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2013 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
7/4/2019 - sirpat007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Part of an unexpected Chablis mini-vertical. Conditions not ideal with bottles already open a while and kept at room temperature. Smokey oakiness, crisp citric fruit which carries on to the palate. Buttery already on the nose. A bit of burnt sugar. Dense and concentrated. Nice and round with refreshing acidity but without the overdose.
  • thierrynz commented:

    7/19/19, 11:01 PM - oak?

  • thierrynz commented:

    7/29/19, 5:07 PM - Thanks for picking this up.

2015 Benanti Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
3/2/2018 - MattMauldin Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear ruby color. Secondary/primary aromas and flavors- pressed violets, sandalwood, eastern spices, hibiscus, iron, pomegranate. Succulent and bright on the palate- crisp fruit with well-laid secondary depth. Elegant on the palate, with nice density. Medium-plus acid and fleshy and smooth tannin. Juicy-dry finish. FWIW this needs a Burgundy glass- it shows monolithic from Bordeaux or Rhone-shaped Riedel. Very nice overall- drinking well.
  • thierrynz commented:

    3/25/18, 3:16 PM - Nice note. I agree about the burgundy glass, that's what i did too. All I can add is the fact that the alcohol is certainly in check on this. Very elegant.

2005 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
3/29/2017 - liquoreux wrote:
88 points
En principe, un grand millésime et un grand cru d'un grand producteur. Malheureusement, aucun des 3 ne s'est confirmé. Vin à la robe rouge assez translucide, décanté mais pas de tanins au fond de la bouteille (filtré ?)
Nez intéressant de gibier / cuir, prometteur, mais en bouche, le vin est mince, peu consistant, et sans arome. Très décevant pour un vin attendu 10 ans en cave et payé 130$... Nous étions 6 personnes avec le même avis.
  • thierrynz commented:

    3/30/17, 8:54 PM - Merci pour votre note. J'ai ouvert le même vin Dimanche dernier et j'ai eu la même impression: très décevant. Le vin est soit très fermé et demande plus de temps ou alors, et c'est mon avis, victime de la Brettanomyces. On sent qu'il y avait du bon fruit mais les arômes et le gout sont compressés et réduits à un charpente angulaire.

2009 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir
Oh dear. My last one of these was 2 1/2 years ago and I have a feeling I should have drunk them all then. This has a very unattractive sour element, like cheap white wine. The first three from the six pack back in 2014 were stunning but like so many 2009s, I'm beginning to wonder if they'll ever be as supple and simply drop dead gorgeous as they were back then.

Perhaps I should have followed that old Burgundy rule of thumb - if they're delicious now, drink them now. I hope I'm wrong as I still have two more.
  • thierrynz commented:

    1/3/17, 6:58 PM - If I may comment, give the wines more time, I'd suggest another 3-5 years; Bachelet does use a significant amount of stem and his wines can take a long term time to emerge even in a warm vintage like 2009. The wines are not falling apart but clearly in the middle of closed down/awkward period.

1999 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Nebbiolo
9/21/2016 - acyso wrote:
85 points
Dinner at The Cotton Duck (Chicago, IL): I wasn't quite as taken by this bottle as others at the table. I found it a little bit disjointed, with some really advanced notes on the nose, just a slight touch of soy, some mushrooms, and a lot of earthy funk. Where's the pure red fruit? The florals? The palate came off a little muddy too, and if you'll excuse the synesthesia, this wine just tasted a little brown. Perhaps a bit tired?
  • thierrynz commented:

    9/22/16, 1:26 AM - Thanks for the notes. It sounds like a bad bottle.

2010 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova Nebbiolo
4/8/2016 - HowardNZ Likes this wine:
91 points
This is just an entry level Barolo but man is it tasty! It over-delivers at its price point. I tasted at Cogno last June and Walter has an excellent range of Baroli. This wine is a great entry point for the range! It's a primary, purple-red. Its bouquet is raspberry, black cherry and plums, with spice, road tar and a violet top note. There's a little earth and minerality in the background. As a 2010, on palate, it's surprising how accessible this wine is. It's pure and clean, a little below medium weight. The tannins are suave and fine grained and the acidity good. The flavours are largely dark berries, earth and tar, with a nice balsamico, umami finish. It's drinking well now but I would think it would also easily cellar 10-15 years.
  • thierrynz commented:

    5/4/16, 4:16 AM - Could not agree more Howard. It shows the depth and complexity of 2010 perfectly.

2007 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes Chardonnay
10/16/2014 - WillersC wrote:
  • thierrynz commented:

    10/16/14, 7:07 PM - Ouch! I have not that problem with this wine, quite contrary. Very much a russian roulette. Cheers, Thierry

2006 Pegasus Bay Riesling Waipara
6/24/2013 - peolsf wrote:
91 points
Pale straw color. Nose of grapefruit, passion fruit, lychee and tropical fruits with a mineral/petrol quality. Slight effervescence which diminished after the bottle was open a few hours. Very long finish, off dry. Excellent.
  • thierrynz commented:

    6/25/13, 1:07 PM - I concur. Long life ahead too. Cheers for that.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
2/2/2012 - botrytisvirtuoso1819 wrote:
99 points
nose; chalk, peach, figs, and pear.
palate; clover honey, caramel, pickled ginger, and black tea.
high acidity and medium plus sweetness.
very long finish, 100 plus seconds.
the very best vouvray i've ever had.
I want more and I need more.
  • thierrynz commented:

    3/20/12, 2:13 AM - Agreed; this wine is extraordinary. Let's see what happens with the 2010 vintage.

2005 Craggy Range Syrah Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Vineyard
10/9/2010 - RWINO wrote:
93 points
Huge Rhone style syrah with loads of tar, ink, crushed stone and dark fruit. Tight even after a 8 hout decant. Big silky tannins this one needs 5 years... Great QPR at 19.50 I rate it 93 right now, but has the stuff to be a 95+ in the future.
  • thierrynz commented:

    10/27/10, 12:46 AM - 19.50! This sells in NZ at about $NZ90.00, that's about $US60.00, at least. Somebody's dumping those somewhere even though they have been very difficult to buy everywhere else. The 2007 is the greatest so far, I think, but they will all take a long time to soak up the oak. Cheers, Thierry in NZ

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