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Red
2013 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Véroilles Pinot Noir
12/7/2022 - mattyboy_ Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank in Zalto Burg glass. Pop and pour. Deep and brooding. Big baked cherry and cabinet spice hits you in the face. Wow! Just spectacular. This vineyard is a sleeper as it abuts right next to Bonnes Mares. You can taste the pedigree. A wine that will reaffirm why Burgundy is the best. Thrilling bottle.
In a great place right now, why wait any longer - ready to drink now.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/7/22, 10:52 PM - Hi, thanks for the tasting note! May I add that les Veroilles is a vineyard of which 0,37 h have been promoted to 1er status in 1987. It is a monopoly of the domaine. Les Veroilles are next to the white soil part of the Bonnes Mares (upper south west part). Not a wine for everyone’s taste. Some many find it slim. I like very much the combination of the mostly red fruit combined with a strong minerality. And yes, in 2013 the fruit is totally pure red, delicate and exceptional. I remember having tasted Ghislaine 2013 from the barrel and she was happy about the purity and quality of her wines, but regretted that she harvested some days before the optimum because of an announced strong rain, which finally did not happen. Cheers!

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
12/6/2022 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby. Some varietal olive and dill. Lean, tannic, mineral, and saline without a great deal of fruit expression. When I tasted this at the domain shortly after bottling, I had high hopes for it, but I must say that it has not yet fleshed out into something more than it was in its early days. FWIW, this was the Dressner bottling.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/6/22, 9:13 PM - Hi, thanks for the notes. As you, I bought my bottles around 10 years ago at the domaine. I met this year in September Bernard Baudry and he told me that he considers his 2010 CB as potentially great. After having had my first 6 bottles already, I will try not to open the remaining 6 too early.

White
2014 Jean-Claude Bessin Chablis Grand Cru Valmur Chardonnay
8/26/2022 - Paul D wrote:
90 points
At lunch in Marlow. No formal note. Intense, lemony, slight touch of mineral. Youthful. Linear with decent depth, crisp acids, good length finish.
  • MJReb commented:

    8/28/22, 11:22 AM - Hi Paul D, I have been at the domaine Bessin last Wednesday and met Romain Bessin. He considers his 2014 as outstanding, but pretty closed at the moment. Cheers

Red
2009 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras Pinot Noir
4/21/2022 - MJReb wrote:
93 points
Dark red fruited, saline, spicy, leather and soil. High density and with a good length. Drank alongside a Cras 09 of Roumier, this one was more complete and a step above.
  • MJReb commented:

    4/21/22, 12:34 PM - Yes, that’s true. Drinking well. Discussing with Ghislaine 4 weeks ago, she confirmed that a number of her customers consider her 2009 being well approachable. Today, the Roumier has been totally open and round (a bit disappointing) and the Barthod had more volume, grip and secrets. I think it comes from the earlier harvesting from Ghislaine compared to Roumier, to keep some freshness. On the other hand, it is the first Roumier Cras 09 I had, there are bottle variations...

Red
2010 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets St. Georges Pinot Noir
2/18/2022 - MJReb wrote:
92 points
Drunk over 2 days: dark cherries, black berries, lots of earth and salt, a complicated year chez Gouges with wines quite reduced, this is still on the young side, but pretty good already.
  • MJReb commented:

    2/18/22, 9:02 PM - No, there was no major problem. I had already some Gouges 2010 wines and the impression that the reduction dissipates over the years.

White
2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
12/16/2021 - chablis28 wrote:
96 points
Just hit a pre-moxed btl 20 minutes ago so turned right around and opened my last of 5.... with trepidation :) This blt also had a heart pounding deep gold but zero signs of destruction on neither the nose nor palate.

Complete & utter Dauvissat serenity!! Both btls from the exact same winery case?
  • MJReb commented:

    12/17/21, 11:03 AM - Hi Chablis 28, reading the notes and comments of the US CT population and comparing them with my own Dauvissat experience, with much lesser flawed bottles, the reason for the problem might be the transport conditions influencing the bottle quality.
    Tasting them once a year in June in his cellar late in the morning, we leave the bottles there to recuperate them in the afternoon just before leaving home. Weekend starts in France and just having a beautiful 2008 Forest as starting bottle :-).

Red
2014 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Bourgogne Pinot Noir
9/14/2021 - Burgnick Likes this wine:
90 points
A wonderful village wine with flowers, violets, red currants and minerals. Punching way above its weight. Better than many prem cru or even grand cru of many producers. 90-91
  • MJReb commented:

    11/19/21, 11:52 AM - Hi Burgnick, it is even not a village but a simple basic Bourgogne. Fully agree with your note.

White
2008 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
11/6/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
flawed
Oxidized. Unfortunately, this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back after having 2 consecutive bottles of oxidized 2008 Dauvissat Grand Crus. No more.
  • MJReb commented:

    11/7/21, 1:30 AM - A real pity to read your comment. Sorry for your bad luck. Still haven’t touched my case of 2008 Les Clos and being reluctant even with his 2008 1er. Will see!

White
2010 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
10/20/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium yellow. Superb citrus/broth balance on both the nose and the palate. Beautiful texture, medium to full body without any undue oakiness. Unfolded wonderfully in the glass, adding a smoky note. Dynamite bottle of Chablis at its peak.

Pure lemon peel and soil the second night with slightly more wood showing.
  • MJReb commented:

    10/20/21, 9:01 PM - Happy for you!

White
2010 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur Blanc Brézé Chenin Blanc
10/2/2021 - d'Artagnan wrote:
95 points
Souper ABC (à la maison): Je ne suis pas le plus grand fan de cette cuvée, mais cette bouteille m’a renversé… Une couleur de vieux vin, qui paraît oxydée, comme certains vieux vins de Bourgogne. Nez complexe et intrigant, des épices (safran, cannelle), pommes au sirop. Dense et très concentré, un vin de texture onctueuse, d'une profondeur exceptionnelle, avec une finale sur des amers nobles, des amandes grillées. La longueur est sidérante! C’est de loin le meilleur chenin sec que j’ai pris. Grand vin. 95 pts

Les amis étaient en Bourgogne!
  • MJReb commented:

    10/8/21, 11:36 AM - Bonjour D‘Artagnan, j‘ai bu ce vin il y a 3 ans, apparemment la même configuration: suspect d’être préoxydé, il a développé des arômes magnifiques après aération. Sauf qu’il a été trop jeune, très citronné. Donc, cette cuvée est toujours un peu borderline. Si on a la chance, c’est extra.

White
2010 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
10/1/2021 - MJReb wrote:
flawed
Jesus Christ, the same situation as with the last one some days ago: oxidized, but drinkable. Have another 2 of my case of 12 which I will check in short time. This wine has been so good until 2 years ago.
  • MJReb commented:

    10/3/21, 10:24 PM - I cross my fingers for us with the remaining bottles.

White
2013 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
8/22/2021 - d'Artagnan wrote:
93 points
J’avais un certain préjugé avant de l'ouvrir, le premier MdT du domaine, ils n’ont pas encore mis le vignoble à leur main, le millésime est exotique, etc, etc. Comme toujours, la vérité est dans le verre!

Nez iodé discret. Un peu de lime. Bouche ample, avec la puissance du crû. Il montre plus de gras qu’attendu pour l’appellation, un fruit plus mûr, mais tout cela est sans doute dû au millésime.

Il a beaucoup évolué avec l’air, comme la plupart des vins du domaine. Après une heure trente d’ouverture il devient beaucoup plus classique, on ne dirait plus un 2013. La finale vole le show: saline, complexe et longue. Une transformation spectaculaire! Mes attentes sont largement surpassées, il est magnifique. 93 pts
  • MJReb commented:

    8/26/21, 1:19 PM - Bonjour d‘Artagnan, je trouve que Vincent Dauvissat a très bien réussi ces 2013. Chez lui, le terroir sort toujours. J’ai le MDT depuis 3 ans en allocation, pas encore ouvert une bouteille. En dégustation en cave, il est toujours avec le Séchet le plus réservé, mais avec une structure et une longueur exceptionnelle, d’une personnalité bien différente des autre 1er cru rive gauche. J’ai l’impression qu’il s’améliore chaque année, le 2020 dégusté du fût était énorme.

White
2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
8/17/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Poured straight out of the bottle into a decanter and agitated vigorously. Deep yellow with some orange. All bouillon and algal tones at first-like strolling through a tide pool. Then more lemon, and finally, after 2 hours, honey and truffle. Similarly savory, vegetal palate with medium weight, outstanding feel and cling, excellent acidity and limestone. Superb maturing Chablis that would have been easy to write off as oxidized if one had not given it time. I wish we could have opened and decanted it earlier to give it a chance to show its very best, but it is squarely at its apogee.
  • MJReb commented:

    8/17/21, 11:00 PM - Hi DRWINE2001, thanks for your note. Last year Étienne Dauvissat told me, that in their cellar, the 2007 bottles are all ranged behind and considered to be not ready yet. Your note confirms this.

White
2018 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc La Croix Boissée Chenin Blanc
7/13/2021 - MJReb wrote:
90 points
Ripe fruit, mainly apple and some citrus, quite large, less tension compared with the last one.
  • MJReb commented:

    7/15/21, 8:31 PM - Thanks for your comment, Oldwines. For me the CB blanc is somehow a mystery: drink early or wait. Talking to Bernard Baudry 2 weeks ago in his cellar, he considers that 3-4 years of cellaring is ideal. Cheers

  • MJReb commented:

    7/16/21, 8:10 AM - Yes I think so, the release is in general after around one year in barrel. By the way: I had a beautiful 2017 CB blanc 17 recently.

Red
2008 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras Pinot Noir
4/16/2021 - drwine2001 wrote:
Opened 3 hours before pouring. Deep, primary ruby almost all the way to the meniscus. Menthol and violet with high toned secondary notes. Medium weight with a great soil base, crisp but not cranky acidity, reticent, tangy dark red and black fruit that unwinds over time, light herbs, and a late note of bitter chocolate. Still on the youthful side although the aromatics are more developed. This is an outstanding, enormously satisfying 2008 that has more than enough flesh to buffer the strict acidity of the year. Barthod's Cras always needs time, and I expect that this will be even better in 5 or more years.
  • MJReb commented:

    4/17/21, 7:00 AM - Thanks for your tasting note. I opened until now from her 2008 1er Crus Les Beaux Bruns, more soil and less stony and Les Baudes, which has more Morey affinities and kept my Cras and Fuées for now. I have been in contact with her yesterday and sadly in some of her parcelles she reported to have lost up to 70% of potential volume due to the terrific frost a week ago.

White
2015 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
4/15/2021 - VincentMorey wrote:
A long crazy stressful work week, resulted in popping a Vincent Dauvissat Forest 2015 a touch early for dinner. Decanted for about 30 minutes prior and by the time it was taken to the restaurant, it was ready to roll. The aromas were quite precious on this one, and even if the wine glass was not held up to the nose, I could smell it with reasonable distance. It is true what they say that with age (for this 5+ just barely on the 6th year mark), that the honey like texture develops and becomes richer, and this was a clear notable aspect compared to the 2017 tasted last year.

However there were things that really left me wanting more. This wine was great sipping by itself. It was too smooth, and failed to pair with sushi (really good at that) compared to other Chablis village or Premier Cru. The Dauvissat Vaillons 2014 was a far better and more complex wine than this (and I think I might like Vaillons more than Forest). And I will withhold judgement until I try their even more rare Montee De Tonnerre.

In terms of the aromas and textures, rich honey, but without the sweetness, some nuttiness like almond and lemon pith, and perhaps a bit of meyer lemon in the vein of a light aromatic bitterness. Despite this wonderful texture, it was missing quite a bit of complexity that I would have otherwise expected, but I also can understand if this is the style. And if that's the case perhaps Forest is just not my thing, despite it being so sought after by collectors and fans. But perhaps also with the reviews of others, this may not necessarily get that much better with age for this particular vintage.
  • MJReb commented:

    4/17/21, 6:52 AM - 2009 has similarities with 2015, I think. I did not like them at age 5-9, now it seems they are coming around: less honey, more salinity and structure appears, leaving the baby fat behind. Maybe wait simply some years before opening the next 2015 of Dauvissat.

White
2015 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc Chardonnay
4/15/2021 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
89 points
honestly I love this wine in many vintages, but the 2015 has too much '15 typicity... my wife knows virtually nothing about vineyards, producers or vintages, but I bet that she would ask me to open a different bottle and I was spot on... this has a softness, a little caramel, not enough lift / citrus / brightness... that said the 2010 and 2017 versions of this have been great
  • MJReb commented:

    4/16/21, 11:26 AM - Agree, 2010 is a killer wine, this 2015 is too much 2015 with missing tension right now.

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
4/7/2021 - MJReb wrote:
92 points
Dark cherries, berries, soil, the typical salty, mineral elements from this terroir, some mature sweetness which starts to appear, in a very good spot right now and for the next twenty years.
  • MJReb commented:

    4/8/21, 12:23 PM - Thanks for your comment. I am used to open the Baudry CB wines even young, because of their authenticity. Within their range of wines, it is their saline backbone who makes the difference, even though the roots of the young wines of their Clos Guillot start to penetrate into the stony layers of the terroir and a real salinity appears (starting from the 2016 vintage). The Croix Boissée 2010 is sublime and compared to the 2005 less extracted. The son of Philippe Alliet follows the same ideas with his Coteau de Noiré: a very good 2010 vs an extremely extracted 2005 just starting to come around.

White
2011 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
3/17/2021 - d'Artagnan wrote:
Il a ce nez de vieux coquillage pas frais, qu’on trouve parfois dans ses vins se demandant s’il est légèrement bouchonné…. Ça s'améliore ensuite, sur les embruns marins, un soupçon de lime.

La bouche est serrée, tranchante comme une lame d’acier à l’ouverture, on aurait dû carafer. Bien jeune, précis, de bonne longueur mais très peu loquace. Je n'y comprend rien, on me l'avait servi à l'aveugle en 2019 et il était beaucoup plus ouvert....
  • MJReb commented:

    3/20/21, 1:05 PM - C’est la beauté des vins de chez lui.

  • MJReb commented:

    3/21/21, 11:35 AM - Oui, tout à fait. Combien de fois après ouverture d’une bouteille de Dauvissat, j’ai pensé, qu’il a un problème, juste pour voir qu’avec l’aeration les choses se développent favorablement. En fait, j’en bois assez souvent, je cherche mes flacons chez lui et je les rentre le même jour en faisant beaucoup d’attention à la température. Quand je lis les commentaires concernant des bouteilles mauvaises, qui sont ouvertes aux US ou au Canada, je pense que le transport et le stockage peuvent jouer un rôle important. Cheers Markus

Red
2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot Cabernet Franc
3/17/2021 - Kcornett Likes this wine:
89 points
Never really came together. A little bitter on the finish. Not much depth. Sour notes with funk on the nose. A lot of sediment.
  • MJReb commented:

    3/17/21, 1:53 PM - Hi, it is much too early that this wine can come together. 2016 is a great and serious year. Baudry wines will need a decade to be approachable. Cheers Markus

  • MJReb commented:

    3/17/21, 2:31 PM - You are right!

White
2002 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur Blanc Brézé Chenin Blanc
2/3/2021 - MQuentel Likes this wine:
95 points
WOW! What a brilliant wine. Almost 20 years old and still with an incredible freshness and clarity in the aromas. Overly complex in mouth and nose, very nice, ripe and at the same time animating acidity. Beautiful interplay of yellow apples, ripe pears, some shortbread. Its age is best guessed by the complexity and the wonderful harmony, it does not show obvious age notes. A wine to meditate on, so beautiful, so graceful, so balanced and yet with a lot of character.
  • MJReb commented:

    2/3/21, 1:11 PM - Hi, like your comment! This is one of the enormous whites that exist. Still have one 2002 in my cellar, waiting for the good occasion. Cheers Markus

White
2014 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Chardonnay
1/26/2021 - B Paul wrote:
Notes similar to prior bottle from 2019. Drinking well, though I’ll hold my other bottle in hopes this picks up a little more weight and complexity.
  • MJReb commented:

    1/26/21, 9:36 PM - Hi, B Paul, I think you are right to wait with your next bottle. 2014 is a great year in Chablis, still very much restrained. My 1er crus of Dauvissat will not be opened before 2024. Cheers, Markus

White
2014 Michel Bouzereau et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Chardonnay
1/22/2021 - Ericsson wrote:
91 points
Le vin n'a que peu évolué depuis 3 ans, je peux reprendre ma note de décembre 2017...
Un peu plus ouvert le lendemain, avec une note d'ananas confit qui vient compléter les notes de noisettes, beurre et citron.
En bouche, bien équilibré, bonne acidité, la longueur est là aussi mais il manque quelque chose à ce stade.
Je vais attendre encore 3 ans...
  • MJReb commented:

    1/22/21, 1:07 PM - Grande année de garde pour les blancs bourguignonnes néanmoins

Red
2017 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes Pinot Noir
12/10/2020 - Derek Darth Taster wrote:
92 points
Feusselottes theme lunch at Sinai. Tasted blind. Drank in Grassl Cru.
Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of red cherries, strawberries, toast oak sweet spice, earth and minerals. Developing.
On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol 913%), medium tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of sweeet red cherries, ripe strawberries, some sour plum fruit, salty mineral, stony earth, sweet spices. Long finish.
Very good quality. But really very young and in need of integration. Acidity sensation not showing so well at this point. I was guessing 2016 actually.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/16/20, 6:57 PM - Hi Derek, 2016 would have been a very rare bird: only 300 magnums produced of their Feusselottes. Cheers Markus

White
2014 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Chardonnay
9/5/2020 - drwine2001 wrote:
Pale yellow. Lemon pith and primordial algal aromas. Medium to light weight, a mere hint of wood. Zesty fresh citrus, brine, and soil. This was so vibrant and fresh that it could have been a barrel sample. Just what the doctor ordered for a refreshing, salty sip on a day of extreme heat and too much smoke in the air to venture outside. These 2014's are the real deal for lovers of classic Chablis. None of the subsequent vintages have produced wines with similar cut.

Even more slimmed down the second night and now all about the underlying limestone and soil.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/9/20, 1:22 PM - Like your comment. Incredible freshness and depth.

White
2009 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
11/3/2020 - Ozen Likes this wine:
93 points
I can't say enough good things about Vincent Dauvissat. I am a huge fan of his, because of the refinement, the linear focus, paired with true Chablis terroir, of his wines, from Les Clos, Preusses to a great value La Forest. Raveneau clearly is richer, but in the end I prefer the linearity Dauvissat. Fevre is a substantially dryer Chablis, too dry for my taste. and yes: A matter of taste, but for me the Dauvissats are at the very top and rarely ever dissappoint.
  • MJReb commented:

    11/3/20, 12:18 PM - Hi Ozen, agree in your comment, the Dauvissat wines have a kind of “artist” thing in line with the free spirit of their creator. Personally, I like also the Fèvre wines, which need a long cellaring to become accessible.

Red
2013 Mas Jullien Terrasses du Larzac Autour de Jonquieres Red Blend
10/17/2020 - Thomas123 wrote:
92 points
Mas Jullien is the quiet star of Languedoc. Not as expressive as Grange des Peres but better balance and more refined - for me. Super nice cool fruit and a huge shot of black pepper. I find this wine as well as other wines from this estate to be super nice with a QPR that beats most. Clearly “southern Rhone” in the fruit but very much “northern Rhone” in the balance.
  • MJReb commented:

    10/17/20, 12:16 PM - Fully agree

Red
2005 Philippe Alliet Chinon Coteau de Noiré Cabernet Franc
10/7/2020 - d'Artagnan wrote:
91 points
Enfin! J’avais presque jeté l’éponge avec ce 2005 après plusieurs dégustations décevantes. J'ai bien aimé celle-ci.

Le nez est discret sur les truffes, le chocolat. La bouche s’est nettement assagie dès le premier verre. Il a gagné en finesse et en précision. J’aimerais un peu moins d’extraction en faveur d’un peu plus de finesse, mais je chipote. C’est moderne et chocolaté mais savoureux et fort agréable. 90-91 pts
  • MJReb commented:

    10/8/20, 12:33 PM - Les 2005 Alliet et Baudry sont trop extraits, chose corrigée entre-temps. Néanmoins très bons. J’ai un paquet de 30 CdN 05, il fallait se retenir de les boire sur le fruit, après fermeture à 2 tours, ils commencent à s’ouvrir heureusement.

Red
2010 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons Pinot Noir
7/25/2020 - MJReb wrote:
91 points
This wine is still young, needs air to breathe, cassis and cherries, soil and salt, mouth coating, very good stuff for a „simple“ Bourgogne.
  • MJReb commented:

    7/25/20, 9:25 PM - Agree, Ghislaine Barthod is never missing a year and 2010 is a particular success here.

White
2012 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots Chardonnay
6/20/2020 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
93 points
really really nice and in a good spot, this was showing a bit of maturity but still had enough lift / edge to avoid flabbiness... good chablis typicity with citrus fruit slightly in the background relative to the chalk / mineral palate... would think you want to drink (assuming u are as pre-mox risk averse as I am) in the next 2-5 years
  • MJReb commented:

    6/28/20, 12:32 AM - Hi Woodie, I think that with the DIAM corks Fèvre introduced since 2010, the problem of Premox is more or less solved. These wines really need time..... Cheers, Markus

White
2015 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
5/17/2020 - Mazy Likes this wine:
89 points
Ouvert la veille, épaulé et bouchon remis pour le lendemain. Très rond le 1er soir. Il s'est affiné le lendemain, davantage digeste. Ça demeure sur les fruits un peu exotiques, mûrs, et je pense qu'il s'agit de l'effet du milllésime. Mea culpa: c'est un des millésimes qui vient moins me chercher à Chablis donc à prendre en considération en confrontation avec vos goûts personnels.
  • MJReb commented:

    5/18/20, 10:45 AM - Peut-être le laisser tranquille pour quelques années, les GC des bons producteurs assez souvent se remettent et laissent apparaître leurs structure et le terroir dans le temps.

White
2007 Domaine Leflaive Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay
3/14/2020 - Trent Walker wrote:
flawed
dear god, if I have one more flawed oxidized 2007 leflaive I will set myself on fire.
  • MJReb commented:

    5/15/20, 1:36 PM - Don’t do it, there is a big chance to meet another Leflaive 2007 which is oxidized

Red
2016 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
5/10/2020 - johnh1001 wrote:
92 points
Excellent sweet nose and subtle red fruit and spice. The palate matched with a odd rubbery streak that went away after about an hour. Not as exuberant as the 2009 but very pleasant.
  • MJReb commented:

    5/10/20, 10:31 PM - Hi JohnH, the Clavelier 1er cru wines do need 10 years, better 15 years to unfold. They have in general low ph and a strong acidity when young. They are amongst the best in Burgundy. Cheers Markus

Red
2010 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots Pinot Noir
2/1/2020 - KVM wrote:
Brilliant deep red colour matches the fruit found on the palate. Although the nose is pinched the palate is full of brilliant dark berry fruit and white pepper. Absolutely delicious in a firm package.
  • MJReb commented:

    2/2/20, 12:05 AM - Hey KVM, 77 points?

White
2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc La Croix Boissée Chenin Blanc
1/31/2020 - MJReb wrote:
87 points
Deep yellow, quite advanced, pure apple taste, nice salinity, but borderline to oxidation. I do not know why, but as good Baudry makes the reds, as borderline his whites are. At least 1 of 3 bottles are more advanced as they should be.
  • MJReb commented:

    2/1/20, 11:06 PM - Hi Dave, thanks for your return. I am in Cravant at the Baudry estate once a year and this since 2002. I always take mainly reds but also 6 bottles of la Croix boissée back home. I take care about the temperature during the trip and my celler in an old French house does not go higher than 20 deg C max in summer. So, no idea about the variations of the bottles. I know 2 other persons which have the same issue with these wines. In general, we Open them early and we have less worries. Cheers, Markus aka MJREB.

Red
2017 Jean Stodden Herrenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Ahr
Tour VDP.GROSSE LAGE 2020 (chamber of commerce) IHK Handelskammer, Hamburg): One glass, brief note: clearly more richness in fruit than the two before, precise black fruit, some mineralic hints, purity of burgundy, long+ with a very supporting acid, long life ahead, *(***-*****), 93,94(+) potential
  • MJReb commented:

    1/28/20, 1:17 PM - Hi, nice to read again your comments on the German GG, please change hear Nahe into Ahr.

White
2017 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent Chardonnay
12/20/2019 - csimm1161 wrote:
85 points
LIN—E—AR as all getup. White lemon pith, white stone fruit, chalk, and some salt rock. A straight-laced L7 that has absolutely zero interest in being anything but a wallflower on the palate dance floor. There is no beginning, middle, or end. It just “is” in the mouth. Near flavorless right now, with a $7 Sutter Home White Zinfandel depth that barely has enough concentration or intensity to motivate even an ADHD 3 year old to get out of bed. Hold this for 4-5+ years and hope the “fruit” holds out. 83-85? points.

My girl liked it more than me, stating, “It’s kinda like the Trader Joe’s screwcap Pinot Grigio we used earlier to cook the pasta with.” Yes honey... exactly. So.... ya. That.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/21/19, 2:47 AM - Hi, this is a usually a top notch Chablis and you should hold it at least 5 to 7 years before opening. Such a young Vaulorant and in addition with the pure and lean style of Fevre, cannot be expressive.

  • MJReb commented:

    12/21/19, 10:14 PM - Hi, the plural of Chablis is Chablis. Agree that Chablis is more a wine to accompany food compared to Côte d’Or wines which have in general more “flesh”.

Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir
Very fine VRomanee village with a Very elegant nose and flavor complexity, a wine for wine lovers to keep t’en years...
  • MJReb commented:

    12/21/19, 2:40 AM - Hi, you gave 93 points and you do not like the wine? Typing error?

White - Off-dry
2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
12/10/2019 - fingers Likes this wine:
93 points
Continues to perform beautifully and still on the way up, me thinks.
I paired this with a good old filet mignon with garlic-mashed potatoes and broccoli and it was fantastic. No need for the tannins, etc. of a red wine because there's so much depth to this demi-sec and I highly recommend trying this type of pairing. Quite enlightening.
Light gold color with a bright reflection and clear body.
Medium to profound nose of apricot and orange rind, apple and pear, a hint of wet rocks. Great balance on the palate where it never feels heavy or dominated by any one element. As others have said, "seamless". 5+12+17+9= 93
  • MJReb commented:

    12/10/19, 12:26 PM - Hi Fingers, thanks for your note with the interesting hint to combine red meat with a semi dry wine. I had also some similar experience with a Dönnhoff GG Riesling Dellchen (in principle a dry wine, but quite rich with a lot of minerality) and a good piece of beef meat. By the way I do not understand your note: when I count the points together I am at 43 and not at 93.

White
2017 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
7/26/2019 - I1bearup Likes this wine:
89 points
Left me wanting. I think it needs time but wasn't sure if it had the stuffing. Slightly boring across the board. Would love to try an older version.
  • MJReb commented:

    7/26/19, 12:28 PM - Hi, sorry, but this is grand cru of a very good year, stuff not to open before 8 years in the bottle. Cheers

Red
2011 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Corton-Rognet Vieilles Vignes Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir
5/25/2019 - peterchoy wrote:
91 points
Appearance: Bright and clear, the wine is of medium ruby colour, with wide fading rim and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of red fruit of raspberry and cherries, sweet spice of clove, mineral notes of earth, floral notes of violet, oak notes of toast, maturity notes of forest floor, dairy notes of cream. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium (-) tannin of ripe and silky texture, medium alcohol and medium (-) body, with medium flavours of red fruit of raspberry, plum and cherries, oak notes of toast, kernel notes of mocha. The wine has a medium (+) finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality Vosne Romanee with a fairly intense nose showing good complexity, the wine has good balance, demonstrating with finesse on a reasonably concentrated palate with good length on the finish. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years.
  • MJReb commented:

    5/25/19, 11:06 AM - Hi Peter, take care please, it’s a Vosne producer, but a Corton GC! Thanks for your interesting note. Cheers Markus

Red
2006 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées Pinot Noir
12/24/2018 - MJReb wrote:
92 points
Dark red color, ripe fruit and earthy (mushrooms) nose, on the palate mushrooms, cassis, (over)ripe black cherries, spices, beside of the ripeness still a structure and a certain acidity supporting the wine. At the peak, do not wait longer.
  • MJReb commented:

    12/25/18, 10:45 AM - Hi, This was the first and only 2006 of Ghislaine I had and it was fully accessible. Should have better posted that this wine is on a plateau. Can for sure go on for some years more. Cheers Markus

Red
2016 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots Pinot Noir
7/13/2018 - rc@ughey wrote:
Small taste but a winner. Pure, spicy, brambly fruit. Middleweight but nice concentration.
  • MJReb commented:

    7/13/18, 1:27 PM - Hi, I thought that les Chaignots have been declassified and entered into the Nuits Villages in 2016?

  • MJReb commented:

    7/13/18, 2:13 PM - Ouff, soory, I mixed up the Chaignots from Mugneret-Gibourg with the Chaignots of Gouges. The Gouges version of Chaignots will be declassified, the Mugneret version not(I tasted it from the barrel at the beginning of the year). Cheers Markus

Red
2014 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Cabernet Franc
2/11/2018 - prof b wrote:
93 points
Sunday at Salil's: A gorgeous and entirely too young cab franc. Double decanted and served 90 minutes later. Red fruits alongside some Loire funk (not brett), and a touch of vanilla. Hold.
  • MJReb commented:

    2/14/18, 10:46 AM - Mathieu Baudry told me that 2014 is the real big year, better than 2015, when some rain just before harvesting diluted a bit the wines. The tasting of the 2014 at the domaine was extraordinary.

Red
2010 Domaine Bernard & Thierry Glantenay Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Pinot Noir
1/4/2018 - SteadyEddy wrote:
This is a ripe, full Volnay with both dark and red fruited notes to it. A bit of earth. The best feature is its silky, rich texture. Very pleasant and fruit forward, but not a lot of complexity in the nose or flavor notes. This might mellow a bit with age, but it's drinkable now and I'm not sure it will get significantly better with more time.
  • MJReb commented:

    1/4/18, 10:38 PM - Hi Steadyeddy, I was in Volnay end of December 17 tasting at Thierry’s place: He considers his 2010 vintage as a very good one, not yet fully ready for consumption. I started to consume now his 2011, which starts to open. By the way, I was curious and opened 2 months ago a Rugiens 2010 from him: promising but not yet ready. Markus

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