Tasting Notes for MaxSiegel

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White
4/15/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
95 points
Spectacular Meursault Perrieres with great typicity for the appellation. Waxy, nutty, and spicy. Lovely reductive notes atop a core of concentrated citrus fruit and minerality. Long finish. Acidity provides balance but doesn't overwhelm. Oak has integrated. Beautiful spot for drinking right now.
Red
3/16/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking beautifully at the moment. Luxurious soft texture, with tannins well, but not fully, integrated. Plum and some berries, along with slight green pepper, earth, and lots of smoke. Acidity and alcohol are both well balanced, although there is slight heat on the finish. Probably nothing to gain from further aging.
White - Sparkling
3/9/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent extra brut Champagne. Very dry but with richness and concentration that prevents it from becoming tart, which distinguishes this bottle from some other high acidity Champagnes. Nose has lemon peel, oyster shell, slight sweetness, and some spice. Palate is citrusy but with more in the way of non-fruit flavors. Mineral and high acidity but extremely well balanced. Clearly quite ripe, despite the acidity, given the glycerol presence. Shows the excellent viticulture at Suenen. Fine, creamy mousse but not too aggressive. Clearly blanc de blancs. Nice length.
Red
3/6/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Truly delightful New World Syrah, especially for an Old World fan like me. Nose shows the whole cluster vinification, along with dark berries, black pepper, spices, and purple flowers. Palate is fruity and a touch earthy, with nice acidity for a New World wine. Well structured and eminently balanced. Nothing cloying or excessively alcoholic about it. Some baby fat to shed and plenty of potential ahead, but quite accessible now.
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White
2/24/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Delightful. Great to find a clean Dauvissat bottle with 14 years on it. Ripe citrus fruit, plus some spice and oyster shell. A hint of nuttiness. Developing richness but with nice acidity. At a great place now, though an hour in the decanter helps.
White
2/20/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Going strong as it approaches 18 years. Enticing lemon peel, spice, and pool toy on the nose. Palate has taken on some richness, with ripe citrus fruit, medium alcohol, and bracing medium-plus acidity. Most notable is the long finish. Drinking well now but with years ahead of it.
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White - Sparkling
2/15/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite powerful and fruity but with nice mineral and toasty notes. Feels complete and rich but without becoming overbearing, probably because it's grand cru but extra brut. Very impressive length. This was a January 2018 disgorgement, and it is likely to benefit from aging.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1/30/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Lots of creme brulee, apricot, orange blossom, and almond. Palate is rich and sweet but with well-matched acidity to balance it and medium body, appropriate for the Barsac appellation. Finally entering its prime drinking window after 30+ years, but it has many years ahead of it.
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Red
1999 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
95 points
A real triumph of the '99 vintage. Nothing underripe or past peak about this wine. Dark cherry color fading to a pale rim. On the nose, lots of cassis and plum, along with cedar, eucalyptus, and even a hint of sweet barbecue smoke. Very slightly floral. Has that luxurious Palmer mouthfeel, with lush, well-integrated tannins along the cheeks. On the palate, more cassis and plum, along with some blackberry and that hint of smoke. Long finish, even if slightly drying. This is the wine to convert critics of the '99 vintage. Ready to go now but with nearly ten years of continued life ahead of it. If drinking now, it's ready straight out of the bottle.
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White - Sparkling
1/5/2019 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
February 2014 disgorgement. Probably would benefit from another year or two in bottle for the acids to integrate. In its current state, drinks well from the outset but reaches its peak after 3 hours. Overall, excellent blanc de noirs with Ambonnay boldness. Golden color fading to straw. On the nose, toasty brioche, cranberry, grapefruit, white flowers, ginger, and spices. A little mint after two hours. Palate is quite rich, although there is bright acidity. Again cranberry, grapefruit, and ginger, plus red apple and mineral. Oxidative, though not overwhelmingly so. Long finish. Compared to Substance, this has more powerful fruit but less oxidative character.
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Red
12/5/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice CdP. At its peak. Smoky and meaty on the nose, with ripe red fruit and some spice on the palate.
Red
12/4/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite nice for everyday drinking, though it's nowhere close to the Clape Cornas in terms of complexity. Concentrated blue and black fruit, some smoke, and pronounced violet. Lacks the meaty notes I look for in the Rhone. Takes a while to open up.
Red
11/18/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
95 points
My WOTD at Acker's November NYC auction. Hugely aromatic straight out of the bottle. Peppery, meaty, and floral. Very concentrated palate but without the sometimes cloying quality of riper vintages. Acidity keeps wine quite fresh. At a beautiful spot for drinking now. Much more developed than the 2001.
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Red
2014 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Perhaps the best quality to price ratio I’ve encountered. A spectacular second wine. The 50% cab franc used in the 2014 vintage comes through so clearly. Drinks like a baby Cheval Blanc. Easily superior to Petit Cheval at a much lower price. Red and dark fruit, cedar, flowers, and green pepper, plus soft right bank texture and great length. Give it time to open up. Will definitely seek out more of this wine.
Red
11/9/2018 - MaxSiegel wrote:
89 points
Red and black fruits. Quite rustic on the nose. Just a touch of Dujac's reductive notes. Medium-minus body and medium-plus acidity. Nice drinking now.
Red
10/30/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Takes at least an hour to open up. Good concentration of currant, plum, and raspberry fruit. Some cedar and eucalyptus. Occasionally a floral note. Luxurious, velvety Margaux texture. Still some tannin left to resolve. Acidity and alcohol are well balanced. Lacks the body and complexity of the grand vin but a very nice second wine.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Substance Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/26/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
98 points
June 2012 disgorgement. A stunning Substance. Like a sparkling Meursault Perrieres.

Has all of the richness, complexity, and power I associate with this wine, but with tremendous elegance and a fair amount of freshness, despite the oxidative flavors. A wide variety of caramelized fruits and dessert flavors, plus abundant nuttiness and some floral notes. Even takes on some minty and peppery qualities. Toasty and yeasty notes underneath all of this. Its origins in Avize are evident from the first whiff and come through in the combination of creaminess and minerality on the palate.

Six years out seems like an ideal moment to drink this. Better closer to cellar temperature than chilled. Evolves substantially after opening.
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White
9/9/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic Leflaive. Takes a couple of hours to reach its peak, but when it does, it has a beautiful flinty nose and minerality, citrus, and nutty flavors on the palate. Great typicity for the appellation and the producer.
White
9/8/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
97 points
Stunning. Nutty nose with some ginger spice, plus concentrated palate with abundant acidity. Singing right now but no rush to drink this.
Red
1990 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/8/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
95 points
Probably the best Lynch-Bages I've tasted. Richly concentrated and starting to go tertiary, but with plenty of life ahead of it.
White
8/30/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely Meursault for less than $80. Shows a lot of Meursault character, with pronounced hazelnut notes, as opposed to the Puligny style that many are producing in Meursault today. Nice concentration of fruit with acidity to balance it.
White
8/16/2018 - MaxSiegel wrote:
88 points
Underwhelming. Lacking in body and concentration. Oak flavors are more prominent than fruit. No signs of premox but feels tired for an '05 premier cru.
Red
8/12/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Sandy minerality and sous bois on the nose. Rich and rustic palate with lots of dark fruit and a surprising amount of spice. Almost reminiscent of Les Boudots. Acidity was a touch elevated the first night, but balance returned by the second night. Quite enjoyable and with life ahead of it.
Red
8/10/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
Clearly past peak, but this bottle took 2.5 hours to reach its full potential. Nose was lovely all along, but palate was slow to develop some richness. Once it did, it was very tertiary and slightly drying, but there was enough cassis to make it enjoyable. Tobacco, cedar, and leather definitely dominate at this point.
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White
7/20/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
91 points
Too young but delicious after some aeration. Restrained limey citrus fruit and pronounced grilled herbs. Creamy texture but with excellent acidity to balance it. Really nice for the price.
Red
6/30/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
91 points
Serious crowd pleaser. Bright red cherry fruit, with a classic Dujac nose. Reduction takes some time to blow off, but then there is that stemmy, earthy complexity that comes from Dujac's whole cluster approach. Great value. Has plenty of room to develop.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/28/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose is like nectar. Honeyed with significant peach and citrus fruits, even bordering on the tropical in this ripe vintage. A little ginger but without the onion peel notes that I often associate with Coutet.

Palate also has the ripe, honeyed fruits, plus some burnt toffee and spicy botrytis character. Moderate acidity, with a relatively long finish. Very enjoyable drinking now, but this wine has decades to go in terms of developing further complexity.
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Red
1986 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Sweet dark fruit, along with cigar, leather, and library. A little minty and chocolatey. Quite rich. Slightly drying on the medium-long finish, but mid-palate is velvety. Has the structure to last a few years longer. Takes at least 1 hour in the decanter to open up and 2 hours to show its full potential.
Red
6/22/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
99 points
Easily the wine of the night for me. Concentrated dark fruit but with Latour's signature notes on full display. Lots of tobacco, graphite, and cedar. Latour's magic is just how pronounced those savory notes can become without the wine drying out at all. This has the structure to hold up for many more years, but it is stunning right now.
Red
2000 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Quite concentrated with a velvety texture. At this point, it remains very young, with powerful dark fruit but only starting to show some development, by way of a floral note. Hold for 10 more years.
Red
1995 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Difficult to score now because this wine is still so young, even after several hours in a decanter. Has the structure to be poised for greatness, with abundant sweet tannins, but needs at least five and maybe ten more years before it's ready.
Red
2001 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/14/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Once again, Les Forts de Latour proves to be my favorite of the Bordeaux second wines. The sense of class here is unmistakable. Such dark color and luxurious mouthfeel. Intensely concentrated currant fruit, along with unmistakably Latour notes of graphite, tobacco leaf, and gravelly minerality, along with some mint. Very ripe palate is well balanced by the acidity. Needed four hours to reach its full potential. Plenty of life ahead, which confirms my impression that Les Forts is a second wine very worthy of aging.
Red
1983 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/15/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
95 points
Abundant truffle, mint, and leather on the nose. Eventually some plum sauce and minerality. Palate is luxurious with concentrated plum, blueberry, and currant fruit, along with some smoke. Tannins are still palpable though almost fully integrated, and acidity remains medium. Drink now, though it's not dying, but give it an hour and a half to open up.
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Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
99 points
Genuinely sexy wine. Super complex nose opens with ripe strawberry but quickly develops smoke, Asian spice, and abundant herbaceous notes---slightly green in the best Cheval Blanc style. Palate is incredibly rich and concentrated, with dark fruit, tobacco, and leather, but the opulence is matched by enough acidity to maintain perfect balance. Chocolatey finish goes on and on. Decant for at least 2 hours, preferably longer. This wine will last for decades more.
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White - Sparkling
5/4/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle didn't have many bubbles, but the wine tasted surprisingly youthful. Honeyed toasty nose, with yeast and torched fruits. Palate is nutty and slightly caramelized. Very distinct DP profile. Drink now or continue to hold if your bottle is in good condition.
Rosé
5/2/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing for a rosé. Slightly dried strawberry and red currant fruit, along with mint, orange peel, and nutty notes. Abundant acidity is balanced by the great concentration, and the finish is very long. Oak is still slightly evident via cocoa and spice notes, and the phenols remain pronounced, so I would give this a few more years.
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Red
4/10/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Still tastes very young. Sweet red and black fruits, plus abundant sous bois, some spice, and pine resin on the nose. Give it time to get the rose petal and black tea notes. Palate is quite sweet, though with enough acidity to balance it. Extremely ripe fruit on the palate, along with licorice and pepper. Develops a mossy character with time in the glass. Long, phenolic finish. Hold onto this for a few more years. It has plenty of life left, and the flavors remain quite primary.
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Red
4/4/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
90 points
Red fruit, significant spice, and a satisfying meaty note. Not showing a huge amount of complexity or concentration right now, but this may be in a mute phase. Still has palpable tannin to resolve and enough acidity to last. Has a longer finish than expected, suggesting potential.
Red
3/30/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
Abundant blackcurrant and plum fruit, plus some smoke, graphite, and cedar. Has improved substantially since I last tried it, but still has some palpable tannin and medium acidity, so this will continue to improve and last awhile longer.
White - Sparkling
3/29/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose is toasty with lots of toffee, some roasted nuts, and a hint of smoke. Palate still has substantial fruit, a touch of butterscotch, and abundant acidity. Some lingering phenols. Where this lies in its evolution depends on your taste. If you still want significant fruit, this wine is at its peak. If you prefer developed Champagne with more non-fruit flavors, then wait a year or two more.

As a note, this bottle still had a decent amount of bubbles. Bottles that were not as well stored may need to be consumed now.
Red
3/7/2018 - MaxSiegel Does not like this wine:
85 points
Nose is classic Gevrey, with minerality and game, but palate is quite thin: relatively light bodied, with limited concentration and a very tart finish. Perhaps this was better a few years ago.
Red
3/2/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
91 points
Fruit is still very pronounced. Quite sweet. Only a bit of rusticity and spice. Despite the significant sweetness (glycerol coats the mouth, as Parker would say), wine does not feel overbearing. Indeed, it feels relatively fresh until the finish, which is a touch dry due to the medium-minus acidity.
Red
1975 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
97 points
Tremendously opulent, gorgeous mouthfeel, and constantly evolving Pomerol flavors. Much more alive than expected. Needs at least an hour to open up---my rating escalated substantially as the wine opened over a further hour.

Dark ruby color, fading to a slightly orange rim. Initially, slight caramel on the nose, reflecting a touch of oxidation. Followed by bitter chocolate, tobacco, and slight red fruit. Eventually some Asian spice emerges. On the palate, incredible concentration of flavor. Ripe dark fruit. Some dried red fruit. Slight menthol sits atop gravelly earth. Eventually, even smokier than a Lafleur---like a very fine Cuban cigar. Extremely luxurious mouthfeel---the most velvety body I've experienced in wine. Very long finish, with bitter chocolate and tobacco leaf.
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Red
2/16/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
92 points
Refined and impeccably balanced. Beautiful pinot fruit with nonfruit flavors treading the line between spice and animal. Great typicity for northern NSG. The animal rusticity differentiates this from Boudots but there is still some Vosne character. Very accessible right now but has some tannins left to resolve and the acidity to stand up for a while.
Red
Initially rated 93 but not rating because wine was lightly oxidized, despite impeccable bottle, capsule, and cork condition. Unclear whether it was the age of the wine or the condition of the bottle. Plum and cherry fruit still present but starting to fade. Funky with underbrush, ferric minerality, and slight leather. Spicy. Palpable acidity keeps this relatively fresh, but it is quite sweet and has a slightly drying finish. Very nice Chateauneuf, but drink up.
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Red
2/11/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
97 points
So elegant. Rich concentration of red fruit and plenty of acidity make this very nice drinking right now, with DRC's stemmy note providing body and complexity. That said, the Vosne spice is only starting to show and there is plenty of room for development, so unless you own several bottles, I would recommend waiting a few years more.
Red
1986 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/11/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
96 points
Big improvement from earlier reviewers who saw the wine at least 10 years ago. Several others called it the wine of the night, though it didn't claim quite that distinction for me. Very developed earthy nose but with plenty of fruit. Lots of evidence of Dujac's whole-cluster style here, which enables the wine to outscore the vintage. Drink now.
Red
2/11/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
98 points
Stunning Chambolle. Very developed Burgundian nose but retains tremendous freshness and Chambolle's femininity on the palate. Sentiers can be a quite robust premier cru, which is probably responsible for the level of complexity here, but Truchot's style allows this wine to remain subtle and delicate regardless. Perfect to drink now but no signs of tiredness.
Red
2/3/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
94 points
For me, one of the two wines of the day (along with 1988 Calon-Segur) at Zachys auction. Abundant fruit coupled with lots of St. Julien mushroom and savory herb notes. Palate has softened but there is plenty of remaining tannic structure, so no rush to drink this. Opened significantly over the course of 2 hours.
Red
1/13/2018 - MaxSiegel Likes this wine:
93 points
Archetypal Boudots, though a bit sweet for my taste. Nose has a bit of rusticity, befitting NSG, but palate is pure Vosne, with elegant fruit flavors and abundant spice. The oak is still present, but wine feels well balanced, with acidity to offset the sweet blackberry, black cherry, and chocolate flavors, at least partially. Still quite primary. Accessible now but has room to develop.
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