Tasting Notes for Mistress of Wine

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White
Good fill despite a slightly dry and crumbly cork. the wine is still a limpid light yellow. Muted before an hour in the decanter and glass. Then very fresh and focused aromas of lemon, wet stone and white flower with a touch of petrol. Bone dry on the palate with lovely lift and length. Very harmonious and very much in its prime. This was a wonderful pairing with the Swabian onion tart. My last bottle today, and all have been sublime. Great vintage for this cuvée.
Red
Garnet to ruby colored. After a two hour decant, this offered very bright aromas of sour cherry, allspice, pepper and leather. It was quite powerful, but the fruit balanced the alcohol well so even I didn't think it came across as "hot." More perceptible secondary 'brown" and "black" notes as it spread across our palates (my version of synthesthesia). This is in a good window, but should gain more complexity in the next years. Delicious with roast pork.
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Red
Very good. Side by side, perceptibly different than the Rennina, but not enough to make me write a separate note.
Red
Decanted for 2 hours. Opaque violet color. Beautiful aromas of dark cherry and earth. The fruit still leads on the palate, where we also got tobacco, mushroom and space. Still with good tannic structure, though gentle, good balance and length. This remains in a very good drinking window without any signs of fading. Side by side with the Sugarille, this was more powerful.
Red
Dark ruby. Decanted for two hours. Nose is unusually red fruited for Chateauneuf. This now has very pleasing notes of allspice, oregano and mushroom. Full bodied. Finish is long and tart. Loping toward maturity.
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White
Still pale yellow green. Needed some aeration for the aromas of lime and wet stone to emerge. They were followed by a touch of tropical fruit, though not freakishly so. A wine that is still quite lively and tart on the palate. Not as much nervosite in this vintage as Chablis groupies might want, but a lovely wine nonetheless.
Red
See our note on the Sugarille. Similarly pleasing, though the aromatics in this bottle were a bit more subdued.
Red
Dark garnet colored. We opened this a couple of hours early and decanted half of it. The wine still benefits from decanting. Aromas of sour cherry, spice and tobacco. Good palate coverage, smooth tannins and a nice long finish. There is enough here to balance the perceptible oak. Really delicious now. Good time to drink if you like your red/brown/black aromatics all together.
White
Deep gold. Aromas of citrus and honey with a touch of petrol. Now mouthfilling rather than linear, but still enlivened by excellent acidity. Beautiful mature Alsatian riesling.
White
Slightly oxidized with little remaining Chablis character.
White
I keep thinking this will be fully mature but amazingly, not yet. Enough fruit to stand up to some oak. Complexity and length without a whiff of oxidation.
Red
Dark ruby with no bricking. Aromas of sour cherry, spice and minerals. This really fanned out on the palate, adding notes of blueberry (we are in Maine after all) and forest floor. On opening, we had decided not to decant but thie wine clearly gained in complexity in the glass, suggesting a decant next time. This has years ahead of it and will likely gain more secondary aromatics. It is just so hard to resist right now.
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White
2002 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Perfect cork. Medium yellow. Nose of Granny Smith apple, pineapple and spice. Very dense and long with lemon tart, mineral and a touch of vanilla as this fanned out on the palate. No oxidative notes at all. A beautiful grand cru white Burgundy. A bottle with no signs of fading. How long should I wait for the last bottle?
White
Pale yellow green. Aromas of lime peel, stone and peach. This has started to be round more than lean but still reads as a young white Burgundy, née Chablis.
Red
Sour cherry and earth. Very fresh and tart and long. An astonishing villages wine with years ahead of it.
Red
2002 Dominique Laurent Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
This is more like it. The last bottle was clearly flawed. Medium ruby with a little bricking. Lovely aroma of sour cherry, earth and minerals. Nice palate coverage and mellow tannins. This is likely at peak but no sign of fading.
White
This bottle is still vibrant and the oak is now complementary and not overpowering. I don’t know that this will improve but nor is it fading. What a value this was.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
This could make a serious Sauternes lover out of me.
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Red
Beautiful wine that needs a decade
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White
Waited 8 years to have this last bottle, since the last one was very young. Amazingly, this has aged only a little since then. A slightly darker yellow but short of gold. A little more petrol. But still bright and lively at 23 yers of age. Remarkable.
Red
2/17/2019 - Mistress of Wine wrote:
flawed
Suspect this was a poorly stored bottle as it was somewhat maderized.
Red
Still dark ruby. This is SO much better than a few years ago. It took time to open up, and I think a decant would help. In our case, after an hour in the glass, there were increasingly bright notes of red berries, allspice, menthol and earth. Bright acidity and good if not endless length. This wine was a disappointment for several years, but has now come into its own. We will hold the last two bottles a little longer.
Red
Acquired from the cellar where it has slumbered since release. Fill just below the neck. Dark garnet. Lively aromas of cassis, cigar box, mushroom and mint. Remarkable vitality and cut, with an endless finish. A wine of both great maturity and freshness. Astonishing, or as was said by a guest, “merveilleux.”
Red
11/4/2018 - Mistress of Wine wrote:
flawed
I saved this bottle to open for those in my group who haven't ever smelled this amount of Brett. For me, undrinkable.
White
Still medium yellow. Nice fruit aromatics of peach and citrus. Fresh and bright with terrific persistence. The oak is well integrated which to me means barely perceptible. A lovely mature-ish, dare I say old style, white burgundy. A ridiculous value.
White
I always agree with Dr. Wine! But he probably didn't have any left the next day, and I did. Much less muted then.
White
Still light yellow. Aromas of lemon oil, herbs, and allspice. Lovely viscosity and an endless finish. This wine remains remarkably lively.
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White - Off-dry
Still light yellow. Aromas of white fruit, crystallized sugar, lime and petrol. On the palate, a nuanced combination of light and long. Some tropical notes and mineral. A wonderfully harmonious wine with many years ahead of it.
Red
Light ruby. This leads with high toned aromas of red fruit and orange peel, with undertones of game, mushroom, leather and spice. The palate adds a surprising late note of mint. A delicate style of Chateauneuf in an overlooked vintage. To my taste, drinking at peak right now.
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White
Not quite oxidized but advanced.
I hate to quote you know who but SAD!
White
Still pale yellow. Lemon, chalk and quinine. Lean with acidity and lift. Long finish. Classic Chablis.
Red
Bought in Franschoek. Garnet without any fading. Aromas of cassis and tobacco. Tannins starting to soften. Ripe with good balance . New world but with a nod to the old--what we found in South Africa. There is more ahead for this wine.
White
From two mixed cases of Deiss wines closed out for a song by a local store fifteen years. It has been interesting to watch their evolution. Golden and viscous in the glass. I have never gotten much Riesling on the nose of this wine and that hasn't changed. The aromatics are mostly tropical fruit--blind I would have said 100% Pinot Gris, with some botrytis. The earlier crystalline richness has been replaced by what I would call pure unctuousness. There is some almond and spice on the finish that speaks of other grapes eg Gewürztraminer. Good acidity gives it some lift. We paired this with Mediterranean flavors and it did very well. A singular wine. Mature but in no way tired.
Red
2005 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Deep violet without any bricking. Nose was initially quite closed. With time in the decanter, some sweet plum and spice. I wonder when this wine will show any development.
Red
Two hour decant. Opaque and still dark ruby in the glass. Aromas of creme de cassis, game and mushroom. Very powerful and sappy with bitter orange and earth and salinite on the long finish. More about muscle than finesse. Much improved from seven years ago but years short of maturity.
Red
Saturated deep ruby. Rich nose of dark berry, chocolate, mushroom, game and earth. This wine just explodes on the palate. Currently seems to be in a perfect drinking window though there is no rush.
Red
Opened an decanted for two hours. I should have listened to myself and not opened another bottle yet. This remains in an awkward stage, tannic and astringent. Better the next day. There is certainly good fruit here but I'm not feeling the love from this wine right now.
Red
1989 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From a cellar where it had slumbered since release. Still deep garnet. Aromas of plum, cigar box, tobacco and earth. Still fresh and very very long. Mature but quite alive. Thanks TEP. .
White
Light gold. Intense aroma of lemon, quince and a little clove. Powerful with terrific cut and acidity and a long finish. The vanilla notes are perceptible but well integrated. Everything a mature white Burgundy should be.
Red
2002 Dominique Laurent Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Sour aroma
Bizarre, disjointed.
Is this bottle tainted?
White
2010 Philippe Colin Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Great stuff here but too young
A little too marked by oak for me at this point, but I suspect this will integrate over time.
Red
2002 Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/8/2017 - Mistress of Wine wrote:
flawed
Last bottle was clearly a bad bottle. This one has nice cherry and earth and allspice. The oak is nicely integrated. But not much secondary development. I think it is at least 5 years away from what I would consider maturity. Good potential.
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Red
First bottle from a case. Violet colored. Dark berry, anise, garrigue and earth. Powerful but carries the power and ripeness well. Young but with a promise of great things to come.
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White
Next to last bottle. If you are expecting me to say drink up, well, I won't be. Still shimmering yellow with a green tint. Based on the experience with the last bottle, we put this in a carafe and aerated while we chilled (for those of you who are asking if the wine chilled or we chilled, yes). Powerful aromas of wet stone, iodine and citrus. The citrus evolved from a fresher grapefruit toward a more mature orange over the evening. This wine continues to gain in complexity while losing none of its freshness and cut. It ends with a mouthful of Dauvissat salinite. Fifteen years later and two hours into fresh-off-the-boat grilled calamari, this wine feels timeless.
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