White
3/27/2020 - swyang wrote:
Splendid, couldn't possibly as for anything more, all the more at this price range which seem quite insane. Stunning aromas of beautiful and sunny afternoon appreciating citrus, flowers, honey and spice(cloves) toast bread at the end as well. And on the palate a huge presence of generous and yet energetic back end with plenty of above qualities plus this unmistakably Jobard identity of slight honey wax(if I may describe this way) which make this wine gorgeous, as simply as that. It went so beautifully with butter sauteed shrimp with a touch of safran. Cheers,
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Red
3/27/2020 - swyang wrote:
Way too young. Please be patient for another 3~4 years and it will be handsomely rewarding. The sheer material is awesome, and it will deliver, at the right time. Cheers,
Red
3/24/2020 - swyang wrote:
This was my last bottle of 8 and I must say it was sublime. The color is opaque dark violet with superb class and the aroma was a sublime combination of earth, fruits, leather and the rest taking you to a dreamy landscape of Cote du Py. On the palate, especially well after 45mn, it was simply unbelievable in its own class, a magical presence with a superb texture wrapping every taste bud and literally lifting you to a height of sheer happiness. Splendid but not heavy dark fruits, long long after taste of terroir, and making me remember the very best of Pomerol in many ways.
I was literally shocked(and couldn't help) how it reminded me of a very mature and old Trotanoy.(and I kid you not) That superb scent of terroir, lush and yet classy fruits leading into an endless echo of after taste. This was like a suave and yet profound voice singing into your soul. Right in the middle of Coronavirus confinement, this surely made me dream of a much better world and to come. Cheers,
White - Off-dry
3/20/2020 - swyang wrote:
Opened with our children aged 19 and 17 as this is one of their favorite and this was to celebrate our negative from Coronavirus tests. It certainly was heavenly, sweet for sure in all sense of term but added real qualities of spätlese from Dönnhoff; sweet apricot, pineapple, lychee in a slightly oily texture but all wrapped in the most delicious backend freshness. Delicious, beautiful, uplifting and hoping for better days in the near future. Cheers and keep well everyone!
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White - Off-dry
3/20/2020 - swyang wrote:
Corked and very much so... hugely disappointed.
Red
3/18/2020 - swyang wrote:
Splendidly refined and transparent wine. Just from the first pour the color surprised me with this incredible transparency in the red color falling out of the bottle. Gorgeous nose of a wet earth and rose petal in its most exquisite balance. Quite difficult to believe such fine balance can even exist!! On the palate so lithe, so silky and yet just the right amount of finest tanning suggest it would be well worth the wait(if anyone has multiple bottles) and try again in a few years time. Oh boy... so refined, so transparent and so unique... It has an incredible charm of hints of strawberry, another hint of cherry and red rose, slight menthol(surprise) all wrapped in an amazing layer of mineral(wet stone) The most amazing aspect is that despite being so refined so transparent the taste lingers on for a very very long. Vive la France~~
Red
3/15/2020 - swyang wrote:
A bit too young still... re try in about 3 years or later. It certainly promises great pleasure though. Ah well... I was simply too curious and my impatience have opened a bottle which would have been uplifting, but remained on earth, actually even buried under, yet. Cheers,
Red
2005 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/2/2020 - swyang wrote:
Not ready nor even nearly. However the potential for a splendid, refined 2005 is here and promising, though first this is asking for much patience. Cheers,
White
2/21/2020 - swyang wrote:
A splendor in a bottle. Very interesting as some thought the oak was about as distinguished as they had tasted and others thought it was totally integrated... I though this had an incredible complexity luminous saline, sweet, and a surprise was that as the temperature went up it actually got even drier and more complex, rather than gaining weight and fat textured. Most definitely ready to be enjoyed and within the next couple of years this will remain in its peak. Linear, mysterious at times yet generous. Cheers,
White
2/11/2020 - swyang wrote:
Beautiful scent of finest white Burgundy. Refined nose of sweet citrus, cloves, wet stone and toasted bread but all in the most refined and inviting way. On the palate not a block buster but a dignified and proud to stand so tall from Remilly in St Aubin with the qualities mentioned above and it makes your imagination work through wonders. This used to be one of the very best in terms of Quality/Price ratio... though it is starting to go up, it still is a bargain for its suave yet uplifting character. Highly recommend this. Cheers,
White
2/10/2020 - swyang wrote:
Very brief note; A splendid wine at its peak. Simply at awe with the most intriguing as well as inviting aromas of a great burgundy white grand cru and on the palate, to know this kind of depth, clarity, complexity and transparency can exist and cohabit together in harmony gives me happiness, nearing an inner soft exhilaration. Cheers,
White
2/5/2020 - swyang wrote:
Wonderful showing. I had feared some oxed or in bad shape(recent experiences did not let me positive) but this was just wonderful. Buttery, yes but only just rightly, sun shiny, yes and with much joyful nuances. It was true to its appellation, its vineyard as it gave much complexities in the mid palate, and its vintage as it was not full but mid body, just the way I like it, and the character somewhat scintillating and vivid. Wonderfully aromatic and not yet reaching its 2nd phase. Cheers,
Red
1/20/2020 - swyang wrote:
A bit thin and one dimensional. I would much have preferred the White from Remilly but nevertheless a good experience. Maybe it would be worthwhile waiting a couple of years to show its best. Cheers,
Red
2007 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/23/2019 - swyang wrote:
This is by a long shot best of my 5 bottles and one of the memorable Chianti ever. It is starting to give its tertiary elements and yet the rich fruits seemed to have matured yet keeping its presence. A superb combination of fruits meeting its terroir and the balance is just perfect. Still plenty of lush, and mature Sangiovese(and CF) in a majestic way with dark, wet, and sumptuous earth providing a tall standing dignity to its identity and giving a class of its own. By far the most interesting as well as suave stage and simply pity that I've got only one left. This is making me thing again as I had stopped buying Vigna del Sorbo, but here is another exemple that patience can pay off handsomely. Cheers,
White
11/30/2019 - swyang wrote:
A superb showing for this W. Fevre les Clos 2006. At first it was a bit shy but as it went down this has delivered waves and waves of fantastic aromas, flavors, and textures.
The rock stony character was wrapped by beautiful flowery scents and of sweetness, mingling with slightly teasing saline nuances. This diamond like Chablis profile provided superb complexities of Mineral/Rock, sweet/hint of saline, oily/dry freshness...
But all of this in the most intimate manner. Not a fan of a loud voiced bottles, this was just rightly speaking to me, softly and nearly killing me with those verbs.
This bottle sure was in great shape, and yes, sometimes, more often than not, soft spoken wine(and a person) is really attractive. Cheers,
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Red
11/30/2019 - swyang wrote:
Still too young. Hold if you've got some of it, this will be great in a few years time! Cheers,
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Red
11/26/2019 - swyang wrote:
Still very tight and not giving but oh boy the stuffing in here is simply unbelievable for a 22euro bottle... if you see it grab the whole case as in about 2~3 years it will provide stunning pleasure. Surprisingly dense and profound for a village and its energy is with fresh backbone is a great surprise. Cheers,
White
11/25/2019 - swyang wrote:
A bit worried as this is yet another very unstable bottle... the previous two were oxed and this one is muted. Should I wait and see? or drink up the last three? hum...
Red
11/20/2019 - swyang wrote:
Well this is quite stunning to see how healthy and majestic it remains after 15 years of age. Stunning aromas of dark fruits, slight asian soy, lavender and great earthiness which I enjoy so much. Brooding and yet waves and waves of flavors following each sip and comforting my soul with its lush texture. This reminds of a wonderful lower tone of a beautiful viola sound and it has many years ahead. A superb wine at a peak stage which will last for quite a while.(I hope) Cheers,
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White - Off-dry
11/20/2019 - swyang wrote:
An extraordinary wine. Golden yellow color. Aromas from heaven; flowers, honey, mineral and a rainbow of scents luring you back into the glass. The texture is lush indeed and yet the backend has this magic to uplift your palate, and your soul along with it, with freshest dry citrus flavors. The description above sounds quite ridiculous as I would never have the verbes to describe how one 'feels' while enjoying this gem... on every sip only marvel can be felt and as it goes down the after taste lingers forever to make us dream. Stunningly complex yet totally transparent, slightly oily and lush but the Chenin's dryness cuts through as a beautiful sun shine through rainbows. Cheers,
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White
11/14/2019 - swyang wrote:
Marvelous. Splendid fruits, honey, mineral(wet stone) and aplenty of flowers bursting out of glass upon first serving. As the glass goes down it offers refined aromas of toasted bread, cloves, apple/pear etc... and it plays seek and hide with all this. The texture on the palate is bright sunny, dry, yet very complex with the aromas above and for sure up lifting. The flavors are coming and going in waves and as much pleasure scenting it than savoring on the palate. Beautiful and so is life. Cheers,
Red
11/2/2019 - swyang wrote:
A bit disappointed as this bottle was a bit one dimensional. Good to very good but somehow lacking verb and nuances that I would have expected. After about an hour, in the course of the meal it got better and this particular bottle would have been at its peak in about a few years later. Healthy tannin, healthy fruits still very present spice and flower scents are shy behind the initial texture which was kept quite tight. We had bought this bottle with our kids way back in Beaune and it was nice to drink it recalling our trip 15 years ago. Reading from others I guess one should really try what they've got in their cellars as from another one it maybe very well ready. Cheers,
White
10/28/2019 - swyang wrote:
Splendid wine at its peak. Gorgeous nose of honey, green apple, grapefruit and stunning energy sending waves and waves of clove, nutmeg, coffee and toasted bread. Not all at same time but slowly and sensually bringing nuances of them. There is a purity which is verging on super mineral and saline which transforms into a delicious yet slightly bitter profile which is making it super complex and making me sip slowly into this dignified and I am appreciating every single drop of it.
At this point there is an allure that comes with years of cellaring and that the initial baby fat gone, but this dignity of being its own is calling for a moment of enjoyment and appreciation. Life is beautiful indeed. Cheers,
White
10/20/2019 - swyang wrote:
A splendid wine and worthy of its terroir, maker and nearly surpassing my very high expectation. A gem with multi faceted, layers of flavors and aromas of a superbly made Riesling. Bone dry, mineral, laser sharp flavors of refined citrus, pear, exotic fruits but all of these in the most harmonious, graceful and inviting way. If one sees a diamond shining with eyes, this wine makes me feel diamond shining like brilliance on my palate. This has harmony, refined transparency and yet its own profound definite identity. Superb. Cheers,
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White
10/20/2019 - swyang wrote:
A delicious Riesling! Bone dry, pure as one could wish, exotic fruits, mineral and multi faceted flavors. Splendid wine and to enjoy without moderation. Cheers,
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Red
10/18/2019 - swyang wrote:
This is a real surprise how intense it still is and the focus of its core is so tight. On 2nd evening it loosened up to give scents of roses, small and very energetic red berries. Certainly close to soprano than bariton and promising great future, even at 14 years of age. I've got a few more bottles and I am not going to rush into opening the next one. No doubt patience will be rewarded handsomely. Cheers,
Red
2006 Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/7/2019 - swyang wrote:
Surprisingly in its 3rd phase already but certainly holding up with dignity. Autumnal promenade in a forest and walking through its beautiful and poetic scents, that's is what you have in the glass. Actually the nose is simply gorgeous with splendid dried rose petals and no need to sniff as the superb aromas comes out of the glass with its own poetry and you are simply drawn to it as if looking at a gorgeous landscape. We had this with simply grilled Song i mushroom known as Shiitake mushroom in Japanese and the match was simply divine. The ideal taste and texture with this gorgeous wine with its multiple layers of flavors and aromas. Life is beautiful indeed. Cheers,
White
2005 Marc Colin et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
9/29/2019 - swyang wrote:
My expectation for this bottle was simply too high maybe? The last bottle of 6 and still very (very) enjoyable but a couple of years ago the same wine was just so spectacular at all angles that unconsciously my expectation was just about or near perfect bottle of wine. Well, it really had every quality that one wishes to have, Beautiful aromas of mature fruits, orange peel, honeyed texture as well as flavors, right tanginess to remind of grapefruit and brioche etc... but that last 2% of backbone energy which lifts the whole thing up to heaven was gone... sadly. I am a bit afraid to post this as it may very well be different with another bottle and I do hope for those who still have some left at their cellars. This is a wonderful and delicious wine, but lacking the great and distinguished profile and dignity that it was shining with. And that is what wine and its infinitely interesting world is about; no two bottles will be the same after 10 years. Cheers.
Red
9/25/2019 - swyang wrote:
Good wine in its own merit. I would have guessed fine primitivo were it blind tasted. Lush, round, velvety, sweet and chocolate/vanilla from the wood which is very present. I could think of slowly sauteed onion and pancetta pasta to go well with this. Cheers,
Red
9/21/2019 - swyang wrote:
This certainly has gained so much depth and weight(but far from being heavy) that I had to read again my notes if the others were the same vintage same village. This bottle has the stuffing to be taken as a 1er if not GC on a blind tasting and wow this was a certainly a stunner and yet sadly my last bottle of 4. Never underestimate the ageing potential from Cyprien Arlaud on a great vintage like this '09. Lush, suave, dusty, peppery and yet uplifting and waves of background tastes keep coming back to re-surface long minutes after, thanks to its profound depth. Spicy, suave, laser focused and yet reverberating; that is what I look into my own life, great contrasts of nuances. What paradox and yet how infinitely interesting. Cheers,
White
9/5/2019 - swyang wrote:
A great reward after a long day. Discreet, refined and complex, just the way I like it more and more. Chalky, Pear, Honey, white flowers and sightly nutmeggy as well. On the palate, suave, elegant and long. Certainly not fat, surely sexy. Rocky mineral, even slightly saline and the beautiful combination of bitter sweet which is splendid. A beautiful match with wonderful Bottarga from Sardinia. Though during the day it seemed a long day, as of now, life is still beautiful. Cheers,
Red
2003 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
8/8/2019 - swyang wrote:
terribly corked. Ah well... The French say; C'est la vie. Cheers,
Red
8/7/2019 - swyang wrote:
This was a pure delight! We had a nicely roasted chicken and I wanted to pair with a light bodied red and this was just about as right as I could have chosen. As silky and pure as a beautiful high melodic lines from a beautiful Violin singing line and there is something nearly baroque about this so pure and yet elegant it was. Slightly smokey, small red berries(cranberry, red cherry) mingling with a superbly fresh backbone.
The pure and transparency of this wine's texture and uplifting texture was poetic and yet gripping as well. I always prefer wine with food and it remains my both challenge and passion but this was just about as perfect as I could hope for, especially on a cool summer evening. Cheers,
Red
7/3/2019 - swyang wrote:
A superb wine in the making. Very powerful, but not at all heavy nor over the top. The sheer power is managed and under an elegant control with healthy tannin and fresh backbone keeping it all tide up with splendid texture. The nose is not yet fully open but undeniably Bordeaux at its best and yet keeping the right elegance of a Margaux. Lots of fruits, and right amount of wood, pencil, spices but none of them sticking out obviously. On the palate the texture is like a gorgeous symphonic sound reverberating and echoing as it expands itself on the palate and as it goes down it makes you follow through as it goes down, if I may express myself this way. I haven't been a fan of Bordeaux lately at all but this surely puts me back on track and will surely seek out some more. Cheers,
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Red
6/26/2019 - swyang wrote:
Very pity as I have opened way too soon. My curiosity on this bottle at 3 years being a village was too strong... but for those who have a few bottles in their cellar please do not hesitate to wait another 4 or 5 years as this has the right stuffing to age beautifully. Quite primary with all its baby fat and promising to grow into a dignified bottle standing tall on its own feet. If you know what I mean... Cheers,
White
6/24/2019 - swyang wrote:
Good but on its way down. I am glad this was the last bottle and that I had wonderful pleasures with the other ones. Still very enjoyable but only reminiscing of what it was, not so long ago. Cheers,
Red
2000 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2019 - swyang wrote:
Simply as good as it gets in Bordeaux. I had a Leoville Las Cases '90 a few weeks ago and I simply enjoyed this much more as it was well balanced, somewhat modest and yet with profound depth. The nose was pure, deep and gorgeous with dark berries meeting up with the earth with such lush and inviting character. On the palate, oh boy, it was complex, round, deep and yet not over the top like many Bordeaux can be lately. Wonderfully integrated tannin, spice, slight bit of wood, but with subtlety and a personality embracing the whole range of qualities mentioned above and making each of them find their own balance with each other. I simply love those underrated Bordeaux, which deliver plenty with a clear soul of its own. Cheers,
Red
6/6/2019 - swyang wrote:
Very quick note; the tannin is still very present yet the fruits are going well into its secondary phase. On the nose gorgeous, even glamorous and yet the bone dryness surprise you once on the palate. I better watch out that it doesn't end up being a lifeless skeleton in a few years time... a nice fatty steak may go well. Cheers,
Red
5/22/2019 - swyang wrote:
A marvelous wine nearing its peak but with so much dignity. It stood tall on its light feet and held together a splendid fruit, barely starting to fade away and letting us know a glimpse of the secondary element which are coming into its life very slowly. Superbly focused yet light. The tannin was actually quite present, but in the most subtle manner and it only held together the fruits(gorgeous by the way) mineral spice and the whole had a beautifully inviting texture. Very slightly earthier than my last bottle but with more nuances and subtle shades with feminine but firm grip. Cheers,
White
2005 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
5/18/2019 - swyang wrote:
Again oxidized, unfortunately too many of (my) Ramonet's have been premoxed. About about 45mn in the glass it got better but still nowhere near the expected enjoyment. Ah well... to be avoided.
White - Off-dry
5/9/2019 - swyang wrote:
Magical wine. So refreshing, sweet, yet bitter. Very complex, yet transparent. Saline yet sweet. One wonders while appreciating this and starts contemplating; a sure sign of a great wine. Cheers,
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White
5/9/2019 - swyang wrote:
1st of 6 and not ready yet. It won't talk, and wants to be in peace. Let it be... Cheers,
White
5/4/2019 - swyang wrote:
An absolute stunner. This has the round and an almost oily texture but with such a beautiful acidity that one is up lifted and questioning how this could be possible. On its strong backbone it carries honey wax, citrus, Orange marmelade, almond and smokey, mineral and a hint of flint stone. I advise anyone having a chance to drink this to have a couple of glasses as this would smile and talk to you with much wit and depth, if I may express this way. Cheers,
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Red
4/22/2019 - swyang wrote:
I must say that this was surpassing my expectation. Superb aromas of deep fruits and still at its young stage but just coming off to start its secondary life, just about. The texture was superb and mid body as it was perfect for my taste but probably for some others lacking power. Nevertheless, it is superbly dignified, standing tall on its feet, proud Latour displaying quite majestic profile of delicious fruits, healthy terroir and its unique broad and profound depth. At first hour it still had quite a bit of tannin but with wonderfully prepared food it was simply a marvelous companion on the table as it had a most gracious, easy going profile not dominating nor self effacing. At each sip though it was waking my senses to remind me that it was here in my glass what a Grande Classe, is about; embracing, soothing, matching with food and yet, keeping its class and dignity. Cheers,
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White
4/22/2019 - swyang wrote:
Simply marvelous. Bright, honey, saline, iodine, flowers all wrapping your palate and inviting to dance with it and you oblige with a smile. Transparent yet complex, lingering for so long, on your palate and in your soul. Cheers,
Red
4/12/2019 - swyang wrote:
Gorgeous potential but way too young. Especially as I have known 904s at 20 years of age which I had fallen totally in love with. I would wait at least 5 or 6 years before the next one though I know it would be very difficult, unless I buy find older vintages of this gem! Cheers,
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Red
4/5/2019 - swyang wrote:
Well this was a splendid showing. I had been a bit worried as my last bottle seemed a bit too alcoholic and drying but this one was just about as beautiful as any Clos des Epeneaux could be. Splendid fruits, just starting to fade, to let us now imagine an early sun set, and the wonderful wet earth dancing on the palate with the still quite present fruit was simply marvelous. Yum... the roundness, the depth, and yet the magic uplifts are difficult to believe and yet that is what I try to achieve in my own life. Deep, yet not serious, gentle, inviting and bright. Life inspiration continues with wonderful wines. Cheers,
White
4/5/2019 - swyang wrote:
A beautiful wine, full of sun shine, and just as energetic as one could wish. I was very surprised by the vigor of its texture, splendid mineral, and the honeyed citrus was certainly uplifting if not taking us on a cloud. Not heavy, not round(as was expected from a '06) but superbly balanced with the right profile of PM les Pucelles. It was last night that I had this and as I am writing these few words my mouth is getting wet just from the sheer memory... I guess no more words are needed. Cheers,
Red
2000 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/27/2019 - swyang wrote:
Very nice, suave and no weakness. A lush, generous wine still in the making for a wonderful future. I believe this would be at its best in about 5~6 years. In my humble opinion, but already so inviting indeed! Cheers,
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