Tasting Notes for Keith Levenberg

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Red
2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
90 points
Very fine and silky in texture. It shows you how much things have changed that a wine built like this is getting blockbuster points from the point purveyors. The fruit is restrained too, and definitely not blockbustery, although it is clipped somewhat by some reediness and very raw-tasting wood. The press doesn't seem to agree on the new oak specs; Decanter reports 80%, TWA 65% - both numbers would seem to deliver enough new wood to defeat the purpose of the small portion aged in amphorae, but usually new oak in Bordeaux makes it toasty, cedary, smoky, sweet, or whatever, and here it just feels like straight wood. On the second day the fruit had sweetened up a little bit but the wood component didn't diminish. It wasn't so aggressive that I'd be worried about it taking over in the cellar, but it was annoying enough to make this less fun than it should have been to check in now, however impressive that texture was.
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Red
Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba...
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Red
10/9/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Dizzyingly complex aromas of botanicals, bramble, and a succulent, savory roastiness. There's a succulence to the fruit, too, which comes across acute and piercing in a redder, more cassis-like complexion than most of the northern Medoc properties are showing this vintage, but similarly rich and concentrated with a kiss of seared oakspice, and veering towards the black-cherry side with air. Structurally, this has been for the last few years, and continues to be, one of the more old-fashioned Bordeaux out there, but it feels a bit weird to use that term in reference to an estate doing the hip biodynamie thing. In any event, while it has a tight, clenched grip, there's enough saturation and sweetness to the fruit that it doesn't go so far as feeling austere, and the grip relaxes enough on day two to highlight the primary fruit character more. Bottom line is that this is packed with gorgeous material, built to last, and comes from a property with some serious pedigree (yes, Virginia, this is a second growth!) making its best wine in generations - which the price tag still hasn't caught up to.
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Red
10/8/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Expressive right away with scents of pencil fillings and gravel. It's deceptively easy-drinking, smooth and supple but infused with plenty of tannin. It's also infused with a cigarette smokiness so evocative that it starts feeling like a wine you'd drink in some seedy bar in a film noir while a neon "no vacancy" sign flickers overhead till you catch the eye of a dame in a long dress who spells nothing but trouble. Except that it's not entirely in B&W film stock because it does have a very fresh and pure impression of mildly zingy currant and raspberry behind that smoky gauze.
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Red
2016 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Knockout of a Lynch-Bages from the very first sip. It's packed with aromas of pitch-black fruit, cigar box, and the textbook Pauillac lead-pencil shavings. The fruit on the palate is equally intense with a saturating, tongue-staining density of black fruit with a taut, curranty snap that reminds me of the best aspects of the 2014, which adds a nice counterpoint to its rich, saucy concentration. The structure clenches up a little bit with time and the tannins turn edgier and more abrupt, but the sheer richness of the fruit out to give this a pretty nice window of pretty thrilling drinking before it closes down.
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2015 Château Sipian Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
83 points
Restrained red-currant fruit but the wood feels a bit raw.
Red
2016 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
88 points
Soft scents of cedar, metal shavings, and gravel. The fruit starts out in restrained blueberry tones but by the end of the bottle has shifted to a lighter profile with apple-skin flavors that are a little odd in the context of a wine just released. There's a leafy, sage-like streak running through it from beginning to end as well as a steady hiss of tannin that's old-style enough to feel woolly but friendly enough you could at least say it's a soft merino wool. I don't think that alone accounts for the fruit being hollower than it feels like it ought to be in context of the vintage, though. (Blind, I might have guessed this as a 2014, but it wouldn't be among the better 2014s.) After the 2016 Talbot seemed so promising, I was hoping to see some sign of Gruaud going back to its glory days, but the Talbot while being at least as structured as this had more vivid fruit and more stuffing - this one is really going to have to pull a few rabbits out of its hat if it's going to turn into what this chateau is capable of, because it definitely doesn't seem as if the materials in front of me are enough to do it.
Red
2016 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/25/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
94 points
Toasty campfire scents followed by bold and massively structured fruit that reflects as much grape-skin as grape-flesh, both equally intense. The style difference vis-a-vis the 2015 is dramatic, as the black-cherry fruit here is both denser a few octaves deeper than the bright juicy fruit of the 2015, and the structure in particular makes this a muscular heavyweight relative to a mouthfeel in the '15 that I found almost Burgundian. Still, with some food you can discern an elegant, polished figure behind that structure. I don't quite understand some of the fretting that this has gone modern - sure, the fruit has some primary freshness and gloss but young Bordeauz needn't be entirely fruitless. One modern element I do salute is the Diam cork - cellar with confidence.
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White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
85 points
Hmm. Did not care for this. Thick yellow fruit that almost feels gloppy by Champagne standards.
White - Off-dry
9/24/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
In that state with "petrol" dominated aromatics. Close to dry-tasting but maybe it's that smidge of sugar that gives it that thicker, oily texture without feeling soft in any way.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Another 2006 disgorgement and not *quite* the best bottle of this I've ever had, but close, which is very nice considering a recent streak of duds. Bright pineapply fruit that hardly seems to have aged a day since release freshened up with classic Champagne chalkiness, with a figure that's both lean and fully fleshed out so it's feminine instead of bony.
Red
9/6/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
I was kind of afraid to see what's going on here because the Corcelette fell apart in the cellar, but this is in fantastic shape and delivering on every bit of the promise it showed on release. The fruit hasn't aged much but most of that dry, rugged tannin it showed on day one has been absorbed, leaving a dense, succulent wine that really shows off that old-vine sève. One of the very best '09s I've had in the last few years.
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Red
9/7/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
85 points
My first bottle of this, almost exactly 10 years ago, was oaky for awhile, and then got really pretty; this one is the opposite, starting out really pretty, and then getting too oaky. It opens with the textbook Vosne cinnamon spice aromatics and a silky texture, but barrel toast takes over midway through, also drying out the palate a bit which just doesn't seem to have enough fruit material to absorb it all without turning dull and downcast, as many 2001s are.
Red
2016 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Can't really decide which I prefer between this and the 2015, but they're very different, and this one was also much more of a moving target, a very dynamic wine that did a lot of shape-shifting over a few hours. It opens with a gush of neon-bright red fruit, cranberry-like and it might almost have had some of the thirst-quenching properties of Beaujolais if the tannin weren't so heavy and muscular. Eventually some blacker fruit elements emerge to deepen the tone although not to the point of being as dark as the 2015 was. And later still those thick tannins tame themselves and give it a texture you could almost call satiny. Even so, it's a heavier, broader-shouldered wine in comparison to the '15 and it's just packed to the gills with stuffing - ought to be a long ager.
Red
1959 Pierre Olivier Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir
9/21/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Under the Pierre Olivier negociant label with the shield indicating "Mise du Domaine Thomas Freres." I've had many gems from this duo from the Bern's list back in the day, but rarely see them in the wild, rarer still to find one in as good a shape as a Bern's bottle. But this still had a bright ruby hue through the glass and a fill barely 2 cm from the cork and the first taste left no room for doubt that this bottle had been stored as well as any. It was still full of sweet fruit heavy on kirsch-like flavors, reflecting either the overt ripeness of this famously "solar vintage" or a more direct infusion of kirschy grenache as was not uncommon in this period (although not, so far as I have ever been able to tell, from this producer) - and a darker, almost tarry element on the back end. Age has given it a gloss and a dense, grippy mouthfeel but it is still more about the fruit than anything.
Red
9/21/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
I was skeptical of some of the recent notes indicating this might be ready to go, but it is indeed in a good spot and has mellowed and shed its tannins much quicker than I would have figured possible. The aromas segue from green stems on opening to the classic Vosne cinnamon spice with more air. The fruit, which used to be so dark with an element of sur-maturite bordering on figgy, has mellowed into pale crimson tones with a gentle concentration - more watercolor than oil. After an hour or so in the decanter to smooth out some of the spiky stemminess the texture turns to pure silk. But while this is in a beautiful spot it's still not a mature wine - so satisfying to drink but probably needs a decade to peak.
Red
2016 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
I've had so many magnificent old Talbots - and not so many magnificent young Talbots - but this is the best in awhile, so promising and we'll just have to wait and see whether it's back at the level of what they were doing through 1986 or so. Classic Bordeaux aromas right from the pop of the cork, plenty of vibrant ripe fruits in the mix but with an old-style structure you can almost smell - as much grape skin as grape flesh. It has the refreshing tannic bite I liked about the '14 but all the fruit freshness the '14 was lacking. With airtime the texture turns tender and the purity and energy of the fruit get cranked up several more notches and at that point it becomes hard to put down.
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Red
9/3/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
90 points
Centenarian vines but this mixes new style and old. Luminous magenta color with a general profile that's fruity and slate-like, checks the mineral box but not the animal or vegetable, and tannins are solid but tame for young Cornas. If there's an old-vine signature it might be the fruit getting ratcheted into inky territory on the back end.
Red
8/8/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
88 points
On release this was very fruity and sweet out of the gate and needed time to mellow, now it's the opposite, lean and autumnal out of the gate but a few hours in it recovers its rosy-red fruit, a little paler and sans baby fat. Not sure if there is something more ahead of this, though, or WYSIWYG.
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White
8/23/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
E&M needs to patent whatever color this is, which is practically a genre unto itself. Call it salmon wine. Grapefruit, melon, and peach flavors give this off-the-charts Gatorade-dunk refreshment value similar to E&M's grauburgunder but I've never had the pure grau show the finesse of this with its flowing, satiny texture from the skins.
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White
8/21/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
A couple years years ago this was all on the fruit side of the grape, now it's STGT Chablis like a mouthful of crushed oyster shells against a watercolor backdrop of pale, pure fruit. Doesn't taste *older* but all of its character is out there in full-peacock fashion and if this is how you like your Chablis (I sure do) it's surely in a, if not the, peak condition.
Red
Absolutely insane that it's been a dozen years since I've had these. Where does time go? It might move more slowly in this bottle because the second I popped the cork there was a gush of ultra-fresh just-crushed blueberry scents and the color of the wine was neon-bright. But the raw tannin does come back and reassert itself so after that initial flirtation with primary fruitiness it does turn stern and veer towards closing up. Still no idea what the future holds for this.
White
8/27/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
99 points
Swoonworthy. One of the best bottles of Cepas Vellas I've ever had and showing ridiculous depth and character relative to what it had just a few years ago. A mineral bomb on the nose combining a slight gunpowder funk (mild in comparison to the 2007 of this) with pure oceanic scents of seashells and seabreezes. The fruit is pure and cooling, a spa treatment for the palate with the fruit of an Alpine white with the refreshment factor ratcheted up with cucumber, white flowers, and that intense ocean brine that reverberates on the back end like you've just swallowed an oyster. Has to be one of the greatest seafood wines in existence. What smart people buy instead of dropping C-notes on trophy Chablis.
Red
8/25/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Actually a bit fruitier than my last bottle. Otherwise not hugely different in flavor but definitely in a better place in terms of integration and general satisfaction, because when I went to pour another sip to come up with something clever to say in a note, there wasn't any left.
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Red
Not in the greatest spot. It sports the vibrant color and beautifully ripe fruit of the vintage but there is this strange not-so-fresh edge to the raw and muscular tannins that somehow casts an autumnal shadow over the fruit. This will either need another 5-10 years to civilize those tannins or it was at its best 5-10 years ago, so nothing to do at this point but hold and hope for the best.
Red
8/17/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Hey, so it turns out that early window to see what's brewing on these 2015 Northern Rhones hasn't closed yet! But first the important stuff. Way back when (when dusty Gallet bottles were stacked at Garnet and didn't move because it was so cheap it made you suspicious) Gallet used to have a super-charming hand-drawn label, then they replaced it at some point with a totally generic one. The 2015 now replaces the generic one with a happy little painting so all is right with the world again. And it is still stupid cheap considering the quality level and consumer price index. This probably ran me a McD's extra value meal more than the 1999. No-doubter aromatics right from the pop of the cork, with a burst of fresh, sticky blueberry fruit as if it is just starting to simmer down to jam, along with textbook scents of olive tapenade. The fruit is rich and glossy enough to mask the tannin at first but it eventually turns more muscular and granular, the fruit tones turn redder, and a mouthful of crushed rock emerges on the finish. Labeled at 13.5% abv and despite its intensity it isn't a bruiser - this is very, very drinkable.
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Red
8/15/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine was just dynamite and a big surprise after just about every '98 I've had in the past few years has underwhelmed. Unlike most, this still has a boatload of fruit - thick, concentrated fruit pitch-black in tone in a weight class that would have made a lot more sense to me coming from the Vaucrains. The aromatics are almost fully developed with some underbrush and barnyard funk so this turns out to be a very complete wine, enough fruity sweetness to be enticing but the bottle age is also paying some serious dividends. Great to drink now but no rush, this will coast for awhile.
Red
8/16/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
This has been a different wine every single time I've had it. This time it's as soft and plush as a teddy bear with a red-fruited profile and Chinese five-spice aromatics that make you think of Vosne-Romanee. Not even recognizable as the inky fruit bomb it was on release.
Red
Needs air to open up. Starts out rusty and more evolved than anticipated (the Horseshoe is still sweet and fruity). But with a few hours it turns super-silky and while it never gets to the point of showing any overtly ripe fruit, it does pick up some more restrained blackberry and cranberry shades, laced with gravel on the back.
Red
8/3/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a beauty on release and it's a beauty now, although unlike some 2005s that are aging glacially, this is a totally different wine now than it was then. H. Warner Allen's book contains a classification from the early 20C that has Clos Tavannes ranked as a "Tete de Cuvee #2" alongside Pommard Rugiens, Volnay Caillerets, and Gevrey Clos St. Jacques (!). The rest of the century wasn't terribly kind to Santenay's reputation but this is a wine that proves there's something serious there. The aroma shows some nice positive development with a touch of gamy funk on top of the fruit. But this must have spent the last dozen years lifting weights in the prison rec yard because it's turned way denser and darker than it used to be - I have "strawberries" in my note from 2007 but now it's dense red and black cherry with a grip that can practically stick to the roof of your mouth. Somehow though it still has that ultra-refined texture of combed silk even with all that weight, which is one of the distinguishing characteristics of 2005 but also, I think, a sign that this site is due for some renewed respect.
Red
8/3/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Here's a 1995 that's rewarded patience. It has a deep, mature Burgundy aroma with developed fruit, some funky sous bois, and an enticing sweetness that almost suggests warm chocolate. The texture has that refined, satiny feel of a top-rank grand cru and whatever this may have once had of the vintage's boxy structure has melted away, leaving just a bit of back-end grit as a reminder. I was looking forward to following this one for awhile but then I turned my head for three seconds and Josh poured the entire contents of the decanter into the fruit basket, filled the decanter with Legos, poured the Legos into the toilet bowl, and then started running around the house swinging the crystal decanter around like a lasso. The last few sips in my glass showed some of its red cherry fruit turning fresher and juicier and kept that slender, elegant feel, making for a Beze that's always going to be on the slender side but still has loads of detail and class and should coast nicely and maybe even improve a bit over the next few years.
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Red
8/1/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
91 points
So Reyane & Pascal Bouley is now Pierrick Bouley. I always found the R&P Bouley wines too rustic, but they did have the most gorgeous label in all of Burgundy. Now Pierrick is in charge and it has an ugly label, but the wine is WAAAAY better. Part of having caught up with the times, apparently, involves bottling the wine with a ton of trapped gas, so you do need to give this a heavy shake to get the CO2 out. After that this has gorgeous fruit, with a just-crushed aroma like sticking your nose over the fermentation vat combined with an almost violet-like perfume just to prove you're not drinking zygote barrel-sample wine. One of the freshest 2016s I have had lately - wine doesn't ordinarily taste like this when the next vintage is already on the shelf. I love the vibrancy of it, it's enlivening without crossing the line into Burgundy-that-tastes-like-Beaujolais. Instead the texture is satiny with just a slight edginess to remind you there is some tannin lurking underneath.
Red
8/1/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
95 points
Beautiful bottle of Biondi-Santi just at the beginning of what ought to be a long drinking window. Opens up heavy on the acid to the point that it almost feels juicy, but the structure mellows and the fruit fleshes out with just a bit of air. And it fleshes out seriously indeed - it's bold and deeply colored and almost a heavyweight by the standards of the producer. It's all fully tertiary flavors of the type that sometimes makes me think of traditional Rioja when I drink these wines, but in this case you'd have to take that profile and fatten it up with some of the Tuscan sun. Regardless where this stands on the weight scales the textural suavity makes it compellingly easy to drink.
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Red
7/24/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Another absolute knockout Cuvee Jean Gautreau. My favorite vintage to date has been the 1995 - this one is either just a notch behind, or just a notch less ready. Unlike the '95 which was supple right out of the gate, this opened up solidly structure with a good amount of tannin and crimson-toned fruit that needed some time to find its sea legs. The aromatics were explosive from the get-go, though, with intense aromas of dried currant, cedarwood, and walnuts, and the fruit intensity was equally powerful. With air the fruit darkened in complexion to blackberry tones in addition to turning sweeter and fresher. The tannins also softened up and relaxed into a satiny texture just like the '95. Both transitions led to a mouthfeel that was more glossy and polished than I would have imagined possible from that first sip. But this is no ballerina of a wine, it's a real heavyweight and even when it relaxes that muscle it channels all that power into the sheer intensity of material.
Red
Plush, thick material and amply concentrated but starting to lose its luster without much else coming out of the woodwork to keep it interesting. Some slight brett was noted which may have suppressed things and contributed to its not-so-fresh feeling.
Red
7/18/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Loved this. Goddammit, why don't I own more Chauvenet. ~17 years in the bottle and it still has that searing Vaucrains structure, but the fruit is equally intense. My nose was stuck in the glass of this one all night. Gorgeously pure red-berry fruit with an almost bloodlike intensity and a snap of something giving it a nice hit of umami, like crispy mushrooms.
White - Off-dry
Fruit profile is still youthful, flavors and color are yellow-toned so no premox here thankfully. It's round and soft on account of a sweetness that's honestly beyond the parameters that I can deal with as a wine to drink with dinner (and not enough acid to enliven) - better to serve this with a cheese course or something.
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White - Off-dry
7/17/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a great spot and back to its expected form after a bottle a year or two ago that wasn't exactly oxidized but was duller and more tired than it should have been. It has fattened up since release with the fruit deepening ever-so-slightly into the classic Vouvray quince territory. But it's kept its bright complexion and refreshment value owing to the Sec profile and a chalky minerality so vivid it's a palpable element to the texture, almost like tannin.
Red
7/16/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
90 points
Surprising amount of tannic grit at first, needed a good 20-30 minutes to find its fruit. Then it acquires its usual profile of pure red fruit with a snappy crunch, just a hint of old-style barnyard funk on the nose, and an almost gossamer delicacy.
Red
7/15/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
From a magnum. I've had better bottles of this and also worse bottles. It's actually more freshly fruited than one a few years ago, but it is also more one-note, plush with red fruit and perhaps slightly ferrous but not much else.
Red
7/13/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Very pale color with a light orange/amber tint had me worried, but it smelled promising right away, didn't even need any time to stretch its legs. Deep, punchy aromatics of cigar smoke, candied orange peel, and freshly turned garden soil lead to more of the same on the palate, with the tannins entirely melted away, leaving a slick, glossy texture. This bottle has been in the USA since release, so very unlikely to have seen ideal storage in its early years, though the Chicago import tags suggest maybe the passive storage conditions weren't the worst in the world. Anyway, this has plenty of personality and it's obviously fully integrated, though a more pristinely stored bottle might have a bit more freshness and gas in the tank.
Red
7/11/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
90 points
So much CO2 in here it's not uncorked so much as disgorged. After a few runs through the Home Depot paint can mixer it's drinkable and very good - I actually find it more open-knit and expressive than the Caillerets was despite having some of that gritty Taillepieds structure. It has a nice mix of snappy cranberry and deeper-toned plummy fruit along with some cedary oak. The material doesn't quite have the depth to match the complexion of the fruit, as it has a juicy profile that leaves me looking for more stuffing in the middle.
Red
7/11/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
Rarely seen vintage on account of the fact that the Right Bank excelled back when nobody was drinking Right Bank. I actually preferred this a notch to the '55 vintage a few of us had a year ago from the same cellar. Fill on this bottle was low/mid shoulder at best, but the color is a deep, luminous ruby with just the barest bricking at the edges and it's obviously in fine shape. On the first sip it's actually a bit backwards, gently herbal with the structural frames bolder than the fruit, but it fleshes out nicely, first with the fruit freshening up while retaining its structure and reddish complexion, then with the fruit turning blacker and fleshing out enough to cover the frame and leave a smooth, suave spherical impression and a polish you wouldn't have thought it capable of from that first taste. The interesting non-fruit elements of the flavor mostly come out on the back end, which features some black truffle and nuttiness. Food in particular did a lot to draw more personality out of this, which is what gave it the edge in my book over the more sweetly fruited but simpler '55.
Red
7/5/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
95 points
Really glad I gave this wine another chance. A bottle I opened 2 or 3 years ago was not only entirely without fruit, it felt entirely without anything at all. This one, by contrast, not only has plenty of personality, it's actually quite friendly, barely needing any time at all to get into gear despite the horror stories I have heard about day-long decants. The texture and evolved state are reminiscent of a Lopez de Heredia - it's possible I've compared some Bordeaux to Heredia in the past, but it can't possibly have been more apt than it is here - with an array of characterful flavors built on a base of black... fruit? nah, well, it's blackish *something*... with almost Barolo-like botanicals. Most of the tannin seems to have melted away, leaving a slender figure with a slick and silky presence that's basically weightless and ridiculously easy to drink. This is real wine. To call it a throwback doesn't begin to capture it.
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Red
2016 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/5/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
96 points
Latest in a mighty-fine trilogy of magnificent Calons with all the classic flavors - deeply pitched blackberry fruit turning to redder berries with air, and the usual lead-pencil fillings. The fruit has a saucy intensity but a streamlined form and enough neon-bright freshness to make you feel like you're hopping in the vat in berry-stained overalls. It's open-knit, tender and silky in texture, perhaps back to the elegance of the '14 after the rawer-structured '15, but this feels like hairsplitting, there's no way I could pick a favorite without tasting them all together.
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White - Sparkling
7/1/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
91 points
Great showing and in a much more settled state than it was when first shipped last fall. This has almost riesling-like brightness and cut, which for my last bottle was both the beginning and the end of it, but in this one some of the lemony fruit is starting to turn to candied lemon at the edges, bringing on a welcome lusciousness to balance out the icicles. 2017 disgorgement of the 2014 vintage.
Red
6/27/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
93 points
New (or at least never-before-seen) negociant bottling from Jadot from one of the secret star vineyards of Chambolle, on top of Amoureuses and right next to Musigny. Has the elegance you expect from this real estate with a supple, satiny texture and nicely stuffed with the rich fruit of the vintage (thicker than an Amoureuses would be, but streamlined and finessed) - featuring deep red fruits with a hint of caramelly sweetness on the nose.
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Red
6/19/2019 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
Scored a cheap enough case of this to make it a regular pour. Never disappoints, always expressive and accessible despite having the solidity and robustness of the Grivot house style. Some CO2 needs to be flattened out with a shake or decant. Aromatically shows a bit of pencil shavings from the barrels along with a more enticing spice mix that betrays its proximity to the Vosne border and a gravelly base. Red-berry fruits still have a bold intensity not dulled by the last few years in bottle.
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