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White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
3/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
From split. Seemed more advanced than previous bottles. Initially it seemed to come across more like sparkling apple cider than a nv champagne. Not necessarily bad, but just not as crisp or clean as usual. I know you can tell the base wine and bottle date by the number on the neck, maybe someone can let me know. No score.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    4/1/20, 7:46 AM - Thank you FredericoWines. I appreciate it.

Red - Fortified
2011 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
3/14/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
96 points
From 375 previously coravined. Of course not even close to being ready, but still so well balanced and utterly delicious that it doesn't seem a waste to drink it now. This port is rich, silky and concentrated with lots of acidity and tannins to support the huge fruit. The flavor descriptors seem to change with each sip. Found a dozen more 375s so that I can continue to drink it decades before its ready and watch its evolution. Still the best "young" VP I've ever tasted.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    3/15/20, 7:37 AM - Completely agree with both of your points regarding 375's, especially the faster aging point. With a Port this huge, that's going to be a good thing.


White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
2/19/2020 - NickA Likes this wine:
90 points
Gareth's blind 2008 Grand Marques (Chez Bruce): Tasted blind. Didn't make as much of an impact as the bottle I drank last October, perhaps because we weren't drinking the label, perhaps because it followed some lower-dosage Champagnes. Very reduced on the nose, like a white Burgundy, and savoury. Palate sweeter and flabbier than expected, and overall the wine came across slightly simple and too friendly. Strange given this has previously seemed so tightly wound.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    2/25/20, 9:21 AM - Enjoyed your tasting note. When I first tasted the '08 Dom, I was also a little let down. Perhaps we are sometimes "drinking the label," or our level of expectation is influenced by having read others enthusiastic notes. I have noticed this before on several highly rated wines that I wondered why I just didn't seem to get it, or perhaps my palate is not as educated as others.

    Either way, all the best.
    I added myself to your list of fans.

2009 Château Domeyne St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/27/2019 - jamesdoeser wrote:
50 points
Felt pretty dead. Tasted alongside '10 St Estephes from superior winemakers. Two more bottles in cellar. Lets see if they are any better. Will try again very soon.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    1/5/20, 12:55 PM - 50 points? Perhaps the bottle was flawed in which case a "flawed" or "NR" might be more appropriate.
    All the best.

  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    1/5/20, 2:20 PM - My apologies. That was not my intent.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
8/20/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
First bottle from a new shipment, doesn't show quite the same as previous bottles. Has to be from a different bottling/year, etc. Have to agree with "wetrock" that this was darker, riper, further along in terms of age, and not as balanced as many previous bottles. Not going to score until I can try another bottle or two.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    8/21/19, 5:44 AM - Hello Frederico,
    I should clarify that I have re-bought this wine several times so I can't say for sure if this was from a new shipment, or an older one. Unfortunately the cork was tossed so I can't get you the code number of this bottle but will happily post it on my next note, especially if the bottle shows like this last one.

  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    8/27/19, 7:26 AM - Hi Frederico,
    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, out of town. Bottle also long gone, but I will try to remember to post it in my next tasting note. Also appreciate the information, thanks.

2015 Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2018 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Coravin sample, no glass time. This wine smells of warm, dark fruits, black cherry, and a little smoke. On the palate, the tannins, herbs, and smoke mask what seems to be huge amounts of sweet fruit underneath. Coming across as a little bitter, with mouth drying tannins and medium acicity, this full bodied wine doesn't seem close to being ready to drink. This is the biggest vintage from this chateau since 2010 and that is just now starting to show well, despite the estimated CT drinking window. I know this chateau well, own multiple vintages, and am a fan, but this is going deeper into my cellar. I think this needs 2 - 3 years before it will begin to show its potential, and will continue to improve long after that. If you decide to try this, would suggest a long decant. For a Saint Emilion, 100% merlot wine, this is pretty big. 89 for now.
  • Rick & Ilsa commented:

    9/5/18, 5:34 PM - Hello Mikaelbe,
    I own and drink this in '05, '09, '10, '11, and now the '15 vintages. Based on how those have progressed, I would suggest 3-5 years before it begins to show its best. I still decant the other vintages now, the '10 for at least 3 hours, as it is the biggest and I think, the closest to the '15.

    All the best, Sante!

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