Tasting Notes for SommStags

(143 notes on 141 wines)

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Red
1982 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/5/2019 - SommStags wrote:
flawed
Hmm, hard one to figure out. Very funky and Smokey on the nose, could it be brett? Either way not the kind of merlot that I am into. Hope my other 2 bottles are more clean.

Update: corked
Red
10/5/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Nicely evolved but seemed to pick up brett.
White - Sparkling
If a wine could make you dizzy and blow your socks off this would be it. Not sure champagne can get better than this but I welcome the challenge. Amazing purity, finesse, structure, and length. So good, so long, and virtually perfect. Wowsers! Drank at La Paulee but forgot to post note...
White
9/11/2019 - SommStags wrote:
So much better than the oxidized 2013. Plenty of stuffing to continue to flesh out over time. Probably best to wait another 5 years but certainly enjoyable right now
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Red
While this wine needs air, it was very pretty towards the end. Started off not very Vosne but ended up being Vosne. Only knock would be that the finish seemed a tad thin, but hey this isn’t grand cru. Even with the slightly thing finish, thisnwas a fun wine that with air showed well.
White - Sparkling
Spectacular. Can only imagine what the 88 collection will be like.
Red
1928 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Wow what a wine! Great provenance and a great bottle. Classic pommerol with life to go. Rockstar!
Red
2005 and in a good place, yup and yup! Great fruit and structure. Still has the material to go longer but pretty good now!
White
1985 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Stunning bottle that was almost tight upon opening. Lots of minerality and a long finish. Wish I had more and still has plenty of years to go. Color and fill were both excellent.
White
1988 Louis Latour Montrachet Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/30/2019 - SommStags wrote:
May have seen better days, best out of bottle the first 20-30 mins.
Red
8/30/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Very good effort. Little warm on the finish and a little short, but balance is pretty good considering. They always seem to be consistent (pastroale).
Red
From 5L: Could have fooled most if inputted into a Bordeaux blind tasting flight. I preferred the 85 Cos 5L more but both were great. So fun.
Red
1985 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2019 - SommStags wrote:
From 5L: At first I was worried this was a little green, but that seemed to change as the wine opened up. So much going on in the glass that seemed to only improve with air. Due to this format, I would believe the wine could have lasted another 10-15 years no problem. Fun wine that was very pleasurable.
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Red
2002 Louis Jadot Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/18/2019 - SommStags wrote:
very good showing in a good jabot lineup. Not as good as the 93 RSV or 97 CM Amour, but still pretty.
Red
8/18/2019 - SommStags wrote:
From Mag: Opened a mag bottle a couple of months ago and was corked. Luckily this wasn't corked and was truly shining. Deep red fruit which took a long time to fully unfold aromatically and on the pallet. So good but better yet in 5 years.
Red
1993 Louis Jadot Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2 bottles from Mag: First bottle wasn't as good as the 2nd so I will focus on the better bottle. Deep Vosne aromatics and a tantalizing finish. Got better the longer the wine was open and based on the better bottle this still has plenty of life yet. I would note that to me this bottle seemed to be peaking. Great showing!
White
From Mag: Wow what a great MDT. Probably the best vintage of this vineyard I have had and excited that I have some more to pop. While good now better in 5-10 years.
White
2008 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
8/18/2019 - SommStags wrote:
From 3L: Rich with nice acidity and plenty of fruit. So much in the wine and already so good. Probably best in 5-7 years and will last for a lot more.
White
2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Great but needs time to flush out. Will revisit with a little more age.
White - Sparkling
Drank surprising well given that it is only a 2006. While this will certainly get better with age, don't see why you need to wait as this is good now.
Red
8/3/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Wife isn’t a fan, I side on the hey it’s not bad for a Bourgogne. Either way seems to be closer to the decline. Haven’t had any bad corks yet with multiple bottles showing the same (taste and cork wise).
Red
8/3/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Very fruit forward with terroir in the back ground. Was more than happy with the showing and was drinking great!
Red
8/3/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Wine seemed to lean more on the fruit than minerality. Still fun and evolved for the better over the evening. Great job for the vintage!
Rosé - Sparkling
09 disgorgement, so good every time I have this disgorgement. Probably closer to peak than not.
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Red
1969 Charles Noellat Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/3/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Fill was a little low. Wine had typically Vosne spice but didn’t hit the highs of what a richebourg can achieve. Wine went through a few different phases and at best it was average. Fun wine to try over a few hours.
Red
8/3/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Fun wine but slightly tired. Drink up!
Red
Feel like this wine wasn’t ready for prime time. While very dense and brooding this didn’t show as well as I would have thought. More time needed or maybe a miss? Time will tell.
White
2009 Etienne Sauzet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
No issues with mox, and a delicious wine unfolded. Plenty of life left but probably best to not take any chances...
White
Showed well for what it is, but probably best to drink up.
Red
1999 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
So young but so good. No harm in pulling a cork but this will show even more with given time (5-10+ years). Great bottle!
White
1999 Bouchard Père et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Classic and no issues. Still had a long life left.
White
Wine society bottling: absolutely stunning bottle which couldn’t have been better from start to finish. Surprisingly the bottle held up through multiple hours and had a haunting noose. So good.
Red
1979 Joseph Drouhin Musigny Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Slightly muted noose but everything else was in balance. If noose was on point this wine would have been really great.
Red
1969 Domaine Clair-Daü Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Stunning bottle with deep aromatics and a pleasurable finish. Couldn’t have asked for a better bottle.
White
A little on the ripe side, but that is the vintage for you. Nice acidity, fruit, and minerality that all comes together for a nice Bourgogne. While probably out punches all other Bourgogne’s, it is priced closer to most domaines Puligny. Anyways fun house wine that is drinking well and will continue to for another 4-7 years.
Red
Solid effort that seems closer to drinking window than not. Still lots of life yet but no harm in popping. Lots of typical Vosne spice with the dark and dense qualities of the 05 vintage.
Red
Dense, dark, brooding. What’s not to like? Very good effort with a long life ahead. Still quite youthful showing more fruit than terroir. Unlike most 05’s this is at the start of the drinking window. Great QPR!
Red
1990 Louis Jadot Ruchottes-Chambertin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Drinking about as good as it will get. Slightly over ripe with a medium finish. Way better than a stewy bottle I have from a different source 6 months ago.
White
Small pour at dinner with multiple cheval blancs, this stood out as being the WOTN. Such power, elegance, and charm that it is hard to imagine it could get better. Coche delivers another stunner that stole the show!
Red
2009 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
In a lineup with multiple chevals this stood out from other vintages. Easy to tell that this came from a warmer vintage given the more fruit forward style. I can see why this got such good press but hard to think that a wine this good already will last 50+ years. Time will tell but I would be happy if I had some in my cellar.
Red
2014 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
In a lineup with multiple chevals I thought this showed well given the vintage. Like the 2012 tasted at the same tasting, this has a ways to go before you will be rewarded but I have to think the payoff will be rewarded. Try again in another 10 years.
Red
2012 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
In a lineup with multiple chevals this wine showed well given the age. Defiantly no where near plateau but the stuffing is in the bottle. Will take some time for it to flesh out but a very good effort from the Chateau.
Red
1985 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
In a lineup with multiple chevals this was my favorite. Nose popped from the glass and structure was great. I would think that this wine is at peak but should hold for quite a while. Not a powerhouse vintage for Bordeaux but who cares if the wine is on point. This wine was very pointy!
Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
In a lineup with multiple chevals. For me this bottle seemed slightly off/underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong it was good just not great. Being my first time I don’t know if it was an off bottle but certainly wasn’t corked. If anything, I would suggest more time and hope others experience is better. If I had to rate I would give a 94.
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Red
1997 Louis Jadot Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Another beautiful 97 Jadot. Cork had some crazy mold on it and was a little soft, but wine is great underneath. A little rustic around the edges with great structure and still some chewy tannins that can be absorbed with time. Fruit is still holding strong but would drink in the next 5-7 for most likely prime window. Does seem to have the structure to last longer but why wait.
Red
Perfect fill. Was expecting a bad wine due to other CT notes but had a different experience. Did not get any of the Brett or animal notes from the wine. It was pretty classic chambolle nose and structure. Was best around hour 2 after being opened and outperformed the lvl for sure. Wish I had more as this wine still has many years to go...Yummy
Red
Decanted and followed over 2 hours. Wine was drinking incredibly well out of the gate. Seemed very balanced for the age. Couldn’t understand why it was drinking so well but then was happy it was. Awesome stuff
White
In a good place. Stood out as being good among a Paulee amount of wines being served.
Red
1988 Camus Pere & Fils Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Fill was great. Classic Charmes palate and nose. Performed better than I thought but wasn’t a wow wine, but definitely fun.
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