Tasting Notes for SommStags

(104 notes on 102 wines)

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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.
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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.
Red
5/17/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Not my favorite...Seemed slightly stewy
Red
1971 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/17/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Great fill, and an amazing bottle. Not sure if I got lucky with this one, but it was the WOTN for sure. Mind blowing aromatics and a great finish.
Red
1990 Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Thoroughly enjoyed!!! Ready to go.
Red
5/5/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Fill was great. Wine seemed a little cloudy, and was very tight and not really that for coming on the nose. Structure seemed great but not sure how to asses the wine. I think it needs more time but not 100% sure that it will resolve. Somewhat disappointing bottle.
Red
1970 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Mag with great fill. Pleasantly surprised after reading some CT notes saying tired. I thought the wine was showing very strong for what it is. While never be one of the better vintages if Palmer, it certainly was delicious. Good showing from the mag!
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1990 Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Fill was low, bottle had signs of seepage. Decanted from first glass to last so about 1-2 hours. Started off a little linear but quickly changed. Lots of dark fruit and more on the ripe side. Great mouthfeel and structure as the wine evolved. Overal nice effort and drinking well. Time to enjoy if you haven’t already.
Red
Delicious right from the go.
Red
4/7/2019 - SommStags wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
PNP: drinking well out of the gate. Beautiful wine in a good spot. Nice weight, structure, and balance. Only thing to nit pick is a little oak on the nose. Will get better with age, but certainly approachable now! Good stuff
Red
4/2/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Late night: PNP with gold fill. Smokey meat and bacon with nice structure. Not a powerhouse but very good given the price and lvl.
Red
4/2/2019 - SommStags wrote:
Corked, but others seemed to think it wasn’t.
Red
4/2/2019 - SommStags wrote:
PNP: good fill lvl, wine was barely holding on and was not as good as my recent 88 same bottling. Certainly drinkable but not really that enjoyable.
Red
PNP, fill was decent. Nice ripe fruit with a somewhat tannic structure. Mid weight with nice acidity. Plenty of time and life left and probably should have given more air. Well crafted wine!
Red
1990 Louis Jadot Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Bottle had a somewhat questionable fill but luckily the wine was not compromised. A pleasant surprise and the RSV was drinking great. Nice RSV spice and a balanced finish. Not sure how much upside the wine has but certainly will hold for years to come. Well done and in a good spot.
Red
1996 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Drinking well with further upside. Fun wine that is already pretty tasty.
Red
Fill was low, but wine was awesome. Had lower expectations given prior CT notes, but this delivered the goods! Very vosne, very pretty, and great finish.
Red
Alive and still kicking! Had a slight touch of VA on the nose but otherwise as good as you can ask for the performance of the wine. Late release. Title with new cork and great fill. Wine seemed to hold up throughout the extended lunch. Good not great wine but certainly fun and pleasurable.
Red
Drinking well with potential upside. Classic Gevrey Cham with nice structure and fruit. Does need quite a bit of air to start showing
Red
1995 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Lunch at French Club: Decanted for 5 hours. Typical Graves and HB earthiness which consisted of scorched earth, leather, tobacco, etc. Wine performed better than I thought but that may have been to the extended air. Good things to come if people are patient and this seems to be a relative value for HB 93+
Red
Lunch at the French club: late addition to the lunch and was popped and poured. Beautiful nose with plenty of earth and fruit. Very fun.
Red
1/13/2019 - SommStags Likes this wine:
94 points
Late release mag with perfect fill. Lunch at the French club. Wine was fireing on all cyclanders. While not a powerhouse it was very much beautiful and in harmony. Darn good for a subpar vintage.
Red
Long extended decant and it seemed best around 7-8 hours of being open. More of an elegant wine with a medium to medium+ finish. Seemed to get some whole cluster notes and nice bright fruit. Upside from here and probably better in 5-7 years.
Red
Pleasant chambolle with upside from cellaring. Seemed to be more on the extracted side but yet had decent balance. Not a blockbuster, yet certainly enjoyable.
White
Very nice Chev Mont which got better with more time in the glass. Currently pretty primary but with the stuffing to go a long time. Nice minerality with clean bright fruit. I would stay away for another 4-5 years and enjoy over 10-20 years. 93+
Red
Very terrior and Bonne like. More on the rustic side but very pleasurable. Not a great BM but certainly a fun one!
White
12/19/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
94 points
Really fun bottle that I got a screaming deal on! Didn’t think the wine would be good, but what was I thinking...I mean come on, it still is Coche!?!? So fun and so charming, still has life and a great example of what great producers can do!
White
12/19/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
94 points
Long night, drinking perfectly with a very round finish. I seemed to get a creaminess from the wine which was enjoyable. Good example of the vintage for whites.
Red
12/19/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
95 points
Long night, and dam good. Another stunner...
Rosé - Sparkling
Due to importer piggybacking label over Krug back label, I was not able to get Krug code. From cork I was able to figure out that it was disgorged in March/April 2011. While this was a good bottle it was not a great bottle for Krug. It was slightly more developed than I would have liked, but no one else seemed to notice or have issue. Perhaps I am use to the current release which has piercing acidity.
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Red
12/19/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
95 points
From Mag & decanted about 4 hours and put back in bottle. I have always had great success with this wine and vintage, and this was no different. Plenty of life and enough development in order to appreciate where this wine will end up going. Beautifully done!
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Red
1997 Louis Jadot Corton Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/14/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
92 points
97 Jadots seem to be in a good spot. Ya I know it is a 97, but Jadot seemed to over achieve in this vintage. Fun wine and drinking great. 92-93
Red
Such a great wine for what it is. So charming and drinking great. Great QPR. Drink up!
Red
1988 Mommessin Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/28/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
95 points
Lunch at FC SF: Wow what a winner. Had low expectations but holy cow this was a head turner. Such a complete wine and in a very good place. Wine was very clean and kept unfolding over the 3+ hour lunch. One of those I wish I had more of...
Red
11/28/2018 - SommStags wrote:
On the decline but still holding up. Decent amount of bricking and the nose is fully mature. Nose is more interesting than the palate for me. Trying to figure out if I actually like this wine. It is one of those wines that you drink it, and scratch your head wondering if it was good or not?!? A good effort but I’m leaning on this wine has seen better days...
Red
11/4/2018 - SommStags wrote:
Late night: A good not great wine that has plenty of potential to gain complexity.
White
1955 Château Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/29/2018 - SommStags Likes this wine:
96 points
Wow what a treat. Such a rare offering! I mean how many bottles are left, can’t be many right? Anyways back to the wine, the color was a deep bronze gold, with typical semillon and sauv blanc flavors. Very rich and round with amazing acidity. Had a Smokey grassy feel with tropical/ripe semillon flavors. Can’t believe I am saying this, but this wine still has life...Lots of it! Long finish!
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