Tasting Notes for jlemerond

(263 notes on 208 wines)

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Red
3/31/2016 - jlemerond Likes this wine:
97 points
Similar notes as previous. Amazingly complex, with a beautiful, velvety mouthfeel. Lots and lots of life left.
Red
1/25/2013 - jlemerond Does not like this wine:
85 points
Purchased from a mixed lot of old produttoris. the other bottles have all been sound, so i don't believe it was bad storage, but its impossible to know - in any case, this wine was clearly past it. Still had some nice notes of dark fruit and goudron on the nose, but reminded me more of sherry than wine at this point. Tasted far older and more oxidized than I would have expected. Not a huge surprise for the vintage - have had a mixed bag with 85s, some being still youthful and incredible, and many others having aged earlier than the reputation would suggest.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2012 - jlemerond Likes this wine:
92 points
Surprisingly good performance from this wine. A great yeasty core surrounded by bright citrus fruit and nice acidity Nice, long finish. Usually I find this cuvee to be a bit dense and yeasty for my liking but despite its complexity and richness, the 96 was very light on its feet. Great way to ring in the new year.
Red
12/7/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby. Gorgeous, deep nose of red fruits, sous bois, and tobacco. Roumier chambolles have this great brooding nature and depth to them, while still remaining light on their feet. Very bright acidity comes through on the long finish. Really nice wine.
Red
11/17/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Dark ruby. Still incredibly youthful - very little tertiary development. All dark red fruits, with a touch of smoke and earth beneath. Incredibly long, mouth coating finish. Can't wait to see how this develops over the years - I won't touch another bottle for at least 5+.
Red
10/29/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
Bottle showed slight signs of old seepage on the neck, and it was clearly well past it. Only madeirized notes remained, nothing like the previous bottle I had at the 1978 retrospective in April.
Red
10/27/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
94 points
Soaring nose of sous bois, ripe, sweaty pinot fruit, and tobacco. Initially seemed a little dilute on the palate but gained lots of weight as the night wore on. Incredibly long, mouthcoating finish. Gorgeous.
Red
10/28/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
90 points
Nice dark, spiced Vosne fruit on the nose, with a healthy dollop of sous bois and a touch of chocolate. Voluptuous mouthfeel. Could use a touch more acidity to for definition, but really a nice wine. Very solid villages.
Red
10/20/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Gorgeous nose of sour cherry and earth. Lots of depth. Bright acidity but it does not overwhelm the wine in any way, keeps it fresh. Long, mouthcoating finish. Certainly very good to drink now but lots of room for further upside development. Beautiful wine.
Red
10/18/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
flawed
Out of 375. Honestly smelled as though it was a 1973, not a 2003. Completely madeirized. Possible it leaked, I guess, but I'm not sure. Possible it just aged really fast.
Red
7/27/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Really pretty nose of sous bois and medium red fruits. Deep. Suprising amount of tertiary development given the vintage and vineyard. Not sure this will get much better - but it is incredibly enjoyable now.
Red
7/14/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
89 points
Very ripe dark red and black fruits dominate the deep and powerful nose; still incredibly primary. In the mouth, hints of woodspice and tobacco. still searingly tannic (and rustically so), which does clip the finish a touch. I am not sure that is going to improve with time - while there is clearly incredible stuffing beneath, the tannins are already drying out the finish. am interested to see how this performs on night 2.
Red
6/8/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Dusty ruby. Obvious stems on the ripe spiced cherry nose, with a healthy amount of sous bois thrown in. On the palate, nice balance of acidity and tannins, with an impressively long finish for a villages. while not in full technicolor, a great illustration of dujac's magic. At peak now but no danger of decline soon - the glass on day 2 showed the wine to still be in good shape. Very, very enjoyable wine to drink.
Red
1993 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/4/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
94 points
Dark ruby. Classic Dujac nose soars from the glass - spicy dark fruits, with obvious stemminess. Great sauvage aromas as well. Long, mouthcoating finish, with a great balance between the acids, tannins, and underlying material. While this was immensely enjoyable tonight, I think in 5-10 years it will be even better.
Red
1976 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
6/5/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
flawed
Corked. Crushing.
Red
6/4/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Very light brownish ruby. Cloudy, almost milky in appearance. Initially notes of madeirization on the nose, but with air pretty cinammon and baking spice dominated aromas emerged. On the palate, a nice core of sweet cherry fruit surrounded by the cinammon and spice, with an incredibly silky texture. One of the few older barolos I've had where the palate far exceeded the nose. Gorgeous.
Red
5/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Dusty ruby with lots of browning at the rim. The gorgeous nose soars out of the glass - plums, cherries, sous bois, and a hint of woodsmoke. Incredibly complex. Get a great sense of decaying leaves. Initially the palate seemed a little watery and thin, but with air, the wine fleshed out quite a bit - the last glass 5 hours later was considerably more robust. A glorious mature burgundy that has now moved into decline, but what a decline it is.
Red
1996 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/18/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Dark, dusty ruby. Lots of black and dark red fruits on the nose, and some cinammon and sous bois as well. nice balance between the acidity and tannins, and a long, mouthcoating finish. distinctly more wood than in previous bottles, where it was not noticeable at all, and the nose was a panoply of classic gevrey scents. While still very good, the presence of the wood knocks it down a few notches from the glorious previous bottles I've had. hoping the rest are more like the previous bottles than like this one.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Dark ruby. Still incredibly youthful. Classic dark fruits and iron on the nose. Clearly ripe nebbiolo fruit - almost moves to the raisiny part of the specturm, but not overripe. A touch of paint / varnish but not offputting. Reminds me of a junior version of the 74 monfortino.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
94 points
Dark ruby. Dark red and black fruits on the nose. Some earth as well. Masculine and deep. Ripe and sweaty. Really pretty. Very close #2 in this flight to Cappellano. Amazing.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby. Very sweet on the nose, with menthol as well. Some floral notes and some iron as well. Faded relatively quickly in the glass, but a really good initital impression.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
96 points
Wow. Incredibly smooth. Velvety. Lots of tar and dark fruit. Still very tannic but only noticeable well into the finish because of such a wonderful coating texture. Incredibly long finish. Amazing.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
82 points
Woodsy and turning to sherry. Past it.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
94 points
Light ruby with a touch of browning at the rim. Great, dark sweet fruit. Long finish and great presence in the mouth. Expansive. Great ripe, sweaty, nebbiolo fruit. Long long finish. Boy this is good.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
88 points
Has a good, earthy depth in the mid palate but a sweaty dirtiness underlies it all. Over time caramel and mature, sherry-like aromas emerge.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
88 points
Young on the nose . Tannins a little dryingand a touch woodsy. Seems tired despite some good fruit in the mid palate. Not nearly as good performance as the last bottle a few years ago.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Pale ruby with some browning at the rim. Delicate, floral nose with great aromatics. Still quite tannic on the nose. Ripe fruit and some goudron and earth on the nose. Very nice.
Red
5/4/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
flawed
Shot. Completely madeirized. disappointing given how good the prior bottle from tis lot was. no great wines, only great...
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
95 points
1978 Piedmont Horizontal (Eleven Madison Park): Out of magnum. Dark ruby with a touch of lightening at the rim. Incredibly complex nose dominated by spiced cherry and dried roses. Very burgundian. Light on its feet but still quite powerful. Elegant and graceful. I liked this more than others, I think because for them it suffered somewhat in comparison to the 2 bruising heavyweights served alongside. For me it was the epitome of a classic bartolo mascarello - perfumed and elegant, yet with obvious power beneath. A gorgeous bottle of wine.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
99 points
1978 Piedmont Horizontal (Eleven Madison Park): Turns everything to 11. Incredible depth of fruit. Menthol, tar, earth and lots of ripe dark fruits on the nose. Impeccable balance. Dense but not at all heavy. Beautiful mouthfeel, silky and mouthcoating with as long a finish as I have experienced. All you can expect a wine to be - but I think it will be even better in 10 years, hence the 99. Ageless and Immortal.
Red
4/26/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
97 points
1978 Piedmont Horizontal (Eleven Madison Park): Dark ruby with the barest hint of lightening at the rim. WOW. Amazing texture, so smooth and yet has a great structure of balanced tannins and acidity. Dark fruits and menthol. Incredibly sweet, yet not cloying. Unbelievably complex, with tobacco, tar, more menthol, and lots of ripe nebbiolo fruit emerging from the galss as it opens. Very long flinish. In any other company, the wine of the night and possibly in another year the wine of the year. but the wine below stole the show.
Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/4/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby. Still incredibly young, with only the barest hint of development. dark red and black fruits on the nose. Powerful. a touch of earth and tobacco, but really dominated by the fruit. In the mouth, still very tannic, but the tannins are ripe - they do not clip the long finish. I won't touch my remaining bottles for years.
Red
1986 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
89 points
Dark ruby. not as good a showing as previous bottles. smells more like a california cab than a bordaux. All cassis and dark fruits, very little complexity outside of that. vin americain indeed.
Red
5/3/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby. Beautiful nose of dark fruit, with spice, and a peppery underbrush that I always associate with pichon lalande. still nicely framed with acidity and tannins, but far broader and more voluptuous than the 86 tasted alongside. Long, mouthcoating finish. Gorgeous.
Red
4/30/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby. Somewhat monolithic. May have suffered from being tasted alongside the 89, which is clearly in a better place right now. Some of the classic petit verdot aromas of pepper and underbrush, but mostly cassis and dark fruits. Still very tannic and structured. Try again in 5 years.
Red
4/30/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
96 points
Glorious. Unbelievably opulent and exotic nose, with dark red and black fruit, oriental spice, and perfumed flowers. Incredibly expansive in the mouth, with a long, long finish. Knockout performance.
Red
4/30/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Still a very big, structured, young wine. Dark, black fruits with a hint of earth and spice. Very long, mouthcoating finish. Still incredibly tannic. still years away from its best, rating more about potential.
Red
1996 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/9/2009 - jlemerond wrote:
flawed
Corked. NR.
Red
1996 Maison Leroy Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/25/2009 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Pretty nose of tar, menthol, and bright red fruits. In the mouth, great density and adds a layer of tobacco to the fruit and tar. long, mouthcating finish. Quite good.
Red
4/20/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
92 points
Light ruby with just a tinge of orange. Beautiful and complex nose of strawberry, tobacco, and woodspice. There is a great, burgundian funk to it as well. In the mouth very fresh with a bright acidity that gives it great cut. Beautiful wine.
Red
4/7/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Deep, brooding nose of black cherry, allspice and earth. Stemmy. Still very young. Powerful. Very long, mouth coating finish. Great bottle of wine.
Red
1978 Charles Noellat Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/5/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
89 points
Gorgeous nose of sour cherry, sous bois and woodsmoke. Soars out of the glass. Palate doesn't quite match the nose, a little thin with some va. But oh boy, what a nose.
Red
1999 Nicolas Potel Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/24/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby. cool, medicinal nose filled with blue fruits and menthol. Still incredibly tannic. Over time some earth and tobacco emerges. Still a baby. I think this will have a lot more to say in 5-10 years than it does now...
Red
2009 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/16/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
out of 375. popped and poured. Intensely floral and spicy nose. lots of dusty blue fruits. Incredibly long, dusty, mouthcoating finish.
Red
2/24/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Still very primary - tons of dark fruits and asian spice on both the nose and the palate. Very suave, and with a long, mouthcoating finish. Years away from peak. Only quibble is that by night two, the last half of the bottle had already oxidized, which i found surprising given how primary and fruit driven it was on night one, and what it seemed like the wine was holding in reserve underneath the surface.
Red
1993 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/3/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured, drank over the following 3 hours and then one more glass the next night. Dark ruby. Beautiful nose of dark fruits and sous bois. But over time it becomes a bit more woody. in the mouth, again lots of sweet dark fruit and earth. but it also seems to be drying out a touch. Lots of really interesting and good things going on, but a bit muddles by the woodiness, which is too bad. its possible that in another 5 years this completely integrates, but the touch of dryness leaves me not completely convinced. Very good, but not great.
Red
1/1/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
97 points
Popped and poured. Reddish-brown color, quite cloudy. Fair amount of lightening at the rim. Unbelievably vibrant, beautiful, and complex nose. Still has a lot of fruit, all of it dark, both red and black. Sous bois and a clear sense of animale also mark the nose. In the mouth, it still has a lot of sweetness, far more than I was expecting, and a rich, unctuous texture. The wine's still bright acidity keeps it well structured and as a result the very smooth and almost syrupy texture does not seem flabby. Incredibly long finish. This wine is still full of life - and everything you hope an aged burgundy will be. Glorious.
Red
1/15/2012 - jlemerond wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Writing this note several days later so a little hazy but i recall a pretty nose of sous bois, candied cherry and violets. Very silky mouthfeel. I generally find drouhins to be smooth, pure expressions of burgundy and this was no exception. It may lack a bit in complexity, but it is supremely enjoyable to drink now. It isnt in danger of going over the hill yet but I don't see any reason to wait. I have had very good luck recently with the 88s.
Red
12/30/2011 - jlemerond wrote:
94 points
Dusty ruby, Gorgeous aromas of spiced cherry and sous bois. With time, also got fading, dried flowers. Still has bags of life. Lovely soft texture in the mouth, and balanced well with the acidity. Long, mouthcoating finish. Glorious. Nothing can match the beauty and complexity of a great, fully mature burgundy.
Red
12/31/2011 - jlemerond wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby. masculine barolo. deep nose of dark red fruits, tar and smoke. in the mouth get more dark fruits, earth, and menthol. has enough material underneath so that you almost don't notice how tannic the wine remains despite its age. the wine has an incredibly long, mouthcoating finish. gorgeous now but perhaps even better with time as it remains primarily fruit driven, so should gain more complexity and see the tannins soften (a bit) wit more time in the bottle. as compared to the other 85s i have had in the past couple years, this is clearly a more structured, classic barolo. would never have guessed 85 blind.
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