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Tasting Notes for frenchiecago

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White
1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/22/2022 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
Note from memory. I just love white Graves. These wines are so generous and opulent though never heavy. Classic notes of honey, citrus, bruised yellow apples, floral with medium acidity and a long finish. Everyone loved it and it was drank in a second.
White
Note from memory. Very hard to give it a category. It's dry but has aromas of a sweet Jurançon. I liked it but it's so unexpected that nobody really enjoyed it. I don't think it's worth the price.
Red
No score, note from memory. Decanted a few hours. Still seemed shut after 2 or 3 hours in the decanter. Very good bye was expecting more complexity. Probably way too early right now.
Red
Brief notes from memory. Powerful and still tannic with medium+ acid. Dark, earthy and animal. Think game or something similar for food pairing.
Red
Brief notes from memory. Quite intense, earthy, feral and with unresolved tannins. This felt somewhat old school actually, brooding and, to my surprise, more approachable than the 2002 I opened that same evening. Rugged yet dignified, like countryside aristocracy, this a very good wine, and perhaps still too young?
Red
2014 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
92 points
I always like this wine, I love the quality of the fruit here, it's almost fleshy, and something I only get in Napa from top producers. Add a great texture and mouthfeel, silky, not sugary, fresh, balanced and very inviting. Napa with a touch of Bordeaux. Absolute pleasure.
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Red
2011 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
90 points
Brief notes. Good, not great, classic Bordeaux left bank. Drinking very well right now, not sure there's an upside from here, but a solid representation of what to expect from a quality Bordeaux.
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Red
12/24/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
Brief notes from memory. Deep ruby. Loads of fruit, black fruits, blueberries, cassis and cedar. Brooding yet shockingly approachable with soft tannins, finishing quite long. Yes this is way too young but already showing well.
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Red
11/25/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
Not sure what to think about this bottle, it wasn't what I expected. Very funky and medicinal upon opening, with what seemed like VA perhaps, very lean and marked by the absence of fruit, I wasn't particularly pleased. Not sure if other people who tasted were being polite because it was my bottle but it didn't seem to bother them as much as me!
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Coutet Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/26/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
88 points
Brief notes. Nose of pineapple and honey. On the palate, notes of apricot, honey. However, it lacked balance, felt short, very one-dimensional and somewhat bitter. Seemed to have lost some energy. Not a bad wine but expected more for the vintage and the domaine.
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Red
12/28/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
90 points
From memory hence very light notes. Deep purple. Black and red fruits and some meatiness on the nose. The palate has medium weight and medium+ acidity. This is an amazing value that's well worth the wait and over delivers, a pleasure to drink. I agree with Vinum Bonum that it feels more like St-Joseph than Crozes-Hermitage. Most Crozes I've had in the past felt austere and very earthy compared to this wine.
Red
From memory, hence no rating. Excellent wine, balance, depth and still young. I'd love to try it again in a more appropriate setting than when this bottle was opened.
Red
1/31/2022 - frenchiecago wrote:
91 points
Pristine, long cork. Medium deep ruby color with slight rim variation. This at first smells and feels younger than its age. Nose of black cherries with hints of kirsch, leather and raisins. Great weight and texture on the palate with fully integrated tannins though it doesn't have the velvety texture other vintages may produce.
This is not as showy as other vintages I've tried from this producer, more subdued and balanced, without the ripeness and fruit-forwardness I was expecting for a CdP. It feels almost savory rather than sweet and fruity. It was a pleasant surprise in a way but I was expecting a bit more from this domaine.
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Red
2010 Sadie Family Columella Swartland Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/5/2022 - frenchiecago wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby color, with light rim discoloration. The nose is subdued with subtle floral aromas and white pepper that becomes more present with air. It also smells like raspberries and fresh red fruits. On the palate it feels somewhat mute as well, with almost a minty note on the back end. The mouthfeel is disappointing as well, starting well then getting thinner half way through, towards a short, slightly hot finish.
Though it feels technically well made and it's a good wine, it lacks of something in almost every aspect, as if "elegance" was the only goal of this wine, at the expense of everything you'd expect from a Syrah-dominated wine. At that price, I'd get a French Rhone that'd deliver so much more.
Red
1/17/2022 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
91 points
From memory. Deep ruby color. Somewhat austere both on the nose and the palate, it displays aromas of ripe red berries and sour cherries, and hints of oak treatment, without being sweet. With middle weight and almost fully integrated tannins, it has a great palate feel and weight with medium plus acidity, finishing medium plus long. Both oak and alcohol stay in check and never spoil the show.
This is a serious and structured wine with potential upside from now. Good surprise.
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White - Off-dry
12/12/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow. Hors Choix! That says it all. Coming from the most prized Alsace wine, this rarity is simply the best Alsace wine I've ever tasted. Stone fruit, spice, with notes of green apple, it develops more honey and candied fruit notes with air.
Sugar, acidity, fruit all come together, without one element ever taking over, to give a sense of balance and plenitude. This is a full wine which finishes extremely long and everything, from the simple yet unique label to the restrained opulence, indicate that this noble wine is one of France's greatest.
It's hard not to imagine how much longer this wine could age and I'm incredibly lucky to have been offered to taste it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/12/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
95 points
My wine education started many years ago with the Loire Valley and particularly Clos Rougeard which was a revelation as to what the Loire Valley can produce, both red and white. My love for Chenin Blanc started there, and this particular bottle took a major role in it. That's why these notes are probably biased, though this wine has many times in the past been referred to as one of the greatest sweet white wines in France.
Under the foil, the cork seemed dead at first, and potentially loose. However, thanks to Clos Rougeard's choice for long corks and special bottle design, the lower part of the cork was actually in a good condition. After hearing the normal pop, I brought my nose to the bottle neck. One whiff and all memories of this wine came back to me in the fraction of a second. This smell was exactly how I remembered it.
Slightly fizzy and musky upon opening, it all blew off with some air. Quince, sea shells, candied apricot, with very high residual sugar, it finishes long possibly with hints of bitter orange. This didn't feel heavy and was just a marvelous experience.
Red
12/12/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
PnP. First, it came out with great fruit and palate feel at first, displaying crunchy red fruits and good concentration. However, on the back end I thought I may have noticed some potential "mousy" notes. I didn't get to try it again later but someone else did mention it was getting natty with air.
"Sold" to me as the Clos Rougeard of Bourgueil. It was good at first, but nowhere near the concentration and structure of Clos Rougeard.
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White
11/12/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
89 points
From memory. Well done, though nothing standing out. Well made Meursault.
Red
11/12/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
91 points
Well made Pinot with a modern feel without falling into the sweet jammy style. Nose has strong toffee notes probably coming from the new oak regimen. The palate has a silky mouthfeel, with notes of dark red fruits and spices, without being heavy.
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Red
11/20/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. This wafts from the glass with loads of dark red fruits, black olives on a bed of soft tannins for such a young age. Concentrate and outright delicious right from the start. Only downside is all that deliciousness vanished on day 2, leaving me with acidity and little fruit. I should have drunk it all on day 1!
Red
11/20/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Doesn't have the concentration of the Clape's Cornas but it still is a fine Syrah, lifted, floral and delicately meaty. It's actually more subtle than I anticipated, considering it's 30-60 y.o. Syrah from St-Peray and Cornas.
Red
11/13/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
90 points
Brief notes. Bottle opened 4h ahead and decanted 2h after that. Very well balanced wine, perfect for hearty Italian food, and medium long. Soft Nebbiolo tannins, pretty wine and an outstanding value.
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Red
11/13/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
91 points
PnP. Fairly deep color for a Pinot, this shows fruits and spices on the nose, though not overly exuberant for the vintage. On the palate it's as Gevrey as it gets, with a firm structure and power, ripe red and dark fruits and gamey, finishing on a drop of heat but the wine is in balance and can handle it.
This is somewhat austere but it kept on blossoming over the hour we drank it and I would definitely recommend decanting at least several hours ahead. A very fine wine for the price, well worth waiting several more years. I'd buy more.
Red
Red fruited, brambles and spices on the nose. Also maybe a bit of VA that grew on day 2, or at least it seemed more obvious for whatever reason. Alcohol also became more present on day 2. So, though giving the wine some air helped upon opening, I wouldn't keep it open too long. On the palate it's bright, red fruited, with hints of pepper, rather light. A good Pineau d'Aunis though not my favorite and a bit too natty for me.
White
Rob's birthday (Lake Forest): Out of magnum. Very tight, all acid and rocks at first. Gained volume and opened up a bit as it warmed up in the glass. This needs more time to soften and reveal itself.
Red
1959 Pierre Ponnelle Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Rob's birthday (Lake Forest): Hard to give a rating on such an old wine. Still remarkably lively, balanced, savory and earthy. Felt more together than the Château Palmer 1959 I tasted a week prior. Still holding its age quite well.
Red
10/22/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
Rob's birthday (Lake Forest): Drank out of a magnum. The freshness of fruit on this wine is striking. The nose is all red fruits and spices, floral. On the palate it's silky, well together and balanced, with fresh fruit notes and long. Remarkable.
Red
10/22/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
Rob's birthday (Lake Forest): PnP. Feeling tannic and muted at first, this got better with air so I'd recommend a decant right now. Brooding on the nose, with a mix of red to dark fruits, toast. On the palate it has big shoulders for a Pinot, compensated by a fruit that's still quite present. This gained volume with air and is a fine wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
Brief notes. Fantastic energy in this wine which still seems like it was born yesterday. Almost seems demi-sec rather than moelleux. Very long and intense.
White
10/20/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
My first time tasting this legendary producer and I was impressed. Cork looked scary moldy from the top but was actually intact. The balance in this wine is what striked me the most. Fruit, minerality, acid, fat, volume and a subtle touch of reduction were all in harmony. This, to me, was exactly what I expect from this grape. It has charisma and confidence, yet takes over the room with humility. A perfect Chardonnay with pure class.
White
10/15/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP, brief notes. Right off the bat, this is clearly a step up from the Bourgogne. This has more weight, a great mouthfeel and seems more together and balanced than the Bourgogne. It was perfect with sauteed scallops. With air it gains volume and depth and subtle buttery notes, and all is always in control. A real charmer.
White - Sweet/Dessert
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): Surprising wine that seemed off and even possibly tainted at the end of a very long tasting. However, it was better on day 3, with no TCA taint when it was cold but with a slight flavor that resembled TCA as it warmed up.
It's also neither sweet nor dry, it keeps bouncing between the 2. Acidity is pretty high and I wonder if it started eating its sugars.
Nevertheless, on the back it seemed to have potential, with very clear bitter orange notes. I can't wait to try another bottle of another vintage.
Red
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): Very cool to taste something so unique. The Syrah certainly gives a deeper color to the wine with subtle purple hues. The wine seemed fuller, more floral and meaty as well, with a silky texture. This drinks very well right now and may have some upside from here.
White
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): My first experience with Raveneau. Unfortunately this was at the end of a very long tasting and my palate was already tainted and tired, which is why I won't give a rating. However, what certainly is striking is the texture that I've heard Raveneau is famous for. The wine also feels very together and quite remarkable for "just a Chablis AOC". Impressive.
Rosé - Sparkling
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
93 points
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): My first experience with Ultramarine. Beautiful wine, showing power and freshness, deep red fruits and a fine mousse, finishing long. This is absolutely delicious and needs food. Could compare with Champagne though it doesn't have the chalkiness.
Red
1970 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): Part of a flight of Chateau Palmer, this is probably the one that didn't seem at its best. No rating since some thought it may have a slight TCA taint. I think this bottle might have been off.
Red
2014 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
92 points
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): Excellent Palmer, which drinks very well right now. I think this is in a very good window right now. Good balance between fruit, tannins and acidity, it's a real pleasure to drink. I'm not sure how this will age but it certainly has several years ahead.
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Red
2009 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): After a flight of legendary vintages (1959, 1961, 1989), it was a very tough act to follow and that's why I won't put a rating on this one. Clearly showing the power of the vintage. A wine to watch and, after tasting such old vintages from this property, it felt like an infanticide. Lay it down for a while.
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Red
1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
95 points
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): In a night of outstanding wines, this showed a lot of potential. Coming after a 1961, this clearly displayed its youth and power and, at 32 years of age, seemed like it was just starting to develop secondary aromas. Amazing texture, as other Chateau Palmer that night. I'd love to taste this wine in 30 years; I think this wine still is a baby and could become the next 1961.
Red
1961 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
97 points
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): Phenomenal wine after 60 years. The nose is perfumed with subtle floral notes, cigar box, truffles. On the palate, it's silky, balanced with medium length. The very last drop released a bomb of bright red fruit that felt like an eternity. Everything was seamless and integrated. When you think of the age of this bottle, you can't help but feel humbled. A pure class act of elegance.
Red
1959 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
94 points
60 years of Chateau Palmer (Torali): First wine of the Chateau Palmer vertical. Captivating nose fully on tertiary notes and a slight "Bordeaux funk". Floral, mushroom, forest floor, everything you'd want from an old Bordeaux, on steroids. The palate felt a tad short however, short in length but also in aromas after this fantastic nose. Still a stunner full of energy after 62 years!
Red
2014 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
92 points
I uncorked this bottle several hours before drinking and put the cork back in until dinner.
Deep red. Nose of chocolate, cedar and plum. The palate has weight, structure and the silky texture that I believe Mitjavile is going for. I've tasted this vintage a couple years ago and boy this is starting to turn around nicely. It has concentration without being heavy, the fruit is still youthful, yet the wine is layered with secondary aromas.
This wine delivers pleasure at a bargain compared to some St-Emilion Grand Cru and I'd love to try this again in 3-5 years.
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Red
9/24/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
88 points
Good surprise. Delicious and juicy Crozes, far from the austere Syrah I'm used to in this AOC. But that's a nice change, with tart red fruits and a great mouthful making it fairly open to drink now. Not the most complex but a good gateway to Northern Rhône Syrah.
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Red
9/20/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
90 points
Very good wine which seems more open than the last time I tried one bottle a couple years ago. Elegant and floral, this has a nice balance of acidity and fruit and pairs very well with tomato anything.
On the downside, it still had some weird white stuff floating at the bottom, not sure what that was but it's a bit off-putting. I wonder if it was a problem at racking and I've only seen it in this vintage of Pian del Ciampolo.
White
8/28/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
91 points
Let's start by stating that this is young. I simply uncorked the bottle in the morning and put the cork back on. 2 hours before dinner I double decanted the wine.
The nose is refreshing, with clear hints of lemon and fresh apples and very mild reductive notes (thank you). The palate has great precision and cut, with aromas mirroring the nose, high but not corrosive acidity, all wrapped up in a very elegant and balanced expression of Chardonnay.
I had this with a dorade lime ceviche that paired wonderfully. The acidity of the dish softened the wine and revealed what this might become in a few years. A great effort from Monsieur Roulot!
Red
8/28/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
This was my first time drinking this particular 1er Cru so I may not be used to it. I uncorked it the morning for dinner, and then decanted it for 2h.
This bottle seemed muted. The nose was not showing much more than red fruits and, on the palate, the wine was elegant and powerful, with fine tannins, but seemed restrained at the same time.
Based on other tasting notes and the reputation of this producer, I have a feeling this wine may need more time, a lot more.
Red
8/17/2021 - frenchiecago wrote:
89 points
This needs the right food and a lot of air. Better after 2-3 days open. The first day it's too natty for me, with typical natural wines notes of apple cider, masking the fruit and anything else. It just didn't age the way I expected it to. It lacked fruit and complexity. Texture however is pleasant, silky with fine tannins.
I'm sure it's a good wine for many, but it's just not my thing.
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White
8/21/2021 - frenchiecago Likes this wine:
90 points
This needs a lot of air. Better after several hours open to get rid of the intense reductive notes at opening. The nose is fresh with hints of lemon. The palate is full, with clear mineral notes and buttered popcorn. The finish is medium plus with high acidity. This wine just lacks a bit of balance and may feel a tad disjointed.
Good wine but too tight to my taste. I'm not into the new school of Meursault that's all about high acidity and reduction. Will this wine soften after many more years?
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